What's Happening at SJE
This Week
Pentecost Sunday
June 8/9, 2019

Today we reach the finale of the Easter season with the celebration of the great Feast of Pentecost. Reflecting on today’s readings inspires a sense of awe as we consider the mighty power of the Holy Spirit at work giving birth to and sustaining our Church. Just as impressive, the same Spirit is calling to us this day to take up our part in the Church’s saving work.

In the first reading, from Acts, we see the creative genius of the Holy Spirit moving through the newly confirmed Apostles “who began to speak in different tongues as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.” The large crowd, gathered from all over the world, were “amazed” and “astounded” that each one could understand the Apostles speaking in their own language.

Each one of us, young and old alike, is personally called today by the Holy Spirit into the same mission as that of the first Apostles. We are to advance the Kingdom of God in our corner of the world. Just as He did on that Pentecost day, the Holy Spirit speaks to us in our “own language” to give us the Good News of the Gospel and urge us to share it. We can think of our own language as the particular gifts, talents, and passions we possess. We experience the presence of the Holy Spirit through them, and we are meant to put them to work in grateful service of the Kingdom of God. 

When we consider the stewardship way of life we are called to live, we often focus on the challenges it poses. Surrendering ourselves to God is indeed a challenging way to live. However, it leads to a life that is exciting, creative, and deeply rewarding. Stewardship allows us to experience life as a great adventure because it is a life guided and directed by the very source of power and creativity- the Holy Spirit!
Last Thursday was a special day for our eighth graders. They graduated, leaving SJE behind to head off to high school in the fall. We are blessed with a wide variety of high-quality high school options. This year's class has enrolled at St. Thomas More, Catholic Memorial, Trinity Academy, Chesterton Academy, Franklin, Greenfield, and Whitnall. We know that they will represent SJE well wherever they go. We wish them all good things. Please join us in congratulating the St. John the Evangelist Class of 2019! 

Miguel Barot 
Jan Correa 
Mario Correa 
Kaela Dudzik 
Nicholas Felske  
Teresa Frelk 
Francis Gutierrez 
Emma Kaluzny 
Peter Kurz 
David Pitcher
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.
Sister Bethany Madonna, vocations director for the Sisters of Life, shares how God not only wants us to know Him, but also to give us the desires of our heart and gifts that bring purpose, meaning, and hope. She makes it clear that “receiving is the gift that we give” to the Lord and that He wants to be invited into every aspect of our lives. Speaking from her own life experience, Sister Bethany shows the importance of asking in order to receive all the Lord has in mind for us. 
Weddings, birthdays, and graduations, oh my! All those gifts to buy and you don't know for sure what they would like. Take the guess work out of your gift giving needs! Purchase SCRIP! They get what they like, and St. John's will receive a percentage. Click here to view and print our order form. We order on Mondays and have them ready to be picked up no later than Thursday each week.

June 15/16 and July 6/7 will be the upcoming SCRIP weekends. As always, SCRIP is available in the Parish Office during regular business hours.
This program allows .5% of your regular 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.
52nd Annual Family Festival News
Click each date for more information:

Become a Firecracker Backer!

Make a contribution to this year's fireworks display.

Categories for Sponsorship:
  • Platinum: $500
  • Gold: $250
  • Silver: $150
  • Bronze: $100
  • Copper: $50

The deadline for Sponsorship is June 30, 2019.
What's Happening in Our School
Summer Restaurant Fundraisers

Just because school is out for the summer doesn't mean the Restaurant Fundraising is over. We have several scheduled for June and July. So join on the following days:

Friday, June 7 - All Day

Cousins Subs, 7495 W. Layton Ave.

Tuesday, June 11 - 4 to 8 p.m.

Oscar's Frozen Custard, 2362 S. 108th St.

Sunday, July 14 - 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m

Sendik's Food Market, 7901 W. Layton Ave.

Join us as we serve up delicious brats and other grilled fare!
In the Coming Weeks
Summer Adult Programs

We will be offering several one day/evening programs over the summer months. Click here or on the image below for descriptions of each program.
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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