What's Happening
at St. John's
Parish News
Missionary Outreach -
Sister Jan Gregorcich

On the weekend of September 18 and 19, Sr. Jan Gregorcich, SSND, will speak briefly at each Mass about the importance of access to fresh water around the world. Sr. Jan is part of the Archdiocesan Missionary summer appeal. Throughout the summer months, different missionaries and individuals will speak about the needs of people throughout the world, especially wherever missionaries live and serve. Sr. Jan will be speaking about the need for water in remote villages, particularly in Guatemala where she worked for 15 years. Sr. Jan will invite us to help reach her goal of bringing fresh running water into the villages to help facilitate better health. Sr. Jan and members of her family have been members of St. John’s parish for nearly 100 years. Let us welcome her with great joy!

As I mentioned Sunday, I am looking for a few parishioners who would be willing to explore the ministry of evangelization. Since Sunday, two couples have come forward and expressed their desire to be part of working at this new ministry. I am looking for a few more people to join us as we explore the possibilities of evangelization. If you are interested, please leave your contact information with me via phone or email (414) 321-1965 or mmerkt@stjohns-grfd.org.
Capital Campaign -
Love One Another

We will have our official kick off to the Capital Campaign - Love One Another on the weekend of September 25 and 26. In preparing for the campaign, we are in need of parishioners who have the interest and time to reach out to other parishioners inviting them to take part in this significant campaign. There is an information and training session on Monday, September 13 at 5:30 p.m. in the Church Hall. Please prayerfully consider being part of the Love One Another Capital Campaign.
International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima Coming to Milwaukee

The world-famous International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima has been traveling globally since 1947 to more than 100 countries and to all 50 United States. It will soon be coming to the Archdiocesan Marian Shrine on Monday, September 13. The statue will arrive at 3:30 p.m. Please bring your petitions as they will be placed at the statue, and a talk will be given on the Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima. Mass will begin at 5:00 p.m., followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. All present will consecrate themselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. At 6:00 p.m., all will pray the Fatima Prayers and the Rosary. The Marian Shrine is located at 141 N. 68th Street in Milwaukee. For further information, please call Deacon Steve Pemper at (414) 737-5023.
The Statue will also be visiting St. John the Evangelist Parish on Thursday, September 23. We will have further details about the visit to St. John’s soon.
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 one open hour
3:00 to 4:00 p.m. 

If interested in volunteering for this open hour, call Kay Shomperlen at 414-763-1250.
Holy Name Society News

The Holy Name Society will celebrate Corporate Communion at the 8:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday, September 12. Breakfast and a meeting will follow after Mass in the Church Hall. All men 16 and older are welcome, and fathers are encouraged to bring their sons 8 years and older.

At 9:30 am, the first half of the DVD presentation of Dr. Brant Pitre’s “Jesus and the Jewish Roots of Advent” will be shown. All parishioners and the public are invited to this presentation. The Holy Name Society will pray the Rosary at 7:20 a.m. in the Church on Sunday, September 12.

Call Ron Heser at (414) 448-7117.
The Hidden King -
The Jewish Roots of St. Joseph
(Encore Presentation)

In case you missed the recent Saturday program, an encore DVD presentation by Dr. Brant Pitre is scheduled for September and early October. Come and learn about this amazing yet silent man, the husband of Mary and the earthly father of Jesus. Session one will be held on Monday, September 20. The topic will be “The Hidden King.” Session two will be held on Monday, September 27. The topic will be “The Most Chaste Spouse.” And session three will be held on Monday, October 4. The topic will be “The Shadow of the Father.” All three sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in the Church Hall. Sign up in the narthex.

For more information,
call or text Laura Lee at (414) 840-0261.
We are just a few short weeks away from our Fall Fest Auction. Our online auction site will be opening soon for registration.

Some of the amazing items we will have to bid on are:

  • Signed and Framed Giannis Antetokounmpo Jersey
  • Pfaltzgraff Winterberry Dinnerware (setting for 12)
  • Cookware and Bakeware baskets
  • Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee County Zoo gift cards
  • Gift certificates
  • And so much more!

Bidding will open at noon on Sunday, October 3, and close at 4:00 p.m. sharp on Sunday, October 10.

If you have any questions, please email Denise Kasulke at

Thank you for your support!
Silent Preached Retreat for Women

Ladies of the Parish: Mark your calendars and let God speak to you and revitalize your spirit, Friday, October 1, through Sunday, October 3, at the Redemptorist Retreat Center in Oconomowoc. This year’s theme is “Healing in a Wounded World.”
How do we return to those basic gospel values that bring us a sense of healing, not only to the world but to each one of us? This retreat is a great opportunity to encounter our need for Jesus.
The weekend starts around 7:00 p.m., with check-in between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. on Friday. The retreat ends at noon on Sunday. Carpooling is available. For details and to sign up, please call Barb at (414) 448-7117. You may also register directly at the Redemptorist Retreat Center by calling (262) 567-6900 or on their website: www.redemptoristretreat.org. The cost is $230 per person. The center is located at 1800 N. Timber Trail Lane on the shores of Crooked Lake in Oconomowoc.
Music Ministry Choir Practices to Begin

It’s not too late to join one of our choirs!

  • Adult Choir rehearses Tuesdays (7:00-9:00 p.m.) beginning September 14
  • Adult Hand Bell Choir rehearses Thursdays (7:00-8:30 p.m.) beginning September 16
  • Youth Choir rehearses Tuesdays (2:45-4:00 p.m.) beginning September 21
  • Youth Hand Bell Choir rehearses Thursdays (2:45-4:30 p.m.) beginning Sept. 23
  • Funeral Choir rehearses once or twice per year. Come sing when you are available.
We are also looking for cantors and instrumentalists.

For additional information, please contact Karen Schulteis, Director of Liturgy and Music (kschulteis@stjohns-grfd.org or 414-321-1965 ext.125) with questions and to reserve your spot in any of these groups.
It is that time of year again to grow deeper in our faith and closer to God. We have an amazing core of Catechists who are passionate about teaching the Catholic Faith. If you want your child or children in the parish's Religious Education program this year, you can enroll them on our website, www.stjohns-grfd.org. From the Home Page, please click on Religious Education and select the Grade 1-10 or Confirmation Online Registration option. You should fill out the online form and can register up to four children.

Classes for grade school (1-8) start on Sunday, October 3, from 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. (new time). Classes will let out in time for families to attend the 11:00 a.m. Mass. Classes for high school (grades 9, 10, and Confirmation) start on Sunday, October 3, from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Your donations are needed and will help us
continue to operate during these unsettling times.
Twenty-Fourth Sunday
in Ordinary Time
September 11/12, 2021

We need to get our bearings straight and properly lay life’s cornerstone. Otherwise, the rest of our journey will be skewed, and our judgment clouded. We can recall Jesus’ famous rebuke of Peter, “You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.” As one of Jesus’ closest friends, even he struggles with understanding things and grasping the big picture. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955) a renowned and learned French Jesuit priest often has these words attributed to him: “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” Whether they were actually from his lips, they certainly mimic his thought. These wise words orient us and capture the essence of who we really are.
Many people consider spirituality an option. It is no wonder that they come to this conclusion when they predominantly define themselves using human terms and concepts. Immersed in this world view, they struggle finding any semblance of God because God does not work according to human expectations! This is especially true when suffering and death enter life’s picture. If we are only human beings having a spiritual experience, then we wrongly expect our spirituality to serve us as we desire. The human expectation is that my spiritual life is something that is useful in avoiding pain, hardship, and death, not something that gives the courage to live through it!
So, when we protest and get upset with God because our journey is becoming difficult, painful, treacherous, disappointing, and even pointing us toward death, Jesus rebukes us as he did Peter and gently reminds us how to see. It is God who inspires and opens hearts to see truth and beauty. In God, the true meaning of things is understood, and we receive a depth of insight and understanding that is not found following purely human paths. It is not our task to understand God, as God is beyond human understanding. Ours is the joyful privilege of simply resting in God’s presence simply because God is God and we are who we are. As spiritual beings having an exciting and adventurous human experience, it is in our DNA to do so. Through prayer we can let go and let be. This is how we lose our lives but then save them.
School News
The school year is off to a great start. Bulletin boards are filled with color, classrooms are filled with joy, and students are engaged in learning. The first grade held a ribbon-cutting event to open their classroom library. I was invited to join in the excitement, cut the ribbon, and read a story to the class. There are plenty of books in the classroom library to keep students reading all year. 
The 8th graders harvested the school garden, and fresh vegetables were available to all. What a treat! 
Our Parent Night held on September 2 was a great success. We had over 70 people attend. It was a great night for parents to not only get information and meet their children’s teachers, but to socialize, talk with old friends, and make some new ones as well. It was great to see everyone. 
The Fun Run and Tailgate Party are this Friday. Our students and their families are looking forward to running and tailgating. It should be a wonderful event. Thank you again to the Home and School Committee and Mrs. Pitcher for organizing this evening of fun. 

"Stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong."
1 Corinthians 16:13
10th Annual Ballpark
Day of Faith
at American Family Field

Don’t delay! Order your tickets for a day of faith, fellowship, and Brewer’s baseball on Sunday, September 26. The Brewers, certain to make it to postseason play, will face the woeful New York Mets, who are out of playoff hopes and title aspirations. But this is more than just a baseball game. This is more than just a tailgate. This is a chance to share a day of fun and joy with friends and family. It’s where the sacred meets the secular.
There will be an open-air Mass at 10:15 a.m., then a tailgate lunch from 11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. After a short walk to the stadium, it will be time to experience another Brewer win! Even if the Brewers lose, it will still be a win for St. John’s as we will receive a portion of “group” ticket sales purchased by parish members and school families. We need 20 participants to get the benefit. Loge Bleacher seats are $24 each, and the tailgate lunch is included. Tickets need to be ordered and paid for at the school or parish office by Friday, September 10. Make checks payable to St. John the Evangelist.

For more information,
email Lauren Koier at koierle6@gmail.com.
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 Truth to Inspire Series for children offers captivating dramatizations of the lives of saints and well-known Marian apparitions in order to teach them about the Catholic Faith. Through St. John Bosco’s mentorship and God’s grace, St. Dominic Savio was able to live a life of holiness, even as a young boy. Hear how St. Dominic blessed those around him with his numerous acts of charity and commitment to God.
Holy Name and Home & School will now sell SCRIP 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 get in touch with 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), credit card, or 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.
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The newsletter is published on Thursdays. Articles for each week's publication are due on Mondays at noon.

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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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