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

Decorating for Easter: Helpers are needed to decorate the church on Saturday, April 20th at 9:00 am. We hope you can stop by to lend a hand.

Parish Communal Penance Service: This Sunday, April 14th, at 4:00 pm and 6:30 pm. In preparation for Easter 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 April 15th, 16th and 17th until all are heard.

Sacraments for the Homebound: Between now and Easter 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.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: On Holy Thursday evening, all of us will be recommissioned just prior to the Blessed Sacrament being taken to the Adoration chapel. Please come to the gathering space after you have received Eucharist, to receive your candle and process back into the church. If you would like to volunteer to distribute Eucharist at any of our Triduum liturgies, or if you have questions, please call the parish office.

On Good Friday our parish will take up the annual Good Friday collection for the Holy Land. Your financial contribution helps to support the struggling Christian community and to protect Christianity’s holiest places. Please be generous.

To view the Lenten Calendar, ckick here.

Update on our Pastor’s health: Thank you for all the prayers and concern when I was hospitalized for some bleeding on my brain which possibly dates back to the trauma I suffered as middle vehicle of a five car accident just after Christmas. My schedule is nearly back to normal. A CT scan scheduled for May 1st will hopefully show the healing progress.
Fr. Dale

Thanks to all our parishioners who have made their gift to the 2019 God’s Gift Appeal. St. John’s is 63% towards our goal of $91,425. If you have not yet made a gift or pledge, please fill out a commitment card located in the gathering space. Please participate in the support of our diocesan church.

MISA EN ESPAÑOL (Mass in Spanish): en la Iglesia de St. Anthony en Fairmount, N.D. (204 2nd Street North): una vez en la mes celebramos la misa en español. La próxima misa será el 12 de mayo, a las tres y media de la tarde (3:30 PM). Por mas información llame a Padre Bill al 701-742-2418.

Are you thinking of your spring projects? Don’t forget SCRIP when you shop for supplies! Check out our participants and order your SCRIP before you begin. There are several options available! And you are helping our St. John’s School.

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
School in session! Monday, April 22nd is a storm makeup day. School will be in session.
There will be no children’s Mass this week. Please join us at the Triduum.
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!
April events:
      April 18th - Seder Meal - Fifth Grade at 9:00 am
      April 19th - Good Friday - No School
      April 22nd - Storm makeup day
      April 30th - PTO meeting at 6:00 pm - DVD slideshow

A special thank you to all who volunteered and attended the “Beat Chef Chuck” fundraiser last Sunday. It was a great success and funds raised will be used for teens attending Steubenville and LEAD this summer.

SJ Youth News
April 17th
- No Religious Formation - Please join us at the Triduum

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, April 14th
      1:30 pm Cantata ““When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”
      4:00 and 6:30 pm Reconciliation
      7:30 pm Last Sunday evening Mass until fall
Monday, April 15th
      7:00 pm Bible Study
      7:00 pm Reconciliation
Tuesday, April 16th
      4:15 pm Patriotic Rosary
      7:00 pm Reconciliation
Wednesday, April 17th
      6:00 pm Choir practice for Easter Vigil
      7:00 pm Reconciliation
Thursday, April 18th
      9:00 am SEDER Meal at St. John’s School
      6:00 pm Potluck Supper
Friday, April 19th
      Parish Office closes at Noon
Saturday, April 20th
      9:00 am Decorating for Easter
Sunday, April 28th
      1:00 - 4:30 pm A Mini Retreat for Women - “Surrender to Divine Mercy”

And Around the Area...
Saturday, April 13th
      3:00 - 9:00 pm Relay for Life - Richland / Wilkin Counties at NDSCS
Tuesday, April 16th
      11:00 am Chrism Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fargo

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.

Retrouvaille: Help for Hurting Marriages: Retrouvaille is an international, peer-run program that has assisted hundreds of thousands of hurting married couples turn the tide, find new hope, and rediscover the love that initially brought them together. Surveys have shown that 3 out of 4 couples who complete the entire program are still married five years later with stronger, healthier marriages. Retrouvaille will be held locally April 26th - 28th in Fargo. Visit www.HelpOurMarriage.com or call (701) 356-7962 to find out more or to register.

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)