What's Happening at SJE
This Week
Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 2/3 2019

In this day and age, it is all too easy to view each other with suspicion or at least a certain guardedness. Of course, it’s wise to be prudent in our dealings with people. But stewardship living calls us to a different outlook towards others. It calls us to approach everyone with an open heart, not through a lens of suspicion but quite the opposite, through the lens of loving hospitality.

This is the attitude our heavenly Father has when He looks upon creation, as we see in our first reading, from the Book of Wisdom. “For you love all things that are and loathe nothing that you have made… You spare all things because they are yours, O Lord and lover of souls, for your imperishable spirit is in all things!” God’s “imperishable spirit” is in every person because every person is made in God’s own image and likeness. 

Far deeper than good manners or a superficial exchange of pleasantries, the virtue of hospitality is the outward expression of this way of seeing people as God sees them.

Jesus models this transforming hospitality in His encounter with Zacchaeus, the tax collector, in today’s Gospel reading from Luke. Not content with just exchanging a friendly hello with Zacchaeus, Jesus seeks him out of the crowd and insists on having dinner in his home. This was a gesture of intimacy and true fellowship in that day and culture. Jesus saw the goodness within the man. Our Lord’s open and welcoming attitude (His hospitality) called forth that goodness and Zacchaeus was transformed instantly. 

If we are willing to practice true, radical Christian hospitality in our daily lives, our families, workplaces, and our parish can be transformed, too.
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
Don't Forget

Turn your clocks back one hour before you go to bed on Saturday, November 2. That way when you wake up on Sunday, November 3, you won't be one hour early for Mass or our delicious Pancake Breakfast!
New Heating Units

As work continues on our heating project, we would like to thank those who have already donated. Our goal is $75,000, we have collected $57,170. We still need $17,830 to fully fund the project. However, we needed to get the work done before winter sets in.

Wednesday, October 30
  • 6:30 p.m. Dart Ball - Hall

Thursday, October 31
  • 7:30 a.m. Mass followed by Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 2:45 p.m. Youth Hand Bell Choir - Music Room
  • 6:30 p.m. All Saints Day - Mass of Anticipation
  • 6:30 p.m. Christian Women - Hall
 
Friday, November 1
  • 8:00 a.m. All Saints Holy Day of Obligation Mass followed by Confessions during Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 12:00 p.m. All Saints Holy Day of Obligation Mass
 
Saturday, November 2
  • 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
  • 3:30 p.m. Confessions
Anointing of the Sick After, Scrip Available Before and After 4:30 p.m. Mass

Sunday, November 3
  • 9:00 a.m. Pancake Breakfast - Hall
  • 9:00 a.m. Grade School RE - School
  • 10:30 a.m. Children's Liturgy of the Word - Church
  • 6:00 p.m. Ablaze Youth Group
Scrip Available Before and After All Masses

  Monday, November 4
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 3:00 p.m. 5th Grade Girls Basketball Practice - Gym
  • 6:45 p.m. Pillar - Hall
 
Tuesday, November 5
  • 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
  • 7:00 p.m. Adult Choir Rehearsal - Music Room

Wednesday, November 6
  • 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.
Masculinity. In recent years, the use of this word has become controversial, and discussion about it unwelcome or silenced. Is all masculinity “toxic”? Dr. Tim Gray strongly asserts that while fallen masculinity does exist, authentic, God-given masculinity is a great virtue that is desperately needed in our world. Drawing on personal and cultural examples, Tim challenges men to face their fears about failing or "striking out," and encourages them to become the men they desire to be —loyal, dependable, and beloved friends, spouses, and fathers—in the image of Jesus Christ, the Perfect Man.
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 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 Portillo's (8705 W. Sura Lane) for your generous support. Our September 19 restaurant evening raised $160.
Cafe Zupas Restaurant Fundraising night

Join us on Tuesday, November 12, at Cafe Zupas (8775 W. Sura Lane) from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Just tell the cashier you are with the St. John's Fundraiser
Boxtops For Education Update 
Each year our school earns more than $1000 simply because our families and friends clip and save Boxtops for us. These little 
Boxtops, available on a variety of food items, are worth 10 cents each. They really add up! 

This fall, the Boxtops program is going paperless. Although we will continue to collect Boxtops for at least the next two years, many of the products you shop for will now have paperless 
Boxtops. It’s easy to redeem paperless Boxtops. Do you have a smartphone? Simply download the Boxtops for Education app, set up an account, and choose St. John the Evangelist as the recipient of your Boxtop credits.

Some of our users have found it easier to just scan their receipts right after they are done shopping.
No smartphone? You can still send in the receipts from 
Boxtop eligible items to our school office. We will go ahead and scan them for you.     
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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