St. John The Evangelist
R.C. Church, Center Moriches, N.Y.
What's Happening @ SJE
Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time: September 23
“If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.” Mark 9:35
The New St. John's
Like & Follow SJE on Facebook
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 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.
Church Hours & Contact Information
Parish office hours (Blue House): 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.
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.
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. - 5 p.m.*
Confirmation “1:8” program: For our 9th grade students making their confirmation this October 2018, our confirmation prep program will continue next week. The next session dates are below:
Session II: “Epic Story: God’s Plan for Our Lives” Group A (Last Name A-K): Sunday, 9/23 at 5:30 p.m. mass until 8:30 p.m. *Sunday Sessions begin with 5:30 p.m. mass in the church. Parent sign-out in the main mobby of the school at 8:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact us at: email@example.com.
Session III: “Outward Signs: The mass and the Sacraments” Group B (Last Name L-Z): Sunday, 9/23 at 5:30 p.m. Mass at 8:30 p.m. *Sunday sessions begin with 5:30 p.m. mass in the church / parent sign-out in the main lobby of the school at 8:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catechist Gather: Calling all Catechists - We will be meeting for some food, fellowship and practical aspects during our first gathering of the academic year this Thursday, September 27 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.
Home study book pickup: For those students on home study in Levels 4-8, our parent meeting/book pickup will be held on two separate days and times. Please have a parent/guardian come to one of the following: Monday, September 17 at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium OR Saturday, September 22 at 10 a.m. in the auditorium. A parent/guardian must be present to pick up their child’s workbook, and books will only be given out at these parent meetings, so be sure to mark your calendar. For those with students in a class, your children will receive their book in class when they begin on October 13.
Registration for new students: Late registration is underway: St. John the Evangelist’s Faith Formation program serves our parish youth, beginning in First Grade, and their families as they grow in faith and prepare for the Sacraments. Those who are entering Grade 1, as well as those with children who may not have been in religious education for a while, are welcome to register from now. Please note that formation for all Level 1 and 2 students is done in-parish in a classroom setting (no home study). To register in our Faith Formation program, please bring a copy of the child’s baptismal certificate (or a copy of their birth certificate if they were not baptized). If your child is already in our program, their 2018-19 registration info has been sent in the mail. If you do not receive this mailing please contact our office. Please also be sure that you are a registered member with our parish. If you aren't already, please contact the rectory at 631.878.0009. Spanish translators needed.
RCIC: Rite of Acceptance: Are you an adult interested in receiving the sacrament of Confirmation? If you are a baptized Catholic, but have not been fully initiated, we offer a process for those who desire to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. For adults who desire more information, contact Suzan Fitzpatrick at email@example.com. For teenagers and their families who desire more information, contact the Faith Formation Office at 631.878.0009, ext. 170 or email to firstname.lastname@example.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 Still Needed: We had a tremendous response following our request for more catechists this summer—We have nearly 20 new volunteer catechists! Thank you to all who responded! However, we are still in need of catechists: Level 7 on Mondays at 7:15 p.m. and co-teachers/aides needed for Tuesdays at 7:15! Can’t make a weekly commitment? Join our sub list! Please contact Michelle at 631.878.4141 or via email: email@example.com.
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
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 631.878.0009, ext. 5.
- Letter To The Pastor
- Saint Report
- Service Report
- Sponsor Form (Generic)
- Candidate Covenant
- Confirmation Information Sheet
Faith Formation Payment Options
This Week @ SJE: News & Events
Blood Drive - 9/21
Parish Social Ministry SJE blood drive this Friday, September 21 from 4 p.m .- 8:30 p.m. in the St. John’s Parish auditorium. We appreciate all your help, but there are still shortages. Call Kevin Both at 631.878.4945 for more info.
A 'Spirit Day' Thank you to everyone!
Our second annual Spirit Day was a great success! Thanks to all did so much to prepare, set up, organize, carry out, celebrate and clean up throughout the day! For more photos from Spirit Day visit St. John’s Facebook page— Welcome Home St. John the Evangelist.
The SJE community wished to that this year's Spirit Day Sponsors
Above All Fence + Angelo and Lillian Rollo + Baby Moon Restaurant + Bay Gardens + Center Moriches Veterinary Hospital + Century 21 Cor-Ace Realty, Inc. + Crossfit Kryptonite + Dammeyer Construction Company + Desi Masonry Products + Dun Rite Appliance Company + East End Sign Design + Environmental Assessment and Remediations + Jet Sanitation Service Corps + Law Office of Elizabeth Harrington + Lillian's Hair Studio + Moriches Bay Deli + Moriches Bay Diner + Moriches Bay Realty + Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith + Mrs. Rose Bente + Out East Therapy of NY + ProFlame Inc. + REP Electric + Rico's Clothing + Roy Probeyahn and Sons + Swezey Fuel Company + The Garzero Family + The Sureau Family. All State Center Moriches, Annette Eaderesto, Bridgehampton National Bank, CORE BTS, Enes Carnesecca and Jerry Frunzi, Grammas Consultants, John and Helen May and Family, John and Joseph Perno and Family, Matt and Kelly - The Pomara Family, Megatom Pools and Spas, Plum Cottage Interior Design, ProFlame Inc., Queen of All Hearts K of C, SJE Ministry of Consolation, The Lapham Family, The Matthews Family, The Parks Family and Twin Ponds Cabinetry.Center Moriches Fire Department, Lund Valve Testing, M & M Travel, Pinto Pools, REP Electric, Swezey Fuel Company
Community Meal - 9/24
St. John the Evangelist Community Meal: Join us on Monday, September 24 at St. John the Evangelist Church in Center Moriches. Come to the Red Barn, which is between OLQA (school build-ing) and the white house on Ocean Avenue.
Child Protection and Virtus Training - 9/25 and 9/27
September 25 in the auditorium at 7 p.m. and September 27 in the Red Barn at 3 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.
BINGO - 9/28
Every Friday begining this Friday - September 28 at the Knights of Columbus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. (First game 7:30 p.m.) $2000 in prizes!
Mass Books For 2019
Mass book for 2019: Those wishing to have a mass said for a loved one may stop by the rectory. Available masses in the upcoming weeks include: 7 a.m. masses on October 2, 4, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31. Noon masses: on October 31 at Saturday 8 a.m. and mass on October 20.
Fall Adult Faith Formation classes - 10/10
Please join us for our Fall Adult Faith Formation course on Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, “Rejoice and Be Glad”. The class will meet in the Seton Chapel on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. There will be a one-time free-will offering of $20 to cover the cost of the document. The topic is wonderful for parishioners of all ages, so bring a friend! For more details, contact Joe at email@example.com or 631.878.0009 x113.
Class Sessions: October 10, October 17, October 24, November 7, November 14.
From The Seminarian’s Desk - 9/23
The beginning of the school year is always a good time to reflect on new beginnings and markers of growth. I have been reminded countless times that this September is the first time in my life that I do not need to report to school as a student. Despite this, learning is life-long and continues even when not attending an academic program. Since coming to SJE nearly four months ago, there have been many of these moments of growth and learning, with many more to come! A very important way to learn is through the community. Each day, I learn from each of you. I learn how to serve. I learn how to council. I learn how to pray. My hope is that my learning is not selfish and you also learn from me (even if it is minimal).
One important way that we learn as a community is through our faith formation program. Please pray for the kids in the religious education program and OLQA as they resume their studies and Christian formation. I would also like to take this opportunity to invite everyone in the parish (and beyond) to our faith formation course on Pope Francis’ recent letter, “Rejoice and Be Glad”. These classes will begin in October and will focus on our community and our call to holiness. Stay tuned for more details!
Please continue to pray for me as I pray for you daily.
God Bless, Joe
Healthy Sundays - 9/22
Thrift Shop Volunteers - 9/24
Thrift shop volunteers needed every Monday and Wednesday morning (9 a.m. - noon) our thrift shop volunteers are hard at work, dedicated to providing quality clothing and items at an inexpensive price. If you would like to help out and join a welcoming community, please reach out to Alex Finta at 631.878.0009 ext. 119 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Join Father Plona On Pilgrimage - 12/8 - 12/13
Join our own Father Michael Plona on pilgrimage to Mexico City and Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine. December 8 through December 13, 2018. $2,099 per person based on double occupancy includes air from JFK, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Two days at the Shrine of Guadalupe including the beautiful 'Mass of the Roses' on December 12. http://www.pilgrimages.com/mandmtravel/mexico2/index.htm. For a flier, more information or to book visit the web site above or call Cathie or Mike Milano at 631.569.2620. Space is limited.
Extraordinary Ministers needed - 9/23
We need and want you! SJE is recruiting new readers and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion. “In every celebration of the Eucharist, there should be a sufficient number of ministers of Holy Communion so that it may be distributed in a reverent and orderly manner.” General Instruction of the Roman Missal 162 Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist the priest and deacon at mass. At St. John’s Extraordinary Ministers serve at Sunday liturgies and, when possible, daily liturgy. For Sunday liturgies, ministers are scheduled according to their availability and the needs of the parish.
How Do I Become an Extraordinary Minister?
1. You must send a letter to Fr. John at the Parish Office or email to email@example.com
2.You must meet with Fr. John for a brief meeting.
3.You must attend one of the diocesan training sessions. If you wish to also bring Holy Communion to the sick and homebound, you must attend a separate “Part B” training session.
“When the Sacred Scriptures are read in the Church, God himself speaks to his people, and Christ, present in his word, proclaims the Gospel.”General Instruction of the Roman Missal 29 Readers proclaim God’s Word at Sunday Masses, and if they are able at daily mass and other parish prayer services and events. For Sunday liturgies, ministers are scheduled according to their availability and the needs of the parish
How Do I Become a Reader?
1. You must contact Fr. John at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 631.878.0009
2. You must attend one of the diocesan training sessions
Saturday, October 6 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at St. Rosalie, Hampton Bays.
Monday, October 15 at 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. at St. Elizabeth, Melville.
Family Fun At Paint Night - 10/6
Absolutely no painting experience is needed! In just about two hours, a local artist will guide you through the painting so that you come up with your own unique masterpiece. At the end of the night, you will be amazed by what you created. We provide everything you will need: canvas, paints, and brushes. Keep your painting when you’re done! Sponsored by Cub Scout Pack 800. Saturday, October 6 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Our Lady Queen of Apostles school auditorium at St. Johns Place, Center Moriches. $15. Doors open at 6 p.m. * All children MUST be accompanied by an adult. Contact Theresa for tickets 631.335.8038 (tix sold until 10/1) Chinese auction and refreshments will be sold.
Altar Servers needed - 9/23
Our parish is in desperate need of new altar servers. Altar servers assist at masses, prayer services and sacramental celebrations. They are invaluable members of the parish community who contribute a great deal to parish life... and we’re working to have some more community building times as well! Altar servers need to be in fourth grade or above, should be attending Sunday mass and desire to get more involved in the life of the parish and the Church. We will begin training soon! If your child is interested, please leave a message for Fr. John at email@example.com or via phone at 631.878.0009.
SJE Street Ministry Donations - 9/23
The SJE Street Ministry could use the following Items: Baby wipes, piapers size 4 and 5, shaving cream, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, men’s underwear- Size 29/30, 32/34 and 36/38, women’s underwear- size 8/10, 12/14 and 16/18.
RCIA - 9/23
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 631.878.0009.
Recovery Mass - 10/12
October 12 at 7 p.m. St John the Evangelist RCC 25 Ocean Ave Center Moriches, NY 11934. Come experience a community of healing with others who are impacted by any type of addiction. Families are welcome! A reception, with resources to local agencies, will follow in the OLQA school cafeteria across the street from the church.
Senior Ministry - 9/23
Have you reached your sweet, golden years but still feel 10, 20, 30 years younger? How would you like to form a group to take a swift jet ride over the LI Sound to Mohegan Sun or Foxwoods with Sister Ann? I am suggesting a carpool to Orient Point to the ferry and from New London there are buses to either Mohegan Sun or to Foxwoods. We can pick a beautiful day during the week in September or October (before the weather gets too cold). I understand that there are plenty of things to do in either place besides the Casinos but there is less walking at Mohegan Sun. Never having been to either one, I am willing to take a chance! Do you really think I should go alone? I hope not! The total round trip for ferry walk-ons which includes the bus is $34. That’s not too bad for a pleasurable day. Mmany of us are suffering from lack of exercise and are experiencing stiffness. Would you like to be part of chair exercises and/or T’ai Chi Chih (Joy Through Movement)? It is often more fun and more conducive to doing exercises if you are in a group rather trying to do them by yourself. Want more information and a demonstration? Come to the meeting on Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the IHM room. Please give Sister Ann a call if you plan to come to the meeting at 631.878.0009 ext. 127 so that she is not alone and waiting for someone to show up. If you have any other ideas for SENIORS to do, please let me know so we can plan ahead. At anytime if you need a ride to come to a meeting, please call and Sister will arrange a ride for you. Just because you don’t drive, doesn’t mean you can not get here. As of this date we still have Sophia’s Circle (Wisdom Circle) which meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 10.00 a.m. and a Bereavement Support group scheduled at 4 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. I would like to change that time on Wednesday to 10 a.m., if that is better for most people. I can’t believe that with all of the funerals we’ve had, that there are not people who could use some support. Think about it! God bless all of you. Let us know how we can better serve you because you deserve it!
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament - 9/24
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 email@example.com or call at 631.878.0009.
New Alateen Meeting - 10/1
Alateen is for anyone, aged 12 through 18, who has been affected by someone else’s drinking or addiction. Two adult, trained members of Al-Anon are present at every meeting. Come learn healthy ways to deal with your loved one’s addiction in a safe and confidential environment. Meetings start on Monday - beginning October 1 at 7 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church 25 Ocean Ave., Center Moriches Meetings will take place upstairs in the RED BARN (in the parking lot of Our Lady Queen of Apostles School. Contact MondayCMAlateen@gmail.com for more information.
Senior Ministry - 9/27
If you have any ideas for seniors to do, please let me know so we can plan ahead. At anytime if you need a ride to come to a meeting, please call and Sister will arrange a ride for you. Just because you don’t drive, doesn’t mean you can not get here. As of this date we still have Sophia’s Circle (Wisdom Circle) which meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 10 a.m. and a Bereavement Support group scheduled at 4:00 Wednesday afternoon. I would like to change that time on Wednesday to 10 a.m., if that is better for most people. I can’t believe that with all of the funerals we’ve had, that there are not people who could use some support. Think about it! God bless all of you. Let us know how we can better serve you because YOU DESERVE IT!
Interested in Being Baptized? - 9/23
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.
Sacrament of Reconciliation - 9/23
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 - 9/23
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. There are many ways to support this event; purchase a tee sign for $100 or a pin flag for $250. Come play 18 holes of golf with lunch and dinner included for only $150.00, or just attend the dinner for $50. There are other forms of sponsorship as well. Visit our website for further details and registration information www.olqany.org or call the school office at 631.878.1033. We thank you in advance for your support.
Sponsorship: This year, the following sponsorships are available:
Premier/Dinner Sponsor: $2500 (Includes 1 golf foursome, 1 pin/flag sponsor)
Lunch Sponsor: $1000 (Includes 2 golfers, Signage at lunch)
Cocktail Sponsor: $500 (Includes 2 Dinner tickets)
Pin/Flag Sponsor: $250 (Flag displaying name on hole)
Tee Sign Sponsor: $100
Golfers-$150 per person (includes dinner)
Registration– 11:30 AM
Lunch/Open Driving Range–12 PM
Shotgun Start–1:30 PM
Buffet Dinner and Open Bar–6 PM
OLQA Early Childhood Program - 9/23
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. 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.
Church Cleaners Needed - 9/23
Do you like to clean? Love things neat? Can’t stand things out of place? Want everyone to shine and look good? 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. Thanks to those who have already responded. 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Youth Justice Corps - 9/23
"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 email@example.com . 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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
Prison Families Anonymous - 9/25
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 - 9/23
We have a limited number of SJE T-shirts, sweatshirts and hats remaining from Spirit Day. You can pick one up at the rectory during regular office hours. Great Christmas gifts for early shoppers. We also have normal 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 - 9/24 and 9/27
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.
Men's Prayer Group - 9/22
The Totus Tuus Men's Group needs you! We are looking for young men, bachelors, married men, older men and anyone somewhere in between. Join other men from your parish for coffee, lively discussion and applying our faith to real life to living our Catholic faith today. The Men's Group meets in the kitchen of the Convent (white house) every Saturday at 9 a.m. Hope to see you there! You’re invited! For more information, please contact Fr. Michael at email@example.com. See you there.
Calling All high School Students - 9/23
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@sjecm.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 - 9/23
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: masses on September 29. Spanish evening masses (7:30 p.m.) September 22, 25, 29.
Stewardship - 9/23
How can I repay the LORD for all the great good done for me? • Psalm 116:2. Sunday 9/16/18: $16,084 (2017: $15,425)
Parish Improvements: $1,328 (2017: $2,526)
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.
Readings: Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time - 9/30
Reading I: Numbers 11:25-29. The Lord bestows his spirit on seventy elders.
Responsorial Psalm: PS 19:8, 10, 12-13, 14
Second Reading: James 5:1-6. Harsh words for those who exploit others.
Gospel: Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48. If they are not against us, they are for us.
Readings: Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time - 9/23
Reading I: Wisdom 2:12, 17-20. The wicked put God to the test.
Responsorial Psalm: PS 54:3-4, 5, 6 and 8
Second Reading: James 3:16—4:3. Wisdom versus jealousy and strife.
Gospel: Mark 9:30-37. Jesus teaches that to rank first, disciples must serve all.
Scheduled Hymns for This week's Mass
Scheduled Hymns for 9/22 and 9/23
Entrance Hymn: #868, Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
Preparation Hymn: #1030, Alleluia! Sing to Jesus!
Communion Hymn: #1025, Take and Eat
Closing Hymn: #902, We Are Called
Remembering Our Loved ones - 9/23
Helping our Parish: altar bread and wine for the month - an offering of $150 is requested: Altar candles — $25 per week. “We have loved them during life, let us not abandon them in death” When we have a mass said in memory of a friend or loved one, we follow these words of St. Ambrose and perform one of the Spiritual works of Mercy. To have a mass said for a friend or relative, visit the Parish Office. Available masses in the upcoming weeks include: 7 a.m. masses: September 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27. October 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31. Noon masses: October 8, 9, 15, 16, 19, 22, 29, 30, 31. Saturday 8 a.m. masses: October 20. Spanish evening masses (7:30 p.m.): September 18, 22, 25, 29. October 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 27, 30.
Newly-Baptized - 9/23
Edison Emanuel Chicaiza, Nicolas Isai Gonzalez, Jayden Jose Perez. Lillabeth Rose Patrick, Kendall Marie Muratore, Alana Lee Niose
Newly-Married - 9/23
Brandon Schepps and Tina Ziegler.
We Remember - 9/23
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.
Entrance antiphon, funeral mass: John Gambina
We Pray For The sick - 9/23
Patricia Foley, Stephen Gaita, Stephen Schnell and JoAnn Brandi
We Pray for our Military - 9/23
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
- U.S. Air Force: SSgt. Jason M. Hermes, SRA Ryan Kerstiens, SRA Timothy Kerstiens, PFC Kyle Kerstiens
- U.S. Marine Corps: PFC Sean Brady, PFC Patrick Kimes, Lt. Col. Robert K. Maldonado, L Cpl. Quentin Montemarano, LCL Andrew Schlosberg, PVT Charles O'Connor.
- U.S. Navy: STGCS Brian Holzmacher, ET3 Jeremiah Nolan, Jr.
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 email@example.com.
St. John's Pastoral Team
Reverend John Sureau
Principal - OLQA
Reverend Felix Akpabio
Reverend Michael Plona
Deacon John Pettorino
Pastoral Year Seminarian
Sister Ann Berendes, IHM
Parish Social Ministry Director
Director of Youth Ministry
Associate Director of Parish Social Ministry
Director of Music Ministries
Director of Faith Formation
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 631.878.0009. Presently, we are seeking parishioners to remain in prayer. Please email to Fr. John at email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.