News & Updates

News & Updates

Pastor’s Letter

Click herebmcnamara to read the most recent letter from our Pastor, Msgr. Brian McNamara, which includes updates, special events, etc.

Remember: Together, we can do something beautiful for God!

Reverend Patsy C. Amabile

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Fr. Pat, our former Associate Pastor.  The arrangements are as follows:

Visitation at Funeral Home:
Sunday, November 24 from 2:00pm-4:00pm and 7:00pm-9:00pm
Fredrick J. Chapey & Sons Funeral Home, Inc.
1225 Montauk Highway
West Islip, New York

Funeral Mass:
Monday, November 25 at 9:30am 
Our Lady of Lourdes R.C. Church
455 Hunter Avenue
West Islip, New York

The Parish Office will close on Wednesday, November 27 at 3:00pm in observance of Thanksgiving.
The office will re-open on Friday, November 29 at 9:00am.

Thanksgiving Day Mass

Thursday, November 28 at 9:30am

Come together to celebrate the goodness of the Lord at our Mass on Thanksgiving Day!

This is an opportunity to take time out to reflect on the many good things that have happened in our lives during the last year, but we must also remember those who are in need. We ask that you remember to bring a non-perishable food item to the Thanksgiving Mass to be a blessing to those in need. These items will be kept in your pew until the offertory procession, at which time ushers will help direct you. A basket will also be available if you prefer to give a monetary contribution.

We will give thanks as God’s holy and blessed people!

2020 Mass Intention Book

The Mass Intention Book for 2020 is now open in the Rectory/Parish Office.

As we have done for the past few years, we will not be accepting individual Mass intentions for Easter, Christmas, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. Those days will be part of a novena of Masses for which you will receive an envelope in the parish mailing.

Book of the Names of the Deceased

Beginning November 2, and continuing throughout the month of November, a special book will be placed in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, inscribed with the names of all who have died in our Parish Family over the past year.

In prayer, let us remember all of these men and women who have gone before us, “marked with the sign of faith.” May our united prayers help us to better understand and appreciate our faith in Christ, our risen Lord, who conquers sin and death and brings new life to all!

Religious Education Kindergarten Program

This program is designed to assist Kindergarten students “unlock” the doors to learning about Jesus …

November 22
December 13
January 24
February 28
March 27
April 24
May 15

We meet in the school building … Room 17 at 4:30pm on Friday … and the program lasts about 35-40 minutes. Come and see what wonderful opportunities we have for your kindergarten children to learn about their faith!

E-mail to register:

Thanksgiving at OLL

It’s November and Thanksgiving is fast approaching. Once again, we ask our generous parish family and friends to help those less fortunate by making a donation to Outreach.

We would like to suggest that when you are shopping for your Thanksgiving dinner, you buy a duplicate item for one of our families in need and bring it to Parish Outreach for distribution. Any donations of Thanksgiving food, including turkeys or hams, would be gratefully accepted. If your budget
has room to donate a complete dinner, we are working with families of 2 -8 members.

We’ll be in the Parish Center on Sunday, November 24 from 12:30pm to 5:00pm to accept donations. We ask that all donations be brought to Outreach no later than the morning of November 25.

Thank you for your help.

Volunteers Needed!

Looking for volunteers to join the Altar Society. Pick up church linens, wash, iron and return them to the sacristy.

We currently have nine members, which means you would be responsible once every nine weeks. The more members we have, the longer in between obligations.

If interested, please call the rectory and leave your name and number or call me direct – Joyce Petersen 631-539-2917.

All Volunteers – VIRTUS Training

Are you aware that the Diocese of Rockville Centre requires all volunteers that are 18 years or older must attend a Virtus training class?  CYO Coaches, Religious Education Catechists, Cantors, Ushers, Parish Volunteers (feast workers, mailing team, etc.) are required to attend a Virtus training course, if they have not yet done so.

You MUST register online in advance by visiting, then click the link for first time registrants.  You can view the list of sessions to find a course and then complete the registration online.

PLEASE NOTE: After completion of VIRTUS training, you will receive a certificate of completion.  Please retain your certificate and training completion date for future use.

If you have already taken the VIRTUS course, you need not repeat it.

In Loving Memory

We are offering the opportunity to memorialize your deceased loved ones while supporting the Parish.  Please click on the link below.  Forms can be filled out electronically and mailed (or dropped off) along with your payment to the Parish Office (Rectory), 455 Hunter Avenue, West Islip, NY 11795.  Forms are also available at the Parish Office. If you have any questions, please call (631) 661-3224, Ext. 121.

Fr. Joe Memorial Garden Form

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