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

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

Why Catholic! Taught By Fr. Tony: This is open to everyone who wishes to learn more about our Catholic traditions and faith. Instructions begin Sundays this October at 6:00 pm.

RCIA: If you or someone you know is considering joining the Catholic Church, contact Fr. Tony Welle at 701-642-6982 or .

St. John's Parish Fall Newsletter: Click Here

Rest in Eternal Peace!
          † Dave Dozak

Soon to be Married: Please keep in your prayers the following couples to be married at St. John’s.
          * Samantha Hughes & Blaze Smith
          * Sami Hasbargen & Taylor Heintz
          * Baylee Wilson & Chase Julson

Adoration: What do you love? What do you find difficult? Have you had an experience you would like to share? Testimony is one of the best forms of evangelization. We would love to hear from you and share a few of your words in the upcoming bulletins. Jot it down and bring it to Connie Brandt or Melissa Schroeder at the parish office.

Our parking lot is striped and ready for use! We are so grateful for all who are continuing their donations and for those who will join because our project is not quite finished. We still need two basketball hoops, parking bumpers, and a perimeter fence at the south and east property lines. Thanks be to God for all who have been so generous!

No More Bats! As of Wednesday, September 18th, we have nearly $2,500 promised to our bat removal fund. We have $6,500 to go! And the clock of optimal time to do the work this year is ticking. So, if you have a concern about the bat situation and are able to help us get rid of the church bats, now is the time.. Our challenge is that this is not in our budget. However, I am willing to bet that there are enough folks who truly hate the bat experience at Mass that we could quickly come up with the needed cash. Since this project must begin in weeks, can we make this happen? Please contact the parish office or send your check as soon as possible. Make it out to “Saint John’s Church” with a note “Bat Removal”. If we have enough donors in these next days, we are hopefully on our way to bat free Masses!

9:00 am Choir rehearsal will start on Wednesday, September 18th at 6:00 pm. We will sing at the 9:00 Mass on September 22nd. New voices are welcome! If you cannot make it to all the practices, come when you can and sing with us on Sundays! We are just a group of people that enjoy singing and giving praise to God, so please come and join us! If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Goerger at 439-2895.

The 40 Days for Life North Dakota campaign is Wednesday, September 25th through November 3rd in Fargo. Once again St. John’s Parish members will pray in front of the Fargo Red River Women’s Facility every Friday from 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm to end abortion in our state. A sign up chart is in the gathering space. This is a peaceful and prayerful event. St John’s Pro Life Team will be serving rolls and coffee after the 9:00 am Mass on September 22nd. Free will offering.

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.

If you would be willing to help? We need help to set up, serve, clean up or provide food to our neighbors when they have a funeral. If interested, please call the Parish Office.

Third Grade Parent Meeting will be held Tuesday September 24th at 7:00 pm in the Mehok Center. For parents with children who will be confirmed this spring. If you have any questions or a student older than Third Grade that has not been confirmed, please call Michelle at the parish office.

SJS School News
It’s Here! World’s Finest Chocolate! St. John’s Students in grades 2 - 6 will be selling your favorite chocolate once again! Please contact any student in grades 2 - 6 or call the school and we’ll help you get some yummy treats! As always, we appreciate your support!
Students from Sixth Grade will lead us at our children’s mass on Thursday, September 26th at 1:00 pm. We invite all our parents, grandparents, friends and parishioners to join us. The children and staff truly appreciate your support!
Garden Produce: If God has blessed you with an abundance of fresh fruit or vegetables, the school kitchen would be glad to accept any donations. Please call the school.
Don’t forget to save your BoxTops, and Our Family labels. Box Tops is going digital! Down load the app, sign up and start earning $$$ the easy way for St. John's School. It's so easy!
Can’t download the app? Let us take care of it!!in your receipts from Econofoods, Wal-Mart, Costco, Target or Sam’s Club within 10 days of the date of your purchase and let us scan them for you. Drop them off at the school or parish office and we’ll take care of the rest!truly appreciate your support!
If any parishioner would like to renew / purchase a magazine for yourself or as a gift, please call the school office at 642-6116.

October Events:
     October 4th   Blessing of the Pets, 2:30 pm
     October 10th - Board of Ed, St. John's School Break Room, 5:00 pm
     October 17th & 18th - NDEA - No School
     October 21st & 22nd - Parent / Teacher Conferences

SJ Youth News
Sign Up!
Cinnamon Roll Sunday - September 29th - Our first cinnamon roll Sunday will be next week. We are still in need of baking and frosting helpers. Contact Melissa or use the sign up genius to sign up:
October 12th: The High School Extravaganza, grades 9 - 12, at St. Catherine’s School and Parish in Valley City. Theme this event is “Be a Witness” 2:32. Special keynote speaker, Justin Faticafrom New York State and Hard as Nails Ministry. He is bringing his young adult missionaries to speak to our teens and to pray over them…very powerful sessions! Mass with Bishop Folda and a great dance with DJ Paul Braun! Cost is $40/student $20/chaperone.Register with Melissa no later than Friday, September 27th.
Registrations are available for our annual ValleyScare trip on October 5th. Grades 6 - 12. Space is limited. Contact Melissa if you are able to chaperone.
A group of parents would like to start a Bible / Book study Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm. Drop your student off for Youth Group and stay for the study or just come join the discussion. Everyone is welcome! Please sign up in the Gathering Space or email Michelle at the parish office. See you Wednesday evening.
The success of our program depends on our volunteers, Thank you to those that step up to help us every week. Contact Melissa or Michelle if you are wondering how you can help.

At Home With The Word is your guide to a deeper understanding of the Sunday scriptures. It provides the reading for the liturgical year, along with insights from scripture scholars. You may purchase the 2020 At Home With the Word in the parish office for only $10.00.

Prayer Chain: If anyone has a prayer request, please call Lorraine Wieser at 642-5062 to start the prayer chain.

Area Daily Mass Schedules:
St. Mary’s in Breckenridge has Daily Mass on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 8:00 am. Daily Mass is at 7:00 am at the Carmelite Monastery.

Prayer, The Great Spiritual Battle - A Mini Retreat for Men and Women: Guest Speaker is Fr. Chris Markman. Sunday, October 20, 2019 from 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm at St. John’s Catholic Church, Wahpeton. To register for this Mini Retreat, pick up Registration form at St. John’s Church; Call Parish Office at 701-642-6982 or email .

Happenings at St. John's
Sunday, September 22nd
     Barn Blast, Mooreton
Monday, September 23rd
     10:00 am Bible Study
     6:30 pm - Women’’s Welcome
Tuesday, September 24th
     4:15 pm Patriotic Rosary
     7:00 pm - Third Grade parent confirmation meeting
Wednesday, September 25th
     3:30 pm - Gr. 1-5 Religious Education
     7:00 pm - Gr. 6-12 Religious Education & LifeTeen
Thursday, September 26th
     3:15 Women’s Cursillo Group
     7:00 - Pastoral Council
Sunday, September 29th
     Cinnamon Roll Sunday

And Around the Area...
Wednesday, September 25th
     Hot Dish Supper, Bake and Craft Sale, St. Olaf Catholic Church, Elbow Lake, MN
Sunday, October 20th
     1:00 pm - 4:30 pm   Prayer, The Great Spiritual Battle Retreat - St. John's, Wahpeton

Catholic Charities Sunday is September 28th - 29th: Pregnancy Services. Catholic Charities provides decision-making counseling, parenting education and preparation, adoption education and planning, qualified adoptive families, community referrals and services for both expectant mothers and fathers. Services are free, confidential, and open to all faiths. Should you consider parenting? Adoption? It is our hope that no woman would have to walk this journey alone, that every woman would know that choosing life for her baby can lead to beautiful possibilities. Our compassionate social workers will assist clients in working through any fears, concerns or questions they may have as they explore their parenting and adoption options. We are available to assist you in making the best plan for you and your baby by getting to know you and your hopes for the future!

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 on October 11th - 13th, 2019 in Fargo. For more information visit or contact us at (701) 356-7962 or via email at

Please join us in praying for our nation on October 12, 2019 at 12 noon. The local public square rosary Rally will take place at the sidewalk south side of St. John’s Church in Wahpeton, on Dakota Avenue. Please contact the Rosary Rally captain, Lucille Krump, at 218-643-3847, for more information. As we all know, the United States is in great need of public prayer, repentance and conversion. We must ask God to save America through the Rosary of His Most Holy Mother.

Food Donations for Food Shelf: Our parish collects food for the Wilkin Richland Food Pantry. Please remember to bring your 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.

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

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)