Pray for the ill and for those who have asked for prayers. Please pray for Leona Johnson, Dennis LaVoie, Terry Wieser, Casper Listopad, Ellen Conzemius, Bryan Gabel, Wayne Jelinek, 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.



To view the Lenten Calendar, ckick here.

Lenten Reflection Videos: As an evangelization outreach to St. John’s parishioners, there will be a short (3 minute) video shown before all Masses during Lent. Jesus told his disciples, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the good News.” That is evangelization. And guess what, people; Jesus is telling each of us to do the same! This is a very intimidating assignment, but we are all called none the less. So, for us regular, everyday people to be able to ““proclaim the Good News”, we need to know, understand and believe the Good News. We need to become knowledgeable and confident in our faith. The hope is that these short videos will be a starting point in this endeavor.

You may be wondering about the cross with words covering it in the entry. Each of us is invited to listen to the weekly Gospel for a word or phrase that particularly strikes. This Lectio Divina (divine study) is one way God our Father communicates with us. What word or phrase will you hear this week?

Lenten practices: Bible Study Monday evenings at 7:00 pm or Thursdays at noon with FORMED’’s Lectio: Prayer. Register with Melissa. Tuesday come after 5:30 pm Mass for some fantastic homemade soup by the Catholic Daughter’s. Hear Msgr. Thomas Richter’s wit and humor. An excerpt from last week, “All the bad places before Jesus is where evangelism takes place. In my trial. Where / When I can’t change things. Where I can’t cause what I’d like. When Jesus fills my life there, that’s where evangelization is.” To get your free FORMED account visit st.johns.formed.org Parish Code 8M33W3 - We recommend you start with Into the Desert. If you have trouble registering for FORMED call Melissa for technical help..

Thank you to all of the host families that opened your homes to University of Jamestown Choir students. Thank you for your hard work and assistance. It is very appreciated, Dawn and Ed Cronin.

Catholic Daughters of the Americas recently held their annual Education Contest. This year the themes were: “Here I Am Lord, I Come To Do Your Will”” or “Doing My Best To Do Good”. The categories the students could choose from are: Art, Essay, Poetry, Computer Art, Music & Photography. Students from St. John’s School participated in Division I-grades 4, 5, & Division II grade 6. All 1st place entries are sent to the State for further competition. Congratulations to everyone!!
The winners from St. John’s School were:
Division I / Art:
Matthew Petersen-1st, Alex Wolf-2nd, Stacy Martinez-3rd
Computer Art:
Emma Klein-1st, Wyatt Stav-2nd, Marley Klein-3rd
Essay:
Brayden Steffens-1st, Michael Petersen-2nd, Madeline Graves-3rd
Division II / Poetry: Grace Schroeder-3rd
Art:
Carson Hinsverk-2nd
Computer Art:
Grace Schroeder-1st, London Nordick-2nd, Devlin Bigwood-3rd
Our ‘Sincere Thanks’ to all the students who participated in this contest.We truly appreciate all their hard work. May God Bless You All.

Thank You to Jeremy Remily, Greg Gerou and Nancy Muehlberg and the kitchen crew for providing a wonderful meal for St. John’s Mardi Gras. Thank you to the Mardi Gras Committee for all the time and work creating our Mardi Gras event. Thank you to the many volunteers who helped set up, worked in the dining room and at the games, and cleaned up. Thank you to everyone who purchased raffle tickets and donated items for the silent auction, games, bake sale and cake walk. Mardi Gras was a great success due to everyone’s participation.
And the winners are:
        $500 - Tim Mohs
        $400 - Sue Pauly
        $300 - Mike Goroski
        $200 - Jedy Steffens
        $200 - Chris Petersen
        $100 - Carroll Quam
        $100 - Aries Mayse
        $100 - Jim Lutz
        $50 Scrip - Jack Braun
        $50 Scrip - Tammy Miller

Would you like to help us? Volunteer receptionists are needed to greet individuals, answer the parish telephone and assist the parish office staff with simple tasks. We currently need individuals to help on Wednesdays and to fill in on various days when volunteers have appointments or vacations. Hours are flexible to fit your schedule, and if you are not able to be here, we work around your schedule. If you are able to help please contact Pat or Betsy in the parish office, 642-6982. Individuals are also needed to wash the linens used at Mass. If you are able to help please contact Pat or Betsy in the Parish office, 642-6982.

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.

SJS School News
Students from Second Grade will lead us at our children’s Mass on Thursday, March 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!
Please come and be part of our school family! We invite all parishioners to prayerfully consider sending your child(ren) to St. John’s School, (4 year old Preschool through 6th grade). Registration for the 2019-2020 school year has begun and class sizes are limited. All faith denominations are welcome! Please encourage your friends and neighbors to check out our school. If you have questions, please call 642-6116. Our doors are always open for a tour.
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!
March events:
      March 19th - PTO meeting and Science Fair
      March 22nd - Third Grade Stations of the Cross at 2:15 pm

SJ Youth News
March 20th
- Religious Formation for all grades
There will be a silent auction and bake sale for the Mallie Ann Breuer scholarship on March 30th. Baked goods donations can be dropped off at the high school that day.
Due to the situation in Haiti and after much prayer and discussion, we have decided that for the safety of our mission team we will be traveling to Jamaica again this June. We are confident that the Holy Spirit has work for us to complete in Jamaica this year. However, our concern for the situation in Haiti is great so we ask that you pray for their country and the poor. Food for the Poor is also raising funds to help the relief efforts in Haiti.

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, March 17th
      KC’s serving breakfast after morning Masses
Monday, March 18th
      7:00 pm Bible Study
Tuesday, March 19th
      4:15 pm Patriotic Rosary
      6:00 pm Soup Supper and Presentation
Wednesday, March 20th
      3:30 and 7:00 pm Religious Formation
      5:00 pm Finance Committee
      5:30 pm Family Supper - chicken fettuccini, Everyone is Welcome
Thursday, March 21st
      3:15 Women’s Cursillo Group
      7:00 pm Second Grade parent and student meeting
Friday, March 22nd
      2:15 pm Stations of the Cross
      7:00 pm Stations of the Cross

And Around the Area...
Sunday, March 17th
      3:30 pm Mass in Spanish at St. Anthony’s in Fairmount
Wednesday, March 20th
      6:30 pm Living Stations at St. Mary’s in Breckenridge

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 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.

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

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: Bishop John Folda, along with guides Steve and Janet Ray, will be leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land from October 9th - 18th, 2019. The pilgrimage is sponsored by the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, but pilgrims need not be members of the Order to sign up. You need only have a desire to walk in the footsteps of our Lord and to support our fellow Christians in the Holy Land. If you are interested in more information, please contact Angie Kolb, the pilgrimage coordinator, at kolbangie@hotmail.com.

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)