What's Happening at SJE
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 8/9, 2020

Today’s readings are part pep talk and part marching orders for us Christian stewards. They offer wonderfully clear guidance on what matters most to God in the way we prioritize our lives and the way He intends for us to use the gifts He has given us.

The first reading, from the prophet Isaiah, gives us very straightforward instructions: “Thus says the Lord: Share your bread with the hungry, shelter the oppressed and the homeless; clothe the naked when you see them and do not turn your back on your own.” The Lord gives no wiggle room here; care for our brothers and sisters in need is a “must-do” for the Christian steward.

But note how generous our God is to us when we do these things. “Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your wound shall quickly be healed.” The more we give ourselves away, the more we will find ourselves, and “light shall rise” for us in the form of more of God’s grace in our lives and more joy and peace in our hearts.

Our Gospel passage from Matthew sends us out on our stewardship way with a bang as Jesus declares to us, His disciples, that we are the “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world.” But, He adds, salt no longer gives flavor if allowed to go stale; light cannot bring its blessed brightness if left hidden. Therefore, we must act! We must live our lives so that others will see the things that we do, the ways that we serve others, care for the vulnerable, prioritize our family relationships, and above all, our love for God, and then give Him glory. 

This is the stewardship way of life. Let’s give it our all!
Wednesday, February 5
  • 6:30 p.m. KSKJ - Rectory Room A
  • 6:30 p.m. Gym Unavailable

Thursday, February 6
  • 7:30 a.m. Mass followed by Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 2:45 p.m. Youth Hand Bell Choir Rehearsal - Music Room
  • 5:15 p.m. Love One Another CEC Meeting - Hall
  • 6:00 p.m. Adult Hand Bell Choir - Music Room

Friday, February 7
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Confessions during Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
 
Saturday, February 8
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Confessions during Mother of Perpetual Help Devotion, Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 9:00 a.m. Confirmation Retreat - Hall

Sunday, February 9
  • 8:00 a.m. Holy Name led Rosary before Mass
  • 9:00 a.m. Grade School RE Classes - School
  • 9:30 a.m. Holy Name Breakfast & Meeting - Hall
  • 6:00 p.m. Ablaze - Hall
  • 6:00 p.m. Blue & Gold Dinner - Gym

Monday, February 10
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 6:30 p.m. Stewardship Meeting - Rectory Room A
 
Tuesday, February 11
  • 7:30 a.m. Mass followed by St. Anthony Devotion, Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 1:00 p.m. Consoling the Heart of Jesus - Room A
  • 2:45 p.m. Youth Choir Rehearsal - Music Room
  • 6:30 p.m. School & RE First Reconciliation - Church
  • 7:00 p.m. Adult Choir Rehearsal - Music Room
  • 7:30 p.m. Knights of Columbus #524 Meeting - Hall

Wednesday, February 12
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
Small Plates, Big Hearts!
A Night at St. John's

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Food stations from a variety of local restaurants!
Come and enjoy the food, drinks, music, raffles, and an online silent auction. Click  here for more information. 

Tickets are now available. The presale ticket price is $25.
On the day of the event, the price will be $35

To purchase tickets online, click  here!

Delicious tasting food from contributors including:

Red Onion, That's Amore, Double B's BBQ, Mexican Village,
Carrabba's Italian Grill, Jimmy John's, and more!

We are now accepting auction and raffle donations for our event! As you are shopping look for the following items that make for a successful auction: electronics, jewelry, sports/outdoor equipment, household items, timeshares, sporting event tickets, sports memorabilia, spa items, etc.

If you would like to give SCRIP gift cards for our event please click here for the flyer and follow the instructions.

Questions? Email  SJEGive@stjohns-grfd.org
Consoling the Heart of Jesus
Session 4

The third session of the Consoling the Heart of Jesus series will be held on Tuesday, February 4, at 1:00 p.m. in Room A. During this third session, there will be a group discussion of Obstacle “2” - Our Weaknesses, Sinfulness & Attachments and Obstacle “3” - Fear of Suffering, Again, focusing on pages 75 - 108 of the book.

SESSION 3 RECAP

This past week, we gained new insights into how we can come to Jesus, especially with our weaknesses and sinfulness. We can ask Jesus to help us overcome our fear of suffering by strengthening our trust and by teaching us how to turn suffering into love.

If you have any questions, please contact
Laura Lee at 414-840-0261
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.
How can we evangelize an unbelieving world? In this talk, Ken Hensley uses simple, effective logic to show how the atheistic worldview inevitably leads to contradictions that can’t hold up to sound reasoning. After hearing this talk, you will be empowered to conclusively demonstrate how unbelief leads to the destruction of morality, meaning, and even knowledge.
Whether you want to buy your sweetie a special gift, take them to dinner, or take them on a world-wind trip, think of SCRIP. We can handle all your giving needs. When you purchase SCRIP, 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.

Upcoming SCRIP weekends are February 15/16 and March 7/8. As always, SCRIP is available in the Parish Office during regular business hours.
This program allows .5% of your 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
Track and Futsal Sign-ups
In the Coming Weeks
Men's Retreat

A retreat for men will be held Friday, March 13, to Sunday, March 15, at the Perpetual Help Retreat Center in Oconomowoc. The weekend begins with check-in between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. The program starts at 7:00 p.m. and runs through Noon on Sunday. Carpooling is available.

For details and/or to sign up, call Ron at 414-448-7117
or the Retreat Center at 262-567-6900
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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