What's Happening During a Pandemic
While we are "Safer At Home," our weekly newsletter is changing formats
to help you during this challenging time.
Spiritual Meanderings During a Pandemic
During this time when many of us are spending more time at home, consider the following as a way to continue the practice of the faith:

  • Spend time praying the Rosary with your family.
  • Read/Pray over the Mass readings for the day (in “The Word Among Us” or “Magnificat” or on the USCCB website.

  • Remember to pray for all of those affected by the Coronavirus as well as those who care for them.

We rely on our faith when faced with challenging times like this. We place our trust in our merciful Father who never fails to take care of us.
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Fifth Sunday of Lent
March 28/29, 2020

At this point in our Lenten journey, it is tempting to grow weary of the spiritual disciplines we have taken on. Today’s readings inspire us to remain faithful, in grateful response to a God who loves us so much.

In our first reading, the prophet Ezekiel speaks God’s own words to us. “I will put my spirit in you that you may live… I have promised, and I will do it, says the Lord.” Our God wants to be so closely united to us that we are one with Him. And He has promised He will do it. But only if we make room for Him by making Him THE priority of our lives. Putting God first is a grateful response that is very pleasing to Him.

How can we do this? Our second reading, from Romans, tells us. “Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh… you are in the spirit if only the Spirit of God dwells in you.”

The disciplines of Lent and a stewardship way of life are beautiful gifts that free us from too high an attachment to “the flesh.” The sacrifices we make as Christian stewards are not meant to restrict our freedom and joy. Quite the contrary. They are tools to help us find the real freedom and joy that only come when we make room in our lives for God. 

As we journey closer to the Passion of our Lord, let us intensify our Lenten resolutions and our stewardship way of life, inviting the Holy Spirit to take over more and more of our lives. By Easter, we will be freer to rejoice in Him and truly pleasing to God.
Measuring Spiritual Growth and
Parish Engagement

Survey open until April 5.

As of March 24, we have had 150 people take the survey online and an additional 71 paper surveys turned into the parish office. This gives us a total of 221 surveys completed. The numbers are getting better, but we still have over 2,000 members eligible to take the survey (over age 18).

This survey is designed to help you grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ and become more engaged in our parish. By answering the questions in the 15-minute survey, you will have the chance to reflect on individual spiritual growth as well as provide our parish leadership with invaluable insight into our parish strengths and opportunities. This will allow St. John’s to set priorities and allocate resources in the years ahead.
There are two ways to participate. There is a convenient online survey that you can take at home. There is a link on our parish website or you can click here . Click on the link and first select the Archdiocese of Milwaukee then St. John the Evangelist Parish, Greenfield, from the options provided.

There are also paper surveys in the narthex. Contact the parish office if you would like a survey in a language other than English. The survey deadline has been extended to April 5.

The survey is completely confidential. St. John’s will not receive any individual survey responses.
Our Unusual Journey and the Need for Prayer
The last two weeks have definitely challenged all of our school staff members in ways we never could have imagined. Although our students have plenty of access to the technology we need to successfully prepare them for high school, our teachers carefully control the amount of weekly screen time at school. And then, with barely any notice, we have been challenged to provide our students with a distance learning experience that will engage them, challenge them to learn independently, and support their parents through this new experience.

I am so proud of my staff. Over the next couple of weeks I will share some of the tools we are using, giving you a glimpse into what “distance learning” looks like at SJE.

Our upper grade group includes students in grade five through eight. They are working in a Microsoft Teams environment. This means that their teachers provide them with assignments and guidance to complete them. Teachers are able to answer questions, and even initiate discussions with students. Our challenge for the next week is to integrate video conferencing at this level.

We held our first video faculty meeting during the past week. It was awkward and challenging in many ways, but we had the chance to speak and be heard. This will help us to make sure that we support each other through this process.

Our challenges abound, but we are better for them as long as we work together and remember to pray, for each other and for our world.
You are all in my prayers,
... Staying Safer at Home 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.
In this inspiring presentation, popular speaker Vinny Flynn explores the “hidden” truths of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, presenting what to many will be a whole new way of approaching Confession, inviting you to begin an exciting personal journey to healing and holiness. If you do not yet look forward to Confession in the same way you look forward to Communion, this will change your life.
With public celebrations of Mass being canceled over the next few weeks, 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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