Thursday, April 23, 2020
Family Prayer 

Third Sunday of Easter

Reading I :  Acts 2:14, 22-33
My heart has been glad.
  • In the first reading from Acts, Peter tells the story of Jesus.
  • For the Israelites, the Resurrection is a sign that Jesus is the “anointed one”.
  • Today’s passage reveals that Jesus is both Lord of heaven and the Messiah sent to save Israel.

Reading II :  1 Peter 1:17-21
It is through him that you are believers.
  • Today’s letter from 1 Peter aims to encourage Christians to remain faithful in the face of hardship.
  • The Israelites’ journey through the desert is compared to the journey of the Christian life.
  • For Christians, salvation is ours when we follow in the footsteps of Jesus, sufferings included.

Gospel :  Luke 24:13-35
Were not our hearts burning within us as he spoke?
  • In today’s Gospel, a stranger joins the disciples as they journey to Emmaus.
  • It was not unusual for a person living in the region at the time to invite a stranger to be their guest and share a meal.
  • The stranger/guest in today’s Gospel suddenly becomes the host, and the disciples receive from him the Bread of Life.
Here is a prayer we can recite at home for  
 the times we will not be able to receive the Eucharist.  
An Act of Spiritual Communion  
My Jesus, 
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. 
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. 
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, 
come at least spiritually into my heart. 
I embrace You as if You were already there 
 and unite myself wholly to You.  
Never permit me to be separated from You. 
A Message from
Mrs. Laidlaw Otto
Dear SJE Families, 

Last Thursday Governor Tony Evers extended the Safer-At-Home order until May 26, 2020. Additionally, he ordered ALL K-12 public and private schools in the State of Wisconsin remain closed for face-to-face instruction, school events, and extracurricular activities for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.  

Although our brick and mortar facility will remain closed, learning for our students will continue. Our teachers returned from Easter break refreshed and ready to meet the challenges that the upcoming weeks will bring us. 

Our community has certainly faced a litany of challenges over the last month. Exploring, choosing, and implementing technology tools is at the top of the list.  We are blessed to be able to maintain communication with our children and our families. We continue to work hard to find the best ways to deliver instruction and maintain contact with our families. You have been so patient with us, and we are so grateful for that.   

Our teachers are making phone calls to all of our school parents over the next week. Please watch for these phone calls.  We need feedback on your distance learning. More important, our concern for families reaches far beyond just providing academics for our children.  We are looking forward to the opportunity to speak with parents about the challenges that the Safer-At-Home order has created for all of us.   

Mary Laidlaw Otto 

Important updates:  

We  will  be planting our school garden! We have already started some of the crops. If you have driven through our SJE parking lot, you might even have seen Ms. Ehrmann getting the beds ready.  If possible under our state Safer At Home order, we will involve families in the planting. We will absolutely need help from families in caring for the garden over the summer months. What a fantastic way to spend some time helping out at school! Watch for a summer sign up genius coming out next week, and sign up to help out. 

Our First Communion and Graduation celebrations have been postponed.  We are working on planning alternative dates for celebrations of these important milestones and will communicate when we are able to firm up these plans! 
We’re All In this Together Wednesdays  
Please join us in celebrating our students and our SJE families with spirit Wednesdays!  Tag us on Facebook or Instagram or email your photos to! 

April 29 - Pattern day  – how crazy can you get? 
May 6 - Christmas in May day  - wear red or green or show off your favorite ugly Christmas sweater! 
May 13 - Favorite character day - dress like your favorite book character 
May 20 - Superhero day -dress as your favorite superhero, or show off your superpower 
May 27 - Patriotic Day  – show us your red, white and blue 
June 3 - Our Future's so Bright day - honor our eighth graders by wearing your favorite sunglasses 
June 10 - SJE Spirit day  – show off your SJE spiritwear   
Here is how some of our staff and students looked
for yesterday's Hat Day!
A reminder from Ms. Ehrmann 

It’s time to start thinking about our at-home gardens! Lettuce, radish seeds, and peas can all be planted right now!! Please send photos of your at home gardens to Ms. Ehrmann at  
Goodbye from Senora Diaz  
Hola amigos!  
I’m just writing this letter to let you know that I have missed you so much since the last day we met. For personal reasons I’m not working anymore with Futura (the company that provides Spanish lessons). 

I just want to thank all of you my sweet friends for being part of my life these past months. I wish you all just the best and be sure I’ll never forget you.  

You all are so ready for the next step, never give up or feel afraid to make mistakes, that’s part of life and learning. 

Feel free to contact me anytime if you need help with your Spanish classes!! 
Andrea Díaz. 
Check out the St. John the Evangelist YouTube Channel for messages from Fr. Michael, as well as live streamed masses and adoration: SJE YouTube . Please subscribe so that you can stay in touch.
During this time when many of us are spending more time at home, consider the following as a way to continue the practice of the faith:

  • Spend time praying the Rosary with your family.

  • Read/Pray over the Mass readings for the day (in “The Word Among Us” or “Magnificat” or on the USCCB website).

  • Pray for all of those affected by the Coronavirus as well as those who care for them.

We rely on our faith when faced with challenging times like this. We place our trust in our merciful Father who never fails to take care of us.
Food Share

If your family has been financially impacted by the current Covid-19 situation, you are encouraged to check out Food Share, Wisconsin's first line of defense against hunger. Also, parents should complete an application for free or reduced lunch, if they think they may be eligible. You'll find the application here.
Looking for a way to help in our local community? Clement Manor welcomes cards, letters and artwork to share with their residents. You can mail your contributions to:  

Activity Team 
Clement Manor 
3939 S 92nd St 
Greenfield, WI 53228 
St. John the Evangelist School
Fax: 414-321-4450
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