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Parish News
Seminarian Timothy Sanchez
 
We have been asked by the seminary if we would be a teaching parish for seminarian Timothy Sanchez. Tim is assigned to our parish for the next four years. This allows men preparing for the priesthood to get some exposure of the running of a parish. Below, you will find Tim’s picture and a short biography. He will also be one of our new lectors at Mass, as well as introducing himself on the last weekend of September. When you see him at parish activities, please welcome him.
 
Also, his brother Fr. Edward Sanchez was ordained to the priesthood this past Spring for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Fr. Edward was very pleased with the gift of the Spiritual Bouquet that a number of parishioners and parish groups offered to him. Fr. Edward will be here to be the main celebrant at the 8:00 a.m. Mass on Monday, September 7 to say thank you.
Hello, my name is Tim Sanchez and I will be assigned to St. John’s as part of my pastoral formation at St. Francis de Sales Seminary.
 
By way of introduction, I was born in St. Louis in 1993, and after my family moved to a couple of different states, we moved to Wisconsin in 2007, finally settling in New Berlin. I’m the third of nine kids, four boys and five girls, and my Mom and Dad are pretty much my heroes.
 
I was home-schooled through high school and went to college at Marquette University, where I graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computational Mathematics (which is basically math and programming.) After graduation, I joined the Brew City Catholic Missionary Project, where I worked for a year doing campus ministry at UWM and MSOE in Milwaukee. During that year, I discerned a call to enter the Seminary, which I did in the fall of 2018.
 
In August of this year, I declared/received Candidacy, which is a commitment on my part to complete my seminary formation, and a reception of my commitment on the part of the church. Please join me in prayer that I will receive Holy Orders in 2024.
 
Thank you all for being a part of my formation. I look forward to getting to know as many of you as I can. God bless you all! 
United States Grace Force Novena

We are now finishing the third week of the 54-day Novena for praying for the United States. If you have not yet begun, you can start now, simply by picking a time and place to pray, particularly the Rosary for the conversion of the United States. Every time I hear the news, I pray and hope that everyone is praying. Of course, once we begin praying, let us continue to do so.

Raffle Tickets
 
Please drop off all sold raffle tickets either in the collection basket or in the parish office by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 8. The drawing for the raffle will take place Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m.
Festival Begging Letter
 
We are very close to our goal of $70,000 to replace what we lost when we canceled the Parish Festival due to Covid-19. At this time, we are at $68,985. This special fund will be closed on Tuesday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m. Thank you to all who have helped in this special fund.

24-Hour Perpetual Adoration

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 one open hour for Adoration
on Tuesday from 6:00 to 7:00 a.m.

Please call Kay Shomperlen to volunteer (414) 763-1250 if you are interested.
Fatima’s Peace Crusade of Wisconsin

Come pray the Rosary with us every Saturday beginning at noon on September 5 at the Fatima Marian Shrine, 141 N. 68th Street in Milwaukee. We will pray for peace in our families and in our country, for an end to abortion, and that our society will embrace our Lady’s message of Prayer and Penance through the Rosary, as well as Consecration to her Immaculate Heart. Join us for Fatima’s Peace Crusade of Wisconsin.

Any questions, please contact Deacon Steve at spemper@aol.com.
The Parish Office and School will be closed on Monday, September 7 in observance
of Labor Day.
Christian Women
Meeting and Social

Members of St. John’s Christian Women Society will begin their new season with a Mass on Thursday, September 17 at 6:00 p.m. in Church. Please wear a mask. We will have a short meeting and social to follow in the Church Hall. Social distancing and seating will be required. Also, your yearly $5 dues need to be paid at this time or drop off or mail your check to the Parish Office.

Payment must be by Check Only made payable to
St. John’s Christian Women.
Your donations are needed and will help us
continue to operate during these unsettling times.
Twenty-third Sunday in
Ordinary Time
September 5/6, 2020

Today’s readings are all about relationships. Among the many lessons, we have learned from the global pandemic is the deep importance of the relationships and communities in our lives. Our families, neighbors, friends, and parish family need us, and we need them to be our best selves.

St. Paul gives us simple instruction in our second reading from Romans to guide us in our dealings with others, reminding us what Christ Himself taught: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love is the overarching principle that guides us to be good stewards of our relationships.

In our Gospel passage from Matthew, Jesus further refines this instruction on good stewardship of our relationships, even when they involve conflict. He says, “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have won over your brother.”

Jesus teaches us to confront the offending person directly and discretely, with the goal of restoring the relationship if possible. This is how we steward our relationships even through rocky waters. Jesus also speaks to us of the power and beauty of community life. “If two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted by my heavenly Father. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

Christian stewards, God has designed us so that we must help each other on the journey towards heaven. Let us take care to steward our relationships well.
School News
Back to School

As I write this, our teachers have completed their in-service week and are eagerly anticipating our return to in-person education. Our families have received multiple communications detailing plans, guidelines, and rules governing every aspect of our school day. The only missing piece of the puzzle is the long-awaited return of our students to the classroom.  
 
As you are reading this, our first week of in-person instruction will almost be complete. Normally, I would anticipate that our week was great, filled with smiling, summer-tanned faces, overtired kindergartners, and dozens of unbroken crayons, blank notebooks, and new shoes. I’d be able to predict with certainty exactly how our week would go, and you would never guess that I had written this article before we even started.  
 
This year is different. I can’t predict what will happen five minutes from now. We have spent many hours planning for every aspect of our in-person day - how we will enter the building, how we will learn, play, eat, and pray, all while thinking about what will happen if we are suddenly placed in a situation where one or more of our classes need to “go virtual.”  
 
What an exercise in our faith this is! Our gifts are many, and we are using them together to plan our busy days. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we are working to make sure that everyone who enters our school doors is happy and healthy. At the same time, we trust in God to care for us, even when we are faced with what seem like the insurmountable struggles of planning for our days. Prayer and trust in God - the two most important weapons we possess as we fight to come out on the other side of this pandemic, whole, healthy, and better people than we were before!
 
I know you join me in praying for a successful school year for our children and their teachers!
 
...Together in God’s Name

Mary Laidlaw-Otto, Principal
Restaurant Night

Join us for the first restaurant fundraiser of the year. Tuesday, September 22 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Cafe Zupas located at 8775 W. Sura Lane in Greenfield.

Religious Education News
Greetings from your Director of Religious Education,
 
Our schedule for Religious Education Programs for the first two months is as follows:

October 4, 2020
Grades 1-8 9:30 to 10:45 p.m.
Grades 9-11 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

October 11, 2020
Grades 1-8 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
Grades 9-11 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

October 18, 2020
Grades 1-8 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
Grades 9-11 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

November 8, 2020
Grades 1-8 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
Grades 9-11 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

November 15, 2020
Grades 1-8 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
Grades 9-11 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

November 22, 2020
Grades 1-8 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
Grades 9-11 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

 
We hope to begin Adult Religious Education Programs in November.

God Bless!
Austin Rahill, DRE
Live-streaming: Mass and Adoration
 
We are live-streaming daily and Sunday Masses as well as Adoration for those who are unable to attend:

  • Monday at 8:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday at 7:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday at 8:00 a.m.
  • Thursday at 7:30 a.m.
  • Friday at 8:00 a.m.
  • Saturday at 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 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.
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.
Craig Turner, a well-respected journalist and researcher, shares the unmistakable connection between the apparitions of our Blessed Mother at Fatima in 1917 and the fall of communism in Europe more than seventy years later. This talk is sure to provide a greater awareness of the motherly help and protection that Mary offers mankind through her powerful intercession. The importance of entrusting ourselves to her care has never been so evident as it is today.
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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.

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.
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"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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