What's Happening at SJE
This Week
First Sunday of Lent
March 9/10, 2019

And so it begins, the holy, and for some, daunting, season of Lent. This is the season in our liturgical year when the Church encourages us to increase our prayer, fasting, and almsgiving in order to enter more deeply into the mystery of our Lord’s Passion and Death and to celebrate more fully His Resurrection.

Jesus, by His own example in Sunday's Gospel, demonstrates the necessity of setting aside a period of time devoted especially to prayer and fasting as a means of strengthening our spiritual muscles. Just before the launch of His public ministry, He is “led by the Holy Spirit into the desert for forty days, to be tempted by the devil.” In imitation of Jesus, we should ask the Holy Spirit to lead us into the desert, too, the desert of our interior lives where our thoughts and desires reside.

While our Lord was strong enough to withstand the temptations of the devil on His own, we most certainly are not! We must turn to the Holy Spirit and ask Him to show us where we need to grow, and then rely on the Holy Spirit for strength and guidance throughout these 40 days of growth. Perhaps we will be led to take on a spiritual reading program, or a daily time of meditation on the Scriptures. Maybe we’ll be inspired to fast from our favorite food or social media fix and find a project that serves the poor in this community.

If these spiritual exercises hurt a little, that means we are doing them right! At the end of this season, we will be prepared to enter into the grace-filled days of the Triduum, and we will, through the power of the Holy Spirit, be resurrected as a new creation with our Lord come Easter. Let us begin!
Ash Wednesday
March 6, 2019

Masses at Noon & 6:30 p.m.
Stations of the Cross

Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. March 13, 20, 27, April 10, 17

Fridays at 2:00 p.m. (School)
March 8, 22, 29, April 5, 12
Forty Days, Forty Ways
to Exercise Good Stewardship of Lent and Easter

Are you looking for ideas to help you with your Lenten experience? Click here for 40 ideas to fill the 40 days of Lent and the beginning of the Easter season.
Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 10 at 2:00 a.m.

Remember to set your clocks AHEAD one hour. You don't want to miss Mass!
Baby Bottle Project

St. John's Respect Life Committee will again be sponsoring the Baby Bottle Project. Here's how it works: Empty baby bottles will be handed out this weekend (March 9/10.) Keep the bottles and put your loose change/dollar bills, or a check (payable to " Women's Support Center") in it. The bottles will be collected March 23/24 and all monies will be given to the Women's Support Center.
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.

March 16/17 and April 6/7 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
Join us on Tuesday, March 19 for out Cafe Zupas School Night. Just mention St. John's or click here or on the flyer below to print a copy.
In the Coming Weeks
Save the Date

Dear Fellow Parishioners,

We, the parents of Deacon Nicholas Baumgardner, wish to let you know of the upcoming ordination of our son, Deacon Nick. He (and Praise God, five others) will be ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Milwaukee. The following day, Sunday, May 19, at 12:30 p.m., he will be the main celebrant at a Mass of Thanksgiving here at our own St. John's (the Mass will fulfill the Sunday obligation.) A luncheon will follow in the school gym. If you are able to attend, we would be honored to have your join us. The prayers and support of all of you have allowed the grace of God to bring about this day! More complete information will come closer to the time

With Gratitude,

Dennis and Mary Baumgardner
St. John the Evangelist Day
with the Milwaukee Wave

Join us on Sunday, March 31, at 1:05 p.m. for St. John the Evangelist Day. Tickets are only $10 each and include a pair of Milwaukee Wave athletic socks and post-game autographs for all fans in attendance.

Click here for the order form.

For more information email Trisha Jambor at assistantad@sje.k12.wi.us.
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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