Pray for the ill and for those who have asked for prayers. Please pray for: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.

Fall Parish Newsletter: To view our Fall Newsletter, click here.

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!

SCRIP: Thank you to everyone who has helped our school through SCRIP. Don’t forget to get some gifts cards for groceries after Sundau Mass.

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 $227,255 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.

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.

A family is in need of a twin bed and / or full size bed. Contact Melissa at the parish office if you have one to donate.

All those interested in living and praying in the spirit are invited to our charismatic prayer group which start again on Monday, September 17th at 7:30 pm. Any questions please call Deacon Douglas Campbell at 642-6538. Adoration will be held the hour before, 6:30 - 7:30 pm.

An Invitation for all who are interested in RCIA or wish to learn more about our Catholic faith. An information meeting will be held next Sunday, September 23rd in the KC room after the 9:00 Mass. We will discuss the RCIA process, topics and expectations. If you are considering entering into the Catholic tradition or would like to learn more about our faith, please join us for this informal, information meeting. If you have any questions or would like to help (at any level) please contact Fr. Tony.

Hot Water: The water heater for St. John’s School stopped working. St. John’s Building and Grounds researched information regarding replacing the water heater and determined a tankless system is the best option. The cost to purchase and install a water heater is approximately $11,000. We are also eligible to apply for a grant from the Diocese of Fargo to cover 10% of the cost. We presently have $8,000. If you are able to donate towards the purchase of a new water heater, please mail or drop your donations at the parish office or in the Sunday collection. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the parish office.

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 is hiring for the position Food Service Supervisor/Head Cook - approximately 32 hours per week. Pay based on experience. Duties include: planning, ordering, preparing, and serving food within the guidelines of St. John’s School and North Dakota Child Nutrition and Food Distribution program. Supervising staff, cost analysis, following food safety procedures, and record keeping.

SJS School News
Parishioners: Do you need to renew a subscription for a magazine or would you like to order a new magazine? St. Johns annual PTO magazine sale is being held right now! Please contact any St. John’s student in grades 3 - 6 or call the school at 642-6116. Online information is in todays bulletin. The funds raised will help with classroom supplies and school events. Your support is always appreciated!
Our school kitchen is happy to accept any donations of fruits and vegetables for our lunch program. Please call the school if you have any questions, 642-6116.
Students from Third Grade will lead us at our children’s Mass on Thursday, September 20th 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!
September events:
      September 29th - NDSCS Homecoming parade - parent volunteers needed

SJ Youth News
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We are seeking people willing to be on a team to help form our 2nd and 6th graders in faith. Call Michelle or Melissa if you can help.
September 19th - Regular RE 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
Monday, September 17th
      10:00 am Bible Study
      7:30 pm Charismatic Prayer
Tuesday, September 18th
      1:30 pm Foresters
      3:00 pm Pro-life Team Meeting
      4:15 pm Patriotic Rosary
Wednesday, September 19th
      11:30 am Building and Grounds Committee
      6:00 pm 9:00 am Choir practice
      3:30 and 7:00 pm Religious Formation
Thursday, September 20th
      3:15 Women’s Cursillo Group
Saturday, September 22nd
      8:30 am Women’s Welcome
Sunday, September 23rd
      Pro-life Committee serving rolls and coffee at 9:00 am Mass

And Around the Area...
Wednesday, September 26th
      5:00 - 7:00 pm Hotdish Supper at St. Olaf in Elbow Lake
Saturday, September 29th
      8:30 am - 8:30 pm Hankinson’’ 17th Annual Oktoberfest
Thursday, October 11th
      4:30 - 7:00 pm The One and Only 2018 St. John’s Turkey Supper in Wyndmere

Join us in a Novena for the Protection of Human Life: The U.S. Bishops invite you to participate in a nationwide Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life. Each Friday, through September 28th, you can join with thousands across our nation as we pray and fast that a change in the U.S. Supreme Court will move our nation closer to the day when every human life is protected in law and welcomed in life. You can download the Novena and receive the messages weekly by going to: Printable versions of the Novena can be found at:

40 Days for Life – North Dakota starts September 26th. Mark your calendars for the start of the National 40 Days for Life campaign that will take place September 26th - November 4th. You are called to be part of this important prayer effort to bring an end to abortion across our nation and world.The North Dakota 40 Days for Life effort will be begin at 8:00 am on Wednesday, September 26th, in front of the abortion facility at 512 First Avenue North, Fargo. Our campaign will provide a peaceful, prayerful presence in front of the abortion facility from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm every day of the campaign. Persons can sign up for an hour of prayer by contacting the Pregnancy Help Center at 701-284-6601, or in Fargo 701-356-7979.Email: or visit: .

Opportunity to see Matthew Kelly from Dynamic Catholic live September 29th: Matthew will present “Living every Day with Passion & Purpose”” from 7:00 - 10:00 pm at the Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium. For more information or to Buy your tickets for this inspiring event, go to

Walk with Christ for Life – Respect Life Sunday – October 7th: Bishop Folda invites the faithful of the diocese to join him in the annual Eucharistic procession, Walk with Christ for Life, on Respect Life Sunday, October 7th. The day’s events will begin with Holy Mass at Noon, Cathedral of St. Mary, 604 Broadway, Fargo.This will be followed by a prayerful, peaceful procession to the state’’s only abortion facility. A short prayer service will be held outside the abortion facility, and then those gathered will return to the Cathedral for Benediction. A lunch will be served in the church social hall after Benediction. The Walk is sponsored by the Diocese of Fargo Respect Life Office.For more information, call Rachelle, (701) 356-7910.

Ethical Decision Making in Sickness and Compromised States: Do you have questions about how to complete a Health Care Directive? Can a person discontinue treatments such as dialysis or have a DNR? What about providing nutrition and hydration? Join Fr. Tad Pacholczyk, PhD, in a discussion on Catholic health care principles that can guide persons and family members who are facing medical issues or would like to plan for future health care needs. Fr. Tad currently serves as the Director of Education for the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia and is a featured columnists in the New Earth. The workshop will be held Thursday, October 11th, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Sts. Anne and Joachim Church, 5202 25th Street South, Fargo. This event is sponsored by the Respect Life Office and is free and open to the public. For more information contact Rachelle, 701-356-7910.

Humanae Vitae - Fifty Years Later: One-Day Seminary October 12th: This October Bishop John Folda and Father Tad Pacholczyk from the National Catholic Bioethics Center will be jointly presenting Humanae Vitae: 50 Years Later, a day-long seminar on Pope Paul VI’s landmark document and how it relates to major issues of our times such as in-vitro fertilization, transgenderism, and more. The event will take place at Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church.

Mark Your calendars: A Women’s Luncheon and Program has been set for Sunday, October 14th; 12:15 pm - 4:00 pm in the Mehok Center.

Cultivating Peace Together in a Time of Turmoil - A mini retreat for Women with Roxane Salonen, Sunday, October 28th 1:00 - 4:30 pm in the Mehok Center. Roxane Salonen, a Catholic wife and mother of five, writes regular faith articles for The Forum, New Earth, and She also serves as an occasional radio host for Real Presence Radio, and in music ministry at Sts. Anne and Joachim Church in Fargo.

Youth called to March for Life! Only 10 spots left! Registration now open! 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 18, 2019. 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 so register early! To obtain a registration form contact Rachelle at 701-356-7910, e-mail: or go to:

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

Click on the following website,, to watch “I Lived on Parker Avenue”. It is a heart warming story, in this new pro-adoption documentary, law student David Scotton travels to meet his birth mother, who fled an abortion facility, gave birth and let him be adopted by a stable family

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)