What's Happening at SJE
This Week
Third Sunday of Lent
March 23/24, 2019

Sunday's Gospel passage reminds us that life is precious and the gift of time on this earth is just that, a gift. None of us knows how much time is granted to us, so it is urgent that we use this gift intentionally to glorify God and serve our neighbor. 

Jesus offers the parable of the fig tree to further illustrate this truth. The owner of the orchard came searching for fruit on a fig tree he had planted in his orchard. Finding no fruit on the tree after three years, he told the gardener to cut it down. However, the gardener intercedes and asks for one more year to cultivate and fertilize the tree in hopes it would bear fruit in the future. The fig tree was not dying; it simply wasn’t doing much of anything at all. Can this be said of us and our lives as well?

The season of Lent is a time to reflect carefully on the way we spend our time. Do we give top priority to God, tending to our spiritual growth and sacramental life with diligence? Do we give next priority to our loved ones, focusing intentionally on them each day without distractions from phones, screens or thoughts of work? If not, now is the moment to repent of our waste of time or of misplaced priorities on our use of time. God is merciful but just. Let’s turn to Him and ask Him to make our lives fruitful while we still have time to do so.
Stations of the Cross

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

Fridays at 2:00 p.m. (School)
March 22, 29, April 5, 12
Confession Schedule

Fridays at 8:30 a.m.
March 22, 29, April 5, 12

Saturdays at 8:30 a.m.
March 23, 30, April 6, 13

First Saturday 3:30-4:00 p.m.
April 6
"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).
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
Restaurant Fundraiser

Join us at Jason's Deli on Thursday, April 4, 2019, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Located at 95 N. Moorland Rd., Unit E-9, Brookfield, WI (inside Brookfield Square). Click here to RSVP for the event and then when you are ordering mention you are there for St. John the Evangelist School.
In the Coming Weeks
Easter Food Drive

St. John's chapter of the St. Vincent de Paul Society is sponsoring a Food Drive. They will be collecting canned and non-perishable food items in the Narthex the weekend of April 6/7. Donations are given to needy families in the area and to local charitable agencies. Please be generous.
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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