What's Happening at SJE
This Week
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 6/7, 2019

In today’s Gospel passage from Luke, we find our Lord appointing disciples to go out and prepare others to receive His invitation into the Kingdom of God. Every verse has something to say about the way a Christian steward should approach others. Let’s look at least one of the coaching tips Christ gives.

“The Lord appointed seventy-two others whom He sent out ahead of Him in pairs to every town and place He intended to visit.” In His wisdom, Christ sent His disciples out not as individuals but in pairs, as teams. This approach to evangelization certainly provided practical advantages. The disciples could lean on each other for mutual support and encouragement, helping each other to stay on task and to put their heads together to pray and problem-solve. This teamwork approach is just as relevant to us modern-day Christian stewards. It takes courage and commitment to go out and invite others into the Christian life. We need to work together to do it well.

However, there is also symbolic importance to working in teams. It points to the reality that when we invite others to embrace the Good News of the Gospel, we are not merely inviting them into a belief system, but into a relationship with Christ. Through that relationship, we are inviting them into Christ’s family, our fellow Christian disciples near and far. 

Our parish is our immediate spiritual family in this extended worldwide fold. We are not meant to live as isolated individuals within the parish any more than we are meant to live in isolation within our families. We are meant to be a community. That is why it is so essential for us to foster a vibrant, supportive, welcoming parish life. This is why we emphasize hospitality as one of the pillars of stewardship. It is not enough to point others to Christ; we must invite them to join us in community with Him. We must offer a place and mission for them in the Church and within our parish family.
Please be aware that the Parish Office will be  CLOSED on both Thursday, July 4, and Friday, July 5, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

Please plan accordingly.

Farewell Reception Update

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.
As a medical doctor and licensed psychotherapist, Deacon Dr. Bob McDonald knows very well the deep hunger and inner needs of the human heart. He explains how the Holy Eucharist becomes the core and center of our lives since only Jesus can fill what is lacking within the human spirit that is bruised and broken. Discover the immensity of God's love revealed by His Real Presence.
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 6/7 and 20/21 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.

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What's Happening in Our School
Sunday, July 14 - 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m

Sendik's Food Market, 7901 W. Layton Ave.

Join us as we serve up delicious brats and other grilled fare!
In the Coming Weeks
Summer Adult Programs

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