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Blessing for the Fallen of 9-11

God of mercy, in Your word of Scripture, You instruct us to
“Do to others as You would have them do to You.”

Give us today the courage to assist those around us who may need our assistance. Give us patience when we become impatient.

Remind us to pray for all those who perished on United Airlines 93, American Airlines 11, United Airlines 175, American Airlines 77, and those in the Twin Towers and Pentagon. 

Give us a heart thankful for those who gave their lives as first responders, as did the men and women who ran into danger to be of aid.

We ask all this in the name of the One who first responded to our need for a savior, Jesus the Christ.

Amen.
This Week
Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 14/15, 2019

Today’s readings focus on the personal, passionate, and merciful love of God, which should fill us with eternal gratitude to Him. This gratitude is the fuel that keeps the stewardship way of life rolling along.

In our Second Reading from St. Paul’s letter to Timothy, we find a grateful Paul who says of himself, “I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and arrogant, but I have been mercifully treated.” St. Paul is well aware of the sins he has committed. But this does not hold him back from ministry. Instead, it makes him all the more grateful to be God’s steward. How encouraging is it to know that this is true for us, as well. Our past sins and even our present struggles do not disqualify us from becoming God’s grateful stewards. 

Jesus gives us several poignant illustrations of His merciful love in today’s Gospel reading from Luke. Let us focus on one in particular: The story of the lost sheep. He asks, “What man among you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine… and go after the lost one until he finds it?”

The logical response is no one! It simply does not make sense to spend time and energy searching for one lost sheep when there are so many others that need tending. But God’s logic, God’s mercy, defies human logic. And who is the lost one? It is every one of us when we stray away from God through sin, great or small.

What gratitude we owe to such a personal, passionate, loving God! Just think, even our sins, once forgiven, become a source of fuel for our stewardship way of life as we reflect with deep gratitude on the powerful mercy of our Savior.
This Week at a Glance

Wednesday, September 11
  • 6:30 p.m. Stewardship Meeting - Room A
  • 6:30 p.m.  RCIA & Beyond Meeting - Room B
 
Thursday, September 12
  • 7:30 a.m.  Mass followed by Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 2:45 p.m.  Youth Hand Bell Choir Rehearsal-Music Room
  • 4:15 p.m.  Youth Hand Bell Choir Parent Meeting - Music Room
  • 4:30 p.m.  Volleyball Practice - Gym
  • 6:30 p.m.  Christian Women Mass & Meeting - Church/Hall
 
Friday, September 13
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Confessions during Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 10:30 a.m. Prayer Shawl Ministry - Room B
  • 6:00 p.m.  Cub Scout Pack 534 - Hall
 
Saturday, September 14
  • 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
  Cub Scout Troop 534 Popcorn Sale After 4:30 p.m. Mass
 
Sunday, September 15
Cub Scout Troop 534 Popcorn Sale After All Masses
  • 9:00 a.m. Religious Education Grades 1 - 8
  • 6:00 p.m. Religious Education High School & Confirmation

Monday, September 16
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 2:30 p.m. Blood Drive - Hall
  • 6:15 p.m. Altar Server Training - Church
 
Tuesday, September 17
  • 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
  • 6:45 p.m. Pillar - Hall
  • 7:00 p.m. Adult Choir Rehearsal - Music Room

Wednesday, September 18
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet 
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!!!
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.
Speaking on reconciliation, Fr. William Casey, Superior General of the Fathers of Mercy, reminds us that confession, the forgotten Sacrament, is the ordinary means for the forgiveness of mortal sins after baptism. It is a veritable treasury of graces and spiritual strength for us in our daily struggles against temptation and sin. Discover how this Sacrament can transform your life if you allow it!
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 Fundraising Update

A big thanks to you and Cousins Sub Shop (7495 W. Layton Ave.) for your generous support. Our August 26 restaurant day raised $162.63.

Our next Cousins Sub day is Thursday, October 17.
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!
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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"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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