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Roman Catholic Church, Center Moriches, N.Y.

“Observe what is right, do what is just; for my salvation is about to come.” Isaiah 56:1

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Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time: August 20, 2017


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St. John's Mass Schedule

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.

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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:

Michelle Pirraglia, Director of Faith Formation:

Katie Waller, Business Manager:

Special Prayer and Worship Announcements

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 and on Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.; 7 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. (Spanish). 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.

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:

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

Summer Evening of Prayer and music

August 28 at 7 p.m. — The “HIMS”. A music group led by one of SJE’s own cantors - Jay Mauro. An evening of music and praise! A free will offering will be taken up for Hope House Ministries at this evening’s prayer. Note: On the evenings of Summer Evening Prayer, the Miraculous Medal Novena and the Holy Hour for Priests will not be held.

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 8am 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( 7am y 12pm). 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( un correo electrónico con tu número de teléfono si quieres participar.

A Note about parking

From “the letters I have never wanted to write about”… Thank you for your great spirit in adapting to all of the changes of the last few months. Can I ask everyone to do their best to park in Church parking lot or the parking lot between the school and convent? The back doors of the school are open for masses on Sunday and, in some cases, the stairs might be a little easier than the ones in the front. This past week, there were many cars on Ocean Avenue while there were nearly 50 spots in the parking lot between the Convent and the School. Thanks everyone.

Welcome Back Paul Clores

A few weeks ago, we sent Paul Clores to Fatima and to the Camino and with plans to begin a new pastoral year assignment in the Fall. Two week ago, we received a call from the Vocations Director, Fr. Joe Fitzgerald, informing us that Bishop Barres has requested Paul stay at St. John the Evangelist for the upcoming year! How are excited are we. Not only is SJE a great place to learn about serving God’s people as a priest, Paul has become a real part of the parish life here. We look for-ward to growing with him in the year ahead. Paul will return to the Seminary at the end of August for weeks of retreat and preparation and then return here the second week of September.

SJE Blood Drive

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

Calling All high School Students

Sunday night is your night. 5:30 p.m. Youth mass 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (Youth Ministry Night). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Every Sunday night at ST. JOHN’S. QUESTIONS? EMAIL MIKE AT MCLAUBERG@SJECM.ORG

Online appeals and Faith Formation Payments

Did you receive our summer appeal mailing? If so, please consider supporting the ongoing work of SJE. Return your envelope or make your offering here at We will slowly add more 'items' to digitally pay for SJE (offerings, events and services). We chose PayPal as our shopping cart service for its inherent security and trustworthiness as an e-commerce system. PayPal, for those unfamiliar with it, accepts Visa, Mastercard, digital bank-to-paypal transfers and PayPal account to PayPal account and a few other payment options. We hope this new addition makes things a bit easier for you.

K of C Lobster Fest

Knights of Columbus, Queen of All Hearts is holding its annual Lobster Fest on August 20 at 3 p.m. at 313 Frowein Rd. Center Moriches: Hot dogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob, salads, soda, beer, wine, coffee and dessert and choice of lobster or chicken. Tickets: Lobster: $30, chicken $20, and regular BBQ is just $15 (just hamburgers and hot dogs). Tickets must be purchased in advance. Call Bill at 516.458.6448 or G.K. Ken at 631.375.7005 for tickets.

* Queen of all Hearts Knights of Columbus Council #4126 made an incredible donation to our Church rebuilding efforts. Immediately after the events of May 19, the Knights got into action and arranged to make a sizable donation to the parish so we may use it as needed in the weeks and months ahead. What a gift and blessing the Knights are to our parish and to our Church.

Check for Your Faith Formation Placement Letter

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: All requests must be made to this email. Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time of transition.

New Students: Register Now!

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

Confirmation '1:8' Schedule and Program

Group A: last name = A - L

Group B: last name = M - Z

More information here.

St. John the Evangelist’s Religious Education (Faith Formation)

Need to register your child for the 2017-18 academic year? St. John the Evangelist’s Religious Education program serves our parish youth (nearly 1,800 students), beginning in first grade and their families as they grow in faith and prepare for the sacraments. Those who are entering grade 1, as well as those with children who may not have been in religious education for awhile, are welcome to register in June. For families already in our program, you will be notified about your child’s class placement via email and through a mailing over the summer. To register in our faith formation program, please bring a copy of the child’s baptismal certificate (or a copy of their birth certificate if they were not baptized). Please also be sure that you are a registered member with our parish. If you aren't already, please contact the rectory at 631.878.0009. More about Faith Formation can be found here. Also see the New Catechist Volunteer Form.

Registration office hours: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 5 p.m. and Wednesdays from noon to 8 p.m. For more information, please contact our office. Thank you for your dedication and support as we continue to enhance and grow our program for the youth of our community.

What's Happening at SJE - by Father Paul

When I first arrived here in May, I spoke at all the masses introducing myself, and, throughout my first week, I served in that church and had grown to love it. I could not believe what would happen at the end of that week. I realized then that God was calling me to be at this parish for a specific reason.

Throughout the summer, I watched as the parish grew in faith and as a stronger community. I observed the incredible ways the pastoral team and Fr. John lead the community and kept things going even when it seemed the most difficult. More...

SJE Spirit Day

Saturday, September 16 from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. A great day of fun, entertainment and community building for all in our area! There will be great rides for the kids, live music throughout the afternoon and wonderful food! Spirit Day concludes with the 5 p.m. mass on the Spirit Day fairgrounds. (You can see our Spirit Day committee is already hard at work!) It’s going to be a great day for our parish…. and for you! Check out the bulletin for more information in the weeks ahead! Would you or your business (or a business you know) be able to help sponsor Spirit Day? Throughout the month of September, we’ll have sponsorship signs throughout the parish grounds. Look for the sign up sheet in the church bulletin each week.

Spirit Day Vendors Wanted

Saturday, September 16 from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Craft fair vendors: For an application or more information, contact Linda Filosa at or leave a message at the Parish Office at 631.878.0009. Food truck vendors: For an application or more information, contact Liz Harrington at Parish Office at 631.786.0218 or email to

Special Thrift Shop, Pantry and Street Ministry hours: 8/26

Social Ministry Saturday, August 26: The SJE THRIFT SHOP, FOOD PANTRY and STREET MINISTRY will be open from 10 a.m. to noon. The community meal follows at noon. All are welcome!

School Supply Drive Is Underway

“Back to School” time is a time of great need for many of our parish’s families. Can you help us to help others in need? These are the most commonly requested school supplies. We can not obviously have everything requested but through your continued generosity we have been able to assist many parents with much of what they need. You may leave donation at the doors of the Church, in the Outreach Office or in the Rectory.
• Sharpened pencils and pencil cases
• Magic markers
• Marble notebooks-all colors
• Dry erase markers
• crayons -- 24 count
• hard-covered 1" binders
• Back-packs various sizes
• colored pencils - 12 count
• loose-leaf and dividers
• Glue sticks
• Plastic 2-pocket folders
• glue bottles
• black or blue pens
• Post-its
• yellow highlighters
• pink erasers
• 12" rulers with Metric rule on opposite side
• two-hole pencil sharpeners with waste holders
• scissors - rounded and pointed

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.

Attention Young Adult Catholics

Tuesday, August 22: A summer event for Young Adults with Bishop Barres.“Celebrating our Faith Holy Hour and BBQ” Catholic Young Adults are invited to a summer barbecue and Holy Hour with Bishop Barres at the Basilica in Southampton. 5 p.m. ARRIVAL. Lawn games and barbecue. 6:30 P.M. Brief reflection and adoration. 8:20 p.m.: Fellowship, ice cream and ices. Directions to the BASILICA OF THE SACRED HEARTS OF JESUS AND MARY 168 Hill Street, Southampton, NY 11968. Questions? Email Mike at

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: August 21, August 23, August 24, August 28 and August 29. Noon masses: August 21, August 22, August 23, August 24, August 28, August 30 and August 31. Saturday evening mass (7:30 p.m.): August 26.

Our Lady Queen Of The Apostles Regional Catholic School

OLQA offers classes from nursery to 8th grade with before-school and after-care programs available - serving nearly 250 students. Registration is ongoing for the 2017-2018 school year. Come and find out about our amazing Catholic School... a place of faith and family… a place of teaching and technology... a place of care and compassion... the place to be. To learn more about our school and/or to schedule a tour, visit or call 631.878.1033. Come and find out about our amazing catholic school. This week, Mr. Erlanger and Fr. John wrote to the school community about some plans including...

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.

Reasons for Hope

Each week, during this time of rebuilding, I list some more “reasons for hope”. Our movement out of the Church to the Auditorium and Convent can be a bit unsettling and, at some times, a little sad. Maybe these reasons for hope will help us to stay focused.

8/20: I hope, I hope, I hope that this week we will begin using the Chapel of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton for Daily Mass. As of this writing (8/15), we are on schedule for this. Seton Chapel will become the place where we celebrate Daily Mass, have Eucharistic Exposition on Thursdays and pray our Monday devotions (when we do not have Summer Evening Prayer) until we return to the Church building. Over the past few weeks, we have made some minor renovations that will make the space more comfortable, expanded the Chapel space and improved the floors by restoring them. In the next few weeks, we will paint Seton Chapel but this will be able to happen while we are using the space. In the weeks ahead, new chairs will arrive and we will make some other adjustments that will enhance the space. I cannot thank everyone enough for their patience in these weeks. We did not anticipate this project taking as long as it has taken. As I wrote a few weeks ago, we learned about some different issues that needed to be addressed in the convent building. While the timing

8/13: The Church: This week, demolition work, for now, was completed. Also, structures have been made to protect that Stations of the Cross and the Reredos during upcoming construction projects. We are finalizing restoration plans with the architect in the week ahead and file them with the Town of Brookhaven. The Chapel of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton: This part of our restoration has taken much longer than we had hoped. I feel badly about this. We are in the process of working to finish up what will become the Chapel of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and hope to be using the Convent during the middle of the week of the 21 or August 28 at the latest. People have expressed an interest in wanting to support this chapel renovation. Donations for chairs for the new chapel (we’ll need about 80 total) would be a great help. More details to come. The ramp: We have filed our permit application with the Town of Brookhaven to build a permanent ramp outside of the school building. We hope to begin work soon!

8/6: Last Sunday, SJE received a huge “reason for hope”. Queen of all Hearts Knights of Columbus Council #4126 made an incredible donation to our Church rebuilding efforts. Immediately after the events of May 19, the Knights got into action and arranged to make a sizable donation to the parish so we may use it as needed in the weeks and months ahead. What a gift and blessing the Knights are to our parish and to our Church!

Memorial Donations

The following made donations in honor of a loved one….

Anonymous donations were made in memory of Daniel Joseph Hickey, William Breslawski, Sr. and Kathleen McCarthy. To obtain a parish social ministry memorial card, visit the Rectory during regular office hours or Parish Outreach from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Sister Ann in the Parish Social Ministry Office.

Confirmation Candidate Witnesses Needed

Volunteers Needed: Will you be a witness? “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.

Referral List

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

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


How can I repay the LORD for all the great good done for me? Psalm 116:2. Sunday 7/30/17: $16,877 (2016: $14,437).

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.

Prison Families Anonymous meets Monthly on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays

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. This month: 8/22.

Calling All Middle Schoolers (6th, 7th and 8th graders)

August is going to be another great month for fun and fellowship! We meet in the OLQA school auditorium from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. every-other-Wednesday night. Come down. Bring a friend. Email Youth@SJECM.ORG with any questions. Plan to be at St. John's this summer. Summer dates: Wednesday nights ( August 23, August 30).

Support our Advertisers

Many have commented positively about some of the new features of our parish bulletin. Did you know that St. John the Evangelist bulletin is printed free of charge each week? Not only that, our parish receives a part of the advertising commission. So please frequent the fine establishments that advertise in our bulletin! If your business could use a shot in the arm, consider advertising in the bulletin. Each weekend, the nearly 1,400 people who attend Mass at St. John the Evangelist—most of whom live and shop in the Moriches, Mastic, Shirley, Eastport, Speonk and Remsenberg area — receive or view our bulletin online. It’s an easy way to reach thousands of area families with information about your business. For more information on how to advertise in our bulletin, call the Church Bulletin Company at 631.249.4994.

August 27 Readings: Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
Reading I: Isaiah 22:19-23: The Lord appoints Eliakim over the house of Judah.
Responsorial Psalm: PS 138:1-2, 2-3, 6, 8
Second Reading: Romans 11:33-36: Who knows the mind of God?
Gospel: Matthew 16:13-20: Jesus asks, “Who do people say I am?”

Discussion Questions
1. God says he will fix Eliakim like a peg in a sure spot to be a place of honor for his family. This and other metaphors in the First Reading indicate God’s support for him. What other qualities or virtues do you look for in Church leader-ship, besides having a solid faith?
2. Can you see your whole life as a way to worship God? Does your fear ever give way to love?
3. Discuss Pope Francis’ Morning Meditation from February 20, 2014:
We come to know him “in the daily encounter with the Lord, each day. Through our victories and through our weaknesses.” … We come to know Jesus … as disciples on the

August 20 Readings: Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I: Isaiah 56:1, 6-7. The Lord’s justice is about to be revealed.
Responsorial Psalm: PS 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8
Second Reading: Romans 11:13-15, 29-32. God’s gifts are irrevocable.
Gospel: Matthew 15:21-28. A Canaanite woman asks Jesus to heal her daughter.

Discussion Questions

1. Do you spend a lot of your time with folks who are “joyful in God’s house of prayer”? Are you joyful too? How do you “observe what is right,” and “do what is just”?
2. What is it about her statement, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters,” that prompts Jesus to grant her request? Do you think Jesus might have under-stood his mission from his Father better, during this conversation.

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 have someone serving in the military placed on the list above or if a name should be removed, please contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or email to

Help Wanted: Parish Service Announcements

Spirit Day Volunteers: Saturday, September 16. Volunteers needed. Please help us make this a great day for our parish and community! Email to sign up to volunteer.

Catechists: Teachers 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 1—Saturdays, 8:30 - 9:30AM (1 class)

    Level 4—Tuesdays, 4:45 - 5:45 PM (1 class)

    Level 5—Mondays, 4:45 - 5:45 PM

    Level 6—Tuesdays, 4:45 - 5:45 PM (1 class)

    Level 8—Tuesdays, 7:45 - 8:45 PM (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. Beginning in July, 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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