What's Happening During our Catholic Comeback
As we navigate our Catholic Comeback, the newsletter will continue to bring you updated information.
Spiritual Meanderings
Fr. Michael will be hearing confessions this
Friday, June 12 8:30 a.m. at the St. Francis Shrine.
Live-streaming: Mass and Adoration
 
We are now live-streaming daily and Sunday Masses and Adoration.


Our YouTube channel is SJE-Greenfield if you are searching for it.

As we continue returning to public celebrations of Mass, we will continue to live-stream for those that are unable to attend.

Mass on Saturday, June 13, will live-stream at 4:30 p.m.
Mass on Sunday, June 14, will live-stream at 8:00 a.m.,
9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Our daily Masses will be live-streamed Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 8:00 a.m. and Tuesday, Thursday at 7:30 a.m. If you miss the livestream, you can watch the upload of each daily Mass on our YouTube channel.

In order to comply with Archdiocesan directives, only two weekday Masses will be open for public attendees. On the other weekdays Masses will not be open to the public and Adoration will close 15 minutes before the Mass starts and anyone in church will be asked to leave. Adoration will reopen when the Mass has concluded.
Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ

This weekend we celebrate the great gift of the Holy Eucharist: The Body and Blood of Christ. We hear from John's Gospel, "He who feeds on My flesh and drinks My blood has life eternal, and I will raise him up on the last day. For My flesh is real food and My blood real drink. The man who feeds on My flesh and drinks My blood remains in Me, and I in him. (John 6:54-56)

St. Thomas Aquinas maintained that faith in the Body and Blood of Jesus is the greatest act of faith. What appears mere bread and wine is really the Body and Blood of Jesus because Jesus has said so. On this feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, may we strive to accept God's grace and make an act of Eucharistic faith that is greater than ever before and most pleasing to God.

Welcome Back to Mass-Phase 1 Adjustments

Just a few days ago, we received a communication from the Archdiocese, which has tweaked some of the guidelines for Phase 1 in returning to Mass. One of the changes was that those who have successfully begun celebrating Sunday Mass may now have two public Masses during the week with the capacity of 50 attendees.

This coming week our two public Masses with 50 attendees will be held on Monday, June 15, at 8:00 a.m. and Tuesday, June 16, at 7:30 a.m. Following Mass, on these two days, there will be the public recitation of the Holy Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet. There will be no Masses Wednesday, June 17 through Friday, June 19.

One of the other changes is that funerals may now have 50 attendees as long as they keep a physical distance.

May we continue to pray for the elimination of the COVID Virus and all the evil it impacts on our personal lives and those of the entire world.
 
St. Francis Shrine
 
With beautiful weather, the children, especially after Mass, find themselves attracted to this area. I ask that parents prevent their children from climbing on the statue and shrine area so they will not get hurt and the plants may thrive.
Your donations are needed and will help us
continue to operate during these unsettling times.
The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
June 13/14, 2020

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. Our readings are focused on the gifts of the Word of God and the Eucharist. This feast has deep significance to those of us living the stewardship way of life.

Why? As stewards, we recognize that all we are and all we have been given are gifts from God. We are called to treasure these gifts and use them for God’s glory. Our Solemnity today and the readings for this week invite us to a more profound gratitude and better stewardship of the two sublime gifts of God’s Word and the Eucharist.

In our first reading from Deuteronomy, Our Heavenly Father (such a good teacher) reminds us that just as we experience physical hunger from lack of food, we become spiritually malnourished through a lack of feeding on the Word of God. It is that important.

And, just as the Word of God is vital to our spiritual nourishment, so, too, is the nourishment of the Eucharist. Jesus could not make this any clearer to us: “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.”

Without the Eucharist, we die spiritually. But through the Eucharist, we experience a taste of heaven right now; “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life.”

As Christian stewards, we must recognize that in the gifts of the Word of God and the Eucharist, we have everything we need to sustain us in this world and guide us to heaven. Let us resolve to steward these precious gifts well with all our hearts, always.
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.
Mark Hart uses Scripture and his experience of surviving an earthquake to share how we can master our fears. He also reveals how our fears will pursue us if we don't meet them head on. Mark encourages us to not only face the proverbial giants in our lives but to slay them as David did Goliath, thereby finding freedom in Christ.
Although we are starting to come back to weekend Masses we are unable to have gatherings after Mass. SCRIP is still available at the parish office during regular business hours. However, we have some materials available 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.
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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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