Pray for the ill and for those who have asked for prayers. Please pray for 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, Romelle Oster family, Jordan Steffens, Richard Loberg, Jacob Petermann, Sammy Sturdevant, Fr. Katanga, Sue Geiger, Dorothy Jorgenson, Sr. Rose Celeste, Kristi Dreher, Jean Zimmel, Danielle Jenny, MaryAnn Althoff, Jim Karl family, Rhyland Kohlhase, Sabrina Metz, Nadine Steiner, Chris Olsen, 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 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.

Rest in Eternal Peace
        † Yejidë Marie Williams, granddaughter of Melinda Shipman and great-granddaughter of
                       Albert and Linda Niedevicky
        † Jan McCann

Watch the Mass Schedule this Week! With the end of the school year there are many changes.

New schedules are available in the gathering space. Vacation and lake time is here so please fill in when needed. Thank you for your willingness to help!

New Parking Lot: A letter was recently mailed to all parishioners with an update for the new parking lot. Thank you to all who have already responded with generous donations to complete phase one of our parking lot. We presently have $300,856 towards our goal of $308,940. We just need $8,084 more to complete phase 1! Donations can be mailed to the parish office or dropped in the Sunday collection.

Cemetery News: We need volunteers to assist with arranging flags on the Veteran’s graves at Calvary Cemetery on Thursday, May 23rd at 9:00 am. If you are able to help, please contact the parish office.
We need volunteers to assist with raising small grave markers at Calvary Cemetery. If you are able to help, please contact the parish office.
St. John’s Parish will continue the tradition of celebrating the Memorial Day Mass at Calvary Cemetery. We are in need of 2 individuals to help transport our portable altar to Calvary Cemetery. If you are able to help, please contact the parish office.
The Cemetery Committee would like to plant additional trees at Calvary Cemetery. The Cemetery Committee is asking for donations to purchase trees. If you are able to donate please bring your donations to the Parish Office or put in the Sunday collection.

Our Jamaica Mission is less than one month away. We will again be packing soccer balls and other small gifts. If you would like to donate a new soccer ball, please call Melissa at the parish office for details.

SCRIP News: $10 Walmart, Target and Dairy Queen cards are available. Great graduation gifts! Get them while they last! We have also added El Toro to our list of cards. Thank you El Toro’s for joining our Scrip Program and supporting St. John’s School..

A summer book study has been set for the 2nd Monday of June, July and August from 6:00 - 7:-00 pm here at the parish. Kristi Mahrer will lead a 3 part study on “Into His Likeness,” be transformed as a disciple of Christ by Edward Sri. This is the book that was given at Christmas. If you need a book call the parish office and ask for Michelle.

Christ the King Retreat Center in Buffalo, MN offers many retreats throughout the year. Check out the poster on the bulletin board.

Thanks to all our parishioners who have made their gift to the 2019 God’s Gift Appeal. St. John’s is 72% towards our goal of $91,425. If you have not yet made a gift or pledge, please fill out a commitment card located in the gathering space. Please participate in the support of our diocesan church.

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: 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.

Thank you to everyone who has helped our school through SCRIP. Thank you to everyone who has helped our school through SCRIP. We have a new partner is our SCRIP family. Don't forget to get some gifts cards for groceries after Sunday's Masses.

Help Wanted: St. John’s Child Care Center is looking for fun, energetic people to join their staff. Full and Part-time are needed. Must be 18 years or older. Call 701-642-4922 or stop in to fill out an application.

I just want to take this time to thank St. John’s for the love and support I have felt over the past many years. It was so kind and generous of so many of you to attend my retirement recognition. I also want to thank my fellow SJS staff family for setting up the party and always being so helpful and loving. I will keep you in my prayers. God bless.
Always a part of SJS, Mrs. Cheryl Woodruff

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!
Note: Change in time! Students from all grades will lead us at our children’s Mass on Thursday, 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.
Please come and be part of our school family! We invite all parishioners to prayerfully consider sending your child(ren) to St. John’s School, (4 year old Preschool through 6th grade). Registration for the 2019-2020 school year has begun and class sizes are limited. All faith denominations are welcome! Please encourage your friends and neighbors to check out our school. If you have questions, please call 642-6116. Our doors are always open for a tour.
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 - Preschool graduation programs
      May 22nd - Sixth Grade graduation
      May 23rd - Last day of school, regular dismissal time

Elementary Music Teacher: St. John’s School, Wahpeton, ND, has an opening for a half-time elementary music teacher beginning August 2019.Candidate must be licensed to teach in North Dakota. Please send letter of application, resume, and transcripts to:Attn:Renee Langenwalter, Principal, St. John’s School, 212 Dakota Avenue, Wahpeton, ND 58075 For more information call, 701-642-6116.

SJ Youth News
We are still looking for volunteers for Vacation Bible School this June 24th - 27th. If you are interested in joining the team contact Melissa.
Thank you to our teacher’s leading the Children’s Liturgy of the Word at 9:00 am Mass. We’’ll look forward to seeing you in the fall. Parent’s of these ages, please watch our bulletin for new resources coming.

Help Wanted: St. John’s Child Care Center is looking for fun, energetic people to join their staff. Full and Part-time needed. Must be 18 years or older. Call 701-642-4922 or stop in to fill out an application.

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

Thank you to everyone who contacted our State Legislators during the 2019 Legislative session and to our Legislators who voted Pro-Life this Legislative Session 2019. St. John’s Pro-Life

Legislative Updates:
HB 1336 ~ House Bill 1336 requires that any women seeking an abortion in the state of North Dakota, be given information prior to having the abortion, on how she can potentially save her baby if she changes her mind part-way through the process. The abortion reversal process has been used to save over 400 babies so far! Governor Doug Burgum signed this bill into law on March 22, 2019. This law will go into effect on August 1st, 2019.
HB 1546 ~ House Bill 1546 prohibits the extremely brutal human dismemberment abortions in North Dakota. Governor Doug Burgum signed this bill into law on April 10th, 2019.

Happenings at St. John's
Thursday, May 16th
      3:15 pm   Women’s Cursillo Group
Monday, May 20th
      10:00 am   Bible Study
Tuesday, May 21st
      4:15 pm   Patriotic Rosary
      KC Awards Banquet
Wednesday, May 22nd
      7:00 pm   St. John’s School Sixth Grade graduation
Thursday, May 23rd
      3:15 pm   Women’s Cursillo Group
      Last day of School at St. John’s
      7:00 pm   Pastoral Council
Monday, June 10th
      6:00 - 7:00 pm   Book study on “Into His Likeness”

And Around the Area...

St. Mary’s School in Breckenridge has a full time teaching position open for the 2019-2020 school year. Please send a letter of interest, resume, three letters of reference, college transcripts and a copy of teaching license to Linda Johnson, Principal, St. Mary’s School 210 North 4th Street, Breckenridge, MN 56520 or email to .

A Beginning Experience Weekend will be held June 21st - 23rd, 2019, 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. For more information contact Connie (701-318-0949) or Marlene Wilde (218-998-4300) and see the website: .

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.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: Bishop John Folda, along with guides Steve and Janet Ray, will be leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land from October 9th - 18th, 2019. The pilgrimage is sponsored by the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, but pilgrims need not be members of the Order to sign up. You need only have a desire to walk in the footsteps of our Lord and to support our fellow Christians in the Holy Land. If you are interested in more information, please contact Angie Kolb, the pilgrimage coordinator, at

National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC): This is an amazing 3-day conference for high school students and chaperones. The pilgrimage dates is November 20th - 24th, 2019 and this conference happens in Indianapolis, Indiana. Each day NCYC has great keynote speakers, many workshops for students and adults along with wonderful entertainment for all in the afternoons and evenings. Also offered each day is Mass, reconciliation and adoration. The trip cost is $700/student and includes transportation by bus, hotel accommodations, meals each day and registration for the conference (a complete packet). For every eight (8) students registered with deposit and paperwork into the Diocese by June 15, 2019 an adult chaperone from that parish goes free. Priests and religious go free but must register with this diocese no later than June 15th, 2019.For more information and to register, go to www.nationalcatholicyouthconference.orgor contact Kathy Loney at 701-356-7902.Each parish priest and DRE or Youth Minister has received info on this wonderful pilgrimage!

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

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)