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CHRISTMAS 2020 at ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST
— CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE —
(Prelude music begins 15 minutes before each Mass)
CHRISTMAS EVE MASSES
Thursday, December 24, 2020

2:00 p.m. Church
4:00 p.m. Church
4:15 p.m. Gym
10:00 p.m. Church

CHRISTMAS DAY MASSES
Friday, December 25, 2020
8:00 a.m. Church
9:30 a.m. Church
11:00 a.m. Church
11:15 a.m. Gym

 
Seating will be on a first-come, first-seated basis in the church proper. Once the church reaches its safe, socially-distanced capacity, guests will be directed to the overflow seating area in the church hall where Mass will be live-streamed and eucharistic ministers will distribute Holy Communion.

Be sure to wear a mask to Mass!
Christmas Blessings

On behalf of myself and the entire staff here at St. John’s Parish and School, may you all have a very blessed and enjoyable Christmas and a joyous New Year.

Feasts of the Holy Family and
St. John the Evangelist

This weekend, we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family. Let us pray for our families living and deceased, that we may grow closer to Christ in the coming new year.

This weekend is also the feast of St. John the Evangelist, the Patron of our parish. We will formally bless the new icon of St. John the Evangelist. The depiction of St. John is at the chest of Jesus at the last supper. It is a very appropriate image for our parish with over 35 years of Eucharistic Adoration. May we always hunger for the bread of life.
Flu Season

Now that the normal flu season is here, be sure that if you have a sore throat, fever, cough, sneezing, muscle aches, and pains, you do not come to Church. We are working to keep the Parish as healthy as possible. Please stay home when not feeling well. When you are not feeling well, it is not a sin to miss Mass.
24-Hour Perpetual Adoration

St. John’s is fortunate to have 24-hour Perpetual Adoration. Please take advantage of this beautiful opportunity to stay close to God in these difficult times. Hand sanitizer is available in the Adoration entrance (south side of Church), and we ask that you practice social distancing and stay at least six feet from others while in Church.
Thursday, December 24 - 8:00 a.m. to Noon
Friday, December 25 - CLOSED

Monday, December 28 - Wednesday, December 29
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 31- 8:00 a.m. to Noon
Friday, January 1- CLOSED

Normal Office hours resume on Monday, January 4, 2020

Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!
THE 2020 PARISH FINANCIAL BOOKS WILL CLOSE ON DECEMBER 31

If you wish to have any contributions credited to your account for 2020, it must be received by the end of the day, December 31. Any contributions received after the end of day on December 31 will be credited to 2021.  PLEASE BE AWARE: Even if your check is dated 2020, it must be POSTMARKED in 2020, or it will be credited to 2021.

QUESTIONS??

Please call the parish office to avoid any complications with your 2020 tax deductions.
Bipolar Ionization System
UPDATE

I am pleased to announce that the Bipolar Air Cleaner arrived early and was installed immediately. Also, the money for the new air cleaner has been collected. A big thank you to those who financially made this possible.
 
The high-tech air purification system is used in many hospitals to clean the air by killing bacteria and viruses, and many other air impurities. The way it works is that millions of positive and negative charged oxygen ions are sent into the air, which attaches to pathogens and kills them.
 
Any additional funds that come into the parish will be used to repair the roof on the shed. This project will begin immediately. Also, we continue to collect monies to complete our sidewalks replacement project scheduled to begin in Spring.

Fr. Michael
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
Holy Day of Obligation


Vigil Mass
Thursday, December 31

4:00 p.m.


Friday, January 1

9:30 a.m.
Your donations are needed and will help us
continue to operate during these unsettling times.
The Holy Family of
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
December 26/27, 2020

Today, we celebrate the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. Just as the Holy Family is holy, we are also called to be holy. This holiness is achievable by living as disciples of Christ.  

St. Paul calls us to put on “heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience… as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.” Let us “give thanks to God the Father” by being good stewards of His love and mercy to all our family members. 

Today's Gospel says a lot about trust and surrender to our Lord. When Simeon and Anna prophesized about what was to come, Jesus' parents were “amazed at what was said about him.” We can imagine that two parents would be taken back by these words! Yet, the Holy Family surrendered their lives to God and had unwavering faith and trust in His plan. 

God’s plan will fulfill our hearts more than we could have ever imagined. Like the Holy Family, we just need to trust, surrender, and be attentive to God’s voice. 
School News

LAST CHANCE TO GET
2021 Calendar Raffles

Calendar raffles are available for sale in the Parish Office and the Narthex after select weekend Masses.

Sales end at noon on Thursday, December 31.

Cost is $20 each
Live-streaming: Mass and Adoration
 
We are live-streaming daily and Sunday Masses as well as Adoration for those who are unable to attend:

Daily Masses are:
Monday thru Saturday 8:00 a.m.

Weekend Masses are:
Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
Sunday at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Our YouTube channel is SJE-Greenfield.

If you miss the livestream, you can watch the upload of each Mass on our YouTube channel.
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.
Dr. Gregory and Lisa Popcak, through a five-part P.E.A.C.E. process, offer powerful insights to help you work through difficult situations with the people in your life. This system will assist you in resolving problems and work towards more fully reconciling with them. Full of practical guidance, this presentation will show you how to better love and relate to the difficult people in your life.
Start earning the easy way with the new mobile app: RaiseRight by ShopWithScrip
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Pick up right where you left off. Sign in with your same ShopWithScrip username and password. Access your gift cards right away. And check out with payment information already saved to your account.


SCRIP will now be sold before and after all weekend Masses. As always, SCRIP is available at the parish office during regular business hours. We have materials available below if you would like to set up an online account.






You can also click here to view a how-to video from Scrip on how to open an account.

To protect the program from fraud, please contact the Parish or School offices for the enrollment code. Once you have an online account you can pay by direct debit from your checking account (Presto Pay), by credit card, or by check here in the parish office. If we do not have the item in stock, we will order on Monday and have the cards by Thursday. Once you have the physical card you can enroll it in your "wallet" and reload it as needed.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the parish office at 414-321-1965.
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.
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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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