What's Happening at SJE
This Week
Sixth Sunday of Lent
April 13/14, 2019

Two very different responses to our Lord’s passion are highlighted during the Gospel reading from Luke today: the response of Simon of Cyrene and the response of Jesus’ acquaintances. Of Simon we are told, “They took hold of a certain Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country; and after laying the cross on him, they made him carry it behind Jesus.” Whether Simon entered willingly and compassionately into this service or whether he took up the Cross of Christ with a grudge, we don’t know. What we do know is this: Simon did his part faithfully. He stayed near to Christ carrying the Cross until our Lord reached Golgotha, the site of His crucifixion. We also know that Simon’s family were among the first of the early Christians. Staying near to Christ, embracing the Cross (quite literally), transformed his life and the life of his family.

In contrast, near the end of this Gospel account, we are told of another reaction to Jesus’ passion and death, namely that “all His acquaintances stood at a distance.” They knew Jesus! They had heard him preaching and teaching, witnessed His signs and miracles, maybe even benefited personally from them. Perhaps they did not participate in mocking Him or calling for His crucifixion. However, they chose to stay a safe distance from Him when the going got tough. Unlike Simon, they refused to go too near to Christ.

Where will you place yourself this week? Keeping your distance from all the pain and suffering Christ endured? Or close by, staying near to Him as Simon did? It is when we go near to Christ that he can transform us. It is by embracing the crosses in our lives, stewarding them well rather than trying to run from them, that we become His true disciples.
Palm Sunday
Pancake Breakfast

Join us for our annual Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, April 14, 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Menu includes pancakes, our famous breakfast sausage, applesauce, syrup, butter, coffee, milk and breakfast sweets.

Cost - Free-Will Offering
The Passion of the Christ

Prepare yourself for Holy Week by watching with us "The Passion of the Christ". This 2-hour movie d epicts the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem.

We will be showing the movie on Monday, April 15, at 6:45 p.m. in the parish hall and Tuesday, April 16, at 1:00 p.m. in room A of the rectory.

This movie is rated R for sequences of graphic violence, parental guidance suggested.
Stations of the Cross

Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. April 10, 17

Fridays at 2:00 p.m. (School)
April 12
Confession Schedule

Fridays at 8:30 a.m.
April 12

Saturdays at 8:30 a.m.
April 13
"Pray, Reconcile, and Rejoice - 12 Hours of Reconciliation"

In conjunction with the 175 Anniversary of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, this sacramental event will take place on Wednesday, April 10, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at ten parishes throughout the Archdiocese.

Locally it will be held at St. Mary Parish (9520 W. Forest Home Ave, Hales Corners).
Click here for a list of participating churches
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.
The Holy Shroud of Turin was called the greatest relic in Christendom by Pope John Paul II. In fact, the Shroud is the most studied scientific object in the entire world. Fr. Peffley presents new and detailed scientific and medical evidence for the authenticity of the Holy Shroud. This presentation brings greater clarity as to the depth of the agony of our Lord's sorrowful Passion, which he voluntarily took on for love of us .
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.

April 6/7 and 27/28 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
Cousins Sub Day
Thursday, April 18

Looking for a quick bite to eat for lunch or dinner? Don't want to cook before going to Holy Thursday Mass? We have the answer! Cousins Subs, 7495 W. Layton Ave., will donate a portion of all sales to SJE School on Thursday, April 18. Just by stopping in and having lunch or dinner you can help our excellent school.

Cousins Scrip cards are available in the Parish Office during regular business hours or during SCRIP sale weekends.
In the Coming Weeks
Palm Sunday - April 14
Masses at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.
Pancake Breakfast from 9:00-Noon

Holy Thursday - April 18
Mass of the Lord's Supper at 7:00 p.m.

Good Friday - April 19
Good Friday Service at 1:00 p.m.
Fish Fry from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Holy Saturday - April 20
Blessing of Food Baskets at Noon
Easter Vigil at 8:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday - April 21
Masses at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.
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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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