St. John The Evangelist
Roman Catholic Church, Center Moriches, N.Y.

“I, the LORD, bring low the high tree, lift high the lowly tree.” Ezekiel 17:24

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Mass And Worship Announcements

Sunday Masses: held in the OLQA auditorium: 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. (children's mass), 10:30 a.m., noon and 5:30 p.m. (the Life Teen mass).

Monday - Friday Masses: held in the convent chapel: 7 a.m. and noon.

Saturday Masses: Held in the Seton convent chapel at 8 a.m. then the vigils are held 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Spanish-language Mass: Sunday at 7:30 a.m. and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Additional daily mass: We will celebrate mass at 7 a.m. and noon masses each weekday in the Seton chapel. We will celebrate an additional daily mass in Spanish at 7:30 p.m. in the Seton chapel.

Mass Schedule of Intentions

Confession Schedule

Mass locations: Mass is celebrated in the OLQA auditorium. Enter through the door on St. John Place. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday mass is celebrated in the convent.

Come to the quiet: Our church is open most days from 6:30 a.m. to approximately 7 p.m., if not later. Take some time to open your heart to the voice of God.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Time Change for Mondays: We are privileged to have many opportunities to pray at SJE! Presently, we gather for Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Monday evenings and Thursday afternoons. We will now gather for Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 6:30 p.m. (NOT 5:00 p.m.) on Mondays. Our Exposition time for Thursday remains the same (after the noon mass to 5 p.m.)We will now gather at 6:30 p.m. On Thursdays (no time change) we will gather from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the convent after the noon mass until 5 p.m. During this time, we will pray the Miraculous Medal Novena, offer times of prayer for priests and pray Night Prayer at 8:45 p.m.

The rosary: Prayed in the Adoration Chapel of the convent (not in the mass chapel). Please park in the school parking lot.

Come and know God’s mercy: The sacrament of reconciliation is celebrated every day after daily mass in the IHM meeting room and on Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.; 7 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. (Spanish) and on Sundays from 5 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Come and know God’s healing of the sick: Please contact the rectory at 631.878.0009 for a priest to celebrate the sacrament of the anointing of the sick with the seriously ill or those preparing for surgery. Please also let us know if a loved one is sick so we can pray for them at mass and list their name in the bulletin.

Come and spend some time with the Lord: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place on Mondays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Thursdays immediately after noon mass until 5 p.m. Exposition takes place in the Seton chapel in the convent.

Come to know Mary, Our Lady - Queen of the Apostles: We pray the rosary every day after daily mass in the convent and on Sundays before the 7:30 a.m. mass and after the noon mass in the auditorium. On Mondays we pray the Miraculous Medal Novena after the 7 a.m. mass and at 7:30 p.m. in the 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. With all of our movements in these weeks, we don’t want to lose our commitment to and celebration of the sacrament of Reconciliation. (Of course, you can - and should - approach one of our parish priests whenever you want to celebrate the sacrament.)

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Church Hours & Contact Information

Office hours: Monday through Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to noon then 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. (Spanish translator available Tuesday evenings). Friday through Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Phone numbers: 631.878.0009. Fax: 631.874.2466.


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.

OLQA: Our Lady Queen of Apostles Regional School: 631.878.1033.

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Faith Formation News & Information

Office hours: Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - noon; 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. (we're closed from noon - 1 p.m.). Coming June 27: Wednesday Evening Hours!

Faith Formation Registration Underway: Spanish Translators Needed! To register in our Faith Formation program, please bring a copy of the child’s baptismal certificate (or a copy of their birth certificate if they were not baptized). Please also be sure that you are a registered member with our parish. If you aren’t already, please contact the rectory at 631-878-0009.

Happy Father’s Day! St. John’s Faith Formation Staff wishes all fathers–including several of our catechists! - a blessed and happy Father’s Day!

Bearing Witness: Why Be A Catechist? In this series, catechists from our Faith Formation program share why they enjoy bringing the faith to the young people of our parish. This week features one of our Level 7/8 Catechists, Jerry DiPierro, who is part of our Confirmation prep program.

Hello! My name is Jerry DiPierro and I’ve been teaching religion here at St. John’s for about 18 years. I really enjoy being a catechist because I enjoy teaching students about their faith and bringing them closer to God. It is nice seeing the students grow in their faith, especially when they learn something new. It makes me feel great when they make that connection from the material being taught. (When the light bulb turns on!) Also, developing a rapport with the students is another key factor.I currently teach 7th and 8th grade. At this age, the students for the most part have a basic knowledge of their faith. They are at the age where they want to know more about their faith. Sometimes they do ask me questions and I may not have an immediate answer, but I tell them to research it and report back to me the following week, which works well. We also have a great support system and I know I can reach out to the Faith Formation staff and our priests for guidance. (In my 8th grade class this year, we were blessed to have

Fr. John visit and answer some of those questions!) We also play games and try to find new ways to make the learning experience more interesting. Overall, it is rewarding as well as an inviting experience for me. I truly enjoy sharing my faith with our young people and look forward to continuing on in the years to come! I hope you will consider becoming a catechist too! ~ Jerry DiPierro – SJE Catechist

If you are interested in being a catechist, please contact Michelle at 631-878-0009, ext. 5 or via email:

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:

Vacation Bible Camp - help wanted: Our Vacation Bible Camp ministry had their second planning meeting this month. We are need of assistance in many areas! See our full-page forms in the bulletin to volunteer, or to register your child! The camp will be held July 23-27, from 9 a.m. - noon each day. Down-load forms at or email for more info! Students in need of confirmation service hours are welcome to sign up as youth volunteers!

Incoming 1st graders / new students: Registration begins June 11. St. John the Evangelist’s religious education program serves our parish youth, beginning in first grade, and their families as they grow in faith and prepare for the Sacraments. Registration for the 2018-19 academic year will begin in June this year. Those who are entering Grade 1, as well as those with children who may not have been in religious education for a while, are welcome to register this June. Please note that formation for all Level 1 and 2 students is done in-parish in a classroom setting (no home study). To register in our faith formation program, please bring a copy of the child’s baptismal certificate (or a copy of their birth certificate if they were not baptized). Please also be sure that you are a registered member with our parish. If you aren’t already, please contact the rectory at 631.878.0009.

Upcoming Events:

  • Registration begins Monday, June 11 for incoming first-graders and new students for the 2018-19 academic year.

Confirmation Retreats: Our Level 8 students have been gathering together for their confirmation retreat. Through games, social media activities, small group discussions, talks and more, our confirmation candidates were challenged to discipleship and a deeper relationship with God. Many thanks to all the staff, catechists and volunteers - including several high school teens from our youth ministry program - who helped make the day so special for our students.

Incoming 1st graders/new students: Registration begins June 11. St. John the Evangelist’s religious education program serves our parish youth, beginning in first grade, and their families as they grow in faith and prepare for the Sacraments. Registration for the 2018-19 academic year will begin in June this year. Those who are entering Grade 1, as well as those with children who may not have been in religious education for awhile, are welcome to register this June. Please note that formation for all Level 1 and 2 students is done in-parish in a classroom setting (no home study). To register in our faith formation program, please bring a copy of the child’s baptismal certificate (or a copy of their birth certificate if they were not baptized). Please also be sure that you are a registered member with our parish. If you aren't already, please contact the rectory at 631.878.0009.

Help wanted: Can you give back? Are you looking for a way to serve our community? We are always looking for parishioners to help teach our young people about the faith. You don’t have to be a theologian — simply have a desire to share the faith and be willing to relate it to our youth. Can’t make a weekly commitment? Perhaps you can be a part of our substitute catechist group! Right now, we are in need of a Level 4 and a Level 8 catechist. If you are interested, please contact Michelle at 631.878.0009. ext. 5 or via email at

Adult Faith Formation / Confirmation (RCIA)

RCIA: 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

Faith Formation Payment Options

First Communion Offering (per child)
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This Week @ SJE: News And Events

Novena of Spirit and Truth - 6/14 - 6/22

“God is Spirit, and those who worship him must worship in Spirit and truth.” - John 4:24. A nine-day experience of prayer, fellowship, community building and reflection leading to the rededication of the church building.

  • Thursday, June 14 – East End Holy Hour - Fr. Walter Preaching, Fr. Michael Presiding.
  • Friday, June 15 – Day of Fasting. “Fasting weakens our tendency to violence; it disarms us and becomes an important opportunity for growth. On the one hand, it allows us to experience what the destitute and the starving have to endure. On the other hand, it expresses our own spiritual hunger and thirst for life in God. Fasting wakes us up. It makes us more attentive to God and our neighbor. It revives our desire to obey God, who alone is capable of satisfying our hunger.” - Pope Francis. On this day, all in our community are encouraged to fast for those who battle mental illness and their loved ones.
  • Saturday, June 16/17 – Days of Gardening, Growing and Graduation. See bulletin page 5 and be sure RSVP no later than June 10.
  • Monday, June 18 – Day of Reconciliation. Come and experience God’s loving embrace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Priests will be available for confessions from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Seton Chapel.
  • Tuesday, June 19 – Gym Night - including a huge game of musical chairs, a classic cake walk and great fundraiser for our new outdoor basketball court. More information in next week’s bulletin.
  • Wednesday, June 20 – Evening Prayer outside of the main doors of church — bring your own chair. Homilist: Msgr. McDonald
  • Thursday, June 21 – Day of Service.
  • Friday June 22 – Day of Family Fun and Parish blood drive leading to the Mass of Rededication on Saturday, June 23 at 5 p.m. mass with Bishop John Barres, Presiding.

    A Day of Fasting (Praying for the Mentally Ill) - 6/15

    Is this not, rather, the fast that I choose: releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke; Setting free the oppressed, breaking off every yoke?...Then the LORD will guide you always and satisfy your thirst ... Your people shall rebuild the ancient ruins; the foundations from ages past you shall raise up; “Repairer of the breach,” they shall call you, “Restorer of ruined dwellings.” -Isaiah 58: 6, 11-12

    On Friday, June 15, 2018, all parishioners are encouraged to fast—refrain eating throughout the day and limit yourself to no more than one meal. In those times of hunger and desire to eat, speak quietly to the Lord and offer a time of prayer for those struggle with mental illness and those care for them. If you cannot fast from food, consider another fast. Perhaps a fast from technology or some other activity

    Holy Ground Garden Project - 6/16 - 6/17

    As part of the Novena of Spirt and Truth, we are seeking to beautify our parish and school grounds—not just for June 23 - but for time to come! Here’s how you and your family or group of friends or ministry can help! We are asking each family to begin taking care of a part of our parish’s grounds by planting and maintaining that area for our parish and school! It’s as easy as 1...2...3...4...5.
    1. Talk to your family or group of friends!
    2. Decide where you would ideally like to have a piece of the land (church, school, the barn, rectory, convent). Please understand we may not be able to meet everyone’s request for a space.
    3. Consider if there is someone you would like to plant in honor of—perhaps a member of your family or a parishioner or member of the school community — living or deceased.
    4. Turn in this form or email (even better) your response to Sarah Dern at no later than June 10.
    5. Look for directions and a specific spot assignment on June 11.
    We’ll tell your spot and our requests! We are not going to be too picky just want things to sort of blend together!

    A Day of Reconciliation - 6/18

    The Sacrament of Reconciliation: Confessions will be heard from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Seton Chapel in the Convent Building. What better way to be restored than by participating in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and making a good confession. Come, take some time, embrace the quiet and hear the Lord calling you to healing and peace.Confessions are also heard at SJE from Monday—Friday after the 7 a.m. and 12 Noon Masses (in the IHM Meeting Room—next to the Chapel) Saturdays—After the 8 a.m. Mass and from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. and 7:00 to 7:15 p.m. (In Spanish) Sundays— 5 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. PLEASE NOTE: Confessions will only be heard from noon to 12:45 p.m. in Seton Chapel on June 23rd. Confessions will not be heard at the regular Saturday time.

    Field of Dreams Project - 6/19

    OUR LADY QUEEN OF APOSTLES/St. John the Evangelist Field of Dreams Project. Help us to restore the David Turpin Sports Complex with your financial support! This summer, OLQA and SJE are going to make a great effort at im- proving our sports field and we need everyone’s help!!! We are going to begin during the days of our novena with our basketball. The sign up form in the bulletin must be returned to Alex at, or in person, or in the school office or in the Parish Office NO LATER than Monday, June 18.

    SJE/OLQA Basketball Day & Night - 6/19

    Knockout Challenge: Participants ages 15 and under. $5 per participant. Two Sessions: Afternoon (Reserved for OLQA Students) Evening (Open to All)

    • Form a single file line handing the balls to the first two players in the line. The first player will shoot, once they have gotten their shot off , the player behind them may shoot.
    • Everybody's first shot must be taken from the free throw line.
    • If the first shooter makes a basket before the second, they hand the ball to the next person in line.
    • If the second shooter makes a basket before the first, the first shooter is eliminated. The balls are then handed to the next two players in line and play resumes.
    • The order of the players can never change during the game.
    • A shooter may never interfere with another shooter’s ball. This will result in an automatic elimination from the game.
    • The game continues until all but one player has been knocked out. This one talented player is the winner.

    3 vs 3 Tournament -Ages 16 and up

    Evening only - $40 per team. Depending on number of teams, double elimination will be used with a loser bracket. Seed will be based of perceived ability by tournament facilitator.

    • Every game will be played to 5, or 7 minutes. Whichever comes first.
    • After a team scores, the opposing team starts with the ball.
    • Games are played to straight 5, not win by 2.
    • Each basket is worth 1 point, regardless of where the shot is taken.
    • If the game is tied after 7 minutes, the next team to score wins.
    • Offense will call fouls.
    • The team who is fouled will get the ball at the top of the key.
    • If there is an air ball or turnover, the ball must be brought back to the top of the key before offense is initiated.
    • All participants must sign an injury waiver prior to the start of the tournament


    A Day of Service - 6/21

    A Day of Service from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.The Novena of Spirit and Truth continues with a Day of Service. Beginning at 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. come to the Auditorium and be assigned to a number of places in need service as we put the final touches on the restoration moments of the church building and other buildings on our grounds. We need help in the church building, Red Barn, Convent (Street Ministry) and throughout the grounds. A great day for family members and friends to come together. Check in at the Auditorium and be prepared to serve the Lord with gladness!

    Blood Drive - 6/22

    Blood Drive - 6/22


    Mass of Rededication - 6/23

    Saturday, June 23 at 5 p.m.: Mass of Rededication. Bishop John Barres, Presiding. Novena of Spirit and Truth beginning June 14: “God is Spirit, and those who worship him must worship in Spirit and truth.” - John 4:24. A nine-day experience of prayer, fellowship, community building and reflection leading to the rededication of the Church building.

    News From OLQA - 6/17

    OLQA’s Got Talent: On Friday, June 1, OLQA hosted its Talent Show! It proved to be a great day of fun for our school community. Students in Pre K-3 all the way through 8thgrade participated in the day.There are many gifts alive here at OLQA. Thanks to our faculty and staff for their leadership and to our students and families for supporting the event. As part of the event many supplies and over $300 was raised for SJE’s Street Ministry.

    OLQA Takes the Field: On Tuesday, June 5, 2018, Field Day took place throughout the school and parish campus.It was a wonderful day of fun and good spirit as students partici-pated in fun games, held joyful (For the most part) com-petitions and enjoyed a beautiful day at OLQA! Thanks to Ms. Anderjack and Mrs. Koerber for their leadership and for the many parents who volunteered throughout the day.

    The Mission: OLQA met with parents of fifth, sixth and seventh graders this past Thursday to introduce The Mission – OLQA’s Middle School Academy. The Mission will be a place for middle schoolers to secure a good foundation as academic scholars and missionary disciples for the world beyond our walls. Students will be involved in service-based learning, participate in missionary experiences and enter a dynamic new research process that will link them to local colleges and universities. Stay tuned for more news about The Mission at OLQA.

    SJE/OLQA Paint Club: Do you love to paint? Like to work at your pace? Have a few friends or family members who would love to get together? WE HAVE THE JOB FOR YOU! We are looking for groups of friends and/or families and ministries or dedicated individuals to take on a classroom in our school building. We will provide the paint and the provide the labor, the hands, the patience and all that is needed! You can work at your own pace and even work at nights or on the weekends. We would like all classrooms that are started to be completed by August 10. If you’re interested, can you contact Fr. John at or call at 631.878.0009.

    Welcome Deacon Bobby - 6/17

    Beginning this weekend, we welcome Deacon Bobby Gaudioso to St. John the Evangelist. Deacon Bobby is formerly a deacon in the Diocese of Rockville Centre – in the first graduating class – and is returning to Long Island for an extended period of time during the spring and summer months. Bishop Barres has assigned Deacon Bobby to St. John’s to assist ministerial and pastorally in the parish. He will assist at Masses, preside at wake services, baptisms and has offered to be present wherever he can be. We are excited he is becoming part of the SJE family and are looking forward to praying, serving, and working with him the months ahead

    Water Jug and Coffee Pot Needed - 6/17

    The Street Ministry/Community Meal is in need of a large water jug (around 5 gallons) and a large coffee urn that are in good condition. If you would like to donate one of these items, please let Alex Finta know at or 631-878-0009 ext. 127.

    A Note for College Freshman - 6/17

    Do you know a senior who is about to graduate from high school? It is that time of year again –graduation! As many of our teens move onto college, you can help them continue their journey of faith. Many colleges, secular and parochial provide a Newman Center for incoming Catholic students. These Centers provide pastoral support and ministry to students, in addition to providing a space to meet other catholic students interested in growing in their faith. Please send graduate’s first and last name and college they will be attending via email to The respective Newman Connection campus leader will be informed and will welcome the student when they arrive in the fall. Rev. Joseph H. Fitzgerald Director of Vocations, Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministries DIOCESE OF ROCKVILLE CENTRE.

    A Piano Lost - A piano Found - 6/17

    About 20 years ago a generous family donated our 1913 6'2" Baldwin Grand Piano. Up until last year it remained in several places in the gym of the school and was slowly, and heavily damaged. In the winter of 2017, St. John’s commissioned a small project to have the piano brought up to usable condition for music classes, and school concerts. Jimmy Osborne of Center Moriches was commissioned to make a new music rack, replace several broken strings, reattach the lid hinges, top stick, thoroughly tune, and install the pedal lyre. The piano played again was used thereafter for music classes in the gym. The piano was then featured at the May 18 Spring Concert. We had no idea that following that day it would lead us at mass in the gym for several months, exclusively, following the fire in the church. In these days of rebuilding, repairing and restoring, the pastoral team thought it would be a good occasion to have the piano restored for the new church building. On April 18 the piano was picked up from the school and remains at a shop where the entire furniture case will be stripped down, refinished, and made showroom condition. Additionally the entire action, regulation, and adjustment of keys will be performed to make the piano feel like new. It's a very exciting project and we are delighted that it's warm American tone, and thunderous bass sound will finally grace the marvelous acoustics of our new church building, as it's donating family originally intended. The piano is scheduled to arrive back to us at the end of the June, 2018. Dedication of this renewed instrument will take place in the fall. More details on those dates to be published as we get closer!

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    Get FORMED - 6/17

    FORMED APP for your deviceI’m very happy to announce that St. John the Evangelist is now registered with FORMED! Formed is an awesome resource that allows all those within our parish boundaries to access a treasure trove of Catholic Media, from feature length movies, documentaries, substantial talks, catechetical videos for sacramental preparation, as well as videos designed specifically for children! What’s best of all is that it is absolutely 100% FREE for you! Are you looking for a way to go deeper in your Catholic Faith? Ever have a question as to what the Church teaches regarding a particular issue? Looking for a better way to spend some time on your smartphone or mobile device? Have a friend or relative who has questions about the Church, but you never felt like you had the resources to answer them well? If you answered yes to any of these questions (and even if you didn’t) then is for you! It’s super easy to get started (and did I say completely free). Go to Click “Register” and enter your name, email address, and desired password. You’re all ready to access the inspiring and engaging content on FORMED!

    Estoy muy feliz de anunciar que San Juan Evangelista ahora está registrado con FORMED! Formed es un recurso increíble que permite a todos los que están dentro de los límites de nuestra parroquia acceder a un tesoro de medios católicos, desde largometrajes, documentales, conversaciones sustanciales, videos catequéticos para la preparación sacramental, así como videos diseñados específicamente para niños! Lo mejor de todo es que es 100% GRATIS para ti!
    1. Ir
    2. Haga clic en "Registrarse" y ingrese su nombre, dirección de correo electrónico y contraseña deseada.
    3. Estás listo para acceder al contenido inspirador y atractivo de FORMED! Le recomendamos que comience con Presencia: El Misterio de la Eucaristía No olvides descargar la aplicación también!

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    Our New Organ - 6/17

    our new church organFollowing the fire that occurred about a year ago, our 1998 Rodgers organ was thoroughly damaged from smoke and soot immersion. The organ was assessed and deemed a total loss due to lack of new parts, and a cost greater than it's worth. In November 2017 the Allen Organ Company of Macungie, PA was awarded the contract to build a brand new four manual organ for St John’s. This new organ is state of the art, incorporating all current technologies available, with room for expansion in the future. Following modifications to the west wall of the nave above the doors, the main channels were installed last week following the extensive reworking of that structure. The new console is a custom work-of-art with hardwood construction superior to even the finest pipe organ manufacturers. Case color will compliment the new sanctuary colors as well as the wood tone of the Chapel and the pews. Within the church, the new instrument features over forty speakers assuring clarity and detail is achieved to produce a beautiful, immersive pipe organ sound. A movable platform will allow the console to be moved about the church to facilitate different needs for liturgies, concerts, and the like.

    OLQA Middle School Academy Coming Soon - 6/17

    Get ready for the mission: OLQA’s new middle school academy for Grades 6-8 commences in September 2018. This innovative and unique new middle school program provides students with an incredible foundation in knowledge, faith and leadership incorporating Catholic teaching and calling students to be missionary disciples. Look for more information soon.

    Pro-Life deanery Meeting - 6/28

    “This is My Body.” These four little words are spoken from opposite ends of the universe, with totally opposite results. Christ gives His Body away so others might live; abortion supporters cling to their own bodies… Christ says, “This is My Body given up for you: This is My Blood shed for you.” These are the words of sacrifice; these are the words of love.” ~Fr. Frank Pavone~ “Abortion is one of those fundamental issues. If the very right to life is taken away then no other right matters. You don’t have the ability to hold another right or to have another right taken away. So, while health care, the right to a good education, housing, and all of these issues are very, very important, they are meaningless if the right to life is not first protected.” ~Cathleen Cleaver~ The next Pro-Life deanery meeting is June 28 in Barn Upper Room at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

    5-day Teen retreat - 7/8 - 7/13

    Are you Interested in a high school camp that will change your life during the week of July 8-13? The camp is a 5-day overnight retreat opportunity for High School boys and girls. Located at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, the campers will be in the perfect location to both play outdoors and to find spaces to pray to God. Contact Mike today at for more information or go to WWW.CAMPQOUVADIS to apply.

    Youth Service Corps - 6/17

    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:
    1. Any middle school, high school and college aged students send their contact information to Fr. John at (You do not need to already be a part of Life Teen or Middle School Youth Ministry to be part of the Service Corps.)
    2. As requests for help come from or come into our parish, you’ll be contacted to see if you can help.
    3. 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

    Eggs For The Needy - 6/17

    St. John the Evangelist Parish Social Ministry is partnering with 'Eggs For The Needy', a local-nonprofit, who is collecting eggs to donate to Ernie's Place. Starting this summer, if you have chickens and an excess of eggs, please contact Christian at or Alex Finta at or 631.878.0009 ext. 127. There is also a need for egg cartons, so please save them and donate them to Eggs For The Needy!

    Life teen Ministry Events - 6/17

    • June 17: OFF - Father’s Day
    • June 24: OPEN GYM
    • Summer Retreat: Steubenville, New York Conference: July 20 - 22

    Stewardship - 6/17

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

    • Sunday 6/17/18: $17,424 (2017: $16,186)

    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 envelope and/or place your offering in the regular collection.

    Vacation Bible Camp - 7/23 - 7/27

    Don’t be shipwrecked this summer, come spend a week at SJE and be rescued by Jesus! July 23 to 27. More details to follow. Enjoy a week of fun, faith, friends and family. Monday, July 23 – Friday, July 27 from 9 a.m. to noon. The camp is for entering kindergärtners — through entering fifth graders. Return the registration form from the church bulletin to Parish Office with a check for $65 per child. Please make checks payable to St. John the Evangelist. Two children: only $120; Three children: $165. Rescue workers - i.e. you - are needed and wanted this summer! Please ask us how to volunteer (deadline is 7/1).

    VBC updates: Get ready for an amazing summer adventure that includes times of great faith, fun and friendship! Right now, we are in the planning phases and need help in planning and organizing VBC! We need people who are good at arts and crafts, food, games, organizing, leading a skit and the like! There’s something for everyone! For more information, contact Michelle Pirraglia at, Michael Clauberg at or Fr. John at Our first planning meeting is happening soon!

    The Social Ministry is here to help - 6/14

    Our parish, overall, and our parish social ministry, specifically, are here to serve you in any way we can. If you are in need, please reach out to us at St. John’s. A great place to start is the Outreach Office coordinated by Sister Ann and our amazing volunteer ministers. Our Outreach Office is located in the Red Barn. Please call to make an appointment so we can connect you to our services here at SJE or link you to other services. Never be embarrassed to reach out. We may not be able to address every need. If we can’t, we’ll try to connect to someone who can assist you. Please always reach out to us here at SJE! Office Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Monday to Friday (please call for an appointment). Food pantry: Monday evenings: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Thursday afternoons: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Thrift Shop: Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    The Street Ministry Needs You - 6/17

    The Street Ministry is continuously servicing 40-65 people each Thursday night. We are extremely grateful for all donations from St. John's parishioners that have kept us going. As the cold winter months approach us, we are in need of the following items: Financial donations are most welcome as they allow us to purchase items as they are needed. Sometimes things “come up” and we need to make a quick purchase. Checks may be made payable to St. John the Evangelist and donations can be left in the Parish Office. Items needed: long johns, jackets (men’s, women’s, children’s), blankets, backpacks, hats, sweatshirts (men’s, women’s, children’s), socks (new), underwear (new), hats and gloves, boots and sneakers, toothpaste, deodorant, peanut butter/jelly and water, Kotex panty liners, diapers - size 2/3/4, body wash, gently used men’s jeans, gently-used 2x/3x clothes (men’s/woman’s), gently used work boots, gently-used sweatpants (larger sizes preferred), gently used sneakers, BACKPACKS, bug spray, sun tan lotion, bath and beach towels.

    Financial donations are most welcome as they allow us to purchase items as they are needed. Sometimes things “come up” and we need to make a quick purchase. Checks may be made payable to St. John the Evangelist and donations can be left in the Parish Office. The Street Ministry is in need of chefs! As the temperature has dropped, we have been running out of hot meals to give out. If you are interested in cooking a tray of food for us to bring out on Thursday nights, please contact Corinne Bernath at or Alex Finta at or 631.878.0009 ext. 127.

    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 rear door closest to parking lot.

    Baby Bottle Campaign - 6/16 - 6/17

    Baby Bottle Campaign to benefit The Life Center of Long island The Baby Bottle Campaign to benefit The Life Center of Long Island will be completed with collection of the filled bottles on the weekend of: June 16/17. Please continue to say the prayer attached to the bottle. Thank you for your continued prayerful and financial support and be assured it is making a big difference in the lives of many people served by this busy crisis pregnancy center. Keep Going!!

    SJE Wear - 6/17

    We have SJE t-shirts for $10 and sweatshirts for $25 available for sale. You can pick one up at the rectory during regular office hours.

    'Ernie’s Place' Food Pantry - 6/14

    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 sauce (but not pasta), canned foods and meats, toilet paper. Thank you for your continued generosity. Remember this list when you go shopping.

    Join The Catholic Action Network - 6/17

    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. Once on the website - click on this very “Join the Catholic Action Network” and follow the prompts from there.

    Young Adult Ministers - 6/26

    6/26 – Talk and social. Join us and help to create an environment where young adults can grow closer to our Lord encouraging a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We will come together as young adults of St. John’s to grow through the presence of the Eucharist, scripture, corporal works of mercy and social outings. We will let Christ be our mystical head but lean on one another as the Body of Christ. We will use this group as an opportunity to evangelize other young adults in our parish and join other parishes with various events and grow in our faith together. Come be a part of the young adults in our area and across the diocese! Contact Mike at for more information.

    Men's Prayer Group - 6/16

    You’re invited to come to the Totus Tuus Men’s Prayer Group, which meets every Saturday at 9 a.m. in the first floor of the Convent (White House). Join us for coffee, lively discussion and applying our faith to real life. For more information, please contact Fr. Michael at See you there!

    Parish Social Ministry update - 6/17

    • Laurie Wilson has made a donation to our Parish Social Ministry in memory of Yoshi Taylor.
    • Nancy Firneisz has made a donation the our Parish Social Ministry in memory of Andrea Duggan.
    • Helen Williams and Angela Werner have made a donation to our Parish Social Ministry in memory of Grace Novelli.

    May I please ask, again, in your generosity to consider helping us by answering the phone, taking messages in the Outreach Waiting room? We need someone on Monday from 10 a.m. to noon; Tuesday from 10 a.m until noon., Wednesday from 10 a.m. until noon, and Friday from 10 a.m. until noon and from 1 until 3 p.m. We also need a substitute or two—someone who can step in when a person cannot come, for whatever personal reason he/she may have. All you need to do is make sure that you have taken the Virtus program and completed the Background check, smile prettily for your Picture to be taken by Liz or Mike in the Religious Formation Office, and pick up your badge and lanyard and you’re in! Please consisder this very important job.God bless you for all that you do! Gratefully, S. Ann

    CYO Soccer - 6/17

    Anyone interested in playing soccer from 1st to 8th grade please contact: Cualquier persona interesada en jugar fútbol de 1 a 8 grados por favor contáctese:

    Calling All high School Students - 6/17

    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. - 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.

    Please Support Our Advertisers - 6/17

    Many have commented positively about some of the new features of our parish bulletin. Did you know that St. John the Evangelist bulletin is printed free of charge each week? Not only that, our parish receives a part of the advertising commission. So please frequent the fine establishments that advertise in our bulletin! If your business could use a shot in the arm, consider advertising in the bulletin. Each weekend, the nearly 1,900 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.

    Mass Intentions Still Available - 6/17

    If you wish to remember a loved one –living or deceased - at one of our daily Masses, please visit the Rectory. Opportunities for remembering a loved one at Mass in the weeks ahead, include: 7 a.m. Masses: June 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, July 1, 2, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30. 12 Noon Masses: June 27, 28, July 9, 11, 19, 20, 23, 26. Saturday 8 a.m. Masses: June 30, July 28 Spanish Evening Masses (7:30 p.m.): June 19, 26, 30, July 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31.

    Art Club Earns (Then Donates) $400 - 6/17

    The art club here at Clayton Huey Elementary School worked very hard on their community service project this year and were thrilled to have raised $400 for Ernie’s Place! The concept of the Empty Bowls Projects is that no one should have an empty bowl. The students bring awareness to world hunger by creating ceramic bowls. They were sold with a container of chicken soup (prepared by the Center Moriches High School students in the cooking classes).

    World Youth Day 2019 - 1/22 - 1/27

    Was there ever a moment in your life when you were younger that you could never forget, something that changed you for the better? For me, World Youth Day has been one of those moments in my life… well, actually three of those moments. I have been blessed to have participated in three World Youth Days…Madrid in 2011, Rio de Janeiro in 2013 and Krakow in 2016. What is World Youth Day? World Youth Day was initiated by Pope Saint John Paul II in 1985 as an opportunity for young Catholics from all over the world to come together. This great encounter with the pope continues to be a life-changing experience for the young and the young at heart from all over the world. Our diocese has asked me to help with the planning and promotion of the next World Youth Day set for January 22 - 27, 2019 in Panama City, Panama (our trip will run from January 21-28). Honestly though, even if I wasn’t asked to help out in some special way, I was still planning on encouraging people to go as pilgrims to World Youth Day because of it’s power to really change lives. Sometimes life presents us with awesome opportunities that can take our breath away and forever change us for the better. I really do believe that World Youth Day is one of those opportunities. There will be nothing like experiencing millions of young Catholics from all over the world descend upon this tropical paradise and pray with Pope Francis. How can that not be life-changing? If this appeals to you, if you think that you might like to go or if you know someone who you think might benefit from participating in World Youth Day, pray about it and reach out. For more information and the application for World youth day please contact me as soon as you can. Don’t miss out! In Christ, Father Michael.

    Readings: 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time - 6/17

    Reading I: Ezekiel 17:22-24: The Lord will plant the crest of the cedar.
    Responsorial Psalm: PS 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16
    Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:6-10: While in the body we are away from the Lord.
    Gospel: Mark 4:26-34: Parable of the mustard seed.

    Discussion Questions

    1. The tender shoot becomes a majestic cedar. In the Gospels, Jesus referred to the “least” becoming the “greatest” numerous times. How is Jesus’ own life an example of this? Can you think of others who followed or now follow this example?
    2. “Walk by faith, and not by sight.” What does that mean to you? Why would we need the courage Paul mentions twice in this reading, in order to walk by faith? Were the men who were beheaded by Isis, Oscar Romero, Rutilio Grande, SJ, and Dorothy Day walking by faith or sight?
    3. What is the farmer’s job in both these parables? What is God’s job? Could you ask yourself the same two questions about your ministry, ... your job and God’s job? Can you trust God to do God’s job?

    Readings: Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist - 6/24

    Reading I: Isaiah 49:1-6 Isaiah is a light to the nations.
    Responsorial Psalm: PS 139:1B-3, 13-14AB, 14C-15
    Second Reading: Acts 13:22-26 The message of salvation was sent to the children of Abraham and others.
    Gospel: Luke 1:57-66, 80 Elizabeth gives birth to John.

    Discussion Questions

    1. The first reading is about the servant Israel who was chosen to be a beacon for all nations, and to see and be drawn back to God. Explain why it was chosen for today’s celebration of the nativity of John the Baptist.

    2. Repentance draws people back into right relationship with God. How is John’s baptism of repentance different from baptism in which Jesus sent the Holy Spirit?

    3. Was John chosen before he was born, as was the servant in the first reading? Zechariah doubted Gabriel’s words that Elizabeth would bear a son. St. John of the Cross tells us to trust our insights. Are your insights from the HolySpirit? Do you trust them? Do you act on them or dismiss them?


    Samuel Albert Bin Sposato


    Joseph Kick and Nancy Nicholson

    We Remember

    Entrance antiphon, funeral mass: Eileen F. Stanzoni, Peter Vail Jr.

    “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.

    We Pray For The sick

    Marie Gordon, Jennifer Lynn Peck, Patricia Foley, Kenneth Rosenman, Anthony Ponzio, Dan Baldassi.

    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 have returned.

    • U.S. Army: Sgt. Justin Sikorski, SPC Dennis Smith, PVT Bailey Meyer
    • 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, Major Stephen Bartoszak, PVT Charles O'Connor.
    • U.S. Navy: STGCS Brian Holzmacher, ET3 Jeremiah Nolan, Jr.

    If you would like to have someone serving in the military placed on the list above (or if a name should be removed) please contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or email

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St. John's Pastoral Team

Reverend John Sureau, Pastor:

Reverend Felix Akpabio, Parochial Vicar:

Reverend Michael Plona, Parochial Vicar:

John Pettorino, Deacon:

Sister Ann Berendes, IHM, Director of Parish Social Ministry:

Michael Clauberg, Director of Youth Ministry:

David Erlanger, OLQA Regional School Principal:

Alex Finta, Associate Director of Parish Social Ministry:

Andrew McKeon, Director of Music Ministries:

Michelle Pirraglia, Director of Faith Formation:

Katie Waller, Business Manager:

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Help Wanted: Parish Service Announcements

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.

St. Genesius Guild: St. Genesius of Aries is the patron saint of secretaries. He mastered the art of shorthand, transcribing court cases for the archives of the Roman Empire. We are looking for members of this new guild who will help us out in our parish offices from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, on Saturday morning and at other times throughout the year. So far we have nearly ten parishioners who have come forward. Interested? Want to learn more? Contact Lisa LoBosco at or call at 631.405.8514.

Set-up/tear-down crew needed: Saturday morning movers needed. We are working to create a moving crew that can be “on call” Saturday mornings to set up the gym. We are blessed with the students from OLQA but with some upcoming Friday night events, we can use some help. We would gather around 7:30 a.m. and are usually done in 20 minutes. Can you and your family help us out? We would let you know the Thursday before if help is needed. If you can be on our on-call list, please contact Fr. John at or leave a message at 631.878.0009.

Are you a used-car salesman? The Street Ministry is looking for a used van/box truck that would help us to better serve our parishioners in need. The van would need to be in working condition. It would not be used for any kind of passenger transport. Have an idea? Know someone? Want to give the Church a van/box truck? Contact Alex Finta, Associate Director of Parish Social Ministry at 631.878.0009 or email

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.

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

Professionals needed: Parish Outreach is in need of a referral list. If any professional such as a social worker, psychologist, psychiatrist, teacher, nurse, attorney etc. would like to be a part of our referral list please let Alex Finta at

Mass helpers: Help us make our Sundays the best. We need your help at the 5:30 p.m. mass. God blessed you with talents... Can you give back by participating in one of our ministries? Can you proclaim God’s word at mass? Are you 16 or over and want to help distribute Holy Communion? Do you want to help people feel welcome at church? Do you want to help with brining the gifts up or taking the collection?

Chefs needed: Presently, we are only able to offer a sandwich and a snack to the nearly 30 people we minister to each night. We would like to be able to provide a more substantive and nutritional meal. We are asking parishioners, ministries, families, groups to consider helping us. You would prepare the meal and either 1) drop it off and we will put it individual containers or 2) you could prepare and put it in individual containers. (We can probably arrange to pick it up too.) This is a great way to help out for those who cannot come out on Thursday nights to help us in this ministry. If you, your family, or organization would like to make a home-cooked meal for the approximately 30 people we meet, please contact Corinne Bernath at or Alex Finta at or 631.878.0009.

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St. John's in Photos Yesterday and Today

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

Waze map of how to get to St. John The Evangelist in Center Moriches, NY

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