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

What's Happening @ SJE

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time: August 18

“I have come to set the earth on fire.” Luke 12:49

8/11 Bulletin     8/18 Bulletin

8/18 - CVA Letters From Bishop Barres: : English : Spanish

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

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 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).

Seton Chapel (located in the Convent – the White House): Seton Chapel 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: Mondays: Midday Prayer at 3 p.m. Night Prayer at 8:45 p.m. Thursdays Midday Prayer is at noon and the evening Prayer – is at 4:45 p.m. Friday's morning prayer is at 8 a.m. and the midday prayer is at 11:45 a.m.

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: 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.

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): It is here where you can make appointments to meet with one of our priests, pick up a mass card, drop off materials and is usually a good “first stop” when 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.


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. Registration has begun for the 2019-20 academic year.

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.

Incoming 1st GradersAnd New Students: Registration for the 2019-20 academic year ends 8/29. Those who are entering grade 1 in the fall, as well as those with children who may not have been in religious education for awhile, are welcome to register this June. 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). We look forward to seeing you! * Wednesday extended hours end 8/21!

Small Group Leader Training: Training for all volunteers who will be leading small groups through our Confirmation 1:8 program and/or our new Level 7 program. Tuesday, August 20, 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

First Session: Generation to Generation PARENT/STUDENT KICK-OFF * One Parent/Guardian attends w/student. Group A (Last Name A-L): Tuesday, 8/27. Group B (Last Name M-Z) meets on Wednesday, 8/28 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Location: Meet in the church for sign-in.

Summer office hours: Monday - Thursday from 11 a.m. - noon then from 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. *Extended office hours on Wednesdays are until 7 p.m. We are located upstairs in the Red Barn. Those who are entering grade 1 in the fall, as well as those with children who may not have been in religious education for awhile, are welcome to register this June. 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). We look forward to seeing you!

We want you! Witness. Serve. Inspire:
Our Faith Formation program is gearing up for a new and exciting year! Can you help? Here’s some great ways to answer your Baptismal call to serve the Church through our Faith Formation program.

  • Facilitators for our NEW Level 7 program! This will feature an outside-the-classroom model with small groups of 10-12 students. The program’s aim is to be more experiential, relational and engaging. We are looking for High School Volunteers also! (Grades 10-12).
  • LEVEL 7 SMALL GROUP LEADER ORIENTATION SESSION: Tuesday, August 20, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Auditorium.
  • Confirmation 1:8 Program This Fall—For our Grade 9 students preparing to receive Confirmation this Fall (2019).
  • Catechists: We currently need catechists for the following days/times: Level 1 (8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m., Saturdays) Level 1 & 2 classroom aides (8:30 a.m. & 10 a.m., Saturdays) Level 3 (4:45 - 5:45 p.m., Tuesdays) Level 5 (4:45-5:45 p.m., Tuesdays) Level 6 (4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Mondays) If you can help, contact Michelle at 631-878-0009, ext. 123 or

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.

St. John the Evangelist’s Religious Education: Our program serves our parish youth, beginning in first grade and their families as they grow in faith and prepare for the Sacraments. Registration for the 2019-20 academic year will begin June 10. (Those whose children are already enrolled will receive a placement mailing over the summer.) 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 this June. Please note that formation for all Level 1 , 2, 3, 4 and 7 students, as well as our Heritage program, takes place in -parish (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).

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

More Faith Formation Information

Confirmation Forms

Our Lady Queen Of Apostles Regional Catholic School

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

OLQA enrollment flyer

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

A Suffering Church LETTERS

Dear Parish Family: I am writing this letter nearly nine days before you will read it. I will be away from the parish as the bulletin deadline passes. By the time you read this, I hope you will have read Bishop Barres’ letter and I’m sure this week will be filled with news reports as the Child Victims Act moves into another phase this week. There is a certain unknown about what the weeks ahead will bring. I must be honest. The past year or so has been tough to be a priest, on some levels. (Overall, it’s amazing to be priest!) News reports are not generally all that positive about the vocation. To meet, work with or try to minister to young men and women who were abused by priests is heartbreaking. Watching priests being accused and removed immediately – so an investigation can take place - is jarring. It’s so easy to become disillusioned and defeated. I think I have written about this some other time. More.

Summer Appeal at Work - 8/18

Consider donating online to SJEThank you for your incredible support of the Summer Appeal! Last week we showed some pictures of the beginning of convent sidewalk and school stair restoration. Those jobs are mostly complete and we started and are now completing work on the north side of the Church. This week, we also started the process of clearing out and freshening up our Thrift Shop. If you haven’t yet donated to the 2019 Summer Appeal, please consider doing so by returning the envelope you received in the mail or going online to and clicking on the We Share icon.

The divine Office (The Liturgy of the Hours) - 8/18

As you can tell from the bulletin – and perhaps as you participated in the life of our parish – we pray the Divine Office, the Liturgy of the Hours, throughout the week. It is our hope that this prayer of the Church will take even greater hold in our parish. For the next few weeks, we’ll share excerpts of Catholic 101: Intro to the “Liturgy of the Hours” by Jason Downer, SJ. The article was taken from The Jesuit Post.

August 11th “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 – 8:00 a.m. – Seton Chapel
  • Friday – Daytime Prayer – 11:30 a.m. -Seton Chapel
  • Saturday—Evening Prayer—after the 5:00 p.m. Mass—Our Lady’s Chapel.

Spirit Day - 9/8

Save the Date: Spirit Day 2019 will be held on Sunday, September 8. It’s going to be a great day for our parish….and for you! Noon mass to 5 p.m.

Our Spirit Day Committee is looking for new members! We are also looking for some volunteers for our Sponsorship Committee.
• Great benefits! (Helping our parish!)
• Clear commitment! (only two to three to meetings and finished in August!)
• New friends! (It’s a great working group!)
If you can help with this specific part of Spirit Day, please contact Tricia or Rich O’Neill at

Would you, your family or your business (or a business you know) be able to help sponsor Spirit Day? Throughout the month of September, we’ll have sponsorship signs throughout the parish grounds!

Did you know that St. John the Evangelist bulletin is printed free of charge each week? Not only that, our parish receives a part of the advertising commission. So please frequent the fine establishments that advertise in our bulletin! If your business could use a shot in the arm, consider advertising in the bulletin. Each weekend, the nearly 1,400 people who attend mass at St. John the Evangelist—most of whom live and shop in the Moriches, Mastic, Shirley, Eastport, Speonk and Remsenberg area receive or view our bulletin online. It’s an easy way to reach thousands of area families with information about your business. For more information on how to advertise in our bulletin, call The Church Bulletin Company at 631.249.4994.

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, Red O Designs, 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, M & M Travel, Pinto Pools, REP Electric, Swezey Fuel Company.

Spirit Day Craft Vendors Needed - 9/8

Help support our parish: Sunday, September 8 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Event starts immediately after the 9 a.m. mass. Cost is $75 per table. Table sharing is permitted and encouraged. Please email or fill out the application in the bulletin to reserve your spot! Ministry Leaders please contact Linda Filosa at the above email address to reserve a table to promote your ministry.

Do you have an act? 8/18

Do you have an act? Our Entertainment Committee is looking for some individual acts to “fill in” between our bands on Spirit Day? Are you a singer? Have a talent? Can tell a few, good, church appropriate jokes? Let us know! Reach out to Michael Walsh at or call at 631.878.0009.

Catholic Church of LI NIght - Met Game 9/13

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Hospitality Ministry - 8/18

“Now that you have come this close to your servant, let me bring you a little food, that you may refresh yourselves; and afterward you may go on your way." Did you listen the words of the first reading last week? Abraham greets his guests and provides for them! SJE is looking to form a hospitality ministry. This ministry will coordinate – no be present at or do – all of our hospitality events and make sure we have enough supplies, volunteers, etc. for hospitality events in the parish! Think you might be interested? Have that great organizing spirit? Love for things to look “just right”? Then this is the ministry for you! Reach out to Fr. John at or leave a message at 631.878.0009. We hope to get things off the grounds this September.

SJE CYO Basketball Help Wanted - 8/10

CYO is looking for boys and girls basketball - coaches for grades 4-8. If interested and for more information, please contact Alex Finta and Robin Clauberg at Registration for the 2019/2020 basketball season will be held at the school gym August 24 from 9 a.m.— noon. Tryouts: August 21 at 6:30 p.m.—7th Grade Boys

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 e-mail 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, 1.

10th Annual Golf Outing - 10/1

Rock Hill Country Club - Manorville, NY. Sponsorship this year - the following sponsorships are available: Premier/Dinner Sponsor: $2500 (Includes 1 golf foursome, 1 pin/flag sponsor) Lunch Sponsor: $1000 (Includes 2 golfers, Signage at lunch) Cocktail Sponsor: $500 (Includes 2 Dinner tickets) Pin/Flag Sponsor: $250 (Flag displaying name on hole) Tee Sign Sponsor: $100 Golfers- $150 per person (includes dinner) Dinner only- $50 Registration– 11:30 AM Lunch/Open Driving Range– 12 PM Shotgun Start– 1:30 p.m. Cocktails at 5 p.m. Buffet dinner and open bar at 6 p.m.

Thursday PM Youth Group - 8/15

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Altar Society - 8/18

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

Senior Ministry News

Before coming to the parish of St. John the Evangelist, I was stationed in Palm Coast, Florida and worked in the parish of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. The parish was relatively new at that time but the pastor responsible for the construction of the church was the one who hired me. Because it was a very large parish and one composed mostly of retirees (from ITT), the pastor, realizing that the water level was rather high along the coast, had a Columbarium built for the cremated remains of those who desired this form of honoring their loved ones.

Soon after I began my work of helping families prepare for a funeral, I was hit with the request to have the remains placed in a vase or in a piece of jewelry! I immediately approached the pastor who was able to procure fliers from the USCCB which explained why the Catholic Church disapproves of this practice.

The following is an exact wording from the US Bishop’s Committee on Divine Worship: “The practice of cremation has grown and become more commonplace in the United States and it is often presented as a more affordable alternative to traditional burial. What is often overlooked is the Church’s teaching regarding the respect and honor due to the human body. The Order of Christian Funerals’ Appendix on Cremation states: “Although cremation is now permitted by the Church, it does not enjoy the same value as burial of the body. The Church clearly prefers and urges that the body of the deceased be present for the funeral rites, since the presence of the human body better expresses the values which the Church affirms in those rites.” (no. 413)

Ideally, if a family chooses cremation, the cremation would take place at some time after the funeral mass, so that there can be an opportunity for the Vigil for the Deceased in the presence of the body (during “visitation” or “viewing” at a church or funeral home). This allows for the appropriate reverence for the sacredness of the body at the funeral mass: sprinkling with holy water, the placing of the pall and honoring it with incense. . .

The cremated remains of a body should be treated with the same respect given to the human body from which they come. This includes the use of a worthy vessel to contain the ashes, the manner in which they are carried and the care and attention to appropriate placement and transport and the final disposition. The cremated remains should be buried in a grave or entombed in a mausoleum or columbarium. The practice of scattering cremated remains on the sea, from the air, or on the ground, or keeping cremated remains on the home of a relative or friend of the deceased are not the reverent disposition that the Church requires.” As cremation is chosen more frequently, there will be many who are unaware of the Church’s teaching regarding this practice. It is because I am aware of this teaching that I feel it necessary, especially as one involved in the Ministry for Seniors, to pass this information on to you.

For more information go to and the Order of Christian Funerals. Hope this has been helpful to all.

Preparation for Sunday readings: Friday mornings at 9 a.m. in the IHM room in the convent.

Bereavement: Wednesdays at 10 a.m. in the IHM room in the convent.

T’ai Chi Che: Tuesdays, 11 a.m. in the convent.

The St. Genesius Guild - 8/18

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

Medical Consultation Ministry - 8/18

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 care giver or in a support role and would like to be a part of this ministry, please reach out to Alex Finta or 631.878.0009 ext. 119.

Sacrament of Reconciliation - 8/18

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.

First Friday Devotions - 9/6

"Do not let the past disturb you, just leave everything in the Sacred Heart and begin again with joy." ~ Saint Teresa of Calcutta The tradition of First Friday is part of the larger devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Catholic Church. While the context for the start of First Friday devotions is different than our times today (this originated in the 1600s and 1700s), I think there is a value to our focus, particularly on First Fridays. On First Friday—including this upcoming Friday:

  • We will pray prayers and the Litany to the Sacred Heart after the 7 a.m. and noon masses and at 6:30 p.m.
  • The East End Holy Hour will be held.
  • The opportunity to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation will continue to be offered after the 7 a.m. and noon masses and around the East End Holy Hour.
  • Let’s pray that for those who are able and so desire, this devotion may inspire a deeper conversion to the ways of the Lord. We also offer additional time for Eucharistic Exposition in Seton Chapel from 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. (taking place in between our two daily Masses).

The Assumption Of Mary - 8/14 and 8/15

A Holy Day of Obligation Masses: Wednesday, August 14 at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, August 15 at 7:00 a.m., noon and 7:30 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.)

Praying For And Ministering To The Sick - 8/18

But when someone is sick, we at times think: “let’s call for the priest to come”; “no, then he will bring bad luck, let’s not call him”, or “he will scare the sick person”. Why do we think this? Because the idea is floating about that the undertakers arrive after the priest. And this is not true. The priest comes to help the sick or elderly person; that is why the priest’s visit to the sick is so important; we ought to call the priest to the sick person’s side and say: “come, give him the anointing, bless him”. - Pope Francis

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:

Back to School Supply Drive - 8/18

Parish Social Ministry Back to School Supply Drive: We are already prepping for the next school year in September. There will be a box for supplies to be dropped off in the back or the church. Supplies can also be dropped off at the Outreach office in the Red Barn from Mondays to Thursdays from 10 a.m to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. or at the rectory during regular office hours.

Women's Group

Call for exact dates! 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.

'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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Join The SJE Parish - 8/18

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.

Summer Evening Prayer - 8/19

Summer Evening Prayer: Our last Summer Evening Prayer of the season is Monday, August 19 at Holiday Beach at 7 p.m. Come and bring a friend!

Street Ministry - 8/18

The Street Ministry is continuously serving 60-90 individuals and families every Thursday night, many of which 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: 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 Dollar Store or Walmart so we can obtain these items.

The SJE Street Ministry could use the following items: Small size toothpaste, shaving cream, razors , women’s socks. If you're interested in cooking a tray of food for the Thursday night run or have any questions, please email Corinne Bernath at bernath52194 or Alex Finta at or 631.878.0009 ext. 119.

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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 - 8/18

Upcoming Events: August 25: Sandwich Making. Need volunteer hours? Meet in the auditorium after 9 a.m. mass (approximately 10 a.m.) for another sandwich day. Please bring your family and help make sandwiches for those less fortunate. You may bring cold cuts or peanut butter & jelly, and bread. Can’t participate but want to help? Family Life Ministry will accept any donations of sliced bread, plastic knives, gloves, table cloths, plastic sandwich bags and pb & 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'.

September 29: Law Enforcement/First Responder Mass (Donations Requested) Please contact Linda Filosa at 631.559.7227 or email for more information.

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Youth Justice Corps - 8/18

"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 - 8/18

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Parish Outreach - 8/18

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!

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.

Ministry of Consolation - 8/18

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

BINGO - 8/16

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Memorial Cards - 8/18

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.

Lobster Fest - 8/25

August 25 at 3 p.m. Hosted by the Knights of Columbus. Lobster! Hot dogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob, salads, soda, beer, wine, coffee and dessert and choice of lobster or chicken. Tickets: Lobster $35 pp - includes BBQ chicken $25 pp - includes BBQ. BBQ only $20 pp 313 Frowein Rd, Center Moriches For Tickets, call Bill (516.458.6448) or George (631.786.1459).

Community Garden Comes to Life - 8/18

SJE’s Community Garden Ministry is starting to bear fruit… and vegetables for those in need in our community. Are you interested in being part of our garden of giving? If so, contact Alex Finta, Director of Parish Social Ministry, at or 631.878.0009.

Totus Tuus Men's Prayer Group - 8/15

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been at St. John’s for two years already. They say time flies when you’re having fun! One of the first “things” I tried to start up when I first arrived here was the Consecration to Jesus through Mary (a.k.a. Marian Consecration). We did it as a parish on October 13, 2017, do you remember? Marian Consecration is, in the words of St. Louis de Montfort, “the surest, easiest and most perfect way of becoming a saint” and boy does our Church and our world need saints now more than ever! Every year on August 15 we celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, one of the highest solemnities of the liturgical year in honor of Our Lady.

This year, August 15 also happens to coincide with the passing of some legislation, which will likely have a great impact on the mission of the Church here in New York. In some ways, we as a Church will be going into uncharted territory and providentially we go there on this great feast day of Our Lady, always seeking to be ever more under her care and closer to her Son. So I’d like to invite you whether you did the Marian Consecration back in 2017, some other time in your life, or if it’s the first time you’ve ever heard of this to make consecration on August 15. So what do you have to do? First, get one of the booklets of Fr. Michael Gaitley’s 33 Days to Morning Glory, which we will be distributing for FREE. It’s like a DIY retreat for a month that really explains itself. It’s not a big-time commitment, probably about 5 minutes a day and the reflections are very substantial. Second, start the reflections on July 13 and make the commitment to give God those few minutes every day. Third, make the consecration on your own or with the parish on August 15 (more to come on this).

I hope to join you spiritually in making this Consecration to Jesus through Mary this summer. Pope St. John Paul II, whose motto was Totus Tuus (“Totally Yours (Mary)”), once said that making this consecration marked a decisive turning point in his life. Perhaps for us personally and as a parish, this consecration to Jesus through Mary might mark a decisive turning point for our lives too. Disclaimer, this is not for the faint of heart, this is for those who want to take their relationship with God to the next level. This is for those who want to be saints.

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 (the 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.


Sunday 8/11: $15,331.08 (2018: $17,039)
Parish Social Ministry: $1,709.10

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 Catholic Education envelopes and/or place your offering in the regular collection.

Electronic Donation Summary for 8/1—8/14

  • Total Transactions: $2,457 - 28 users or $ 87.75 Avg/User
  • One Time Transactions: $ 273 - 1 user or $273.00 Avg/User
  • Recurring Transactions: $2,184 - 27 users or $80.89 Avg/User

2020 Mass Book - 8/18

2020 Mass Book is opened now with opportunities for offerings from January 1 until June 21, 2020.

Upcoming Faith Formation Workshops - 8/29 & 9/17

Human Dignity for Catechists and Catechetical Leaders: August 29 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at St. Joseph's, in Ronkonkoma or September 17, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at St. Rosalie in Hampton Bays. Visit for more information.

Light the Way of the Saints - 8/18

You may have noticed that the candles have been re-installed next to the statues of the Blessed Mother, St. Joseph, St. Teresa, St. Gerard Majella and the Sacred Heart of Jesus. They bring a certain light to the statues and, hopefully, inspire some deeper times of prayer and reflection. We can use some support and keeping those candles lit. We invite parishioner to make an offering for a candle, perhaps near a particular saint of significance for you. Reference of the offering will be included in the bulletin where we acknowledge offerings of bread and wine. To make an offering, visit or contact the Parish Office. Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us! Our Lady Queen of Apostles, pray for us! St. Joseph, pray for us! St. Therese Liseux, pray for us! St. Gerard Majella, pray for us!

Music Ministry - 8/18

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: Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time - 8/18

Reading I: Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10 King Zedekiah saves Jeremiah from the cistern.
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 40:2, 3, 4, 18
Second Reading: Hebrews 12:1-4 Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus.
Gospel: Luke 12:49-53. Jesus tells his disciples he has come for division.

Discussion Questions

1. Besides Jeremiah, who else is in this reading do you think you could count on if you were in trouble? Why? Do you have friends who will help you when you are in need? Are you such a friend to anyone else?

2. What is the “cloud of witnesses” Paul refers to? What does everyone “in the cloud” have in common with others? Do you have favorite people in such a cloud? Why? Do you think many of them were “thrown in the mud” or treated like Jeremiah? Did everyone “in the cloud” keep his/her eyes on Jesus?

3. According to this Gospel, what did Jesus come to this world to do? What does he wish? What is the “fire” with which he wants the earth consumed? Will part of that fire consume you?

Readings: Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I: Isaiah 66:18-21. The Lord will gather all people to see his glory.
Responsorial Psalm: PS 117:1, 2.
Second Reading: Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13. The Lord disciplines those he loves.
Gospel: Luke 13:22-30. It is difficult to enter the Kingdom of God.

Discussion Questions

1. From the beginning it was God’s plan to save all humankind. Does God want anyone excluded? Can you think of anything that your parish or the Church as a whole could do to be more inclusive in all areas of life, not just in Church participation?

2. “We ate and drank in your company.” Is membership in a particular way of life an automatic “opening” of the narrow gate? Is this narrow gate an entrance for all humankind? Can people of all religions receive grace? If God is always creating you, moment to moment, do you think God ever stops offering you moments of grace?

Newly-Baptized - 8/18

Our Newly Baptized: Kiara Eiza Araujo Cortave, Danny Carrera-Liamas, Eva Guzman-Perez, Gianni Samperisi

Are You Having a Child? 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 2nd Sunday of each month. You will select this date at your initial meeting.

Newly-Married - 8/18

Recently Married: Robert Brennan, Jr. and Serena Gattuso, Aaron Rojano and Beatrice Trinidad.

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 - 8/18

Entrance antiphon, recent funeral masses: Karen Ann Mauro, Kathleen T. Igoe, Dr. William Savino Jr.

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 - 8/18

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

Jennifer Lynn Peck, Carson Montemarano, Johanna Benthal, Charlie Planz Silvia Foley, Judy Gooding, Joan Reichel, Frank Cantasano, Carol Theisen

We Pray for our Military - 8/18

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

St. John's Pastoral Team

Reverend John Sureau, Pastor
Principal - OLQA

Reverend Felix Akpabio
Parochial Vicar

Reverend Michael Plona
Parochial Vicar

Deacon John Pettorino

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

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

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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