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

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“Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”
John 18:37. November 25, 2018

11/18 Bulletin     11/25 Bulletin

Mass & Worship Announcements

Thanksgiving holiday: In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, all SJE offices will close at noon on Wednesday, November 21 and reopen on Saturday, November 24 at 9:30 a.m. If there is a serious medical emergency and a priest is needed, please call 631.878.0009.

Come to the quiet: The church building is open from 6:30 a.m. to approximately 7 p.m., if not later, each night. Seton Chapel, in the white convent building, is open around 8 a.m. and also remains open to approximately 7 p.m. Take some time to open your heart to the voice of God.

Sunday masses: Saturday vigils are at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (Spanish mass). Sunday: 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon, 5:30 p.m.

Weekday masses: Monday through Friday: 7 a.m. and noon. Saturday morning: 8 a.m. Seton Chapel: Tuesday: 7:30 p.m. (Spanish).

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

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

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

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

Mass Schedule of Intentions

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

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

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession): At St. John’s we celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation daily. During the week, we celebrate the sacrament after the 7 a.m. and noon masses. Generally, the priests will be in the IHM Meeting Room or the chapel area of the convent. He will wait or be around for 10 minutes after the last person has come. On Saturday and Sunday evenings, confession are heard in the Youth Ministry office (near the main entrance of the auditorium) or in the back of the auditorium itself. Of course, you can - and should - approach one of our parish priests whenever you want to celebrate the sacrament.

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Church Hours & Contact Info

Thanksgiving holiday: In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, all SJE offices will close at noon on Wednesday, November 21 and reopen on Saturday, November 24 at 9:30 a.m. If there is a serious medical emergency and a priest is needed, please call 631.878.0009.

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

Phone numbers: 631.878.0009. Fax: 631.874.2466.


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

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

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

Parish Outreach: Located in the Red Barn: 631.874.3617.

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

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Faith Formation Information

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

Please Note: Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving! There are no classes this week. Classes will resume on Monday, 11/26.

Upcoming Parent Meetings: Level 8 - Tuesday, November 27 during class times (6 PM - 7 PM or 7:15 PM - 8:15 PM) in the auditorium. Level 2 Saturday, December 1 during class times (8:30 AM - 9:30 AM or 10 AM - 11 AM) in the auditorium.

First Reconciliation and First Communion: dates will be given out at the upcoming Level 2 parent meeting on December 1 during class times.

Level 8 Students: Saint report due Please also note that the Saint Report for Level 8 students was due November 1, along with their candidate covenant and information sheet. Their sponsor form also was due in June. All paperwork is available on the parish website: (Click on menu>Faith Formation>scroll down to Faith Formation Forms). If your child has not yet submitted his/her report, please send it via email to:
Catechists needed! We are also in need of more subs, particularly for Saturdays, and for our Level 7 and 8 students. If interested, please contact Michelle at 631-878-0009, ext. 5 or via email:

Growing together in faith: This month Fr. Felix began to visit our Level 1 & 2 classes to teach them about the Rosary! Catechist and parent Linda Filosa, who coordinates our parish’s Family Life Ministry, shared her witness of faith with our Level 1 parents and Fr. John encouraged them to deepen their relationship with God by getting back to basics—Mass, prayer, and becoming involved in the parish community.

Catechist Needed: We are still seeking a Catechist for a Level 5 class on Mondays from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. If interested, please contact Michelle at 631.878.0009, ext. 5 or via email:

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

Registration for new student - late registration is underway: St. John the Evangelist’s Faith Formation program serves our parish youth, beginning in first grade, and their families as they grow in faith and prepare for the Sacraments. Those who are entering Grade 1, as well as those with children who may not have been in religious education for a while, are welcome to register from now. Please note that formation for all Level 1 and 2 students is done in-parish in a classroom setting (no home study). To register in our Faith Formation program, please bring a copy of the child’s baptismal certificate (or a copy of their birth certificate if they were not baptized). If your child is already in our program, their 2018-2019 registration info has been sent in the mail. If you do not receive this mailing please contact our office. Please also be sure that you are a registered member with our parish. If you aren't already, please contact the rectory at 631.878.0009. Spanish translators needed.

RCIC: Rite of Acceptance: Are you an adult interested in receiving the sacrament of Confirmation? If you are a baptized Catholic, but have not been fully initiated, we offer a process for those who desire to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. For adults who desire more information, contact Suzan Fitzpatrick at For teenagers and their families who desire more information, contact the Faith Formation Office at 631.878.0009, ext. 170 or email to Our RCIC students who are preparing for baptism at the Easter Vigil in 2019 came together last month to celebrate the Rite of Acceptance. Students expressed why they desire Baptism and their parents / sponsors promised to support them in their formation. Please continue to pray for our catechumens as they take their next steps toward full initiation into the church.

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

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

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This Week @ SJE: News & Events


From the Pastor's Desk - 11/25

One of the most intimidating moments of my life as a school principal is our incredible Early Childhood Program. Give me a room of high school and middle school students and I can handle it in a few minutes. Give me a group of three and four and five year olds and I’m not sure what to do. It all goes back to Kindergarten, I guess. I’ve been thinking about those days a lot lately. I wrote last week about the passing of my childhood pastor—Msgr. William Jablonski. I had the chance to return to West Islip again last weekend for a wonderful event—the 50th Jubilee of Sister Nancy Campkin as a Sister of St. Joseph. What a privilege to return “home”! (She’s pictured in the center here at motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Brentwood.) Sister Nancy is a pretty amazing woman of faith. She spoke here at St. John’s during Summer Evening Prayer a few years ago. She has taught in Brooklyn, Queens and Suffolk. Read more.

Blessing of the Advent Wreath

Saturday, December 1 at 4:30 p.m. (before the 5 p.m. mass). As part of our church restoration, we have a beautiful new Advent wreath that will draw our sights – and we pray our hearts, minds and souls – to heaven. Come and pray with us. PLEASE NOTE: Confessions will be heard from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 1.

Pray with OLQA - 11/21

Come and pray with us! Thanksgiving mass on Wednesday, November 21 at 10:30 a.m. in St. John’s Church. All are welcome to pray with our school community!

From the Pastor's Desk - 11/18

Father Bill...Joe… A Sunday of Sadness and Surrender: Dear Parish Family: Before the 10:30 a.m. mass last Sunday, I received a message from Bishop Brennan that Msgr. William Jablonski died. Father Bill, as he was known, was the Pastor of my home parish of Our Lady of Lourdes in West Islip since as long as I can remember. He trained me to be an altar server and hired me to be a sacristan at OLL. When I first started meeting with one of the Vocation Directors some 20 years ago, I stopped by his parish, at the time, in East Rockaway to let him know. He was the first person I told. Years later, even though impacted by the effects of a stroke, Fr. Bill was one of the priests who vested me at Ordination on December 3, 2011. Read more.

Thanksgiving Mass - 11/22

9 a.m. mass in the auditorium on 11/22. Our entire parish family joins together to give thanks to God for the many blessings in our lives. Please bring something from your Thanksgiving table to be blessed. Please note: This will be the only mass celebrated on Thanksgiving Day. At this liturgy, we give thanks to God for his many blessings in our lives, we invite parishioners to bring non-perishable food items for Ernie’s Place, we distribute bread for all to share at their Thanksgiving table at home and we seek God’s blessing upon the food we will use for our Thanksgiving meals.

Thanksgiving Dinner - 11/22

SJE will be hosting Blanca's House to serve a full Thanksgiving feast this year. Please contact Alex Finta at 631.878.0009 x119 or for more details. This will take place on Thanksgiving, November 22 from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. For reservations, please call/Para reservaciones, por favor llame a nuestra officina: 631.923.1053.

Senior Ministry News - 11/2-11/19

We need people who can occasionally drive someone to the doctor (not too far) or to give a ride to the
store. If you know of someone who needs any services that we can provide, PLEASE, LET ME KNOW.
The gentle movement class of T’ai Chi Chah will continue on Tuesday mornings at 11:00 in the IHM
room of the Convent. In December, Sophia’s Circle will meet on the 1st and 3rd, Thursdays. Movies continue in
the IHM room on the 7th and 21st at 1:15. P.m.
The Bereavement Support Group will conclude on November 28th. An evening Bereavement Group will
begin in January, weather permitting! If a day group is requested, another can begin in January also. There should
be a minimum of 4-5 people to a group to be able to provide the adequate support needed. We had 13 in the first
group; and 7 in the second. Both seemed to be very helpful. Please consider joining us if you have lost a loved one
and are experiencing even just a little need. It is a very safe group.

Our regular T’ai Chi Chih continues in the IHM room of the convent (adjacent to the Seton Chapel) on Tuesdays at 11 a.m., Sophia’s Circle on Thursdays at 10 a.m., and Bereavement Support on Wednesday at 4 p.m. If you have additional suggestions, please mention them to me. I understand that the BINGO on Friday nights is going quite well! God bless you for all that you do and have done for our Beloved Parish!

Please note:

  1. We need people who can occasionally drive someone to the doctor (not too far) or to give a ride to the store. If you know of someone who needs any services that we can provide, PLEASE, LET ME KNOW.
  2. Mark you calendar! December 4th beginning at 10:00 a.m. we will have a Morning of Prayer and reflection in preparation for Advent until after the noon Mass. A light lunch will follow. We need a number who plan to attend or who need transportation.
  3. The gentle movement class of T’ai Chi Chah will continue on Tuesday mornings at 11 a.m. in the IHM room of the Convent. Also, because the third Thursday of November is Thanksgiving Sophia’s Circle will not meet. In December, we will meet on the 1st and 3rd, Thursdays. Movies continue in the IHM room on the 7th and 21st at 1:15 p.m.
  4. The Bereavement Support Group will conclude on November 28. An evening Bereavement Group will begin in January, weather permitting! If a day group is requested, another can begin in Janu-ary also. There should be a minimum of 4-5 people to a group to be able to provide the adequate support needed. We had 13 in the first group; and 7 in the second. Both seemed to be very helpful.
  5. Please consider joining us if you have lost a loved one and are experiencing even just a little need. It is a very safe group.

Advent and the Liturgical Year - 11/25

Our new liturgical year begins next Sunday, the first Sunday of Advent. Let’s review the following:
• We have available editions of Sunday’s Word 2019. You can pick them up and take them with you. A free will offering of $5.00 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.
• We will use a new music setting for Advent and Christmas. The Mass of Christ our Savior is familiar to us from our time in the Auditorium last year.
• During the season of Advent, the Gloria is not said or sung. It creates a sense of anticipation. Store up your fervor for the Vigil of Christmas or Christmas Day.
• Save the Date: Wednesday, December 5: Advent Lessons and Carols led by our Music Ministry at 7 p.m.—Church.
• Advent Day of Reconciliation: Monday, December 17 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Confessions every day after Daily Mass.)

“Life in a prison cell may well be compared to Advent; one waits, hopes, and does this, that, or the other things that are of no real consequence- the door is shut, and can be opened only from the outside." ― Dietrech Bonhoeffer, Letters from Prison - November 21, 1943.

Family Life Ministry News - 11/18

Help us create “goodie bags”* for the children in the Stony Brook Pediatric Dept. this holiday season. If you can’t make it December 9th, you may leave donations in the Parish Office, clearly labeled, FAMILY LIFE MINISTRY. In addition, we are seeking help for a wine and stitch night! Help us create costumes for the children to wear during the Children’s Service. More info to follow in upcoming Bulletins. Does your child want to be a part of our Christmas Children’s Service? Contact Linda Filosa 631.559.7227 or * = coloring books, crayons, sketch pads, adult coloring books, colored pencils, regular playing cards, gaming cards (Goldfish, Old Maid, Crazy 8s, etc) Help us create “goodie bags” for the children in the Stony Brook Pediatric Dept. this holiday season.

East End Holy Hour - 11/30

Please Support Our Advertisers - 11/18

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

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

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

BINGO - 11/25

Every Friday at the Knights of Columbus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. First game is 7:30 p.m. $2,000 in prizes.

Academic Intervention Teachers Needed - 11/18

The Catholic School in Center Moriches is seeking trained educators to work in 'The Mission — The Middle School Academy at OLQA' — particularly in the areas of math and ELA (English Language Arts). Interested candidates are asked to be:
• Educators or recently retired teachers
• Collaborators with fellow teachers
• Inspired by working with middle school students
• Looking to work parts of three or four days
• Seeking to transform the lives of young people
• Ready to be challenged and fulfilled.

If interested, please send a resume to

Operation Andrew - 11/29

SJE Wear - 11/18

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

CFN Award of Excellence - 11/20

The Catholic Faith Network (CFN) will host the CFN Award of Excellence on Tuesday, November 20 at the Garden City Hotel. This year’s honorees include: Bishop Robert Brennan, Vicar General of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Bishop Nelson Perez, Bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland, Monsignor Joseph DeGrocco, Pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Lindenhurst, Rosanna Scotto, Television Host and Journalist, and Claudio and Debra Del Vecchio, Principals of Brooks Brothers. Neil and Danielle Tucker will serve as Co-Chairs for the event. For more information, please contact Angelica Ayroso at or visit our website at

Family Life Ministry - 11/18

Can You Volunteer? 11/18

Family Life Ministry - Do you need more volunteer hours?

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

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

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

Altar of Remembrance - 11/30

During the month of November, we remember in a special way our loved ones who have died. This year, we will be preparing a special Altar of Remembrance in the Seton Chapel. Beginning November 1, you are invited to place a picture on the altar so that we may remember your loved ones and pray for each other. Please limit the size of your photo (perhaps no larger than 4 x 6) so that there is room for everyone who wishes to participate. You may place the picture in a small frame. Please remember to write your name and phone number on the back of the picture. Pictures may be dropped off at the rectory or at the sacristy. We ask that you pick up your picture no later than Thursday, November 30.

Men's Day - 12/1

Book of the names of the dead - 11/1 et al

Those wishing to have a Mass said for a loved one may stop by the rectory. Available Masses in the upcoming weeks include: 7 a.m. Masses: Nov. 28, 29, Dec. 5, 14, 18, 20, 24, 26 12 Noon masses: Dec. 7, 10, 11, 12, 18, 27 Saturday 8 a.m. Masses: Dec. 22 Sunday 7:30 a.m. Masses: Dec. 23 Spanish evening masses (7:30 p.m.): Nov. 20, 24, Dec. 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 29.

Low Gluten Hosts Available - 11/18

Low Gluten Hosts (less than .01% gluten content) are available for those with Celiac Disease who cannot receive Holy Communion using the usual bread. If you need to receive Holy Communion using a low-gluten host, please stop in the sacristy before Mass to discuss this with the priest and see if this will be acceptable for you and/or your child. If you cannot receive the low-gluten host, we can offer a separate chalice for you. We will be happy to accommodate you if we can. Please let us know.

A prayer For Life - 11/18

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

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

Thrift Shop Volunteers - 11/19

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

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

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

The Bread and Wine - 11/18

St. John’s invites family members of those for whom the mass is being offered to bring up the gifts of bread and wine at that Mass. (On the weekend, please inform any of the ushers 10 minutes prior to the beginning of mass).

Extraordinary Ministers needed - 11/18

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

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

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

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

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

Altar Servers needed - 11/18

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

SJE Street Ministry Donations - 11/18

The SJE Street Ministry could use the following Items: baby wipes, socks, diapers (size 4 and 5), shaving cream, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, men’s underwear- Size 211/18, 32/34 and 36/38, women’s underwear- size 8/10, 12/14 and 16/18.

RCIA - 11/18

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

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament - 11/18

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

Alateen Meeting - 11/19

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

Interested in Being Baptized? - 11/18

Do you want to be baptized? Do you want to become a member of the Catholic Church? What are you waiting for? What about you or someone you know? We are in the process of forming a new group of those interested in becoming Catholic. If you are not baptized or were baptized in another Christian faith, please contact Fr. John Sureau or Suzan Fitzpatrick to be part of our next group of inquirers (those who are interested in learning more about the Catholic Church). You can reach us at 631.878.0009 or via email to or

Sacrament of Reconciliation - 11/18

It is a good time for each one of us to get back in the routine of going to the sacrament of Reconciliation. At St. John’s, we celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation every day. During the week, we celebrate the sacrament after the 7 a.m. and noon masses. Please wait in the north transept (near the organ and the Blessed Mother shrine) for the priest after mass to hear confessions. On Saturday and Sunday evenings, confessions are heard before the Saturday evening (4 p.m. and 7 p.m.) and Sunday evening masses (5 p.m.). As with the weekdays, please wait in the north transept. Of course, you can - and should - approach one of our parish priests whenever you want to celebrate the sacrament. You can also call the parish office to make an appointment.

SJE Academic Learning Center - 11/18

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

Youth Justice Corps - 11/18

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

The Social Ministry is here to help - 11/18

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

Office Hours (Now located on the second floor of the Red Barn) 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Monday to Friday (Please call for an appointment.)
Food Pantry: Monday evenings: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m + Thursday afternoons: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Thrift Shop: Wednesday: 9 a.m. to noon.

SJE Street Ministry: The Street Ministry is continuously serving 60-90 individuals and families every Thursday night, many of which are homeless. We are tremendously grateful for all of the donations that continue to allow us to do this work. We are in need of the following: Financial donations are most welcome as they allow us to purchase items as they are needed. Checks may be made payable to St. John the Evangelist and donations can be left in the Parish Office. We would also be most grateful for gift cards to places such as Dollar Store or Walmart so we can obtain these items. We are also in need of cooks. We have recently been running out of food due to the high number of guests. If you're interested in cooking a tray of food for the Thursday nigh run or have any questions, please email Corinne Bernath at bernath52194 or Alex Finta at or 631.878.0009 ext. 119.
• Baby Wipes
• Diapers size 4&5
• Shaving Cream
• Toothbrushes
• Toothpaste
• Deodorant
• Men’s Underwear- sizes 29/30, 32/34 and 36/38
• Women’s Under-wear- sizes 8/10, 12/14 and 16/18

Community Meal - 11/26

Join us on Monday, November 26 in the Red Barn at St. John the Evangelist Church in Center Moriches. The Meal will consist of a home-made dinner from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. If you are in need of toiletries or clothes, please let a volunteer know! If you are interested in cooking a meal, please reach out to Alex Finta at

Ministry of Consolation - 11/18

This ministry reaches out in a variety of ways to those who have recently faced the death of someone they love. The wonderful women and men who offer their time in this ministry—as well as our office staff—do a wonderful job in ministering to those in need. We are in need of more help as we seek to grow the Ministry of Consolation. We are in need of parishioners to come forward as: Liturgical ministers (greeters, servers, extraordinary ministers and readers) cakebakers (willing to make a small dessert for a family who has suffered a loss), Worship aid makers (able to update our mass program for each funeral, involves light computer and possibly copier use), organizers (able to assign tasks to those who have offered their time), and companions (meeting with a family who has suffered a loss to assist with choosing readings, hymns, etc. and being present on the day of the funeral). If you’re able to help or want to find out more information, contact Fr. John at

Christmas Toy Drive - 11/18

We need your help. Please bring any new, unwrapped toy for age 1-16 to these two places: 1) Church entrances, where the boxes for toys will be set up any time the church is open. 2) Outreach offices in the Red Barn, Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. - noon, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Prison Families Anonymous - 11/18

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

'Ernie’s Place' Food Pantry - 11/19 and 11/22

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

Memorial Cards - 11/18

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

Handel's 'Messiah' Tickets - 11/18

Messiah tickets now on sale for December 14 at 7 p.m. in the church with the Moriches Choral Society and Orchestra. Please see Mr. McKeon at the organ after mass, or stop by the rectory office. $15 per ticket, two for $20.

Men's Prayer Group - 11/17

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

Calling All high School Students - 11/18

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

Stewardship - 11/18

Each week, we provide envelopes for specific areas of parish life. This allows us to focus our stewardship in certain areas. Ideally, we would love to have a strong regular collection which would make these envelopes unnecessary. Next week, please make use of the parish improvement envelope and/or place your offering in the regular collection. How can I repay the LORD for all the great good done for me? Psalm 116:2.

Sunday 11/18/18: $15,997 (2017: $16,119). CCHD: $1,854 (2017: $1,515).

This Week’s Hymns: 11/24 and 11/25

Save the Date! December 5th at 7 p.m. A ceremony of lessons and carols!

Entrance Hymn: #659, Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!
Preparation Hymn: #989, Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones
Communion Hymn: #1033, Eat this Bread
Closing Hymn: #669, Crown Him with Many Crowns

Adult Choir: Practice Tuesdays @ 7PM
Children’s Choir: Practice Tuesdays @ 6PM
5:30 p.m. Mass Band: Practice Sundays @ 4PM

Readings: 34th Sunday in Ordinary Time - 11/25

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Reading I: Daniel 7:13-14. Vision of the son receiving kingship, dominion and glory.
Responsorial Psalm: PS 93:1, 1-2, 5
Second Reading: Revelation 1:5-8. The Lord is the Alpha and the Omega.
Gospel: John 18:33-37. Pilate questions Jesus about his identity.

Discussion Questions

1. What things hold power over you in your life? Are they good things or would you like to see them lose some of their hold?
2. Does the universe that Christ consecrates to God include areas of your life or world that previously you might have considered outside the realm of “holy”? Discuss.
3. Can we understand truth differently at different times? Was there a time when we accepted slavery, and do we now question the death penalty? Should the Church mature in judgment as we grow in understanding the truth?

Next Week’s Readings: 1st Sunday of Advent (12/2)

Reading I: Jeremiah 33:14-16. The day is coming when the Lord will fulfill his promises.
Responsorial Psalm: PS 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2. Conduct yourself in a way pleasing to God.
Gospel: Luke 21:25-28, 34-36. Be ready for the second coming.

Remembering Our Loved ones - 11/18

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

Newly-Baptized - 11/18

Emma J Nunez, Joseph V. Nunez, Allison Mae Snyder, William Alfred Fitzpatrick, Victoria Jane Condy, Isle Harper Hughes, Keilyn Paola, Saquic Mejia

Newly-Married - 11/18

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

We Remember - 11/18

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

Entrance antiphon, funeral mass: John N. Prudenti, Msgr. James M. McDonald, Stephanie Ruta, Dorothy Sabatino, Helen Biolsi, Richard T. Kelly.

We Pray For The sick - 11/18

Remy Schandel, Jennifer Lynn Peck, Dolly Parent

We Pray for our Military - 11/18

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

  • U.S. Army: Sgt. Justin Sikorski, PVT Bailey Meyer, SPC Kevin Arpino, PVT Sean Casey
  • U.S. Air Force: SSgt. Jason M. Hermes, SRA Ryan Kerstiens, SRA Timothy Kerstiens, PFC Kyle Kerstiens
  • U.S. Marine Corps: PFC Sean Brady, PFC Patrick Kimes, Lt. Col. Robert K. Maldonado, L Cpl. Quentin Montemarano, LCL Andrew Schlosberg, PVT Charles O'Connor.
  • U.S. Navy: STGCS Brian Holzmacher, ET3 Jeremiah Nolan, Jr. E3 Christopher J. Esposito Jr

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

St. John's Pastoral Team

Reverend John Sureau, Pastor
Principal - OLQA

Reverend Felix Akpabio
Parochial Vicar

Reverend Michael Plona
Parochial Vicar

Deacon John Pettorino

Joseph Catafago
Pastoral Year Seminarian

Sister Ann Berendes, IHM
Parish Social Ministry Director

Alex Finta
Associate Director of Parish Social Ministry

Andrew McKeon
Director of Music Ministries

Michelle Pirraglia
Director of Faith Formation

Katie Waller
Business Manager

Help Wanted: Service Announcements

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

Church Cleaners Needed: Do you like to clean? Love things neat? Can’t stand things out of place? Want everyone to shine and look good? We do too! We are looking for parishioners who would be willing to assist with a weekly cleaning of the church building which would include light mopping, sweeping, window cleaning, and checking on hymnals and the like in the pews. The cleaning will ideally take place on Thursday or Friday afternoons. We are looking for individuals, couples, friends or even strangers to form cleaning teams so each group would work one or two days a month. If interested—or know someone who should be interested—contact Fr. John at 631.878.0009 or email to . St. Zita felt like she could not possibly wash one more window or dust one more piece of furniture, she imagined she was doing her work for God, and suddenly the housework wasn’t so boring any more. Pray to St. Zita for the energy and patience to help with chores.

Outreach Volunteers Wanted: Now that the Outreach Offices of Alex Finta and Sister Ann, are on the second floor of The Barn, the bell can not be heard when it is rung. We do not want people to turn away thinking that we are not here. We have a few volunteers but not nearly enough to fully act as receptionists. What qualifications are needed? A willingness to answer the phone, take messages, make appointments, and wear a very welcoming expression on your face! What do you have to do to apply? Register for the Virtus training, fill out a background paper provided from us, and have your picture taken by Michael Walsh! Easy? Of course. When needed? Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 10 until noon (one day is sufficient;) Or, Wednesday or Friday from 1 until 3 p.m. We are hoping that we might be able to have two people at a time—just so that they could have company. Can you give us 2 hours a week? If you can help, please call Sister Ann at 631.874.5654, ext 119. If Sister is not available, please leave a message and she will return your call. Thank you, and God bless you.

Catholicism Initiation Assistants: Can you join the journey? As you can see, new groups are forming for the Christian initiation of adults and children. We are looking for men and women of our parish to accompany those who are seeking to become Catholic and complete their initiation. For more information, contact Suzan Fitzpatrick at or call the Parish Office at 631.878.0009.

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

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

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

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

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

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