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

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“He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Luke 3:16
Third Sunday of Advent: December 16, 2018


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Mass & Worship Announcements

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

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

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

Come and know God’s mercy: The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated every day after daily mass in the church. The sacrament is also celebrated in the church on Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. and from 7 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.

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

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession): At St. John’s we celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation daily. During the week, we celebrate the sacrament after the 7 a.m. and noon masses. Generally, the priests will be in the IHM Meeting Room or the chapel area of the convent. He will wait or be around for 10 minutes after the last person has come. On Saturday and Sunday evenings, confession are heard in the Youth Ministry office (near the main entrance of the auditorium) or in the back of the auditorium itself. Of course, you can - and should - approach one of our parish priests whenever you want to celebrate the sacrament.

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Church Hours & Contact Info

Parish office hours (the Blue House): Monday - Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to noon. 1 p.m. - 8 p.m. (Spanish translator Tuesday evenings). Friday - Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Phone numbers: 631.878.0009. Fax: 631.874.2466.

Email: Rectory@sjecm.org

Church Address: 25 Ocean Avenue, Center Moriches, New York, 11934.

Office of Faith Formation: Located in the Red Barn: 631.878.4141.

Office of Youth Ministry: Located in the OLQA school auditorium lobby.

Parish Outreach: Located in the Red Barn: 631.874.3617.

Our Lady Queen of Apostles Regional School: 631.878.1033. 2 St. John Place. Center Moriches, NY 631.878.1033. www.olqany.org

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Faith Formation Information

Our Faith Formation students have been finding creative ways to learn about the Season of Advent! This week, many classes focused on the meaning and history of the Advent wreath.

Office hours: Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - noon; 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. (we're closed from noon - 1 p.m.). Wednesdays, 11 a.m. - noon; 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Please note that the Faith Formation Office will be closed the week of December 23 - January 1. The office will reopen on Tuesday, January 2.

What we’ve been up to: One of our Level 3 classes took a hands-on approach to learning about the Holy Spirit!

No classes during Christmas break: Christmas break begins Saturday December 22. Classes resume on Saturday, January 5.

Level 8 Students: Saint report due. Please also note that the Saint Report for Level 8 students was due November 1, along with their candidate covenant and information sheet. Their sponsor form also was due in June. All paperwork is available on the parish website: sjecm.org (Click on menu > Faith Formation > scroll down to Faith Formation Forms). If your child has not yet submitted his/her report, please send it via email to: confirmation@sjecm.org.

Catechists needed: We are also in need of more subs, particularly for Saturdays, and for our Level 7 and 8 students. If interested, please contact Michelle at 631.878.0009, ext. 5 or via email: mpirraglia@sjecm.org We are also in need of more substitute catechists, particularly for Saturdays, and for our Level 7 and 8 students. If interested, please contact Michelle at 631.878.0009, ext. 5 or via email: mpirraglia@sjecm.org

RCIC: Rite of Acceptance: Are you an adult interested in receiving the sacrament of Confirmation? If you are a baptized Catholic, but have not been fully initiated, we offer a process for those who desire to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. For adults who desire more information, contact Suzan Fitzpatrick at rcia@sjecm.org. For teenagers and their families who desire more information, contact the Faith Formation Office at 631.878.0009, ext. 170 or email to faithformation@sjecm.org. Our RCIC students who are preparing for baptism at the Easter Vigil in 2019 came together last month to celebrate the Rite of Acceptance. Students expressed why they desire Baptism and their parents / sponsors promised to support them in their formation. Please continue to pray for our catechumens as they take their next steps toward full initiation into the church.

Se busca ayuda: se puede devolver? Estás buscando una manera de servir a nuestra comunidad? Al atender a más de 1,600 estudiantes, siempre necesitamos feligreses para enseñarles a nuestros jóvenes la fe. No tiene que ser un teólogo, simplemente tiene el deseo de compartir la fe y relacionarla con nuestra juventud. No se puede hacer un compromiso semanal? Quizás puedas ser parte de nuestro grupo de catequistas sustitutos! Necesitamos particularmente catequistas bilingües para ayudarnos, particularmente con la preparación Sacramental! Si está interesado, comuníquese con Michelle al 631.878.0009, ext. 5 o por correo electrónico:mpirraglia@sjecm.org.

Volunteers needed for the fall confirmation program: Are you excited about your faith and have a desire to share it with our young people? Why not join us in our 5-week confirmation program this fall? Our 230 candidates need your witness! It is an outside-the-classroom model that combines catechesis, fun, faith-sharing and fellowship. For more information, please contact Michelle at mpirraglia@sjecm.org or 631.878.0009, ext. 5.

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This Week @ SJE: News & Events

Advent and Christmas Masses - 12/22-1/1

Advent 2018 Saturday/Sunday, December 22/23, 2018 4th Sunday of Advent Confessions—3:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Saturday - 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (Spanish) Sunday -7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12 Noon Christmas 2018 Monday/Tuesday, December 24/25, 2018 Weekend of December 30/31—Feast of the Holy Family Saturday - 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (Spanish) Sunday -7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 Noon and 5:30 p.m. Solemnity of Mary , Mother of God – January 1, 2019 Monday - 5 p.m., Tuesday -7:00 a.m., 12 Noon and 7:30 p.m.

  • Christmas Eve: 4 p.m. – Church Christmas Carols beginning at 3:30 p.m. 4 p.m. – OLQA Auditorium 6 p.m. – Church 9 p.m. – Church (Spanish) 12 Midnight – Church Christmas Carols beginning at 11:30 p.m
  • Christmas Day: 7:30 a.m. + 9:00 a.m + 10:30 a.m. + 12 Noon (There are no evening Masses scheduled for Christmas night.)
  • Weekend of December 30/31: Feast of the Holy Family Saturday - 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (Spanish) Sunday -7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 Noon and 5:30 p.m.
  • Solemnity of Mary , Mother of God – January 1, 2019 Monday - 5 p.m., Tuesday -7:00 a.m., 12 Noon and 7:30 p.m.

Confessions for Christmas - 12/1 forward

The season of Advent is a wonderful way to prepare our hearts for the Lord! The sacrament of reconciliation is celebrated at SJE on the following days and times: Monday to Friday after the 7 a.m. and noon masses (please wait in one of the seats by the confessionals). Saturday after the 8 a.m. mass, then 4 to 4:45 p.m. and 7 to 7:15 p.m. (Spanish) Sundays—5 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

This Monday, December 17 Advent Day of Reconciliation: Confessions will be heard from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel and both reconciliation rooms Saturday, December 22 from 3 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Advent Considerations - 12/16

“The Gospels chosen for the Second Sunday of Advent all have their theme as preparation of the way of the Lord. John’s urgent warning has echoed throughout the world ever since he spoke of it, and as it reaches us today it has a twofold reference: prepare for the Lord’s coming at Christmas, but prepare also for his return on the last day.” - Adrien Nocent, The Liturgical Year

“In and through our preparations in Advent, we have to keep focused on what it is we are actually seeking: to enable the Lord of Life to be reborn in us this Christmas, and that our public lives will mirror the growing freedom of our private prayer. Sometimes, for the love and joy of Christmas to flow and flower in us, we need to confront the blocks that get in the way of us living this life of grace.” -Richard Leonard, What Are We Waiting For? “Advent is a time of waiting, of expectation, of silence. Waiting for our Lord to be born. A pregnant woman is so happy, so content. She lives in such a garment of silence, and it is as though she were listening to hear the stir of life within her. One always hears the stirring compared to the rustling of a bird in the hand. But the intentness with which one awaits such stirring is like nothing so much as a blanket of silence. Be still. Did I hear something? Be still, and see that I am God.” - Dorothy Day

This journey never comes to an end. Just as in each of our lives, we always need to begin again, to get up again, to rediscover the meaning of the goal of our lives, so also for the great human family it is always necessary to rediscover the common horizon toward which we are journeying. The horizon of hope! This is the horizon that makes for a good journey. The season of Advent, which we begin again today, restores this horizon of hope, a hope which does not disappoint for it is founded on God’s Word. A hope which does not disappoint, simply because the Lord never disappoints! He is faithful! He does not disappoint! Let us think about and feel this beauty. - Pope Francis

Advent and the Liturgical Year - 12/16

Our new liturgical year begins next Sunday, the first Sunday of Advent. Let’s review the following:
• We have available editions of Sunday’s Word 2019. You can pick them up and take them with you. A free will offering of $5 is requested but not required. You can place your offering in one of the poor boxes. These books contain all of the Sunday readings as well as the psalm and antiphons for daily mass. They can picked up in the Vestry or in the parish office.
• We will use a new music setting for Advent and Christmas. The Mass of Christ our Savior is familiar to us from our time in the auditorium last year.
• During the season of Advent, the Gloria is not said or sung. It creates a sense of anticipation. Store up your fervor for the Vigil of Christmas or Christmas Day.
• Advent Day of Reconciliation: Monday, December 17 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Confessions every day after daily mass.)

“Life in a prison cell may well be compared to Advent; one waits, hopes, and does this, that, or the other things that are of no real consequence - the door is shut, and can be opened only from the outside." ― Dietrech Bonhoeffer, Letters from Prison - November 21, 1943.

From the Desk of Seminarian Joe - 12/16

Every family has certain traditions when it comes to preparing for Christmas. My grandmother’s was to prepare her house in Elmhurst by painstakingly arranging a nativity set each year. The setup was similar each year; with the same plaster figures and crumpled paper she created Bethlehem in her living room. These very simple items were gifted from my great-grandparents to her when she came to the United States - a tradition that they started and handed off to her to continue. Whenever her crèche was set up, I knew it was time for Advent. There was a great beautiful simplicity to this that always reminded me that besides the glamor and lights we often see, the real meaning of the season is that of preparation for Christ’s coming. When my grandmother passed away my godfather took up the tradition until he moved and gave me the figures and paper. In this Advent Season I would like to invite each of you to prepare your own Nativity set with care and concern, making sure that it is ready for Christmas morning when the Child Jesus is placed in the manger. Maybe as a parish community we can also begin a new family tradition. This year starting on December 23, outside the Nativity, there will be a box for you to leave your “gift” to Jesus. These gifts aren’t monetary or material – they are promises that each of us can make to the Lord so that we can draw closer to him in the Christmas season and beyond. Write out your prayer and place it in the box – it is that easy! I hope that this will help remind each of us (starting with me) that Christmas goes beyond the shining lights and the fancy gifts.

decorate the Rectory and Convent - 12/23

Deck the Halls! It’s that time of year again and we’re looking for some volunteers to help us decorate the rectory and convent for Christmas! If you would like to help, we will gather after the 5:30 p.m. mass on December 23. Please join us!

Blessing of the Nativity - 12/23

Next Sunday, December 23 - after the 9 a.m. mass. Hosted by our Family Life Ministry. Come as we bless our Christmas Nativity in front of the Church building. After mass, we’ll bless the Nativity and enjoy some hot cocoa and cookies...and there may be some special live guests too!

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youth Ministry - 12/16

Thank you to the police officers and police explorers from the Suffolk County Police Department's 7th precinct for speaking to the boys about the dangers of bullying.

Church Cleaners Needed - 12/16

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

Family Life Ministry News - 12/16

This past Sunday, our Family Life Ministry organized another Mercy Sunday. Families came together to prepare Christmas gift bags for patients in the pediatrics unit at Stony Brook hospital. The goal was 80 and 119 were made and delivered. Thanks to all who came together for this event of Advent mercy and consolation.

Upcoming Mercy Sundays: Join us for hot cocoa and desserts after the Blessing of the Nativity on 12/23.

What is the Family Life Ministry? How Can I Join? The Family Life Ministry at St. John the Evangelist seeks to connect families within our parish through fun, thoughtful service opportunities. Calling to mind that we can do no great things, only small things with great love, we hope to find the joy in serving others through coming together. Through our service we seek to strengthen our sense of belonging to our parish, helping us to come to know those around us by name. We believe in the great power of our families and we call to mind the words of Pope Francis that, “Families transform the world and history.” For more information, Please contact: Linda Filosa email: Lindalos3@optonline.net or cell: 631.559.7227.

IRA Opportunities - 12/16

Whether you itemize or not in 2018, this unique opportunity allows you to make a charitable contribution through a direct IRA transfer while reducing your adjusted gross income. If you would like to make a gift now using your Ira and if:

1.You are at least 70 1/2 years old on the date you make your gift

2.Your IRA is a traditional (some Roth IRAs may qualify)

3.You don’t exceed your personal maximum of $100,000 per year in qualified charitable distributions

You will not have to report your distribution as income. It will be free of federal and New York State income tax, and it will count toward your required minimum distribution (RMD). The best way for you to start is with your IRA custodian. Tell them you want to make a "qualified charitable distribution". In most cases you will only have to fill out a simple form.

VERY IMPORTANT!! Your gift must go directly from your IRA to our Parish. If you receive the money first then you’ll be taxed on it like any other distribution. Bill has $125,000 in a traditional IRA and would like to contribute $5,000 as his yearly gift to his Parish. Upon hearing of the Charitable IRA Rollover opportunity, he directs the custodian of his IRA to transfer this amount not later than December 31, 2018 directly to the Parish as the family’s 2018 gift. He will not be subject to income tax on the $5,000 donation.

This information is not intended and should not be construed as legal, tax or investment advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney, tax advisor or investment professional.

Our Lady of Guadalupe -12/9

This past Sunday, after the 7:30 p.m. mass, the Hispanic community of SJE celebrated Our Lady of Guadalupe. She is the patron of the Americas. Let us pray for Our Lady's intercession today on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe that we may always have joy in spreading the good news!

Senior Ministry - 12/16 - 12/19

We need people who can occasionally drive someone to the doctor (not too far) or to give a ride to the store. If you know of someone who needs any services that we can provide, PLEASE, LET ME KNOW. The gentle movement class of T’ai Chi Chah will continue on Tuesday mornings at 11 a.m. in the IHM room of the Convent. Movies continue in the IHM room on the 2stt at 1:15. p.m.

Please note:

  1. Mark you calendar! December 4th beginning at 10:00 a.m. we will have a Morning of Prayer and reflection in preparation for Advent until after the noon Mass. A light lunch will follow. We need a number who plan to attend or who need transportation.
  2. The gentle movement class of T’ai Chi Chah will continue on Tuesday mornings at 11 a.m. in the IHM room of the Convent. In December, we will meet on the 1st and 3rd, Thursdays. Movies continue in the IHM room on the 7th and 21st at 1:15 p.m.
  3. An evening Bereavement Group will begin in January, weather permitting! If a day group is requested, another can begin in January also. There should be a minimum of 4-5 people to a group to be able to provide the adequate support needed. We had 13 in the first group; and 7 in the second. Both seemed to be very helpful. Please consider joining us if you have lost a loved one and are experiencing even just a little need. It is a very safe group.

Church Decorating - 12/16

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Christmas Spiritual Bouquet Cards - 12/16

Join in the mass intentions for the masses of Christmas by using the Christmas spiritual bouquet cards which are now available throughout the church. These cards are a wonderful and meaningful way for you to remember your loved ones at Christmas and to have them prayed for at masses during the Christmas season. Return the envelope with your donation in the collection basket or bring it to the rectory, and keep the card to send your Christmas spiritual bouquet.

Advent Reconciliation - 12/19

The season of Advent is a wonderful way to prepare our hearts for the Lord! The sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated at SJE on the following days and times: Monday—Friday after the 7 a.m. and 12 noon masses (Please wait in one of the seats by the Confessionals.) Saturdays after the 8 a.m. mass, then from 4 to 4:45 p.m. and 7 to 7:15 p.m. (Spanish) Sundays—5 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday, December 17, Advent Day of Reconciliation - confessions will be heard from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the church.

"The Human Experience" Film Screening - 12/15

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Early Childhood at OLQA - 12/16

The new year sees OLQA welcome new members to our Pre K3 and Pre K4 programs. OLQA offers incredible variety from full day everyday to full day on the days that are convenient for you to half days options. Hours range from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with before care and after care options available. It is a great opportunity for working parents especially! Want to learn more, contact Claire Dern at cdern@olqany.org or call 631.878.1033. This February we will begin a special Mommy and Me program for two year olds. Follow the bulletin for more information! We want to welcome you to family of families at OLQA.

Family Life Ministry News - 12/16

Help us create “goodie bags”* for the children in the Stony Brook Pediatric Dept. this holiday season. If you can’t make it December 9th, you may leave donations in the Parish Office, clearly labeled, FAMILY LIFE MINISTRY. In addition, we are seeking help for a wine and stitch night! Help us create costumes for the children to wear during the Children’s Service. More info to follow in upcoming Bulletins. Does your child want to be a part of our Christmas Children’s Service? Contact Linda Filosa 631.559.7227 or lindalos3@optonline.net. * = coloring books, crayons, sketch pads, adult coloring books, colored pencils, regular playing cards, gaming cards (Go-fish, Old Maid, Crazy 8s, etc) Help us create “goodie bags” for the children in the Stony Brook Pediatric Dept. this holiday season.

Food Drive – Free Oil Change - 12/1-12/22

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” St Mother Theresa. We try to approach every day with this thought in mind. How can we strive to lead by example? This wasn’t one of the easiest years for small business, but that isn’t going to change who we are. One of our favorite times of year is Thanksgiving. This is our 8th year of donating turkeys. We were blessed, to be able to donate 80 turkeys to the Ernie’s Place food pantry this year. Now, as we enter the Christmas season, we are taking up our annual food drive. This will be our 8th year collecting food for families in need. From December 1 to the December 22 when you bring in $20 of non-perishable food, you will receive a free oil change and tire rotation. All items will also be donated to our food panty here at St John's. We ask that you please check all expiration dates, as expired items will not be eligible. Please see our ad on the back of the bulletin. As always, we appreciate your continued support. We wish everyone a Merry Christmas, and Safe Happy New Year. The Posanti Family and the staff of Shirley Auto Body.

Leuthardt’s Christmas Tree Farm - 12/8 and 12/16

This December, all aboard the Candy Apple Express! 607 Montauk Highway, East Moriches 631.878.1387. For a fun and interactive ride, please come and join the Leuthardt Family Farm where the experience is priceless. The Candy Apple Express is a wagon tour of the nursery, it will run from the weekends of December 15 and 16. Christmas caroling, arts and crafts, hot chocolate, baked goods and a gift shop. Harry Leuthardt Nurseries has chosen to give four charities 10% of every purchase made from LEUTHARDT’S CHRISTMAS TREE FARM. These charities are: DRVC Catholic Charities, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Hope House Ministries and Camp Paquatuck.

Advent Giving Tree - 12/23

In addition to our Christmas toy drive, Parish Social Ministry is also running an “Advent Giving Tree” that will benefit our Street Ministry in addition to a number of other local organizations that help the less fortunate. One of which is the Butterfly Effect Project which benefits underprivileged girls and Penantes who runs a large women ‘s shelter in our area. In the main entrance of the church, there will be a Christmas tree that will have paper ornaments with an item needed. Please take one, or as many as you’d like, and then return the item by placing it in the box next to the Christmas tree the next time you come to mass. If you need to drop it off at a different time, please drop it off in the Parish Office (Blue House) during normal hours. Please bring the donated items UNWRAPPED. We will be running the Advent Giving Tree until the 4th Sunday of Advent (12/23). If you have any questions, please reach out to Alex Finta at afinta@sjecm.org or 631.878.0009 ext. 119. We need your help.

Christmas Toy Drive: Please bring any new, unwrapped toy for age 1-16 to these two places: 1) Church entrances, where the boxes for toys will be set up any time the church is open. 2) Outreach offices in the Red Barn, Monday to Thursday 10 a.m. - noon, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Please Support Our Advertisers - 12/16

Our second annual Spirit Day was a great success! Thanks to all did so much to prepare, set up, organize, carry out, celebrate and clean up throughout the day! For more photos from Spirit Day visit St. John’s Facebook page— Welcome Home St. John the Evangelist.

The SJE community wished to that this year's Spirit Day Sponsors

Above All Fence + Angelo and Lillian Rollo + Baby Moon Restaurant + Bay Gardens + Center Moriches Veterinary Hospital + Century 21 Cor-Ace Realty, Inc. + Crossfit Kryptonite + Dammeyer Construction Company + Desi Masonry Products + Dun Rite Appliance Company + East End Sign Design + Environmental Assessment and Remediations + Jet Sanitation Service Corps + Law Office of Elizabeth Harrington + Lillian's Hair Studio + Moriches Bay Deli + Moriches Bay Diner + Moriches Bay Realty + Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith + Mrs. Rose Bente + Out East Therapy of NY + ProFlame Inc. + REP Electric + Rico's Clothing + Roy Probeyahn and Sons + Swezey Fuel Company + The Garzero Family + The Sureau Family. All State Center Moriches, Annette Eaderesto, Bridgehampton National Bank, CORE BTS, Enes Carnesecca and Jerry Frunzi, Grammas Consultants, John and Helen May and Family, John and Joseph Perno and Family, Matt and Kelly - The Pomara Family, Megatom Pools and Spas, Plum Cottage Interior Design, ProFlame Inc., Queen of All Hearts K of C, SJE Ministry of Consolation, The Lapham Family, The Matthews Family, The Parks Family and Twin Ponds Cabinetry.Center Moriches Fire Department, Lund Valve Testing, M & M Travel, Pinto Pools, REP Electric, Swezey Fuel Company.

Community Meal - 12/17

Join us Monday, December 17 in the Red Barn at St. John the Evangelist Church in Center Moriches. The Meal will consist of a home-made dinner from 6 - 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 afinta@sjecm.org.

from Alex Finta, Parish Social Ministry Director - 12/16

The Parish Social Ministry is certainly busy this time of year. While the holiday season can bring about moments of joy and togetherness, for many it can also be a reminder of brokenness and bringer of stress. Setting up toy drives for families in need is a great statement of our commitment to the poor. It eases the burden and knocks one more thing off the list. Unfortunately, Christmas presents aren’t the only need in our community. In the short amount of time as director, nothing brings me greater frustration then single parents who are struggling to provide adequate housing for their children. It is no secret that Long Island is an expensive place to live. With rents soaring, those living paycheck to paycheck are finding themselves at or very near to homelessness. Credit scores, government regulations, “affordable” housing rules, broker fees, two month’s security, first and last month’s rent, etc. are all examples that reduce options for renters and contribute to costs in the thousands. While it is imperative that we help those in need, that need is far too high and large to meet fully. There are numerous examples I could use of these single parent households with at least three kids, while working full-time. These are the families that utilize Ernie’s Place for Thanksgiving to receive turkey meals, sign up their kids for the school supply drive and will be receiving toys during our toy drive. These are the ones that aren’t receiving child support and having been waiting almost a decade to get on federally subsidized housing program lists. This church eases the burden of being poor for those in our community. However, we are limited in the amount of financial help we can give in certain times that call for emergency. With your support we are working to address some of these needs and we are working in the local community to find ways to address this issue. Look for more information in the weeks ahead.

BINGO - 12/16

Every Friday at the Knights of Columbus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. First game is 7:30 p.m. $2,000 in prizes. Every Friday (Including December 28 and January 4).

Academic Intervention Teachers Needed - 12/16

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 jsureau@olqany.org.

SJE Academic Learning Center - 12/16

For OLQA students presently and opening to all students in 2019 our Academic Learning Center is off and running as a place for students to catch up on homework, work with qualified teachers, receive limited tutoring and academic support. All students are requested to register in advance. You can register at olqany.org or sjecm.org or call the Parish Office at 631.878.0009.

Join The Adoration Team - 12/16

SJE Wear - 12/16

We have a limited number of SJE T-shirts, sweat-shirts and hats remaining. We have items from 2017 (VINTAGE) and 2018 (the latest!) on sale after all masses this weekend! Or you can pick items up at the rectory during regular office hours. Great Christmas gifts for our shoppers!

Can You Volunteer? 12/16

Family Life Ministry - Do you need more volunteer hours?

Need volunteer hours? Upcoming Mercy Sunday events (12/16): Please meet in the auditorium after the 9 a.m. mass (at approximately 10 a.m.). Please bring your family and help make sandwiches for those less fortunate. You may bring cold cuts or peanut butter and jelly, and bread. Can’t participate- but want to help? The Family Life Ministry will accept any donations of sliced bread, plastic knives, gloves, table cloths, plastic sandwich bags and peanut butter 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.

What is the Family Life Ministry? How Can I Join? The Family Life Ministry at St. John the Evangelist seeks to connect families within our parish through fun, thoughtful service opportunities. Calling to mind that we can do no great things, only small things with great love, we hope to find the joy in serving others through coming together. Through our service we seek to strengthen our sense of belonging to our parish, helping us to come to know those around us by name. We believe in the great power of our families and we call to mind the words of Pope Francis that, “Families transform the world and history.”

Items Needed: ZipLock bags for packing - large and small. Toothpaste / toothbrushes / mouthwash / floss (small tubes). Deodorant roll on and bar soap. Disposable razors, male/ female/ shave gel or cream. *Female hygiene products. *Chapstick, lip balm. Shampoo/ conditioner (small or travel size). Body lotion/ sunblock (small or travel size). Hand sanitizer (small or travel size). Hand towels (white or tan). Bug repellant wipes, small pump spray. Q-tips / baby wipes / powder. *Tylenol / Midol / Motrin / Advil (small bottle or travel size). *Cold / sinus medication, saline spray (small or travel size). *Anti-fungal ointment (small tube or travel size) *Triple antibiotic ointment (small tube or travel size) *Band-Aids' / safety pins. Warm socks, scarves, pull on hats, gloves, hand and foot warmers. Batteries - AAA and AA / clip on reading lights. Duct tape. Glow in dark bracelets. *Tuna fish—soft pack /small can, pull top. *Beef Jerky / Slim Jims. *Protein/ granola/ breakfast bars, trail mix/ bagged nuts -all varieties, dried fruit. *Peanut butter and jelly – plastic only 20 oz or smaller. *Protein powder. Mac and cheese individual servings cups. Breakfast cereal individual serving cups. Instant oatmeal, soup (pop-top cans). Crackers and cookies — individual hard box size. Hard candy. Water-flavor packets (individual size), Gatorade powder mix or packets Cards, puzzle books, books, crossword puzzles. Small Nerf balls, Rubik's cubes. Envelopes, small pads, pens. ***A personal note from you to our hero servicemen and women! *Much needed items *** ABSOLUTELY NO Aerosol items.

Christmas Celebration with Oplatki - 12/16

Families of Polish, Slovak and Lithuanian background observe this Christmas Eve Tradition. Family members and guests each are handed an oplatek and they each break off a piece from one another and eat it, expressing best wishes and blessings to each other, and asking for forgiveness. This is a tender, touching family celebration of love and forgiveness. Last year we only had 18 sets, and they all went—fast.

This year, St. Johns will be purchasing only 40 sets ($4/pkg (large-6 pcs/pkg white). If this is something you would be interested in, please contact the rectory and provide your name and phone number. We will set aside your Christmas Oplatiki’s and contact you when they arrive.

Book of the names of the dead - 12/1 forward

Those wishing to have a Mass said for a loved one may stop by the rectory. Available Masses in the upcoming weeks include: 7 a.m. Dec. 20, 24. Noon masses: Dec. 18, 27 Saturday 8 a.m. Masses: Dec. 22 Sunday 7:30 a.m. Masses: Dec. 23 Spanish evening masses (7:30 p.m.): Dec. 18, 29.

Low Gluten Hosts Available - 12/16

Low Gluten Hosts (less than .01% gluten content) are available for those with Celiac Disease who cannot receive Holy Communion using the usual bread. If you need to receive Holy Communion using a low-gluten host, please stop in the sacristy before Mass to discuss this with the priest and see if this will be acceptable for you and/or your child. If you cannot receive the low-gluten host, we can offer a separate chalice for you. We will be happy to accommodate you if we can. Please let us know.

A prayer For Life - 12/16

A prayer For Life: "Father and maker of all, you adorn all creation with splendor and beauty, and fashion human lives in your image and likeness. Awaken in every heart reverence for the work of your hands, and renew among your people a readiness to nurture and sustain your precious gift of life. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen."

Diocesan Pregnancy Support: If you or someone you know of is pregnant Catholic Charities and Catholic Health Services can provide assistance. Please contact 1.855.301.4CHS.

Thrift Shop Volunteers - 12/17

Thrift shop volunteers needed every Monday and Wednesday morning (9 a.m. - noon) our thrift shop volunteers are hard at work, dedicated to providing quality clothing and items at an inexpensive price. If you would like to help out and join a welcoming community, please reach out to Alex Finta at 631.878.0009 ext. 119 or afinta@sjecm.org for more information.

The Bread and Wine - 12/16

St. John’s invites family members of those for whom the mass is being offered to bring up the gifts of bread and wine at that mass. (On the weekend, please inform any of the ushers 10 minutes prior to the beginning of mass).

Extraordinary Ministers needed - 12/16

We need and want you! SJE is recruiting new readers and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion. “In every celebration of the Eucharist, there should be a sufficient number of ministers of Holy Communion so that it may be distributed in a reverent and orderly manner.” General Instruction of the Roman Missal 162 Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist the priest and deacon at mass. At St. John’s Extraordinary Ministers serve at Sunday liturgies and, when possible, daily liturgy. For Sunday liturgies, ministers are scheduled according to their availability and the needs of the parish.

How Do I Become an Extraordinary Minister?
1. You must send a letter to Fr. John at the Parish Office or email to jsureau@sjecm.org
2.You must meet with Fr. John for a brief meeting.
3.You must attend one of the diocesan training sessions. If you wish to also bring Holy Communion to the sick and homebound, you must attend a separate “Part B” training session.

“When the Sacred Scriptures are read in the Church, God himself speaks to his people, and Christ, present in his word, proclaims the Gospel.”General Instruction of the Roman Missal 29 Readers proclaim God’s Word at Sunday Masses, and if they are able at daily mass and other parish prayer services and events. For Sunday liturgies, ministers are scheduled according to their availability and the needs of the parish

How Do I Become a Reader?
1. You must contact Fr. John at jsureau@sjecm.org or by phone at 631.878.0009
2. You must attend one of the diocesan training sessions

Diocesan Training:
Monday, October 15 at 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. at St. Elizabeth, Melville.

Altar Servers needed - 12/16

Our parish is in desperate need of new altar servers. Altar servers assist at masses, prayer services and sacramental celebrations. They are invaluable members of the parish community who contribute a great deal to parish life... and we’re working to have some more community building times as well! Altar servers need to be in fourth grade or above, should be attending Sunday mass and desire to get more involved in the life of the parish and the Church. We will begin training soon! If your child is interested, please leave a message for Fr. John at jsureau@sjecm.org or via phone at 631.878.0009.

SJE Street Ministry Donations - 12/16

The Street Ministry is continuously serving 60-90 individuals and amilies 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: baby wipes, socks, diapers (size 4 and 5), shaving cream, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, men’s underwear- Size 18, 32/34 and 36/38, women’s underwear- size 8/10, 12/14 and 16/18.

We are also in need of cooks. We have been running out of food due to the high number of guests. If you're interested in cooking a tray of food for the Thursday night run or have any questions, please email Corinne Bernath at bernath52194 @optonline.net or Alex Finta at afinta@sjecm.org or 631.878.0009 ext. 119.

RCIA - 12/16

Do you love to share your faith? Want someone else to know about what excites you about the faith? Become part of our welcoming process! The RCIA process is in place to assist adults who are discerning God’s call to the Catholic Church through baptism or from another Christian faith. We are looking for parishioners to journey with our parish’s catechumens (those preparing for baptism) and our candidates (those coming from other Christian faiths!). Our meetings generally take place after one of the Sunday morning masses (and once in a while on a Saturday evening). You would not need to commit to every week. We need parishioners who can teach in a small group OR lead a small faith sharing or put on a pot of coffee or bring some desserts or do it all? Want to learn more? Find out if this is for you? Contact Fr. John at jsureau@sjecm.org or call at 631.878.0009.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament - 12/16

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

Alateen Meeting - 12/17

Alateen is for anyone, aged 12 through 18, who has been affected by someone else’s drinking or addiction. Two adult, trained members of Al-Anon are present at every meeting. Come learn healthy ways to deal with your loved one’s addiction in a safe and confidential environment. Meetings on Monday at 7 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church at 25 Ocean Ave., Center Moriches. Meetings will take place upstairs in the Red Barn (in the parking lot of Our Lady Queen of Apostles School). Contact MondayCMAlateen@gmail.com for more information.

Interested in Being Baptized? - 12/16

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

Sacrament of Reconciliation - 12/16

It is a good time for each one of us to get back in the routine of going to the sacrament of Reconciliation. At St. John’s, we celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation every day. During the week, we celebrate the sacrament after the 7 a.m. and noon masses. Please wait in the north transept (near the organ and the Blessed Mother shrine) for the priest after mass to hear confessions. On Saturday and Sunday evenings, confessions are heard before the Saturday evening (4 p.m. and 7 p.m.) and Sunday evening masses (5 p.m.). As with the weekdays, please wait in the north transept. Of course, you can - and should - approach one of our parish priests whenever you want to celebrate the sacrament. You can also call the parish office to make an appointment.

Youth Justice Corps - 12/16

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

The Social Ministry is here to help - 12/16

Our parish, overall, and our parish social ministry, 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 + Thursday afternoons: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Thrift Shop: Wednesday: 9 a.m. to noon.

Ministry of Consolation - 12/16

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 jsureau@sjecm.org.

Prison Families Anonymous - 12/16

Prison Families Anonymous welcomes anyone who now has, or ever had, a loved one involved in the juvenile or criminal justice system. At meetings, we share our experience, strength and hope. Here we offer information and assistance in navigating the criminal justice system. We encourage members to exchange phone numbers and when possible to carpool to upstate prisons. Prison Families Anonymous (PFA) Life becomes more difficult and stressful for family and friends when a loved one becomes incarcerated. Relationships and responsibilities can become strained and the dynamics within the family often change dramatically. The PFA support group provides a safe, non-judgmental place where those in similar situations can connect with each other. It provides compassion, support and information to family members during their very difficult times. The Prison Families Anonymous support group meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Presbyterian Church at 1843 Deer Park Avenue Deer Park, NY 11729. Northeast corner of Deer Park and Lake Ave. Use the rear door closest to parking lot.

Ministry of Consolation - 12/16

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 jsureau@sjecm.org.

'Ernie’s Place' Food Pantry - 11/19 and 11/22

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 and pasta sauce, canned foods and meats, toilet paper. Thank you for your continued generosity. Remember this list when you go shopping.

Memorial Cards - 12/16

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 benefitting 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.

Handel's 'Messiah' Tickets - 12/14

Messiah tickets now on sale for December 14 at 7 p.m. in the church with the Moriches Choral Society and Orchestra. Please see Mr. McKeon at the organ after mass, or stop by the rectory office. $15 per ticket, two for $20.

Men's Prayer Group - 12/15

The Totus Tuus Men's Group needs you! We are looking for young men, bachelors, married men, older men and anyone somewhere in between. Join other men from your parish for coffee, lively discussion and applying our faith to real life to living our Catholic faith today. The Men's Group meets in the kitchen of the Convent (white house) every Saturday at 9 a.m. Hope to see you there! You’re invited! For more information, please contact Fr. Michael at mplona@sjecm.org. See you there.

Calling All high School Students - 12/16

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


Stewardship - 12/16

Each week, we provide envelopes for specific areas of parish life. This allows us to focus our stewardship in certain areas. Ideally, we would love to have a strong regular collection which would make these envelopes unnecessary. Next week, please make use of the Parish Improvements envelope and/or place your offering in the regular collection.

Immaculate Conception: $4,178 (2017: $3,789). Sunday 12/9/18: $15,849 (2017: $15,547). Religious Retirement Fund: $2,635 (2017: $2,700).

This Week’s Hymns: 12/15 and 12/16

Entrance Hymn: #492: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Preparation Hymn: #503: On Jordan’s Bank
Communion Hymn: #1025: Take and Eat
Closing Hymn: #501: People, Look East

Adult Choir: Practice Tuesdays at 7 p.m.
Children’s Choir: Practice Tuesdays at 6 p.m.
Mass Band: Practice Sundays at 4 p.m.

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 music@sjecm.org.

Readings: Third Sunday of Advent - 12/16

Reading I: Zephaniah 3:14-18A. Shout for joy, sing joyfully.
Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 12:2-3, 4, 5-6.
Second Reading: 1 Philippians 4:4-7. Rejoice, the Lord is near.
Gospel: Luke 3:10-18. John announces the coming of the Messiah.

Readings: Fourth Sunday of Advent - 12/23

Reading I: Micah 5:1-4A. The Lord foretells the coming of the Messiah from Bethlehem.
Responsorial Psalm: PS 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19.
Second Reading: Hebrews 10:5-10. Paul reveals Jesus as the new sacrificial offering.
Gospel: Luke 1:39-45. Mary visits Elizabeth.

Discussion Questions

1. If you were expecting a majestic ruler how would you have felt about the stable and manger? When you experience poverty in your life, do you accept it as a meeting place with God or do you run from it?

2. What does “once and for all” mean? Is it that Jesus’ coming to do his Father’s will, completes the New Covenant and sanctifies us all?

3. The infant “leaped for joy” in Elizabeth’s womb at the recognition of the soon to be born savior. Discuss this moment as mankind’s welcome to the savior. How close do you come to leaping for joy when you recognize God’s presence in your life?

Remembering Our Loved ones - 12/16

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 — $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.

Newly-Baptized - 12/16

Natalia Katherine Dinnis, Adeline Rose Drummond, Marcus Michael Marciano, Amelia Mary Nappi, Jaxon Timothy Cahill Driver, Bianca Louise Kentoffio, Savannh Jean Kentoffio, Justin Michael Maier, Aubrie Emma Verbarg, Jacob Ryan Verbarg, Giavanna Jewel Verbarg.

Newly-Married - 12/16

Daniel Folks and Susan Dubois, Tarren Kearns and Brittany Healy, Andy Morales and Kristin Mazza, Dustin Molter and Kelly Reynolds, Alexander Finta and Regina Liantonio, William Sturek and Sasithorn Panichnok.

We Remember - 12/16

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

Entrance antiphon, funeral mass: Karen Brennan, Peter Joseph Zunino Sr., Robert Duhigg, Jr, Dolores Madigan, Joseph Prebish, Anne Zeno, Richard J. Mato.

Those wishing to have a mass said for a loved one may stop by the rectory. Available masses in the upcoming weeks include: 7 a.m. masses on Dec. 24, Spanish evening masses (7:30 p.m.) on Dec. 18, 29.

We Pray For The sick - 12/16

Jennifer Lynn Peck, Dolly Parent , Remy Schandel

We Pray for our Military - 12/16

In your generosity, please pray for our parish family members serving abroad in the military. Family members, please call the rectory to add or update your loved one’s status if they have returned.

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

St. John's Pastoral Team

Reverend John Sureau, Pastor
Principal - OLQA
jsureau@sjecm.org

Reverend Felix Akpabio
Parochial Vicar
fakpabio@sjecm.org

Reverend Michael Plona
Parochial Vicar
mplona@sjecm.org

Deacon John Pettorino
jpettorino@sjecm.org

Joseph Catafago
Pastoral Year Seminarian
jcatafago@sjecm.org

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

Alex Finta
Associate Director of Parish Social Ministry
afinta@sjecm.org

Andrew McKeon
Director of Music Ministries
music@sjecm.org

Michelle Pirraglia
Director of Faith Formation
mpirraglia@sjecm.org

Katie Waller
Business Manager
kwaller@sjecm.org

Help Wanted: Service Announcements

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: SJE is privileged to have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Monday evenings and Thursday afternoons in Seton Chapel. In the future, we hope to expand the days and hours we have Exposition in the parish. For now, we need parishioners to commit to be present for Exposition. We have found a few times the Blessed Sacrament is exposed and no one is in Seton Chapel or we could not start Exposition because no one had come. The Blessed Sacrament may never be left unattended when it is exposed on the altar. Would you be willing to give an hour of your Monday evening or Thursday afternoon to sit in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament? If so, can you please contact Fr. John at jsureau@sjecm.org or call at 631.878.0009. Presently, we are seeking parishioners to remain in prayer. Please email to Fr. John at jsureau@sjecm.org or leave this in the collection basket or parish office. We would like to offer more hours of exposition of the Blessed Sacrament soon. Presently, we are seeking parishioners to remain in prayer: Mondays: 5 - 6 (will not start for a while into August or September) Mondays 6 – 7 (presently 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays from 7 - 8 p.m.(in coordination with the Holy Hour for Priests). Thursdays 1 - 2 p.m., Thursdays 2 - 3 p.m., Thursdays 3 - 4 p.m., Thursdays 4 - 5 p.m. .

Outreach Volunteers Wanted: Now that the Outreach Offices of Alex Finta and Sister Ann, are on the second floor of The Barn, the bell can not be heard when it is rung. We do not want people to turn away thinking that we are not here. We have a few volunteers but not nearly enough to fully act as receptionists. What qualifications are needed? A willingness to answer the phone, take messages, make appointments, and wear a very welcoming expression on your face! What do you have to do to apply? Register for the Virtus training, fill out a background paper provided from us, and have your picture taken by Michael Walsh! Easy? Of course. When needed? Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 10 until noon (one day is sufficient;) Or, Wednesday or Friday from 1 until 3 p.m. We are hoping that we might be able to have two people at a time—just so that they could have company. Can you give us 2 hours a week? If you can help, please call Sister Ann at 631.874.5654, ext 119. If Sister is not available, please leave a message and she will return your call. Thank you, and God bless you.

Catholicism Initiation Assistants: Can you join the journey? As you can see, new groups are forming for the Christian initiation of adults and children. We are looking for men and women of our parish to accompany those who are seeking to become Catholic and complete their initiation. For more information, contact Suzan Fitzpatrick at rcia@sjecm.org or call the Parish Office at 631.878.0009.

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

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

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

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

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

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