St. John The Evangelist
R.C. Church, Center Moriches, N.Y.

What's Happening @ SJE

Second Sunday of Lent: March 17, 2019

“Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we also await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” Philippians 3:20

3/10 Bulletin     3/17 Bulletin


2019 CMA Goal $100,600

Catholic Ministries Appeal 2019

When young people encounter Christ in their life, you have helped to empower them to live as disciples in today’s world. “My faith is so important to me – without it I would be lost. I wouldn’t know what I would be doing right or wrong. I wouldn’t have God’s voice with me at all times.” -Youth Ministry Participant

“It’s important to place young people in front of the Living God and to create encounters with the Sacraments and with God for the possibility of that conversion moment of instilling in them the Faith – to come face to face with God. It can change their lives.” - Nolan Reynolds, Director, Youth Ministry

Dando Testimonio Perdonando Amando Ayudando Incentivando Educando Evangelizando Sus donativos a la Campaña de Apoyo a los Ministerios Católicos ayudan a que nuestra iglesia pueda alentar y dar la oportunidad para que futuros sacerdotes disciernan su vocación. Gracias a su donativo podemos ayudar en la formación de un sacerdote, de un diácono o de un ministro laico. En el año 2014 el Padre Joseph Scolaro fue ordenado. En el año 2010, él respondió al llamado al sacerdocio e inició el programa de formación sacerdotal en el Seminario de la Inmaculada Concepción. Actualmente el Padre Scolaro es el Párroco de la Iglesia Notre Dame en New Hyde Park. “Sé de primera mano lo importante que es la Campaña de Apoyo a los Ministerios Católicos. La Campaña ayudó en mi formación y ese apoyo me dio la libertad para enfocarme totalmente en mis estudios. Hoy siendo sacerdote en la Diócesis, siento que Dios me ha bendecido al elegirme para consagrar el Cuerpo y la Sangre de Cristo en el altar, entregar este regalo a su pueblo y llevar a Dios a la gente -a la misma gente que con sus donativos me ayudaron a llegar al punto donde estoy ahora.” Por favor considere hacer un donativo y haga la diferencia en la vida de las personas. ¡Gracias! También puede hacer su donativo visitando o llamándonos al 516.678.5800 ext. 296

Mass & Worship Announcements

Come to the quiet: The church building is open from 6:30 a.m. to approximately 7 p.m., if not later, each night. Seton Chapel, in the white convent building, is open around 8 a.m. and also remains open to approximately 7 p.m. Take some time to open your heart to the voice of God.

Sunday masses: Saturday vigils are at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (Spanish mass). Sunday: 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon, 5:30 p.m.

Weekday masses: Monday through Friday: 7 a.m. and noon. Saturday morning: 8 a.m. Seton Chapel: Tuesday: 7:30 p.m. (Spanish).

Seton Chapel (located in the Convent building – The White House): Note: Due to Men’s Night of Prayer in Seton Chapel, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and the Liturgy of the Hours will not take place on Monday, March 18, 2019. Our regular exposition schedule will resume on Monday, March 25, 2019. Seton Chapel is open each day from 7 a.m. until the early evening. We gather in Seton Chapel for Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament Mondays – 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays (beginning 3/8/19) – 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Mass – in Spanish – Tuesdays 7:30 p.m. Liturgy of the Hours (beginning in Lent 2019) Mondays – Midday Prayer – 3 p.m. Night Prayer – 8:45 p.m. Thursdays – Midday Prayer – noon, Evening Prayer – 4:45 p.m. Fridays – Morning Prayer – 8 a.m. Midday Prayer – 11:45 a.m.

Stations of the Cross (this Lent): we will celebrate the Stations of the Cross at 10 a.m. on Thursdays (Seton Chapel) and 7 p.m. on Fridays (Church).

Come and know God’s mercy: The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated every day after daily mass in the church. The sacrament is also celebrated in the church on Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. and from 7 to 7:15 p.m. (Spanish). Confessions are also heard on Sundays from 5 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Come and know God’s healing of the sick: Please contact the rectory (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 in Seton Chapel on Mondays from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Thursdays from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Come to know Mary, Our Lady Queen of Apostles: Rosary - We pray the Rosary every day after daily mass in Our Lady’s Chapel in the church building. Mondays we pray the Miraculous Medal Novena after the 7 a.m. mass in the church building and at 7:30 p.m. in Seton Chapel in the convent on most Mondays, with the exception of holidays and whenever the parish is closed.

Traditional Latin mass schedule: While we do not celebrate the extraordinary form of the mass here at St. John’s, those who wish to attend that liturgy may do so at the following times and places: Sundays at 3:30 p.m. at St. Isidore’s, Riverhead. Sundays at 12:30 p.m. at St. Matthew’s, Dix Hills. Sundays at 9 a.m. at St. Ladislaus, Hempstead.

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession): At St. John’s we celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation daily. During the week, we celebrate the sacrament after the 7 a.m. and noon masses. Generally, the priests will be in the IHM Meeting Room or the chapel area of the convent. He will wait or be around for 10 minutes after the last person has come. On Saturday and Sunday evenings, confession are heard in the Youth Ministry office (near the main entrance of the auditorium) or in the back of the auditorium itself. Of course, you can - and should - approach one of our parish priests whenever you want to celebrate the sacrament.

Mass Schedule of Intentions

Confession Schedule: Days, times, locations

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Church Hours & Contact Info

Rectory (Parish office) hours (the Blue House on Ocean Avenue): It is here where you can make appointments to meet with one of our priests, pick up a mass card, drop off materials and is usually a good “first stop” when at SJE. We seek to be as present as we can to those who come to our doors. We are open from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Monday to Thursday and 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Friday to Sunday. We close from noon to 1 each day to give our staff some free time.

Phone numbers: 631.878.0009. Fax: 631.874.2466.


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

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. 2 St. John Place. Center Moriches, NY 631.878.1033.

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Faith Formation Information

RCIC Students: On the Path to Baptism The students in our RCIC program who are preparing for Baptism at the Easter Vigil this year attended the Rite of Election at St. Anne’s in Brentwood last Sunday, March 10. At this rite, which normally coincides with the first Sunday of Lent, upon receiving the testimony of sponsors and catechists and the catechumens' affirmation of their intention to join the Church, the Church makes its "election" of these catechumens to receive the Sacraments of Initiation. In the presence of the bishop (or his delegate), they inscribe their names in the Book of the Elect at the cathedral as a pledge of fidelity. Now the catechumens are called "the elect" or "the illuminandi" ("those who will be enlightened"). They now begin a Period of Purification and Enlightenment — the final, intense preparation for the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation. On the next five Sundays of Lent, three scrutinies (rites for self -searching and repentance) and the presentations of the Creed and Lord's Prayer take place. This period concludes with the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil. Please keep these students—as well as the RCIA adults—in your prayers as they continue their faith journey. Our RCIC program is coordinated by Mike & Lynn Walsh, who work with our students during these sessions.

Learning About Lent: As we move deeper into Lent, our faith formation classes are finding creative ways to enter into this liturgical season.

Grade-Level Reconciliations: We still have two more Grade-Level Reconciliation services remaining. Following the service, all present are offered the opportunity to go individually to confession. Remaining Grade-Level Reconciliation Dates are Level 5 – Saturday, 3/23 at 11:30 a.m., Church Level 8 – Thursday, 4/4 at 7 p.m., Church.

Level 2 Retreats This Month: This year, we are happy to be holding for the first time a 1st Communion retreat for our Level 2 students and parents. Below are the assigned days/times. Level 2 Retreats 2019: 8:30 a.m. Classes: Saturday, March 23, 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.* 10 a.m. Classes: Saturday, March 30, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.* *Please note the retreat will run for an hour and a half. We are asking that one parent/guardian accompany each child during the retreat (due to limited space). A retreat is an opportunity to step away from our daily lives and take some time to reflect on God’s great love for us. It is also a time for you and your child to draw closer together through our faith. There will be activities for parents and children to enjoy!

RCIC: Rite of Acceptance: Are you an adult interested in receiving the sacrament of Confirmation? If you are a baptized Catholic, but have not been fully initiated, we offer a process for those who desire to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. For adults who desire more information, contact Suzan Fitzpatrick at For teenagers and their families who desire more information, contact the Faith Formation Office at 631.878.0009, ext. 170 or email to

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 or Students expressed why they desire Baptism and their parents / sponsors promised to support them in their formation. Please continue to pray for our catechumens as they take their next steps toward full initiation into the church.

Se busca ayuda: se puede devolver? Estás buscando una manera de servir a nuestra comunidad? Al atender a más de 1,600 estudiantes, siempre necesitamos feligreses para enseñarles a nuestros jóvenes la fe. No tiene que ser un teólogo, simplemente tiene el deseo de compartir la fe y relacionarla con nuestra juventud. No se puede hacer un compromiso semanal? Quizás puedas ser parte de nuestro grupo de catequistas sustitutos! Necesitamos particularmente catequistas bilingües para ayudarnos, particularmente con la preparación Sacramental! Si está interesado, comuníquese con Michelle al 631.878.0009, ext. 5 o por correo electrónico:

More Faith Formation Information

Confirmation Forms

Faith Formation Payment

First Communion Offering (per child)
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Our Lady Queen Of Apostles

Academic Intervention Teachers Needed

The Catholic School in Center Moriches is seeking trained educators to work in 'The Mission — The Middle School Academy at OLQA' — particularly in the areas of math and ELA (English Language Arts). Interested candidates are asked to be:

  • Educators or recently retired teachers
  • Collaborators with fellow teachers
  • Inspired by working with middle school students
  • Looking to work parts of three or four days
  • Seeking to transform the lives of young people
  • Ready to be challenged and fulfilled.

If interested, please send a resume to

Academic Learning Center

For OLQA students presently and opening to all students in January 2019 our Academic Learning Center is off and running as a place for students to catch up on homework, work with qualified teachers, receive limited tutoring and academic support. All students are requested to register in advance. You can register at or or call the Parish Office at 631.878.0009.

Our Academic Learning Center is off and running as a place for students to catch up on homework, work with qualified teachers, receive limited tutoring and academic support. Families in our Faith Formation program should have received a survey about the ways we are seeking to expand this program to better serve you. We are looking for teachers—retired and active– to become part of the Academic Learning Center. Presently, the center is open on Wednesday afternoons. It will expand to later afternoon hours in January (day to be determined). All students are requested to register in advance. You can register at or or call the Parish Office at 631.878.0009.

Confession Schedule

This Week @ SJE: News & Events

New SJE Website Coming Soon - 3/17

Parish Mission - 3/25-3/28

Abstinence And Fasting - 3/17

All Catholics who have reached their fourteenth (14th) year are bound to abstain entirely from meat on all the Fridays of Lent. All Catholics between the ages of eighteen (18) and fifty-nine (59) inclusive are also bound to observe the law of fast on Good Friday. This means limiting oneself to a single full meal and avoiding food between meals. Two other light meals, which together do not equal a full meal, may be taken during the day. Those whose work or health would be impaired are excused from fast and abstinence. Individual conscience should decide proper cause for excuse. A more serious reason is required to excuse oneself from the Good Friday fast and abstinence.

Bloomin' Bucks Raffle - 4/11

Do Not Park On Ocean Avenue - 3/17

Please do NOT park on Ocean Avenue when attending mass at SJE. It has become a traffic hazard and, I’m sure, a bother to our neighbors. St. John’s has plenty of parking –on the north side of the Church, behind the Church, on St. John’s Place (in marked spots only please) and the school parking lot. Please make use of those spaces. Random Act of Kindness Thought. If you’re able, park further away. Keep the parking spots closer to the Church for those who might find walking a challenge!

new Paschal Candle - 3/17

As we prepare to enter the season of Easter, we would like to invite individuals and families to contribute to the purchase of two Paschal Candles. The Paschal Candle we have now—seen to the right—has served as an incredible reminder of the light that shines through the darkness. At the Easter Vigil this year, we will prepare a new Paschal Candle. Because of our increased use of Seton Chapel we also need to purchase a smaller Paschal Candle for this space. Both candles will burn throughout the Easter season and for all baptisms and funerals. It is a sign of the “Light of Christ” that shatters the darkness of our world. Our new candles are handmade from beeswax and will be a beautiful sign of Easter light and hope. Because it is beeswax and handmade, it is expensive. Last year, a nice tradition developed that I hope we can continue. Members of the parish who had lost family members in the past year made an offering in memory of their loved one. If you and/or your family would like to do that, we would be most grateful and appreciative. You can leave a donation in the Parish Office. Please note clearly that it is for the new Paschal Candles.

Community Meal - 3/25

Join us Monday, March 25 in the Red Barn at St. John the Evangelist Church in Center Moriches. The meal will consist of a homemade dinner from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. If you are in need of toiletries or clothes, please let a volunteer know! If you are interested in cooking a meal, please reach out to Alex Finta at

Holy Week - 3/10

The Triduum is the pinnacle of the Church’s liturgical year as we celebrate the evening mass of the Lord’s Supper (Holy Thursday), the Celebration of our Lord’s Passion and Death (Good Friday) and the Easter Vigil (Holy Saturday night). Would you be interested in being part of a small committee that pulls together all of the details of these days? Are you interested in the organizing and carrying out some of the details related to our Church’s most sacred celebrations? If so, contact Fr. John at 631.878.0009 or email to

Easter Sunrise Mass - 4/21

We are in the midst of planning for another early morning sunrise mass somewhere in the area. Of course, we would need a committee of people to make this happen! What about you and your family? If you’re interested, please call Fr. John at 631.878.0009 or email to

Confirmation For Adults - 3/17

Are you an adult interested in receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation? For many reasons, present adults may not have received the Sacrament of Confirmation as young people. If you have not been confirmed, please let us help you!!! If you are a baptized Catholic, but have not been fully initiated, we offer a process for those who desire to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. For adults who desire more information, contact Father John at or leave a message at 631.878.0009. Meeting will begin during Lent and continue to the celebration of Pentecost in June!

Join the Catholic Action Network 3/17

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.

celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation - 3/17

Sinners welcome and wanted. Come and celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation! Daily after the 7 a.m. and noon masses and after the 8 a.m. mass on Saturday (Please wait in the lobby of the convent building Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.* (Spanish/English) Sundays from 5 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.* Diocesan Day of Reconciliation Monday, April 15 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Good Friday, April 19 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Holy Saturday, April 20 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Of course, you may call the Parish Office and make an appointment with one of our priests.

Street Outreach - 3/17

As Long Island continues to increase in its cost of living, more and more individuals and families are being squeezed out of permanent housing. After numerous parishioners have reached out to share their experiences, I figured that I would share the mindset of our Street Ministry on what we feel is the best way to facilitate and foster relationships with the homeless. The question of what the responsible gift is to give to a person who is homeless is a difficult one. If I have the time, I’ll hand out a gift card or even buy them a meal at the most convenient restaurant. We would obviously never give money out to someone living on the streets right? Sure, the stereotype of a person who is homeless is addicted to drugs and alcohol but that isn’t always the case of course. Pope Francis could not be any clearer when giving advice on what to give someone who is homeless. Not only does Pope Francis say it is NOT our place to judge on where the money is spent but we should also look them in the eye when speaking and giving them money. Ultimately, do what feels most comfortable. Even if you do not have any materiel donations to give, just by speaking with them you are restoring their dignity. There are essentially three phone numbers that you will want to know of. 1) Suffolk County Department of Social Services has an emergency phone number (631.854.9100) you can call during the weekdays after 4:30PM and weekends at any time. They will provide a bed in a shelter and transportation to it. However, many shelters are infamous for being unsafe and/or unhealthy so do not be surprised if the person is reluctant to go and would rather sleep outside. 2) Maureen’s Haven (631.727.6831) is a non-profit, interdenominational organization that houses the homeless in churches on the East End of Long Island during the winter months and provides other resources throughout the year. 3) St. John the Evangelist (631.878.0009 ext. 119). The Street Ministry provides hot meals and clothing every Thursday night. We also aid with case management, food, clothing, toiletries, etc. If there is someone who is in the area that you know of and is open to receiving these types of services, please give them the SJE phone number and tell them to leave a message with their name, phone number they can be reached on and what they are looking for help with while being as detailed as possible (say sizes of clothes and types of clothing). The most important concept to remember is safety! Never drive anyone anywhere and always try to be with someone else you can trust. This advice is for those who have met a person who may be homeless outside of a clothing store or supermarket so don’t go trekking in the woods looking for a “tent city.” If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please let Alex Finta know by email or call 631.878.0009 ext. 119.

The Art & Environment ministry - 3/17

The Art & Environment ministry invites you to Journey Through Lent with us here at SJE! Lay your burdens, fears and petitions before the Lord. You may bring a rock (one small enough to fit in the palm of your hand) to place in a special display on the sanctuary steps. Each week we will add more rocks, as we pray together.

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul - 3/17

In today's Gospel, Jesus overcomes the temptations to wealth, power and esteem. As we begin Lent, may we open our hearts to the grace of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Your gift in the Saint Vincent De Paul poor box will help the poor to celebrate the grace of God's love this Easter. Need assistance? Email us at or contact Alex Finta in the parish Social Ministry Office. Our next meeting will be held March 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Red Barn. Come see what we're all about!

Senior Ministry News Seniors (and others) - 3/21

There will be Stations of the Cross especially for seniors on Thursdays during Lent at 10 a.m. in the IHM room of the convent. There are special booklets to help us reflect on this important devotion especially for those who over the age of 50- ish! Please come and pray with us in this welcoming environment. The dates are: March 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18. This will not interfere with any other devotion for remembering the sacrifice Jesus made for us.

Child Protection - 3/20 or 3/26

ALL PARISH VOLUNTEERS AND EMPLOYEES: Please be sure you are checking for VIRTUS bulletins delivered electronically around the first weekend of each month. Volunteers who receive these bulletins must read them and complete the question at the end. THIS IS NOT OPTIONAL. Failure to complete these monthly learning bulletins may result in your being suspended from ministry. (At present, volunteers who work or have worked with children are required to complete these learning bulletins.) Please reach out to Liz Dellaratta or Michael Walsh at 631.878.0009 or email to Our next two VIRTUS trainings at St. John’s are on Wednesday, March 20 – 7 p.m. or Tuesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. (You may take a VIRTUS training class at any site. See for more information.)

Recruiting New Readers and Extraordinary Ministers - 3/17

“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?
1. You must send a letter to Fr. John at the Parish Office or email to
2. You must meet with Fr. John for a brief meeting.
3. 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?
1. You must contact Fr. John at or by phone at 631.878.0009.
2. You must attend one of the diocesan training sessions.


  • Thursday, May 23 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. St. Elizabeth, Melville.

Liturgy of the Hours - 3/17 forward

O God, come to our assistance… The purpose of the liturgy of the hours is to sanctify the day and the whole range of human activity. Therefore its structure has been revised in such a way as to make each hour once more correspond as nearly as possible to natural time and to take account of the circumstances of life today. Hence, "that the day may be truly sanctified and the hours themselves recited with spiritual advantage, it is best that each of them be prayed at a time most closely corresponding to the true time of each canonical hour." -From the General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours, 11

Beginning this Lent, we will begin the pray the Liturgy of the Hours more frequently at SJE. You may have noticed this in some of our literature about Seton Chapel. We pray the Liturgy of the Hours to unite our prayer with the Church that seeks God at all times.

There is a certain ritual to the Liturgy of the Hours that involves our posture (sitting and standing), our voices (in praying the psalms), our listening (to the Word of God).

Some of us pray the Liturgy of the Hours regularly. This is wonderful. I hope you can help us in establishing this rhythm of prayer at SJE.

We will pray the Liturgy of the Hours in the Church on Saturday at approximately 6:15 p.m. and on Sunday at approximately 6:45 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel. Booklets will be provided for you. During the week, we will pray the Liturgy of the Hours in Seton Chapel beginning and ending our times of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Monday—3 p.m.—Daytime Prayer Monday—8:45 p.m.—Night Prayer Thursday—1 p.m.—Daytime Prayer Thursday—4:45 p.m.—Evening Prayer Friday—8 a.m.—Morning Prayer Friday—11:30 a.m.—Daytime Prayer For these times, we will use books of the Liturgy of the Hours that will be provided for you. (NOTE: It will take us each a little time to get used to these—so always have patience!!!!) You do not need to come to each of these times of prayer—come when you can! You can pray the Liturgy of the Hours also by using the ibreviary app or visiting

Children’s Liturgy of the Word - 3/10

Lent 2019: 9 a.m. mass: Here’s how it works: On Sundays, children will be invited forward after the Collect (opening prayer). They will be sent forth to the school building — accompanied by our catechists and guides—and celebrate the Liturgy of the Word (first reading, psalm, gospel and homily) in the school. Then they will return after the universal prayer and remain with their family for the remainder of the liturgy. God speaks to us in many different ways—and we hear that word differently too! The Children’s Liturgy of the Word is one way we can better bring God’s word to our young people. Check this space in the bulletin for more information each week. Want to join this exciting new ministry? Email and find out more about all that is on the horizon for our children at SJE!

First Friday Devotions - 3/17

• We will pray prayers and the Litany to the Sacred Heart after the 7 a.m. and noon masses and at 6:30 p.m.
• The East End Holy Hour will now move to the First Friday of each month.
• The opportunity to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation will continue to be offered after the 7 a.m. and noon masses and around the East End Holy Hour

Let’s pray that for those who are able and so desire, this devotion may inspire a deeper conversion to the ways of the Lord. Related to this, beginning in Lent, we will offer additional time for Eucharistic Exposition in Seton Chapel from 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. (taking place in between our two daily masses). This will not be limited to First Friday but will take place on all Fridays.

Adult Faith Formation Opportunity - 3/16

'The Religious Imagination of CS Lewis: A Walk Through The Great Divorce'. Join the SJE community on an epic journey from Hell to Heaven in The Great Divorce by CS Lewis. There will be a suggested free will offering of $15 to cover the cost of the materials for the course. When: 11 a.m. on March 16 in The Red Barn at St John the Evangelist. Please contact Seminarian Joe Catafago for more information at or 631.878.0009 x113 if you would like to attend.

Adult Faith Formation Course - 3/20, 4/3, 4/10

“Lord, Teach us to Pray!” March 13, 20 , April 3 and 10. Where: Seton Chapel. When: 7 p.m. Coving the topics of liturgy, sacraments, scripture, devotion, and the saints. This class aims to help making prayer practical and easy – even for the busiest among us! There will be a free will offering taken up. The suggested donation is $10.

Liturgical Practices: Good Health and Common Sense: 3/17

My former Pastor, Msgr. Joseph DeGrocco, a former professor of liturgy at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, prepared a brief article for my former parish’s bulletin that runs during the winter months. With his permission, I have reprinted it here. As we are in the midst of the winter season, there are some good things to consider in our Cele-bration of the Eucharist. As we come to celebrate mass together each week during these winter days, it’s a good time to review some common sense liturgical practices and issues, to help everyone stay healthy and to care for one another.

  • Holy Communion: Priests, deacons and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion are especially encouraged to wash and sanitize their hands before mass begins. If Communion ministers need to clean their hands during mass, it must be done discreetly. The best way for extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion to clean their hands during mass is to use a sanitizing liquid in the pew before coming into the sanctuary (sanitizing liquids have no place on the altar or among the Communion vessels and other sacred items on the credence table).
  • Communion from the Chalice: The faithful should refrain from drinking from the chalice when one has a cold or is fearful of being infected.
  • Receiving on the Tongue: Faithful who normally receive Holy Communion on the tongue should refrain from receiving on the tongue and instead receive in the hand when one has a cold or is otherwise contagious. Do not spread your saliva to the hand of the Communion minister if you are sick; receive Communion in the hand instead.
  • Greeting of Peace: Use your own discretion and best judgment when invited to exchange the greeting of peace during the liturgy; limit physical contact with others if necessary. If a handshake is not advisable, a simple bow of the head is acceptable. Do not be insulted if someone prefers to avoid shaking your hand.
  • Mass Attendance: MOST IMPORTANTLY, IF YOU ARE SICK, PLEASE DO NOT COME TO MASS! There is no obligation to attend mass if you are sick; it is not a sin to miss mass for this reason. (Also, there is no need to go to confession if you miss mass because you are sick.) Personal prayer and reflection on the Sunday Scripture readings is encouraged; many people also enjoy viewing the mass on television.

Pray-ers Needed: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Mondays from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. During Lent 2019: Fridays 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in the Seton Chapel in the Convent Building.

SJE is privileged to have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Monday evenings and Thursday afternoons in Seton Chapel. (Seton Chapel is located in the Convent Building, the white house south of the school building.) Over twenty five parishioners have committed to an hour and many more are making time to pray on Monday evenings and Thursday afternoons. WE ARE IN PARTICULAR NEED ON MONDAY AFTERNOONS from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Would you be willing to give an hour of your Monday evening (particularly) or Thursday afternoon to sit in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament? If so, can you please contact Fr. John at or call at 631.878.0009.

Praying For And Ministering To The Sick - 3/17

But when someone is sick, we at times think: “let’s call for the priest to come”; “no, then he will bring bad luck, let’s not call him”, or “he will scare the sick person”. Why do we think this? Because the idea is floating about that the undertakers arrive after the priest. And this is not true. The priest comes to help the sick or elderly person; that is why the priest’s visit to the sick is so important; we ought to call the priest to the sick person’s side and say: “come, give him the anointing, bless him”. - Pope Francis

As Catholics, we are called to pray for and minister to the sick and the ill. At St. John’s, it one of the ways we bring the Light of Christ to those in need. Those who are seriously ill or facing surgery, as well as those in danger of death, should receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. Please call the Parish Office and ask for one of our priests. If you or a family member are ill and wish to receive Holy Communion, please contact the parish office. One of our parish priests will come visit you and an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Community will then visit each week. We pray for the sick and the homebound at mass each week. To add your name or the name of a loved one, please contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or email to

Comunidad Hispano de San Juan Evangelista, Center Moriches

MINISTERIOS Y SERVICIOS: Dirección de la Oficina: 25 Ocean Ave. Center Moriches, NY 11934.
Teléfono: 1-631.878.0009 Horas especiales para asistencia en español: Martes 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Santa Misa: Sábados - 7:30 p.m., Martes - 7:30 p.m. en el Convent (La Casa Blanca)
Confesiones: Sábado - 7 p.m. en la Iglesia
Bautismos: Segundo Domingo a las 2 p.m. en la Iglesia. Clases pre-bautismos es el tercer miércoles de cada mes. Locación – en el granero (la casa roja) a las 7 p.m.

Favor de traer el certificado de nacimiento del niño dos meses antes del bautismo: Requisitos: 1. Certificado de nacimiento del niño o/de la niña. 2. Certificado de inscripción de su Parroquia (padres y padrinos) 3. Los padres deben traer estos documentos a la oficina de San Juan para fijar las fechas de charla pre-bautismal (OBLIGATORIA para padres y padrinos) y la fecha del Bautismo.

Matrimonios: Parejas que planean su matrimonio, deben hacer una cita con uno de los sacerdotes antes de su boda. De este modo tendrán suficiente tiempo para recibir las instrucciones prematrimoniales y obtener los documentos necesarios. Para más información llame al oficina.

Exposición del Santísimo (adoración): Jueves, noon - 8 p.m.
Renovación Carismática: Viernes 7 p.m. en el granero (la casa roja).
R.I.C.A. (Iniciación Cristiana de Adultos): Padre Michael 1.631.878.0009
Templos del Espiritu Santo (Grupo de Jovenes) cada sabado a las 5 p.m. en el Red Barn.

Tenemos un grupo nuevo en nuestra parroquia, Los Templos del Espiritu Santo! Este grupo quiere ayudar y server los jovenes en la communidad acrecer en sus relaciones con el Señor Jesus. Los Templos del Espiritu Santo reune cada sabado a las 5 p.m. en el Barn empezando el 19 de enero. Habla con Kenia por mas informacion:

Join The SJE Parish - 3/17

How do I register? So many people who come to St. John’s often wonder why it’s important to register. By registering in a parish:

  • You make a formal commitment to this community of faith: basically saying, “I want to belong…”
  • This parish makes a formal commitment to you, basically saying, “We want to be here for you!”
  • You will be better informed about all that is happening here at SJE, basically saying, “Get involved…we need you!!!”

*Please note: We will only be able to produce tax forms for those who are formally registered and use envelopes (or, eventually, electronic giving). To register, contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or email to to make an appointment with a member of our Pastoral Team. You will no longer be able to register by coming into the office without making an appointment.

Please Support Our Advertisers - 3/17

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.

The SJE community wished to that this year's Spirit Day Sponsors

Above All Fence + Angelo and Lillian Rollo + Baby Moon Restaurant + Bay Gardens + Center Moriches Veterinary Hospital + Century 21 Cor-Ace Realty, Inc. + Crossfit Kryptonite + Dammeyer Construction Company + Desi Masonry Products + Dun Rite Appliance Company + East End Sign Design + Environmental Assessment and Remediations + Jet Sanitation Service Corps + Law Office of Elizabeth Harrington + Lillian's Hair Studio + Moriches Bay Deli + Moriches Bay Diner + Moriches Bay Realty + Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith + Mrs. Rose Bente + Out East Therapy of NY + ProFlame Inc. + REP Electric + Rico's Clothing + Roy Probeyahn and Sons + Swezey Fuel Company + The Garzero Family + The Sureau Family. All State Center Moriches, Annette Eaderesto, Bridgehampton National Bank, CORE BTS, Enes Carnesecca and Jerry Frunzi, Grammas Consultants, John and Helen May and Family, John and Joseph Perno and Family, Matt and Kelly - The Pomara Family, Megatom Pools and Spas, Plum Cottage Interior Design, ProFlame Inc., Queen of All Hearts K of C, SJE Ministry of Consolation, The Lapham Family, The Matthews Family, The Parks Family and Twin Ponds Cabinetry. Center Moriches Fire Department, Lund Valve Testing, M & M Travel, Pinto Pools, REP Electric, Swezey Fuel Company.

BINGO - 3/15

Every Friday at the Knights of Columbus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. First game is 7:30 p.m. $2,000 in prizes.

The Bread and Wine - 3/17

St. John’s invites family members of those for whom the mass is being offered to bring up the gifts of bread and wine at that mass. On the weekend, please inform any of the ushers 10 minutes prior to the beginning of mass.

Altar Servers needed - 3/17

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.

12-Step Meetings - Ongoing

Ala-teen is for anyone, aged 12 through 18, who has been affected by someone else’s drinking or addiction. Two adult, trained members of Al-Anon are present at every meeting. Come learn healthy ways to deal with your loved one’s addiction in a safe and confidential environment. Meetings are on Monday at 7 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church at 25 Ocean Ave., Center Moriches. Meetings will take place upstairs in the Red Barn (in the parking lot of Our Lady Queen of Apostles School). Contact for more information.

Alcoholics Anonymous: Offered daily at 6:30 a.m. and Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Red Barn meeting room. ALANON meets on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Red Barn meeting room. AL-A-TEEN on Mondays at 7 p.m. in the Red Barn upper room. AA men’s group meets on Sundays at 8 a.m. in the Red Barn meeting room.

Picture of the red barn

Sacrament of Reconciliation - 3/17

It is a good time for each one of us to get back in the routine of going to the sacrament of Reconciliation. At St. John’s, we celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation every day. During the week, we celebrate the sacrament after the 7 a.m. and noon masses. Please wait in the north transept (near the organ and the Blessed Mother shrine) for the priest after mass to hear confessions. On Saturday and Sunday evenings, confessions are heard before the Saturday evening (4 p.m. and 7 p.m.) and Sunday evening masses (5 p.m.). As with the weekdays, please wait in the north transept. Of course, you can - and should - approach one of our parish priests whenever you want to celebrate the sacrament. You can also call the parish office to make an appointment.

The Ministries @ SJE: News & Events

Catholic Youth Day - 3/30

Family Life Ministry News - 3/17

This past Sunday, St. John’s Family Life Ministry hosted an appreciation breakfast for our local corrections' officers and their loved ones. Once again we thank our boldest law enforcement officers who are faced with a tough job to serve our community. Once again we want to say to them: Thank you!

Upcoming Mercy Sundays:

  • March: Holy week children’s service.
  • Spring: Holy Mary’s meals run/walk.

What is the Family Life Ministry? How Can I Join? The Family Life Ministry at St. John the Evangelist seeks to connect families within our parish through fun, thoughtful service opportunities. Calling to mind that we can do no great things, only small things with great love, we hope to find the joy in serving others through coming together. Through our service we seek to strengthen our sense of belonging to our parish, helping us to come to know those around us by name. We believe in the great power of our families and we call to mind the words of Pope Francis that, “Families transform the world and history.” For more information, Please contact: Linda Filosa email: or cell: 631.559.7227.

Do you need more volunteer hours? Can You Volunteer? 3/17

Join the family ministry

What is the Family Life Ministry? How Can I Join? The Family Life Ministry at St. John the Evangelist seeks to connect families within our parish through fun, thoughtful service opportunities. Calling to mind that we can do no great things, only small things with great love, we hope to find the joy in serving others through coming together. Through our service we seek to strengthen our sense of belonging to our parish, helping us to come to know those around us by name. We believe in the great power of our families and we call to mind the words of Pope Francis that, “Families transform the world and history.”

Items Needed: ZipLock bags for packing - large and small. Toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, floss (small tubes). Deodorant roll on and bar soap. Disposable razors, male/female shave gel or cream. Female hygiene products. Chapstick, lip balm. Shampoo, conditioner (small or travel size). Body lotion, sunblock (small or travel size). Hand sanitizer (small or travel size). Hand towels (white or tan). Bug repellent wipes, small pump spray. Q-tips, baby wipes, powder. Tylenol, Midol, Motrin, Advil (small bottle or travel size). Cold/sinus medication, saline spray (small or travel size). Anti-fungal ointment (small tube or travel size). Triple antibiotic ointment (small tube or travel size) *Band-Aids' / safety pins. Warm socks, scarves, pull on hats, gloves, hand and foot warmers. Batteries - AAA and AA, clip on reading lights. Duct tape. Glow in dark bracelets. Tuna fish—soft pack /small can, pull top. Beef Jerky or Slim Jims. Protein, granola, breakfast bars, trail mix, bagged nuts - all varieties, dried fruit. Peanut butter and jelly – plastic only, 20o.z or smaller. Protein powder. Mac and cheese individual servings cups. Breakfast cereal individual serving cups. Instant oatmeal, soup (pop-top cans). Crackers and cookies — individual hard box size. Hard candy. Water-flavor packets (individual size), Gatorade powder mix or packets, cards, puzzle books, books, crossword puzzles. Small Nerf balls, Rubik's cubes. Envelopes, small pads, pens or a personal note from you to our hero servicemen and women! ABSOLUTELY NO Aerosol items.

SJE Street Ministry Donations - 3/17

The Street Ministry is continuously serving 60-90 individuals and families every Thursday night, many of which are homeless. We are tremendously grateful for all of the donations that continue to allow us to do this work. We are in need of the following: Financial donations are most welcome as they allow us to purchase items as they are needed. Checks may be made payable to St. John the Evangelist and donations can be left in the Parish Office. We would also be most grateful for gift cards to places such as Dollar Store or Walmart so we can obtain these items.

The SJE Street Ministry could use the following Items: Small size toothpaste, shaving cream, razors, women’s socks, baby wipes, socks, diapers (size 4 and 5), shaving cream, toothbrushes, deodorant, men’s underwear- (sizes 18, 32, 34 and 36, 38) women’s underwear (size 8,10, 12, 14 and 16, 18). We are also in need of cooks. We have been running out of food due to the high number of guests. If you're interested in cooking a tray of food for the Thursday night run or have any questions, please email Corinne Bernath at bernath52194 or Alex Finta at or 631.878.0009 ext. 119.

Join the street ministry

Liturgical Ministry Training - Spring 2019

Basic Training is for those intending to work with the sick (e.g. hospitals, nursing homes, homebound). The Office of Faith Formation now offers the Specialized Training sessions. Basic training must be taken prior to registering for Specialized Training- Fee- $30 pp. To register for Basic Training, ask your pastor to write a letter for you, including your chosen date, time and location. To register for Lector training, mail form in the bulletin to the office of worship. Lector training is for those who wish to proclaim the Word of God at their parishes. All men, women and young adults who wish to become a lector at their parish should attend a diocesan training session. Fee- $20 pp.

Dates/times/locations for Basic Training and Lector Training: (choose 1)
Nassau: Wednesdays, 4/3 - St Christopher's, Baldwin (7 p.m. - 10 p.m.)
Suffolk: Thursday, 5/23 - St. Elizabeth, Melville (7 p.m.- 10 p.m.)

The Social Ministry is here to help - 3/17

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 Alex Finta 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 (Now located on the second floor of the Red Barn) 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Monday to Friday (Please call for an appointment.)
Food Pantry: Monday evenings: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Thursday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Thrift Shop: Wednesday: 9 a.m. to noon.

Ministry of Consolation - 3/17

This ministry reaches out in a variety of ways to those who have recently faced the death of someone they love. The wonderful women and men who offer their time in this ministry—as well as our office staff—do a wonderful job in ministering to those in need. We are in need of more help as we seek to grow the Ministry of Consolation. We are in need of parishioners to come forward as: Liturgical ministers (greeters, servers, extraordinary ministers and readers) cake bakers (willing to make a small dessert for a family who has suffered a loss), Worship aid makers (able to update our mass program for each funeral, involves light computer and possibly copier use), organizers (able to assign tasks to those who have offered their time), and companions (meeting with a family who has suffered a loss to assist with choosing readings, hymns, etc. and being present on the day of the funeral). If you’re able to help or want to find out more information, contact Fr. John at

Prison Families Anonymous - 3/26

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

'Ernie’s Place' Food Pantry - 3/18 and 3/21

Open Mondays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Shopping list: Canned vegetables, pork and beans, pasta and pasta sauce, canned foods and meats, toilet paper. Thank you for your continued generosity. Remember this list when you go shopping.

Image of the red barn

Golden Wedding Liturgy - 5/5

Honoring couples married fifty years or more. Sunday, May 5 at the Church of St. Rose of Lima, Massapequa Liturgy will begin at 2:30 p.m. Registration must be received by the Office of Worship by April 15. For more information, call Suzanne at 516.678.5800, ext. 207.

Memorial Cards - 3/17

Parish Social Ministry Memorial Cards are available. 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 the memorial cards. The names of those remembered will be periodically included in the bulletin. The memorial offering made will benefit Parish Outreach, our Homeless Initiative, Food Pantry and Thrift Shop and the many works of Parish Social Ministry at SJE. To obtain a parish social ministry memorial card, visit the Rectory Office during regular hours or Parish Outreach from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, contact the Parish Social Ministry Office.

Sacramentos del Bautismo, la Comunión o la Confirmación - 3/17

¿Usted o alguien que usted conoce tiene más de 7 años y necesita los Sacramentosdel Bautismo, la Comunión o la Confirmación? Por favor, póngase en contacto con Gregorio Chavez en para el próximo paso a seguir. Gracias.

Men's Prayer Group - 3/16

The Totus Tuus men's group needs you! We are looking for young men, bachelors, married men, older men and anyone somewhere in between. Join other men from your parish for coffee, lively discussion and applying our faith to real life to living our Catholic faith today. The men's group meets in the kitchen of the Convent (white house) every Saturday at 9 a.m. Hope to see you there! You’re invited! For more information, please contact Fr. Michael at See you there.

Mass of Installation of Bishop Robert J. Brennan - 3/29

The Catholic Faith Network (CFN) will be airing the Mass of Installation of Bishop Robert J. Brennan as the 12th Bishop of the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio. The Mass will air live on Friday, March 29 from St. Joseph Cathedral beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET and will rebroadcast later that evening at 8 p.m. ET. The Catholic Faith Network (CFN) is available on Optimum channel 29/137, Verizon FiOS TV channel 296, and Charter Spectrum channel 162/471 throughout the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut area. The Catholic Faith Network (CFN) is also available on selected cable and satellite systems nationwide, along with a vast on-demand library of original programming and a high quality 24/7 live stream at

Join the Knights of Columbus - 3/17

In 2018, our parish Knight of Columbus Council 4126 accomplished so many things, from donating coats to children, supporting the Special Olympics, helping towns destroyed by natural disasters, placing ultrasound machines in pregnancy centers and so much more. We’re looking for more men from St. John’s Parish to join us. With the Catholic Church under attack, now is the time to stand up in support of religious beliefs. If you would like to join, please call Grand Knight, Mike Lankau 631.909.1249 or Bill Morgan 516.458.6448.

Calling All high School Students - 3/17

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 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each Sunday (doors open 6:30 p.m.) at OLQA gym after the 5:30 p.m. Youth mass. Call 631.878.0009 ext. 5 or email: All high school teenagers are invited and we encourage you to bring your friends.

Stewardship - 3/17

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 Parish Improvements envelope and/or place your offering in the regular collection.Sunday 3/10/19: $14,693 (2018: $17,072) Church in Need: $1,614 (2018: $1,008).

This week's Music - Scheduled Hymns 3/9 and 3/10

Entrance Hymn: #570, The Glory of These Forty Days
Preparation Hymn: None
Communion Hymn: #1026, As the Bread of Life is Broken
Closing Hymn: #576, Led by the Spirit

Adult Choir: Practice Tuesdays at 7 p.m. (please contact Andrew via
Children’s Choir: Practice Tuesdays at 6 p.m. (please contact Stephanie via
Mass Band: Practice Sundays at 4 p.m. (please contact Tess via

Do you love to sing? We are always looking for members for our choirs from our community. If you have a passion for making music with us at Church, please join us. You can contact one of our directors or reach out to Andrew McKeon at 631.878.0009 or email to

Second Week of Lent - 3/17

Reading I: Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18. The Lord establishes a covenant with Abraham.
Responsorial Psalm: PS 27:1, 7-8, 8-9, 13-14.
Second Reading: Philippians 3:17—4:1 or Philippians 3:20—4:1. Our citizenship is in heaven.
Gospel: Luke 9:28B-36. Jesus is transfigured before Peter, James, and John.

Discussion Questions

1. In this reading God Promised Abraham that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars. Will Abraham cling to this promise as he raises the knife to kill his son (Gen 22:9)? Where do you fall on the continuum when blind trust is required of you, with 1 being low and 10 high?
2. Is your mind occupied with earthly things? Who or what helps you toward your “citizenship in heaven”?
3. In the blinding light did Peter know what he was saying? Think of some times that you have seen the divine, not in a transfiguration, but in the ordinary. Please share your experiences with others

Third Sunday of Lent Readings - 3/24

Reading I: Exodus 3:1-8A, 13-15. The Lord calls Moses from a burning bush.
Responsorial Psalm: PS 103: 1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8, 11.
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12. We must learn from the example of our ancestors.
Gospel: Luke 13:1-9. The parable of the fig tree.

Newly-Baptized - 3/17

Recently baptized: Jayda Alexa Amaya, Kaylee Juliet Amaya Perez, Bradley Alessandro Dubon Herrera, Paige Melissa Turza

Are You Having a Child? I want to get my child baptized!!! How great is this!!! What a wonderful celebration for our parish when parents bring their child to Church to celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism. First, contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or via email at to meet with one of our parish priests or deacon. Both parents will need to attend this meeting. Second, you will attend a Baptismal Preparation Class led by our parish staff. You will sign up for this class at the meeting with one of our parish’s priests or deacon. Third, Baptisms are generally celebrated in English on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Sundays and in Spanish on the 2nd Sunday of each month. You will select this date at your initial meeting.

Newly-Married - 3/17

Recently married: Elfea Enrigue Morales and Feliciana Bulut Chavez

We love to celebrate weddings at SJE! If you have plans to get married, contact St. John’s ASAP to meet with one of our priests. At this meeting, you can:

  • Select a date
  • Learn about Marriage Preparation, i.e. Pre-Cana
  • Find out why marriage makes a difference and much more!

To make an appointment, contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or email to If you would like a particular priest to preside at your wedding, it might best to contact him using the email addresses on the front cover of the bulletin.

We Remember Our Loved ones - 3/17

Entrance antiphon, recent funeral masses: Margaret Mary Kealey, Carlos Vidal, Mary Grace Ciccolella, Maria Pasquino Pasquale Mastropictro, Stephen M. Mathesen

Those wishing to have a mass said for a loved one may stop by the rectory.

Now about your funeral: Well we’re not looking to plan that any time soon, but we can always use help with our Ministry of Consolation!!! This ministry reaches out in a variety of ways to those who have recently faced the death of someone they love. The wonderful women and men who offer their time in this ministry—as well as our office staff—do a wonderful job in ministering to those in need. We are in need of more help as we seek to grow the Ministry of Consolation. We are in need of parishioners to come forward as:

  • Liturgical ministers (greeters, servers, extraordinary ministers and readers)
  • Cake bakers (willing to make a small dessert for a family who has suffered a loss)
  • Worship aid makers (able to update our mass program for each funeral, involves light computer and possibly copier use),
  • Organizers (able to assign tasks to those who have offered their time), and
  • Companions (meeting with a family who has suffered a loss to assist with choosing readings, hymns, etc. and being present on the day of the funeral)

If you’re able to help or want to find out more information, contact Fr. John at

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: Helping our parish: altar bread and wine for the month - an offering of $150 is requested: Altar candles are $25 per week. “We have loved them during life, let us not abandon them in death” When we have a mass said in memory of a friend or loved one, we follow these words of St. Ambrose and perform one of the Spiritual works of Mercy. To have a mass said for a friend or relative, visit the Parish Office.

“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.

Praying For Vocations - 3/11-3/17

Please say a prayer for the following priest and seminarian or intention each day this week. Louis Cona 3/15– Fr. Vincent H. Bulus/Sem. Louis DeLouker 3/16– Fr. Cerino Bunao/Sem. Christopher Heller 3/17– Fr. Malcolm J. Burns/Sem. Domink Wegiel. 3/18- Fr. Paul Butler/Sem. Stephen Rooney 3/19- Fr. Jaime Calderon-Hernandez/Sem. Manuel Blanco 3/20- Msgr. Frank J. Caldwell/Sem. Seven McClernon 3/21- Fr. Zachary Callahan/Sem. Rev. Mr. Matthew Browne 3/22– Fr. Patrick J. Callan/Sem. Rev. Mr. Cody Bobick 3/23– Fr. Lachlan Cameron/Sem. Paul Clores 3/24– Msgr. Steven R. Camp/Pray for Vocations.

We Pray For The sick - 3/17

“In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials…” -1 Peter 1:6

Sylia Foley, Jennifer Lynn Peck. Kathleen Geiger, John Bell, Melissa Gato, Sophie Kostuk

We Pray for our Military - 3/17

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, PVT Bailey Meyer, SPC Kevin Arpino, PVT Sean Casey
  • U.S. Air Force: SSgt. Jason M. Hermes, SRA Ryan Kerstiens, SRA Timothy Kerstiens, PFC Kyle Kerstiens
  • U.S. Marine Corps: PFC Sean Brady, PFC Patrick Kimes, Lt. Col. Robert K. Maldonado, L Cpl. Quentin Montemarano, LCL Andrew Schlosberg, PVT Charles O'Connor.
  • U.S. Navy: STGCS Brian Holzmacher, ET3 Jeremiah Nolan, Jr. E3 Christopher J. Esposito 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

St. John's Pastoral Team

Reverend John Sureau, Pastor
Principal - OLQA

Reverend Felix Akpabio
Parochial Vicar

Reverend Michael Plona
Parochial Vicar

Deacon John Pettorino

Joseph Catafago
Pastoral Year Seminarian

Sister Ann Berendes, IHM
Parish Social Ministry Director

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: Service Announcements

Church Cleaners Needed: Do you like to clean? Love things neat? Can’t stand things out of place? Want everyone to shine and look good? We do too! We are looking for parishioners who would be willing to assist with a weekly cleaning of the church building which would include light mopping, sweeping, window cleaning, and checking on hymnals and the like in the pews. The cleaning will ideally take place on Thursday or Friday afternoons. We are looking for individuals, couples, friends or even strangers to form cleaning teams so each group would work one or two days a month. If interested—or know someone who should be interested—contact Fr. John at 631.878.0009 or email to St. Zita felt like she could not possibly wash one more window or dust one more piece of furniture, she imagined she was doing her work for God, and suddenly the housework wasn’t so boring anymore. Pray to St. Zita for the energy and patience to help with chores.

Outreach Volunteers Wanted: Now that the Outreach Offices of Alex Finta and Sister Ann, are on the second floor of The Barn, the bell can not be heard when it is rung. We do not want people to turn away thinking that we are not here. We have a few volunteers but not nearly enough to fully act as receptionists. What qualifications are needed? A willingness to answer the phone, take messages, make appointments, and wear a very welcoming expression on your face! What do you have to do to apply? Register for the Virtus training, fill out a background paper provided from us, and have your picture taken by Michael Walsh! Easy? Of course. When needed? Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 10 until noon (one day is sufficient;) Or, Wednesday or Friday from 1 until 3 p.m. We are hoping that we might be able to have two people at a time—just so that they could have company. Can you give us 2 hours a week? If you can help, please call Sister Ann at 631.874.5654, ext 119. If Sister is not available, please leave a message and she will return your call. Thank you, and God bless you.

Catholicism Initiation Assistants: Can you join the journey? As you can see, new groups are forming for the Christian initiation of adults and children. We are looking for men and women of our parish to accompany those who are seeking to become Catholic and complete their initiation. For more information, contact Suzan Fitzpatrick at or call the Parish Office 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

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 are looking for new members. If interested, please contact Grand Knight Ken Swicicki at 631.375.7005. Thank you.

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

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

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