St. John The Evangelist
R.C. Church, Center Moriches, N.Y.
What's Happening @ SJE
Sixth Sunday of Easter May 26, 2019
“Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27
2019 CMA Goal $100,600
Consider making a gift to the Catholic Ministries Appeal, which supports programs that help feed people in our community each year through both Catholic Charities and our Parish Outreach Centers. To make a donation, you can also visit https://www.drvc.org/CMA or call us at 516.678.5800 ext. 296.
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 and 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).
Seton Chapel (located in the Convent building – The White House): Seton Chapel is open each day from 7 a.m. until the early evening. We gather in Seton Chapel for Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament Mondays – 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays – 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. mass – in Spanish – Tuesdays 7:30 p.m. Liturgy of the Hours (beginning in Lent) Mondays – Midday Prayer – 3 p.m. Night Prayer – 8:45 p.m. Thursdays – Midday Prayer – noon, Evening Prayer – 4:45 p.m. Fridays – morning prayer – 8 a.m. midday prayer – 11:45 a.m.
Stations of the Cross (this Lent): we will celebrate the Stations of the Cross at 10 a.m. on Thursdays (Seton Chapel) and 7 p.m. on Fridays (Church).
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.
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
Rectory (Parish office) hours (the Blue House on Ocean Avenue): It is here where you can make appointments to meet with one of our priests, pick up a mass card, drop off materials and is usually a good “first stop” when at SJE. We seek to be as present as we can to those who come to our doors. We are open from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Monday to Thursday and 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Friday to Sunday. We close from noon to 1 each day to give our staff some free time.
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. www.olqany.org
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Faith Formation Information
Upcoming Events: Rite of Acceptance Mass (Children Seeking Baptism in 2020): Sunday, June 9 at 10:30 a.m. Level 7 Sponsor/Candidate Night: Wednesday, June 5 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.
Incoming 1st graders / new students: Registration begins June 10! 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 2019-20 academic year will begin on June 10. 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, 2, 3, 4 and 7 students, as well as our Heritage program, takes place in-parish (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.
Rite of reception: Are you an adult interested in receiving the sacrament of Confirmation? If you are a baptized Catholic, but have not been fully initiated, we offer a process for those who desire to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. For adults who desire more information, please fill our this letter of interest form first. For teenagers and their families who desire more information, contact the Faith Formation Office at 631.878.0009, ext. 170 or email to email@example.com. For adults who desire more information, contact Father John at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 631.878.0009. Meetings will begin during Lent and continue to the celebration of Pentecost in June.
Catholic mentors needed: We are in the process of preparing for a new session of our RCIA process. This process is for adults seeking baptism as well as those who were baptized into other Christian faiths. We are looking for active and engaged parishioners who can serve as: Catechists – work with prepared materials to teach others about the Catholic faith. Facilitators – work with our RCIA group to share with one another about the Scriptures and the Catholic faith. Hospitality – work to prepare a place of welcome with coffee and small snacks. The commitment involves an hour or an hour and a half each week. The truth – this ministry needs those who are actively involved in our parish (those who already do too much) and those who are seeking something new. For more information and to talk it through, please contact Fr. John ASAP so we can begin this process as quickly as possible. You can reach Fr. John at email@example.com or call at 631.878.0009.
St. John the Evangelist’s Religious Education: Our 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 2019-20 academic year will begin June 10. (Those whose children are already enrolled will receive a placement mailing over the summer.) 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 , 2, 3, 4 and 7 students, as well as our Heritage program, takes place in -parish (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).
Do you want to be baptized? Do you want to become a member of the Catholic church? What are you waiting for? What about you or someone you know? We are in the process of forming a new group of those interested in becoming Catholic. If you are not baptized or were baptized in another Christian faith, please contact Fr. John Sureau or Suzan Fitzpatrick to be part of our next group of inquirers (those who are interested in learning more about the Catholic Church). You can reach us at 631.878.0009 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Students expressed why they desire Baptism and their parents / sponsors promised to support them in their formation. Please continue to pray for our catechumens as they take their next steps toward full initiation into the church.
Se busca ayuda: se puede devolver? Estás buscando una manera de servir a nuestra comunidad? Al atender a más de 1,600 estudiantes, siempre necesitamos feligreses para enseñarles a nuestros jóvenes la fe. No tiene que ser un teólogo, simplemente tiene el deseo de compartir la fe y relacionarla con nuestra juventud. No se puede hacer un compromiso semanal? Quizás puedas ser parte de nuestro grupo de catequistas sustitutos! Necesitamos particularmente catequistas bilingües para ayudarnos, particularmente con la preparación Sacramental! Si está interesado, comuníquese con Michelle al 631.878.0009, ext. 5 o por correo electrónico: firstname.lastname@example.org.
More Faith Formation Information
- Catechist Handbook
- Parent Handbook
- Full Faith Formation Class Schedule
- Saturday Faith Formation Class Schedule
- Monday Faith Formation Class Schedule
- Tuesday Faith Formation Class Schedule
- Letter To The Pastor
- Saint Report
- Service Report
- Sponsor Form (Generic)
- Candidate Covenant
- Confirmation Information Sheet
Faith Formation Payment
Our Lady Queen Of Apostles
Academic Intervention Teachers Needed
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 email@example.com.
This Week @ SJE: News & Events
New SJE Website Coming Soon!
Wedding Anniversaries Celebration - 6/2
Sunday, June 2 (note the date change): Noon mass in the Church with a renewal of your wedding vows. Followed by an anniversary reception in the auditorium. We would like to affirm the graces and blessings of the Sacrament of Marriage by celebrating your wedding anniversary! We’re celebrating mass and throwing a party for you! Couples celebrating an anniversary in 2019 that end in a 0, 1, 5 or 6… 5, 6 or 10 or 11, or 15, 16, 20, 21, 25, 26, 30, 31, 35, 36, 40, 41, 45, 46 or 50 and for couples married any year more than 50 years (51, 52, 67 etc.) – You are invited to a special mass and reception! Invite your immediate family members as well! They are most welcome.
Senior Ministry News
Wonderful news! The Town of Brookhaven Senior Citizen Division is holding their Annual Picnic for Senior Citizens and a group of us from the parish is going to go. Would you like to come, too? There will be plenty of food and fun. For more information, call Dona Marchese at 631.451.9084 (or Sister Ann before May 23. Sister will be away from May 23—June 1). Date: JUNE 12 and JUNE 13 (rain date: JUNE 14). Time: 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Place: Longwood Estate, 205 Longwood Road, Ridge, NY 11961.
In need of transportation? Call Sister Ann and carpooling can be arranged. Limites seating. You must make your own reservation. If you have a group you would like to sit with, let Dona know. Invite people you know.
We will have a great time! Let’s plan a trip to Mohegan or Foxwoods for June 12 or June 19. Wednesdays are usually half price and there’s always incentives like food vouchers as well as other freebees. Please give me a call or send an email if you are interested or need a ride to the ferry. (S. Ann: firstname.lastname@example.org or 631.878.0009 ext 127 (leave a message , if I am out and I will return your call.)
Preparation for Sunday readings: Friday mornings at 9 a.m. IHM room--Convent
Bereavement Wednesday: 10 a.m. in the IHM room—Convent
T’ai Chi Che: Tuesdays, 11 a.m. in the Convent.
Basic religious studies classes - 7/8-7/25
The Diocese of Rockville Centre Office of Faith Formation Presents: Basic Religious Studies at St. Francis Cabrini Parish in Coram. Earn your Basic Religious Studies certificate. $40 pp ($30 pp if taking more than one). Visit drvc-faith.org to register or for more information.
- Old Testament July 8-11, 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
- New Testament July 8-11, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
- Church July 15-18, 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
- Christology July 15-18, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
- Morality July 22-25, 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
- Sacraments July 22-25, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Thursday PM Youth Group - 5/23
DRVC YA Mass - 5/23
Ages 21-39. 7:30 p.m. in the church.
Vacation Bible Camp - 7/22-7/26
Save the date: Vacation Bible Camp at SJE. Monday, July 22 – Friday, July 26 from 9 a.m. to noon each day. Get ready for another amazing summer adventure that includes times of great faith, fun and friendship! REGISTRATION DEADLINE: July 1. You will receive an email with additional information prior to the first day of VBC. Right now, we are in the planning phases and need help in planning and organizing VBC! We are need people who are good at arts and crafts, food, games, organizing, leading a skit and the like! There’s something for everyone! For more information, contact Michelle Pirraglia at email@example.com or Fr. John at firstname.lastname@example.org. See the bulletin for an official registration form.
Join the Catholic Action Network - 5/26
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 to “Join the Catholic Action Network” here.
Reconciliation - 5/26
Sinners welcome and wanted. Come and celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation! Daily after the 7 a.m. and noon masses and after the 8 a.m. mass on Saturday (Please wait in the lobby of the convent building Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.* (Spanish/English) Sundays from 5 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. It is a good time for each one of us to get back in the routine of going to the sacrament of Reconciliation. At St. John’s, we celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation every day. As with the weekdays, please wait in the north transept. Of course, you can - and should - approach one of our parish priests whenever you want to celebrate the sacrament. You can also call the parish office to make an appointment.
The Art & Environment ministry - 5/26
The Art & Environment ministry invites you to Journey Through Lent with us here at SJE! Lay your burdens, fears and petitions before the Lord. You may bring a rock (one small enough to fit in the palm of your hand) to place in a special display on the sanctuary steps. Each week we will add more rocks, as we pray together.
Liturgy of the Hours - 5/26
O God, come to our assistance… The purpose of the liturgy of the hours is to sanctify the day and the whole range of human activity. Therefore its structure has been revised in such a way as to make each hour once more correspond as nearly as possible to natural time and to take account of the circumstances of life today. Hence, "that the day may be truly sanctified and the hours themselves recited with spiritual advantage, it is best that each of them be prayed at a time most closely corresponding to the true time of each canonical hour." - From the General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours, 11
Beginning this Lent, we will begin the pray the Liturgy of the Hours more frequently at SJE. You may have noticed this in some of our literature about Seton Chapel. We pray the Liturgy of the Hours to unite our prayer with the Church that seeks God at all times. There is a certain ritual to the Liturgy of the Hours that involves our posture (sitting and standing), our voices (in praying the psalms), our listening (to the Word of God). Some of us pray the Liturgy of the Hours regularly. This is wonderful. I hope you can help us in establishing this rhythm of prayer at SJE.
We will pray the Liturgy of the Hours in the Church on Saturdays at approximately 6:15 p.m. and on Sunday at approximately 6:45 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel. Booklets will be provided for you. During the week, we will pray the Liturgy of the Hours in Seton Chapel beginning and ending our times of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Monday—3 p.m.—Daytime Prayer Monday—8:45 p.m.—Night prayer Thursday—1 p.m.—Daytime Prayer Thursday at 4:45 p.m.—Evening Prayer Friday—8 a.m.—Morning Prayer Friday at 11:30 a.m.—Daytime Prayer For these times, we will use books of the Liturgy of the Hours that will be provided for you. (NOTE: It will take us each a little time to get used to these—so always have patience!!!!) You do not need to come to each of these times of prayer—come when you can! You can pray the Liturgy of the Hours also by using the ibreviary app or visiting universalis.com.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word - 6/23
Our children’s liturgy program has been a huge success. Our last session will be Sunday 6/23. Don’t worry we will be back in the fall! As a thank you to you and your children, we would like to invite you to our summer send off gathering. On Sunday 6/23 we will host a parent/child craft with snacks and drinks along with information on our upcoming Vacation Bible camp. This will take place in the auditorium after the 9 a.m. mass. Here you will be able to get to know all the volunteers who have made this program a huge success, get information on Vacation Bible Camp and enjoy a fun hour with us! If you have interest in sending your child to our program in the fall or are simply interested in Vacation Bible camp please join us as well! We are also looking for more volunteers for the children’s liturgy program and you may sign up at the event or email Deana Ditta @ email@example.com Thank you again for allowing us to be a part of bringing your children closer to Jesus!
Trivia Night - 6/15
Food, fun and prizes! Sponsored by Cub Scout Pack 1227 on June 15 from 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. in the OLQA auditorium. $15 adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Call Theresa @ 631.335.8035 for tickets.
Pray-ers Needed: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
SJE is privileged to have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Monday evenings and Thursday afternoons in Seton Chapel. (Seton Chapel is located in the Convent Building, the white house south of the school building.) Over twenty five parishioners have committed to an hour and many more are making time to pray on Monday evenings and Thursday afternoons. WE ARE IN PARTICULAR NEED ON MONDAY AFTERNOONS from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Would you be willing to give an hour of your Monday evening (particularly) or Thursday afternoon to sit in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament? If so, can you please contact Fr. John at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 631.878.0009.
Praying For And Ministering To The Sick - 5/26
But when someone is sick, we at times think: “let’s call for the priest to come”; “no, then he will bring bad luck, let’s not call him”, or “he will scare the sick person”. Why do we think this? Because the idea is floating about that the undertakers arrive after the priest. And this is not true. The priest comes to help the sick or elderly person; that is why the priest’s visit to the sick is so important; we ought to call the priest to the sick person’s side and say: “come, give him the anointing, bless him”. - Pope Francis
As Catholics, we are called to pray for and minister to the sick and the ill. At St. John’s, it one of the ways we bring the Light of Christ to those in need. Those who are seriously ill or facing surgery, as well as those in danger of death, should receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. Please call the Parish Office and ask for one of our priests. If you or a family member are ill and wish to receive Holy Communion, please contact the parish office. One of our parish priests will come visit you and an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Community will then visit each week. We pray for the sick and the homebound at mass each week. To add your name or the name of a loved one, please contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or email to email@example.com.
Comunidad Hispano de San Juan Evangelista, Center Moriches
Sacramentos del Bautismo, la Comunión o la Confirmación: ¿Usted o alguien que usted conoce tiene más de 7 años y necesita los Sacramentosdel Bautismo, la Comunión o la Confirmación? Por favor, póngase en contacto con Gregorio Chavez en firstname.lastname@example.org para el próximo paso a seguir. Gracias.
Ministerios Y Servicios: Dirección de la Oficina: 25 Ocean Ave. Center Moriches, NY 11934.
Teléfono: 1.631.878.0009 Horas especiales para asistencia en español: Martes 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Santa Misa: Sábados - 7:30 p.m., Martes - 7:30 p.m. en el Convent (La Casa Blanca)
Confesiones: Sábado - 7 p.m. en la Iglesia
Bautismos: Segundo Domingo a las 2 p.m. en la Iglesia. Clases pre-bautismos es el tercer miércoles de cada mes. Locación – en el granero (la casa roja) a las 7 p.m.
Favor de traer el certificado de nacimiento del niño dos meses antes del bautismo: Requisitos: 1. Certificado de nacimiento del niño o/de la niña. 2. Certificado de inscripción de su Parroquia (padres y padrinos) 3. Los padres deben traer estos documentos a la oficina de San Juan para fijar las fechas de charla pre-bautismal (OBLIGATORIA para padres y padrinos) y la fecha del Bautismo.
Matrimonios: Parejas que planean su matrimonio, deben hacer una cita con uno de los sacerdotes antes de su boda. De este modo tendrán suficiente tiempo para recibir las instrucciones prematrimoniales y obtener los documentos necesarios. Para más información llame al oficina.
Exposición del Santísimo (adoración): Jueves, noon - 8 p.m.
Renovación Carismática: Viernes 7 p.m. en el granero (la casa roja).
R.I.C.A. (Iniciación Cristiana de Adultos): Padre Michael 1.631.878.0009
Templos del Espiritu Santo (Grupo de Jovenes) cada sabado a las 5 p.m. en el Red Barn.
Tenemos un grupo nuevo en nuestra parroquia, Los Templos del Espiritu Santo! Este grupo quiere ayudar y server los jovenes en la communidad acrecer en sus relaciones con el Señor Jesus. Los Templos del Espiritu Santo reune cada sabado a las 5 p.m. en el Barn empezando el 19 de enero. Habla con Kenia por mas informacion: email@example.com.
New: Women's Group - 6/3
The Women of Grace Foundational Study "Full of Grace: Women and the Abundant Life," written by Johnette Benkoic Williams, is a program for Catholic women to come to know our vocation as daughters of God, to be affirmed in the knowledge of the importance the gift of our authentic femininity is to our place in life right now. We will be using videos featuring Johnnette, the books Full of Grace and the Full of Grace Study book, Scripture, the Catechism, writings from Vatican II and other magisterial documents and the biographies of 16 Catholic women saints. The Blessed Virgin Mary will be our model, the Holy Spirit will be our guide.St. John's will purchase the books. Please call the rectory 631.878.0009 so we know how many books we need. My name is Anita Luccari, I will facilitate the group. We meet in the Seton Chapel in the convent from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., we will meet every other week.
Blood Drive - 5/25
'Ernie’s Place' Food Pantry - 5/23 and 5/30
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, tuna fish, chicken in a can, rice, instant potatoes, beans, 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.
Join The SJE Parish - 5/26
How do I register? So many people who come to St. John’s often wonder why it’s important to register. By registering in a parish:
- You make a formal commitment to this community of faith: basically saying, “I want to belong…”
- This parish makes a formal commitment to you, basically saying, “We want to be here for you!”
- You will be better informed about all that is happening here at SJE, basically saying, “Get involved…we need you!!!”
*Please note: We will only be able to produce tax forms for those who are formally registered and use envelopes (or, eventually, electronic giving). To register, contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment with a member of our Pastoral Team. You will no longer be able to register by coming into the office without making an appointment.
Spirit Day Planning Meeting - 9/8
Save the Date: Spirit Day 2019 will be held on Sunday, September 8.
Our Spirit Day Committee is off and working! We are looking for some volunteers for our sponsorship committee. Great benefits (helping our parish), a clear commitment (only two to three to meetings and you are finished in August). Make new friends (it’s a great working group). If you can help with this specific part of Spirit Day, please contact Tricia or Rich O’Neill at email@example.com.
Did you know that St. John the Evangelist bulletin is printed free of charge each week? Not only that, our parish receives a part of the advertising commission. So please frequent the fine establishments that advertise in our bulletin! If your business could use a shot in the arm, consider advertising in the bulletin. Each weekend, the nearly 1,400 people who attend mass at St. John the Evangelist—most of whom live and shop in the Moriches, Mastic, Shirley, Eastport, Speonk and Remsenberg area receive or view our bulletin online. It’s an easy way to reach thousands of area families with information about your business. For more information on how to advertise in our bulletin, call The Church Bulletin Company at 631.249.4994.
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, M & M Travel, Pinto Pools, REP Electric, Swezey Fuel Company.
SJE Street Ministry - 5/26
As Long Island continues to increase in its cost of living, more and more individuals and families are being squeezed out of permanent housing. After numerous parishioners have reached out to share their experiences, I figured that I would share the mindset of our Street Ministry on what we feel is the best way to facilitate and foster relationships with the homeless. The question of what the responsible gift is to give to a person who is homeless is a difficult one. If I have the time, I’ll hand out a gift card or even buy them a meal at the most convenient restaurant. We would obviously never give money out to someone living on the streets right? Sure, the stereotype of a person who is homeless is addicted to drugs and alcohol but that isn’t always the case of course. Pope Francis could not be any clearer when giving advice on what to give someone who is homeless. Not only does Pope Francis say it is NOT our place to judge on where the money is spent but we should also look them in the eye when speaking and giving them money. Ultimately, do what feels most comfortable. Even if you do not have any materiel donations to give, just by speaking with them you are restoring their dignity.
There are essentially three phone numbers that you will want to know of. 1) Suffolk County Department of Social Services has an emergency phone number (631.854.9100) you can call during the weekdays after 4:30 p.m. and weekends at any time. They will provide a bed in a shelter and transportation to it. However, many shelters are infamous for being unsafe and/or unhealthy so do not be surprised if the person is reluctant to go and would rather sleep outside. 2) Maureen’s Haven (631.727.6831) is a non-profit, interdenominational organization that houses the homeless in churches on the East End of Long Island during the winter months and provides other resources throughout the year. 3) St. John the Evangelist (631.878.0009 ext. 119). The Street Ministry provides hot meals and clothing every Thursday night. We also aid with case management, food, clothing, toiletries, etc. If there is someone who is in the area that you know of and is open to receiving these types of services, please give them the SJE phone number and tell them to leave a message with their name, phone number they can be reached on and what they are looking for help with while being as detailed as possible (say sizes of clothes and types of clothing). The most important concept to remember is safety! Never drive anyone anywhere and always try to be with someone else you can trust. This advice is for those who have met a person who may be homeless outside of a clothing store or supermarket so don’t go trekking in the woods looking for a “tent city.” If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please let Alex Finta know by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 631.878.0009 ext. 119.
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.
The SJE Street Ministry could use the following items: Small size toothpaste, shaving cream, razors , women’s socks. If you're interested in cooking a tray of food for the Thursday night run or have any questions, please email Corinne Bernath at bernath52194 @optonline.net or Alex Finta at email@example.com or 631.878.0009 ext. 119.
Mary’s Meals 5k Run/Walk - 6/8
Upcoming Mercy Sundays:
- Mary’s Meals 5k Run/Walk Race Day: June 8 from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Location: Shrine of Our Lady of the Island Manorville, NY 11949. Entry Fee: $20 Per Person or $35 per family. Register in person day of event event t-shirts will be on sale for $10 each. Checks payable to: St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church. Contact: Jen Tennant 631.375.5483 Namesimark@aol.com.
- Join us and support the walk: Mary’s Meals May 19 in the auditorium at 10 a.m. (following 9 a.m. mass). Fundraiser: Good will offering and Pre-registration for Run/Walk Registration is available at breakfast for the upcoming Run/Walk at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Island on 6/8. Whether you are a walker, runner, or family, this walk is for you.
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.” For more information, Please contact: Linda Filosa email: Lindalos3@optonline.net or cell: 631.559.7227.
Do you need more volunteer hours? Can You Volunteer? 5/26
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 and bar soap. Disposable razors, male/female shave gel or 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 repellent 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 and AA, clip on reading lights. Duct tape. Glow in dark bracelets. Tuna fish—soft pack / small can, pull top. Beef Jerky or Slim Jims. Protein, granola, breakfast bars, trail mix, 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 or a personal note from you to our hero servicemen and women! Absolutely no aerosol items.
Heaven’s Harvest Educational Community Garden - 5/26
We are in need of the following: Hand shovels, small shovels, gloves, watering cans. If you have any of these in good condition, please drop them off in the wheelbarrow in the main entrance of the church. If you are interested in getting involved with the garden, reach out to Alex Finta firstname.lastname@example.org or 631.878.0009 ext. 119.
Holy Ground Garden Project - 6/1 and 6/2
As spring advances and the weather gets nicer, our church has decided that it is time to start up the Holy Grounds Project once again! Here’s how you and your family or group of friends or ministry can help! We are asking each family to continue or begin to take care of a part of our parish’s grounds by planting and maintaining that area for our parish and school! It’s as easy as 1...2...3...4...5…
- Talk to your family or group of friends!
- Decide where you would ideally like to have a piece of the land (Church, School, The Barn, Rectory, Convent). Please understand we may not be able to meet everyone’s request for a space!
- Consider if there is someone you would like to plant in honor of —a member of your family or a parishioner or member of the school community—living or deceased. Whomever you dedicate the area to, we will make a sign in honor of them and place it in your area in honor of them.
- Turn in this form or email (even better) your response to Sarah Dern at email@example.com no later than May 23!
- Plant any time from noon on June 1 to sunset on June 2. (If those dates do not work, do not hesitate to reach out to set up another day)
Youth Justice Corps - 5/26
"Serving Justice Excellently": There is such a great need for service in the life of our parish and often a huge number of young people who want to help those in need. This new Service Corps is one way to make this connection. Here’s how it works: Any middle school, high school and college-aged student sends their contact information to Fr. John at firstname.lastname@example.org. You do not need to already be a part of Life Teen or Middle School Youth Ministry to be part of the Service Corps. As requests for help come from or come into our parish, you’ll be contacted to see if you can help. If you can help with a particular project, great! If not, no problem. You’ll be contacted for the next one! It really is that easy. Sign up today by emailing Fr. John at email@example.com.
The Social Ministry - 5/26
Our parish, overall and our parish social ministry is here to help - specifically, are here to serve you in any way we can. If you are in need, please reach out to us at St. John’s. A great place to start is the Outreach Office coordinated by Alex Finta and our amazing volunteer ministers. Our Outreach Office is located in the Red Barn. Please call to make an appointment so we can connect you to our services here at SJE or link you to other services. Never be embarrassed to reach out. We may not be able to address every need. If we can’t, we’ll try to connect to someone who can assist you. Please always reach out to us here at SJE!
Office Hours (Now located on the second floor of the Red Barn) 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Monday to Friday (Please call for an appointment.)
Food Pantry: Monday evenings: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Thursday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Thrift Shop: Wednesday: 9 a.m. to noon.
Ministry of Consolation - 5/26
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prison Families Anonymous - 5/28
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 the rear door closest to parking lot.
Memorial Cards - 5/26
Parish Social Ministry Memorial Cards are available. This is one way to honor one who has passed away. These cards allow you to express your sympathy while also benefiting the less fortunate in our local community. Each month we will celebrate mass for all those remembered via the memorial cards. The names of those remembered will be periodically included in the bulletin. The memorial offering made will benefit Parish Outreach, our Homeless Initiative, Food Pantry and Thrift Shop and the many works of Parish Social Ministry at SJE. To obtain a parish social ministry memorial card, visit the Rectory Office during regular hours or Parish Outreach from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, contact the Parish Social Ministry Office.
Men's Prayer Group - 5/25
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 (the white house) every Saturday at 9 a.m. Hope to see you there! You’re invited! For more information, please contact Fr. Michael at email@example.com. See you there.
Stewardship - 5/26
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 Improvements envelope and/or place your offering in the regular collection. Sunday 5/12/19: $17,515 (2018: $15,966).
Scheduled Hymns - 5/25 and 5/26
Entrance Hymn: #869, Here I Am, Lord
Preparation Hymn: #812, No Greater Love
Communion Hymn: #1026, As the Bread of Life is Broken
Closing Hymn: #614, Jesus Christ is Risen Today
Join us for "Music In May"
During the month of May SJE and The Friend's of Music is proud to present two concerts in the Church: May 26 at 3:30 p.m. We are happy to host organist Anthony Rispo on our New Allen Organ: More info at Anthonyrispo.com.
Do you love to sing? We are always looking for members for our choirs from our community. If you have a passion for making music with us at Church, please join us. You can contact one of our directors or reach out to Andrew McKeon at 631.878.0009 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult choir: Practice Tuesdays at 7 p.m. (please contact Andrew via email@example.com)
Children’s choir: Practice Tuesdays at 6 p.m. (please contact Stephanie via firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mass band: Practice Sundays at 4 p.m. (please contact Tess via email@example.com)
Readings - Seventh Sunday of Easter - 6/2
Readings - Sixth Sunday Of Easter - 5/26
Reading I: Acts 15:1-2, 22-29. The Apostles decide not to burden the Gentiles unnecessarily.
Responsorial Psalm: PS 67:2-3,5,6,8.
Second Reading: Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23. An angel shows John the new Jerusalem.
Gospel: John 14:23-29. Jesus leaves peace as his farewell.
1. Is there any growth without tension? Would the Church be better off if there were never dissension and debate? Which is a sign of life: Paul and Barnabas going to Jerusalem to work out the Judean people’s objections, or the two “sides” staying as far away from each other as possible?
2. In this reading John talks about the “Lamb,” present with the twelve apostles. Why is Christ called the Lamb (which we repeat in every Mass: “Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world … ”)? Has he been a sacrificial victim?
3. The second great gift in this reading is the promise of the Holy Spirit, who will teach us everything. Do you think there could be a direct proportion between how much a person loves and how much that person allows the Holy Spirit to live within him/herself? .
Newly-Baptized - 5/26
Our Newly Baptized: Theidire Graham Evans, Alivia Marie Ferraro, Brianna Grace Gibat, Frankie Antonia Pelo
Are You Having a Child? I want to get my child baptized!!! How great is this!!! What a wonderful celebration for our parish when parents bring their child to Church to celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism. First, contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to meet with one of our parish priests or deacon. Both parents will need to attend this meeting. Second, you will attend a Baptismal Preparation Class led by our parish staff. You will sign up for this class at the meeting with one of our parish’s priests or deacon. Third, Baptisms are generally celebrated in English on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Sundays and in Spanish on the 2nd Sunday of each month. You will select this date at your initial meeting.
Newly-Married - 5/26
Recently Married: Brandon Taraskas and Meaganne Hattorff
We love to celebrate weddings at SJE! If you have plans to get married, contact St. John’s ASAP to meet with one of our priests. At this meeting, you can: Select a date, learn about marriage preparation, i.e. Pre-Cana and find out why marriage makes a difference - and much more! To make an appointment, contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or email to email@example.com. If you would like a particular priest to preside at your wedding, it might best to contact him using the email addresses on the front cover of the bulletin.
We Remember Our Loved ones - 5/26
Entrance antiphon, recent funeral masses: Dolores Marie O'Brien, Alexander Sabosto, Miriam Najdek, Teresa F. Johann
Those wishing to have a mass said for a loved one may stop by the rectory.
About your funeral: Well we’re not looking to plan that any time soon, but we can always use help with our Ministry of Consolation!!! This ministry reaches out in a variety of ways to those who have recently faced the death of someone they love. The wonderful women and men who offer their time in this ministry—as well as our office staff—do a wonderful job in ministering to those in need. We are in need of more help as we seek to grow the Ministry of Consolation. We are in need of parishioners to come forward as:
- Liturgical ministers (greeters, servers, extraordinary ministers and readers)
- Cake bakers (willing to make a small dessert for a family who has suffered a loss)
- Worship aid makers (able to update our mass program for each funeral, involves light computer and possibly copier use),
- Organizers (able to assign tasks to those who have offered their time) and
- Companions (meeting with a family who has suffered a loss to assist with choosing readings, hymns, etc. and being present on the day of the funeral)
If you’re able to help or want to find out more information, contact Fr. John at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you wish to remember a loved one – living or deceased - at one of our daily masses, please visit the rectory. Opportunities for remembering a loved one at mass in the weeks ahead, include: Helping our parish: altar bread and wine for the month - an offering of $150 is requested: Altar candles are $25 per week. “We have loved them during life, let us not abandon them in death” When we have a mass said in memory of a friend or loved one, we follow these words of St. Ambrose and perform one of the Spiritual works of Mercy. To have a mass said for a friend or relative, visit the Parish Office.
“In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials...” 1 Peter 1:6. Names will be announced at mass the first week they are submitted and will remain on this list for approximately four weeks. If you would like a loved ones name placed under Prayers for the Sick, please call the rectory at 631.878.0009 or email email@example.com. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them.
We Pray For The sick - 5/26
“In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials…” - 1 Peter 1:6
Grace Cox, Vivian Orofino, Jennifer Lynn Jankesh, Jennifer Lynn Peck
We Pray For The Vocations - 5/26
Please say a prayer for the following priest and seminarian or intention each day this week.
- 5/24- Fr. William G. Gallagher / For Discerners
- 5/25- Fr. Sean J. Gann / For Deacons
- 5/26- Fr. Donald C. Gannon, SJ / For Vocations
We Pray for our Military - 5/26
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, SGT Daniel Smith, SPC Justin Daisy, SPC Olivia Cordero
- U.S. Air Force: SSgt. Jason M. Hermes, SRA Ryan Kerstiens, SRA Timothy Kerstiens, PFC Kyle Kerstiens, SMSgt James Nizza
- 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, LCL Andrew Schlosberg
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. John's Pastoral Team
Reverend John Sureau, Pastor
Principal - OLQA
Reverend Felix Akpabio
Reverend Michael Plona
Deacon John Pettorino
Pastoral Year Seminarian
Sister Ann Berendes, IHM
Parish Social Ministry Director
Associate Director of Parish Social Ministry
Director of Music Ministries
Help Wanted: Service Announcements
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 email@example.com. St. Zita felt like she could not possibly wash one more window or dust one more piece of furniture, she imagined she was doing her work for God and suddenly the housework wasn’t so boring anymore. Pray to St. Zita for the energy and patience to help with chores.
Outreach Volunteers Wanted: Now that the Outreach Offices of Alex Finta and Sister Ann, are on the second floor of The Barn, the bell can not be heard when it is rung. We do not want people to turn away thinking that we are not here. We have a few volunteers but not nearly enough to fully act as receptionists. What qualifications are needed? A willingness to answer the phone, take messages, make appointments and wear a very welcoming expression on your face! What do you have to do to apply? Register for the Virtus training, fill out a background paper provided from us and have your picture taken by Michael Walsh! Easy? Of course. When needed? Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 10 until noon (one day is sufficient;) Or, Wednesday or Friday from 1 until 3 p.m. We are hoping that we might be able to have two people at a time—just so that they could have company. Can you give us 2 hours a week? If you can help, please call Sister Ann at 631.874.5654, ext 119. If Sister is not available, please leave a message and she will return your call. Thank you and God bless you.
Catholicism Initiation Assistants: Can you join the journey? As you can see, new groups are forming for the Christian initiation of adults and children. We are looking for men and women of our parish to accompany those who are seeking to become Catholic and complete their initiation. For more information, contact Suzan Fitzpatrick at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Parish Office at 631.878.0009.
Are you a used-car salesman? The Street Ministry is looking for a used van/box truck that would help us to better serve our parishioners in need. The van would need to be in working condition. It would not be used for any kind of passenger transport. Have an idea? Know someone? Want to give the church a van/box truck? Contact Alex Finta, Associate Director of Parish Social Ministry at 631.878.0009 or email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.