What's Happening During Our Catholic Comeback
As we navigate our Catholic Comeback, this newsletter will continue to bring you
updated information.
Parish News
Wearing of Masks
As the Covid-19 virus is increasing, I ask two things: First, if you have any signs or symptoms of having the Flu such as cough, sore throat, fever, sneezing, chills, runny nose or eyes, please do not come to Church. You are not obligated to come to Church when you are sick. Second, for the sake of everyone, please wear your mask. If you do not believe in wearing a mask, you can at least offer it up for the salvation of our country. It is an opportunity to do penance.

Mary Help of Christians

In our sanctuary hangs a beautiful painting of Mary Help of Christians. It was painted in 1945 in Slovenia, brought to America by parishioners and donated to St. John the Evangelist parish. The devotion to Mary Help of Christians developed in Europe during both plagues and politically-stressful times. The people of Europe invoked Mary Help of Christians to intercede for their needs. May we follow their lead and ask Mary Help of Christians to intercede for all that we need spiritually and physically, and that we may grow as a nation under God.
 
With Great Thanks

Again, I want to thank you, the parishioners of St. John's, for your generous financial support of the parish during this stressful time. Your ongoing financial support helps us keep paying all of our bills on time, as well as remaining a strong and vibrant parish. With school in session, our bills come in regularly. Thank you and may God bless you for your generosity.

September Message of our Lady of Medjugorje

“Dear children! I am with you for so long because God is great in His love and in my presence. I am calling you, little children: return to God and to prayer. May the measure of your living be love and do not forget that prayer and fasting work miracles in you and around you. May everything you do be for the glory of God, and then Heaven will fill your heart with joy and you will feel that God loves you and is sending me to save you and the Earth on which you live. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
Church Pews Available

The Parish has several Church pews that were removed from the choir loft available to anyone willing to pick them up and haul them away. They range in length from seven to eighteen feet. If interested, please contact George Pitman at 414-321-1965, extension 106, or via email at gpitman@stjohns-grfd.org.

St. John’s Troop Drive

A few parishioners have asked if there will be a troop drive this fall. Because of the Covid-19 virus, it will have to be put on hold until sometime in the Spring of 2021. In the meantime, please keep all of our troops and their families in prayer.
 
Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands,
protect them as they protect us.
Bless them and their families for the selfless
acts they perform for us in our time of need.
I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ Our Lord and Savior.
Amen.
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.
Join us October 18 - November 1, 2020
for our first ever
Fall Fest Auction!

We are just three days away from the start of our first ever Fall Fest Auction. Visit our online auction site or text sjefallfest20 to 76278 to register and check out some of the amazing items we have to bid on:

  • 43 inch Fire TV
  • Instant Pot Duo Crisp Package
  • Thomas Kinkade "A Quiet Evening"
  • Gift certificates
  • And so much more!

Bidding will open at noon on Sunday, October 18 and close at 4:00 p.m. sharp on Sunday, November 1.

If you have any questions please email Denise Kasulke at dkasulke@stjohns-grfd.org

Happy bidding!
Your donations are needed and will help us
continue to operate during these unsettling times.
Twenty-Ninth Sunday in
Ordinary Time
October 17/18, 2020

Today’s readings encourage us, Christian stewards, always to be mindful of who we are and Whose we are in every aspect of our lives.

Jesus reminds us of this truth in our Gospel passage today as He cleverly puts the Pharisees in their place during their attempt to verbally entrap Him. They ask Him whether it is lawful to pay the tax to Caesar. But the Pharisees were thinking small. Christ, on the other hand, thinks big.

We all know how the story goes. Christ asks to see the coin that pays the tax and has them state whose image is on it. They, of course, reply, “Caesar.” In response, Christ tells them to “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”

With that, He reminds us that while civil authorities should be obeyed, we answer to an infinitely higher Authority, God, Who is Lord of everything and everyone. God created all things and all people. In Baptism, we have been claimed for Christ. Our lives are a gift from God, and we have the privilege and responsibility to use every aspect of our lives in grateful response to Him.

Let us joyfully give thanks to this wonderful God by the way we live our daily lives. We belong to Him, and there is no other!
School News
Praying...

In October, we celebrate Mary, our Blessed Mother. Praying the Rosary together is one way that we love to honor Mary. Last week, our students gathered together in Church and prayed a Living Rosary. The Rosary has a long, long history in the Catholic Church.
 
For our children, that history often leads to the story of our Lady appearing to the children at Fatima. Our students love this story, where among many words of encouragement, Mary told the children to pray the Rosary daily. When we pray the Rosary at school, we include the Fatima prayer:
 
“O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy.”
 
We strongly believe in the power of children’s prayers, and love this opportunity to teach our children to pray for others. We wish that our families had been with us during our Living Rosary. We continue to pray for an end to this pandemic, and a return to celebrating our faith with our families. In the meantime, we are glad to have the freedom to gather and pray the Rosary together, lifting up our prayers to thank God for all of our many gifts, and praying for the health and safety of all.

...Together in God’s Name

Mary Laidlaw-Otto, Principal
Religious Education News
Even though classes have started it's not too late to register. Click here to register for grades 1-10 and click here to register for Confirmation (grade 11).
 
See you Sunday!

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.
Today there is oftentimes a misconception of what the Sacrament of Confirmation is actually for or how it affects our lives. In this talk, Dr. Brant Pitre invites us to better understand the tremendous graces and calling received through this sacrament. He points to various passages in scripture which provide a historical foundation and, through bold witness, challenges us to willingly surrender our lives to Christ.
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SCRIP will now be sold before and after all weekend Masses. 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.
The newsletter is published on Wednesdays. Articles for each week's publication are due on Mondays at noon.

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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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