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Catholic Daughters

St. Patrick’s is home to the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, known as Court Queen of the Universe #1702, which was established in July 1955. Our CDA members participate in religious, charitable, and educational works in keeping with their motto: “Unity and Charity.”

Our CDA Court is a particularly vibrant one. From September through June, members meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. to discuss upcoming local, State, and National CDA events, plan future activities, and socialize. There is also a CDA Novena Mass at 7:30 p.m. on the third Monday of the month.

Our Court hosts several fundraisers throughout the year, including a Birthright Baby Shower to help mothers and infants in need, two popular annual bake sales, a Mother’s Day flower sale, plus varying events which in the past have included such fun activities as a Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show, a buffet dinner and Line Dancing Night, Chinese Auction, Scholarship Luncheon, raffles, etc. These events are varied and always lots of fun! The fundraisers make it possible for St. Patrick’s CDA to offer scholarships to Catholic high school students, as well as help support several charitable organizations such as St. Patrick’s Parish Outreach Program, Pro-Life, and Lenten Project, Hope House, Birthright, Habitat for Humanity, our seminarians, and many state and national CDA projects.

Young ladies in grades 6 through 11 who are interested in serving the needs of our community can join our Junior Catholic Daughters chapter, which meets on the third Tuesday of every month throughout the school year.

For information on becoming a CDA or Junior CDA member, please email CDA Regent Kristine Chayes at kchayes@optonline.net. We look forward to welcoming you as a future member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas!

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Columbiettes

The women’s arm of the Knights of Columbus is the Columbiettes. At St. Patrick’s the Holy Mother Mary Columbiettes received its charter on February 16, 1966. Rose Brenna was the organization’s first president. There were 24 original members. Today, 80 members give of their time, talent, and treasure in order to give spiritual and material support to Holy Mother Church, to their brother knights, and to their community.

Members become involved for many reasons. Some have been inspired by their husbands.

“I became involved with the Columbiettes because my husband is a Knight, said Rosemary Truglio. “I saw first hand all the wonderful things the Knights do and how the Columbiettes support them. After joining, I realized that the Columbiettes not only help the Knights but also undertake their own projects to contribute to the Church and the community. I have also experienced their warmth and zeal in helping a sister Columbiette.”

Meetings are held on the second Monday of the month and a number of good works usually result. Annual fund raisers (including a spaghetti dinner, international dinner, Christmas luncheon, and a card party) enable the Columbiettes to support more than 14 charities. The members also prepare Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets for the local outreach programs, and transcribe alphabet books for blind children. Each year, the Columbiette Community Service scholarship is awarded to two eighth grade girls – one from St. Patrick School and one from Sts. Philip and James School.

One of the more memorable events for Past President Arline Alifano was a square dance. “The square dance was very successful for us,” she said. “I’m sure many of the Knights will remember this dance. I have always been very proud to be a Columbiette and to have been one of their presidents.”

The Columbiettes also share in one another’s joys and sorrows. A special fundraiser was held for one Columbiette who, due to an unforeseen crisis, needed assistance. A successful dinner raised more than $7,000.00 for the family. The Columbiettes also worked with St. Patrick’s Outreach Program to give clothing and food to a local family in need.

Some of the spiritual activities of Columbiettes include a Living Rosary, a Memorial Mass, an Advent Service, the Stations of the Cross, and the May Crowning. Prior to each meeting, the Columbiettes gather to pray the Rosary for the intentions of the membership. Columbiette Chaplain, Father Douglas Arcoleo, periodically speaks on religious issues, helping to enrich the members’ understanding of the faith.

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Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal order of Catholic men. The Holy Mother Mary Council #3958 of the Knights was one of the first parish organizations at St. Patrick’s.

The Council was established in 1954 and chartered in 1955. Initially the Council had members from Smithtown, Hauppauge, Stony Brook, Commack, and Nissequogue, since many of the parishes in these areas had yet to be formed.

The purpose of the Knights of Columbus is to bring Catholic gentlemen together in a fraternal atmosphere for God, Church, and country, and to assist, whenever possible, people in distress. To become a Knight, members achieve different degrees or steps, with emphasis on God and Church, in conjunction with area councils.

The Holy Mother Mary Council is a very active one, sponsoring the annual Memorial Day Parade in Smithtown, holding fund raisers for families in need, serving breakfast to those traveling to the March for Life in Washington D.C., giving monetary contributions to seminarians, displaying “Keep Christ in Christmas” signs in Smithtown, awarding scholarships, delivering food to St. John of God and St. Joseph parishes on a weekly basis, serving hamburgers and hot dogs after our annual Beach Mass, and much more.

The Knights also have an excellent insurance program that brother Knights can participate in at a rate they can afford.

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Legion of Mary

The purpose of the Legion of Mary is two-fold: The spiritual development of its members and advancing the reign of Christ through Our Lady. At St. Patrick’s, members of the Legion of Mary meet weekly on Tuesday mornings.

The Legion of Mary participates in the life of our parish in many ways. These include:

  • Visits to the sick, elderly and homebound in our parish
  • Rosary Maker groups
  • Rosary prayer at local nursing homes
  • Pro-Life efforts
  • Hosting First Saturday Devotions
  • Coordinating the Blessing of the Newly Baptized
  • Home visitations with the Pilgrim Virgin Statue
  • Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in homes
  • Hosting special events such as the Night of Prayer for our country and investiture in the Brown Scapular

For more information on the Legion of Mary, email legionofmary@stpatricksmithtown.org

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Nocturnal Adoration Society

The Nocturnal Adoration Society is an association of Catholics dedicated to prayer before the Eucharist for the praise of God and for the needs of the world. Membership requires one thing only; to spend one hour, once a month during the hours of the night, in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament exposed in church.

At St. Patrick’s, Nocturnal Adoration members worship in one hour shifts on the third Saturday of each month beginning at 9 PM (immediately following the 8:00 PM Saturday Mass). Members pray throughout the night, ending with Benediction at 7:00 AM on Sunday. Nocturnal Adoration offers an opportunity to respond to the plea of Jesus on the night before He died: “Could you not spend one hour with me?”

The Nocturnal Adoration Society is one of the oldest societies in our parish. St. Patrick’s became a parish in July of 1952. The Nocturnal Adoration Society was organized in October of 1953.

Nocturnal Adoration offers a unique opportunity to be in the presence of Jesus at a time when there are no distractions; to meditate on His passion, death and resurrection; to pray with Him to our Father; and to receive the strength of the Holy Spirit to continue His mission of love and compassion. Members pray for the intentions of society members worldwide, for world peace, for pro-life issues, vocations, victims of war and natural disasters, and our departed brothers and sisters.

All are invited to come and pray at any time during the night.

For more information on the Nocturnal Adoration Society, please call Pat McDonnell at 265-5352 or email Pmac79@aol.com.

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Pro-Life Family Ministry

This message from Pope John Paul II’s Gospel of Life is one that St. Patrick’s Pro-Life Family is working to promote. They host a Pro-Life Holy Hour on the third Tuesday of the month which includes praying the Rosary, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction. Many members also gather peacefully in front of the Planned Parenthood facility on Maple Avenue to pray the Rosary to end abortion.

Pro-Life Family Ministry also sponsors a breakfast on Pro-Life Sunday in October and many members participate in the Stand Up for Life event held in the afternoon on Pro-Life Sunday. Members also participate in the annual Night of Prayer for Life with other parishes across the country. Members also keep abreast of legislation affecting life issues and write letters to elected officials.

While it may seem that the fight to end legalized abortion is an overwhelming one, Pro-Life Family Ministry is making a difference. Through vigilance and hard work, legislative battles have been won. And through their prayerful presence at the Planned Parenthood facility, lives have been saved.

For more information on St. Patrick Pro-life Family Ministry contact Ignatius Rienzo at 631-265-1081.

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Sacred Heart Charismatic Prayer Group

Sacred Heart Prayer Group is a charismatic prayer group that meets on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 PM in the Parish Center. A typical meeting includes worshiping God in song, sharing from scripture, sharing personal testimonies on God’s work in people’s lives, and prayers over people for healing of any type. All are welcome!

For more information on the prayer group, call Barbara at 631-366-0252 or email sacredheart@stpatricksmithtown.org.

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St. Anne Women's Prayer Group

Do you feel compelled to pray for your family? Do you have a heart for all the suffering in our world today? Do you have a desire to pray with other women for these intentions? Then maybe God is calling you to join our St. Anne Women’s Prayer Group.

Join us every Tuesday afternoon from 1:00-2:00pm in the Parish Center (formerly the Convent).

For more information, contact Ann 631-724-4749 or Joan 631-379-7438.

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Young Adults

If you are between the ages of 21 and 35, consider joining our young adult group.

Our young adults are involved in community service working with the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless and our Parish Outreach. They have Holy Hours, picnics, social gatherings and faith sharing meetings. Meetings take place on non-consecutive Thursday evenings. The group’s moderator is Fr. Sean Magaldi.

For information, email youngadults@stpatricksmithtown.org.