Beyond Our Borders

The church community of Sts. Peter & Paul takes great pride extending our support beyond the borders of our parish. Our giving and prayerful spirit is evidenced as many individuals so generously share their time, talent and treasure at home, near home and abroad.

Select one of the entries below to expand the list:

Hope House Ministries

Hope House Ministries was founded in 1980 by Fr. Francis Pizzarelli or "Fr. Frank". Fr. Frank is a longtime friend and integral member of our parish. Fr. Frank continues to celebrate mass regularly here at Sts. Peter & Paul.  
Located in Port Jefferson, New York, the mission of Hope House is built on the spirit of St. Louis De Montfort. That mission is to provide compassionate, comprehensive and competent care for the poor, the marginal and the broken among us. Their commitment is woven in the Gospel vision that all life is sacred and every human person is unique and has the right to be respected and protected.
Hope House is specifically committed to young people and families in crisis, pregnant women and mothers and babies in crisis and all other wounded people, within our society, who are seen as abandoned and neglected.

Many young people and families have been helped and revived by the resources available through Hope House Ministries. You can seek help or provide support by visiting

Papua New Guinea

The country of Papua New Guinea is a cluster of Islands located south of the equator to the north of Australia and to the east of Indonesia. The Diocese of Daru-Kiunga is one of the 18 Catholic dioceses in this country and covers the entire state of Western Province. The geography of this massive area of approximately 42,000 sq. miles is most challenging: swamps, lakes, rivers and mountains (most of which are dense tropical forests) cover the area. The country is very close to the equator and is very hot and humid throughout the year.   

The Western Province of Papua New Guinea is the least populated and least developed of all the provinces. It covers 42,000 square miles with a rugged coastline broken by river deltas and open expanses of seasonally flooded grassland rising to a mountainous spine with the highest peak of 12,410 feet. In the area of the Star Mountains there are two seasons best described as “wet” and “wetter wet”. The average monthly rainfall is 10 to 34 inches.

The people of the Western Province live a simple, village style life where the needs of the entire village are provided for by the village. The village life involves community gardens, community hunts and community sharing. After a successful hunt the entire village gathers to prepare and share the feast. A fire pit is prepared, vegetables are gathered and the cook fire is tended by members of the village.

Life in the villages is difficult but the simple needs of the people are few. Their basic needs of food, shelter and clothing are met.

Our Pastor Fr. Jose served as a missionary in Papua New Guinea beginning in 1995 and worked there as Diocesan Financial Administrator and Pastor of the town parish until he came to the United States in 2000.

You can visit for more information and to support our brothers and sisters in Papua.

Seeds of Hope

Seeds of Hope is a non-profit missionary group dedicated to serving the needs of the poorest of the poor in Tanzania, East Africa. Their mission is to provide financial support for children, families and communities to overcome extreme poverty with a particular focus on orphaned children there. They provide opportunities for growth through education, and support children with school fees from primary school through university.

So far, since its inception in 2006, Seeds of Hope has brought assistance to the people of Tanzania through clean water and drinking wells, school buildings and education, and an opportunity to hear and see the Word of God in action through the selfless giving of these caring missionaries, including our own, Deb Mazura.The group opened a small orphanage in 2010 that fully supports the needs of 17 children. They also continue to support Engaliet Primary School, where children with disabilities can attend school with fellow students.

It is the gift of prayer that will continue to make the mission a success. For those who can assist the work of this outreach with a monetary gift, contributions can be made on the website: and will directly support the work of Seeds of Hope Tanzania.

Thank you!

St. Claret College - Ziro

The people of Sts. Peter & Paul were introduced to St. Claret College during our 2015 Lenten Mission.
St. Claret College is located in the Lower Subansiri District of Arunachal Pradesh, India.
Dr. (Fr.) Paulson Veliyannoor, CMF is the principal of the school and close friend of our Pastor, Fr. Jose.
Fr. Paulson was gracious enough to preside over our Lenten Mission - "Understanding the Parables".  
The school is located in a remote area of Northeast India and has ambitious goals to become a premier institute of higher education and committed to providing value-based, soulful higher education for people, especially the tribal youth, in order to help them be honest seekers and practitioners of truth and earnest agents of transformation within and around them.
You can visit for more information and to support Fr. Paulson's efforts in this area of India.