Fourth Sunday of Easter: April 22

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

“I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:11

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Catholic Ministries Appeal:Supporting Dramatic Missionary Growth

Catholic Ministries Appeal Link. Please consider donating.

Dear Friends: “Faith illumines life and society” - Pope Francis: Through your support of the Catholic Ministries Appeal we are able to pass on the treasures of Faith to a new generation of Jesus’ disciples. Teaching religion and sharing the Faith with young people – this is Jesus’ message – to proclaim the word of God. We do that by living the message every day. There is something so rich in spreading our Faith – you want to go out and share it with other people. That’s the Apostolic message.” Please consider donating to the Appeal and making a difference in the lives of our young people. Thank you! Maggie Martin, Director of Religious Education. St. John of God, Central Islip. Pledges to date - $97,230. Donors to date - 299

Fund-A-Foot Improvement Campaign

Our Fund-a-Foot campaign is underway. These funds help cover the gap between what is covered by insurance and what we can do to improve our church building. You can donate right here and now by using our Paypal store below.

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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. (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 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: The exposition returns Monday, April 9 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and also takes place in the convent on Thursday 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 is 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 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.
Email: Rectory@sjecm.org
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

Last week of classes! Our last day of classes is this Tuesday, April 24. Registration for new students — including incoming 1st Graders for 2018-2019, will begin on Monday, June 12.

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.

Office hours: Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - noon; 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (we're closed from noon - 1 p.m.)

What we’ve been up to: Life after Confirmation: Level 8 parents heard about the many activities SJE has to offer our young people before and after Confirmation! They also received the dates for our annual Confirmation “Acts 1:8” Prep program in the Fall. Thanks to Michael Clauberg, director of youth ministry, for sharing with our parents! The Eucharist: A True Encounter Last month, Fr. Michael Plona gave a presentation on the Eucharist to our Level 2 and Level 7 parents. We are grateful for his presence and insights in our Faith Formation program.

Celebrating the Easter season: As our academic year winds down, our catechists are finding creative ways to bring to life the Season of Easter for our students!

Incoming 1st graders/new students: Registration Begins This June! 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 & 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 mpirraglia@sjecm.org.

Home study unit tests due: For those participating in our Home Study program for Levels 3-8, please be sure you are up to date with your child’s unit tests:
Levels 3-6: Students should have submitted unit tests 1, 2 and 3. Unit 4 is due on April 17.
Level 7: Unit tests 1 and 2 should have been submitted. Unit test 3 is due on April 17
Level 8: Chapter tests 1-6 should have been submitted. Chapter 7 is due on April 7 and Chapter 8 is due on April 17.
Please email all tests to the following address: tests@sjecm.org - this can by done by scanning or taking a picture with your cell phone. Please be sure your child’s name is on the test.

Adult Faith Formation/Confirmation (RCIA) - 4/15

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 rcia@sjecm.org. For teenagers and their families who desire more information, contact the Faith Formation Office at 631.878.0009, ext. 170 or email to faithformation@sjecm.org.

Also: Join us for our 2-part adult faith formation course at 7 p.m. in the upper room of the Red Barn. You did not have to attend part 1 to attend part 2.

  • 4/16: The Human Person in Society
  • 4/23: The Law: The Ten Commandments
  • 4/30: Prayer
  • 5/7: Our Father: The Summary of our Catholic Faith

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This Week @ SJE: News And Events

Taste of Education - 5/3

East End Chefs cook at OLQA

Discover the difference at OLQA - 4/22

1st graders welcomed Mr. Erlanger (OLQA Principal) this week! Here is something that is different about Catholic Elementary Schools! Our principals are someone each student knows, and they know each student and their family. Besides guiding the educational and spiritual journey of each student, our principals are people who students know they can approach with their questions and concerns. Mr. Erlanger, Principal of Our Lady Queen of Apostles Regional School in Center Moriches didn't know how to play the board game 'Making Silly Sentences' so these first graders taught him how to play. OLQA offers classes from nursery to 8th grade with before school and after care programs available. To learn more about our school, to schedule a tour or to arrange for a Buddy Day, visit www.olqany.org or call 631.878.1033.

OLQA ad about the school

Remembrance Mass for Healing - 5/18

It is hard for many of us to believe that last May 19 our parish’s life was changed forever by the acts of violence that took place in the church building. This year has not been easy but we have seen many signs of Easter grace and hope in these days. We will gather on a Friday evening – one year later – May 18 for a special 7 p.m. Mass for Healing. Following the mass, in the midst of hospitality (of course!), we will have local mental health agencies present, offering support and to better inform and form us about issues related to mental illness and the support that is available to us here and now. Check the bulletin for more information in the weeks ahead!

Rebuild - Repair - Restore - 4/22

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.” This week, we continued our work to restore our Church building. Here’s what has been happening:

  • This week, we continue to make progress on the restoration of the Church. While we cannot commit to a specific date yet – we’re getting close – we have moved up our schedule and hope to start our installation of pews at the end of May. A few more details need to come together for this to happen. If it does, it moves up our restoration schedule by a month or so....again more to come!
  • This week, the steel work for our new organ speaker case is just about complete, nave lighting has been finished - including some new lighting to accentuate our stained glass windows, painting continues and we are about the begin the roof/cupola window repair I wrote about last week.
  • Fund — A – Foot Campaign Update I want to thank you again for your generosity to the Fund–A-Foot campaign. As expected, we have hit some unanticipated financial surprises. Many read last week’s article about the leak in the cupola. Thanks to your incredible generosity to the Fund-A- Foot campaign, we will be able to handle this expense. Without it, we would have had to reach into our parish reserves.
  • Please continue to pray for the restoration work of the church building and all who are part of it! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you.

Paul Clores: Seminarian Sendoff - 5/6

Sunday, May 6 - noon mass. Hospitality follows after the mass! We have been blessed by the presence of Paul Clores throughout the past year! What was supposed to be a summer assignment blossomed into a year long process of being formed by and forming our parish community! Let’s come together on Sunday, May 6 to give thanks to God for Paul’s ministry here and pray for his continued discernment and response to God’s call. Would you be willing to help with the hospitality for this event? If so, please leave a message for Fr. John in the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or e-mail to jsureau@sjecm.org.

Community Meal - 4/30

Join us on Monday, April 30 in the Red Barn at St. John the Evangelist Church in Center Moriches.The meal will consist of a home-made dinner between 6 to 8 p.m. If you are in need of toiletries or clothes, please let a volunteer know! If you need a ride or might know someone who would like to come or volunteer, please contact Alex Finta at afinta@sjecm.org or 631.680.0941.

SJE Educational Initiative - 4/22

Our pastoral team met to consider ways we might better serve our young people in academic need. At the request of some parents and those who work with our parish’s children, the idea of forming some type of academic/tutoring center was raised! What would it be? How would it work? When would we do this? When do we start? The answer to these questions, “We don’t know!” However, if you’re interested in helping to start this project we might be able to get some answers together! We are looking for educators, retired educators, teachers, people who love kids, and who have a gift for sharing knowledge to come together. What about you? Can you join a conversation that might be providing additional needed support to our parish’s and community’s young people? If so, please contact Fr. John at 631.878.0009 or e-mail to jsureau@sjecm.org so we can start planning for an introductory meeting/brainstorming session!

Philemon fellowship - Assisting the formerly incarcerated - 4/26

What is philemon fellowship? Philemon fellowship is a faith-based, volunteer mentoring program begun in 1998 to help formerly incarcerated men and youthful offenders re-enter society. Who are we? We are a group of faithful men from all walks of life working together to support men and work for success. Why do we meet? At our meetings we share strategies to help men in transition find good psychological counseling, proper job preparation and resume writing skills necessary for employment. We assist the men in finding work that provides a decent standard of living with the probability of advancement after a solid work record is established. When and where do we meet? We meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month from 7 - 9 p.m. at Lutheran Church of our Savior on Jayne Ave. In Patchogue. What philemon fellowship needs to help those in the St. John’s parish community. We are in need of someone in the parish to identify those who could benefit from attending our meetings and become a link to philemon fellowship. This “mentor assistant” could make a dramatic difference by assisting in the outreach program at St. Johns. Anyone who is interested in becoming a mentor assistant (MA) for Philemon fellowship or would like more Information about the ma responsibilities please contact Alex finta at afinta@sjecm.org or 631.878.0009 ext.127, attend one of our meetings or contact tom at Philemon1@optonline.net.

Eggs For The Needy - 4/22

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 eggsfortheneedy@gmail.com or Alex Finta at afinta@sjecm.org 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!

What's Happening @ SJE - Social Media Ministry Forming

Have you visited www.sjecm.org? Have you checked us out on Facebook? One could wonder if Jesus was physically walking the earth today if he wouldn’t have been using Social Media to get his word out and also to provide support to his followers? We are bombarded by many messages that are overwhelming and not very Christ-like online! We are interested in forming a Social Media Committee that will assist developing a vision for our social media plans, organizing and developing new efforts and getting even more people involved in the parish! Can you help? Want more information? To start the process, contact Fr. John at jsureau@sjecm.org! We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Bereavement support group - 4/25

Our Parish Social Ministry sponsors a bereavement support group meets every Wednesday at 4 p.m. in the IHM meeting room of the Convent. Sophia Circle (formerly Senior Wisdom meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday at 10 a.m. in the IHM room of the Convent. Anyone who is interested in being a part of one of these groups, please call Sister Ann at 631.874.3617 ext. 119.

Victorian Tea - 4/29

Victorian Tea - Benefitting St. John’s Street Ministry Sunday, April 29th from 1-4 p.m. Greenwood Village Club House $15 pp. Tea, sandwiches, desserts (bring your favorite teacup and hat). Call Carol Aspinall at 631.772.4483 for more info.

Also: Want to join the Ancient Order of Hibernians? Join the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians.We are an Irish Catholic Women’s Organization. We promote friendship, unity and Christian charity throughout our country and community. We meet the 1st Thursday of every month at the K of C Hall in Mastic at 7:45 p.m.

Child Protection and Safety Vitus Training - 5/2 or 5/16

Monday, May 2 at 7 p.m. OR Wednesday, May 16 at 1 p.m. All volunteers and employees of St. John the Evangelist MUST attend VIRTUS training, have an application on file and have a background screening. THIS IS NOT OPTIONAL. You must register by going to www.drvc.org and sign up there.If you have any questions, please contact Liz Dellaratta or Michael Walsh in the Faith Formation Office.

New Altar Servers - 4/22

Training for new altar servers began last Saturday. Take a look out a few of the scenes...and great thanks to our veteran altar servers for taking the lead in training.

New altar servers in training

Sacramentos del Bautismo - 4/15

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

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 mpirraglia@sjecm.org, Michael Clauberg at mclauberg@sjecm.org or Fr. John at jsureau@sjecm.org. Our first planning meeting is happening soon!

Bringing Up The Gifts - 4/15

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).

Memorial Opportunities - 4/15

As we prepare to enter the season of Easter, we would like to invite individuals and families to contribute to the purchase of two Paschal Candles. The Paschal Candle we have now—seen to the right—has served as an incredible reminder of the light that shines through the darkness. At the Easter Vigil this year, we will prepare a new Paschal Candle. (Don’t worry— we are going to save the existing Paschal Candle.) Because of our increased use of Seton Chapel we also need to purchase a smaller Paschal Candle for this space. Both candles will burn throughout the Easter season and for all baptisms and funerals. It is a sign of the “Light of Christ” that shatters the darkness of our world. Our new candles are handmade from beeswax and will be a beautiful sign of Easter light and hope. Because it is beeswax and handmade, it is expensive. Last year, a nice tradition developed that I hope we can continue. Members of the parish who had lost family members in the past year made an offering in memory of their loved one. If you and/or your family would like to do that, we would be most grateful and appreciative. You can leave a donation in the Parish Office. Please note clearly that it is for the new Paschal Candles

new readers & extraordinary ministers - 4/15

“In every celebration of the Eucharist, there should be a sufficient number of ministers of Holy Communion so that it may be distributed in a reverent and orderly manner.” General Instruction of the Roman Missal 162. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist the priest and deacon at mass. At St. John’s, Extraordinary Ministers serve at Sunday liturgies and, when possible, daily liturgy. For Sunday liturgies, ministers are scheduled according to their availability and the needs of the parish.

How Do I Become an Extraordinary Minister?

1. You must send a letter to Fr. John at the Parish Office or email to jsureau@sjecm.org.
2. You must meet with Fr. John for a brief meeting.
3. You must attend one of the diocesan training sessions. If you wish to also bring Holy Communion to the sick and homebound, you must attend a separate “Part B”
training session. “When the Sacred Scriptures are read in the Church, God himself speaks to his people, and Christ, present in his word, proclaims the Gospel.”
General Instruction of the Roman Missal 29

Readers proclaim God’s Word at Sunday masses, and if they are able at daily mass and other parish prayer services and events. For Sunday liturgies, ministers are scheduled according to their availability and the needs of the parish
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How Do I Become a Reader? Contact Fr. John at jsureau@sjecm.org or by phone at 631.878.0009. You must also attend one of the diocesan training sessions on Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. at St. Rosalie, Hampton Bays or Wednesday, May 16 from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. at St. Elizabeth, Melville.

Youth Justice Corps - 4/15

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

IRA Rollovers - 4/15

IRA Charitable Rollover = Great Opportunity Under New Tax Laws: Whether you itemize or not in 2018, this unique opportunity allows you to make a charitable contribution through a direct IRA transfer while reducing your adjusted gross income. 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 (some Roth IRAs may qualify)
3.You don’t exceed your personal maximum of $100,000 per year in qualified charitable distributions

You will not have to report your distribution as income. It will be free of federal and New York State income tax, and it will count toward your required minimum distribution (RMD). The best way for you to start is with your IRA custodian. Tell them you want to make a "qualified charitable distribution". In most cases you will only have to fill out a simple form. VERY IMPORTANT!! Your gift must go directly from your IRA to our Parish. If you receive the money first then you’ll be taxed on it like any other distribution. Bill has a $125,000 in a traditional IRA and would like to contribute $5,000 as his yearly gift to his Parish. Upon hearing of the Charitable IRA Rollover opportunity, he directs the custodian of his IRA to transfer this amount not later than December 31, 2018 directly to the Parish as the family’s 2018 gift. He will not be subject to income tax on the $5,000 donation. This information is not intended and should not be construed as legal, tax or investment advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney, tax advisor or investment professional.

Family Life Ministry - 5/6

Mercy Sunday: The Family Life Ministry is happy to announce the beginning of our new program, Mercy Sunday! Mercy Sunday will be held every month on the second Sunday after the 9 a.m. mass. Our goal is to practice a corporal work of mercy in the context of a fun activity in which all can participate.. For more information on Mercy Sunday, please email Linda at lindalos3@optonline.net. Looking forward to seeing you there! Here are the upcoming dates for future Mercy Sundays at SJE: May 6 (May 13 is Mother’s Day), June 10, July 8, August 12, September 9, October 14, November 11 and December 9.

the Social Ministry is here to help - 4/23 & 4/25

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 - 4/15

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.

Middle School Youth Ministry - 4/25

Event schedule through April this year. 4/25: TBA. Meet in gym.

Sinners Welcome & Wanted - 4/15

Come and celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Daily after the 7 a.m. and noon masses and after the 8 a.m. mass on Saturday. Please wait in the lobby of the convent building. Confessions are also heard on Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.* (Spanish/English) Sundays from 5:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Prison Families Anonymous - 4/13 & 4/27

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.

Divine Mercy Novena - 4/15

One of my favorite devotions that helps me enter more deeply into the celebration of Holy Week and Divine Mercy Sunday is the Divine Mercy Novena, began on Good Friday. Pope Saint John Paul the Great said, “There is nothing that man needs more than Divine Mercy ... which raises man above his weakness to the infinite heights of the holiness of God.” In her Diary, Jesus told St. Faustina, “I desire that during these nine days you bring souls to the fountain of My mercy, that from there they may draw strength and refreshment and whatever grace they need in the hardships of life, and especially at the hour of death” (Diary, 1209). While the Chaplet can be said anytime, the Lord specifically asked that it be recited as a novena, promising that “By this Novena (of Chaplets), I will grant every possible grace to souls” (Diary 796). Pamphlets will be made available to those who are interested in praying the Divine Mercy Novena. Our special activity schedule for Divine Mercy Sundays is as follows:

  • Noon parish mass with the Solemn Blessing of the Image of Divine Mercy
  • Eucharistic Procession to Seton Chapel immediately following noon mass
  • Solemn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in Seton Chapel from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. with confessions available.
  • The Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be recited at 3 p.m., the Hour of Mercy.

For more information please email me at mplona@sjecm.org or call the rectory at 631.878.0009 ext. 111. Looking forward to praying with you! In Christ, Father Michael.

Comunidad Hispano de San Juan Evangelista - 4/15

Ministerios Y Servicios
Dirección de la Oficina: 25 Ocean Ave. Center Moriches, NY 11934
Teléfono: 1.631.878.0009
Horas especiales para asistencia en español: Martes: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Santa Misa: Sábados a a las 7:30 p.m., Martes a las 7:30 p.m. en el Convent (La Casa Blanca)
Confesiones: Sábado at 6:45 p.m. en la Iglesia
Bautismos: Segundo Domingo a las 2 p.m. en la Iglesia. Clases pre-bautismos es el primero martes de cada mes.Locación – en el granero (la casa roja) a las 7 p.m. Favor de traer el certificado de nacimiento del niño dos meses antes del bautismo.

Requisitos:

  • Certificado de nacimiento del niño o/de la niña.
  • Certificado de inscripción de su Parroquia (padres y padrinos)
  • Los padres deben traer estos documentos a la oficina de San Juan para fijar las fechas de charla pre-bautismal (Obligiatoria para padres y padrinos) y la fecha del Bautismo. Matrimonios: Parejas que planean su matrimonio, deben hacer una cita con uno de los sacerdotes antes de su boda. De este modo tendrán suficiente tiempo para recibir las instrucciones prematrimoniales y obtener los documentos necesarios. Para más información llame al oficina. Exposición del Santísimo (adoración): Jueves, noon - 8 p.m. Renovación Carismática: Domingo 7:30 p.m. en la Iglesia. R.I.C.A (Iniciación Cristiana de Adultos): Padre Michael 1 631.878.0009.

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SJE Wear - 4/15

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.

K of C Membership Drive - 4/21 & 4/22

The Knights of Columbus, Queen of All Hearts Council, is having our membership drive on the weekend of the April 21 and April. Stop and talk to the members at each door. Think about becoming a knight and how you can help the church and the needy.

Stewardshsip - 4/15

How can I repay the LORD for all the great good done for me? Psalm 116:2. 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 Catholic Education envelope and/or place your offering in the regular collection.

  • Divine Mercy Sunday 4/8/18: $16,268 (2017: $15,029)

'Ernie’s Place' Food Pantry - 4/25

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.

Young Adult Ministers - 5/8

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 Mclauberg@sjecm.org for more information.

  • 5/8 – Talk and social
  • 5/33 – Barbecue at the convent
  • 6/12 – Talk and social
  • 6/26 – Talk and social

Men's Prayer Group - 4/28

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 mplona@sjecm.org. See you there!

SJE Spirit Day Meeting - 5/14

Save the Date: Saturday, September 15. Our next planning meeting is Monday, May 14 at 7 p.m. in the Red Barn Lower Meeting Room. Can you help us? For more information, contact Fr. John at jsureau@sjecm.org or via phone at 631.878.0009.

Thanks again to our Spirit Day 2017 sponsors! Above All Fence, All State Center Moriches, Angelo and Lillian Rollo, Antonia Flaherty Realtors, Astoria Bank, Baby Moon Restaurant, Bay Nursery Corp, Blue Ribbon Beverage, Bridgehampton National Bank, Center Moriches Fire Department, Century 21 Cor-Ace Realty, Inc., Colliers International/Gus Nuzzolese, Esq., Dammayer Construction Company, Desi Masonry Products, DJ Custom Homes Corp, Drs. William and Judith Savino, Dun Rite Appliance Company, East End Sign Design, Electrical Technology Inc., Environmental Assessment and Remediations, Friends of St. John the Evangelist Church, House of Carpets, Iron Mike Construction and Design Corp, Jet Sanitation Service Corps., Law Office of Elizabeth Harrington, Lund Valve Testing, Megaton Pools, Moloney-Sinnicksons Funeral Home, Moriches Bay Deli, Moriches Bay Diner, Moriches Bay Realty, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith, Mrs. Margaret Sureau, Newbridge Coverage Corporation, Orchard Creek Marina, Out East Therapy of NY, Paul and Barbara Donahue, Paul's Lawn and Landscape and Christmas Tree Farm, Pinto Pools, Professional Maintenance and Cleaning, ProFlame Inc., Queen of All Hearts K of C, REP Electric, Rico's Clothing, RJ Beverage, Rubio Premier Motors, INC., SAS Electronics and Communications Corp., Sea Cove Restaurant, Seatuck Cove Ltd., Senix Creek Inn, Shirley Auto Body, Storage 'R' Us - "West", Swezey Fuel Company, The Church Bulletin Company, The Garzero Family, The Parks Family, Total Mechanical Systems, Towne Cellars Wine and Liquors,, Turley, Redmond, Rosasco and Rosasco, LLP, Wesche Funeral Home, Inc., Wheatley Farms Perennials

Register with the SJE Parish - 4/15

How do I register? So many people who come to St. John’s often wonder why it’s important to register. By registering in a parish you make a formal commitment to this community of faith... basically saying, “I want to belong...”. This parish makes a formal commitment to you, basically saying, “We want to be here for you!” You will be better informed about all that is happening here at SJE, basically saying, “Get involved... we need you!!!” Please note: Beginning with the 2017 year, we will only be able to produce tax forms for those who are formally registered and use envelopes (or, eventually, electronic giving). To register, contact the parish office at 631.878.0009 or email to rectory@sjecm.org to make an appointment with a member of our pastoral team. You will no longer be able to register by coming into the office without making an appointment.

Getting married? We love to celebrate weddings at SJE. If you have plans to get married, contact St. John’s ASAP to meet with one of our priests. At this meeting, you can select a date learn about marriage preparation, i.e. Pre-Cana and find out why marriage makes a difference and much more. To make an appointment, contact the parish office at 631.878.0009 or email to rectory@sjecm.org. If you would like a particular priest to preside at your wedding, it might best to contact him using the email addresses on the front cover of the bulletin.

Getting your child baptized: How great is this: What a wonderful celebration for our parish when parents bring their child to Church to celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism. First, contact the parish office at 631.878.0009 or via email at rectory@sjecm.org to meet with one of our parish priests or deacon. Both parents will need to attend this meeting. Second, you will attend a baptismal preparation class led by our parish staff. You will sign up for this class at the meeting with one of our parish’s priests or deacon. Third, baptisms are generally celebrated in English on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Sundays and in Spanish on the 2nd Sunday of each month. You will select this date at your initial meeting.

Funeral arrangements: Now about my funeral: Well we’re not looking to plan that any time soon, but we can always use help with our Ministry of Consolation!!! This ministry reaches out in a variety of ways to those who have recently faced the death of someone they love. The wonderful women and men who offer their time in this ministry—as well as our office staff—do a wonderful job in ministering to those in need. We are in need of more help as we seek to grow the Ministry of Consolation. We are in need of parishioners to come forward as: Liturgical Ministers (greeters, servers, extraordinary ministers and readers), Cake bakers (willing to make a small dessert for a family who has suffered a loss), Worship aid makers (able to update our mass program for each funeral, involves light computer and possibly copier use), Organizers (able to assign tasks to those who have offered their time), and companions (meeting with a family who has suffered a loss to assist with choosing readings, hymns, etc. and being present on the day of the funeral) If you’re able to help or want to find out more information, contact Fr. John at jsureau@sjecm.org.

Calling All high School Students - 4/29

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 mclauberg@sjcem.org. 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: Mclauberg@sjecm.org. All high school teenagers are invited and we encourage you to bring your friends.

Come Join Our Lady's Army - The Legion Of Mary - 4/18

One of the wonderful ways to become more involved in parish life here at St. John the Evangelist is through The Legion of Mary. The Legion meets regularly and welcomes you to join in praying the rosary, spiritual readings, and discussing service to our neighbors in need. Membership is open to men and women of all ages. The Legion is a great opportunity to join a community of faith-in-action, grow closer to Jesus and Mary, and support our Pastor and our church. Active Member activities include Evangelization work, visits to the sick and aged, outreach to our neighbors, religious education, prison and hospital ministry, and escorting the Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima to homes in the parish. We also lead our parish’s First Saturday program, sponsor St. John’s annual May Crowning of our Lady, and promote special events, pilgrimages, and retreats with other Legions on Long Island. The Legion of Mary meets every Thursday at 4 p.m. in our Red Barn. Individuals unable to commit to active membership can support us in prayer through auxiliary membership. Please call Judy Paulsen at 631.878.5872 or Christine Cappiello at 631.757.9834 for more information. Come spread the love of Jesus with our Lady’s help.

Support Our Advertisers - 4/15

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.

Readings: Fourth Sunday of Easter - 4/22

Reading I: Acts 4:8-12. Peter heals by the power of Jesus.
Responsorial Psalm: PS 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26,28, 29
Second Reading: 1 John 3:1-2. We are children of God.
Gospel: John 10:11-18. The Good Shepherd.

Discussion Questions

1. In this reading Peter responds to attempts by the “leaders of the people and elders” to discredit Jesus’ message. Do you see efforts to discredit Jesus’ message in the world today? Name some. How can you help bring God’s saving grace to a world/neighborhood in desperate need of healing?

2. What gifts have you received as one of the children of God? What gifts have you received from God today?

3. Jesus said, “I know mine and mine know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I will lay down my life for the sheep.” Jesus is applying the love between himself and his Father to the relation between himself and his own. What does this tell you about how well you are known and how much you are loved? For whom would you lay down your life?

Readings: Fifth Sunday of Easter - 4/29

Reading I: Acts 9:26 - 31. Saul joins the apostles.
Responsorial Psalm: PS 22:26-27, 28, 30, 31-32
Second Reading:1 John 3:18-24. We are in God and God in us.
Gospel:John 15:1-8. Jesus the vine, the Father. The vinegrower.

Discussion Questions

1. What motivated Paul to speak out boldly? Think of examples of people who speak out in order to bring about changes in social justice. Name some ways you can “speak out” using your voice or not.

2. What would your world look like if every day you performed a kind deed for some unsuspecting person? Who would benefit from these acts?

3. You (the branches) remain in Jesus (the vine), whose life runs through you. How does his life running through you relate to your asking God for whatever you want and it being done for you? How could you use this Gospel to explain Paul’s actions in the first reading?

Newly-Baptized

Angelina Marie Lolacono, Jason Everett Clough, Jr., Avarosa Santina Raccuglia, Raelynn Danielle Hermes

Newly-Married

Jared Tollen and Jessica Delpozzo and Kenneth Swiatkowski and Desiree Castillo.

We Remember

Entrance antiphon, funeral mass: Steven Kohler

“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.

We Pray For The sick

Marie Gordon, Regina Lohr, James Gales, Dennis Vigliotta

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 rectory@sjecm.org.

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St. John's Pastoral Team

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

Sister 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, OLQA Regional School Principal: derlanger@olqany.org

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

Andrew McKeon, Director of Music Ministries: music@sjecm.org

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

Katie Waller, Business Manager: kwaller@sjecm.org

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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 rcia@sjecm.org 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 lisa1962@optonline.net 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 jsureau@sjecm.org 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 afinta@sjecm.org.

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 jsureau@sjecm.org 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 afinta@sjecm.org.

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 bernath52194@optonline.net or Alex Finta at afinta@sjecm.org or 631.878.0009.

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St. John's in Photos Yesterday and Today


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Directions to St. John The Evangelist R.C. Church

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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