What's Happening During Our Catholic Comeback
As we navigate our Catholic Comeback, this newsletter will continue to bring you
updated information.
Parish News
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.
The Parish Festival -
Begging Letter
 
This would have been our festival weekend. Due to the Covid-19 Virus, the festival was canceled. Just think about the festival committee setting up for the festival last week in the heat and humidity. Hopefully, by now, you have received your “Festival Begging Letters.” We are asking for a special donation to help defray the loss of $70,000 because of having to cancel the festival.
 
We will continue to take all donations for this special request until the beginning of September. We realize that not all parish members have extra money to donate. However, if you have been blessed and are able to make a sacrificial donation to our parish, please prayerfully consider doing so. An envelope was included with the begging letter. This envelope with your gift enclosed may be dropped off in the church collection basket, church office, or mailed to the parish.
 
New Ministry Opportunity

The “Stream Team” is looking for volunteers to help stream daily and weekend Masses. We had talked about live streaming Adoration and Mass for a number of years. With the Pandemic, we decided to do it ASAP. We have received many positive comments from parishioners and from people all over the country expressing their appreciation for the ability to view Mass and Adoration from their homes while being “shut in,” especially people from St. John’s who have said it helps them feel connected to their parish.
 
We need to train a few people to help Live Stream Mass. If you are relatively comfortable around computers and especially if you attend daily Mass or on the weekends, please consider calling Denise Kasulke at the parish office (414-321-1965) or email her at dkasulke@stjohns-grfd.org if you would like to find out more information or be trained in this ministry.
 
Overcoming Pornography Addiction

Recently, I have talked about the plague and burden of pornography. One parishioner wrote to say Sexaholic Anonymous (SA) has been a great resource and it is free. SA has a national website which provides great information ( www.sa.org ). Here is the link to the daily calls page: www.sa.org/meetings . I was also told about another resource that has been helpful, RECLAIM. While there is some free information on their web page, there is a fee for more in-depth help. If you have found help in overcoming pornography addiction, please pass that information along to the office so we can pass it on to others, particularly if you know of a therapist(s) in the Milwaukee area who works with people with pornography addictions.

Scam Alert

Please be aware of telephone calls, texts, and emails that appear to be from myself, or other Parish staff or Parish leaders. There has again been a recent increase in this kind of activity. The sender’s email address is mmerkt.stjohnsgrfd@gmail.com . Do not reply to this email address. It is not my legitimate email address. I will not ask you for a favor, or ask you to buy gift cards for myself, for staff or for other Parish leaders. Please be on alert for these and similar scams. Ignore, and/or delete, any such messages.

24-Hour Perpetual Adoration
 
“So much to do and so little time to do it!” Father Kenneth Grabner knows how busy we all are yet he encourages us all to emulate Christ and make time to pray to Jesus. “Scripture tells us that Jesus often went off to deserted places for quiet prayer. He even invited his disciples to do the same. Quiet prayer was an essential part of Jesus’ life. God invites all of us into a personal friendship, and quiet prayer is one of the ways we respond to God’s invitation. There were times in my life when I didn’t respond very well. But then, as my sense of God’s presence diminished, so did the success of what I tried to do for God. God’s guiding inspirations and my awareness of God’s companionship began to lose strength.”
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 Monday from 4:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.
 
Please call Kay Shomperlen to volunteer (414) 763-1250. Come join us!
Confessions will be held on Friday and Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at the northwest entrance (opposite the Adoration entrance) of the church.
Your donations are needed and will help us
continue to operate during these unsettling times.
Seventeenth Sunday in
Ordinary Time
July 25/26, 2020

The stewardship way of life could be described as a daily pursuit of the kingdom of heaven. In our Gospel passage from Matthew today, Jesus employs three parables to describe this kingdom.

In the first of today’s parables, our Lord reminds us that living for Him and for His kingdom will be costly. But the deep joy that comes in following Him makes the “price” entailed worth it. Jesus says, “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” Next, He says the kingdom of heaven is “like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all he has and buys it.”

In each of these stories, the kingdom of heaven is somewhat “hidden.” We must intentionally search for it amidst the noise of the world that bombards us. Yet, our Lord reminds us that His Kingdom is meant for everyone, and He wants us to find it! He says, “It is like a net thrown into the sea which collects fish of every kind.”

But Jesus concludes His teaching with a rather ominous image, reminding us that every “fish” will also be judged as good or bad. “The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace.” This is a description that is difficult to forget. Clearly, Jesus wants to get our attention.

Let us pray for the wisdom to recognize the kingdom of heaven in our midst and intensify our efforts to pursue it starting right now. There is no time to lose, and we will obtain the immeasurable joy that only comes when we live as disciples of Jesus.
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.
In this informative and dynamic presentation, Dr. Scott Hahn discusses why the New Evangelization is the greatest priority of the Church at this time, and how we are all called to share our faith. He shows how the Eucharist relates to explaining Jesus' death and resurrection, and how Blessed John Paul II's call for a New Evangelization must be based on the Eucharist.
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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