What's Happening at SJE
This Week
Second Sunday of Easter
(Divine Mercy Sunday)
April 27/28, 2019

Today, the Second Sunday of Easter, is Divine Mercy Sunday. Our Gospel reading from St. John is often called the story of “Doubting Thomas,” but the passage involves so much more than the encounter with the skeptical apostle. It is rich with lessons of Christ’s mercy to all, including an encouraging word from our Lord especially for us, His modern-day disciples.

While Thomas traditionally takes all the bad rap for his doubts, we see that none of the Apostles were at their best when Christ first appeared to them after His resurrection. They were actually in hiding, cowering behind a locked door, paralyzed by fear and doubt. 

However, Jesus appeared right in their midst in spite of the lock on the door. Was it to rebuke them for their lack of faith? Quite the contrary. 

He comes on a mission of mercy. He comes to offer them peace and the restoration of their relationship with Him. Also, even more, He commissions them to become ministers of His mercy by giving them authority to forgive sins. At that moment Christ gives to all of us the supreme gift of mercy, the sacrament of Reconciliation. What a precious and powerful gift!

This Sunday is a perfect time to reflect on how well we make use of this gift. Do we appreciate its healing power? Could we become better stewards of this gift by going to Confession more often? We must also reflect on how well we extend mercy to others as Jesus did to Thomas that day.

Let’s commit ourselves to become faithful disciples and stewards of Christ’s mercy. We will be those very ones to whom Jesus gave a “shout out” during His encounter with Thomas. “Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed,” in His merciful love.
Divine Mercy Sunday

In addition to the Novena to The Divine Mercy, which Our Lord gave to Saint Maria Faustina, He revealed to her a powerful prayer that He wanted everyone to pray - the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. The Chaplet can be said anytime. The Lord specifically asked that it be recited as a novena, especially on the nine days before the Feast of Mercy starting Good Friday until Divine Mercy Sunday. He promised extraordinary graces to those who would recite this special prayer. As the church celebrates Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27th & 28th, all are invited to join us as the Divine Mercy Chaplet will be recited in church after ALL the Masses that weekend.

The chaplet will also be recited after the Daily Masses on Monday, April 22nd through Saturday, April 27th, for those who wish to join us. 
Parish Council Nominations will be held this weekend. Please give prayerful consideration in nominating yourself or someone else for one of the three (3) available Member-at-Large positions.

Nomination requirements:
  • Baptized, Catholic
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Active member of our parish
  • Not an employee of the parish

Mike Maginot is Fr. Michael’s choice for the position of Trustee-Secretary. Should anyone wish to nominate themselves or someone else for this position, forms are available in the parish office. 
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 is one of the leading Catholic speakers in the Church today. Fr. Mike tackles four very difficult topics in this exceptional presentation: Death, Judgement, Heaven, and Hell. Listen to this talk and finally get the answers to the question: "What Happens When I Die?" 
Use SCRIP for Everyday Purchases

Scrip is an easy way to raise funds for St. John's and purchase your everyday items. When you purchase your scrip card for face value we receive a predetermined percentage of your cards value. 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.

April 27/28 and May 4/5 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
In the Coming Weeks
Marriage & Family Matters
Friday, May 3, 2019

Please join us for an Hour of Prayer as we strengthen our families and community. Adoration is simply to show our love for Jesus and to adore Him in the Eucharist and allow Him to love us.

The purpose of a family adoration hour is to welcome families and to help children learn to adore Christ present in the Eucharist. Children, as well as all present, are lead through the adoration by a priest, deacon, or lay person.

6:00 P.M. in Church followed by open gym at 7:00 P.M.
First Saturday Confession

Just a reminder that Saturday, May 4, 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.
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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