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

Inspired by our patron, St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Center Moriches seeks to bring the light of Christ to a world in need, so that as Christ has done, we may also do. From the celebration of the Eucharist, we are sent forth to serve God and neighbor through ministries of formation, education and outreach.

What's Happening At SJE

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time: 1/26


Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men. - Matthew 4:19


1/26 Bulletin     1/19 Bulletin

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Based on payments received as of October 31, we've surpassed our 2019 goal of $100,600, with donations totaling $104,122.17! As a result our parish will receive back 20% of our goal and 80% of all additional payment. Thanks to all who contributed to the 2019 Catholic Ministries Appeal.

Online Giving is available for parishioners with 'WeShare', an easy way to save time and support the church. Donating is simple, safe and secure. You can set up a recurring weekly or monthly transactions using your checking, savings or credit card account. You decide how much to give to any collection and make changes any day or night. You can leave your checkbook at home now! If you would like to enroll in online giving, please visit sjecm.org. If you have any questions or concerns about the program or would like help setting up your account, please call our parish office at 631.878.0009. "Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you." - Luke 6:38

 

Mass & Worship Announcements

Mass Times

Saturday vigils are at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (Spanish).
Sunday: 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon & 5:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. and noon.
Saturday: 8 a.m. Seton Chapel. Tuesday: 7:30 p.m. (Spanish).

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 remains open to approximately 7 p.m. Take time to open your heart to the voice of God.

Come and spend some time with the Lord: Seton Chapel (in the convent - a.k.a. the white house) is open each day from 7 a.m. until the early evening. We gather in Seton Chapel for Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Mondays from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Thursdays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Mass – in Spanish – is on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.

Liturgy of the Hours: We pray the Liturgy of the Hours on Mondays at 3 p.m. (Daytime Prayer) and 8:45 p.m. (Night Prayer) in Seton Chapel. Thursdays at 1 p.m. (daytime prayer and 4:45 p.m. (evening prayer) in SetonChapel. Saturdays and Sundays after the evening mass in Our Lady’s Chapel in the 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 to know Mary, Our Lady Queen of Apostles: 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.

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.

Confession Schedule: Days, Times, Locations

Church Hours & Contact Info

Rectory (Parish office) hours (the Blue House on Ocean Avenue): This is where you make appointments to meet with our priests, pick up a mass card, drop off materials and it's usually a good “first stop” 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 free time.

Phone Numbers: 631.878.0009. Fax: 631.874.2466.

Email Address: rectory@sjecm.org

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. www.olqany.org

Mass Schedule of Intentions

Faith Formation Information

First Reconciliation: First Reconciliation for our Level 2 students will be celebrated at the following days and times (students are assigned class name): Wednesday, January 29 in the Church at 5 PM – 2A, 2B, 2E 7:30 PM – 2C, 2D, 2F Thursday, January 30 in the church at 5:00 PM – 2H, 2J, 2K 7:30 PM – 2G, 2L Please attend your assigned date/time, accompanying your child to the church and remaining with them for the Reconciliation service. In addition to the children, all present are welcome to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. First Reconciliation for our Heritage (non-traditional-age) students will be celebrated: Saturday, February 1 at 11:30 AM in the Church.

Online payment system: Our new, safe, secure online payment system is up and running. To make a payment for Faith Formation classes, confirmation, religious education or any other Faith Formation event - please follow this link.

Becoming Catholic: Do you want to be Catholic? Do you want to be baptized? Were you baptized into another Christian faith but now want to join the Catholic Church? Then the RCIA is for you! The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the Church’s process for adult women and men who want to join the Catholic Church. It involves learning about the Catholic faith, sharing faith with others and participating in the life of the Church. If you want to learn more, leave a message in the Rectory (631.878.0009) or email to rcia@sjecm.org. We will be putting together our next RCIA group in the weeks ahead!

Rite of reception: 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, please fill our this letter of interest form first. For teenagers and their families who desire more information, contact the Faith Formation Office at 631.878.0009, ext. 170 or email to faithformation@sjecm.org. For adults who desire more information, contact Father John at jsureau@sjecm.org or leave a message at 631.878.0009. Meetings will begin during Lent and continue to the celebration of Pentecost in June.

Catholic mentors needed: We are in the process of preparing for a new session of our RCIA process. This process is for adults seeking baptism as well as those who were baptized into other Christian faiths. We are looking for active and engaged parishioners who can serve as: Catechists – work with prepared materials to teach others about the Catholic faith. Facilitators – work with our RCIA group to share with one another about the Scriptures and the Catholic faith. Hospitality – work to prepare a place of welcome with coffee and small snacks. The commitment involves an hour or an hour and a half each week. The truth – this ministry needs those who are actively involved in our parish (those who already do too much) and those who are seeking something new. For more information and to talk it through, please contact Fr. John ASAP so we can begin this process as quickly as possible. You can reach Fr. John at jsureau@sjecm.org or call at 631.878.0009.

Do you want to be baptized? Do you want to become a member of the Catholic church? What are you waiting for? What about you or someone you know? We are in the process of forming a new group of those interested in becoming Catholic. If you are not baptized or were baptized in another Christian faith, please contact Fr. John Sureau or Suzan Fitzpatrick to be part of our next group of inquirers (those who are interested in learning more about the Catholic Church). You can reach us at 631.878.0009 or via email to jsureau@sjecm.org or rcia@sjecm.org. 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: mpirraglia@sjecm.org.

Faith Formation Payments

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Faith Formation Information

Faith Formation Class Schedules

Confirmation Forms

Our Lady Queen Of Apostles Regional Catholic School

OLQA: 2 St. John Place, Center Moriches, NY. 631.878.1033. www.olqany.org - on the SJE campus

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This Week @ SJE: News & Events

From The Pastor's Desk: Letting Go of the Nets

Letting Go of the Nets: FOLLOWER Dear Parish Family: I love to read. One of my problems it that if I read one book and that author cites or recommends another book I usually get that book and then if that author recommends a book I get that book….and well they start to fill up my bookshelf. I wish I could say I get to them all. It’s a work in progress. In reading a book recently the author recommended a writer I have always found challenging and, honestly, overwhelming—Henri Nouwen. He died a number of years ago but efforts have been made to go through his writings. The latest book entitled, Following Jesus: Finding Our Way Home in an Age of Anxiety, has pushed, prodded and pulled me. There are times I read certain sentences and I have to catch my breath. You probably have a few authors like that too. More.

Lent 2020– Novena of Grace

Lent 2020– Novena of Grace March 4—12, 2020 Get ready to grow deeper in God’s love!

Sunday And The Word of God

“The relationship between the Risen Lord, the community of believers and sacred Scripture is essential to our identity as Christians. Without the Lord who opens our minds to them, it is impossible to understand the Scriptures in depth. Yet the contrary is equally true: without the Scriptures, the events of the mission of Jesus and of his Church in this world would remain incomprehensible. Hence, Saint Jerome could rightly claim: “Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ” (Commentary on the Book of Isaiah, Prologue: PL 24,17B).” -Pope Francis, “APERUIT ILLIS” - INSTITUTING THE SUNDAY OF THE WORD OF GOD, #1 On the Third Sunday of Ordinary Time, Pope Francis called us to focus on the Word of God. While this does not overtake the liturgical day, it calls us in a special way to focus on the importance of the Scripture in our lives as Catholics. (It’s similar to Divine Mercy Sunday, for example.

We still celebrate the 2nd Sunday of Easter but have a particular focus on the divine mercy of God.) It is a good day for us to consider how significant the Bible is in our own lives – if at all. It is important to remember that “the Church has always venerated the divine Scriptures just as she venerates the body of the Lord, since, especially in the sacred liturgy, she unceasingly receives and offers to the faithful the bread of life from the table both of God's word and of Christ's body” (Dei Verbum 21).

Aware of God’s presence in the Word, do we • Give honor to God’s Word? • Have a Bible? • Read the Scriptures to better know God’s revelation? • Pray with the Scriptures, perhaps praying with the reading of the day? • Let the Word touch each of our senses? • Listen to the Word proclaimed at Mass? • Allow ourselves to become distracted? Perhaps these are some good things to consider this weekend as well as how we might grow more and more in love with the Word of God. Beginning this weekend, you will notice a great attention paid to the Word of God at our liturgical celebrations. In the weeks ahead we will begin using the Book of the Gospels. This book contains all of the Gospel passages we use at Sunday liturgies and on solemnities. You may have noticed that we use it during Confirmation and during the Sacred Paschal Triduum.

This will take some time to get used to but it will be an opportunity for us, as a parish, to better focus on the Word of God, most especially in the proclamation of the Gospel. It really will not change too much at Mass. The reader will walk in with this book during the procession and place it on the altar. During the Gospel acclamation (Alleluia or another acclamation that is used during Lent), the priest or deacon will take the book from the altar and process with it to the Ambo. It is an opportunity for us to give greater reverence to God’s Word during the Liturgy of the Word. You know the hope, right? The hope is what we do at Mass will correlate to how we practice our faith. We hope the greater reverence of the Word of God at Mass may help us to better reverence the Word of God outside of Mass by both reading the Bible and putting its words into action!

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Morning Star Initiative

Diocese of Rockville Centre announces Morning Star Initiative: As you may have heard, the Diocese of Rockville Centre has decided to launch a bold plan, called the Morning Star Initiative, to revitalize Catholic elementary school education on Long Island. The goal of this initiative is to restore a robust Catholic culture to the DRVC schools, improve academics, and create a more fiscally sustainable model for schools. The Diocese will partner with the Marianists, who have two centuries of Catholic educational commitment and expertise. The Diocese has asked Brother Thomas Cleary, S.M., President of Chaminade High School, to serve as the Chief Revitalization Officer and to spearhead this effort. He will be assisted by his fellow Marianists, who will seek feedback and ideas from the full spectrum of those with a stake in a revitalized Catholic elementary education, including our parishioners. We value your input, so please share your thoughts. Please visit the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s website at Morningstarinitiative.org for more information, and email morningstar@drvc.org to give feedback or find out more ways to get involved.

The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord — This Thursday, February 2 “Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in sight of all the peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel.” - Luke 2:29-32 The Presentation of the Lord pulls many favorite mementos from the Catholic cupboard: candles, blessings, Christmas, and church. The Mass of February 2 begins with a blessing of lighted candles held by the faithful, who glow with the memory of the birth of Jesus. The origins of the feast lie in ancient Jewish custom. On the 40th day after childbirth, parents brought the infant to the Temple to present it to the Lord and to purify the mother. St. Luke tells us that Joseph and Mary sacrificed two birds for the occasion after the birth of Jesus. Count up 40 days after Christmas and you’ll come to February 2. Until the 1960s, we used to call this day “The Purification of Mary.”

The title changed for several reasons. We no longer believe that women who give birth need purification, and the true significance of the feast concerns Jesus coming to the Temple. He is the Promised One, whose light will shine, beaming rays of hope to all the world. Also on the old calendar, this feast closed the Christmas season. Now we end the Christmas season with the Baptism of the Lord. So, even though the date for the Presentation still depends on Christmas, it has become a feast of Ordinary Time. Since it is a feast of the Lord, it takes precedence even when it falls on Sunday. © 1997, Resource Publications, Inc. During Masses on Saturday evening and on Sunday, we will bless candles which can be used in the home. The candles remind us of the words that the prophet Simeon used when he said that Jesus was a light for the nations. You may bring candles from your home. We invite you to take a set of Candlemas candles home and use them for special occasions. They will be available after all the Masses and after that in the rectory. We ask for a $5 offering to cover the cost of the candles.

Attention Eucharistic Ministers, Readers, Servers, Cantors & Ushers

Eucharistic Ministers, Readers, Servers, Cantors and Ushers! Do you have the Ministry Scheduler Pro App downloaded? If not...PLEASE get it ASAP. Use the Ministry Scheduler Pro App to check your upcoming schedule, update your availability and requests changes. Also, please be on the lookout for any upcoming sub requests throughout the week and check the roster before coming to Mass to accept any outstanding sub requests, if possible. Thank you for helping us to ensure that we can properly serve the many parishioners and visitors worshiping with us each week. Please reach out to Colleen Nizza at 631.300.5683 or cols26@optonline.net if you need any help with updating your MSP app.

Community Meal

Join us Monday, January 27, 2020 in the Red Barn at St. John the Evangelist Church in Center Moriches. The Meal will consist of a home-made dinner from 6:00PM-8:00PM. If you are in need of toiletries or clothes, please let a volunteer know! If you are interested in cooking a meal or volunteering, please reach out to Alex Finta at afinta@sjecm.org

'Sunday's Word 2020'

We have available editions of Sunday’s Word 2020. You can pick them up and take them with you. A free will offering of $5 is requested - but not required. You can place your offering in one of the poor boxes. These books contain all of the Sunday readings (as well as the psalm and antiphons) for daily mass. They can picked up in the vestry or in the parish office.

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End Of the Year Tax statements

Tax statements will be provided for those who request them. Simply call the Rectory at 631.878.0009 or email to bulletin@sjecm.org for your 2019 statement. Statements will be available after January 20. You can have your form mailed to you, emailed to you or you may pick it up at the Rectory. will be provided for those who request them. Simply call the Rectory at 631.878.0009 or e-mail to bulletin@sjecm.org for your 2019 statement. Statements will be available after January 20. You can have your form mailed to you, emailed to you or you may pick it up at the Rectory.

Women's Prayer Group

New Members Always Welcome! COME HOLY SPIRIT FALL AFRESH ON US! Come join us at any time as we continue reading The Sanctifier. It is through our sharing that we gain greater trust and understanding of how the Holy Spirit is working in our lives. The Holy Spirit Leads us to holiness, directs us, inspires us, teaches what our gifts are and empowers us to use them to live a more spiritual and fruitful life. We meet every other Monday at the Convent (White House) from 10AM-11:30AM. Call 631-878-0009 for info. Facilitators: Anita Luccari and Carol Ketcham meeting dates: 1/27, 2/10, 2/24, 3/9, 3/23, 4/6, 4/20, 5/4, 5/18, 6/1, 6/15, 6/29.

Important Note For SJE Volunteers

As you know SJE is committed to making our work and ministry environments as safe and secure as possible. ALL VOLUNTEERS MUST:

  • BE VIRTUS trained and have completed all introductory paperwork.
  • MUST wear their SJE ID badge—with the exception of serving at liturgy. Failure to do so will result in you being asked to leave a ministry event (i.e. practice, meeting, etc.)
  • MUST complete monthly VIRTUS safe environment updates sent via e-mail (this is for new volunteers).
  • To register for a VIRTUS Child Protection Safety Course, visit www.virtus.org.
  • The next training sessions at SJE take place on January 8th at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • You must go to virtus.org to register for these or any other VIRTUS trainings.

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Children's Liturgy of the Word

Christmas is here at St. John’s and what could be better! Our parish brings so much joy to us all year long but Christmas is completely magical here! Just take a look around! Such an exciting time but let’s be honest, this season can be a little overwhelming. Christmas spirit can easily get lost in all the hustle and bustle. However, one thing is for sure, Children NEVER lose their Christmas spirit! Jesus said “Let The Little Children Come To Me” and this may be His way of helping us keep our Christmas spirit all year long. As you may know, The Children’s Liturgy of The Word has been thriving here at St. John’s! What started almost a year ago has quickly become a fast growing and rewarding ministry for all involved. The children learn the order of Mass and hear the Gospel message on their level.

Not only does this ministry benefit the children, it also benefits the parents. It gives adults their own time to focus on the Gospel message. Maybe this is an opportunity for you and your family to grow deeper in faith. There are so many reasons to get involved at St. John The Evangelist. The Children’s Liturgy is always welcoming volunteers. If you are interested please email Deana Ditta at CLTW@SJECM.org. Children’s Liturgy takes place at the 9 a.m. Mass and is open to all children ages K-5.

The Children’s Liturgy of The Word is a program for children attending the Sunday 9 a.m. mass ages K-6th grade. The Children’s Liturgy of The Word ministry runs through May. For more information or if you are interested in joining this rewarding ministry please email Deana Ditta at CLTW@sjecm.org, or speak to any CLTW volunteer directly. Teen volunteers welcome!

How it works:

• At the 9 a.m. mass, after the collect (opening prayer of the mass) for children in Kindergarten through 6th Grade are invited to come forward and sent forth so they can hear God’s Word in a special way. (Children do not have to participate. That’s up to their parents and family members. We hope everyone will.)

• At the Children’s Liturgy of the Word, we will use the Lectionary for Mass with Children. These are the same readings everyone else is hearing but in a slightly different translation that is easier for them to understand. A special homily is also given—by a homilist— to better help them understand the readings.

• The children will then return back to mass with our shepherds (guides) to participate in the Liturgy of the Eucharist with their family.

Please Continue to Support Our Spirit Day Sponsors

'Thank You' Again to our 2019 Spirit Day Sponsors! Without your help we could not have had such a wonderful day!

Angelo and Lillian Rollo • Antonia Flaherty RealtorsBaby Moon RestaurantBridgehampton National BankCenter Moriches Veterinary HospitalCrossfit KryptoniteDammayer Construction CompanyDeo Cards/Prabhu Cards and Gift, Inc.DunRite Appliance Co., Inc.East End Kids AcademyEast End Plaza Deli • Electrical Technology Inc. • Enes Carnesecca and Jerry Frunzi • Environmental Assessment and Remediations • Friends of the Waterways • Gerald and Gracemarie Whitfield • Grammas Consultants • John and Helen May and Family • John and Joseph Perno and Family • Law Office of Elizabeth HarringtonLenny Bruno FarmsLillian's Hair StudioLund Valve Testing • M and M Travel • Matt and Kelly - The Pomara Family • Moloney-Sinnicksons Funeral HomeMoriches Bay Realty • Mr. and Mrs. James Lapham • Out East Therapy of NYPaul's Lawn and Landscape and Christmas Tree FarmPinto Pools • Plum Cottage Interior Design • ProFlame Inc. Queen of All Hearts K of CRed O Website DesignsRico's ClothingRJ Beverage Roy Probeyahn and SonsShirley Auto Body • SJE Ministry of Consolation • Swezey Fuel Company • The Bente Family • The Church Bulletin Company • The McKeon Family • The Murray Family • The Parks Family • The Plona Family • The Spellman Family • The Sureau Family • Twin Ponds CabinetryWesche Funeral Home, Inc

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The divine Office (The Liturgy of the Hours)

“It’s beautiful, but I’m tired.” True! This prayer of praise is rooted in the psalms and if you pray all five hours for four weeks, you go through almost all 150 psalms. The psalms are beautiful because they reflect the variety moods of our life: happiness, anger, sadness, praise, gratitude…you get the point. For most of the hours we begin with this line, “God, come to my assistance. Lord, make haste to help me.” I find this line incredibly beautiful because it often sums up how I am feeling and it recognizes at the beginning of prayer that I need God and I can’t do this on my own. As for feeling tired, I’m with you, but this is the great thing about this prayer. There are five times you can pray with it throughout the day and you don’t have to do all five. Maybe all you have is 10-15 minutes at lunchtime. Well, that sounds like a great time to pray afternoon prayer. And if you fall asleep while praying, that sounds like a great invitation to rest with God

We pray the Liturgy of the Hours:

  • Sunday evening prayer: after the 5:30 p.m. mass – Our Lady’s Chapel
  • Monday daytime prayer: 3 p.m. – Seton Chapel
  • Monday night prayer: 8:45 p.m. – Seton Chapel
  • Thursday daytime prayer: 1 p.m. – Seton Chapel
  • Thursday evening prayer: 4:45 p.m. – Seton Chapel
  • Friday morning prayer: 8 a.m. – Seton Chapel
  • Friday daytime prayer: 11:30 a.m. - Seton Chapel
  • Saturday evening prayer: after the 5 p.m. mass — Our Lady’s Chapel.

First Friday Devotions

'Do not let the past disturb you, just leave everything in the Sacred Heart and begin again with joy." ~ Saint Teresa of Calcutta The tradition of First Friday is part of the larger devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Catholic Church. While the context for the start of First Friday devotions is different than our times today (this originated in the 1600s and 1700s), I think there is a value to our focus, particularly on First Fridays. On First Friday—including this upcoming Friday: • We will pray Prayers and the Litany to the Sacred Heart after the 7:00 a.m. and 12 Noon Masses and at 6:30 p.m. • The opportunity to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation will continue to be offered after the 7 a.m. and 12 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.

Do you want to be Catholic? Or Baptized?

Do you want to be Catholic? Do you want to be baptized? Were you baptized into another Christian faith but now want to join the Catholic Church? Then the RCIA is for you! The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the Church’s process for adult women and men who want to join the Catholic Church. It involves learning about the Catholic faith, sharing faith with others and participating in the life of the Church. If you want to learn more, leave a message in the Rectory (631.878.0009) or email to rcia@sjecm.org. We will be putting together our next RCIA group in the weeks ahead! “In the sacraments of Christian initiation we are freed from the power of darkness and joined to Christ’s death, burial and resurrection.” - Christian Initiation,

Thursday Night Youth Group

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Baptism Team members Needed

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Sacrament of Reconciliation

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. 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. 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.

Chefs/Volunteers needed On Thursdays

Every Thursday night. Set up begins at 5:45 p.m. at the convent. At 6:45 p.m. vans leave SJE and return around 8:45 p.m. We are now making two stops so we need more volunteers! If you’re interested in cooking a tray of food or going out with the van please contact Alex Finta (afinta@sjecm.org or 631.878.0009 ext. 119.)

Praying For And Ministering To The Sick

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 rectory@sjecm.org.

SJE Mardi Gras

Whether you are young or not so young, you’ll have a great time at our annual... SJE Mardi Gras! (The great feast before the Lenten fast begins!) Sunday, February 23 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the school auditorium immediately following the noon mass.

Comunidad Hispano de San Juan Evangelista, Center Moriches

Sacramentos del Bautismo, la Comunión o la Confirmación: ¿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 p-chavez@hotmail.com para el próximo paso a seguir. Gracias.
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: keniax365574@gmail.com.

Join The SJE Parish

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 rectory@sjecm.org 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.

Friday Night BINGO

Join the family ministry

Memorial Cards

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.

Cub Scout Pack 1227

Cub Scout Pack 1227 Of St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church is currently accepting new applications, for cubs and leaders. Pack 1227 members provide service to their parish, the local community and our environment. We meet Wednesday nights in the cafeteria of Our Lady Queen of Apostles School. For more info contact: Cubscoutpack1227@gmail.com.

Upcoming events include • Scout Sunday • The Pinewood Derby • The Blue and Gold Banquet • Service events for the community. • Protecting the environment • Working the land in the Parish Garden • Not to mention… hiking, camping, fishing, parties, baseball games, sporting events, Parish events planned by the boys, woodworking, cooking, zoology, marine biology, astronomy, first aid, fire prevention, acting, singing and having fun in a safe environment. Oh yeah, dues are currently $0. Per month. A registration fee may apply. If you are interested, or you have a potential cub at home, bring them down to meet the boys and have some fun. January 15, 2019 at 6:30 P.M. in the cafeteria in the basement of Our Lady Queen of Apostles. Don’t forget to follow us… Facebook: Cub Scout Pack 1227 Instagram: Cubscoutpack1227.

Frequently Asked Questions

Making Things Official: We ask that all individuals and families who participate in the parish life of SJE register in the parish. It’s pretty simple! Just contact the Parish Office and one of the members of our Pastoral Team will meet and greet you and maybe even show you around the place. Please contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or email rectory@sjecm.org.

The Sacarament of Baptism: We love to welcome new people into Catholic faith! Baptism ceremonies are held every Sunday at 2 p.m. Parents wishing to have a child baptized must meet with one of our parish priests or deacon and be part of our Belonging preparation process before the Baptism. Contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or email to rectory@sjecm.org for more information!

Pastoral Care of the Sick & Anointing of the Sick: Our parish wants to pray for and with 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. To include you or your loved one’s name on our sick list, please contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or email to rectory@sjecm.org. In addition, our Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion bring communion to the homebound—both those temporarily unable to attend mass and those who more permanently cannot attend mass. Please contact the Parish Office for more information.

Rite of Christian Inititation For Adults (RCIA): Do you want to become Catholic? We want you to become Catholic too! Adults who wish to be baptized, or who have been baptized in another Christian faith and wish to become Catholic, or who have been baptized Catholic and wish to be confirmed and receive Holy Communion, are invited to join the process of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Please contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or e-mail to rcia@sjecm.org.

Adult Confirmation: Adults who have been baptized Catholic and who have received Holy Communion but who desire the Sacrament of Confirmation should enroll in our Adult Confirmation process. This process begins during Lent each year and concludes on the Vigil of Pentecost. Please contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or e-mail to rcia@sjecm.org.

The Sacarament of Marriage: Catholics planning to be married should receive the Sacrament of Matrimony. Please contact the Parish Office at least SIX MONTHS before the desired date of your wedding. To begin this process, you will meet with one of our parish’s priests. You can do this by contacting the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or e-mail to rectory@sjecm.org. Are you married civilly and want to have your marriage recognized by the Catholic Church? We are happy to help! Please contact the Parish Office and we will walk with you through this simple and engaging process.

Pastoral Council: Allyson Boyle, Secretary Angela Werner, Vice Chair Joseph McDonald, Matthew McCarthy, Matthew Pomaro, Chair Patti LeBlanc, Peter Leuthardt, Renee Mintel and Trudi Norton

Finance Council: Elizabeth Harrington, Enes Carnesecca, Brian Leavey, Secretary Angelo Rollo, Chair Fr. John Sureau, Tom Tebbens II and Katie Waller, Business Manager.

Parish Trustees: Elizabeth Harrington and Angelo Rollo.

Remembering our Loved Ones

Helping our Parish Altar Bread and Wine—for the month an offering of $150 is requested. Altar Candles are $25.00 per week Altar bread and wine for the month of December has been donated: In loving memory of Helen Langone.

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul

The apostles’ request of Jesus to “increase (their) faith” is made in the face of the seemingly impossible demands of discipleship. Jesus answers by illustrating what faithful discipleship looks like. The servant has been laboring all day in the field, but more is yet to be done. The work of the disciples is never completed. Discipleship is never-ending. To be a disciple means to be a servant. Here faith means faithfulness, that is, faithfulness in service. The faith-filled person puts in an honest day’s work. That person is gracious to those with whom he or she comes in contact. That person is ready to reach out and help another, even beyond one’s own work load. That person does not judge or condemn others. The faith-filled person sees Jesus in the other and responds to the situation with Jesus’ love and mercy. Faith is faithfulness in action. For assistance email depaul@sjecm.org or contact Alex Finta in the parish social ministry office.

Stewardship

Sunday 1/19/20: $14,295 (2019: $12,603)

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 Improvement envelopes and/or place your offering in the regular collection.

Music Ministry

Hymns for 1/26 weekend masses :

  • #854 - O Christ the Great Foundation
  • #705 - Holy God We Praise Thy Name
  • #839– Blest Are They
  • #757 - Amazing Grace

I would like to begin the 'Friends of Music' here at St. John the Evangelist beginning this fall. We are already busy preparing for a year of music and another wonderful season here at St. John the Evangelist. I am continually amazed at the dedication and talent of so many people from our parish who come together to make beautiful music for the praise and glory of God; we are indeed richly blessed. With the generosity of our patrons in the Friends of Music, we will be able to offer even more beautiful music for our liturgies, concerts and special programs throughout the year. Contributions will be used to directly support the music program at St. John the Evangelist including Advent Lessons and Carols, concerts, additional brass, woodwind and string instruments for special liturgies for Christmas, Easter and Pentecost. Acknowledgments will be made in programs for our concerts and special musical offerings throughout the year as well is in our parish bulletin. Please consider being a part of our music history at SJE! God bless you in advance for your generosity, contributions can be given at any of the following levels: 

  • St. Cecilia ($350 or more) 
  • Schola Cantorum ($200 to $349) 
  • Cantor’s Circle ($100 to $199) 
  • Psalmist’s Platform ($50 to $99) 
  • Chorister’s Guild ($25 to $49) 
  • Angelic Chorus (up to $24)

Join the choir! We need your voices

If you wish to “pray twice” please send an email to Music@sjecm.org with your name and best telephone number! We rehearse on Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. for Youth Choir and Adult Choir at 7 p.m., in the Church. We are also looking for instrumentalists and singers for the 5:30 p.m. mass on Sundays! Rehearsal begins at 4:15 p.m. on Sundays. The Church tells us that the praying we do during communion is the Sung Prayer of hymns and songs. To best facilitate full and active participation from the congregation as a whole, selecting music with refrains we can all sing easily from memory is a benefit. This is often why we sing rather common communion or Eucharistic based hymns at this time of the mass. As Catholics, we sing! It’s often such a joy to hear so many voices collectively as one proclaiming praises here at Saint John The Evangelist!

Adult Choir: Practice Tuesdays at 7 p.m. (please contact Andrew)
Children’s Choir: Practice Tuesdays at 6 p.m. (please contact Stephanie)
5:30 p.m. Mass Band: Practice Sundays at 4 p.m. (please contact Tess)

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, please join us. Contact one of our directors or reach out to Andrew McKeon at 631.878.0009 or email to music@sjecm.org.

Andrew McKeon, Director of Music Ministries: music@sjecm.org.
Sister Ann Berendes, IHM - aberendes@sjecm.org.
Tess Austin: tessaustin1624@gmail.com.
Stephanie Lengyel: sllengyel@gmail.com.

Readings For Masses - 2/2

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord
Reading I: Malachi 3:1-4. The Lord will send his messenger.
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 24:7, 8, 9, 10.
Second Reading: Hebrews 2:14-18. Jesus was fully human.
Gospel: Luke 2:22-40 or 2:22-32. Jesus is brought to the temple by Mary and Joseph.

Discussion Questions

1. Pope Francis reminds us that being Christian ultimately means, not so much doing new things, but allowing ourselves to be re-newed by the Holy Spirit. Do you think that the “messenger of the covenant” promised by God in this reading would have been filled with the Holy Spirit? Discuss: Who was this promised messenger?

2. “Because he himself was tested through what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.” Does this mean that Jesus understands every human pain and suffering that we experience? How do you feel about this? To whom do you turn when things aren’t going well?

3. Simeon and Anna were not part of the formal temple personnel. How was it that they recognized Jesus as the “light for revelation to the Gentiles.” Were they listening to the Holy Spirit? In this instance how did it work for them?

Readings For Masses - 1/26

Reading I: Isaiah 8:23—9:3. The Lord brings light to the darkness.
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14.
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17 Paul begs for unity.
Gospel: Matthew 4:12-23 or 4:12-17. Jesus begins his public ministry, calling the apostles.

Discussion Questions
1. There will always be disagreements. What are some ways to handle disputes so that good or growth could come out of them?
2. “At once they left their nets and followed him.” Do you think Jesus also needed friends? How long did it take Peter and Andrew to respond to his invitation of a personal encounter? What do you think was going on in their heads and hearts? Could they have been excited by the mission of communicating life to others?

Newly-Baptized

Our Newly Baptized: Hanna Rose Camaro, Nicholas Michel Forte, Bennett Joseph Lafond Leonardo Vincent Paganica, Emilio Tanzillo

Are You Having a Child? And thinking '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 rectory@sjecm.org 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 second Sunday of each month. You will select this date at your initial meeting.

Newly-Married

Recently Married: Jonathan Fogarty and Janine San Jose. Daniel Parisi and Nicole Lamattina.

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 and 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 rectory@sjecm.org. 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

Entrance antiphon, recent funeral masses: Maurice H. Albert, Donald Shockley, Michael R. Vettek

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

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 jsureau@sjecm.org.

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 one's name placed under Prayers for the Sick, please call the rectory at 631.878.0009 or email rectory@sjecm.org. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them.

We Pray For The sick

“In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials…” - 1 Peter 1:6. Alice Clavin, Carol Liguori, Nicholas Sarubbi, Susan Ruffini, Barbara Parent Senja Mazzola, Michael Randazzo, Patricia Foley, Joan Huey, Thomas Taylor Elizabeth Soto, Tony & Janice Pruzzi, Michael Nostitz, George Martin, Dominc Pironti

We Pray 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've returned.

  • U.S. Army: Sgt. Justin Sikorski, PVT Bailey Meyer, PVT Sean Casey, SGT Daniel Smith, SPC Olivia Cordero, PVT Jahdeba Williams, PVT Joseph Cestare, PFC David Smith, PVT Jack Dyer .
  • 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, LCL Andrew Schlosberg,. L Cpl. Quentin Montemarano, PVT Charles O'Connor, Recruit Evan Berkemeyer
  • U.S. Navy: STGCS Brian Holzmacher, ET3 Jeremiah Nolan, Jr. MMN3 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 rectory@sjecm.org.

Parish Outreach: The Ministries of 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.

Our parish: Our parish social ministry is here to help - 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!

What can I do to help?

People are often asking/looking for ways to connect to the life of our parish! Good news… there are plenty of ways to connect. Here are just a few:

• Ministry of Consolation. Can you be a presence at parish wakes and funerals? You can assist as a greeter (help to hand out booklets) and move deeper into the ministry as you wish.

• Good with a computer? We are looking for a few parishioners who love to work on Microsoft Publisher and like copy machines. We want to be able to expand our use of worship aids at weddings.

• Love to help organize, keep an inventory, get things in order? Read more in the bulletin about our Hospitality Ministry?

• Want to paint, can handle a little spackle…We are always trying to keep our various building in good shape. We can use some helpful hands with some light painting/design projects.

• Always wanted to help out in the Rectory? Our St. Genesius Guild helps to coordinate our Rectory Office on weekday afternoons and on Saturdays. We will keep updating this list!

For more information, email Fr. John at jsureau@sjecm.org and he will forward your request to the right person.

Belonging Ministry

Preparing Families for Baptism. A few weeks ago, members of our Belonging Ministry spoke about the possibility of getting even more involved in preparing our parents and young families for the Sacrament of Baptism. Here is the sign up form. Cut it out from the bulletin or email to shirleyautobody@aol.com or to mplona@sjecm.org.
Name___________________________
Phone #_________________________
Email ________________________________

So you want to help with Baptism Prep? Please check the areas that you are interested in! ___Lead or help lead a Belonging Class. This includes having the TV set up and playing the different segments on the Belonging DVD as well as ensuring the coffee machine is all set up. Bringing some snacks is always a plus too! This position requires a warm, friendly personality and an ability to make our couples and their children feel welcome here at St. John’s! ___Help with Baptism Rehearsals Baptism rehearsals are held on the first Monday of the month in the church at 7PM. This is a great way for our couples to get to know and see you. They can’t say they don’t know anyone here anymore because of you! You will also help them to know what to expect at their Baptism by sharing some experiences of having your children baptized in the Church. Again, big smiles and warm attitudes go a long way here! ___Help at Baptisms Okay, we’ve made it to the big day and the couples now get to share the joy of having their children baptized with you! You can help our couples in simple ways by helping move them around during the Baptism, help lead them in the response to the prayers and being a warm presence to them. Baptisms are held at SJE on most Sundays at 2pm. ___Phone Calls Don’t like getting up in front of people? Not sure if you’re the warm, welcoming type, but still want to help? Great news! We need people to call up our couples after the Baptism itself to see how everything is going now because Baptism is not one isolated event, but the beginning of a relationship with Jesus and His Church. This position requires volunteers to “follow-up” with our couples, listen to positive experiences and also concerns so we can do better, and always letting people know that their place of belonging is in our parish. If you would like to know more, please call or text Anthony Posanti at 631-384-5272 or e-mail to shirleyautobody@aol.com or mplona@sjecm.org.

St. Zita Society: Church Cleaning Crew

St. John’s parish is so fortunate to have a beautiful church in which to worship. The cleaning crew, totaling seven women, meets once a week, usually Thursdays, after 12 p.m. Mass. We are honored to assist in keeping the entire church shining and bright. Our focus is washing windows, dry mopping floors, dusting pews, vacuuming the entry areas and the church floors and now and then eliminating wayward Cheerios or Froot Loops :)! If anyone cares to join our group, feel free to call Father John or stop by the church and speak with us. The only requirement is having Virtus clearance which can assist you in obtaining.

The St. Genesius Guild: Office Volunteers

We are a ministry that works to support the rectory staff at St. John's. Volunteering about six hours monthly, we provide office assistance at the Rectory/Parish Office with duties such as answering and redirecting phone calls, connecting people with the appropriate church offices, personnel or the many ministries and activities happening at St. John's. For anyone who is interested in learning what really happens inside a rectory, enjoys interacting with parish workers, parishioners and especially our priests here at St. John's— this is an awesome ministry to be involved in. After an early retirement, I was looking for a way to still feel productive, but not take on the full responsibility of even part-time work. As a member of the St Genesius Guild, I am able to contribute my time and talent in an office environment in ways that are simple, social and fun- as we work together to support our priests, each other and our community.

Altar Servers And Mass Readers

Thinking of Becoming an Altar Server or Reader at Mass? By Colleen Nizza Masses are brought to life when you are a part of it! If your life is anything like mine, there’s sports practices, instrument practices, scouts, schoolwork and so many things that keep us busy day in and day out. But where is that time for us to gather as a family to just sit and spend time listening and praying? That time almost always falls to the bottom of our to-do list. It is important to find and make that time. It is a time that needs to be moved to the top of our to-do list. It’s one thing to read and hear about something. It’s an entirely other thing to participate in or utilize something. Serving our parish allows so many hands-on experiences, not only for us as adults, but for our children as well. Altar serving has many benefits. It allows children to become involved in the mass. It allows your child to have a better understanding and appreciation for what is going on during the mass. I’d say those are pretty wonderful benefits, wouldn’t you? Becoming a reader or lector is another critical ministry. When you read in mass, you are performing in a ministry that is absolutely essential to the celebration of the Eucharist. In addition, serving at church is a wonderful opportunity to get to know other parishioners, establishing friendships and allowing yourself to be better vested in your faith. Serving at St. John the Evangelist is a not only a way to help our community but a great way of making friends you’ll most likely have for a lifetime. For more information about becoming a reader or server, contact Fr. John at jsureau@sjecm.org.

'Ernie’s Place' Food Pantry

EShopping list: St. John’s Food Pantry Ministry Mondays – 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays – 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. SHOPPING LIST: Tuna fish, Chicken in a can Rice, Instant potatoes Small jelly (grape), Small mayonnaise Boxed mashed potatoes, Cooking oil Toilet Paper, Soup Ramen Noodles, Cereal Thank you for your continued generosity. Cut out this list and bring it with you when you go shopping!

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Youth Justice Corps

"Serving Justice Excellently": There is such a great need for service in the life of our parish and often a huge number of young people who want to help those in need. This new Service Corps is one way to make this connection. Here’s how it works: Any middle school, high school and college-aged student sends their contact information to Fr. John at jsureau@sjecm.org. You do not need to already be a part of Life Teen or Middle School Youth Ministry to be part of the Service Corps. As requests for help come from or come into our parish, you’ll be contacted to see if you can help. If you can help with a particular project, great! If not, no problem. You’ll be contacted for the next one! It really is that easy. Sign up today by emailing Fr. John at jsureau@sjecm.org.

SJE Pre-Cana Ministry

If you’re interested and have a marriage recognized by the Catholic Church, contact Liz and George DellaRatta at PreCana@sjecm.org.

The Blood Ministry

Every two seconds, someone in this nation requires blood. We help satisfy that need three times a year with Parish sponsored blood drives. This ministry, in coordination with the Parish offices and the New York Blood Center, provide the venue where members of the community can donate blood. One pint of blood can help save three lives! Our volunteers support each drive by registration, scheduling and seeing each donor through the process of donation. The New York Blood Center recognizes St. John the Evangelist Parish as an integral partner to their operation, because of the generosity of our community of donors. For more information, contact Mr. Kevin Both by leaving a message at the Parish Office or emailing to rectory@sjecm.org. Our next blood drive will be Saturday 2/29.

Community Meal Ministry

Would you like to be more involved in the St. John’s community, but not sure you can commit to once a week, or even once a month? Then the Community Meal Ministry is the perfect ministry for you! Once a month we gather at the Red Barn, each member bringing an item they prepared to the table. We give a theme each month, such as Christmas Dinner or Backyard BBQ, provide a sign up with suggestions and volunteers sign up to bring food items, supplies or help. We need everything – vegetables, salads, fruit, drinks, breads, hot entrees, starches, desserts- and if you’re not a great cook then we need your hands to serve or drop supplies like napkins, plates and flatware. There is a role for everyone! The goal is to provide a hot meal, prepared with love, served with kindness and a warm welcome to anyone that attends. And you don’t have to sign up each month. You sign up when you can commit, whether it’s once a month or twice a year. Our guests are members of the community who enjoy company, members of the community we serve through Parish Social Ministry and individuals starting a new life. Guests of all ages are welcome! Email Aimee Mattiolo at healthful4ever@gmail.com with the subject line “Community Meal” to be added to the ministry email.

Ministry of Consolation

YOU GO TO FUNERALS? WHO WANTS TO DO THAT? - WE DO. (Well...you know what we mean!) The Ministry of Consolation assists families at the death of a loved one. One of our members reaches out to the family to become their contact and companion at the funeral. She/ he assists them in the preparation for the funeral mass by meeting with the family to describe what to expect on the day of the funeral. We may help select the readings for the mass, suggesting scripture readings that are appropriate to the life of the deceased. The hymns for the funeral mass are also selected. This companion remains in contact for any questions that may arise.

This is one way to get involved but there are others because… ...This funeral mass information is sent to a booklet maker (who can work from home) who prepares the beautiful worship aid that the congregation uses during the funeral. The companion attends the vigil or wake to offer additional support. One of our bakers (who works from home and does not need to go to the funeral) provides something for the family which they are surprised and grateful to receive. On the day of the funeral, several members (greeters) and the companion greet the family at the doors of the church, giving all in attendance the funeral booklet and assisting them for the duration of the funeral until they leave the church. Families are very grateful for our support during this time and we are so very grateful that we can be there to assist. It is an extremely rewarding ministry. We would be delighted to have you become part of our ministry in whatever capacity interests you: baker, booklet maker, greeter and companion are each very rewarding when you see how much the families appreciate our support.

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) Cakebakers (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 jsureau@sjecm.org.

Totus Tuus Men’s Group

The Totus Tuus Men’s Group is a prayer group for the men of SJE. We meet once a week on Saturdays at 9 a.m. in the convent building. During our meetings, we have coffee, read the gospel for Sunday and discuss and reflect on it and discern how its message applies to us. We pray together and discuss how we can live our faith better as men in an increasingly secular world. We also sponsor/host events at the parish throughout the year. These events include talks on St. Joseph and the Rosary, St. John’s “A Night at the Movies” where we screen short films on the Holy Spirit, Holy Smokes (cigars) night in the summer and our annual Men’s Day retreat that we hold in early December. Our meetings are open to all and we invite any man who is looking for fellowship and brotherhood on their journey of faith to come join us Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. in the convent.

The Legion Of Mary — Our Lady of Hope Praesidium

The Legion of Mary is a ministry which undertakes apostolic work to give Christ to the world through the love of Mary. Members become instruments of the Holy Spirit through a balanced program of prayer and volunteer work, which includes visits to the sick and aged, religious education, prison ministry, community outreach, communion to the homebound and more. Many good intentions are brought to fruition through Legion membership. The Legion of Mary has been approved and acclaimed by the last six Popes: “You are a movement of lay people who propose to make faith the aspiration of your life up to the achievement of personal sanctity.” - Pope Saint John Paul II The Legion meets weekly and welcomes you to join in praying the rosary, spiritual readings and discussing service to our neighbors. Some of our active members are pictured above with our Spiritual Director, Father Felix and Our Mother, Mary. Come join us in giving glory to God by spreading the love of Jesus with Our Lady’s help. Please call Judy Paulsen at 631-878-5872 or Christine Cappiello at 631.757.9834.

The Art & Environment Ministry

This ministry serves SJE by decorating for each Liturgical season. Using flowers, plants, linens, fabric and other elements, we assist in making the church and Seton’s chapel a prayerful place throughout the year. E-mail Claire Dern—cdern@olqany.org for more information.

Academic Learning Center Ministry

The Academic Learning Center is a ministry that supports the academic efforts of the administration and teachers at Our Lady Queen of the Apostles School. During the 2018-2019 school year several volunteers met once a week after school with students in Grades 1-8 to assist with homework and also offered remedial work in the areas of Language Arts and Math. Each week the children looked forward to our sessions and benefited from the extra help. We are hoping to continue this ministry with the help of retired educators and interested college and high school volunteers.

Family Life Ministry Events

Mercy Sundays: Every fourth Sunday of the month, Family Life Ministry puts mercy into action. We hope that you will join us! Call the parish office at 631.878.0009 or email mplona@sjecm.org to find out more. Need volunteer hours? Please contact Linda Filosa at lindalos3@optonline.net.

Street Ministry

The Street Ministry is continuously serving 60-90 individuals and families every Thursday night, many of whom 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: Winter Coats + Travel Shampoo + Shaving Cream + Women’s Socks Men’s Socks + Women’s Deodorant + Quart & Gallon Ziplock Bags.

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 the Dollar Store or Walmart so we can obtain these items. Donations may be dropped off to the Parish Office (Blue House) during normal business hours or Parish Social Ministry Office (Red Barn) Monday - Thursday from 10 a.m. - noon or 1 - 3 p.m.

Chefs/volunteers needed every Thursday night. Set up begins at 5:45 p.m. at the convent. At 6:45 p.m. vans leave SJE and return around 8:45 p.m. We are now making two stops -so we need more volunteers! If you’re interested in cooking a tray of food or going out with the van please contact Alex Finta (afinta@sjecm.org or 631.878.0009 ext. 119.)

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Special Notices: 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 material 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 4:30 p.m. 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 afinta@sjecm.org or call 631.878.0009 ext. 119.

Family Life Ministry

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Hospitality Ministry

SJE is looking to form a hospitality ministry. This ministry will coordinate, be present at or even run all of our hospitality events and make sure we have enough supplies, volunteers, etc. for hospitality events in the parish! Think you might be interested? Have that great organizing spirit? Love for things to look “just right”? Then this is the ministry for you! Reach out to Fr. John at jsureau@sjecm.org or leave a message at 631.878.0009.

Senior Ministry News

Why is it that so few seniors sign up for activities that we offer here at the Church? I know some of us wait until the last minute but if I am not offering things that entice you, perhaps you can suggest something that you’d like us to offer. In trying to plan activities, often things have to be ordered and it would make it easier for us if we know who might be coming. Soon we will be starting a new support group for those who have lost a loved one through death or divorce and although those two areas seem dissimilar it is amazing that often they are not. If you are hurting and people (friends, family) tell you that you should “be over it” they do not really understand the emotions involved in loss.

A support group is just that—those present understand and will not expect you to speak if you are not comfortable; but everyone understands and will NEVER discourage your feelings. Since we do use a journal book, a number attending is important. Perhaps you have seen the notice of a one-day retreat of Walking with Mary during Lent. Since lunch is included, a number is important. Our Thursday morning group (which meets on the 2 nd and 4th Thursday) at 10 a.m.in the IHM Room of the convent, will begin the 4th Thursday of January. We will be reading God Isn’t Finished With Me Yet, by Barbara Lee, a book helping us to discover the spiritual graces of later life. Having trouble with balance?

Try our Tuesday morning T’ai Chi Che for 40 minutes. It does wonders! We will also have Stations of the Cross on Fridays during Lent in Seton Chapel. Time will be given next week. Please help me to help all those who now have time because you have an “empty nest.” Have a blessed day and week. Consider coming to find out what others have found so helpful. God bless you. P. S. Day Haven offers a program called Our Place Memory Café in Riverhead, in Hotel Indigo, 1830 W. Main Street. Their next meeting is Feb. 26. It is a free program; for more information, call Lori 631-585-2020 ext. 261. There is a Caregiver Support Group at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, 781 Wading River Rd., Manorville on the 4 th Tuesday of each month. 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. It is FREE.

Please call and leave your name and a contact number if you plan to attend any activity, either at 631-878-0009 ext 127 or aberendes@sjecm.org. Thank you.

Medical Consultation Ministry

Parish Social Ministry is in the beginning stages of creating a Medical Consultation Ministry. If you have experience working in a health-related field as a caregiver or in a supporting role and would like to be a part of this ministry, please reach out to Alex Finta afinta@sjecm.org or 631.878.0009 ext. 119.

St. John's Pastoral Team

Reverend John Sureau,
Pastor Principal - OLQA
jsureau@sjecm.org

Reverend Felix Akpabio
Parochial Vicar
fakpabio@sjecm.org

Reverend Michael Plona
Parochial Vicar
mplona@sjecm.org

Deacon John Pettorino
jpettorino@sjecm.org

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

Sister Ann Berendes, IHM
Parish Social Ministry Director
aberendes@sjecm.org

Andrew McKeon
Director of Music Ministries
music@sjecm.org

Michelle Pirraglia
Director of Faith Formation
mpirraglia@sjecm.org

Katie Waller
Business Manager
kwaller@sjecm.org

Help Wanted: Service Announcements

Church Cleaners Wanted: 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 jsureau@sjecm.org. 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 wans’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 rcia@sjecm.org 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 afinta@sjecm.org.

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 afinta@sjecm.org.

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

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