What's Happening at SJE
This Week
Fifth Sunday of Lent
April 6/7, 2019

Once again this week, we are reminded of what a loving and merciful God we serve. The theme of the readings for this fifth Sunday of Lent is summed up beautifully in Sunday's Gospel passage from Luke which recounts the story of the woman caught in adultery. After all those who would have stoned this woman leave the scene, Christ says to her, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin anymore.”

When we turn to God for forgiveness, He is indeed gracious and merciful. So much so, that not only will He forgive our sins without condemnation, He will make us entirely new creations in Christ. 

What is more amazing is that this all-perfect and holy God of ours draws so very near to us. Our sins do not drive Him from us, but rather to us so that He can set us free from them. Look carefully at Christ’s actions, and posture in the Gospel reading. He deals with both the crowd of people, the Scribes and Pharisees, and the adulterous woman. “All the people started coming to Him, and he sat down and taught them.” “He bent down and began to write with His finger.” He “straightened up” when He confronted the Scribes and Pharisees about their sins. Also, he “straightened up” when He assured the woman that He did not condemn her for her past. Like a skilled teacher, or loving “big brother,” Christ bends down to where we are, He sits among us, He stands to confront us when needed, and He stands to look us in the eye to remind us of our true dignity.

We’re all unworthy of the great privilege of serving Him. However, that is simply cause for greater joy in serving Him with all our hearts.
The Fourth Cup and the New Passover
Dr. Brant Pitre

Join on Monday, April 8, at 6:45 p.m. in the Parish Hall or Tuesday, April 9, at 1:00 p.m. in the Rectory, Room A for a DVD presentation by Dr. Brant Pitre.

  • What was Passover like at the time of Jesus? 
  • What exactly did Peter and John do when they went into Jerusalem to “prepare the Passover”?
  • Why were the Passover lambs “crucified” in the shape of a cross?
  • Why were four cups of wine required for every Passover?
  • What were the stages of the Passover “Order”? How do they correspond to the “Order” of the Mass?
  • What psalms did Jesus sing at the Last Supper? How do they reveal the mystery of his Passion?
  • Did Jesus actually finish the Last Supper? When did he drink the fourth Passover cup?

During the Protestant Reformation, the Reformers rejected the idea that the Eucharist is a sacrifice. In this study, Dr. Pitre shows how the Jewish Passover is the key to understanding the Eucharist as both a meal and a sacrifice. By seeing the Last Supper through Jewish eyes, you will learn how Jesus transformed what would have otherwise been simply a Roman execution into a Passover sacrifice—the new Passover of the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
Stations of the Cross

Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. April 10, 17

Fridays at 2:00 p.m. (School)
April 5, 12
Confession Schedule

Fridays at 8:30 a.m.
April 5, 12

Saturdays at 8:30 a.m.
April 6, 13

First Saturday 3:30-4:00 p.m.
April 6
"Pray, Reconcile, and Rejoice - 12 Hours of Reconciliation"

In conjunction with the 175 Anniversary of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, this sacramental event will take place on Wednesday, April 10, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at ten parishes throughout the Archdiocese.

Locally it will be held at St. Mary Parish (9520 W. Forest Home Ave, Hales Corners).
Click here for a list of participating churches
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.
Well-known Catholic theologian Dr. Scott Hahn explains Christ's Paschal Sacrifice on the cross as the fulfillment of the traditional fourth cup used in the celebration of the Jewish Passover meal. He draws a symbolic parallel to the Last Supper and Christ's death on Calvary. Through his scholarly insights and important biblical connections, Mass will come alive for you as never before!
Marriage & Family Matters
Friday, April 5, 2019

Please join us for an Hour of Prayer as we strengthen our families and community. Adoration is simply to show our love for Jesus and to adore Him in the Eucharist and allow Him to love us.

The purpose of a family adoration hour is to welcome families and to help children learn to adore Christ present in the Eucharist. Children, as well as all present, are lead through the adoration by a priest, deacon, or lay person.

6:00 p.m. in Church followed by open gym at 7:00 p.m.
Easter Food Drive

St. John's chapter of the St. Vincent de Paul Society is sponsoring a Food Drive. They will be collecting canned and non-perishable food items in the Narthex the weekend of April 6/7. Donations are given to needy families in the area and to local charitable agencies. Please be generous.
Take a Vacation with SCRIP

Are you planning a trip for Easter break? Going out of town for the weekend? Did you know you can purchase SCRIP to pay for many of your trip expenses? On the back of our SCRIP form you will find cards available for hotels, car rentals, airlines, cruise lines, and even Disney (good at their resorts, theme parks, cruises etc). Click here to view and print our order form. Look at the second page; the items that can be ordered to plan your vacation are in bold print. We order on Mondays and have them ready to be picked up no later than Thursday each week.

April 6/7 and 27/28 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
A big thanks to you and Cafe Zupas (8775 W. Sura Lane) for your generous support.

Our March 19 restaurant day raised $200.55
Restaurant Fundraiser

Join us at Jason's Deli on Thursday, April 4, 2019, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Located at 95 N. Moorland Rd., Unit E-9, Brookfield, WI (inside Brookfield Square). Click here to RSVP for the event and then when you are ordering mention you are there for St. John the Evangelist School.
Cousin's Sub Day
Thursday, April 18

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
The Passion of the Christ

Prepare yourself for Holy Week by watching with us "The Passion of the Christ". This 2-hour movie d epicts the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem.

We will be showing the movie on Monday, April 15, at 6:45 p.m. in the parish hall and Tuesday, April 16, at 1:00 p.m. in room A of the rectory.

This movie is rated R for sequences of graphic violence, parental guidance suggested.
Palm Sunday - April 14
Masses at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.
Pancake Breakfast from 9:00-Noon

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.
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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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