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Praying for the Souls in Purgatory

During the month of November, we are especially encouraged to pray for the souls in Purgatory. We can pray for our family members, friends, benefactors and forgotten souls and those who have no one to pray for them.
 
Recently I received this prayer from a parishioner. It is a prayer which Jesus gave to St. Gertrude the Great, stating that the following prayer would release 1,000 souls from Purgatory each time it is prayed:
 
“Eternal Father, I offer You the most precious blood of Your Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.”
 
We pray for and remember those who have recently been called home to God’s loving embrace:

  • 89-year old Harry Newman who died on October 24
  • 98-year old Olga Jorsch who died on November 6
  • 95-year old Caroline Ellich who died on November 7
  • 24-year old Anthony Oszewski who died on November 4
  • 87-year old Eunice Hoffman who died on November 7
 
2020 Catholic Stewardship Appeal

The goal set for our parish for the Catholic Stewardship Appeal is $65,500. To date, we have reached $62,367. We are just short $3,133. This is very impressive.
 
I ask if you haven’t yet made a financial contribution to this appeal which supports the Archbishop and many of the Archdiocesan ministries, please consider doing so as soon as possible.
 
I realize in these days of pandemic, not everyone is able to make a contribution. However, if you are in a financial position to do so, even if it is a few dollars, please do so soon.

Flu Season

Now that the normal flu season is beginning, 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. So 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.

There is an open hour on Thursdays - 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Please call Kay Shomperlen if interested
in volunteering at 414-763-1250.
The Word Among Us

Copies of the Advent issue of The Word Among Us are available this weekend in the Narthex, at the Adoration entrance, and at the parish office for $2 per copy.
2020 Parish Giving Tree

St. John’s annual tradition of hosting a Giving Tree for those less fortunate will continue this year with a few additional precautionary measures due to the Covid-19 virus. Those will be outlined in future newsletters.
 
But please know that the 2020 Christmas Giving Tree will soon be full of 400 gift envelopes on the weekend of November 21 & 22. Individuals and families can take a gift tag, shop for that item and then return it between November 28 and December 13. On December 14, all gifts will be given to and then distributed by the House of Peace, Hope House, Sojourner Family Peace Center, Stork’s Nest and the St. John’s Chapter of the St. Vincent de Paul Society (all gifts to St. Vincent de Paul will be in the form of gift cards).
 
Gift cards can be purchased after all weekend Masses through our SCRIP program.
New Acolyte Training 

Students in grades 4 - 12 who would like to become altar servers are asked to complete a registration form and attend a training session.

Parents may register their child/children by contacting:

Karen Schulteis, Director of Liturgy & Music,
by calling the parish office at 414-321-1965 (ext. 125)

Please register by Monday, November 23. She will then contact you regarding training session information. 
Your donations are needed and will help us
continue to operate during these unsettling times.
Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 14/15, 2020

We are reminded today that we will each be called to give an account for the gifts God has given us — our physical, intellectual, and material gifts — as well as the gift of time itself.

Jesus illustrates this truth in our Gospel passage from Matthew. He tells the story — commonly known as the Parable of the Talents — of a wealthy man who is about to go on a journey. Before he leaves, the man calls his three servants to “entrust his possessions to them.”

The master in our parable gives to the care of each servant a portion of his money (“talent”) commensurate with that servant’s abilities. The first two prove to be good and faithful servants — they “immediately” put the talents to use, doubling what had been entrusted to them. The third servant reacted to this responsibility with fear; he did the opposite. He hid master’s talent, burying it in the ground. He took the safe way, the easy way out.

What a tragic response! This servant did not understand his master at all. He failed to see what a privilege he had been given. The master wanted to give all his servants the joy and satisfaction of helping him grow his kingdom. This is what our Heavenly Father wants for us, too — the incredible privilege of helping to advance the coming of the Kingdom of God.

Let us embrace the stewardship way of life, using all the gifts entrusted to us — Time, Talents, and Treasure — in such a way that at the end of our life on this earth, we will hear these words from our Father: “Well done, my good and faithful servant… Come, share your master’s joy.”
School News
Sustaining the Mission...

Our in-service days have taken on a new look this year. In August, we met in the church hall, wearing masks, and sitting no more than two people at a table - with a minimum of six feet in between us. We enjoyed conversation and meals together, but missed shared homemade treats and our traditional potluck lunch provided by our wonderful Home and School volunteers. We remain so grateful for every opportunity to be in person, but are challenged to meet with the safety guidelines set forth for us.
 
Tomorrow, we will participate in our first Sustaining the Mission training. We have two Sustaining the Mission days each year. These in-service days are spent learning about our Catholic faith. These days are certainly aptly named, for our teachers need sustenance in their faith if they are to maintain the energy to pass these important lessons along to our students.
 
Our teachers are divided into three teams, dependent upon their experience teaching in Catholic schools. Our level one and two staff members will work on the challenges of Catholic Moral Theology this year. Our level three learners are participating in a book study throughout the year, meeting monthly to discuss who we are as Catholics, and how this helps us to guide our students. This year, at least for the time being, these meetings will be held via Zoom. We wish we could be in person - we look forward to coming together with our colleagues from other schools - but we will make the best of the situation. We appreciate the opportunity to learn and grow, even if the conversations need to be virtual.
 
Please pray for us as we explore our faith together. The more we understand, the better the quality of the education we offer our students.

...Together in God’s Name

Mary Laidlaw-Otto, Principal
Chipotle Restaurant Night

Join us on Tuesday, November 17, 4-8 p.m. and 33% of the proceeds of your order will go to our school. Just mention St. John the Evangelist School to the cashier when placing your order. See below for more details.
2021 Calendar Raffles
are now Available!


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

Give the gift that could keep on giving!

Cost is $20 each
Rubi Red's Cranberry
Products are Back!

Rubi Reds is proud to offer SWEETENED, DRIED CRANBERRY PRODUCTS that are grown, processed, and packaged in the Heart of Wisconsin.

They offer anything from dried, chocolate-covered fruits to flavored honey, trail mix, and even soap!

Rubi Red's Products will be offered for sale after all weekend Masses November 7 through November 29.

Orders should be delivered the week of December 14.
Cousins Sub Day
Wednesday, November 25
ALL DAY

Are you tired of cooking for Thanksgiving? Traveling for the holiday and need a quick meal? We have the answer! Cousins Subs at 7495 W. Layton Ave. will donate a portion of all sales to SJE School on Wednesday, November 25. Just by stopping in and having lunch or dinner you can help our excellent school.

Scrip cards are available in the Parish Office during regular business hours or after all weekend Masses.
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.
In this dynamic talk, Dr. Scott Hahn explains the importance of oaths which invoke God’s name and implore His assistance. He shows that oaths are also the means of transforming our personal relationship with Christ into a covenant relationship. Dr. Hahn then explains what led him to move from believing in only two Sacraments to all seven. In sharing these insights, he connects oaths to the seven Sacraments and unveils their mystery and importance. He reveals that the Sacraments are the ordinary means by which God empowers us to do His will. You'll discover that the Sacraments don’t make holiness easy, but they do make it possible.
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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.






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.
The newsletter is published on Wednesdays. Articles for each week's publication are due on Mondays at noon.

To submit articles e-mail to: newsletter@stjohns-grfd.org
"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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