St. John The Evangelist

Roman Catholic Church, Center Moriches, N.Y.

“Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last.” Matthew 20:16

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Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time: September 24, 2017

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Welcome Home - St. John The Evangelist (Center Moriches, NY)

St. John's Pastoral Team

Reverend John Sureau, Pastor: jsureau@sjecm.org

Reverend Felix Akpabio, Parochial Vicar: fakpabio@sjecm.org

Reverend Michael Plona, Parochial Vicar: mplona@sjecm.org

John Pettorino, Deacon: jpettorino@sjecm.org

Sr. Ann Berendes, IHM, Director of Parish Social Ministry: aberendes@sjecm.org

Michael Clauberg, Director of Youth Ministry: mclauberg@sjecm.org

Paul Clores, Seminarian: pclores@sjecm.org

David Erlanger, Regional School Principal: derlanger@olqany.org

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

Michelle Pirraglia, Director of Faith Formation: mpirraglia@sjecm.org

Katie Waller, Business Manager: kwaller@sjecm.org

Mass and Worship Announcements

Sunday Masses: held in the OLQA auditorium: 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. (children's mass), 10:30 a.m., noon and 5:30 p.m. (Life Teen mass)
Monday - Friday Masses: held in the convent chapel: 7 a.m. and noon
Saturday Masses: held in the convent chapel: 8 a.m., 5 p.m. (vigil) and 7:30 p.m. (vigil)
Spanish-language Mass: 7:30 a.m.
Mass Schedule of Intentions
Confession Schedule

Mass is celebrated in the OLQA auditorium. Enter through the door on St. John Place. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday mass will be celebrated in the convent. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in the Convent on Thursday after the noon mass. The rosary is to be prayed in the Adoration Chapel of the Convent - not in the mass chapel. Please park in the school parking lot.

Come to the quiet: Our church is open most days from 6:30 a.m. to approximately 7 p.m., if not later. Take some time to open your heart to the voice of God.

Come and know God’s healing of the sick: Please contact the rectory at 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.

We pray the Miraculous Medal Novena after the 7 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. masses on Mondays in the convent (with the exception of holidays and whenever the parish is closed). The Holy Hour for Priests will follow immediately after the Novena.

Come and spend time with the Lord. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place immediately after the noon mass in the convent and concludes at 5 p.m. on most Thursdays.

Come to know Mary, Our Lady Queen of the Apostles: We pray the Rosary every day after daily mass in the convent and on Sundays before the 7:30 a.m. mass and after the noon mass in the auditorium.

Church Hours and Location

Direct Phone Number: 631.878.0009

Fax Number: 631.874.2466

Church Email: Rectory@sjecm.org

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

Parish Office Hours: Monday to Thursday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Spanish translator available Tuesday evenings.

Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: By appointment.

Facebook: Welcome Home: St. John the Evangelist.

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

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

Parish Outreach: Located in the Red Barn: 631.874.3617.

Our Lady Queen of Apostles Regional School: 631.878.1033

This Week At SJE: News Items

SJE Blood Drive

Help us save lives. Friday, September 22 from 4 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. in the school auditorium.

Support our Donors

Special thanks to Moriches Bay Deli (located at 490 E Main St, East Moriches, NY 11940 and 631.878.0254) for donating delicious heroes for our Spirit Day volunteers!

Spirit Day Sponsors

SJE WEAR: We have a very limited number of SJE t-shirts and sweatshirts remaining. You can pick one up at the rectory during regular office hours.

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

A Spirit Day OOOPS. In the midst of all that was happening as we got going with Spirit Day, we lost a sponsorship form—actually one of the first we received in mid July. So special thanks to SHIRLEY AUTO BODY for their support of Spirit Day at SJE and all their efforts on behalf of St. John’s and OLQA. We’re sorry for the error.

Parish Social Ministry Memorial Cards NOW 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, the 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 Sister Ann.

Rebuild + Repair + Restore

Your people shall rebuild the ancient ruins; the foundations from ages past you shall raise up; “Repairer of the breach,” they shall call you, “Restorer of ruined dwellings.” - Isaiah 58:11-12. Each week, we will try to provide updates about the rebuilding of the Church, the renovations in the Convent and the updates to the Auditorium as we continue to rebuild, repair and restore our Church community.

  • Church: This week we met with lighting and floor specialists as well as our architect to finalize plans for our next building permit. Once we file and eventually receive this permit, we will begin the process of removing all of the ductwork and reconstructing the Church. Here you see our Business Manager, Katie Waller, walking the team through the plans.

  • Rectory: Why have one building project when you can have 40? :) Not related to the Church damage, the rectory roof was in grave condition. We had a nice water-fall effect for a few weeks in the front office. This week, part of the rectory roof was replaced and now reconstruction work begins in the rectory office as well. We are going to use this opportunity to make some small redesigns to the office so it is more a place of welcome for those who visit us.

Join the Catholic Action Network

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.

Senior Wisdom Group

A group for older and wiser parishioners - but not old people—to journey together in the spiritual life. Not a Bible Study. Not a Prayer Group. Rather a community and conversation that will bring renewal and hope to all who attending. Facilitated by Sister Ann Berendes, IHM Where: IHM Meeting Room (First Floor of Convent) When: Beginning Thursday, October 12 at 10 a.m.

Faith Formation Registration Almost Over

Catechist Meeting: 9/28

Registration for the 2017-2018 academic year will end very soon (classes begin 10/14). Children entering grade 1, as well as those with children who may not have been in religious education for awhile, are welcome to register. 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.

Note: All new students - those not already in our program, and incoming 1st graders - must register in person at our office. We will need a copy of the new student's baptismal certificate (or a copy of their birth certificate if they were not baptized). Please call 6318784141 or email: faithformation@sjecm.org for more information. Registration ends August 31. Please be sure that you are a registered member with our parish. If you aren’t already, please contact the rectory at 631.878.0009.

In-person registration office hours:

  • Monday - Tuesday and Thursday: noon - 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday: noon - 8 p.m.
  • A Spanish translator will be available in June on: Wednesdays, 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. / Thursdays, 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.

For more information, please contact our office through information above. Thank you for your dedication and support as we continue to enhance and grow our program for the youth of our community.

make Your Faith Formation Class Payment here

FF Registration

Home Study Book Pickup and Catechist Meeting

Our new academic year is about to start (classes begin October 14). We will be holding a meeting for all our catechists on Thursday, September 28 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.

Home Study Book Pickup: Makeup meeting for those who missed the home study book pickup has been scheduled for Thursday, October 5 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium Please note: Only a parent/guardian may pick up a child’s books, and books for home study students will not be given out outside of the meeting. We look forward to seeing you!

Catechists still needed! We had a tremendous response following our request for more catechists. We have more than 30 new volunteer catechists! Thank you to all who responded! However, we are still in need of catechists:
Level 4—Tuesdays, 4:45-5:45 p.m. (1 class)
Level 6—Mondays, 4:45-5:45 p.m.
Level 8—Tuesdays, 7:45-8:45 p.m. (1 class, needs co-teacher)
Please contact Michelle at 631.878.4141 or via email: mpirraglia@sjecm.org

Confirmation 1:8 Program

This week, we begin our Sunday/Wednesday sessions for our confirmation candidates who are receiving the sacrament this November. The next session dates are below:

Session IV “The Deep End: Prayer & Adoration”

Group A (Last Name A-L): Sunday, 9/24—5:30 p.m. Mass - 8:30 p.m.
Group B (Last Name M-Z): Sunday, 10/1—5:30 p.m. Mass - 8:30 p.m.

Session V: “The Journey Continues: Life After Confirmation”
Group A (Last Name A-L): Wednesday, 10/4—7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Group B (Last Name M-Z): Wednesday, 9/27—7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

All sessions begin and end in the auditorium. If you have any questions, please contact us at: confirmation@sjecm.org.

help us Notify You

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.

Blessing of the Animals

Wednesday, October 4 at 6 p.m. on the Convent Lawn. Come bring your entire family – including your four-legged, winged, crawling, and gilled creatures – as we celebrate the feast of St. Francis and our entire parish community! Each year, in October, the Church celebrates the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, a saint known for his kindness to animals. Did you know that St. Francis was the first person to use barnyard animals in the nativity scene? Food and fellowship for all to follow – and each pet gets a special treat to take home with them!

Total Consecration to The Blessed Virgin mary

English: Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary is the quickest, easiest, surest, most perfect way to become a saint according to St. Louis de Montfort, author of the spiritual classic, True Devotion to Mary. Join the parish community of St. John the Evangelist in making the total consecration to Jesus through Mary. The program will start on September 10 and conclude on October 13. We will be using the book, 33 Days to Morning Glory, by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC. It only takes an open heart to the Lord and a few minutes each day to make your spiritual life never be the same again. The consecration consists of 33 days of preparation leading up to the consecration day itself. You can either do this self-guided retreat alone, with your family in your house or with others from the parish who are making the consecration after the noon mass every week day and Sunday and the 8 a.m. mass on Saturday morning. There will be a special mass on October 13, in which those who are making the consecration may do so together as a parish community. The parish will provide the book, 33 Days to Morning Glory, for free to those who are interested in participating. (A free will offering may be made but there is no expectation.) You can email Father Michael, stop by the rectory or see Fr. John, Fr. Michael or one of our sacristans after Sunday mass.

Spanish: La Consagración total a Jesús a través de su madre, la Virgen María, es la manera más rápida, fácil, segura y per-fecta para ser santo, según San Louis de Montfort, el autor de la obra clásica, El Tratado de la Verdadera Devoción a la Santísima Virgen. Reúnete con la comunidad parroquial de San Juan Evangelista en hacer la Consagración a Jesús a través de la Vir-gen María. Empezará el 10 de septiembre y concluirá el día 13 de octubre. Por qué el 13 de octubre? Porque cel-ebramos ese día el centenario del milagro del sol que ocurrió durante las apariciones de la Virgen en Fátima, Portugal. Vamos a usar el libro, 33 Días Hacía un Glorioso Amanecer, escrito por el Padre Michael Gaitley, MIC. Tú sólo necesitas un corazón abierto al Señor y unos minutos cada día para cambiar tu vida espiritual. Este retiro consiste de 33 días de preparación hasta el día de la Consagración. Puedes hacer este retiro en varias formas; solo, con tu familia o con otras personas en la parroquia, quienes están haciendo la Consagración después de las misas diarias( 7 a.m. y noon). El 13 de octubre, tendremos una misa especial para aquellos que estén haciendo la Consagración junto con la familia parroquial. El libro es gratis para los que quieran hacer la Consagración. Por favor, envía al Padre Michael Plona(mplona@sjecm.org) un correo electrónico con tu número de teléfono si quieres participar.

Laughs on Long island

St. John the Evangelist Parish Social Ministry Presents: Mike Celona, Jackie Byrne, and improv duo McDonald and Carney Friday, September 29. $35 combo dinner and show to benefit St. John’s Parish Social Ministry and Street Ministry. 7 p.m. dinner followed by an 8:30 p.m. showtime with 50/50 raffle, prizes, giveaways and more. Tickets can be purchased on Facebook or at mikecelonacomedy.com.

Laughs on Long island

Calling All high School Students

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.

Youth Service Corp

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 students send 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... This is also a great way to meet high school and middle school service requirements as you are reaching out to those within our own local and parish community. By serving through the SJE Service Corps , you are also connecting and building relationships within our own parish and local community. Sign up today by completing the form in the bulletin or emailing Fr. John at jsureau@drvc.

CYO Chess Lessons

CYO would like to launch a new chess program for children in grades 3 thru 8. Are you interested to learn and play chess in a fun environment while representing your parish in match play? Make it a St. John's checkmate. For more information, please email MCLAUBERG@SJECM.ORG or AFINTA@SJECM.ORG.

Parish Social Ministry News

There are some new things brewing. A new bereavement group will be starting in September. Anyone who knows that s/he would benefit from this group is asked to call Sister Ann at 631.874.3617 ASAP so that books can be ordered. We had a very good group last spring and I look forward to facilitating a group this fall. There seems to be a group of people in this and many parishes that could benefit from the wisdom in one another, that is, our "senior" members. You are the people who have survived or weathered the storms of life and would be delighted to engage in some new insights. Sister Ann has declared that she is in this auspicious group and would be delighted to facilitate such a group. Please contact her at 631.874.3617.

SJE Pre-Cana Ministry

Please pray for and congratulate the couples attending the marriage preparation sessions in September:

  • Alyssa Tropea and Kenneth Kennedy
  • Allison Keneiby and Jonathan Underwood
  • Susan Gillespie and Michael Licata
  • Laura Stanwycks and Matthew Pirraglia
  • Desiree Castillo and Kenneth Swiatkowski

The Pre-Cana ministry is always looking for more lead couples. If you’re interested and have a marriage recognized by the Catholic Church contact Liz and George DellaRatta at PreCana@sjecm.org.

Check for Your Faith Formation Placement Letter

It's almost too late to register your child.

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 at this time. For students already enrolled in our program, placement letters for the 2017-18 academic year have been sent—please check your mail. If you need to contact our office regarding your child’s placement, please do so via email to: faithformation@sjecm.org. All requests must be made to this email. Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time of transition.

Do you still need to register your child for the 2017-18 academic year? To register in our faith formation program, please bring a copy of the child’s baptismal certificate to the faith formation office at SJE (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.

Also: see the New Catechist Volunteer Form.

New Students:

  • Our offices are located upstairs in the Red Barn.
  • Our program begins when students enter first grade.
  • When registering your child, please bring their baptismal certificate (or birth certificate if they were not baptized). Only a parent/guardian may register a child in our program.
  • For parents of students already registered in our program, you will be notified about your child’s class placement via email and through a mailing over the summer. Any placement change requests must be made in writing via email to: faithformation@sjecm.org.
  • Beginning this academic year, our first communion preparation (Levels 1 and 2) is now in-parish only (classroom setting) on Saturday mornings. All sacramental prep is two years.

Registration office hours are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 5 p.m. and Wednesday from noon to 8 p.m.

LifeTeen Kick Off

We need your gifts to be a part of our youth ministry program. Do you want to be a leader? Do you want to help serve the poor? Want to have fun? All high school youth will be helping with the 'One Eight' program. Life Teen will not be meeting until October. We are looking forward to seeing you when we “Kick Off” on October 15 from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Email Mike @ MCLAUBERG@SJECM.ORG

St. John’s Scouting Ministry

Cub Scout Pack 800 and Boy Scout Troop 800 invite you to our open house. Our Lady Queen of Apostles School Cafeteria
(OLQA) September 27 and October 4, 2017. (Our Scout Meetings are on Wednesday Evenings) Cubs Scout Pack – 6:00pm – 7:00pm – Ages 7-10 / Grades 1st – 5th Boy Scout Troop – 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Ages 11- 17 / Grades 6th – 11th Contact for Info: Pat (631) 874-0531 or email TroopPack800@aol.com.

Calling all 6th, 7th and 8th graders

We will be taking a break while we prepare our freshman for Confirmation. Mark your Calendar for our 'Middle School Kick-Off' on October 25 from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

What is Edge (Middle School Youth Ministry): Discipleship is all about entering into a relationship with Christ. Edge at Saint John the Evangelist seeks to provide all 6th, 7th and 8th graders with a chance to do just this as we learn together how to better love Christ and his Church. Edge nights, social events and service opportunities are all rooted in faith, fun and fellowship. Our goal is to foster friendships and a desire to grow in Catholic faith! CONTACT MIKE TODAY IF YOU WANT MORE INFORMATION AT MCLAUBERG@SJECM.ORG.

Gennesaret Retreat

For those facing serious Illness: A retreat especially designed for persons who live with a serious illness is planned September 22, 23 and 24 at the Montfort Spirituality Center in Bay Shore, NY. This retreat offers a respite, quiet time, an oasis, to enable one to continue the journey. The retreat focuses on God’s love, His forgiveness, and His faithfulness. To register or receive more information about this weekend, please call: Colette Fanelli 631.665.7052.

Music Ministry Notice

Music Ministry Flyer

OLQA Golf Outing

September 27 at Rock Hill Country Club in Manorville. Sponsorships are available: $2,500 to be a Premier Sponsor.  $1,000 to be a Lunch Sponsor. $500 to be a Cocktail Sponsor. $250 to be a Pin Flag Sponsor. $100 for a Tee Sign Sponsorship.  For more information contact the school office at 631.878.1033.

Mass intentions still available

If you wish to remember a loved one – living or deceased - at one of our daily masses, please visit the rectory. Opportunities for remembering a loved one at mass in the weeks ahead, include:

  • 7 a.m. masses: October 10, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 30, 31, November 3, 6, 8, 9, 10, 13, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29
  • Noon masses: November 7, 14, 15, 17, 20, 27, 29, December 4, 5, 6, 18, 19, 20, 21, 27, 28
  • Saturday 8 a.m. masses: December 9, 16
  • Saturday evening masses (7:30 p.m.): September 30, October 7, 21, 28, November 4, 18, 25, December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

New Phone System @ SJE

We are in the process of installing a new phone system at St. John’s. This phone system will bring all of our parish buildings and ministries—including OLQA Regional Catholic School—under one phone #. Look more info in the days ahead... and be patient with us in these days of transition!

Diocesan Training

Saturday, October 21 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at St. Rosalie's in Hampton Bays. Also on Saturday, October 28 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at St. Elizabeth's in Melville.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

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.

Pray For Florida

Please remember we will continue to accept con-tributions to the diocesan wide collection for hurricane relief in Florida. Donations can be made in the collection this week and next by using the envelopes distributed last week and at the doors of the Church. Please make checks payable to St. John the Evangelist or the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Please write “Hurricane Relief” in the memo part of the check.

October 1 Readings: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I: Ezekial 18:25-28 - Those who turn away from sin shall live.
Responsorial Psalm: PS 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14
Second Reading: Philippians 2:1-11 or Philippians 2:1-5 - Jesus humbled himself to the point of death.
Gospel: Matthew 21:28-32 - The man with two sons.

Discussion Questions

1. If we turn away from “wickedness” we are turning ourselves toward God. Spiritual writ-ers call this turning toward God by the name, “conversion.” Are we converted just once or do we experience conversion many times in our lifetime? If so, why?
2. This reading says, “… humbly regard oth-ers as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but also for those of others.” Is this easy to practice? Who are the people in your life who act like this? Name some holy people and saints who do.
3. Jesus told the chief priests and elders that “when John came to you in the way of right-eousness, you did not believe him.” Why didn’t they believe John the Baptist? Was it hard for them to change their minds and think in new ways? Is it hard for you?

September 24 Readings: 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I: Isaiah 55:6-9 - Seek the Lord.
Responsorial Psalm: PS 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18
Second Reading: Philemon 1:20C-24, 27A. Both in life and death, Paul finds joy.
Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16A: Parable of the workers in the vineyard.

Discussion Questions

1. “Seek the Lord while he may be found, call on him while he is near.” Can God always be near? Name some times in your day when it is easier to find God than at others. What helps you in your life to “find God in all things”?
2. Is there someone who “magnifies” the Lord for you? Every time you are around him or her, do you feel Christ somehow present? Why is that? What about them clears your eyesight?
3. This Gospel reading is not about strict justice but outra-geous generosity. Are any of us, first hour worker or elev-enth, ever worthy of grace, no matter what? What is the mes-sage of this parable? What is the message for you in your

Newly Baptized...

  • Emma Rose Nevanpera
  • Isla Harper Johnson
  • Allie Marie O’Came
  • Scarlett Helen Glinka
  • Thea Ryan Hurley

Newly Married...

  • Kenneth Kennedy and Alyssa Tropea
  • Daniel O’Sullivan and Adrianna Eaderesto
  • Matthew Evans and Kristine Kraham
  • Richard DeVito and Lauren Robinson
  • Pierre Thomas Sr. and Tania Mallia

We Remember...

“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:

  • Joann Salerno

We Pray For The sick...

  • Conor Smith
  • Marie Gordon
  • Ken Rosenman
  • Anthony Ponzio
  • Dorinda Gordon
  • Rita Kanige
  • Margot Henner

Praying 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 have returned.

  • U.S. Army: Sgt. Justin Sikorski
  • U.S. Air Force: Lt. Col. Stephen D’Amico, SSgt. Jason M. Hermes, SRA Ryan Kerstiens, SRA Timothy Kerstiens.
  • U.S. Marine Corps: Pfc Sean Brady, Patrick Kimes, Lt. Col. Robert K. Maldonado, L Cpl. Quentin Montemarano, LCL Andrew Schlosberg, Major Stephen Bartoszak.
  • U.S. Navy: STGCS Brian Holzmacher, ET3 Jeremiah Nolan, Jr.

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

Help Wanted: Parish Service Announcements

Alter Servers: “Dear altar boys and altar girls, the closer you are to the altar, the more you will remember to speak with Jesus in daily prayer; the more you will be nourished by the Word and the Body of the Lord, the better able you will be to go out to others, bringing them the gift that you have received, giving in turn with enthusiasm the joy you have received.” Pope Francis, 4 August 2015. 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.

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.

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

Spirit day volunteers: Saturday, September 16. Volunteers needed. Please help us make this a great day for our parish and community. Email spiritvolunteer@gmail.com to sign up to volunteer.

Catechists: Catechists still needed! We had a tremendous response following our request for more catechists. We have more than 30 new volunteer catechists! Thank you to all who responded! However, we are still in need of catechists:
Level 4—Tuesdays, 4:45-5:45 p.m. (1 class) Level 6—Mondays, 4:45-5:45 p.m.
Level 8—Tuesdays, 7:45-8:45 p.m. (1 class, needs co-teacher)
Please contact Michelle at 631.878.4141 or via email: mpirraglia@sjecm.org

Confirmation Witnesses: Will You Be A Witness? 5-week confirmation prep program begins soon. “But you will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” ~ Acts 1:8. Our Confirmation candidates need your witness and example. Would you consider helping with our 5- week confirmation “1:8” Prep Program this fall? This year, 250 students are scheduled to be confirmed November 6. If interested, please contact Michelle at the Faith Formation office: mpirraglia@sjecm.org or 631.878.4141.

Extraordinary Ministers: “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? You must send a letter to Fr. John at the Parish Office or email to jsureau@sjecm.org. You must meet with Fr. John for a brief meeting. 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? You must contact Fr. John at jsureau@sjecm.org or by phone at 631.878.0009. You must attend one of the diocesan trainings on either Saturday, October 21 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at St. Rosalie's in Hampton Bays. Also on Saturday, October 28 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at St. Elizabeth's in Melville.

Chefs Needed: Presently, we are only able to offer a sandwich and a snack to the nearly 30 people we minister to each night. We would like to be able to provide a more substantive and nutritional meal. We are asking parishioners, ministries, families, groups to consider helping us. You would prepare the meal and either 1) drop it off and we will put it individual containers or 2) you could prepare and put it in individual containers. (We can probably arrange to pick it up too.) This is a great way to help out for those who cannot come out on Thursday nights to help us in this ministry. If you, your family, or organization would like to make a home-cooked meal for the approximately 30 people we meet, please contact Corinne Bernath at bernath52194@optonline.net or Alex Finta at afinta@sjecm.org or 631.878.0009.

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