The Parish Council is comprised of our Pastor (Fr. Quealy), Parochial Vicar (Fr. Paul Obiji), President (Raymond Tocci), Vice President (Don Devine), Secretary (Holly Walsh), Trustees (Anne Colucci and Kyle Walsh), and leaders of some of our Parish Organizations. The Parish Council generally meets monthly between September through May. If any Parishioner has a question or comment for the Parish Council, please email us at OLSPC@OPTONLINE.NET.
All Parishioners are warmly welcomed and strongly encouraged to be engaged members of our faith community. Here are some of the ways you can get involved and contribute your time & talents to the ministries of the OLS Parish family:
All parish children in grades 4-12 are invited to become Altar Servers for Saturday/Sunday liturgies and other Sacramental celebrations. New Altar Servers attend training sessions, generally in September/October. Once your training is complete, you may express preferences for Mass days/times most frequently attended by your family. The monthly schedule for is developed in the Rectory. For more information, contact the OLS Rectory at (914) 949-9819.
Centering Prayer Group
Members of the group support one another in the practice of Centering Prayer. Centering Prayer uses neither words nor thoughts to encounter God, and requires loving surrender - that is, being fully present, with caring hearts and attentive minds, to the Divine Presence within us. Each meeting begins with a brief reading, followed by 20 minutes of Centering Prayer. Lastly, the Gospel for the upcoming Sunday is read and discussed. Of course, there is always time for socializing. The evening session is held weekly on Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00 PM in the Crying Room. For more information, contact Lois Stuetz at (914) 946-0710 (or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org). A morning session is also held on Wednesdays after the 9:00 AM Mass. For information about this session, contact Pauline Pascale at (914) 761-2552.
The "Gladhatters" meet every Thursday mornings from 9:30-11:00 AM in the Community Room. We knit and crochet hats, which are distributed to the needy. If you'd like to participate but don't know how to knit or crochet, we'll be happy to teach you! Donations of yarn are always appreciated. For more information, contact the Rectory at (914) 949-9819.
Lectors & Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Lectors proclaim the Word of God at Mass, including an introduction, two readings, the responsorial psalm, Prayer of the Faithful, and announcements. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EM) assist in the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass when there are not a sufficient number of ordinary ministers of Holy Communion present (bishops, priests or deacons). Also, we are always looking for EMs to bring Holy Communion to the patients at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital or to parishioners who are homebound; this involves one afternoon or evening every other week, and takes about one hour. All who wish to serve as a Lector or EM must be a registered parishioner, lead a holy life, and attend Mass regularly. The Pastor must approve any one interested in serving in this ministry. All ministers will be trained by a parish priest and may express preferences for Mass days/times most frequently attended by your family. For more information, contact the OLS Rectory at (914) 949-9819. Any questions about the seasonal schedule of Lectors and EMs should be directed to Heather Stanghellini at (914) 946-7101 (or by email at email@example.com).
The OLS Men's Club primarily serves to raise funds for the sports program at Our Lady of Sorrows School, including the CYO sports programs within the Parish, as well as many charitable organizations in our community. The Men's Club also serves as the Charter for the Scouting programs at OLS. The club is open to all adult men of the Parish. For more information, contact Chris Kent at (917) 577-3964 (or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Adult Choir prepares and sings choral and congregational music for 10:30 AM Sunday liturgies and for Christmas and Easter celebrations. The Adult Choir meets weekly on Thursday evenings (September through June), 7:00-8:30 PM. All are welcome; no try-outs are needed. The Children's Choir sings twice monthly for 9:00 AM Sunday liturgies, for Christmas and Easter celebrations, and for First Holy Communion Masses in May. The Children's Choir welcomes all parish children in grades 3 through 8; meets weekly on Thursday afternoons (September through June), 4:00-5:15 PM in the Community Room, and explores vocal technique, harmony, and ensemble singing. For more information, contact Phyl Santo at (914) 772-6925 (or by email at email@example.com).
OLS Seniors (we are in need of new leadership)
Our mission is to provide and promote friendship, togetherness and talents within the organization, the Parish and the community. All members are encouraged to get involved by attending meetings, serving on committees, and working to carry out the mission. OLS Seniors generally meet monthly on the second Tuesday.
Our Lady's Guild
We are a group of women aged 21+. We strive to provide women of the Parish with opportunities for service, socials and spirituality. Annual events include the Fall Fest (bake & craft sale), Morning of Recollection, My Sister's Place benefit, the Parish Easter Egg Hunt, and monthly philanthropy projects. We welcome your suggestions for new programs and events . . . please join us! We meet on the second Monday of the month (September through May), at 8:00 PM in the school cafeteria. For more information, contact Margaret Kamna at (914) 826-5890 (or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org).
We strive to uphold the teachings of justice and charity by assisting the Parish to respond to needs of the community by providing service and assisting those in desperate circumstances. We also work with others for changes in public policy to protect people's basic human rights. We provide direct support to the Food Bank of Westchester, Furniture Sharehouse, Catholic Charities, and Bread for the World, to name a few. The Committee meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month (September through June) at 7:20 PM in the Community Room. All are welcome! For more information, contact Gail Ryan at (914) 997-1580 (or email@example.com).
Our Religious Education Program meets Sunday mornings (September through June). Through dedicated volunteer catechists and teaching assistants, children of the Parish are given personal attention and learn the power of our loving God and His Son, Jesus, in and out of the classroom. Children are prepared to received the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation; they participate in the May crowning of the Blessed Mother, Christmas pageants, community service programs, and other activities designed to reinforce the lessons learned in the classroom. For more information, contact Jen Demilio at (914) 949-3896 (or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Spiritual Reading Group
Members of this group are aware that they are on a spiritual journey to greater faith, stronger hope and deeper love of God and neighbor. We seek to develop our spiritual lives through spiritual reading (using books by spiritual writers such as Fr. Ronald Rohlheiser, Fr. Richard Rohr and Fr. Henri Nouwen). Because sharing our spiritual journey is more energizing and fun than going it alone, we meet weekly on Thursdays at 2:00 PM in the Community Room to discuss what has impressed us in the assigned reading. For more information, contact the Rectory at (914) 949-9819.
An informal group of Parishioners serve as ushers at each Saturday/Sunday liturgy. They assist the Parish by taking up the collection(s) and ensuring there are Parishioners available to bring the gifts of bread and wine to the altar during each Mass. Ushers make themselves available at the back of the Church to help with the Offertory. For more information, contact the Rectory at (914) 949-9819.