What's Happening at SJE
This Week
Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 31/September 1, 2019

Today’s readings remind us of a chief virtue that characterizes the Christian steward: humility. This is a virtue that is widely thought of as a form of self-abasement. That understanding, however, is off the mark. Humility is simply the awareness of who (and Whose) we truly are. 

On the one hand, we are children of the Most High God who loved us into existence and who, by virtue of our Baptism, has the Holy Trinity dwelling within us. On the other hand, we are children who are completely dependent on God for our existence and for every breath we take.

Our Lord speaks of true humility in our Gospel passage from Luke, telling the parable of the guests invited to a wedding banquet. We are instructed not to seek a place of honor at the banquet table, lest a more distinguished guest arrive and we are asked to move to a lower place. 

Jesus has much more in mind here than an etiquette lesson. He is reminding us that all glory belongs to God. The visual image He offers in having to slink down to a lower seat at the table points out how silly we are when we forget to give God the credit for our blessings and talents. 

On the other hand, when we live in humility, we recognize that all we have is a gift from God. When using those gifts to serve Him and others, God “exalts” us by filling us with even more of Himself and His grace.

Jesus goes on to encourage us to serve and share our blessings with people facing circumstances that would make it impossible for them to offer us any worldly advantage or prestige, “the poor, the crippled, the lame.” 

Our attitude and the way in which we serve and share should be centered on true humility, recognizing that we are all “little” ones in the eyes of God. We are all His children; brothers and sisters invited to our Father’s heavenly banquet.
This Week at a Glance

Wednesday, August 28
  • 6:00 p.m. RCIA and Beyond Meeting - Room B
  • 7:00 p.m. Right to Life Holy Hour - Church

Thursday, August 29
  • 8:00 a.m. Rosary Recited after Mass
  • 4:30 p.m. Volleyball Practice - Gym
  • 6:30 p.m. Back to School Parent Meeting - Hall

Friday, August 30
  • 8:30 a.m. Rosary Recited after Mass
  • 8:30 a.m. Confessions
  • 7:00 p.m. Home-School Young Adult Dance - Hall

Saturday, August 31
  • 8:30 a.m. Rosary Recited after Mass -
Mother of Perpetual Help Devotion
  • 8:30 a.m. Confessions

Monday, September 2
  • 8:30 a.m. Labor Day (Parish & School Offices Closed)

Tuesday, September 3
  • 8:00 a.m. Rosary Recited after Mass -
St. Anthony Devotion
  • 4:30 p.m. Volleyball Practice - Gym

Wednesday, September 4
  • 8:30 a.m. Rosary Recited after Mass
  • 6:30 p.m. KSKJ Meeting - Room A

Registration is now open!
Classes Start on Sunday, September 8, 2019

Stewardship in Action

Nine of our volunteer landscapers took care of the gardens on August 21 before trying their hand at painting four life like statues for our outdoor nativity under the direction of Joyce Eesley, artist extraordinaire! They are such a great team! Shows what can be accomplished with many hands!
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.
According to Fr. William Casey, Superior General of the Fathers of Mercy, "We are living at the time of the greatest loss of faith in the 2000-year history of the Catholic Church". Discover how faith in the Real Presence of Jesus can remedy this as Fr. Casey explains and defends the Catholic Eucharistic doctrine and encourages us to pray before the Blessed Sacrament to help us grow spiritually.
It's never too early! Summer’s almost over and school will soon be back in session! Before you send your kids back to school, get your scrip and make sure they’re ready for the first day of class with new clothes, supplies, and everything else a student needs. Shop with us 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.

September 7/8 and 21/22 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
In the Coming Weeks
Blood Drive

St. John's Christian Women will be sponsoring a blood drive on Monday, September 16, in the church hall. We have appointment times open between 2:30-7:30 p.m. We will have a Dual Red Machine available. A light lunch will be provided.

Contact Diane at 414-327-6780 to make an appointment.
Walk-ins are welcome.

Please Be A Life Saver!!!
You are cordially invited to join our pastor, Fr. Michael, and other parishioners at the 17th Annual Seminary Dinner titled “CALLED”
on Friday, October 4th. 

The dinner will be held at the Wisconsin Center Ballroom in Milwaukee. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend a joyful evening with Catholics from all over the diocese, enjoy a delicious dinner, and support the seminary. Cost per person is $150, a portion of which is tax-deductible. Transportation can be arranged. 

Please contact Dennis or Mary Baumgardner at 414-427-0832 with questions or to RSVP. RSVP’s are needed by Sept. 15.
Thank you!
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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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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