The Saturday Respite Program for the Handicapped is the “Best Kept Secret” in Our Lady of Angels Parish, according to its administrator. It was begun by Father Ignatious Catanello (now Bishop) when he was assigned to OLA. Ms. Giangrande worked with him from the very beginning of the ministry and continued after Bishop Catanello was reassigned. High functioning mentally handicapped individuals come to OLA’s cafeteria for an afternoon of activities supervised and helped by their own counselor or care-giver. There has been no publicity given to this ministry, nevertheless, there is a waiting list. Participants must be capable of reaching the OLA cafeteria, no transportation is provided by the Respite program.


Contact: Suzanne Giangrande, OLA Rectory, 718-836-7200