Please pray for the ill and for those who have asked for prayers. Please pray for: Sister Ann Marie Friederichs, Dale Mattson, Jonathan Perez,  Dennis LaVoie, Terry Wieser, Casper Listopad,   Bryan Gabel, Wayne Jelinek,   Patrick Sawyer,  Jeff McKinnon,  Mary Meyer,  Leo Althoff, Jane West, Tammy Goerger, Dan Humphrey, Mary Hill, Jordan Steffens, Jacob Petermann, Sammy Sturdevant, Fr. Katanga,   Dorothy Jorgenson, Sr. Rose Celeste, Kristi Dreher, Jean Zimmel, Danielle Jenny, MaryAnn Althoff, Jim Karl family, Rhyland Kohlhase, Sabrina Metz, Nadine Steiner, Thor Uran, Charles Pogemiller, John Barrett, Adly Francesca Jaehning, Don Eichhorn, Helen Hanson, Adriana Adelman, Tim Vetter, Susan Johnson, Gary Abel, JoAnne Whicker, Denise Lahn, Arlo Safratowich, Rita Mauch, Kathy McKinnon, Julie Heying, Gregory Waite, Diane Shorma, Debbie Flanders, Cindy Packard, Sophia Geray, John Miesen, Ardel Kressin, Agnes Railing, Marilyn Basore, Mary Busta, James Parow, Dawson Wienbar, Shawn Wieser and Matthew Wieser. Praying for our sick is a Spiritual Work of Mercy for us all. Please notify our office if a name needs to be listed or removed.
Rest in Eternal Peace!
         + Hebe Strom, mother of Marlene Gast

Thank you to all parishioners who have completed and submitted their Commitment Card. For those parishioners who have not yet had the opportunity to submit their card, a letter will be mailed to you with a personalized Commitment Card. It is important that all parishioners complete a Commitment Card as we will be mailing out a Summary Report of the program and need all commitments accounted for in this report. If you have any questions, please contact the church office. We also encourage all parishioners to consider our electronic giving method and to setup your reoccurring offertory gifts electronically.

Saint John's 2019 Advent Newsletter: To view a digital copy of our Advent Newsletter, click here.

Please take names from Jesse Tree! The great tree which greets us at the baptistery is covered with the names of Saint John’s parishioners, some of whom we may know well and others we may not know at all. The Jesse Tree tradition is a celebration of the pathways through Salvation History - Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham and Sarah, Isaiah on down to John the Baptist - through whom our God has announced the coming of the savior among us. Now the Savior is among us and seeks to dwell in our hearts. Each year during Advent we invite to take a tag or two from our tree and do something kind for the or family whose name you’ve picked...become the hopeful pathway of God’s Good News to a fellow parishioner! You can simply send a card (some may be provided at the tree), make a telephone call, send a kind e-mail, drop off some goodies or a small Kris Kringle gift. You may even invite them for dinner or a cup of coffee. Remember, please be careful of each tag because it bears the name of someone loved by God. If that tag is lost, no “visit” will be made!

Advent is here. If you would like to “Journey with Joseph” and Fr. Mark Toups this Advent, books are available on the book display for $5.00.

Calling all prospective Altar Servers: Are you interested in helping the Liturgy of the Mass by serving? Anyone from the 4th Grade up is accepted. If you would like to know more about helping and/or would like to be trained as an altar server. Please call Fr. Tony at the office and / or meet us at the baptismal font after the 9:00 Mass on Sunday the 15th of December.

Are you looking to be involved with something fun? The Mardi Gras Committee will meet Wednesday, December 12th at 5:00 pm in the KC Room. Everyone is welcome to attend and help us plan Mardi Gras 2020. If you have any questions please contact the parish office, 642-6982.

Adoration: Monday - 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm; Tuesday - 4:15 - 5:15 pm, Wednesday - 8:00 - 11:30 am, Thursday - 2:00 - 3:00 pm, Friday - 8:00 - 9:00 am

RCIA: If you or someone you know is considering joining the Catholic Church, contact Fr. Tony Welle at 701-642-6982 or
anthony.welle@fargodiocese.org .

Dear St John’s Parishioners,
As in years past, we are once again asking for donations of Christmas gifts for the residents of St. Francis Home.
Suggested items include the following: men and women’s body spray, body wash, lotions, after shave, costume jewelry, clip on earrings, regular and diabetic candy, handkerchiefs, variety of seasonal window clings, mittens, scarves, gripper type socks.
Medium to large size gift bags would also be appreciated.
Please drop off any donations unwrapped at the front desk of St. Francis Healthcare Campus.
Sincerely,
St. Francis Activities Department

Reminder: Even though the snow is covering up the blue paint, the first 2 parking spaces next to the church as well as in the first row of parking are Handicapped parking spaces. Please leave them for those in our church family who need the handicap spaces.

Pro-life and Pro-Women go together. Abortion hurts women. If you are struggling with guilt, depression, regret, you are not alone. Project Rachel Ministries is a post-abortion healing ministry of the Diocese of Fargo. For confidential referrals to trained priests, counselors, retreats and support groups contact Project Rachel Ministries: 844-789-4829 or go to projectrachelfargo.org

If you would be willing to help? We need help to set up, serve, clean up or provide food to our neighbors when they have a funeral. If interested, please call the Parish Office.

SJS School News
• K - 6 Parents and Parishioners: Our students have been working very hard on their Christmas program. Please join them Friday evening at 7:00 pm, NDSCS Stern Cultural Center, for this wonderful event. Students need to be there by 6:45 pm.
• Students from all grades will lead us at our children’s mass on Thursday, December 12th at 1:00 pm. We invite all our parents, grandparents, friends and parishioners to join us. The children and staff truly appreciate your support!
• Don’t forget to save your BoxTops, and Our Family UPC labels.
• Box Tops is going digital! Down load the app, sign up and start earning $$$ the easy way for St. John's School. It's so easy! https://www.boxtops4education.com/
• Can’t download the app? Let us take care of it!in your receipts from Econofoods, Wal-Mart, Costco, Target or Sam’s Club within 10 days of the date of your purchase and let us scan them for you. Drop them off at the school or parish office and we’ll take care of the rest!truly appreciate your support!
December Events:
          December 7th ~ Noel Night Dinner & Auction
          December 13th ~ Christmas Program, NDSCS Cultural Center, 7:00 pm, Grades K-6
          December 21st ~ January 1st ~ Christmas Break

SJ Youth News
Sign Up!
STEUBENVILLE: Only 8 spots are left. Scholarships are available. Contact Melissa to register. First come, first served.
• Junior High: Save the date. Rise UP Conference in Minneapolis on Saturday, March 21st.
• We are beginning to plan our mission trip for summer of 2020 If you have questions or may be interested in going, please contact Melissa.
• Thank you to everyone who donated to make our Advent party a success

At Home With The Word is your guide to a deeper understanding of the Sunday scriptures. It provides the reading for the liturgical year, along with insights from scripture scholars. You may purchase the 2020 At Home With the Word in the parish office for only $10.00.

Area Daily Mass Schedules:
St. Mary’s in Breckenridge has Daily Mass on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 8:00 am. Daily Mass is at 7:00 am at the Carmelite Monastery.

Stop at St. John’s to pick up your SCRIP cards or Sign up on line at www.Shopwithscrip.com. Use code: 62CC7L756421

Amazon Smile: St. John’s Church is now part of Amazon Smile. Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic method to support St. John’s Church every time you shop on Amazon.com. You only need to select St. John’s Church on your initial visit. You can log in to your Amazon account and select St. John’s Church to receive donations. Or enter https://smile.amazon.com/ch/45-0227392 and login to your Amazon account, St. John’s Church will automatically be selected to receive donations from eligible purchases on Amazon.com. After your selection, a percentage of all your purchases at Amazon.com will be donated to St. John’s Church. Please contact the parish office at 701-642-6982, if you have any questions.

Happenings at St. John's
Saturday, December 7th
      7:00 pm - Noel Night
Monday, December 9th
      10:00 am - Bible Study
      National Night of Prayer and Adoration
Tuesday, December 10th
      6:30 pm - Women’’s Welcome
      7:00 pm - KC Meeting
Wednesday, December 11th
      3:30 pm - Religious Education Gr. 1 - 5
      5:00 pm - Finance Committee
      5:30 pm - Supper/ Games Gr. 6 - 12
      7:00 pm - Life Teen & Religious Education Gr. 6-12
Thursday, December 12th
      5:00 pm - Mardi Gras Committee
Friday, December 13th
      7:00 pm - SJS Christmas Program at NDSCS
Sunday, December 15th
      10:00 am - Altar Server Training
      4:00 pm and 6:30 pm - Parish Penance Service

And Around the Area...
Saturday, December 7th
      3:00 pm - Candle Lighting Service of Remembrance, Vertin-Munson Funeral Home
Monday, December 9th
      7:00 pm Wahpeton High School Band Concert at WHS auditorium
Saturday, December 14th
      7:00 pm - Community Choir and Christmas Cantata - NDSCS Cultural Center / Bremer Bank Theatre
Sunday, December 15th<
      2:00 pm - Community Choir and Christmas Cantata - NDSCS Cultural Center / Bremer Bank Theatre

Thank you to everyone who has been using our Online Giving. Parishioners who use the service are pleased with how easy it is to set up and manage. Please notice that our offering envelopes have a box which indicates “I’ve given online”, which you can use during offertory at Mass. Online Giving is very easy to use and requires no special knowledge. If you would like to sign up, please go to our parish website: www.stjohns-wahpeton.org and select Online Giving from the listing on the left. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the parish office at 642-6982.

Food Donations for Food Shelf: Our parish collects food for the Wilkin Richland Food Pantry. Please remember to bring you nonperishable food and monetary (marked Hunger Fund) donations to Mass. Items most needed are canned fruits and juices, canned meats, rice and pasta, complete baking mixes, peanut butter, cereal and canned stews and soups. Low salt and low sugar items are also needed for those with restrictive diets. Many people rely on this food for regular meals, so nutrition is important. Cereals, pasta, canned juices, fruits and vegetables are always needed. Protein foods like tuna, peanut butter, beans and hearty soups are especially important. And do not forget staples like coffee, tea, flour, sugar, vegetable oil and basic spices. Your donations will directly go to alleviate hunger in Wahpeton.

Catholic Charities Counselor: To schedule an appointment at St. John’s in Wahpeton with Jennifer Anderson, counselor with Catholic Charities, please call 1-800-450-4457.

VA Counselor: The Department of Veterans Affairs counselor will be on hand at the Richland County Courthouse every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. The Vet Center is completely free and confidential. For more information about Vet Center services or to schedule an appointment, call 701-237-0942, or visit www.vetcenter.va.gov.

Daily Mass cancellation or change: If you would like to sign up for an e-mail list that would let you know when daily Mass is cancelled or changed, please sign up at the hospitality desk or office . Funerals: To support our parish family in its grief, regular daily Mass, whenever possible will be transferred to the hour of the funeral.

Trouble Hearing at Mass? During Mass we have assisted hearing devices available for those individuals with hearing issues. We have had a positive response to the hearing devices. We have 4 receivers to be checked out for use at any Mass. If you have any questions with regards to the hearing devices, please contact the parish office. If you find this assisted listening device helpful and would like to purchase your own unit, please contact the parish office.

Need Transportation to Mass: The parish would like to offer transportation to mass for anyone who may need a ride . Please contact the parish office if you need a ride to mass.

Hospitalization and Your Pastor: Your pastors want to visit you when you or someone you love is hospitalized. Due to federal privacy laws, however, no one from the hospital automatically notifies us that you are there. In spite of everyone’s best intentions, it is also possible that we are not notified of your wishes even if you have signed a release or have given verbal permission. The surest way for us to be notified is for you personally or someone who loves you to notify us. Any Catholic in an acute medical state should be anointed with the Sacrament of the Sick by a priest as soon as possible. If someone is dying, a priest should be called for the Church’s Rites especially if death is near and before death occurs. If death has already occurred, a priest should still be called. (Office: 642-6982 Residence: 642-4985)