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All Souls Day

This past Monday, the Church celebrated “All Souls Day” or “Holy Souls Day.” When I was in grade school, it was called “Poor Souls Day.” These are the souls of people who have died but because of their imperfect state, go to Purgatory to be purified so that they may enter God’s presence in Heaven in a perfect state. Protestants believe that with death, God’s Mercy purifies the soul immediately. Catholics believe there is a state of Purgatory (when needed), where souls are purified, also an act of God’s Mercy.
 
While we set this day aside to pray for those who have died, I reminded the Monday morning congregation to pray often all through the year for the souls of our family members, friends, and benefactors, those who have blessed us materially and spiritually, and for forgotten souls.
 
In his blog, Mark Mallet wrote: “We are created to love the Lord Our God with all our mind, heart, soul, and strength. Anything less is to not be fully alive. Here lies the secret of pure joy. The saints did all their work in and for Jesus. What is essential is that we find the love that we had at first, that burning zeal that sought after the Lord. And if you feel you never did have that encounter with love, that no one told you that Jesus desires this too, then today is as good a day as any to pray for this Divine Fire to be stoked in our souls.”

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.
National Vocation Awareness Week

National Vocation Awareness Week will be celebrated in our country from November 1 through November 7, 2020. Please ask Our Lord for more dedicated, holy priests, deacons, and consecrated men and women. May they be inspired by Jesus Christ, supported by our faith community, and respond generously to God’s gift of a vocation.
  
“God, the source of creation and love, You invite each of us to serve You through the life which is Your gift. May Your grace encourage men and women to heights of holiness through service to the church as priests, sisters, brothers, and lay ministers. Make me an instrument to encourage others to give of themselves and challenge me to do the same. Amen.”
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.
Holy Name Society Meeting

The Holy Name Society will celebrate Corporate Communion at the 8:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday, November 8. A general meeting will follow in the Gym. NO BREAKFAST will be served.
 
All men 16 and older are welcome and fathers are encouraged to bring their sons 8 years and older. The Holy Name Society will also pray the Rosary at 7:20 a.m. in the Church on Sunday, November 8.
Jesus & The Jewish Roots of Advent

Presented by Dr. Andrew Pitre
Save the Date: Saturday, November 14
(9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.) in the Hall


Advent can be one of the most stressful times of the year and it may be the most confusing. Catholics seem to have a good grasp on Christmas, Lent, and Easter. But what is the deeper meaning of Advent? And how can understanding this season help us better prepare for Christmas?

Come and find out! Cost: Free-will offering, $10 box lunch, or bring your own. Sign up after all weekend Masses.
 
For more information, call or text:
Laura Lee (414) 840-0261,
Chris (414) 507-7660, or 
Austin (414) 530-5770.
Note: This was originally going to be the time slot for the “Hebrews: The New and Eternal Covenant” program but that has been postponed. We will announce when it will be rescheduled. Those who signed up have been notified of the change.
Your donations are needed and will help us
continue to operate during these unsettling times.
Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 7/8, 2020

Wisdom is a central theme in our readings today. It is one of the Holy Spirit’s seven gifts, the key to living the stewardship way of life in our complex world. As Christian stewards, we should rely on this gift and ask the Holy Spirit to increase it within us.

Jesus teaches the importance of wisdom in our Gospel passage from Matthew. He tells the parable of ten virgins awaiting the bridegroom’s arrival, who will welcome them into the wedding feast. Five of the virgins were foolish, and five were wise. The foolish virgins failed to bring oil along with their lamps when they went to meet the bridegroom. However, the wise ones had prepared and brought sufficient oil to keep their lamps lit when the bridegroom came. The foolish virgins, caught off guard, ran off to buy more oil, but they were too late. The door to the wedding feast was locked to them. Jesus cautions, “Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

The stewardship way of life — with its daily and weekly commitments to giving God the best of our Time, Talents, and Treasure — is the “oil” that we keep with us at all times. When we have this plan in place and rely deeply on the Holy Spirit to guide us through the twists and turns of each day, we are free; we are ready to answer the Bridegroom when He calls us. We live in wisdom.
School News
Family...

It’s easy to feel discouraged this year. We are a bit more than one quarter of the way into our school year. Our safety precautions are well established, and our students have adapted well to the changes in routine. Still, there are challenges every day. 
 
Traditionally we would have celebrated All Saints Day with our grandparents and special friends. This is one of the highlights of our year, with our students researching and dressing as Saints for our special Mass, followed by lunch and entertainment.  
 
In spite of not being able to celebrate with our families, our students carried on. Nearly three quarters of our students researched and dressed as the Saint of their choice. The Mass, featuring our third graders leading the rest of the Saints, was live-streamed for our families. Slight reconfigurations of our student procession allowed our viewers to see our Saints, big and small. Their costumes and props were amazing and even our K4 students, attending their very first Mass of the school year, were engaged throughout the Mass.
 
We often remind our students that our parish and school are a family. We are all working together for the same goal; teaching our children to know, love, and serve God. Our celebration of the Saints was a beautiful example of this mission alive in our hearts.

...Together in God’s Name

Mary Laidlaw-Otto, Principal
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.
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.
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.
Being a disciple of Jesus has always been synonymous with being a Christian. From the Scriptures and from his own experience, biblical scholar Dr. Timothy Gray explains how Christian discipleship calls us to follow in the footsteps of Christ as engaged participants in God's plan, ordering our lives to bear witness to the Lord in our families, workplaces, communities, and to the world.
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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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