What's Happening at SJE
This Week
And Mary kept all these things,
reflecting on them in her heart.
Luke 2:19
Epiphany of the Lord
January 4/5, 2020

As our celebration of Christmas continues, today we observe the great feast of the Epiphany of the Lord. The word “epiphany” comes from Greek and means manifestation or appearance. The stewardship way of life is one in which we live in grateful response to God’s countless manifestations in our lives. 

Our Gospel passage, from Matthew, has much to teach us about stewardship, through the actions of the magi.

As good stewards, the magi were watching for manifestations of God’s presence in their lives. “We have seen the star at its rising,” they say. Good stewards are keenly aware of the “star” of God’s presence and His gifts in their lives. It is this awareness that fills them with gratitude and the desire to both worship God and share His gifts with others.

The magi, upon seeing the manifestation of God’s presence in their lives, “were overjoyed.” Good stewards, who live with the awareness of God’s presence and gifts to them, can’t help but be filled with joy. Not necessarily the fleeting and superficial kind of joy the world promises through wealth or power, but rather the deep, unalterable joy only God can give.

Finally, the magi were so filled with awe upon encountering the newborn Jesus, they prostrated themselves before him and “opened their treasures and offered him gifts.” This is precisely why good stewards generously share their material gifts; as a loving act of worship to an extravagantly loving God.

Let us rejoice in God’s manifestations in our lives and be watchful for the new ways He is calling us to share ourselves and our gifts in gratitude to our King in the year ahead.
Tuesday, December 31
  • 12:00 p.m. Parish Office Closing
  • 4:00 p.m. Mass of Anticipation for Solemnity of Mary (Holy Day of Obligation)

Wednesday, January 1
  • 9:00 a.m. Solemnity of Mary (Holy Day of Obligation) Mass
  • Parish Office Closed

Thursday, January 2
  • 7:30 a.m. Mass followed by Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet

Friday, January 3
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Confessions during Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
 
Saturday, January 4
  • 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 and
SCRIP before and after the 4:30 p.m. Mass

Sunday, January 5
  • 9:00 a.m. Grade School RE Classes - School
  • 10:30 a.m. Children's Liturgy of the Word
  • 6:00 p.m. Ablaze Youth Group
SCRIP before and after all Masses

  Monday, January 6
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
 
Tuesday, January 7
  • 7:30 a.m. Mass followed by St. Anthony Devotion, Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 2:45 p.m. Youth Choir Rehearsal - Music Room
  • 7:00 p.m. Adult Choir Rehearsal - Music Room

Wednesday, January 8
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
Consoling the Heart of Jesus:
Coming soon!

Fr. Michael Gaitley’s Consoling the Heart of Jesus, a five-week accelerated program, will be offered in January 2020. The first class will be held on Tuesday, January 21, at 1:00 p.m. in Room A in the St. John’s Parish Office, lower level. You can sign up after Masses on January 4 & 5, 2020.

For more information, please call or text
Laura Lee Wierzbinski 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.
Patrick Lencioni is the founder of The Table Group and the author of ten books which have sold over 4 million copies and been translated into more than twenty-five languages. Additionally, The Wall Street Journal called him one of the most sought after business speakers in America. In this talk given at the FOCUS National Conference, Patrick provides a hopeful yet cautionary lesson about the dangers of living a partially Christian life.
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 4/5 and 18/19. 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
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.
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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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