What's Happening at SJE
This Week
Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 7/8, 2019

Today’s readings make very clear the demands that will be made of those wanting to be called disciples of Christ. We must be prepared to give our all to Him. However, in the end, the life of discipleship; the stewardship way of life; is the only life that can truly satisfy.

In the Gospel passage from Luke, Christ says, “If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.” Our Lord is speaking here, not of emotions but rather of priorities. He must come first in all aspects of our lives, period.

He goes on, “Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.” In other words, it’s all or nothing. Compromise is simply not possible. Christ wants us to give all of ourselves. All aspects of our individual lives, family life, parish over to Him, to the pursuit of His kingdom.

Moreover, just when we think our Lord might soften His message to make it a little more palatable, He goes further! “Any one of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be My disciple.” Why is our Lord so demanding? Only because He knows us so well and loves us so much.

He knows that if we do not live by putting Him first before all else, we will quickly be swallowed up by the earthly cares that weigh us down: our material things, our status, and our egos. He knows these things cannot satisfy us. He knows this because He is our Maker, and He made us for more. 

We are made to be His disciples, to seek after Him and His Kingdom. Embracing stewardship as a way life allows us to count the cost, and then run after Him with all our might.
This Week at a Glance

Wednesday, September 4
  • 6:30 p.m. KSKJ Meeting - Room A

Thursday, September 5
  • 8:00 a.m. Rosary Recited after Mass
  • 4:30 p.m. Volleyball Practice - Gym
  • 6:30 p.m. SWCSL Board Meeting - MPR
 
Friday, September 6
  • 8:30 a.m. Rosary Recited after Mass
  • 8:30 a.m. Confessions    
 
Saturday, September 7
  • 8:30 a.m. Rosary Recited after Mass - Mother of Perpetual Help Devotion
  • 8:30 a.m. Confessions
  • 3:30 p.m. Confessions
  • Anointing After 4:30 Mass
  • SCRIP After Mass
  • Grandparents’ Day Plant Sale After Mass

Monday, September 9
  • 8:30 a.m. Rosary Recited after Mass
  • 6:30 p.m. SVdP Committee Meeting - MPR
  • 6:30 p.m. Finance Council Meeting - Room A
  • 6:45 p.m. Pillar - Hall
 
Tuesday, September 10
  • 8:00 a.m. Rosary Recited after Mass - St. Anthony Devotion
  • 1:00 p.m. Pillar - Room A
  • 4:30 p.m. Volleyball Practice - Gym
  • 7:30 p.m. Knights of Columbus #524 Council Mtg - Hall
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Wednesday, September 11
  • 8:30 a.m. Rosary Recited after Mass
  • 6:30 p.m. Stewardship Meeting - Room A
 


Registration is now open!
Classes Start on Sunday, September 8, 2019


Grandparents' Day Mum Plant Sale

ERAS-Neighborhood Outreach Program (formerly Southwest Interfaith) will be selling mum plants this weekend, September 7/8 after all Masses. By purchasing a beautiful mum plant for your grandparent or any older friends or relatives, you're helping to support ERAS's work of providing services to older adults in our community.
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.
Dr. Brant Pitre uses the Hebrew Scriptures and Jewish tradition to frame the actions of Jesus at the Last Supper, and to provide a fresh look at the heart of Catholic practice — the Eucharist. By taking us back to the Jewish roots of our faith, Dr. Pitre gives us a powerful lens through which to see anew the bread of the presence, the manna, the Last Supper, and ultimately the meaning of the Eucharist. 
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 7/8 and 21/22 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
In the Coming Weeks
Blood Drive

St. John's Christian Women will be sponsoring a blood drive on Monday, September 16, in the church hall. We have appointment times open between 2:30-7:00 p.m. We will have a Dual Red Machine available. A light lunch will be provided.

Contact Diane at 414-327-6780 to make an appointment.
Walk-ins are welcome.

Please Be A Life Saver!!!
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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"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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