Social Activities

Joe Onativia has been organizing trips for St. Catharine's parishioners for 22 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!

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 this year. Please watch the Sunday Bulletin and this Website for more upcoming trips!

Joe's Reviews are almost as much fun as his trips! Here's Joe's Review of the February 1 Trip to see "Neil Berg's 100 Years on Broadway." "On Thursday, February 1, we went to the Matinee Show of 'Neil Berg's 100 Years on Broadway,' at the Westchester Dinner Theatre. We had 44 people on the bus and everybody enjoyed the Show and lunch. As I said previously, the parking is very easy for the bus and the bus driver leaves everybody off in front of the door. Neil Berg graduated from Tappan Zee High School in the early 80's. He knew a lot of the people on the bus because their children either played an instrument with him or went to school with him. There was a cast of six people. They sang all the songs from Phantom of the Opera, Fiddler on the Roof, Beautiful, Motown, South Pacific, and a number of other Shows. I give this Show ****. It was excellent. There was something for everybody. Lunch was very good. I had the fish for lunch and a glass of wine. You had your choice of six entrees. (Yes, Patti, Chicken Marsala on the menu. Some people ordered it and it looked very good.) Dessert was included with very hot coffee. We got to meet Neil Berg after the Show. He was very cordial, taking pictures with us. We will be going to another Neil Berg Show on Saturday night, July 21, to see "Neil Berg's 50 Years of Rock & Roll." You are going to hear songs from the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's. You will hear tributes to Elvis, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, the Beatles, Frankie Valli, Motown, Janis Joplin, Billy Joel, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, and so many others. All of our upcoming six shows are "Sold Out!" Thank you for your support."

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!

Saturday, April 28 - Trip to One World Observatory (the Freedom Tower) in Lower Manhattan. This is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. 102 Floor of One World Trade Center. Climb 102 floors in 42 seconds. Tour with Art, our favorite Tour Guide, of Lower Manhattan, maybe parts of Brooklyn. Walking is involved. Some of the highlights - take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry. Go to the African Burial Grounds Museum, and various other sites in the area. Lunch at a fine Italian restaurant near Wall Street. Lunch will consist of an appetizer, main course, dessert, coffee, soda. Cost is $117 which includes gratuities, coach bus. Bus leaves our parking lot at 8:00 AM.SOLD OUT, BUT WAIT-LIST IS AVAILABLE!

NEW - Sunday matinee, May 20 - Trip to Bergen PAC to see the Return of Kenny Vance & the Planatones. If you like Doo Wop, this is the show for you! Some of the groups appearing: The Dubs (Could This be Magic), Harptones (Sunday Kind of Love), Fascinators, Dimensions, Acappela by the Classic Sounds (great group). The main attraction is Kenny Vance who has been ill for the last four years. I saw him up at Mohegan Sun last month and he sounds great. How about songs like "Diamonds & Pearls," "Looking for an Echo," and so many other songs. We purchased 44 tickets in the Rear Orchestra on the sides. We got a nice discount on the tickets. Cost of the trip is $79 with a coach bus, ticket to the show. We would leave at 1:30 PM sharp. If we don't go to these Doo Wop shows, this music is going to die and nobody will ever know about these great groups and songs.SOLD OUT, BUT WAIT-LIST IS AVAILABLE!

Friday night, June 8 - Trip to Citifield to see the Yankees vs. Mets.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!SOLD OUT, BUT WAIT LIST IS AVAILABLE!

Friday, June 29 - Trip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania 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 #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.SOLD OUT, BUT WAIT-LIST IS AVAILABLE!

NEW - Saturday night, July 21 - Trip to Westchester Dinner Theatre to see "Neil Berg's 50 Years of Rock & Roll." From the beginning of Rock & Roll in the 50's and through the Glory Years of 60's, 70's, up until the 80's. Neil Berg uses fascinating stories, with tributes to Elvis, Little Richard, Ray Charles, Buddy Holly, Frankie Valli, The Beatles, Motown, Janis Joplin, Carole King, Let Zeppelin, Billy Joel, Fleetwood Mac, and many others. Cost is $108 with dinner, coach bus. 5:30 PM depature.

NEW - Wednesday, August 22 - Miraculous Medal Shrine Pilgrimage to Philadelphia. Feast of the Queenship of Mary. Discover the fascinating details about the Blessed Mother's appearances to St. Catherine Laboure. Learn of the many miracles associated with the Miraculous Medal. There will be Mass, Confessions, a Speaker. Tour of the World Class Art Museum featuring over 400 magnificent works of Marian & Religious art. Opportunity for a plenary indulgence. Cost is $60 which includes a boxed lunch, coach bus, coffee and breakfast treats in the morning. Bus will leave at 7:45 AM.

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.Loge tickets are sold out, but we purchased 48 more tickets in Orchestra 2. Cost is $195.SOLD OUT, BUT WAIT-LIST IS AVAILABLE!

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