What's Happening During Our Catholic Comeback
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What Would Have Been
 
This past weekend of July 24, 25, & 26 would have been our festival weekend. Due to the COVID-19 Virus, the festival was canceled. The two weeks leading up to the festival, we had days filled with heat and humidity. I wondered what the festival weekend would have been like. Friday, the day we had our first Drive-Thru Fish Fry, was a beautiful day and evening and would have been a great opener. However, that soon changed as the southwest winds increased the heat and humidity for Saturday and Sunday. Both days were in the 90s with humidity at 70 percent. Then Sunday evening around 6:30 p.m., the heavy rains came and it rained for the next few hours. So much for the fireworks. While canceling the festival was not an easy decision, this past weekend's weather helped confirm it was the right one. We look forward to a better year in 2021.

Begging For Money
 
Over the past 54 years, the festival has aided the parish’s yearly budget. This year was no different. When the budget was being prepared in late winter, $70,000 from the festival was slated toward the parish budget. Realizing in May there would be no festival and no $70,000 to depend on, we decided to send out a begging letter, asking parishioners who are able to make a sacrificial financial donation to help recover that financial loss. To date, we have received $19,335.50. Thank you to those who have contributed! On behalf of the parish, I ask that those who haven’t contributed as of yet, prayerfully consider making a financial contribution. If possible, please return your financial donation in an envelope marked “Festival.” We will be accepting financial donations until September.
 
Drive-Thru Fish Fry
 
Our first Drive-Thru Fish Fry, by all accounts, was a success. By 6:00 p.m., 335 fish dinners were sold. A big thank you to the Festival Committee members who helped plan and organize this new adventure in our pandemic times. A special thank you to Ron Heser and Peter Kurz who worked many hours behind the scenes to make sure the first experience was a good one. Based on the success of our first Fish Fry, I’m pleased to say a second one is planned for Friday, August 28 (4:00-7:00 p.m.). We plan to make it better and more efficient than the first one. Thank you to all who helped at the Fish Fry, and thank you to all who waited in line to order and pick up your dinners. We appreciate your patience. 

  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 attend daily or weekend Masses, please consider calling Denise Kasulke at the parish office (414-321-1965) or email her at dkasulke@stjohns-grfd.org for more information .

Fr. Michael Goodavish
 
For a number of years, Fr. Michael Goodavish was the celebrant of our Monday morning Masses. Every now and then, someone asks where he is. Recently he called me to say he accepted a position as Administrator of the Church of Corpus Christi in Roseville, MN. He will be leaving the Milwaukee area this week. I told him he will be supported by our prayers.
 
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 or revfr840@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

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.
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.
2021 Daily Mass Record Opening August 4

The calendar that the parish office uses to record Mass intentions, holiday Mass times, holy day Mass times and all special events is normally opened in May of each year. Due to COVID-19, it was delayed this year.

However, beginning on Tuesday, August 4, parishioners and parish supporters can come to the parish office to request specific days in 2021 for Mass intentions for living and deceased loved ones. The office is open Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Fridays 8:00 a.m. until Noon. You can also call or email the office to make arrangements and send a check or send us a note with your payment and intention information. There is a $10 stipend for each Mass intention.

There are also open dates remaining in 2020 in the months of September, October, November, and December.
Your donations are needed and will help us
continue to operate during these unsettling times.
Eighteenth Sunday in
Ordinary Time
August 1/2, 2020

Today’s readings should inspire the Christian steward with deepened gratitude to our God, who loves us with such fierce and tender love. We must make an intentional response every day to return love for Love.

In our Second Reading, from Romans, St. Paul reminds us that nothing and nobody can keep God from loving us. No anguish, distress, persecution, famine, and we might add pandemic, economic loss, relationship strife; nothing can keep our God from His faithful love for us. God has got us in the palm of His hand. 

And yet, this reassurance is only the beginning of God’s gifts to us. Our Gospel passage from Matthew recounts the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fish. This, of course, is a foreshadowing of the miraculous gift the Eucharist, which feeds us not with bread but with the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus. 

Let’s look at the opening verses of this passage, for they reveal a little of the tender heart of Jesus for all of us. “His heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their sick.” What generous and compassionate love He shows.

But even that is not enough for our Lord. He remains with them, ministering to and teaching them well into the evening. The disciples suggest that Jesus should send them away so that they could buy some food. But Jesus will not hear of it. He insists that the disciples feed them right then and there. He then provides the miraculous abundance of food out of the few loaves and fishes the disciples could round up.

What a privilege for those disciples to participate in Christ’s miraculous plan for His people; this privilege is ours, too, as Christian stewards. Let us make a grateful response to such amazing love.
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.

As a third generation Jehovah’s Witness, Mary Kochan was fully immersed in their activities until adulthood. She offers an insider’s view about what life is like for Jehovah’s Witnesses and what is most likely to help them come to the fullness of truth about Jesus Christ.
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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.

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.

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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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