St. John The Evangelist
R.C. Church, Center Moriches, N.Y.

Inspired by our Patron, St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Center Moriches seeks to bring the light of Christ to a world in need, so that as Christ has done, we may also do.
From the celebration of the Eucharist, we are sent forth to serve God and neighbor through ministries of formation, education and outreach.

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Second Sunday of Advent: December 8

"And the leopard shall lie down with the kid" - Isaiah 11:6

12/1 Bulletin     12/8 Bulletin

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Based on payments received as of October 31, we've surpassed our 2019 goal of $100,600, with donations totaling $104,122.17! As a result our parish will receive back 20% of our goal and 80% of all additional payment. Thanks to all who contributed to the 2019 Catholic Ministries Appeal.

Online Giving is available for parishioners with 'WeShare', an easy way to save time and support the church. Donating is simple, safe and secure. You can set up a recurring weekly or monthly transactions using your checking, savings or credit card account. You decide how much to give to any collection and make changes any day or night. You can leave your checkbook at home now! If you would like to enroll in online giving, please visit If you have any questions or concerns about the program or would like help setting up your account, please call our parish office at 631.878.0009. "Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you." - Luke 6:38


Mass & Worship Announcements

Mass Times

Sunday masses: Saturday vigils are at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (Spanish mass).
Sunday: 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon and 5:30 p.m.
Weekday masses: Monday through Friday: 7 a.m. and noon.
Saturday morning: 8 a.m. Seton Chapel: Tuesday: 7:30 p.m. (Spanish).

Come to the quiet: The church building is open from 6:30 a.m. to approximately 7 p.m., if not later, each night. Seton Chapel, in the white convent building, is open around 8 a.m. and remains open to approximately 7 p.m. Take time to open your heart to the voice of God.

Come and spend some time with the Lord: Seton Chapel (in the convent - a.k.a. the white house) is open each day from 7 a.m. until the early evening. We gather in Seton Chapel for Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Mondays from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Thursdays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Mass – in Spanish – is on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.

Liturgy of the Hours: We pray the Liturgy of the Hours on Mondays at 3 p.m. (Daytime Prayer) and 8:45 p.m. (Night Prayer) in Seton Chapel. Thursdays at 1 p.m. (daytime prayer and 4:45 p.m. (evening prayer) in SetonChapel. Saturdays and Sundays after the evening mass in Our Lady’s Chapel in the Church.

Come and know God’s mercy: The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated every day after daily mass in the church. The sacrament is also celebrated in the church on Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. and from 7 to 7:15 p.m. (Spanish). Confessions are also heard on Sundays from 5 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Come and know God’s healing of the sick: Please contact the rectory (631.878.0009) for a priest to celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick with the seriously ill or those preparing for surgery. Please also let us know if a loved one is sick so we can pray for them at mass and list their name in the bulletin.

Come to know Mary, Our Lady Queen of Apostles: We pray the Rosary every day after daily mass in Our Lady’s Chapel in the church building Mondays + We pray the Miraculous Medal Novena after the 7 a.m. mass in the church building and at 7:30 p.m. in Seton Chapel in the Convent.

Traditional Latin mass schedule: While we do not celebrate the extraordinary form of the mass here at St. John’s, those who wish to attend that liturgy may do so at the following times and places: Sundays at 3:30 p.m. at St. Isidore’s, Riverhead. Sundays at 12:30 p.m. at St. Matthew’s, Dix Hills. Sundays at 9 a.m. at St. Ladislaus, Hempstead.

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession): At St. John’s we celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation daily. During the week, we celebrate the sacrament after the 7 a.m. and noon masses. Generally, the priests will be in the IHM Meeting Room or the chapel area of the convent. He will wait or be around for 10 minutes after the last person has come. On Saturday and Sunday evenings, confession are heard in the Youth Ministry office (near the main entrance of the auditorium) or in the back of the auditorium itself. Of course, you can - and should - approach one of our parish priests whenever you want to celebrate the sacrament.

Confession Schedule: Days, Times, Locations

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Church Hours & Contact Info

Rectory (Parish office) hours (the Blue House on Ocean Avenue): This is where you make appointments to meet with our priests, pick up a mass card, drop off materials and it's usually a good “first stop” at SJE. We seek to be as present as we can to those who come to our doors. We are open from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Monday to Thursday and 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Friday to Sunday. We close from noon to 1 each day to give our staff free time.

Phone Numbers: 631.878.0009. Fax: 631.874.2466.

Email Address:

Church Address: 25 Ocean Avenue, Center Moriches, New York, 11934.

Office of Faith Formation: Located in the Red Barn: 631.878.4141.

Office of Youth Ministry: Located in the OLQA school auditorium lobby.

Parish Outreach: Located in the Red Barn: 631.874.3617.

Our Lady Queen of Apostles Regional School: 631.878.1033. 2 St. John Place. Center Moriches, NY 631.878.1033.

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Faith Formation Information

St. John the Evangelist’s Faith Formation program serves our parish youth, beginning in first grade and their families as they grow in faith and prepare for the Sacraments.

Advent: Preparing Our Hearts for Jesus - During Advent, our catechists have been coming up with creative ways for our students and their families to enter into this season and best prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus.

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Online Payment System: Our new, safe, secure online payment system is up and running. To make a payment for Faith Formation classes, confirmation, religious education or any other Faith Formation event - please follow this link.

Catechists Still Needed: Our Level 7 students need you! Sign up today! Small Group Leaders, Level 1 (Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.). Level 3 (Tuesdays, 4:45 p.m, - 5:45 p.m,). Contact Michelle Pirraglia in our Faith Formation Office for more details call 631.878.0009 or email to

Becoming Catholic: Do you want to be Catholic? Do you want to be baptized? Were you baptized into another Christian faith but now want to join the Catholic Church? Then the RCIA is for you! The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the Church’s process for adult women and men who want to join the Catholic Church. It involves learning about the Catholic faith, sharing faith with others and participating in the life of the Church. If you want to learn more, leave a message in the Rectory (631.878.0009) or email to We will be putting together our next RCIA group in the weeks ahead!

Rite of reception: Are you an adult interested in receiving the sacrament of Confirmation? If you are a baptized Catholic, but have not been fully initiated, we offer a process for those who desire to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. For adults who desire more information, please fill our this letter of interest form first. For teenagers and their families who desire more information, contact the Faith Formation Office at 631.878.0009, ext. 170 or email to For adults who desire more information, contact Father John at or leave a message at 631.878.0009. Meetings will begin during Lent and continue to the celebration of Pentecost in June.

Catholic mentors needed: We are in the process of preparing for a new session of our RCIA process. This process is for adults seeking baptism as well as those who were baptized into other Christian faiths. We are looking for active and engaged parishioners who can serve as: Catechists – work with prepared materials to teach others about the Catholic faith. Facilitators – work with our RCIA group to share with one another about the Scriptures and the Catholic faith. Hospitality – work to prepare a place of welcome with coffee and small snacks. The commitment involves an hour or an hour and a half each week. The truth – this ministry needs those who are actively involved in our parish (those who already do too much) and those who are seeking something new. For more information and to talk it through, please contact Fr. John ASAP so we can begin this process as quickly as possible. You can reach Fr. John at or call at 631.878.0009.

Do you want to be baptized? Do you want to become a member of the Catholic church? What are you waiting for? What about you or someone you know? We are in the process of forming a new group of those interested in becoming Catholic. If you are not baptized or were baptized in another Christian faith, please contact Fr. John Sureau or Suzan Fitzpatrick to be part of our next group of inquirers (those who are interested in learning more about the Catholic Church). You can reach us at 631.878.0009 or via email to or Students expressed why they desire baptism and their parents / sponsors promised to support them in their formation. Please continue to pray for our catechumens as they take their next steps toward full initiation into the church.

Se busca ayuda: se puede devolver? Estás buscando una manera de servir a nuestra comunidad? Al atender a más de 1,600 estudiantes, siempre necesitamos feligreses para enseñarles a nuestros jóvenes la fe. No tiene que ser un teólogo, simplemente tiene el deseo de compartir la fe y relacionarla con nuestra juventud. No se puede hacer un compromiso semanal? Quizás puedas ser parte de nuestro grupo de catequistas sustitutos! Necesitamos particularmente catequistas bilingües para ayudarnos, particularmente con la preparación Sacramental! Si está interesado, comuníquese con Michelle al 631.878.0009, ext. 5 o por correo electrónico:

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Faith Formation Information

Faith Formation Class Schedules

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Our Lady Queen Of Apostles Regional Catholic School

OLQA: 2 St. John Place, Center Moriches, NY. 631.878.1033. - on the SJE campus

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Academic Intervention Teachers Needed

The Catholic School in Center Moriches is seeking trained educators to work in 'The Mission — The Middle School Academy at OLQA' — particularly in the areas of math and ELA (English Language Arts). Interested candidates are asked to be:

  • Educators or recently retired teachers
  • Collaborators with fellow teachers
  • Inspired by working with middle school students
  • Looking to work parts of three or four days
  • Seeking to transform the lives of young people
  • Ready to be challenged and fulfilled.

If interested, please send a resume to

This Week @ SJE: News & Events

Advent and the liturgical year

Our new liturgical year begins this weekend with the celebration of the First Sunday of Advent. Here are some things for your consideration!

  • As we have done in the past, each week we will offer a different blessing of Church for you (and/or your family to pray. Please make use of these blessings.
  • We have available editions of Sunday’s Word 2020. You can pick them up and take them with you. A free will offering of $5.00 is requested but not required. You can place your offering in one of the Poor Boxes. These books contain all of the Sunday readings as well as the psalm and antiphons for daily mass. They can picked up in the Vestry or in the Parish Office. (If we are out of them as you read this, more are on the way.) Ideally, please read the Scriptures before coming to mass and open your ears and hearts while at mass to hear God’s Word.
  • During the Sunday masses of Advent, we will use the Entrance Antiphon from the Roman Missal. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal encourages the use of the antiphon each week. It’s purpose - and that of the Entrance Hymn— is to “open the celebration, foster the unity of those gathered, introduce their thoughts to the mystery of the liturgical time or festivity and accompany the procession of the Priest and ministers” (47). We hope to continue this practice in other seasons as well.
  • We will use a new music setting for Advent and Christmas—Mass of Our Lady. It will be familiar to you. Pay attention the ways our music changes in this liturgical season. You’ll hear some different sounds, some quieter ones, as we prepare for the joyous season of Christmas!
  • During the season of Advent (and the season of Lent), the Gloria is not said or sung. It creates a sense of anticipation. Store up your fervor for the Vigil of Christmas or Christmas Day.
  • Look for some opportunities to grow deeper in the dark and quiet times of Advent. Take some quiet time in the Church or Seton Chapel, attend Handel’s Messiah, pray for those we will serve in these holidays, come early to mass or praying quietly in Our Lady’s Chapel after mass or join a ministry or prayer group and so much more.
  • Do not do these things to “do” things. Rather, enter them hoping to create a deeper space for Christ to dwell.
  • Advent Reconciliation. This year, because of the day Christmas falls, we will not have one extended period of Reconciliation on the Monday before Christmas. Rather, we will offer extended times on the following dates: Saturday, December 21 — confessions begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 22—Confessions begin at 4 p.m. Monday, December 23 — confession end at 2 p.m. (or later, if necessary) after the noon mass.
  • Of course you can always contact the Parish Office to make an appointment with one of our priests. Please do your best to receive the Sacrament in the Church during one of our regular times or the extended times noted above.

Advent Considerations….

“The Gospels chosen for the Second Sunday of Advent all have their theme as preparation of the way of the Lord. John’s urgent warning has echoed throughout the world ever since he spoke of it, and as it reaches us today it has a twofold reference: prepare for the Lord’s coming at Christmas, but prepare also for his return on the last day.” -Adrien Nocent, The Liturgical Year “In and through our preparations in Advent, we have to keep focused on what it is we are actually seeking: to enable the Lord of Life to be reborn in us this Christmas, and that our public lives will mirror the growing freedom of our private prayer. Sometimes, for the love and joy of Christmas to flow and flower in us, we need to confront the blocks that get in the way of us living this life of grace.” -Richard Leonard,

What Are We Waiting For? “Advent is a time of waiting, of expectation, of silence. Waiting for our Lord to be born. A pregnant woman is so happy, so content. She lives in such a garment of silence, and it is as though she were listening to hear the stir of life within her. One always hears the stirring compared to the rustling of a bird in the hand. But the intentness with which one awaits such stirring is like nothing so much as a blanket of silence. Be still. Did I hear something? Be still, and see that I am God.” -Dorothy Day

This journey never comes to an end. Just as in each of our lives, we always need to begin again, to get up again, to rediscover the meaning of the goal of our lives, so also for the great human family it is always necessary to rediscover the common horizon toward which we are journeying. The horizon of hope! This is the horizon that makes for a good journey. The season of Advent, which we begin again today, restores this horizon of hope, a hope which does not disappoint for it is founded on God’s Word. A hope which does not disappoint, simply because the Lord never disappoints! He is faithful! He does not disappoint! Let us think about and feel this beauty. -Pope Francis

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Blessing of the Advent Wreath

All make the sign of the cross as the leader says: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

Response (R/.) Who made heaven and earth. Then the Scripture, Isaiah 9: (lines 1-2 and 5-6) or Isaiah 63 (lines 16-17 & 19) or Isaiah 64 (lines 2-7) is read: Reader: The Word of the Lord. R/. Thanks be to God.

With hands joined, the leader says: Lord our God, we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ: he is Emmanuel, the hope of the peoples, he is the wisdom that teaches and guides us, he is the Savior of every nation. Lord God, let your blessing come upon us as we light the candles of this wreath. May the wreath and its light be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us salvation. May he come quickly and not delay. We ask this through Christ our Lord. R/. Amen.

The blessing may conclude with a verse from “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”: O come, desire of nations, bind in one the hearts of humankind; bid ev’ry sad division cease and be thyself our Prince of peace. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel. —From Catholic Household Blessings-""

Then, a member of the family lights the first Advent candle. Another member of the family says following prayer: All-powerful God, increase our strength of will for doing good that Christ may find an eager welcome at his coming and call us to his side in the kingdom of heaven, where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God, forever and ever. ~AMEN.

Christmas Spiritual Bouquet Cards

Join in the mass intentions for the Masses of Christmas by using the Christmas Spiritual Bouquet cards which are now available throughout the church. These cards are a wonderful and meaningful way for you to remember your loved ones at Christmas and to have them prayed for at masses during the Christmas season. Return the envelope with your donation in the collection basket or bring it to the rectory and keep the card to send your Christmas Spiritual Bouquet.

From The Pastor's Desk - 12/8

Eight Years: Just Crazy

Dear Parish Family: I write this on the evening of December 3rd. Eight years ago—December 3, 2011— Bishop Murphy ordained me to the priesthood in the Cathedral of St. Agnes. On the morning of the 3rd, a person reached out to me via text. I wrote back to him, “Hey. Became a priest eight years ago. One of the highlights of this great (and crazy) life is coming to know you and your family.” The past eight years have been great and, at times, have been pretty crazy. I think of that word in my preparation for this Sunday’s homily. We encounter St. John the Baptist. Descriptions of him probably caused those of his time to say, “He’s crazy”. When we read about him, it looks like he led a crazy life. Likely he had to take leave of his parents Elizabeth and Zechariah. He had to separate from what was known to go to the unknown. He dressed and ate differently. He called people out where conversion was needed, unafraid of the consequences. Eventually, he called people to Christ. Crazy, right? More.

'Sunday's Word 2020'

We have available editions of Sunday’s Word 2020. You can pick them up and take them with you. A free will offering of $5 is requested - but not required. You can place your offering in one of the poor boxes. These books contain all of the Sunday readings (as well as the psalm and antiphons) for daily mass. They can picked up in the vestry or in the parish office.

Christmas Lighting Project - 12/7

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Shopping Fair Trade 11/30-12/8

"Shopping Fair Trade" is a way of living a life of charity and solidarity with the developing world's poor. On Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, after all the masses, the World Village Fair Trade mobile will be visiting our parish with their beautiful handcrafted products from over 20 developing countries. Fair Trade pays workers fair wages, protects the environment, eliminates all child and slave labor and provides safe working conditions. Your purchase of these Fair Trade products means the world to these workers and brings hope and dignity to them, helping to sustain their families in areas where extreme poverty exists. In addition, 100% of the proceeds of these sales will provide funds for school fees and for food and clothing for orphans in Zambia and widows caring for their children in India. (Sobornost For The World Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, comprised of all volunteers since 2003 on eastern Long Island).

Leuthardt’s Christmas Tree Farm This December

All aboard the Candy Apple Express! 607 Montauk Highway, East Moriches 631-878-1387 For a fun and interactive ride, please come and join the Leuthardt Family Farm where the experience is priceless. The Candy Apple Express is a wagon tour of the nursery, it will run from the weekends of December 7th & 8th and 14th & 15th. Christmas caroling, arts and crafts, hot chocolate, baked goods and a gift shop. Harry Leuthardt Nurseries has chosen to give four charities 10% of every purchase made from LEUTHARDT’S CHRISTMAS TREE FARM. These charities are: DRVC Catholic Charities, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Hope House Ministries and Camp Paquatuck.

Our Lady Of Guadalupe Celebration

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Food Drive– Free Oil Change

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” St Mother Theresa. We try to approach every day with this thought in mind. How can we strive to lead by example? This is our second year writing to you, our fellow parishioners. This is an exciting time for everyone as we enter the season of advent. As the excitement builds for Christmas, we are thankful for our friends, family and customers that enabled us to donate 80 turkeys to Ernie’s Place at St John the Evangelist this year. Now, as we continue into the holiday season, we are taking up our annual food drive. This will be our 9th year collecting food for families in need. From November 30th to the December 21st when you bring in $20 of non-perishable food you will receive a free engine oil and filter change along with a tire rotation. We ask that you please check all expiration dates, as expired items will not be eligible. As always, we appreciate your continued support. We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Safe Happy New Year. The Posanti Family & the entire staff of Shirley Auto Body

SJE Wear

We have a limited number of SJE T-shirts, sweatshirts and other items remaining. T-shirts are $10. Hoodies are $25. Regular sweatshirts are only $20. Hats- $15 Water bottles- $4 Car magnets- $3. You can pick one up at the rectory during regular office hours. Great Christmas gifts for early shoppers!

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Baby Bottle Campaign

Baby Bottle Campaign to benefit The Life Center of Long island THANK YOU The Life Center of Long Island would like to thank the parishioners of St. John the Evangelist for participating in our Baby Bottle Campaign. The campaign rose over $7,556.49!!! This generosity allows the Life Center to continue to flourish and provide the services needed by so many each year, including those from your community. Thank you for bringing hope, healing, and new life to those mothers and fathers in the midst of an unexpected pregnancy.

Children's Liturgy of the Word

The Children’s Liturgy of The Word is a program for children attending the Sunday 9 a.m. mass ages K-6th grade. The Children’s Liturgy of The Word ministry runs through May. For more information or if you are interested in joining this rewarding ministry please email Deana Ditta at, or speak to any CLTW volunteer directly. Teen volunteers welcome!

How it works:

• At the 9 a.m. mass, after the collect (opening prayer of the mass) for children in Kindergarten through 6th Grade are invited to come forward and sent forth so they can hear God’s Word in a special way. (Children do NOT have to participate. That’s up to their parents and family members. We hope everyone will.)

• At the Children’s Liturgy of the Word, we will use the Lectionary for Mass with Children. These are the same readings everyone else is hearing but in a slightly different translation that is easier for them to understand. A special homily is also given—by a homilist— to better help them understand the readings.

• The children will then return back to mass with our shepherds (guides) to participate in the Liturgy of the Eucharist with their family.

Let There Be “Christmas” Light (and Decorations)

SJE needs some help with Christmas decorations! Do you love to hang Christmas lights on decks? Like to organized decorations? Can’t wait to hang that roping? Have a great idea for the Christmas tree? We need you! Our hope is to do all of the decorations on a Saturday morning or afternoon. This is a great activity for families to work together on… and it’s only one day (well, two, with the clean up but that’s in 2020!) Please contact Fr. John if you’re able to help – 631.878.0009 or email to

Christmas Toy Drive

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Please Continue to Support Our Spirit Day Sponsors

'Thank You' Again to our 2019 Spirit Day Sponsors! Without your help we could not have had such a wonderful day!

Angelo and Lillian Rollo • Antonia Flaherty RealtorsBaby Moon RestaurantBridgehampton National BankCenter Moriches Veterinary HospitalCrossfit KryptoniteDammayer Construction CompanyDeo Cards/Prabhu Cards and Gift, Inc.DunRite Appliance Co., Inc.East End Kids AcademyEast End Plaza Deli • Electrical Technology Inc. • Enes Carnesecca and Jerry Frunzi • Environmental Assessment and Remediations • Friends of the Waterways • Gerald and Gracemarie Whitfield • Grammas Consultants • John and Helen May and Family • John and Joseph Perno and Family • Law Office of Elizabeth HarringtonLenny Bruno FarmsLillian's Hair StudioLund Valve Testing • M and M Travel • Matt and Kelly - The Pomara Family • Moloney-Sinnicksons Funeral HomeMoriches Bay Realty • Mr. and Mrs. James Lapham • Out East Therapy of NYPaul's Lawn and Landscape and Christmas Tree FarmPinto Pools • Plum Cottage Interior Design • ProFlame Inc. Queen of All Hearts K of CRed O Website DesignsRico's ClothingRJ Beverage Roy Probeyahn and SonsShirley Auto Body • SJE Ministry of Consolation • Swezey Fuel Company • The Bente Family • The Church Bulletin Company • The McKeon Family • The Murray Family • The Parks Family • The Plona Family • The Spellman Family • The Sureau Family • Twin Ponds CabinetryWesche Funeral Home, Inc

The divine Office (The Liturgy of the Hours)

“It’s beautiful, but I’m tired.” True! This prayer of praise is rooted in the psalms and if you pray all five hours for four weeks, you go through almost all 150 psalms. The psalms are beautiful because they reflect the variety moods of our life: happiness, anger, sadness, praise, gratitude…you get the point. For most of the hours we begin with this line, “God, come to my assistance. Lord, make haste to help me.” I find this line incredibly beautiful because it often sums up how I am feeling and it recognizes at the beginning of prayer that I need God and I can’t do this on my own. As for feeling tired, I’m with you, but this is the great thing about this prayer. There are five times you can pray with it throughout the day and you don’t have to do all five. Maybe all you have is 10-15 minutes at lunchtime. Well, that sounds like a great time to pray afternoon prayer. And if you fall asleep while praying, that sounds like a great invitation to rest with God

We pray the Liturgy of the Hours:

  • Sunday evening prayer: after the 5:30 p.m. mass – Our Lady’s Chapel
  • Monday daytime prayer: 3 p.m. – Seton Chapel
  • Monday night prayer: 8:45 p.m. – Seton Chapel
  • Thursday daytime prayer: 1 p.m. – Seton Chapel
  • Thursday evening prayer: 4:45 p.m. – Seton Chapel
  • Friday morning prayer: 8 a.m. – Seton Chapel
  • Friday daytime prayer:11:30 a.m. - Seton Chapel
  • Saturday evening prayer: after the 5 p.m. mass — Our Lady’s Chapel.

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Welcome Back, Deacon Raf!

This past summer we lived, worked and prayed with Seminarian Rafal Borowiejski in the Summer of 2019. On Saturday, November 9th, Raf was ordained a deacon by Timothy Cardinal Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York. Deacon Raf lives at St. Mary’s in Roslyn while attending classes at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie. Deacon Raf will return to SJE and serve and preach on December 8 at the noon mass. Please come and pray with us!

Do you want to be Catholic? Or Baptized?

Do you want to be Catholic? Do you want to be baptized? Were you baptized into another Christian faith but now want to join the Catholic Church? Then the RCIA is for you! The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the Church’s process for adult women and men who want to join the Catholic Church. It involves learning about the Catholic faith, sharing faith with others and participating in the life of the Church. If you want to learn more, leave a message in the Rectory (631.878.0009) or email to We will be putting together our next RCIA group in the weeks ahead! “In the sacraments of Christian initiation we are freed from the power of darkness and joined to Christ’s death, burial and resurrection.” - Christian Initiation,

Thursdayp.m. Youth Group

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On Sunday, November 24, 2019, we prayed for and commissioned some of our parish’s newest Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. These men and women attended training in the Spring of 2019. They serve at our daily and Sunday masses and bring communion to the sick and the homebound. Please pray for: Kathleen Andresen, Perrilynn Baldelli, Kelly Boogertman, Kevin Both, Pasquale Cozza, Lorraine Hickey, Judy Iannone, Shannon Luongo, Colleen Nizza, Laura Oettinger. Do you want to learn more about this ministry? Diocesan training takes place in Spring 2020. For more information, contact Fr. John at or leave a message in the Rectory at 631.878.0009.

Altar of Remembrance

Thank you to each person and family who gave us the honor and privilege of praying with you for your loved ones throughout the month of remembrance in November. Any remaining pictures and prayers can be found in the Vestry – on the right side of the Fellowship Area as you enter the main entrance of the Church. Ask one of our sacristans or ushers for some help if needed. All holy men and women, pray for us!

Baptism Team members Needed

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Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sinners welcome and wanted. Come and celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation! Daily after the 7 a.m. and noon masses and after the 8 a.m. mass on Saturday (Please wait in the lobby of the convent building Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.* (Spanish/English) Sundays from 5 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. It is a good time for each one of us to get back in the routine of going to the sacrament of Reconciliation. At St. John’s, we celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation every day. As with the weekdays, please wait in the north transept. Of course, you can - and should - approach one of our parish priests whenever you want to celebrate the sacrament. You can also call the parish office to make an appointment.

Chefs/Volunteers needed Thursdays

Every Thursday night. Set up begins at 5:45 p.m. at the convent. At 6:45 p.m. vans leave SJE and return around 8:45 p.m. We are now making two stops so we need more volunteers! If you’re interested in cooking a tray of food or going out with the van please contact Alex Finta ( or 631.878.0009 ext. 119.)

Altar of Remembrance

During the month of November, we remember in a special way our loved ones who have died. This year, we will be preparing a special Altar of Remembrance in the Seton Chapel. Beginning November 1st, you are invited to place a picture on the altar so that we may remember your loved ones and pray for each other. Please limit the size of your photo (perhaps no larger than 4 x 6) so that there is room for everyone who wishes to participate. You may place the picture in a small frame. Please remember to write your name and phone number on the back of the picture. Pictures may be dropped off at the rectory or at the sacristy. We ask that you pick up your picture no later than Saturday, November 30.

Book Of The Names Of the Dead

A special book will be placed inside Our Lady’s Chapel for members of our parish community to write down the names of loved ones who have died. The names in this book will be remembered at our masses throughout the month of November.

Praying For And Ministering To The Sick

As Catholics, we are called to pray for and minister to the sick and the ill. At St. John’s, it one of the ways we bring the Light of Christ to those in need. Those who are seriously ill or facing surgery, as well as those in danger of death, should receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. Please call the Parish Office and ask for one of our priests. If you or a family member are ill and wish to receive Holy Communion, please contact the parish office. One of our parish priests will come visit you and an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Community will then visit each week. We pray for the sick and the homebound at mass each week. To add your name or the name of a loved one, please contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or email to

Comunidad Hispano de San Juan Evangelista, Center Moriches

Sacramentos del Bautismo, la Comunión o la Confirmación: ¿Usted o alguien que usted conoce tiene más de 7 años y necesita los Sacramentosdel Bautismo, la Comunión o la Confirmación? Por favor, póngase en contacto con Gregorio Chavez en para el próximo paso a seguir. Gracias.
Ministerios Y Servicios: Dirección de la Oficina: 25 Ocean Ave. Center Moriches, NY 11934.
Teléfono: 1.631.878.0009 Horas especiales para asistencia en español: Martes 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Santa Misa: Sábados - 7:30 p.m., Martes - 7:30 p.m. en el Convent (La Casa Blanca)
Confesiones: Sábado - 7 p.m. en la Iglesia
Bautismos: Segundo Domingo a las 2 p.m. en la Iglesia. Clases pre-bautismos es el tercer miércoles de cada mes.
Locación: en el granero (la casa roja) a las 7 p.m.
Favor de traer el certificado de nacimiento del niño dos meses antes del bautismo: Requisitos: 1. Certificado de nacimiento del niño o/de la niña. 2. Certificado de inscripción de su Parroquia (padres y padrinos) 3. Los padres deben traer estos documentos a la oficina de San Juan para fijar las fechas de charla pre-bautismal (OBLIGATORIA para padres y padrinos) y la fecha del Bautismo.
Matrimonios: Parejas que planean su matrimonio, deben hacer una cita con uno de los sacerdotes antes de su boda. De este modo tendrán suficiente tiempo para recibir las instrucciones prematrimoniales y obtener los documentos necesarios. Para más información llame al oficina.
Exposición del Santísimo (adoración): Jueves, noon - 8 p.m.
Renovación Carismática: Viernes 7 p.m. en el granero (la casa roja).
R.I.C.A. (Iniciación Cristiana de Adultos): Padre Michael 1.631.878.0009
Templos del Espiritu Santo (Grupo de Jovenes) cada sabado a las 5 p.m. en el Red Barn.

Tenemos un grupo nuevo en nuestra parroquia, Los Templos del Espiritu Santo! Este grupo quiere ayudar y server los jovenes en la communidad acrecer en sus relaciones con el Señor Jesus. Los Templos del Espiritu Santo reune cada sabado a las 5 p.m. en el Barn empezando el 19 de enero. Habla con Kenia por mas informacion:

Women's Group - 12/2

Our women's group meets every other Monday at 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., in the convent. We will be reading The Sanctifier, by Archbishop Luis M. Martinez. Come and join us as we learn how The Holy Spirit Leads us to Holiness, Directs us, Inspires us, Teaches how to use the gifts we have been given, what our gifts are, etc. This book is a treasure chest of knowledge that will empower us to live a more fruitful and spiritual life. We will also share how The Holy Spirit is working in our lives. Meetings: 12/2, 12/86 and 12/30. Facilitators: Anita Luccari, Carol Ketcham. Call 631.878.0009 to register.

The Women of Grace Foundational Study "Full of Grace: Women and the Abundant Life," written by Johnette Benkoic Williams, is a program for Catholic women to come to know our vocation as daughters of God, to be affirmed in the knowledge of the importance the gift of our authentic femininity is to our place in life right now. We will be using videos featuring Johnnette, the books Full of Grace and the Full of Grace Study book, Scripture, the Catechism, writings from Vatican II and other magisterial documents and the biographies of 16 Catholic women saints. The Blessed Virgin Mary will be our model, the Holy Spirit will be our guide. St. John's will purchase the books. Please call the rectory 631.878.0009 so we know how many books we need. My name is Anita Luccari, I will facilitate the group. We meet in the Seton Chapel in the convent from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., we will meet every other week.

Join The SJE Parish

How do I register? So many people who come to St. John’s often wonder why it’s important to register. By registering in a parish:

  • You make a formal commitment to this community of faith: basically saying, “I want to belong…”
  • This parish makes a formal commitment to you, basically saying, “We want to be here for you!”
  • You will be better informed about all that is happening here at SJE, basically saying, “Get involved…we need you!!!”

*Please note: We will only be able to produce tax forms for those who are formally registered and use envelopes (or, eventually, electronic giving). To register, contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or email to to make an appointment with a member of our Pastoral Team. You will no longer be able to register by coming into the office without making an appointment.

Friday Night BINGO

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Turkey Trot - 11/30

On Saturday, November 30, the Shrine of Our Lady of the Island will be hosting a 5k Run/Walk /“Turkey Trot” to benefit Mary’s Meals, a global organization that feeds children around the world. Mass is at 11:30 a.m. and the Turkey Trot begins at 1 p.m. Register the day of event. A $20 donation fee will feed a child for an entire school year. Any questions please contact the Shrine.

Prison Families Anonymous - 12/10

Prison Families Anonymous welcomes anyone who now has, or ever had, a loved one involved in the juvenile or criminal justice system. At meetings, we share our experience, strength and hope. Here we offer information and assistance in navigating the criminal justice system. We encourage members to exchange phone numbers and when possible to carpool to upstate prisons. Prison Families Anonymous (PFA) Life becomes more difficult and stressful for family and friends when a loved one becomes incarcerated. Relationships and responsibilities can become strained and the dynamics within the family often change dramatically. The PFA support group provides a safe, non-judgmental place where those in similar situations can connect with each other. It provides compassion, support and information to family members during their very difficult times. The Prison Families Anonymous support group meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Presbyterian Church at 1843 Deer Park Avenue, Deer Park, NY, 11729. Northeast corner of Deer Park and Lake Ave. Use the rear door closest to parking lot.

Memorial Cards

Parish Social Ministry Memorial Cards are available. This is one way to honor one who has passed away. These cards allow you to express your sympathy while also benefiting the less fortunate in our local community. Each month we will celebrate mass for all those remembered via the memorial cards. The names of those remembered will be periodically included in the bulletin. The memorial offering made will benefit Parish Outreach, our Homeless Initiative, Food Pantry and Thrift Shop and the many works of Parish Social Ministry at SJE. To obtain a parish social ministry memorial card, visit the rectory office during regular hours or Parish Outreach from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, contact the Parish Social Ministry Office.

2020 Mass Book

The Mass Book is open with opportunities for offering January 1 until June 21, 2020.

Available masses in the upcoming weeks include:

  • 7 a.m. Masses: December 16, 19, 20, 24 12
  • Noon Masses: December 18, 20
  • Spanish, Evening Masses (7:30 p.m.): December 10, 14, 17, 21,

'Messiah' Tickets are now on Sale

Save the date of December 13 at 7:30p.m. , for Part One of Handel's Messiah and carols with the Choral Society of The Moriches in their 82nd season! Tickets are available for purchase at the Rectory during office hours or see Andrew McKeon at the organ before or after mass! Single Tickets are $15 or Two for $20. This years' program is sure to delight with new collaborations with local musicians under the outstanding direction of Dr. Richard Wright! The place to be on December 13th at 7:30 p.m. is at St. John The Evangelist, in Center Moriches! For more information about the Choral Society please navigate to

Online Thanksgiving Gifts

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Cub Scout Pack 1227

Cub Scout Pack 1227 Of St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church is currently accepting new applications, for cubs and leaders. Pack 1227 members provide service to their parish, the local community and our environment. We meet Wednesday nights in the cafeteria of Our Lady Queen of Apostles School. For more info contact:

Frequently Asked Questions

MAKING THINGS OFFICIAL: We ask that all individuals and families who participate in the parish life of SJE register in the parish. It’s pretty simple! Just contact the Parish Office and one of the members of our Pastoral Team will meet and greet you and maybe even show you around the place. Please contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or email

THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM: We love to welcome new people into Catholic faith! Baptism ceremonies are held every Sunday at 2 p.m. Parents wishing to have a child baptized must meet with one of our parish priests or deacon and be part of our Belonging preparation process before the Baptism. Contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or email to for more information!

PASTORAL CARE OF THE SICK & ANOINTING OF THE SICK: Our parish wants to pray for and with those who are seriously ill or facing surgery, as well as those in danger of death, should receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. Please call the Parish Office and ask for one of our priests. To include you or your loved one’s name on our sick list, please contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or email to In addition, our Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion bring communion to the homebound—both those temporarily unable to attend mass and those who more permanently cannot attend mass. Please contact the Parish Office for more information.

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA): Do you want to become Catholic? We want you to become Catholic too! Adults who wish to be baptized, or who have been baptized in another Christian faith and wish to become Catholic, or who have been baptized Catholic and wish to be confirmed and receive Holy Communion, are invited to join the process of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Please contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or e-mail to

ADULT CONFIRMATION Adults who have been baptized Catholic and who have received Holy Communion but who desire the Sacrament of Confirmation should enroll in our Adult Confirmation process. This process begins during Lent each year and concludes on the Vigil of Pentecost. Please contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or e-mail to

THE SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE: Catholics planning to be married should receive the Sacrament of Matrimony. Please contact the Parish Office at least SIX MONTHS before the desired date of your wedding. To begin this process, you will meet with one of our parish’s priests. You can do this by contacting the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or e-mail to Are you married civilly and want to have your marriage recognized by the Catholic Church? We are happy to help! Please contact the Parish Office and we will walk with you through this simple and engaging process.

PASTORAL COUNCIL: Allyson Boyle, Secretary Angela Werner, Vice Chair Joseph McDonald, Matthew McCarthy, Matthew Pomaro, Chair Patti LeBlanc, Peter Leuthardt, Renee Mintel and Trudi Norton

FINANCE COUNCIL: Elizabeth Harrington, Enes Carnesecca, Brian Leavey, Secretary Angelo Rollo, Chair Fr. John Sureau, Tom Tebbens II and Katie Waller, Business Manager.

PARISH TRUSTEES: Elizabeth Harrington and Angelo Rollo.

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul

The apostles’ request of Jesus to “increase (their) faith” is made in the face of the seemingly impossible demands of discipleship. Jesus answers by illustrating what faithful discipleship looks like. The servant has been laboring all day in the field, but more is yet to be done. The work of the disciples is never completed. Discipleship is never-ending. To be a disciple means to be a servant. Here faith means faithfulness, that is, faithfulness in service. The faith-filled person puts in an honest day’s work. That person is gracious to those with whom he or she comes in contact. That person is ready to reach out and help another, even beyond one’s own work load. That person does not judge or condemn others. The faith-filled person sees Jesus in the other and responds to the situation with Jesus’ love and mercy. Faith is faithfulness in action. For assistance email or contact Alex Finta in the parish Social Ministry Office.


Sunday 11/24/19: $14,426 (2018: $16,579)
Sunday 12/01/19: $15,458 (2018: $16,826.12)
Parish Social Ministry: $2,152 (2018: $2,280)

Next Sunday, World Mission Sunday, we are called To be part of the Church’s missionary efforts, supporting mission priests, religious Sisters and Brothers and lay catechists who provide loving service to those most in need. As Catholics around the world, here at home and in the missions, gather at the Eucharist around the table of the Lord, let us pray for the Church’s worldwide missionary work and offer financial help through the Society for the Propagation of the Faith for vulnerable communities throughout Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Pacific Islands.

Music Ministry - 12/8

2nd Sunday of Advent: December 8, 2019 Advent - Entrance Antiphon #504 -The King Shall Come #1033 - Eat This Bread #503 - On Jordan’s Bank.

Dear SJE Family:

On November 22nd, the Church celebrated the Feast of St. Cecilia. As we reflect on this feast day, I invite you to be part of an opportunity to strengthen and enhance our music ministry at SJE! I would like to begin the Friends of Music here at St. John the Evangelist beginning this Fall. We are already busy preparing for a year of music and another wonderful season here at St. John the Evangelist. I am continually amazed at the dedication and talent of so many people from our parish who come together to make beautiful music for the praise and glory of God; we are indeed richly blessed. With the generosity of our patrons in the Friends of Music, we will be able to offer even more beautiful music for our liturgies, concerts, and special programs throughout the year.

Contributions will be used to directly support the music program at St. John the Evangelist including Advent Lessons and Carols, concerts, additional brass, woodwind, and string instruments for special liturgies for Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost. Acknowledgments will be made in programs for our concerts and special musical offerings throughout the year as well is in our parish bulletin. Contributions can be given at any of the following levels:  St. Cecilia ($350 or more)  Schola Cantorum ($200 to $349)  Cantor’s Circle ($100 to $199)  Psalmist’s Platform ($50 to $99)  Chorister’s Guild ($25 to $49)  Angelic Chorus (up to $24) To contribute, please mail or bring complete form below and a check made payable to St John the Evangelist in an envelope to the Parish Office: Attn Andrew McKeon.

In addition, you may make your donation online by visiting If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me at 631-878-0009 or Please consider being a part of our music history at SJE! God bless you in advance for your generosity, and support. - Andrew McKeon S

Join the choir! We need your voices

If you wish to “pray twice” please send an email to with your name and best telephone number!We rehearse on Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. for Youth Choir and Adult Choir at 7 p.m., in the Church. We are also looking for instrumentalists and singers for the 5:30 p.m. mass on Sundays! Rehearsal begins at 4:15 p.m. on Sundays. The Church tells us that the praying we do during communion is the Sung Prayer of hymns and songs. To best facilitate full and active participation from the congregation as a whole, selecting music with refrains we can all sing easily from memory is a benefit. This is often why we sing rather common communion or Eucharistic based hymns at this time of the mass. As Catholics, we sing! It’s often such a joy to hear so many voices collectively as one proclaiming praises here at Saint John The Evangelist!

Adult Choir: Practice Tuesdays at 7 p.m. (please contact Andrew)
Children’s Choir: Practice Tuesdays at 6 p.m. (please contact Stephanie)
5:30 p.m. Mass Band: Practice Sundays at 4 p.m. (please contact Tess)

Do you love to sing? We are always looking for members for our choirs from our community. If you have a passion for making music, please join us. Contact one of our directors or reach out to Andrew McKeon at 631.878.0009 or email to

Andrew McKeon, Director of Music Ministries:
Sister Ann Berendes, IHM -
Tess Austin:
Stephanie Lengyel:

Readings: Third Sunday Of Advent - 12/15

Reading I: Isaiah 35:1-6A, 10. The desert will rejoice and blossom.
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10.
Second Reading: James 5:7-10. Be patient, even in suffering.
Gospel: Matthew 11:2-11. John asks, “Are you the one who is to come?”

Discussion Questions

1. Who does God use to transform the world now? Name one thing you could do in your home, community, parish, work or environment to make the world a better place.

2. What are some qualities that patience brings with it? What does impatience bring? St. James warns his community about complaining about one another. Is this a fault peculiar to James’ community? How does it relate to patience?

Readings: Second Sunday of Advent - 12/8

Reading I: Isaiah 11:1-10. A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse. Peace and justice will triumph.
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17.
Second Reading: Romans 15:4-9. Live in harmony with one another.
Gospel: Matthew 3:1-12. John the Baptist begins to preach in the desert.


Our Newly Baptized: Jamaine Rayfield Ayers III, Casey James Bray Jackie Lynn Sanders, Angelo Mateo Kikora Tristan Alexander Swiatkowski

Are You Having a Child? And thinking 'I want to get my child baptized! How great is this?' What a wonderful celebration for our parish when parents bring their child to Church to celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism. First, contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or via email at to meet with one of our parish priests or deacon. Both parents will need to attend this meeting. Second, you will attend a baptismal preparation class led by our parish staff. You will sign up for this class at the meeting with one of our parish’s priests or deacon. Third, baptisms are generally celebrated in English on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Sundays and in Spanish on the second Sunday of each month. You will select this date at your initial meeting.


Recently Married: Sean Davis and Heather Watson, Brian Morales and Danielle Alicia Rufrano, Ian Van Bourgoudien and Mary Scott.

We love to celebrate weddings at SJE! If you have plans to get married, contact St. John’s ASAP to meet with one of our priests. At this meeting, you can: Select a date, learn about marriage preparation, i.e. Pre-Cana and find out why marriage makes a difference - and much more! To make an appointment, contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or email to If you would like a particular priest to preside at your wedding, it might best to contact him using the email addresses on the front cover of the bulletin.

We Remember Our Loved ones

Entrance antiphon, recent funeral masses: Helen M. Smith, Patricia Townsend, Frances Brereton Matilda M. Sanita Anthony Corteselli, David Peter Schiulaz, Dorothy Sullivan, Catherine B. DeVivo, John Schaub.

Those wishing to have a mass said for a loved one may stop by the rectory.

About your funeral: Well we’re not looking to plan that any time soon, but we can always use help with our Ministry of Consolation!!! This ministry reaches out in a variety of ways to those who have recently faced the death of someone they love. The wonderful women and men who offer their time in this ministry—as well as our office staff—do a wonderful job in ministering to those in need. We are in need of more help as we seek to grow the Ministry of Consolation. We are in need of parishioners to come forward as:

  • Liturgical ministers (greeters, servers, extraordinary ministers and readers)
  • Cake bakers (willing to make a small dessert for a family who has suffered a loss)
  • Worship aid makers (able to update our mass program for each funeral, involves light computer and possibly copier use),
  • Organizers (able to assign tasks to those who have offered their time) and
  • Companions (meeting with a family who has suffered a loss to assist with choosing readings, hymns, etc. and being present on the day of the funeral)

If you’re able to help or want to find out more information, contact Fr. John at

If you wish to remember a loved one – living or deceased - at one of our daily masses, please visit the rectory. Opportunities for remembering a loved one at mass in the weeks ahead, include: Helping our parish: altar bread and wine for the month - an offering of $150 is requested: Altar candles are $25 per week. “We have loved them during life, let us not abandon them in death” When we have a mass said in memory of a friend or loved one, we follow these words of St. Ambrose and perform one of the Spiritual works of Mercy. To have a mass said for a friend or relative, visit the Parish Office.

“In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials...” 1 Peter 1:6. Names will be announced at mass the first week they are submitted and will remain on this list for approximately four weeks. If you would like a loved one's name placed under Prayers for the Sick, please call the rectory at 631.878.0009 or email Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them.

We Pray For The sick

“In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials…” - 1 Peter 1:6.

Allison Colombi-Candelore, Patricia Foley, Brianna Pecoraro, Christopher Correll, Juliana Gales, Marilyn Stein

We Pray for our Military

In your generosity, please pray for our parish family members serving abroad in the military. Family members, please call the rectory to add or update your loved one’s status if they've returned.

  • U.S. Army: Sgt. Justin Sikorski, PVT Bailey Meyer, PVT Sean Casey, SGT Daniel Smith, SPC Justin Daisy, SPC Olivia Cordero, PVT Jahdeba Williams, PVT Joseph Cestare.
  • U.S. Air Force: SSgt. Jason M. Hermes, SRA Ryan Kerstiens, SRA Timothy Kerstiens, PFC Kyle Kerstiens, SMSgt James Nizza.
  • U.S. Marine Corps: PFC Sean Brady, PFC Patrick Kimes, Lt. Col. Robert K. Maldonado, L Cpl. Quentin Montemarano, PVT Charles O'Connor, LCL Andrew Schlosberg.
  • U.S. Navy: STGCS Brian Holzmacher, ET3 Jeremiah Nolan, Jr. E3 Christopher J. Esposito Jr.

If you would like to have someone serving in the military placed on the list above (or if a name should be removed) please contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or email

Parish Outreach: The Ministries of SJE

Office Hours: (Now located on the second floor of the Red Barn) 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Monday to Friday (Please call for an appointment.)

Food Pantry: Monday evenings: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Thursday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Thrift Shop: Wednesday: 9 a.m. to noon.

Our parish overall - and our parish social ministry is here to help - specifically, are here to serve you in any way we can. If you are in need, please reach out to us at St. John’s. A great place to start is the Outreach Office coordinated by Alex Finta and our amazing volunteer ministers. Our Outreach Office is located in the Red Barn. Please call to make an appointment so we can connect you to our services here at SJE or link you to other services. Never be embarrassed to reach out. We may not be able to address every need. If we can’t, we’ll try to connect to someone who can assist you. Please always reach out to us here at SJE!

What can I do to help?

People are often asking/looking for ways to connect to the life of our parish! Good news… there are plenty of ways to connect. Here are just a few:

• Ministry of Consolation. Can you be a presence at parish wakes and funerals? You can assist as a greeter (help to hand out booklets) and move deeper into the ministry as you wish.

• Good at the computer? We are looking for a few parishioners who love to work on Microsoft Publisher and like copy machines. We want to be able to expand our use of worship aids at weddings.

• Love to help organize, keep an inventory, get things in order? Read more in the bulletin about our Hospitality Ministry?

• Want to paint, can handle a little spackle…We are always trying to keep our various building in good shape. We can use some helpful hands with some light painting/design projects.

• Always wanted to help out in the Rectory? Our St. Genesius Guild helps to coordinate our Rectory Office on weekday afternoons and on Saturdays. We will keep updating this list!

For more information, email Fr. John at and he will forward your request to the right person.

'Ernie’s Place' Food Pantry

Ernie’s Place (Food Pantry) is open on Mondays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and then Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Shopping list: Tuna fish, chicken in a can, rice, instant potatoes, small jelly (grape), Small mayonnaise, boxed mashed potatoes, cooking oil, toilet paper, Soup, Ramen noodles, cereal.

Thank you for your continued generosity. Remember this list when you go shopping. The Thrift Shop is open on Wednesday from 9 a.m. - noon.

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Youth Justice Corps

"Serving Justice Excellently": There is such a great need for service in the life of our parish and often a huge number of young people who want to help those in need. This new Service Corps is one way to make this connection. Here’s how it works: Any middle school, high school and college-aged student sends their contact information to Fr. John at You do not need to already be a part of Life Teen or Middle School Youth Ministry to be part of the Service Corps. As requests for help come from or come into our parish, you’ll be contacted to see if you can help. If you can help with a particular project, great! If not, no problem. You’ll be contacted for the next one! It really is that easy. Sign up today by emailing Fr. John at

Chicken Ministry

Saint John's chicken Ministry is off and running! We are happy to welcome Dorothy, Blanche, Rose and Sophia to our beautiful chicken coop. The ladies are settling in nicely to their new home. If you would like to be a part of the chicken ministry, please contact Fr. Michael if you can help or want to be a part of the Chicken Ministry at 631.878.0009 or

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SJE Pre-Cana Ministry

If you’re interested and have a marriage recognized by the Catholic Church, contact Liz and George DellaRatta at

Ministry of Consolation

This ministry reaches out in a variety of ways to those who have recently faced the death of someone they love. The wonderful women and men who offer their time in this ministry—as well as our office staff—do a wonderful job in ministering to those in need. We are in need of more help as we seek to grow the Ministry of Consolation. We are in need of parishioners to come forward as: Liturgical ministers (greeters, servers, extraordinary ministers and readers) cake bakers (willing to make a small dessert for a family who has suffered a loss), worship aid makers (able to update our mass program for each funeral, involves light computer and possibly copier use), organizers (able to assign tasks to those who have offered their time) and companions (meeting with a family who has suffered a loss to assist with choosing readings, hymns, etc. and being present on the day of the funeral). If you’re able to help or want to find out more information, contact Fr. John at

Family Life Ministry Events

Upcoming Events: Starting in November: Family Life and Blue Star Moms will be collecting personal hygiene items and snacks for active military. Keep a look out for boxes in front of church.

Mercy Sundays: Every fourth Sunday of the month, Family Life Ministry puts mercy into action. We hope that you will join us! Call the parish office at 631.878.0009 or email to find out more. Need volunteer hours? Please contact Linda Filosa at

Street Ministry

The Street Ministry is continuously serving 60-90 individuals and families every Thursday night, many of whom are homeless. We are tremendously grateful for all of the donations that continue to allow us to do this work. We are in need of the following: Travel Shampoo + Shaving Cream + Women’s Socks Men’s Socks + Women’s Deodorant.

Financial donations are most welcome as they allow us to purchase items as they are needed. Checks may be made payable to St. John the Evangelist and donations can be left in the Parish Office. We would also be most grateful for gift cards to places such as the Dollar Store or Walmart so we can obtain these items. Donations may be dropped off to the Parish Office (Blue House) during normal business hours or Parish Social Ministry Office (Red Barn) Monday - Thursday from 10 a.m. - noon or 1 - 3 p.m.

Chefs/volunteers needed every Thursday night. Set up begins at 5:45 p.m. at the convent. At 6:45 p.m. vans leave SJE and return around 8:45 p.m. We are now making two stops -so we need more volunteers! If you’re interested in cooking a tray of food or going out with the van please contact Alex Finta ( or 631.878.0009 ext. 119.)

Join the street ministry

Special Notices: As Long Island continues to increase in its cost of living, more and more individuals and families are being squeezed out of permanent housing. After numerous parishioners have reached out to share their experiences, I figured that I would share the mindset of our Street Ministry on what we feel is the best way to facilitate and foster relationships with the homeless. The question of what the responsible gift is to give to a person who is homeless is a difficult one. If I have the time, I’ll hand out a gift card or even buy them a meal at the most convenient restaurant. We would obviously never give money out to someone living on the streets right? Sure, the stereotype of a person who is homeless is addicted to drugs and alcohol but that isn’t always the case of course. Pope Francis could not be any clearer when giving advice on what to give someone who is homeless. Not only does Pope Francis say it is NOT our place to judge on where the money is spent but we should also look them in the eye when speaking and giving them money. Ultimately, do what feels most comfortable. Even if you do not have any material donations to give, just by speaking with them you are restoring their dignity.

There are essentially three phone numbers that you will want to know of. 1) Suffolk County Department of Social Services has an emergency phone number (631.854.9100) you can call during the weekdays after 4:30 p.m. and weekends at any time. They will provide a bed in a shelter and transportation to it. However, many shelters are infamous for being unsafe and/or unhealthy so do not be surprised if the person is reluctant to go and would rather sleep outside. 2) Maureen’s Haven (631.727.6831) is a non-profit, interdenominational organization that houses the homeless in churches on the East End of Long Island during the winter months and provides other resources throughout the year. 3) St. John the Evangelist (631.878.0009 ext. 119). The Street Ministry provides hot meals and clothing every Thursday night. We also aid with case management, food, clothing, toiletries, etc. If there is someone who is in the area that you know of and is open to receiving these types of services, please give them the SJE phone number and tell them to leave a message with their name, phone number they can be reached on and what they are looking for help with while being as detailed as possible (say sizes of clothes and types of clothing). The most important concept to remember is safety! Never drive anyone anywhere and always try to be with someone else you can trust. This advice is for those who have met a person who may be homeless outside of a clothing store or supermarket so don’t go trekking in the woods looking for a “tent city.” If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please let Alex Finta know by email or call 631.878.0009 ext. 119.

Family Life Ministry

Join the family ministry

Hospitality Ministry

SJE is looking to form a hospitality ministry. This ministry will coordinate, be present at or even run all of our hospitality events and make sure we have enough supplies, volunteers, etc. for hospitality events in the parish! Think you might be interested? Have that great organizing spirit? Love for things to look “just right”? Then this is the ministry for you! Reach out to Fr. John at or leave a message at 631.878.0009.

Senior Ministry News

In the Spring, during Lent, we will again offer the Stations of the Cross for Seniors, which must have been successful because all the books disappeared! That’s OK as long as people use them.

Soon I hope to offer a day of retreat for Seniors—perhaps in the doldrums of February/March. You can let me know if that seems a good idea to you. In the meantime,

I don’t think you have anything to worry about for yourself! That is one great reason to Thank God! Never forget to thank the Lord for ALL the favors God has bestowed on you. We are indeed fortunate! The Entrance Antiphon for this Sunday (which we don’t hear because we are ALL SINGING) reads, “All that you have done to us, O Lord, you have done with true judgment, for we have sinned against you and not obeyed your commandments. But give glory to your name and deal with us according to the bounty of your mercy.” God bless you and all your loved ones. Pray for those who have no one to pray for them. Pray for our enemies because God made them, too!

Don’t forget our other Senior activities:

T’AI chi is on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. and is primarily for those of us who have a balancing problem. It only lasts about 45 minutes and is finished on time for those who attend the noon mass. I just made arrangements for a Theatre Party to attend Becky’s New Car at St. Joseph’s Clare Rose Playhouse October 4. If anyone else is interested in attending any of the plays or have a group for a theatre party, I will be glad to call to make arrangements for you. I have been trying to visit some of our “seniors” in their homes just to get to know you for a friendly visit. I always call in advance so don’t worry that I’ll catch you unexpectedly. I don’t want anything; I just want to know more than a face in Church. Please call me if you’d like me to stop by (before I call you!!) God bless you!

Sisters of IHM Congratulations! Once again many of you have helped us to raise funds for our retired and ill Sisters. This year, with the help of generous people like you, we were able to raise $143,000 for our Retirement Fund. We are so grateful for those who were able to help us in the past and sincerely hope you faithful friends and relatives can help us again this year. This past year 194 Sisters and friends helped us sell Silver Circle Memberships which resulted in this extraordinary total. Again, congratulations and THANK YOU! If you cannot help us yourself with the $25 per membership, perhaps you can find someone(s) to share the cost with you. Each month from October through June, on the third Wednesday of the month (FIRST DRAWING IS October 16th), a drawing is held in which you have more than 30 chances to win from $50 through $1000. The winning tickets are returned to the barrel, so it is possible to win in another month also. In total, over the course of the year, there are 324 chance to win. Not bad!

BONUS: Members are remembered in a monthly mass for our benefactors and will share in the daily works and prayers of all the IHM Sisters.

How do you join? ·You can contact Sister Ann Berendes Monday through Thursday from 9 – 3 p.m. at 631.878.0009 ext. 127. If I happen to be out of the Office, please leave your name and phone number and I will return your call ASAP. ·Sunday I will be at the 10:30 mass and you may see me after mass in the Gathering Space. ·I usually always attend the 7:00 a.m. mass and you may see me in the gathering space after mass. ·I attend Adoration on Mondays & Thursday from 4-5 so I can be available after 5 by the Convent front door. PLEASE KNOW HOW GRATEFUL WE ARE FOR ALL THAT YOU DO FOR US.

Medical Consultation Ministry

Parish Social Ministry is in the beginning stages of creating a Medical Consultation Ministry. If you have experience working in a health-related field as a caregiver or in a supporting role and would like to be a part of this ministry, please reach out to Alex Finta or 631.878.0009 ext. 119.

St. John's Pastoral Team

Reverend John Sureau, Pastor

Principal - OLQA

Reverend Felix Akpabio

Parochial Vicar

Reverend Michael Plona

Parochial Vicar

Deacon John Pettorino

Alex Finta

Associate Director of Parish Social Ministry

Sister Ann Berendes, IHM

Parish Social Ministry Director

Andrew McKeon

Director of Music Ministries

Michelle Pirraglia

Director of Faith Formation

Katie Waller

Business Manager

Help Wanted: Service Announcements

Church Cleaners Wanted: Do you like to clean? Love things neat? Can’t stand things out of place? Want everyone to shine and look good? We do too! We are looking for parishioners who would be willing to assist with a weekly cleaning of the church building which would include light mopping, sweeping, window cleaning and checking on hymnals and the like in the pews. The cleaning will ideally take place on Thursday or Friday afternoons. We are looking for individuals, couples, friends or even strangers to form cleaning teams so each group would work one or two days a month. If interested—or know someone who should be interested—contact Fr. John at 631.878.0009 or email to St. Zita felt like she could not possibly wash one more window or dust one more piece of furniture, she imagined she was doing her work for God and suddenly the housework wans’t so boring anymore. Pray to St. Zita for the energy and patience to help with chores.

Outreach Volunteers Wanted: Now that the Outreach Offices of Alex Finta and Sister Ann, are on the second floor of The Barn, the bell can not be heard when it is rung. We do not want people to turn away thinking that we are not here. We have a few volunteers but not nearly enough to fully act as receptionists. What qualifications are needed? A willingness to answer the phone, take messages, make appointments and wear a very welcoming expression on your face! What do you have to do to apply? Register for the Virtus training, fill out a background paper provided from us and have your picture taken by Michael Walsh! Easy? Of course. When needed? Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 10 until noon (one day is sufficient;) Or, Wednesday or Friday from 1 until 3 p.m. We are hoping that we might be able to have two people at a time—just so that they could have company. Can you give us 2 hours a week? If you can help, please call Sister Ann at 631.874.5654, ext 119. If Sister is not available, please leave a message and she will return your call. Thank you and God bless you.

Catholicism Initiation Assistants: Can you join the journey? As you can see, new groups are forming for the Christian initiation of adults and children. We are looking for men and women of our parish to accompany those who are seeking to become Catholic and complete their initiation. For more information, contact Suzan Fitzpatrick at or call the Parish Office at 631.878.0009.

Are you a used-car salesman? The Street Ministry is looking for a used van/box truck that would help us to better serve our parishioners in need. The van would need to be in working condition. It would not be used for any kind of passenger transport. Have an idea? Know someone? Want to give the church a van/box truck? Contact Alex Finta, Associate Director of Parish Social Ministry at 631.878.0009 or email

Knights of Columbus: The Knights of Columbus are looking for new members. If interested, please contact Grand Knight Ken Swicicki at 631.375.7005. Thank you.

Professionals needed: Parish Outreach is in need of a referral list. If any professional such as a social worker, psychologist, psychiatrist, teacher, nurse, attorney etc. would like to be a part of our referral list, please let Alex Finta at

Street Address: 25 Ocean Avenue, Center Moriches, New York, 11934

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