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

What's Happening At SJE

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time: November 10


“He is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.” Luke 20:38


11/10 Bulletin     11/3 Bulletin

Consider donating online to SJE

“Save Time and Donate Online!” Online Giving is now available for parishioners with WeShare, an easy and convenient way to save time and support the church. Donating is simple, safe and completely secure. With WeShare, you can set up a recurring weekly or monthly transaction using your checking, savings, or credit card account. You can decide how much to give to any collection and make changes any time, day or night. Plus, you can leave your checkbook at home on Sundays. In the coming weeks, we’ll also be allowing our religious education parents to make payments on the site and will be promoting a number of church events.

Be on the lookout for those announcements. If you would like to enroll in online giving, please visit sjecm.org. If you have any questions or concerns about the program or would like help setting up your account, please call our parish office at 631.878.0009. "Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you." - Luke 6:38

 

Mass & Worship Announcements

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

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

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

Come and spend some time with the Lord: Seton Chapel (in the convent - a.k.a. the white house) is open each day from 7 a.m. until the early evening. We gather in Seton Chapel for Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament Mondays – 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays – 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. mass – in Spanish – Tuesdays 7:30 p.m.

Liturgy of the Hours: We pray the Liturgy of the Hours on Mondays at 3 p.m. (Daytime Prayer) and 8:45 p.m. (Night Prayer) in Seton Chapel. Thursdays at 1 p.m. (Daytime Prayer and 4:45 p.m. (Evening Prayer) in SetonChapel. Saturdays and Sundays after the Evening Mass in Our Lady’s Chapel in the Church.

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

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

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place in Seton Chapel on Mondays from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Thursdays from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Come to know Mary, Our Lady Queen of Apostles: We pray the Rosary every day after Daily Mass in Our Lady’s Chapel in the church building Mondays + We pray the Miraculous Medal Novena after the 7 a.m. Mass in the church building and at 7:30 p.m. in Seton Chapel in the Convent.

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

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

Confession Schedule: Days, Times, Locations

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Church Hours & Contact Info

Rectory (Parish office) hours (the Blue House on Ocean Avenue): This is where you make appointments to meet with our priests, pick up a mass card, drop off materials and it's usually a good “first stop” at SJE. We seek to be as present as we can to those who come to our doors. We are open from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Monday to Thursday and 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Friday to Sunday. We close from noon to 1 each day to give our staff free time.

Phone Numbers: 631.878.0009. Fax: 631.874.2466.

Email Address: 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

Mass Schedule of Intentions

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Faith Formation Information

St. John the Evangelist’s Faith Formation program serves our parish youth, beginning in first grade and their families as they grow in faith and prepare for the Sacraments.

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

Catechists Still Needed: Do you know who they need? Our Level 7 students need you! Sign up today! Small Group Leaders, Level 1 (Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.) Level 3 (Tuesdays, 4:45 p.m, - 5:45 p.m,). Contact Michelle Pirraglia in our Faith Formation Office for more details call 631.878.0009 or email to mpirraglia@sjecm.org.

Becoming Catholic: Do you want to be Catholic? Do you want to be baptized? Were you baptized into another Christian faith but now want to join the Catholic Church? Then the RCIA is for you! The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the Church’s process for adult women and men who want to join the Catholic Church. It involves learning about the Catholic faith, sharing faith with others and participating in the life of the Church. If you want to learn more, leave a message in the Rectory (631.878.0009) or email to rcia@sjecm.org. We will be putting together our next RCIA group in the weeks ahead!

Rite of reception: Are you an adult interested in receiving the sacrament of Confirmation? If you are a baptized Catholic, but have not been fully initiated, we offer a process for those who desire to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. For adults who desire more information, please fill our this letter of interest form first. For teenagers and their families who desire more information, contact the Faith Formation Office at 631.878.0009, ext. 170 or email to faithformation@sjecm.org. For adults who desire more information, contact Father John at jsureau@sjecm.org or leave a message at 631.878.0009. Meetings will begin during Lent and continue to the celebration of Pentecost in June.

Catholic mentors needed: We are in the process of preparing for a new session of our RCIA process. This process is for adults seeking baptism as well as those who were baptized into other Christian faiths. We are looking for active and engaged parishioners who can serve as: Catechists – work with prepared materials to teach others about the Catholic faith. Facilitators – work with our RCIA group to share with one another about the Scriptures and the Catholic faith. Hospitality – work to prepare a place of welcome with coffee and small snacks. The commitment involves an hour or an hour and a half each week. The truth – this ministry needs those who are actively involved in our parish (those who already do too much) and those who are seeking something new. For more information and to talk it through, please contact Fr. John ASAP so we can begin this process as quickly as possible. You can reach Fr. John at jsureau@sjecm.org or call at 631.878.0009.

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

Faith Formation Payments

OLQA enrollment flyer

Faith Formation Information

Faith Formation Class Schedules

Confirmation Forms

Our Lady Queen Of Apostles Regional Catholic School

OLQA: 2 St. John Place, Center Moriches, NY. 631.878.1033. www.olqany.org - on the SJE campus

Help Needed! OLQA and SJE are looking for a few hands to install new lock boxes for classroom laptops. We are doing the installations on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. If you can help, please e-mail Fr. John at jsureau@olqany.org or call at 631.878.1033.

OLQA enrollment flyer     

Academic Intervention Teachers Needed

The Catholic School in Center Moriches is seeking trained educators to work in 'The Mission — The Middle School Academy at OLQA' — particularly in the areas of math and ELA (English Language Arts). Interested candidates are asked to be:

  • Educators or recently retired teachers
  • Collaborators with fellow teachers
  • Inspired by working with middle school students
  • Looking to work parts of three or four days
  • Seeking to transform the lives of young people
  • Ready to be challenged and fulfilled.

If interested, please send a resume to jsureau@olqany.org.

This Week @ SJE: News & Events

Celebrate Deacon Paul Clores - 11/10

On Saturday, November 9, Paul Clores will be ordained a deacon by Timothy Cardinal Dolan at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie. Come and celebrate Deacon Paul Clores on Sunday, November 10 at the noon mass with a reception following in the school auditorium. We were honored to be part of Paul’s journey to this day and want to celebrate with him. Deacon Paul will serve and preach at the noon mass. We will gather in the auditorium for a reception as we welcome Deacon Paul’s family and friends to SJE!

New Liturgical Year Minister Meetings

The First Sunday of Advent is also the beginning of the new liturgical year! It’s a good time for liturgical ministers to get together to review procedures and look at some new opportunities in the year ahead.

Please note the following meeting dates and times.

Altar Server Meetings

Wednesday, November 20 – 5 p.m.

OR Sunday, November 24 - 1 p.m.

OR Monday, November 25 – 6 p.m.

Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion Meetings

Wednesday, November 20 – 8 p.m.

OR Thursday, November 21 – 5 p.m.

OR Sunday, November 24 - 3 p.m.

Reader Meetings

Wednesday, November 20 – 7 p.m.

OR Saturday, November 23 – 3 p.m.

From The Pastor's Desk - 11/3

Moving Deeper: Steadfast Steps.

Dear Parish Family: The verses of the psalm for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time contain some good words for us to consider. The psalmist writes with confidence about his relationship with the Lord and about what that relationship calls forth from him. We can see many signs of steadfast steps (Psalm 17:5) in our parish, signs of women and men moving deeper in their relationship with Christ and the Church. Let me share a few: More.

Thanksgiving Mass - 11/28

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God Bless Our Newly-Confirmed

Garrett Alpers

Gavin Alpers

Francis J Amalfitano

Sydney Anastasia

Jillian Andreas

Sean Andreas

Brendan Archbold

Cheryl Attard

Emmanuel Balbuena

Abigail Barnabee

Sabrina Barnosky

Wade Baumiller

Madisyn Beatty

Zackary Becker

Diesel Bisagni

Jessica Bogdan

Paige Brockmann

Juliana Bugnacki

Erica Burghardt

Robert Capestany, Jr.

Anthony Carullo

Charlotte Castiglione

Franklin Castro

Jonathan Castro

Kaley Ann Cherrez

Margaret Clauberg

Rebecca Cognet

Emily Coleman

Emily Cooper

Christian Coppola

Tianna Cotignola

Ronan Coyle

Abigail D'Aiuto

Anthony D'Gracia

Vincent Daly

Courtney Davila

James Debler-Seidel

Matthew Debler-Seidel

Chase Dechiaro

Benjamin Dench

Isabel Dennis

Rory Dentel

Kevin Deshler

Elisa Dewitt

Stephen DiLeone

Alyssa Dingman

Isabella DiPrimo

Sabrina Doyle

Bryan Durgan

Nicholas Esposito

Joseph Ferraro

Maria Forte

Leah Franchi

Mackenzie Gaber

Alexandra Garcia

Tristan Gatchalian

Clare Gayer

Kaylie Gaynor

Bella Gershonowitz

Jason Giannetto

Justin Giannetto

Joseph Goncalves

Brianna Gonzales

Kaitlyn Gonzalez

Ryan Gonzalez

Adrianna Greco

Isabella Greco

Peter Grogan

Amanda Haffey

Kylee Hall

Ryan Hawkins

Chance Hobin

Samuel Hogan

Grace Iadanza

Alphonse Isaac

John Johnston

Aidan Jones

Noelle Jordan

Angelina Jorgensen

Mikayla Kaiser

Louis Kaleb

Riley Keller

Tyler Kirchner

Tatum Kirwan

Gavin Kleine

Reiley Kosta

Sydney Kosta

Daria Krzywda

Juliana LaBella

Emily Leiva

Diego Llamas-Oliva

Anthony Longo

Romina Lopez Flores

Ava Lopez

Theresa LoPresti

Bryan Luper

Cali Magee

Megan Magill

Anthony Mannese

Riley Mannix

Kaley Maxwell

Aidan McAuley

Catherine McCann

Luke McCluskey

Liam McDermott

Aidan McDonald

Sophia McGlynn

Riley McGregor

Bridie McGuire

Shea Meade

Madison Meadows

Jake T Mecca

Robert Mendez Zhinin

Derick Mendez

Juan Mendez

Alexa Mescia

Michael Milano, III

Carol Monroy

Frank Montalbano

Kamilla Montoya

Taylor Morales

Emma Morris

Riley James Morris

Patrick Murphy

Emily Murtha

Christopher Nardi

Courtney Natoli

Noah Nolan

Shane O'Brien

Katherine O'Connor

Alexander O'Henry

Emma Oliveri

Oscar George Ortega Armanza

Christian Alexander Ortega Zuniga

Ryan Pace

Emily Passaro

Cory Peeling

Lauren Pellegrino

Isabella Pennachio

Kayla Perez Bautista

Hailey Poach

Gwen Posanti

Carter Puch

Lucas Quinn

Kevin Quito

Peyton Ragimierski

Sophia Raguso

Gabrielle Randazzo

Leah Rankin

Brendan Reilly

Thomas Rhodes

Gisela Ribeiro

Aiden Riker

Destiny Rivera

GraceAnn Rizzitello

Ethan Rodrigues

Kassidy Rohan

Kevin Rojo

Olivia Rosado

Jessica Rosen

Melissa Ryder

Natalie Sadowski

Anthony Sanguedolce

Kathleen Schaefer

Fiona Schlegel

Michelle Segura

Eric Serrano

Amanda Shannon

Christopher Simon

Nicholas Simonetta

Megan Sitzmann

Jacob Smith

Kate Smith

Dylan Specht

Tanner Stahl

Ryan Steinberg

Isabella Talamini

Katherine Tassone

Abigail Tedesco

Erinn Tedesco

Patrick Tennant

Luke Thorley

Emily Tully

Brenda Umanzor

Jessica Velasco

Alyvia Verga

Nicholas Verga

Laura Verrelli

Zachary Veschi

James Waller, Jr.

Reagan Walsh

Dylan Ward

Brenna E. Winter

Lucas Witschel

Aidan Young

Andrew Zarbhanelian

Christopher Zarbhanelian

Katelyn Zeltmann

Jennifer Zhanay

SJE needs altar servers

Even now, as young people, you can be apostles, capable of drawing others to Jesus. This will happen if you are full of enthusiasm for him, for Jesus, if you have encountered him, if you have come to know him personally, and been yourselves “won over” by him. - Pope Francis. What about you? 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 lifespan 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.

Initial Training Meeting: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 6 p.m. Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 1 p.m.
Installation Mass: Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. Mass (You will not need to attend all of these trainings... I will explain at the first meeting.)

'Sunday's Word 2020'

We have available editions of Sunday’s Word 2020. You can pick them up and take them with you. A free will offering of $5.00 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.

John Cardinal Newman Canonized

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SJE Wear

We have a limited number of SJE T-shirts, sweatshirts and other items remaining. T-shirts are $10. Hoodies are $25. Regular sweatshirts are only $20. Hats- $15 Water bottles- $4 Car magnets- $3. You can pick one up at the rectory during regular office hours. Great Christmas gifts for early shoppers!

Sandwich Sundays

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Advent and the liturgical year

We have available editions of Sunday’s Word 2020. 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.

Sunday's Children's Liturgy of the Word

The Children’s Liturgy of The Word is a program for children attending the Sunday 9 a.m. mass ages K-6th grade. The Children’s Liturgy of The Word ministry runs through May. For more information or if you are interested in joining this rewarding ministry please email Deana Ditta at CLTW@sjecm.org, or speak to any CLTW volunteer directly. Teen volunteers welcome!

How it works:

• At the 9 a.m. mass, after the collect (opening prayer of the mass), children in Kindergarten – 6th Grade are invited to come forward and sent forth so they can hear God’s Word in a special way. (Children do NOT have to participate. That’s up to their parents and family members. We hope everyone will.)

• At the Children’s Liturgy of the Word, we will use the Lectionary for Mass with Children. These are the same readings everyone else is hearing but in a slightly different translation that is easier for them to understand. A special homily is also given—by a homilist— to better help them understand the readings.

• The children will then return back to Mass with our Shepherds (guides) to participate in the Liturgy of the Eucharist with their family.

Let There Be “Christmas” Light (and Decorations)!

SJE needs some help with Christmas decorations! Do you love to hang Christmas lights on decks? Like to organized decorations? Can’t wait to hang that roping? Have a great idea for the Christmas tree? WE NEED YOU! Our hope is to do all of the decorations on a Saturday morning or afternoon. This is a great activity for families to work together on… and it’s only one day (well, two, with the clean up but that’s in 2020!) Please contact Fr. John if you’re able to help – 631.878.0009 or email to jsureau@sjecm.org.

Please Continue to Support Our Spirit Day Sponsors

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

Angelo and Lillian Rollo • Antonia Flaherty RealtorsBaby Moon RestaurantBridgehampton National BankCenter Moriches Veterinary HospitalCrossfit KryptoniteDammayer Construction CompanyDeo Cards/Prabhu Cards and Gift, Inc.DunRite Appliance Co., Inc.East End Kids AcademyEast End Plaza Deli • Electrical Technology Inc. • Enes Carnesecca and Jerry Frunzi • Environmental Assessment and Remediations • Friends of the Waterways • Gerald and Gracemarie Whitfield • Grammas Consultants • John and Helen May and Family • John and Joseph Perno and Family • Law Office of Elizabeth HarringtonLenny Bruno FarmsLillian's Hair StudioLund Valve Testing • M and M Travel • Matt and Kelly - The Pomara Family • Moloney-Sinnicksons Funeral HomeMoriches Bay Realty • Mr. and Mrs. James Lapham • Out East Therapy of NYPaul's Lawn and Landscape and Christmas Tree FarmPinto Pools • Plum Cottage Interior Design • ProFlame Inc. Queen of All Hearts K of CRed O Website DesignsRico's ClothingRJ Beverage Roy Probeyahn and SonsShirley Auto Body • SJE Ministry of Consolation • Swezey Fuel Company • The Bente Family • The Church Bulletin Company • The McKeon Family • The Murray Family • The Parks Family • The Plona Family • The Spellman Family • The Sureau Family • Twin Ponds CabinetryWesche Funeral Home, Inc

The divine Office (The Liturgy of the Hours)

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

We pray the Liturgy of the Hours:

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

Do you want to be Catholic? Or Baptized?

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

Thursday PM Youth Group

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Altar Society

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

The 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 new members for the guild who will help us out in our parish offices from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, on Saturday morning and at other times throughout the year. Interested? Want to learn more? Contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or email to rectory@sjecm.org.

Baptism Team members Needed

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Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sinners welcome and wanted. Come and celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation! Daily after the 7 a.m. and noon masses and after the 8 a.m. mass on Saturday (Please wait in the lobby of the convent building Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.* (Spanish/English) Sundays from 5 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. It is a good time for each one of us to get back in the routine of going to the sacrament of Reconciliation. At St. John’s, we celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation every day. As with the weekdays, please wait in the north transept. Of course, you can - and should - approach one of our parish priests whenever you want to celebrate the sacrament. You can also call the parish office to make an appointment.

Chefs/Volunteers needed Thursdays

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

Altar of Remembrance

During the month of November, we remember in a special way our loved ones who have died. This year, we will be preparing a special Altar of Remembrance in the Seton Chapel. Beginning November 1st, you are invited to place a picture on the altar so that we may remember your loved ones and pray for each other. Please limit the size of your photo (perhaps no larger than 4 x 6) so that there is room for everyone who wishes to participate. You may place the picture in a small frame. Please remember to write your name and phone number on the back of the picture. Pictures may be dropped off at the rectory or at the sacristy. We ask that you pick up your picture no later than Saturday, November 30.

Book Of The Names Of the Dead

A special book will be placed inside Our Lady’s Chapel for members of our parish community to write down the names of loved ones who have died. The names in this book will be remembered at our Masses throughout the month of November.

All Souls Day Novena

All Souls Day Novena envelopes are now available. These envelopes are a meaningful way for you to have your deceased loved ones prayed for in the Novena of Masses for All Souls Day. Take an envelope, fill out the name of the deceased, and return the envelope with your donation. Envelopes may be returned either in the collection basket or at the rectory. Special Masses will be offered for nine (9) days throughout the month of November for these intentions for the deceased.

Praying For And Ministering To The Sick

As Catholics, we are called to pray for and minister to the sick and the ill. At St. John’s, it one of the ways we bring the Light of Christ to those in need. Those who are seriously ill or facing surgery, as well as those in danger of death, should receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. Please call the Parish Office and ask for one of our priests. If you or a family member are ill and wish to receive Holy Communion, please contact the parish office. One of our parish priests will come visit you and an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Community will then visit each week. We pray for the sick and the homebound at mass each week. To add your name or the name of a loved one, please contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or email to rectory@sjecm.org.

Comunidad Hispano de San Juan Evangelista, Center Moriches

Sacramentos del Bautismo, la Comunión o la Confirmación: ¿Usted o alguien que usted conoce tiene más de 7 años y necesita los Sacramentosdel Bautismo, la Comunión o la Confirmación? Por favor, póngase en contacto con Gregorio Chavez en p-chavez@hotmail.com para el próximo paso a seguir. Gracias.

Ministerios Y Servicios: Dirección de la Oficina: 25 Ocean Ave. Center Moriches, NY 11934.

Teléfono: 1.631.878.0009 Horas especiales para asistencia en español: Martes 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Santa Misa: Sábados - 7:30 p.m., Martes - 7:30 p.m. en el Convent (La Casa Blanca)

Confesiones: Sábado - 7 p.m. en la Iglesia

Bautismos: Segundo Domingo a las 2 p.m. en la Iglesia. Clases pre-bautismos es el tercer miércoles de cada mes.

Locación: en el granero (la casa roja) a las 7 p.m.

Favor de traer el certificado de nacimiento del niño dos meses antes del bautismo: Requisitos: 1. Certificado de nacimiento del niño o/de la niña. 2. Certificado de inscripción de su Parroquia (padres y padrinos) 3. Los padres deben traer estos documentos a la oficina de San Juan para fijar las fechas de charla pre-bautismal (OBLIGATORIA para padres y padrinos) y la fecha del Bautismo.

Matrimonios: Parejas que planean su matrimonio, deben hacer una cita con uno de los sacerdotes antes de su boda. De este modo tendrán suficiente tiempo para recibir las instrucciones prematrimoniales y obtener los documentos necesarios. Para más información llame al oficina.

Exposición del Santísimo (adoración): Jueves, noon - 8 p.m.

Renovación Carismática: Viernes 7 p.m. en el granero (la casa roja).

R.I.C.A. (Iniciación Cristiana de Adultos): Padre Michael 1.631.878.0009

Templos del Espiritu Santo (Grupo de Jovenes) cada sabado a las 5 p.m. en el Red Barn.

Tenemos un grupo nuevo en nuestra parroquia, Los Templos del Espiritu Santo! Este grupo quiere ayudar y server los jovenes en la communidad acrecer en sus relaciones con el Señor Jesus. Los Templos del Espiritu Santo reune cada sabado a las 5 p.m. en el Barn empezando el 19 de enero. Habla con Kenia por mas informacion: keniax365574@gmail.com.

Women's Group

Our women's groupmeets every other Monday at 10 am to 11:30 am, in the convent. We will be reading The Sanctifier, by Archbishop Luis M. Martinez. Come and join us as we learn how The Holy Spirit Leads us to Holiness, Directs us, Inspires us, Teaches how to use the gifts we have been given, what our gifts are, etc. This book is a treasure chest of knowledge that will empower us to live a more fruitful and spiritual life. We will also share how The Holy Spirit is working in our lives. Meetings: 11/18, 12/2, 12/16 and 12/30. Facilitators: Anita Luccari, Carol Ketcham. Call 631.878.0009 to register.

The Women of Grace Foundational Study "Full of Grace: Women and the Abundant Life," written by Johnette Benkoic Williams, is a program for Catholic women to come to know our vocation as daughters of God, to be affirmed in the knowledge of the importance the gift of our authentic femininity is to our place in life right now. We will be using videos featuring Johnnette, the books Full of Grace and the Full of Grace Study book, Scripture, the Catechism, writings from Vatican II and other magisterial documents and the biographies of 16 Catholic women saints. The Blessed Virgin Mary will be our model, the Holy Spirit will be our guide. St. John's will purchase the books. Please call the rectory 631.878.0009 so we know how many books we need. My name is Anita Luccari, I will facilitate the group. We meet in the Seton Chapel in the convent from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., we will meet every other week.

Join The SJE Parish

How do I register? So many people who come to St. John’s often wonder why it’s important to register. By registering in a parish:

  • You make a formal commitment to this community of faith: basically saying, “I want to belong…”
  • This parish makes a formal commitment to you, basically saying, “We want to be here for you!”
  • You will be better informed about all that is happening here at SJE, basically saying, “Get involved…we need you!!!”

*Please note: We will only be able to produce tax forms for those who are formally registered and use envelopes (or, eventually, electronic giving). To register, contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or email to rectory@sjecm.org to make an appointment with a member of our Pastoral Team. You will no longer be able to register by coming into the office without making an appointment.

Community Meal - 11/18

Join us Monday, November 18 in the Red Barn at St. John the Evangelist Church in Center Moriches. The meal will consist of a homemade dinner from 6 p.m. - 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 or volunteering, please reach out to Alex Finta at afinta@sjecm.org. Mark your calendars for these future meals as well

BINGO

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East End Youth Night - 11/16

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Turkey Trot - 11/30

On Saturday, November 30, the Shrine of Our Lady of the Island will be hosting a 5k Run/Walk /“Turkey Trot” to benefit Mary’s Meals, a global organization that feeds children around the world. Mass is at 11:30am and the Turkey Trot begins at 1:00pm. Register the day of event. A $20 donation fee will feed a child for an entire school year. Any questions please contact the Shrine.

Prison Families Anonymous - 11/12

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

Memorial Cards

Parish Social Ministry Memorial Cards are available. This is one way to honor one who has passed away. These cards allow you to express your sympathy while also benefiting the less fortunate in our local community. Each month we will celebrate mass for all those remembered via the memorial cards. The names of those remembered will be periodically included in the bulletin. The memorial offering made will benefit Parish Outreach, our Homeless Initiative, Food Pantry and Thrift Shop and the many works of Parish Social Ministry at SJE. To obtain a parish social ministry memorial card, visit the rectory office during regular hours or Parish Outreach from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, contact the Parish Social Ministry Office.

2020 Mass Book

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

Available masses in the upcoming weeks include:

  • 7 a.m. Masses: November 18, 19, 20, 22, 25, 26 ,27
  • 12 Noon Masses: November 22
  • Spanish Evening Masses (7:30 p.m.): November 19, 23, 26

'Messiah' Tickets are now on Sale

Save the date - December 13 at 7:30 pm, for Part One of Handel's Messiah, and carols with the Choral Society of The Moriches in their 82nd season! Tickets are available for purchase at the Rectory during Office Hours or please see Andrew McKeon at the organ before or after Mass! Single Tickets are $15 or Two for $20. This years' program is sure to delight with new collaborations with local musicians under the outstanding direction of Dr. Richard Wright! The place to be on December 13th at 7:30pm is Saint John The Evangelist, in Center Moriches! For more information about the Choral Society please navigate to www.moricheschoral.org

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul

The apostles’ request of Jesus to “increase (their) faith” is made in the face of the seemingly impossible demands of discipleship. Jesus answers by illustrating what faithful discipleship looks like. The servant has been laboring all day in the field, but more is yet to be done. The work of the disciples is never completed. Discipleship is never-ending. To be a disciple means to be a servant. Here faith means faithfulness, that is, faithfulness in service. The faith-filled person puts in an honest day’s work. That person is gracious to those with whom he or she comes in contact. That person is ready to reach out and help another, even beyond one’s own work load. That person does not judge or condemn others. The faith-filled person sees Jesus in the other and responds to the situation with Jesus’ love and mercy. Faith is faithfulness in action. For assistance email depaul@sjecm.org or contact Alex Finta in the parish Social Ministry Office.

Stewardship

All Saints: $2,587 (2018: $3,583)
Sunday 11/03/19: $17,454 (2018: $16,726)
Archdiocese for Military: $1,726 (2016: $3,121)

Electronic Donation Summary for 10/1—10/31
Total Transactions: $5,219 - 37 users - $ 141.05 Avg/User
One Time Transactions: $804 - 2 user - $160.80 Avg/User
Recurring Transactions: $4,415 - 35 users- $ 38.39 Avg/User

Next Sunday, World Mission Sunday, we are called To be part of the Church’s missionary efforts, supporting mission priests, religious Sisters and Brothers, and lay catechists who provide loving service to those most in need. As Catholics around the world, here at home and in the missions, gather at the Eucharist around the table of the Lord, let us pray for the Church’s worldwide missionary work and offer financial help through the Society for the Propagation of the Faith for vulnerable communities throughout Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Pacific Islands.

Music Ministry - 11/3

Join the choir! We need your voices

If you wish to “pray twice” please send an email to Music@sjecm.org with your name, and best telephone number!We rehearse on Tuesday evenings at 6pm for Youth Choir, and Adult Choir at 7 p.m., in the Church. We are also looking for instrumentalists and singers for the 5:30 p.m. mass on Sundays! Rehearsal begins at 4:15 p.m. on Sundays. The Church tells us that the praying we do during communion is the Sung Prayer of hymns and songs. To best facilitate full and active participation from the congregation as a whole, selecting music with refrains we can all sing easily from memory is a benefit. This is often why we sing rather common communion or Eucharistic based hymns at this time of the mass. As Catholics, we sing! It’s often such a joy to hear so many voices collectively as one proclaiming praises here at Saint John The Evangelist!

Adult Choir: Practice Tuesdays at 7 p.m. (please contact Andrew)

Children’s Choir: Practice Tuesdays at 6 p.m. (please contact Stephanie)

5:30 p.m. Mass Band: Practice Sundays at 4 p.m. (please contact Tess)

Do you love to sing? We are always looking for members for our choirs from our community. If you have a passion for making music with us at Church, please join us. You can contact one of our directors or reach out to Andrew McKeon at 631.878.0009 or email to music@sjecm.org.

Andrew McKeon, Director of Music Ministries: music@sjecm.org.

Sister Ann Berendes, IHM - aberendes@sjecm.org.

Tess Austin: tessaustin1624@gmail.com.

Stephanie Lengyel: sllengyel@gmail.com.

 

Readings: thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time - 11/17

Reading I: Malachi 3:19-20A. Evildoers will be destroyed; those who fear God will be saved.
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 98:5-6, 7-8, 9
Second Reading: 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12. Work hard and earn your keep.
Gospel: Luke 21:5-19. Patiently endure the trials you are sure to face for Jesus.

Discussion Questions

1. What does St. Paul name that drove him to “work in toil and drudgery, night and day”? What would he have toiled at today? Do you work to bring about the kingdom? How?

2. Jesus says, “Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking.” How does this statement and “Not a hair of your head will perish” impact your trust in God?

Newly-Baptized

Our Newly Baptized:Ethan Francis Van Dudek, Giavonna Marie Fox, Kannon Lance King, Mackenzie Rose Mathesen, Michael James Stavola

Are You Having a Child? And thinking 'I want to get my child baptized! How great is this?' What a wonderful celebration for our parish when parents bring their child to Church to celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism. First, contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or via email at rectory@sjecm.org to meet with one of our parish priests or deacon. Both parents will need to attend this meeting. Second, you will attend a baptismal preparation class led by our parish staff. You will sign up for this class at the meeting with one of our parish’s priests or deacon. Third, baptisms are generally celebrated in English on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Sundays and in Spanish on the second Sunday of each month. You will select this date at your initial meeting.

Newly-Married

Recently Married: Thomas Ward and Victoria Quinn, Matthew Gruen and Kristin Herzog

We love to celebrate weddings at SJE! If you have plans to get married, contact St. John’s ASAP to meet with one of our priests. At this meeting, you can: Select a date, learn about marriage preparation, i.e. Pre-Cana and find out why marriage makes a difference - and much more! To make an appointment, contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or email to rectory@sjecm.org. If you would like a particular priest to preside at your wedding, it might best to contact him using the email addresses on the front cover of the bulletin.

We Remember Our Loved ones

Entrance antiphon, recent funeral masses: Gregory Albert Hammond, Robert F. Pelosi Jr.

Those wishing to have a mass said for a loved one may stop by the rectory.

About your funeral: Well we’re not looking to plan that any time soon, but we can always use help with our Ministry of Consolation!!! This ministry reaches out in a variety of ways to those who have recently faced the death of someone they love. The wonderful women and men who offer their time in this ministry—as well as our office staff—do a wonderful job in ministering to those in need. We are in need of more help as we seek to grow the Ministry of Consolation. We are in need of parishioners to come forward as:

  • Liturgical ministers (greeters, servers, extraordinary ministers and readers)
  • Cake bakers (willing to make a small dessert for a family who has suffered a loss)
  • Worship aid makers (able to update our mass program for each funeral, involves light computer and possibly copier use),
  • Organizers (able to assign tasks to those who have offered their time) and
  • Companions (meeting with a family who has suffered a loss to assist with choosing readings, hymns, etc. and being present on the day of the funeral)

If you’re able to help or want to find out more information, contact Fr. John at jsureau@sjecm.org.

If you wish to remember a loved one – living or deceased - at one of our daily masses, please visit the rectory. Opportunities for remembering a loved one at mass in the weeks ahead, include: Helping our parish: altar bread and wine for the month - an offering of $150 is requested: Altar candles are $25 per week. “We have loved them during life, let us not abandon them in death” When we have a mass said in memory of a friend or loved one, we follow these words of St. Ambrose and perform one of the Spiritual works of Mercy. To have a mass said for a friend or relative, visit the Parish Office.

“In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials...” 1 Peter 1:6. Names will be announced at mass the first week they are submitted and will remain on this list for approximately four weeks. If you would like a loved one's 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.

We Pray For The sick

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

Juliana Gales, Theresa Amorese, Carol Theisen, Walter Haase, Christopher Correll, Juliana Gales, Marilyn Stein, Jack Corrigan, Edith Correll, Pam Grosso,

We Pray for our Military

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

  • U.S. Army: Sgt. Justin Sikorski, PVT Bailey Meyer, PVT Sean Casey, SGT Daniel Smith, SPC Justin Daisy, SPC Olivia Cordero, PVT Jahdeba Williams, PVT Joseph Cestare.
  • U.S. Air Force: SSgt. Jason M. Hermes, SRA Ryan Kerstiens, SRA Timothy Kerstiens, PFC Kyle Kerstiens, SMSgt James Nizza.
  • U.S. Marine Corps: PFC Sean Brady, PFC Patrick Kimes, Lt. Col. Robert K. Maldonado, L Cpl. Quentin Montemarano, PVT Charles O'Connor, LCL Andrew Schlosberg.
  • U.S. Navy: STGCS Brian Holzmacher, ET3 Jeremiah Nolan, Jr. E3 Christopher J. Esposito Jr.

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

Parish Outreach: The Ministries of SJE

Office Hours: (Now located on the second floor of the Red Barn) 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Monday to Friday (Please call for an appointment.)

Food Pantry: Monday evenings: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Thursday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Thrift Shop: Wednesday: 9 a.m. to noon.

Our parish overall - and our parish social ministry is here to help - specifically, are here to serve you in any way we can. If you are in need, please reach out to us at St. John’s. A great place to start is the Outreach Office coordinated by Alex Finta and our amazing volunteer ministers. Our Outreach Office is located in the Red Barn. Please call to make an appointment so we can connect you to our services here at SJE or link you to other services. Never be embarrassed to reach out. We may not be able to address every need. If we can’t, we’ll try to connect to someone who can assist you. Please always reach out to us here at SJE!

What can I do to help?

People are often asking/looking for ways to connect to the life of our parish! Good news… there are plenty of ways to connect. Here are just a few:

• Ministry of Consolation. Can you be a presence at parish wakes and funerals? You can assist as a greeter (help to hand out booklets) and move deeper into the ministry as you wish.

• Good at the computer? We are looking for a few parishioners who love to work on Microsoft Publisher and like copy machines. We want to be able to expand our use of worship aids at weddings.

• Love to help organize, keep an inventory, get things in order? Read more in the bulletin about our Hospitality Ministry?

• Want to paint, can handle a little spackle…We are always trying to keep our various building in good shape. We can use some helpful hands with some light painting/design projects.

• Always wanted to help out in the Rectory? Our St. Genesius Guild helps to coordinate our Rectory Office on weekday afternoons and on Saturdays. We will keep updating this list!

For more information, email Fr. John at jsureau@sjecm.org and he will forward your request to the right person.

'Ernie’s Place' Food Pantry

Ernie’s Place (Food Pantry) is open on Mondays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and then Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Shopping list: Tuna fish, Chicken in a can Rice, Instant potatoes Small jelly (grape), Small mayonnaise Boxed mashed potatoes, Cooking oil Toilet Paper, Soup Ramen Noodles, Cereal.

Thank you for your continued generosity. Remember this list when you go shopping. The Thrift Shop is open on Wednesday from 9 a.m. - noon.

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Youth Justice Corps

"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.

Chicken Ministry

Saint John's chicken Ministry is off and running! We are happy to welcome Dorothy, Blanche, Rose and Sophia to our beautiful chicken coop. The ladies are settling in nicely to their new home. If you would like to be a part of the chicken ministry, please contact Fr. Michael if you can help or want to be a part of the Chicken Ministry at 631.878.0009 or mplona@sjecm.org.

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SJE Pre-Cana Ministry

If you’re interested and have a marriage recognized by the Catholic Church, contact Liz and George DellaRatta at PreCana@sjecm.org.

Ministry of Consolation

This ministry reaches out in a variety of ways to those who have recently faced the death of someone they love. The wonderful women and men who offer their time in this ministry—as well as our office staff—do a wonderful job in ministering to those in need. We are in need of more help as we seek to grow the Ministry of Consolation. We are in need of parishioners to come forward as: Liturgical ministers (greeters, servers, extraordinary ministers and readers) cake bakers (willing to make a small dessert for a family who has suffered a loss), worship aid makers (able to update our mass program for each funeral, involves light computer and possibly copier use), organizers (able to assign tasks to those who have offered their time) and companions (meeting with a family who has suffered a loss to assist with choosing readings, hymns, etc. and being present on the day of the funeral). If you’re able to help or want to find out more information, contact Fr. John at jsureau@sjecm.org.

Family Life Ministry Events

Upcoming Events: Starting in November: Family Life and Blue Star Moms will be collecting personal hygiene items and snacks for active military. Keep a look out for boxes in front of church.

Mercy Sundays: Every fourth Sunday of the month, Family Life Ministry puts mercy into action. We hope that you will join us! Call the parish office at 631.878.0009 or email mplona@sjecm.org to find out more. Need volunteer hours? Please contact Linda Filosa at lindalos3@optonline.net.

Street Ministry

The Street Ministry is continuously serving 60-90 individuals and families every Thursday night, many of whom 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: Travel Shampoo + Shaving Cream + Women’s Socks Men’s Socks + Women’s Deodorant.

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 the Dollar Store or Walmart so we can obtain these items. Donations may be dropped off to the Parish Office (Blue House) during normal business hours or Parish Social Ministry Office (Red Barn) Monday - Thursday from 10 a.m. - noon or 1 - 3 p.m.

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

Join the street ministry

Special Notices: As Long Island continues to increase in its cost of living, more and more individuals and families are being squeezed out of permanent housing. After numerous parishioners have reached out to share their experiences, I figured that I would share the mindset of our Street Ministry on what we feel is the best way to facilitate and foster relationships with the homeless. The question of what the responsible gift is to give to a person who is homeless is a difficult one. If I have the time, I’ll hand out a gift card or even buy them a meal at the most convenient restaurant. We would obviously never give money out to someone living on the streets right? Sure, the stereotype of a person who is homeless is addicted to drugs and alcohol but that isn’t always the case of course. Pope Francis could not be any clearer when giving advice on what to give someone who is homeless. Not only does Pope Francis say it is NOT our place to judge on where the money is spent but we should also look them in the eye when speaking and giving them money. Ultimately, do what feels most comfortable. Even if you do not have any material donations to give, just by speaking with them you are restoring their dignity.

There are essentially three phone numbers that you will want to know of. 1) Suffolk County Department of Social Services has an emergency phone number (631.854.9100) you can call during the weekdays after 4:30 p.m. and weekends at any time. They will provide a bed in a shelter and transportation to it. However, many shelters are infamous for being unsafe and/or unhealthy so do not be surprised if the person is reluctant to go and would rather sleep outside. 2) Maureen’s Haven (631.727.6831) is a non-profit, interdenominational organization that houses the homeless in churches on the East End of Long Island during the winter months and provides other resources throughout the year. 3) St. John the Evangelist (631.878.0009 ext. 119). The Street Ministry provides hot meals and clothing every Thursday night. We also aid with case management, food, clothing, toiletries, etc. If there is someone who is in the area that you know of and is open to receiving these types of services, please give them the SJE phone number and tell them to leave a message with their name, phone number they can be reached on and what they are looking for help with while being as detailed as possible (say sizes of clothes and types of clothing). The most important concept to remember is safety! Never drive anyone anywhere and always try to be with someone else you can trust. This advice is for those who have met a person who may be homeless outside of a clothing store or supermarket so don’t go trekking in the woods looking for a “tent city.” If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please let Alex Finta know by email afinta@sjecm.org or call 631.878.0009 ext. 119.

Family Life Ministry

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Hospitality Ministry

SJE is looking to form a hospitality ministry. This ministry will coordinate, be present at or even run all of our hospitality events and make sure we have enough supplies, volunteers, etc. for hospitality events in the parish! Think you might be interested? Have that great organizing spirit? Love for things to look “just right”? Then this is the ministry for you! Reach out to Fr. John at jsureau@sjecm.org or leave a message at 631.878.0009.

Senior Ministry News

In the Spring, during Lent, we will again offer the Stations of the Cross for Seniors, which must have been successful because all the books disappeared! That’s OK as long as people use them.

Soon I hope to offer a day of retreat for Seniors—perhaps in the doldrums of February/March. You can let me know if that seems a good idea to you. In the meantime,

I don’t think you have anything to worry about for yourself! That is one great reason to Thank God! Never forget to thank the Lord for ALL the favors God has bestowed on you. We are indeed fortunate! The Entrance Antiphon for this Sunday (which we don’t hear because we are ALL SINGING) reads, “All that you have done to us, O Lord, you have done with true judgment, for we have sinned against you and not obeyed your commandments. But give glory to your name and deal with us according to the bounty of your mercy.” God bless you and all your loved ones. Pray for those who have no one to pray for them. Pray for our enemies because God made them, too!

Don’t forget our other Senior activities:

T’AI chi is on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. and is primarily for those of us who have a balancing problem. It only lasts about 45 minutes and is finished on time for those who attend the 12 noon Mass. I just made arrangements for a Theatre Party to attend Becky’s New Car at St. Joseph’s Clare Rose Playhouse October 4. If anyone else is interested in attending any of the plays or have a group for a theatre party, I will be glad to call to make arrangements for you. I have been trying to visit some of our “seniors” in their homes just to get to know you for a friendly visit. I always call in advance so don’t worry that I’ll catch you unexpectedly. I don’t want anything; I just want to know more than a face in Church. Please call me if you’d like me to stop by (before I call you!!) God bless you!

Sisters of IHM Congratulations! Once again many of you have helped us to raise funds for our retired and ill Sisters. This year, with the help of generous people like you, we were able to raise $143,000 for our Retirement Fund. We are so grateful for those who were able to help us in the past and sincerely hope you faithful friends and relatives can help us again this year. This past year 194 Sisters and friends helped us sell Silver Circle Memberships which resulted in this extraordinary total. Again, congratulations and THANK YOU! If you cannot help us yourself with the $25 per membership, perhaps you can find someone(s) to share the cost with you. Each month from October through June, on the third Wednesday of the month (FIRST DRAWING IS October 16th), a drawing is held in which you have more than 30 chances to win from $50 through $1000. The winning tickets are returned to the barrel, so it is possible to win in another month also. In total, over the course of the year, there are 324 chance to win. Not bad!

BONUS: Members are remembered in a monthly mass for our benefactors and will share in the daily works and prayers of all the IHM Sisters.

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

Medical Consultation Ministry

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

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

Alex Finta

Associate Director of Parish Social Ministry

afinta@sjecm.org

Sister Ann Berendes, IHM

Parish Social Ministry Director

aberendes@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

St. John the Evangelist needs altar servers: Even now, as young people, you can be apostles, capable of drawing others to Jesus. This will happen if you are full of enthusiasm for him, for Jesus, if you have encountered him, if you have come to know him personally, and been yourselves “won over” by him.- Pope Francis, 31, July 2018What about you??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 lifespan 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. Initial Training Meeting: Friday, November 1, 2019 —4:00 p.m. Monday, November 4, 2019—6:00 p.m. Thursday, November 7, 2019 —5:00 p.m. Saturday, November 9 at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 6 p.m. Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 1 p.m. installation Mass: Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. Mass (You will not need to attend all of these trainings... I will explain at the first meeting.)

Church Cleaners Wanted: Do you like to clean? Love things neat? Can’t stand things out of place? Want everyone to shine and look good? We do too! We are looking for parishioners who would be willing to assist with a weekly cleaning of the church building which would include light mopping, sweeping, window cleaning and checking on hymnals and the like in the pews. The cleaning will ideally take place on Thursday or Friday afternoons. We are looking for individuals, couples, friends or even strangers to form cleaning teams so each group would work one or two days a month. If interested—or know someone who should be interested—contact Fr. John at 631.878.0009 or email to 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 wans’t so boring anymore. Pray to St. Zita for the energy and patience to help with chores.

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

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

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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