What's Happening During our Catholic Comeback
As we navigate our Catholic Comeback, this newsletter will continue to bring you updated information.
Spiritual Meanderings
Fr. Michael's schedule did not allow for a Spiritual Meanderings video this week.

Please enjoy this video on t he life of Blessed Solanus Casey, the second American-born man on the road to Sainthood,
as narrated by Cardinal James Harvey.
Confessions will not be held tomorrow, June 19.
Live-streaming: Mass and Adoration
 
We are live-streaming daily and Sunday Masses as well as Adoration for those who are unable to attend:

Mass on Saturday, June 20, will live-stream at 4:30 p.m.
Mass on Sunday, June 21, will live-stream at 8:00 a.m.,
9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Our YouTube channel is SJE-Greenfield.

Our daily Masses will be live-streamed Monday, June 22 at 8:00 a.m. (Public) , Tuesday, June 23 at 7:30 a.m. (Private), Wednesday June 24 at 8:00 a.m (Public), Thursday, June 25 at 7:30 a.m. (Private), and Friday, June 26 at 8:00 a.m. (Private). 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. The other weekday Masses will be private and Adoration will close 15 minutes before the Mass starts; anyone in church will be asked to leave. Adoration will reopen when the Mass has concluded.
Summer Projects
This past week, another one of our summer projects was completed; that is the taking down of the two chimneys on the top of the church. The chimneys were taken down first, because they were no longer used, and secondly, because they were crumbling and causing leaks in the church proper.
 
I am pleased to say that the project was completed with a number of parish volunteers including Rob Kasulke, Bob Stemo, Jeff Kaminski, and Dan Mejac, under the direction of Tony Tomaszewski. There were also some volunteered resources including a Scissors Lift donated by Mike Roubik, and a dump truck donated by parishioner Gino Villani of Villani Landshapers. The entire process was completed safely and rather quickly.
 
As has been announced, the church was closed the latter part of this past week during the day so that the wiring for the new speakers and projectors could be installed. We were able to lessen the cost as the wiring was done by one of our parishioners, Giulio Leonardelli. It is our hope that by the end of June, the work on the sound system will be completed.
 
The sound system, new choir chairs, and the equipment to Live-Stream Mass has been the most expensive summer project. The work was possible through the generosity of three gifts given to the parish. The largest gift was from the estate of Helen Blenker deHaas. In addition to that large gift, we had been previously gifted by the Peters family for the new sound system as well as a memorial in memory of Al Braun.
 
Thank you to the generous donors of time, talent, and treasure. And thank you for the patience of our parishioners during the time of construction and implementation of these summer projects.
 
Because of the reconfiguration of the choir loft and live streaming equipment, there is no longer any congregational seating in the choir loft. Perhaps in the future, all overflow crowds will be directed to the church hall to view Mass on the large screen.
 
Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ

As part of my homily for this past weekend, I quoted a prayer I found in a book called “ In Sinu Jesu,” which is Latin for, “On the Chest of Christ .” I believe this prayer was given by Jesus to the unnamed priest and author of the book. A couple of people asked for a copy of the prayer and here it is. It is a wonderful prayer to pray as part of your post-Communion meditation.
 
O My beloved Jesus, unite me to Yourself,
My body to Your Body,
My blood to Your Blood,
My soul to Your Soul,
My heart to Your Heart,
All that I am to all that You are;
So as to make me one with Yourself, O Jesus,
One priest and one victim,
Offered to the glory of Your Father,
Out of love for Your spouse, the church,
For the sanctification of your priest, the conversion of sinners,
The intentions of the Pope, and in sorrowful Reparation. Amen.
 
Welcome Back to Mass - Phase 1 Adjustments (Continued)

On Thursday, June 11, the Archbishop held a third conference call with over 200 pastors, and parish leaders. One of the biggest changes is that under certain circumstances, with precautions and for devotional reason, people may begin receiving Holy Communion on the tongue beginning this past weekend on the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ.
 
Given the Archbishop’s directive, it was decided we could begin distribution on the tongue here at St. Johns. Those people who will receive Communion on the tongue will be asked to go the narthex. When I am finished distributing Communion in the hand to the parishioners in the pews, I will then go to those in the back of church and distribute Holy Communion to those who receive on the tongue.
 
Weekday Public Masses

The upcoming weekday Masses will be on Monday, June 22 and Wednesday, June 24, both at 8:00 a.m. The following week’s public Masses will be held on Monday, June 29 and Friday, July 3, both at 8:00 a.m .

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.
Twelfth Sunday of
Ordinary Time
June 20/21, 2020

Today’s readings call us to tackle the challenging issues of fear and trust, two concepts that must be confronted and dealt with by all of us who wish to live the stewardship way of life.
 
The Lord knows that facing down our fears and choosing to trust Him with all areas of our lives is an ongoing challenge. He is generous with reassurances to us throughout the Scriptures.

Today’s Gospel passage from Matthew is a case in point. In the span of eight verses, Jesus addresses the topic of fear four times:

  • “Fear no one.”
  • “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.”
  • “Rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body.”
  • “So, do not be afraid.”

And the reassurance continues. “Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. Even all the hairs of your head are counted.” Notice that Jesus says, “your Father” in describing God’s intimate knowledge and tender care for each one of us. He is truly “Abba,” our Dad, Who knows us inside and out.
 
With that, let us all breathe a huge sigh of relief. All is well. Our Father knows us through and through, sent His Son to save us, and will always take care of us. 
 
Let’s stop wasting any more time with fear. Instead, let’s put all our energy, all our time, our talents, and our treasure into trusting this great and loving God, using all that we are and all that He has given us to bring Him glory.
The Word Among Us

Copies of the July/August issue of The Word Among Us are available in the Narthex, at the Adoration entrance, and at the parish office for $2 per copy.
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.
How do we understand our Catholic Faith? This presentation explains the relationship between faith and reason, faith and authority, and faith and the Church. Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Holy Scripture, this is taken from the Luke E. Hart Series: Basic Elements of the Catholic Faith and is provided by the Knights of Columbus Catholic Information Service.
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.
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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