This Week At SJE: News Items
St. John the Evangelist’s Religious Education (Faith Formation)
Need to register your child for the
2017-18 academic year? Registration began June 12 for St. John the Evangelist’s Religious Education program serves our parish youth (nearly 1,800 students), beginning in first grade and their families as they grow in faith and prepare for the sacraments. Those who are entering grade 1, as well as those with children who may not have been in religious education for awhile, are welcome to register in June.
For families already in
our program, you will be notified about your child’s class placement via email and through a mailing over the summer.
To register in our faith formation program, please bring a copy of the child’s baptismal certificate (or a copy of their birth
certificate if they were not baptized). Please also be sure that you are a registered member with our parish. If you aren't
already, please contact the rectory at 631.878.0009. More about Faith Formation can be found here. Also see the New Catechist Volunteer Form.
Registration office hours: Monday - Tuesday and Thursday: noon - 5 p.m. and Wednesdays from noon - 8 p.m. A Spanish translator will be available in June on: Wednesdays, 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. For more information, please contact our office. Thank you for your dedication and support as we continue to enhance and grow our program for the youth of our community.
Quo Vadis: Where are you going? Youth leadership Camp
July 9 - July 13 at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington. Open to all high school students, including those going into 9th grade and graduating seniors. If you would like to learn more about vocations, deepen your faith and better discern God’s calling in your life, consider coming. Our seminarian Paul Clores, along with other dedicated priests and seminarians, will be directing the program. If you would like to register or learn more, visit quovadislongisland.org. Feel free to contact him at pclores@SJEcm.org with any questions, comments or concerns. St. John the Evangelist will sponsor any young person in our parish who wishes to attend the camp. So contact Paul for more information. There is no fee for any SJE young person… Come and see!
Reasons for Hope
Each week, during this time of rebuilding, I list some more “reasons for hope”. Our movement out of the Church to the Auditorium and Convent can be a bit unsettling and, at some times, a little sad. Maybe these reasons for hope will help us to stay focused.
6/25: Community Coming Together: Special thanks to the Mustard Seed Café and Farm — our across-the-street neighbors — for their help and support during these challenging times. Throughout the month of June, Yoga classes were offered on Sunday mornings with all proceeds going to St. John the Evangelist, to assist us in our rebuilding efforts. You can learn more about their work by visiting www.morichesmustardseed.com.
6/18: To the people of St. John’s, We are keeping you in prayer and wishing you well after recent events. We know our God will continue to provide comfort and strength. Blessings: Rev. Tammie-Rae Keeler and all at the East Moriches United Methodist Church (and signed by many members of the community).
6/11: Save the Date: Mass of Thanksgiving and Farewell Reception for Father Suglia - Sunday, June 25 at noon. Reception to follow outside on the Church Lawn by the Blessed Mother statue. We are looking for some good Fr. Suglia pictures from his time here at SJE. If you have any, can you mail them to email@example.com or drop them off in the Parish Office? Interested in helping? Contact Fr. John at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will set you up with the right people.
OLQA Students of Service
I don’t think we would be able to manage in these days without the help and support of Our Lady Queen of the Apostles Regional Catholic School. The students from OLQA have worked each week in setting up and taking the down the chairs and liturgical furnishings each week. Guided by their teachers and the leadership of our Principal, Mr. Erlanger, and our Office Manager, Ms. Grace Halversen, they have made what is such a practical headache, a lot, lot easier. Our coming together in the midst of these days is—yet— another reason for our hope.
6/4: Each week, during this time of rebuilding, I will list some “reasons for hope”. Our movement out of the church to the auditorium and convent can be a bit unsettling and, at some times, a little sad. Maybe these reasons for hope will help us to stay focused on the good things to come here at SJE!
5/28: The Light in the Darkness: Two weeks ago, our community was rocked by the tragic events that took place in the Church. It required us to embrace the reality and to search hard for the light in the midst of the darkness. Our Paschal Candle was a help in allowing us to find that light. On Saturday, the work of rebuilding and renewal began. Cleaning crews have been working ever since. Our next steps will take place after the cleaning has been completed. We also turned, as we do so often, to prayer. After praying in the auditorium at all of the normally-scheduled masses, we celebrated the Eucharist on Monday with the OLQA school community. Fr. John presided and Fr. Suglia, and Fr. Frank Pizzarelli (Executive Director of Hope House Ministries) concelebrated the mass. Following the liturgy, breakfast was provided for all and of our OLQA students were assisted to by our school social worker, Alex Finta - and mental health counselors and caring individuals from Catholic Charities, the Center Moriches School District and Hope House Ministries. Thanks to all who helped to make it a good day of healing for our community.
The following made donations in honor of a loved one….
- Ms. Virginia O’Shea made a donation in memory of William Townley
- Ms. Peggy Orlando made a donation in memory of Shirley Dieck
- The SJE Ministry of Consolation made a donation in memory of Neil Ludwigsen
- Mr. Edward Langone made a donation in memory of Christine Byrne
- Ms. Bertha Ballerano made a donation in memory of Stanley Ballerano
- Mr. Eugene Orlando made a donation in memory of Richard Klein
- Mr. Edward Langone made a donation in memory of Richard Sinski
- Ms. Maureen Collins made a donation in memory of Noreen Glynn
- The SJE Ministry of Consolation also made a donation in memory of Catherine Schneider
- Ms. Maureen Hogan made a donation in memory of Martin Boland
- Ms. Virginia Baeta made a donation in memory of Edward C. Garzero.
Anonymous donations were made in memory of Daniel Joseph Hickey, William Breslawski, Sr. and Kathleen McCarthy. To obtain a parish social ministry memorial card, visit the Rectory during regular office hours or Parish Outreach from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Sister Ann in the Parish Social Ministry Office.
baby Bottle Drive
We are still collecting baby bottles for our parish’s recent baby bottle drive for the Life Center of Long Island. It’s not too late to return your bottle. We will take them back full or empty. Please bring it to rectory so that we may return it to the Life Center. Thank you.
Candidate Prayer Service Thank you
Thank you to all who came out for our Level 7 Sponsor/Candidate Prayer Service Wednesday night! Following the prayer service, which affirmed the importance of sponsors in the lives of Confirmation candidates, families enjoyed ices outside on a beautiful evening. Much appreciation to all who helped make the night such a success!
OLQA School Tours
Come and find out about our amazing Catholic School... a place of faith and family… a place of teaching and technology... a place of care and compassion... the place to be! OLQA offers classes from nursery school to 8th grade with before-school and after-care programs available. To learn more about our school and/or to schedule a tour, visit www.olqany.org or call 631.878.1033.
St. John’s Youth Ministry is always growing and expanding! This summer, we are starting a CYO basketball program. We will be having a general meeting Wednesday, June 28 at 7 p.m. in the 2nd floor upper room of the Red Barn, but if anyone is interested in coaching a team or being a part of this program please contact Mike Clauberg at email@example.com or Alex Finta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Confirmation Candidate Witnesses Needed
Volunteers Needed: Will you be a witness? “But you will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” ~ Acts 1:8 Our Confirmation candidates need your witness and example! Would you consider helping with our 5-week confirmation “1:8” Prep Program this fall? Volunteer meeting: Thursday, June 22 at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium. This year, 250 students are scheduled to be confirmed November 6. If interested, please contact Michelle at the Faith Formation office: email@example.com or 631.878.4141.
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 apart of our referral list please let Alex Finta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presently, we are only able to offer a sandwich and a snack to the nearly 30 people we minister to each night. Beginning in July, 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 email@example.com or Alex Finta at firstname.lastname@example.org or 631.878.0009.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
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 email@example.com.
SJE Furniture Exchange
Do you have furniture that you would like to donate to someone who could use it? Are you in need of furniture? Contact Alex Finta at firstname.lastname@example.org or 631.874.3617 to be a part of St. John the Evangelist Furniture Exchange! We will not have storage for furniture, but we will help organize a way in which furniture can be exchanged. Transportation can be provided. If you'd like to volunteer to help with the transportation process please contact Alex Finta.
Sing a New Song to the Lord!
One of the losses from the fire and smoke a few weeks ago was the destruction of all of our hymnals. Worship, Spirit and Song and Flor y Canto were all ruined and needed to be discarded. We will replace them when the Church is finished (and those who had books memorialized will see that memorialization carry over to the new hymnals). In the mean time, the publication of worship aids for the past few weeks is not necessarily the most efficient way for us to move forward. Last week, I called Oregon Catholic Press and asked if they could help us out giving some old paperback music hymnals they may have. (We don’t have space right now for the hard cover hymnals.) They responded immediately and are shipping the latest edition of Breaking Bread to our community this week. What a sign of hope!
St. Jude, R.C.C. located in Mastic Beach, is seeking two office assistants for their parish office. This part-time position is 15 hours per week (flexible on day choice): Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The purpose is to assure smooth, efficient, hospitable functioning of the parish office. Must be a responsible individual who will provide administrative support of the parish office and assist priests and office manager as needed. Position Requirements: It is important that the candidate have excellent telephone and strong interpersonal skills, and be able to multi-task in a busy environment, accuracy and attention to detail. The ideal candidate must have strong computer skills which include Microsoft Office, experience with database programs, and fast data entry skills. Hospitable yet businesslike with staff, parishioners, visitors. Maintains appropriate confidentiality at all times. Bilingual - Spanish speaking is preferred. Please email cover letter and resume to email@example.com or fax 631.395.5786.
“Where are you going?” “The Lord is calling you in little ways and in big ways. The deeper you open your heart, the deeper you open your life.” Bishop John O. Barres spoke these words at the youth holy hour that took place at Chaminade High school last month. Since his time here in the diocese, Bishop Barres has made a particular effort to reach the youth in different ways. Why? Because he believes that young people can make a difference. It has often been said that the youth are the “future of the Church.” However, this phrase assumes that the youth can’t make a difference right now! Yes, they are our future but they are also our present. One of Bishop Barres’ initiatives was to establish a summer camp for high school students here in the diocese. The title of the camp is Quo Vadis which means “Where are you going?” This is in reference to the story of St. Peter fleeing Rome in fear of being put to death when suddenly he saw Jesus carrying His cross walking towards Rome. Peter asked, “Quo vadis, Domine?” (Where are you going, Lord?) in which Jesus responded, “I am going to Rome to be crucified again.”
I am calling on high school students to ask themselves that question, “Where am I going?” Quo Vadis: A Catholic Youth Leadership Camp will give you an opportunity to explore that question. You will learn more about Vocations, to deepen your faith, and to better discern God’s call in your life. The camp is for all high school students (for those going into 9th grade through graduating seniors) and will take place on July 9 through July 13 at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, NY. The cost is $150. It will be directed by dedicated priests, seminarians (including myself), religious and local lay leaders who will serve as guides in your journey toward holiness and ultimately to heaven!
For registration, visit quovadislongisland.org. If they are any questions or concerns, visit the website or feel free to contact me at pclores@SJEcm.org.
Help With Our Faith Formation Classes
We are looking for parishioners to help teach our young people about the faith. You don’t have to be a theologian —simply have a desire to share the faith and be willing to relate it to our youth. Can’t make a weekly commitment? Perhaps you can be a part of our substitute catechist group! If you are interested, please fill out this form and return it to our office (located in the Red Barn, 2nd Floor) or via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for answering the call to serve. Please print and then fill out this simple form. Place it in the basket as it comes around or return directly to the Red Barn, 2nd Floor.
This is what New Catechist Volunteer Form (click the link to print and fill it out) asks of you: Name, address, cell phone, home phone, email, occupation. Have you ever volunteered as a catechist? (Circle One) Yes No. Are you “Virtus” Trained? (Circle One) Yes No. Class days/times. (Please circle the level, day and time you would like to teach.) Levels: 1, 2 (1st communion preparation)
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. -11 a.m.
Levels: 3, 4, 5, 6 - Monday: 4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. || Tuesday: 4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. or 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Levels: 7, 8 (Confirmation preparation) - Monday: 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. or 7:45 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. or Tuesday: 7:45 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. Can’t commit to weekly classes? Be a substitute catechist! Please indicate the days/times you are available, as well as the grade levels you would be willing to teach. Days available, times available, grade levels willing to teach.
Serving Justice Excellently: Our Youth Service Corps
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:
- Any middle school, high school and college-aged students should send their contact information to Fr. John at email@example.com (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.
Pastoral Team News
- New Associate Pastor: We also learned last week we are getting a new associate pastor when transfer time comes around at the end of June. We do not know who the new priest will be but will learn about him as the transfer time (June 28) occurs.
Calling All 9th - 12th Graders for the Cruise To Nowhere!
Sign up today so you are not closed out! Contact Mike at mclauberg@SJECM.ORG by June 18 to book your spot. “Cruise in Freeport” Wednesday night, July 12, from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Tickets are $40.
Join The Catholic Action Network
The Catholic Action Network, the official voice of the Catholic Church in our state, was formed by the Catholic Bishops of New York. The Catholic Action Network website is a powerful tool that is designed to educate and inform us on issues concerning important topics such as religious freedom, respect life issues, marriage and family, human services, criminal services and healthcare. All parishioners should visit this website and sign up to receive important alerts and reminders about writing letters and sending information to local legislative leaders. It is very simple.
1. Go to www.nyscatholic.org.
2. Click on the “take action” tab at the top.
3. Then, click on “ Join the Catholic Action Network” and follow the prompts from there.
First Holy Communion
Michael Albino, Edwin Angeles Chavez, Kyle Antonucci, Emily Ardito, Jack Ardito, Michael Askin, Lillian Barczak, Carly Barnabee, Sophie Barnes, Emely Barrera Gonzales, Kaleigh Benson, Gianni Bergami, Jayden Bergami, Jaquelline Bermeo Morocho, Tyler Betner, Ayden Biamonte, Hudson Bohm, Matthew Bond, Haleigh Branker, Avery Breheny, Anthony Bruno, Esau Cabrera Molina, Brandon Caceres, Yazmyn Caceres, Chalotte Campbell, Darren Cangelosi, Nate Cangelosi, Aidan Caruana, Kamryn Cascone, Vanessa Casse, Brian Castro, Franklin Castro, Anthony Cherrez Lituma, Giovanni Cimino, Jocelyn Condemaita, Christopher Costa, Lily Costa, Joseph Costanza, Jack Cressy, Liam Cressy, Lilyana Cupolo-Bangel, Michael Curtin, Carson Dabrowski, Matthew Danielsen, Charles Dechiaro, Denise Delgado Lituma, Isabella Dellaposta, Daniel Diaz, Lilyanna Diaz, Harmony Dowling, Brendan Dunn, Delaney Dunn, Keegan Dworczyk, Jesse Dyke, Delaney Ehrhart, Hayley Encarnacion Allende, Yuribeth Encarnacion Allende, Kareem Esperant, Timothy Everoski, Laila Faicco, Sienna Farley, Blake Fiori, Allen Flore, Lucas Flore, Jeremy Gaeta, William Garces, Chelsie Garcia, Gabriel Garcia, Thomas Gargiulo, Mason Gatchalian, Emily George, Travis Gibbs, Ava Golden, Ashley Gonzales-Corea, Benjamin Grausso, Joseph Green, Donato Gutierrez, Jordyn Hall, Alexandra Hamilton, Kieran Harker, Michael Hayes, Daniel Helmke Michael Hendrickson, Isabella Hermanns, Tony Hernandez, Lilyanna Hickey, Aviana Higueros, Emilie Hiller, Kaelyn Horigan, Michael Huisman, Dario Illiano, Brooke Interdonati, Lauryn Interdonati, Jordan Jastrzebski, Taylor Jastrzebski, Gavin Javetski, Jennifer Jimenez Arizaga, Hunter Johnson, Riley Kaiser, Mackenzie King, Peyton King, Alexander Kipybida, Madison Klammer, Cole Klein, Dylan Kleine, Adriana Kotsonis, Laine Kwiatkowski, Kaleigh LaBianca, Sarah Langdon, Rylan Leandry, Matthew LeBron, James Leone, Andrew Lewis, Brooke Libuser, Madeline Litchhult, Priyah Lluberes, Jacqueline Lopez, Matthew Lukas, Elizabeth Luperena, Ava Maler, Isabella Manfredoni, Paige Mannese, Brian Marrin, John Martinez, Olivia Marx, Julia Masino, Frankie Mattera, Isabella McCarthy, Lila McCarthy, Logan McGregor, Jose Miguel Gomez, Sofia Miguel, Vincent Milano, Ryan Mitchell, Anthony Molina, Carol Monroy, Matteo Monter, Mariana Moran Franco, Jeronimo Moran, Mia Morris, Luke Murray, Katelynn Murtha, Ryan Murtha, Taylor Murtha, Carmine Nacchio, Giavana Naples, Lauren Nolan, Christopher Ortega Castro, Juliana Ortiz, Nolan Parsons, Dilan Patino Lazo, Abigail Paulson, Madalyn Pesci, Charles Peters, Aubree Poach, Joseph Poerschke, Antonio Poggi, Thomas Powers, Jake Raineri, Gianna Raynor, Jaden Raynor, Emerson Redfield, Brian Reehil, Priscila Ribeiro, Leah Riker, Giavanna Rogers, Jhesson Rojo, Gavin Roswell, Matthew Rothmeier, Douglas Ruhs, Luke Ruhs, Ryan Russell, Carlos Sagastume, Eysia Salamanca, Filomina Sammarco, Katherine Sattler, Samantha Segura, Jack Sheridan, Alexa Shuman, Brian Singh-Caporusso, Jenna Smith, Christopher Spatz, David Spina, Mairead Spratt, Braden Stanton, Jake Strong, Adam Szczepanik, Ava Szczepanik, Matthew Taiani, Connor Taibbi, Brooke Taylor, James Taylor, Cillian Tennant, Lilyana Tepper, Isabella Thomas, Brody Timoney, Emily Tracy, Collin Tumbarello, Christian Versacci, Zachary Veschi, Brooklynn Werthner, Jaiden White, Rylie Wiegand, Alyssa Williams, Cameron Wolters, Zoe Wood, Julia Zozzaro.
Janna Amico, Ashley Dondero, Ryan Engo, Joseph Hampson, Timothy Hampson, Steven Inzerillo, Chloe Mazzocca, Ryan O'Donoghue, Liam Ogeka, Michael O'Neil, Samuel Quinn, Christopher Ryan, Sophia Savarese, Ryann Scott, John Sharkey, Liam Sherman, Emily Sinacori, Joseph Sinacori, Ella Stetson, Sophia Viola, Ethan Walker, Joseph Whitfield.
Ministry of Consolation
The ministry of consolation now has its own page on the SJE site.
"How can I repay the Lord for all the great good done for me?" Psalm 116:2. Sunday 6/18/17: $15,441 (2016: $13,761) Catholic Education: $1,907 (2016: $3,524). Each week, we provide envelopes for specific areas of parish life. This allows us to focus our stewardship in certain areas. Ideally, we would love to have a strong regular collection which would make these envelopes unnecessary. Next week, please make use of the Peter’s Pence envelope and/or place your offering in the regular collection.
Parish Social Ministry
Diocese of Rockville Centre Day of Prayer and Healing for Women. The Day of Prayer and Healing for Women is an opportunity to experience the loving mercy of God in a safe and sacred space. The day is directed by faithful priests who have a sensitivity and a heart for those who suffer. Saturday, June 17 (Long Island location). Saturday, December 9 (Long Island Location). For more information visit: respectlife.drvc.org To register contact: Project Rachel 1.888.456. 4673 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SJE’s Parish Social Ministry is in need of a referral list of professionals who might be able to assist local parishioners in need. As of now, we are looking for social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, teachers, nurses and attorneys. If you’re interested in learning more and willing to assist our parishioners, please contact Alex Finta at email@example.com.
Fortnight for Freedom
Use Your IRA For Your Gift Now And/Or For Your Estate Gift
If you would like to make a gift now using your IRA and if:
1. You are at least 70 1/2 years old on the date you make your gift
2. Your IRA is a traditional or Roth IRA
3. You don’t exceed your personal maximum of $100,000 per year in qualified charitable distributions. For more details, please see the bulletin here.
May 2017: We are in need of a few people to help in the Outreach Office as receptionists. This is simply to greet people, answer the phone, and take messages. We need someone for Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings between 10:00 and 12:30. Can you help us? The more volunteers we have the fewer times you would have to come! All volunteers must complete the background check (available in the Rectory) and the Virtus program which we will soon be giving in our parish. However you can register for it online by going to: www.drvc.org and looking up “Protecting God’s Children” or “Virtus” and scroll down to find a place and time convenient for you. During the month of April, through your generosity, we were able to serve others in the following ways:
- food for 338 people
- rent help for 1 family
- assistance with utilities - 15
- basic needs -193 people
- transportation (gas vouchers) - 23
- community meals -18
- homeless initiative - 25.
We are so very grateful for all that you do. God bless your generosity.
We are looking for two or three volunteers to staff our office on Saturday and Sunday mornings. We already have two volunteers but it would be better if we had two or three more so a rotation could be worked out. Please contact Fr. John if you think you might be able to help! We are in need of two people who are great organizers to assist with volunteer paperwork. As you know, volunteers must be registered here, have completed a Code of Conduct and been background checked. The people who work on this project would help us with databasing, organizing and even some photo taking (more to come on that). Please contact Fr. John if you can help.
Low Gluten Hosts Now Available
Low gluten hosts (less than .01% gluten content) are now available for those with Celiac Disease who cannot receive Holy Communion using the usual bread. If you need to receive Holy Communion using a low-gluten host, please stop in the sacristy before mass to discuss this with the priest and see if this will be acceptable for you and/or your child. If you cannot receive the low-gluten host, we can offer a separate chalice for you. We will be happy to accommodate you if we can. Please let us know.
We're Here To Help
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 from 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: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
- Thrift Shop - Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Can you give back?
Are you looking for a way to serve our community? We are always looking for
parishioners to help teach our young people about the faith. You don’t have to be
simply have a desire to share the faith and be willing to relate it to
our youth. Can’t make a weekly commitment? Perhaps you can be a part of our
substitute catechist group!
If you are interested, please contact us at 631.878.4141 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Outdoor volunteers needed: Many have commented on the beauty of the Church for the Easter season. How blessed are we with a wonderful Art and Environment (A & E) Ministry to make our worship space so beautiful. Now, we want to take work on some of the outside grounds of the Church. We have a local landscaper/gardener who is willing to assist us but would need dedicated people — like you — to help maintain and manage plants and bushes, etc. So do you have a green thumb (or are willing to work with someone who does)? Then Outside A & E might be the ministry for you. Please contact Fr. John at either 631.878.0009 or email@example.com so we can form the group and get going on this project for the good of our parish. This is a great project for families and friends to work on together!
Help Us Notify You
Do we have your email address?
The Office of Faith Formation is moving to email notifications. If you have not yet given us
your email address, please do so as soon as possible. When possible, we also send closing
announcements via email, so be sure to provide us with your email to receive these notices.
Bringing Up the Gifts of Bread and Wine
St. John’s invites family members of those for whom the Mass is being offered to bring up the gifts of bread and wine at that Mass. (On the weekend, please inform any of the ushers 10 minutes prior to the beginning of mass).
Calling All Middle Schoolers (6th, 7th and 8th graders)
June is going to be another great month for fun and fellowship! We meet in the OLQA school auditorium from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. every-other-Wednesday night. Come down! Bring a friend! Email Youth@SJECM.ORG with any questions. Wednesday, 6/28, will be our 'intro to summer events night! Please join us! Plan to be at St. John's this summer! Summer dates: Starting July 12, we go every Wednesday in the summer! July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9, August 16, August 23, August 30.
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July 2 Readings: Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Reading I: 2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16A. Elisha promises a son to an influential woman.
Responsorial Psalm: PS 89:2-3, 16-17, 18-19.
Second Reading: Romans 6:3-4, 8-11. We are baptized into Christ’s death.
Gospel: Matthew 10:37-42. Take up your cross.
1. If prophets speak to transform society in some way, Is there some corner of your world you can change for the better? If you feel inadequate about transforming society as a whole, is there anything in the readings that tells you it is all right to start small?
2. . Do you find anything in this reading that tells you how you might “live for God”?
3. Who is blessed, the one who gives the help or the one who receives it? Are you always the giver or do you need to receive at times?
Our Newly Baptized
- McKenzie Andraya Lampitelli
- Giovanna Elizabeth Mazzocchi
- Ryleigh Isabella Sparks
- Marco Richard DiMartino
- Quinn Anna Meyer
We Celebrate Matrimony
“The sacrament (of matrimony) is a gift given for the sanctification and salvation of the spouses, since “their mutual belonging is a real representation, through the sacramental sign, of the same relationship between Christ and the Church.” Pope Francis, The Joy of Love, 55.
- Christopher Replak and Christie Clay
- Robert Thomas Orth and Sarah Michelle Legoff
- Rafael Ortiz and Mary Clauberg
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. Entrance Antiphon, Funeral Mass:
- Elaine Ferrara
- Daniel Bosser
- Kathleen Florence Birmingham
- Michael A. Cracchiola
We Pray For The sick...
- Mary Dickey
- Ralph Ruggiero
- John Farrell
- Marie Gordon
- Kathleen Birmingham
- Peggy Lafferty
- Julius DeCotis
Remembering Our Loved Ones (Helping Our Parish)
Altar bread and wine for the month of June has been donated in memory of John and Grace Perno. Altar bread and wine for the month: an offering of $150 is requested. Altar candles beginning March 1 are $25.00 per week. Devotional candles remain burning for approximately one week. They bring an added beauty to our Church and highlight the beautiful. An offering of $15 allows these candles to burn each week. Sanctuary Lamp - located in the Sanctuary which informs us that the Blessed Sacrament is present. Sacred Heart Candle - located in the Southeast corner of the Church. Blessed Mother Candle located in the Northeast corner of the Church. St. Joseph Candle located in the Northwest corner of the Church. St. Gerard Majella Candle located in the southwest corner of the Church.
The Sound of Silence
“Silence makes us whole if we let it. Silence helps draw together the scattered and dissipated energies of a fragmented existence.” Thomas Merton, Love and Living, 43. As we come to liturgy, we are now called to silence before we begin the Celebration of the Eucharist at each Sunday Mass. Approximately three minutes before each mass, a brief announcement will be made calling us to this quiet. In addition to not speaking, please refrain from reading the bulletin or preparing your hymnal or even carrying out any other devotional prayer. Use this time of quiet to pray and prepare for Mass. In addition to our quiet before liturgy, consider bringing some quiet into your own life. Come to the Church for quiet prayer throughout the day, create some time for silence at home or in the car or wherever you can.
Summer, for children, often means more unstructured time and maybe less supervision. Don’t fall into the trap of letting social media and the internet become your child’s connection for peer interactions. Commonsensemedia.org offers suggestions for safe online apps for children of all ages and tips for parents concerned about their children’s internet use.
Support Lighthouse Catholic Media
Want to learn more about the Catholic faith? Why not stop by the Lighthouse Catholic Media kiosk in the back of the church and take home one of the many inspiring CD titles? We ask for a donation of only $4 per CD to help keep this program going
Praying 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 have returned.
- US Army: Sgt. Justin Sikorski
- US Air Force: Lt. Col. Stephen D’Amico, SSgt. Jason M. Hermes, SRA Ryan Kerstiens, SRA Timothy Kerstiens
- US Marine Corps: Pfc Sean Brady, Patrick Kimes, Lt. Col. Robert K. Maldonado, L Cpl. Quentin Montemarano, LCL Andrew Schlosberg
- US Navy: STGCS Brian Holzmacher, ET3 Jeremiah Nolan, Jr.
If you would like 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 to email@example.com.
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