What's Happening at SJE
This Week
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 27/28, 2018

As Christian stewards, we are called to devote a regular portion of our time to God in prayer. Perhaps we find it intimidating to find the right words when approaching our perfect and all-holy God.

Sunday's Gospel shows us we need to have our “act together” before we can spend time with Him in prayer. In this passage from Mark, we see that Bartimaeus received a powerful answer to prayer at a very low point in his life. There he sat, begging at the side of the road in a very undignified manner. His posture wasn’t exactly reverent, and his prayer wasn’t eloquent, just a desperate, “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.”

But it was a sincere cry from his heart. And Jesus, though surrounded by a sizable crowd, heard it and called for Bartimaeus to come to Him. Folks from the crowd shouted to Bartimaeus, “Take courage; get up! Jesus is calling you.” And right there on the spot, Bartimaeus experienced a profound moment of personal encounter with our Lord and the healing of his vision that he desired.

How simple it is to encounter Jesus! All we must do is reach out to Him in prayer, and we can be assured that He will hear us and call us to Himself. So let’s all take courage this week knowing that Jesus is calling us right now to spend time with Him just as we are, in all our weakness and brokenness. Tell Him, the great High Priest, what your needs are and then, like Bartimaeus, follow Him and keep on keeping on in this stewardship way of life. It’s a life with the ultimate happy ending.
With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, show your support and appreciation to those men and women serving in our military by participating in St. John's Annual  "We Love Our Troops Collection."   Click here for a suggested list of items to donate. Bring your donations with you to Mass the weekend of October 27/28 and place them in the specially marked boxes.

If you have a family member or friend currently serving overseas, please give their address to one of our Respect Life Members who will be at all the Masses collecting your items. Your soldier will receive a personal care package from Support the Troops WI!
SCRIP Schedule
November 3/4 will be the upcoming SCRIP weekend. Scrip is also available on Thursdays from 2:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. in the church hall during the school year. 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
Click on the image below to print a flyer. You must have a flyer for St. John's to receive credit for your dinner!

We also have SCRIP available for Red Robin
Restaurant Fundraising Update

A big thanks to you and Cafe Zupas for your generous support. Our September 25 restaurant night raised $158.98.

Our 7/8 Volleyball team is participating in the Division 2 Seton Tournament starting Tuesday, October 30, 5:30 p.m. at Center Court in Waukesha. Admission for the tournament is $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for students/seniors, 5 & under are free.
 
Our 5/6 Soccer team is playing in the championship match for their division in the Southwest Catholic Soccer League Saturday, October 27 at 11:30 a.m. on our fields.
 
Our combined team with St. Greg’s 7/8 soccer team is beginning their playoff run as well on Saturday – their game is at 9 a.m.
In the Coming Weeks
Just a reminder Saturday, November 3, is the First Saturday of the month. In addition to Reconciliation on Saturday morning after the 8:00 a.m. Mass, Confession will be available at 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the church. Reconciliation is a great way to keep ourselves firmly united with God, as well as an opportunity to receive grace, to turn from sin, and believe ever more deeply in God's generous Mercy.
"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.