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!
      † Eugene Gardner, brother in law of Lonnie Halverson

Soon to be Married: Please pray for the following couples who will be married at St. John’s in the next few weeks.
      † November 17th - Carter Hought and Alexander Pauly
      † November 24th - AJ Muehlberg and Mary Olson

Thank you for your generosity and support for St. John’s School Annual Appeal. We received $37,655 in pledges. If you have not made your pledge yet, please pickup a form located on the hospitality desk or contact the parish office.

The orders for poinsettias are due November 19th. The prices listed are suggested donations .

Driver Needed: A driver is needed to take a person to Broadway Sanford on Tuesday November 13th. The need is to leave Wahpeton at 12:30 pm. Departure from Fargo is expected about 3:45 pm. Please call Michelle as soon as possible if you can help.

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.

The October Baby Shower: The bassinette was overflowing with baby items and gift cards that were delivered to St. Gianna’s Maternity Home last week. Thank you for your generosity in supporting this life giving ministry in our parish and our Diocese.

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.

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.

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.

Preparing for Thanksgiving Baskets: Help is needed to coordinate packing our Thanksgiving baskets. Please call Michelle if you could assist. For families and people of all ages: Note Sunday November 4th, 3:00 pm. This year the youth group will not have their scavenger hunt for food. We are hoping folks of all ages will be willing to meet here at the Church November 4th to go knocking on doors to collect food donations for the Thanksgiving Baskets. If you’re willing to participate or if you have questions, please call Michelle at the parish office.

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

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!

RCIA / Why Catholic update: Our next meeting will be Sunday November 18th at 6:00 pm. All are welcomed. Our topic will be Catholic Spirituality, Spiritual Formation and Prayer. The Vikes play the Bears at 7:30 pm so we will need to be doing some praying anyway.

New Parking Lot: A letter was recently mailed to all parishioners concerning plans for the new parking lot. If you did not receive a letter, please contact the parish office. Thank you to everyone who responded. We currently have $250,764 towards our parking lot. Donations can be mailed to the parish office or dropped in the Sunday collection.

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.

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
Mark your calendar and get your tickets now! Noel Night will be held Saturday, December 1st and raffle tickets and dinner tickets are now available! Please contact any St. John’s School student and get your tickets for a chance to win CASH! What a great way to help with Christmas presents and help our school too!
Students from 3rd Grade will lead us at our children’s Mass on Thursday, November 15th 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.
November events:
November 12th - Veteran’s Day - No School
November 15th - PTO meeting at 6:00 pm
November 22nd and 23rd - Thanksgiving - No School

SJ Youth News
November 14th - Regular Religious Education for all grades.
November 15th - Third Grade parent and student meeting

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

Happenings at St. Johns
Monday, November 12th
      10:00 am Bible Study
      5:30 pm Mardi Gras Committee
Tuesday, November 13th
      3:00 pm Prolife Team Meeting
      4:15 Patriotic Rosary
      7:30 pm Knights of Columbus
Wednesday, November 14th
      3:30 and 7:00 pm Religious Education for all grades
      5:00 pm Finance Committee
      7:00 pm Noel Night Committee
Thursday, November 15th
      3:15 Women’s Cursillo Group
      7:00 pm Third Grade parent and student meeting
Saturday, November 17th
      10:00 am Packing of Thanksgiving baskets
Sunday, November 18th
      KC’s serving breakfast after all morning Masses
      4:00 pm Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service at St. John’s.

And Around the Area...
Thursday, November 22nd
     11:00 am - 1:00 pm Free Thanksgiving Dinner at Inspiration Lutheran Church, 1130 Main St., Breckenridge

If you would be willing to help set up, serve, clean up or provide food to your neighbors when they have a funeral but you’ve never been asked to help, or would you be willing to be part of a neighborhood group to serve for parish events, please call the Parish Office.

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)