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

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: July 15, 2018

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 1:3

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Mass & Worship Announcements

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

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

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

Come and know God’s mercy: The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated every day after daily mass in the church. The sacrament is also celebrated in the church on Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. and from 7:00 to 7:15 p.m. (Spanish). Confessions are also heard on Sundays from 5 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

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

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

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

Mass Schedule of Intentions

Confession Schedule: Please read for new days, times, locations etc. as of 7/15/18.

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

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession): At St. John’s we celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation daily. During the week, we celebrate the sacrament after the 7 a.m. and noon masses. Generally, the priests will be in the IHM Meeting Room or the chapel area of the convent. He will wait or be around for 10 minutes after the last person has come. On Saturday and Sunday evenings, confession are heard in the Youth Ministry office (near the main entrance of the auditorium) or in the back of the auditorium itself. With all of our movements in these weeks, we don’t want to lose our commitment to and celebration of the sacrament of Reconciliation. (Of course, you can - and should - approach one of our parish priests whenever you want to celebrate the sacrament.)

Church Hours & Contact Information

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

Phone numbers: 631.878.0009. Fax: 631.874.2466.


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

Office hours: Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - noon; 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. (we're closed from noon - 1 p.m.). Wednesdays, 11 a.m. - noon; 1 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.* (Wednesdays—Spanish translator available from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.)

Faith Formation Registration Underway For Incoming 1st graders/new students: Registration for incoming 1st-graders and new students for the 2018-19 academic year. St. John the Evangelist’s religious education program serves our parish youth, beginning in first grade, and their families as they grow in faith and prepare for the Sacraments. Registration for the 2018-19 academic year will begin in June this year. Those who are entering Grade 1, as well as those with children who may not have been in religious education for awhile, are welcome to register this June. Please note that formation for all Level 1 and 2 students is done in-parish in a classroom setting (no home study). To register in our faith formation program, please bring a copy of the child’s baptismal certificate (or a copy of their birth certificate if they were not baptized). Please also be sure that you are a registered member with our parish. If you aren't already, please contact the rectory at 631.878.0009. Spanish translators needed.

Vacation Bible Camp Important Info: Our Vacation Bible Camp is around the corner. If you would like to register your child, please do so by Thursday, 7/18. The camp will be held July 23-27, from 9 a.m. to noon each day. Below are some reminders for our adult & youth volunteers, as well as our campers:

Volunteer Info: Environment/Set-up: 7/16 at 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. and 7/17 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (auditorium). Volunteer orientation: 7/18 at 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. (auditorium).

Campers: Camp Kick-Off: Sunday, July 22 at 9 a.m. children’s mass. Special Orientation for campers and parents in the Auditorium following the 9AM Mass. How would you like to help out our SJE Vacation Bible Camp by donating any of the following items? Gifts cards: Michael’s, AC Moore, Home Depot, Walmart, Party City, King Kullen (Please put gift cards in the collection baskets at Sunday Mass or drop them off at the Rectory or Faith Formation Office) We also need the following craft supplies and props, which can be placed in the big boxes marked “VBC Donations” which are located at the main entrance to the Church. Lasagna trays (approx 4), cases of bottled water, Electronic T-lights, White electrical tape (approx 3 yards), Black electrical tape (1 roll). Small blue party plates, Cornstarch, Scissors, Rolls of white paper, rolls of brown paper, blue cellophane, blue table cloths, light colored bed sheets, core tubes (from paper towels, toilet paper, wrapping paper), masking tape, packing tape, duct tape. Thank you for your generosity!!

Registration For New Students: Now Thru August 30: St. John the Evangelist’s Faith Formation program serves our parish youth, beginning in First Grade, and their families as they grow in faith and prepare for the Sacraments. Those who are entering Grade 1, as well as those with children who may not have been in religious education for a while, are welcome to register from now through August 30th. Please note that formation for all Level 1 & 2 students is done in-parish in a classroom setting (no home study). To register in our Faith Formation program, please bring a copy of the child’s baptismal certificate (or a copy of their birth certificate if they were not baptized). If your child is already in our program, their 2018-19 registration info has been sent in the mail. If you do not receive this mailing by July 24, please contact our office.

Vacation Bible Camp - help wanted: Our Vacation Bible Camp ministry had their second planning meeting this month. We are need of assistance in many areas! See our full-page forms in the bulletin to volunteer, or to register your child! The camp will be held July 23-27, from 9 a.m. - noon each day. Download forms at or email for more info! Students in need of confirmation service hours are welcome to sign up as youth volunteers!

RCIC: Rite of Acceptance: Our RCIC students who are preparing for Baptism at the Easter Vigil in 2019 came together last month to celebrate the Rite of Acceptance. Students expressed why they desire Baptism and their parents/ sponsors promised to support them in their formation. Please continue to pray for our catechumens as they take their next steps toward full initiation into the Church.

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

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:

Confirmation retreats: Our Level 8 students have been gathering together for their confirmation retreat. Through games, social media activities, small group discussions, talks and more, our confirmation candidates were challenged to discipleship and a deeper relationship with God. Many thanks to all the staff, catechists and volunteers - including several high school teens from our youth ministry program - who helped make the day so special for our students.

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

Adult Faith Formation / Confirmation (RCIA):Are you an adult interested in receiving the sacrament of Confirmation? If you are a baptized Catholic, but have not been fully initiated, we offer a process for those who desire to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. For adults who desire more information, contact Suzan Fitzpatrick at For teenagers and their families who desire more information, contact the Faith Formation Office at 631.878.0009, ext. 170 or email to

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This Week @ SJE: News & Events

Restored, Repaired and Rebuilt - 7/15

Your Questions: As we return to the church building so many have expressed great praise to God for the many beautiful things that are part of the restoration work. Like anything new, we have some “kinks” to work out and we are in the process of doing this! A few regular questions have come up and over the next few weeks, I’ll try to address them here. If you have additional questions, please email them to or leave a message in the Parish Office so we can respond.

“I thought the sound would be better in all parts of the church. It can still be tough for me, at times.” Many have commented about the improved sound in the church building yet it will take us a few weeks to get all of the levels correct. A concern in the church building before the restoration was the volume and echo. We are in the process of finding the right settings for different celebrations – weekday Mass versus Sunday Mass, etc. Unfortunately, you know the best time to do this? When people are in the church building itself. There is a trial and error process to this and that will take us some time. If you struggle to hear, please consider sitting in the center sections of the church building. Providing sound for transepts is never easy. Already, we have added small speakers in the transepts to address some of the initial concerns and we are still working at it. New listening assistance devices should arrive soon.

“Where’s that piano?” It’s coming! The restoration work for the piano has taken longer than anticipated because the damage to the instrument was severe. We are hoping in the next week or two – perhaps even by the time you are reading this answer that the restored piano will be in place.

“Why are we missing bookracks on the north side of the Church?” The pew company sent us incorrect pew racks. New ones are being constructed and should be here in the next few weeks.

St. John's Restored, Repaired and Rebuilt

St. John's Restored, Repaired and Rebuilt

Saint Survey Says - 7/15

In the midst of all of the restoration work, I failed to let everyone know about the new saints that will be part of the reredos in the sanctuary. First, as noted previously, we will change the statue of the Blessed Mother presently in the reredos. We are in the process of having an image of Our Lady Queen of Apostles created (there are not many of them!) so this is taking a little time. Thanks to the Legion of Mary for their support and encouragement with this. This statue will serve as a great link to our regional school. The present statue will then move to the Mary wall in the Parish Office. The two “new” saints for the reredos are….drumroll please!.... St. Francis of Assisi and St. Jude! I have reached out to Fr. Ryan at St. Jude’s and he says they have a restored statue they would like to give us. Once we are settled with the image of Our Lady Queen of Apostles we will place all three statues in the reredos at the same time. More details to come! Our Lady Queen of Apostles, pray for us! + St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us! + St. Jude, pray for us!

Summer evening Prayer Meeting - 7/16

August 2018: Summer Evening Prayer has become a beautiful tradition here at SJE. Each summer we gather for outside in a spirit of praise and gratitude to God for his many gifts. Our planning meeting for Summer Evening Prayer will be THIS MONDAY, July 16 at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the Red Barn.

East End Holy Hour - 8/10

East end Holy hour

Liturgical Minister meetings - 7/21- 7/28

As we are approaching one month in our restored church space, the following ministries will be meet at the following times to review procedures:
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Saturday, July 21 — noon and Monday, July 23 —12:30 p.m. (after noon mass) and Monday, July 23 —7:45 p.m.

All meetings take place in the Church: Readers (All readers—9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. masses included)
Saturday, July 21 —11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, July 24 — 8:15 p.m.

All meetings take place in the Church: Servers and Sacristans
Wednesday, July 25 —12:30 p.m. (after noon mass)
Wednesday, July 25 —6:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 28 — noon

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament - 7/16 and 7/19

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

Church cleaners Needed - 7/15

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

Sacrament of Reconciliation - 7/15

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., 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.

2018-19 OLQA registration

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

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Field of Dreams Fundraiser - 7/15

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

OLQA Annual Golf Outing - 10/2

SAVE THE DATE!!!! OLQA Annual Golf Outing. Tuesday, October 2 at the Rock Hill Country Club in Manorville.

SJE/OLQA Paint Club - 7/15

Do you love to paint? Like to work at your pace? Have a few friends or family members who would love to get together? We have the job for you! We are looking for groups of friends and/or families and ministries or dedicated individuals to take on a classroom in our school building. We will provide the paint and the provide the labor, the hands, the patience and all that is needed! You can work at your own pace and even work at nights or on the weekends. We would like all classrooms that are started to be completed by August 10. If you’re interested, can you contact Fr. John at or call at 631.878.0009.

Child protection and safety virtus training - 7/18, 8/22 and 8/30

Wednesday, July 18 at 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 22 at 7 p.m. or Thursday, August 30 at 1 p.m. All volunteers and employees of St. John the Evangelist must attend VIRTUS training, have an application on file and have a background screening. This is not optional. You must register by going to and sign up there. If you have any questions, please contact Liz Dellaratta or Michael Walsh in the Faith Formation Office.

Family Life Events - 8/12 and 9/9

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

Giving Garden Project Underway - 7/15

You might remember earlier in the year when Parish Social Ministry introduced the possibility of a Giving Garden for SJE. This garden would provide fresh fruits and vegetables to those we serve via Ernie’s Place, the Community Meal and the Street Ministry. SJE’s own Thomas Luongo has agreed to help construct the Giving Garden as his Eagle Scout project. The new garden will be located on the lawn between the Convent and the Rectory. Tommy is a student at Center Moriches High School, a gifted athlete, involved in our parish and the local community. As one part of the effort for the Giving Garden, Tommy is conducting a fundraiser at Applebee’s next weekend! You can visit before or after Mass. He’ll also be selling tickets after Masses this weekend. Please help support this project that will help to support those in need in our local community.

prayer evening for men suffering loss - 8/15

An evening of prayer for men suffering loss

OLQA Early Childhood Program Etc. - 7/15

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

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

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

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

SJE Community Meal needs volunteers - 7/15

The Community Meal is back on! Join us on Monday, July 30 in the Red Barn at St. John the Evangelist Church in Center Moriches. We are currently open serving those in need with a home-cooked, sit-down meal the last Monday night of each month. If you’d like to help us by cooking a meal or volunteering during the actual event, please let Alex Finta know at or 631.878.0009 ext. 127. The meal will consist of a home-made dinner from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. If you are in need of toiletries or clothes, please let a volunteer know! If you are interested in cooking a meal, please reach out to Alex Finta at

Support Troop 414 - 7/15

An evening of prayer for men suffering loss

The Street Ministry Needs You - 7/15

The Street Ministry is continuously servicing 40-65 people each Thursday night. We are extremely grateful for all donations from St. John's parishioners that have kept us going. As the cold winter months approach us, we are in need of the following items: Financial donations are most welcome as they allow us to purchase items as they are needed. Sometimes things “come up” and we need to make a quick purchase. Checks may be made payable to St. John the Evangelist and donations can be left in the Parish Office. Items needed: deoderant, sunscreen, socks, razors, shaving cream, toothbrushes, washcloths, hats, sweatshirts (men’s, women’s, children’s), socks (new), underwear (new), toothpaste, peanut butter/jelly and water, Kotex panty liners, diapers - size 2/3/4, body wash, gently used men’s jeans, gently-used 2x/3x clothes (men’s/woman’s), gently used work boots, gently-used sweatpants (larger sizes preferred), gently used sneakers, bug spray, sun tan lotion, bath and beach towels.

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

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

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

Get FORMED - 7/15

FORMED APP for your deviceI’m very happy to announce that St. John the Evangelist is now registered with FORMED! Formed is an awesome resource that allows all those within our parish boundaries to access a treasure trove of Catholic Media, from feature-length movies, documentaries, substantial talks, catechetical videos for sacramental preparation, as well as videos designed specifically for children! What’s best of all is that it is absolutely 100% FREE for you! Are you looking for a way to go deeper in your Catholic Faith? Ever have a question as to what the Church teaches regarding a particular issue? Looking for a better way to spend some time on your smart-phone or mobile device? Have a friend or relative who has questions about the Church, but you never felt like you had the resources to answer them well? If you answered yes to any of these questions (and even if you didn’t) then is for you! It’s super easy to get started (and did I say completely free). Go to Click “Register” and enter your name, email address, and desired password. You’re all ready to access the inspiring and engaging content on FORMED!

Estoy muy feliz de anunciar que San Juan Evangelista ahora está registrado con FORMED! Formed es un recurso increíble que permite a todos los que están dentro de los límites de nuestra parroquia acceder a un tesoro de medios católicos, desde largometrajes, documentales, conversaciones sustanciales, videos catequéticos para la preparación sacramental, así como videos diseñados específicamente para niños! Lo mejor de todo es que es 100% GRATIS para ti!
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Life teen Ministry Retreat - 7/20 - 7/22

Summer Retreat: Steubenville, New York Conference: July 20 - 22.

Stewardship - 7/1

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

  • Sunday 7/8: $16,974 (2017: $15,653) Parish Social Ministry: $2,138 (2017: $2,043)

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.

Vacation Bible Camp - 7/23 - 7/27

Don’t be shipwrecked this summer, come spend a week at SJE and be rescued by Jesus! July 23 to 27. More details to follow. Enjoy a week of fun, faith, friends and family. Monday, July 23 – Friday, July 27 from 9 a.m. to noon. The camp is for entering kindergärtners — through entering fifth graders. Return the registration form from the church bulletin to Parish Office with a check for $65 per child. Please make checks payable to St. John the Evangelist. Two children: only $120; Three children: $165. Rescue workers - i.e. you - are needed and wanted this summer! Please ask us how to volunteer (deadline is 7/1).

We also need the following craft supplies and props, which can be placed in the big boxes marked “VBC Donations” which are located at the entrances to the Church: pint size water bottles, shoe boxes, crayons, markers, glue sticks, scissors, glue, red Solo cups, yarn, poster board, plastic plants/greenery/trees , blow up palm trees, fish nets, life preservers, sea shells, white electrical tape, black electrical tape, small clear plastic cups (7 oz), plastic cups (9 or 12 oz), small paper plates (cake size), white napkins (lunch size), plastic spoons, googly eye, red pipe cleaners, party streamers, glitter, battery operated tea lights and carpet tubes.

VBC Donation boxes

VBC updates: Get ready for an amazing summer adventure that includes times of great faith, fun and friendship! Right now, we are in the planning phases and need help in planning and organizing VBC! We need people who are good at arts and crafts, food, games, organizing, leading a skit and the like! There’s something for everyone! For more information, contact Michelle Pirraglia at, Michael Clauberg at or Fr. John at Our first planning meeting is happening soon!

Spirit Day 'Save the Date' - 9/15

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

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

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

Youth Justice Corps - 7/15

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

Prison Families Anonymous - 7/24

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 - 7/15

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

'Ernie’s Place' Food Pantry - 7/16

Open Mondays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Shopping list: Canned vegetables, pork and beans, pasta sauce (but not pasta), canned foods and meats, toilet paper. Thank you for your continued generosity. Remember this list when you go shopping.

Join The Catholic Action Network - 7/15

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

Men's Prayer Group - 7/14

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

CYO Soccer - 7/15

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

Calling All high School Students - 7/15

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

Barefoot Sundays - 7/14, 7/15

We have partnered with Soles4Souls to help collect new and used shoes for the 900 million people living in extreme poverty around the world. You can make a difference by going barefoot with us and bring shoes to donate. We will have two boxes at the church to put shoes in. One will be for SJE’s Street Ministry where we ask for sneakers and work boots with smaller shoe sizes (men's size 8 and smaller, women’s size 4 and smaller) and larger shoe sizes (men’s size 13 and bigger, women’s size 9 and bigger). All other shoes and sizes will go in the Soles4Souls boxes. Collection of shoes new and used but in wearable condition will take place before or after masses on July 14/15.

Mass Intentions Still Available - 7/1

If you wish to remember a loved one – living or deceased - at one of our daily masses, please visit the rectory. Opportunities for remembering a loved one at mass in the weeks ahead, include: 7 a.m. masses on July 24, 26, 27. August 2, 6, 10, 13, 14, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31. Noon masses on August 3, 14, 20, 23, 28, 30, 31. Saturday 8 a.m. masses on August 18, 25. Spanish evening masses (7:30 p.m.) on July 17, 21, 24, 28, 31. August 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28.

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - 7/15

Reading I: Amos 7:12-15. Amaziah questions Amos.
Responsorial Psalm: PS 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14
Second Reading: Ephesians 1:3-14 OR 1:3-10. God chose us in Christ.
Gospel: Mark 6:7-13. Jesus sends the Twelve out in pairs.

Discussion Questions

1. How do you feel about rejection? Can you think of any prophet who didn’t experience rejection? They chased Amos out of Bethel. What are some situations today that need prophets? When you think something needs to be done that makes everyone uncomfortable? What do you do? Are you willing to take on the job?

2. Can you accept St. Paul’s statement that we have been in the mind of God from all eternity, before the creation of the world? What is your response?

3. “Evangelizing” means to bring the Good News to all humanity, and through its influence to make humanity new, transform it from within. Can you yourself transform humani-ty around you in your daily life?

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - 7/22

Reading I: Jeremiah 23:1-6 The Lord will appoint new shepherds.
Responsorial Psalm: PS 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6
Second Reading: Ephesians 2:13-18 Christ removes the barriers between peoples.
Gospel: Mark 6:30-34 Jesus pities the crowd, sheep without a shepherd.

Discussion Questions
1. Paul, a Jew preaching to Gentiles, became a Christian preaching to Jews. There was a barrier or “dividing wall,” according to Paul. Discuss dividing walls present today among peoples of different beliefs, races or cultures.
2. What does Jesus do in this Gospel story that is an example of good shepherding? Discuss compassion versus power as attributes of good leadership.

Remembering Our Loved ones - 7/15

Helping our Parish - Altar Bread and Wine — for the month an offering of $150 is requested: Altar Candles — $25.00 per week. Altar bread and wine for the month of July Has been donated: In loving memory of Grace and John Perno.

Newly-Baptized - 7/15

Bridyi Alexandra Abrego Leon

Newly-Married - 7/15

Ronald Bruno and Marisa Melville, Ryan Ball and Brittney Sabatino, Luigi Squillante and Louise Grausso and Michael Conlon and Megan Lapham

We Remember - 7/15

Entrance antiphon, funeral mass: Anthony V. Ponzio, Peter Rocco D'Ancona, Otto Schottroff, Joan A. Burkard

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

We Pray For The sick - 7/15

Kenneth Rosenman, Dan Baldassi, John Enright Bertha Ballerano, Jennifer Lynn Peck, Rose & Gordon Law

We Pray for our Military - 7/15

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 have returned.

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

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

St. John's Pastoral Team

Reverend John Sureau, Pastor

Reverend Felix Akpabio, Parochial Vicar

Reverend Michael Plona, Parochial Vicar

John Pettorino, Deacon

Robert Gaudisio, Deacon

Joseph Catafago, Pastoral Year Seminarian

Sister Ann Berendes, IHM, Parish Social Ministry Director

Michael Clauberg, Director of Youth Ministry

David Erlanger, OLQA Regional School Principal

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: Parish Service Announcements

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.

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 or call at 631.405.8514.

Set-up/tear-down crew needed: Saturday morning movers needed. We are working to create a moving crew that can be “on call” Saturday mornings to set up the gym. We are blessed with the students from OLQA but with some upcoming Friday night events, we can use some help. We would gather around 7:30 a.m. and are usually done in 20 minutes. Can you and your family help us out? We would let you know the Thursday before if help is needed. If you can be on our on-call list, please contact Fr. John at or leave a message 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.

Kitchen help: OLQA is looking for someone to assist in our kitchen during our lunch periods. The hours are 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Interested candidates please contact the school at 631.878.1033.

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

Mass helpers: Help us make our Sundays the best. We need your help at the 5:30 p.m. mass. God blessed you with talents... Can you give back by participating in one of our ministries? Can you proclaim God’s word at mass? Are you 16 or over and want to help distribute Holy Communion? Do you want to help people feel welcome at church? Do you want to help with brining the gifts up or taking the collection?

Chefs needed: Presently, we are only able to offer a sandwich and a snack to the nearly 30 people we minister to each night. We would like to be able to provide a more substantive and nutritional meal. We are asking parishioners, ministries, families, groups to consider helping us. You would prepare the meal and either 1) drop it off and we will put it individual containers or 2) you could prepare and put it in individual containers. (We can probably arrange to pick it up too.) This is a great way to help out for those who cannot come out on Thursday nights to help us in this ministry. If you, your family, or organization would like to make a home-cooked meal for the approximately 30 people we meet, please contact Corinne Bernath at or Alex Finta at or 631.878.0009.

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

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