Pray for the ill and for those who have asked for prayers. Please pray for:Tim Lock, Dorothy Jorgenson, 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, 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.

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. 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!

Next Saturday, November 18th: Intermission at St. John’s will begin with the 5:30 pm Mass. Nate Reinhardt will be providing the music. Everyone is welcome!

Starting November 8th the Wednesday Mass will be at 7:30 am instead of 12:10 pm.

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

Help! We are looking for a Fatima DVD: 11 years of Grace. If you borrowed it from a table in the gathering space, please return it to the church office.

St. John’s Lay Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion: Mark your calendar for an inservice program to be held on Thursday, November 16th at 7:00 pm in the church.

Thanksgiving Baskets: St. John’s will be packing Thanksgiving baskets on Saturday, November 18th at 10:00 am. Packing and delivery volunteers are greatly needed. We are also seeking volunteers who can help set up Friday afternoon (November 17th). Please mark your calendars now and let Michelle now if you are able to help.

SJS School News
Noel Night raffle tickets are now available! Only $50 each! Please contact any St. John’s student or call the school office at 701-642-6116. Don’t miss your chance to win one of the really great prizes!
Students from 3rd Grade will lead us at our children’s Mass on Thursday, November 16th at 1:00 pm. We invite all our parents, grandparents, friends and parishioners to join us. The children and staff truly appreciate your support!
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.
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.
November Events:
      November 16th - PTO meeting in school gym
      November 23rd and 24th - Thanksgiving vacation - No school

SJ Youth News
November 15th - Regular Class
The little children need you! Our 4 & 5 years olds still need another teaching team for 1 week each month during the 9:00 am Mass. With the beautiful children and easy lesson guides to follow it is a blessed Liturgy of the Word before you return for the consecration and Eucharist. Please call Michelle.

Beginning Experience is a program of peer ministry for Divorced, Widowed, and Separated persons. It has helped a lot of people going through the difficult time of the loss of a spouse - from death or divorce. B. E. is sponsored by the Catholic diocese of Fargo, and is open to people of all ages, and all religious denominations, or none. The next B. E. Weekend will be November 17th - 19th, 2017 at Maryvale, Valley City. Please contact Val Riepe, 218-415-0101 or riepe@eot.com and fill out an application. You can also ask your pastor or priest for more information, or contact Fr. Bernie Schneider at 701-213-1618.

Happenings at St. Johns...
Sunday, November 12th
      March for Life Breakfast served after all morning Masses
      5:30 pm RCIA
Monday, November 13th
      No Bible Study
Tuesday, November 14th
      3:00 pm Pro-Life Team Meeting
      4:15 pm Patriotic Rosary
      7:00 pm Third Grade parent and student Meeting
      7:30 pm Knights of Columbus
Wednesday, November 15th
      11:30 am Building and Grounds Committee
      3:30 and 7:00 pm Religious Formation
      5:00 pm Finance Committee
      7:00 pm Noel Night Committee
Thursday, November 16th
      3:15 pm Women’s Cursillo Group
      7:00 pm Meeting for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Sunday, November 19th
      KC Breakfast after all morning Masses

And Around the Area...
Sunday, November 5th
      10:30 am - 1:00 pm St. John’’s in Rosholt, SD Sausage Fest
      4:00 pm Ecumenical Service at Breck Lutheran

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 - 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!

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

The Choice is Yours: Burial or Cremation? Vertin-Munson Funeral Home of Wahpeton and Joseph Vertin and Sons Funeral Home in Breckenridge will jointly be sponsoring a seminar titled, “The Choice is Yours, Burial or Cremation?” on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Times are 2:00 pm or 6:00 pm at Vertin-Munson Funeral Home, 224 North 6th Street, Wahpeton. Please make reservations by calling 701-642-4000 or 218-643-5593.

Poverty Simulation: Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership and Southeast North Dakota Community Action Agency are partnering to bring a Poverty Simulation to the Wilkin - Richland community on Friday, November 17th from 9:00 – noon at Grace Lutheran Church in Breckenridge. The simulation is free and open to the public. We encourage people from all sectors of the community to take part. This is an opportunity to gain an understanding of what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month-to-month. The objective is to sensitive participants to the realities faced by low-income people and to start a community dialogue about poverty and how our community responds to people experiencing poverty.

Attention Young Adults! FM i.d.9:16 Catholic Young Adult Ministry is in the process of starting Men's & Women's Discipleship Groups for those in their 20s & 30s. Groups typically meet twice a month and gather for prayer, viewing of a short teaching, discussion, and fellowship. Our goal is to grow in our relationship with Jesus within a small group community. Ladies, join us for Sips, Snacks, and Sweets: Women's Discipleship Groups Info Night this Friday, November 17th at 7:30 pm at the home of one of our leaders. Register at www.fmid916.com/events/womensdiscipleship and we will send you the address. Men, we already had our Pizza & Beer: Men's Discipleship Groups Info Night but it's not too late to join a group. Please contact us at fmid916@gmail.com for more info.

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.

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.

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)