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

“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 12:4

Pentecost Sunday: May 20

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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

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Bishop Barres Video Plea for the CMA

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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. (the Life Teen mass).

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

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

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

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

Mass Schedule of Intentions

Confession Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Come to know Mary, Our Lady - Queen of the Apostles: We pray the rosary every day after daily mass in the convent and on Sundays before the 7:30 a.m. mass and after the noon mass in the auditorium. On Mondays we pray the Miraculous Medal Novena after the 7 a.m. mass and at 7:30 p.m. in the Seton chapel in the convent on most Mondays, with the exception of holidays and whenever the parish is closed.

Traditional Latin Mass schedule: While we do not celebrate the Extraordinary Form of the Mass here at St. John’s, those who wish to attend that liturgy may do so at the following times and places: Sundays at 3:30 p.m. at St. Isidore’s, Riverhead. Sundays at 12:30 p.m. at St. Matthew’s, Dix Hills. Sundays at 9 a.m. at St. Ladislaus, Hempstead.

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession): At St. John’s we celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation daily. During the week, we celebrate the sacrament after the 7 a.m. and noon masses. Generally, the priests will be in the IHM Meeting Room or the chapel area of the convent. He will wait or be around for 10 minutes after the last person has come. On Saturday and Sunday evenings, confession are heard in the Youth Ministry office (near the main entrance of the auditorium) or in the back of the auditorium itself. With all of our movements in these weeks, we don’t want to lose our commitment to and celebration of the sacrament of Reconciliation. (Of course, you can - and should - approach one of our parish priests whenever you want to celebrate the sacrament.)

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Church Hours & Contact Information

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

Phone numbers: 631.878.0009. Fax: 631.874.2466.


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

Office of Faith Formation: Located in the Red Barn: 631.878.4141.

Office of Youth Ministry: Located in the OLQA school auditorium lobby.

Parish Outreach: Located in the Red Barn: 631.874.3617.

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

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Faith Formation News & Information

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

Holy Communion: Congratulations to our more than 170 1st Holy Communion candidates who received (or will soon receive) Jesus in the Eucharist for the first time. Thank you to all the staff, catechists, musicians, cantors, volunteers and families who are helping to make these celebrations so beautiful.

End-of-the-Year Activities: Our Catechists have come up with several creative ways to close out the academic year! Thank you to all our catechists, volunteers, clergy and staff who helped make this year such a bless one for our young people.

Upcoming Events:

  • Catechist “End-of-the-Year” gathering: Monday, May 21 at 7 p.m., auditorium.
  • Rite of Acceptance (children seeking baptism in 2019): Sunday, June 10 at the 9 a.m. mass.
  • Level 7 sponsor/candidate night: Wednesday, June 13 at 7 p.m., auditorium.
  • Registration begins Monday, June 11 for incoming first-graders and new students for the 2018-19 academic year.

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

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.

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

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

Adult Faith Formation/Confirmation (RCIA)

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

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This Week @ SJE: News And Events

From the Seminarian's Desk - 5/20

About a month ago, I received the wonderful news that I would be going to St John the Evangelist, Center Moriches, for a pastoral year. I found this information both shocking and exciting as I have heard so many wonderful things about our parish over the past few years. The first time that the parish really stuck in my heart and mind was last summer when the tragedy occurred. Since then, this community has been in my prayers, especially since hearing the news of my assignment. As is often the case with priests and seminarians, I wanted to learn more about the assignment I had been given. The first text I received after getting the news was from Paul, who told me how blessed I was to be assigned to St John’s. He has graciously told me about how wonderful of a community St John the Evangelist is, and I look forward to experiencing and learning from everyone throughout this year. I was raised in Hicksville at Holy Family Parish, attending the elementary school and later Holy Trinity High School. Throughout my high school years, I was involved with various basketball teams, the Boy Scouts, theater, student government, and campus ministry. As it became time to select what college I would attend, I felt in my heart a call to the priesthood. Once I graduated, I entered Cathedral College Seminary while taking classes at St John’s University. Upon graduation, I entered St Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers. In these years, I have taught religious education at various parishes, served in several apostolates, and most recently was assigned to serve in Infant Jesus, Port Jefferson last summer. I have now completed my second year of theology and look forward to serving and learning here in Center Moriches. A beautiful thing about our Catholic faith is that we firmly believe that God acts in history. He did not divorce himself from the creation that He made. In other words, the Holy Spirit guides us, especially through the ministry of the Church by virtue of our baptism. As we celebrate this Pentecost Sunday, please pray that the Holy Spirit may inspire and form me in my ministry to you in this coming year; and I will pray for each of you that the Holy Spirit may guide you in your daily lives.

New altar Servers at SJE - 5/6

On Sunday, May 6 we blessed our newest altar servers. We are excited to welcome: Yazmyn Caceves, Colin Casey, Emily Edwards, Delaney Mattiolo, Ryan Person, Dante Pomara, Cillian Tennant, Dylan Ward. We will have a training for more servers in the early Fall. Going into 4th grade this September? Interested? If so, email Fr. John at or leave a message at 631.878.0009.

Social Media Ministry Forming - 5/20

Have you visited 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! We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

SJE Educational Initiative - 5/20

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 email to so we can start planning for an introductory meeting/brainstorming session.

Events At OLQA - 5/17

OLQA communion photos

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

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

Mass of Rededication - 6/23

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

mary, mother of the church and may crowning - 5/21

Monday at 5 p.m. Mass in the Seton Chapel. This past March, Pope Francis announced that the Mary "Mother of the Church" feast would be celebrated on the Monday following Pentecost. This year, it falls on next Monday, May 21. In the decree announcing this new feast, Pope Francis desires a devotion to encourage the growth of the maternal sense of the Church in the pastors, religious and faithful, as well as a growth of genuine Marian piety." On this first year of this feast, we will gather a special liturgy in Seton Chapel followed by the annual May Crowning. Hospitality will follow on the Convent deck.

Get FORMED - 5/21

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

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5-day, overnight retreat for teens - 7/8 to 7/13

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

Philemon fellowship - Assisting the formerly incarcerated - 5/24

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 p.m. - 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 or 631.878.0009 ext.127, attend one of our meetings or contact tom at

Eggs For The Needy - 5/26

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

Bereavement support group - 5/23

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.

Life teen Ministry Events - 5/20

  • May 27: OFF - Memorial Day weekend
  • June 3: BBQ - Burgers and dogs for all
  • June 10: OFF - School exams - STUDY!!!
  • June 17: OFF - Father’s Day
  • June 24: OPEN GYM
  • Summer Retreat: Steubenville, New York Conference: July 20 - 22

IRA Charitable Rollover - 5/20

IRA Charitable Rollover = A Great Opportunity Under The 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.

Ancient Order of Hibernians - 6/7

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.

Stewardship - 5/20

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

  • Sunday 5/13: $15,966 (2017: $15,237)
  • Ascension Thursday: $3,415 (2017: $4,263)

Sacramentos del Bautismo - 5/20

¿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.

Vacation Bible Camp - 7/23 to 7/27

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

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

Family Life Ministry - 6/10

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 Looking forward to seeing you there! Here are the upcoming dates for future Mercy Sundays at SJE: June 10, July 8, August 12, September 9, October 14, November 11 and December 9.

The Social Ministry is here to help - 5/21 & 5/23

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 - 5/20

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

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

Free Narcan Training - 6/11

Come to a free training on the use of Naloxone. Naloxone is the generic name of Narcan, an opioid antagonist medication used to reverse the effects of opioid overdose such as use of heroin and painkillers. Monday, June 11 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Presented by Local Link Wellness.

Prison Families Anonymous - 5/22

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.

Community Meal - 5/21

Join us on Monday, May 21 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. to 8 p.m. If you are in need of toiletries or clothes, please let a volunteer know! If you would like to volunteer, please contact Alex Finta at or 631.680.0941.

Baby Bottle Campaign - 6/16-6/17

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

Comunidad Hispano de San Juan Evangelista - 5/20

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.

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: Viernes 7 p.m. en el granero (la casa roja).

R.I.C.A (Iniciación Cristiana de Adultos): Padre Michael 1.631.878.0009.

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

¿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.

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SJE Wear - 5/20

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

'Ernie’s Place' Food Pantry - 5/21 & 5/24

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 - 6/12

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.

  • 6/12 – Talk and social
  • 6/26 – Talk and social

Men's Prayer Group - 5/26

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

CYO Soccer - 5/20

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

SJE Spirit Day - 9/15

Save the Date: Saturday, September 15. Can you help us? For more information, contact Fr. John at 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

The SJE Band Needs You - 5/27

SJE Band

Calling All high School Students - 5/26

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.

Support Our Advertisers - 5/20

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: Pentecost Sunday - 5/20

Reading I: Acts 2:1-11 The Spirit comes to the Apostles as tongues of fire.
Responsorial Psalm: PS 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:3B-7, 12-13 or Galatians 5:16-25. Be guided by the spirit.
Gospel: John 20:19-2 or 15:26-27; 16:12-15. The spirit will guide the apostles to all truth.

Discussion Questions

1. Did the Holy Spirit come only once in history, as in the upper room? Or do you see the Holy Spirit as dynamic and constant in every life? Explain. How were the disciples different after the Spirit’s arrival? Are you confident that the Spirit is with you? Discuss.
2. Jesus “breathed” on them. How does this relate to Genesis 2:7, “God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life?” What is the significance for you? How important is the Holy Spirit to you?

Readings: Most Holy Trinity- 5/27

Reading I: Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40. Moses tells the people of the one true God.
Responsorial Psalm: PS 33:4-5, 6, 9, 18-19, 20, 22
Second Reading: Romans 8:14-17. We are heirs with the Christ.
Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20. Jesus sends forth the Apostles with the promise to be with them always.

Discussion Questions

1. Moses heard the voice of God from a burning bush. Where do you hear the voice of God? In friends ... the poor ... newspapers ... Pope Francis ... nature ... novels In your heart?
2. The Holy Spirit was put in our hearts that “we might understand the things freely given by God” (1 Cor. 2:12). Is the Trinity one of those things? But how can this be since the Trinity is a mystery?


Alisanne Yesenia Rivas Reyes III, Leilani Ivalda Moreno-Suarez, Thomas Hunter Speed, Patricia Michelle DeSantis, Samuel Albert Bin Sposato.


Lawrence Godizzaro and Cassandra Perino. Michael Oppedisano and Dana LeGoff. Ryan Michael Larkin and Christina Denise Rubino.

We Remember

Entrance antiphon, funeral mass: Amanda Abbate

“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

Jennifer Peck, Patricia Foley, Theresa Gannon, Marie Gordon, Rose and Gordon Law, Denise Lundquist.

We Pray for our Military

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

  • U.S. Army: Sgt. Justin Sikorski, SPC Dennis Smith, PVT Bailey Meyer
  • U.S. Air Force: SSgt. Jason M. Hermes, SRA Ryan Kerstiens, SRA Timothy Kerstiens, PFC Kyle Kerstiens
  • U.S. Marine Corps: PFC Sean Brady, PFC Patrick Kimes, Lt. Col. Robert K. Maldonado, L Cpl. Quentin Montemarano, LCL Andrew Schlosberg, Major Stephen Bartoszak, PVT Charles O'Connor.
  • U.S. Navy: STGCS Brian Holzmacher, ET3 Jeremiah Nolan, Jr.

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

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St. John's Pastoral Team

Reverend John Sureau, Pastor:

Reverend Felix Akpabio, Parochial Vicar:

Reverend Michael Plona, Parochial Vicar:

John Pettorino, Deacon:

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

Michael Clauberg, Director of Youth Ministry:

David Erlanger, OLQA Regional School Principal:

Alex Finta, Associate Director of Parish Social Ministry:

Andrew McKeon, Director of Music Ministries:

Michelle Pirraglia, Director of Faith Formation:

Katie Waller, Business Manager:

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Help Wanted: Parish Service Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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St. John's in Photos Yesterday and Today

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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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