What's Happening at SJE
This Week
Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 19/20 2019

The four pillars of parish stewardship are hospitality, prayer, formation, and service. Today’s readings show us the immense value of prayer and the privileged place it must have in our individual lives and our parish community.

Our Lord Himself calls us to prayer, and persistence in prayer, in the Gospel passage from Luke. Jesus tells the parable of the nagging widow who finally wears down the judge with her unrelenting persistence in her pursuit of a just ruling from him on her behalf. Jesus goes to great lengths to describe this judge, saying he “neither feared God nor respected any human.” Yet even this corrupt judge responds with a just judgment because of the widow’s persistence. 

Jesus uses this outlandish example to draw a vivid contrast between a reluctant, dishonest judge and our loving, all-merciful Father. If even a bad judge gives a just judgment, how much more eagerly and perfectly will our good Father respond to our persistent prayers to Him?

If he delays in responding, if he provides a different response from the one we were expecting, we can remain confident and trusting in His goodness. We know that His response, whenever it comes and in whatever form, will be the very best one for us.

Our job then as Christian stewards is to remain faithful to our relationship with God through prayer. We must lean on each other in our communities, family, and parish, as we support each other in prayer. A strong pillar of prayer will make all our other stewardship efforts fruitful.
Wednesday, October 16
  • 6:30 p.m. Dart Ball - Hall
  • 7:00 p.m. Respect Life Holy Hour - Church

Thursday, October 17
  • 7:30 a.m. Mass followed by Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 11:00 a.m. School - Early Dismissal
  • 4:30 p.m. Volleyball Practice - Gym
  • 6:00 p.m. Adult Hand Bell Choir Rehearsal - Music Room
Cousin's Sub Day - All Day
Friday, October 18
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Confessions during Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • No School
Saturday, October 19
  • 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
  • 10:00 a.m. Soles for Catholic Education Walk - Mt. Mary University
Scrip & Cub Scout Popcorn/Wreath sale before & after
4:30 p.m. Mass

Sunday, October 20
  • 9:00 a.m. Religious Education Grades 1-8
  • 10:30 a.m. Children's Liturgy of the Word during Mass
  • 6:00 p.m. Movie "Unplanned" - Hall
  • 6:00 p.m. High School and Confirmation Classes
Scrip & Cub Scout Popcorn/Wreath sale before & after
All Masses

  Monday, October 21
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 6:30 p.m. St. Vincent de Paul Meeting - MPR
  • 6:45 p.m. Pillar - Hall
Tuesday, October 22
  • 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
  • 3:00 p.m. Grade 5 Girls Scout Meeting - MPR
  • 4:30 p.m. Volleyball Practice - Gym
  • 6:30 p.m. Elder Ministry Meeting - Rectory Room A
  • 6:30 p.m. Formation Committee Meeting - Rectory Room B
  • 7:00 p.m. Adult Choir Rehearsal - Music Room

Wednesday, October 23
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
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.
Following Christ can entail fear, risk, and uncertainty. But as St. John Henry Newman boldly preaches, this reality reveals how crucially important and worthwhile it is to undertake such a venture. “No one among us knows for certain that he himself will persevere; yet every one among us, to give himself even a chance of success at all, must make a venture... and in this consists the excellence and nobleness of faith.” Click here for a PDF of "The Ventures of Faith", written by St. John Henry Newman.
Raking leaves may not be fun, but it's another opportunity to pick up all your yard work supplies using SCRIP. 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.

October 19/20 and November 2/3 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
Cousins Sub Day
Thursday, October 17

Looking for a quick lunch? Can't figure out what to make for dinner? We have the answer! Cousins Subs, 7495 W. Layton Ave., will donate a portion of all sales to SJE School on Thursday, October 17. Support our excellent school and an amazing community partner by stopping in for lunch or dinner.

Cousins Scrip cards are available in the Parish Office during regular business hours or during SCRIP sale weekends
Red Robin Fundraiser
Monday, October 21
4-8 p.m

Join us on Monday, October 21, from 4-8 p.m. for our Red Robin Dinner Fundraiser. You must present the flyer below for your dinner to count towards our event.

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
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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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