Please pray for the ill and for those who have asked for prayers. Please pray for: Woody Caspers, Mark Fuller, Eric Paul, Bobbie Batesole, Shirley Mahrer, Diane Mauch, Keith Peschel, Darlyn Weber, Jerry Shannon, Sister Ann Marie Friederichs, Dale Mattson, Dennis LaVoie, Terry Wieser, Casper Listopad, Wayne Jelinek, Patrick Sawyer, Jeff McKinnon, Mary Meyer, Jane West, Dan Humphrey, Mary Hill, Jordan Steffens, Jacob Petermann, Sammy Sturdevant, Fr. Katanga, Sr. Rose Celeste, Kristi Dreher, Jean Zimmel, Danielle Jenny, MaryAnn Althoff, Jim Karl family, Rhyland Kohlhase, Sabrina Metz, Nadine Steiner, 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, 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 our sick is a Spiritual Work of Mercy for us all. Please notify our office if a name needs to be listed or removed.
Welcome Deacon Eric Seitz!

Hi! My name is Audrey Gyolai and I am the new Youth Director. I am originally from Milan, Michigan and am a recent graduate of Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. I love to sing, and some of my favorite on-campus activities were singing with the Notre Dame Chorale and at masses in the dorm chapels. My favorite was Milkshake Mass, which drew approximately 200-250 students each week for Thursday night 10:00 mass (which can, in part, be attributed to the milkshakes served after mass). At home my sister controls the TV, so I’ve watched a lot of The Good Place and Parks and Rec. I like animals and my family back in Michigan has a one year old Australian Shepard Mix puppy. She likes eating my books almost as much as I like reading them! I’m so excited to be here and I’m looking forward to getting to know the St. John’s parish community and especially the youth!

Bishop Folda has changed some of the COVID-19 restrictions in light of the decisions made by health officials of the State of North Dakota. These will be in effect as long as things keep improving. Here is a summary:
    ● All parishes must be offering public Masses. There are to be no exceptions to this rule without consulting the bishop.Communion may be given on the tongue. If contact with the tongue or mouth of the communicant occurs, the minister of communion must sanitize hands before distributing to the next person. It may be helpful to keep a small table with a corporal, ablution cup, and hand sanitizer close by so that sanitizing may be less obtrusive, and reverence for the Eucharist maintained.
    ● Masks are still highly recommended as a measure to protect others, but they may not be required.
    ● Missalettes, or books with readings in them, may at the discretion of the pastor, be returned to the pews.
    ●Congregational singing and choir singing is still to be avoided, and hymnals should not be returned to the pews.
    ● Social gatherings may be held outside of Mass, but state health recommendations for social distancing should be maintained
    ● It is appropriate to encourage the faithful who are not at higher risk from COVID-19 to return to Mass, even though the dispensation from the Sunday obligation still remains in effect.
    ● Based on local conditions, Pastors are given discretion to admit additional persons into the church for Mass. Social distancing should still be practiced insofar as possible.

Again, those who are older and anyone feeling ill should stay at home.
Live stream Masses will continue for all those who are unable to attend Mass.
Father Dale can be reached at 701-899-3278.
Let us pray for each other in these challenging times.

Sunday Mass with restrictions
1. Masks are required at Mass - Please put the mask on in the car before entering the church, do not remove until you are outside the building. If you forgot a mask, we have a limited number available.
2. Keep social distance (6 feet) from the person next to you.
3. Use every other pew. No singing. Follow usher’s directions.
4. Members of the same household may sit in pew next to each other.
5. Please put your offering in basket at baptismal font (no baskets will be passed).
6. Going to Holy Communion, keep social distance in line (6 feet), only removing mask just before you put out your hands for Communion
     - Go to communion using only the side aisles keeping as close to the wall as possible
     - Return from receiving Communion using only the center aisle staying in the middle of the aisle
     - Receive Holy Communion in the hand only.
7. Exit Mass single file keeping social distance. (Keeping distance from person kneeling in pew)

Pray with us: If you are unable to join Fr. Dale for daily mass, watch ‘live’ or past videos on Facebook or YouTube. Click Here to view on Facebook or Click Here to view on YouTube.

Adoration: Monday: none scheduled, Tuesday: 4:15-5:15 pm, Wednesday: 8:00 - 11:30 am, Thursday - 8:00 - 9:00 am and Friday - 8:00 - 9:00 am

Rest in Eternal Peace
       + Rev. Dr. Louden Flisk

Prayer Chain: We are updating our list of those who would like to be on the prayer chain. Please call Michelle at the parish office if you would like to be included.

The Cemetery Committee and Finance Council have approved needed repairs for the monuments, brick benches, brick altar and brick planters at Calvary Cemetery. If you are able to donate to the cost these repairs, please bring or mail your donation to the Parish Office. Thank you.

Bible Study has resumed. It is held on Mondays at 10:00 am in the East Room. Please join us!

Needed: a roll away bed to lend to a person for 4 - 6 weeks.If you could help, please call Michelle at the parish office.

St. John’s School, Wahpeton, North Dakota is seeking an energetic part time elementary music teacher beginning August 2020. Candidate must be licensed to teach in North Dakota. Please send letter of application, resume, and transcripts to: Attn: Renee Langenwalter, Principal, St. John’s School, 212 Dakota Avenue, Wahpeton, ND 58075. For more information call 701-642-6116

St. John'a School News
Have a great summer!
• Please come and be a 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 2020-2021 school year has begun and class sizes are limited.Please encourage your friends and neighbors to check out our school. Your personal contact could be the invitation they are waiting for. All faith denominations are welcome at St. John‘s School. Our doors are always open for a tour. If you have questions, please call 642-6116.

Youth and Religious Education News:
Join us for a week of learning about the Saints… from home! Join us for VBS 2020: Families of Faith! Due to Covid-19, St. John’s will have a family-centered home VBS. We will provide your family with fun and flexible activities with easy to follow instructions for kids of all ages, including outdoor family field trips such as a rosary walk. To register, contact Michelle at 701-642-6982 or
Youth and RE News:Confirmation Families: Your child’’s certificate of record showing Confirmation and First Holy Communion is now available. Please stop by the parish office to pick it up. call Michelle at the Parish Office. Thanks for the input!

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: 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.

Amazon Smile: St. John’s Church is now part of Amazon Smile. Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic method to support St. John’s Church every time you shop on You only need to select St. John’s Church on your initial visit. You can log in to your Amazon account and select St. John’s Church to receive donations. Or enter and login to your Amazon account, St. John’s Church will automatically be selected to receive donations from eligible purchases on After your selection, a percentage of all your purchases at will be donated to St. John’s Church. Please contact the parish office at 701-642-6982, if you have any questions.

And Around the Area...

Third Annual Rural Life Celebration: Please join the parishioners of St. Philip Neri in Napoleon on Sunday, July 12, 2020 at Frank and Helen Braun Farm, north of Napoleon. Guests may begin to arrive at 1:30 pm. Blessing of land, animals, and farm machinery will begin at 1:45 pm followed by a 2:00 pm Mass on the farm. A meal and entertainment will follow.The farm is located 3 miles North of Napoleon on ND Highway 3. For more information visit Please RSVP at: (701) 754-2860 or Remember to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. You may also bring a container of soil from your fields or garden to be blessed. This event is free. We will follow North Dakota state guidelines for COVID-19 protections.

Join us for Holy Heroes Summer Faith Adventure!
For: youth entering 1 - 6 grade this next year
Where: St. Anthony’’s in Mooreton parish hall
Dates: July 20 - 23 (Monday - Thursday)
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm each day. (Mass will be at 3:15 pm and families are encouraged to join us if you can.)
Who: Jasper Keller, seminarian, and three other college students coming to lead the youth in a fun week. Lunch and snacks will be provided each day. Cost is $30.
·Parents: RSVP by July 16, please call, text, email Fr. Gunwall at 701-274-8259 or cell 701-540-8751 or email so they can plan the food and small groups. Don’t worry if your kids will miss a day, that is fine. Every day they can join us will be a day to grow in faith with God while having fun and learning with other kids.
·Older students and any young adults are also invited to help make this a fun and faith-filled week. If you can help for one day or any parts of the day, please let them knowThey would really like to have you present.
·If you have questions, call Fr. Gunwall at the contacts above.

Summer Retreats: Per Bishop Folda and the Convent in Hankinson, we are able to hold our Young Women’s (July 15-18) and Young Men’s (July 19-22) Summer Retreats. We have wonderful space to do the necessary distancing and still hold these two great retreats. Currently we have more room for young women and young men. This is for ages 13-17. The fee is $150/person and includes housing, meals, all craft supplies used, fun times outside, Mass each day, reconciliation and adoration. The topics this year for the young women is “Our unfinished love story” and for the young men “To the Cor…Man’s Relationship with God”.
Our young adults who have planned and will present this retreat are absolutely awesome. You will love all of them. Come one, come all… get your registrations and deposit of $50 into the Diocese at this address: Youth and Young Adult Ministry Department: Diocese of Fargo 5201 Bishops Blvd, Ste A, Fargo, ND58104 Make checks out to “Diocese of Fargo””. Questions, contact Fr. Jasinski at 701-356-7907.You can find registration forms at . Then scroll down until you see Young Women’s Summer Retreat.

Putt 4 a Purpose: Bishop John Folda invites you to Putt 4 a Purpose at the 14th Annual Bishop’s Charity Golf Classic, benefiting Seminarian Education and Youth Programs. Join the fun and fellowship by heading to Rose Creek Golf Course in south Fargo on Monday, August 3rd for a round of golf, dinner and prizes. Register three golfers. Bring your Priest, Deacon or Seminarian as your fourth player for free!
Register online at: If you are not a golfer, please consider sponsoring a priest or seminarian or a hole on the golf course. Your contribution will help support the event and defray costs. For further information, please contact Steve Schons in the Stewardship and Development Office, at 701-356-7926 or by email at

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

Sacraments for the Homebound. 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 701-642-6982 if you know someone who would like to be visited.

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 Residene: 642-4985)