St. John The Evangelist

Roman Catholic Church, Center Moriches, N.Y.

“The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought.” Romans 8:26

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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: July 23, 2017

 

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St. John's Mass Schedule

Sunday Masses: held in the OLQA auditorium until further notice.

  • 7:30 a.m.
  • 9 a.m. (children's mass)
  • 10:30 a.m.
  • noon
  • 5:30 p.m. (Life Teen mass)


Monday - Friday Masses: held in the convent chapel.

  • 7 a.m.
  • noon

Saturday Masses: held in the convent chapel.

  • 8 a.m.
  • 5 p.m. (vigil)
  • 7:30 p.m. (vigil)

Spanish-language Mass:

  • 7:30 a.m.

Mass Schedule Intentions

St. John's Pastoral Team

St. John The Evangelist Stained Glass Reverend John Sureau, Pastor: jsureau@sjecm.org

Reverend Felix Akpabio, Parochial Vicar: fakpabio@sjecm.org

Reverend Michael Plona, Parochial Vicar: mplona@sjecm.org

John Pettorino, Deacon: jpettorino@sjecm.org

Sr. Ann Berendes, IHM, Director of Parish Social Ministry: aberendes@sjecm.org

Michael Clauberg, Director of Youth Ministry: mclauberg@sjecm.org

Paul Clores, Seminarian: pclores@sjecm.org

David Erlanger, Regional School Principal: derlanger@olqany.org

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

Michelle Pirraglia, Director of Faith Formation: mpirraglia@sjecm.org

Katie Waller, Business Manager: kwaller@sjecm.org

Church Hours and Location

Direct Phone Number: 631.878.0009
Fax Number: 631.874.2466
Church Email: Rectory@sjecm.org
Street Address: 25 Ocean Avenue, Center Moriches, New York, 11934.
Parish Office Hours: Monday to Thursday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Spanish translator available Tuesday evenings.
Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: Closed or by appointment.
Facebook: Welcome Home: St. John the Evangelist.
Office of Faith Formation: Located in the Red Barn: 631.878.4141.
Office of Youth Ministry: Located in the OLQA school auditorium lobby: Phone TBA.
Parish Outreach: Located in the Red Barn: 631.874.3617.
Our Lady Queen of Apostles Regional School: 631.878.1033.

Parish Prayer and Worship Announcements

Summer evening prayer nights. Mondays on July 31, August 14 and 28 at 7 p.m. on the convent lawn. Details to follow.

Mass is celebrated in the OLQA auditorium. Enter through the door on St. John Place. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday mass will be celebrated in the convent. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in the Convent on Thursday after the noon mass. The rosary is to be prayed in the Adoration Chapel of the Convent - not in the mass chapel. Please park in the school parking lot.

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

Come and know God’s mercy: The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated every day after daily mass and on Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.; 7 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. (Spanish). Sundays from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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

We pray the Miraculous Medal Novena after the 7 a.m. mass on Monday and 7:30 p.m. on Monday in the convent (with the exception of holidays and whenever the parish is closed). The Holy Hour for Priests will follow immediately after the Novena.

Come and spend time with the Lord. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place immediately after the noon mass in the convent and concludes at 5 p.m. on most Thursdays.

Come to know Mary, Our Lady Queen of the Apostles: We pray the Rosary every day after daily mass in the convent and on Sundays before the 7:30 a.m. mass and after the noon mass in the auditorium.

Save the date for the '2nd Annual Summer Evening Prayer at St. John the Evangelist'. Let’s come together as a parish family and give thanks to God for his many blessings, especially the gift of summer! These nights we will celebrate Evening Prayer and of course have some good food and fellowship to share as well. We need some parishioners to help plan these nights… it will only involve one or two meetings. Are you good at organizing? Do you like to have fun? Can you throw a party? Do you like to bring people together? If so, this is the group for you! If you’re able to help, please let Fr. John know by calling 631.878.0009 or send an email to jsureau@sjecm.org.

This Week At SJE: News Items

Online appeals and Faith Formation Payments Now Available

This week we launched our new online payment and donation system with 2 offerings during this rollout phase (Faith Formation class payment and Summer Appeal donations). We will slowly add more ways to digitally pay for SJE offerings, events and services. We chose PayPal as our shopping cart service for its inherent security and trustworthiness as an e-commerce system. PayPal, for those unfamiliar with it, accepts Visa, Mastercard, digital bank-to-paypal transfers and PayPal account to PayPal account and a few other payment options. We hope this new addition makes things a bit easier for you!

Family Fun Day: july 27

Thursday, July 27: Beginning with registration at 8:30 a.m. in the main lobby of the school and ending with the noon mass and pizza afterwards. Event is free and the suggested age range is form Pre-K—Grade 5. *All children must be accompanied by an adult to attend. No preregistration required. For more info, contact the Office of Faith Formation at 631.878.4141 or mpirraglia@sjecm.org.

Check for Your Placement Letter!

For students already enrolled in our program, placement letters for the 2017-18 academic year have been sent—please check your mail! If you need to contact our office regarding your child’s
placement, please do so via email to: faithformation@sjecm.org. All requests must be made to this email. Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time of transition!

New Students: Register Now!

  • Our offices are located upstairs in the Red Barn.
  • Our program begins when students enter first grade.
  • When registering your child, please bring their baptismal certificate (or birth certificate if they were not baptized). Only a parent/guardian may register a child in our program.
  • For parents of students already registered in our program, you will be notified about your child’s class placement via email and through a mailing over the summer. Any placement change requests must be made in writing via email to: faithformation@sjecm.org.
  • Beginning this academic year, our 1st communion preparation (Levels 1 and 2) is now in-parish only (classroom setting) on Saturday mornings. All sacramental prep is two years.

Registration Office Hours - Monday-Tuesday and Thursday: noon to 5 p.m. and Wednesday from noon to 8 p.m. *A Spanish translator will be available in July on: Wednesdays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m.

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

Need to register your child for the 2017-18 academic year? Registration began June 12 for St. John the Evangelist’s Religious Education program serves our parish youth (nearly 1,800 students), beginning in first grade and their families as they grow in faith and prepare for the sacraments. Those who are entering grade 1, as well as those with children who may not have been in religious education for awhile, are welcome to register in June. For families already in our program, you will be notified about your child’s class placement via email and through a mailing over the summer. To register in our faith formation program, please bring a copy of the child’s baptismal certificate (or a copy of their birth certificate if they were not baptized). Please also be sure that you are a registered member with our parish. If you aren't already, please contact the rectory at 631.878.0009. More about Faith Formation can be found here. Also see the New Catechist Volunteer Form.

Registration office hours: Monday - Tuesday and Thursday: noon - 5 p.m. and Wednesdays from noon - 8 p.m. A Spanish translator will be available in June on: Wednesdays, 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. For more information, please contact our office. Thank you for your dedication and support as we continue to enhance and grow our program for the youth of our community.

Getting Ready for SJE Spirit Day


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

REBUILD + REPAIR + RESTORE: 7/23

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 58:11-12
Each week, we will try to provide updates about the rebuilding of the Church, the renovations in the Convent and the updates to the Auditorium as we continue to rebuild, repair and restore our Church community.
SEAT SURVEY: Last weekend, our Seat Survey drew the crowds. You can still participate this weekend. Thanks to our Pastoral Council, Pastoral Team and Financial Council for their assistance.

UPDATE ON THE CHAPEL OF ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON
Our renovation work is ongoing….we of course found some new problems which we are choosing to look at as opportunities for growth! There have been a few “opportunities” :)! At this point, we will probably not be back into the Convent until the week of the July 31.

AUDITORIUM: Plans have been completed for the Auditorium ramp and we are in the process of getting the necessary permits and contracts set up. When we begin this construction, please note the main doors that we come in now will not be able to be used. We will need to enter via the school main entrance doors or the school parking lot doors. More to come in the weeks ahead.

Time to wipe the dust off those bibles And read the world’s best book!

Every Thursday from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. come join other high school students for a scripture reflection of the upcoming Sunday’s readings and ultimate Frisbee in the Youth Ministry Office.

Mass intentions still available

If you wish to remember a loved one – living or deceased - at one of our daily masses, please visit the rectory. Opportunities for remembering a loved one at mass in the weeks ahead, include: 7 a.m. masses: July 26, August 1, August 2, August 3, August 4, August 10, August 16, August 17, August 18, August 21, August 23, August 24, August 28, August 29 noon masses: August 10, August 17, August 18, August 21, August 22, August 23, August 24, August 28, August 30, August 31. Saturday evening masses (7:30 p.m.): July 15, July 22, July 29, August 5, August 12, August 19, August 26.

Our Lady Queen Of The Apostles Regional Catholic School

Come and find out about our amazing catholic school. This week, Mr. Erlanger and Fr. John wrote to the school community about some plans for the 2017-18 school year, including...

  • The hiring of a campus minister to teach upper level religion and ensure the Catholic identity of OLQA including service projects, missionary work and more
  • The development of an enrichment program that will inspire the hearts and minds of our students featuring great opportunities for learning
  • The hopes for the formation of a marketing/publicity committee
  • The hiring of a social worker to support our students and families
  • ...all of this and much more is in the works for 2017-18. Come and find out more!
  • OLQA offers classes from nursery school to 8th grade with before school and after care programs available. To learn more about our school and/or to schedule a tour, visit www.olqany.org or call 631.878.1033.

Troop 800 Fundraiser 10th Anniversary Car Show Event

August 13 from -11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Show vehicles - $15 registration fee starting at 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. Craft vendors - $35 for a 10x10 spot. Trophies will be awarded as follows: People’s Choice 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Scout Choice. Goodie bags for the first 30 cars. Join us for some barbecue, DJ, music, Good Humor ice cream and some beautiful classic cars! Or just come to look around and shop from some of our amazing vendors.

Rebuild... Repair... Restore: 7/16

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 58:11-12. We will try to provide updates about the rebuilding of the Church, the renovations in the convent and the updates to the auditorium as they happen each week as we continue to rebuild, repair and restore our Church community.

SEAT SURVEY: This weekend after each mass, we are asking for your help….by sitting. In the school lobby, we have two potential pews and three potential seats for the new Church. DO NOT LOOK AT THE COLOR OR TEXTURE. Just close your eyes and decide which ones you think would be most comfortable. Then complete the survey given to you. Thanks to our Pastoral Council, Pastoral Team and Financial Council for their assistance.

UPDATE ON THE CHAPEL OF ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON: We have begun some renovation work in the Chapel of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. We are creating a larger space opening between the wall of the former dining room and Chapel. We have also taken up the rug in the living room as we are going to restore the original floors.

CHURCH BUILDING: We have received our demolition permit from the Town of Brookhaven. This week, work will begin on the taking down of the ceiling. Additionally, we are going to have some new scaffolding brought in so we can better assess the damage to the cupula.

Diocesan Training

Saturday, October 21 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at St. Rosalie's in Hampton Bays. Also on Saturday, October 28 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at St. Elizabeth's in Melville.

Reasons for Hope

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

7/16: Congratulations to Bishop Nelson J. Perez on his appointment as the 11th Bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland. Bishop Perez has served as the Vicar of Eastern Vicariate of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. We have been blessed by Bishop Perez’s presence in many ways throughout his time in our Diocese. Most recently, in the immediate aftermath of the fire and destruction of the Church, Bishop Perez spent the entire day with our students, staff, and parish-ioners providing support and encouragement. In some of the most trying mo-ments he was and is certainly a reason for our hope! The East End’s loss is definitely Cleveland’s gain!

7/9: Dear Fr. John and Members of St. John the Evangelist, The Choral Society of the Moriches has closely fol-lowed the events that took place at your church in May. Many of our members are part of your congregation and the CSM looks forward to performing there this Christ-mas season. On behalf of the Choral Society of the Moriches, we would like to make a $500 donation to St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church for you to use as you see fit. Attached you will find the certified check. Peace and Well Wishes, - Choral Society of the Moriches

7/2: Welcome Father Michael Plona! Each week, during this time of rebuilding, we have found “reasons for our hope” (1 Peter 3:15). This past Wednesday, we received a big reason as we welcome Fr. Michael Plona to St. John the Evangelist! May he help to form and to be formed by this vibrant community of faith! Our Lady Queen of the Apostles, pray for him! St. John the Evangelist, pray for him!

6/25: Community Coming Together: Special thanks to the Mustard Seed Café and Farm — our across-the-street neighbors — for their help and support during these challenging times. Throughout the month of June, Yoga classes were offered on Sunday mornings with all proceeds going to St. John the Evangelist, to assist us in our rebuilding efforts. You can learn more about their work by visiting www.morichesmustardseed.com.

6/18: To the people of St. John’s, We are keeping you in prayer and wishing you well after recent events. We know our God will continue to provide comfort and strength. Blessings: Rev. Tammie-Rae Keeler and all at the East Moriches United Methodist Church (and signed by many members of the community).

6/11: Save the Date: Mass of Thanksgiving and Farewell Reception for Father Suglia - Sunday, June 25 at noon. Reception to follow outside on the Church Lawn by the Blessed Mother statue. We are looking for some good Fr. Suglia pictures from his time here at SJE. If you have any, can you mail them to jsauer5585@olqany.org or drop them off in the Parish Office? Interested in helping? Contact Fr. John at jsureau@sjecm.org and he will set you up with the right people.

OLQA Students of Service

I don’t think we would be able to manage in these days without the help and support of Our Lady Queen of the Apostles Regional Catholic School. The students from OLQA have worked each week in setting up and taking the down the chairs and liturgical furnishings each week. Guided by their teachers and the leadership of our Principal, Mr. Erlanger, and our Office Manager, Ms. Grace Halversen, they have made what is such a practical headache, a lot, lot easier. Our coming together in the midst of these days is—yet— another reason for our hope.

6/4: Each week, during this time of rebuilding, I will list some “reasons for hope”. Our movement out of the church to the auditorium and convent can be a bit unsettling and, at some times, a little sad. Maybe these reasons for hope will help us to stay focused on the good things to come here at SJE!

5/28: The Light in the Darkness: Two weeks ago, our community was rocked by the tragic events that took place in the Church. It required us to embrace the reality and to search hard for the light in the midst of the darkness. Our Paschal Candle was a help in allowing us to find that light. On Saturday, the work of rebuilding and renewal began. Cleaning crews have been working ever since. Our next steps will take place after the cleaning has been completed. We also turned, as we do so often, to prayer. After praying in the auditorium at all of the normally-scheduled masses, we celebrated the Eucharist on Monday with the OLQA school community. Fr. John presided and Fr. Suglia, and Fr. Frank Pizzarelli (Executive Director of Hope House Ministries) concelebrated the mass. Following the liturgy, breakfast was provided for all and of our OLQA students were assisted to by our school social worker, Alex Finta - and mental health counselors and caring individuals from Catholic Charities, the Center Moriches School District and Hope House Ministries. Thanks to all who helped to make it a good day of healing for our community.

Memorial Donations

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

  • Ms. Virginia O’Shea made a donation in memory of William Townley
  • Ms. Peggy Orlando made a donation in memory of Shirley Dieck
  • The SJE Ministry of Consolation made a donation in memory of Neil Ludwigsen
  • Mr. Edward Langone made a donation in memory of Christine Byrne
  • Ms. Bertha Ballerano made a donation in memory of Stanley Ballerano
  • Mr. Eugene Orlando made a donation in memory of Richard Klein
  • Mr. Edward Langone made a donation in memory of Richard Sinski
  • Ms. Maureen Collins made a donation in memory of Noreen Glynn
  • The SJE Ministry of Consolation also made a donation in memory of Catherine Schneider
  • Ms. Maureen Hogan made a donation in memory of Martin Boland
  • Ms. Virginia Baeta made a donation in memory of Edward C. Garzero.

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

K of C Lobster Fest

Knights of Columbus, Queen of All Hearts is holding its annual Lobster Fest on August 20 at 3 p.m. at 313 Frowein Rd. Center Moriches: Hot dogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob, salads, soda, beer, wine, coffee and dessert and choice of lobster or chicken. Tickets: Lobster: $30.00 — Chicken $20.00 — BBQ:$15.00 (just hamburger and hot dog) *Tickets must be purchased in advance. Call Bill at:516.458.6448 or G.K. Ken at 631.375.7005 for tickets.

baby Bottle Drive

We are still collecting baby bottles for our parish’s recent baby bottle drive for the Life Center of Long Island. It’s not too late to return your bottle. We will take them back full or empty. Please bring it to rectory so that we may return it to the Life Center. Thank you.

OLQA School Tours

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

CYO Basketball

St. John’s Youth Ministry is always growing and expanding! This summer, we are starting a CYO basketball program. If anyone is interested in coaching a team or being a part of this program please contact Mike Clauberg at mclauberg@sjecm.org or Alex Finta at afinta@sjecm.org.

Confirmation Candidate Witnesses Needed

Volunteers Needed: Will you be a witness? “But you will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” ~ Acts 1:8 Our Confirmation candidates need your witness and example! Would you consider helping with our 5-week confirmation “1:8” Prep Program this fall? This year, 250 students are scheduled to be confirmed November 6. If interested, please contact Michelle at the Faith Formation office: mpirraglia@sjecm.org or 631.878.4141.

Referral List

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

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

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

SJE Furniture Exchange

Do you have furniture that you would like to donate to someone who could use it? Are you in need of furniture? Contact Alex Finta at afinta@sjecm.org or 631.874.3617 to be a part of St. John the Evangelist Furniture Exchange! We will not have storage for furniture, but we will help organize a way in which furniture can be exchanged. Transportation can be provided. If you'd like to volunteer to help with the transportation process please contact Alex Finta.

Join The Catholic Action Network

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. Go to www.nyscatholic.org. Click on the “take action” tab at the top. Then, click on “Join the Catholic Action Network” and follow the prompts from there.

Stewardship

How can I repay the LORD for all the great good done for me? Psalm 116:2. Sunday 7/16/17: $15,283 (2016: $13,546). Parish Improvements: $2,586 (2016: $3,589).

Use Your IRA For Your Gift Now And/Or For Your Estate Gift

If you would like to make a gift now using your IRA and if:
1. You are at least 70 1/2 years old on the date you make your gift
2. Your IRA is a traditional or Roth IRA
3. You don’t exceed your personal maximum of $100,000 per year in qualified charitable distributions. For more details, please see the bulletin here.

Help Us Notify You

Do we have your email address? The Office of Faith Formation is moving to email notifications. If you have not yet given us your email address, please do so as soon as possible. When possible, we also send closing announcements via email, so be sure to provide us with your email to receive these notices.

Bringing Up the Gifts of Bread and Wine

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

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

June is going to be another great month for fun and fellowship! We meet in the OLQA school auditorium from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. every-other-Wednesday night. Come down. Bring a friend. Email Youth@SJECM.ORG with any questions. Plan to be at St. John's this summer! Summer dates: We go every Wednesday in the summer (July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9, August 16, August 23, August 30).

Support our Advertisers

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

July 23 Readings: Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I: 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12. Solomon is granted an understanding heart.
Responsorial Psalm: PS 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-128, 129-130
Second Reading: Romans 8:28-30. God makes all things work for the good of those who love him.
Gospel: Matthew 13:44-52 or Matthew 13:44-46. Jesus describes the kingdom through images.

Discussion Questions
1. Would anyone’s life change for the better if you had more of an understanding heart? How do you think you might improve your skills in this area?
2. The New American Bible translation is “All things work together for those who love God.” Suffering is inevitable in human life. Even so, can all things work together for those who love God?
3. Did the pearlfinder and the merchant have to be shrewd about obtaining their treasures? What about you? Are you shrewd about recognizing the “treasure” or the kingdom of God in your life? Do you find God, or at least look for God, in all things in your life? Do you notice when God is “whispering,” or just when God is “shouting” in your life?

July 23 Readings: Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I: Wisdom 12:13, 16-19. God is mighty and gentle.
Responsorial Psalm: PS 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16
Second Reading: Romans 8:26-27
The Spirit overcomes our weaknesses.
Gospel: Matthew 13:24-43 or Matthew 13:24-30. Parables of the weeds in the field and the mustard seed.

Discussion Questions
1. Care, justice, mercy and kindness. What would world history be like if all leaders had possessed these qualities? Are you full of mercy, kindness and caring or could you use a little “topping off’?
2. Do you remember that the Spirit is present with you? What gives nobility to your small efforts, sufferings and weaknesses? Do you ever call on the Spirit when you are in need? Think of all the ways the Spirit has come to your aid when you have needed help.
3. Can you always tell the weeds from the flowers, or saints from sinners? If you are quick to judge might you mistake a saint for a sinner? Is God patient with you regarding the “weeds” in your own garden? How patient are you with others? With yourself?

We Remember...

“In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials...” 1 Peter 1:6. Names will be announced at mass the first week they are submitted and will remain on this list for approximately four weeks. If you would like a loved ones name placed under Prayers for the Sick, please call the rectory at 631.878.0009 or email rectory@sjecm.org. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. Entrance Antiphon, Funeral Mass:

  • Audrey J. Rumph
  • Salvatore Cataldo
  • Arlene Cacciola

We Pray For The sick...

  • Marie E. Gordon
  • Carol Theisen
  • Ralph Ruggiero
  • Richard Pallozolli

Remembering Our Loved Ones (Helping Our Parish)

Altar bread and wine for the month of June has been donated in memory of John and Grace Perno. Altar bread and wine for the month: an offering of $150 is requested. Altar candles beginning March 1 are $25.00 per week. Devotional candles remain burning for approximately one week. They bring an added beauty to our Church and highlight the beautiful. An offering of $15 allows these candles to burn each week. Sanctuary Lamp - located in the Sanctuary which informs us that the blessed sacrament is present. Sacred Heart Candle - located in the Southeast corner of the church. Blessed Mother Candle located in the Northeast corner of the Church. St. Joseph Candle located in the Northwest corner of the Church. St. Gerard Majella Candle located in the southwest corner of the Church.

The Sound of Silence

“Silence makes us whole if we let it. Silence helps draw together the scattered and dissipated energies of a fragmented existence.” Thomas Merton, Love and Living, 43. As we come to liturgy, we are now called to silence before we begin the Celebration of the Eucharist at each Sunday mass. Approximately three minutes before each mass, a brief announcement will be made calling us to this quiet. In addition to not speaking, please refrain from reading the bulletin or preparing your hymnal or even carrying out any other devotional prayer. Use this time of quiet to pray and prepare for Mass. In addition to our quiet before liturgy, consider bringing some quiet into your own life. Come to the Church for quiet prayer throughout the day, create some time for silence at home or in the car or wherever you can.

Reminder

Summer, for children, often means more unstructured time and maybe less supervision. Don’t fall into the trap of letting social media and the internet become your child’s connection for peer interactions. Commonsensemedia.org offers suggestions for safe online apps for children of all ages and tips for parents concerned about their children’s internet use.

Praying for our Military

In your generosity, please pray for our parish family members serving abroad in the military. Family members, please call the rectory to add or update your loved one’s status if they have returned.

  • U.S. Army: Sgt. Justin Sikorski
  • U.S. Air Force: Lt. Col. Stephen D’Amico, SSgt. Jason M. Hermes, SRA Ryan Kerstiens, SRA Timothy Kerstiens.
  • U.S. Marine Corps: Pfc Sean Brady, Patrick Kimes, Lt. Col. Robert K. Maldonado, L Cpl. Quentin Montemarano, LCL Andrew Schlosberg, Major Stephen Bartoszak.
  • U.S. Navy: STGCS Brian Holzmacher, ET3 Jeremiah Nolan, Jr.

If you would like have someone serving in the military placed on the list above or if a name should be removed, please contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or email to rectory@sjecm.org.

New Website Page Additions

Help Wanted: Parish Service Announcements

  • Confirmation Witnesses: Will You Be A Witness? 5-week confirmation prep program begins soon! “But you will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” ~ Acts 1:8. Our Confirmation candidates need your witness and example! Would you consider helping with our 5- week confirmation “1:8” Prep Program this fall? This year, 250 students are scheduled to be confirmed November 6. If interested, please contact Michelle at the Faith Formation office: mpirraglia@sjecm.org or 631-878-4141.

  • Extraordinary Ministers:
    “In every celebration of the Eucharist, there should be a sufficient number of ministers of Holy Communion so that it may be distributed in a reverent and orderly manner.” General instruction of the Roman Missal 162. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist the priest and deacon at Mass. At St. John’s Extraordinary Ministers serve at Sunday liturgies and, when possible, daily liturgy. For Sunday liturgies, ministers are scheduled according to their availability and the needs of the parish. How do I become an extraordinary minister? You must send a letter to Fr. John at the Parish Office or email to jsureau@sjecm.org. You must meet with Fr. John for a brief meeting. You must attend one of the diocesan training sessions. If you wish to also bring Holy Communion to the sick and homebound, you must attend a separate “Part B” training session. “When the Sacred Scriptures are read in the Church, God himself speaks to his people, and Christ, present in his word, proclaims the Gospel.” General Instruction of the Roman Missal 29. Readers proclaim God’s Word at Sunday Masses, and if they are able at daily mass and other parish prayer services and events. For Sunday liturgies, ministers are scheduled according to their availability and the needs of the parish.

  • Catechists: We are 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! If you are interested, please fill out this form and return it to our office (located in the Red Barn, 2nd Floor) or via email to: mpirraglia@sjecm.org. Thank you for answering the call to serve. Please print and then fill out this simple form. Place it in the basket as it comes around or return directly to the Red Barn, 2nd floor. This is what New Catechist Volunteer Form (click the link to print and fill it out) asks of you: Name, address, cell phone, home phone, email, occupation. Have you ever volunteered as a catechist? (Circle One) Yes No. Are you “Virtus” Trained? (Circle One) Yes No. Class days/times. (Please circle the level, day and time you would like to teach.) Levels: 1, 2 (1st communion preparation). Saturday: 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. -11 a.m. Levels: 3, 4, 5, 6 - Monday: 4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. || Tuesday: 4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. or 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Levels: 7, 8 (Confirmation preparation) - Monday: 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. or 7:45 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. or Tuesday: 7:45 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. Can’t commit to weekly classes? Be a substitute catechist! Please indicate the days/times you are available, as well as the grade levels you would be willing to teach. Days available, times available, grade levels willing to teach.

  • How Do I Become a Reader? You must contact Fr. John at jsureau@sjecm.org or by phone at 631.878.0009. You must attend one of the diocesan trainings on either Saturday, October 21 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at St. Rosalie's in Hampton Bays. Also on Saturday, October 28 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at St. Elizabeth's in Melville.

  • Chefs Needed: Presently, we are only able to offer a sandwich and a snack to the nearly 30 people we minister to each night. Beginning in July, we would like to be able to provide a more substantive and nutritional meal. We are asking parishioners, ministries, families, groups to consider helping us. You would prepare the meal and either 1) drop it off and we will put it individual containers or 2) you could prepare and put it in individual containers. (We can probably arrange to pick it up too!) This is a great way to help out for those who cannot come out on Thursday nights to help us in this ministry. If you, your family, or organization would like to make a home-cooked meal for the approximately 30 people we meet, please contact Corinne Bernath at bernath52194@optonline.net or Alex Finta at afinta@sjecm.org or 631.878.0009.

  • We are looking for two or three volunteers to staff our office on Saturday and Sunday mornings. We already have two volunteers but it would be better if we had two or three more so a rotation could be worked out. Please contact Fr. John if you think you might be able to help! We are in need of two people who are great organizers to assist with volunteer paperwork. As you know, volunteers must be registered here, have completed a Code of Conduct and been background checked. The people who work on this project would help us with databasing, organizing and even some photo taking (more to come on that). Please contact Fr. John if you can help.

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