Altar Society
St. Catharine’s Altar Society provides volunteers a perfect opportunity for quiet reflection and meditation in the church while performing a valuable service. The Altar Society members, working in pairs, are responsible for the maintenance and beautification of the altar. They prepare the Sanctuary for the celebration of the Mass, taking care to adorn the Sanctuary to reflect the various Liturgical seasons throughout the year such as Advent, Christmas, Lent, Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter, special feasts honoring our Blessed Mother, Thanksgiving, etc. They also prepare the Sanctuary for celebrations of the Sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation. The members launder the altar linens, which are used at all masses. The Altar Society’s work is quiet and behind the scenes, overseeing the reverent care of the altar. No earthly beauty can compare with the loveliness of God’s presence, but it is for us to ensure that His dwelling place is maintained with the greatest dignity, honor, and respect that we can possibly offer. The Altar Society is a very important ministry to our parish throughout the entire year. Although the time spent is rewarding, the Altar Society is always in need of assistance and support. We extend an invitation to all women of St. Catharine’s parish to become active participants in the Altar Society. If you are willing to serve, please call Mary McCarroll at 359-2546 or Anna Stellwag at 359-0769.

St. Catharine's Adult Choir
"To sing is to pray twice." - St. Augustine. Each Sunday, when we gather to celebrate the Eucharist we sing sacred songs and hymns because music helps the words get into our hearts and our minds even better than listening or speaking does. The role of our Parish Choir is to invite the larger assembly into song, and to embellish the voice of the Congregation. The Choir uses their great gift of song to spread faith into our hearts and minds. We invite you to consider taking an active role by becoming involved in our Parish Choir. Our Adult Choir sings at the 11:00 AM liturgy, and at special events such as Christmas, Easter, Confirmation, and First Holy Communion. Members may commit to all or some liturgies. If interested, please stop by and speak with one of our musicians at mass, or email Jan Schutz at or Mary Anne Pagnani at

Children's Choir
No one can argue how beautiful children's voices sound when praising God in song. Our Children's Choir is always looking for new members. We are open to ALL children, 1st Grade and up. We sing monthly at the 9:30 AM Family Mass, as well as, some special celebrations at Christmas, Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, and Grandparents Day, to name a few. If you are interested, please call or email Mary Anne Pagnan at (845) 358-0739, or All are welcome and encouraged to join!

Bereavement Support Group
Sadly, Sr. Catherine Tahaney, who led our Bereavement Support Group for many, many years passed away on December 22, 2017. Sister Catherine was very special to us here at St. Catharine's and one of the kindest, most thoughtful and gentle people we've every known. She was truly a blessing. May she rest in peace in the arms of Jesus. Our Bereavement Support Group is on hold indefintely. In the meantime, you may wish to contact St. Francis of Assisi Church in West Nyack. Please phone their Rectory at (845) 634-4957 for more information. There is also a Bereavement Support Group, once a month on First Friday mornings, 10-11:30 AM at St. Ann's Church in Nyack. Please call Arlene Melillo at (845) 634-3882 for more information.

Driving to Mass Ministry
Senior Citizens, living in Blauvelt or Orangeburg, if you need a ride to/from St. Catharine's 11:00 AM Sunday Mass, please leave your name, address, and telephone number at the Parish Office, 359-0542. Someone will contact you with the Drivers' schedule, telephone numbers, and further information. In October, St. Catharine's "Drive to Mass Ministry" will begin its 27th year. They began in 1991 with fifteen volunteer drivers, four of whom (Embet Bernstein, Joan O'Keefe, and Janet & John D'Andrea) are still driving. The first Sunday of operations, October 6, 1991, five drivers (Embet Bernstein, Gerrie Sherwood, Eileen Berman, Cathy & Jim O'Brien, and Janet & Jim D'Andrea) drove some eighteen seniors and one adult child to St. Catharine's 10:30 AM Sunday Mass. Many thanks to John D'Andrea, and all the drivers, for helping St. Catharine's Senior Parishioners get to Sunday Mass all these years!

Family Mass
The Liturgical Committee of St. Catharine's was formed several years ago with the mission of creating a Children's Liturgy and Family Mass. Our 9:30 AM Sunday Mass is a wonderful weekly celebration using the Children's Lectionary that families can not only attend, but participate in. If your family has children younger than 2nd grade, they can participate by acting as greeters before mass and handing out the flyers, as well as, offertory gift bearers. If you have children older than 2nd grade, they can do the readings and responsorial psalms, in addition to helping out with greeting and offertory. And, if parents can also participate by reading the weekly petitions when we pray for others at mass. The readings are sent via email a week prior to your assigned mass date, and there will be someone at mass to give you the cues. Won't you please consider becoming part of something that has grown into such a beautiful celebration?

Good Samaritan Society
When you put a donation into the Poor Box in the lobby of our Church, you are contributing to our St. Vincent de Paul, Good Samaritan Society. The goal of the Good Samaritan Society is to provide support for members of our community in the form of short term financial assistance, distribution of food and gift cards at the holidays, and assistance in locating help from other agencies such as Catholic Community Services and local food pantries. If you are in need of assistance, please contact Monsignor McAree.

Ladies Guild
All Ladies of the Parish are invited to attend our 10th Annual Del 'Arte Cooking Class & Dinner on Wednesday, March 7 at 6:00 PM. The cost is $50 which includes the Cooking Class and a delicious four course meal with wine and soda included. Pre-registration and payment is required. Rsvp to Rosemary Pitruzzella at (845) 359-9269, or Kerry Beckmann at The purpose of the Ladies Guild is to bring the women of the Parish closer to God through the sharing of spiritual, social and intellectual experiences, reaching out and supporting others through prayer and action. The Guild is dedicated to the Blessed Mother through her title as "Our Lady Mother of the Church." We always welcome new members and new ideas. Dues are only $10 for the year. We have four gatherings a year, which will include a Christmas Party, a Communion Breakfast, and a May Crowning, in which we will have an opportunity to socialize, make new friends, and share our faith. Please join us!

God's Little Giants
St. Catharine's Little Giants Program is a wonderful ministry that responds to the religious and spiritual needs of students grades 1-8 who have physical, mental, or emotional challenges which may impair their participation in a regular classroom, and necessitate their receiving instruction in a small group, or one-on-one setting, or mainstreamed into the regular class, with special assistance. Our program meets on Saturday mornings from 9:00-10:00 AM in the new wing of the school building. Instruction is provided in small groups and parents are encouraged to join our catechists at each meeting. Children have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities that include preparing for sacraments, participating in Mass, singing, reading, and sharing. Our primary goal is for children to know that God loves them. Please call the PREP office at 845-359-4014 for more information.

Pamphlet Rack
On your way out of Church, take a look at our Pamphlet Rack. You'll find pamphlets, booklets, brochures, prayer cards, magazines, and newspapers that can assist you in your prayer life, give answers to your questions about Catholicism, keep you up to date on the Catholic scene, instruct you in matters of faith and morals, and give you some self-help tips. Balance your reading diet in the secular/religious world and entertain the kids and you. Our goal is to provide diversified Catholic reading materials at reasonable cost for parishioners and visitors to St. Catharine's.

St. Catharine's Prayer Group
St. Catharine's Prayer Group is a community of parishioners who meet every Thursday all year long at 1:30 to 2:30 PM in the Chapel and desire to grow spiritually by focusing on Scripture study. We meditate, sing, and share everyday experiences that help us grow, following God's guidelines. We also invite anyone from other parishes to join our continuing search for God's guidance in our daily lives. Please call Aida Dalandan at 845-359-9015 or email

Prayer Shawl
St. Catharine’s Prayer Shawl Ministry will take a short break and will begin again on January 11, 2018. We meet every Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00 PM in the Lower Parish House, from September through June. If you knit or crochet, or would like to learn – please join us for this Blessed Ministry. A hand knit or crochet prayer shawl is a tangible gift of our prayers for your loved one. In our eight years of existence, we have given over 500 beautiful handmade shawls to people who are sick, undergoing treatments, bereaved, pregnant, or in general poor health. And, this past year, we've started to knit beautiful little baby blankets for those children baptised at St. Catharine's! For information, call Louise Langan at 845-359-5648. Also, please call if you know of someone in need of one of these lovely shawls.

Praying College Moms
The Praying College Moms Ministry at St. Catharine's was formed by a group of moms with children of all ages. We come together to pray for our college-age children recognizing that this time of life for our children and for us can be filled with many changes and new experiences that can be challenging. We may wonder, "how can I help my child?" We can no longer be there to carry them through the difficult or challenging events of their lives, but we can pray for them. The power of prayer is like no other. Prayer heals. Prayer strengthens. Prayer unifies. Prayer conquers. Prayer changes everything. Please come join us as we gather to pray, share experiences, and to support each other as Moms. We meet once a month, usually the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM in the Lower Parish House, but please always check the bulletin. For more information e-mail Noreen Russell at:

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)
Each year on Holy Saturday during the Easter Vigil, thousands of men and women are received into the Catholic Church in the United States. Parishes welcome these new members through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). RCIA is a series of steps conducted in the context of learning about the faith and spiritual formation, through which a person is fully incorporated in the Body of Christ, the Church. Our annual RCIA program begins in September and concludes at the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday. This September, Mrs. Anna Stellwag, who has had the responsibility of the RCIA Program for the last fifteen years, will be stepping down and our Deacon John Jurasek, who recently retired after 25 years of Teaching, has graciously agreed to step in. To register for September, please contact Deacon Jurasek at (845) 365-3618 or email A special note of thanks to Anna Stellwag. Anna has done a wonderful job and spiritual service, a true ministry, in preparing our Catechumens these past 15 years, and even before that. God bless you and thank you, Anna, for all you have done and continue to do for St. Catharine's Church. We are truly blessed to have you here with us!!

TASC - Teen Association of St. Catharine's
All Confirmed Teens are invited to join TASC. TASC meets every Sunday evening from 5:30-6:45 PM in the Lower Church, and is a program “For the Teens, Run by the Teens.” TASC is a great way to grow spiritually, make new friends, develop leadership skills, improve our parish, community, and the world! TASC is also a great place to work on community service hours and college resumes. For information, contact Rita Sarubbi at (845) 641-3172 or via email to Activities for the year may include, but are not limited to, Bowling, Ice Skating, Mini Golf, Billiards, Valentines for Veterans, the Passion Play, Midnight Run, Movie Night, Parish Clothing Drive, Holiday Parties, Christmas Caroling, and so much more. Come join us!

Vacation Bible School
During the week of July 10-14, 62 children from PreK to 3rd Grade, enjoyed a wonderful time at our Vacation Bible School. This year's theme was "Pets Unleashed!" Children experienced God's Word in surprising and unforgettable ways. Each day, leaders reinforced one simple Bible Truth which made it easy to remember and apply to real life. Many hands were needed to plan and execute this program. We are very thankful to Catherine Linehan and all the volunteers for spending valuable summer hours helping others to learn more about Jesus Christ by praying, playing and participating. We were blessed by your energy and excitement. And, we look forward to next summer's Vacation Bible School. We would also like to give a special "thank you" to Candace Robinson from the R.E.A.D. Program (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) for volunteering her time to bring her Therapy Dog, Buster, to this year's Vacation Bible School so the students could read to Buster! The R.E.A.D. Program improves children's reading and communications skills by employing a powerful method - reading to an animal! But, not just any animal. Buster, and those like him, are registered therapy animals who volunteer with their owner/handlers as a team, going to schools, libraries, and many other settings. Thank you, Candace and Buster, for making Vacation Bible School extra-special for us this year!