What's Happening at SJE
This Week
Second Sunday of Advent
December 8/9, 2018

The readings for the Second Week of Advent offer both encouragement and challenge as we reflect and prepare for the two “comings” of Christ: His coming as a baby on the great feast of Christmas, and the anticipation of His second coming at the end of time.

Our First Reading, from Baruch, is a beautiful reminder that God has triumphed over sin and death and that we, His faithful disciples, will live in the light of His glory one day. Until He comes again, we must remain faithful to Him as true disciples and good stewards of all the gifts He has given us.

While it can be tempting to give in to the materialism and calls for self-indulgence that surround us (ironically more than ever at this time of year), this reading calls us back to the spiritual reality that this life is passing and we are made for eternal life with God. We are called to prepare for eternal life by the way that we use our time, our talents, and our treasure now.

The Gospel reading from Luke shows us how personal and detailed is God’s love for humanity as He prepared the way for Christ’s coming among us. We are told the precise time, place and person, John the Baptist, He appointed to announce the arrival of our Savior.

John tells us how to celebrate to the fullest this first “coming” on the feast of Christmas and how to prepare for the second coming; through repentance.

This Advent, let’s turn away from any bad habits or sin that may have crept into our lives and turn our hearts and minds back to Christ. This is what the stewardship way of life is all about; moving closer ever closer in relationship with Christ and imitation of Him, ready to celebrate His birth, with eyes fixed on eternal life with Him.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
(Holy Day of Obligation)

This Saturday, December 8, is a Holy Day of Obligation. We will have one Mass celebrating this beautiful Marian feast at 8:00 a.m.
The Giving Tree
Last Day is December 9

Each year, St. John the Evangelist’s Confirmation Class collects items for the needy of our area.

The Giving Tree is our way of reaching out to those less fortunate. On our Christmas tree in the front of the church are envelopes to be taken by parishioners, gifts purchased and returned UNWRAPPED. The Confirmation Class will sort them and then distribute the items collected to the following agencies: House of Peace, Hope House, Sojourner Family Peace Center and Stork’s Nest. All instructions will be included in the envelope you select. 

Let us share our joy and love of God with others during this Christmas season! 
SCRIP Schedule

Through the weekend of December 22/23, Scrip will be sold every weekend for your holiday shopping needs. 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
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Small Plates, Big Hearts!
A Night at St. John's

Save the Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019

We are now accepting auction donations for our event! As you are shopping the great sales this holiday season, 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.

Tickets are now available. The cost per ticket is $25. We will be selling tickets after all Masses through December 23, 2018. What a great Christmas present for those hard to buy for people in your life- a evening out with you!

To purchase tickets online click here!

Questions? Email SJEGive@stjohns-grfd.org

In the Coming Weeks
Miller Park Concessions

As an activity of St. John's Stewardship, we need adult volunteers (18 years old and up) to help with the concession stand at Miller Park for the 2019 season. This past season volunteers generated over $11,000 of additional revenue for the parish and school. All volunteers are requested to do a minimum of 3 games and will receive training.

Contact Gary Tveten at 414-282-1567 for more information.
THE 2018 PARISH FINANCIAL BOOKS WILL CLOSE ON DECEMBER 31

If you wish to have any contributions credited to your account for 2018, it must be received by end of day December 31. Any contributions received after end of day on December 31 will be credited to 2019. PLEASE BE AWARE: Even if your check is dated and mailed in 2018, it must be POSTMARKED in 2018 or it will be credited to 2019.

QUESTIONS??

Please call the parish office to avoid any complications with your 2018 tax deductions. 
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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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