What's Happening at SJE
This Week
Fourth Sunday of Easter
May 11/12, 2019

Throughout the Easter season, our readings have given us glimpses into the life of the newborn Church and the bold witness of the early disciples in spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ to all who would listen. These disciples were the first to live a stewardship way of life, and their example is as relevant today as it was 2,000 years ago.

In the First Reading, from the Acts of the Apostles, we catch up with Paul and Barnabas in Antioch. While they certainly have some success in reaching many people there with the message of salvation, others are downright infuriated by their words and send them packing. Yet, we read that “the disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.” Overall, it seems as if Paul and Barnabas had failed in Antioch. However, this seeming failure has not robbed them of their joy. What’s more, they are filled to the brim with the abundant gifts of the Holy Spirit. How is this possible? 

It is only possible because Paul and Barnabas saw themselves as nothing more and nothing less than stewards of Christ and His Good News. This realization brought them freedom to offer themselves and their lives to others for the sake of the Gospel. The “results” of their efforts were up to God.

This Spirit-filled, joy-filled life is available to all of us all these years later. It can be achieved when we recognize, as did Paul and Barnabas, that all we have and all we are is a gift from God meant to be shared with others for His glory. Of course, living as God’s stewards does not imply a life of ease or a life free of sacrifice. Sometimes the steward’s life involves significant challenges, requiring all the strength and love one has to give. However, in the end, there is simply no more satisfying way to live.
Respect Life Rose Sale

Mother's Day is a time to remember who we can thank for giving us life, our mothers. She is the heartbeat of the family and our source of God's creation. She is a solid reminder modeled after our Blessed Mother when she said yes to life.

Our annual Rose Sale will take place on May 11 & 12 after all the Masses to honor these women! This will be St. John's 35th Annual Rose Sale which started in 1984. We want you to use these beautiful long stem red roses, the symbol of life, to express that everlasting thank you to your mothers for saying "Yes" to God's creation plans!

The Respect Life Committee 
Holy Name Essay Contest

Each year, St. John’s Holy Name Society sponsors an Essay contest for 6th, 7th and 8th-grade students of St. John's Parish that are either enrolled in our school, our religious education or home-schooled. We offer a prize structure of $ 75.00 for first place, $60 for second place and $40 for third place for each program.

The theme for this year’s contest was: “How does God reveal himself to you.” This year the winners are (click on their name to read their essay):

(Only one essay was received from our Religious Education program)

Holy Name Society would like to thank Mrs. Mary Laidlaw–Otto, Principal at SJE, and Austen Rahill, Director of Religious Education, for their cooperation in allowing this essay contest to continue. Thanks also to Mrs. Emily Wisniewski, 7th grade teacher at St. John's, who coordinated the essays and judged the winners.

For more information about the contest or the Holy Name Society, contact Ron Heser at 414-448-7117, St. John’s Holy Name Society President
Congratulations to our students who received the Body and Blood of Christ for the first time this past
Saturday, May 4.

Miriam A., Benjamin B.
Lilijana C., Jonah G., Caleb L. Nathan L., Joseph M. Ryan M. Abigail N., Elizabeth S.
Isabella T., Dominick V.
Jonah V., Isabella W.
Emily W., Matthew Z.

Please join us in remembering these students in your prayers as they grow
in their journey as Catholics. 
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.
Fr. Mike Schmitz, one of the leading presenters in the Church today, speaks powerfully about the Sacrament of Reconciliation. He makes clear the truth that Christ deeply loves and wants to encounter each of us as we are, with all our imperfections. Fr. Mike debunks the lies we often believe about not being good enough to approach Jesus, and he draws upon Scripture to explain rationally why we go to priests to encounter God’s mercy and forgiveness in Confession.
Help Mom refresh her closet for spring and summer. Does she have a favorite store where she shops ? Does she have a favorite type of shoe? Whatever it is, we’ve got scrip for that. 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.

May 18/19 and June 6/7 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.
Festival News
Become a Firecracker Backer!

Make a contribution to this year's fireworks display.

Categories for Sponsorship:
  • Platinum: $500
  • Gold: $250
  • Silver: $150
  • Bronze: $100
  • Copper: $50

The deadline for Sponsorship is June 30, 2019.
What's Happening in Our School
Fuel Greatness  
Student Ambassador Reward Summit 
Our SJE Fuel Up to Play 60 team meets twice per month throughout the school year to plan activities which engage our students in healthy eating and activity.   

This year, St. John the Evangelist was one of only three schools in the Milwaukee area and one of 27 in the state to have students who earned an invitation to an all-day event in Green Bay on Wednesday, May 1st. Nick F. (gr. 8), Mario C. (gr. 8), Angelica W. (gr. 7), Therese P. (gr. 7), Tyler J. (gr. 6) and Ms. Starks took part in snack planning and a leadership brain break activity which they will share with our students. In addition, students met with dairy farmers, participated in a scavenger hunt in the Packer Hall of Fame, and had a "Minute to Win It" contest with Mason Crosby and Geronimo Allison. What a busy day!! 

Transportation to this amazing event was funded by our Home and School Association. We look forward to our team sharing new ideas in upcoming FUTP60 events. 
Restaurant Fundraiser

Click here or on the image below to download the flyer.
We hope to see you there!
In the Coming Weeks
Golf Outing

Come join us on Sunday, June 2, at Whitnall Golf Course. First tee time is 2:00 p.m. All are welcome, men and women. This is a fun outing, no competition or prizes. We will be playing 9 holes. A light lunch in the church hall will follow. Cost: $20/person walking. Carts are available at extra cost.

To sign up, call Ron Heser at 414-448-7117.
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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