What's Happening at SJE
This Week
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 26/27 2019

In last week’s readings, we were encouraged to remain persistent and constant in our prayer life. Today, we focus on the proper attitude of a steward at prayer.

In the Gospel passage from Luke, Jesus illustrates the humble attitude we must have as we approach God in prayer through a parable of two praying men. One is a Pharisee, a man with respected status, theological training, and all the right credentials. He marches right up to the front of the temple to speak a prayer “to himself,” thanking God for making him just a little bit superior to everyone else! 

The other man is a tax collector, known by those of his day to be a cheater and a sell-out to his fellow Jews. In contrast to the Pharisee, he stands near the back and cries out to God simply and honestly, “Be merciful to me a sinner.”

Jesus tells us that it is the tax collector and not the Pharisee who leaves the temple justified. Why?

The Pharisee was full of self as he approached God. He felt no real need for God as he rattled off his resume of good works and spiritual practices. He was going through the motions of prayer. His lack of humility prevented him from entering into a real dialogue with the Father. The tax collector, by contrast, emptied himself as he approached God. He recognized who he truly was (a sinner) and asked for mercy, leaving all the rest up to God. This is the kind of attitude God can work with! This is how a good steward prays; with trust, with complete openness to God’s will, with a listening mind and heart, ready to serve as God leads.
All Saints Day
Friday, November 1
Holy Day of Obligation

We will be offering three Masses that will fulfill your obligation.

Thursday, October 31, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, November 1, 8:00 a.m. and Noon
New Heating Units

Thanks to your generous donations we were able to start work on replacing the heating/cooling units on the gym roof. Our goal is $75,000, we have collected $55,570. We still need $19,430 to fully fund the project. However, we needed to get the work done before winter sets in. If you would like to donate please click here to make an online donation.

Enjoy the two time-lapsed videos showing an old unit coming off the gym roof and a new unit being placed on the gym roof.
Wednesday, October 23
  • 6:30 p.m. RCIA & Beyond - Room B
  • 6:30 p.m. Movie "Unplanned" - Hall

Thursday, October 24
  • 7:30 a.m. Mass followed by Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 9:00 a.m. Secular Franciscans - Room A
  • 12:30 p.m. Movie "Unplanned" - Hall
  • 2:45 p.m. Youth Hand Bell Choir - Music Room
  • 4:30 p.m. Volleyball Practice - Gym
  • 6:00 p.m. Adult Hand Bell Choir Rehearsal - Music Room
Friday, October 25
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Confessions during Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 5:30 p.m. School Trunk or Treat - Hall, School, Gym
Saturday, October 26
  • 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
  • 10:00 a.m. Soles for Catholic Education Walk - Mt. Mary University
Bake Sale after 4:30 p.m. Mass
Time & Talent Turn In

Sunday, October 27
  • No Grade School or High School Religious Ed Classes
Bake Sale before & after All Masses
Time & Talent Turn In

  Monday, October 28
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 6:30 p.m. SPBH Planning Meeting - Room A
Tuesday, October 29
  • 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
  • 6:45 p.m. Pillar - Hall
  • 7:00 p.m. Adult Choir Rehearsal - Music Room

Wednesday, October 30
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
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.
Our weaknesses and our wounds can often make us feel inadequate. Sr. Bethany Madonna, S.V., illustrates with her insightful humor and profoundly memorable stories, that bringing these weaknesses and wounds to God the Father can allow us to become strong with the Father's strength and be healed by the Healer. “The Father Himself loves you... He wants to be with you, at every moment; in every suffering, every pain, every desire and longing.”
Use SCRIP for your everyday shopping needs. When you purchase SCRIP, 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.

November 2/3 and every weekend starting November 16/17 though December 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
Restaurant Fundraising Update

A big thanks to you and Cousins Sub Shop (7495 W. Layton Ave.) for your generous support. Our October 17 restaurant day raised $214.83.

Our next Cousins Sub day is Wednesday, November 27.
Living Rosary
October 24, 2:00 p.m.

The school children will gather in church to pray the rosary together. All are invited to join us in prayer and honor our Blessed Mother.
In the Coming Weeks
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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