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

What's Happening At SJE

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time: October 27

“The prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds; it does not rest till it reaches its goal.” Sirach 35:21

10/20 Bulletin     10/27 Bulletin

Consider donating online to SJE

“Save Time and Donate Online!” Online Giving is now available for parishioners with WeShare, an easy and convenient way to save time and support the church. Donating is simple, safe and completely secure. With WeShare, you can set up a recurring weekly or monthly transaction using your checking, savings, or credit card account. You can decide how much to give to any collection and make changes any time, day or night. Plus, you can leave your checkbook at home on Sundays. In the coming weeks, we’ll also be allowing our Religious Education parents to make payments on the site and will be promoting a number of church events.

Be on the lookout for those announcements. 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

All Saints Day: In observance of All Saints Day. Friday, November 1, all parish offices will be closed Friday. OLQA School is open for All Saints Day.

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.

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 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 Mondays – 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays – 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. mass – in Spanish – Tuesdays 7:30 p.m.

Liturgy of the Hours: We pray the Liturgy of the Hours onMondays at 3 p.m. (Daytime Prayer) and 8:45 p.m. (Night Prayer) in Seton Chapel. Thursdays at 1 p.m. (Daytime Prayer and4:45 p.m. (Evening Prayer) in SetonChapel.Saturdays and Sundays after the EveningMass 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.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takesplace in Seton Chapel onMondays from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. andThursdays from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Come to know Mary, Our Lady Queen of Apostles: We pray the Rosary every dayafter Daily Mass in Our Lady’s Chapel in the church building MONDAYS + We pray the MiraculousMedal Novena after the 7 a.m. Mass in thechurch building and at 7:30 p.m. in SetonChapel 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.

Mass Schedule of Intentions

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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.

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.

Level 7 Kick-Off: Our new Level 7 Program kicked off last Monday with an opening prayer service, followed by a“Meet the Small Group Leader” session in the school. Thank you to everyone who made this first session such a success!

Please note: There is NO LEVEL 7 Session this Monday, October 28.

Catechists Honored: Several of our catechists reached milestone years of service this year and were honored by the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s Office of Faith Formation during the Catechetical Service Awards last Sunday. The event took place at the Basilica of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in Southampton, with Bishop Robert Coyle presiding. Congratulations to all!

  • St. Paul VI Award (5 Years of Service) Linda Filosa, John Leuthardt, Kathleen Creamer, Christina Maloney, James O'Connor,Jennifer Tennant, Laura Mezzapelle, Liz Spagnuolo, Lillian Lennon, Nicole Moniaci, Heather Magill, and Cara McCarthy
  • St. Pius X Award (10 Years of Service) Erin O'Brien, Shannon Luongo, Maryanne Jimenez
  • St. John XXIII Award (25 Years of Service) David Pia
  • Bishop John R. McGann Award (30 Years of Service) Lawrence Berry

9th grade students making Confirmation this November: This is for the Confirmation candidates and their sponsors. If you have any questions, please contact us at: Our confirmation rehearsals are as follows:

  • November 5 at 10 a.m. Rehearsal on Monday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the church.
  • November 5 at 2 p.m. Rehearsal on Wednesday, October 30 at 5 p.m. in the church.
  • November 5 at 4:30 p.m. Rehearsal on Wednesday, October 30 at 7 p.m. in the church.

Catechists Still Needed: Do you know who they need? 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:

Faith Formation Payments

OLQA enrollment flyer

Faith Formation Information

Faith Formation Class Schedules

Confirmation Forms

Our Lady Queen Of Apostles Regional Catholic School

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

On Friday, October 18, students at the Catholic School in Center Moriches celebrated Respect Life Month. Fr. Felix Akpabio, Associate Pastor at St John the Evangelist, presided and preached at the Mass. Thanks to our 7th and 8th graders for serving as guides and leaders for our Kindergarten and Nursery students. Look for more information about the great experiences happening in The Mission – the middle school academy at OLQA. To learn more about the Catholic School in Center Moriches, contact us at 631.878.1033 or email to

OLQA enrollment flyer     

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

First Saturday Devotions - 11/2

November 2, 20197:30 a.m. Rosary and Confession8:00 a.m. Mass followed by breakfast in the Cafeteria.

From The Pastor's Desk - 10/27

Not as Far Away as You Think The Cries of the Poor: Dear Parish Family:It is hard to believe the end of October is upon us! The Church asks a lot of us during the month of October—as it should and as it always does! I want to draw your attention to three different October themes that linked together send us forward in mission to November, December and 2020 and far beyond. Extraordinary Mission Month—Baptized and Sent. Pope Francis, called for this recognition in observance of the 100th anniversary of Pope Benedict XV’s Maximum Illud. (This translates to That Momentous... linking to “that holy and momentous charge” taken from the end of Mark’s Gospel where we are commanded to “Go and preach to all the nations…” (Mark 15:16). More.

Remembrance Mass With Bishop Barres - 11/5

Bishop Barres will celebrate the 12:10 Mass at Saint Agnes Cathedral on Tuesday November 5 in remembrance of the deceased bishops of the diocese and the priests who have died since last November. All parishioners are invited to attend to remember Msgr. James McDonald and others. Please keep these priests in your prayers. May they rest in the peace of Christ.

John Cardinal Newman Canonized

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SJE Wear

We have a limited number of SJE T-shirts, sweatshirts and other items remaining. T-shirts- $10 Hoodies- $25 Sweatshirts- $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!

All Saints Day - Holy Day of Obligation - 10/21-11/1

ALL SAINTS DAY:A Holy Day of Obligation Thursday, October 31, 20195:00 p.m. Friday, November 1, 2019 Masses: 7:00 AM 12 Noon and 7:30 PM .In observance of All Saints Day, all parish offices will be closed Friday.OLQA School is open for All Saints Day.

Children's Liturgy of the Word - 10/27

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), children in Kindergarten – 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.

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.

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,

Thursday PM Youth Group - 10/24

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Altar Society - 10/27

Do you love to iron? Do great things with a can of starch? Love laundry? Then, the Altar Society might be for you! Each week, members of the altar society serve the Church by taking care of the linens used for the Celebration of the Eucharist. They take them from the Sacristy, care for them, wash and launder them, iron them and then return them to the Sacristy for the weekend ahead. If you think this might be one way you can offer your gifts to the life of the Church, contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or email to

The St. Genesius Guild - 10/27

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 new members for the 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. Interested? Want to learn more? Contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or email to

Baptism Team members Needed

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Sacrament of Reconciliation - 10/27

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 - 10/24

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.)

Golden Wedding Liturgy - 11/3

Honoring couples married fifty years or more. Sunday, November 3 at Maria Regina, in Seaford. Liturgy will begin at 2 p.m. Registration must be received by the Office of Worship ASAP. Entries will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. Forms can be found on For more information, call 516.678.5800, ext.223.

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

Beginning November 1st, 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.

All Souls Day Novena

All Souls Day Novena envelopes are now available. These envelopes are a meaningful way for you to have your deceased loved ones prayed for in the Novena of Masses for All Souls Day. Take an envelope, fill out the name of the deceased, and return the envelope with your donation. Envelopes may be returned either in the collection basket or at the rectory. Special Masses will be offered for nine (9) days throughout the month of November for these intentions for the deceased.

Praying For And Ministering To The Sick - 10/27

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 - 10/21

Our women's groupmeets every other Monday at 10 am to 11:30 am, 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: 11/4, 11/18, 12/2, 12/16 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.

Special All Souls ParishMass of Remembrance - 11/2

We will celebrate a special All Souls Parish Mass of Remembrance on All Souls Day, Saturday, November 2 at 11:30 a.m. At this Mass we will pray by name for all who have died in our parish community over the past year. All families who have celebrated a funeral Mass at SJE in the past year are being specially invited, and all parishioners, whether or not they have experienced a loss, are invited to come and join in prayer Following the Mass, all are welcome for hospitality. Please consider participating in this Mass to join together in prayerful solidarity with our brothers and sisters who have lost a loved one in the past year.

Join The SJE Parish - 10/27

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.

Community Meal - 10/28

Join us Monday, October 28 in the Red Barn at St. John the Evangelist Church in Center Moriches. The meal will consist of a homemade dinner from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. If you are in need of toiletries or clothes, please let a volunteer know! If you are interested in cooking a meal or volunteering, please reach out to Alex Finta at Mark your calendars for these future meals as well (November 18).

BINGO - 10/25

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Joe COnklinYou might notice a new face at SJE and in the halls of OLQA. Joseph Conklin is serving as a Social Work Intern for the 2019-2020 year.

Joe is a recent graduate from St. Joseph’s College (see picture to the left) and has started studies in the MSW program at Fordham University.

Joe will be working in Parish Social Ministry on Mondays and in OLQA on most Tuesdays.

In addition, Joe will be working on developing some support groups for young people and parents at SJE. Look for more details soon.

You can reach Joe at Joe to SJE and OLQA!



Annual Spaghetti andMeatball Dinner - 11/5

Center Moriches Fire Department Engine Company 3 Annual Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner Election day, Tuesday November 5 .Doors open 5 PM and close 8 PM.

Veterans Day Parade - 11/10

You are invited to participate in the second annual VETERANS DAY PARADE sponsored by Chamber of Commerce of the Moriches.Please join us @1:30 on SUNDAY, NOV. 10, at the corner of Adelaide Ave. & Main St. in East Moriches. Parade Kickoff @2 PM. Walk 1/2 mile together to Soldiers/Sailors Park in EM. A short ceremony and refreshments will follow. Cars will be provided for Vets who need a ride. Please call, text, or email, 631-965-9645, 631-878-1111. Any other groups/participants contact George Kreuscher 516-639-3145 or

Prison Families Anonymous - 11/12

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: October 31, November 4, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20, 22, 25, 26, 27
  • Noon masses: November 6, 21, 22
  • Spanish evening masses (7:30 p.m.): October 29, November 9, 12, 19, 23, 26

Diocesan Training - 11/9

Saturday, November 9 from 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at St. Rosalie, Hampton Bays.

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.

Stewardship - 10/27

Sunday 10/13/19: $14,227 (2018: $17,308)
Parish Social Ministry: $2,182 (2018: $2,080)

Sunday 10/20/19: $13,634 (2018: $16,228)
World Mission Sunday: $1,550 (2018: $2,067)

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

Music Ministry - 10/27

Hymns for this week:

#755 - There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
#806 - Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
#889 - Now We Remain
#548 - Songs of Thankfulness and Praise

Join the choir! We need your voices

If you wish to “pray twice” please send an email with your name, and best telephone number!We rehearse on Tuesday evenings at 6pm for Youth Choir, andAdult Choir at 7 p.m., in the Church. We are also looking forinstrumentalists 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 thecongregation as a whole, selecting music with refrains we can all sing easily frommemory is a benefit. This is often why we sing rather common communion oreucharistic based hymns at this time of the mass. As Catholics, we sing! It’s oftensuch a joy to hear so many voices collectively as one proclaiming praises here at Saint John The Evangelist!

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

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 with us at Church, please join us. You can contact one of our directors or reach out to Andrew McKeon at 631.878.0009 or email to

Readings: thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time - 11/4

Reading I: Wisdom 11:22-12:2.The Lord loves all creation.
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13, 14.
Second Reading: 2 Thessalonians 1:11-2:2.The day of the Lord is not yet here.
Gospel: Luke 19:1-10.Jesus enters the house of Zacchaeus.

Discussion Questions

1. This reading is about God’s transcendence (God asbeyond our limits or so far above us). At the same timeit is about God’s imminence (his Spirit in all things, hepitched his tent among us, God with us, at home withus). How do you feel about God when you think ofthese attributes?

2. When you are “shaken out of your mind suddenly” on your spiritual journey, do you think God can useyour fellow believers or even non-believers to help youout? Give some examples of how this might work.

3. A man climbs a tree in order to see. A holy man goesto a “sinner’s” house for dinner.A repenting person gives half ofall his possessions to the poor.How do you explain these events? Does knowing JesusChrist elicit extraordinarybehavior from you? What?

Readings: Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time - 10/27

Reading I: Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18.The Lord judges justly with no favorites.
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 34:2-3, 17-18, 19, 23.
Second Reading: 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18.Paul concludes his writing, is ready for the Day of the Lord.
Gospel: Luke 18:9-14.Those who humble themselves will be exalted.

Discussion Questions

1. The Pharisee says aprayer in this Gospel. Is it to God or to himself? Ifyou were in God’s place, what kind of prayers of the two would you answer first? Which one has a sincere heart?


Our Newly Baptized: Theodore Joseph Acevedo, Lorenzo Patrick Giglio, Matthew James HoffmannEmily Laina Price, Lily Rose Mannix, Lina Marie Stumpf, Shannon Caiera Hennessey Ziegler

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: Richard Clay and Maria Chaparro. Luis Velez and Alyssa DiMartino. Joseph Quenzer and Christine Volk.

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: Margot Hinner, Debra Mule, Donna M. Kukura, Philip Lucchese, Thomas Patrick Nolan, Margaret Cerro, Alan Thomas Youngman.

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.

Henry Schandel, Azorie Marie, Jack Corrigan, Edith CorrellPam Grosso, Juliana Gales, Theresa Amorese, Carol Theisen, Walter Haase.

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, LCL Andrew Schlosberg, 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! Goodnews…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 theministry as you wish.

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

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

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

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

For more information, email Fr. John 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: Canned vegetables, tuna fish, chicken in a can, rice, instant potatoes, beans, pork and beans, iInstant potatoes
small jelly (grape), small mayonnaise, boxed mashed potatoes, cooking oil, soup, Ramen noodles, cereal, canned foods and meats, toilet paper. 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 Ready To Start

Calling all chicken pros!SJE Chicken Ministryis ready to start!We are looking for some items to bedonated for our coop including: agalvanized feeder, light, holder for thefeed, egg buckets, anything else youthink may be helpful! Pleasecontact Fr. Michael if you can help orwant to be a part of the ChickenMinistry at631-878-0009

Join the family ministry

SJE Pre-Cana Ministry

Please pray for and congratulate the couples who attended the marriage preparation sessions in June: • Danielle Alicia Rufrano and Brian Morales • Angela Schon and Daniel Becza • Janine San Jose and Jonathan Fogarty • Nicole Lamattina and Daniel Parisi The Pre-Cana ministry is always looking for more lead couples. If you’re interested and have a marriage recognized by the Catholic Church, contact Liz and George DellaRatta at

Deanery Pro-Life Meeting - 10/24

October 24th in the convent@ 7:00 PMDeanery Pro-Life Meeting.Come and bring a friend.Thanks!

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

Family Life Ministry Events

Upcoming Events: Now through October 31:Boxes located in Front of theChurch for Donations for NoKill Shelters; KENT andSAVES. Donation requests:Blankets and Towels (new or used), Purina catchow, Purina kitten chow or any type of kittenfood, Any type of canned cat food, Any type ofcanned dog food, Paper towels, Garbage bags (13gal or 45 gal), Dish detergent, Laundry detergent,Bleach, Clorox wipes, Hand wipes, sponges.Starting in November: Family Life and Blue StarMoms will be collecting personal hygiene itemsand snacks for active military. Keep a look outfor boxes in front of church.Need volunteer hours? Please contact LindaFilosa 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 materiel 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

Help to raise funds to benefit health programs for women, children and neonatal care at Peconic Bay Medical Center. At the Center Moriches High School Track. 9 a.m. check-in time. Please visit for more information.

September 29: After the 9 am mass. Seeking donations of juice, paper goods, tea, coffee, breakfast foods/muffins. All are welcome to help us honor our fellow parishioners that serve others and help protect us each day. An Appreciation Reception to Honor Correctional Officers, First Responders and Law Enforcement: Family Life Ministry will be hosting a reception. All are welcome to help us honor our fellow parishioners that serve others and help protect us each day. Please contact Linda Filosa at 631.559.7227 or email for more information. Please contact Linda Filosa at 631.559.7227 or email for more information.

October 4: Blessing of the Animals at 6 p.m. just of the convent deck. On the day of the blessing, Family Life will host a table of refreshments and goodies for pets. Come bring your entire family – especially your four-legged, winged, crawling, and gilled creatures – as we celebrate the feast of St. Francis and our entire parish community! Each year, in October, the Church celebrates the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, a saint known for his kindness to animals. Did you know that St. Francis was the first one to use barnyard animals in the Nativity scene? Food and fellowship for all to follow – and each pet gets a special treat to take home with them!

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Hospitality Ministry

“Now that you have come this close to your servant, let me bring you a little food, that you mayrefresh yourselves; and afterward you may go on your way."Did you listen the words of the first reading on 7/21? Abrahamgreets his guests and provides for them! SJE is looking to form ahospitality ministry. This ministry will coordinate, be present ator even run all of our hospitality events and make sure we haveenough supplies, volunteers, etc. for hospitality events in theparish!Think you might be interested? Have that great organizingspirit? Love for things to look “just right”? Then this isthe ministry for you!Reach out to Fr. John at or leave amessage at 631.878.0009.

Senior Ministry News

10/27: What a wonderful opportunity we are offering to our beloved “60ish and over”young’uns”! On Monday afternoon, November 18, 2019, from 1:30 to 3:00 ,Lori Maldavis, the Director of Day Haven in Riverhead, will be here to informyou about MEDICARE EXPLAINED. Since Medicare’s open enrollment isfrom October 15th until December 7th, Lori will be available to give informationon Medicare and the changes for 2020. Topics from Medicare parts A, B, andD Advantage Plans and Medicap policies maybe of interest for you or a lovedone. These may involve the current changes in your existing coverage. (It is suggested that you bring apen and paper.)Space is limited, so if you are interested, please call Sister Ann at 631-878-0009 Ext 127 or email herat before NOVEMBER 1ST. All you need to leave is the full name OR NAMES ofthose coming. Hope to see you here.Information on Day Haven Adult Day Services and Caregiver Support Groups will also be available.Free refreshments will be available.

10/20: Several people have indicated that they would be interested in a programthat would help them with the Sunday Scriptures and that really excited me!After checking the parish calendar for a time and place, (hoping that it is nottoo early), Thursday at 9:00 was selected. I would like to start on October 31.If you have a grandchild who expects you to go to his/her school because of aHalloween program, just let me know that you will be here the followingweek.What do you need? A Bible is necessary as well as something in which to write—a notebook, journal.This is just for YOU! Ask your neighbors, maybe someone else would be interested. Theprogram is set up so that if you miss a week, it is not a “continue next week” program. But it willdefinitely help you to understand how the Scriptures are here to help us today—not 2000 years ago. TheScriptures are timeless but sometimes they are difficult for us to understand how they will help us today.I am giving you several weeks to think about this and planned it early enough in the day so that you canplan the rest of it for your other activities.In summary: What: Sunday ScripturesWhen: Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m.Where: Convent, IHM roomPlease let me know if you will join us. The more, the better! Call and/or leave a message, if I’m not inthe Office: 631.878.0009 ext. 127 OR If you would like to come but need a ride,please call/text me and a ride will be provided or ask someone to join you, especially if they can giveyou a ride!

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 12 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

St. John the Evangelist needs altar servers: Even now, as young people, you can be apostles, capable of drawingothers to Jesus. This will happen if you are full of enthusiasm for him, forJesus, if you have encountered him, if you have come to know himpersonally, and been yourselves “won over” by him.- Pope Francis, 31, July 2018What about you??Altar servers assist at Masses, prayer services and sacramentalcelebrations. They are invaluable members of the parish communitywho contribute a great deal to parish life...and we’re working to havesome more community building times as well!Altar servers need to be in fourth grade or above, should be attendingSunday Mass and desire to get more involved in the life of the parishand the Church.Initial Training Meeting: Friday, November 1, 2019 —4:00 p.m.Monday, November 4, 2019—6:00 p.m.Thursday, November 7, 2019 —5:00 p.m.Saturday, November 9 at 3:00 p.m.Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 6 p.m. Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 1 p.m.Installation Mass: Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. Mass (You will not need to attend all of these trainings... I will explain at the first meeting.)

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 wasn’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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