Our Fund-a-Foot campaign is underway! Registered parishioners should have received their mailing by this time. These funds will help us cover the gap between what will be covered by insurance and what we can do to improve our Church building. You can also donate right here and how by using our Paypal store below.
Sunday Masses: held in the OLQA auditorium: 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. (children's mass), 10:30 a.m., noon and 5:30 p.m. (Life Teen mass)
Monday - Friday Masses: held in the convent chapel: 7 a.m. and noon
Saturday Masses: held in the convent chapel: 8 a.m., 5 p.m. (vigil) and 7:30 p.m. (vigil)
Spanish-language Mass: 7:30 a.m.
Mass Schedule of Intentions
Mass locations: Mass is celebrated in the OLQA auditorium. Enter through the door on St. John Place. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday mass will be celebrated in the convent. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in the convent on Thursday after the noon mass. The rosary is to be prayed in the Adoration Chapel of the Convent - not in the mass chapel. Please park in the school parking lot.
Come to the quiet: Our church is open most days from 6:30 a.m. to approximately 7 p.m., if not later. Take some time to open your heart to the voice of God.
Come and know God’s mercy: The sacrament of reconciliation is celebrated every day after daily mass in the IHM meeting room and on Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.; 6:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. (Spanish) and on Sundays from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Come and know God’s healing of the sick: Please contact the rectory at 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 and spend some time with the Lord: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place on Mondays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Thursdays immediately after noon mass until 5 p.m. Exposition takes place in Seton Chapel in the convent.
Come to know Mary, Our Lady - Queen of the Apostles: We pray the rosary every day after daily mass in the convent and on Sundays before the 7:30 a.m. mass and after the noon mass in the auditorium.
Pray the Miraculous Medal Novena: After the 7 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. masses on Mondays in the convent (with the exception of holidays and whenever the parish is closed). The Holy Hour for Priests follows immediately after the Novena.
As you know we recently added weekend hours to the parish office (the Blue House). It’s been a help for those who need Mass cards and even to arrange funerals. In the past, families would need to wait until Monday to schedule a funeral. Margaret Lunghi, our long-time receptionist is retiring and moving to South Carolina to be with her family. With this change in our staffing, we’re going to make a change in our regular rectory hours. Effective Monday, January 8, the parish office will be open from Monday – Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday – Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Here are some of the reasons we’re making these changes:
• Very few parishioners come to the rectory at 9 a.m. This will give our staff some time to get things in order before opening for business.
• While we get a good number of visitors in the evening after work, very few parishioners come to the rectory after 8 p.m. So we’ll close an hour earlier now.
• Since I have come to SJE, I’ve been amazed by the dedication of our staff. They don’t get a break or a time for lunch. I would like to offer them some time to do this. So beginning this week, all offices in the parish (Parish Social Ministry, Faith Formation, the Parish Office) will close from noon to 1 p.m. This will give our staff members the chance to have some lunch, attend noon mass, catch up on some work, etc. Of course, in case of emergency, there is always someone available.
• We will shorten our hours on Fridays as the afternoons are generally very slow. Those who may need to come on Friday afternoon now may be able to come on the weekends.
Truthfully, we did not plan to make these changes so quickly but with Margaret’s retirement, it seemed like a good time to make some of these adjustments. We hope these changes will help us to continue our efforts to be more accessible, assist us financially and provide our staff with some encouragement as well!
Office hours: Monday - Thursday: 9:30 a.m. - noon then 1 p.m. - 8 p.m. Spanish translator Tuesday evenings. Friday – Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Direct phone number: 631.878.0009. Fax number: 631.874.2466.
Street Address: 25 Ocean Avenue, Center Moriches, New York, 11934.
Rectory hours: Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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.
“As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.” - Joshua 24:15. SIGNING WEEKEND: Next weekend, after all masses, parishioners are invited to come to the church building. We will pray our prayer for restoration and then parishioners will be invited to sign one of the metal studs of the church. You may just sign your name, leave a brief message and/or perhaps leave a small artifact in the wall. One idea: Perhaps there is a prayer card from someone in your family who has passed away. It might be a concrete way to make sure you know they are a part of our restored building! Please plan to spend time after Mass next weekend and consider how our restored Church building will better help us to serve the Lord.
We are continuing to make great progress in the restoration of our church building:
• Our HVAC installation work continued and is nearing completed in the church.
• We met with our sound company and will have a new and very improved sound system in the restored church.
• We began the process of preparing designs for the tile work necessary in the restored church.
• Our floor company met with the other contractors and will begin work during the first week of February.
• Our pews and chairs are in the process of being constructed and ready for installation in mid-March.
• The installation of our fire prevention systems should be completed in the next few weeks.
• Wiring and installation of our new lighting systems is continuing.
Look for some displays in the next few weeks as we seek your input for the choice of colors and some other designs in the restored Church building.
There will be a prayer service held on Saturday, February 3 in Seton Chapel at 11:30 a.m. for all Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at St. John the Evangelist. All ministers are expected to attend. AN IMPORTANT NOTE: No Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion may bring communion to the homebound (or those in a hospital or nursing home) without the parish being aware. INFORMATION FORMS Paul Clores has sent information forms to each Extraordinary Minister to the Homebound. Those forms should be updated and returned to the Parish Office as soon as possible. If you are no longer bringing communion to the homebound, please let us know that as well. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Paul Clores at 631.878.0009, x. 113 or email to email@example.com.
This week, SJE bids farewell to one of our most famous voices and faces! For many years, Margaret Lunghi has been the voice that greeted or the face that welcomed you when you came to St. John’s. Whether it be planning a funeral, arranging a baptism, providing a Mass Card or helping you get to the next step. Margaret would often be the one to sit and listen on the phone or take some time with someone who came into the office. Margaret came to work in the Rectory after many years at St. John the Evangelist/Our Lady Queen of Apostles Regional Catholic School. Needless to say, her voice, her welcoming face, her great humor and her presence will be sorely missed in the years to come. We wish Margaret well as she heads down south to be with her family. Let’s pray for Margaret in these both challenging and exciting days of transition.
During these days, many send out Christmas cards indicating the various updates that have been happening with their families. This year, as many visit us for Christmas, we want to introduce you to some of the new faces and places at SJE!
Fr. Michael Plona: Associate Pastor. Fr. Michael became St. John’s new associate pastor at the end of June – only 5 days after he was ordained a priest. What a gift he has been to our community. Since arriving, Fr. Michael has helped to lead our Spanish community, led our parish in a Total Consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary, organized our East End Holy Hour and inspired us by his prayerful presence and spirit! You can reach Fr. Michael at x. 103 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Fr. Dennis Suglia who served at St. John’s for two years, is now the Associate Pastor at St. Kilian’s parish in Farmingdale.
Paul Clores: Pastoral Year Seminarian. Paul joined our parish family in the beginning of May 2017 for his pastoral summer assignment in preparation for ordination to the priesthood. The original plan was for Paul to move to a new assignment in September. However, we all wanted him to stay and Bishop Barres said yes. Paul lives at the Rectory and works in various ministries in the parish including: OLQA School, Pastoral Care of the Sick, Faith Formation and Youth Ministry. While Paul is with us to learn more about the life of a parish priest, he is helping us to learn some things too! You reach Paul at x. 113 or via email at email@example.com.
Andrew McKeon: Director of Music Ministries. This September, Andrew joined the Pastoral Team as the Director of Music Ministries. Andrew, though, is no stranger to SJE or the Center Moriches community. A graduate of OLQA, our parish regional school, Andrew has been a member of St. John’s for his entire life. Last year, Andrew served as our principal organist and helped to coordinate our parish’s musical efforts. This year, Andrew takes on this new role that sees him coordinating all of our music ministries and cantors and, in doing so, helping us to all the offer even more perfect praise and glory to God. You can reach Andrew by calling the Parish Office or emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alexander Finta: Associate Director of Parish Social Ministry. Alex joined the Pastoral Team last June after serving here as a Social Work intern. Alex is responsible for our increasing efforts to bring parish social ministry beyond our walls to the local community. Alex coordinates the Street Ministry, Community Meal Ministry, has organized a team of case managers, and is a tremendous advocate for the poor and vulnerable. He also serves as the school social worker at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Regional School. You can reach Alex at x. 127 or via email at email@example.com.
Seton Chapel: In August, we formally opened our newly renovated Seton Chapel. Because of the damage from the fire on May 19, the convent became the place for daily mass. This summer, we did some extensive renovations in the convent that created a new meeting room and a large space for prayer. Daily Mass and confessions take place in Seton Chapel as does Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and our daily rosaries. Seton Chapel open at 6:30 a.m. and closes at approximately 7 p.m. In the early morning and at night, you may park in the school parking lot. During the day we ask that you park on St. John Place. Come and say a prayer in this beautiful space.
St. Genesius of Aries is the patron saint of secretaries. He mastered the art of shorthand, transcribing court cases for the archives of the Roman Empire. We are looking for members of this new guild who will help us out in our parish offices from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, on Saturday morning and at other times throughout the year. So far we have nearly ten parishioners who have come forward. Interested? Want to learn more? Contact Lisa LoBosco at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 631.405.8514.
SJE will create a community garden this spring. If you have any knowledge, experience and/or interest in being a part of this new ministry, please come down to the Red Barn on Wednesday, January 31 at 7 p.m. If you are unable to make the meeting but are interested in joining, please contact Alex Finta at email@example.com or 631.878.0009 ext. 127.
Mondays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. We need canned vegetables, pork and beans, pasta sauce (but not pasta), canned foods and meats and toilet paper. Thank you for your continued generosity. Cut out this list and bring it with you when you go shopping.
Our new liturgical year is underway. Let’s review the following:
Our parish, overall, and our parish social ministry, 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 Sister Ann 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! Office Hours: 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. + Thursday afternoons: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Thrift Shop: Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
We will be having our first meeting to begin restoration of the sports field on February 1 at 7 p.m. The meeting will take place in the Upper Room in the Barn. Thank you for all who have reached out to volunteer and I ask anyone who still may be interested in helping out with this project to contact our seminarian, Paul Clores. pclores@SJEcm.org or 631.878.0009 Ext. 113
The Street Ministry is continuously servicing 40-65 people each Thursday night! We are extremely grateful for all donations from St. John's parishioners that have kept us going. As the cold winter months approach us, we are in need of the following items: Financial donations are most welcome as they allow us to purchase items as they are needed. Sometimes things “come up” and we need to make a quick purchase. Checks may be made payable to St. John the Evangelist and donations can be left in the Parish Office. Items needed: jackets (men’s, women’s, children’s), blankets, sweatshirts (men’s, women’s, children’s), socks (new), underwear (new), hats and gloves, boots and sneakers, toothpaste, deodorant, peanut butter/jelly and water.
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, contact Suzan Fitzpatrick at firstname.lastname@example.org. For teenagers and their families who desire more information, contact the Faith Formation Office at 631.878.0009, ext. 170 or email to email@example.com.
Anyone wanting to take the bus, please call Maria Sikora (1.631.801.2306.) We are leaving from the King Kullen parking lot at 5:45 a.m. on Friday, January 19.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Paul Clores at email@example.com You can also leave a message at the parish office at 631.878.0009.
Event schedule from January to April: 1/17 – Meet in gym, 1/31– Meet in Red Barn, 2/14 – Ash Wednesday Mass, 2/28 – Meet in gym, 3/14 – Meet in gym, 4/11 – Meet in gym and 4/25 – Meet in gym.
One of the wonderful ways to become more involved in parish life here at St. John the Evangelist is through The Legion of Mary. The Legion meets regularly and welcomes you to join in praying the rosary, spiritual readings, and discussing service to our neighbors in need. Membership is open to men and women of all ages. The Legion is a great opportunity to join a community of faith-in-action, grow closer to Jesus and Mary, and support our pastor and our church. Active member activities include evangelization work, visits to the sick and aged, outreach to our neighbors, religious education, prison and hospital ministry, and escorting the Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima to homes in the parish. We also lead our parish’s first Saturday program, sponsor St. John’s annual May Crowning of our Lady, and promote special events, pilgrimages, and retreats with other Legions on Long Island. The Legion of Mary meets every Thursday at 4 p.m. in our Red Barn. Individuals unable to commit to active membership can support us in prayer through auxiliary membership. Please call Judy Paulsen at 631.878.5872 or Christine Cappiello at 631.757.9834 for more information. Come spread the love of Jesus with our lady’s help. The Knights of Columbus is looking for new members. If interested, please contact Grand Knight Ken Swicicki at 631.375.7005.
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.” Matthew 25:35-36
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 rear door closest to parking lot.
MISSION STATEMENT: To create an environment where young adults can grow closer to our Lord encouraging a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We will come together as young adults of St. John’s to grow through the presence of the Eucharist, scripture, corporal works of mercy and social outings. We will let Christ be our mystical head but lean on one another as the Body of Christ. We will use this group as
an opportunity to evangelize other young adults in our parish and join other parishes with various events and grow in our faith together.
Come be a part of the young adults in our area and across the diocese!
2/13 –Young Adult Mardi Gras and Lenten discussion
2/16 – Adoration Night
3/5-3/7 – Lenten Mission
3/13 – Talk and Social
4/10 – Reflection on the Resurrection
5/8 – Talk and Social
5/33 – BBQ @ Convent
6/12 – Talk and Social
6/26 –Talk and Social
Contact Mike at Mclauberg@sjecm.org for more information.
Do you have a treadmill that’s collecting dust? The priests at St. John’s are currently looking for a treadmill that is in working order to help stay in shape. If you or someone you know has a treadmill that’s become a decorative piece of furniture and could use a new home please give us a call! 631.878.0009.
The Telecare Telethon is the weekend of Saturday, January 13th from 2PM -10PM and Sunday, January 14th from 12PM to 10PM. Please tune in on Cablevision channel 29/137, Time Warner Channel 471 or Verizon FiOS channel 296 to support our Diocesan Television Station. It will be 18 hours filled with many guest “stars” including many of the clergy, religious and dedicated lay people of our Diocese. Additionally, visits from some celebrity chefs, musical groups and New York sports teams will help fuel the enjoyment. Join Msgr. Jim Vlaun for the 25th annual Telecare Telethon and consider making a donation by phone or a secure donation over the internet at www.TelecareTV.org. Look for Fr. John and Fr. Michael during the Telethon too!
Another component of Youth Ministry at St. John the Evangelist: 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:
1. Any middle school, high school and college aged students send their contact information to Fr. John at firstname.lastname@example.org (You do not need to already be a part of Life Teen or Middle School Youth Ministry to be part of the Service Corps.)
2. As requests for help come from or come into our parish, you’ll be contacted to see if you can help.
3. 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 email@example.com.
Open house! 1/28 from 10 a.m. until noon. Consider the gifts of the OLQA Experience! Find out more about OLQA’s transformational Catholic faith-filled community that recognizes the individual strengths of each student
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: Beginning with the 2017 year, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Getting married? 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
•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 email@example.com. 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.
Getting your 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 2nd Sunday of each month. You will select this date at your initial meeting.
Funeral arrangements: Now about my 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), Cakebakers ( 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 email@example.com.
Como católicos, creemos firmemente en la importancia y la necesidad del hermoso sacramento del Bautismo. Es realmente el fundamento de nuestra vida como cristianos. Debido a la gran importancia de este sacramento, nosotros como cristianos católicos estamos llamados a hacer todo lo que esté a nuestro alcance para asegurarnos de que a nuestros hijos no se les prive de los beneficios del Bautismo por más tiempo del que es absolutamente necesario. Hay una mentalidad entre algunos católicos de que el bautismo puede demorarse durante muchos meses o incluso años. Los motivos de esta línea de pensamiento son variados, pero todos pierden el punto fundamental de que un niño debe ser bautizado tan pronto como sea razonablemente posible. En realidad, retrasar el bautismo de un hijo durante meses o años puede ser una negligencia pecaminosa. La Introducción al Rito del Bautismo de los Niños declara: "En cuanto al momento del bautismo, la primera consideración es el bienestar del niño, que no puede ser privado del beneficio de el sacramento". "También dice:" Un bebé debe ser bautizado dentro de las primeras semanas después del Nacimiento.” Un cambio que debe notarse que es efectivo de inmediato en nuestra parroquia es que los niños que son traídos para el Bautismo que están por encima de la edad de la razón (7 años de edad),deberán inscribirse en el programa de dos años de educación religiosa siguiendo las pautas del Rito de iniciación cristiana (RCIA #256). Por favor llame a la Rectoría y hable con el Padre Michael o el Padre Juan a 631.878.0009 o por correo electrónico a firstname.lastname@example.org o email@example.com o podemos ayudarlo a tener todo listo para una maravillosa celebración del bautismo de su hijo.
Sunday night is your night. 5:30 p.m. with a youth mass from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (Youth Ministry Night). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Every Sunday night at SJE. Any questions? Please email Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org. For all high school teens! Bring your friends! Basketball and volleyball! Great people! Great food! Great faith! Meets from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. each Sunday (Doors open 6:30 p.m.) at OLQA gym after the 5:30 p.m. Youth mass. Call 631.878.0009 ext. 5 or email: Mclauberg@sjecm.org.
All high school teenagers are invited and we encourage you to bring your friends!
• January 14: Social Night with Pizza & Sports
• January 21: Heart of God Life Night & Dodge Ball
• January 28: Family Life Night with Father John
New Office Hours
Our office hours have been adjusted in the New Year to accommodate our parish’s “common hour” (All parish offices will be closed between noon- 1 p.m., Monday - Friday).
New Office Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11AM-noon; 1PM-4:30PM
Inclement Weather Notifications: If classes are canceled for inclement weather, our office will notify parents in three ways: via email, via Facebook and via the News 12 television station & website.
Monday, January 15 on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Please note that, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we will not have classes on Monday, January 15.
Level 1 Parent Meeting: 1/20
Level 7 Parents: Please be sure to join us for our next parent meeting in January, which will be held during class times. Come to ONE of the following: Saturday, January 20—8:30-9:30AM OR 10AM-11AM
Level 8 Parent Meeting: 1/22 & 1/23
Level 8 Parents: Please be sure to join us for our next parent meeting in January, which will be held during class times. Come to ONE of the following dates:
Monday, January 22— 6:15-7:15 PM or 7:45-8:45 PM in the Auditorium OR Tuesday, January 23—7:45-8:45 PM in the auditorium.
First Reconciliation Prep
On Saturday, January 27, our Level 2 students will be attending a reconciliation preparation service during class times in the auditorium. Parents and students will meet in the auditorium, as this will take the place of their class. (Classes are still in session for our Level 1 and Heritage students). If you have any questions regarding your child’s Sacraments, please contact us at 631-878-0009, ext. 170 or via email at: email@example.com.
How can I repay the LORD for all the great good done for me? Psalm 116:2
As we approach the end of the calendar year, we are changing our process for end-of-year tax statements. Tax statements will be provided for those who request them. Simply call the rectory at 631.878.0009 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for your 2017 statement. Statements will be available after January 20. You can have your form mailed to you, emailed to you or you may pick it up at the rectory.
Altar bread and wine for the month: an offering of $150 is requested. Altar candles are $25 per week. Altar bread and wine for the month of November has been donated for the Glaser family.
Reading I: 1 Samuel 3:3B-10, 19 Samuel receives the Lord.
Responsorial Psalm: PS 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 6:13C-15A, 17-20 Our bodies are temples.
Gospel: John 1:35-42 John identifies the Messiah, Peter responds.
Discussion Questions: Are only “experienced sages” called to do God’s work? What about the young boy Samuel? Even if you are not a “sage” or a young boy, what is God asking you to do or be? St. Paul asks, “do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you”? Are you always aware of the presence of the Holy Spirit? Give some reasons how you can show reverence for the people in your life. Jesus asked the disciples, “What are you looking for”? How would you answer that question? Then there was a second loaded question: “Where are you staying”? This could be re-stated, “Where can we spend time with you?” When the disciples took time with Jesus, did they find what they were looking for, even if just by instinct? Will this work for you?
Reading I: John 3:1-5, 10: Jonah is sent to save Ninevah.
Responsorial Psalm: PS 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 The time is short.
Gospel: Mark 1:14-20: Jesus begins his ministry in Galilee, calls the Apostles.
1. What was God looking for in the Ninevites? What is God looking for in you? Does God call you to conversion once or over and over again? Why?
2. Do you think the message in this reading concerns preparation for the next life or happiness in this life? Does putting your security in the goods of this world make you happy? Paul says, “Let … those using the world [act] as not using it fully.” Could this be a recipe for happiness now?
3. Must you be called as a missionary and, for instance, go to Africa? Or could your call be to bring the Good News wherever you are, in whatever you do? Which way does Jesus call you?
Cecilia Hope Famiglietti
Adam Larkin and Allie Bazoge
“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 ones name placed under Prayers for the Sick, please call the rectory at 631.878.0009 or email email@example.com. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. Entrance antiphon, funeral mass:
Concetta Zummo , Kanige Marguerite. John Kerr, Jr
Joan Giammalvo, Anna Ostemeyer
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 have returned.
U.S. Army: Sgt. Justin Sikorski, SPC Dennis Smith
U.S. Air Force: SSgt. Jason M. Hermes, SRA Ryan Kerstiens, SRA Timothy Kerstiens, PFC Kyle Kerstiens
U.S. Marine Corps: PFC Sean Brady, PFC Patrick Kimes, Lt. Col. Robert K. Maldonado, L Cpl. Quentin Montemarano, LCL Andrew Schlosberg, Major Stephen Bartoszak.
U.S. Navy: STGCS Brian Holzmacher, ET3 Jeremiah Nolan, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reverend John Sureau, Pastor: email@example.com
Reverend Felix Akpabio, Parochial Vicar: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reverend Michael Plona, Parochial Vicar: email@example.com
John Pettorino, Deacon: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sr. Ann Berendes, IHM, Director of Parish Social Ministry: email@example.com
Michael Clauberg, Director of Youth Ministry: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Clores, Seminarian: email@example.com
David Erlanger, Regional School Principal: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex Finta, Associate Director of Parish Social Ministry: email@example.com
Andrew McKeon, Director of Music Ministries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Pirraglia, Director of Faith Formation: email@example.com
Katie Waller, Business Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
SJE office help needed: In May, we asked for volunteers to assist with our office hours on the weekends. We took down a number of names but then because of computer glitch (well, a Fr. John glitch), we believe we have lost some of the names. If you have not been contacted, can you contact us again? We are in need of volunteers on Saturday.
Set-up/tear-down crew needed: Saturday morning movers needed. We are working to create a moving crew that can be “on call” Saturday mornings to set up the gym. We are blessed with the students from OLQA but with some upcoming Friday night events, we can use some help. We would gather around 7:30 a.m. and are usually done in 20 minutes. Can you and your family help us out? We would let you know the Thursday before if help is needed. If you can be on our on-call list, please contact Fr. John at email@example.com or leave a message 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Altar society: Do you love to iron and clean? Great with a can of starch? Would like to help SJE from your own home? We are in need of some new members for the SJE Altar Society. The members of the SJE Altar Society take care of our liturgical cloths and garments used at daily mass, Sunday mass and funerals. You can do this on your own time in your own home. We’ll work on a schedule for pick ups and drop offs. For more information, contact Fr. John at email@example.com or call 631.878.0009.
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.
Altar servers: Our parish is in need of new altar servers. Altar servers assist at Masses, prayer services and sacramental celebrations. They are invaluable members of the parish community who contribute a great deal to parish life... and we’re working to have some more community building times as well! Altar servers need to be in fourth grade or above, should be attending Sunday Mass and desire to get more involved in the life of the parish and the Church. We will begin training soon! If your child is interested, please leave a message for Fr. John at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 631.878.0009.
Catechists: We are in need of a catechist for one of our Heritage classes on Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. This class includes students in grades 7-11 who are preparing for first communion and/or confirmation. If you are interested, please email Michelle at: email@example.com.
Kitchen help: OLQA is looking for someone to assist in our kitchen during our lunch periods. The hours are 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Interested candidates please contact the school at 631.878.1033.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mass helpers: Help us make our Sundays the best. We need your help at the 5:30 p.m. mass. God blessed you with talents... Can you give back by participating in one of our ministries? Can you proclaim God’s word at mass? Are you 16 or over and want to help distribute Holy Communion? Do you want to help people feel welcome at church? Do you want to help with brining the gifts up or taking the collection?
Extraordinary ministers: “In every celebration of the Eucharist, there should be a sufficient number of ministers of Holy Communion so that it may be distributed in a reverent and orderly manner.” General instruction of the Roman Missal 162. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist the priest and deacon at mass. At St. John’s Extraordinary Ministers serve at Sunday liturgies and, when possible, daily liturgy. For Sunday liturgies, ministers are scheduled according to their availability and the needs of the parish. How do I become an extraordinary minister? You must send a letter to Fr. John at the Parish Office or email to email@example.com. You must meet with Fr. John for a brief meeting. You must attend one of the diocesan training sessions. If you wish to also bring Holy Communion to the sick and homebound, you must attend a separate “Part B” training session. “When the Sacred Scriptures are read in the Church, God himself speaks to his people, and Christ, present in his word, proclaims the Gospel.” General Instruction of the Roman Missal 29. Readers proclaim God’s Word at Sunday masses, and if they are able at daily mass and other parish prayer services and events. For Sunday liturgies, ministers are scheduled according to their availability and the needs of the parish.
Chefs needed: Presently, we are only able to offer a sandwich and a snack to the nearly 30 people we minister to each night. We would like to be able to provide a more substantive and nutritional meal. We are asking parishioners, ministries, families, groups to consider helping us. You would prepare the meal and either 1) drop it off and we will put it individual containers or 2) you could prepare and put it in individual containers. (We can probably arrange to pick it up too.) This is a great way to help out for those who cannot come out on Thursday nights to help us in this ministry. If you, your family, or organization would like to make a home-cooked meal for the approximately 30 people we meet, please contact Corinne Bernath at firstname.lastname@example.org or Alex Finta at email@example.com or 631.878.0009.