St. John The Evangelist

Roman Catholic Church, Center Moriches, N.Y.

"I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the holy spirit." Mark 1:8

12/3 Bulletin   12/10 Bulletin

Second Sunday of Advent: December 10, 2017

Fund-A-Foot Campaign

Our Fund-a-Foot campaign is underway! Registered parishioners should have received their mailing by this time. These funds will help us cover the gap between what will be covered by insurance and what we can do to improve our Church building. You can also donate right here and how by using our Paypal store below.

Fund-A-Foot Campaign

 Fund-A-Foot Campaign

Fund-a-foot campaign is underway! Thank you to all who helped to organize our Fund-a-Foot mailing. Over fifteen parishioners and families came together to make this happen. The mailing was sent out to homes early this week. Registered parishioners should have received their mailing this week or early next week. As mentioned at mass last week, these funds will help us cover the gap between what will be covered by insurance and what we can do to improve our Church building. You can also donate right here and how by using our Paypal store below.

Fund A Foot

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Confession Schedule

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 mercy! The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated every day after Daily Mass in the IHM Meeting Room and on Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.; 6:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. (Spanish) and on Sundays from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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 some time with the Lord! Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place on Mondays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Thursdays immediately after the noon mass. Exposition takes place in Seton Chapel in the convent building.

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.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated every day after daily mass in the IHM meeting room and on Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.; 6:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. (Spanish) and on Sundays from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Christmas at SJE: Christmas Eve – December 24, 2017
4 p.m. – OLQA Auditorium (Fr. Michael)
4 p.m. – CM HS Auditorium (Fr. John)
6 p.m. – OLQA Auditorium (Fr. Felix)
9 p.m. – OLQA Auditorium – Spanish (Fr. Michael)
12 Midnight – OLQA Auditorium (Fr. John)
Christmas Carols beginning at 11:00 p.m.
Christmas Day – December 25, 2017
7:30 a.m. – (Fr. Michael)
9:00 a.m. – (Fr. Felix)
10:30 a.m. – (Fr. John)
12 Noon – (Fr. John)
Weekend of December 30/31
Regular Mass Schedule
New Year’s Day – January 1, 2018
7:00 a.m. – (Fr. Felix)
10:30 a.m. – (Fr. Michael)
12 Noon - (Fr. John

  Church Hours and Contact Information

Office hours: Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Spanish translator Tuesday evenings. Friday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday & Sunday by appointment.

Direct phone number: 631.878.0009. Fax Number: 631.874.2466. Email:

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

Rectory hours: Beginning Sunday, December 10, the rectory office will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thanks to the generosity of our parishioners we are able to be open to assist with Mass cards, take phone calls, and be more available to those in the parish who find the weekday hours difficult. Beginning Sunday, December 10, the rectory hours are as follows: Monday – Thursday – 9 to 9 p.m. Friday – 9 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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.

  This Week At SJE: News Items

   The Bishop’s Christmas letter

OLQA Toy Drive - 12/10

Students, faculty, staff, and administration are getting into the holiday spirit at OLQA, the Catholic School in Center Moriches. Beyond the beautiful decorations, the OLQA community is ready to help the community. During Thanksgiving students conducted two food drives to support the SJE food pantry. Now, our students are in the middle of our annual toy drive. We are called to help those in need, especially this time of year, and OLQA is happy to give back to the community. To learn more about OLQA, visit us online at or call 631.878.1033. We have openings on some grade levels and some financial assistance is available.

Rebuild + Repair + restore (Fund-A-Foot Campaign) - 12/10

Our 'Fund-a-foot' campaign is well underway We thank you all who helped to organize our mailing. Over fifteen parishioners and families came together to make this happen. The mailing was sent out to homes last week. Registered parishioners should have received their mailing this week or early next week. As mentioned at mass last week, these funds will help us cover the gap between what will be covered by insurance and what we can do to improve our Church building. You can also donate right here and how by using our Paypal store below.

Fund A Foot

Weekly updates: So far nearly $70,000 raised in two weeks.

Plans include:

We are moving:

Blessing of the Advent Wreath - 12/10

Lighting Your Advent Wreath During the Week: Each day during the second week of Advent, at the evening meal (or any time) two purple candles are lighted. The following prayers accompany the lighting of the candles. All make the sign of the cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Someone at table reads the Scripture assigned to the liturgy of the day (one or both of the readings may be used). Go to to find the readings of the day. Then the Leader continues: Leader: Lift up your hearts. All respond: We lift them up to the Lord. The Leader prays: God, the Father of mercies, you willed your Son to take flesh, in order to give life back to us. Bless these your gifts with which we are about to nourish our bodies, so that, receiving new strength, we may wait in watchfulness for the glorious coming of Christ. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. After the meal, the Leader says: Let us live soberly, justly, and devoutly in this world as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ. All respond: For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen. “The season of Advent restores … a hope which does not disappoint for it is founded on God’s Word. A hope which does not disappoint, simply because the Lord never disappoints! … Let us think about and feel this beauty.” - Pope Francis

New Liturgical Year - 12/10

Our new liturgical year began last Sunday, the first Sunday of Advent. Let’s review the following

David Turpin Sport’s Field: Our Field of Dreams - 12/10

We need your help! The sports field has seen better days and we are looking to clean it up. This is a great opportunity for our parish community and, most importantly, for our students and families OLQA as well as alumni of OLQA and St. John the Evangelist School. Therefore, we are looking for form a committee to come up with some ideas to make this field something special for the parish, school, and the Turpin family and perhaps even expand the area! If you have some ideas, and would like to be part of this, please email our seminarian, Paul Clores, at or call at 631.878.0009.

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception: A holy day of obligation - 12/7 & 12/8

Vigil: Thursday, December 7 at 5 p.m. Day: Friday, December 8 at 7 a.m., 8 a.m., noon and 7:30 p.m. All masses will take place in the school auditorium. In observance of the holy day, all parish offices and ministries are closed.

2017/2018 Faith Formation Handouts - 12/10

Prayer for St. John The Evangelist - During this Time of Restoration - 12/10

Lord Jesus Christ, you were made flesh and dwell among us. In the midst of this time of darkness, show us your light. Through St. John the Evangelist we know you turned water into wine, brought people into light, satisfied the thirsty and healed the sick. In these days, may we find your healing strength. As we repair and prepare this renewed dwelling place, guide us always to yourself - the Way, the Truth, the Life – to find patience, consolation, hope and restoration.

Bless and strengthen all who are using their gifts for your glory and honor. in these days. Send us your Spirit so that we might be strengthened in this time of rebuilding so that you may find a sure dwelling place within us. We ask this of you, Lord Jesus, through the intercession of the one John took into his home, through the intercession of the one who beholds us, Mary, our Mother; you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. AMEN.

Our Lady Queen of Apostles, pray for us! St. John the Evangelist, pray for us! All holy men and women, pray for us!

Sandwiches for the poor - 12/10

Parish outreach Christmas toy drive - 12/13

Please don't forget our toy drive! Our distribution date is Saturday, December 16. We would appreciate all donated gifts to be brought in NO LATER THAN Wednesday, December 13 -- and that's pushing it. We must sort and bag all gifts Thursday so that the older school children can form a human chain to transport them to the school. After school is out on Friday we have to set up the cafeteria where we will distribute the gifts this year because the auditorium will be set up for mass. Help Needed: Friday, December 15: We really need as many available people as possible to help us in the Convent after the Noon Mass on Friday, December 15. Lunch will be provided both Friday and Saturday for all who come to help. Many have assisted in the past years but we also need some "new blood." Please consider giving us a helping hand!

Knights for Kids - 12/10

The Knights of Columbus donated 24 jackets, 12 girls and 12 boys to aid those in need in our local community. Thanks to them and to each of you for your incredible generosity.

Parish outreach Toy Drive - 12/13

Please don't forget our TOY DRIVE! Our distribution date is Saturday, December 16th. We would appreciate all donated gifts to be brought in NO LATER THAN Wednesday, December 13--and that's pushing it. We must sort and bag all gifts Thursday so that the older school children can form a human chain to transport them to the school. After school is out on Friday we have to set up the cafeteria where we will distribute the gifts this year because the auditorium will be set up for Mass. Help Needed on FRIDAY, December 15!!! We really need as many available people as possible to help us in the Convent after the Noon Mass on Friday, December 15. Lunch will be provided both Friday and Saturday for all who come to help. Many have assisted in the past years but we also need some "new blood." Please consider giving us a helping hand!

Christmas Spiritual Bouquet Cards - 12/10

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

10 Surprising Things in the Catechism—Continued

By Brendan Gottschall, SJ on Nov 02, 2017 - taken from The Jesuit Post
The Catechism of the Catholic Church was first promulgated by St. John Paul II 25 years ago, October 11, 1985. In honor of this silver anniversary, TJP would like to point out some surprising things about the Catechism. If you don’t own a copy, it can be found on the Vatican website. Over the past few weeks, we have use excerpts from Bishop Barres’ letter about the Catechism. This week, we look at the second and final part of the article started in last week’s bulletin. I hope it surprises you and makes you smile too!

6. Feel like Catholicism is just a bunch of rules? Well, actually the Catechism is not a rule book. Less than a third of the book deals directly with the moral life (paragraphs 1749-2557, out of 2865 total paragraphs, by my back-of-the-envelope calculations).

7. Concerned about climate change and pollution? Care for creation is there, even before Laudato Si’: “Man’s dominion over inanimate and other living beings granted by the Creator is not absolute; it is limited by concern for the quality of life of his neighbor, including generations to come; it requires a religious respect for the integrity of creation.” CCC 2415

8. Isn’t faith opposed to science? Actually, the Catechism praises science for its contributions to truth: “[M]ethodological research in all branches of knowledge, provided it is carried out in a truly scientific manner and does not override moral laws, can never conflict with the faith, because the things of the world and the things of faith derive from the same God. The humble and persevering investigator of the secrets of nature is being led, as it were, by the hand of God in spite of himself, for it is God, the conserver of all things, who made them what they are.” CCC 159

9. God gave you your voice, let Him hear it! The Catechism encourages you to sing at Mass: “Song and music fulfill their function… according to three principal criteria: beauty expressive of prayer, the unanimous participation of the assembly at the designated moments, and the solemn character of the celebration.” CCC 1157

10. Lastly, our very own St. Ignatius of Loyola is quoted three times! All from his Spiritual Exercises:

1.“Do not swear whether by the Creator, or any creature, except truthfully, of necessity, and with reverence” CCC 2164[Footnote 1. Annotations from the Catechism are generally referenced by “CCC” then the paragraph #], SE 38

2.“Every good Christian ought to be more ready to give a favorable interpretation to another’s statement than to condemn it. But if he cannot do so, let him ask how the other understands it. And if the latter understands it badly, let the former correct him with love. If that does not suffice, let the Christian try in all suitable ways to bring the other to a correct interpretation so that he may be saved” CCC 2478, SE 22

3.In contemplation, one “learns the ‘interior knowledge of our Lord,’ the more to love him and follow him” CCC 2725, SE 104

"The Messiah" - 12/15

The Moriches Choral Society Presents "MESSIAH" by - G.F. Handel on December 15 at 7:30 PM in the School Auditorium. Please see Andrew McKeon or a cantor for Tickets, and further details. This will be a vibrant production complete with orchestra, over 45 voices, soloists, and organ.

Blessing of the Nativity - 12/17

Sunday, December 17 after the 9 a.m. mass. Come as we bless our Christmas Nativity in front of the Church building—a reminder of the incarnation in the midst of our restoration. After mass, we’ll bless the Nativity.

Social Ministry: We are here to help - 12/10

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! Office Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Monday—Friday (Please call for an appointment.). Food Pantry: Monday evenings: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. + Thursday afternoons: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Thrift Shop: Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

SJE Street ministry: 12/10

The Street Ministry is continuously servicing 40-65 people each Thursday night! We are extremely grateful for all donations from St. John's parishioners that have kept us going. As the cold winter months approach us, we are in need of the following items: Financial donations are most welcome as they allow us to purchase items as they are needed. Sometimes things “come up” and we need to make a quick purchase. Checks may be made payable to St. John the Evangelist and donations can be left in the Parish Office. Items needed: jackets (men’s, women’s, children’s), blankets, sweatshirts (men’s, women’s, children’s), socks (new), underwear (new), hats and gloves, boots and sneakers, toothpaste, deodorant, peanut butter/jelly, water

Leuthardt’s Christmas Tree Farm - 12/9-12/10...

This December, all aboard the Candy Apple Express at 607 Montauk Highway, East Moriches. 631.878.1387. For a fun and interactive ride, please come and join the Leuthardt Family Farm where the experience is priceless. The Candy Apple Express is a wagon tour of the nursery, it will run from the weekends of December 9, 10, and 16 and 17. Christmas caroling, arts and crafts, hot chocolate, baked goods and a gift shop. Harry Leuthardt Nurseries has chosen to give four charities 10% of every purchase made from LEUTHARDT’S CHRISTMAS TREE FARM. These charities are: DRVC Catholic Charities, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Hope House Ministries and Camp Paquatuck.

Child Protection and Safety - 12/13

There will be a Virtus course on Wednesday, December 13 at 7 p.m. in the barn. If you still need an ID badge, pictures will be taken Wednesday, December 20 from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Faith Formation Reconciliation Service - 12/16

12/16 Reconciliation Service—Level 3: The Reconciliation Service for our Level 3 students will be held on Saturday, December 16 at 11:30 a.m. in the Auditorium. We look forward to praying with you and providing the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Advent, a season of reflection and anticipation for the coming of Christ. All Level 3 students are asked to attend and are to be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the service. All in attendance will be invited to receive the Sacrament.

8th Grade Catholic School Students: Register now: Students who attend Catholic school and plan on receiving their Confirmation in our parish in the Fall of 2018 must be registered in our Faith Formation program. We confirm in the Fall of 9th grade. If you have not already registered your child, please contact us before December 21 at 631.878.0009, ext. 170 or via email at

This month, our classes are delving deeper into the Season of Advent and parents gathered for presentations by Fr. John on Reconciliation and Social Justice during our Levels 2 and 8 meetings.

What Can you Do? - 12/10

So many times, parishioners want to get involved and aren’t sure where they might be able to help. Here are some ideas:

Mass intentions still available - 12/10

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:

Prison Families Anonymous - 12/14

Prison Families Anonymous: “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.” Matthew 25: 35-36

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 in Deer Park, NY 11729 (Northeast corner of Deer Park and Lake Ave. Use rear door closest to parking lot.)

Life Teen Ministry Registration forms - 11/26

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)

Diocese of RVC, NY Independent Reconciliation & Compensation Program (“IRCP”) - 12/10

Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY Independent Reconciliation And Compensation Program

Queremos Bautizar A Su Hijo ... ¡¡Hoy !!! - 12/10

Como católicos, creemos firmemente en la importancia y la necesidad del hermoso sacramento del Bautismo. Es realmente el fundamento de nuestra vida como cristianos. Debido a la gran importancia de este sacramento, nosotros como cristianos católicos estamos llamados a hacer todo lo que esté a nuestro alcance para asegurarnos de que a nuestros hijos no se les prive de los beneficios del Bautismo por más tiempo del que es absolutamente necesario. Hay una mentalidad entre algunos católicos de que el bautismo puede demorarse durante muchos meses o incluso años. Los motivos de esta línea de pensamiento son variados, pero todos pierden el punto fundamental de que un niño debe ser bautizado tan pronto como sea razonablemente posible. En realidad, retrasar el bautismo de un hijo durante meses o años puede ser una negligencia pecaminosa. La Introducción al Rito del Bautismo de los Niños declara:

"En cuanto al momento del bautismo, la primera consideración es el bienestar del niño, que no puede ser privado del beneficio de el sacramento". "También dice:" Un bebé debe ser bautizado dentro de las primeras semanas después del Nacimiento.” Un cambio que debe notarse que es efectivo de inmediato en nuestra parroquia es que los niños que son traídos para el Bautismo que están por encima de la edad de la razón (7 años de edad),deberán inscribirse en el programa de dos años de educación religiosa siguiendo las pautas del Rito de iniciación cristiana (RCIA #256). Por favor llame a la Rectoría y hable con el Padre Michael o el Padre Juan a 631.878.0009 o por correo electrónico a o o podemos ayudarlo a tener todo listo para una maravillosa celebración del bautismo de su hijo.

Calling All high School Students - 12/10

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 For all high school teens! Bring your friends! Basketball and Volleyball! Great people! Great Food! Great Faith! Meets from 7:00-8:30 Sunday (Doors open 6:30 p.m.) at OLQA gym after 5:30pm Youth Mass CALL: 631.878.0009 ext. 5 or email:

Upcoming Youth Ministry Events - 12/1

December 13: Trip to NYC for adoration, mass, and social after. Contact Mike for more info.
December 27: Mass at St. John’s and social to follow.
If you want more information you can Contact Mike @

Family Life Ministry returns - 12/10

After a few months away, Family Life Ministry is up and running again. This ministry seeks to create opportunities - liturgical, service based and social—for SJE families of all shapes and sizes to come together. All are welcome! Save the date: "Advent Families in Service" Sunday, December 10, after the 9 p.m. mass—Details to follow!!! To learn more about Family Life Ministry contact

Mass with His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan - 12/13

Join young adults from our parish in heading to New York City for a great night with other young adults from the New York area celebrating Mass with His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan on Wednesday December 13 at 7:30 p.m. Rosary and Confessions will be held from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. with music for the night provided by Ike Ndolo. A social featuring free appetizers and drink specials will follow at local restaurant TBA! The group will be leaving from the parish around 2 p.m. Contact Mike Clauberg or Fr. Michael for more information. See you there!

Ernie’s Place St. John’s Food Pantry Ministry - 12/10

Mondays – 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Thursdays – 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Shopping list: Canned vegetables, Pork and beans, pasta sauce (but not pasta), canned foods and meats, toilet paper. Thank you for your continued generosity. Cut out this list and bring it with you when you go shopping!

Youth Service Corp - 12/10

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.

Advent 2017 - 12/25

We begin our celebration of the season of Advent! There are some practical details we need to talk about:
1. Because we will not be in the auditorium for more than a few months, God willing, we will not be getting new editions of Breaking Bread. This means that the readings and psalms will not be in the book.
2. We will have available editions of Sunday’s Word 2018. You can pick them up and take them with you. A free will offering of $5 is requested but not required. These books contain all of the Sunday readings as well as the psalm and antiphons for daily mass.
3. We will need to listen well to our cantors for the Responsorial Psalm each week. If you look in the missalette, you’re going to be frustrated. Both the text and music will be different.
4. This may be a good opportunity for each one of us, particularly as the sound is vastly improved in the auditorium worship space. The Word is meant to be encountered as spoken! Think of it as God speaking to you. Let’s work hard to listen in these weeks ahead. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Advent's Music Notes

The season of Advent begins on the first weekend in December this year. It’s a quick Advent, if you will, as the Fourth Week of Advent is only about 16 or 18 hours.
Some musical notes to consider:

Stewardship - 12/10

How can I repay the LORD for all the great good done for me? - Psalm 116:2
Sunday 12/03/17: $17,248 (2016: $15,967)
Parish Social Ministry: $2,208 (2016: $1,666)
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.

Advent Giving Tree - 12/10

“Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?” And the king will say to them in reply, “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” - Matthew 25.

The final judgment in the Gospel of Matthew should serve as a call to action for each and every one of us. Our parish Advent Giving Tree is one way to respond! Our parish social ministries are working together to support life at all stages. There will be tags on our Giving Tree to help the hungry, the unborn, the sick, the immigrant and those in prison. If you are interested, there will be a Christmas Tree located in the back of the Auditorium. After mass on the weekend of November 25/26, you will be able to pick a tag which will describe the gift that you are responsible for giving. We are still developing which organizations we will be donating the items on the tags to. If you are interested in being a part of this new way of giving back during the holiday season, please contact Alex Finta at or 631.878.0009 ext. 127. We need help preparing the tree, storing gifts and delivering them.

Remembering our Loved Ones — Helping our Parish - 12/10

Altar bread and wine for the month: an offering of $150 is requested. Altar candles are $25 per week. Altar bread and wine for the month of November has been donated for the Glaser Family.

Readings: Second Sunday of Advent - 12/10

Reading I: Isaiah 11:1-10 - In the desert make ready the way of the Lord.
Responsorial Psalm: PS 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17
Second Reading: Romans 15:4-9 - The Lord shows great patience.
Gospel: Matthew 3:1-12 - John the Baptist proclaims the coming of the Messiah.

Discussion Questions

How do you share John the Baptist’s mission to proclaim Christ’s coming into the world? Do you do this with words or by the way you live? How is John’s message of repentance and judgment different from that of Jesus?

Readings: First Sunday of Advent - 12/17

Reading I: Isaiah 61:1-2A, 10-11 - Isaiah proclaims the goodness of the Lord.
Responsorial Psalm: Luke 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-2 - Rejoice and pray always.
Gospel: John 1:6-8, 19-28 - The priests and Levites question John’s identity.

Discussion Questions

What is the relationship between the Holy Spirit working in the depths of your spirit and God’s peace that is applied to your body, soul and spirit? “There is one among you whom you do not recognize … ” Do you recognize Christ in all the different faces and ways he come to you each day?

Newly Baptized...

Newly Married...

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:

We Pray (For The sick)...

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.

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

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:

Help Wanted: Parish Service Announcements

Decorate with us as we deck the halls: It’s that time of year again and we’re looking for some volunteers to help us decorate the Rectory and Convent for Christmas! If you would like to help, we will gather after the noon mass on December 17. Email Paul Clores at to let us know you’re coming. Please join us!

Newsletter editorial help: Eagles Wings, the newsletter of St. John the Evangelist parish, will be starting up again in 2018. We are in need of writers, editors, photographers etc. It is a great ministry and requires only a few hours for each edition. Please join us at our next meeting, on Monday, December 11 at 7 p.m. in the upper room of the Red Barn. We will be discussing ideas for articles and assigning writers. If you would like to participate in Eagles Wings, but cannot make the meeting, please call Liz Dyer at 631.786.0218. All input appreciated.

Set-up/tear-down crew needed: SATURDAY MORNING MOVERS - We are working to create a moving crew that can be “on call” Saturday mornings to set up the Gym. We are blessed with the students from OLQA but with some upcoming Friday night events, we can use some help. We would gather around 7:30 a.m. and are usually done in 20 minutes. Can you and your family help us out? We would let you know the Thursday before if help is needed. If you can be on our on-call list, please contact Fr. John at or leave a message 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

Stations of the Cross Troupe: Creative Ministries’ Journey, Cross and Crucifixion Production of the Stations of the Cross is looking for new troupe members. Looking for an incredible way to pray throughout the Lenten season? Are you able to… Sing? Act? Dance? Play an instrument? We would love for you to join us in this ministry. Adults and teens of all ages are welcome. To learn more, call or email Barbara at 631.317.9415 or

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

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

Altar servers: Our parish is in 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.

Catechists: We are in need of a catechist for one of our Heritage classes on Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. This class includes students in grades 7-11 who are preparing for first communion and/or confirmation. If you are interested, please email Michelle at:

Kitchen 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.

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?

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.

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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