What's Happening at SJE
This Week
Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 25/26, 2019

The concept of hospitality is fundamental to a stewardship way of life. When we envision hospitality, we naturally think of offering a sincere and warm welcome, to those new to our parish, for instance. We picture inviting them in and making them feel at home and at ease in our presence, communicating to them that they are highly valued.

Today’s Gospel reading from John invites us to think of hospitality in a slightly different way. We hear Jesus speaking this to his disciples: “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.”  

Jesus is asking that we permit the Blessed Trinity to come and dwell within us. This is a stunning request. It tells us that our first and most privileged form of hospitality should be directed towards God Himself.

How does one show hospitality to God? How do we make God “at home and at ease” within us? How can we communicate to God that He is “highly valued” by us?

Jesus tells us how: we are to keep His word, to follow His teachings.

In order to keep His word, we must know His word. This takes discipline and effort on our part. We must make the study of Scripture and Church teaching a priority in our daily lives.

If we want our parish to be a place of genuine Christian hospitality, we must be sure that our hearts are hospitable dwelling places for the Blessed Trinity. Then, our smiles and words, our greetings, and ministries will radiate with the warmth of God’s love. Moreover, our parish family will become at least a little bit like Heaven on earth. This is the simplicity and glory of a stewardship way of life.

The parish & school offices will be closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.

Please plan your visits accordingly.
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 shares meaningful insights on the meaning of Christ’s Cross. He shows how God’s rescue mission for us includes the need for each person to embrace his own cross in order to reestablish trust in the Father, and the understanding that love requires sacrifice. It also includes a bonus segment on Stations of the Cross which features reflections on the Lord’s Passion and Death, accompanied by moving audio dramatizations from the Truth and Life Audio Bible.
Graduation day is full of excitement, between the thrill of freedom and the surprise of responsibility. Help grads prepare for adulthood adventures that await and shop SCRIP gift cards to fill their dorms with furniture, stock their fridges with groceries, or stuff their drawers with new clothes. 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.

June 1/2 and 15/16 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
Cousins Sub Day
Friday, May 24

Need a quick bite before you head out of town for Memorial Day Weekend? Don't want to cook on Friday night? We have the answer! Cousins Subs, 7495 W. Layton Ave., will donate a portion of all sales to SJE School on Friday, May 24. Just by stopping in and having lunch or dinner you can help our excellent school. Our April 18 Cousins Day earned us $222.39. What a great community partner!

Cousins Scrip cards are available in the Parish Office during regular business hours or during SCRIP sale weekends
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.
Summer Adult Programming

We will be offering several one day/evening programs over the summer months. For a list of programs, dates, times and descriptions click here.

If you have any questions,
contact Austin Rahill at 414-321-8922.
The newsletter is published on Wednesdays. Articles for each week's publication are due on Mondays at noon.

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"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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