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 Reviews of our trip to Byers Choice in Pennsylvania on November 4.

“On Saturday, November 4th, we went to Byers Choice where they make the Carolers Figurines, and Peddlers Village, where we ate and went shopping. It was a beautiful day in the 70’s. We had 37 people on the bus. Everybody enjoyed the day. We went to Byers Choice first where we were greeted with “Merry Christmas” when we got off the bus. We were shown a short video about Byers Choice and how they make the different figurines. It takes 13 days to make one figurine. It is a business that has been owned by a husband and wife for thirty years. They are very religious. They give twenty percent of their profits back to local charities. They are closed on Sundays. Everybody on the bus bought some type of figurine or Christmas Nativity scene. They had a very big display of the different figurines and kindles. Our next stop was to Peddlers Village, where we had lunch. It was a buffet lunch and it was delicious. (Note to Patti, I stayed away from the Chicken Marsala as one of my dishes. But, I think, if I had ordered the Chicken Marsala, it would have been delicious also!!) We had two different types of salads, salmon, beef tenderloin, roasted turkey breast, mashed potatoes and homemade desserts. The best dessert was the Apple Crisp Pie! I went for the Cheesecake which was homemade. After lunch, we walked around to the different stores. Walking felt good after eating such a big meal. It was also their Apple Festival. I purchased a bushel of Honey Crisp apples and shared them with Tricia McDevitt. These were the best apples around! She thought they were the best apples she ever ate, too! (LOL! We may be exaggerating a little bit!!) It was just a fun day and you felt good after this trip. I would definitely go back to Byers Choice and Peddlers Village. I just would not go when it is their Apple Festival. There were too many people, and they said it was the largest crowd of the year! I give this trip **** Four Stars! No more trips this year, and that means no more of my Reviews. Stay tuned for some great trips in 2018. Merry Christmas to everybody and your families!! Joe”

Message from Joe - "Thank you to everybody who went on our trips last year. We had sellouts for each trip. 2018 is the 150th Anniversary of St. Catharine of Alexandria's Parish. I would like to dedicate the Social Activities trips to the 150th Anniversary of our Parish. We have a number of fun trips planned for the Winter & Spring. Please watch the Sunday Bulletin and this Website for more upcoming trips! Remember - Tickets make great Christmas gifts!!"

Saturday, January 20, 2018 - "Beautiful" on Broadway We saw this show three years ago and I think everyone enjoyed it. We will go to a Saturday matinee, 2:00 PM. I have Orchestra tickets. The cost for the Orchestra seats will be $129, including Leprechaun Coach Bus. The seats are very good in this theatre. There is no lunch on this trip.SOLD OUT, BUT WAIT-LIST IS AVAIALABLE!

Thursday evening, February 1 - "Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway” at the Westchester Dinner Theatre. Musical revue of Broadway’s most celebrated shows featuring a dazzling cast of Broadway Stars. Hear songs from Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof, South Pacific, and many more. Cost is $110 which includes dinner, all gratuities, and Coach Bus. Bus will leave 5:30 PM.

Tuesday, March 13 - "Rhythm of the Dance" at the Westchester Dinner Theatre There will be Irish Step Dancers, the Three Irish Tenors, and live performances from the entire Troupe. They have appeared in over 51 countries. This will get you in the mood for St. Patrick's Day! I've ordered 50 tickets and they are right in the center. I don't think you will want to miss this show. The cost is $100 which includes dinner and Leprechaun Coach Bus. On October 1st, they raised their prices, but I got in under the old price!SOLD OUT, BUT WAIT-LIST IS AVAILABLE!

NEW - Saturday, April 28 - Trip to the Freedom Tower in Lower Manhattan. Tour with Art, our favorite Tour Guide, of Lower Manhattan, maybe parts of Brooklyn. Visit a couple of museums. Lunch at a fine Italian restaurant in Lower Manhattan. I don't have the itinerary yet or the price, but I will get back to you on this!!

NEW - Friday night, June 8 - Trip to Citifield to see the Yankees vs. Mets. This is definitely going to be a "sell-out!" I purchased 50 tickets in section 515 in the Reserve Promenade (Upper Deck) right behind Home Plate! It is T-Shirt Night. The cost is $120 which includes a ticket to the game, coach bus with your favorite beverages, Yankees & Mets movies on the bus, snacks. Wear your favorite Mets or Yankees hats and shirts. Also, you will be able to go to the Promenade, Caesar, and one other Club with your ticket stub. Bus will leave 4:30 PM Sharp!

NEW - Friday, June 29 - Trip to Lancaster, Pennsyvlania to Sight & Sound Theatre to see "Jesus." "Jesus" is the action-packed musical stage adventure that takes you on a miraculous journey alongside the most famous person ever to walk the Earth and the everyday people whose lives he changed forever. TIme TBD. Lunch is at the Number 1 Restaurant in Lancaster, Miller's Smorgasbord. Breakfast treats in the morning, including coffee. Cost is $135 which includes a Coach Bus with restroom, lunch, all gratuities. Seats are in the Orchestra in the Center.

NEW - Sunday matinee, September 16 - Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center to see "My Fair Lady." You don't want to miss this show! Hear songs like "I Could Have Danced All Night," "Get Me to the Church on Time," "The Rain in Spain." This revival was hailed as one of the best musicals of the century. Seats are in Loge 2, which is the side loge. If you have been with us previously to see "South Pacific, or "War Horse," this is the best theatre to see a show, no matter where you sit. Bus will leave 10:30 AM. Cost is $175 which will include going to lunch at Tony's DiNapoli Restaurant on the East Side. For this trip, I would like a $100 deposit by February 1, with the balance due by April 30.

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