What's Happening at SJE
This Week
Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 28/29, 2019

We all have been given great power by God in the form of Time, Talents, and Treasure. Today’s readings remind us that this power is meant to be used for great good, and the failure to do so has eternal consequences.

We see the urgency for us to put our powers to good use in today’s Gospel passage from Luke. Our Lord tells the rather chilling parable of the rich man who ignored poor Lazarus during their lifetimes. At the moment of the rich man’s death, he goes down to the netherworld while Lazarus is taken to the eternal joy and comfort in the bosom of Abraham. The rich man keenly regrets his indifference towards the needs of Lazarus, but it is too late for regret. His choices have played out, and now the rich man will face the consequences of his failure to use the gifts God gave him.

The pursuit of God’s kingdom and care for the poor are not trivial matters. Our Lord makes this clear to us over and over in the Scriptures and the constant teachings of our 2,000-year-old Church. We are free to ignore these teachings and live instead for ourselves. But there will be tragic results for us in the end. And, because we are made for eternity, living selfishly on this earth doesn’t bring us true happiness anyway.

So how can we use our great powers for great good? By embracing a stewardship way of life. By putting God first in all areas of our lives: in the way we spend our time, the ways we share our talents, the ways we give of our financial resources. Stewardship living calls us out of our comfort zone and into a commitment to the Lord and the things that matter to Him. 
September 29
The Feast of the Archangels

Exactly 33 years to the day prior to the great Miracle of the Sun in Fatima, that is, on October 13, 1884, Pope Leo XIII had a remarkable vision. When the aged Pontiff had finished celebrating Mass in his private Vatican Chapel, attended by a few Cardinals and members of the Vatican staff, he suddenly stopped at the foot of the altar. He stood there for about ten minutes, as if in a trance, his face ashen white. Then going immediately from the Chapel to his office, he composed a prayer to St. Michael, with instructions it be said after all Low Masses everywhere.
A Prayer to St. Michael
 
Saint Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and
snares of the devil. May God rebuke him,
we humbly pray; and do Thou, O Prince of the
Heavenly Host, by the power of God, cast into
hell Satan and all the evil spirits who roam the
world seeking the ruin of souls.
Amen.
This Week at a Glance

Wednesday, September 25
  • 6:30 p.m. Dartball - Hall
  • 7:00 p.m. Respect Life Holy Hour - Church

Thursday, September 26
  • 7:30 a.m. Mass followed by Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 9:00 a.m. Secular Franciscans - Room A
  • 2:45 p.m. Youth Hand Bell Choir Rehearsal - Music Room
  • 4:30 p.m. Volleyball Practice - Gym
  • 6:00 p.m. Adult Hand Bell Choir Rehearsal - Music Room
 
Friday, September 27
  •  8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Confessions during Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
 
Saturday, September 28
  • 6:45 a.m. St. John’s Men’s Group Meeting - Hall
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Confessions during Mother of Perpetual Help Devotion, Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet

Sunday, September 29
  • 11:45 a.m. Altar Server Training - Church
  • 6:00 p.m. Religious Education High School & Confirmation

  Monday, September 30
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 6:45 p.m. Pillar - Hall
 
Tuesday, October 1
  • 7:30 a.m. Mass followed by St. Anthony Devotion, Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 1:00 p.m. Pillar - Room A
  • 2:45 p.m. Youth Choir Rehearsal - Music Room
  • 4:30 p.m. Volleyball Practice - Gym
  • 7:00 p.m. Adult Choir Rehearsal - Music Room

Wednesday, October 2
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 6:30 p.m. Dart Ball - Hall
  • 6:30 p.m. KSKJ - Room A
  • 7:00 p.m. Right to Life Holy Hour
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.
Father Michael Schmitz tackles some of the most difficult topics in the Church today. With compassion, clarity, and humor, he shows that the Church's teachings on contraception and same-sex attraction are rooted in the yearnings for authentic love that is shared by all, who are made in the image and likeness of God.
What's better than fundraising every time you fire up the grill? This season, use SCRIP whenever you stock up on grub for game day and set a new record for rebates. 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.

October 5/6 and 19/20 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.
What's Happening in Our School
New Gym Pads

A big thanks to Athletics for working on replacing some of the worn out pads in the gym. What a big improvement!
Each year our school community participates in the Soles for Catholic Education Walk. This year, the walk will be held at Mount Mary University on Saturday, October 19th. I am writing to you today to ask you to consider joining our SJE team on this adventure.

Parishioners are invited to sign up for the walk by following this link:    
 

When you register, choose St. John the Evangelist for the school and the official team name is SJE Flock of Eagles.

There is so much to be gained from participation in this walk. This is a great opportunity to spend time with other Parishioners from SJE, as well as others who support out mission to educate our children in the faith.  The day will feature treats and activities for children, as well as music and food for all. You will not want to miss out.   

The second component of this walk is fundraising. Our school goal is $1000. I know that, with minimal effort on the part of our parishioners, we can easily exceed this goal. Remember – all funds raised come back to SJE. Costs for the walk are paid by supporting organizations.   

Our school and parish staff members are looking forward to spending October 19th with all of our SJE families! 

 
Go forth and be a blessing, 
 
Mary Laidlaw-Otto, Principal  
In the Coming Weeks
Silent Preached Retreat for Women

Let God speak to you and revitalize your Spirit, Friday, October 4, thru Sunday, October 6, at the Redemptorist Retreat Center in Oconomowoc.


The theme this year is “The Four Pillars of the Catholic Church.” This dialogue is spelled out in the Creed, the Sacraments, Morality and Prayer. The weekend starts around 7:00 p.m. with check-in at 6-6:30 p.m. on Friday. It ends around 12:00 Noon on Sunday. Car pooling is available.

For details and to sign up, call Barb at 414- 448-7117 or the retreat center at 262-567-6900
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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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