St. John The Evangelist
R.C. Church, Center Moriches, N.Y.
Inspired by our patron, St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Center Moriches seeks to bring the light of Christ to a world in need, so that as Christ has done, we may also do. From the celebration of the Eucharist, we are sent forth to serve God and neighbor through ministries of formation, education and outreach.
Pentecost Sunday: “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” - John 20:21
Click For St. John's Daily Mass Via Facebook
Consider Online Donations
While we will not have a Sunday collection, we rely on your generosity in these days. Please mail your envelopes to the office. Thank you to those who are already doing this so we can continue to pray and serve in these days. You may also text SJECM to 555-888 to make your offering.
If you are able, please support our parish weekly during these times. The last two weeks have been tough in terms of collection and financial support (down over 70% since 3/23/20).
This parish community only survives and thrives week after week because of you and your generosity and support. We are coming upon some pretty tough financial times and consequences in the weeks ahead.
Mass Attendance During This Virus Season
Masses: Livestreamed via Facebook Live: 7 a.m. Monday—Sunday (Videos remain on Facebook after the live broadcast.) While we will not have a Sunday collection, we rely on your generosity in these days. Please visit www.sjecm.org and click “Give Online” or mail your envelopes to the office. Thank you to those who are already doing this so we can continue to pray and serve in these days. You may also text SJECM to 555-888 to make your offering.
Sacrament of Reconciliation: As per the directives of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, the Sacrament of Reconciliation is not to be celebrated in any scheduled or communal way out of concern for your health and safety. Those in need of the sacrament should contact the Parish Office. If there is a case of emergency and necessity for the sacrament of Confession, please reach out to the parish – 631.878.0009 and one of our priests will return your call as quickly as we can. YOU DO NOT NEED TO LEAVE YOUR NAME. Simply leave a phone # and a priest will return your call. The priest on duty will set a time to meet you in the church building to hear your confession (face to face or behind the screen). There are not and will not be any scheduled times for confessions in the near future.
Come and pray with us:
- Sunday mass: Live streamed via Facebook Live: Saturday Evening—5 p.m./Sunday—8 a.m. (Videos remain on Facebook after the live broadcast.)
- Weekday masses: Live streamed via Facebook Live: 8 a.m. Monday—Sunday (Videos remain on Facebook after the live broadcast.)
- Collections: While we will not have a Sunday collection, we rely on your generosity in these days. Please visit www.sjecm.org and click “Give Online” or mail your envelopes to the office. Thank you to those who are already doing this so we can continue to pray and serve in these days. You may also text SJECM to 555-888 to make your offering.
- Communion: All parishioners are asked to make an Act of Spiritual Communion each day they cannot attend the mass, even when watching online.
- The Prayer for Spiritual Communion is 'My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things and I desire to receive you in my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, Come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.
Confessions: Monday—Friday: At approximately 7:30 a.m. in the school auditorium Saturday: At approximately 8:30 a.m. in the school uuditorium Saturday: 3:30 p.m.—4:30 p.m. in the school auditorium. Weather permitting, please stand outside at least six feet apart from the person in front of you. Masks are required. You may always contact the rectory to make an appointment with one of our priests.
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. If this is a serious medical emergency, please dial 631.878.0009 and press 9 or dial 516.220.0987. Your priests are here to serve you, most especially in these times.
Come and know God’s mercy: As per the directives of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, the Sacrament of Reconciliation is not to be celebrated in any scheduled or communal way out of concern for your health and safety. Those in need of the sacrament should contact the Parish Office. The priest on duty will set a time to meet you in the church building to hear your confession (face to face or behind the screen). There are not and will not be any scheduled times for confessions in the near future.
Come to the quiet: The church building and Seton Chapel (located in the white convent building) are open from Sunday—Thursday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday: 9 a.m. to 2:30 and 4:30 to 7 p.m. ** NOTE CHANGE Saturday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for private prayer. No devotions or communal prayers are scheduled or are to take place during these times. All who visit must wear masks, wash their hands in the bathroom before entering the worship space and keep a safe social distance from others. Please do not sit in any row that is taped off. No more than ten people may be in either space at any time. As this situation develops, this may change. Please follow SJE Social Media for the latest updates.
Come and spend some time with the Lord: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is postponed until further notice.
Come pray the Liturgy of the Hours: The communal celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours is postponed until further notice. Those who wish to pray may visit unviersalis.com or click here. You may also download the app for your iphone or android device. Those wish to pray may pick up a Christian Prayer book from the lobby of Seton Chapel to keep in these days.
Come and know God’s mercy: Our Lady Queen of Apostles - The communal praying of the Rosary is postponed until further notice. Each person who reads this is asked to pray the Rosary daily. Extra Rosary beads are available at the doors of the Church and Seton Chapel. (Please clean them before use though they are new.) Not sure how to pray the Rosary? Click here—https://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/scripture-and-tradition/devotions/praying-the-rosary or click here and pray online— https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtJM_V8scoo
Stay Connected: All are encouraged to stay connected with our local and global church through the Catholic Faith Network (CFN). CFN is available on Optimum channel 29/137, Verizon FiOS TV channel 296, and Charter Spectrum channel 162/471 and can be accessed via catholicfaithnetwork.org.
New SJE Website Coming Soon!
Church Hours & Contact Info
Masses: Livestreamed via Facebook Live: 7 a.m. Monday—Sunday (Videos remain on Facebook after the live broadcast.) While we will not have a Sunday collection, we rely on your generosity in these days. Please visit www.sjecm.org and click “Give Online” or mail your envelopes to the office. Thank you to those who are already doing this so we can continue to pray and serve in these days. You may also text SJECM to 555-888 to make your offering.
If we are unable to assist you directly, we will be more then happy to connect you to resources that can help. Our office hours in the Red Barn are: During these days, please call to make an appointment. Our staff is here to serve you but not on campus at all times. Please call 631-878-0009 ext. 120 to make an appointment. Alternative office hours can be given upon request of appointment.
Sacrament of the Anointing 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. If this is a serious medical emergency, please dial 631.878.0009 and press 9 or dial 516.220.0987. Your priests are here to serve you, most especially in these times.
Ernie’s Place (Food Pantry): Monday 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Thursdays 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. It is our hope to open Ernie’s Place at our regular times soon.
Thrift Shop: Closed until further notice.
Self-Help Support Groups: Please refer to NA and AA literature to determine the status of meetings here at St. John the Evangelist and elsewhere.
The Street Ministry: As of today, April 2, the Street Ministry will attempt to serve those in need. We are consistently in need of donations. These donations can be left in the lobby of Seton Chapel and the Main Entrance of the Church. The Street Ministry is continuously serving 60-90 individuals and families every Thursday night, many of whom are homeless. We are tremendously grateful for all of the donations that continue to allow us to do this work. We are in need of the following: Jelly + Blankets + Disposable razors + Women’s underwear/ socks Quart zip lock bags + Toilet paper + (Dollar store) feminine hygiene pads Financial donations or gift cards to places such as the Dollar Store or Walmart are most welcome too. Checks may be made payable to St. John the Evangelist and donations can be left in the Parish Office. Donations may be dropped off outside the Parish Office or in the locations listed above.
Rectory hours (Parish office) - in the Blue House on Ocean Avenue: This is where you make appointments to meet with our priests, pick up a mass card, drop off materials and it's usually a good “first stop” at SJE. We seek to be as present as we can to those who come to our doors. We are open from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Monday to Thursday and 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Friday to Sunday. We close from noon to 1 each day to give our staff free time.
Phone Numbers: 631.878.0009. Fax: 631.874.2466.
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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. www.olqany.org
Faith Formation Information
Message From The Faith Formation Office: I hope this message finds you and your family safe and healthy in these challenging days. Please be assured of our prayers for you at SJE. We wanted to update you on a few developments in light of recent events. All Faith Formation classes and events are canceled for the month of April. Please read the entire message from the Office of Faith Formation.
All families with students in faith formation are requested to check their email for an important message from Michelle Pirraglia regarding the cancellation of classes until at least April 14, 2020. Look, too, for the sharing of resources and ideas for young people and families!
RCIC: Preparing for full initiation Each year, our program serves students who are seeking the Sacrament of Baptism through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC). This year, our program has eight candidates for Baptism. In addition to attending our weekly classes, these students meet as a small group once a month to grow deeper in their faith and gain understanding of the Sacraments they are about to receive at the Easter Vigil. Our RCIC program is coordinated by Mike & Lynn Walsh, who work with our students during these sessions. Last weekend, these students participated in the Rite of Election at St. Ann’s in Brentwood with Bishop Barres.
RCIC Candidates 2020: Giovanni Aranda, Pricilla Aranda, Jamie Gabino, Jesselyn Gabino, Jayden Marciano, Michael Marciano, Steffon Marciano & Dylan Torres. Please keep these children and their families in your prayers.
Need to Register Your Child for the 2020-21 Academic Year? Registration Begins June 2020 Fast Facts: • St. John the Evangelist’s Religious Education program serves our parish youth, beginning in First Grade and their families as they grow in faith and prepare for the Sacraments. • To register, please bring a copy of the child’s baptismal certificate (or a copy of their birth certificate if they were not baptized). • If you aren’t already a registered member of the parish, please contact the rectory.
Vacation Bible Camp: July 20-24, 2020 For children in Kindergarten thru 5th Grade, our VBC provides a week of fun, friendship and faith! We are looking for adult and youth leader volunteers to help! The camp runs each day from 9 AM - noon. Registration forms will soon be available—check the bulletin and our Facebook page for more info!
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. Classroom Teachers: Grades 1-6 Share the faith with young people using our curriculum guides and grade-level books to help bring our students closer to Christ and the Church! Small Group Leaders: Grades 7 and 8 If you find teaching in a classroom setting a bit intimidating, or if you are looking for a new challenge and would like to get involved in our Confirmation Prep, we have a spot for you! Our new Confirmation prep program is based on a small-group model and we need your help! We are particularly looking for Level 7 leaders for the incoming Level 7 class in Fall 2020! Keep an eye on the bulletin for more info!
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.
Becoming Catholic: Do you want to be Catholic? Do you want to be baptized? Were you baptized into another Christian faith but now want to join the Catholic Church? Then the RCIA is for you! The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the Church’s process for adult women and men who want to join the Catholic Church. It involves learning about the Catholic faith, sharing faith with others and participating in the life of the Church. If you want to learn more, leave a message in the Rectory (631.878.0009) or email to email@example.com. We will be putting together our next RCIA group in the weeks ahead!
Rite of reception: Are you an adult interested in receiving the sacrament of Confirmation? If you are a baptized Catholic, but have not been fully initiated, we offer a process for those who desire to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. For adults who desire more information, please fill our this letter of interest form first. For teenagers and their families who desire more information, contact the Faith Formation Office at 631.878.0009, ext. 170 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For adults who desire more information, contact Father John at email@example.com or leave a message at 631.878.0009. Meetings will begin during Lent and continue to the celebration of Pentecost in June.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faith Formation Payments
Faith Formation Information
Faith Formation Class Schedules (Updated 3/5/20)
- Saturday Class Schedule
- Monday Class Schedule
- Tuesday Class Schedule
- Monday Class Schedule (Level 7)
Our Lady Queen Of Apostles Regional Catholic School
OLQA: 2 St. John Place, Center Moriches, NY. 631.878.1033. www.olqany.org - on the SJE campus
Save The Dates! OLQA Virtual Information Sessions
An opportunity for students and parents to learn more about the Catholic School in Center Moriches! Week of May 18! Check out next week's bulletin for more information! Applications begins accepted for the 2020-21 School Year!
MAKING THINGS OFFICIAL 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 We ask that all individuals and families who participate in the parish life of SJE register in the parish. It’s pretty simple! Just contact the Parish Office and one of the members of our Pastoral Team will meet you (for now via Zoom!) Please contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or e-mail email@example.com. Look soon for an online registration form on our new sjecm.org website.
Many of you have reached out about Mass intentions. I want to let you know a few things:
1) At present, we offer two Masses a day here as a parish.
a) The first Mass is offered at 8 a.m. via Livestream.
b) The second Mass, at the present time, is offered by one of the priests privately.
c) In general, priests celebrate Mass each day. If not, they usually concelebrate at a Mass.
2) We have added a Sunday evening Mass. Our Weekend Mass schedule is Saturday evening 5 p.m.,
Sunday morning 8 a.m. and Sunday evening at 5:30 p.m.
a) Existing Mass intentions will be assigned between the Saturday evening, Sunday morning and
Sunday evening Masses.
b) If you have requested an intention to prayed for at Mass, you have been or will be contacted.
4)We will now “Open the Mass Book” for the rest of 2020.
a) Sunday Mass Intentions: After July 1st intentions will be taken for six Sunday (including
Saturday evening) Masses. (2 on Saturday evening; 3 on Sunday morning; 1 on Sunday evening)
i. PLEASE NOTE: We will NOT be able to give exact times for the Sunday morning Masses at
this time. Again, because of precautions related to distance, cleaning, etc. it is likely we will need
to have more time in between Masses. It is just not clear at this time how that will look.
ii. We will also need to account for baptisms as well as some weddings.
b) Daily Mass Intentions will continued to be offered Monday – Friday. For now, the first Mass will be
at 8 a.m. and the second one privately.
Update from Father John
As we approach the bulletin deadline (5/20), I listened to Governor Cuomo’s directives that religious services may take place publicly with no more than ten people. Additionally, he encouraged considering outdoor services. I want you to know I am aware of this and that we have been considering and preparing for various options, including the potential of an outdoor drive-in Mass, opportunities for confession and the resumption of public liturgies. FOR NOW, NOTHING CHANGES IN OUR SCHEDULE AND PLANS. As of this printing (5/20 – 4:30 p.m.), our schedule will remain via livestream and there will be no public celebrations. Once we receive further directives from the Diocese of Rockville Centre and from New York State, we will move forward. My primary concern is the health and safety of those who serve here and those who will come to pray here. I have a feeling it is probably God’s too. Like you, if not more than you, I want to resume the public celebration of liturgies, administration of the sacraments and the work of mission and ministry. With that longing, we will move prudently and carefully in the days ahead. As this situation evolves daily (even hourly), I urge you to check SJE Social Media, listen to our voice mail message, make sure you receive phone calls from the parish and are on our email list. (You can contact the parish office to confirm the latter two). If new information is given, which may happen before you even read this, I will do my best to update you.
Anchors of Hope
The Art and Environment ministry invites all SJE parishioners to partake in a special project called ANCHORS of HOPE “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” - Hebrews 6:19. As we pray with the second reading from Mass this weekend and reflect on the journey of our parish since 2017, we are inviting everyone to share with us their REASONS FOR HOPE! During these days we all are holding on to words of hope and encouragement. We now have the chance to share our hopeful messages with one another. There are THREE ways for parishioners to share their message of HOPE:
1) E-mail your message of HOPE to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish, share a longer reflection on hope so we can share it on SJE Social Media. (No names will be used!) OR 2) Fill out the attached sheet and drop off in the drop box in the fellowship area marked “Anchors of Hope.” OR 3) Paper anchors will be available in the church fellowship area and Seton Chapel during the scheduled times for private prayer. (check bulletin for times) We invite you to visit and write your message of HOPE on the anchors and place it in the drop box. Our words of HOPE will be united and presented once again in a very special way on Pentecost Sunday (May 31). JESUS IS OUR HOPE! If you cannot email your reason for hope to email@example.com, please fill out the form below. You can mail it to the Parish Office or drop it off in the Fellowship Area or in the lobby of Seton Chapel.
From Father John: Reason for Hope HOPE@SJECM.ORG
Dear Parish Family:
In Rhode Island. Preparing to preside at a wedding. Phone calls and text messages back and forth. The call from my mom, “Where are you?” Presiding at the wedding. Rushing to a ferry to only wish it could go faster. Driving quickly (one could say) to return here. Entering a darkened and soot filled church destroyed by mental illness and violence. This upcoming Tuesday will make three years since the tragedy that shook our parish community. It happened on a Friday and the readings we pray with today are the readings the Church called us to pray with three years ago. The line from today’s second reading sort of became our motto— reason for hope!
Maybe we need that line from Scripture even more in these days. Life as we know it has changed and probably will not return to what it once was prior to these days of pandemic. This is not only impacting our parish but our community, our country and our world. We are grieving and mourning. At times, we are fearful and anxious. We find ourselves exhausted yet we are not “doing” all that much. We seek routine yet it seems elusive. We want this to be over yet we are realistic about the impact on the gift of life. We can so easily fall into darkness and despair.
So what is the reason for our hope? Simply, it is the Paschal Mystery. It is the dying and rising of Jesus Christ. It is the outpouring of his love and mercy that is our reason for hope, the hope that never disappoints (Romans 5:5). Do you remember those early days after May 19, 2017? I do. I remember a community coming together. I remember Mass in the Auditorium ready to go within hours. I remember an outpouring of care and concern for the person who carried out the acts that destroyed the church building. I remember so many signs of hope in what was so seemingly dark. We gave witness to those many reasons for that hope by our prayer, our presence, our response.
We have great reason to hope in these days too! Do you see the signs? Can you give some reasons? We cannot lose sight of those! Do you see it in the desire for the Eucharist spoken of by so many even by some who may have taken it for granted? Do you see it in the outpouring of generosity and support for the poor and the vulnerable? Do you see it in the commitment of teachers and catechists forming young people in these days? Do you see it in the response to opportunities to prayer and learning offered on SJE Social Media in these days? Yes, there are many reasons for hope. There are many reasons not to lose hope! (Take a look at the front cover of the bulletin.) As we enter in these final days of Easter and long for the feast day of Pentecost, take a look around and see the many reasons for hope. Can we ask you a favor? Can you read over page 2 and share with our parish some of your reasons for hope? They may be reasons for hope in these days or your reasons overall in your own life? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or return them in the ways noted on page 2. So it’s been quite the road since May 19, 2017. There were many reasons for our hope in those days. May our walking through the dying and rising then continue to inspire us in the days and weeks ahead. Please say a prayer for me! P.S. Beginning today (Sunday), we will offer a third Mass via Facebook Live each Sunday night at 5:30 p.m. We will also celebrate this additional Mass on the Solemnity of the Ascension this Thursday. Father John
If it’s a beautiful day and you’re going for a walk, look for our new OLQA signs! Would you be willing to put a sign advertising OLQA on your lawn? If so, please email Fr. John at email@example.com. Thank you for your help in letting everyone know about the “family of families” at OLQA!
Signs of the Spirit Weekend PENTECOST SUNDAY Sunday, May 31, 2020 + 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Prayer and Eucharistic Blessing. On the weekend of May 31, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Pentecost, the conclusion of the season of Easter. As we seek reason for our hope, we seek God’s blessing in the Blessed Sacrament and the presence of the community of faith gathered. More details next weekend! We extend a SPECIAL INVITATION to our First Holy Communion and Confirmation candidates and their families to come and pray with us on this very special feast day.
Novena to the Holy Spirit on SJE Social Media
This Week… Novena to the Holy Spirit on SJE SOCIAL MEDIA!!! The Novena to the Holy Spirit is the oldest of all the novenas as it was first made at the direction of Our Lord when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost. It is still the only novena officially prescribed by the Church. We will be offering reflections via SJE Social Media. Novena to the Holy Spirit books will be available at the back of the Church and in Seton Chapel. We continue to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit in the week ahead.
Solemnity of the Ascension
Masses celebrated via Live Stream - Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. -Thursday morning at 8 a.m. -Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m.
This Week @ SJE: News & Events
Make a mask
We are asking all parishioners who are able to begin making masks for our health care providers in our local area. You can get a sample pattern here: https://freesewing.org/docs/patterns/fu/instructions/ (We have printed these directions and will leave them at the doors of the church and in the lobby of Seton Chapel.).
Make a Scrub Cap
Make a Scrub Cap! Check out the following video for a step-by-step explanation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mb9SnhhdcFM.
Our Ministries Still Need You
From Father John: The Way, The Truth, The Life
Dear Parish Family: The first line in today’s Gospel, at various times, causes me to look up to the heavens with an eye roll. “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” Seriously? Do you not see what is happening here? It is a Gospel reading that is chosen frequently for funerals. I often feel the same in some of those moments. In this time of grief, “do not let your hearts be troubled” can seem like some simple, trite line of comfort. More.
Guided in right Paths
Thanks to all who came to pray with us last Sunday. It was a morning of true grace and blessing in the life of our parish as we encountered the Blessed Sacrament and one another. Indeed, the Lord is our Shepherd, there is nothing we shall want! (Thank you, too, for your incredible generosity towards Ernie’s Place, our Food Pantry ministry.)
SJE Shopping Service
In an effort to better serve the members of our local community who are uncertain or unable to go out to shopping for basic essentials (food, pharmacy, etc.), SJE Parish Social Ministry has a crew of volunteers ready to assist with shopping. All you need to do is go to our website or click here— Or with this link: https://forms.gle/bVsfiuAyjEaR6ZyQ7 if you are viewing the bulletin online. If you’re not able to fill out the form online, call our PSM office by dialing 631.878.0009 and press 4. Parishioners and friends who are customers at Ernie’s Place and those who are not are eligible for this service. If you are able to help by shopping for others, please email Fr. John at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many have asked if they can still pray for someone at Mass during these days of the live stream mass and our adjusted schedule. The answer is, YES! All you need to do is contact Maria Sikora at 631.878.0009 or email to email@example.com. She will work with you to set the proper day and time.
Another Act of Spiritual Communion
This Act of Spiritual Communion is given to us by our Holy Father, Pope Francis: I prostrate myself at your feet, O my Jesus and I offer you the repentance of my contrite heart, which abases itself in its nothingness and in Your holy Presence. I adore You in the Sacrament of your Love, the ineffable Eucharist. I desire to receive You in my poor abode that my heart offers You. While waiting for the happiness of a Sacramental Communion, I want to possess You in spirit. Come to me, O my Jesus, that I may come to You. May your Love be able to inflame my whole being, in life and in death. I believe in You, I hope in You, I love You. Amen. The Angelus The Angelus is a traditional prayer by which we can connect and reconnect with our ever-present God throughout the day. The Angelus is a brief reflection on the incarnation, recalling Mary’s yes to God’s invitation to bring Christ into the world. Prayed at 6 a.m., noon (often accompanied by a prayer for peace) and 6:00 p.m., the Angelus is a pause in the rhythm of our days in which we can recall Emmanuel, God with us. You can view a version of it on our You Tube channel.
ALL: In the name of the Father and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN.
Leader: The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary:
ALL: And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
ALL: Hail Mary... Leader: Behold the handmaid of the Lord:
ALL: Be it done unto me according to Thy word. ALL: Hail Mary . . .
Leader: And the Word was made Flesh:
ALL: And dwelt among us. ALL Hail Mary . . .
Leader: Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God,
ALL: that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Leader: Let us pray:
ALL: Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN
Chaplet of the Divine Mercy
In her years in the convent, St. Faustina heard a call from God to make God’s mercy known to the world so that the world may more fully receive God’s healing grace. St. Faustina promoted the Chaplet of Divine Mercy which consists of the recitation of prayers to the Eternal Father with the use of the rosary for the sake of Christ’s sorrowful passion. The Chaplet is traditionally prayed at 3 p.m. each day, marking the hour of Jesus’ death on the cross.
The Chaplet is prayed as follows:
1. Begin with the Sign of the Cross, one Our Father, one Hail Mary and the Apostles’ Creed.
2. On the Our Father beads, recite the following: “Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of your dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.”
3. On the ten Hail Mary beads, say the following: “For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.”
4. Repeat step two and three for all five decades.
5. Conclude by reciting three times:
“Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.”
We are into the "make up" days of our house blessings! Do you still want your house blessed? If so, email Mike Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 631.878.0009. Thank you for the privilege of praying with you! Lord, we rejoice in the victory of your Son over death: by rising from the tomb to new life he gives us new hope and promise. Bless all the members of this household and surround them with your protection, that they may find comfort and peace in Jesus Christ, the paschal lamb, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. R. Amen.
SJE Prayer cards
SJE offers prayer cards by the windows of St. Dymphna, St. Michael the Archangel and St. John the Evangelist (in Our Lady’s Chapel). Please feel free to take one! Better yet, take an extra one and share it with someone you know who can use a prayer
The Little Black Books
This Lent, St. John’s is once again offering everyone a little black book. This book contains brief reflections for each day of the Lenten season based on Scripture and Lenten traditions. You can carry it with you, leave it in your car or keep it in a place at home where you will see it every day. It’s a nice, simple way to bring the spirit of the season to each day of your Lenten journey. The books are free of charge. If you’d like to make a donation, please place it in the Poor Box to support the work of Parish Social Ministry and St. Vincent de Paul.
Important Note For SJE Volunteers
As you know SJE is committed to making our work and ministry environments as safe and secure as possible. ALL VOLUNTEERS MUST:
- BE VIRTUS trained and have completed all introductory paperwork.
- MUST wear their SJE ID badge—with the exception of serving at liturgy. Failure to do so will result in you being asked to leave a ministry event (i.e. practice, meeting, etc.)
- MUST complete monthly VIRTUS safe environment updates sent via e-mail (this is for new volunteers).
- To register for a VIRTUS Child Protection Safety Course, visit www.virtus.org.
- You must go to virtus.org to register for these or any other VIRTUS trainings.
Thrift Shop - not dumping shop
Please respect the incredible work of our dedicated volunteers. Look what we found this weekend at SJE. Our volunteers needed to move and destroy these things as they were left out in the rain. We needed to schedule an additional dumpster pick up which is a cost to the parish. Good items that could be used were destroyed. Our Thrift Shop Ministry accepts the following items - generally those that fit in the green bins - including: clothes, coats, pocketbooks, shoes, blankets, sheets, toys, dishes, silverware, glasses, small appliances in working condition. We do not take large furniture, used mattresses (seriously?!), undergarments, large appliances (like that freezer someone left) and the like. If you're not sure if we take something, don't leave it. Call the Parish Social Ministry Office for more information.
Do you want to be Catholic? Or Baptized?
Do you want to be Catholic? Do you want to be baptized? Were you baptized into another Christian faith but now want to join the Catholic Church? Then the RCIA is for you! The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the Church’s process for adult women and men who want to join the Catholic Church. It involves learning about the Catholic faith, sharing faith with others and participating in the life of the Church. If you want to learn more, leave a message in the Rectory (631.878.0009) or email to email@example.com. 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,
Praying For And Ministering To The Sick
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join The SJE Parish
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 email@example.com 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.
Support Our Advertisers
Many have commented positively about some of the new features of our parish bulletin. 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.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Making Things Official: We ask that all individuals and families who participate in the parish life of SJE register in the parish. It’s pretty simple! Just contact the Parish Office and one of the members of our Pastoral Team will meet and greet you and maybe even show you around the place. Please contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sacarament of Baptism: We love to welcome new people into Catholic faith! Baptism ceremonies are held every Sunday at 2 p.m. Parents wishing to have a child baptized must meet with one of our parish priests or deacon and be part of our Belonging preparation process before the Baptism. Contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or email to email@example.com for more information!
Pastoral Care of the Sick & Anointing of the Sick: Our parish wants to pray for and with 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. To include you or your loved one’s name on our sick list, please contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, our Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion bring communion to the homebound—both those temporarily unable to attend mass and those who more permanently cannot attend mass. Please contact the Parish Office for more information.
Rite of Christian Inititation For Adults (RCIA): Do you want to become Catholic? We want you to become Catholic too! Adults who wish to be baptized, or who have been baptized in another Christian faith and wish to become Catholic, or who have been baptized Catholic and wish to be confirmed and receive Holy Communion, are invited to join the process of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Please contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or email to email@example.com.
Adult Confirmation: Adults who have been baptized Catholic and who have received Holy Communion but who desire the Sacrament of Confirmation should enroll in our Adult Confirmation process. This process begins during Lent each year and concludes on the Vigil of Pentecost. Please contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sacarament of Marriage: Catholics planning to be married should receive the Sacrament of Matrimony. Please contact the Parish Office at least SIX MONTHS before the desired date of your wedding. To begin this process, you will meet with one of our parish’s priests. You can do this by contacting the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or e-mail to email@example.com. Are you married civilly and want to have your marriage recognized by the Catholic Church? We are happy to help! Please contact the Parish Office and we will walk with you through this simple and engaging process.
Pastoral Council: Allyson Boyle, Secretary Angela Werner, Vice Chair Joseph McDonald, Matthew McCarthy, Matthew Pomaro, Chair Patti LeBlanc, Peter Leuthardt, Renee Mintel and Trudi Norton
Finance Council: Elizabeth Harrington, Enes Carnesecca, Brian Leavey, Secretary Angelo Rollo, Chair Fr. John Sureau, Tom Tebbens II and Katie Waller, Business Manager.
Parish Trustees: Elizabeth Harrington and Angelo Rollo.
The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul
St. Vincent de Paul End Poverty Through Systemic Change: St. Vincent de Paul once said, “to extend mercy toward others, so that there can be no one in need, whom you meet without helping.” The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a person to person encounter that tries to see the face of Christ in the faces of those who are suffering. It is a Gospel response to assist our brothers and sisters with financial, material and spiritual aid through the hallmark activity of the home visit. God may be calling you to put your faith into action with this rewarding ministry to help our neighbors in need. Please contact Patricia Horan at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Effective with this bulletin, we will publish collection totals by month. You are so good and so generous and we are so blessed! Envelopes arrive in the mail different times and can skew each week (positively or negatively). I believe reporting by month is a more accurate way to report to you about the financial situation of our parish. Please see totals for April 2020. Thank you for your incredible support!
Please continue to support SJE in these difficult days if you are able. Make your donation online: https://stjohntheevangelistcm.weshareonline.org/
or mail your envelopes to the parish office. You can also text SJECM to 555-888.
2020 Sunday Weekly 23,762.00
2019 Sunday Weekly 48,562.58
2020 Palm Sunday 13,976.04
2019 Palm Sunday 19,066.00
2020 Easter $54,666.00
2019 Easter $53,003.00
Total April 2020 $92,404.04
Total April 2019 $120,631.58
Please continue to support SJE in these difficult days if you are able. Make your donation on line: https://stjohntheevangelistcm.weshareonline.org/ or mail your envelopes to the parish office.
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 envelopes and/or place your offering in the regular collection.
I would like to begin the 'Friends of Music' here at St. John the Evangelist beginning this fall. We are already busy preparing for a year of music and another wonderful season here at St. John the Evangelist. I am continually amazed at the dedication and talent of so many people from our parish who come together to make beautiful music for the praise and glory of God; we are indeed richly blessed. With the generosity of our patrons in the Friends of Music, we will be able to offer even more beautiful music for our liturgies, concerts and special programs throughout the year. Contributions will be used to directly support the music program at St. John the Evangelist including Advent Lessons and Carols, concerts, additional brass, woodwind and string instruments for special liturgies for Christmas, Easter and Pentecost. Acknowledgments will be made in programs for our concerts and special musical offerings throughout the year as well is in our parish bulletin. Please consider being a part of our music history at SJE! God bless you in advance for your generosity, contributions can be given at any of the following levels:
- St. Cecilia ($350 or more)
- Schola Cantorum ($200 to $349)
- Cantor’s Circle ($100 to $199)
- Psalmist’s Platform ($50 to $99)
- Chorister’s Guild ($25 to $49)
- Angelic Chorus (up to $24)
Our Newly Baptized: Joel Francisco Hernandez
Are You Having a Child? And thinking 'I want to get my child baptized! How great is this?' What a wonderful celebration for our parish when parents bring their child to Church to celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism. First, contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or via email at email@example.com to meet with one of our parish priests or deacon. Both parents will need to attend this meeting. Second, you will attend a baptismal preparation class led by our parish staff. You will sign up for this class at the meeting with one of our parish’s priests or deacon. Third, baptisms are generally celebrated in English on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Sundays and in Spanish on the second Sunday of each month. You will select this date at your initial meeting.
Our Recently Married: Jorge Adalberto Gabino and Jennifer Guardino
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Our Recent Funeral Masses - entrance antiphon: Joan Theresa Tortorice, Baby Paul Mellina, Michael Clowery, John R. Dunn, Marie Leo
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them.
We Pray For The sick
“In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials…” - 1 Peter 1:6.
Larry Kelly, Joe DiMilia, Anne Minnelli, Larry Farrell, Fabian Ruiz, Francis Lane, Anne Mariano, Jason Wahl, Diana Blinn, George Blinn, Joyce Smith, Genevieve Counler, Francis Quinn, Lorraine Wacher, Rita Ramelstill, Suzanne Lunde , Roberta Haughey, Jillian Gruber, Marcelino Bueno, Maryann Grimm, Nicholas Sarubbi, Leonard Mecca, Philip J. Fusaro, Tommy Lannan, Kristin Salvo, Nora Farrell, Virginia Kane, Matthew Iaccarino, Jeffrey Alt, Domenick Maragna, Virginia Kane, Sophie Fesnick, Nancy Farriello
We Pray for our Military
In your generosity, please pray for our parish family members serving abroad in the military. Family members, please call the rectory to add or update your loved one’s status if they've returned.
- U.S. Army: Sgt. Justin Sikorski, PVT Bailey Meyer, PVT Sean Casey, SGT Daniel Smith, SPC Olivia Cordero, PFC Jahdeba Williams, PVT Joseph Cestare, PFC David Smith, PVT Jack Dyer .
- 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, LCL Andrew Schlosberg,. L Cpl. Quentin Montemarano, PVT Charles O'Connor, Recruit Evan Berkemeyer
- U.S. Navy: STGCS Brian Holzmacher, ET3 Jeremiah Nolan, Jr. MMN3 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 email@example.com.
Parish Outreach: The Ministries of SJE
What can I do to help?
People are often asking/looking for ways to connect to the life of our parish! Good news… there are plenty of ways to connect. Here are just a few:
• Ministry of Consolation. Can you be a presence at parish wakes and funerals? You can assist as a greeter (help to hand out booklets) and move deeper into the ministry as you wish.
• Good with a computer? We are looking for a few parishioners who love to work on Microsoft Publisher and like copy machines. We want to be able to expand our use of worship aids at weddings.
• Love to help organize, keep an inventory, get things in order? Read more in the bulletin about our Hospitality Ministry?
• Want to paint, can handle a little spackle…We are always trying to keep our various building in good shape. We can use some helpful hands with some light painting/design projects.
• Always wanted to help out in the Rectory? Our St. Genesius Guild helps to coordinate our Rectory Office on weekday afternoons and on Saturdays. We will keep updating this list!
For more information, email Fr. John at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will forward your request to the right person.
The Belonging Ministry
If you are thinking about having your child or grandchild baptized, you are blessed with some tremendous opportunities and responsibilities! You and the godparents, are about to make an impact on the faith of a young life. By choosing to have your child baptized, you are choosing to allow God into their life. At their baptism the Holy Spirit will place a mark on your child’s soul. At that moment, they will forever be a child of God. That mark will remain with them throughout their lives. During the good and the bad our Lord will always walk with your child. So you ask again, who cares? For one, God cares. Your entire extended family here within this parish also cares. The Belonging Baptism Ministry invites you to have your child or grandchild Baptized. It doesn't matter if they are 2 months old or 18 years old. So I ask one last time, who cares? You do. You’re here on Ash Wednesday, showing the world that you care. If your interested in joining our ministry please reach out to Anthony Posanti at 631.384.5272.
So you want to help with Baptism Prep? Please check the areas that you are interested in!
Lead or help lead a Belonging Class: This includes having the TV set up and playing the different segments on the Belonging DVD as well as ensuring the coffee machine is all set up. Bringing some snacks is always a plus too! This position requires a warm, friendly personality and an ability to make our couples and their children feel welcome here at St. John’s!
Help with Baptism Rehearsals: Baptism rehearsals are held on the first Monday of the month in the church at 7 p.m. This is a great way for our couples to get to know and see you. They can’t say they don’t know anyone here anymore because of you! You will also help them to know what to expect at their Baptism by sharing some experiences of having your children baptized in the Church. Again, big smiles and warm attitudes go a long way here!
Help at Baptisms Okay, we’ve made it to the big day and the couples now get to share the joy of having their children baptized with you! You can help our couples in simple ways by helping move them around during the Baptism, help lead them in the response to the prayers and being a warm presence to them. Baptisms are held at SJE on most Sundays at 2 p.m.
Phone Calls: Don’t like getting up in front of people? Not sure if you’re the warm, welcoming type, but still want to help? Great news! We need people to call up our couples after the Baptism itself to see how everything is going now because Baptism is not one isolated event, but the beginning of a relationship with Jesus and His Church. This position requires volunteers to “follow-up” with our couples, listen to positive experiences and also concerns so we can do better and always letting people know that their place of belonging is in our parish. If you would like to know more, please call or text Anthony Posanti at 631-384-5272 or email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Zita Society: Church Cleaning Crew
St. John’s parish is so fortunate to have a beautiful church in which to worship. The cleaning crew, totaling seven women, meets once a week, usually Thursdays, after 12 p.m. Mass. We are honored to assist in keeping the entire church shining and bright. Our focus is washing windows, dry mopping floors, dusting pews, vacuuming the entry areas and the church floors and now and then eliminating wayward Cheerios or Froot Loops :)! If anyone cares to join our group, feel free to call Father John or stop by the church and speak with us. The only requirement is having Virtus clearance which can assist you in obtaining.
The St. Genesius Guild: Office Volunteers
We are a ministry that works to support the rectory staff at St. John's. Volunteering about six hours monthly, we provide office assistance at the Rectory/Parish Office with duties such as answering and redirecting phone calls, connecting people with the appropriate church offices, personnel or the many ministries and activities happening at St. John's. For anyone who is interested in learning what really happens inside a rectory, enjoys interacting with parish workers, parishioners and especially our priests here at St. John's— this is an awesome ministry to be involved in. After an early retirement, I was looking for a way to still feel productive, but not take on the full responsibility of even part-time work. As a member of the St Genesius Guild, I am able to contribute my time and talent in an office environment in ways that are simple, social and fun- as we work together to support our priests, each other and our community.
The sacrament of reconciliation
Prior to receiving their 1st Reconciliation, students and their families participated in a prayer service, where they recalled their Baptism and the importance of that first Sacrament in bringing them into God’s family. Our grade-level reconciliation services have begun as well! Students and family members in Level 3 came together last month for a prayer service and, afterwards, had the opportunity to go to confession. Thank you to all who made these liturgies so beautiful and to the priests who came out to hear confessions for our students and their families!
Altar Servers And Mass Readers
Thinking of Becoming an Altar Server or Reader at Mass? By Colleen Nizza Masses are brought to life when you are a part of it! If your life is anything like mine, there’s sports practices, instrument practices, scouts, schoolwork and so many things that keep us busy day in and day out. But where is that time for us to gather as a family to just sit and spend time listening and praying? That time almost always falls to the bottom of our to-do list. It is important to find and make that time. It is a time that needs to be moved to the top of our to-do list. It’s one thing to read and hear about something. It’s an entirely other thing to participate in or utilize something. Serving our parish allows so many hands-on experiences, not only for us as adults, but for our children as well. Altar serving has many benefits. It allows children to become involved in the mass. It allows your child to have a better understanding and appreciation for what is going on during the mass. I’d say those are pretty wonderful benefits, wouldn’t you? Becoming a reader or lector is another critical ministry. When you read in mass, you are performing in a ministry that is absolutely essential to the celebration of the Eucharist. In addition, serving at church is a wonderful opportunity to get to know other parishioners, establishing friendships and allowing yourself to be better vested in your faith. Serving at St. John the Evangelist is a not only a way to help our community but a great way of making friends you’ll most likely have for a lifetime. For more information about becoming a reader or server, contact Fr. John at email@example.com.
'Ernie’s Place' Food Pantry
Shopping list: St. John’s Food Pantry Ministry Mondays – 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays – 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. SHOPPING LIST: Tuna fish, Chicken in a can Rice, Instant potatoes Small jelly (grape), Small mayonnaise Boxed mashed potatoes, Cooking oil Toilet Paper, Soup Ramen Noodles, Cereal Thank you for your continued generosity. Cut out this list and bring it with you when you go shopping!
Youth Justice Corps
"Serving Justice Excellently": There is such a great need for service in the life of our parish and often a huge number of young people who want to help those in need. This new Service Corps is one way to make this connection. Here’s how it works: Any middle school, high school and college-aged student sends their contact information to Fr. John at firstname.lastname@example.org. You do not need to already be a part of Life Teen or Middle School Youth Ministry to be part of the Service Corps. 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 email@example.com.
SJE Pre-Cana Ministry
If you’re interested and have a marriage recognized by the Catholic Church, contact Liz and George DellaRatta at PreCana@sjecm.org.
Community Meal And Community Meal Ministry
Once a month, a working miracle happens at the Red Barn. Beginning at 5:30 pm on a Monday, volunteers descend upon the Red Barn bearing gifts not of frankincense and myrrh but chicken franchese and mashed potatoes. It’s the Community Meal Ministry- a community of volunteers from St. Johns who bring a hot dish to share with our community. Our guests receive a sit-down, home -cooked meal served to them restaurant style. Imagine always waiting on lines- at pantries, at offices, at bus stops- but not at the Community Meal! Here, we serve our guests- learning their names and welcoming them to enjoy a warm meal at our table. If you have every wanted to become more involved, felt passionate that no one should be hungry, or wanted to help your community -then consider this a personal invitation to join us! Each month we post a different menu with suggestions and ask people to bring what they can and each month it comes together as an amazing meal. If you are thinking, “I can’t commit each month”- then this really is the ministry for you! You don’t have to commit to once a month, or even every other month! You can even do a drop off and run if that works for you; but if you stick around you’ll love what we do even more because you’ll feel that sense of care and belonging. We ask that you commit when you are capable and that you cook with love and food safety in mind! If you’re thinking, “Yes! That’s the ministry for me! I care, I want to make a difference!”, fantastic!! What do you do next? Email Aimee Mattiolo at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Community Meal”. Let’s get cooking!! Our next Community Meal is Monday, March 16, 2020 in the Red Barn.
Ministry of Consolation
Answering a different call: When there is a death in our parish family, the Ministry of Consolation gets a call. It is our privilege to assist the family of the deceased. We are COMPANIONS for the family in helping them plan the the funeral mass. We are BOOKLET MAKERS, preparing the worship aid for the mass. We are GREETERS, meeting the congregation as they enter our church and distributing the special worship aid booklet prepared for the funerals. We are BAKERS, making something tasty for the family. If you think you may be called to join us, we would love to have you share in our Ministry of Consolation.
You go to funerals? Who wants to do that? We do! (Well .you know what we mean!) The Ministry of Consolation assists families at the death of a loved one. One of our members reaches out to the family to become their contact and companion at the funeral. She/ he assists them in the preparation for the funeral mass by meeting with the family to describe what to expect on the day of the funeral. We may help select the readings for the mass, suggesting scripture readings that are appropriate to the life of the deceased. The hymns for the funeral mass are also selected. This companion remains in contact for any questions that may arise.
This is one way to get involved but there are others because… This funeral mass information is sent to a booklet maker (who can work from home) who prepares the beautiful worship aid that the congregation uses during the funeral. The companion attends the vigil or wake to offer additional support. One of our bakers (who works from home and does not need to go to the funeral) provides something for the family which they are surprised and grateful to receive. On the day of the funeral, several members (greeters) and the companion greet the family at the doors of the church, giving all in attendance the funeral booklet and assisting them for the duration of the funeral until they leave the church. Families are very grateful for our support during this time and we are so very grateful that we can be there to assist. It is an extremely rewarding ministry. We would be delighted to have you become part of our ministry in whatever capacity interests you: baker, booklet maker, greeter and companion are each very rewarding when you see how much the families appreciate our support.
This ministry reaches out in a variety of ways to those who have recently faced the death of someone they love. The wonderful women and men who offer their time in this ministry—as well as our office staff—do a wonderful job in ministering to those in need. We are in need of more help as we seek to grow the Ministry of Consolation. We are in need of parishioners to come forward as: Liturgical Ministers (Greeters, Servers, Extraordinary Ministers and Readers) Cakebakers (willing to make a small dessert for a family who has suffered a loss), Worship Aid Makers (able to update our Mass program for each funeral, involves light computer and possibly copier use), Organizers (able to assign tasks to those who have offered their time) and Companions (meeting with a family who has suffered a loss to assist with choosing readings, hymns, etc. and being present on the day of the funeral). If you’re able to help or want to find out more information, contact Fr. John at email@example.com.
Totus Tuus Men’s Group
The Totus Tuus Men’s Group is a prayer group for the men of SJE. We meet once a week on Saturdays at 9 a.m. in the convent building. During our meetings, we have coffee, read the gospel for Sunday and discuss and reflect on it and discern how its message applies to us. We pray together and discuss how we can live our faith better as men in an increasingly secular world. We also sponsor/host events at the parish throughout the year. These events include talks on St. Joseph and the Rosary, St. John’s “A Night at the Movies” where we screen short films on the Holy Spirit, Holy Smokes (cigars) night in the summer and our annual Men’s Day retreat that we hold in early December. Our meetings are open to all and we invite any man who is looking for fellowship and brotherhood on their journey of faith to come join us Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. in the convent.
The Legion Of Mary — Our Lady of Hope Praesidium
Our Lady of Hope Praesidium The Legion of Mary is a ministry which undertakes apostolic work to give Christ to the world through the love of Mary. Members become instruments of the Holy Spirit through a balanced program of prayer and volunteer work, which includes visits to the sick and aged, religious education, prison ministry, community outreach, communion to the homebound and more. Many good intentions are brought to fruition through Legion membership. Come join us in giving glory to God by spreading the love of Jesus with Our Lady’s help. Please call Judy Paulsen at 631-878-5872 or Christine Cappiello at 631-757-9834.
The Art & Environment Ministry
The Art and Environment ministry cares about making the church and Seton chapel a prayerful and peaceful space for all to enjoy here at SJE. Using our passion for nature, we use a variety of flowers, plants, assorted foliage and other natural elements , to highlight each liturgical season. We aim to create an environment where parishioners feel welcome throughout the year. We invite you to consider joining our ministry to lend a hand in keeping our parish a warm and inviting place for all to come and worship. For more information contact Claire Dern at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Academic Learning Center Ministry
The Academic Learning Center is a ministry that supports the academic efforts of the administration and teachers at Our Lady Queen of the Apostles School. During the 2018-2019 school year several volunteers met once a week after school with students in Grades 1-8 to assist with homework and also offered remedial work in the areas of Language Arts and Math. Each week the children looked forward to our sessions and benefited from the extra help. We are hoping to continue this ministry with the help of retired educators and interested college and high school volunteers.
Family Life Ministry Events
Calling All Kids!! We need children to participate in our Children’s Services for Holy Week. Not a large time commitment. 2-3 practices max. Holy Thursday & Good Friday. Children can read from a script and all costumes are on hand. Please contact Linda Filosa at Lindalos3@optonline.net Upcoming Events: PARISH BREAKFAST MERCY SUNDAY-MARCH 22, 2020 after 9 am mass in the auditorium. (Approximately 10 am) We will have activities for the children. Come meet other SJE families. Find how you can be a part of our Mercy Sundays. Holy Week Children's Services: Holy Thursday, April 9th, Washing of the Feet, 4pm at the Church. Good Friday, April 10th 12pm at the Church 2nd Sunday of April Sandwich Sunday has been re-scheduled for April 26th, 2020. 9AM RUN/WALK @ the Shrine to Support Mary's Meals JUNE 13th, 2020
Every fourth Sunday of the month, Family Life Ministry puts mercy into action. We hope that you will join us! Call the parish office at 631.878.0009 or email email@example.com to find out more. Need volunteer hours? Please contact Linda Filosa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Street Ministry is continuously serving 60-90 individuals and families every Thursday night, many of whom are homeless. We are tremendously grateful for all of the donations that continue to allow us to do this work. We are in need of the following: Jelly + Blankets + Disposable razors + Women’s underwear/socks Quart zip lock bags + Toilet paper + (Dollar store) feminine hygiene pads + Winter Coats + Travel Shampoo + Shaving Cream + Women’s Socks + Men’s Socks + Women’s Deodorant + Quart & Gallon Ziplock Bags.
Financial donations are most welcome as they allow us to purchase items as they are needed. Checks may be made payable to St. John the Evangelist and donations can be left in the Parish Office. We would also be most grateful for gift cards to places such as the Dollar Store or Walmart so we can obtain these items. Donations may be dropped off to the Parish Office (Blue House) during normal business hours or Parish Social Ministry Office (Red Barn) Monday - Thursday from 10 a.m. - noon or 1 - 3 p.m.
Chefs/volunteers needed every Thursday night. Set up begins at 5:45 p.m. at the convent. At 6:45 p.m. vans leave SJE and return around 8:45 p.m. We are now making two stops -so we need more volunteers! If you’re interested in cooking a tray of food or going out with the van please contact Alex Finta (email@example.com or 631.878.0009 ext. 119.)
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 material 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 631.878.0009 ext. 119.
Family Life Ministry
This Lent, we are really going to form our Hospitality Ministry...and we need you! (If you signed up in the Fall there is no need to sign up again now.) This ministry will coordinate, be present at or even run 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 email@example.com or leave a message at 631.878.0009.
“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." This Lent, we are really going to form our Hospitality Ministry .and we need you! (If you signed up in the Fall there is no need to sign up again now.) This ministry will coordinate, be present at or even run 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 631.878.0009.
Young At Heart Ministry (Formerly Known As the Senior Ministry)
We hold the following incentives for the senior members and/or their families: • Weekly T’ai Chi Cha gentle movement—Tuesday at 11:00—IHM room in Convent • Bi-weekly book discussion God isn’t Finished with Me Yet—2 nd and 4th Thursdays—10:00--IHM room in Convent • Bereavement Support—Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.—IHM room in Convent • Information and ticket arrangement for plays at St. Joseph’s College • Trips to Mohegan Sun and/or Foxwoods—several times during the year • Special Stations of the Cross for Seniors—11:00 a.m. –Thursdays in Lent—Seton Chapel • Arrangement for rides to any event or doctor visits (reasonable distance) • Social visits to homebound or non-driving seniors • We are open to other suggestions that will enhance the lives of our Wisdom People. Socialization is necessary at all stages of life! I hope to hear from many of you. Call: 631-878-0009, Ext. 127.
Why is it that so few seniors sign up for activities that we offer here at the Church? I know some of us wait until the last minute but if I am not offering things that entice you, perhaps you can suggest something that you’d like us to offer. In trying to plan activities, often things have to be ordered and it would make it easier for us if we know who might be coming. Soon we will be starting a new support group for those who have lost a loved one through death or divorce and although those two areas seem dissimilar it is amazing that often they are not. If you are hurting and people (friends, family) tell you that you should “be over it” they do not really understand the emotions involved in loss.
A support group is just that—those present understand and will not expect you to speak if you are not comfortable; but everyone understands and will NEVER discourage your feelings. Since we do use a journal book, a number attending is important. Perhaps you have seen the notice of a one-day retreat of Walking with Mary during Lent. Since lunch is included, a number is important. Our Thursday morning group (which meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday) at 10 a.m. in the IHM Room of the convent. We will be reading God Isn’t Finished With Me Yet, by Barbara Lee, a book helping us to discover the spiritual graces of later life. Having trouble with balance?
Try our Tuesday morning T’ai Chi Che for 40 minutes. It does wonders! We will also have Stations of the Cross on Fridays during Lent in Seton Chapel. Time will be given next week. Please help me to help all those who now have time because you have an “empty nest.” Have a blessed day and week. Consider coming to find out what others have found so helpful. God bless you. P. S. Day Haven offers a program called Our Place Memory Café in Riverhead, in Hotel Indigo, 1830 W. Main Street. Their next meeting is Feb. 26. It is a free program; for more information, call Lori 631-585- ext. 261. There is a Caregiver Support Group at St. Peter and Paul Church, 781 Wading River Rd., Manorville on the 4th Tuesday of each month. 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. It is FREE.
Please call and leave your name and a contact number if you plan to attend any activity, either at 631-878-0009 ext 127 or email@example.com. Thank you.
Medical Consultation Ministry
Parish Social Ministry is in the beginning stages of creating a Medical Consultation Ministry. If you have experience working in a health-related field as a caregiver or in a supporting role and would like to be a part of this ministry, please reach out to Alex Finta firstname.lastname@example.org or 631.878.0009 ext. 119.
St. John's Pastoral Team
Reverend John Sureau,
Pastor Principal - OLQA
Reverend Felix Akpabio
Reverend Michael Plona
Deacon John Pettorino
Director of Parish Social Ministry
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 email@example.com. 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 wans’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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.