Here at St. Christopher and St. Margaret Mary we have over 40 Ministries and Groups.
There’s something for everyone, from children to seniors, men and women and families,
separated and divorced, and the bereaved. We also have a strong bond with the
Knights of Columbus and Columbiettes, and other organizations.
You can enrich your parish and Catholic experience by participating and volunteering in any one or more of the Ministries
and Groups. You can participate as much or as little as your time allows. How perfect is it to extend yourself just a little and
reap the benefits of “Community”.
Below are the Ministries and Groups. Look them over. If you see something that interest you, you have a
question or would like to obtain some information please reach out to the “Contact” name listed or complete an
“Information Request Form” or pick up a printed copy from the rear of the church and drop it into the Collection Basket,
Suggestion Box or at the Parish Office.
200 Club, The Friends of St. Margaret Mary
A fund raising group formed prior to the merger of St. Christopher and St. Margaret Mary. It's limited to 200 members
who’s membership is $300. After all monthly prizes and a $10,000 grand prize to one winner are drawn, the remaining
balance is given to the parish for a targeted use. The next cycle begins in February, 2017 but you can join as early as
October for the next cycle.
- Joe Tuzzolo, at (954) 661-3895
Assist our clergy at religious services and ceremonies. Servers should be mature enough to understand their
responsibilities and to carry them out with appropriate reverence. They should have already received holy
communion for the first time and normally receive the Eucharist whenever they participate in the liturgy.
- Father Joe, Parish Office (718) 351-2452
- Barbara Regan, 718-351-2119 or email@example.com
Insures the cleanliness, order and beauty of our churches. The schedule works in such a way that each volunteer
would be assigned two hours every seven weeks.
- Barbara Fiore for St. Christophe Church, (917) 593-4743
- Margaret Pisciottano for St. Margaret Mary), Parish Office (718) 351-2452.
Alumni, School, St. Christopher and St. Margaret Mary School
The St. Christopher and St. Margaret Mary Alumni Association provides financial support and leadership for
continued school facility improvements and tuition assistance which benefits the parish and school. Additionally, they
“pay forward” the amazing school spirit, traditions, family values and education they themselves obtained.
Help support our school and Catholic education.
- Brad Copp, Parish Office (718) 351-2452.
Bereavement Support Group
The Group's goal is to provide a safe place where the bereaved can share their experiences with others,
learn about the process of grief and be supported by their Church family during a difficult time.
The Pastoral Bereavement Program of the Archdiocese of New York is the Church's response to God's call to
comfort those who mourn. Open to people of all faiths.
- Parish Office (718) 351-2452.
- Meetings are held in the St. Christopher Rectory (130 Midland Avenue) on Mondays, 7:00pm - 8:30pm,
from September 26, 2016 - December 12, 2016.
Communications is responsible for the publishing and dissemination of church information that is important,
informative and timely to the parishioners.
- Altar Announcements … Parish Office and Barbara Regan
- facebook ……….……. Volunteer Needed. Please contact the Parish Office (718) 351-2452
- Flocknote (email) …... Jerry LePre, firstname.lastname@example.org
- FORMED ……....……. Jerry LePre, email@example.com
- Social Media ................ Volunteer Neede. Please contact the Parish Office (718) 351-2452
- Parish Handbook ..….... Jerry LePre, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website ………........… Jerry LePre, email@example.com
- Weekly Bulletin …........ Bob Dennis, Parish Office (718) 351-2452
Quite prayer and meditation is instrumental in our spiritual life. Understood simply, Eucharistic Adoration is adoring or
honoring the Eucharistic Presence of Christ. In a deeper sense, it involves "the contemplation of the Mystery of Christ truly
present before us". During Eucharistic Adoration, we "watch and wait", we remain "silent" in His Presence and open
ourselves to His Graces which flow from the Eucharist. By worshiping the Eucharistic Jesus, we become what God wants
us to be! Like a magnet, The Lord draws us to Himself and gently transforms us. In its fullest essence Eucharistic Adoration
is "God and Man reaching out for each other, at the same time!“
The Eucharist cannot be left alone. Please volunteer to spend some time in prayer and meditation
- Barbara Fiore, Parish Office (718) 351-2452.
- Monday-Friday, 12:00pm-4:30pm at St. Christopher Church.
Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion
(aka Eucharistic Minister)
Assist the clergy in the orderly and reverent distribution of the Body and Blood of the Lord at religious services
and to the homebound sick and aged .
Catholic lay persons who assists in the distribution of Holy Communion, either during the Mass, or afterwards, such as to
- Contact: Fran Gervasi, Parish Office (718) 351-2452.
housebound persons. Section  prohibits the use of other titles for these lay persons. The term "Eucharist" does not
appear in their title, because it would imply a broader function, which is reserved for the priest alone. Despite these instruction,
a very common error is the use of the terms "Eucharistic Ministers", or "Extraordinary Ministers of Eucharist". These improper
titles have appeared on several book titles, instructional handbooks, and in many articles.
Faith Formation Committee
Faith Formation is a group of lay people, with the guidance of Father Joe, who are taking up the challenge of evangelism of our
Roman Catholic faith. Their objectives are:
They provide and support spiritual and social events, ceremonies and activities for all parishioners and non-parishioners with the goal of creating
- Create a home and a sense of family for practicing Catholics to hear, feel and live the Word of God
- Develop an environment to have our non-practicing (lapsed) Catholic family members, friends and neighbors return to the Word of God
- Spread the Words of Jesus to our non-Catholic friends and neighbors and warmly invite them into our family.
an inviting environment that will enrich each person's life.
The location of the meeting alternates between the St. Christopher Community Center Classroom on even numbered months and
- Jerry LePre, (917) 841-8971 or JerryLePre@stcstmmsi.org
- Meetings are held the 1st Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm.
the Dongan Hall Meeting Room (lower level of St. Margaret Mary Church) on odd numbered months.
The Parish Finance Council is a consultative group of lay parishioners who help the pastor exercise proper
stewardship by giving him advice about financial planning, analysis and compliance with policy. While canon
law requires each parish to have a Parish Finance Council, good management practice provides ample testimony
to the benefits of having an active Parish Finance Council. The Parish Finance Council is advisory to the pastor
and its recommendations are valid only when accepted and ratified by the pastor.
- Joe Funk, Parish Office (718) 351-2452
Organizes and maintains floral arrangements to insure the beauty of the church.
- Carmella Savarino and Elizabeth A. Tormey, Parish Office (718) 351-2452.
Jim Regan Memorial Food Pantry
Our Food Pantry distributes food to those in our parish who have difficulty purchasing enough food to avoid hunger. It is operated
by volunteer parishioners with donations from Catholic Charities, St. Vincent DePaul Society, Knights of Columbus and parishioner
contributions. Please support the Pantry with cereal, can and dry goods. There are collection areas in the rear of both churches.
The Pantry is located in the lower level of St. Margaret Mary’s Rectory basement. Enter via rear Parking Lot.
- Bob Puccio, Parish Office (718) 351-2452.
- Distribution: 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month; 8:00am – 11:00am.
Holy Name Society
Members of the Holy Name Society are called to contribute to the evangelization mission of the Church and to make perpetual acts of
reverence and love for our Lord and Savior. The apostolate of the society is to assist in parish ministries by performing Corporal and
Spiritual Works of Mercy.
Their monthly breakfast meeting is held immediately after Mass at the St. Christopher Community Center.
- Jerry Ruggiero, Parish Office (718) 351-2452 and Dan Menicucci, (718) 644-6856
- Mass and Meeting: The Holy Name Society attends the 9:15am Mass at St. Christopher Church, the 2nd Sunday of the month.
Supports and hosts parish celebratory events promoting goodwill and community.
- Elizabeth A. Tormey, Parish Office (718) 351-2452.
(Non-Instituted) Lay persons who proclaim the readings from sacred scripture.
Legion of Mary
- Elizabeth A. Tormey, Parish Office (718) 351-2452.
The Legion sees as its priority the spiritual and social welfare of each individual. The members participate in the life of the parish through
visitation of families, the sick, both in their homes and in hospitals and through collaboration in every apostolic and missionary undertaking
sponsored by the parish.
Meetings are Tuesday, 3:00pm, in the St. Christopher Community Center.
- Josephine Hughes, Parish Office (718) 351-2452.
- Cenacle of Life Prayer: Tuesday, 2:00pm - St. Christopher Church.
Making All Things New Core Team & Implementation Team
Assisted Father Joe in the implementation of the "Making All Things New" directives and recommendations.
- Elena Brady
- Joe Funk
- Joseph Madory
- Bill Owens
- Barbara Regan
- Peggy Rybarczyk
- Carolyn Volpicello
Our Music Ministry enriches the spiritual lives and liturgical experience of the parish community by providing
religious song and music.
- Patty Beniquez, Parish Office (718) 351-2452
- Practice after the 10:30am Sunday Mass in the St. Margaret Mary Choir Loft.
Office & Rectory Staff
St. Christopher Parish Office ... (718) 351-2452
- Staff:: Alfa Ferraro and Peggy Rybarczyk.
- Volunteers: Margaret Arcamone and Jeanne deBerendey.
St. Margaret Mary Office ........ (718) 351-2612
The Parish Council is an advisory body to Father Joe concerning pastoral and practical issues.
The members of the Council are appointed by Father Joe.
- Father Joseph McLafferty – Pastor
- Deacon Pat Graham
- Frank Barresi, representing Vicariate of Staten Island
- Elena Brady, Parish Trustee
- Brad Copp, representing Alumni Association (School)
- Clare Cranston, representing the Teen Club
- Catherine Falabella. representing St. Christopher School
- Joseph Funk, representing the Finance Committee
- Jerry LePre, representing the Faith Formation Committee
- Dawn Marconi, representing the Sports Program
- Staci Memmesheimer, prior Trustee – St. Margaret Mary
- Bill Owens, Making All Things New Core Team
- Barbara Regan, representing Religious Education Program
- Jerry Ruggiero, representing the Holy Name Society
- Peggy Rybarczyk, Making All Things New Core Team
- Frank Sajdak, Parish Trustee
- Carolyn Volpicello, Making All Things New Core Team
Lay trustees are active, responsible members of the parish who serve unsalaried one-year terms. They are nominated by the pastor
and approved by the Archbishop. A lay trustee may serve three successive one-year terms and may be reappointed only after at least
one year has elapsed since the end of his or her last term.
- Effective September 1st, 2016: Elena Brady and Frank Sajdak
With great joy, we welcome our children enrolled in the Religious Education program. We want to tell them that Jesus Himself is
calling them to learn more about Him and His great love for them. He said, “Let the children come to me.”
Become a Catechists, a teacher of the Word of God. Their generosity of volunteer service is most admirable. They should be
called the “evangelizers of the young”
(lower level of St. Margaret Mary Church).
- Contact: Barbara Regan, (718) 351-2119 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Sessions are available on Wednesday afternoon or Sunday morning in the Dongan Hall Classrooms
“Like Us” on facebook at St. Christopher-St. Margaret Mary Religious Education. Please don’t “Friend Us”.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) Program
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a program for prospective converts to Catholicism who are above the age of
infant baptism and for those who have been baptized but haven't received their 1st Communion nor been Confirmed. Candidates are
gradually introduced to aspects of Catholic beliefs and practices. The basic process applies to adults and older children,
- Barbara Regan, (718) 351-2119 or e-mail: email@example.com.
- Session schedule is flexible. Sessions are held in Dongan Hall (lower level of St. Margaret Mary Church).
School: St. Christopher Regional School
Elementary school grades Kindergarten – 8th with a Pre-K program.
Accredited by The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Our Lady’s Guild (OLG)
- Principal: Catherine Falabella, School Office (718) 351-0902.
- 15 Lisbon Place, 10306. website: www.stchristophersi.com.
A women’s auxiliary group that provides physical and financial support to the school.
- Contact: School Office (718) 351-0902
A group of lay people who reads Bible verses and then conducts an open discussion originating with a question.
If you want to offer a comment or not it is up to you. It is done very informally.
- Sister Barbara Heclo (Tuesday) and Jerry LePre (Monday), Parish Office (718) 351-2452
St. Margaret Mary Rectory.
- Sessions: Mondays at 7:00pm, Dongan Hall Meeting Room and Tuesdays at 10:00am in the
- The Monday 7:00pm session in the Dongan Hall Meeting Room --- temporarily in recess effective 1/2/2017
- The Tuesday after the 9:00am Mass session in the Rectory --- Please call to confirm meeting; (718) 351-2612
Seniors, Social Clubs ...
Golden Age Club (St. Margaret Mary)
Socialites (St. Christopher)
- Contact: Margaret Arcamone; St. Margaret Mary Office, (718) 351-2612
- Meeting Date/Time: Tuesday at 1:00pm in the St. Margaret Mary Rectoy
- Contact: Maria Heath; St. Christopher Office, (718) 351-2452
- Meeting Date/Time: Friday from 12:00noon to 4:30pm in the Community Center.
Youth and Sports Programs ...
Junior Legion of Mary
The Junior Legion is an organization for the spiritual development of boys and girls, 8 – 16.
Scouts, Boy and Cub
- Contact: Terry Warner, Parish Office (718) 351-2452.
- Meetings are held weekly on Sundays after the 9:15am Mass in the Community Center.
Boy Scouts are for boys 11 to 17 years old or 6th grade to High School.
Cub Scouts are for boys 7 to 10 years old or Grades 1-5.
- Leaders: John, (917) 385-9184 and Chris Lord.
- Meetings are Monday, 7:30pm-9:00pm in the Community Center.
- Leader: Grace Buzzetta, (718) 667-3327.
- Meetings are Monday, 7:00pm-8:00pm in the Community Center.
The mission of the Sports Programs is to introduce players to a variety of sports, to instruct and encourage them to be the best that
they can be to the best of their ability. Through Christian values, we hope to instill in our players a sense of accomplishment through
work and dedication, as well as a respect for their individual sport, coach, team and opponents.
- Contacts: Sandy Litkenhaus, (347) 733-8625 and Dawn Marconi, (347) 517-8609.
A social club open to all teens in grades 8 through 12. Parishioners and non-parishioners are welcome.
- Contact: Clare Cranston, Parish Office (718) 351-2452.
- Meetings are held on Saturdays at 7:00pm in the school gym except where noted. Click here for meeting schedule.
The ministry of Ushers is crucial because it is so visible in the Church. Certainly the attitude, conduct and even the appearance of the
minister of ushers directly affects, either positively or negatively, the experience of the faithful at Mass.
- Contact: Parish Office (718) 351-2452.
Vicariate of Staten Island
An organization of all the parishes on Staten Island who’s purpose is to share information for the well being of the Church
- Representative: Frank Barresi, Parish Office (718) 351-2452.
Other Groups External To The Parish ...
12 Step Programs
Ocean Breeze AARP
- Nar-Anon; Tuesdays 8:00pm-9:30pm in the Community Center
- Alcoholics Anonymous (Light Steppers); Thursdays 8:00pm-9:30pm in the Community Center
A social senior group that offers activities and trips.
- Contact: Joe Bonamo, (718) 356-1114.
- Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 1:00pm in the Community Center; exceptions -
November’s meeting will be held on Thursday, November 17th. There is no meeting in December.
Civic Associations ...,
Knights of Columbus and Columbiettes
- Grant City … Meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of the Month at 7:30pm in the Community Center.
- Midland Beach … Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:30pm in the Olympia Activity Center.
The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization. Membership is open to "practicing”
Catholic men aged 18 or older. The Knights of Columbus, referred to by Pope John Paul II as the "strong right arm of the
Church”, supports and performs many acts of charity. Their women's auxiliary organization is the Columbiettes;
Manresa Council #2147; 185 Cedar Grove Ave.
St. Christopher and St. Margaret Mary maintains a close partnership with the Knights of the Manresa Council.
Separated and Divorced
- Contacts: Jerry LePre, (917) 841-8971 and Joe Ribaudo, Parish Office (718) 351-2452
A support and social group that addresses the needs of those separated and divorced.
St. Vincent dePaul Society
- Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 8:00pm in the Community Center.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is dedicated to feeding, clothing, housing and healing individuals and families in our
community who have no where else to turn for help.
- Contact: Margaret Arcamone, Parish Office (718) 351-2452.
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Staten Island, New York 10306