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St. John The Evangelist

Roman Catholic Church, Center Moriches, N.Y.

"If God is for us, who can be against us?" Romans 8:31

2/25 Bulletin   2/14 Bulletin (Ash Wednesday)   2/18 Bulletin

Second Sunday of Lent: February 25, 2018

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Catholic Ministries Appeal: Supporting Dramatic Missionary Growth

Dear Friends:

Catholic Ministries Appeal Link. Please consider donating.“Faith illumines life and society” - Pope Francis

Through your support of the Catholic Ministries Appeal we are able to pass on the treasures of Faith to a new generation of Jesus’ disciples. Teaching religion and sharing the Faith with young people – this is Jesus’ message – to proclaim the word of God. We do that by living the message every day. There is something so rich in spreading our Faith – you want to go out and share it with other people. That’s the Apostolic message.”

Please consider donating to the Appeal and making a difference in the lives of our young people. Thank you!

2018 CMA Goal: $100,600. Pledges as of 2/20/18: $45,170. Donor Goal. 400 Donors. Donors as of 2/20/18: 98 Donors

Maggie Martin, Director of Religious Education. St. John of God, Central Islip.

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Fund-A-Foot Campaign

Our Fund-a-Foot campaign is underway. These funds help cover the gap between what is covered by insurance and what we can do to improve our church building. You can donate right here and now by using our Paypal store below.



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Confession Schedule

Mass and Worship Announcements

Sunday Masses: held in the OLQA auditorium: 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. (children's mass), 10:30 a.m., noon and 5:30 p.m. (Life Teen mass)
Monday - Friday Masses: held in the convent chapel: 7 a.m. and noon.
Saturday Masses: held in the convent chapel: 8 a.m., 5 p.m. (vigil) and 7:30 p.m. (vigil)
Spanish-language Mass: 7:30 a.m. Daily at 7:30 p.m. in the Seton Chapel.
Mass Schedule of Intentions
Confession Schedule

Mass locations: Mass is celebrated in the OLQA auditorium. Enter through the door on St. John Place. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday mass will be celebrated in the convent. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in the convent on Thursday after the noon mass. The rosary is to be prayed in the Adoration Chapel of the Convent - not in the mass chapel. Please park in the school parking lot.

Come to the quiet: Our church is open most days from 6:30 a.m. to approximately 7 p.m., if not later. Take some time to open your heart to the voice of God.

Come and know God’s mercy: The sacrament of reconciliation is celebrated every day after daily mass in the IHM meeting room and on Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.; 7 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. (Spanish) and on Sundays from 5 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

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

Come and spend some time with the Lord: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place on Mondays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Thursdays immediately after noon mass until 5 p.m. Exposition takes place in Seton Chapel in the convent.

Come to know Mary, Our Lady - Queen of the Apostles: We pray the rosary every day after daily mass in the convent and on Sundays before the 7:30 a.m. mass and after the noon mass in the auditorium.

Pray the Miraculous Medal Novena: After the 7 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. masses on Mondays in the convent (with the exception of holidays and whenever the parish is closed). The Holy Hour for Priests follows immediately after the Novena.

Traditional Latin Mass schedule: While we do not celebrate the Extraordinary Form of the Mass here at St. John’s, those who wish to attend that liturgy may do so at the following times and places: Sundays at 3:30 p.m. at St. Isidore’s, Riverhead. Sundays at 12:30 p.m. at St. Matthew’s, Dix Hills. Sundays at 9 a.m. at St. Ladislaus, Hempstead.

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions): At St. John’s we celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation every day. During the week, we celebrate the sacrament after the 7 a.m. and noon masses. Generally, the priests will be in the IHM Meeting Room or the chapel area of the convent. He will wait or be around for 10 minutes after the last person has come. On Saturday and Sunday evenings, confession are heard in the Youth Ministry Office (near the main entrance of the auditorium) or in the back of the auditorium itself. With all of our movements in these weeks, we don’t want to lose our commitment to and celebration of the sacrament of Reconciliation. (Of course, you can - and should - approach one of our parish priests whenever you want to celebrate the sacrament.)

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  Church Hours and Contact Information

Office hours: Monday - Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to noon then 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. Spanish translator Tuesday evenings. Friday through Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Direct phone number: 631.878.0009.
Fax number: 631.874.2466.
Email: Rectory@sjecm.org
Street 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.

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  This Week At SJE: News Items

Stations of the Cross - 2/25

On the Fridays of Lent, we will celebrate the Stations of the Cross at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (In most cases the stations will be prayed in the auditorium. Please consult the bulletin each week. In some cases, the stations will be prayed in Seton Chapel.)

Rebuild + Repair + Restore - 2/25

Your people shall rebuild the ancient ruins; the foundations from ages past you shall raise up; “Repairer of the breach,” they shall call you, “Restorer of ruined dwellings.” - Isaiah 58:11-12

We are continuing to move forward in the restoration work of the church building. This past week, work began on the floor. As mentioned previously, the restored church building will have a polished concrete floor. You can see the work happening in the pictures to the left. Our “sheet rocking” continues as does the final parts of the installation of our sprinkler system. We still have a way to go but we’re getting there!

Holy Week - 3/28 - 4/1

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 jsureau@sjecm.org.

Easter Sunrise Mass - 4/1

We are in the midst of planning for an 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 let Fr. John at 631.878.0009 or email to jsureau@sjecm.org.

Parish Lenten Mission: Loving God Gladly - 3/5, 3/6, 3/7

Save these dates: Monday, March 5, Tuesday, March 6 and Wednesday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium. There will be an abbreviated retreat presentation at the noon mass each day. The noon mass will be celebrated in the auditorium during the days of the mission. This year our parish Lenten Mission will be led by Fr. Kevin Cronin, OFM, a Franciscan Friar of the Holy Name Province.

Abstinence and Fasting - 2/25

All Catholics who have reached their fourteenth (14th) year are bound to abstain entirely from meat on all the Fridays of Lent. All Catholics between the ages of eighteen (18) and fifty-nine (59) inclusive are also bound to observe the law of fast on Good Friday. This means limiting oneself to a single full meal and avoiding food between meals. Two other light meals, which together do not equal a full meal, may be taken during the day. Those whose work or health would be impaired are excused from fast and abstinence. Individual conscience should decide proper cause for excuse. A more serious reason is required to excuse oneself from the Good Friday fast and abstinence.

SJE Lenten Bag Challenge - 2/25

On Ash Wednesday everyone received a gift from SJE that we hope you will use as a gift! While not using plastic bags at stores is ultimately a good thing for God’s creation, it’s an inconvenience. St. John’s is pleased to present you with two shopping bags. Now here’s the catch… you are asked to help out those In need: Return one (1) of the bags with needed items for the Food Pantry or the Street Ministry. A list is enclosed inside the bag. Now, of course, if you want to return both bags... that’s even better! Returned bags will be used to distribute items to those we serve in the Street Ministry and in the Food Pantry. If you can, send us a picture of those bags being stuffed and/or used.

RCIA: Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults - 2/25

The Elect: Congratulations to our sisters and brothers— please pray for Diana Pomponio, Edwin Andrade Cabrera, Jahayra Lazo Samaniego, Soila Lisama, Hailey Zhicay Paucar, and Joseph Zhicay Paucar —who were formally recognized and accepted by our diocese as people preparing for the sacrament of initiation this Easter. They are now part of the Elect of the Church. They celebrated the Rite of Election last Sunday evening at St. Anne’s R.C. Church in Brentwood. Bishop Brennan presided at the prayer service and welcomed them to the stage of Purification and Enlightenment.

Call to Continuing Conversion: On this Second Sunday of Lent, our parish’s candidates Jayson Makin, Jared Tollen, Brendan Tyson and Jennifer Walker will participate in the Call to Continuing Conversion at the 10:30 a.m. Mass at SJE. As candidates they are seeking to be received into the Roman Catholic Church from other Christian faiths. Their journey, too, will intensify as they journey through these final weeks of Lent. They will be received into the Catholic Church and confirmed on the Third Sunday of Easter here at St. John the Evangelist

The 'little black book' is here - 2/25

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. 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 envelopes attached to the baskets. This donation will support our Parish Social Ministry efforts at SJE.

Faith Formation News - 2/26

New office hours: Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - noon; 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (we're closed from noon - 1 p.m.)

Inclement weather notifications: If classes are canceled for inclement weather, our office will notify parents in three ways: via email, via Facebook and via the News 12 television station and this website.

Levels 5 and 6 reconciliation services: Our grade-level reconciliation services for Grades 5 and 6 are coming up in March:
Level 5: Saturday, March 3 at 11:30 a.m. in the auditorium
Level 6: Thursday, March 1 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium
Thank you to all our Level 4 families who came out to our reconciliation service in January.

Help wanted: Can You Give Back? Are you looking for a way to serve our community? We are always looking for parishioners to help teach our young people about the faith. You don’t have to be a theologian —simply have a desire to share the faith and be willing to relate it to our youth. Can’t make a weekly commitment? Perhaps you can be a part of our substitute catechist group! Right now, we are in need of a Level 4 and a Level 8 catechist. If you are interested, please contact Michelle at 631.878.0009. ext. 5 or via email at mpirraglia@sjecm.org.

Adult Faith Formation Course - 3/1

Join us for our Adult Faith Formation course on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Part 1 will be on Thursdays at 7 p.m. Meetings are March 1, March 8, March 15 and March 22. in the upper room of the Red Barn. Presenters will include Fr. Mike Plona, Paul Clores, Fr. John Sureau, and Michelle Pirraglia. For more information and to register, contact Paul Clores at pclores@SJEcm.org or call 631.878.0009 x113.

  • March 1 - I Believe in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit: Presenter– Suzan Fitzpatrick

  • March 8 - The Paschal Mystery: Presenter– Michelle Pirraglia

  • March 15 - The Sacraments: Presenter– Fr. Felix Akpabio

  • March 22 - The Mass: Presenter– Fr. John Sureau

Liturgical Practices and notes - 2/25

The season of Lent calls us to a time of deeper reflection and repentance. We are called to do this in our own lives but also in how we pray liturgically. Read below and learn more:

  • The Gloria (Glory to God) is not said or sung during Lent, except on the Solemnity of St. Joseph (March 19). We will sing the Gloria again at the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper and then again at the Easter Vigil. It is also sung on the Solemnity of the Assumption. Because that date—March 25—is the Palm Sunday, the Solemnity of the Assumption is transferred to Monday, April 9.

  • The Alleluia is omitted from all hymns and as the Gospel Acclamation during Masses. The Gospel acclamation is still sung but different words are used. This Lent, the refrain is, “Glory to you, O Word of God, Lord Jesus Christ.”

  • We will use the Apostles’ Creed instead of the Nicene Creed. The Roman Missal (#19) clearly encourages the use of the Apostles’ Creed during the seasons of Lent and Easter. It is a good practice to get used to. These will be on cards inserted into Breaking Bread.

  • We will use simple mass settings during the season of Lent. We are working to have cards in the Breaking Bread hymnals that will have the music for these settings. (We learned from the last time we changed Mass settings in Advent.)

  • During the time when the gifts of bread and wine are brought forward and the altar prepared, there will be no music—instrumental or otherwise. (We’ll make an exception for Laetare Sunday, the 4th Sunday of Lent.) It is our hope this will help us to reflect more on what has been proclaimed and preached during the Liturgy of the Word and enter more fully into the sense of the Lenten season.

  • During Weekday (daily mass), we will not sing an entrance hymn or a closing hymn as is our custom here.

  • Holy Communion: Priests, deacons and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion are especially encouraged to wash and sanitize their hands before Mass begins. If Communion ministers need to clean their hands during Mass, it must be done discreetly. The best way for extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion to clean their hands during Mass is to use a sanitizing liquid in the pew before coming into the sanctuary (sanitizing liquids have no place on the altar or among the Communion vessels and other sacred items on the credence table).

  • Communion from the Chalice: The faithful should refrain from drinking from the chalice when one has a cold or is fearful of being infected.

  • Receiving on the Tongue: Faithful who normally receive Holy Communion on the tongue should refrain from receiving on the tongue and instead receive in the hand when one has a cold or is otherwise contagious. Do not spread your saliva to the hand of the Communion minister if you are sick; receive Communion in the hand instead.

  • Greeting of Peace: Use your own discretion and best judgment when invited to exchange the greeting of peace during the liturgy; limit physical contact with others if necessary. If a handshake is not advisable, a simple bow of the head is acceptable. Do not be insulted if someone prefers to avoid shaking your hand

  • Mass Attendance: MOST IMPORTANTLY, IF YOU ARE SICK, PLEASE DO NOT COME TO MASS! There is no obligation to attend mass if you are sick; it is not a sin to miss Mass for this reason. (Also, there is no need to go to Confession if you miss Mass because you are sick.) Personal prayer and reflection on the Sunday Scripture readings is encouraged; many people also enjoy viewing the mass on television.

Almsgiving in Lent - 2/18

During the Lenten Season we are asked to pray, fast and give alms. Lent is a perfect time for us to pray for those in need - whether it is for their material, emotional or spiritual needs. And when you practice fasting and abstinence during these forty days, please remember those of our neighbors who are hungry, and consider sharing your gifts with them. One way to do this is by making a gift to the Catholic Ministries Appeal, which supports programs that help to feed people in our community each year through Catholic Charities and our Parish Outreach programs.

  • 2018 CMA Goal: $100,600. Pledges as of 2/11: $12,090

  • Donor Goal: 400 donors. Donors as of 2/11: 30 donors

Youth Rally - 3/3

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Memorial Donations - 2/25

To obtain a parish social ministry memorial card, visit the rectory during regular office hours or Parish Outreach from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Sister Ann in the Parish Social Ministry Office. The following made donations in honor of a loved one….

  • A donation was made in memory of Patricia Parris by Thomas and Kelly Cook.

  • A donation was made in memory of Andrea Duggans by Nancy Firneisz.

  • A donation was made to Ernie’s Place in memory of Philomena Vigliotta by Mary Levasseur.

  • A donation was made in memory of Philomena Vigliotta by Sylvia Foley.

  • A donation was made in memory of Philomena Vigliotta by Edward A. Langone

  • Donations were made in memory of Ruth Grammas and Philomena Vigliotta by Elizabeth Malunowicz

  • During the Month of January, Ernie’s Place provided services as follows: Food for 400 people. Shelter for 2 people. Helped with utilities for 31 people. Provided other basic needs to 162 people. Helped with transportation for 10 people. Provided community meals to 126 people. We are most grateful for your continued generosity to those who are struggling in our midst. God bless you!

St. John's high school Event Schedule - 3/16-3/18

All high school teenagers are invited and we encourage you to bring your friends! Spring Retreat is on March 16, 17 and 18. Summer Retreat: Steubenville, New York Conference: July 20 - 22.

Middle School Youth Ministry - 2/28

Event schedule from February to April of this year:

2/28: 'Lenten Checkup' plus games and sports (meet in gym).

3/14: 'Journeying in Lent' plus games (meet in gym).

3/28: Stations and Holy Week.

4/11: Meet in gym and 4/25 – Meet in gym.

Sinners Welcome and Wanted - 2/25

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) Confessions are also heard on 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.* *Please note new times. Diocesan Day of Reconciliation is Monday, March 26 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Good Friday, March 30 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Holy Saturday, March 31 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Of course, you may call the parish office and make an appointment with one of our priests

Comunidad Hispano de San Juan Evangelista - 2/26

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. to 8 p.m.
Santa Misa: Sábados a a las 7:30 p.m.,
Martes a las 7:30 p.m. en el Convent (La Casa Blanca)
Confesiones: Sábado at 6:45 p.m. en la Iglesia
Bautismos: Segundo Domingo a las 2 p.m. en la Iglesia.
Clases pre-bautismos es el primero martes 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.

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: Domingo 7:30Pm en la Iglesia. R.I.C.A (Iniciación Cristiana de Adultos): Padre Michael 1 631.878.0009.


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SJE Wear - 2/26

We have SJE T-shirts ($10) and sweatshirts ($25) available for sale. You can pick one up at the rectory during regular office hours.

Ernie’s Place St. John’s Food Pantry Ministry - 2/26

Open Mondays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Shopping list: Canned vegetables, pork and beans, pasta sauce (but not pasta), canned foods and meats, toilet paper. Thank you for your continued generosity. Cut out this list and bring it with you when you go shopping

Attention Young Adult Ministers - 2/25

Join us and help to create an environment where young adults can grow closer to our Lord encouraging a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We will come together as young adults of St. John’s to grow through the presence of the Eucharist, scripture, corporal works of mercy and social outings. We will let Christ be our mystical head but lean on one another as the Body of Christ. We will use this group as an opportunity to evangelize other young adults in our parish and join other parishes with various events and grow in our faith together. Come be a part of the young adults in our area and across the diocese! Contact Mike at Mclauberg@sjecm.org for more information.

  • 3/5-3/7 – Lenten mission

  • 3/13 – Talk and Social

  • 4/10 – Reflection on the resurrection

  • 5/8 – Talk and social

  • 5/33 – BBQ at the convent

  • 6/12 – Talk and social

  • 6/26 – Talk and social

Interested in joining a Chess Tournament? - 3/10

It’s Saturday, March 10 at 1:30 p.m. in Hicksville. Contact Mike today if you are in 3rd - 8th grade and interested in representing St. John’s CYO. For more details email Mike at MClauberg@sjecm.org.

St. John's Multi Parish Lenten Teen Retreat: 3/16, 3/17 and 3/18 at the Huntington Seminary

Register Yourself in the SJE Parish Family - 2/26

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: Beginning with the 2017 year, 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 rectory@sjecm.org 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.

Getting married? 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 rectory@sjecm.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.

Getting your 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 rectory@sjecm.org to meet with one of our parish priests or deacon. Both parents will need to attend this meeting. Second, you will attend a baptismal preparation class led by our parish staff. You will sign up for this class at the meeting with one of our parish’s priests or deacon. Third, baptisms are generally celebrated in English on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Sundays and in Spanish on the 2nd Sunday of each month. You will select this date at your initial meeting.

Funeral arrangements: Now about my 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 jsureau@sjecm.org.

Calling All high School Students - 2/24

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

  • February 25: 'Chaos' and listening/Dodge Ball

  • March 4: Youth Rally (Sign up today!)

  • March 11: Finding the Heart of God.

  • March 16, 17 and 18: Lenten Retreat (No Life Night March 18)

  • March 25: Teen Stations

  • April 1: Off/Easter Sunday

End-of-the-year tax statements - 2/25

As we approach the end of the calendar year, we are changing our process for end-of-year tax statements. Tax statements will be provided for those who request them. Simply call the rectory at 631.878.0009 or email to bulletin@sjecm.org for your 2017 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.

Readings: Second Sunday of Lent - 2/25

Reading I:Genesis 22:1-2, 9A, 10-13, 15-18. God puts Abraham to the test.
Responsorial Psalm:PS 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19
Second Reading: Romans 8:31B-34. God, sacrificing even his Son for us, will grant us victory.
Gospel:Mark 9:2-10: Jesus is transfigured before Peter, James and John.

Discussion Questions

1. Sometimes new things can make us fearful because we are not the ones in charge. We feel more secure when we have things under our control. Is it hard to abandon yourself to blind trust? What within you can help you with that trust?

2. How does intervening “for” someone, taking a stand for him or her, relate to the commandment, “love your neighbor?” For whom can you intervene? Do you ever do it?

3. It took a blinding light for Peter, James and John to begin to see some hint of who Jesus was. Think of some problems in your country that need such illumination (for instance, immigration, human trafficking, environment). What needs to happen in these areas before you would be able to see something divine in them?

Readings: Third Sunday of Lent - 3/4

Reading I: Exodus 20:1-17 or Exodus 20:1-3, 7-8, 12-17: The Lord delivers the Ten Commandments.
Responsorial Psalm: PS 19:8, 9, 10, 11
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:22-25: Understand the power of Christ crucified.
Gospel: John 2:13-25: Jesus drives the money-changers from the temple.

Discussion Questions

1. If there were ten commandments, why would Jesus say that there were only two? Why is love—love God and love your neighbor—the basis of all the others?
2. To what do the “foolishness” and “weakness” of God refer? St. Paul says the Jews had a problem accepting Christ crucified. What about you: how do you accept him? And what about the crosses in your own life? Are they “stumbling blocks” or stepping stones for you?
3. Jesus drove the salespeople out of the temple. Why? And, if you are a temple too, “a temple of the Holy Spirit,” what are the implications for you? Is there anything that needs to be shown the exit, or “driven out”?


John James Sikora


John Kaminsky and Sabrina Bartell, and Adam Larkin and Allie Bazoge

We Remember

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

Philomena Vigliotta, Frank Zwick, Vincent Lobascio, Robert W. Kelly, Joseph John Spagnoletto

We Pray For The sick

Maria Palazzolo, Marie E. Gordon, S, Rosemarie Pugliese, Ada Palladino, Michael Caliendo, Jennifer Peck, Diane Valero, Kenneth Rosenman, Anthony Ponzio

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 have returned.

  • U.S. Army: Sgt. Justin Sikorski, SPC Dennis Smith, PVT Bailey Meyer

  • U.S. Air Force: SSgt. Jason M. Hermes, SRA Ryan Kerstiens, SRA Timothy Kerstiens, PFC Kyle Kerstiens

  • U.S. Marine Corps: PFC Sean Brady, PFC Patrick Kimes, Lt. Col. Robert K. Maldonado, L Cpl. Quentin Montemarano, LCL Andrew Schlosberg, Major Stephen Bartoszak, PVT Charles O'Connor.

  • U.S. Navy: STGCS Brian Holzmacher, ET3 Jeremiah Nolan, 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 rectory@sjecm.org.

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St. John's Pastoral Team

Reverend John Sureau, Pastor: jsureau@sjecm.org

Reverend Felix Akpabio, Parochial Vicar: fakpabio@sjecm.org

Reverend Michael Plona, Parochial Vicar: mplona@sjecm.org

John Pettorino, Deacon: jpettorino@sjecm.org

Sr. Ann Berendes, IHM, Director of Parish Social Ministry: aberendes@sjecm.org

Michael Clauberg, Director of Youth Ministry: mclauberg@sjecm.org

Paul Clores, Seminarian: pclores@sjecm.org

David Erlanger, Regional School Principal: derlanger@olqany.org

Alex Finta, Associate Director of Parish Social Ministry: afinta@sjecm.org

Andrew McKeon, Director of Music Ministries: music@sjecm.org

Michelle Pirraglia, Director of Faith Formation: mpirraglia@sjecm.org

Katie Waller, Business Manager: kwaller@sjecm.org

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Help Wanted: Parish Service Announcements

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 rcia@sjecm.org or call the Parish Office at 631.878.0009.

St. Genesius Guild: St. Genesius of Aries is the patron saint of secretaries. He mastered the art of shorthand, transcribing court cases for the archives of the Roman Empire. We are looking for members of this new guild who will help us out in our parish offices from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, on Saturday morning and at other times throughout the year. So far we have nearly ten parishioners who have come forward. Interested? Want to learn more? Contact Lisa LoBosco at lisa1962@optonline.net or call at 631.405.8514.

Set-up/tear-down crew needed: Saturday morning movers needed. We are working to create a moving crew that can be “on call” Saturday mornings to set up the gym. We are blessed with the students from OLQA but with some upcoming Friday night events, we can use some help. We would gather around 7:30 a.m. and are usually done in 20 minutes. Can you and your family help us out? We would let you know the Thursday before if help is needed. If you can be on our on-call list, please contact Fr. John at jsureau@sjecm.org or leave a message 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 afinta@sjecm.org.

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

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

Kitchen help: OLQA is looking for someone to assist in our kitchen during our lunch periods. The hours are 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Interested candidates please contact the school at 631.878.1033.

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 afinta@sjecm.org.

Mass helpers: Help us make our Sundays the best. We need your help at the 5:30 p.m. mass. God blessed you with talents... Can you give back by participating in one of our ministries? Can you proclaim God’s word at mass? Are you 16 or over and want to help distribute Holy Communion? Do you want to help people feel welcome at church? Do you want to help with brining the gifts up or taking the collection?

Chefs needed: Presently, we are only able to offer a sandwich and a snack to the nearly 30 people we minister to each night. We would like to be able to provide a more substantive and nutritional meal. We are asking parishioners, ministries, families, groups to consider helping us. You would prepare the meal and either 1) drop it off and we will put it individual containers or 2) you could prepare and put it in individual containers. (We can probably arrange to pick it up too.) This is a great way to help out for those who cannot come out on Thursday nights to help us in this ministry. If you, your family, or organization would like to make a home-cooked meal for the approximately 30 people we meet, please contact Corinne Bernath at bernath52194@optonline.net or Alex Finta at afinta@sjecm.org or 631.878.0009.

  St. John's in Photos Yesterday and Today

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Directions to St. John The Evangelist R.C. Church

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

Waze map of how to get to St. John The Evangelist in Center Moriches, NY

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