This weekend at the 4:30 Saturday evening Mass, we will formally welcome two new folks into the Catholic community. Alyssa Radke and Steve Jambor will make their Profession of Faith to the Catholic religion. In addition, Shawn Rios and Thomas Szews will be confirmed. Welcome! Usually these rites are done on Holy Saturday at Easter Vigil, but due to the Covid-19 virus, they were postponed to August 15.
Begging For Festival Money
To date, we have received $49,500 to replace the $70,000 we lost when we had to cancel the festival. Please prayerfully consider donating to the Festival Replacement Fund to help us meet all of our financial responsibilities in the coming year.
Also, if you have not picked up your packet or two or three of Raffle Tickets, please do so soon. They may be picked up in the back of church, and also in the parish office. Please sell the tickets and return the ticket stubs and money to the parish office or place in the collection basket.
Coming soon, we will have an online auction of items that would have normally been raffled off at the festival. This year, the specialized items will be raffled online.
On behalf of the entire parish, I want to say a word of thanks to the parishioners, as well as friends of the parish, who have been supporting the parish so generously, especially during the pandemic. We have been able to keep up with all of our bills. People have been generous with financial sacrifices, sharing of talents, and their time. We, as a parish, are very blessed with such self-giving men, women, and children.
United States Grace Force
Fr. Richard Heilman, from the diocese of Madison, Wisconsin, has organized a growing group of Americans to pray. They are called The United States Grace Force. Their goal is to pray, especially for the United States. More specifically, Fr. Heilman is asking that for the next 54 days, we all pray a Novena for the spiritual well-being of the United States. We will begin on Saturday, August 15, when we celebrate the Solemnity of the Blessed Mother’s Assumption into Heaven and will continue to pray a Rosary each day until the Feast of the Holy Rosary on October 7.
St. Louis de Montfort, the leading saint on the promotion of the Blessed Mother, is quoted as saying,“The only thing the devil fears more than one person praying the Rosary is having many people praying the Rosary. The devil can attack one person, but it is more difficult to attack when there is an army of faithful people praying."
So much of the negativity we are experiencing in our country is being fought not just with words, anger, hate, violence, and guns, but underneath all that, are negative powers and principalities. This kind of negativity can only be overcome through prayer and sacrifice. I ask all of you to make a commitment for the next 54 days to pray and do penance. May I also suggest we pray and do penance until the end of this year?
Public Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet
Every weekday, Monday through Friday, the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet will be recited in Church beginning at 3:00 p.m. Masks and social distancing are required. All are invited to attend and participate.
New Ministry Opportunity
We are still in need of a few people to help oversee the computer when Mass is being live-streamed. If you are relatively comfortable around computers, and especially if you attend daily Mass or on the weekends, please consider joining our “Stream Team” of volunteers. If you are interested or would just like more information, please contact Denise Kasulke in the parish office at (414)321-1965 or email email@example.com and let her know you might be interested in being trained in this new ministry.
Please be aware of telephone calls, texts, and emails that appear to be from myself, or other Parish staff or Parish leaders. There has again been a recent increase in this kind of activity. The sender’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Do not reply to this email address. It is not my legitimate email address. I will not ask you for a favor, or ask you to buy gift cards for myself, for staff or for other Parish leaders. Please be on alert for these and similar scams. Ignore and/or delete any such messages.
24-Hour Perpetual Adoration
“In the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Mary says to us: ‘Look at my Son Jesus, keep your gaze fixed on Him, listen to Him, speak with Him. He is gazing at you with love. Do not be afraid! He will teach you to follow Him and to bear witness to Him in all that you do, whether great or small, in your family life, at work, at times of celebration. He will teach you to go out of yourself and to look upon others with love, as He did. He loved you and loves you, not with words but with deeds.’” —Pope Francis
St. John’s is fortunate to have 24-hour Perpetual Adoration. Please take advantage of this beautiful opportunity to stay close to God in these difficult times. Hand sanitizer is available in the Adoration entrance (south side of Church), and we ask that you practice social distancing and stay at least six feet from others while in Church.
There are currently two open hours for Adoration
on Monday from 4:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Please call Kay Shomperlen to volunteer (414) 763-1250. Come join us!