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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 20/21, 2019

In today’s Gospel reading from St. Luke, we receive a reminder about the proper use of the gift of time, a fundamental aspect of a stewardship way of life. Our passage highlights one of the most famous dinner parties ever thrown, recalling the day that Martha and Mary hosted our Lord in their home. We are told that Martha, as a good steward, welcomes Christ in but then becomes “burdened with much serving” while her sister and fellow hostess chooses to sit with Jesus, listening to Him speak. 

Martha becomes indignant at Mary’s behavior and complains to Jesus, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.” However, Jesus, in His infinite wisdom, refuses to get pulled in to this sisterly spat. Instead, He offers Martha a fresh way to look at the situation. “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing.” 

What is that one thing? It is to put Jesus first in our lives and above all other things. We are to “sit at his feet” and listen as Mary did, giving Him the priority of our time no matter how busy we think we are. When we genuinely commit to putting Christ first in our daily lives through a regular time of prayer and frequent participation in the sacraments, we will find that all our other concerns become less pressing, less overwhelming. 

Why is this so? Because the time we invest in our relationship with God saturates all aspects of our lives with His grace. Moreover, because God cannot be outdone in generosity, He will abundantly reward any sacrifice we make in order to spend time with Him
Farewell Reception

The reception for Jodi Bowers, Sunday, July 21, will be held after the 8:30 a.m. and the 10:30 a.m. Mass. At the 10:30 a.m. Mass, we will have a special blessing for Jodi to wish her well in her new employment opportunity.
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.
Do you want to be the #1 influence in your teen's sexual behavior? In this presentation, Jason Evert provides parents with ten powerful strategies to safeguard the innocence of their children and effectively communicate the benefits and beauty of chastity to their family. Jason has spoken about chastity to more than one million people around the world and is the author of more than a dozen books.
With summer upon us, we can help you take care of all your shopping needs. Vacations? Home improvements? We've got a card for that! Having a BBQ? We can help with that! All this can be done by purchasing SCRIP! From hotels, airlines, home improvement stores to all your grocery 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.

July 20/21 and August 3/4 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
We need your help to make our Festival a success. Please consider volunteering your time and talent to our largest event of the year.

Set-up on
Saturday, July 20

Due to the EXTREME high temperature forecasts, we will start working on Saturday, July 20th at 7:00 a.m. and quit around Noon.

Thanks to all who have helped so far.
Ron Heser
Click each date for more information:

Did You Know We Recycle?

For the fifth year, Home & School will be collecting cans during our Festival for the School Technology Fund. Over the last four years we have raised almost $1,500. By trying to be green we not only help the environment, we also help our school.
For the third year in a row, Villani Landshapers has donated the use of recycling dumpsters to facilitate the collection.

Thank you again for all the support.
See you at the festival!
What's Happening in Our School
Fundraising update

A big thank-you for our supporters who came out for our Sendik's fundraiser on a hot Sunday to enjoy grilled burgers, hot dogs and brats.

We raised over $550!
After-School Care Provider Needed

St. John the Evangelist is in need of an after-school care provider. Hours are 2:15 until approximately 6:00 PM each school day, beginning in late August. Candidate must be willing to work with multi-age groups of children, supervising both indoor and outdoor play, snack time, and quiet time each afternoon. This is a great opportunity to work with our wonderful day school children. It would be the perfect position for someone who is recently retired!

All school personnel must complete Safeguarding All God’s Family training and submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.

For more information, or to apply, call or stop in at the
Parish Office. 321-1965.
In the Coming Weeks
Summer Adult Programs

We will be offering several one day/evening programs over the summer months.
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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