The Spirit of St. Patrick's is alive through the wealth of organizations available to its parishioners. Please use this information to avail yourself of the many opportunities within our parish. For more information please call the Rectory at 914-962-5050.
Every weekday the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for adoration from 7:30 AM to 9:00PM in the Chapel of the New Church. While parishioners are encouraged to choose a specific hour for prayer. all are urged to stop in to make a visit to our Eucharistic Lord at any time.
In the Spring and Fall of each year, St. Patrick's offers on going classes on a variety of topics to help our Parishioners enrich their Faith Experience. These sessions are announced in our Parish Bulletin, Mass Announcements and our Parish Website.
From the time of our Baptism we are called to serve our Lord. This ministry is for the young people of St. Patrick’s School and the Religious Education program from fourth grade and up. This offers the opportunity for the young men and women of our parish to serve Jesus by assisting the priest during Sunday Liturgies, Weddings and Funerals. The Servers meet several times during the year for instructional training and social functions.
Roseann Guzzo, firstname.lastname@example.org, (914) 482-0545
This early bereavement support group began in response to a need for help in grief work. Most of the members have lost a spouse. Many have come for grief support having lost a child or elderly parent. In this early bereavement support group "grief work" is employed as a therapy and an aid to healing the wounds of loss. Listening, sharing and sympathetic understanding are prime tools employed by members to aid each other in their recovery. The early bereavement group meets on every Tuesday from 6-7:30 PM, in the meeting room of the New Church.
Annette Noto, 962-3788
This ministry of St. Patrick’s provides support for individuals and their families who are experiencing an employment crisis, by identifying and channeling available resources which can best assist them in their time of need. The group works through its bi-monthly insert in our bulletin and monthly meetings. The insert "Employment Exchange" provides a listing of available jobs and positions plus the opportunity to advertise one's skills and availability. The meetings provide guest speakers that address issues for people seeking employment. Qualified professionals are invited to provide useful information to those in the job market. The meetings also provide an opportunity for networking with others. The meetings are held at the Parish Center of the New Church, 7:00 PM on the first Thursday of the month. For more information, visit www.earnatstpats.com
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Ministers are people entrusted to perform a special function for members of their community. As a result of changes made by and the vision of the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Church, officially recognizes the ministry of helping priests and deacons in the distribution of Holy Communion either at Mass or when the Eucharist is carried to the homebound or hospitalized. These people are recognized as Special Ministers of the Eucharist. This ministry to the homebound represents an extension of the Parish’s Liturgy. St. Patrick’s is fortunate to have a dedicated and loyal group involved as Ministers of Holy Communion who serve our community faithfully and in a reverential way.
Formation as a Minister of Holy Communion involves a series of training sessions that include both the theology and practical aspects of this ministry and ends with commissioning. If you are interested or would like to nominate someone whom you feel is interested and willing to make a commitment to this ministry please contact the rectory.
June Papenfuss, 739-8537
The SPA assists the parish school by volunteer service and fund-raising. It promotes communication among parents, teachers and clergy of the parish. There is a general meeting each month of the school year, stressing the continuation of Catholic ideals in education.
The hospitality group provides our Parish with the opportunity to build community, spiritually and socially. St. Patrick’s Parish is large and sometimes the chances to meet and socialize with your fellow parishioners are limited. Every Sunday from the 3rd week in September to the 1st week of May after the 9:15 Mass, the members of Hospitality provide us the time and atmosphere to meet in the Msgr. Lynch Parish Center to share in some good nourishment for the body and some community spirit.
If you have the chance to join your fellow parishioners after the 9:15 mass, you will find a warm and friendly place.
Kelly Vardakus, 962-5586
The Reader's role during the Liturgy is to convey the word of God to the Assembly. Reading the Scriptural passages enhances the Spiritual experience for all of us. A group of dedicated people provides this ministry in our parish.
St. Patrick's Parish Library contains over 140 video discs, 500 videotapes and 2000 books. The library opens on Sunday at 10:15 AM and Tuesday at 9:30 AM. Please call 914-245-7253 for information, a printed video list, and to have items left for you at the Rectory. Items may be returned to the Library or the Rectory. Location: Lower level of the Main Church.
Videos may be borrowed for one week. For class or group use, a video may be reserved and a longer loan period arranged.
Books may be borrowed for three weeks.
On Tuesday mornings from October through May the library previews a video which is not yet part of its collection. The film is shown in the Parish Center meeting room after the 9 AM Mass and Rosary. All are welcome to use the library and attend previews, whether you are a parishioner or not.
Videos Available From St. Patrick's Library:
For Children, The Blessed Mother, Saints, Talks, Other Inspirational Videos, or click here for a list of our complete inventory.
"Midnight Run is an attempt to find a common ground between those of us who are housed and those of us who are not. Midnight Run tries to provide the homeless poor with a few of the bare essentials needed for survival. Midnight Run stands shoulder to shoulder with those who live in the shadows of the city" (excerpts from Midnight Run, Inc. statement of purpose). St. Patrick’s parish is blessed with a very active group that attends to that purpose to its fullest extent. Several times during the year this small group of parishioners ask for donations of various essentials to bring down to the homeless of New York City. You can help by providing the items requested, helping to prepare the food to hand out, or making a run into the city to distribute the items.
Contact: Maryanne or Mike at email@example.com
Please call the Rectory at 962.5050
This novena starts with a weekly mass Monday at 7:30PM in the Main Church.
" Those who sing pray twice." The Music Ministry at St. Patrick’s includes our Junior Choir (grades 3-8), our High School choir, our ensembles for the 5:15, 9:15, and 12:30 Masses, our 11:00 Mass choir, the 10:30 Folk Group, and our organists and cantors. Members of our Music Ministry serve the parish by helping to lead the sung prayer at weekend and Holy day Liturgies and at sacramental celebrations. Weekly rehearsals are times for learning and prayer to prepare for serving our sisters and brothers at worship. All are welcome to share in this ministry.
A spiritual organization of dedicated men and women who spend one hour in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament of the evening of the third Monday of each month from 7-8 PM in the Main Church Chapel.
The mission of Parenting Education is to present information about child development and age-appropriate behavior in a faith-filled and child friendly environment. Participants learn techniques of family communication, conflict resolution, and discipline techniques. Parents (grandparents and caretakers welcome ) and children from birth to school age meet weekly to play and pray together, develop new friendships, and strengthen attitudes consistent with Catholic teaching. Adults participate in educational discussions that explore child-rearing issues and enhance parenting skills, while children enjoy supervised play in the same room. New members are ALWAYS welcome!
Periodically, workshops are offered on topics such as Common Sense Parenting, Raising Teens, Effects of Brain Development on What We Do.
A pre-natal blessing is offered bi-annually for families expecting a new baby through birth or adoption.
An annual Blessing of Little Children is planned for all those who have young children.
Call the Rectory for further information, (914) 962-5050.
The Parish Pastoral Council assumes a consultative and advisory role to the pastor as per Canon Law, ever mindful of the concerns, hopes and needs of the parish while pursuing its mission. The Council by inquiry, reflection, deliberation and consensus presents recommendations to the Pastor who ultimately makes the final decisions.
Prayer meetings focus on praising and thanking God in prayer and song. Recognizing their need for the Holy Spirit, the group prays for His power and gifts to be active in their lives. Scripture is read to hear God’s guidance and members share how God has been working in their lives.
Members of the Prayer Group pray for each other, their families and loved ones, and others in need. Do you need prayer for a special intention? Call their prayer chain at 914-245-7253. Prayer meetings are held at 8 PM on Thursday in the Parish Center and everyone is welcome. The Prayer Group sponsors Healing Masses at St. Patrick’s four times a year. Twice a year the Prayer Group hosts Cluster meetings of the prayer groups of Northern Westchester and Putnam parishes.
This is a committee concerned with the dignity of human life in all its stages.
Within the parish there are Boy Scouts, Webelos, Cub Scouts, and Girl Scouts.
David Ellis, President, 962-4952
Mary DiSilva, Membership, 962-7723
Within the parish there are support groups for Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon.
This volunteer group sells gift certificates for some of the local supermarkets before and after weekend masses. Our parish receives 5-7% of all sales.
The purpose of the Teams of Our Lady is to help couples grow spiritually in their sacrament. Several couples come together once a month with a chaplain to share a meal like the early Christians (each couple brings something towards the meal). The couples take turns hosting the meeting. They pray together, discuss study material, which has been chosen for the year and share their experience since the last meeting.
There are various special activities such as retreats, evenings when all the teams gather together, and Marriage Enrichment day which was open to all the parishes in the Archdiocese. At each meeting a decade of the rosary is said for the vocations of the priesthood and for strengthening of marriage.
Teams of our Lady is a worldwide movement started in France in 1938. The Northern Westchester Sector includes 8 Teams from St. Patrick's Parish, and also Teams from Mahopac and Stamford, Ct.
The ushers of St. Patrick’s Church play an integral role in our parish spirit. They provide us with the comfort of a friendly greeting when we enter the Church for Mass.
Their responsibilities start before many of us arrive. Some of the more obvious tasks include: helping people find seating, arrange for the presentation of the gifts, and collection of the offerings.
When we finally leave the Church the Ushers are there to hand out the bulletins with the same warmth that greeted you before.
Each summer for one week our children are provided the opportunity to spend some time with Jesus as well as their friends, through our Vacation Bible School. The children learn scripture in a manner they can easily understand. There is time for play, crafts and songs all structured around Bible lessons. Several adult and student volunteers serve as guides for the children during the two weeks. St. Patrick’s school and play area serve as the backdrop for this fun-filled and spiritual way for your children to enjoy part of their summer. The program is for children from ages 4 to 11, and runs from 9:00AM to noon Monday through Friday. Adult volunteers are always needed to join in this special time with the children.
The Widow and Widower group is a follow-on to the Bereavement group. It's purpose is to provide a social gathering for parishioners and to provide for mutual support and sharing of experiences. The gatherings include brunches, attending shows, and social activities. The group meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 7:30PM to 9:00PM in the Msgr. Lynch Parish Center. Contact: Ada Ereno, 962-1815.
Yorktown Community Help, Inc. is a non profit organization which was started in the 1960’s by a group of Yorktown area clergy and civic leaders to help provide food for the needy of Yorktown at holiday time. In the early 1980’s the community life committee of St. Patrick’s parish council joined the group, which was down to just a few members, to revitalize and continue the work.
We have 3 large holiday distributions, at Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas for about 125 families in Yorktown. On the third Wednesday of each month we have a distribution of about 100 bags of food.
Food is collected at the Yorktown and Lakeland Schools at Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as many businesses in town. Cash donations are received at Easter time at St. Patrick’s as well as other churches and synagogues. Civic organizations support the needs on a year round basis. Students from St. Patrick’s School and CCD programs provide Christmas and Easter baskets.
Holiday time food is sorted by many youngsters doing community service from St. Patrick’s, other churches, Boy and Girl Scouts and adults of the community.
To Help support the food needs, " Thrifty Me," a thrift shop, is located at Yorktown Community Cultural Center. This is staffed by workers from the churches and civic organizations in Yorktown.
People who receive the food are referred to us by Yorktown area pastors, schools, officials, social services, section 8 and other referral agencies.
We feel that in a small way the food needs of our Yorktown neighbors are met.
"When I was hungry you gave me to Eat,
When I was thirsty you gave me a drink,
When I was naked, you clothed me,
When I was in prison you visited me"
In response to God's call to build up disciples of the Church, this group focuses on forming relationships with peers while strengthening the most important relationship, the one with Our Heavenly Father.
Middle School Youth Group (6th-8th grade):
This group meets every other week, on Wednesday evenings from 6pm-7:30pm in the Parish Center.
High School Group (9th-12th grade):
St. Patrick's SlamRocks (Soldiers Living according to the Magisterium).
This group meets weekly, on Saturdays after the 5:15pm Mass in the Parish Center ending at 8:30pm.
What we do:
Mixture of Faith, Food, and Fun!
Works of service
Visiting nursing homes, soup kitchen, Christmas caroling, writing letters to elderly,etc.
Trip to NYC, youth group Olympics, Kick-off party, etc.
Divine Mercy Shrine, St. Kateri Shrine, Shrine of the North American Martyrs,
Contact: Christopher and Megan Genn firstname.lastname@example.org