What's Happening at SJE
This Week
Easter Sunday
April 20/21, 2019

He is risen! He is truly risen! This is what the celebration of Easter is all about: The truth that Jesus was crucified for our sins and three days later rose from the dead, conquering death once and for all.

We know it’s true, but this Easter Sunday let’s ask ourselves if we live as if it’s true. Do we live as witnesses to the glorious reality of the Resurrection?

A witness, of course, is one with first-hand knowledge. Our readings today focus not only on the Resurrection itself but also on those who were witnesses to it. In the Gospel, St. John describes the very first witnesses to the empty tomb, Mary Magdalene, John (“the disciple whom Jesus loved”), and Peter. Each had an individual “experience” of the empty tomb. Each went up close to see for themselves what Jesus’ love had accomplished.

How can we, as Christian stewards all these years later, see for ourselves and so become His witnesses? We “see for ourselves” when we prayerfully read the Scriptures knowing they are a living love letter from God with a message to each one of us. We “see for ourselves” each time we receive the precious Body and Blood of our Lord in the Eucharist. We “see for ourselves” when we experience His personal and healing power in our hearts during Reconciliation. We “see for ourselves” when we pour out our lives in loving service to those around us and experience the deep satisfaction that only comes when we are imitating our Savior.

This Easter, resolve to live as if the saving power of the Resurrection is real. Experience Jesus for yourself every day from now on. You will be a powerful witness to the truth that He is risen! He is truly risen!
Wednesday, April 17
Stations of the Cross at 6:30 p.m.

Holy Thursday - April 18
Mass of the Lord's Supper at 7:00 p.m.

Good Friday - April 19
Good Friday Service at 1:00 p.m.
Fish Fry from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Holy Saturday - April 20
Blessing of Food Baskets at Noon
Easter Vigil at 8:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday - April 21
Masses at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.
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.
Spoken as He suffered the agony of the cross, the seven last sayings of Christ recorded in the gospels have been the subject of prayer and inquiry by Christians for two thousand years. In this revealing presentation, Dr. Scott Hahn unlocks for us the deeper significance of Our Lord's last words, carefully chosen so that we might better understand the immense love of God for every person and His plan of salvation. Learn how Jesus' words are as profound and gripping today as when He uttered them on that first Good Friday.
Use SCRIP for Everyday Purchases

Scrip is an easy way to raise funds for St. John's and purchase your everyday items. When you purchase your scrip card for face value we receive a predetermined percentage of your cards value. 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.

April 27/28 and May 4/5 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.
Festival News
Become a Firecracker Backer!

Make a contribution to this year's fireworks display.

Categories for Sponsorship:
  • Platinum: $500
  • Gold: $250
  • Silver: $150
  • Bronze: $100
  • Copper: $50

The deadline for Sponsorship is June 30, 2019.
What's Happening in Our School
Cousins Sub Day
Thursday, April 18
ALL DAY

Looking for a quick bite to eat for lunch or dinner? Don't want to cook before going to Holy Thursday Mass? We have the answer! Cousins Subs, 7495 W. Layton Ave., will donate a portion of all sales to SJE School on Thursday, April 18. Just by stopping in and having lunch or dinner you can help our excellent school.

Cousins Scrip cards are available in the Parish Office during regular business hours or during SCRIP sale weekends.
In the Coming Weeks
Divine Mercy Sunday

In addition to the Novena to The Divine Mercy, which Our Lord gave to Saint Maria Faustina, He revealed to her a powerful prayer that He wanted everyone to pray - the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. The Chaplet can be said anytime. The Lord specifically asked that it be recited as a novena especially on the nine days before the Feast of Mercy starting Good Friday until Divine Mercy Sunday, promising extra-ordinary graces to those who would recite this special prayer. As the church celebrates Divine Mercy Sunday April 27th & 28th, all are invited to join us as the Divine Mercy Chaplet will be recited in church after ALL the Masses that weekend.

The chaplet will also be recited after the Daily Masses on Monday, April 22nd through Saturday, April 27th, for those who wish to join us. 
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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