Social Activities

Joe Onativia has been organizing trips for St. Catharine's parishioners for 20 years. In that time, he has arranged over 200 trips to Broadway Shows, Westchester Dinner Theatre, Elmwood Theatre in Nyack, Restaurants on Arthur Avenue, Little Italy, Chinatown, Baseball Games, Army Football Games, Sight & Sound Theatre, the Botanical Gardens, Tours of New York City, Brooklyn, Bronx, and numerous other places! Joe is one of the nicest, most dedicated, and hardest-working people you'll ever meet. We are blessed to have you in our Parish, Joe! Thank you, and God bless you!

Joe's Reviews are almost as much fun as his trips! Here's Joe's Review of The Buddy Holly Tribute. "What a great night we had on Saturday, July 29th. We had 54 people on the bus and everybody enjoyed themselves. The tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper was great! It was a tragedy that on February 3, 1959, all three singers died in a plane crash in Clear Lake, Idaho. All the big hits by these great artists were sung. The name of the Show was, “The Day the Music Lived.” The musicians were also excellent. They had a trumpet player and bass player that were great. Songs that were sung by Buddy Holly were “Peggy Sue,” “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore,” “Oh Boy,” “Rave On,” and many other hits. Ritchie Valens songs were, “Donna,” “Come On, Let’s Go,” and “La Bamba.” The food was very good. Most people had the Prime Rib. I, myself, had the Filet of Sole which was pretty good. (I’m sorry, Patti, I can’t tell you about the Chicken Marsala. They didn’t have it on the menu. I think they got the hint!) I have to give this Show Five Stars as being “Excellent!” We got to meet Todd Meredith who plays Buddy Holly in the Show, after the Show. I even had my picture taken with him! It is just a pleasure to go to the Westchester Dinner Theatre. It is thirty minutes away. Parking for the bus is very easy. The seating is excellent, there isn’t a bad seat in the house. “Rave On!”

Each year, Joe comes up with new and exciting trips for us, below are just a few examples coming up for 2017. Please watch the Sunday Bulletin and this Website for more upcoming trips!

Saturday, September 2 - Sightseeing Trip of NYC and Ferry Cruise around Manhattan. St. Catharine's Church and the Blauvelt Free Library are having a Sightseeing Trip of New York City and we will also be doing a cruise on a ferry around Manhattan. We chartered the Double Decker Grayline Bus, we will be the only ones on the bus. Cost is $95 which includes a Box Lunch with beverage. Bus will leave at 8:00 AM from St. Catharine's parking lot. Please make your check payable to Blauvelt Free Library.Sold Out - but wait-list is available.

NEW - Saturday, September 30 - Trip to Michie Stadium at West Point to see Army vs. University of El Paso. Time of Game is 3:30 PM. Bus will depart TBD. This is a beautiful time of the year up at West Point. Army beat Navy last year. We will tailgate before the game. Cost of the trip is $74 which includes the ticket to the game, coach bus, tailgating (foods and drinks provided). We must have at least 36 people for this trip. If interested, please let Joe know as soon as possible.

Friday night, October 6 - "The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze" More than 7,000 pumpkins light up the night! All are designed and individually hand-carved on site by a team of Artisans. Also, the Horseman's Hollow at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow. For ages 10+. This is the #1 haunted attraction right in the heart of the village. Visitors begin walking a haunted trail, stumbling upon scary scenes of a town driven mad by the Headless Horseman. Warning: This event is not suitable for adults who are claustrophobic, or with heart or respiratory conditions. Enter at your own risk! Bus will leave at 5:45 PM. No dinner, but there are concession booths that sell hot dogs, hamburgers and sweets and other foods. Cost is $71 each. We got a special discount with a group. By the way, every night of this event was sold out last year!

New - Friday, October 13 - National Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Washington, N.J. This is the 100th Anniversary of the Sixth Apparition of Our Lady at Fatima, Portugal. There will be a Rosary, Mass, scheduled speakers and processions held to commemorate Our Lady's appearance. Bus will leave 8:00 AM Sharp. Cost is $40 per person. Bring your own lunch, we will supply water and soda.

Saturday, November 4 - Byers Choice, Ltd. in Chalfont, PA (approximately two hour ride) This is the home of the Carolers Figurines, the largest producers of Christmas decorations in the US. The Christmas Gallery displays over 400 figurines in various winter settings. There is a Christmas Visitors Center and Museum. They have over 200 Nativity Scenes. Brunch in Bucks County. We will visit Peddler's Village where they have over 60 specialty shops, Home Goods, local Artisans. Get a start on your Christmas shopping early. Cost is $85 which includes a Coach Bus, Brunch and all gratuities. Bus will leave 7:45 AM.

Trips get sold out very quickly, so please make your reservations early. All trips must be paid for when making your reservations. Make checks payable to St. Catharine's Church and mail to Joseph Onativia, 139 Moison Road, N., Blauvelt, New York 10913. All trips are on Leprechaun Coach Buses with restrooms.

For further info, call Joe, 365-1151; Cell, 646-648-0823; E-mail Jogger3@optonline.net