Pray for the ill and for those who have asked for prayers. Please pray for:Dennis LaVoie, Terry Wieser, Casper Listopad, Allen Conzemius, Bryan Gabel, Wayne Jelinek, Wilma Hansen, Patrick Sawyer, Jeff McKinnon, Mary Meyer, Terry Keaveny, 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!
      † Dorothy Pederson, mother of Roger
      † Ed Korth, husband of Gail, father of Danielle and Nick, son of Rosemary
      † Carl Schultz, husband of Marlet

Men’s Welcome: February 23rd - 24th: Almost full! See Fr. Tony or stop by after Mass to sign up!

The Distinguished University of Jamestown Concert Choir is coming to Wahpeton! The University of Jamestown Concert Choir, directed by J. Aaron McDermid, from Jamestown, North Dakota will present a concert of sacred choral music at St. John’s Catholic Church in Wahpeton. The concert will be Tuesday, March 5th at 7:30 pm. Admission to this event is free. However, to off-set the costs of touring, a free-will donation will be offered during intermission.

Host homes needed: St. John’s is hosting Jamestown College’s Concert Choir for a Community Concert on Tuesday March 5th. Host homes and a evening meal are needed for the 40 students. If you are willing to host a couple students and help with a meal, please contact Ed and Dawn Cronin at 899-4525 as soon as possible. Thank you for helping welcome them to Wahpeton.

Sunday, March 3rd is the date for our parish Mardi Gras celebration. Please bring you Mardi Gras Raffle Tickets to the parish office or deposit them in the Sunday collection by Monday, February 25th. Please remember to fill in your name, address and phone number on the ticket stub. Sign up on the sheets in the Gathering Space to volunteer at Mardi Gras. Baked goods for the bake sale and the cake walk should be brought directly to St. John’s parish on the morning of Sunday, March 3rd. If you are unable to bring them that day, please bring them to the parish office by Friday, March 1st. We ask that you please mark your items for the bake sale. Theme baskets and botto lotto bottles can be brought to the church until Friday, March 1st.

Why Catholic / RCIA Update: Our final meeting will be on February 24th at 6:00 pm. We will be discussing Reconciliation and the Lenten season for those planning to enter into the Church this spring. All are welcome to join us in the East Room.

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 . To view the latest SCRIP order form. click here.

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.

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

St. John’s School is now accepting applications for a full-time First Grade teacher for the 2019-2020 school year. To apply contact Renee Langenwalter, Principal at renee.langenwalter@k12.nd.us or 701-642-6116

SJS School News
St. John's School will not have school on Monday, February 18th in honor of Presidents' Day.
Get your tickets now for the Catholic United Financial Raffle! Only 1 more week where you could turn $5 into a brand new SUV or $20,000 cash. Many other prizes will be awarded. 100% of the proceeds for each $5 ticket will stay at St. John’s School. Tickets will be sold after Masses. Don’t miss your chance to win! Get your tickets now!
Students from Fourth Grade will lead us at our children’s Mass on Thursday, February 21st at 1:00 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 2019-2020 school year will begin soon. If you know a family that is contemplating where their children will attend school or are moving to town 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!
February events:
      February 18th - No School
      February 20th - SJS ski trip for grades 4-6
      February 25th - All CUF raffle tickets due today!

SJ Youth News
February 20th - Regular Religious Formation classes
Upcoming: Two Youth Rallys, March 23rd and April 6th

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

Happenings at St. John's
Sunday, February 17th
      Knights of Columbus servings breakfast after morning Masses.
Tuesday, February 19th
      1:30 pm Foresters
      4:15 pm Patriotic Rosary
      5:30 pm Mardi Gras Committee
Wednesday, February 20th
      11:30 am Building and Grounds Committee
      3:30 and 7:00 pm Religious Formation
      6:00 pm 9:00 am Choir practice
Thursday, February 21st
      3:15 pm Women’s Cursillo Group
      6:30 pm Men’s Welcome
      7:00 pm Third Grade parent and student meeting
Sunday, February 24th
      6:00 pm RCIA
Tuesday, March 5th
      7:30 pm Jamestown Concert Choir

And Around the Area...
Friday, March 8th
      4:30 - 8:30 pm Walleye Fish Fry at St. Gall’s in Tintah, MN
March 7th - 10th
      Men’s Cursillo Retreat in Hankinson
March 14th - 17th
      Women’s Cursillo Retreat in Hankinson

Need help doing your taxes? Tax Aid volunteers will prepare taxes at the Wahpeton Community Center, 304 5th Street South. Tax Aide was started to help senior citizens and those with lower income complete their tax returns. Appointments can be made by calling 701.642.2811. Appointments will be Mondays and Wednesdays staring February 6th and continuing into April.

The 2019 MN FoodShare March Campaign is quickly approaching. This year the campaign will run from Monday, February 25th through Sunday, April 7th. For every Dollar and Pound of food raised during this period, our Food Pantry will receive a proportionate matching dollar amount from MN FoodShare If you would like additional information, please feel free to contact Lois via Facebook or at RWFoodPantry@outlook.com or call / text her at 701-403-0230.

Experience God in a personal and real way. SEARCH for Christian Maturity has a retreat coming up March 1st - 3rd, 2019 at Maryvale Convent in Valley City, ND. Youth and young adults, 16 and older are invited to attend. Details and application at www.fargodiocese-search.org/home or call Dori at 952-210-2219. Applications due by Monday, February 11th.

DECORA: March 2, 2019 at St. Anthony of Paua in Fargo. Discvover your Fenine genius! IThis one day event is for young women, ages 15 - 21+. Young women, ages 15 and 16 will need to bring a mentor along.Mentor must be 21 and older, this could be a mother, aunt, grandmother or other female that the student is comfortable talking to.For more information about the day and to register go to www.fargodiocese.org/decora. If you are a college woman, you can attend for free. To register, go to www.bisoncatholic.org .

REDEEMED 2019 “Made for Greatness” Men’s Conference: Bishop John Folda invites all men of the Diocese of Fargo to join him on Saturday, March 30th at the Delta Hotel in Fargo for the REDEEMED 2019 Made for Greatness Men’s Conference. Hear dynamic speakers such as Bill Donaghy (creator of the RISE 30 Day Men’s Challenge), Father Sean Kilcawley (Integrity Restored), Bishop John Folda and more as they unpack what leads to the authentic greatness. Registration is only $40 through March 10th. For more information or to register visit: www.fargodiocese.org/redeemedmen or call Brad Gray (701) 356-7903.

Retrouvaille: Help for Hurting Marriages: Retrouvaille is an international, peer-run program that has assisted hundreds of thousands of hurting married couples turn the tide, find new hope, and rediscover the love that initially brought them together. Surveys have shown that 3 out of 4 couples who complete the entire program are still married five years later with stronger, healthier marriages. Retrouvaille will be held locally April 26th - 28th in Fargo with additional dates regionally in February and March. Visit www.HelpOurMarriage.com or call (701) 356-7962 to find out more or to register.

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 www.vetcenter.va.gov.

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 www.40daysforlifend.com.

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)