What's Happening
at St. John's
Parish News
I am pleased to announce to the parish and school families that we have hired a new principal. His name is Mr. Ben Oberdorf. Ben overwhelmingly received the green light from the search committee. Please find below some of his biographical information. While his official start date is July 1, he will be around to begin getting his “feet wet” and meeting school families and parishioners. When you meet Ben, please welcome him to the parish.
 
It is with great enthusiasm that I am joining the St. John the Evangelist community as principal beginning with the 2021-22 school year. I look forward to serving you as we grow in faith and knowledge. I became an educator 17 years ago with the goal of making the world a better place, one student at a time. I still have the same goal today. I want to be a part of a team that provides a Christ-centered, stimulating, challenging, and safe learning environment that will develop future leaders. I am comfortable working with students of all ages and enjoy guiding students to successful outcomes. I have provided teachers support and coaching throughout my years in education and look forward to continuing to help others develop their talents to best serve our students. I enjoy interacting with people and look forward to developing strong, positive relationships with you to help our St. John’s community to grow spiritually and academically. 

I have also coached various sports to varying age groups starting with my nephew’s baseball team in 1998. I have continued to coach to this day. The satisfaction I received from coaching was a big part of my becoming an educator. I enjoy the growth of the individual as well as the growth of the team. Through coaching, I felt as though I was making a difference in the world. This desire to be a difference-maker is what led me to a career in education. Although this desire drives my actions each day, a greater driving force for me is my family. 

I live in St. Francis with my wife, and we have two grown children. My daughter, Marissa, is an echocardiographer at Froedtert and my son, Bradley, recently left the Navy after serving 11 years protecting and serving our country. He will be moving back to Wisconsin at the end of April to start his new career. He and his wife have one child, Brady Benjamin, born March 29, 2021, making me and my wife grandparents for the first time. We are so excited! 

I look forward to meeting all of you. Thank you for welcoming me into your community and providing me with the honor to teach your children and lead the school community. It is my pleasure to serve you as principal next school year. 

—Ben Oberdorf
 
 Saint Francis Shrine - A Face Life
                                          
When parishioners, who own the landscaping company, “Landshapers” saw the condition of the pavers in front of our St. Francis Shrine, they offered to have one of their crews come in to remove what was there (heaving, broken pavers) and replace them with a new sub-foundation and new pavers. Those parishioners who have seen the new look have given it their “two-thumbs up.” On behalf of the parish, a big thank you for their generous donations of time, labor, and material. In addition to the new pavers, other parishioners have donated two new Lannon-stone benches. Thank you for your generous donations. In these days of uncertainty and violence in our cities, let us make great use of our St. Francis Shrine, asking St. Francis to intercede for our country and world. Let us pray that we may be an instrument of God’s peace.
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 Wednesdays-
4:00 to 5:00 a.m. 

Please call Kay Shomperlen if interested
in volunteering at 414-763-1250.
Please pray for our candidates who celebrate the
Sacrament of First Holy Communion
on Saturday, May 1.

Ava Condecon-Acker
 
Hannah Dubis
 
Hayley Girard
 
Sophia Makkos
 
Eliezer John Mathews
 
Thomas Miller
 
Joseph Nowicki
 
Alaina Popowycz
 
Leiland Talaska
 
Mace Toy
 
 Jedidiah Voelkel
Save the following dates for
"The Best Catholic Fish Fry in Greenfield"

Friday, May 7

(Last Call Special: $2 off each dinner
between 6:30 p.m & 7:00 p.m.)

All will be "drive-thru" only.
Come to our Drive-Thru Fish Fry
Enter on 84th Street Only
(4:00-7:00 p.m.)

You can order any number of menu items: A, B, C, or D, but please, no substitutions. All dinners will be prepared as ordered and are served “drive-thru” only. We are adhering to safe and strict food-handling procedures and social distancing practices.

  • (A) Fried Fish (3 pieces) with French Fries
  • (B) Fried Fish (3 pieces) with Parsley Potatoes
  • (C) Baked Fish (3 pieces) with French Fries
  • (D) Baked Fish (3 pieces) with Parsley Potatoes

Dinners include coleslaw, applesauce, tartar sauce,
bread, butter, and dessert.

All this for $11.00 per meal.
Extra pieces of fish $2.00 each (limit 2 per dinner)
Your donations are needed and will help us
continue to operate during these unsettling times.
Fifth Sunday of Easter
May 1/2, 2021

Our readings today teach us what it means to bear fruit as disciples of Christ. In each of our readings, we hear that it is from the Lord that good effects will be produced in our lives. 
 
In our first reading, we hear about disciples preaching the Good News and defending the faith. The work they were doing was “with the consolation of the Holy Spirit.” It was not their work alone, but the work of God. 
 
We must ask ourselves, ‘How is God bearing fruit in my life?’ and ‘Have I invited the Holy Spirit to work in me?’ The more we try to produce good effects in our lives, the more we will become disappointed if we rely on our own efforts. Only by inviting the Holy Spirit into our everyday moments will we see goodness poured out. 
 
Jesus clearly tells us how to do this in our Gospel. He says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit.” We can remain in Christ by staying faithful to His commandments and frequently receiving the sacraments. And our day-to-day moments should be a reflection of those commitments.
 
That could mean opening our day with a prayer of thanksgiving, smiling at those we see on the street, asking God for help as we begin our workday, praising God in moments of trial, taking time to listen to our spouse after a long day. To remain in Christ means, in all that we do, we do it with the Lord.
 
When we live a life like that — as a branch never separated from its vine — God will produce bountiful fruit in our lives. 
School News
This weekend, our second graders will receive Holy Communion for the first time. There is a great deal of excitement, not to mention an incredible amount of preparation and work on the part of our teachers, the children, and their families.
 
We know that this is just the beginning - the first of countless opportunities to receive the Body and Blood of Christ. I am asking all our parishioners to join me in prayer, today and always, for our First Communicants.
 
We pray also that their parents will provide them with many, many opportunities to receive the sacraments of reconciliation and communion. In addition, we pray that they will continue to grow in their faith; that this step in their faith journey is just beginning, and that God will guide them on the path to a successful life here on earth, ending in heaven.
 
These youngsters are not only the future of our community, they are also the future of our church. Guiding them on the path to heaven is a huge responsibility and not one we take lightly. Thank you for supporting us, and our First Communicants, with your prayers.

...Together in God’s Name

Mary Laidlaw-Otto, Principal
After School Care Helper Needed

We are in immediate need of a temporary after school care helper to fill a position through the end of the current school year. Hours are from 2:30 until 6:00 p.m. (or until the last student goes home) each school day.

Please call the school office at 414-321-8540
for more information.
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.
The holy and hidden figure of St. Joseph comes to light in this captivating presentation by Dr. Mark Miravalle. What is the dignity of this great man, and how do we convey the wondrous power of his intercession? Listen as Dr. Miravalle delves into the fascinating and hidden life of the man whom God chose to "substitute" for Himself when the Word became flesh to dwell among us.
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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.






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.
The newsletter is published on Thursdays. 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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