Thursday, March 19, 2020
Family Prayer 

Fourth Sunday of Lent

David is anointed king of Israel.
  • Saul the first king anointed by Samuel is rejected by God for disobedience.
  • God sends Samuel to Bethlehem to anoint Saul’s successor. Samuel anoints David.
  • The first reading is a story of seeing. God sees David as no one else sees him.

Reading II :  Ephesians 5:8-14
You are people of the light.
  • The passage from Ephesians expands on the division between the sightless and the seeing.
  • Those who believe in Jesus are children of light.
  • With Christ they have been raised from the darkness of death and live in the light of Christ.

Gospel :  John 9:1-41
Jesus gives us sight.
  • At the start of today’s Gospel story of the man born blind, the disciples believe that sin is the cause of the man’s blindness. When Jesus gives the blind man sight, both the disciples and the blind man move from darkness into light.
  • The Pharisees accuse Jesus of sin because he healed the blind man on the Sabbath. The man with new sight however sees more clearly, he calls Jesus a prophet.
  • The Pharisees refuse to believe; they are truly blind.

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; 

Thank you to all who picked up their home learning materials yesterday. As we move forward, you and/or your child will receive daily communication from our teaching staff. Upper grade students will be working in Microsoft teams, our third and fourth graders are using Google, and our primary teachers will provide daily emails. Beyond continuing the learning, we are working to maintain relationships with our students. We miss you! Please send us photos of your children learning. We would love to see them! 

As you may know, Governor Evers has now stated that schools will be closed indefinitely. We will continue to monitor and communicate closing information to you as it becomes available. Many of you have asked about our Easter break.  We will update you on that as soon as we have reliable information on the expectations for us to meet our annual hours of instruction. 

We are continually updating our Google calendar to reflect events that have been cancelled. As we begin to reschedule things, you will find those updates on our calendar as well. 

As of today, our Outdoor Education Field Trip (April 22-24) has  not  been cancelled.  First Holy Communion (May 2) and the May Crowning (May 5) remain on the calendar as well. Our Spring Gallery Night and Ice Cream Social (April 29) is also still on the calendar.

We will continue to provide a weekly newsletter throughout the closure. Because teachers are communicating electronically on a daily basis, they will not provide weekly newsletters until school reopens. 

Mary Laidlaw Otto 
As we navigate these uncharted waters with our children, it can be difficult to find the right words to answer their many questions. The links below might be helpful to you. 
And, of course, whether mass is available to us or not, the power of prayer is certainly important to us at this time.   
Here are some ideas for you: 

Cancelled Events: 

Zupa’s Night, Tuesday, March 24 th 
Parish Lenten Retreat, Sunday, March 29 - Wednesday, April 1, 2020 
First Communion Retreat, Saturday, April 4 th 
Please take note that all events scheduled to take place at St. John the Evangelist through April 3 rd  have been cancelled. Rescheduled event dates will be communicated as they become available.  

While you are home during this time, why not take a few pictures of your students while engaging in distance learning. Ms. Dunning will include a few in the yearbook. Just send your pictures her way: Thanks!
Water To Thrive Update

Our Lenten focus on water continues even as we are not physically present at school. This week’s focus was “Take shorter showers.” How did you all do on that? Next week is “Walk for your Water Bottle.” For a day or two, place your water bottle away from you. When you want a drink, make it become an effort to help us realize how inconvenient it is for many people.
We are all experiencing something very new and unknown. Donations for those without easy access to water may seem out of reach. Please consider sharing our campaign link (see below) on your social media sites where donations can be made directly to our campaign. We are inching closer to completing funds for a well. This week a check for $620 was sent from Dollar Jean Days and contributions brought in over the past few weeks.  This brings our current total to $3,575!  Just over $1,400 more to reach our goal of $5,000 !

Thank-you for supporting this life-changing for a community in need. Their children will be able to attend school, avoid the dangers of travel to water sources and drink clean water with a community well. I have also included links to short videos that share the story of Water to Thrive including one video of a young boy who raised funds for 3 wells. His adoptive family here in the US supports his efforts to connect with his birth country. 

2-3 minute video links on Water to Thrive Stories:

For more information on Water to Thrive,

For more information on our campaign, contact Ms. Starks,
Asante sana! (Many thanks)
St. John the Evangelist School
Fax: 414-321-4450
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