Pray for the ill and for those who have asked for prayers. Please pray for: Aimee DeVries, Denny Christopher, Tammy Goerger, Dan Humphrey, Mary Hill, Romelle Oster family, Jordan Steffens, Richard Loberg, Jacob Petermann, Sammy Sturdevant, Sue Geiger, Dorothy Jorgenson, Sr. Rose Celeste, Kristi Dreher, Casper Listopad, Jane West, Jean Zimmel, Danielle Jenny, MaryAnn Althoff, Jim Karl family, Rhyland Kohlhase, Sabrina Metz, Nadine Steiner, Chris Olsen, Mary Hipp, Thor Uran, Charles Pogemiller, John Barrett, Adly Francesca Jaehning, Don Eichhorn, Helen Hanson, Adriana Adelman, Tim Vetter, Susan Johnson, Shirley Behl, Gary Abel, JoAnne Whicker, Denise Lahn, Doug Loeks, Wayne Krump, 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 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.

Pay special attention to Mass times this week. There are many changes!

Rest in Eternal Peace!
     † Rita Yaggie, mother of Mike Yaggie and Laurie Christiansen

Soon to be Married: Please pray for the following couples who are to be married at St. John’s in the next few weeks.
      Emily Smith and Channing Ehlert - June 1, 2018

MISA EN ESPAÑOL (Mass in Spanish) en la Iglesia de St. Anthony en Fairmount, (204 2nd Street North): una vez en la mes celebramos la misa en español. La próxima misa será el 20 de mayo, a las tres y media de la tarde (3:30 PM). Por mas información llame a Padre Bill al 701-742-2418.

Please keep Fr. Parks in your prayers. He will be away from the parish until June 1st.

We need volunteers to assist with arranging flags on the Veteran’s graves at Calvary Cemetery on Thursday, May 24th and to remove the flags on Tuesday, May 29th. If you are able to help, please contact the parish office.

St. John’s Parish is seeking individuals interested in providing food and/or serving at funerals. If you would like to be involved with a neighborhood group to serve for funerals and other parish events, please call the parish office.

Charismatic Prayer Group: All those interested in living and praying in the spirit are invited to our new charismatic prayer group on Monday nights at 7:30. Any questions please call Fr. Parks at 701-642-6982.

Monday Night Adoration: Do you desire a closer relationship with Jesus? Do you truly love him? If so then you probably want to spend more time with him. We are looking for more people to sign up for an hour with Jesus on Monday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30. We started this hour for those who work during the day and for families to be able to spend an hour with Jesus who blesses greatly those who spend time with Him. Please pray about this and listen to His voice to see if he is calling you to go deeper in your relationship with him. Call Fr Parks if you have any questions or would like to sign up.

Did you know? We have a parish library located in the East Room. Please feel free to check out any books or videos available.

St. John's Catholic School is accepting applications for a part-time elementary music teacher for the 2018-2019 school year. Applicants should include letter of interest, resume, 2 letters of recommendation, copy of transcripts and copy of North Dakota teaching license. Apply to or St. John's School, 212 Dakota Avenue, Wahpeton, ND 58075.

SJS School News
Parents: These last days of school are full of activities. Please watch your emails and any notes home for information. Let’s make the last days of this school year the best!
Students from all grades will lead us at our children’s Mass on Wednesday, May 23rd at 1:30 pm. We invite all our parents, grandparents, friends and parishioners to join us. The children and staff truly appreciate your support!
Attention all parishioners! Registration for the 2018-2019 school has begun. If you know a family who is moving to town or contemplating where their children will attend school, please invite them to consider St. John’s School. Your personal contact could be the invitation they are waiting for. All faith denominations are welcome at St. John’s School. Our doors are always open for a tour. Please call 642-6116 for any questions.
Don’t forget to keep saving your BoxTops, and Our Family labels. We are able to get many great things for our classrooms with the points earned in these programs. Thank you for your continued support of our school.
May Events:
      May 21st - Kindergarten graduation - 7:00 pm
      May 22nd - Sixth Grade graduation - 7:00 pm
      May 23rd - Last day of school for St. John’s
Have a Safe and Happy Summer!

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

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 - 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!

Happenings at St. Johns...
Sunday, May 20th
      Breakfast served after 9:00 am for graduates and families
Monday, May 21st
      10:00 am Bible Study
      7:00 pm SJS Kindergarten Graduation
Tuesday, May 22nd
      7:15 pm SJS Sixth Grade Graduation
Wednesday, May 23rd
      Last day of School for St. John’s
Thursday, May 24th
      3:15 pm Women’s Cursillo Group
      1:00 pm Flags being placed on veteran’s graves at Calvary Cemetery
      7:00 pm Pastoral Council

And Around the Area...
Sunday, May 20th
      3:30 pm Spanish Mass at St. Anthony’s in Fairmount
June 12th - 21st
      Saint John’s Bible public viewing at St. Catherine’s Living Center. See the insert in Sunday’s bulletin
Sunday, June 24th
      12:30 pm Rural Life Celebration - Harvey, North Dakota

Red Hawks Baseball Game: Join Bishop Folda Tuesday, June 26th, 6:00 pm picnic and 7:00 pm game. North Dakota Knights of Columbus is sponsoring this event. Call Tom Peschel at 701-640-8663 by Tuesday, May 29th to reserve your tickets.

June Disciples' Night: FM i.d.9:16 invites all young adults 20s & 30s to our June Disciples' Night on Thursday, June 7th at Nativity Church in Fargo. Schedule for the evening is as follows: 6:00 Mass (Confession available at 5:40 pm) - 6:35 Summer Salad Potluck dinner, 7:15 - 9:00 pm Bonfire, S'mores, and Outdoor Games. Please register at Childcare is available until 8:30 pm.

Men’s Leadership Summit: This summer, the Diocese of Fargo will be holding the Made for Greatness Men’s Leadership Summit for those interested in strengthening their relationship with Jesus Christ and helping lead other men in their parish deeper in their faith. The Summit will take place June 8th - 10th, 2018 at Stiklestad Lodge near Fort Ransom, North Dakota. The weekend will provide men opportunities to go deeper in their spiritual lives, introduce them to the work of intentional discipleship, and equip them to bring dynamic men’s initiatives back to their parishes. The deadline to register is Friday, June 1st. For more information, please contact Brad Gray at (701) 356-7903 or

A Beginning Experience Weekend will be held June 22-24, 2018 at Hankinson Retreat Center. “Beginning Experience” is a support program offered by the Catholic Church and open to divorced, widowed, and separated persons of all Faiths, or no Faith. See the flyer on the bulletin board. For more information contact Matt Tedrick (701-541-6095) or Marlene Wilde (218-998-4300) and/or the website

“Let the Saints Come In”: This summer the Youth and Young Adult Ministry Department is offering two new retreats for students ages 13 - 17 that are gender specific. The retreat for young women will be held from July 18th - 21st, the young men’s retreat will be held from July 22nd - 25th. The uniqueness of these retreats is that young adults will be creating and running these retreats. A priest will be attending each retreat to give a talk, to have Mass each day and to be available for reconciliation! The cost is $150 / student. Scholarships are available for those in financial need. The retreats will be held at the Franciscan Sisters of Dillingen Convent in Hankinson. Deadline to register will be Monday, June 18th.

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

Youth called to March for Life! Only 10 spots left! Registration now open! 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 18, 2019. 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 so register early! To obtain a registration form contact Rachelle at 701-356-7910, e-mail: or go to:

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.

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

Abortions are being performed every Wednesday in Fargo at the Red River Women’s Clinic on First Avenue. Become part of the prayer chain that receives a telephone call on the day/days abortions are being performed at this abortion facility. This alert encourages people to pray at the abortion facility or/and in their homes on days abortions are taking place. For more information or to join the prayer chain contact the Pregnancy Help center at 701-356-7979 or 701-284-6601 or go to

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)