What's Happening at SJE
This Week
Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 15/16, 2018

Sometimes the Sunday readings bring peace and consolation. Other times they come as a swift kick in the pants. This week's readings fall in the latter category.

In the Gospel from St. Mark, Jesus begins to instruct the Apostles in what was ahead for Him – and for them. “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it.” In Peter’s worldly way of thinking, Jesus should not have to suffer — and for that matter, neither should Peter.

However, rebuking Peter strongly, Jesus indicates He meant exactly what He said earlier. What’s more, He was inviting Peter, and all of us, to join Him in this way of life that is costly and self-sacrificing.

Why? Isn’t Jesus all about love? Of course, He is. He is love. Moreover, Jesus shows us by His example that real love requires toughness as much as tenderness.

Our second reading teaches that real faith in Him is displayed through service or “works.” This passage goes so far as to state that “faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”

These readings make it clear that faith and love are not alive in us until they are demonstrated through service to others for the sake of the Gospel. Service of any kind will involve some self-denial. However, when I embrace this way of life, I have the joy of knowing my faith and love are real. By laying down my life for Him, I gain a life that is really worth living.
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. Five minutes a day will change your life! Sign up at  www.MenRiseUp.org .
SCRIP Schedule

September 15/16, October 6/7 and 20/21 will be the upcoming SCRIP weekends. Scrip is also available on Thursdays from 2:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. in the church hall during the school year. 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 Fundraising Update

A big thanks to you and Cousins Sub Shop (7495 W. Layton Ave) for your generous support. Our August 31 restaurant day raised $196.57.

Our next Cousins Sub day is Thursday, October 18.
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.    
Click on the image below to print a flyer or just mention St. John's when checking out.
In the Coming Weeks
Registration Open for Religious Education

Grades 9-10 and Confirmation classes have already started. The next class is Sunday, September 16 at 6:00 p.m.

Grades 1-8 classes start on Tuesday, September 18 at 6:00 p.m. 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.
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.