St. John The Evangelist

St. John The Evangelist

R.C. Church, Center Moriches, N.Y.

Second Sunday of Easter: April 23 - April 30

Mass Schedule  4/23 Bulletin 4/16 Bulletin

"Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” John 20:29

Ordinary Time Mass Schedule

Sunday Masses Monday - Friday Masses Saturday Masses Spanish-Language Masses

7:30 a.m.

9:00 a.m. (children's mass)

10:30 a.m.

12:00 noon

5:30 p.m. (Life Teen mass)

7:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m.

7:30 p.m.

Sunday - 7:30 a.m.

Parish Announcements

  • Bishop Barres is coming to SJE! Save the date: Our new bishop, Bishop John Barres is coming to St. John’s on Sunday, April 30 to celebrate the noon mass. Let’s be sure to give him a St. John’s welcome. At the liturgy, we will also celebrate the Rite of Reception with Lianne McCarron and Justina Lohnes as they complete the next step in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Come, let us pray with Bishop Barres and some of the newest members of the Roman Catholic Church. Read Bishop Barre's message here.

  • 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 in the silence of his house.

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

  • Change in the Monday Novena Time: Beginning April 24, we will now pray the Miraculous Medal Novena after the 7 a.m. mass on Monday mornings and 6:45 p.m. on Monday evenings. As we have done in Lent, the Novena will be led by a member of the parish community. The Holy Hour for Priests will follow immediately after the Novena. Please note: The Novena will not be prayed on Monday, April 17. The evening Novena will begin again on Monday, April 24 at 6:45 p.m.

  • Additional daily mass for the Easter season: Thursdays at noon. We'll continue to celebrate the noon mass on Thursday afternoons throughout the season of Easter. A number of parishioners have expressed their appreciation for this convenient time of the mass and it seems many are able to pray at this time. As in Lent, this mass will conclude with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

  • Come and spend some time with the Lord! Thursdays: Immediately after the noon mass until 8 p.m.

  • We pray the Miraculous Medal Novena after the 7 a.m. Mass at 6:45 p.m. in the Church on most Mondays, with the exception of holidays and whenever the parish is closed. The Holy Hour for Priests follows after the Novena on Monday evenings.

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

  • First Saturdays: Confessions begin at 7:30 a.m. followed by mass and devotions at 8 a.m. Afterwards is a continental breakfast in the cafeteria.

  • Bible Camp Volunteers needed: I.E. "Fun factory workers" needed - i.e. you are needed and wanted this summer! 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 are need people who are good at arts and crafts, food, games, organizing, leading a skit and the like! There’s something for everyone! For more information, contact Michelle Pirraglia at, Michael Clauberg at or Fr. John at Our first planning meeting is happening soon. If you'd like to volunteer - please fill out this form. Deadline: 7/2.
  • SJE vacation Bible camp: Take your kids to the Cave Quest where they’ll spend a week at SJE of fun, faith, friendship and family! Monday, July 20 to Friday, July 24. Return this printed form to the parish office with a check for $65 per child. Please make checks payable to St. John the Evangelist. Return to the rectory, or in the collection basket or in the Faith Formation Office. Two children: only $120; Three children: $165. Deadline: 7/2.

Parish News

From Father John's Desk

From our Bishop

What's New at SJE

Prayer And Worship

Faith Formation

Catholic Ministries Appeal


Comunidad Hispano de San Juan Evangelista

Meeting Schedule

Thrift Shop

Faith Information


Youth Ministry

Youth Service Corps

Parish Outreach Services

Parish Social Ministry

Catholic Ministries Appeal

Sign Up For Youth Service Corps

SJE Street Ministry

Community Meal Ministry

Music Ministry at SJE

Prison Families Anonymous


This Week at OLQA

Vacation Bible Camp

David Erlanger: School Principal

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This Week At SJE: News Items

Blood Drive - Friday, April 28

SJE Blood Drive this Friday, April 28. Each day, patients in our region need close to 2,000 people a day to roll up their sleeves to give the gift of life. Join us and give the gift of life. 4 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the school auditorium.

Community Meal Ministry

“When you give a banquet, invite the poor...and you will be blessed…” Luke 14:13. Do you know someone in need? Someone who can use some fellowship and a good meal? Would you invite someone to our community meal and/or consider coming yourself? Our second community meal is next Sunday, April 30 at 1:00 p.m. in the OLQA School Auditorium. Would you like to help us in this effort? Donations, meals, supplies are always needed! For more information reach out to Cheryl Montor at to sign up and help.

Wedding Anniversary Celebration: Friday, May 12 at 7 p.m.

Renewal of your wedding vows - followed by an anniversary reception dinner in the auditorium. We would like to affirm the graces and blessings of the sacrament of marriage by celebrating your wedding anniversary! We’re celebrating mass and throwing a party for you. Couples celebrating an anniversary in 2017 that is “on a five year mark,” 5 or 10, or 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 or 50 years.. and for couples married any year more than 50 years (51, 52…..67…etc.) – you are invited to a special mass and reception! Invite your immediate family members as well! They are most welcome! Please fill out this form if you'd like to participate in this special night by May 9.

Don’t Forget Your Baby Bottle: May 13 and May 14

On Mother’s Day weekend, May 13th & 14th, St. John the Evangelist parish will be hosting a baby bottle fundraiser to benefit The Life Center of Long Island. The Life Center is a crisis pregnancy center that counsels women and men who are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. We are asking that you pick up a baby bottle and fill it with your change. Also, we ask that you to recite the prayer on the bottle. The prayer will enable the counselors at The Life Center to say just the right words a mother or father may need to hear. It especially opens a mother’s heart to accept the truth. We believe these prayers lead abortion-minded women to call The Life Center in the first place. Pro-Life Meeting on Thursday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Upper Room in Barn, for info call Maria Sikora 631.801.2306.

Invite Mary Into Your Home

A statue of our Blessed Mother rotates among St. John the Evangelist parishioners. A member of The Legion of Mary will bring the beautiful statue of Our Lady of Fatima to your home. In John 19:27, Jesus said to John: “Behold, thy Mother” and from that hour the disciple took her into his home. We, also, can open our door to Mary. Invite her into your home and pray the Holy Rosary with family and friends. Praying the rosary quiets our soul and brings peace and serenity into our lives. If you are interested in becoming a host of The Pilgrim Virgin statue, please call Judy Paulsen at 631.878.5872.

Low Gluten Hosts Now Available

Low gluten hosts (less than .01% gluten content) are now available for those with Celiac Disease who cannot receive Holy Communion using the usual bread. If you need to receive Holy Communion using a low-gluten host, please stop in the sacristy before mass to discuss this with the priest and see if this will be acceptable for you and/or your child. If you cannot receive the low-gluten host, we can offer a separate chalice for you. We will be happy to accommodate you if we can. Please let us know.

'Words of Wisdom' By Sister Ann Berendes, Director of Parish Social Ministry

We are so grateful to the very generous people of this parish who have provided for the poor and the homeless in our geographic area. You have certainly responded to the call for food, clothing, toiletries and so much more. During the month of March, besides all that you have given toward the special requests we had to aid the homeless, the Outreach Office and Pantry were able to provide the following services:

  1. Food for 379 people
  2. Shelter (help with rent) -- 8 families or individuals
  3. Utilities -- 44 (this number the total members in a family, not the number of families)
  4. Basic needs other than what was listed above -- 234
  5. Transportation (Includes gas vouchers, car repairs and/or insurance) -- 7
  6. Community meals -- 10
  7. Homeless initiative -- 6
  8. Bereavement -- 13

As you can see, 740 people are so very happy and grateful for your generosity. May God continue to bless you and your families. "The Lord is truly risen, alleluia. To him be glory and power for all the ages of eternity, alleluia, alleluia.” (Luke 24:34; cf. Rev.1:6)

Cub Scout Promotions

Cub Scout Promotions

We're Here To Help

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 from 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 + Thursday afternoons: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Thrift Shop - Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Help Wanted

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! If you are interested, please contact us at 631.878.4141 or via email at

St. John the Evangelist’s Religious Education

Need to register your child for the 2017-18 academic year? Registration begins 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.

What We’ve Been Up To (And What Is On The Horizon...)

We’ve had a busy year so far at St. John’s Faith Formation! From confirmation retreats to parent gatherings to the kickoff of our middle school program, we have been developing more ways for families to become involved in our parish. This Easter, six of our faith formation students went through our RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation of Children) program and received Baptism at the Easter Vigil. On the horizon, our final Confirmation retreat will be held on Saturday, May 20, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the school (we have nearly 250 candidates this year!) and more than 200 students will be receiving First Communion in the coming weeks. Please check the bulletin, as well as our Facebook page, for more information, or fee free to contact us at the office. We are here to serve you! Phone: 631.878.4141 / Fax: 631.874.6065 / Website: + Facebook: StJohn Faith Formation. Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from noon - 5 p.m. and Saturday by appointment only.

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.

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.

Calling All Middle Schoolers

If you say yes to any of the questions below - you should come down to middle school youth ministry night (EDGE) on Wednesday, April 26, in the OLQA School Auditorium at 7 p.m. Do you want to grow closer to Jesus? Do you like free food? Do you like scooters? Do you like hanging with friends? Do you want to meet new friends? Do you like sports? Doors open right after the 5:30 p.m. mass. Bring a friend!

What: calling all high school students to come join us on Sunday nights for our high school program.
Where: OLQA gym (across the street from the church)
When: Sundays: doors open at 6:30 p.m. and youth activities go until 8:30 p.m.
Why: to spread our faith, hang out together in fun, prayer and fellowship.
How: check out the 5:30 p.m. teen mass. Come meet us in the gym at 6:30 p.m.

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April 30 Readings

Reading I: Acts 2:14, 22-33. It was impossible for Jesus to be held by death. Responsorial Psalm: PS 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11 Second Reading: 1 Peter 1:17-21. You were saved with the precious Blood of Christ, as with that of a spotless, unblemished lamb. Gospel: Luke 24:13-35. They recognized Jesus in the breaking of bread. Discussion Questions:

1. Can you see how different Peter’s attitude is in this reading than it was during Jesus’ passion and death? To what do you attribute the change? Could such a change take place in you?

2. Peter says that Christ was known before the foundation of the world. In other words, Peter again tells us that Christ’s life, death and resurrection were known by the Father from the beginning, even though they were a remedy for human sinfulness. According to Peter, why has this mystery of Christ been revealed to us?

3. Can you relate to any of the following in the Gospel story? Confusion of the disciples? Inability to recognize Jesus? A desire to spend more time with a good friend? A sudden realization that the Lord is present?

We Celebrate

“The sacrament (of Matrimony) is a gift given for the sanctification and salvation of the spouses, since “their mutual belonging is a real representation, through the sacramental sign, of the same relationship between Christ and the Church.” Pope Francis, The Joy of Love, 55

  • II. Christopher Gibat and Jennifer Toalon
  • II. Matthew Wagner and Jillian Giunta
  • I. Derek Haase and Elizabeth Mazzarella

We Remember...

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. Entrance Antiphon, Funeral Mass:

  • Salvatore Gagliardo
  • Joanann Gagliardo
  • Thomas Whelan
  • James E. Pritt
  • Georgetta L. Guzzardi

We Pray...

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

  • Mary Dickey
  • Arthur Cunningham
  • Peggy Lafferty

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

Remembering our Loved Ones - Helping our Parish

Altar Bread and Wine for the month: an offering of $150 is requested. Altar Candles beginning March 1st - $25.00 per week. Devotional Candles: These candles remain burning for approximately one week. They bring an added beauty to our Church and highlight the beautiful. An offering of $15.00 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. Memorials for the week of April 16th - Sanctuary Lamp for the Souls of the faithful departed, by Fr. Suglia.

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.

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.

  • US Army: Sgt. Justin Sikorski
  • US Air Force: Lt. Col. Stephen D’Amico, SSgt. Jason M. Hermes SRA Ryan Kerstiens, SRA Timothy Kerstiens
  • US Marine Corps: Pfc Sean Brady, Patrick Kimes, Lt. Col. Robert K. Maldonado, L/Cpl. Quentin Montemarano, LCL Andrew Schlosberg
  • US 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

Pastoral Team

St. John The Evangelist Stained Glass Reverend John Sureau, Pastor:

Reverend Felix Akpabio, Parochial Vicar:

Reverend Dennis A. Suglia, Parochial Vicar:

John Pettorino, Deacon:

Sr. Ann Berendes, IHM, Director of Parish Social Ministry:

Michael Clauberg, Director of Youth Ministry:

David Erlanger, Regional School Principal:

Michelle Pirraglia, Director of Faith Formation:

Katie Waller, Business Manager:

Church Hours and Location Information

Direct Phone Number: 631.878.0009
Fax Number: 631.874.2466
Church Email:
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: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
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.