Please pray for the ill and for those who have asked for prayers. Please pray for: Gregory Herding, Diane Mauch, Keith Peschel, Darlyn Weber, Jerry Shannon, Neil LaBure, Sister Ann Marie Friederichs, Dale Mattson, Jonathan Perez, Dennis LaVoie, Terry Wieser, Casper Listopad, Wayne Jelinek, Patrick Sawyer, Jeff McKinnon, Mary Meyer, Leo Althoff, Jane West, Tammy Goerger, 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, 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 our sick is a Spiritual Work of Mercy for us all. Please notify our office if a name needs to be listed or removed.
Rest in Eternal Peace!
      + Paulette Hoeft, former daughter in law of Mary Jane Pauly

Next weekend, February 22nd - 23rd is Commitment weekend for the 2020 God’s Gift Appeal. Please bring the personalized commitment card you received in the mail to Mass with you as we join together to support our Catholic Church.

Mardi Gras: Next Sunday, February 23rd will mark our 24th Annual Mardi Gras. This is a parish celebration with a dinner, carnival games, bake sale, theme basket auction and raffle, all providing an afternoon of fun. Volunteers are needed. We are looking for help with our parish Mardi Gras celebration. Please use the sign up sheets in the Church Gathering Space. There are many opportunities to assist with Mardi Gras. We need everyone’s help to create a successful Mardi Gras. Please bring your Mardi Gras raffle tickets to the parish office or deposit them in the Sunday collection by Monday, February 17th. Please remember to fill in your name, address and phone number on the ticket stub. We are also in need of baked goods for our bake sale and cake walk, theme basket items and bottles for bottle lotto. If you have any questions please contact the parish office

Adoration: Monday - none scheduled, Tuesday - 4:15 - 5:15 pm, Wednesday - 8:00 am - 11:30 am, Thursday - 2:00 - 3:00 pm, Friday - 8:00 am - 9:00 am

A host home is needed for our Parish Mission. We are seeking 4 bedrooms for March 3rd & 4th. Please call Michelle at the parish office if you can help.

Want to learn how to make a Cord Rosary? A lesson is set for Monday, March 9th at 6:30 pm in the East Room.

Cold and Flu season have arrived! It is quite acceptable to bow towards someone instead of shaking their handthe Sign of Peace.

Stop at St. John’s to pick up your SCRIP cards or Sign up on line at www.Shopwithscrip.com. Use code: 62CC7L756421

Searching for a new Youth Coordinator: St. John’s Catholic Church in Wahpeton is a vibrant parish of approximately 900 households. St. John’s is looking for a full time Youth Director coordinating parish youth formation leading the youth to encounter Christ. Qualified candidates must be practicing Catholics leading a sacramental life having effective communication skills and willingness to work collaboratively. Interested individuals may contact the Search Committee at: 701-642-6982. To apply please email a cover letter and resume to: dale.lagodinski@fargodiocese.org . Application deadline is Monday, April 20, 2020.

St. Catherine’s has a new resident due to the fire at Elim in Fargo. Unfortunately he lost everything in the fire. We are seeking a donation of a guitar which would greatly aid his wellness. If you could help, please contact Pam Meyer at St. Catherine’s 642-6667.

Pro-life and Pro-Women go together. Abortion hurts women. If you are struggling with guilt, depression, regret, you are not alone. Project Rachel Ministries is a post-abortion healing ministry of the Diocese of Fargo. For confidential referrals to trained priests, counselors, retreats and support groups contact Project Rachel Ministries: 844-789-4829 or go to projectrachelfargo.org. February 18th - 3:00 pm Prolife Team will be meeting.

Do you sense that something's missing in your life? Do you feel that if you weren't so busy you would be happier, healthier, more effective, more fulfilled, and maybe even a better person? Come to a Welcome Weekend! It's an incredible experience that will help you discover what's missing in your life and what to do about it. Whether you want to connect with other men and women, improve your prayer life or just take a break from the craziness of your everyday, you will find what you are looking for - and more. Men's Welcome weekend will be February 29th and March 1st. Women's Welcome weekend is March 7th & 8th. Both are hosted at St. John's Church in Wahpeton. To register or for more information, please call Wayne Gapp (701-265-2159), Moriah Herding (701-429-0854), Anne Stav (640-6486) or the church office 642-6982.

SJS School News
• Students from Fourth Grade will lead us at our children’s Mass on Thursday, February 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!
• Catholic United Financial Raffle are available now! 100% of the proceeds for each $5 ticket will stay at St. John’s School.could turn $5 into a brand new Buick Encore or $20,000 cash! Many other great prizes will be awarded. Tickets will be sold after Masses. Don’t miss your chance to win! Get your tickets now!
• 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 Sixth Grade).Registration for the 2020 - 2021 school year has begun and class sizes are limited.Your personal contact may be the invitation they are waiting for. Please encourage your friends and neighbors to check out our school.All faith denominations are welcome! If you have questions, please call 642-6116. Our doors are always open for a tour.

February Events:
   February 17th - No School

SJ Youth News
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* Steubenville: Only 6 spots left. Scholarships Available. Contact Michelle to register. First come. First served.

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 Amazon.com. 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 https://smile.amazon.com/ch/45-0227392 and login to your Amazon account, St. John’s Church will automatically be selected to receive donations from eligible purchases on Amazon.com. After your selection, a percentage of all your purchases at Amazon.com will be donated to St. John’s Church. Please contact the parish office at 701-642-6982, if you have any questions.

Happenings at St. John's
Sunday, February 16th
      Knights of Columbus serving breakfast after morning Masses
      3:30 pm - Spanish Mass
Monday, February 17th
      10:00 am - Bible Study
      6:30 pm - Men’s Welcome
Tuesday, February 18th
      3:00 pm - Pro-Life Team Meeting
      4:15 pm - Patriotic Rosary
      6:00 pm - Why Catholic?
Wednesday, February 19th
      11:30 am Building and Grounds Committee
      3:30 pm - Religious Formation Grades 1 - 5
      5:00 pm - Mardi Gras Committee
      5:30 pm - Family Supper and Open Gym Grades 6 - 12
      7:00 pm - Religious Formation & Life Teen Grades 6 - 12
Thursday, February 20th
      3:15 pm Women’s Cursillo Group
      7:00 pm Third Grade Parent and Student Meeting
Sunday, February 23rd
      MARDI GRAS!

And Around the Area...
Friday, February 28th
      4:30 - 8:00 pm - Annual Fish Fry at St. Gall’s in Tintah, Minnesota

Theology on Tap for Young Adults 21 & Up is Sunday, February 23rd at Fargo Brewing Company (610 North University, Fargo). 5:00 pm Social Hour with free Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Chips and Salad. 6:00 pm Guest Speaker Jonathon Spaid (FOCUS Team Director at NDSU) presentation, "St. Augustine - A talk about conversion, friendship, finding your true self, and moms". For more info, contact Jeff Benda jeffinfargo@gmail.com.

Haverim - Men’s Fellowship: In Jesus’ day disciples did not just have a rabbi to mentor them. They had each other. Their formation was not just about a one-on-one relationship between rabbi and disciple. Rather, a disciple was immersed in a community with fellow disciples, friends (called haverim in Hebrew). These were men who were striving for a common goal and helping each other to get there. The Bible says that “iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another” Proverbs 27:17. Similarly, we need fellow disciples in our lives so we can be sharpened by their own example and pursuit of Christ. Why not join other men of our parish who meet every other Sunday evening and spend an hour together. The evening begins at 6:30 with prayer, followed by a short film or teaching and then a time of fellowship, concluding at 7:30, with the opportunity to attend Sunday evening Eucharist.
Haverim Men’s Fellowship Schedule - 6:30 in the Mehok Center
      * Sunday, February 23rd*
      * Sunday, March 8th
Dates will be published in the Sunday Bulletin

Blood Drive: How can you do something in less that an hour that will save lives? The answer is to donate blood! St. Catherine's in Wahpeton, 1307 7th Street North, is having a Blood Drive on Monday, March 2nd, 11:45 - 6:00. Walk in, or for faster service, make an appointment, 701-642-6667. Be a donor. Save a life.

Save The Date! March 4, 2020, St. John’s Lenten Concert Mission - “Emerging from the Desert, Leaning on Christ” - Aly Aleigha

Try a Cursillo weekend! Hankinson, Men’s weekend - March 5th - 8th, Hankinson, Women’s weekend - March 12th - 15th, Contact: Aaron Morman 701-640-1281 or Leo Gregoire 701-642-9477.

Is God calling you to the Secular Franciscan Order? The rule and life of the Secular Franciscan is to observe the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ by following the example of St. Francis of Assisi, who made Christ the inspiration and center of his life with God and people. Secular Franciscans live in the world, and their primary sphere of activity and influence is in the ordinary events of daily life: in their families, communities, workplaces, and parishes.
We are off to a good start here in the Fargo area, with the enthusiastic approval and blessing of Bishop John Folda, and with formation assistance from the Secular Franciscan Order Fraternity in Grand Forks. We meet on the first Sunday of the month. If you are interested and would like to come and see, we invite you to our next meeting, Sunday, March 1, 2:00 pm, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 2711 7th Street., West Fargo, ND.
Contacts: Geraldine Cariveau (701) 235 - 9192 geraldinecariveau@outlook.com, Bradley Steen cell and text: (701)219-3424

Women’s Redeemed Conference 2020: Trusted Sisters, Friday and Saturday, March 27th - 28th, Fargo Avalon Events Center. What does authentic sisterhood in Christ look like? All of us desire a sense of community. We desire friendships where we can be strengthened and provide support for one another. A community of trusted sisters. This year's women's conference delves into what it looks like to live as a beloved daughter of the Father while growing in love as trusted sisters of one another. The conference begins Friday evening with adoration and confession, with music and testimonies led by The Vigil Project. Saturday will include keynotes, (Dr. Helen Alvare, Dr. James Link, Nell O’Leary) time to meet with other women and Mass with Bishop Folda. Concludes with a social. Space is limited. Registration required. FargoDiocese.org/RedeemedWomen or 701-356-7900. Early bird registration discount ends March 1st.

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.

Reminder: Even though the snow is covering up the blue paint, the first 2 parking spaces next to the church as well as in the first row of parking are Handicapped parking spaces. Please leave them for those in our church family who need the handicap spaces.

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.

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.

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 Residence: 642-4985)