Pray for the ill and for those who have asked for prayers. Please pray for: Sr. Rose Celeste, Kristi Dreher, Casper Listopad, Tom Sawyer, Ben Jacobs, Jane West, Jean Zimmel, Cheryl Runchey, Danielle Jenny, MaryAnn Althoff, Jim Karl family, Rhyland Kohlhase, Sabrina Metz, Marlet Schultz, Nadine Steiner, Chris Olsen, Sister Ann Marie Fredricks, Mary Hipp, Cheryl Klosterman, Mary Davis, Thor Uran, Charles Pogemiller, Kathy Schmit, John Barrett, Adly Francesca Jaehning, Don Eichhorn, Helen Hanson, Adriana Adelman, Tim Vetter, Clyde Klosterman, Susan Johnson, Shirley Behl, Gary Abel, JoAnne Whicker, Denise Lahn, Doug Loeks, Wayne Krump, Bryan Gabel, Brandon Gabel, Scott Heitkamp, Arlo Safratowich, Rita Mauch, Kathy McKinnon, Julie Heying, Irene Manikowski, Amelia Zimmerman, Donna Olson, Gregory Waite, Diane Shorma, Debbie Flanders, Cindy Packard, Sophia Geray, John Miesen, Ila Leinen, Ardel Kressin, Theresa Thompson, Agnes Railing, Marilyn Basore, Mary Busta, James Parow, Hayden Asche, Dawson Wienbar, Shawn Wieser and Matthew Wieser. Praying for the sick is a Corporal Work of Mercy for us all. Please notify our of fice if a name needs to be listed or removed.

We will be holding our annual fund effort for St. John’s Catholic School next weekend, October 28th and 29th. We have experienced great success in the past, and hope to repeat again this year. A small group of generous parishioners have again made an initial challenge gift to reach our 2017 goal. Please help us next week meet our goal for St. John’s School, a Catholic community inspiring excellence through faith, learning and service. The pledge forms will be distributed next weekend at each Mass. If you cannot join us you may pick up a pledge form in the parish office. Thank you for your generous support of St. John’s Church as it fulfills its mission of providing a faithful, quality choice in education for all God’s children in Wahpeton and the greater community.

St. John’s School will be having their Scholastic Book Fair on October 23rd - 25th in the KC Room. Hours are: October 23rd and 24th - 8:30 - 8:00 pm, October 25th - 8:30 - 3:00 pm. Any questions please call 642-6116

Newman Center: Since building our School and Religious Education facility, we have not used the Newman Center. This past year there has been discussion on the use and the need of the Newman Center from the Pastoral Council, Buildings and Grounds and Finance Council. All agreed the Parish did not need the building and we should sell it. Permission was given by Bishop Folda to sell the Newman Center. After several months the Newman Center has been sold to the Baptist Church. We have removed several items from the Newman center for our parish use. There are some items still remaining and the Building and Grounds Committee has determined we will open the Newman Center for our parishioners. On Thursday, October 26th the Newman Center (located at 7th Street and 7th Avenue) will be open from 2:00 to 6:00 pm. If you find something you want, you may take it and make a donation to St. John’s Parish. All items need to be removed by Sunday, October 29th. If you have any questions, please contact the parish office at 642-6982.

Life Issues Survey: Bishop Folda wants to hear from you! If you haven’t yet, you or someone you love will eventually bump into the kinds of life challenges which require difficult decisions; situations like infertility, withholding treatment options or addressing chronic pain. The Diocese of Fargo is conducting a Life Issues Survey to explore your understanding these matters so that we can better serve you when the time of need arises. To participate in this online survey, visit www.fargodiocese.org/lifesurvey before November 12th. Hard copies are also available at your parish or by calling Rachelle at (701) 356-7910.

New Electric Sign: Our sign in front of the Church has gradually developed serious issues and has been in need of replacement for some time. Thanks to the generosity of the original donors and the gradual growth of additional donations, we now have the funds needed to construct new LED, color, back to back screens mounted on a brick base. To assure the best visibility, the sign will be located high in the Church parking lot, centered along the Dakota Avenue sidewalk. Construction will begin this week and hopefully be completed in three weeks. Our thanks to all who have sacrificed so that our parish will have a wonderful ability to invite all to join us in celebrating the good news of Jesus alive and active at Saint Johns!

St. John’s Pro-Life Team will hold its Annual October Baby Shower. Please help us fill the baby bassinette located in the gathering space with disposable diapers for the Richland / Wilkin Food Pantry.

The Mass at St. Catherine’s Living Center will now be held Thursdays at 10:45 am.

Great News! For those who work or go to school during the day, we will be providing a holy hour of adoration from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm on Monday nights. This is a chance to spend an hour with Jesus who wants to be loved as He loves us. He asks the disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane "Could you not watch one hour with me? "The best marriages are one's that have 2-way communication, which means speaking and also listening. Like marriage, we are to become one with the Lord and that takes personal time set aside for Him, at least weekly! We especially encourage families to come together with God so that you stay together as a family. Remember, you cannot outdo God in generosity so come and spend some time with our Lord, it will be the best hour of your life. I really mean that! Fr Parks

RCIA Classes: Need to be Baptized, Confirmed, or receive First Holy Communion and you are over the age of seven? Looking to become Catholic? Do you know someone who is? RCIA, the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, is the journey one goes through to enter the Catholic Church. Sessions will be starting on Sunday, September 17th. If you have any questions or would like to sign up please call Fr. Patrick Parks.

SJS School News
If anyone is interested in the playground equipment on the old school grounds, please contact Renee Langenwalter at 701-642-6116
Students from 5th Grade will lead us at our children’s Mass on Thursday, October 26th at 1:00 pm. We invite all our parents, grandparents, friends and parishioners to join us. The children and staff truly appreciate your support!
Parent / Teacher Conferences will be Monday and Tuesday, October 23rd and 24th. Notes have been sent home with scheduled times for grades K-6. Please call the school office to reschedule, if needed 701-642-6116. Preschool Open House, Monday, October 23rd a
t 5:30 and 6:30, Tuesday, October 24th at 4:30 and 5:30. Please choose the time that best fits your family schedule.
We would welcome any fresh fruits or vegetables donated for our school kitchen. (Apples, carrots etc.) Please call the school if you have garden items to donate.
Mark your calendars for the 13th Annual Noel Night Dinner and Auction, Saturday, December 2nd in the school gym. Tickets for the raffle will be available soon. Don’t miss this wonderful event to help support our parish school!
Please save your Our Family labels and Box Tops! You may bring them to the school or drop off at the church office. We are able to get many great supplies for our classrooms with the points earned. Thank you for your support of our school.
November Events:
      November 3rd and 10th - No School
      November 9th - Board of Education meeting
      November 16th - PTO meeting in school gym
      November 23rd and 24th - Thanksgiving vacation - No school

SJ Youth News
October 25th - Our youth will be holding their annual Scavenger Hunt for Food. Please consider preparing your bag of nonperishable food in advance. All donations help pack Thanksgiving Baskets and support the Food Pantry.

Mass for God’s Children set for November 7th in Wahpeton: .Bishop John Folda will offer a Mass for God’s Children on Tuesday, November 7th, 7:00 p.m., at St. John’s Church, 115 North 2nd Street, Wahpeton. This Memorial Mass for children who have died before baptism is offered for families as a way to remember and celebrate the lives of children who have been lost through miscarriage, stillbirth, infant or young child death. A memorial rose and naming card will be provided for families who have lost a child. If you would like to reserve a rose, please contact Rachelle before November 1st by calling 701-356-7910, or e-mail: rachelle.sauvageau@fargodiocese.org, or go to: www.fargodiocese.org/respectlife and complete the registration form found under “Mass for God’s Children”. All are welcome to attend including parents, grandparents, siblings and those who care. A reception will follow Mass.

New Ministry at St John’s - Three Rivers Community Outreach: We would like to introduce to our parish a new ministry at St John’s that will assist those in our community who are disadvantaged in one way or another. A small group of volunteers have come together to do what we can to assist anyone in the Wahpeton or Breckenridge area with needs such as yardwork, moving, painting, etc. Within our community there are many needs that we hope to be able to meet. If you feel that this is something you would like to do, we will always be in need of volunteers to help with the various jobs that will come our way. We will also be in need of material donations, such as tools needed for yardwork, and monetary donations to help fund the various projects that require more than just elbow grease and back work. Please contact St John’s for any more information

Gluten free hosts are now available. Please let the priest know before Mass if you will be needing one of those hosts.

Prayer Chain: If anyone has a prayer request, please call Lorraine Wieser at 642-5062 to start the prayer chain.

Happenings at St. Johns...
Sunday, October 22nd
      
5:30 pm RCIA
Monday, October 23rd
      10:00 am Bible Study
Tuesday, October 24th
      4:15 pm Patriotic Rosary
      7:00 pm Mardi Gras Committee
Wednesday, October 25th
      3:30 and 7:00 pm Religious Formation
      6:00 pm Choir practice for 9:00 am Choir
Thursday, October 26th
      3:15 pm Women’s Cursillo Group
      2:00 - 6:00 pm Newman Center Open for parishioners
      7:00 pm Pastoral Council
Sunday, October 29th
      Jamaica Mission Team selling Cinnamon and caramel rolls after morning Masses. If you want to be sure
      to get your favorites, feel free to call Melissa to place your order. Proceeds help St. John’s Mission Team
      serve those in need in Jamaica.

And Around the Area...
Monday, October 23rd
      5:00 pm Ruby’s Pantry distribution at Inspiration Church in Breckenridge; $20 donation.
      Volunteers needed at 4:00 pm
Friday, October 27th
      5:30 - 7:30 pm St Anthony’s in Mooreton Fall Fish Fry
Sunday, October 29th
      11:00 am - 1:00 pm St. Mary’’s Fall Festival
Sunday, November 5th
      10:30 am - 1:00 pm St. John’’s in Rosholt, SD Sausage Fest

Flu Shots: Walk-in Flu clinic every Friday from 8:30 to 4:00 pm at Richland County Health Department located at Wahpeton Law Enforcement Center, second floor. Flu shots are also available by appointment Monday through Thursday. If questions, please call 701-642-7735

Attention Young Adults! FM i.d.9:16 exists to form young adults into intentional disciples of Jesus Christ. We are in our 20s & 30s, single, married, with or without kids. Please join us for our November Disciples Night on Thursday, November 2nd from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. at Nativity Catholic Church. Fr. Ross Lafromboise will give a talk on Discipleship. Childcare available! Find more information and RSVP today at https://www.fmid916.com/events/

Youth called to March for Life! Youth in grades 9 - 12 from across the Diocese of Fargo are invited to pilgrimage to the annual March for Life in Washington D.C. on January 19, 2018. The pilgrimage will begin in Fargo on January 14th and return January 20th. Fr. Greg Haman will be our spiritual director. In addition to participating in the March for Life and Vigil Mass for Life at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, youth will also travel to Emittsburg, MD to visit the Mother Seton Shrine and Gettysburg, PA, and tour the sights of Washington, D.C. The cost for the 7 -day pilgrimage is $850 and includes air and ground travel, lodging, meals and tour fees. Registration closes October 15th, space is limited – register early! To obtain a registration form contact Rachelle at 701-356-7910, e-mail: rachelle.sauvageau@fargodiocese.org or go to: www.fargodiocese.org/respectlife/.

World Meeting of Families 2018 in Ireland: Join in the Diocese of Fargo pilgrimage to Ireland for World Meeting of Families. The trip will be August 16th – 27th, 2018, will include visits to historic sites in Ireland, including the gravesite of Fr. Peter Hughes, and culminate in the World Meeting of Families conference. (Pope Francis has not yet confirmed, but the pope has traditionally attended the Festival of Families and celebrated the closing Mass.) For more information, visit www.fargodiocese.org/wmof.

Calling all young adults ages 18 and older to the next World Youth Day pilgrimage which will be held in Panama City from January 20th - 28th, 2019. It is not too early to begin planning.Hop on board and join the Diocese of Fargo Youth and Young Adult Ministry Department for a trip to Panama City. Current price is $3,550 but could come down depending on airline ticket price and World Youth Day fees. Please contact Kathy at 701-356-7902 for a brochure and for questions regarding this World Youth Day tour. Deadline to register is November 15, 2017 with a filled out application and $1,000 deposit per person traveling.

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.

FirstChoice Clinic is seeking prayer warriors to lead a weekly prayer on Tuesday from 4:30 - 5:00 pm at the clinic for our clients, staff, supporters, volunteers as well as pray for hearts and minds of abortion-minded women to be changed as they journey to Fargo for abortion day on Wednesday. To become a prayer warrior, email mona@FirstChoiceClinic.com or call 701-237-5902. Approximately 25 babies are aborted every Wednesday in Fargo.

The Gathering - a post abortion care group, meets monthly. Project Rachel offers a post-abortion care group that meets on the 4th Monday of every month at a Fargo location. Women who have begun their healing journey either through the Sacrament of Reconciliation or a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat come together at a designated location to pray and share about the specific issues related to post abortion healing. These monthly gatherings consist of a half-hour prayer time followed by a share discussion. Confidential registration required.register and learn location of meetings, please call 844-789-4829.

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.

St. John’s Parish has Online Giving. We are so grateful for all who contribute to our parish and for all who would like to lend their regular support. If you would be willing to start making use of this service, check out the link on our parish website - www.stjohns-wahpeton.org and click our Online Giving link. When you participate, your gift will be securely transferred directly into the parish bank account and you won’t have to remember to write a check or stop by the ATM on Sundays! If you have any questions contact Pat or Betsy in the parish office. A great way to remember St. John’s Church when you are away from home!

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)