Take your kids to the Cave Quest where they’ll spend a week at SJE of fun, faith, friendship and family! Monday, July 20 to Friday, July 24. Return this printed form to the parish office with a check for $65 per child. Please make checks payable to St. John the Evangelist. Return to the rectory, or in the collection basket or in the Faith Formation Office. Two children: only $120; Three children: $165. Deadline: 7/2.
Bible camp volunteers are also needed: I.E. "Fun factory workers" - i.e. you are needed and wanted this summer! Get ready for an amazing summer adventure that includes times of great faith, fun and friendship! Right now, we are in the planning phases and need help in planning and organizing VBC. We are need people who are good at arts and crafts, food, games, organizing, leading a skit and the like. There’s something for everyone. For more information, contact Michelle Pirraglia at firstname.lastname@example.org, Michael Clauberg at email@example.com or Fr. John at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our first planning meeting is happening soon. If you'd like to volunteer - please fill out this form. Deadline: 7/2.
The Light in the Darkness: Last Friday, our community was rocked by the tragic events that took place in the Church. It required us to embrace the reality and to search hard for the light in the midst of the darkness. Our Paschal Candle was a help in allowing us to find that light. On Saturday, the work of rebuilding and renewal began. Cleaning crews were here early on Saturday morning and have been working ever since. See some of the progress they have made already. Our next steps will take place after the cleaning has been completed.
We turned, as we do so often, to prayer. After praying in the auditorium at all of the normally-scheduled masses, we celebrated the Eucharist on Monday with the OLQA school community. Fr. John presided and Fr. Suglia, and Fr. Frank Pizzarelli (Executive Director of Hope House Ministries) con-celebrated the mass. Following the liturgy, breakfast was provided for all and of our OLQA students were assisted to by our school social worker, Alex Finta - and mental health counselors and caring individuals from Catholic Charities, the Center Moriches School District and Hope House Ministries. Thanks to all who helped to make it a good day of healing for our community.
Our community came together to take another step on the journey of healing and renewal. Bishop Barres presided at a Mass for Healing at St. John's Tuesday night. The day involved many hands and hearts from moving chairs, preparing music and sound, serving at liturgy, and arranging time for fellowship and support. We have many reasons to be grateful.
Community Meal canceled (sort of): Our community meal was canceled due to last Friday’s events in the church. However, two of our guests did not get the word. No problem here! Alex Finta, our Associate Director of Parish Social Ministry, grabbed some pizzas and spent the afternoon with our guests. More reason for our hope!
We are looking for parishioners to help teach our young people about the faith. You don’t have to be a theologian —simply have a desire to share the faith and be willing to relate it to our youth. Can’t make a weekly commitment? Perhaps you can be a part of our substitute catechist group! If you are interested, please fill out this form and return it to our office (located in the Red Barn, 2nd Floor) or via email to: email@example.com. THANK YOU for answering the call to serve. Please print and then fill out this simple form. Place it in the basket as it comes around or return directly to the Red Barn, 2nd Floor.
This is what the form asks of you: Name, address, cell phone, home phone, email, occupation. Have you ever volunteered as a catechist? (Circle One) Yes No
Are you “Virtus” Trained? (Circle One) Yes No. Class Days/Times
(Please circle the level, day and time you would like to teach.) Levels: 1, 2 (1st communion preparation)
Saturday: 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM to 10 AM -11 AM
Levels: 3, 4, 5, 6
Monday: 4:45 PM - 5:45 PM || Tuesday: 4:45 PM - 5:45 PM OR 6:15 PM - 7:15 PM
Levels: 7, 8 (Confirmation preparation)
Monday: 6:15 PM - 7:15 PM or 7:45 PM - 8:45 PM or Tuesday: 7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
Can’t commit to weekly classes? Be a substitute catechist! Please indicate the days/times you are available, as well as the grade levels you would be willing to teach. Days available, times available, grade levels willing to teach.
On Friday, May 12, our parish celebrated the gift of the sacrament of holy matrimony! We honored couples (including the very person editing this very website at this very moment - Keith, who, with his wife Sandra, was in attendance celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary that very same date!) celebrating significant anniversaries. Thanks to all who made this such a wonderful night for our parish. A personal 'thank you' to Father John for hosting such a great mass and event!
Another component of Youth Ministry at St. John the Evangelist! 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:
Do you want to meet some new families in our parish? Do you want to reach out to other families who may not be so involved? Do you like to do good things for other people? Catholic families need to come together to not only support one another but to form our young people and bring the Gospel to the world. Would you consider joining SJE’s new Family Life Ministry? This ministry works to create activities and experiences for families of all shapes and sizes, but especially those with younger children. This is a great ministry for active moms and dads but also one that needs the wisdom of awesome grandparents too! All are welcome. Our next meeting will take place on Tuesday June 6, at 7 p.m. + Convent Meeting Room So let the fun, faith, and family fellowship begin….hopefully with you! For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Monday night, SJE celebrated Solemn Evening Prayer and concluded our service with the crowning of the Blessed Mother. Special thanks to the Legion of Mary for helping to provide a beautiful night for our parish. Our Lady Queen of the Apostles, pray for us.
Sign up today so you are not closed out! Contact Mike at mclauberg@SJECM.ORG by May 28 to book your spot. “Cruise in Freeport” Wednesday night, July 12, from 6 - 10 p.m. Tickets are $40.
The Catholic Action Network, the official voice of the Catholic Church in our state, was formed by the Catholic Bishops of New York. The Catholic Action Network website is a powerful tool that is designed to educate and inform us on issues concerning important topics such as religious freedom, respect life issues, marriage and family, human services, criminal services and healthcare. All parishioners should visit this website and sign up to receive important alerts and reminders about writing letters and sending information to local legislative leaders. It is very simple.
1. Go to www.nyscatholic.org.
2. Click on the “take action” tab at the top.
3. Then, click on “ Join the Catholic Action Network” and follow the prompts from there.
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 email@example.com.
How can I repay the Lord for all the great good done for me? Psalm 116:2
Sunday 5/14/17: $15,237. (2016: $14,098)
Catholic Schools: $1,385. (2016: $2,817)
Poor Box 5/14/17: $357
Votive / Candles 5/14/17: $278
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 Catholic Education envelope and/or place your offering in the regular collection.
Diocese of Rockville Centre Day of Prayer and Healing for Women. The Day of Prayer and Healing for Women is an opportunity to experience the loving mercy of God in a safe and sacred space. The day is directed by faithful priests who have a sensitivity and a heart for those who suffer. Saturday, June 17 (Long Island location). Saturday, December 9 (Long Island Location). For more information visit: respectlife.drvc.org To register contact: Project Rachel 1.888.456. 4673 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Day of Prayer and Healing for Women is an opportunity to experience the loving mercy of God in a safe and sacred space. The day is directed by faithful priests who have a sensitivity and a heart for those who suffer. Saturday, June 17 (Long Island Location) / Saturday, December 9 (Long Island Location) For more information visit: respectlife.drvc.org To register contact: Project Rachel 1.888.456.4673 or email@example.com.
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 or Roth IRA
3. You don’t exceed your personal maximum of $100,000 per year in qualified charitable distributions. For more details, please see the bulletin here.
Every Sunday night is your night. 5:30 p.m. Youth Mass from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (Youth Ministry Night). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Questions? Email Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org. Connect with other teenagers.
We are in need of a few people to help in the Outreach Office as receptionists. This is simply to greet people, answer the phone, and take messages. We need someone for Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings between 10:00 and 12:30. Can you help us? The more volunteers we have the fewer times you would have to come! All volunteers must complete the background check (available in the Rectory) and the Virtus program which we will soon be giving in our parish. However you can register for it online by going to: www.drvc.org and looking up “Protecting God’s Children” or “Virtus” and scroll down to find a place and time convenient for you. During the month of April, through your generosity, we were able to serve others in the following ways:
We are so very grateful for all that you do. God bless your generosity.
May 27 (Saturday) In front of OLQA School from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Rain or shine. $5 for cars and $8 for trucks.
Location: Our Lady Queen of Apostle School at 25 John’s Place *off Ocean Ave), Center Moriches. Just behind St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church. 8 a.m. to noon (last serving). $8 for adults. $6 for Kids under 6 and seniors. Information, call Pat at 631.874.0531 or Email (TroopPack800@aol.com).
Steubenville NYC: Calling all teenagers - for the experience of a lifetime. Attend a high school conference at Saint John’s University from July 21, 22 and 23. Join 2500 other teenagers for an awesome conference/retreat! Email Mike at email@example.com today or come down to youth ministry on Sunday nights from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. to get more details. Deadline to sign up is May 28.
A statue of our Blessed Mother rotates among St. John the Evangelist parishioners. A member of The Legion of Mary will bring the beautiful statue of Our Lady of Fatima to your home. In John 19:27, Jesus said to John: “Behold, thy Mother” and from that hour the disciple took her into his home. We, also, can open our door to Mary. Invite her into your home and pray the Holy Rosary with family and friends. Praying the rosary quiets our soul and brings peace and serenity into our lives. If you are interested in becoming a host of The Pilgrim Virgin statue, please call Judy Paulsen at 631.878.5872.
Low gluten hosts (less than .01% gluten content) are now 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.
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 Sister Ann 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.
Need to register your child for the 2017-18 academic year? Registration begins June 12 for St. John the Evangelist’s Religious Education program serves our parish youth (nearly 1,800 students), beginning in first grade and their families as they grow in faith and prepare for the sacraments. Those who are entering grade 1, as well as those with children who may not have been in religious education for awhile, are welcome to register in June. For families already in our program, you will be notified about your child’s class placement via email and through a mailing over the summer. To register in our faith formation program, please bring a copy of the child’s baptismal certificate (or a copy of their birth certificate if they were not baptized). Please also be sure that you are a registered member with our parish. If you aren’t already, please contact the rectory at 631.878.0009. More about Faith Formation can be found here.
Do we have your email address? The Office of Faith Formation is moving to email notifications. If you have not yet given us your email address, please do so as soon as possible. When possible, we also send closing announcements via email, so be sure to provide us with your email to receive these notices.
May is going to be a great month for some fun and fellowship! We meet in the OLQA school auditorium from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. every-other-Wednesday night. On May 31 we have 'The Final Fiesta' in the works! Come down! Bring a friend! Email Youth@SJECM.ORG with any questions. Wednesday, 6/14, is slated for some outdoor fun then Wednesday, 6/28, will be our 'intro to summer events night! Please join us! Plan to be at St. John's this summer! Summer dates: Starting July 12, we go every Wednesday in the summer! July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9, August 16, August 23, August 30.
Seventh Sunday of Easter - Reading I: Acts 1:12-14
The apostles wait in prayer for the Spirit. Responsorial Psalm: PS 27:1, 4, 7-8. Second Reading: 1 Peter 4:13-16. Suffering for Christ brings glory.
Gospel: John 17:1-11A. Jesus prays to the Father for his disciples.
Reading I: Acts 2:1-11. The Spirit comes to the Apostles as tongues of fire.
Responsorial Psalm: PS 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:3B-7, 12-13. We are one body with different gifts.
Gospel: John 20:19-23. Jesus breathes the Holy Spirit into the Apostles.
1. Every nation was confused and amazed, because everyone understood in his or her language what the apostles were saying. If you were completely open to the Holy Spirit, would you have a deeper understanding of all that you hear? Was the miracle in the speaking or the hearing? How does the Holy Spirit use the miracle of hearing with you?
2. “To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit.” Were Vivaldi and Michelangelo given gifts solely for their own pleasure? For whose benefit were they given? What are your gifts and for what benefit were they given to you and those around you?
3. Jesus “breathed” on them. How does this relate to Genesis 2:7, “God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life?” What is the significance for you? How important is the Holy Spirit to you?
“The sacrament (of matrimony) is a gift given for the sanctification and salvation of the spouses, since “their mutual belonging is a real representation, through the sacramental sign, of the same relationship between Christ and the Church.” Pope Francis, The Joy of Love, 55.
“In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials...” 1 Peter 1:6. Names will be announced at mass the first week they are submitted and will remain on this list for approximately four weeks. If you would like a loved ones name placed under Prayers for the Sick, please call the rectory at 631.878.0009 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. Entrance Antiphon, Funeral Mass:
Altar bread and wine for the month: an offering of $150 is requested. Altar candles beginning March 1 are $25.00 per week. Devotional candles remain burning for approximately one week. They bring an added beauty to our Church and highlight the beautiful. An offering of $15 allows these candles to burn each week. Sanctuary Lamp - located in the Sanctuary which informs us that the Blessed Sacrament is present. Sacred Heart Candle - located in the Southeast corner of the Church. Blessed Mother Candle located in the Northeast corner of the Church. St. Joseph Candle located in the Northwest corner of the Church. St. Gerard Majella Candle located in the Southwest corner of the Church. Memorials for the week of April 16th - Sanctuary Lamp for the Souls of the faithful departed, by Fr. Suglia.
“Silence makes us whole if we let it. Silence helps draw together the scattered and dissipated energies of a fragmented existence.” Thomas Merton, Love and Living, 43. As we come to liturgy, we are now called to silence before we begin the Celebration of the Eucharist at each Sunday Mass. Approximately three minutes before each mass, a brief announcement will be made calling us to this quiet. In addition to not speaking, please refrain from reading the bulletin or preparing your hymnal or even carrying out any other devotional prayer. Use this time of quiet to pray and prepare for Mass. In addition to our quiet before liturgy, consider bringing some quiet into your own life. Come to the Church for quiet prayer throughout the day, create some time for silence at home or in the car or wherever you can.
Want to learn more about the Catholic faith? Why not stop by the Lighthouse Catholic Media kiosk in the back of the church and take home one of the many inspiring CD titles? We ask for a donation of only $4 per CD to help keep this program going
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.
If you would like 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 to email@example.com.
The Parish Blood Drive Ministry would like to thank all who were responsible for making Friday's blood drive a success. A total of 86 units of blood were received, a donation level not realized in years. Our sincere thanks to those who participated in this life saving effort. Look for details soon about our upcoming blood drive. P.S. An extra special thanks to those from St. John’s who helped to make the blood drive such a success.
Reverend John Sureau, Pastor: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reverend Felix Akpabio, Parochial Vicar: email@example.com
Reverend Dennis A. Suglia, Parochial Vicar: firstname.lastname@example.org
John Pettorino, Deacon: email@example.com
Sr. Ann Berendes, IHM, Director of Parish Social Ministry: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Clauberg, Director of Youth Ministry: email@example.com
Paul Clores, Seminarian: firstname.lastname@example.org
David Erlanger, Regional School Principal: email@example.com
Alex Finta, Associate Director of Parish Social Ministry: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Pirraglia, Director of Faith Formation: email@example.com
Katie Waller, Business Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org