What's Happening
at St. John's
Parish News
Archdiocesan Capital Campaign - Love One Another

While this is the official “Kick Off weekend” for the Capital Campaign, a number of parishioners have been working since July to help make this campaign a success. Our financial goal for the campaign is $1,206,782. I am pleased to announce that over half of our goal ($626,200) has already been pledged. From the total amount, 60 percent will remain in the parish and the other 40 percent will go to the Diocese. The financial success of the campaign will help St. John’s today, tomorrow, and into the future. With our buildings over 50 years old, the funds will be used for building and property improvements, evangelization and a maintenance fund which will particularly help with the upkeep of our parking lots.
 
For the campaign to be a great success, we need three things from you, our parishioners:
  1. Support of and ongoing prayer for the success of the Capital Campaign;
  2. We need 30 more volunteers who are willing to help talk to other parishioners, inviting them to partake in the campaign;
  3. To make a donation. All donations are acceptable, nothing is too small, and nothing is too large. Whether it is $10, $100, $1,000, $5,000, $25,000 or even $100,000, every donation counts!
 
Please prayerfully consider taking part in the Capital Campaign on all three levels. And on behalf of the parish, I thank you, in their name, ahead of time. The video shown at all Masses this weekend, depicting our needs for the campaign, was developed by former parishioner, Darrell Boeck. Thank you Darrell for your generous gift of time and talent.
 
Congratulations to our Newest Married Couple

This Saturday afternoon, we celebrated the Sacrament of marriage of parishioner Kristen Boyce to Anthany Mayer. Let us keep them, and all married couples, in our prayers for a long-lasting, loving and holy relationship with one another and with God.   
 
Wedding Banns I -
Jesse Schwabe & Marci Milnick
 
All-Night Vigil of Reparation and Prayer

The October Eucharistic All-Night Vigil of Reparation and Prayer will be held on Friday, October 1 at Queen of Peace Church located at 3222 S. 29th Street in Milwaukee. The evening begins with Confessions from 7:00 to 8:00pm, as well as after each Priest speaker. The opening Mass begins at 8:00pm, followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament all evening. There will be talks on the Vigil theme, Rosaries, and other devotions. This Vigil is open to all. Come for an hour or stay all night. The Vigil concludes with Mass at 5:00am on Saturday, October 2.

Questions? Please call 414-254-2790.
 
These All-Night Vigils began in September, 1965, to answer Our Lady’s call at Fatima, to pray and do penance for world peace and for the conversion of sinners.
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
Mondays-
3:00 to 4:00 p.m. 

If interested in volunteering for this open hour, call Kay Shomperlen at 414-763-1250.
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 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 is now open for registration. Click here!

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

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


Please note the change in dates. We have so many wonderful items that we are still working on getting everything together.

Bidding will open at noon on Sunday, October 17, and close at 4:00 p.m. sharp on Sunday, October 24.

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.
St. John’s Respect Life Committee News

The Fall 40 Days for Life Campaign began on Wednesday, September 22, and organizers predict this will be the biggest and best campaign ever. 40 Days is an internationally coordinated campaign that aims to end abortion locally nationally through prayer and fasting, community outreach, and a peaceful vigil in front of abortion clinics nationwide. As division and anger fill our culture, what a joy to peacefully take the love and mercy of Jesus Christ to the front lines. Past 40 Days for Life campaigns have been a source of healing for so many who have been abused, lonely, and feel they have no other option but to end the life of their child. Please pray for the unborn and an end to abortion.
Classes Start October 3, which is only 1 week away! 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. Please click on Religious Education from the Home Page 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.
Public Square Fatima Rosary Rally

All parishioners are invited to a Public Square Fatima Rosary Rally on Saturday, October 16 from Noon to 1:00pm at St. John’s. The rally will be held in conjunction with over 20,000 other public Rosary rallies held across America, sponsored by America Needs Fatima. Please come and pray along the sidewalk on 84th Street by the St. John’s driveway alongside the soccer field. Bring a lawn chair if you prefer to sit during the Rosary and bring your family and friends. Your continuing prayers for our country are desperately needed. Social  distancing and masks are welcomed, but not required.
Your donations are needed and will help us
continue to operate during these unsettling times.
Twenty-Sixth Sunday
in Ordinary Time
September 25/26, 2021

What are the little ones? They are the poor, the marginalized, the women and men at the well, the Zacchaeus’ looking for Jesus from a tree, those mired in sin, the blind who want to see, and the lame who want to walk. They are the lepers and the different ones who have been told that they are unclean, and the ones who suffer from abuse and grave injustices and oppression. They are children who want nothing more than to be loved and enjoy celebrating their innocence. These are all the little ones and they are all vulnerable. Life already brings them burdens, we don’t need to add to them.
 
St. Oscar Romero said, “When the church hears the cry of the oppressed it cannot but denounce the social structures that give rise to and perpetuate the misery from which the cry arises.” Why are so many people still so gravely hurting? We have the resources and the means to make things better. We choose not to. There are still those things called greed, pride, lust, apathy, jealously, gluttony, and anger that prevent us from seeing each other and people to be loved and not objects to be used. Is this how God intended things to be?
 
God loves what is good and upright. It doesn’t matter who did it or where it came from. In God’s eyes, the end result is always faith, hope, and love. Those will always unite a person with God. We fill our lives with many things that are not good either for ourselves or for others. All of us have to work to discover what it is, exactly, that leads to the world’s brokenness. There are people, systems, and ideologies in place that foster oppression and injustice rather than equity and fairness. Sadly, our complacency can be the greatest evil. Turning a blind eye, ignoring the truth, and believing that we are helpless to fix so great a problem, does little to move us closer to the kingdom of God. As members of the Body of Christ, we cannot condone anything that keeps people in misery.
 
As it is said, charity begins at home. Perhaps a good place to start is with our own households and making sure their foundations are properly laid.
 
©LPi
School News
It has been a great week of learning at St. John the Evangelist. Students know the routines and schedules, and now are ready to soar academically. Witnessing daily, the students enthusiasm for learning is what makes being an educator great. Whether it is K4 students learning to write their names, K5 students working on daily weather and counting, our primary grades reading and writing, or our middle school conducting science experiments, writing narratives, creating power points, or solving math problems, it is all so awesome to see. The smiles on the students’ faces with each new learning  experience is so enjoyable. 
 
A highlight in the coming weeks will be the reopening of the gym. The new floor is looking great and students are anxiously waiting to get back in the gym. It will be nice when the noise from the gym is the sound of children, and not hammers and saws. It will definitely be exciting when the gym is available for class use.  

"Stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong."
1 Corinthians 16:13
Spring Bulb Fundraiser
You can beautify your garden and raise money for St. John’s Parish School at the same time! The Home & School Association has teamed up with a local organization to provide dozens of varieties of bulbs that will produce colorful spring and summer flowers.
 
Order forms are available in the school office, parish office, and in the Church narthex. Orders must be placed and paid for by October 1. You can see the complete color selection of bulbs and their prices online and also place your order: www.flowerpowerfundraising.com/index.php/marketplace/seller/profile/shop/sje and your bulbs will be shipped directly to your home for a flat rate of $6.00. If you order through the form provided, there are no shipping fees. The bulbs will be delivered to the school by October 8 (and students can bring them home) or to the parish office where they will be available for pickup during normal business hours.
 
For more information, please contact Jennifer Cone at Blowfish1985@aol.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.
Tim Staples explains the incredible impact that the Church’s understanding of Mary has on our spiritual lives, and the profound way that Marian doctrines and dogmas safeguard what we believe about her Son. Using penetrating insights and humor, Tim shows how correct knowledge of our humble Mother reveals our own identity in Christ, and empowers us to say “Yes” 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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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.

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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