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, May 29 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 start returning to public celebrations of Mass this weekend, we will continue to live-stream for those that are unable to attend.

Mass on Saturday, May 30, will live-stream at 4:30 p.m.
Mass on Sunday, May 31, 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, daily Masses will still remain private and are not open to the public. 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.
Welcome Back!

On behalf of myself and the entire St. John’s staff, welcome back. It is good that we are able to slowly begin to return to the public celebration of Mass and to receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. Over the past few months, I have heard many people longing to receive Jesus in the Eucharist. Let us take the Blessed Mother’s advice and pray the rosary daily and do penance for the conversion of the world. If you want peace, healing and unity with God, then let us continue to grow in being people of prayer. It will be a while before we are allowed to fill the church to its capacity. Particularly, let us pray for the end of the Covid-19 virus and all the evils that are associated with it.
Your donations are needed and will help us
continue to operate during these unsettling times.
Pentecost Sunday
May 30/31, 2020

Throughout our readings today, we see the amazing truth that the Holy Spirit gives us gifts and guidance in a very personal way. We are meant to use these gifts to build up the Body of Christ in a way that is unique to each one of us.

Our first reading, from the Acts of the Apostles, recalls the dramatic moment when the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the apostles. “Suddenly, there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.”

Notice how personal and individual is this outpouring of the Spirit. This personalized way of “gifting” the apostles allowed them each to reach different people, sharing with them the “mighty acts of God.” Embracing the stewardship way of life means that we allow the Holy Spirit to guide us in the best use of the unique gifts He has given to each of us, to accomplish the particular mission entrusted to us.

Jesus gives us this mission in our Gospel passage from John. “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” But we must not let this responsibility overwhelm us. Jesus Himself tells us so, “Peace be with you.”

As this Easter season comes to a close, let us be at peace. And let us resolve to lean on the Holy Spirit more and more as our guide through the stewardship way of life.
Celebrating Mass and Eucharist Again
 
Welcome back to Mass! Although our gatherings may look very different from what we are used to, and many of our faithful will continue to worship virtually, this opportunity to receive Eucharist after so many weeks away seems almost unbelievable. It’s especially challenging to review the plans for keeping our church sanitized and our parishioners safe and healthy as I consider what school will look like in August. Just as we need our community at Mass, children need their classmates. Interaction is crucial to social-emotional learning.
 
Please join me in prayer that we are able to adjust easily to our Catholic Comeback, and that we can begin to come together in larger groups, while still maintaining safety and well-being for all. The success of these first steps is so important as other communities begin to open up. Our church is leading the community in a successful and safe return to the gatherings that make us who we are.

... Go Forth Safely and Be a Blessing!

Mary Laidlaw-Otto, Principal
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.
Cat Chat is a Catholic Audio Show for kids ages 3-11 to help them learn and love their Faith like never before! Using prayer, great conversations, faith-filled stories, and catchy songs, each CD discusses the Catholic Faith while teaching kids powerful lessons for living out their Faith every day. Join Moses the Talking Cat, Papa, Josh, Hanna, and friends for an unforgettable experience!
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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