What's Happening at SJE
This Week
Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 21/22, 2019

After today’s readings, we can’t say we have not been warned about the dangers of mixed-up priorities. God’s Word is so apparent today on the necessity of putting Him first in all areas of our lives.

We see this in the First Reading from Amos. The Lord has harsh words for those who would take advantage of the poor and whose priorities are not aligned with God’s. 

In the Second Reading from St. Paul’s letter to Timothy, Paul gives us the antidote to the self-centeredness condemned in our First Reading. The antidote is to imitate Christ, “who gave Himself as a ransom for all.” Rather than thinking of Himself and how to “get ahead,” Christ gave Himself away, completely, for our sake. That is how we are to live. 

In our Gospel passage from Luke, the Lord shows us how to bridge the gap between worldly thinking and priorities, and eternal thinking and priorities. Jesus tells the parable of the corrupt but clever steward who is about the get fired when the master discovers the steward has been squandering his property. Realizing his imminent unemployed status, the clever steward reaches out to the various debtors of his master. He wanted to wheel and deal with them, making friends who would look out for him when he became jobless. 

What if we put that kind of effort into our tasks as good stewards of all God’s gifts to us? Into our ministries, into the ways we could make more time for prayer as individuals, as couples, as families, and as a parish? What if we got as creative as the “bad steward” in the use of our finances so that we could give more generously to the poor and the advancement of God’s kingdom on the earth? 

That’s our lesson and our challenge.
This Week at a Glance

Thursday, September 19
  • 7:30 a.m. Mass followed by Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 2:45 p.m. Youth Hand Bell Choir Rehearsal - Music Room
  • 4:30 p.m. Volleyball Practice - Gym
  • 6:00 p.m. Adult Hand Bell Choir Rehearsal - Music Room
 
Friday, September 20
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Confessions during Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 9:30 a.m. Scripture & The Rosary - Room A
  • 9:30 a.m. Vocations Committee Meeting - Room B
  • 4:30 p.m. School Fun Run & Tailgate Party - School, Hall, Gym & Fields
 
Saturday, September 21
  • 6:45 a.m. St. John’s Men’s Group Meeting - Hall
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Confessions during Mother of Perpetual Help Devotion, Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
SCRIP after 4:30pm Mass    

Sunday, September 22
SCRIP Sold After All Masses
  • 9:00 a.m. Religious Education Grades 1 - 8
  • 6:00 p.m. Religious Education High School & Confirmation

  Monday, September 23
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 6:30 p.m. St. Vincent de Paul Meeting - MPR
  • 6:30 p.m. SPBH Planning Meeting - Room A
  • 6:45 p.m. Pillar - Hall
 
Tuesday, September 24
  • 7:30 a.m. Mass followed by St. Anthony Devotion, Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 1:00 p.m. Pillar - Room A
  • 2:45 p.m. Youth Choir Rehearsal - Music Room
  • 4:30 p.m. Volleyball Practice - Gym
  • 7:00 p.m. Adult Choir Rehearsal - Music Room

Wednesday, September 25
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 6:30 p.m. Dart Ball - Hall
  • 7:00 p.m. Right to Life Holy Hour
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. Michael Schmitz, a renown and beloved speaker and spiritual guide to the Young Church, discusses the all-important topic of God's existence. Armed with his usual repertoire of lively humor and sound philosophy, Fr. Mike reveals the incredible implications of the question which Christ asks all of us: "Who do YOU say that I Am?"
Raking leaves may not be fun, but it's another opportunity to pick up all your yard work supplies using SCRIP. Shop with us and 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.

September 21/22 and October 5/6 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
Restaurant Fundraiser

Join us on Thursday, September 19, for St. John's Night at Portillo's. You can bring a flyer, show it on your smartphone, or mention St. John's and we will receive a 20% credit from your purchase. If you are using the drive-thru you must mention St. John's before you start your order! Click here or on the flyer below to print a copy.

Share the flyer with your friends and
enjoy a great dinner!
Each year our school community participates in the Soles for Catholic Education Walk. This year, the walk will be held at Mount Mary University on Saturday, October 19th. I am writing to you today to ask you to consider joining our SJE team on this adventure.

Parishioners are invited to sign up for the walk by following this link:    
 

When you register, choose St. John the Evangelist for the school, and the official team name is SJE Flock of Eagles.

Parishioners who sign up prior to September 25th will receive a free t-shirt for each walker.   

There is so much to be gained from participation in this walk. This is a great opportunity to spend time with other Parishioners from SJE, as well as others who support out mission to educate our children in the faith.  The day will feature treats and activities for children, as well as music and food for all. You will not want to miss out.   

The second component of this walk is fundraising. Our school goal is $1000. I know that, with minimal effort on the part of our parishioners, we can easily exceed this goal. Remember – all funds raised come back to SJE. Costs for the walk are paid by supporting organizations.   

Our school and parish staff members are looking forward to spending October 19th with all of our SJE families! 

 
Go forth and be a blessing, 
 
Mary Laidlaw-Otto, Principal  
In the Coming Weeks
You are cordially invited to join our pastor, Fr. Michael, and other parishioners at the 17th Annual Seminary Dinner titled “CALLED”
on Friday, October 4th. 

The dinner will be held at the Wisconsin Center Ballroom in Milwaukee. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend a joyful evening with Catholics from all over the diocese, enjoy a delicious dinner, and support the seminary. Cost per person is $150, a portion of which is tax-deductible. Transportation can be arranged. 

Please contact Dennis or Mary Baumgardner at 414-427-0832 with questions or to RSVP. RSVP’s are needed by Sept. 15.
Thank you!
Silent Preached Retreat for Women

Let God speak to you and revitalize your Spirit, Friday, October 4, thru Sunday, October 6, at the Redemptorist Retreat Center in Oconomowoc.


The theme this year is “The Four Pillars of the Catholic Church.” This dialogue is spelled out in the Creed, the Sacraments, Morality and Prayer. The weekend starts around 7:00 p.m. with check-in at 6-6:30 p.m. on Friday. It ends around 12:00 Noon on Sunday. Car pooling is available.

For details and to sign up, call Barb at 414- 448-7117 or the retreat center at 262-567-6900
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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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