What's Happening During Our Catholic Comeback
As we navigate our Catholic Comeback, this newsletter will continue to bring you
updated information.
Spiritual Meanderings
Confessions will be held on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. at the northwest entrance (opposite the Adoration entrance) of the church.
Live-streaming: Mass and Adoration
 
We are live-streaming daily and Sunday Masses as well as Adoration for those who are unable to attend:

  • Friday, July 10 at 8:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, July 11, at 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 12, at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
  • Monday, July 13, at 8:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, July 14, at 7:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, July 15, at 8:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, July 16, at 7:30 a.m.

Our YouTube channel is SJE-Greenfield.

If you miss the livestream, you can watch the upload of each daily Mass on our YouTube channel.
No Parish Festival

A parishioner recently asked me, “Since we are not having a Parish Festival, how will we make up for the loss of revenue?” A good question. The Festival Committee and I have been looking at different ways to recoup the loss of $70,000, which is the financial impact of canceling the Festival. Listed are a few ways we hope to recover from the loss.

This weekend, you will find as you leave Church packets of Raffle Tickets in the narthex. The packets are also available in the parish office. We ask that you pick up a packet or two after church or when dropping off your contribution envelopes. Please sell the raffle tickets to family, friends, and neighbors and return the money and ticket stubs to the parish office or place them in the collection baskets.

The raffle will be giving away $8,000 in prize money. The first prize will be $3,500, and there are six prizes of $500 each and two prizes of $250 each. The winning tickets will be drawn on Tuesday, September 8, at 7:00 p.m. Also, we plan to have some large items up for raffle and gift baskets offered during an upcoming online auction.

Toward the end of July, each household will be receiving a letter requesting a financial donation to recover the income from the cancellation of this year’s Festival. Since the beginning of the Pandemic, parishioners and friends of the parish have been very generous in helping us keep the parish running as smoothly as possible. I am pleased to say that because of your financial generosity, we have been able to pay all of our bills on time. Thank you for sharing your generosity of finance, time, and talent.

May we pray for an end to the Pandemic and that during these difficult times, the peace of Christ will reign in the hearts of all men, women, and children.

24-Hour Perpetual Adoration
 
Pope St. Paul VI once said, “The best time you spend on Earth is with your Best Friend, Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament! How great is the value of converse (conversation) with Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, for there is nothing more consoling on Earth, nothing more efficacious for advancing along the road of holiness.”

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 is currently two open hours for Adoration on Monday from 4:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. and Thursday from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
 
Please call Kay Shomperlen to volunteer (414) 763-1250. Come join us!
Your donations are needed and will help us
continue to operate during these unsettling times.
Fifteenth Sunday in
Ordinary Time
July 11/12, 2020

In today’s Gospel from Matthew, our Lord shares the Parable of the Sower, who scatters seed on many different kinds of land. This is a wonderful analogy for the stewardship way of life, demonstrating the slow and steady, yet powerful effect this lifestyle will have on those who fully embrace it.

In this parable, some of the seeds land on a path where birds carry them off before they can take root. Other seeds land on rocky ground with little soil. As soon as things begin to heat up, they get scorched and die. Then there are seeds that land on soil cluttered with thorns that choke the seeds just as they are beginning to grow strong.

Finally, there are seeds that land on deep and healthy soil. These seeds produce abundant fruit.

This is where the stewardship way of life comes in. When we give the best of our time, talent, and treasure to serve God and others, we create lives filled with that rare “good soil” needed for the Kingdom of God to thrive.

How does this happen? Stewardship living removes the “rocks” of mistrust from our lives as we develop an unshakable faith that God will always provide for our needs. It clears away the “thorns” of worldly ambition that make us self-centered, fill us with needless anxiety, and stifle our focus on God. Stewardship living requires a deep reliance on the Word of God and the sacraments, which continuously nourish and fertilize the soil of our lives.

Let us deepen our commitment to this way of life, allowing the Sower to do His work in us, slowly and steadily. The Master Gardner will surely produce miraculous fruits through us.
The Word Among Us

Additional copies of the July/August issue of The Word Among Us are now available in the Narthex, at the Adoration entrance, and at the parish office. Cost is $2.
CDs from Augustine Institute

Did you know we have CDs (and other items) located in the narthex? Each week we will highlight one of the available CDs.

Cost is $4 each.
Bishop Robert Barron, one of the great spiritual teachers of our time, presents these biblical stories of true conversion drawing from the riches of scriptural accounts. They were people just like you and me who were called by Christ - Bartimaeus, The Man Born Blind, The Woman at the Well, and Jonah and the Great Fish.
SCRIP will now be sold before and after all weekend Masses. We will be outside under the tent in front of the church. As always, SCRIP is available at the parish office during regular business hours. We have materials available below if you would like to set up an online account.






Our enrollment code is 18DE7D4F11822. Once you have an online account you can pay by direct debit from your checking account (Presto Pay), by credit card, or by check here in the parish office. If we do not have the item in stock, we will order on Monday and have the cards by Thursday. Once you have the physical card you can enroll it in your "wallet" and reload it as needed.

These are unprecedented times, but with your help we can keep this fundraising effort viable.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the parish office at 414-321-1965.
This program allows .5% of your shopping on Amazon to be donated to St. John the Evangelist.

If you purchase Scrip, St. John's receives an additional 2.25%. That's 2.75% of your purchases to St. John's if you are already shopping Amazon.
School News
The newsletter is published on Wednesdays. Articles for each week's publication are due on Mondays at noon.

To submit articles e-mail to: newsletter@stjohns-grfd.org
"Remember God's Will in Yours!"

Please keep the needs of St. John the Evangelist in mind as you do your estate planning. For information on how to include the parish as a beneficiary, contact the Parish Office at 414-321-1965.
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