What's Happening at SJE
This Week
Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 8/9, 2018

Sunday's readings offer a beautiful illustration of stewardship and the joy that a life lived for others can bring.

Our second reading, from the letter of St. James, teaches that all are equally worthy of our hospitality. We must welcome and serve everyone who walks through our church’s doors, extending warmth and a dignified greeting to all. The person who wanders in late to Mass, who is not dressed to our personal standards, may be just the person who is most in need of Christ’s love. Sometimes we can offer that love simply with a smile and an offer to come and sit next to us in “our” pew.

The Gospel reading from Mark demonstrates the connection between hospitality and service. In this passage we find Jesus on the go, and “people brought to Him a deaf man who had a speech impediment and begged Him to lay His hand on him.” These people had already heard the Good News that Jesus was preaching.

In response, they reached out to a man who literally could not hear and brought him close to Jesus so that he could receive the Good News, too. This is true service and hospitality at its finest.
Jesus responds immediately with a miraculous healing. He blessed those whose service and hospitality had made this encounter possible, confirming their faith to such an extent that they could not stop themselves from proclaiming the wonder they had witnessed.

This week, let’s challenge ourselves to step out of our comfort zone to reach out to someone who needs to hear the Good News of Jesus. We may just find ourselves astonished at what miracles He accomplishes!
Grandparents' Day Mum Plant Sale

Southwest Interfaith Neighborhood Outreach Program will be selling mum plants this weekend, September 8/9 after all Masses. By purchasing a beautiful mum plant for your grandparent or any older friends or relatives, you're helping to support Southwest Interfaith's work of providing services to older adults in our community.
SCRIP Schedule

September 15/16, October 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.
What's Happening in Our School

Eddy the Eagle was on hand for our first full day of school, Tuesday, August 28. Our students are so excited to begin a new year!!

Soles for Catholic Schools Walk

Once again this year, St. John the Evangelist is participating in the Soles for Catholic Education Walk. Please plan on joining us on Saturday,     Oct. 20. Register now to receive a free t-shirt. We are collecting gently used shoes to "stuff the bus." Join the St. John the Evangelist team!    Click here for more information.    
Just mention St. John's when checking out if your forget the flyer.
In the Coming Weeks
Registration Open for Religious Education

Religious education classes are starting soon. Please register so we can plan for materials and books.

Grades 9-10 and Confirmation classes start on Sunday, September 9, with a parent meeting in the hall.

Grades 1-8 classes start on Tuesday, September 18, with a parent meeting in the hall.


Click here for Confirmation registration.

Click here for grades 1-10 registration.

Contact Austin Rahill, Director of Religious Education,
at 414-321-8922 with any questions.
Fall Blood Drive
 
Christian Women are sponsoring our Fall Blood Drive on Monday, September 17, from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the church hall. A light lunch will be served. 

Contact Diane at 414-327-6780 to schedule your donation time.
Men: It's time to RISE! This powerful movement is coming to our parish. 5 minutes a day will change your life! Sign up at  www.MenRiseUp.org .
Ladies of the Parish
Mark your Calendar!

Join us for our annual Women's Retreat, October 12 - 14, at the Redemptorist Retreat Center in Oconomowoc. The retreat theme this year is "Mission to a Wounded World."

Contact Barb at 414-448-7117 for more information or to reserve your spot.
"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.