What's Happening at SJE
This Week
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 23/24, 2019

In Sunday's Gospel, taken from the sixth chapter of Luke, Jesus offers a very challenging, seemingly impossible approach to daily life. “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. To the person who strikes you on one cheek, offer the other one as well, and from the person who takes your cloak do not withhold even your tunic.” It makes one want to say, “Seriously, Lord?” Moreover, He doesn’t stop there. Jesus adds, “Give to everyone who asks of you, and from the one who takes what is yours, do not demand it back.” 

This seems so unfair! That is unless we look at this way of life from a stewardship point of view. Then, not only does it seem doable (though challenging), it actually makes perfect sense. A steward understands clearly that all he has and all that he is, his very life, is a gift from God given to him from an unfathomable abundance of love. This changes everything! This means “my” cloak, “my” tunic, “my” money and time, all of it ultimately belongs to God. He has entrusted these things to each of us in love to use for His purposes and His glory.

Does this mean we are to be passive “doormats” to anyone who wants to take advantage of us? Certainly not. Jesus explains this in the next verse of this passage when He says, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” There is nothing wrong with loving oneself since God loves us and has made us in His own image and likeness. Jesus is merely asking that we also approach others, and the sharing of our gifts, with this same attitude. He is giving us a definition here of real love, a steward’s love! 
Journey with the Holy Family and Pray for Vocations

Just as the Holy Family journeyed to Bethlehem, St. John the Evangelist is offering a Traveling Vocation Prayer Kit , with a statue of the Holy Family that will journey from home to home.
Place the statue in a prominent place in your home, and for a week, join your family in prayer for an increase in vocations:
Holy Marriage, Diocesan Priesthood, Religious Vocations for men and women, Generous and Dedicated Single Life, Permanent Diaconate.

We invite you to participate!

Please sign up in the narthex Feb 23/24. The statue will be kept in a “treasure box” in the cabinets on the east wall, in the narthex. Pick up Sundays by noon and return the following Saturday by 6 p.m.

Questions? Please contact Paul H: 262-933-7158
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.

February 9/10 and 16/17 will be the upcoming SCRIP weekends. Please note the date change for February only. 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
What's Happening in Our School
Thank you to all the parishioners and school families who donated to our Toiletry Drive for the Capuchin Community. We were able to fill over 300 hygiene bags for their guests. We had boxes of extras to send along too.

Thank you for your generosity and stewardship!
After-School Care Worker Needed

St. John the Evangelist is in need of an after-school care worker. This is a part time position. Hours are 2:45 until approximately 6:00 P.M. school days, on alternating weeks. This is the perfect position for a retired parishioner who loves children of all ages!! All candidates must be willing to submit to a criminal background check and participate in Safeguarding All God’s Family Training.

For more information or to apply, please call our school office at 414-321-8540.
In the Coming Weeks
Parish Men's Retreat

A retreat for men will be held Friday, March 8, to Sunday, March 10, 2019, at the Perpetual Help Retreat Center in Oconomowoc.

The weekend starts around 7:00 P.M. (Check-in begins at 6-6:30 P.M.) on Friday and ends around noon on Sunday. Carpooling is available.

For details and to sign up, call Ron Heser at 414-448-7117 or
call the retreat center at 262-567-6900.
St. John the Evangelist Day
with the Milwaukee Wave

Join us on Sunday, March 31, at 1:05 P.M. for St. John the Evangelist Day. Tickets are only $10 each and include a pair of Milwaukee Wave athletic socks and post-game autographs for all fans in attendance.

Click here for the order form.

For more information email Trisha Jambor at assistantad@sje.k12.wi.us.
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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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