What's Happening at SJE
This Week
Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 12/13 2019

Gratitude is the key to a stewardship way of life. Today’s readings demonstrate the power and vital importance of gratitude in the life of the Christian disciple, for gratitude leads us to worship God, who offers us salvation.

We see the power of gratitude on display in the Gospel passage from Luke after Jesus heals ten lepers. “And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned.” Only one of the ten recognized the tremendous blessing he had received from Jesus, and he returned to thank Him. While it’s easy to feel indignant at the failure of the nine others to return and thank Jesus, how often do we fail to recognize the blessings, answered prayers, and healing (both physical and spiritual), that the Lord showers upon us day and night? 

The truth is that our very lives and every breath we take are His gift to us. But we can get so caught up in the stresses and distractions of daily life that we lose touch with this truth.

The Samaritan reacts to his gift of healing with the proper response to our loving God. Recognizing what he had just received from the Lord, he “returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked Him.” He was grateful for what God had done for him, and this gratitude led to worship. 

And because of this response, Jesus offered him a far more precious gift that physical healing. He offered him the gift of salvation. “Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.”

Too often we hear the phrase, “Count your blessings,” and write it off as nothing more than a trite saying. Today’s Gospel shows us otherwise. Gratitude is powerful. It deepens our faith in God and leads us to fitting worship of Him.
This Week at a Glance

Wednesday, October 9
  • 6:00 p.m. RCIA & Beyond Meeting - Room B

Thursday, October 10
  • 7:30 a.m. Mass followed by Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 2:45 p.m. Youth Hand Bell Choir Rehearsal - Music Room
  • 4:30 p.m. Volleyball Practice - Gym
  • 6:00 p.m. Adult Hand Bell Choir Rehearsal - Music Room
  • 6:30 p.m. Christian Women - Hall
Friday, October 11
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Confessions during Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 6:00 p.m. Cub Scouts Pack #534 - Hall
Saturday, October 12
  • 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
Lifesavers for Life before & after 4:30 p.m. Mass

Sunday, October 13
  • 8:00 a.m. Holy Name recites the Rosary before Mass
  • 9:00 a.m. Religious Education Grades 1-8
  • 9:30 a.m. Holy Name Breakfast with Speaker
  • 6:00 p.m. High School and Confirmation Classes
Lifesavers for Life before & after All Masses

  Monday, October 14
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 1:00 p.m. Christian Women Meeting - Hall
  • 6:45 p.m. Pillar - Hall
Tuesday, October 15
  • 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
  • 4:30 p.m. Volleyball Practice - Gym
  • 6:30 p.m. School Parent Meeting - Hall
  • 7:00 p.m. Adult Choir Rehearsal - Music Room

Wednesday, October 16
  • 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.
In this stunning real-life drama, discover the sacrificial yet triumphant journey of a man of deep integrity and love for Christ. Reverend Alex Jones promised his congregation a real New Testament worship service. To prepare, he studied the works of the early Church Fathers. The astonishing events that followed culminated not only in his conversion to the Catholic Faith, but also that of 42 members of his flock.
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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