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

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“The Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time: October 21, 2018

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Mass & Worship Announcements

No masses on Tuesday, October 23: Due to the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation at the noon mass and 7:30 p.m. Masses WILL NOT be celebrated on Tuesday, October 23. Thank you for your understanding.

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

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

Come and spend some time with the Lord: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place in Seton Chapel on Mondays from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Thursdays from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Come to know Mary, Our Lady Queen of Apostles: Rosary - We pray the Rosary every day after daily mass in Our Lady’s Chapel in the church building. Mondays we pray the Miraculous Medal Novena after the 7 a.m. mass in the church building and at 7:30 p.m. in Seton Chapel in the convent on most Mondays, with the exception of holidays and whenever the parish is closed.

Mass Schedule of Intentions

Confession Schedule: Please read for new days, times, locations etc.

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.

Church Hours & Contact Info

Parish office hours (the Blue House): Monday through Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to noon then 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. (Spanish translator available Tuesday evenings). Friday through Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Phone numbers: 631.878.0009. Fax: 631.874.2466.


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.

OLQA: Our Lady Queen of Apostles Regional School: 631.878.1033.

Faith Formation Information

Office hours: Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - noon; 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. (we're closed from noon - 1 p.m.). Wednesdays, 11 a.m. - noon; 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.*

Classes In session: But please note there are no classes Monday, 10/22 and Tuesday, 10/23 due to confirmations.

Catechist Needed: We are still seeking a Catechist for a Level 5 class on Mondays from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. If interested, please contact Michelle at 631-878-0009, ext. 5 or via email:

Confirmation “1:8” Program: For our 9th grade students making their confirmation this October, our Confirmation Prep program continues with Confirmation Rehearsals which are next week. Please check your child’s Confirmation date letter for their proper rehearsal date. If you have any questions, please contact us at:

Home study book pickup: For those with students in a class, your children will receive their book in class when they begin on October 13.

Registration for new student : late registration is underway: 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. Those who are entering Grade 1, as well as those with children who may not have been in religious education for a while, are welcome to register from now. Please note that formation for all Level 1 and 2 students is done in-parish in a classroom setting (no home study). 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). If your child is already in our program, their 2018-2019 registration info has been sent in the mail. If you do not receive this mailing please contact our office. 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. Spanish translators needed.

RCIC: Rite of Acceptance: Are you an adult interested in receiving the sacrament of Confirmation? If you are a baptized Catholic, but have not been fully initiated, we offer a process for those who desire to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. For adults who desire more information, contact Suzan Fitzpatrick at For teenagers and their families who desire more information, contact the Faith Formation Office at 631.878.0009, ext. 170 or email to Our RCIC students who are preparing for baptism at the Easter Vigil in 2019 came together last month to celebrate the Rite of Acceptance. 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:

Help wanted: 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 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! Right now, we are in need of a Level 4 and a Level 8 catechist. If you are interested, please contact Michelle at 631.878.0009. ext. 5 or via email at

Volunteers needed for the fall confirmation program: Are you excited about your faith and have a desire to share it with our young people? Why not join us in our 5-week Confirmation program this fall? Our 230 candidates need your witness! It is an outside-the-classroom model that combines catechesis, fun, faith-sharing and fellowship. For more information, please contact Michelle at or 631.878.0009, ext. 5.

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This Week @ SJE: News & Events

Annual Memorial Mass - 10/18

Queen of All Hearts Knights of Columbus Annual Memorial Mass. In honor of recently-deceased members. Mass will be held in the Seton Chapel Thursday, October 18 at 7 p.m. This mass is open to all and will be celebrated by Knights of Columbus Chaplain Rev. James Leone.

Early Education Week - 10/21-10/27

East End Holy Hour


From the Seminarian's Desk: 10/21

Early on in my assignment at St John’s, Fr John and I discussed the possibility of serving in one of the Suffolk County Correctional Facilities. As a result of this conversation I have been serving every Tuesday at the Yaphank Prison. The experience that I have received from being there has been invaluable and beyond enlightening. All of the men and women there ended up incarcerated because of a mistake. Sometimes it’s big; other times it’s small. Either way, my experience with them has made me reflect upon my own imperfection and need for forgiveness. The inmates have helped to teach me the importance of mercy and forgiveness in all of our relationships. This Monday, we commemorate Saint John Paul II – the Saint that I chose as my patron at my Confirmation. On May 13th, 1981, Mehmet Ali Agca attempted to assassinate John Paul II. Instead of holding a grudge or resorting to hate, he forgave him – even going as far as visiting him in prison to personally forgive him. Serving in Yaphank constantly reminds me of the power of mercy and my own need to ask for forgiveness, especially through the powerful Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Please Support Our Advertisers - 10/21

Our second annual Spirit Day was a great success! Thanks to all did so much to prepare, set up, organize, carry out, celebrate and clean up throughout the day! For more photos from Spirit Day visit St. John’s Facebook page— Welcome Home St. John the Evangelist.

The SJE community wished to that this year's Spirit Day Sponsors

Above All Fence + Angelo and Lillian Rollo + Baby Moon Restaurant + Bay Gardens + Center Moriches Veterinary Hospital + Century 21 Cor-Ace Realty, Inc. + Crossfit Kryptonite + Dammeyer Construction Company + Desi Masonry Products + Dun Rite Appliance Company + East End Sign Design + Environmental Assessment and Remediations + Jet Sanitation Service Corps + Law Office of Elizabeth Harrington + Lillian's Hair Studio + Moriches Bay Deli + Moriches Bay Diner + Moriches Bay Realty + Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith + Mrs. Rose Bente + Out East Therapy of NY + ProFlame Inc. + REP Electric + Rico's Clothing + Roy Probeyahn and Sons + Swezey Fuel Company + The Garzero Family + The Sureau Family. All State Center Moriches, Annette Eaderesto, Bridgehampton National Bank, CORE BTS, Enes Carnesecca and Jerry Frunzi, Grammas Consultants, John and Helen May and Family, John and Joseph Perno and Family, Matt and Kelly - The Pomara Family, Megatom Pools and Spas, Plum Cottage Interior Design, ProFlame Inc., Queen of All Hearts K of C, SJE Ministry of Consolation, The Lapham Family, The Matthews Family, The Parks Family and Twin Ponds Cabinetry.Center Moriches Fire Department, Lund Valve Testing, M & M Travel, Pinto Pools, REP Electric, Swezey Fuel Company.

BINGO - 10/19

Every Friday at the Knights of Columbus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. First game is 7:30 p.m. $2000 in prizes.

OLQA Open House - 10/25 and 10/28

East End Holy Hour

Academic Intervention Teachers Needed - 10/21

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

From Father John - 10/21

There are some weeks when the liturgical cycle of celebrations and saints hits you like a ton of bricks. Kind of what you need in the midst of the every day of our lives. This would be one of those weeks for me, maybe one for you? Here’s what I was thinking:. Read more.

SJE Wear - 10/21

We have a limited number of SJE T-shirts, sweat-shirts and hats remaining. We have items from 2017 (VINTAGE) and 2018 (the latest!) on sale after all masses this weekend! Or you can pick items up at the rectory during regular office hours. Great Christmas gifts for early shoppers!

Children’s Liturgy of the Word - 10/21

We want to do more to reach out to young people and their families! Soon, we would like to start the 'Children’s Liturgy of the Word' at the 9 a.m. mass on Sundays. How does it work? In a nutshell, young children are invited forward after the Collect (Opening Prayer) and are sent forth to another place to hear the readings in a language that is a little easier for them. Catechists and other trained adults lead the children through the readings and a brief reflection. Children return to mass after the Creed and Universal Prayer and remain with their families for the rest of the Mass. What can I do? We need adults and teens who love working with children and want to share God’s Word with them approximately once every six weeks. There will be plenty of training and resources made available to you. You will always be working in a group! For now, let us know you’re interested so we can start forming a team. Contact Fr. John at or call at 631.878.0009 so we can start taking the next steps informing this exciting ministry.

Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner - 11/6

Center Moriches Fire Department Engine Company 3's 'Annual Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner'. Election day, Tuesday November 6. Doors open at 5 p.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Can You Volunteer? 10/21

Family Life Ministry - Do you need more volunteer hours?

Upcoming Mercy Sunday Events (11/11, 12/9): November 11: the Family Life Ministry and The Long Island Blue Star Moms NY6 Chapter have partnered for Veterans Day. We invite you and your family to please bring as much of the below needed items to the Auditorium on 11/11 after 9 a.m. mass (approximately 10 a.m.). We are asking volunteers to help sort and box items. Can’t be present that day? No problem. Please drop off to the rectory in a box clearly labeled “Family Life Ministry” The Family Life Ministry at St. John the Evangelist seeks to connect families within our parish through fun, thoughtful service opportunities.

Calling to mind that we can do no great things, only small things with great love, we hope to find the joy in serving others through coming together. Through our service we seek to strengthen our sense of belonging to our parish, helping us to come to know those around us by name. We believe in the great power of our families and we call to mind the words of Pope Francis that, “Families transform the world and history.” We are looking for some members to help make our mission statement a reality. If you have skills in pageants for children, or can help organize a run/walk. We need you! For more information, please contact: Linda Filosa email: or cell: 631.559.7227

Items Needed: ZipLock bags for packing - large and small. Toothpaste / toothbrushes / mouthwash / floss (small tubes). Deodorant roll on / bar soap. Disposable razors, male/ female/ shave gel / cream. *Female hygiene products. *Chapstick, lip balm. Shampoo/ conditioner (small or travel size). Body lotion/ sunblock (small or travel size). Hand sanitizer (small or travel size). Hand towels (white or tan). Bug repellant wipes, small pump spray. Q-tips / baby wipes / powder. *Tylenol / Midol / Motrin / Advil (small bottle or travel size). *Cold / sinus medication, saline spray (small or travel size). *Anti-fungal ointment (small tube or travel size) *Triple antibiotic ointment (small tube or travel size) *Band-Aids' / safety pins. Warm socks, scarves, pull on hats, gloves, hand and foot warmers. Batteries - AAA & AA / clip on reading lights. Duct tape. Glow in dark bracelets. *Tuna fish—soft pack /small can, pull top. *Beef Jerky / Slim Jims. *Protein/ granola/ breakfast bars, trail mi x/ bagged nuts -all varieties, dried fruit. *Peanut butter and jelly – plastic only 20 oz or smaller. *Protein powder. Mac and cheese individual servings cups. Breakfast cereal individual serving cups. Instant oatmeal, soup (pop top cans). Crackers and cookies — individual hard box size. Hard candy. Water-flavor packets (individual size), Gatorade powder mix or packets Cards, puzzle books, books, crossword puzzles. Small Nerf balls, Rubik's cubes. Envelopes, small pads, pens. ***A personal note from you to our hero servicemen and women! *Much needed items *** ABSOLUTELY NO Aerosol items.

K of C Memorial Mass - 10/18

Queen of All Hearts Knights of Columbus Annual Memorial Mass In honor of recently deceased members. Mass will be held in the Seton Chapel Thursday, October 18 at 7 p.m. This mass is open to all and will be celebrated by Knights of Columbus Chaplain Rev. James Leone.

Family Life Ministry News - 11/11

Need volunteer hours? Upcoming Mercy Sunday events (11/11, 12/9): October 14 – Sandwich Day:Please meet in the auditorium after the 9 a.m. mass (at approximately 10 a.m.). Please bring your family and help make sandwiches for those less fortunate. You may bring cold cuts or peanut butter and jelly, and bread. Can’t participate- but want to help? The Family Life Ministry will accept any donations of sliced bread, plastic knives, gloves, table cloths, plastic sandwich bags and peanut butter and jelly. Feel free to either bring it on that day or in advance to the parish office in a box that clearly states Family Life Ministry.

What is the Family Life Ministry? How Can I Join? The Family Life Ministry at St. John the Evangelist seeks to connect families within our parish through fun, thoughtful service opportunities. Calling to mind that we can do no great things, only small things with great love, we hope to find the joy in serving others through coming together. Through our service we seek to strengthen our sense of belonging to our parish, helping us to come to know those around us by name. We believe in the great power of our families and we call to mind the words of Pope Francis that, “Families transform the world and history.”

All Souls Parish Mass of Remembrance - 11/2

Special All Souls Parish Mass of Remembrance: 7 p.m. Friday, November 2 We will celebrate a special All Souls Parish Mass of Remembrance on All Souls Day, Thursday, November 2 at 7 p.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.

Altar of Remembrance - 11/1-11/30

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 1, 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 Thursday, November 30.

Men's Day - 12/1

Mass Book For 2019 - 11/1

Mass book for 2019 - Book Of The Names of the Dead: Beginning November 1, 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. Those wishing to have a mass said for a loved one may stop by the rectory. Available masses in the upcoming weeks include:

7 a.m. Masses: Oct. 30, 31, Nov. 1, 2, 5, 8, 13, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, Dec. 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 13, 14, 18, 20, 21, 24, 26
Noon Masses: Nov. 6, 15, 20, 26, Dec. 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11, 12, 18, 27
Saturday 8 a.m. Masses: Nov. 10, Dec. 1, 8, 22
Sunday 7:30 a.m. Masses: Dec. 9, 23
Holy Day 7:30 p.m. Mass: Nov. 1, 2
Spanish Evening Masses (7:30 p.m.): Oct. 30, Nov. 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, Dec. 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 29


All Souls Day Novena Envelopes - 10/21

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.

Fall Adult Faith Formation classes - 10/17

Please join us for our fall adult faith formation course on Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, “Rejoice and Be Glad”. The class will meet in the Seton Chapel on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. There will be a one-time, free-will offering of $20 to cover the cost of the documents. The topic is wonderful for parishioners of all ages, so bring a friend! For more details, contact Joe at or 631.878.0009 x113. Class Sessions: October 24, November 7, November 14.

Low Gluten Hosts Available - 10/21

Low Gluten Hosts (less than .01% gluten content) are 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.

A prayer For Life - 10/21

A prayer For Life: "Father and maker of all, you adorn all creation with splendor and beauty, and fashion human lives in your image and likeness. Awaken in every heart reverence for the work of your hands, and renew among your people a readiness to nurture and sustain your precious gift of life. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen."

Diocesan Pregnancy Support: If you or someone you know of is pregnant Catholic Charities and Catholic Health Services can provide assistance. Please contact 1.855.301.4CHS.

Thrift Shop Volunteers - 10/22

Thrift shop volunteers needed every Monday and Wednesday morning (9 a.m. - noon) our thrift shop volunteers are hard at work, dedicated to providing quality clothing and items at an inexpensive price. If you would like to help out and join a welcoming community, please reach out to Alex Finta at 631.878.0009 ext. 119 or for more information.

Join Father Plona On Pilgrimage - 12/8 - 12/13

Join our own Father Michael Plona on pilgrimage to Mexico City and Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine. December 8 through December 13, 2018. $2,099 per person based on double occupancy includes air from JFK, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Two days at the Shrine of Guadalupe including the beautiful 'Mass of the Roses' on December 12. For a flier, more information or to book visit the web site above or call Cathie or Mike Milano at 631.569.2620. Space is limited.


Extraordinary Ministers needed - 10/21

We need and want you! SJE is recruiting new readers and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion. “In every celebration of the Eucharist, there should be a sufficient number of ministers of Holy Communion so that it may be distributed in a reverent and orderly manner.” General Instruction of the Roman Missal 162 Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist the priest and deacon at mass. At St. John’s Extraordinary Ministers serve at Sunday liturgies and, when possible, daily liturgy. For Sunday liturgies, ministers are scheduled according to their availability and the needs of the parish.

How Do I Become an Extraordinary Minister?
1. You must send a letter to Fr. John at the Parish Office or email to
2.You must meet with Fr. John for a brief meeting.
3.You must attend one of the diocesan training sessions. If you wish to also bring Holy Communion to the sick and homebound, you must attend a separate “Part B” training session.

“When the Sacred Scriptures are read in the Church, God himself speaks to his people, and Christ, present in his word, proclaims the Gospel.”General Instruction of the Roman Missal 29 Readers proclaim God’s Word at Sunday Masses, and if they are able at daily mass and other parish prayer services and events. For Sunday liturgies, ministers are scheduled according to their availability and the needs of the parish

How Do I Become a Reader?
1. You must contact Fr. John at or by phone at 631.878.0009
2. You must attend one of the diocesan training sessions

Diocesan Training:
Monday, October 15 at 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. at St. Elizabeth, Melville.

Altar Servers needed - 10/21

Our parish is in desperate need of new altar servers. Altar servers assist at masses, prayer services and sacramental celebrations. They are invaluable members of the parish community who contribute a great deal to parish life... and we’re working to have some more community building times as well! Altar servers need to be in fourth grade or above, should be attending Sunday mass and desire to get more involved in the life of the parish and the Church. We will begin training soon! If your child is interested, please leave a message for Fr. John at or via phone at 631.878.0009.

SJE Street Ministry Donations - 10/21

The SJE Street Ministry could use the following Items: baby wipes, socks, diapers (size 4 and 5), shaving cream, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, men’s underwear- Size 210/21, 32/34 and 36/38, women’s underwear- size 8/10, 12/14 and 16/18.


RCIA - 10/21

Do you love to share your faith? Want someone else to know about what excites you about the faith? Become part of our welcoming process! The RCIA process is in place to assist adults who are discerning God’s call to the Catholic Church through baptism or from another Christian faith. We are looking for parishioners to journey with our parish’s catechumens (those preparing for baptism) and our candidates (those coming from other Christian faiths!). Our meetings generally take place after one of the Sunday morning masses (and once in a while on a Saturday evening). You would not need to commit to every week. We need parishioners who can teach in a small group OR lead a small faith sharing or put on a pot of coffee or bring some desserts or do it all? Want to learn more? Find out if this is for you? Contact Fr. John at or call at 631.878.0009.

Senior Ministry - 10/21

These are just a few reminders for our new Senior Ministry members:

  • October 24 at 4 p.m. “Bereavement Support” every week through Nov. 7, skipping Halloween
  • October 11 and 25, “Sophia’s Circle” at 10:00 a.m. (second and fourth Thursday)
  • October 18 Jetferry from Orient Point to Mohegan Sun (poor weather date: October 22. Suggestion: car pool to Orient Point from the SJE Church parking lot.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament - 10/22 and 10/25

SJE is privileged to have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Monday evenings and Thursday afternoons in Seton Chapel. In the future, we hope to expand the days and hours we have Exposition in the parish. For now, we need parishioners to commit to be present for Exposition. We have found a few times the Blessed Sacrament is exposed and no one is in Seton Chapel or we could not start Exposition because no one had come. The Blessed Sacrament may never be left unattended when it is exposed on the altar. Would you be willing to give an hour of your Monday evening or Thursday afternoon to sit in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament? If so, can you please contact Fr. John at or call at 631.878.0009.

Alateen Meeting - 10/22

Alateen is for anyone, aged 12 through 18, who has been affected by someone else’s drinking or addiction. Two adult, trained members of Al-Anon are present at every meeting. Come learn healthy ways to deal with your loved one’s addiction in a safe and confidential environment. Meetings on Monday at 7 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church 25 Ocean Ave., Center Moriches. Meetings will take place upstairs in the RED BARN (in the parking lot of Our Lady Queen of Apostles School). Contact for more information.

Interested in Being Baptized? - 10/21

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

Sacrament of Reconciliation - 10/22

Confessions: As we return to the church building, 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. During the week, we celebrate the sacrament after the 7 a.m. and noon masses. Please wait in the north transept (near the organ and the Blessed Mother shrine) for the priest after mass to hear confessions. On Saturday and Sunday evenings, confessions are heard before the Saturday evening (4 p.m. and 7 p.m.) and Sunday evening masses (5 p.m.). 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.

OLQA Early Childhood Program - 10/21

Early childhood program: A few spaces still remain in the Early Childhood Program at OLQA. Looking for a great early childhood program for your child? OLQA offers classes for three year olds through eighth grade. Our Early Childhood program offers a unique opportunity for young children to begin the educational experience in a safe, small, comfortable and affordable environments. Children may attend two, three, four or five days a week with a variety of options for parents’ schedules. Learn more today by visiting our campus. Call for a tour today at 631.878.0009. Students in our Early Childhood program (Pre K 3, Pre K 4 and Kindergarten) planted the first crops of our new Giving Garden. These vegetables will be given to those in need! To learn more about our Early Childhood Program and how your child and grandchild can be part of it contact OLQA at 631.878.1033 or email

Get ready for the mission: The new middle school academy for grades 6 - 8: This innovative and unique new middle school program provides students with an incredible foundation in knowledge, faith and leadership incorporating Catholic teaching and calling students to be missionary disciples. Look for more information soon. Students from The Mission - the Middle School Academy at OLQA - participated in the opening retreat. The day included times for goal-setting, prayer and reflection. Each grade selected a patron saint to learn about in the year ahead and seek their intercession. St. John Paul II, St. Maximillian Kolbe and St. John the Evangelist were chosen by the students as their patron saints for The Mission this year. The day concluded with Mass where students received new bibles to be used in the years ahead. Thanks to Ms. Austin, our campus minister, and The Mission faculty for their hard work and commitment. To learn more about The Mission and becoming a part of Our Lady Queen of Apostles - the Catholic School in Center Moriches - call 631.878.1033 or email to

SJE Academic Learning Center - 11/1 etc

Beginning this November -Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. The new acedemic learning center will be a place for students to catch up on homework, work with qualified teachers, receive limited tutoring and academic support. All students are requested to register in advance. You can register at or or call the Parish Office at 631.878.0009.

Ministry of Consolation - 10/21

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

Prison Families Anonymous - 10/23

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

'Ernie’s Place' Food Pantry - 10/22 and 10/25

Open Mondays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Shopping list: Canned vegetables, pork and beans, pasta and pasta sauce, canned foods and meats, toilet paper. Thank you for your continued generosity. Remember this list when you go shopping.

Memorial Cards - 10/21

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 benefitting 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.

Men's Prayer Group - 10/20

The Totus Tuus Men's Group needs you! We are looking for young men, bachelors, married men, older men and anyone somewhere in between. Join other men from your parish for coffee, lively discussion and applying our faith to real life to living our Catholic faith today. The Men's Group meets in the kitchen of the Convent (white house) every Saturday at 9 a.m. Hope to see you there! You’re invited! For more information, please contact Fr. Michael at See you there.

Calling All high School Students - 10/21

Sunday night is your night. 5:30 p.m. with a youth mass from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (Youth Ministry Night). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Every Sunday night at SJE. Any questions? Please email Mike at For all high school teens. Bring your friends. Basketball and volleyball. Great people. Great food. Great faith. Meets from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. each Sunday (doors open 6:30 p.m.) at OLQA gym after the 5:30 p.m. Youth mass. Call 631.878.0009 ext. 5 or email: All high school teenagers are invited and we encourage you to bring your friends.

Stewardship - 10/21

How can I repay the LORD for all the great good done for me? • Psalm 116:2.Sunday 9/23/18: $16,900 (2017: $15,202) St. Pius X Enriched Living Facility: $2,403 (2017: $2,888).

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 Parish Improvement envelope and/or place your offering in the regular collection.

Readings: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time - 10/28

Reading I: Jeremiah 31:7-9. The Lord declares himself a father to Israel.
Responsorial Psalm: PS 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6
Second Reading: Hebrews 5:1-6. The Lord himself calls those who are to serve.
Gospel: Mark 10:46-52. Jesus gives sight to Bartimaeus.

Discussion Questions

1. Is there anyone in your life who needs the road “leveled out” just a little? Is there anyone you can ask, “What do you want me to do for you,” as Jesus did in the today’s Gospel? If you help, how is this good for both of you?
2. Baptism makes all of us ministers in the reign of God. Think about Moses, Peter, Paul, Augustine, Blessed Damien, St. Thomas Aquinas and others. Pick one or two and say how their weakness helped make them good ministers
3. The disciples were trying to shut him up. But Bartimaeus kept calling out to Jesus anyway. What do you do when others urge you to keep quiet? In the history of the Church can you think of great scientists and theologians who were silenced?

Readings: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time - 10/21

Reading I: Isaiah 53:10-11. Through suffering, the Lord offers his life.
Responsorial Psalm: PS 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22
Second Reading: Hebrews 4:14-16. Jesus faced the same temptations as us.
Gospel: Mark 10:35-45 or Mark 10:42-45 Whoever aspires to greatness must serve the rest.

Discussion Questions

1. Do you suffer with a loved one who is suffering? Would you take the person’s place if you could? Might God act in this manner in the suffering of human beings?

2. “ … Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God. … ” Since Jesus was an authentic human being, do you think he carries within him every member of the human race? Even to the throne of God?

3. Jesus told the disciples that the way to rank first is by serving others. What does unselfish service look like in your parish, work, or home? Could it change the world? How?

Scheduled Hymns for 10/20 and 10/21

Entrance Hymn: #1047, Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether
Preparation Hymn: #868, Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
Communion Hymn: #1037, Draw Near
Closing Hymn: #912, Make Me a Channel of Your Peace

Remembering Our Loved ones - 10/21

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 — $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. Available masses in the upcoming weeks include: October 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31. Noon masses: October 15, 16, 19, 22, 29, 30, 31. Saturday 8 a.m. masses: October 20. October 16, 20, 27, 30.

Newly-Baptized - 10/21

Anthony Carmine DeRenzo, Lily Adeline Jeanes Michelina Joan Bruckner

Newly-Married - 10/21

Tarren Kearns and Brittany Healy, Andy Morales and Kristin Mazza, Dustin Molter and Kelly Reynolds, Alexander Finta and Regina Liantonio, William Sturek and Sasithorn Panichnok, Daniel Folks and Susan Dubois

We Remember - 10/21

“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 Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.

Entrance antiphon, funeral mass: Catherina Bruno, Maureen A. Stiffl, Cecilia Danas Leonard Charles D’Amato, George Heester

We Pray For The sick - 10/21

Nicole Henn, Nancy McGrath, Camille Gentile, Nancy Vidal, Jennifer Lynn Peck, Dolly Parent

We Pray for our Military - 10/21

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

  • U.S. Army: Sgt. Justin Sikorski, PVT Bailey Meyer, SPC Kevin Arpino, PVT Sean Casey
  • U.S. Air Force: SSgt. Jason M. Hermes, SRA Ryan Kerstiens, SRA Timothy Kerstiens, PFC Kyle Kerstiens
  • U.S. Marine Corps: PFC Sean Brady, PFC Patrick Kimes, Lt. Col. Robert K. Maldonado, L Cpl. Quentin Montemarano, LCL Andrew Schlosberg, PVT Charles O'Connor.
  • 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

St. John's Pastoral Team

Reverend John Sureau
SJE Pastor
Principal - OLQA

Reverend Felix Akpabio
Parochial Vicar

Reverend Michael Plona
Parochial Vicar

Deacon John Pettorino

Joseph Catafago
Pastoral Year Seminarian

Sister Ann Berendes, IHM
Parish Social Ministry Director

Alex Finta
Associate Director of Parish Social Ministry

Andrew McKeon
Director of Music Ministries

Michelle Pirraglia
Director of Faith Formation

Katie Waller
Business Manager

Help Wanted: Service Announcements

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: SJE is privileged to have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Monday evenings and Thursday afternoons in Seton Chapel. In the future, we hope to expand the days and hours we have Exposition in the parish. For now, we need parishioners to commit to be present for Exposition. We have found a few times the Blessed Sacrament is exposed and no one is in Seton Chapel or we could not start Exposition because no one had come. The Blessed Sacrament may never be left unattended when it is exposed on the altar. Would you be willing to give an hour of your Monday evening or Thursday afternoon to sit in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament? If so, can you please contact Fr. John at or call at 631.878.0009. Presently, we are seeking parishioners to remain in prayer. Please email to Fr. John at or leave this in the collection basket or parish office. We would like to offer more hours of exposition of the Blessed Sacrament soon. Presently, we are seeking parishioners to remain in prayer: Mondays: 5 - 6 (will not start for a while into August or September) Mondays 6 – 7 (presently 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays from 7 - 8 p.m.(in coordination with the Holy Hour for Priests). Thursdays 1 - 2 p.m., Thursdays 2 - 3 p.m., Thursdays 3 - 4 p.m., Thursdays 4 - 5 p.m. .

Church Cleaners Needed: 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 any more. 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

Altar society: Do you love to iron and clean? Great with a can of starch? Would like to help SJE from your own home? We are in need of some new members for the SJE Altar Society. The members of the SJE Altar Society take care of our liturgical cloths and garments used at daily mass, Sunday mass and funerals. You can do this on your own time in your own home. We’ll work on a schedule for pick ups and drop offs. For more information, contact Fr. John at or call 631.878.0009.

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

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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