What's Happening at SJE
This Week
Second Sunday of Lent
March 16/17, 2019

In last week’s Gospel, we followed Jesus into the desert where He fasted and prayed. This week, He leads us up a mountain to witness His Transfiguration. Why both of these experiences?
He is preparing us to go with Him in a few short weeks to a hilltop, Golgotha, where He will lay down His life for our sake, and then finally to take us to an empty cave where He triumphed over sin and death once and for all. 

Jesus perfectly understands our humanity. He knows we need desert experiences, times of self-denial and testing, in order to arrive at mountain-top moments when we see and feel His glorious presence in our lives. The purpose of these two types of experiences is summed up in the description of the Apostles who were with Jesus at that mountain-top experience in Sunday's Gospel. “Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep, but becoming fully awake, they saw his glory….”

The reason for all of our fasting and prayer and almsgiving during Lent is to be reawakened to all God has done for humanity, and to all that He has done for each of us personally. It is all too easy to get lulled into complacency in our daily routines, to “sleepwalk” through life, getting up and getting ourselves out the door, going to work, returning home for dinner and dishes, meetings or sports activities, and finally flopping on the couch to watch TV until bedtime. While there is nothing inherently sinful in this routine, as Christian stewards, we are called to so much more!

This Lent let us train ourselves, or more precisely, allow Him to train us to say “Yes” to His will and to offer our lives back to Him in gratitude. In so doing, we, too, will become “transfigured.” This is what it means to live fully awake. This is a stewardship way of life, and it is glorious indeed.
Stations of the Cross

Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. March 13, 20, 27, April 10, 17

Fridays at 2:00 p.m. (School)
March 22, 29, April 5, 12
Confession Schedule

Fridays at 8:30 a.m.
March 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

Saturdays at 8:30 a.m.
March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13

First Saturday 3:30-4:00 p.m.
April 6
"Pray, Reconcile and Rejoice - 12 Hours of Reconciliation"

In conjunction with the 175 Anniversary of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, this sacramental event will take place on Wednesday, April 10, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at ten parishes throughout the Archdiocese.

Locally it will be held at St. Mary Parish (9520 W. Forest Home Ave, Hales Corners).
Calling all men! Join us for your Lenten Journey!

Do you want to be the man God created you to be? Following Jesus example the best way is being part of a band of brothers who learn from, support, and challenge one another. Join us for the kick-off of Father Larry Richards "Be a Man" series, starting at 6:45 a.m. Saturday, March 16, in Church Hall. Be  all-in  for your wife, children, parish, workplace, community, country, and Become a Godly Man.

Contact Will for the details: (414) 531-7005, or  wstarcevich@wi.rr.com
SJE Mom's Group

Join us at 9:00 A.M. in the Rectory, Meeting Room B, on Tuesday, March 19. We meet to support and affirm women in the many roles we have in life as mothers, wives, daughters, sisters, and friends. It's a ministry where women, bonded by their vocation and their Catholic faith, come together to share the joys and struggles of motherhood. Moms of all ages/stages are welcome.
Take a Vacation with SCRIP

Are you planning a trip for Easter break? Going out of town for the weekend? Did you know you can purchase SCRIP to pay for many of your trip expenses? On the back of our SCRIP form you will find cards available for hotels, car rentals, airlines, cruise lines, and even Disney (good at their resorts, theme parks, cruises etc). Click here to view and print our order form. Look at the second page; the items that can be ordered to plan your vacation are in bold print. We order on Mondays and have them ready to be picked up no later than Thursday each week.

March 16/17 and April 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.
Festival News
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
Join us on Tuesday, March 19, for out Cafe Zupas School Night. Just mention St. John's or click here or on the flyer below to print a copy.
In the Coming Weeks
Palm Sunday - April 14
Masses at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.
Pancake Breakfast from 9:00-Noon

Holy Thursday - April 18
Mass of the Lord's Supper at 7:00 p.m.

Good Friday - April 19
Good Friday Service at 1:00 p.m.
Fish Fry from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Holy Saturday - April 20
Blessing of Food Baskets at Noon
Easter Vigil at 8:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday - April 21
Masses at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.
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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