Thursday, May 14, 2020

Friday, May 22nd & Monday, May 25th, No Instruction, Memorial Day Observance

Family Prayer 

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Reading I :  Acts 8:5-8, 14-17
They prayed to receive the Holy Spirit.
  • In today’s first reading, we discover how people come to hear and believe in Jesus.
  • The people in Samaria believed in Jesus and were baptized.
  • Peter and John came from Jerusalem to pray over the Samaritans and lay their hands on them; a prayerful gesture of intercession and blessing that is still part of the Church’s sacramental rituals.

Reading II :  1 Peter 3:15-18
Christ died for sins once for all.
  • Today’s second reading, from the First Letter of Peter, speaks of how Christians are to live.
  • The passage ends with a reference to the Resurrection.
  • The risen Christ lives a new and glorious life that we who have been baptized in his name and sealed with the gift of the Spirit will also receive.

Gospel :  John 14:15-21
If you love me, obey my commandments.
  • Today’s Gospel is taken from Jesus’ farewell address to his disciples.
  • The author of today’s Gospel emphasizes the union of Jesus with the Father and with believers.
  • In Jesus, believers also stand in relationship with the Father. This relationship is made possible and real through the gift of the Holy Spirit.
An Important Message from
Mrs. Laidlaw Otto
Dear SJE Families, 

At this time of year, we are generally planning our end of year activities.  In fact, the last two weeks of school are usually filled with a variety of interesting activities, including fun and engaging field trips, ceremonies celebrating the accomplishments of our students, our picnic and garden planting day, and an end to curriculum and instruction. After much discussion with staff and input from our Parent Educational Advisory Committee and Fr. Michael, we have created a plan for the end of the school year. 
The plan is as follows:    
  • May 14 (today) - May 29:  Our teachers will continue providing new instruction through Friday, May 29. This includes assignments, tests and assessments, and online instruction. (please note that there will not be instruction or teacher office hours on Friday, May 22 or Monday, May 25. Enjoy the Memorial Day weekend!) 

  • June 1-5:  Our teachers will continue to meet with students, collect and assess learning, and communicate with families regarding learning. There will be no new instruction provided. 

  • We will provide a live-streamed, end-of-school year school community mass on Wednesday, June 3rd. Details will be provided to families prior to this event.   

  • Textbook, Chromebook and material drop off will be scheduled for Friday, June 5. Families are asked to sign up for a time to drop off school materials and pick up any personal belongings still at school via a signup genius email that will be sent out tomorrow. All dropoff/pickup will take place in the school gymnasium. Teachers will be present. Families are asked to stick to their chosen time and maintain appropriate distance while in the gym. Everyone in the gym must wear a mask. You must provide masks for all adults and children who enter our building. 

  • June 8 – 10: Our teachers will be working to complete report cards and inventory and pack up classrooms and learning materials. Teachers will be available by email during this week. Report cards will be mailed out to families on Wednesday, June 10.   
We are so grateful to all of you for staying the course with us during this quarantine.  We know that we are coming out of this stronger and better prepared to meet the needs of our students. We are currently planning for our return to school in August and look forward to seeing all our students right where they belong – in our classrooms, praying learning, and playing together. 

Warm Regards, 

Mary Laidlaw Otto  
Buddy Families Needed

If you would like to be a "Buddy Family" for a family who will be new to our school next school year, please let Mrs. Kaminski know by emailing her at You will be put in touch with a new family in the coming weeks.
Gardening Help

Our school garden will soon be well underway. Would you and your family would like to volunteer to tend it for a week during the summer months? If so, please use this Signup Genius link. There are still several weeks available. Thanks to those who have already signed up.
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! 

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   
Take a look at these awesome characters
from yesterday's Character Day!
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.

Beginning May 30 and 31, St. John the Evangelist will resume public Masses, under the directives set by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. We are limited to 25% of the capacity of our church. Therefore, 125 parishioners will be able to attend each Mass, with an additional 25 seats available for walk-ins.

There are four Mass times set:

  • Saturday, 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, 8:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, 9:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, 11:00 a.m.

Parishioners can now sign up for their Mass preference in several ways:

  1. Call the parish office (414-321-1965)
  2. Visit the parish office (Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. – Noon)
  3. Email their preference to
  4. Or respond to this survey

In each case, please let us know your preferred Mass day and time, the TOTAL number of people who will be attending, and leave your first and last name. If there are any special needs or requirements for your family, please call the parish office. These preferences will be in effect until further notice, but most likely through July 5.

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. 
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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