St. John The Evangelist, R.C. Church in Center Moriches, NY

St. John The Evangelist
Roman Catholic Church, Center Moriches, N.Y.

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: August 12, 2018


“I am the living bread that came down from heaven;” John 6:51

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Mass & Worship Announcements

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

Sunday masses: Saturday Vigils are at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (Spanish mass). Sunday: 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon, 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 7:00 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. as of 8/12/18.

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. 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.)

Church Hours & Contact Information

Office hours: Monday through Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to noon then 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. (Spanish translator available Tuesday evenings). Friday through Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Phone numbers: 631.878.0009. Fax: 631.874.2466.

Email: Rectory@sjecm.org

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.

OLQA: Our Lady Queen of Apostles Regional School: 631.878.1033.

Faith Formation News & Information

Summer 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. - 7:30 p.m.* (Wednesdays—Spanish translator available from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.)

Faith formation registration is underway for incoming 1st graders/new students: 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 now through August 30. Registration for incoming 1st graders and new students for the 2018-2019 academic year. 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. Registration for the 2018-2019 academic year will begin in June this year. Those who are entering Grade 1, as well as those with children who may not have been in religious education for awhile, are welcome to register this June. Please note that formation for all Level 1 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). 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.

Registration for new students: Now through August 30: 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 through August 30th. Please note that formation for all Level 1 & 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 2018-19 registration info has been sent in the mail. If you do not receive this mailing by July 24, please contact our office.

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 rcia@sjecm.org. For teenagers and their families who desire more information, contact the Faith Formation Office at 631.878.0009, ext. 170 or email to faithformation@sjecm.org. 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.

Catechists needed: If you are interested in being a catechist, please contact Michelle at 631.878.0009, ext. 5 or via email mpirraglia@sjecm.org.

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: mpirraglia@sjecm.org

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.

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 mpirraglia@sjecm.orgor 631.878.0009, ext. 5.

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This Week @ SJE: News & Events

East End Holy Hour - 8/10

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Fiftieth Anniversary of Humane Vitae - 8/12

New Pastoral Letter Commemorates Fiftieth Anniversary of Humane Vitae: Fifty years ago, on July 25, 1968, Pope Paul VI issued an Encyclical Letter entitled Humanae Vitae, “On Human Life”. On October 14, 2018, Pope Francis will canonize his predecessor as Pope Saint Paul VI. In this anniversary year, Bishop John O. Barres of the Diocese of Rockville Centre has issued a Pastoral Letter entitled The Supreme Gift: The Gift of Life, commemorating the encyclical of this soon-to-be canonized saint. This teaching of the late Holy Father is in many ways more important today than at any time before. In his letter, Bishop Barres wants to teach the people of the diocese the important truths of Humanae Vitae, because these truths very much need to be reexamined today in light of the problems we face in our time.

Please take a copy of The Supreme Gift home, read it, and discuss it as married couples and as families. Bishop Barres says: “Understanding the teaching of Humanae Vitae, believing it, and living it, is one of the first and most important answers to the crisis of our time. I truly believe that the future Pope Saint Paul VI wrote the letter more for our times than even for his own. Today, it can become the first step in repairing the injury between men and women, husbands and wives, parents and children, the family and society.”

At the Mass of Beatification of Pope Paul VI in 2014, Pope Francis said of his predecessor: “When we look to this great Pope, this courageous Christian, this tireless apostle, we cannot but say in the sight of God a word as simple as it is heartfelt and important: thanks! Thank you, our dear and beloved Pope Paul VI! Thank you for your humble and prophetic witness of love for Christ and his Church! ... In [his] humility the grandeur of Blessed Paul VI shines forth: before the advent of a secularized and hostile society, he could hold fast, with farsightedness and wisdom –and at times alone –to the helm of the barque of Peter, while never losing his joy and his trust in the Lord.”

Organ Duet - 8/12

Organ Duet Concert

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

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

Diaconate Information Sessions - 9/5, 9/7 and 9/9

Organ Duet Concert

Spirit Day Meeting - 8/6

We’re looking for some new committee members? Are you interested in helping to “take the lead” with Spirit Day 2018? We can use a few additional heads, hearts and minds to lead this wonderful SJE tradition! If you’re interested, reach out to Fr. John at jsureau@sjecm.org or 631.878.0009.

Also: Do you have an act? Our Entertainment Committee is looking for some individual acts to “fill in” between our bands on Spirit Day? Are you a singer? Have a talent? Can tell a few, good, church appropriate jokes? Let us know! Reach out to Michael Walsh at mwalsh@sjecm.org or call at 631.878.0009. We’re looking for some new committee members? Are you interested in helping to “take the lead” with Spirit Day 2018? We can use a few additional heads, hearts and minds to lead this wonderful SJE tradition! If you’re interested, reach out to Fr. John at jsureau@sjecm.org or 631.878.0009. Our next Leadership Committee meeting is on Monday, August 6 at 7 p.m. in the Red Barn meeting room. Vendors Needed. For application or more information, contact Linda Filosa at Stjohnvendor@gmail.com or leave a message at the Parish Office at 631.878.0009.

A Night Of Thanks for Mike Clauberg - 8/19

Mike Clauberg and familyIn honor of Mike's more than 21 years of service as Director of Youth Ministry here at SJE, our parish will host a farewell party for Michael Clauberg. We hope you can make it! Sunday, August 19. The night begins with a 5:30 p.m. mass in the church, followed by a reception after.

Life Teen High School Ministry Events - 8/12

Come to our 5:30 p.m. teen and family mass on Sundays. Followed by youth ministry activities from 7 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. August 12: Volleyball and heros.

Young Adult Ministry: Come be a part of the young adults in our area and across the Diocese! Contact youth@sjecm.org for more information.

Summer Evening Prayer - 8/27

Let’s bask in the sunsets of August on the Convent Lawn: Up next: Monday, August 27 at 7 p.m. with the SJE Musical Revue. The night features some of SJE’s finest musicians and groups. (Parishioners with Last Names beginning with M-Z are asked to make their favorite musical themed dessert!) Each night, parishioners are asked to bring needed items for our school supply drive!

Adult Faith Formation Session - 9/4

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RCIA - 8/12

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 jsureau@sjecm.org or call at 631.878.0009.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament - 7/30 and 8/3

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 jsureau@sjecm.org or call at 631.878.0009.

Sandwich Day - 8/12 and 9/9

Family Life Upcoming Events: August 12 and September 9: Sandwich Day in the cafeteria after the 9 a.m. mass. Make sandwiches for our local outreach. Bring cold cuts, or peanut butter and jelly, bread and anything else that may help! We have plenty of gloves and plastic sandwich bags. Help us help others. (Volunteer hours are given).

Interested in Being Baptized? - 8/12

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 jsureau@sjecm.org or rcia@sjecm.org.

Sacrament of Reconciliation - 8/11 and 8/12

Confessions: As we return to the church building, 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.

Social Media Ministry - 8/12

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2018-19 OLQA registration

Limited openings in some grade levels! Financial aid available! 2018-19 OLQA registration. Come and find out more about the Catholic School in Center Moriches and how you can become part of our family of families! Already in store for 2018-2019: Establishment of The Mission—The Middle School Academy at OLQA. An innovative social justice/service approach to middle school education culminating in a scholar research project. The Mission will provide a place for your child to call home while challenging him or her to make a difference in the life of the world. (Grades 6, 7 and 8). The new OLQA Drama Company, led by Ms. Samantha Free, for students in grades 4—8. Refurbishment of the David Turpin Sports Complex and many of our classrooms. Expansion of our existing school social work program. Exciting new student activities and much more! Call today to learn what you can offer our school community and what our school community can offer you! Visit olqany.org or call 631.878.1033 today! We want you to become part of our family of families at the Catholic School in Center Moriches!

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The St. Vincent DePaul Society - 8/18 and 8/19

The St. Vincent DePaul Society is a Catholic lay organization that helps our neighbors in need. It is a person-to-person ministry of 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 through the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. Volunteers from the Society will be speaking at our Masses the weekend of August 18 and 19 about service and membership.

Field of Dreams Fundraiser - 8/12

OLQA/St. John the Evangelist Field of Dreams Project. Help us to restore the David Turpin Sports Complex with your financial support! This summer, OLQA and SJE are going to make a great effort at improving our sports field and we need everyone’s help!!! Our work has begun but more work is necessary and cannot happen without your support! See the bulletin for more information on how to donate.

OLQA Annual Golf Outing - 10/2

SAVE THE DATE!!!! The OLQA annual golf outing is Tuesday, October 2 at the Rock Hill Country Club in Manorville.

Child protection and safety virtus training - 8/22 and 8/30

Wednesday, August 22 at 7 p.m. or Thursday, August 30 at 1 p.m. All volunteers and employees of St. John the Evangelist must attend VIRTUS training, have an application on file and have a background screening. This is not optional. You must register by going to www.virtus.org and sign up there. If you have any questions, please contact Liz Dellaratta or Michael Walsh in the Faith Formation Office

Giving Garden Project Underway - 8/12

image of Tommy Luongo and Father JohnThanks to parishioner Tommy Luongo and Troop 414 for their amazing work last Saturday. They planned and built our Giving Garden which will provide fresh vegetables and fruit to those we serve in our Street Ministry and at Ernie’s Place. Can you help us out? Look through the Gospel of John and help us pick out a name for the Giving Garden (We’d like to be based on something from our patron’s gospel.). Email your ideas to afinta@sjecm.org.

 

You might remember earlier in the year when Parish Social Ministry introduced the possibility of a Giving Garden for SJE. This garden would provide fresh fruits and vegetables to those we serve via Ernie’s Place, the Community Meal and the Street Ministry. SJE’s own Thomas Luongo has agreed to help construct the Giving Garden as his Eagle Scout project. The new garden will be located on the lawn between the Convent and the Rectory. Tommy is a student at Center Moriches High School, a gifted athlete, involved in our parish and the local community.

prayer evening for men suffering loss - 8/15

An evening of prayer for men suffering loss

OLQA Early Childhood Program Etc. - 8/12

Early childhood program: A few spaces still remain in the Early Childhood Program at OLQA. Looking for a great early childhood program for your child? OLQA offers classes for three year olds through eighth grade. Our Early Childhood program offers a unique opportunity for young children to begin the educational experience in a safe, small, comfortable and affordable environments. Children may attend two, three, four or five days a week with a variety of options for parents’ schedules. Learn more today by visiting our campus. Call for a tour today at 631.878.0009.

Get ready for the mission: OLQA’s new middle school academy for Grades 6-8 commences in September 2018. This innovative and unique new middle school program provides students with an incredible foundation in knowledge, faith and leadership incorporating Catholic teaching and calling students to be missionary disciples. Look for more information soon.

Classes of 2018: Congratulations to all of our graduates. Last Thursday and Friday, OLQA celebrated Pre-K 3, Pre-K 4, and Kindergarten graduations. With great gratitude to their teachers and parents, we send forth to our continued participation in our Early Childhood Program at OLQA! On Saturday, we sent forth our eighth graders. We celebrated the Eucharist in the Auditorium and carried out Commencement Exercises there as well. Ms. Danielle Rufrano, former English/Language Arts teacher at OLQA, returned to offer the Keynote address. Congratulations to the Class of 2018. Ella Bianculli, Marisa Dondero, Jeffrey Dougherty, Gail Drange, Arik Getchell, Syed Hassan, Rami Lawson, Thomas Lucas, Isabella McGrady, Christopher McGrath, Hailey O'Donoghue, Lisa Reinfrank, Julia Sabal, Lee Sullivan, Patrick Wrenn

End of the year luncheon @ the Rectory: This year, the third graders invited Fr. John to come to their class each Monday morning to teach about stories from the bible. As an end of the year gathering the third graders were invited to the Rectory backyard for a pizza lunch and afternoon of fun. One of the benefits of a Catholic school education is for students to come to know more about the Church and about the priests who serve here. WANT TO LEARN MORE? There are limited opening on some levels in our school. Want to learn more about our early childhood program, intermediate program or The Mission – OLQA’s Middle School Academy, contact us today at 631.878.0009 or email to derlanger@olqany.org.

School Supply Drive - 8/12

School supplydrive items needed: Pencils, pens, markers, crayons, highlighters, spiral notebooks, composition notebooks, glue sticks, tape, rulers, scissors, binders, lined paper, copy paper, backpacks. Donations can be dropped off in the following ways:
1) Brought to mass and put in wicker baskets labelled Parish Social Ministry
2) Brought to the parish offices
If your child is in need of supplies for this upcoming school year, please reach out to Alex Finta at afinta@sjecm.org or 631.878.0009 ext.127.

Financial donations are most welcome as they allow us to purchase items as they are needed. Sometimes things “come up” and we need to make a quick purchase. Checks may be made payable to St. John the Evangelist and donations can be left in the Parish Office. The Street Ministry is in need of chefs! As the temperature has dropped, we have been running out of hot meals to give out. If you are interested in cooking a tray of food for us to bring out on Thursday nights, please contact Corinne Bernath at bernath52194@optonline.net or Alex Finta at afinta@sjecm.org or 631.878.0009 ext. 127.

Senior Ministry News: Sophia’s Circle - 8/9 and 9/5

Sophia's Circle meets in the IHM room of the convent on the second and fourth Thursday at 10 a.m. The next meeting is Thursday, August 9. Bereavement support will begin on Wednesday, September 5 at 4 p.m. for 9 weeks in the IHM room.

N.B. It is so wonderful to see the respect that many people have for the Blessed Sacrament by the way they dress “appropriately”: ladies and girls with their knees and shoulders covered and without cleavage showing; men and boys with dress pants or at least, shorts to the knees and nice sports shirts! I was intrigued when the news of Harry and Meghan’s wedding was to occur that a dress code was issued for those who were to attend. One does not approach the Royalty of England without the proper attire, or for that matter, the Pope. Have we forgotten that we attend Mass to be in the presence of THE King of Kings, JESUS CHRIST? We claim this as our belief every time we pray the Apostles Creed. Just a reminder — many of us come from an air-conditioned home, to an air-conditioned car, to an air- conditioned Church. If we remember that our dress speaks volumes about the respect we have, not only for ourselves but also for others. Thank you.

This group runs for 9 weeks and has been very helpful for those who realize that grief definitely is helped in a “safe” group. Those who have participated in the past have expressed. One never has to talk but listening to others with a trained facilitator can be very helpful. The loss of a loved one through natural death, accident, or disease, is something we to learn to accept. We never eradicate the feeling of our loss nor do we want to; we learn how to live differently. Loss can also be through divorce because many times the separation is just as severe. If you have experienced the loss of a loved one, please consider attending our meetings. Please call in advance because I use a text as a guide and I like to have the correct number on hand. Sister Ann, 631.878.0009 ext. 120.

Words of Wisdom: New Ministry – For/With Seniors - 8/12

When Fr. Damian de Veuster went to the Island of Molokai in the Islands of Hawaii, he was 32 years old. He worked with and among the lepers for seventeen years. When he realized that he had contracted the disease of leprosy, he addressed the lepers with an expression he previously had not used with them, “My fellow lepers.” He died at the age of 49 having provided a nearly normal life style for the lepers.

When Fr. John expressed his concern and desire to reach out to the senior members of the parish, I immedi-ately thought of Fr. Damian’s words but replaced “lepers” with “seniors,” thinking, “We fellow seniors!” One of our Thrift Shop volunteers asked me, “At what age does a person become a senior?” She stumped me! I began to think, AARP starts at 50, some restaurants have special menus for 55+ patrons; others may indi-cate 60+. Many have Early Bird Specials because many seniors don’t like to go out at night. My final answer to her question was, “You have to figure that out for yourself.”

There are an extraordinary number of very active seniors, some still working into their 80’s and 90’s. Many volunteer in our Thrift Shop, Pantry, and Street Ministry. Others may be stuck in a rut because they are alone and don’t drive, or widowed and don’t want to go places because they don’t want to be a third or fifth person with couples.

I would like to meet with seniors who might be interested in joining me for a “brainstorming” session on Tuesday, July 31st after the Noon Mass. We will meet in The Barn, 1st floor meeting room. If you need a ride, please call and we will arrange to pick you up. Let’s get together to suggest some possible ways we can come up with for fun and for spiritual growth. I can’t do it alone—and neither can you!
IHM Silver Circle

Each year the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, of which I am a happy and joyous mem-ber, ask for help for our Sisters who can no longer work. We call it the Silver Circle because we ask for a dona-tion of $25.00 to enter a monthly drawing for more than 30 chances to win $50, $100, and more over the course of 10 months. So, for 1 gift of $25.00 you have more than 300 chances to at least either double, quadruple or more your single gift! Many people even take more than one Membership donation. Once your name is pulled, it is returned to the barrel for nine more chances to win! So if you don’t win one month, you may win another month! If you can, please try to help our Sisters; the number of our working members is decreasing every year through death. However, we do have two novices and a candidate--more than some congregations can claim! Tickets Will be available through the rest of August and September.

If you can’t help financially, please pray for us and for the works that we do. You are always in our prayers. Thank you and God bless you.
Sister Ann Berendes, IHM, new Director of Senior Services

World Youth Day - 1/22 - 1/27 of 2019

The deadline for registration is August 15! Was there ever a moment in your life when you were younger that you could never forget, something that changed you for the better? For me, World Youth Day has been one of those moments in my life… well, actually three of those moments. I have been blessed to have participated in three World Youth Days… Madrid in 2011, Rio de Janeiro in 2013 and Krakow in 2016. What is World Youth Day? World Youth Day was initiated by Pope Saint John Paul II in 1985 as an opportunity for young Catholics from all over the world to come together. This great encounter with the pope continues to be a life-changing experience for the young and the young at heart from all over the world. Our diocese has asked me to help with the planning and promotion of the next World Youth Day set for January 22 - 27, 2019 in Panama City, Panama (our trip will run from January 21-28). Honestly though, even if I wasn’t asked to help out in some special way, I was still planning on encouraging people to go as pilgrims to World Youth Day because of it’s power to really change lives. Sometimes life presents us with awesome opportunities that can take our breath away and forever change us for the better. I really do believe that World Youth Day is one of those opportunities. There will be nothing like experiencing millions of young Catholics from all over the world descend upon this tropical paradise and pray with Pope Francis. How can that not be life-changing? If this appeals to you, if you think that you might like to go or if you know someone who you think might benefit from participating in World Youth Day, pray about it and reach out. For more information and the application for World youth day please contact me as soon as you can. Don’t miss out! In Christ, Father Michael.

Stewardship - 8/12

How can I repay the LORD for all the great good done for me? • Psalm 116:2

  • Sunday 8/12/18: $16,511 (2017: $15,982)

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.

Spirit Day 'Save the Date' - 9/15

Save the Date: Spirit Day is Saturday, September 15 from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. If you want to be a part of leading this great SJE tradition please contact Fr. John at jsureau@sjecm.org or via phone at 631.878.0009. A great day of fun, entertainment and community building for all in our area! There will be great rides for the kids, live music throughout the afternoon and wonderful food! Spirit Day concludes with the 5:00 p.m. Mass on the Spirit Day fairgrounds. (You can see our Spirit Day Committee is already hard at work!) It’s going to be a great day for our parish….and for you!

Check out the bulletin for more information in the weeks ahead! Would you, your family or your business (or a business you know) be able to help sponsor Spirit Day? Throughout the month of September, we’ll have sponsorship signs throughout the parish grounds.

Thanks again to our Spirit Day 2017 sponsors! Above All Fence, All State Center Moriches, Angelo and Lillian Rollo, Antonia Flaherty Realtors, Astoria Bank, Baby Moon Restaurant, Bay Nursery Corp, Blue Ribbon Beverage, Bridgehampton National Bank, Center Moriches Fire Department, Century 21 Cor-Ace Realty, Inc., Colliers International/Gus Nuzzolese, Esq., Dammayer Construction Company, Desi Masonry Products, DJ Custom Homes Corp, Drs. William and Judith Savino, Dun Rite Appliance Company, East End Sign Design, Electrical Technology Inc., Environmental Assessment and Remediations, Friends of St. John the Evangelist Church, House of Carpets, Iron Mike Construction and Design Corp, Jet Sanitation Service Corps., Law Office of Elizabeth Harrington, Lund Valve Testing, Megaton Pools, Moloney-Sinnicksons Funeral Home, Moriches Bay Deli, Moriches Bay Diner, Moriches Bay Realty, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith, Mrs. Margaret Sureau, Newbridge Coverage Corporation, Orchard Creek Marina, Out East Therapy of NY, Paul and Barbara Donahue, Paul's Lawn and Landscape and Christmas Tree Farm, Pinto Pools, Professional Maintenance and Cleaning, ProFlame Inc., Queen of All Hearts K of C, REP Electric, Rico's Clothing, RJ Beverage, Rubio Premier Motors, INC., SAS Electronics and Communications Corp., Sea Cove Restaurant, Seatuck Cove Ltd., Senix Creek Inn, Shirley Auto Body, Storage 'R' Us - "West", Swezey Fuel Company, The Church Bulletin Company, The Garzero Family, The Parks Family, Total Mechanical Systems, Towne Cellars Wine and Liquors, Turley, Redmond, Rosasco and Rosasco, LLP, Wesche Funeral Home, Inc., Wheatley Farms Perennials.

Youth Justice Corps - 8/12

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 jsureau@sjecm.org. You do not need to already be a part of Life Teen or Middle School Youth Ministry to be part of the Service Corps. As requests for help come from or come into our parish, you’ll be contacted to see if you can help. If you can help with a particular project, great! If not, no problem. You’ll be contacted for the next one! It really is that easy. Sign up today by emailing Fr. John at jsureau@sjecm.org.

Prison Families Anonymous - 8/14

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.

SJE Wear - 8/12

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

'Ernie’s Place' Food Pantry - 8/13

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. Remember this list when you go shopping.

Join The Catholic Action Network - 8/12

The Catholic Action Network, the official voice of the Catholic Church in our state, was formed by the Catholic Bishops of New York. The Catholic Action Network website is a powerful tool that is designed to educate and inform us on issues concerning important topics such as religious freedom, respect life issues, marriage and family, human services, criminal services and healthcare. All parishioners should visit this website and sign up to receive important alerts and reminders about writing letters and sending information to local legislative leaders. It is very simple. Once on the nyscatholic.org website - click on this very “Join the Catholic Action Network” and follow the prompts from there.

Men's Prayer Group - 8/11

You’re invited to come to the Totus Tuus Men’s Prayer Group, which meets every Saturday at 9 a.m. in the first floor of the Convent (White House). Join us for coffee, lively discussion and applying our faith to real life. For more information, please contact Fr. Michael at mplona@sjecm.org. See you there.

CYO Soccer - 8/12

Anyone interested in playing soccer from 1st to 8th grade please contact: MClauberg@sjecm.org. Cualquier persona interesada en jugar fútbol de 1 a 8 grados por favor contáctese: MClauberg@sjecm.org.

Calling All high School Students - 8/12

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.

Mass Intentions Still Available - 8/12

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: 7 a.m. masses on August 13, 14, 16, 17, 20, 21, 23, 24, 29, 30. Noon masses on August 28, 30, 31. Saturday 8 a.m. masses on August 25 and September 29. Spanish evening masses (7:30 p.m.) August 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28. September 1, 4, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29.

Readings: Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - 8/12

Reading I: 1 Kings 19:4-8. Elijah is strengthened to walk forty days and nights to Mt. Horeb.
Responsorial Psalm: PS 34: 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9.
Second Reading: Ephesians 4:30—5:2. Imitate Christ.
Gospel: John 6:41-51. Jesus is the living bread.

Discussion Questions

1. God sent help to Elijah in the form of an angel. What kind of help do you think God would send today? Name some ways you can be the “hearth cake” for a person in a desperate condition.
2. The crowd murmured when Jesus said he was the bread that came down from heaven. How did knowing his mother and father impact the crowd’s willingness to believe him? Is it easy to accept a “prophet (one who speaks for God) in your own circle of acquaintances? Explain.

Readings: Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time - 8/19

Reading I: Proverbs 9:1-6. Wisdom teaches understanding.
Responsorial Psalm: PS 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
Second Reading: Ephesians 5:15-20. Sing praise to God, avoid that which is evil.
Gospel: John 6:51-58. Whoever eats and drinks the body and blood of Christ has eternal life.

Discussion Questions

1. Our food becomes part of us and helps us grow and repair our cells. This reading talks about a meal that brings us to the fullness of life. If we eat at Wisdom’s table will we know the things of God?
2. The reading tells us to give thanks always and everywhere. If giving thanks for painful situations is too difficult, what might be some other ways to handle them?
3. When people love each other they want to be together. Explain “Whoever eats my flesh remains in me and I in him” in this light. Stating it many different ways, how many times did Jesus suggest that the crowd “eat this bread” in Sunday’s Gospel? If we eat at the table of the Lord will he give himself to us and give us eternal life?

Remembering Our Loved ones - 8/12

Helping our Parish - Altar Bread and Wine — for the month an offering of $150 is requested: Altar Candles — $25.00 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. Available Masses in the upcoming weeks include: 7 a.m. Masses: August 14, 20, 21, 22, 29, 30 September 4, 5, 6, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28. Noon masses: August 30, 31, September 13, 17, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27. Spanish evening masses (7:30 p.m.): August 18, 25, September 1, 4, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29.

Newly-Baptized - 8/12

Emma Melissa Greene, Ashley Anahi Perez

Newly-Married - 8/12

George Giglio and Kelly Siobhan, Michael Lawrence and Marianna Lawrence, William Pearsall and Nicole Pego, Matthew Maneri and Dana Wolf.

We Remember - 8/12

Entrance antiphon, funeral mass: Andrea Rivera, Constance S. James, Kathleen Marie Beck.

“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.

We Pray For The sick - 8/12

Robert Williams, Margot Hinner, Shae Rosemarie Pugliese, Robert Jankesh, Jake Mazza

We Pray for our Military - 8/12

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.

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

Robert Gaudisio, Deacon
bgaudioso@sjecm.org

Joseph Catafago
Pastoral Year Seminarian
jcatafago@sjecm.org

Sister Ann Berendes, IHM
Parish Social Ministry Director
aberendes@sjecm.org

Michael Clauberg
Director of Youth Ministry
mclauberg@sjecm.org

David Erlanger
OLQA 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

Help Wanted: Parish 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 jsureau@sjecm.org or call at 631.878.0009. Presently, we are seeking parishioners to remain in prayer. Please email to Fr. John at jsureau@sjecm.org 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 jsureau@sjecm.org. 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 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.

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.

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.

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

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