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

What's Happening @ SJE

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time: September 15

“Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.” Luke 15:6

9/15 Bulletin     9/8 Bulletin

9/15 - CVA Letters From Bishop Barres: : English : Spanish

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“Save Time and Donate Online!” Online Giving is now available for parishioners with WeShare, an easy and convenient way to save time and support the church. Donating is simple, safe and completely secure. With WeShare, you can set up a recurring weekly or monthly transaction using your checking, savings, or credit card account. You can decide how much to give to any collection and make changes any time, day or night. Plus, you can leave your checkbook at home on Sundays. In the coming weeks, we’ll also be allowing our Religious Education parents to make payments on the site and will be promoting a number of church events. Be on the lookout for those announcements. If you would like to enroll in Online Giving, please visit If you have any questions or concerns about the program or would like help setting up your account, please call our parish office at 631.878.0009. "Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you." - Luke 6:38


Mass & Worship Announcements

Notice: On September 16, 23 and 30, the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will conclude at 5:45/6:00 p.m. as to allow everyone to attend the evening presentations in the Auditorium. The Chapel will remain open so if people wish to pray they are most welcome to do so. Thank you.

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 remains open to approximately 7 p.m. Take 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 – 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: Mondays: Midday Prayer at 3 p.m. Night Prayer at 8:45 p.m. Thursdays Midday Prayer is at noon and the evening Prayer – is at 4:45 p.m. Friday's morning prayer is at 8 a.m. and the midday prayer is at 11:45 a.m.

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: 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.

Confession Schedule: Days, Times, Locations

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Church Hours & Contact Info

Rectory (Parish office) hours (the Blue House on Ocean Avenue): Here is where you make appointments to meet with our priests, pick up a mass card, drop off materials and it's usually a good “first stop” 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 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.

Mass Schedule of Intentions

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Faith Formation Information

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.

Online Payment System: Our new, safe, secure online payment system is up and running. To make a payment for Faith Formation classes, confirmation, religious education or any other Faith Formation event - please follow this link.

Confirmation “ACTS 1:8” Program Session II: “Outward Signs: The Mass & The Sacraments” Group B (Last Name M-Z): Sunday, 9/22— 5:30 PM Mass—8:30PM *Sunday Sessions begin with 5:30 PM Mass in the Church Group A (Last Name A-L): Wednesday, 9/25 from 7:00 PM-8:30 PM Parent Sign-In / Sign-Out in Main Lobby of the school.

Catechists Still Needed: We currently need catechists for the following days/ times: Level 1 (10 AM-11 AM, Saturdays) Heritage Class (Grades 3-6) (10 AM-11 AM, Saturdays) , Level 6 (4:45-5:45 PM, Mondays) Can’t make a weekly commitment? Join our sub list! Contact Michelle at 631.878.0009, ext. 123 or via email:

Confirmation “Acts 1:8” Program: Diving deeper into the ways the Holy Spirit works in our lives, our 2019 Confirmation Candidates and their parents participated in the “1:8” Kick-Offs last month. We begin our Sunday/Wednesday sessions the week of September 15. The next sessions are below: Session II: “Epic Story: God’s Plan for Our Lives” Group A (Last Name A-L): Sunday, 9/15—5:30 PM Mass—8:30 PM *Sunday Sessions begin with 5:30 PM Mass in the Church / Parent Sign-Out in the Main Lobby of the School at 8:30 PM Group B (Last Name M-Z): Wednesday, 9/18—7:00 PM-8:30 PM *Parent Sign-In / Sign-Out in Main Lobby of the school.

Level 7 Facilitators Needed! Life changers needed!!! Can you take some time to change life of a young person? Can you walk with young people in our parish on the journey of Confirmation? Can you give up some time in your life to make the life of a young person better? We are looking for parishioners to offer their time and presence in working with the students who have recently applied to our Confirmation program! Listen to what our seventh graders are looking for: “Praying more would be good for me to get closer to Christ and my church because I can communicate with God more.” “I believe by me keeping Jesus in my life will help guide me through life a little easier.” “Beginning the journey to confirmation is a big responsibility and I think it will be a time for me to do more” “I need to be better about strengthening my faith and my relationship with God and Jesus. One of the biggest ways I can do this is by praying. My mom tells me that praying is like having a conversation with God.“

Do you know who they need? Our Level 7 students need you! Sign up today! Contact Michelle Pirraglia in our Faith Formation Office for more details – 631.878.0009 or email to

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 For adults who desire more information, contact Father John at 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 or call at 631.878.0009.

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

Faith Formation Payments

OLQA enrollment flyer

More Faith Formation Information

Confirmation Forms

Our Lady Queen Of Apostles Regional Catholic School

2 St. John Place, Center Moriches, NY. 631.878.1033. - on the SJE campus

Classes began this week at the Catholic School in Center Moriches. These scenes capture the first day of school as students entered the school for the first time this year, gathered in prayer, met their teachers and started working! While many of our classes have waiting lists, there a few open seats in a few of our levels. For more information, please contact us at 631.878.1033 or email to

OLQA enrollment flyer     

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

This Week @ SJE: News & Events

3rd Annual third annual Spirit Day

Our third 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.

OLQA enrollment flyer

Spirit Day Sponsors - 9/9

'Thank You' Again to our 2019 Spirit Day Sponsors! Without your help we could not have had such a wonderful day!

Angelo and Lillian Rollo • Antonia Flaherty Realtors • Baby Moon Restaurant • Bridgehampton National Bank • Center Moriches Veterinary Hospital • Crossfit Kryptonite • Dammayer Construction Company • Deo Cards/Prabhu Cards and Gift, Inc. • DunRite Appliance Co., Inc. • East End Kids Academy • East End Plaza Deli • Electrical Technology Inc. • Enes Carnesecca and Jerry Frunzi • Environmental Assessment and Remediations • Friends of the Waterways • Gerald and Gracemarie Whitfield • Grammas Consultants • John and Helen May and Family • John and Joseph Perno and Family • Law Office of Elizabeth Harrington • Lenny Bruno Farms • Lillian's Hair Studio • Lund Valve Testing • M and M Travel • Matt and Kelly - The Pomara Family • Moloney-Sinnicksons Funeral Home • Moriches Bay Realty • Mr. and Mrs. James Lapham • Out East Therapy of NY • Paul's Lawn and Landscape and Christmas Tree Farm • Pinto Pools • Plum Cottage Interior Design • ProFlame Inc. • Queen of All Hearts K of C • Rico's Clothinig • RJ Beverage • Roy Probeyahn and Sons • Shirley Auto Body • SJE Ministry of Consolation • Swezey Fuel Company • The Bente Family • The Church Bulletin Company • The McKeon Family • The Murray Family • The Parks Family • The Plona Family • The Spellman Family • The Sureau Family • Twin Ponds Cabinetry • Wesche Funeral Home, Inc

"The Sound of Music and Dancing and Teaching" - 9/15

The father in today's Gospel is searching. He is looking for his long lost son. He “caught sight of him”, which implies he was looking. He got a glimpse. He ran to him and pulled him in. I first heard this reflection on the Parable of the Prodigal Son from Pope Francis but have since seen many commentators and spiritual writers — before and after him — build on this idea. Like the father in the parable, God is constantly on the lookout for us, even from the beginning (take a read in Genesis 3). More.

Summer Appeal at Work - 9/15

Consider donating online to SJEThis week, work began on the Convent driveway. The first phase is done and the projects will be completed early next week. Work will begin this week on repairing and extending parking by the Barn building. These projects would never be able to be completed without your support of the 2019 Summer Appeal. Thank you! Did you receive our Summer Appeal Mailing? If so, please consider supporting the ongoing work of SJE! Return your envelope or make your offering at

The divine Office (The Liturgy of the Hours) - 9/15

“It’s beautiful, but I’m tired.” True! This prayer of praise is rooted in the psalms, and if you pray all five hours for four weeks, you go through almost all 150 psalms. The psalms are beautiful because they reflect the variety moods of our life: happiness, anger, sadness, praise, gratitude…you get the point. For most of the hours we begin with this line, “God, come to my assistance. Lord, make haste to help me.” I find this line incredibly beautiful because it often sums up how I am feeling, and it recognizes at the beginning of prayer that I need God and I can’t do this on my own. As for feeling tired, I’m with you, but this is the great thing about this prayer. There are five times you can pray with it throughout the day, and you don’t have to do all five. Maybe all you have is 10-15 minutes at lunchtime. Well, that sounds like a great time to pray afternoon prayer. And if you fall asleep while praying, that sounds like a great invitation to rest with God

We pray the Liturgy of the Hours:

  • Sunday evening prayer: after the 5:30 p.m. mass – Our Lady’s Chapel
  • Monday daytime prayer: 3 p.m. – Seton Chapel
  • Monday night prayer: 8:45 p.m. – Seton Chapel
  • Thursday daytime prayer: 1 p.m. – Seton Chapel
  • Thursday evening prayer: 4:45 p.m. – Seton Chapel
  • Friday morning prayer: 8 a.m. – Seton Chapel
  • Friday daytime prayer:11:30 a.m. -Seton Chapel
  • Saturday evening prayer: after the 5 p.m. mass—Our Lady’s Chapel.

Hospitality Ministry - 9/15

SJE is looking to form a hospitality ministry. This ministry will coordinate – no be present at or do – all of our hospitality events and make sure we have enough supplies, volunteers, etc. for hospitality events in the parish! Think you might be interested? Have that great organizing spirit? Love for things to look “just right”? Then this is the ministry for you! Reach out to Fr. John at or leave a message at 631.878.0009. We hope to get things off the grounds this September.

Do you want to be Catholic? Or Baptized?

Do you want to be Catholic? Do you want to be baptized? Were you baptized into another Christian faith but now want to join the Catholic Church? Then the RCIA is for you! The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the Church’s process for adult women and men who want to join the Catholic Church. It involves learning about the Catholic faith, sharing faith with others and participating in the life of the Church. If you want to learn more, leave a message in the Rectory (631.878.0009) or e-mail to We will be putting together our next RCIA group in the weeks ahead! “In the sacraments of Christian initiation we are freed from the power of darkness and joined to Christ’s death, burial and resurrection.” - Christian Initiation, 1.

10th Annual Golf Outing - 10/1

Rock Hill Country Club - Manorville, NY. 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) Dinner only- $50 Registration– 11:30 AM Lunch/Open Driving Range– 12 PM Shotgun Start– 1:30 p.m. Cocktails at 5 p.m. Buffet dinner and open bar at 6 p.m.

Thursday PM Youth Group - 9/19

youth group flyer

Altar Society - 9/15

Do you love to iron? Do great things with a can of starch? Love laundry? Then, the Altar Society might be for you! Each week, members of the altar society serve the Church by taking care of the linens used for the Celebration of the Eucharist. They take them from the Sacristy, care for them, wash and launder them, iron them and then return them to the Sacristy for the weekend ahead. If you think this might be one way you can offer your gifts to the life of the Church, contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or email to

Senior Ministry News

Bereavement will begin on September 25th so that (hopefully) the Convent driveway will be paved. The driveway will be widened to provide parking spaces so that no one will have to park on the grass. We do have an underground sprinkling system and some of the heads are where people have been parking. You can also park in the rectory parking lot and walk around. We all need to walk more! After school is over the gates are open to the large parking lot and it is available; sometimes when it is raining the gates are not closed.

T’ai chi is on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. and is primarily for those of us who have a balancing problem. It only lasts about 45 minutes and is finished on time for those who attend the 12 noon mass.

I just made arrangements for a Theatre Party to attend Becky’s New Car at St. Joseph’s Clare Rose Playhouse on October 4th. If anyone else is interested in attending any of the plays or have a group for a theatre party, I will be glad to call to make arrangements for you.

I have been trying to visit some of our “seniors” in their homes just to get to know you for a friendly visit. I always call in advance so don’t worry that I’ll catch you unexpectedly. I don’t want anything; I just want to know more than a face in Church. Please call me if you’d like me to stop by (before I call you!!) God bless you!

Sisters of IHM

Congratulations! Once again many of you have helped us to raise funds for our retired and ill Sisters. This year, with the help of generous people like you, we were able to raise $143,000 for our Retirement Fund. We are so grateful for those who were able to help us in the past and sincerely hope you faithful friends and relatives can help us again this year. This past year 194 Sisters and friends helped us sell Silver Circle Memberships which resulted in this extraordinary total. Again, congratulations and THANK YOU!

If you cannot help us yourself with the $25 per membership, perhaps you can find someone(s) to share the cost with you. Each month from October through June, on the third Wednesday of the month (FIRST DRAWING IS October 16th), a drawing is held in which you have more than 30 chances to win from $50 through $1000. The winning tickets are returned to the barrel, so it is possible to win in another month also. In total, over the course of the year, there are 324 chance to win. Not bad!

BONUS: Members are remembered in a monthly Mass for our benefactors and will share in the daily works and prayers of all the IHM Sisters. How do you join? • You can contact Sister Ann Berendes Monday through Thursday from 9:00 – 3:00 at 631.878.0009 ext. 127. If I happen to be out of the Office, please leave your name and phone number and will return your call ASAP • Sunday I will be at the 10:30 Mass and you may see me after Mass in the Gathering Space • I usually always attend the 7:00 a.m. Mass and you may see me in the Gathering Space after Mass • I attend Adoration on Mondays and Thursday from 4:00—5:00 so I can be available after 5:00 by the front door of the Convent. PLEASE KNOW HOW GRATEFUL WE ARE FOR ALL THAT YOU DO FOR US.

Preparation for Sunday readings: Friday mornings at 9 a.m. in the IHM room in the convent.

Bereavement: Wednesdays at 10 a.m. in the IHM room in the convent.

T’ai Chi Che: Tuesdays, 11 a.m. in the convent.

The St. Genesius Guild - 9/15

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 new members for the 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. Interested? Want to learn more? Contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or email to

Medical Consultation Ministry - 9/15

Parish Social Ministry is in the beginning stages of creating a Medical Consultation Ministry. If you have experience working in a health-related field as a caregiver or in a supporting role and would like to be a part of this ministry, please reach out to Alex Finta or 631.878.0009 ext. 119.

Sacrament of Reconciliation - 9/15

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.

First Friday Devotions - 10/4

The tradition of First Friday is part of the larger devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Catholic Church. While the context for the start of First Friday devotions is different than our times today (this originated in the 1600s and 1700s), I think there is a value to our focus, particularly on First Fridays. On First Friday—including this upcoming Friday:

  • We will pray prayers and the Litany to the Sacred Heart after the 7 a.m. and noon masses and at 6:30 p.m.
  • The East End Holy Hour will be held.
  • The opportunity to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation will continue to be offered after the 7 a.m. and noon masses and around the East End Holy Hour.
  • Let’s pray that for those who are able and so desire, this devotion may inspire a deeper conversion to the ways of the Lord. We also offer additional time for Eucharistic Exposition in Seton Chapel from 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. (taking place in between our two daily Masses).

Chefs/Volunteers needed - 9/19

Every Thursday night. Set up begins at 5:45 p.m. at the convent. At 6:45 p.m. vans leave SJE and return around 8:45 p.m. We are now making two stops so we need more volunteers! If you’re interested in cooking a tray of food or going out with the van please contact Alex Finta ( or 631.878.0009 ext. 119.)

Praying For And Ministering To The Sick - 9/15

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

The Children’s Liturgy of The Word - TBA

Dear Parish Families, We hope that you have enjoyed all the beauty and relaxation that Summer offers us! The Children’s Liturgy of The Word is preparing to kick off our new season and we are excited to welcome back the children of the parish! Stay tuned to the bulletin for our comeback date. In the meantime, if you or anyone you know is interested in joining this rewarding ministry, please email Deana Ditta at Teens volunteers welcome!

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 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:

Montauk Retreat

Thursday, September 26, 2019 Come Celebrate Our Lady with the Legion of Mary and Friends @ St. Therese of Lisieux Church in Montauk, New York 11:00 AM—Daytime Prayer 11:30 AM—Holy Mass 12:30 PM—Rosary Presentation: “Mary Our Mother” w/ Fr. Felix Akpabio 1:30 PM—Lunch and linger: George’s Lighthouse Café. Leaves at 8:30 AM Carpool from St. John the Evangelist Church—Center Moriches, NY (Montauk Hwy. side) Call 631-878-5872 to RSVP attendance. All are welcome.

Women's Group

Call for exact dates! 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.

'Ernie’s Place' Food Pantry

Ernie’s Place (Food Pantry) is open on Mondays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and then 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, iInstant potatoes
small jelly (grape), small mayonnaise, boxed mashed potatoes, cooking oil, soup, Ramen noodles, cereal, canned foods and meats, toilet paper. Thank you for your continued generosity. Remember this list when you go shopping. The Thrift Shop is open on Wednesday from 9 a.m. - noon.

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Join The SJE Parish - 9/15

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 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.

Street Ministry - 9/15

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: Travel Shampoo + Shaving Cream + Women’s Socks Men’s Socks + Women’s Deodorant .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 or Alex Finta at or 631.878.0009 ext. 119.

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Special Notices: 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 or call 631.878.0009 ext. 119.

Family Life Ministry Events - 9/15 & 9/29

September 15: Sandwich Making Day Meet in the Auditorium after 9am Mass (approximately 10 am) for another Sandwich Day. Please bring your family and help make sandwiches for those less fortunate. You may bring cold cuts or peanut butter & Jelly, and bread. Can’t participate but want to help? Family Life Ministry will accept any donations of sliced bread, plastic knives, gloves, table cloths, plastic sandwich bags and PB and jelly. Feel free to either bring it on that day or in advance to the parish office in a box that clearly states Family Life Ministry.

September 29: Hosting Appreciation Reception to Honor Correctional Officers, First Responders and Law Enforcement: Family Life Ministry will be hosting a reception after 9 a.m. mass. Seeking donations of juice, paper goods, tea, coffee, breakfast foods/muffins. All are welcome to help us honor our fellow parishioners that serve others and help protect us each day. Please contact Linda Filosa at 631.559.7227 or email for more information. Please contact Linda Filosa at 631.559.7227 or email for more information.

October 4: Blessing of the Animals: Time: To Be Determined. On the day of the blessing, Family Life will host a table of refreshments and goodies for pets. Starting Sept 15th, there will be boxes located at the Church entrances for donations to be collected and sent to local No Kill Shelters, KENT and SAVES. * Blankets and towels can be new or used, Purina cat chow, Purina kitten chow, any type of canned cat food, any type of kitten food, any type of canned dog food, paper towels, garbage bags (13 gal or 45 gal), dish detergent, laundry detergent, bleach, Clorox wipes, hand wipes, sponges. Please contact Linda Filosa at 631.559.7227 or email for more information.

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Mondays in September - 9/16, 9/23, 9/30

All are invited and welcome to join us! Mondays in September (September 16, 23 and 30) at 7 p.m. in the church auditorium.

Last week, all were asked to take a free copy of Bishop Barron’s Letter to a Suffering Church (Don’t worry. Extra copies are still available in the Parish Office and at the doors of the Church.) During the month of September, we will gather to break open the main ideas of these books with various leaders of our parish and church. It promises to be a thought provoking and Spirit awakening time for our parish. PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO READ THE BOOK AND ATTEND THE MONDAY NIGHT SESSIONS.

  • Monday, September 16: Words and Light from Scripture Fr. Jacob Onyumbe Professor, John Paul II Regional Major Seminary of the Kasai and at Notre Dame University of Tshumbe.
  • Monday, September 23: We’ve Been Here Before Fr. Michael Plona Associate Pastor, St. John the Evangelist
  • Monday, September 30: Why Stay? Going Forward Together Sister Helen Kearney, CSJ President Sisters of St. Joseph, Brentwood, NY You do not need to attend all of the sessions if your schedule does not allow it.

Youth Justice Corps - 9/15

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

Chicken Ministry - 9/15

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Parish Outreach - 9/15

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 - 9/15

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

BINGO - 9/13

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Memorial Cards - 9/15

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.

2020 Mass Book - 9/15

The Mass Book is open with opportunities for offering January 1 until June 21, 2020.

Available masses in the upcoming weeks include:

  • 7 a.m. Masses: September 26, October 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 25, 29, 30, 31.
  • 12 Noon Masses: September 20, October 1, 8, 9, 10, 17, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31.
  • Saturday 8 a.m. Masses: September 28, October 12.
  • Spanish Evening Masses (7:30 p.m.): September 17, 24, October 1, 5, 8, 15, 22, 26, 29.

Upcoming Faith Formation Workshops - 9/17

Human Dignity for Catechists and Catechetical Leaders: September 17, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at St. Rosalie in Hampton Bays. Visit for more information.

Diocesan Training - 9/30, 10/2, or 11/9

Monday, September 30 from 7 - 10 p.m. or Saturday, November 9 from 1 - 4:30 p.m. at St. Rosalie, Hampton Bays Wednesday, or October 2 from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m at St. Elizabeth, Melville.

Light the Way of the Saints - 9/15

You may have noticed that the candles have been re-installed next to the statues of the Blessed Mother, St. Joseph, St. Teresa, St. Gerard Majella and the Sacred Heart of Jesus. They bring a certain light to the statues and, hopefully, inspire some deeper times of prayer and reflection. We can use some support and keeping those candles lit. We invite parishioner to make an offering for a candle, perhaps near a particular saint of significance for you. Reference of the offering will be included in the bulletin where we acknowledge offerings of bread and wine. To make an offering, visit or contact the Parish Office. Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us! Our Lady Queen of Apostles, pray for us! St. Joseph, pray for us! St. Therese Liseux, pray for us! St. Gerard Majella, pray for us!

Stewardship - 9/15

Sunday 9/8/19: $15,342 (2018: $14,735)
Catholic University of America: $1,447 (2018: $1,287)

Do you ever think about a favorite Pastor or Parish Priest and wonder how they are and where they may be living? Well, for our Senior Priests who are living at St. Pius X Enriched Living Facility in Amityville, life is good and sometimes very busy. Even in retirement our senior priests retain roles as our shepherds, and St. Pius X enables these dedicated men who live there to be fully engaged members of the community. “Still on duty,” they serve as our teachers, counselors, and spiritual leaders. The special collection for retired priests living at St. Pius X Enriched Living Facility will take place next weekend. Please be as generous as possible! Thank You! Visit for more information

Music Ministry - 9/15

Hymns for this week:
#758 - Lord of All Hopefulness
#800 - Seek Ye First
#1031 - Taste and See
#757 - Amazing Grace

Music Events coming up: SJE Is thrilled to have the return of the RED DOOR CHAMBER PLAYERS on September 22nd at 3pm in the Church!

Andrew McKeon, Director of Music Ministries.
Sister Ann Berendes IHM.
Tess Austin.
Stephanie Lengyel.

Adult Choir: Practice Tuesdays at 7 p.m. (please contact Andrew )
Children’s Choir: Practice Tuesdays at 6 p.m. (please contact Stephanie)
5:30 p.m. Mass Band: Practice Sundays at 4 p.m. (please contact Tess)

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

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time - 9/22

Reading I: Amos 8:4-7 The Lord will forget nothing that the wicked do.
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 113:1-2, 4-6, 7-8
Second Reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-8 Pray often, free of anger or dissension
Gospel: Luke 16:1-13 or Luke 16:10-13 Parable of the wise manager.

Discussion Questions

1. Israel’s covenant mandated love of the neighbor. Was it on a collision course with the people’s behavior in this reading? What drives people to be oppressive and exploitive? Is money evil, or is it the love of money that is—to the exclusion of everything else, including love of neighbor? Give examples from today

2. Paul was appointed preacher and apostle to take the Good News to the Gentiles. Can you take such a message beyond the sphere of the Church?

3. Was the unjust steward dishonest or just clever? How would the kingdom of God benefit if you were more resourceful on its behalf here on earth? Can you think of a way you can be more resourceful or more clever in your spiritual life?

Readings: Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time - 9/15

Reading I: Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14. Moses intercedes for Israel and diverts the wrath of God.
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19.
Second Reading: 1 Timothy 1:12-17. The mercy Paul has received is a sign for all.
Gospel: Luke 15:1-32 or Luke 15:1-10. Parable of the prodigal son.

Discussion Questions

1. God was faithful to the covenant even though the Israelites were not. How does that relate to you? Could anything change your understanding that God loved you into being and loves you more than you could ever ask or imagine?

2. Paul goes from foremost sinner to foremost preacher. How does his conversion demonstrate God’s forgiveness and mercy? Is God patient today with whole countries? With the Church? With you?

3. In the story of the prodigal son we hear that “While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him and was filled with compassion. He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him.” Was the father thinking about the son everyday and waiting for him to come home? Was the son thinking “warm bed and food” or sorrow, having hurt his father? Does the father’s forgiveness depend on the son’s repentance? Why would Jesus tell us this parable?

Newly-Baptized - 9/15

Our Newly Baptized: Michael Andrew Chropofka, Mallory Katie Ferrara, Mia Isabel Nieves

Are You Having a Child? And thinking '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 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 second Sunday of each month. You will select this date at your initial meeting.

Newly-Married - 9/15

Recently Married: Robert Logan and Brenda Southard, Patrick Turner and Samantha Millwich, Jerry Rodriguez and Hayley Galdamez, Sean Macarthur and Jessica Fleury, Luis Velez and Alyssa DiMartino.

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 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 - 9/15

Entrance antiphon, recent funeral masses: Mary Beth Miller, Rosemary Quaglino.

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

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 one's name placed under Prayers for the Sick, please call the rectory at 631.878.0009 or email Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them.

We Pray For The sick - 9/15

“In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials…” - 1 Peter 1:6.

Frank Kollman, Joseph LaRosa, Jennifer Schneider, Joanne Gatto, Karen Walsh, Alan Hernandez, Joan Reichel, Sal DiPrimo, Jennifer Lynn Jankesh.

We Pray for our Military - 9/15

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've returned.

  • U.S. Army: Sgt. Justin Sikorski, PVT Bailey Meyer, PVT Sean Casey, SGT Daniel Smith, SPC Justin Daisy, SPC Olivia Cordero, PVT Jahdeba Williams, PVT Joseph Cestare.
  • 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

St. John's Pastoral Team

Reverend John Sureau, Pastor
Principal - OLQA

Reverend Felix Akpabio
Parochial Vicar

Reverend Michael Plona
Parochial Vicar

Deacon John Pettorino

Sister Ann Berendes, IHM
Parish Social Ministry Director

Alex Finta
Associate Director of Parish Social Ministry

Andrew McKeon
Director of Music Ministries

Michelle Pirraglia
Director of Faith Formation

Katie Waller
Business Manager

Help Wanted: Service Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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