St. John The Evangelist

St. John The Evangelist

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

Sixth Sunday of Easter: May 21 - May 26

5/21 Bulletin   5/14 Bulletin

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”John 14:14

Ordinary Time Mass Schedule

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

7:30 a.m.

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

10:30 a.m.

12:00 noon

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

7:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m.

Thursday

noon

8:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m. (vigil)

7:30 p.m. (vigil)

7:30 a.m.

Parish Prayer Announcements

  • Solemnity of the Ascension: A Holy Day of Obligation - this Thursday, May 25. Masses are Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday 7 a.m., 8 a.m., noon and 5 p.m.

  • The Novena to the Holy Spirit: The Novena to the Holy Spirit is the oldest of all the novenas as it was first made at the direction of Our Lord when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost. It is still the only novena officially prescribed by the Church. Join our parish seminarian, Paul Clores, as he leads us in the Novena to the Holy Spirit. All are welcome to join us for one or all sessions. Novena booklets will be provided. Come Holy Spirit!
    • Friday, May 26 – following the 7 a.m. mass
    • Saturday, May 27 – following the 8 a.m. mass
    • Sunday, May 28 – following the noon mass
    • Monday, May 29 – following the 8 mass
    • Tuesday, May 30 – following the 7 a.m. mass
    • Wednesday, May 31 – following the 8 a.m. mass
    • Thursday, June 1 – 11:45 a.m. (before noon mass)
    • Friday, June 2 – following the 7:00 a.m. mass
    • Saturday, June 3 – following the 8:00 a.m. mass


  • May is the month of Mary: The annual May crowning celebration will be held on Monday, May 15 at 6:45 p.m. The Novena Prayer follows at 7 p.m. Come join us for solemn evening prayer and to honor Our Lady at a special evening prayer and a wine and cheese reception following the prayer service. All are welcome! "Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia. For He whom you did merit to bear, alleluia. Has risen, as he said, alleluia. Pray for us to God, alleluia. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia. For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia."

  • Good news on Good Shepherd Sunday: I want to let everyone know some news about St. John’s being good ground for vocations and some good news for Fr. Suglia too. We learned recently that Fr. Suglia will become the Associate Pastor of St. Kilian’s in Farmingdale. This is a wonderful parish and one that Fr. Suglia requested to be considered for assignment. This will bring him closer to his dad and allow him to continue to minister in a parish with a Spanish community. It’s a win-win for Fr. Suglia and for St. Kilian’s. We are in the process of planning a farewell party for Fr. Suglia. If you’d like to help with this, please contact Fr. John at 631.878.0009 or email to jsureau@sjecm.org.

  • New Associate Pastor: We also learned last week we are getting a new associate pastor when transfer time comes around at the end of June. We do not know who the new priest will be but will learn about him as the transfer time (June 28) occurs.

  • More good news on this Good Shepherd Sunday: Next week we welcome Paul Clores, a second year seminarian from St. Joseph’s Seminary to St. John’s. Paul will live and serve with us from next weekend until the end of July as part his pastoral formation experience. (Be sure to read Paul’s introduction below.)

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

  • Come and know God’s mercy: The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated every day after daily mass and on: Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.; 7 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. (Spanish). Sundays from 4:30 p.m. to 5 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.

  • Change in the Monday Novena Time: We will now pray the Miraculous Medal Novena after the 7 a.m. mass on Monday mornings and 6:45 p.m. on Monday evenings. As we have done in Lent, the Novena will be led by a member of the parish community. The Holy Hour for Priests will follow immediately after the Novena.

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

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

  • Come to know Mary, Our Lady Queen of the Apostles: We pray the Rosary every day after daily mass in Our Lady’s Chapel and on Sundays before the 7:30 a.m. mass and after the noon mass. We pray the Miraculous Medal Novena after the 7 a.m. mass and at 6:45 p.m. in the Church on most Mondays, with the exception of holidays and whenever the parish is closed. The Holy Hour for Priests follows after the Novena on Monday evenings.

Who We Are - What We Do

Parish News

From Father John's Desk

From our Bishop

What's New at SJE

Prayer And Worship

Faith Formation

Catholic Ministries Appeal

Stewardship

Comunidad Hispano de San Juan Evangelista

Meeting Schedule

Thrift Shop

Faith Information

Outreach/Ministries

Youth Ministry

Youth Service Corps

Life teen Ministry

Parish Outreach Services

Parish Social Ministry

Catholic Ministries Appeal

Sign Up For Youth Service Corps

SJE Street Ministry

Ministry Forms

Community Meal Ministry

Music Ministry at SJE

Prison Families Anonymous

OLQA News

This Week at OLQA

Vacation Bible Camp

David Erlanger: School Principal

Our Beautiful Church Inside and Out

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St. John The Evangelist SJE

This Week At SJE: News Items

SJE Vacation Bible Camp

                                

Take your kids to the Cave Quest where they’ll spend a week at SJE of fun, faith, friendship and family! Monday, July 20 to Friday, July 24. Return this printed form to the parish office with a check for $65 per child. Please make checks payable to St. John the Evangelist. Return to the rectory, or in the collection basket or in the Faith Formation Office. Two children: only $120; Three children: $165. Deadline: 7/2.

                                

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 mpirraglia@sjecm.org, Michael Clauberg at mclauberg@sjecm.org or Fr. John at jsureau@sjecm.org. Our first planning meeting is happening soon. If you'd like to volunteer - please fill out this form. Deadline: 7/2.

Love, Lights and The Blessed Lady - 2017 Vow Renewal Mass

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!

Serving Justice Excellently: Our Youth Service Corps

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:

  1. Any middle school, high school and college aged students send their contact information to Fr. John at jsureau@sjecm.org (You do not need to already be a part of Life Teen or Middle School Youth Ministry to be part of the Service Corps.)
  2. As requests for help come from or come into our parish, you’ll be contacted to see if you can help.
  3. If you can help with a particular project, great! If not, no problem. You’ll be contacted for the next one! It really is that easy!!! Sign up today by emailing Fr. John.

Family Life Ministry

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 familylife@sjecm.org to learn more.

Let There Be Light!

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.

May Crowning

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.

 

 

Calling All 9th - 12th Graders for the Cruise To Nowhere!

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.

Join The Catholic Action Network

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.

Parish Social Ministry Community Meal

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 chrlmod7@hotmail.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?

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) 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 jsureau@sjecm.org.

Welcome Paul Clores

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.

Stewardship

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.

Parish Social Ministry

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 projectrachel@drvc.org.

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 | projectrachel@drvc.org.

Use Your IRA For Your Gift Now And/Or For Your Estate Gift

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.

Calling All High School Students

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 mclauberg@sjecm.org. Connect with other teenagers.

Outreach News

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:

  • food for 338 people
  • rent help for 1 family
  • assistance with utilities - 15
  • basic needs -193 people
  • transportation (gas vouchers) - 23
  • community meals -18
  • homeless initiative - 25.

We are so very grateful for all that you do. God bless your generosity.

Youth Outreach Ministry Car Wash

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.

Boy Scout Troop 800 Pancake/Sausage Breakfast

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).

High School Conference At St. John's University: July 21 - 23

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 mclauberg@sjecm.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.

Invite Mary Into Your Home

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

Low Gluten Hosts Now Available

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

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

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.”

We're Here To Help

Our parish, overall, and our parish social ministry, specifically, are here to serve you in any way we can. If you are in need, please reach out to us at St. John’s. A great place to start is the Outreach Office coordinated by Sister Ann and our amazing volunteer ministers. Our Outreach Office is located in the Red Barn. Please call to make an appointment so we can connect you to our services here at SJE or link you to other services.

Never be embarrassed to reach out. We may not be able to address every need. If we can’t, we’ll try to connect to someone who can assist you. Please always reach out to us here at SJE.

  • Office hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday (Please call for an appointment.)
  • Food Pantry - Monday evenings: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m and Thursday afternoons: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Thrift Shop - Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Help Wanted

  • Can you give back? Are you looking for a way to serve our community? We are always looking for parishioners to help teach our young people about the faith. You don’t have to be a theologian — simply have a desire to share the faith and be willing to relate it to our youth. Can’t make a weekly commitment? Perhaps you can be a part of our substitute catechist group! If you are interested, please contact us at 631.878.4141 or via email at mpirraglia@sjecm.org.

  • Outdoor volunteers needed: Many have commented on the beauty of the Church for the Easter season. How blessed are we with a wonderful Art and Environment (A & E) Ministry to make our worship space so beautiful. Now, we want to take work on some of the outside grounds of the Church. We have a local landscaper/gardener who is willing to assist us but would need dedicated people — like you — to help maintain and manage plants and bushes, etc. So do you have a green thumb (or are willing to work with someone who does)? Then Outside A & E might be the ministry for you. Please contact Fr. John at either 631.878.0009 or jsureau@sjecm.org so we can form the group and get going on this project for the good of our parish. This is a great project for families and friends to work on together!

St. John the Evangelist’s Religious Education

Need to register your child for the 2017-18 academic year? Registration begins June 12 for St. John the Evangelist’s Religious Education program serves our parish youth (nearly 1,800 students), beginning in first grade and their families as they grow in faith and prepare for the sacraments. Those who are entering grade 1, as well as those with children who may not have been in religious education for awhile, are welcome to register in June. For families already in our program, you will be notified about your child’s class placement via email and through a mailing over the summer. To register in our faith formation program, please bring a copy of the child’s baptismal certificate (or a copy of their birth certificate if they were not baptized). Please also be sure that you are a registered member with our parish. If you aren’t already, please contact the rectory at 631.878.0009. More about Faith Formation can be found here.

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

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

Help Us Notify You

Do we have your email address? The Office of Faith Formation is moving to email notifications. If you have not yet given us your email address, please do so as soon as possible. When possible, we also send closing announcements via email, so be sure to provide us with your email to receive these notices.

Calling All Middle Schoolers (6th, 7th and 8th graders)

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.

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May 27 Readings: Seventh Sunday of Easter

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:

  1. Did you receive the Holy Spirit once for all time at Confirmation? Or is the Spirit dynamic and new all the time? Discuss.
  2. If you had your choice would you avoid all suffering? The Holy Spirit is sometimes called the Comforter. How does the Spirit comfort you when you suffer? Do you let comfort come in?
  3. The Father entrusted the good news of salvation to Jesus and he in turn entrusted it to his disciples. What are the implications for you?

May 20 Readings: Sixth Sunday of Easter

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:

  1. The Samaritans saw many signs and were filled with “great joy.” What are the signs of the presence of God in your life? Do any signs fill you with joy? Could you think of these signs as “everyday miracles”?
  2. St. Peter was the writer of this Second Reading. How does he recommend answering someone who notices your hopefulness and asks why? Was Peter always true to this advice in the Gospels? Do you try to be faithful to it?
  3. “Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.” If studying or reading or discussing are your only approaches to God, what else is needed, according to this reading? How does love impact knowledge and understanding in any friendship?

Our Newly Baptized

  • Aliana May Arevalo
  • Anastasia Grace Rothang
  • Dean Maxwell Belle-Oudry
  • Kristi Lynn Marie Borsetti
  • Isabella Madeline Medvar
  • Sophia Deborah Borsetti
  • Cyrus Oliver Nash
  • Juan Sebastian Nieves Stevens
  • Jack Colton Madden
  • Bryson William Bangel
  • Genevieve Arletta Maklary
  • Leo Alexander Mione
  • Amelia Rose Pellegrinelli
  • Nicholas James Dimaio
  • Liam Patrick Kane
  • Juliette Mary Onorato
  • Annabelle Jules Barron
  • Jaxon Fritz Flores
  • Parker Geoffrey Pace
  • Lennin Grace May
  • Nathan Liam Quinn
  • Ursula Morales Garcis

We Celebrate

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

  • John Sikora and Jacqueline Sikora
  • Timothy Price and Alyssa Batterson
  • John Sikora and Jacqueline Sikora, Wilhelm Weber
  • Derek Haase and Elizabeth Mazzarella

We Remember...

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

  • Frank Giacalone
  • John J. Clavin
  • Jennifer York
  • Florence White
  • Kathleen R. Piech
  • Salvator Cataldo
  • Julius DeCotis
  • Grace M. Lashuk
  • Theresa Merceli
  • Josephine J. Debler
  • Concetta Macuso
  • Sophia Czygier
  • Salvatore and Joanann Gagliardo
  • Thomas Whelan
  • James E. Pritt
  • Georgetta L. Guzzardi
  • Arthur Cunningham

We Pray For...

  • Marie Gordon
  • Kathleen Birmingham
  • John Farrell
  • Peggy Lafferty
  • Mary Dickey
  • Julius DeCotis

Remembering Our Loved Ones (Helping Our Parish)

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.

The Sound of Silence

“Silence makes us whole if we let it. Silence helps draw together the scattered and dissipated energies of a fragmented existence.” Thomas Merton, Love and Living, 43. As we come to liturgy, we are now called to silence before we begin the Celebration of the Eucharist at each Sunday Mass. Approximately three minutes before each mass, a brief announcement will be made calling us to this quiet. In addition to not speaking, please refrain from reading the bulletin or preparing your hymnal or even carrying out any other devotional prayer. Use this time of quiet to pray and prepare for Mass. In addition to our quiet before liturgy, consider bringing some quiet into your own life. Come to the Church for quiet prayer throughout the day, create some time for silence at home or in the car or wherever you can.

Support Lighthouse Catholic Media

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

Praying for our Military

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

  • US Army: Sgt. Justin Sikorski
  • US Air Force: Lt. Col. Stephen D’Amico, SSgt. Jason M. Hermes, SRA Ryan Kerstiens, SRA Timothy Kerstiens
  • US Marine Corps: Pfc Sean Brady, Patrick Kimes, Lt. Col. Robert K. Maldonado, LCpl. Quentin Montemarano, LCL Andrew Schlosberg
  • US Navy: STGCS Brian Holzmacher, ET3 Jeremiah Nolan, Jr.

If you would like have someone serving in the military placed on the list above or if a name should be removed, please contact the Parish Office at 631.878.0009 or email to rectory@sjecm.org.

86 Units of Blood Donated

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.

New Website Page Additions

  • Faith Formation - all of the important information for parents to learn about their children's religious education classes, upcoming meetings, sacraments and important dates. Check this page weekly for updates and additions.

  • Thrift shop, Red Barn and food pantry - with information about hours, donations and related ministry news items.

  • SJE Street Ministry - updates and articles about the ministry in action.

St. John's Pastoral Team

St. John The Evangelist Stained Glass Reverend John Sureau, Pastor: jsureau@sjecm.org

Reverend Felix Akpabio, Parochial Vicar: fakpabio@sjecm.org

Reverend Dennis A. Suglia, Parochial Vicar: dsuglia@sjecm.org

John Pettorino, Deacon: jpettorino@sjecm.org

Sr. Ann Berendes, IHM, Director of Parish Social Ministry: aberendes@sjecm.org

Michael Clauberg, Director of Youth Ministry: mclauberg@sjecm.org

David Erlanger, Regional School Principal: derlanger@olqany.org

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

Katie Waller, Business Manager: kwaller@sjecm.org

Church Hours and Location Information

Direct Phone Number: 631.878.0009
Fax Number: 631.874.2466
Church Email: Rectory@sjecm.org
Street Address: 25 Ocean Avenue, Center Moriches, New York, 11934.
Parish Office Hours: Monday to Thursday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Spanish translator available Tuesday evenings.
Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: Closed.
Facebook: Welcome Home: St. John the Evangelist.
Office of Faith Formation: Located in the Red Barn: 631.878.4141.
Office of Youth Ministry: Located in the OLQA school auditorium lobby: Phone TBA.
Parish Outreach: Located in the Red Barn: 631.874.3617.
Our Lady Queen of Apostles Regional School: 631.878.1033.