What's Happening at SJE
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 22/23, 2020

“So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Talk about setting the bar high!

This verse at the end of today’s Gospel passage from Matthew sets the tone for all of the readings this week.

The stewardship way of life, giving away the best of our time, talents, and treasure to God for His glory and for the sake of others, is the path to holiness. Yet, it appears utterly foolish in the eyes of many.

Our Lord gives us several illustrations today of this “foolish” concept: “When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one as well. If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic, hand over your cloak as well... love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” This is the kind of action and attitude that will make us “children of our heavenly Father.” This is the high bar of holiness to which our Lord is calling us. 

If your lifestyle and your priorities look a little foolish to the world around you, know that you’re probably doing it right in God’s eyes. At the same time, you will be filled with a peace that the world around you desperately needs. Your stewardship way of life may just draw those around to the heavenly Father and a life of holiness, too. 

So, with God’s grace, we can confidently press on in the stewardship way of life, aiming to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect. Our all-holy God desires it and deserves nothing less.
Choir Loft Remodel
 
Starting Saturday, February 22, we will be remodeling the choir loft. Until the remodel is done, the choir loft will not be available for seating. Once it is completed, we will have more room for our growing choirs including our hand bell choir, but there will be limited seating. We are adding a few pews to the front of the church to increase seating. 
 
Stay tuned as the project continues.
Measuring Spiritual Growth and
Parish Engagement

Beginning Sunday, February 23, all
St. John parishioners are asked to take part in the Disciple Maker Index Survey. This survey is designed to help you grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ and become more engaged in our parish. By answering the questions in the 15-minute survey, you will have the chance to reflect on individual spiritual growth as well as provide our parish leadership with invaluable insight into our parish strengths and opportunities.

This will allow St. John’s to set priorities and allocate resources in the years ahead.
 
There are two ways to participate. There is a convenient online survey that you can take at home. There will be link on our parish website (starting February 23). Click on the link and first select the Archdiocese of Milwaukee then St. John the Evangelist Parish, Greenfield, from the options provided.

There are also paper surveys in the narthex. Contact the parish office if you would like a survey in a language other than English. The survey will close on Monday, March 23.

The survey is completely confidential. St. John’s will not receive any individual survey responses.
Ash Wednesday
February 26, 2020

Masses at:

8:00 a.m., Noon & 6:30 p.m
Stations of the Cross

Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
March 4, 11, 18, 25

Fridays at 2:00 p.m. (School)
February 28, March 6, 13, 20, 27, and April 3
Wednesday, February 19
  • 6:30 p.m. Gym Unavailable

Thursday, February 20
  • 7:30 a.m. Mass followed by Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 2:45 p.m. Youth Hand Bell Choir Rehearsal - Music Room
  • 5:15 p.m. Love One Another CEC Meeting - Hall
  • 6:00 p.m. Adult Hand Bell Choir - Music Room

Friday, February 21
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Confessions during Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 9:30 a.m. Vocations Committee Meeting - Rectory Room B
 
Saturday, February 22
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Confessions during Mother of Perpetual Help Devotion, Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 5:30 p.m. Small Plates, Big Hearts - Gym

Sunday, February 23
  • 9:00 a.m. Grade School RE Classes - School
  • 6:00 p.m. High School and Confirmation Classes - School

Monday, February 24
  • 7:00 a.m. Paczkis with Pop - Hall
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
 
Tuesday, February 25
  • 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, February 26
  • 8:00 a.m. Ash Wednesday Mass followed by Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 12:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday Mass
  • 6:30 p.m. Ash Wednesday Mass
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.
Last chance to purchase at the ticket price of $25
On the day of the event, the price will be $35

To purchase tickets online, click  here!

Delicious tasting food from contributors including:

Red Onion, That's Amore, Double B's BBQ, Mexican Village,
Carrabba's Italian Grill, Jimmy John's, and more!

Questions? Email  SJEGive@stjohns-grfd.org
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.
Ralph Martin, an internationally known Catholic leader and teacher, discusses the challenges and the joys of being fully faithful to all the Church proclaims as true. Ralph provides practical advice on how to build our lives on rock and equip ourselves spiritually so that we can reach out to others with true charity. He shows how our fidelity to the Word of God will give us the strength to stand victorious in the difficult age in which we live.
Looking to get away to warmer weather, use SCRIP for all your travel needs. Whether you are flying, driving, or taking a cruise, there is a SCRIP card for that! When you purchase SCRIP, St. John's will receive a percentage. Click here to view and print our order form. If you would like to set up an online account our enrollment code is 18DE7D4F11822 . We order on Mondays and have them ready to be picked up no later than Thursday each week.

Upcoming SCRIP weekends are March 7/8 and 21/22. 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
Track and Futsal Sign-ups
In the Coming Weeks
Men's Retreat

A retreat for men will be held Friday, March 13, to Sunday, March 15, at the Perpetual Help Retreat Center in Oconomowoc. The weekend begins with check-in between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. The program starts at 7:00 p.m. and runs through noon on Sunday. Carpooling is available.

For details and/or to sign up, call Ron at 414-448-7117
or the Retreat Center at 262-567-6900
33 Days to Merciful Love Retreat

Coming Soon! To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pope St. John Paul II's proclamation of the first Sunday after Easter as the Feast of Divine Mercy, St. John's will be offering Father Michael Gaitley's 33 Days to Merciful Love Retreat. This is a six-week study that will go deeper into what Divine Mercy is with the help of the spirituality of St. Therese of Lisieux's Little Way and St. Faustina's Diary. It begins Monday, March 2, at 6:45 p.m. in the Hall and Tuesday, March 3 at 1:00 p.m. in Room A. The retreat will culminate with the Consecration (or re-Consecration for those that have done this) after the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 19. 

All are welcome.

For more information,
call or text Chris Wichgers at 414-507-7660
or Laura Lee Wierzbinski at 414-840-0261
Jesus and the End Times
Parishioners are invited to a one-day retreat on Saturday, March 7, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the Hall. The program is based on Dr. Brant Pitre's DVD series, Jesus and the End Times. A continental breakfast and lunch will be served. There will be a free-will offering. 
 
If you h ave ever wondered what the Bible teaches about what will happen at the End of Time, this program is for you. Many Catholics have heard about “the Rapture,” the coming of the “Antichrist,” and the "Second Coming," but are unsure exactly what to believe about these topics. Moreover, while Protestant Christians are often well-versed in the study of the “end times,” Catholics are often unfamiliar with what the Bible actually teaches.
 
Many Christians are unaware that the Catholic Church has very explicit teachings about the Tribulation, the Antichrist, the Second Coming, and the New Creation. In this detailed Bible study on the end times, Dr. Pitre brings clarity and precision to the confusion that frequently surrounds the doctrine of the end times, by answering crucial questions such as:

  • What is the meaning of Jesus’ prophecies of tribulation and the coming of the Son of Man?
  • Are we in the “end times” now?
  • Why did Jesus prophesy the destruction of the Temple, and how does it relate to the End of the World?
  • Is the Protestant belief in a secret “Rapture” a biblical teaching or a false doctrine?
  • What will the Final Judgment be like, and how will we be judged?
 
If you have ever wondered about where this world is heading and what the ultimate destiny of humanity is, then don’t miss this powerful study of the truth about what the Bible and the Catholic Church teach about the last days.

Watch this newsletter for further information
or call Austin Rahill at 414-321-8922.
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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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