What's Happening at SJE
This Week
Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 3/4, 2018

Sunday's Gospel presents Jesus’ teachings on the two greatest commandments. Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. Moreover, love your neighbor as yourself.

Let’s consider these “greatest commandments” as they relate to three aspects of a Christian steward’s daily life, the giving of our time, talent and treasure.

The use of time refers primarily to our relationship with the Lord, in other words, our prayer life. Since time is a gift to me from God, I show my love for Him and my gratitude for this gift by giving Him the best portion of my time. Of course, it is vital to talk to God throughout the day, but if I want to love Him with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength, shouldn’t I make time for God “first” on my agenda each day- not as an afterthought, but as a time I have intentionally chosen to spend only with Him?

The use of talents refers to the way I offer the abilities, skills, and interests the Lord has given me for the good of those around me. Doing so is a practical way to “love my neighbor as myself.” At the same time, it is also a way to love the Lord with all that I am and have, since He has told us that whatever we do for others we are also doing for Him.

The use of material gifts, or treasure, likewise demonstrates both love of God and of neighbor. When I trustingly offer a sacrificial gift to God through the offertory collection, I am showing Him in a very tangible way that He comes before all else in my life, and I am putting my material resources at the service of my neighbor in the parish community and beyond.

When we live for God and others, we are living a stewardship way of life. Moreover, like the wise scribe in Sunday's Gospel, we are moving closer to the kingdom of God, our ultimate destination.
The Feast of All Saints
November 1, 2018
A Holy Day of Obligation

All Catholics are required to attend Mass on Nov. 1. Mass will be offered here at St. John's at 8:00 a.m., Noon, and 6:30 p.m.
Just a reminder Saturday, November 3, is the First Saturday of the month. In addition to Reconciliation on Saturday morning after the 8:00 a.m. Mass, Confession will be available at 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the church. Reconciliation is a great way to keep ourselves firmly united with God, as well as an opportunity to receive grace, to turn from sin, and believe ever more deeply in God's generous Mercy.
Daylight Savings Ends

On Sunday, November 4, at 2:00 a.m., daylight saving time ends. Be sure to set your clocks back one (1) hour before going to bed.
Ordering for Rejoice! Advent Meditations with Mary will be this weekend, November 3/4, after all Masses. The book costs $7.00 and you will be able to pick up your book after the Masses the weekend of December 1/2 in the hall and watch a one-time 30 minute introductory video.
SCRIP Schedule
November 3/4 will be the upcoming SCRIP weekend. Scrip is also available on Thursdays from 2:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. in the church hall during the school year. 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
Restaurant Fundraising Update

A big thanks to you and Cousins Sub Shop (7495 W. Layton Ave.) for your generous support. Our October 18 restaurant day raised $202.31.

Our next Cousins Sub day is Wednesday, November 21.
In the Coming Weeks
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.