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United States Grace Force

We are now finishing the second week of the 54-day Novena 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
 
As our parish raffle drawing on Tuesday, September 8, draws near, please return your tickets to the parish office or drop them in the collection basket. If you have not picked up your tickets, there is still time to do so either in the back of church or the parish office. Thank you for all your time and effort in the buying and selling of raffle tickets.

Festival Begging Letter
 
I am pleased to say that with just two weeks to go, we have reached $64,000 of our $70,000 goal. Thank you once again for all who are helping with this special collection. If you haven’t made a contribution, please prayerfully consider doing so.

A Message from Most Reverend
Jerome E. Listecki, Archbishop of Milwaukee
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
 
On September 14, 2020, the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation will expire, and it will be the responsibility of those who are capable and not prohibited by other circumstances to attend Sunday Mass. Those who deliberately fail to attend Sunday Mass commit a grave sin.
 
There are circumstances where the obligation cannot be fulfilled. One example is the impossibility to attend Mass. When our Churches were closed and offered no public Masses, it was impossible for people to attend, and so there was no sin for missing Mass. If a person is ill, especially during this pandemic, they should remain at home.
 
Likewise, if a person is at risk because of age, underlying medical conditions or a compromised immune system, one would be excused from the obligation. If a person is caring for a sick person, even if they are not sick, they would be excused from the obligation out of charity. Fear of getting sick, in and of itself, does not excuse someone from the obligation. However, if the fear is generated because of at-risk factors, such as pre-existing conditions, age, or compromised immune systems, then the fear would be sufficient to excuse from the obligation.

It is up to each individual to weigh their own circumstances through an examination of their conscience and determine, by use of their conscience, whether or not they are excused from the Sunday obligation. Remember, a well-formed conscience is upright and truthful. 

24-Hour Perpetual Adoration

“There is no one best way to spend a holy hour,” said Fr. James Kubicki, author of A Heart on Fire. “We each relate to God in a unique way. In your holy hour, you give God joy that no one else can give. There is a place in the Heart of Jesus that only you can fill. However you spend an hour (or minute) in Christ’s presence, you will give and receive blessings. You will receive the radiating light and warmth of the Son by simply being in His presence.
 
There is a story about St. John Vianney wherein he observed an old man come into church and simply sit there for a long time. Curious, St. John asked him what he was doing. The old man replied, ‘Nothing, I look at Him and He looks at me.’ People in love don’t need to say much.”  

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.
Confessions will be held on Friday and Saturday 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:

  • 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.
Your donations are needed and will help us
continue to operate during these unsettling times.
Twenty-second Sunday in
Ordinary Time
August 29/30, 2020

Let’s be honest. If we strive to live the stewardship way of life, it’s not going to be easy. Dying to self and living for Christ and others is tough. It’s the work of a lifetime. But in the end, it’s the only work that really matters and the only life that truly satisfies.

Our Gospel passage, from Matthew, reflects this challenging reality. Jesus tells His disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me.” This sounds harsh. Why would anyone want to do this?

Our Lord has the answer, of course. “Whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”

It’s all about love. Jesus loved (and loves) us totally, giving us all of Himself on the Cross, in His Word, and in the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist. And so we must choose, love of self, or love of God and others, which is tough, but fulfilling and leads to the eternal reward of heaven. Jesus promises that He “will come with his angels in his Father’s glory, and then he will repay all according to his conduct.”

Let us make the tough choice to lose our life for Christ’s sake in grateful response to His love. Honestly, what better life could there be?
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
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.
History of the Shrine

Our Lady appeared at Fatima, Portugal, in 1917 to three young shepherd children, Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco. She requested fasting, penance, and prayer, but most of all, to pray the Rosary for peace. In response to Our Lady’s request, the Milwaukee Fatima Shrine unfolded. In 1947, Dominican Sisters built the Milwaukee Fatima Shrine, Angel Shrine, and Mysteries of the Rosary. Every Sunday evening from 7:00 to 7:45, the Rosary, Marian devotions, Litany of Loretto, and Chaplet of Divine Mercy are recited. Every Monday evening from 6:00 to 7:30, the Rosary, Mother of Perpetual Help Devotions and, if a priest is available, Holy Mass is held.
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.
Archbishop Fulton Sheen was one of the best-known and best-loved Catholic orators of the twentieth century, reaching millions of Christians and non-Christians alike through his immensely popular and Emmy award-winning television show. This presentation is made up of three separate talks given by archbishop Sheen on his television program "Life is Worth Living," which aired throughout the 1950's. These presentations have been re-mastered to provide the highest sound quality possible.
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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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