Fifth Sunday of Lent: March 18

St. John The Evangelist

Roman Catholic Church, Center Moriches, N.Y.

“All, from least to greatest, shall know me, says the LORD.” Jeremiah 31:34

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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!

2018 CMA Goal: $100,600. Pledges as of 2/20/18: $45,170. Donor Goal. 400 Donors. Donors as of 2/20/18: 98 Donors

Maggie Martin, Director of Religious Education. St. John of God, Central Islip.

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Mass & 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 convent chapel: 8 a.m., 5 p.m. (vigil) and 7:30 p.m. (vigil)
Spanish-language Mass: 7:30 a.m. Daily at 7:30 p.m. in the Seton Chapel.
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. This mass will resume on March 13, 2018.
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 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 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.

Pray the Miraculous Medal Novena: After the 7 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. masses on Mondays in the convent (with the exception of holidays and whenever the parish is closed). The Holy Hour for Priests follows immediately after the Novena.

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 (Confessions): At St. John’s we celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation every day. 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.
Direct phone number: 631.878.0009.
Fax number: 631.874.2466.
Street Address: 25 Ocean Avenue, Center Moriches, New York, 11934.
Office of Faith Formation: Located in the Red Barn: 631.878.4141.
Office of Youth Ministry: Located in the OLQA school auditorium lobby.
Parish Outreach: Located in the Red Barn: 631.874.3617.
Our Lady Queen of Apostles Regional School: 631.878.1033.

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Multi-Parish Lenten Teen Retreat: 3/16, 3/17 & 3/18 @ the Huntington Seminary

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Stations of the Cross - 3/16, 3/23, 3/30

On the Fridays of Lent, we will celebrate the Stations of the Cross at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (In most cases the stations will be prayed in the auditorium. Please consult the bulletin each week. In some cases, the stations will be prayed in Seton Chapel.

Youth Ministry Doing "Their Thing" - 3/18

Mercy Sunday @ SJE - 3/11

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Holy Week - 3/28 - 4/1

The Triduum is the pinnacle of the Church’s liturgical year as we celebrate the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Holy Thursday), the Celebration of our Lord’s Passion and Death (Good Friday) and the Easter Vigil (Holy Saturday night). Would you be interested in being part of a small committee that pulls together all of the details of these days? Are you interested in the organizing and carrying out some of the details related to our Church’s most sacred celebrations? If so, contact Fr. John at 631.878.0009 or email to

Holy Week Mass Schedule

  • Saturday, March 24: Special Procession to Commemorate the Lord’s Entrance into Jerusalem: 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. masses. On Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, the Church recalls the entrance of Christ the Lord into Jerusalem to accomplish his Paschal Mystery! At the Saturday evening Masses, we will celebrate Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion with a special Solemn
    • Procession. For Saturday, March 24, please note:
    • Confession time on Saturday, March 24 is earlier – 3 p.m.—4 p.m.
    • We are closing the auditorium to all but the handicapped; people will be directed to the Church.
    • 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Masses begin in FRONT OF THE CHURCH BUILDING, continues with the Procession, and continues in the Auditorium
      In case of inclement weather, we will begin in the Auditorium. Even if you do not usually attend the 5 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. Masses on Saturday, consider attending as together we begin the celebration of Holy Week.
    • Note: Palm Sunday Masses on the 25th are at 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. This is
      different than our regular Sunday Mass schedule.
  • Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion (March 25): Saturday 5 p.m. (Solemn Liturgy with Procession beginning in the School Auditorium) 7:30 p.m. (Spanish) Sunday, (NOTE: Adjusted Sunday Morning Times) 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. (Please note this is different from our regular Sunday Mass schedule).

  • Monday of Holy Week: Masses at 7 a.m. and noon in Seton Chapel Diocesan Day of Confession 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Chapel)

  • Tuesday of Holy Week: Masses at 7 a.m. and noon and 7:30 p.m. Spanish Mass in Seton Chapel

  • Wednesday of Holy Week: Masses at 7 a.m. and noon in Seton Chapel and 10:30 a.m. (OLQA School Mass) in School Auditorium

  • Holy Thursday, March 29: Morning Prayer – 9 a.m.—Auditorium Children’s Liturgy (a prayer service for children and parents) – 4 p.m.—Auditorium Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7:30 p.m.—Auditorium Eucharistic Procession to Auditorium with Exposition continuing until 11:45 p.m.—Seton Chapel Night Prayer – 11:45 p.m.—Seton Chapel

  • Good Friday, March 30: Morning Prayer – 9 a.m. — Auditorium Children’s Liturgy - noon — Auditorium Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion – 3 p.m. — Auditorium Confessions – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. — Auditorium Outdoor Stations of the Cross — Beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Auditorium entrance Night Prayer – 9 p.m. — Auditorium

  • Holy Saturday, March 31: Morning Prayer (w/Blessing of Easter Foods immediately following) – 9 a.m.— Auditorium Confessions – 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. — Auditorium 7:30 p.m. – Easter Vigil — Auditorium (Please note: The 5 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Spanish Masses are not celebrated. The only Mass on Saturday evening is the Easter Vigil.)

  • Easter Sunday, April 1: Sunrise Mass –6:15 a.m. — Holiday Beach, Center Moriches 7 a.m., 9 a.m.,11 a.m., and 1 p.m. — Auditorium 9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. (Spanish) — OLQA School Cafeteria The 5:30 p.m. Mass will NOT be celebrated on Easter Sunday night.

Children’s Services help needed:

Holy Thursday, March 29 at 4 p.m. and Good Friday, March 30 at noon. Our Family Life Ministry is working to prepare beautiful liturgies for our parish’s children and families. WE NEED YOUR HELP! We are looking for young people and their families to help serve as ushers and readers at our prayer services. For more information, contact Tara Kelley or Linda Filosa at family or leave a message in the Parish Office.

A Telecare 'Thank you!' - 3/18

Thank You! Thanks to Telecare, who donated a van for use by our Street Ministry. Telecare, your Television Network of the Diocese of Rockville Centre hosts the Telecare 2018 Golf Classic, on Tuesday, May 8. Proceeds from the event enable this important ministry of our diocese to continue to provide Catholic Liturgy and Programming to Long Island and beyond, through television, web streaming, and social media. Visit Telecare’s website at or contact Dawn-Marie Feiler, Golf Classic Coordinator at 516.538.8704, ext. 118 or for golf, dinner, underwriting, raffle, and in-kind donation information.

Easter Sunrise Mass - 4/1

We are in the midst of planning for an early morning sunrise mass somewhere in the area. Of course, we would need a committee of people to make this happen! What about you and your family? If you’re interested, please let Fr. John at 631.878.0009 or email to

Community meal - 3/26

Join us on Monday, March 26 in the Red Barn at St. John the Evangelist Church in Center Moriches. The meal will consist of a home-made dinner from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. If you are in need of toiletries or clothes, please let a volunteer know.

Golden Weddings - 4/29

This spring, couples that have been married 50 years or more will be honored at a special mass on Sunday, April 29 at the Church of St. Rose of Lima in Massapequa. Mass will begin at 2:30 p.m. Registration forms and complete instructions can be obtained at the rectory. Registration must be received by the Office of Worship by April 13. If you have any questions, you may call 516.678.5800, extension 504

Abstinence and Fasting - 3/11

All Catholics who have reached their fourteenth (14th) year are bound to abstain entirely from meat on all the Fridays of Lent. All Catholics between the ages of eighteen (18) and fifty-nine (59) inclusive are also bound to observe the law of fast on Good Friday. This means limiting oneself to a single full meal and avoiding food between meals. Two other light meals, which together do not equal a full meal, may be taken during the day. Those whose work or health would be impaired are excused from fast and abstinence. Individual conscience should decide proper cause for excuse. A more serious reason is required to excuse oneself from the Good Friday fast and abstinence.

Lenten Bag Challenge - 3/11

On Ash Wednesday everyone received a gift from SJE that we hope you will use as a gift! While not using plastic bags at stores is ultimately a good thing for God’s creation, it’s an inconvenience. St. John’s is pleased to present you with two shopping bags. Now here’s the catch… you are asked to help out those In need: Return one (1) of the bags with needed items for the Food Pantry or the Street Ministry. A list is enclosed inside the bag. Now, of course, if you want to return both bags... that’s even better! Returned bags will be used to distribute items to those we serve in the Street Ministry and in the Food Pantry. If you can, send us a picture of those bags being stuffed and/or used.

Faith Formation News - 3/18

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

Inclement weather notifications: If classes are canceled for inclement weather, our office will notify parents in three ways: via email, via Facebook and via the News 12 television station and this website.

Class Presentations/ Parent meetings

Level 1: Saturday, March 10 during class times. Special Guest Speaker Mary Ellen Barrett will be presenting.
Level 2: Saturday, March 17 during class times. Fr. Michael Plona will be presenting.
Level 7: March 12 and 13 during class times. Fr. Michael Plona will be presenting
Level 8: March 19 and 20 during class times. Important information about Confirmation will be given out at this meeting.

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

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: - 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.

Sacramentos del Bautismo - 3/18

¿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 para el próximo paso a seguir. Gracias.

Adult Faith Formation Courses - 3/15 & 3/22

Join us for our Adult Faith Formation course on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Part 1 will be on Thursdays at 7 p.m. Meetings are March 1, March 8, March 15 and March 22. in the upper room of the Red Barn. Presenters will include Fr. Mike Plona, Paul Clores, Fr. John Sureau, and Michelle Pirraglia. For more information and to register, contact Paul Clores at or call 631.878.0009 x113.

  • March 15 - The Sacraments: Presenter – Fr. Felix Akpabio

  • March 22 - The Mass: Presenter – Fr. John Sureau

Save the Dates - 7/23-7/27

Save the dates for Vacation Bible Camp. July 23 to 27. More details to follow.

Memorial Opportunities - 3/18

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

Liturgical Practices & notes - 3/18

The season of Lent calls us to a time of deeper reflection and repentance. We are called to do this in our own lives but also in how we pray liturgically. Read below and learn more:

  • The Gloria (Glory to God) is not said or sung during Lent, except on the Solemnity of St. Joseph (March 19). We will sing the Gloria again at the Evening mass of the Lord’s Supper and then again at the Easter Vigil. It is also sung on the Solemnity of the Assumption. Because that date—March 25—is the Palm Sunday, the Solemnity of the Assumption is transferred to Monday, April 9.

  • The Alleluia is omitted from all hymns and as the Gospel Acclamation during masses. The Gospel acclamation is still sung but different words are used. This Lent, the refrain is, “Glory to you, O Word of God, Lord Jesus Christ.”

  • We will use the Apostles’ Creed instead of the Nicene Creed. The Roman Missal (#19) clearly encourages the use of the Apostles’ Creed during the seasons of Lent and Easter. It is a good practice to get used to. These will be on cards inserted into Breaking Bread.

  • We will use simple mass settings during the season of Lent. We are working to have cards in the Breaking Bread hymnals that will have the music for these settings. (We learned from the last time we changed mass settings in Advent.)

  • During the time when the gifts of bread and wine are brought forward and the altar prepared, there will be no music—instrumental or otherwise. (We’ll make an exception for Laetare Sunday, the 4th Sunday of Lent.) It is our hope this will help us to reflect more on what has been proclaimed and preached during the Liturgy of the Word and enter more fully into the sense of the Lenten season.

  • During Weekday (daily mass), we will not sing an entrance hymn or a closing hymn as is our custom here.

  • Holy Communion: Priests, deacons and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion are especially encouraged to wash and sanitize their hands before mass begins. If Communion ministers need to clean their hands during mass, it must be done discreetly. The best way for extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion to clean their hands during mass is to use a sanitizing liquid in the pew before coming into the sanctuary (sanitizing liquids have no place on the altar or among the Communion vessels and other sacred items on the credence table).

  • Communion from the Chalice: The faithful should refrain from drinking from the chalice when one has a cold or is fearful of being infected.

  • Receiving on the Tongue: Faithful who normally receive Holy Communion on the tongue should refrain from receiving on the tongue and instead receive in the hand when one has a cold or is otherwise contagious. Do not spread your saliva to the hand of the Communion minister if you are sick; receive Communion in the hand instead.

  • Greeting of Peace: Use your own discretion and best judgment when invited to exchange the greeting of peace during the liturgy; limit physical contact with others if necessary. If a handshake is not advisable, a simple bow of the head is acceptable. Do not be insulted if someone prefers to avoid shaking your hand

  • Mass Attendance: MOST IMPORTANTLY, IF YOU ARE SICK, PLEASE DO NOT COME TO MASS! There is no obligation to attend mass if you are sick; it is not a sin to miss mass for this reason. (Also, there is no need to go to Confession if you miss mass because you are sick.) Personal prayer and reflection on the Sunday Scripture readings is encouraged; many people also enjoy view triduuing the mass on television.

  • new readers & extraordinary ministers - 3/11

    “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
    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
    How Do I Become a Reader?

    • You must contact Fr. John at or by phone at 631.878.0009.

    • You must attend one of the diocesan training sessions.

    Diocesan Training Sessions

    • Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. at St. Rosalie, Hampton Bays

    • Wednesday, May 16 from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. at St. Elizabeth, Melville

    Altar Servers Needed - 3/18

    “Dear altar boys and altar girls, the closer you are to the altar, the more you will remember to speak with Jesus in daily prayer; the more you will be nourished by the Word and the Body of the Lord, the better able you will be to go out to others, bringing them the gift that you have received, giving in turn with enthusiasm the joy you have received.” - Pope Francis.

    Our parish is in desperate need of new altar servers. Altar servers assist at masses, prayer services and sacramental celebrations. They are invaluable members of the parish community who contribute a great deal to parish life...and we’re working to have some more community building times as well! Altar servers need to be in fourth grade or above, should be attending Sunday Mass and desire to get more involved in the life of the parish and the Church. We will begin training soon! If your child is interested, please leave a message for Fr. John at or via phone at 631.878.0009. (If you signed up in the Fall of 2017, you are already included!)

    New: Family Life Ministry - 3/11

    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. Please join us for our first, official Mercy Sunday on March 11 in the cafeteria of OLQA as we decorate and pot plants for the residents of Oasis Rehab and Nursing Facility. If you would be able to donate some potting soil, please let us know. It would be a big help. For more information on Mercy Sunday, please email Linda at Looking forward to seeing you there! Here are the upcoming dates for future Mercy Sundays at SJE: March 11, April 8, May 6 (May 13 is Mother’s Day), June 10, July 8, August 12, September 9, October 14, November 11, December 9.

    Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast - 3/25

    Queen of All Hearts is hosting its annual Palm Sunday Free Pancake Breakfast in the OLQA Cafeteria starting after the 9 a.m. mass. Pancakes, bacon, sausage, coffee, tea, juice and milk. We
    hope to see you there! The Knights of Columbus is always looking for new members. If interested, please call Ken Swicicki G.K. at 631.375.7005 for more information.

    Living Lent: Hands of Mercy - 3/11

    There are many gifts of attending a Catholic school. One of them is a rich celebration of the Catholic tradition, including the acts of prayer, fasting and almsgiving in the season of Lent. Under the direction of Ms. Tess Austin, our Campus Minister, and Mr. Alex Finta, our school social worker, groups of our 8th graders and their parents worked side by side with St. John the Evangelist’s Street Ministry serving the poor and vulnerable in our local community. Each week during Lent, students at OLQA will focus on a different work of mercy. Look in these pages of the bulletin for more information. Want to learn more about the great things happening here at the Catholic School in Center Moriches? We hope so! Come for a tour or to spend a day. Please call 631.878.1033 to schedule a tour. Registration is ongoing for the 2018-19 school year.

    St. John's high school Event Schedule - 3/16 - 3/18

    All high school teenagers are invited and we encourage you to bring your friends! Our Spring Retreat is March 16, 17 and 18. Summer Retreat will be in Steubenville, New York. Conference begins July 20 and runs until July 22.

    Social Ministry: We're here to help - 3/11

    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 - 3/11

    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.

    S. Ann's Words of Wisdom - 3/11

    Lent is flying by so quickly and I stopped to take inventory of the things I would do without as well as the things I would do. No, I didn’t get a perfect score! What about you? At least I know that I have a few more weeks to try to revamp and try to finish Lent with a better score. We all know that God is looking for a change of heart or a change of attitude in our endeavors to live our Lenten resolutions. Perhaps you didn’t make any resolutions; that’s OK but maybe you just might make one or two now—it is never too late to try to be better.

    We have a group of women who have been coming twice a month to meetings called “Senior Wisdom.” A short time ago we began to talk about “wisdom” and we discovered that “wisdom” in the Old Testament, is translated “Sophia.” As a result, we started calling this group by the name “Sophia’s Circle” and liked the sound of it. So, Senior Wisdom is now Sophia’s Circle. It’s too bad that more men don’t join us. When our seminarian, Paul, is not otherwise occupied, he joins us. After all, he will be dealing with men and women of all ages so it is a good experience for him, too.

    Several people have expressed an interest in forming a new ministry—the Ministry of Friendliness. I would like to meet with all those interested in The Barn, on Wednesday, March 14th, in order to set up some guidelines together. If you are interested but can’t come that day, please call me and leave your first and last name, and your phone number, so we can get back to you. This is for keeping in touch with those who are homebound, finding them, talking with them and/or visiting them. If a person is homebound and would like to be remembered occasionally, it is a good outreach of the parish. However, there are some guidelines that are necessary.

    We still have a need for a Bereavement Group. I have arranged to start the next during the Months of April and May on Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. in the IHM Room of the Convent. (That is the room adjacent to the Seton Chapel.) Please, if you are having difficulty because of the loss of a loved one, come and participate in this group which runs from 8-9 weeks. Please call me and leave your first and last name, and your phone number. Someone will return your call to verify that we have your name. If you call me, S. Ann, use 631.874.3617 extension 119. Thank you.

    Don’t you just love the maroon reusable bags? Your generosity in returning one was/is overwhelming! God bless you and all that you do for others!

    Adult Faith Formation/Confirmation - 3/18

    Are you an adult interested in receiving the sacrament of Confirmation? If you are a baptized Catholic, but have not been fully initiated, we offer a process for those who desire to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. For adults who desire more information, contact Suzan Fitzpatrick at For teenagers and their families who desire more information, contact the Faith Formation Office at 631.878.0009, ext. 170 or email to

    Middle School Youth Ministry - 3/14

    Event schedule from February to April of this year:

    • 3/14: 'Journeying in Lent' plus games (meet in gym).

    • 3/28: Stations of the cross and Holy Week.

    • 4/11: Easter Celebration. Meet in gym.

    • 4/25: TBA. Meet in gym.

    Sinners Welcome & Wanted - 3/18

    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.* *Please note new times. Diocesan Day of Reconciliation is Monday, March 26 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Good Friday, March 30 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Holy Saturday, March 31 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Of course, you may call the parish office and make an appointment with one of our priests.

    Comunidad Hispano de San Juan Evangelista - 3/18

    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.


    • 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 7:30Pm en la Iglesia. R.I.C.A (Iniciación Cristiana de Adultos): Padre Michael 1 631.878.0009.

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    SJE Wear - 3/18

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

    'Ernie’s Place' Food Pantry - 3/18

    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 - 3/13

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

    • 4/10 – Reflection on the resurrection

    • 5/8 – Talk and social

    • 5/33 – Barbecue at the convent

    • 6/12 – Talk and social

    • 6/26 – Talk and social

    Calling All H.S. Sophomores & Juniors - 3/18

    April 15 deadline: Faith and Service in the City connects high school students to Catholic and Vincentian traditions in New York City. Explore theology, experience NYC, and grow in faith and leadership! You have 3 weeks to choose from: Cost is only $100 dollars for the whole week. July 8 - July 14. July 22 - July 28. August 5 - August 11. For more information contact Mike at

    SJE Spirit Day - 9/15

    SJE SPIRIT DAY: Save the Date – Saturday, September 15. Committee forming now! Can you help us? For more information, contact Fr. John at or via phone at 631.878.0009.

    Register with the SJE Parish - 3/18

    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 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 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 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

    Calling All high School Students - 3/18

    Sunday night is your night. 5:30 p.m. with a youth mass from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (Youth Ministry Night). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Every Sunday night at SJE. Any questions? Please email Mike at For all high school teens. Bring your friends. Basketball and volleyball. Great people. Great food. Great faith. Meets from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. each Sunday (Doors open 6:30 p.m.) at OLQA gym after the 5:30 p.m. Youth mass. Call 631.878.0009 ext. 5 or email: All high school teenagers are invited and we encourage you to bring your friends

    • March 16, 17 and 18: Lenten Retreat (No 'Life Night' on March 18)

    • March 25: Teen Stations of the cross

    • April 1: Off/Easter Sunday

    Readings: Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion - 3/25

    Gospel 1: Mark 11:1-10 or John 12:12-16
    Reading I: Isaiah 50:4-7: Despite rejection, Isaiah does not abandon his call.
    Responsorial Psalm: PS 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24
    Second Reading: Philippians 2:6-11: Jesus made himself lowly and was exiled.
    Gospel: Mark 14:1—15:47 or Mark 15:1-39: The Passion.

    Discussion Questions

    1. “Morning after morning he opens my ear that I may hear.” St. Ignatius experienced extended “communications from God.” But he also learned to distinguish between those from God and those from elsewhere. Have you ever made a retreat and begun to learn such distinctions?

    2. “Agape” love is selfless and free from self-concern and self-preoccupation. It includes conversion, vulnerability, search for justice, and suffering. Explain Jesus’ love for us in terms of agape. How does it help redeem the world?

    3. The woman in this passion reading was “wasting” expensive perfumed oil on Jesus. Does this relate to God’s self-wasting love on humankind? How is the Eucharist a continuation of Christ’s self-giving love for us? Does your busy schedule allow time to “waste” on love?

    Readings: Fifth Sunday of Lent - 3/18

    Reading I: Jeremiah 31:31-34: The Lord promises a new covenant.
    Responsorial Psalm: PS 51:3-4, 12-13, 14-15
    Second Reading: Hebrews 5:7-9 Christ is the source of salvation for all who obey.
    Gospel: John 12:20-33: Jesus foretells of his death and resurrection.

    Discussion Questions

    1. Jesus’ covenant is written on the hearts of people and requires interior as well as exterior commitment. Do you think that both involve relationship and come with feelings? Do both awaken your love and open your spirit to others?

    2. Jesus spent his life alleviating the suffering of others. Is he finished with that, or does he continue to care for suffering people today? If so, how? Are you a caretaker or are you cared for?

    3. When Jesus thought about what was coming he said, “I am troubled now. Yet what should I say?” What are some of the things that trouble you? Who do you call on when you are troubled?


    Rose Anne Lazo, Leila Jade Laroque, Knox Antonio Jimenez


    Christopher Bancroft and Raquel Gaita

    We Remember

    Entrance antiphon, funeral mass: Raymond Moore, Catherine Ringhoff, Wayne Schieferstein

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

    We Pray For The sick

    Michael Caliendo,Jennifer Peck, Diane Valero, Kenneth Rosenman, Anthony Ponzio, Rosemary Conn, Dennis Vigliotta, Miriam Gillis, William Paul LaVallee Jr.

    We Pray for our Military

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

    • U.S. Army: Sgt. Justin Sikorski, SPC Dennis Smith, PVT Bailey Meyer

    • U.S. Air Force: SSgt. Jason M. Hermes, SRA Ryan Kerstiens, SRA Timothy Kerstiens, PFC Kyle Kerstiens

    • U.S. Marine Corps: PFC Sean Brady, PFC Patrick Kimes, Lt. Col. Robert K. Maldonado, L Cpl. Quentin Montemarano, LCL Andrew Schlosberg, Major Stephen Bartoszak, PVT Charles O'Connor.

    • U.S. Navy: STGCS Brian Holzmacher, ET3 Jeremiah Nolan, Jr.

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

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    St. John's Pastoral Team

    Reverend John Sureau, Pastor:
    Reverend Felix Akpabio, Parochial Vicar:
    Reverend Michael Plona, Parochial Vicar:
    John Pettorino, Deacon:
    Sr. Ann Berendes, IHM, Director of Parish Social Ministry:
    Michael Clauberg, Director of Youth Ministry:
    Paul Clores, Seminarian:
    David Erlanger, Regional School Principal:
    Alex Finta, Associate Director of Parish Social Ministry:
    Andrew McKeon, Director of Music Ministries:
    Michelle Pirraglia, Director of Faith Formation:
    Katie Waller, Business Manager:

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    Help Wanted: Parish Service Announcements

    Outreach Volunteers Wanted: Now that the Outreach Offices of Alex Finta and Sister Ann, are on the second floor of The Barn, the bell can not be heard when it is rung. We do not want people to turn away thinking that we are not here. We have a few volunteers but not nearly enough to fully act as receptionists. What qualifications are needed? A willingness to answer the phone, take messages, make appointments, and wear a very welcoming expression on your face! What do you have to do to apply? Register for the Virtus training, fill out a background paper provided from us, and have your picture taken by Michael Walsh! Easy? Of course. When needed? Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 10 until noon (one day is sufficient;) Or, Wednesday or Friday from 1 until 3 p.m. We are hoping that we might be able to have two people at a time—just so that they could have company. CAN YOU GIVE US 2 HOURS A WEEK?. If you can help, please call Sister Ann at 631.874.5654, ext 119. If Sister is not available, please leave a message and she will return your call. Thank you, and God bless you.

    Catholicism Initiation Assistants: Can you join the journey? As you can see, new groups are forming for the Christian initiation of adults and children. We are looking for men and women of our parish to accompany those who are seeking to become Catholic and complete their initiation. For more information, contact Suzan Fitzpatrick at or call the Parish Office at 631.878.0009.

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

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

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

    Altar society: Do you love to iron and clean? Great with a can of starch? Would like to help SJE from your own home? We are in need of some new members for the SJE Altar Society. The members of the SJE Altar Society take care of our liturgical cloths and garments used at daily mass, Sunday mass and funerals. You can do this on your own time in your own home. We’ll work on a schedule for pick ups and drop offs. For more information, contact Fr. John at or call 631.878.0009.

    Knights of Columbus: The Knights of Columbus are looking for new members. If interested, please contact Grand Knight Ken Swicicki at 631.375.7005. Thank you.

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

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

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

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

      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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