St. John The Evangelist

Roman Catholic Church, Center Moriches, N.Y.

“Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” Matthew 22:21

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Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time: October 22, 2017

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St. John's Pastoral Team

Reverend John Sureau, Pastor:

Reverend Felix Akpabio, Parochial Vicar:

Reverend Michael Plona, Parochial Vicar:

John Pettorino, Deacon:

Sr. Ann Berendes, IHM, Director of Parish Social Ministry:

Michael Clauberg, Director of Youth Ministry:

Paul Clores, Seminarian:

David Erlanger, Regional School Principal:

Alex Finta, Associate Director of Parish Social Ministry:

Andrew McKeon, Director of Music Ministries:

Michelle Pirraglia, Director of Faith Formation:

Katie Waller, Business Manager:

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.

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.

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.

Church Hours and Location

Direct Phone Number: 631.878.0009

Fax Number: 631.874.2466

Church Email:

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.

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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

fall festival - 10/22

Sunday October 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. On the Great Lawn. Pumpkin decorating, family photos, face painting, games, cupcake walk, thankful tree and so much more… This is a free event. For more info or community service hours for students contact Christine Longo at 631.682.1196.


Prayer and Worship - 10/22

Earlier this month we celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. To mark this anniversary, Bishop Barres has written a letter to invite us to a deeper reflection about ways to better implement the Catechism into our own lives. After this letter, at the suggestion of members of our Pastoral Council, we’ll include excerpts of the Catechism in the bulletin throughout the year. Bishop Barres writes:

Celebrate that the Catechism of the Catholic Church calls us to be Biblically Passionate Catholics

The Catechism celebrates that “the Church has always venerated the Scriptures as she venerates the Lord’s Body. She never ceases to present to the faithful the bread of life, taken from the one Table of God’s Word and Christ’s Body. In Sacred Scripture, the Church constantly finds her nourishment and her strength, for she welcomes it not as a human word, ‘but as what it really is, the word of God.’” (103-104)

The Catechism is a biblical Catechism rich in biblical passages and biblical theology, rich in its call to us to be pas-sionately biblical Catholics.

Our faith only grows and expands when we are deeply and passionately biblical. It grows as we read the Bible regularly, prayerfully and in harmony with the Universal Church and the Magisterium which is the Servant of the Word of God in its authoritative role of interpretation. The Sacred Scriptures are the soul of Catholic theology, prayer and life. The more we read and pray them the more we grow in our understanding and love for our faith.

Life Teen Ministry Registration forms - 10/22

If you are interested in joining the Life Teen Ministry, please contact Mike at for more information.

Life Teen Registration Form (.doc)

Life Teen Registration Form (.PDF)

Opening Prayer Services - 10/12 and 10/19

Opening prayer services: Levels 1 & 2 / Levels 7 & 8. Students in our sacramental prep years, and their parents, are asked to come to the following prayer services which will celebrate the opening of the new academic year:

Opening Prayer Service: Levels 1 & 2: Thursday, October 12 at 6 p.m. in the auditorium
Opening Prayer Service: Levels 7 & 8: Thursday, October 19 at 6 p.m. in the auditorium
Parent Meetings: Level 7 (Please note Monday date change): Tuesday, October 24, 7:45 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. in the auditorium OR Monday, October 30, 6:15-7:15 p.m. or 7:45 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. in the auditorium
* Please note that the Monday meeting has been rescheduled from 10/23 to 10/30.
Level 1: Saturday, October 28, 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. or 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Social Ministry Social Ministry Saturday - 10/21

From 10 a.m. to noon at the Thrift Shop, Red Barn and Food Pantry. Join us for a home-cooked meal, quality clothing at an affordable price or food from our pantry. Also: Don't forget to come to our community meal! If you’d like volunteer or join us and need transportation, please contact Alex Finta at

Diocese of Rockville Centre's Night of Intecessory Adoration and Prayer - 10/24

Tuesday, October 24 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The evening is dedicated to the priests of this diocese. Join your fellow parishioners at one of six locations:
St. Rosalies Church, Hampton Bays. St. Anthony of Padua Cjurch, East Northport. St. Agnes Cathedral, Adoration Chapel, Rockville Centre. Infant Jesus Chapel, St. Charles Hospital, Port Jefferson. Shrine of Our Lady of the Island, Manorville and Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Mattituck.

Child Protection and Safety - 10/31

As you know, over the past two months we have been working hard to make sure all of our parish volunteers are in compliance required by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. We have held six VIRTUS classes training nearly 150 volunteers. We have met with numerous volunteers to make sure all of their paperwork is in order. We have started the process of issuing ID badges to all volunteers and employees.

ALL VOLUNTEERS in ministry must have an SJE ID badge that must be worn at all times. (The only exception to this requirement is those who are liturgical ministers (extraordinary ministers, readers, ushers, music ministers) and members of our prayer groups (Legion of Mary, Divine Will, etc.). All other volunteers must have an ID badge and wear it in ministry effective October 31.

You may only receive this badge if you have:
• Completed Volunteer Application Form
• Completed a Background Check Form
• Completed a Code of Conduct Form
• Attended a VIRTUS training class.

Anyone who does not have all four of these requirements met will not receive an ID badge and may not volunteer in any ministries until this is resolved. We are scheduling two additional VIRTUS training classes for the last week of October. You may come to have your picture taken for an ID badge in the Faith Formation Office in the Upper Room of the Red Barn on:
Tuesday, October 10 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 13 from 9 a.m. to noon
Thursday, October 19 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact Liz DellaRatta or Michael Walsh in the faith formation office.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY Independent Reconciliation And Compensation Program (“IRCP”)

Altar of Remembrance - 11/1

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 1, 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 Thursday, November 23, as our Altar of Remembrance will be ending shortly after that.

All Souls day novena - 11/1

All Souls Day Novena envelopes are now available. These envelops 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.

Book of the Names of the Dead - 11/1

Beginning November 1, a special book will be placed outside of Seton 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.

Special All Souls Parish Mass of Remembrance - 11/2

We will celebrate a special All Souls Parish Mass of Remembrance on All Souls Day, Thursday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m. At this mass we will pray by name for all who have died in our parish community over the past year. All families who have celebrated a funeral Mass at SJE in the past year are being specially invited, and all parishioners, whether or not they have experienced a loss, are invited to come and join in prayer. Following the Mass, all are welcome for hospitality. Please consider participating in this mass to join together in prayerful solidarity with our brothers and sisters who have lost a loved one in the past year.

Faith Formation News - See What’s happening…

This month, families in our faith formation program came together in prayer and fellowship to deepen our faith and grow in love:

Reconciliation Services for Confirmation Candidates

Our 2017 confirmation candidates and their families participated in reconciliation services this month to prepare for confirmation on November 6. Thank you to all the visiting priests who heard confessions. Please keep these candidates and their families in your prayers.

Upcoming Parent Meetings

Level 7: (Please note the Monday date change)
Tuesday, October 24, 7:45 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. in the auditorium OR Monday, October 30, 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. or 7:45 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. in the auditorium
*Please note that the Monday meeting has been rescheduled from 10/23 to 10/30.
Level 1: Saturday, October 28, 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. OR 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. in the auditorium

Confirmation Rehearsals

Below is the Confirmation rehearsal schedule for those making their Confirmation on November 6, 2017:
Confirmation 1 (11/ 6 at 10 a.m.): Rehearsal is Thursday, 10/26 at 5 p.m. in the auditorium
Confirmation 2 (11/6 at 1:30 p.m.): Rehearsal is Thursday, 10/26 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium
Confirmation 3 (11/6 at 4:00 p.m.): Rehearsal is Saturday, 10/28 at noon in the auditorium
If you have any questions, please contact us at

Technology Day at Adventureland - 10/13

On October 13, members of our 7th grade participated in 'Technology Day at Adventureland'. Students were able to apply what they have learned in the classroom but at the same time enjoy some thrilling rides. Limited 2017-2018 enrollment in some grades is still available. Limited financial assistance is also available. To learn more about OLQA and how your child or grandchild may grow in faith and knowledge there, visit or call 631.878.1033. OLQA is looking for someone to assist in our kitchen during our lunch periods. The hours are 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Interested candidates please contact the school at 631.878.1033.

Come Join Our Lady's Army the legion of mary - 10/26

One of the wonderful ways to become more involved in parish life here at St. John the Evangelist is through The Legion of Mary. The Legion meets regularly and welcomes you to join in praying the rosary, spiritual readings, and discussing service to our neighbors in need.

Membership is open to men and women of all ages. The Legion is a great opportunity to join a community of faith-in-action, grow closer to Jesus and Mary, and support our Pastor and our church. Active member activities include evangelization work, visits to the sick and aged, outreach to our neighbors, religious education, prison and hospital ministry, and escorting the Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima to homes in the parish. We also lead our parish’s First Saturday Program, sponsor St. John’s annual May Crowning of our Lady, and promote special events, pilgrimages, and retreats with other Legions on Long Island.

The Legion of Mary meets every Thursday at 4 p.m. in our Red Barn. Individuals unable to commit to active membership can support us in prayer through auxiliary membership. Please call Judy Paulsen at 631.878.5872 or Christine Cappiello at 631.757.9834 for more information. Come spread the love of Jesus with our Lady’s help.

Calling all 6th, 7th and 8th graders - 10/25

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.

OLQA Cross Country News - 10/16

OLQA's cross country team participated in the St. Anthony’s Invitational Meet this week. Way to go SJE!

Exercise For Others - 10/28

Exercise For Service

Prepare, Respond, Recover: What to Do When Disaster Strikes - 11/9

Thursday, November 9 in the auditorium at 7 p.m. Presented by Alex Finta, LMSW and Fr. John Sureau, Pastor.

Comprehensive overview of natural, man-made and technological disasters;

  • Preparedness Planning – Making a Family Plan, Safeguarding Home and Property, Supplies to Have on Hand, Taking Care of Pets;
  • What You Need to Know in Case of an Active Shooter Event (NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services video);
  • Responding During a Disaster – Sheltering in Place, Evacuation, Go Kits, Special Needs Considerations;
  • Recovery – Personal Safety, Structural Integrity of Home, Insurance, Mental Health After Disaster.
  • Enjoy Coffee and Refreshments
  • Receive a free disaster guidebook to help you prepare for future disasters. (One copy per family household, please.)

Stewardship - 10/8

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

Due to submission deadlines, collection information for 10/08 will be posted in next week's bulletin. Next week, we will celebrate World Mission Sunday. Each year, the entire Church is invited to support the young mission dioceses in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and parts of Latin America and Europe, where priests, religious and lay leaders serve the poorest of the poor. Next week, please make use of the World Mission Sunday envelope.

Evening Exposition and Holy Hour Returns - 11/13

Since the fire in the Church, we have not been able to have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament during the evening hours. Beginning Monday, November 13, the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will return and begin at 5 p.m. and continue until Benediction at approximately 9 p.m. During this time, we will pray the Miraculous Medal Novena, offer times of prayer for priests and pray night prayer at 8:45 p.m. Please take some time before the Blessed Sacrament Monday evenings from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Blessed Sacrament. (Remember, we also have Exposition on Thursdays following the noon mass until 5 p.m.)

The Catechism of The Catholic Church

This Wednesday, we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. To mark this anniversary, Bishop Barres has written a letter to invite us to a deeper reflection about ways to better implement the Catechism into our own lives. After this letter, at the suggestion of members of our Pastoral Council, we’ll include excerpts of the Catechism in the bulletin through-out the year. Bishop Barres writes:

Celebrate the Catechism’s Emphasis on the Catholic Truth of the Deposit of Faith In the very first sentence of the Apostolic Constitution Deposit of Faith, St. John Paul II writes: “Guarding the Deposit of Faith is the Mission which the Lord entrusted to His Church.” The apostles entrusted the ‘Sacred deposit’ of the faith, contained in Sacred Scripture and Tradition, to the whole of the Church. (CC 84)

Jesus Christ, the Unique Redeemer of the World, for all peoples, for all cultures, for all moments in history, gave us the gift of the objective Truth of the Deposit of Faith. These objective truths keep us grounded in the Mind and Heart of Christ as we experience the changing events and seasons of World History.

The Deposit of Faith was complete with the death of the last Apostle and yet the Holy Spirit helps us to understand more deeply as time goes on the essential truths of this Deposit of Faith.

Our understanding that the Splendor of Catholic Truth expressed in the Deposit of Faith moves through every age of history is a liberating truth. The Deposit of Faith helps us to be courageous in truth and charity against the injustices and moral tragedies of history which are so often today the expression of what Pope Benedict XVI called “the dictatorship of relativism.”

Our lives as Catholics are daily expressions of the Deposit of Faith. The truths of the Deposit of Faith.

Our understanding that the Splendor of Catholic Truth expressed in the Deposit of Faith moves through every age of history is a liberating truth. The Deposit of Faith helps us to be courageous in truth and charity against the injustices and moral tragedies of history which are so often today the expression of what Pope Benedict XVI called “the dictatorship of relativism.”

Our lives as Catholics are daily expressions of the Deposit of Faith. The truths of the Deposit of Faith help us, in the words of Pope Francis, “to transform the world and history” with Christ’s love and mission.

letter from bishop barres - 10/15

Reason For Hope - 10/22

During this time of rebuilding, we will try to list some more “reasons for hope”. After May 19, parishioner Suzanne Zajicova, an artist in our community, opened an online artwork page and sold some of her artwork. All proceeds went to the rebuilding work of the Church. What a gift! We pray for Suzanne as she takes leave of Center Moriches for the Midwest and are so grateful for the many gifts she offered our parish community.

Parish Social Ministry Memorial Cards Now Available - 10/22

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 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 the parish Social Ministry. 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.

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
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.

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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.

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 (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.

Music Ministry Notice

Music Ministry Flyer

Te Deum Dinner at the Seminary - 11/5

St. John parishioners are invited to join Bishop John Barres and the Seminary community on Sunday, November 5, to honor Msgr. John Alessandro and to welcome our newly ordained priests, especially Fr. Michael Plona. Vespers is at 4 p.m. followed by cocktails and dinner - $125 per guest. For information, journal ad, reservations (required): 631.423.0483 X179,

Mass intentions still available - 10/26

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 26. November 20, 29
  • Noon masses: December 21, 27, 28
  • Saturday 8 a.m. masses: December 9
  • Saturday evening masses (7:30 p.m.): October 28, November 4, 25, December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

New Phone System @ SJE - 10/22

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 - 10/21

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.

Readings: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time - 10/29

Reading I: Exodus 22:20-26 Treat all people with generosity.
Responsorial Psalm: PS 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:5C-10 - The Thessalonians have become a model for others.
Gospel: Matthew 22:34-40 - A lawyer asks Jesus which commandment is the greatest.

Discussion Questions
1. God’s love brought the Israelites out of Egypt where they had been aliens. According to this reading, how were they to repay God’s love? How do you repay God’s love for you? How does this First Reading relate to the Gospel reading?

2. Every place the Thessalonians went, the “word of the Lord sounded forth.” How can you your-self “sound forth” (without preaching)? Do you know anyone in the world who does that today? in your par-ish? in your workplace? Can you “sound forth” with actions instead of words?

3. You were made in God’s image and likeness, and every good thing you have comes from God. What does God ask in return? Whatever your answer, is it always easy? Discuss whether “love your neighbor” includes your arrogant neighbor or just your kind neighbor.

Readings: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time - 10/22

Reading I: Isaiah 45:1, 4-6: I am the Lord, there is no other.
Responsorial Psalm: PS 96:1, 3, 4-5, 7-8, 9-10
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5B: Paul greets the Thessalonians.
Gospel: Matthew 22:15-21: Render to Caesar what is Caesar’s.

Discussion Question
1. In this Gospel, are the Pharisees interested more in taxes or in undermining Jesus’ influence? Do God’s and Caesar’s worlds have to be separated? What would the world look like if they were (somewhat) joined together?

Newly Baptized...

  • Jake Michael DiFiglia
  • Emma Lindsay DiFiglia
  • Anderson James Kleban
  • Owen Ronald Kirk
  • Emma Rose Nevanpera
  • Isla Harper Johnson
  • Allie Marie O’Came
  • Scarlett Helen Glinka
  • Thea Ryan Hurley

Newly Married...

  • Christopher Colletti and Alaina Gizzo
  • Kenneth Kennedy and Alyssa Tropea
  • Taylor Smith and Allyssa Castellano
  • Michael Licata and Susan Gillespie

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 Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. Entrance Antiphon, Funeral Mass:

  • John Donahue
  • Charles F. Latham

We Pray For The sick...

  • Wayne Schrieferstein
  • Arlene Gilligan
  • Kevin Kretz
  • Ken Rosenman
  • Anthony Ponzio
  • Rita Kanige
  • Morgan West
  • Cathy Simone McKoy
  • Conor Smith
  • Marie Gordon
  • Dorinda Gordon
  • Margot Hinner
  • Katherine Thompson

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

Help Wanted: Parish Service Announcements

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

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 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

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?

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 p.m. - 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:

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: 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 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 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 or Alex Finta at or 631.878.0009.

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