Parish Social Ministry

Local parishes and their volunteers are the lifeblood of parish social ministry on Long Island.  Most of the Diocese of Rockville Centre's 133 parishes provides services in some form to its community. Across Long Island, the combined parish ministries comprise thousands of volunteers and serve as many as 75,000 people in need each year.  Catholic Charities provides support and resources to local parish social ministry efforts on Long Island through a number of programs.


Services Provided

 Central Information and Referral Line (CIR)

By calling the central information and referral line (CIR) at (516) 733- 7045, someone in need can speak with a Catholic Charities staff person who will assess his or her needs, provide information about available assistance, and refer the caller to those services. CIR staff can provide information about public benefits, as well as services through Catholic Charities programs, Catholic parishes, and other human services organizations.


 Parish Social Ministry Development

PSM development provides training and technical support for staff and volunteers in local parish social ministry offices to help parishes throughout the diocese continue to develop and expand their outreach and social justice efforts. PSM also facilitates communication between parishes by providing networking events and opportunities for parish staff and volunteers.


 Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) Development

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) funds community organizations that empower people of low income to become self-sufficient and create social change in their communities. This effort to end poverty and economic injustice is accomplished through an annual parish collection, distribution of grants, and education.  Local CCHD efforts are in conjunction with the national office operated by the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

CCHD is the official domestic anti-poverty agency of the U. S. Catholic Bishops and works to break the cycle of poverty by helping people help themselves.