Pray for the ill and for those who have asked for prayers. Please pray for:Bryan Gabel, Wayne Jelinek, Wilma Hansen, Patrick Sawyer, Jeff McKinnon, Mary Meyer, Terry Keaveny, Leo Althoff, Denny Christopher, 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, Doug Loeks, 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!
          † James Sjoquist, father of Sid

Parish Communal Penance Service: Sunday, December 16th at 4:00 pm and 6:30 pm. In preparation for Christmas, several priests will be available at St. John’s for Reconciliation. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity. (If you cannot keep this schedule the Sacrament of Reconciliation will also be celebrated at 7:00 pm December 20th and 21st at 7:00 pm until all are heard.)

Knights of Columbus Christmas Dinner is Sunday, December 16th - 12 noon social, 12:30 pm Dinner. Check out the insert for details.

All year end contributions must be in the parish office by December 31st.

Decorating for Christmas: We will be decorating for Christmas Tuesday, December 18th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. We can use your help!

Sacraments for the Homebound: Between now and Christmas our priests will visit homes to celebrate sacraments of Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick and Eucharist for anyone who requests. Please call the parish office if you know someone who would like to be visited.

Please take names from our Jesse Tree! The great tree which greets us at the baptistry is covered with the names of Saint John’s parishioners, some of whom we may know well and others we may not know at all. The Jesse Tree tradition is a celebration of the pathways through Salvation History - Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham and Sarah, Isaiah on down to John the Baptist - through whom our God has announced the coming of the savior among us. Now the Savior is among us and seeks to dwell in our hearts. Each year during Advent we invite you to take a tag or two from our tree and do something kind for the person or family whose name you’ve picked...become the hopeful pathway of God’s Good News to a fellow parishioner! You can simply send a card (some may be provided at the tree), make a telephone call, send a kind e-mail, drop off some goodies or a small Kris Kringle gift. You may even invite them for dinner or a cup of coffee. Remember, please be careful of each tag because it bears the name of someone loved by God. If that tag is lost, no “visit” will be made!

Our Advent Newsletter is out! To view a digital (PDF) version of the newsletter, click here. This a large file so it may take a few seconds to load.

Plans for Christmas Masses have begun. If you have an interest in singing at the Midnight Mass or if you have family members visiting who would like to sing, please call Pat at the parish office.

Out of Africa: Thank you for your very generous response to the needs of our brothers and sisters in Tanzania! St. John’s parishioners have given over $10,000. We have sent the amount needed for the children to go to school and are working with Fr. Katanga to send all other donations. Fr. Katanga texted, “I’m so very grateful for the tireless love and Generosity of the people of Wahpeton. I am deeply touched. Your sacrifices for others is tremendous. Thank You!

Thank you for your generosity and support for St. John’s School Annual Appeal. We received $47,375 in pledges. If you have not made your pledge yet, please pickup a form located on the hospitality desk or contact the parish office.

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. City Brew is now offering $25 gift cards to help our school. Don't forget to get some gifts cards for groceries after Sunday's Masses . To view the latest SCRIP order form. click here.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: followed by Benediction, which was begun by Fr. Parks, is continuing on Monday evenings at a new time of 7:00 - 8:00 pm. This was started for those who are at work during the day and cannot make the other times offered. Please consider spending an hour with our Lord.

RCIA / Why Catholic update: Thanks to all who have been joining us for the discussions. We are averaging 30 attendants per meeting. Our next meeting is scheduled for January 13th where we will be learning about the Mass - History, Parts and Theology. All are welcome to join us on the 13th at 6:00 pm.

At Home with the Word is your guide to a deeper understanding of the Sunday Scriptures. It provides the readings for the liturgical year, along with insights from scripture scholars. You may purchase the 2019 At Home With the Word in the parish office for only $10.00.

Thank You for using St. John’s Parish 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!

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.

SJS School News
Have a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!
A huge
Thank You to all who made our 14th annual Noel Night such a wonderful success! Proceeds from this evening greatly benefit our school in so many wonderful ways. This event would not be possible without all the countless hours of volunteers before, during and after our event. We truly appreciate all the support from our parish and beyond. God Bless each and every one of you! We hope your Advent season brings you peace and joy!
Students from 4th Grade will lead us at our children’s Mass on Friday, December 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!
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.
December events:
          December 24th - January 2nd - Christmas vacation

SJ Youth News
December 19th - Religious Formation for all grades

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, December 16th
      12 noon Knights of Columbus Christmas Dinner
      4:00 and 6:30 pm Parish Reconciliation
Monday, December 17th
      10:00 am Bible Study
      5:00 and 7:00 pm Wahpeton High School Choir
Tuesday, December 18th
      4:15 Patriotic Rosary
Wednesday, December 19th
      11:30 am Building and Grounds Committee
      3:30 and 7:00 pm Religious Formation
      6:00 pm Practice for 9:00 am Choir
Thursday, December 20th
      3:15 Women’s Cursillo Group
      7:00 pm Reconciliation
Friday, December 21st
      7:00 pm Reconciliation

And Around the Area...
Sunday, December 9th
     2:00 pm Christmas Cantata at NDSCS Cultural Center
Thursday, December 20th
     4:00 pm Joe Skilbred piano concert at Breckenridge High School Auditorium, “Story of My Life”
Tuesday, December 25th
     Christmas Dinner at Faith Church, Wahpeton

Beginning Experience: Fergus Falls Support group for divorced, widowed or separated. Coping With Life Alone - 10 week sessions, begin January 7,2019, registration at 6:30 pm at Zion Church. For more info call 218-998-4300. Walk-ins are welcome.

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)