What's Happening at SJE
This Week
Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 5/6, 2019

Our readings today show us that living a stewardship way of life, a life focused on serving God and His Kingdom, is not easy. They also show us that our lives belong to God, not to us and that God will indeed bring about the fulfillment of His kingdom. We just need to have faith that He can do it and commit to our small part in His grand design. This is both our privilege and responsibility as Christian stewards.

Jesus makes this privilege and responsibility clear in today’s Gospel passage from Luke. The apostles ask the Lord to increase their faith. He tells them that even a mustard seed-sized faith is all that is needed to move mountains (because it is God who does the heavy lifting). We need only take the tiniest step forward, and He will do the rest.

However, living our lives in His service is also very much our responsibility. Jesus explains this through the parable of the unprofitable servant later in this passage. Our Lord describes a scene in which a servant has just come in from tending to the master’s affairs. Jesus then asks whether it would be reasonable for the master to begin waiting on his servant. Of course, it would not be reasonable! The servant would be expected to continue to serve his master until he has completed the work the master has given him that day. Jesus says we should have this same attitude before God. 

The time, talents, and treasure entrusted to us are all God’s. Our very lives belong to Him. Whatever we do on God’s behalf with our lives and our gifts is our God-given responsibility.

The stewardship way of life makes the privilege and responsibility of serving Christ and His kingdom a reality. 
This Week at a Glance

Wednesday, October 2
  • 6:30 p.m. Dart Ball - Hall
  • 6:30 p.m. KSKJ - Room A
  • 7:00 p.m. Right to Life Holy Hour

Thursday, October 3
  • 7:30 a.m. Mass followed by Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 2:45 p.m. Youth Hand Bell Choir Rehearsal - Music Room
  • 4:30 p.m. Volleyball Practice - Gym
  • 6:00 p.m. Adult Hand Bell Choir Rehearsal - Music Room
Friday, October 4
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Confessions during Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 2:00 p.m. SVdP Meal Program - Hall
  • 7:00 p.m. Confessions - Church
  • 8:00 p.m. All Night Eucharistic Vigil Opening Mass - Church
Saturday, October 5
  • 5:00 a.m. All Night Eucharistic Vigil Concluding Mass- Church
  • 6:45 a.m. St. John’s Men’s Group Meeting - Hall
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Confessions during Mother of Perpetual Help Devotion, Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 3:30 p.m. Confessions
Anointing of the Sick, Scrip Available, and Blest Art Display After 4:30 p.m. Mass

Sunday, October 6
  • 9:00 a.m. Religious Education Grades 1-8
  • 6:00 p.m. Ablaze Youth Group
Scrip Available and Blest Art Display
After 4:30 p.m. Mass

  Monday, October 7
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 6:30 p.m. SVdP Committee Meeting - MPR
  • 6:45 p.m. Pillar - Hall
Tuesday, October 8
  • 7:30 a.m. Mass followed by St. Anthony Devotion, Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 1:00 p.m. Pillar - Room A
  • 2:45 p.m. Youth Choir Rehearsal - Music Room
  • 4:30 p.m. Volleyball Practice - Gym
  • 7:00 p.m. Adult Choir Rehearsal - Music Room
  • 7:30 p.m. Knights of Columbus #524 - Hall

Wednesday, October 9
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet

St. Francis of Assisi Feast Day
Friday, October 4

"All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle."

St. Francis of Assisi
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.
How great a threat is the occult? In this provocative testimony, former satanist, Betty Brennan shares the story of her remarkable journey from a dark existence of devil worship to the fulfillment of truth in Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church. You will be enlightened by her amazing sojourn, her search for deliverance, and her mission to open the eyes of others to the truth of the devil.
Raking leaves may not be fun, but it's another opportunity to pick up all your yard work supplies using SCRIP. Shop with us and St. John's will receive a percentage. Click here to view and print our order form. We order on Mondays and have them ready to be picked up no later than Thursday each week.

October 5/6 and 19/20 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.
What's Happening in Our School
Each year our school community participates in the Soles for Catholic Education Walk. This year, the walk will be held at Mount Mary University on Saturday, October 19th. I am writing to you today to ask you to consider joining our SJE team on this adventure.

Parishioners are invited to sign up for the walk by following this link:    

When you register, choose St. John the Evangelist for the school and the official team name is SJE Flock of Eagles.

There is so much to be gained from participation in this walk. This is a great opportunity to spend time with other Parishioners from SJE, as well as others who support out mission to educate our children in the faith.  The day will feature treats and activities for children, as well as music and food for all. You will not want to miss out.   

The second component of this walk is fundraising. Our school goal is $1000. I know that, with minimal effort on the part of our parishioners, we can easily exceed this goal. Remember – all funds raised come back to SJE. Costs for the walk are paid by supporting organizations.   

Our school and parish staff members are looking forward to spending October 19th with all of our SJE families! 

Go forth and be a blessing, 
Mary Laidlaw-Otto, Principal  
In the Coming Weeks
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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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