Our mission is to help older New Yorkers be as independent as possible for as long as possible through promotion, development, and delivery. Father Fee felt it was time to build a new church, school, convent, and rectory in order to accommodate the growing number of parishioners. Kathleen is an active member of the parish and works part-time for Sea Cliff Village in Community Development. She is also a volunteer for several local organizations. Fathers O'Mara and Canning had been serving the parish for a long time and assisted Father Sloane in adjusting to his new role.
Unfortunately, in 1936, an arsonist set fire to the church building three times, causing extensive damage and increasing the parish's financial debt. On January 11, 1899, construction began on a church building with volunteers from both Catholic and non-Catholic backgrounds. The Ladies Guild served a popular dish called “Anything You Want” in an atmosphere of joy and carefree. However, due to lack of capacity to cope with the crowd, it was discontinued in the 1950s. Father Boniface destroyed the sacred tree of the pagans in the nave and on the doors of the church, and replaced it with oak leaves and acorns on the altar railing, votive stands, lectern, and loudspeaker grilles. When Father Sloane was ill, public prayer for his recovery was held in Protestant churches of Sea Cliff and Jewish synagogues of Glen Cove.
Under Father Fee's leadership, the parish continued to grow and prosper. In order to unite the old and new church buildings, the original bell tower was placed in a separate bell tower adjacent to the main church building. In 1871, a group of Methodists from Manhattan and Brooklyn organized the Sea Cliff Grove and Camp Ground Association and purchased 147 acres of property from Joseph Carpenter's heirs. This is where they established their United Methodist Church in Suffolk County NY. Are you looking for an opportunity to serve as an usher or greeter at this church? If so, you can contact them directly for more information about their volunteer program. They are always looking for dedicated individuals who are willing to help out with various tasks such as greeting visitors, helping with events, or providing assistance during services.