Sacraments

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Baptism is the first sacrament we celebrate and one of three Sacraments of Initiation.  In Baptism, we receive new life in Jesus Christ as children of God the Father. We become members of the Church, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, and we are freed from original sin and all personal sins we may have committed.

An adult who wishes to be baptized in the Catholic faith needs to go through the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) process to prepare to celebrate the sacrament

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Parents need to be registered parishioners of St. John the Evangelist and are expected to attend one reflective session on the meaning of Baptism. Attendance before the birth of the child is suggested.

In most cases, a person is baptized when they are an infant.  The child is represented by his godparents; being a godparent is a spiritual commitment and the church requires that people meet certain criteria to be a godparent.

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Jesus gave us the sacrament of the Eucharist at the Last Supper.  Jesus told His disciples to “Do this in memory of me”.  Each time we celebrate the Eucharist we do what Jesus did at the Last Supper.  Eucharist is a Sacrament of Initiation in which we share in the Paschal Mystery of Christ.  We receive the Body and Blood of Christ and we are joined most fully to Christ and to the Church, the Body of Christ.

An adult who has been baptized in the Catholic faith and wishes to receive the Eucharist needs to go through the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) process to prepare to celebrate the sacrament.

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The sacrament of Confirmation strengthens the graces of Baptism. Confirmation is one of the Sacraments of Initiation. Our new life in Christ is sealed by the gift of the Holy Spirit. In the Bible, we read that one of the symbols of the Holy Spirit is fire. In Confirmation we are filled with the Holy Spirit and our hearts are ‘on fire’ to live out our Baptism.  We are sealed with the Holy Spirit and we are strengthened to continue the work of Christ.

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If you or someone you know is in need of the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, please call the Parish Office. It is advisable that arrangements be made as soon as possible as a priest may not always be available immediately.  In a hospital situation, the Catholic Chaplain on duty may also be of assistance.

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For more information about the Deacon Formation Program in the Archdiocese of Chicago, visit their website at this address.

www.usml.edu/education/diaconate

For more information about becoming a priest in the Archdiocese of Chicago, please visit their website.

www.ChicagoPriest.org

For more information about vocations please visit the Chicago Archdiocesan Vocations Association at their website.

www.vocationscava.org

We invite you to celebrate these signs of God’s love for us with the parish family of St. John the Evangelist.

The Seven Sacraments were given to the Church by Jesus Christ to serve as liturgical signs.  They make His saving work present to us and they allow us to share in the life of God, the Holy Trinity.  The word liturgy means “work of the people”.  Each time we celebrate the sacraments we are doing what God has called us to do and we share in God’s life and love.  Our life with the Holy Trinity is strengthened and the sacraments put us in contact with the saving work of Jesus Christ.

Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation are called Sacraments of Christian Initiation.  In these sacraments, we become full members of the Church and we are joined to Christ.  We share in God’s life and receive strength to live as God’s followers.

Reconciliation, or Penance, and Anointing of the Sick are the Sacraments of Healing. When we receive these sacraments we celebrate and share in God’s healing love.

Matrimony (Marriage) and Holy Orders are the Sacraments of Service.  Through these sacraments, some members of the Church are consecrated or set aside to serve a holy purpose to serve the Church (Holy Orders) or to serve the Church through their love for each other (Matrimony).

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Mrs. Billmeyer Mary Ellyn Billmeyer received her B.A. in Elementary Education and Social Work from Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. After teaching for a few years, she enrolled at Concordia University in River Forest, Ill., to pursue her Master's Degree. After several years of hard work and long hours of study, she was awarded a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Administration and Supervision. She started her career as a primary teacher and taught Kindergarten and grades 1, 3, 4, and 6. She became the principal at St. Hubert School in Hoffman Estates and remained there for twelve years. She was also the principal at St. Theresa Parish and at St. Peter the Apostle School in Itasca. Mary Ellyn and her husband Brian have been married for over 30 years and have two grown children, Jonathan and Jennifer. Catholic education is a priority for Mary Ellyn and she is firmly committed to ensuring that Catholic education is available to all children for many years to come. She is excited and confident about making St. John's School one of the most vibrant schools in the Northwest Suburbs. Mrs. Billmeyer Mary Ellyn Billmeyer received her B.A. in Elementary Education and Social Work from Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. After teaching for a few years, she enrolled at Concordia University in River Forest, Ill., to pursue her Master's Degree. After several years of hard work and long hours of study, she was awarded a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Administration and Supervision. She started her career as a primary teacher and taught Kindergarten and grades 1, 3, 4, and 6. She became the principal at St. Hubert School in Hoffman Estates and remained there for twelve years. She was also the principal at St. Theresa Parish and at St. Peter the Apostle School in Itasca. Mary Ellyn and her husband Brian have been married for over 30 years and have two grown children, Jonathan and Jennifer. Catholic education is a priority for Mary Ellyn and she is firmly committed to ensuring that Catholic education is available to all children for many years to come. She is excited and confident about making St. John's School one of the most vibrant schools in the Northwest Suburbs. Mrs. Billmeyer Mary Ellyn Billmeyer received her B.A. in Elementary Education and Social Work from Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. After teaching for a few years, she enrolled at Concordia University in River Forest, Ill., to pursue her Master's Degree. After several years of hard work and long hours of study, she was awarded a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Administration and Supervision. She started her career as a primary teacher and taught Kindergarten and grades 1, 3, 4, and 6. She became the principal at St. Hubert School in Hoffman Estates and remained there for twelve years. She was also the principal at St. Theresa Parish and at St. Peter the Apostle School in Itasca. Mary Ellyn and her husband Brian have been married for over 30 years and have two grown children, Jonathan and Jennifer. Catholic education is a priority for Mary Ellyn and she is firmly committed to ensuring that Catholic education is available to all children for many years to come. She is excited and confident about making St. John's School one of the most vibrant schools in the Northwest Suburbs.

Holy Land Pilgrimage Information

 

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All candidates must have posters APPROVED on Tuesday, 9/4 and speeches APPROVED by Wednesday, 9/5.

Candidates: only 8th graders are eligible as President/VPresident
6th - 8th candidates:
Secretary
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Spirit Committee
NO CANDY OR REWARDS CAN BE DISTRIBUTED during campaign.

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On Friday, April 6th, we dropped off 120+ gallon-sized ziploc bags at the Elgin PADS location. Over 60 bags were filled with personal hygiene items and another 60 bags were filled with various snacks and food items. We also donated 46 gift cards to fast food restaurants and Target - to be dispensed by the center as they see the need.
THANK YOU to our SJE students and families for your generosity.

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<h3>Prayer Service dedicated to 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima October 2018</h3>
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On Friday, October 13th, Student Council officers and class reps led an all school Prayer Service in KH to honor Mary on the 100th Anniversary of our Lady of Fatima.

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On Tuesday, September 19th, we dressed down and collected $1.00 or more from our students. Once again, SJE generosity is evident, because we raised $700.00. This money will go to our "adopted" Hurricane Harvey school, in Sugarland, TX - St. Theresa's Catholic School. This suburb received over 35 inches of rain in the 5 day period the Hurricane Harvey stayed over the Houston area. 
THANK YOU SJE families for your donations!

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Congratulations!! The election results are in! 

2016-2017 
SJE Student Council OFFICERS: 

Zuzanna Lapa and Kirsten Jose - PRESIDENT/VICE PRESIDENT 
Claire Capra - SECRETARY 
Adrian Mocarski - TREASURER 
COMMISSIONERS OF SCHOOL SPIRIT: 
The Spirit Squad!! Breanne Frost, Sophia Scheider, Kaya Filimon , Rylee Cundiff, Alyssa Martinez 

2016-2017 
SJE Student Council Class REPRESENTATIVES: 

4th Grade Tyler Cabrera and Ariana Krzesinski
5th Grade Genevieve Frost and Kayla Villacastin 
6th Grade Jack Cunniffe and Lenore McBean 
7th Grade Freddie Greco and Kelly Hancock
8th Grade Michael Tripicchio and Jansen Viloria </div>
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Curriculum Night Information:

FOR PARENTS ONLY
Grades 6,7,8 at 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Combined Session: 6:00-6:30 in Kyle Hall
Grade Level Sessions in the Middle School Annex 6:30-7:00

(Grades 1-5 at 7:00 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.)

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We are asked to remind all families to call in by 9:00 a.m. at the latest if your child will be absent. Sending a note to the homeroom teacher is ok also, but you MUST call in. If Mrs. Szpila does not receive a phone call, she will call a parent to verify an absence.
Thanks for understanding.
Mrs. Kruse

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REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR LUNCH the week of August 22-24th, and the week of August 27th.
HOT LUNCH PROGRAM begins on Tuesday, September 4, 2018

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All hardcover books must be covered and kept covered through the school year. It protects and sustains these books, avoiding costly replacement which affects our tuition base.
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REMIND App

PLEASE SIGN UP! (Sorry, I need to update the codes for 2018-2019. I will let you know when they are available. IN THE MEANTIME, AND ANYTIME, FEEL FREE TO EMAIL ME AT dkruse@mystjohns.org) 2017-2018: rmd.at/38f5d If you don’t have a smartphone, get text notifications. Text the message @38f5d to the number 81010. If you’re having trouble with 81010, try texting @38f5d to (630)980-6977 . Join more than 2.5 million teachers on Remind. It's like text messaging, without compromising privacy. Get Instant updates Get important information from your child’s classroom when you need it. Use any device Choose how you see messages with notifications on your phone, email, or computer. See scheduled announcements Reminders are set in advance—they’ll send automatically. ASK QUESTIONS - about homework, behavior, etc.

Scholastic Book Clubs

Welcome back, and welcome to our new 7th Grade families. If you wish to order books online from Scholastic, please use the following link, and you can pay by credit card. Please let me know if you do order online so that I can submit your order with the regular classroom orders. THANKS for you support. https://orders.scholastic.com/GRT68 Mrs. Kruse OUR CLASS CODE IS GRT68

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St. John’s welcomes all those who are seeking a deeper relationship with the Trinity through the Roman Catholic Church.  The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a spiritual journey leading to the celebration of the three sacraments of initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. (Once you have celebrated these three sacraments you are considered to be fully initiated into the Church.)

 The early Church developed a process of welcoming to those who wanted to explore and join the new religion called Christianity.  Over time this process fell into disuse.  The Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) renewed the process and today parishes throughout the world prepare people for full initiation into the Church through the RCIA.  This process is for adults who are interested in becoming Catholic and includes non-baptized persons, baptized Catholics who have not celebrated the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist, and adults baptized in another faith tradition.  

There are five periods or steps to becoming fully initiated. Each step begins with study, discernment, and prayer and has the celebration of a public rite in church.  Each step and rite is guided by the RCIA Team that is committed to welcoming the catechumens (unbaptized persons) and candidates (persons baptized with water in the name of the Trinity) into full initiation in the Catholic Church.

The Period of Inquiry or Pre-catechumenate is a time to become better acquainted with Jesus and the Catholic Church.  It is usually during this time that some may decide that this is not the right time in their lives for them to consider membership in the Catholic Church and decline to continue in the process.

The Period of the Catechumenate is a time when the person publically witnesses that he/she has faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and desires to become a member of the Catholic Church.

The Period of Purification or Illumination corresponds to the prayerful time known in the Catholic Church as Lent when we are all called to examine our hearts and our actions.

Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation is the celebration of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil, an extended night-watch of prayer, singing, and hearing the Word of God.

The Period of Mystagogy is a time to reflect on what the process has meant to the person and to look to the future as to how he/she can share in the mission of Christ and His Church.

If you are interested in seeking more information about this process, please contact Mary Rybicki at 630-847-6500 regarding how to begin your spiritual journey.  The RCIA group meets on Sunday mornings after the 9:00 Mass in the lower level of the church from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.  Sessions for the coming year begin on Sunday, September 10, 2017

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Have you ever felt daunted by the struggles within the Church, or had your faith shaken by the trials of your local parish community?  Then join us for First Corinthians: The Church and the Christian Community, a Bible study written and presented on video by Dr. Tim Gray, a noted Scripture Scholar.

The conflicts of the early Christians in Corinth are in many ways similar to our struggles today as Christians.  They, too, witnessed division, scandal, immorality, persecution and other trials.  In response St. Paul taught the Corinthians about the Church as the Body of Christ, introducing them to the most powerful gift of all:  the Eucharist.

Join us as we explore through the vision of St. Paul and his confused people at Corinth the true meaning of the Eucharist and what it meant to be a follower of Jesus then and what it means now.  We will see that we are not as different from the early Christian communities as we think we are which is why the Church has included this letter in our Sunday readings.  We have heard it many times for it contains not just trials and tribulations, but some of the most beautiful words ever written about human and divine love.

Participants of First Corinthians:  The Church and the Christian Community will receive a workbook and will meet every Tuesday beginning September 16 and ending November 20 from 7-9 P.M. in the school annex.  We will view a video presentation by Dr. Gray and engage in group discussion and fellowship.  A workbook fee of $25 is due at the time of registration.  Registration forms are available on this website, in the gathering area of the church, and the Parish Office located in the lower level of the church.  Please register before Friday, August 31 as workbooks may not be available for the first session if you register after that date.  A schedule of session dates and topics is also available on this website with details regarding parking and entrance into the building, etc.

If you have any questions or concerns and would like to speak with a Bible Team member, please leave your name and phone number with the Parish Office (630.837.6500 X6) or use the Learn More tab provided on this website.  A member of the team will contact you as soon as possible.

If you choose to join us on Tuesdays you will find, as we have, that God speaks to us in many different ways but especially through the written words of Scripture.

So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.    1Cor 13:13

Bible Study Schedule

REGISTRATION FORM FOR BIBLE STUDY 2018

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Adult Choir rehearsals are on Wednesday at 7:30pm in Church. Please go to Music Ministries for more information about this choir or to sign up. We always need MEN and ALTOS.

CRUSH Choir will meet once a month just prior to the 6 p.m. CRUSH Mass as scheduled. Please see our CRUSH page for more details.

We are happy to take names of anyone who would like to sing with the Resurrection Choir.

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