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Bereavement Ministry
- Individuals who help others who have suffered a loss of a loved one. Each facilitator is required to undergo training in grief and loss in order to lead a group and create an environment where people can gather and express their own grief, learn more about the process of grieving and, through prayer and ritual, mourn the loss of a loved one. The group led by the facilitator is close-ended and meets for a series of seven sessions.




Blood Drive
- The parish conducts blood drives each spring and fall under the auspices of Long Island Blood Services with the assistance of the St. Agnes Council of the Knights of Columbus. Information about the blood drives will appear in the bulletin. Anyone 17 years or older, in good health and weighing at least 100 pounds may donate blood. (16 year olds need parental consent and if you are over 75 you will need to bring a note from your physician.) Everyone must have picture ID with signature (i.e. driver's license)
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Consider donating your blood to save lives. If you are unable to donate, consider donating your time to help during the drives registering donors after Masses,  making phone calls or helping with hospitality during the drive.


 
 
Giving Tree
- The Giving Tree began in 1994 as a St. Agnes Youth Group activity and two years later expanded to the entire parish. Since then several thousand ornaments have been distributed every year by hundreds of adults and children from St. Agnes. Our generous parishioners donate thousands of gifts after which the Giving Tree committee swings into action—sorting, organizing and preparing the gifts for distribution.

The gifts are donated to various outreach and charitable organizations which use the gifts to make the Christmas season brighter for those less fortunate among us.
 
  
Knights of Columbus
- The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal and benevolent organization of Catholic men witnessing to the faith by their camaraderie and their works of charity. St. Agnes Council 2548 sponsors several youth organizations and activities such as the parish-based Boy Scout and Cub Scout troops and annual essay competitions and the basketball free-throw contest. The council assists the parish in all areas of stewardship with its members’ time, talent and treasure, which they offer both individually and collectively. Its charitable works
include financial assistance to seminarians and to other worthy organizations and causes. Among the many
activities that the Council sponsors, promotes and supports is the Rockville Centre St. Patrick’s Parade.
Throughout the year, members and their families have the opportunity to enjoy and participate in many religious and social activities. The St. Agnes Council meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month in the Youth Ministry Room of the Parish Ministry Building. 
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 Parish Outreach -
Based on love of neighbor and the love of God, St. Agnes Parish Outreach provides assistance to our brothers and sisters in need throughout the year. For over 34 years it has been helping people from all parts of the Rockville Centre community. Our mandate comes from St. Matthew’s account of the final judgment, when we will be judged on our love of neighbor as well as our love of God. Among the services Outreach provides are: Food, clothing and furniture assistance, Information and referral,  Advocacy, Assistance to families in securing home health aides, companions and house cleaners, Networking with the St. Vincent de Paul society, the Mayor’s office and the Economic Opportunity Council, Delivering Meals on Wheels to the frail elderly of our community, Holiday baskets for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter for the needy, Sponsoring a Christmas toy drive, You can participate in many ways: by donating food, clothing, furniture, gift cards, cash or your time, and, especially, your prayers.  

 


Parish Party Committee
- The Committee prepares for the annual parish party held every fall in the Parish Center. The parish party provides an opportunity for the parish to enjoy an evening of conversation, music, dancing, dining and enjoyment and to honor someone who has made significant contributions to the parish. Each spring the Rector asks a different couple to chair the event and form a committee to organize the event and produce the journal which is a major fund raiser for the parish. Besides making the party a reality, the committee has proven to be a vehicle wherein friendships are developed and nurtured.
 

Pastoral Council - Pastors know that Christ did not mean for them to shoulder the entire mission of the Church themselves. A pastor needs to consult with the laity who in turn have the right to express their views and concerns to the pastor. An important structure to foster this collaboration is the parish pastoral Council. The Council is generally comprised of eleven members of the parish and the Rector. The Council could be envisioned as a “think tank” for the pastoral staff. It reviews the Parish mission statement and seeks better ways for the parish to envision its goals. The Council meets once a month.  MORE...

 
 


Parish Website Team -
The Web Site Team of the Parish of St. Agnes Cathedral is a voluntary group of parishioners, open to all ages. The team exists to answer the challenge of searching out, evaluating and implementing ways in which the internet and technology can be used to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.  We do this in order that people may be assisted in living out their baptismal calling; that people may continue to grow into becoming one body; and to extend our parish’s faith and knowledge.

The team directly maintains our parish website (www.stagnescathedral.org) as well as assists St. Agnes Cathedral School in maintaining the school’s website (www.stagnes-school.org).   The parish website is maintained as a primary source of timely and value added information for our parishioners and internet visitors.  In addition, the team administers the e-mail accounts of the pastoral staff and parish ministries. Assistance and technology advice is provided to all parish organizations and ministries in meeting the needs of their members.   New members are always welcome as we look for ways to enhance our parish presence on the internet.
 

 

Respect Life - The mission of the Respect Life Group is to “promote the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death through prayer, education, advocacy and peaceful presence.” The group meets monthly September through June. It participates in the annual events—“March for Life” in Washington D.C., “Stand-Up for Life” in Huntington and the “National Night of Prayer.” The group also prays the rosary in front of the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Hempstead; hosts educational speakers on current life issues; promotes boycotts of companies that support Planned Parenthood and abortion; urges legislative
action in support of human life and fundraises for organizations that support life-affirming alternatives to abortion.

 


St. Vincent de Paul Society
- Advocates and educates on behalf of the poor and elderly. The Society works closely with the Parish Outreach Office and meets twice monthly.  A central part of the Society's work is to meet with families in need, assess their situation and work to fill these needs.  The Society attempts to help with their day to day needs-food, clothing, shelter and direction.
 

Senior Club
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The Senior Club welcomes all people in the Rockville Centre community and surrounding areas who are 50 years of age or older. Members participate in both spiritual and social activities. The club sponsors outside speakers, outings and trips, luncheons, socials and a “lending library.” It also supports the Parish Outreach Center with food and clothing. The club’s meetings provide the opportunity to socialize with coffee and cake as well as learn. The club meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 1:00 p.m. in the Parish Center. New members are always welcome.
 

 

Stewardship Committee
- Stewardship acknowledges that God is the source of all our gifts and talents, and we are the caretakers of these gifts. Effective stewardship education and formation rely on leadership by example. Stewardship encourages us to make a difference and to become involved. It challenges individuals and families to re-examine their relationship with God, each other, the workplace, the community and the parish. It increases awareness and appreciation of the presence of the Lord in our lives. Where stewardship has been implemented, both givers’ and receivers’ lives have been changed. True conversion has taken place in the hearts and minds of many who embrace Stewardship as a way of life.
The promotion of the practice of stewardship is important for the mission of the Church and for the spiritual well-being of each individual Christian. “Everyone benefits from the sacrificial gift one makes of his time, talent and treasure" (Pope Benedict XVI). The Stewardship Committee facilitates and supports the growth of the Parish by responding with our Time, Talent and Treasure in response to God’s many gifts
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