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.

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Mass Attendance Notes For This Virus Season - 3/20

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—Friday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 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 wash or sanitize their hands before entering the worship space and keep a safe social distance from others. 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 postposed 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 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. 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— or click here and pray online—

Praying for One Another In These Days

Each day we ring the church bells at certain hours. They are a call to prayer for different groups of people impacted by the pandemic. Whether you can hear the bells or not, please consider taking a minute to stop and pray each day.

9 a.m. - Prayer for those infected with the virus and all who are ill Lord, place your healing hand on those who suffer illness. Bring them to full health and ease their anxious hearts. May our prayer and the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary encourage them that they are not alone. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN

12 p.m. - Prayer for health care workers and those attending to the sick Lord, we are ennobled by those who put their lives at risk in caring for the sick. Keep them safe and embolden them when they are weary. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN

3 p.m. - Prayer for first responders and essential workers Lord, we pray for those who run to danger to keep us safe and those who serve the common good. Embrace them with your mantle of protection and comfort the fears of their families. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN

6 p.m. - Prayer for people of every nation and their leaders Lord, the pandemic opens our eyes to see each other as brothers and sisters in one human family. We pray for people of every nation and their leaders, asking that they be inspired to seek the good of all and quell the voices of division. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN

9 p.m. - Prayer for those who have died today Lord, we grieve the passing of our sisters and brothers who have died this day. We commend them to your tender mercy, confident that nothing, not even death, will separate us from your love. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN.

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 be- ing, 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 6:00 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

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Please Note:

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% last weekend as of 3/23/20).

This parish community only survives and thrives week after week because of you and your generosity and support.

You can make a donation online— and click on “Give Online” - or mail or drop off your donation at the Parish Office.

We are coming upon some pretty tough financial times and consequences in the weeks ahead.

Our Ministries Still Need You

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Church Hours & Contact Info

Rectory (Parish office) hours (the Blue House on Ocean Avenue): This is where you make appointments to meet with our priests, pick up a mass card, drop off materials and it's usually a good “first stop” at SJE. We seek to be as present as we can to those who come to our doors. We are open from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Monday to Thursday and 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Friday to Sunday. We close from noon to 1 each day to give our staff free time.

Phone Numbers: 631.878.0009. Fax: 631.874.2466.

Email Address:

Church Address: 25 Ocean Avenue, Center Moriches, New York, 11934.

Office of Faith Formation: Located in the Red Barn: 631.878.4141.

Office of Youth Ministry: Located in the OLQA school auditorium lobby.

Parish Outreach: Located in the Red Barn: 631.874.3617.

Our Lady Queen of Apostles Regional School: 631.878.1033. 2 St. John Place. Center Moriches, NY 631.878.1033.

Mass Schedule of Intentions

Faith Formation Information

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 & 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! 

Adult Confirmation Class: Are you an adult that never got around to receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation? Now is your time! St. John's will be starting our Adult Confirmation Class at the end of this month. Spots are filling up quick, please contact Fr. Michael soon for more information and to get signed up at

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 We will be putting together our next RCIA group in the weeks ahead!

Rite of reception: Are you an adult interested in receiving the sacrament of Confirmation? If you are a baptized Catholic, but have not been fully initiated, we offer a process for those who desire to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. For adults who desire more information, please fill our this letter of interest form first. For teenagers and their families who desire more information, contact the Faith Formation Office at 631.878.0009, ext. 170 or email to For adults who desire more information, contact Father John at or leave a message at 631.878.0009. Meetings will begin during Lent and continue to the celebration of Pentecost in June.

Catholic mentors needed: We are in the process of preparing for a new session of our RCIA process. This process is for adults seeking baptism as well as those who were baptized into other Christian faiths. We are looking for active and engaged parishioners who can serve as: Catechists – work with prepared materials to teach others about the Catholic faith. Facilitators – work with our RCIA group to share with one another about the Scriptures and the Catholic faith. Hospitality – work to prepare a place of welcome with coffee and small snacks. The commitment involves an hour or an hour and a half each week. The truth – this ministry needs those who are actively involved in our parish (those who already do too much) and those who are seeking something new. For more information and to talk it through, please contact Fr. John ASAP so we can begin this process as quickly as possible. You can reach Fr. John at or call at 631.878.0009.

Do you want to be baptized? Do you want to become a member of the Catholic church? What are you waiting for? What about you or someone you know? We are in the process of forming a new group of those interested in becoming Catholic. If you are not baptized or were baptized in another Christian faith, please contact Fr. John Sureau or Suzan Fitzpatrick to be part of our next group of inquirers (those who are interested in learning more about the Catholic Church). You can reach us at 631.878.0009 or via email to or Students expressed why they desire baptism and their parents / sponsors promised to support them in their formation. Please continue to pray for our catechumens as they take their next steps toward full initiation into the church.

Se busca ayuda: se puede devolver? Estás buscando una manera de servir a nuestra comunidad? Al atender a más de 1,600 estudiantes, siempre necesitamos feligreses para enseñarles a nuestros jóvenes la fe. No tiene que ser un teólogo, simplemente tiene el deseo de compartir la fe y relacionarla con nuestra juventud. No se puede hacer un compromiso semanal? Quizás puedas ser parte de nuestro grupo de catequistas sustitutos! Necesitamos particularmente catequistas bilingües para ayudarnos, particularmente con la preparación Sacramental! Si está interesado, comuníquese con Michelle al 631.878.0009, ext. 5 o por correo electrónico:

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Faith Formation Class Schedules (Updated 3/5/20)

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Our Lady Queen Of Apostles Regional Catholic School

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

School is in Session at OLQA! On Tuesday, March 17th, OLQA charted a new path in our school’s history –virtual learning— as we seek to respond to all that is happening in response to the Coronavirus in our country. Teachers at OLQA now have virtual classrooms where attendance is required every day. Through conferencing, outside resources, assignments, assessments and the like, students are continuing the tradition of academic excellence. Students gather each morning and afternoon for announcements, and most importantly, prayer. Each morning we try to have a special guest come to the Morning Prayer to share with us their experiences and to lead us in prayer. Guests have included Dr. Kathleen Walsh, Superintendent of Schools, Carolyn Lapham from SJE, Kim Sureau, a nurse practitioner at NYU (and Fr. John’s sister who made him give everyone a 1/2 day!), Fr. Michael, Mrs. Austin, and Seminarian Joe Catafago. In addition to providing for the academic needs of our young people, our social work staff provides Google Hangouts to make sure students are doing the best they can. We have had “Saturday School”, a voluntary check in so young people know they are not alone even on the weekends and Night Prayer. This is a new path for so many of us. Pray for our young people and their parents who are working so hard! Pray, too, for our teachers and staff members going above and beyond to carry out the mission of OLQA!

The following high school students from our parish have received academic honors this past semester. Summa Cum Laude Honors Olivia Dench Robert Dewitt * Benjamin Dench Magna Cum Laude Honors Natalie Martusciello Katelyn Bremer * Elisa Dewitt * Catherine McCann * Lauren Pellegrino Cum Laude Honors Hailey O’Donoghue * Alexandra DiMaria * Kyle O’Donoghue* Gabrielle Jean Taylor Morales * * Alumni of Our Lady Queen of Apostles Regional Catholic School.

This Week @ SJE: News & Events

“Many were amazed...” WHY NOT ALL?

Dear Parish Family:

I remember praying at a funeral a number of years ago for a friend from elementary school. We graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes School in West Islip in 1989. We were not particularly close after graduation.

I remembered his family and was able to participate. I remember the presider reflecting on this Sunday’s gospel—Luke 11:1-41. Families often choose at least part of the this particular chapter of John’s Gospel for a loved one’s funeral. There’s a lot to preach about, no? Martha. Mary. Jesus’ proclamation that he is the resurrection and the life. The raising of Lazarus.

The burial bands. The preacher, rather, preached about one word that was not even in the gospel. He asked, “Why weren’t all amazed?” The gospel states that “Now many of the Jews who had come to Mary and seen what he had done began to believe in him.” How could they all not be amazed? A man they all knew had died was raised to life. They witnessed this. Scriptural and cultural scholars probably have valid reasons for this lack of total belief. I left the church building that day a little shaken up.

Where would I be? Would I be part of the many? Would I be part of the others who are not part of the many? Would I nit pick about if it really happened? Would I complain because it didn’t happen the way I thought it should? Would I resist because I wasn’t as big a part of it as I may have wanted? I think of some of these days we are going through. I think most days I am part of the many. I know God is in the midst of all of this, somewhere. I know God is going to use this darkness to bring us a brighter light. I can preach it. I can talk with people about it. I believe it.

Then there are days and times when I am not part of the many. I find myself overwhelmed by the details of parish and school. I am overwhelmed by being “distanced” from family and friends living out here. I struggle to figure out how we are going to come through all of this financially, spiritually, and structurally as a parish and a regional school. I lose my place among the many. Then, I try to step back and take a look. There are many reasons for me to remember I need to keep pushing myself to the many. I think of the privilege of praying with so many each morning at Mass even if it is not the way I want it to be. I consider the opportunity to meet and pray with all of the students in OLQA during our Morning Prayer even though I would prefer to be with them in person. I reflect on the many interactions I have each day now via Google hangout and Zoom and the phone even if I would prefer to speak face to face. I think of the ways we are trying to be part of caring for the poor and vulnerable from a distance even though I want to reach out and welcome everyone here. The list can go on. I bet yours can go on too!

There are reasons to be part of the many, especially in these days! We can still pray. We can still connect. We can still love. We can still serve. Maybe we’re beginning to realize we don’t need as much as we think to do these things. The things we really need in this life are not limited by distance, by celebration, by location, by building, by pandemic. I hope God continues to focus me on what we do have in spite of all of this! Indeed there are many good reasons to be part of the “many”. Who knows maybe one day it will be all!

P.S. Can I talk honestly? 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% last weekend as of 3/23/20). This parish community only survives and thrives week after week because of you and your generosity and support. You can make a donation online— and click on “Give Online” - or mail or drop off your donation at the Parish Office. We are coming upon some pretty tough financial times and consequences in the weeks ahead.

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.”


Make a mask! We are asking all parishioners who are able to begin making masks for our health care providers in our local area. We are providing a pattern. Please drop them off in the lobby of Seton Chapel or by the Main Entrance of the Church. We will pass them on to those who need them! You can get a sample pattern here:
(We have printed these directions and will leave them at the doors of the church and in the lobby of Seton Chapel.)

Holy Week 2020

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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

Virus Precautions

Dear Parish Family: We are all a little on edge with the recent reports of the coronavirus, flu, etc. The news of it all is at times confusing and overwhelming. As the bulletin was going to press, we received a notification from Sister Maryann Fitzgerald, S.C., the Chancellor of the Diocese of Rockville Centre about precautions all parishes are required to take effective immediately — March 4, 2020. The good news—if you have been reading the bulletin each week you have seen the health precautions included by Msgr. DeGrocco from my last parish. If we keep following those we are in good shape! The two changes that are temporarily in place—and different for us—are as follows: A. We will temporarily suspend the distribution of the Precious Blood (“the chalice”) at daily Mass, at the Saturday evening Spanish Mass and at funerals. We will resume this practice when we are given permission to do so. There are some parishioners who can only receive from the chalice. If that is the case, please see the priest or the sacristan before Mass. This practice may continue. B. We will not exchange the sign of peace by shaking hands for the time being. This might be a little jarring at first but we’ll get used to it. So this part of the liturgy will sound like this: Priest: Lord Jesus Christ, who said to your Apostles: Peace I leave you, my peace I give you; look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will. Who live and reign for ever and ever. People: Amen Priest: The peace of the Lord be with you always. People: And with your spirit. Sing or say: Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, etc…. So the priest (or deacon) will not say “Let us offer each other the sign of peace.” As with the chalice, once we are given permission to resume this practice we will do so. Thank you for your understanding with all of these things. (You can read the rest of the practices below.)

Family Life Ministry Calling All Kids

Family Life Ministry 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 PARISH BREAKFAST MERCY SUNDAYMARCH 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.

Please do NOT park on Ocean Avenue

PARKING ON OCEAN AVENUE: Please do NOT park on Ocean Avenue when attending Mass at SJE. It has become a traffic hazard and, I’m sure, a bother to our neighbors. St. John’s has plenty of parking –on the north side of the Church, behind the Church, on St. John’s Place (in marked spots only please) and the school parking lot. Please make use of those spaces. Random Act of Kindness Thought. If you’re able, park further away. Keep the parking spots closer to the Church for those who might find walking a challenge!

Easter sunrise Mass

We are in the midst of planning for another early morning sunrise Mass somewhere in the area. Of course, we would need a committee of people to make this happen! What about you and your family? If you’re interested, please call Fr. John at 631.878.0009 or email to

The Little Black Book Is Here

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. The Little Black Books should be available next weekend.

Morning Star Initiative

Diocese of Rockville Centre announced the Morning Star Initiative: As you may have heard, the Diocese of Rockville Centre has decided to launch a bold plan called 'the Morning Star Initiative', to revitalize Catholic elementary school education on Long Island. The goal of this initiative is to restore a robust Catholic culture to the DRVC schools, improve academics and create a more fiscally sustainable model for schools. The Diocese will partner with the Marianists, who have two centuries of Catholic educational commitment and expertise. The Diocese has asked Brother Thomas Cleary, S.M., President of Chaminade High School, to serve as the Chief Revitalization Officer and to spearhead this effort. He will be assisted by his fellow Marianists, who will seek feedback and ideas from the full spectrum of those with a stake in a revitalized Catholic elementary education, including our parishioners. We value your input, so please share your thoughts. Please visit the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s website at for more information and email to give feedback or find out more ways to get involved.

The Triduum

HOLY WEEK: The Triduum is the pinnacle of the Church’s liturgical year as we celebrate the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Holy Thursday), the Celebration of our Lord’s Passion and Death (Good Friday) and the Easter Vigil (Holy Saturday night). Would you be interested in being part of a small committee that pulls together all of the details of these days? Are you interested in the organizing and carrying out some of the details related to our Church’s most sacred celebrations? If so, contact Fr. John at 631.878.0009 or email to

Daily Reconciliation

SINNERS WELCOME and WANTED! Come and celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation! Daily after the 7 a.m. and 12 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 5:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.* Diocesan Day of Reconciliation: Monday, April 6, 2020 - 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Good Friday, April 10, 2020 —5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Holy Saturday, April 11, 2020—4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Of course, you may call the Parish Office and make an

Attention Eucharistic Ministers, Readers, Servers, Cantors & Ushers

Eucharistic ministers, readers, servers, cantors and ushers! Do you have the Ministry Scheduler Pro app downloaded? If not . PLEASE get it ASAP. Use the Ministry Scheduler Pro app to check your upcoming schedule, update your availability and requests changes. Also, please be on the lookout for any upcoming sub requests throughout the week and check the roster before coming to mass to accept any outstanding sub requests, if possible. Thank you for helping us to ensure that we can properly serve the many parishioners and visitors worshiping with us each week. Please reach out to Colleen Nizza at 631.300.5683 or if you need any help with updating your MSP app.

'Sunday's Word '

We have available editions of Sunday’s Word . You can pick them up and take them with you. A free will offering of $5 is requested - but not required. You can place your offering in one of the poor boxes. These books contain all of the Sunday readings (as well as the psalm and antiphons) for daily mass. They can picked up in the vestry or in the parish office.

End Of the Year Tax statements

Tax statements will be provided for those who request them. Simply call the Rectory at 631.878.0009 or email to for your 2019 statement. Statements will be available after January 20. You can have your form mailed to you, emailed to you or you may pick it up at the Rectory. will be provided for those who request them. Simply call the Rectory at 631.878.0009 or e-mail to for your 2019 statement. Statements will be available after January 20. You can have your form mailed to you, emailed to you or you may pick it up at the Rectory.

Women's Prayer Group

New Members Always Welcome! COME HOLY SPIRIT FALL AFRESH ON US! Come join us at any time as we continue reading The Sanctifier. It is through our sharing that we gain greater trust and understanding of how the Holy Spirit is working in our lives. The Holy Spirit Leads us to holiness, directs us, inspires us, teaches what our gifts are and empowers us to use them to live a more spiritual and fruitful life. We meet every other Monday at the Convent (White House) from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Call 631-878-0009 for info. Facilitators: Anita Luccari and Carol Ketcham meeting dates: 3/23, 4/6, 4/20, 5/4, 5/18, 6/1, 6/15, 6/29.

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:

Young at Heart Ministry

Do you want to improve your immune system, lower your blood pressure, lessen depression, improve balance, have better sleep, and/or reduce your symptoms of arthritis and chronic pain? If you answered yes to any of the above, why not join our T’ai Chi Chih group that meets every Tuesday morning at 11 in the Convent for approximately 40 minutes. This is an easy moving meditation that consists of 10 simple repetitive movements. Those who have been attending this group will attest to it. Let’s plan on Friday, March 20th. We can attend the 12 Noon Mass in the Church, walk (or drive) to the convent, have lunch and begin at approximately 1:30. That allows you to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and have lunch. There will be a reflection on Walking with Mary during those first Lenten days, time for quiet reflection, Stations of the Cross for Seniors (like we had last year) and it will be finished at approximately 5:30. PLEASE CONSIDER IF THIS MIGHT WORK FOR YOU. Please RSVP to Sr. Ann ASAP as these activities do take time to plan. There have been many funerals during the past year. As of now, we have held successful Bereavement Support meetings on Wednesday mornings. I would like to change them to evenings so that those who are still working can take advantage of them. As I’ve often said, these gatherings are nonthreatening, supportive for all who are grieving and finding it difficult. They are for ANYONE, not just “Seniors” who need support. Too many people who have not experienced the death of a close one often mean well but do not completely realize that it sometimes takes longer for some people to go through this difficult period. If an evening session would benefit you or someone you know, please let me know. Contact me at email: or 631-878-0009 ext 129. Please leave your first and last name and the best way to contact you. God Bless You and all that you do for others

SJE Thrift Shop - not the 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.

Sandwich Sundays

Join the street ministry

The divine Office (The Liturgy of the Hours)

“It’s beautiful, but I’m tired.” True! This prayer of praise is rooted in the psalms and if you pray all five hours for four weeks, you go through almost all 150 psalms. The psalms are beautiful because they reflect the variety moods of our life: happiness, anger, sadness, praise, gratitude…you get the point. For most of the hours we begin with this line, “God, come to my assistance. Lord, make haste to help me.” I find this line incredibly beautiful because it often sums up how I am feeling and it recognizes at the beginning of prayer that I need God and I can’t do this on my own. As for feeling tired, I’m with you, but this is the great thing about this prayer. There are five times you can pray with it throughout the day and you don’t have to do all five. Maybe all you have is 10-15 minutes at lunchtime. Well, that sounds like a great time to pray afternoon prayer. And if you fall asleep while praying, that sounds like a great invitation to rest with God

We pray the Liturgy of the Hours:

Do you want to be Catholic? Or Baptized?

Do you want to be Catholic? Do you want to be baptized? Were you baptized into another Christian faith but now want to join the Catholic Church? Then the RCIA is for you! The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the Church’s process for adult women and men who want to join the Catholic Church. It involves learning about the Catholic faith, sharing faith with others and participating in the life of the Church. If you want to learn more, leave a message in the Rectory (631.878.0009) or email to We will be putting together our next RCIA group in the weeks ahead! “In the sacraments of Christian initiation we are freed from the power of darkness and joined to Christ’s death, burial and resurrection.” - Christian Initiation,

Thursday Night Youth Group

youth group flyer

Baptism Team members Needed

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Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sinners welcome and wanted. Come and celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation! Daily after the 7 a.m. and noon masses and after the 8 a.m. mass on Saturday (Please wait in the lobby of the convent building Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.* (Spanish/English) Sundays from 5 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. It is a good time for each one of us to get back in the routine of going to the sacrament of Reconciliation. At St. John’s, we celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation every day. As with the weekdays, please wait in the north transept. Of course, you can - and should - approach one of our parish priests whenever you want to celebrate the sacrament. You can also call the parish office to make an appointment.

Chefs/Volunteers needed On Thursdays

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

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:

Everyone counts - Census 2020

In mid-March, homes across the country will begin receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. Households that don’t respond by the end of April will be visited by a census taker to collect the information in person. Census workers you may encounter now are verifying addresses, not collecting actual census information. For more info, visit

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:

*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.

Friday Night BINGO

Join the family ministry

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.

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.

Cub Scout Pack 1227

We are Cub Scout Pack 1227 And we are here to HELP. Facebook: Cubscoutpack1227 Instagram: Cub Scout Pack 1227. To learn more about the pack, contact Michael Hayes:

Memorial Cards

Parish Social Ministry Memorial Cards are available. This is one way to honor one who has passed away. These cards allow you to express your sympathy while also benefiting the less fortunate in our local community. Each month we will celebrate mass for all those remembered via the memorial cards. The names of those remembered will be periodically included in the bulletin. The memorial offering made will benefit Parish Outreach, our Homeless Initiative, Food Pantry and Thrift Shop and the many works of Parish Social Ministry at SJE. To obtain a parish social ministry memorial card, visit the rectory office during regular hours or Parish Outreach from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, contact the Parish Social Ministry Office.

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

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 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 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

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

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 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 for more information

Golden Wedding Liturgy

Honoring couples married fifty years or more. Sunday, May 3 at St. Patrick’s Church in Smithtown. The Liturgy will begin at 2 p.m. Space is limited, registration will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis. For more information, call Suzanne at 516-678-5800, ext.223.


Last Weekend (3/21 and 22) -TOTAL $4160.00
Envelopes: $1798.00 Online Giving: $2363 (as of 3/23/20) Same Weekend (2019): TOTAL $16,167.00

Please continue to support SJE in these difficult days if you are able. Make your donation on line: 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.

Music Ministry

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: 

Join the choir! We need your voices

If you wish to “pray twice” please send an email to with your name and best telephone number! We rehearse on Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. for Youth Choir and Adult Choir at 7 p.m., in the Church. We are also looking for instrumentalists and singers for the 5:30 p.m. mass on Sundays! Rehearsal begins at 4:15 p.m. on Sundays. The Church tells us that the praying we do during communion is the Sung Prayer of hymns and songs. To best facilitate full and active participation from the congregation as a whole, selecting music with refrains we can all sing easily from memory is a benefit. This is often why we sing rather common communion or Eucharistic based hymns at this time of the mass. As Catholics, we sing! It’s often such a joy to hear so many voices collectively as one proclaiming praises here at Saint John The Evangelist!

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, please join us. Contact one of our directors or reach out to Andrew McKeon at 631.878.0009 or email to

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

Readings For Masses on 3/29 - Fifth Sunday of Lent

Reading I: Ezekiel 37:12-14 The Lord promises to raise his people from the dead.
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
Second Reading: Romans 8:8-11 The Spirit of God dwells in us.
Gospel: John 11:1-45 or 11:3-7, 17, 20-27, 33b-45 Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead.

Discussion Questions

1. “Morning after morning he opens my ear that I may hear.” What do you think this person hears? Are you reluctant to stand up for justice if it involves some discomfort to you? Is there any small thing you could
do to remedy someone’s suffering during this time when everyone is suffering? Explain.

2.Agape” love (pronounced ah-gah-pay) is selfless and free from self-concern and self-preoccupation. It includes conversion, vulnerability, suffering and seeking for justice. Explain Jesus’ love for us in terms of
agape. How does it help redeem the world?

3. Jesus endured the sense of being abandoned by the one he loved most, his Abba. He chose to experience all of humanity’s worst suffering. What does this tell us? Even though he couldn’t access their love, do you think the Father and the Spirit were there with Jesus on the cross?


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 to meet with one of our parish priests or deacon. Both parents will need to attend this meeting. Second, you will attend a baptismal preparation class led by our parish staff. You will sign up for this class at the meeting with one of our parish’s priests or deacon. Third, baptisms are generally celebrated in English on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Sundays and in Spanish on the second Sunday of each month. You will select this date at your initial meeting.


Recently Married: 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 If you would like a particular priest to preside at your wedding, it might best to contact him using the email addresses on the front cover of the bulletin.

We Remember Our Loved ones

Entrance antiphon, recent funeral masses: Patricia Curcio, Stephen Brooks, Rita West

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:

If you’re able to help or want to find out more information, contact Fr. John at

If you wish to remember a loved one – living or deceased - at one of our daily masses, please visit the rectory. Opportunities for remembering a loved one at mass in the weeks ahead, include: Helping our parish: altar bread and wine for the month - an offering of $150 is requested: Altar candles are $25 per week. “We have loved them during life, let us not abandon them in death” When we have a mass said in memory of a friend or loved one, we follow these words of St. Ambrose and perform one of the Spiritual works of Mercy. To have a mass said for a friend or relative, visit the Parish Office.

“In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials .” 1 Peter 1:6. Names will be announced at mass the first week they are submitted and will remain on this list for approximately four weeks. If you would like a loved one's name placed under Prayers for the Sick, please call the rectory at 631.878.0009 or email Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them.

We Pray For The sick

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

Philip McEntee, Anna Paredes-Sanchez, Justin Pacheco, Peter Messina, Jeannette Titmus, Susan Ruffino, Theresa Amorese, Kenneth Rosenman, Joseph Ponzio, Walter Haas

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.

If you would like to have someone serving in the military placed on the list above (or if a name should be removed) please contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or email

Parish Outreach: The Ministries of SJE

Office Hours: (Now located on the second floor of the Red Barn) 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Monday to Friday (Please call for an appointment.)

Food Pantry: Monday evenings: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Thursday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Thrift Shop: Wednesday: 9 a.m. to noon.

Our parish: Our parish social ministry is here to help - specifically, are here to serve you in any way we can. If you are in need, please reach out to us at St. John’s. A great place to start is the Outreach Office coordinated by Alex Finta and our amazing volunteer ministers. Our Outreach Office is located in the Red Barn. Please call to make an appointment so we can connect you to our services here at SJE or link you to other services. Never be embarrassed to reach out. We may not be able to address every need. If we can’t, we’ll try to connect to someone who can assist you. Please always reach out to us here at SJE!

What can I do to help?

People are often asking/looking for ways to connect to the life of our parish! 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 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 or

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

'Ernie’s Place' Food Pantry

EShopping 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!

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Youth Justice Corps

"Serving Justice Excellently": There is such a great need for service in the life of our parish and often a huge number of young people who want to help those in need. This new Service Corps is one way to make this connection. Here’s how it works: Any middle school, high school and college-aged student sends their contact information to Fr. John at You do not need to already be a part of Life Teen or Middle School Youth Ministry to be part of the Service Corps. As requests for help come from or come into our parish, you’ll be contacted to see if you can help. If you can help with a particular project, great! If not, no problem. You’ll be contacted for the next one! It really is that easy. Sign up today by emailing Fr. John at

SJE Pre-Cana Ministry

If you’re interested and have a marriage recognized by the Catholic Church, contact Liz and George DellaRatta at

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 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

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

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 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 to find out more. Need volunteer hours? Please contact Linda Filosa at

Street Ministry

The Street Ministry is continuously serving 60-90 individuals and families every Thursday night, many of whom are homeless. We are tremendously grateful for all of the donations that continue to allow us to do this work. We are in need of the following: 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 ( 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 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 or call 631.878.0009 ext. 119.

Family Life Ministry

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Hospitality 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 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 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 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 or 631.878.0009 ext. 119.

St. John's Pastoral Team

Reverend John Sureau,
Pastor Principal - OLQA

Reverend Felix Akpabio
Parochial Vicar

Reverend Michael Plona
Parochial Vicar

Deacon John Pettorino

Alex Finta Associate
Director of Parish Social Ministry

Sister Ann Berendes, IHM
Parish Social Ministry Director

Andrew McKeon
Director of Music Ministries

Michelle Pirraglia
Director of Faith Formation

Katie Waller
Business Manager

Help Wanted: Service Announcements

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 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 or call the Parish Office at 631.878.0009.

Are you a used-car salesman? The Street Ministry is looking for a used van/box truck that would help us to better serve our parishioners in need. The van would need to be in working condition. It would not be used for any kind of passenger transport. Have an idea? Know someone? Want to give the church a van/box truck? Contact Alex Finta, Associate Director of Parish Social Ministry at 631.878.0009 or email

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

Professionals needed: Parish Outreach is in need of a referral list. If any professional such as a social worker, psychologist, psychiatrist, teacher, nurse, attorney etc. would like to be a part of our referral list, please let Alex Finta at

Street Address: 25 Ocean Avenue, Center Moriches, New York, 11934

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