Take your kids to the Cave Quest where they’ll spend a week at SJE of fun, faith, friendship and family! Monday, July 20 to Friday, July 24. Return this printed form to the parish office with a check for $65 per child. Please make checks payable to St. John the Evangelist. Return to the rectory, or in the collection basket or in the Faith Formation Office. Two children: only $120; Three children: $165. Deadline: 7/2.
Bible camp volunteers are also needed: I.E. "Fun factory workers" - i.e. you are needed and wanted this summer! Get ready for an amazing summer adventure that includes times of great faith, fun and friendship! Right now, we are in the planning phases and need help in planning and organizing VBC. We are need people who are good at arts and crafts, food, games, organizing, leading a skit and the like. There’s something for everyone. For more information, contact Michelle Pirraglia at email@example.com, Michael Clauberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or Fr. John at email@example.com. Our first planning meeting is happening soon. If you'd like to volunteer - please fill out this form. Deadline: 7/2.
On Friday, May 12, our parish celebrated the gift of the sacrament of holy matrimony! We honored couples (including the very person editing this very website at this very moment - Keith, who, with his wife Sandra, was in attendance celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary that very same date!) celebrating significant anniversaries. Thanks to all who made this such a wonderful night for our parish. A personal 'thank you' to Father John for hosting such a great mass and event!
Another component of Youth Ministry at St. John the Evangelist! There is such a great need for service in the life of our parish and often a huge number of young people who want to help those in need. This new Service Corps is one way to make this connection. Here’s how it works:
Do you want to meet some new families in our parish? Do you want to reach out to other families who may not be so involved? Do you like to do good things for other people? Catholic families need to come together to not only support one another but to form our young people and bring the Gospel to the world. Would you consider joining SJE’s new Family Life Ministry? This ministry works to create activities and experiences for families of all shapes and sizes, but especially those with younger children. This is a great ministry for active moms and dads but also one that needs the wisdom of awesome grandparents too! All are welcome.
Our next meeting will take place on Tuesday June 6, at 7 p.m. + Convent Meeting Room So let the fun, faith, and family fellowship begin….hopefully with you! For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Last week, we began the process of changing all of our lights to LEDs. It will make our church look even more beautiful and make our building even more energy efficient.
Monday night, SJE celebrated Solemn Evening Prayer and concluded our service with the crowning of the Blessed Mother. Special thanks to the Legion of Mary for helping to provide a beautiful night for our parish. Our Lady Queen of the Apostles, pray for us.
Sign up today so you are not closed out! Contact Mike at MCLAUBERG@SJECM.ORG by May 28 to book your spot. “Cruise in Freeport” Wednesday night, July 12, from 6 - 10 p.m. Tickets are $40.
The Catholic Action Network, the official voice of the Catholic Church in our state, was formed by the Catholic Bishops of New York. The Catholic Action Network website is a powerful tool that is designed to educate and inform us on issues concerning important topics such as religious freedom, respect life issues, marriage and family, human services, criminal services and healthcare. All parishioners should visit this website and sign up to receive important alerts and reminders about writing letters and sending information to local legislative leaders. It is very simple.
1. Go to www.nyscatholic.org.
2. Click on the “take action” tab at the top.
3. Then, click on “ Join the Catholic Action Network” and follow the prompts from there.
Our second community meal is today - Sunday, May 21 at 1 p.m. in the OLQA School Auditorium. Would you like to help us in this effort? Donations, meals, supplies are always needed! For more information reach out to Cheryl Montor at email@example.com to sign up and help.
We received the following note from one of the guests at our Community Meal: “Thank you for the opportunity to meet you...and for the magnificent lunch we had on Sunday. I want to thank (you) for your kindness and driving me to the lunch and home again. On a beautiful Sunday, I will walk to the Church and come to Mass before the next lunch.” Do you know someone in need? Someone who can use some fellowship and a good meal? Would you invite someone to our Community Meal and/or consider coming yourself?
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) Cakebakers (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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
My name is Paul Clores and I just finished up my 2nd year in major seminary. God willing, I will be ordained to the priesthood in June of 2020.
"For most of my life, I’ve lived in Huntington but my home parish is Our Lady of Mercy in Hicksville. I grew up attending school and Mass there and my parents taught in the RCIA program at the parish, as well. In my junior high years, I was heavily involved in the youth ministry which is when I first heard the call of God to begin exploring the vocation of the priesthood. I had the two great influences of my youth minister, Nolan Reynolds, and Fr. Dave Atanasio, who was a seminarian at the time. I then attended Kellenberg Memorial High School where the Marianist community had a major influence on my faith life and they allowed me the opportunity to consider my vocation more seriously. I was also involved in the Drama Club where I developed many important skills that would benefit me in the future. I graduated Kellenberg in 2011 and moved out to Emmitsburg, Maryland where I would study Theology and Philosophy at Mount St. Mary’s University. It was through the experiences I had and the strong faith community at the Mount that I discovered God was calling me to take the next step in my vocation. I graduated from the Mount in May of 2015 and I started my 1st year at St. Joseph’s Seminary that August. My time at seminary has been an incredible experience of maturity, growth, and coming to deeper understanding of my relationship with God and my vocation.
"I’m very excited to be with you here at St. John the Evangelist. I thank you in advance for welcoming me and I look forward to getting to know you. God bless.
How can I repay the Lord for all the great good done for me? Psalm 116:2
Sunday 5/14/17: $15,237. (2016: $14,098)
Catholic Schools: $1,385. (2016: $2,817)
Poor Box 5/14/17: $357
Votive / Candles 5/14/17: $278
Each week, we provide envelopes for specific areas of parish life. This allows us to focus our stewardship in certain areas. Ideally, we would love to have a strong regular collection which would make these envelopes unnecessary. Next week, please make use of the Catholic Education envelope and/or place your offering in the regular collection.
Diocese of Rockville Centre Day of Prayer and Healing for Women. The Day of Prayer and Healing for Women is an opportunity to experience the loving mercy of God in a safe and sacred space. The day is directed by faithful priests who have a sensitivity and a heart for those who suffer. Saturday, June 17 (Long Island location). Saturday, December 9 (Long Island Location). For more information visit: respectlife.drvc.org To register contact: Project Rachel 1.888.456. 4673 or email@example.com.
The Day of Prayer and Healing for Women is an opportunity to experience the loving mercy of God in a safe and sacred space. The day is directed by faithful priests who have a sensitivity and a heart for those who suffer. Saturday, June 17 (Long Island Location) / Saturday, December 9 (Long Island Location) For more information visit: respectlife.drvc.org To register contact: Project Rachel 1.888.456.4673 | firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to make a gift now using your IRA and if:
1. You are at least 70 1/2 years old on the date you make your gift
2. Your IRA is a traditional or Roth IRA
3. You don’t exceed your personal maximum of $100,000 per year in qualified charitable distributions. For more details, please see the bulletin here.
Every Sunday night is your night. 5:30 p.m. Youth Mass from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (Youth Ministry Night). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Questions? Email Mike at email@example.com. Connect with other teenagers.
We are in need of a few people to help in the Outreach Office as receptionists. This is simply to greet people, answer the phone, and take messages. We need someone for Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings between 10:00 and 12:30. Can you help us? The more volunteers we have the fewer times you would have to come! All volunteers must complete the background check (available in the Rectory) and the Virtus program which we will soon be giving in our parish. However you can register for it online by going to: www.drvc.org and looking up “Protecting God’s Children” or “Virtus” and scroll down to find a place and time convenient for you. During the month of April, through your generosity, we were able to serve others in the following ways:
We are so very grateful for all that you do. God bless your generosity.
May 27 (Saturday) In front of OLQA School from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Rain or shine. $5 for cars and $8 for trucks.
Location: Our Lady Queen of Apostle School at 25 John’s Place *off Ocean Ave), Center Moriches. Just behind St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church. 8 a.m. to noon (last serving). $8 for adults. $6 for Kids under 6 and seniors. Information, call Pat at 631.874.0531 or Email (TroopPack800@aol.com).
Steubenville NYC: Calling all teenagers - for the experience of a lifetime. Attend a high school conference at Saint John’s University from July 21, 22 and 23. Join 2500 other teenagers for an awesome conference/retreat! Email Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org today or come down to youth ministry on Sunday nights from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. to get more details. Deadline to sign up is May 28.
A statue of our Blessed Mother rotates among St. John the Evangelist parishioners. A member of The Legion of Mary will bring the beautiful statue of Our Lady of Fatima to your home. In John 19:27, Jesus said to John: “Behold, thy Mother” and from that hour the disciple took her into his home. We, also, can open our door to Mary. Invite her into your home and pray the Holy Rosary with family and friends. Praying the rosary quiets our soul and brings peace and serenity into our lives. If you are interested in becoming a host of The Pilgrim Virgin statue, please call Judy Paulsen at 631.878.5872.
Low gluten hosts (less than .01% gluten content) are now available for those with Celiac Disease who cannot receive Holy Communion using the usual bread. If you need to receive Holy Communion using a low-gluten host, please stop in the sacristy before mass to discuss this with the priest and see if this will be acceptable for you and/or your child. If you cannot receive the low-gluten host, we can offer a separate chalice for you. We will be happy to accommodate you if we can. Please let us know.
Have you ever had the feeling of “just being at home” with a certain person? No matter where you meet that person, you are immediately “at home” with him/her. Isn’t it just a great comfort? It is the feeling I get when I’m with one of my favorite people; I know that I can just lean back, kick off my shoes, and just be at home. I think that this is the feeling that Jesus has for us when he promised that he would go “to prepare a place for us.” I think it is the feeling that the early disciples had when they heard the Greek-speaking members of the community complain because their widows were not receiving their daily distribution of food. Because of this, the twelve brought together the community and selected a group to serve the people so that they, the twelve, could continue to preach the Word of God.
Thomas seemed to question more than the other Apostles. He did not quite understand Jesus when said that he was going to prepare a place for them. Jesus “presumed” that they knew he was returning to the Father, but Thomas questioned him and said that they didn’t know where he was going so how could they know the way. I can picture Jesus smiling and shaking his head as he answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, then you will also know the Father.” It takes quite a bit of explaining for Thomas to realize that belief in Jesus leads us to the Father and the works of the Father.
I think that Peter was much more of a naturalist than Paul was. Peter used the objects with which people would be familiar, e.g., stone to build something sturdy and secure. He used the example of Jesus as a living stone on which the Church was built. Only a good stone could withstand turbulences; some stones can cause people to stumble. Peter explains that those who believe and obey the words of Jesus are the chosen ones. Those who cannot obey, or choose not to obey the word of God, will stumble and fall. The choice is theirs, not Jesus’ choice.
We will find in Jesus a friend who gives us comfort, who makes us feel “at home” when we talk with him, follow him, as we do anyone whom we love and trust. We can be assured that he will lead us to the Father. The Love we received from God is the mutual love between Father and Son. This love we know as the Holy Spirit—that gift that we feel, experience, can give to others but which we cannot touch except as we affect others by our good works and kind words.
Let us not forget the words that our Holy Father, Pope Francis, said, “Without the cross, there could be no resurrection.”
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.
Need to register your child for the 2017-18 academic year? Registration begins June 12 for St. John the Evangelist’s Religious Education program serves our parish youth (nearly 1,800 students), beginning in first grade and their families as they grow in faith and prepare for the sacraments. Those who are entering grade 1, as well as those with children who may not have been in religious education for awhile, are welcome to register in June. For families already in our program, you will be notified about your child’s class placement via email and through a mailing over the summer. To register in our faith formation program, please bring a copy of the child’s baptismal certificate (or a copy of their birth certificate if they were not baptized). Please also be sure that you are a registered member with our parish. If you aren’t already, please contact the rectory at 631.878.0009. More about Faith Formation can be found here.
We’ve had a busy year so far at St. John’s Faith Formation! From confirmation retreats to parent gatherings to the kickoff of our middle school program, we have been developing more ways for families to become involved in our parish. This Easter, six of our faith formation students went through our RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation of Children) program and received Baptism at the Easter Vigil. On the horizon, our final Confirmation retreat will be held on Saturday, May 20, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the school (we have nearly 250 candidates this year!) and more than 200 students will be receiving First Communion in the coming weeks. Please check the bulletin, as well as our Facebook page, for more information, or fee free to contact us at the office. We are here to serve you! Phone: 631.878.4141 / Fax: 631.874.6065 / Website: sjecm.org + Facebook: StJohn Faith Formation. Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from noon - 5 p.m. and Saturday by appointment only.
Do we have your email address? The Office of Faith Formation is moving to email notifications. If you have not yet given us your email address, please do so as soon as possible. When possible, we also send closing announcements via email, so be sure to provide us with your email to receive these notices.
May is going to be a great month for some fun and fellowship! We meet in the OLQA school auditorium from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. every-other-Wednesday night. On May 31 we have 'The Final Fiesta' in the works! Come down! Bring a friend! Email Youth@SJECM.ORG with any questions. Wednesday, 6/14, is slated for some outdoor fun then Wednesday, 6/28, will be our 'intro to summer events night! Please join us! Plan to be at St. John's this summer! Summer dates: Starting July 12, we go every Wednesday in the summer! July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9, August 16, August 23, August 30.
Seventh Sunday of Easter - Reading I: Acts 1:12-14
The apostles wait in prayer for the Spirit. Responsorial Psalm: PS 27:1, 4, 7-8. Second Reading: 1 Peter 4:13-16. Suffering for Christ brings glory.
Gospel: John 17:1-11A. Jesus prays to the Father for his disciples. Discussion questions:
Reading I: Acts 8:5-8, 14-17: The Messiah is proclaimed and accepted in Samaria. Responsorial Psalm: PS 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20. Second Reading:1 Peter 3:15-18: Suffer for good deeds, not evil. Gospel: John 14:15-21: Jesus promises disciples the Paraclete. Discussion questions:
“The sacrament (of matrimony) is a gift given for the sanctification and salvation of the spouses, since “their mutual belonging is a real representation, through the sacramental sign, of the same relationship between Christ and the Church.” Pope Francis, The Joy of Love, 55.
“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 email@example.com. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. Entrance Antiphon, Funeral Mass:
Altar bread and wine for the month: an offering of $150 is requested. Altar candles beginning March 1 are $25.00 per week. Devotional candles remain burning for approximately one week. They bring an added beauty to our Church and highlight the beautiful. An offering of $15 allows these candles to burn each week. Sanctuary Lamp - located in the Sanctuary which informs us that the Blessed Sacrament is present. Sacred Heart Candle - located in the Southeast corner of the Church. Blessed Mother Candle located in the Northeast corner of the Church. St. Joseph Candle located in the Northwest corner of the Church. St. Gerard Majella Candle located in the Southwest corner of the Church. Memorials for the week of April 16th - Sanctuary Lamp for the Souls of the faithful departed, by Fr. Suglia.
“Silence makes us whole if we let it. Silence helps draw together the scattered and dissipated energies of a fragmented existence.” Thomas Merton, Love and Living, 43. As we come to liturgy, we are now called to silence before we begin the Celebration of the Eucharist at each Sunday Mass. Approximately three minutes before each mass, a brief announcement will be made calling us to this quiet. In addition to not speaking, please refrain from reading the bulletin or preparing your hymnal or even carrying out any other devotional prayer. Use this time of quiet to pray and prepare for Mass. In addition to our quiet before liturgy, consider bringing some quiet into your own life. Come to the Church for quiet prayer throughout the day, create some time for silence at home or in the car or wherever you can.
Want to learn more about the Catholic faith? Why not stop by the Lighthouse Catholic Media kiosk in the back of the church and take home one of the many inspiring CD titles? We ask for a donation of only $4 per CD to help keep this program going
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.
If you would like have someone serving in the military placed on the list above or if a name should be removed, please contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Parish Blood Drive Ministry would like to thank all who were responsible for making Friday's blood drive a success. A total of 86 units of blood were received, a donation level not realized in years. Our sincere thanks to those who participated in this life saving effort. Look for details soon about our upcoming blood drive. P.S. An extra special thanks to those from St. John’s who helped to make the blood drive such a success.
Reverend John Sureau, Pastor: email@example.com
Reverend Felix Akpabio, Parochial Vicar: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reverend Dennis A. Suglia, Parochial Vicar: email@example.com
John Pettorino, Deacon: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sr. Ann Berendes, IHM, Director of Parish Social Ministry: email@example.com
Michael Clauberg, Director of Youth Ministry: firstname.lastname@example.org
David Erlanger, Regional School Principal: email@example.com
Michelle Pirraglia, Director of Faith Formation: firstname.lastname@example.org
Katie Waller, Business Manager: email@example.com