What's Happening at SJE
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 18/19, 2020

Today’s readings provide clear and inspiring reminders of the most fundamental aspect of our identity; that of servants of our most high and holy God, His modern-day disciples, and stewards.

John the Baptist recognized the holiness of Jesus and the response due to Him when he encountered Christ in person on the day they met at the Jordan River. His response, which we read in our Gospel passage from St. John, was, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world… He is the one of whom I said, ‘A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.’” 

What a powerful description of our Lord and the place He should rightfully have in each of our lives, He is truly our Savior, the only one who can free us from our sinfulness. We are wholly and utterly dependent on His power, love, and mercy. Therefore He truly does “rank ahead” of us; he deserves to be first, above all other priorities and plans in our lives. Let us examine our daily lives and encourage our children to do the same. 

Does the way I spend my time reflect that God comes first? Do prayer and weekly Mass, regular confession, and time with my family “rank ahead” of everything else on my calendar? Do I use my talents, skills, and energy to serve my family, parish, and community in thanksgiving and recognition that God’s kingdom ranks ahead of any other goals or ambitions? Do I spend my money and use my material possessions to glorify God? 

Challenging questions, to be sure, but questions worthy of our high calling as Christian stewards offered a glorious mission in service of our Lord and His kingdom.

What will our response be?
Wednesday, January 15
  • 6:30 p.m. Movie "Unplanned" - Hall
  • 6:30 p.m. Gym Unavailable

Thursday, January 16
  • 7:30 a.m. Mass followed by Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 12:30 p.m. Movie "Unplanned" - Hall
  • 2:45 p.m. Youth Hand Bell Choir Rehearsal - Music Room
  • 6:00 p.m. Adult Hand Bell Choir - Music Room

Friday, January 17
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Confessions during Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
 
Saturday, January 18
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Confessions during Mother of Perpetual Help Devotion, Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 6:00 p.m. SWCSL Meeting - Hall
SCRIP Available before/after the 4:30 p.m. Mass

Sunday, January 19
  • 9:00 a.m. Grade School RE Classes - School
  • 9:00 a.m. Pancake Breakfast - Hall
  • 10:30 a.m. Children's Liturgy of the Word
  • 6:00 p.m. High School RE Classes - School
SCRIP Available before/after all Masses

  Monday, January 20
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 6:30 p.m. SVdP Committee Conference Meeting - MPR
 
Tuesday, January 21
  • 7:30 a.m. Mass followed by St. Anthony Devotion, Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 1:00 p.m. Consoling the Heart of Jesus - Room A
  • 2:45 p.m. Youth Choir Rehearsal - Music Room
  • 6:00 p.m. First Communion & Reconciliation Parent Mtg - Hall
  • 7:00 p.m. Adult Choir Rehearsal - Music Room

Wednesday, January 22
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
Be challenged and inspired by UNPLANNED, the dramatic true story of a former Planned Parenthood director’s eye-opening journey across the life line. Find out why this movie has already changed many hearts to Pro-life and has rocked the abortion industry. This true story will help put an end to abortion.

This movie was first shown at St. John’s in October 2019 so if you missed it, here are two opportunities to see it in 2020. The first date is Wednesday, January 15, at 6:30 p.m. The second date is Thursday, January 16, at 12:30 p.m. The movie will be shown in the Church Hall. Please park on the lower level on the north side and enter through Door #13. Or you can park on the south side and enter through Door #5.

Admission is free.
Consoling the Heart of Jesus
Session 1

The first session of the "Consoling the Heart of Jesus" series will be held on Tuesday, January 21 at 1:00 p.m. in Rectory Room A. During this first session there will be an orientation and introduction and group discussion of Part 1: Laying the Foundation, focusing on pages 17-46 of the book.

If you have any questions, please contact
Laura Lee at 414-840-0261
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.
Stephen Ray emphasizes that unless we understand the innate “Jewishness” of Christianity and our Old Testament heritage, we will never fully understand our Faith, the Church, or even salvation itself. These are rooted not only in the early Church, but 2000 years before that, in Abraham. With his infectious enthusiasm, Stephen helps us to learn the deep truths of scripture that God taught through Abraham.
Whether you want to check off that home improvement project, up your workout routine, or cook more meals at home, use SCRIP to achieve your resolutions. 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.

Upcoming SCRIP weekends are January 18/19 and February 1/2. As always, SCRIP is available in the Parish Office during regular business hours.
This program allows .5% of your 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
Cousins Sub Day
Thursday, January 23
ALL DAY

Do you have the winter blues and don't know what to eat for lunch or dinner? We have the answer! Cousins Subs at 7495 W. Layton Ave. will donate a portion of all sales to SJE School on Thursday, January 23. Just by stopping in and having lunch or dinner you can help our excellent school.

Scrip cards are available in the Parish Office during regular business hours or during SCRIP sale weekends.
Small Plates, Big Hearts!
A Night at St. John's

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Food stations from a variety of local restaurants!
Come and enjoy the food, drinks, music, raffles, and an online silent auction. Click  here for more information. 

Tickets are now available. The presale ticket price is $25.
On the day of the event, the price will be $35

To purchase tickets online, click  here!

We are in the process of securing the restaurants for the event so check back often.

We are now accepting auction donations for our event! As you are shopping the great after Christmas sales, look for the following items that make for a successful auction: electronics, jewelry, sports/outdoor equipment, household items, gift cards, timeshares, sporting event tickets, sports memorabilia, spa items, etc.

Questions? Email  SJEGive@stjohns-grfd.org
In the Coming Weeks
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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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