Pray for the ill and for those who have asked for prayers. Please pray for: Mary Hill, Romelle Oster family, Jordan Steffens, Richard Loberg, Jacob Petermann, Sammy Sturdevant, Sue Geiger, Dorothy Jorgenson, Sr. Rose Celeste, Kristi Dreher, Casper Listopad, Jane West, Jean Zimmel, Danielle Jenny, MaryAnn Althoff, Jim Karl family, Rhyland Kohlhase, Sabrina Metz, Nadine Steiner, Chris Olsen, Mary Hipp, Thor Uran, Charles Pogemiller, John Barrett, Adly Francesca Jaehning, Don Eichhorn, Helen Hanson, Adriana Adelman, Tim Vetter, Susan Johnson, Shirley Behl, Gary Abel, JoAnne Whicker, Denise Lahn, Doug Loeks, Wayne Krump, Arlo Safratowich, Rita Mauch, Kathy McKinnon, Julie Heying, Gregory Waite, Diane Shorma, Debbie Flanders, Cindy Packard, Sophia Geray, John Miesen, Ila Leinen, 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.

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 18 de marzo, a las tres y media de la tarde (3:30 PM). Por mas información llame a Padre Bill al 701-742-2418.

Please pray for Pope Francis as he celebrated his 5th Anniversary of Election as Pope on Tuesday.

2018 God’s Gift Appeal: Thanks to all our parishioners who have made their gift to the 2018 God’s Gift Appeal. St. John’s is 40% towards our goal of $83,114. 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.

Everyone is welcome to join us Tuesday evening for our final Lenten presentation of Pivotal Catholic Persons. This week we’ll consider Michelangelo who once said, “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” Join us after Mass for a great soup supper hosted by Catholic Daughters.

Parish Communal Penance Service: Next Sundy Palm Sunday, March 25th 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 can not keep this schedule the Sacrament of Reconciliation will also be celebrate at 7:00 pm March 26th, 27th and 28th 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.

Good Friday Stations of the Cross at Fargo abortuary on March 30, 2018: Bishop Folda will lead the faithful in Good Friday Stations of the Cross on March 30th at the Fargo abortuary, 512 First Avenue North, at 10:00 am. Please join us as we commemorate our Lord's Passion and Death, pray for the end to abortion, God's healing mercy upon our nation and all persons affected by an abortion decision. For more information, contact Rachelle at (701) 356-7910.

Holy Week and Easter Sunday ministers are needed. Please call the parish office if you will be able to help.

Parish Lenten Newsletter: Our parish Lenten newsletter has been mailed to St John's parishioners. If you have not received your copy or have misplaced it, click here to view a PDF version of the Lenten newsletter. This is a large file so depending upon you Internet bandwidth connection, this download may take a few seconds to complete.

Join Bishop Robert Barron for a digital Lenten journey. Bishop Barron is offering all his mini-courses and Emmy nominated video series through our parish. It is so easy and hassle free. If you are interested share your cell phone number or email with our parish office and Melissa or Michelle will send you the link through which you can access all the content during Lent. You don’t have to worry about giving your information to an organization. The links come from St. John’s and you can enjoy topics from “Who is God really?” to “Evangelization” and “Untold Blessings”. Please feel free to give us a call with any questions. Click Here to go to Bishop Barron’s Lenten reflections.

Calvary Cemetery: We are looking for individuals to volunteer some time to assist with maintenance at Calvary Cemetery. Please contact the parish office.

Did you know? We have a parish library located in the East Room. Please feel free to check out any books or videos available.

Charismatic Prayer Group: All those interested in living and praying in the Spirit are invited to our new charismatic prayer group on Monday nights at 7:30. Any questions please call Fr Parks at 701-642-6982.

Monday Night Adoration: Do you desire a closer relationship with Jesus? Do you truly love him? If so then you probably want to spend more time with him. We are looking for more people to sign up for an hour with Jesus on Monday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30. We started this hour for those who work during the day and for families to be able to spend an hour with Jesus who blesses greatly those who spend time with Him. Please pray about this and listen to His voice to see if he is calling you to go deeper in your relationship with him. Call Fr Parks if you have any questions or would like to sign up.

Would you lend a hand? If you would be willing to help serve a soup supper during Lent (Tuesdays at 5:45 pm) or clean up after (7:45 or so) , please call the parish office.

Thank You to all who made soup and hosted the Mission last week.

Help Wanted: St. John’s Child Care Center is looking for fun, reliable, professional people who work independently and as a team member. We are in need of full time, part time and substitute employees. No evenings or weekends. Contact the parish office.

SJS School News
Students from all Second Grade will lead us at our children’s Mass on Thursday, March 22nd 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, 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). All faith denominations are welcome! Please encourage your friends and neighbors. 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 20th - PTO meeting & Science fair at 5:30 pm
      March 23rd - Living stations - Sixth graders
      March 29th - Fifth Grade Seder Meal in school gym
      March 30th - Good Friday - No school

SJ Youth News
March 21st - Regular Religious Education
Living Stations: Everyone is welcome to pray the Living Stations with Jamestown Youth’s Mime Group. They will lead us in the Stations next Wednesday March 21st at 7:00 pm in the Church.

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

Happenings at St. Johns...
Saturday, March 17th
      8:00 am - 12 noon Confirmation / Eucharist Retreat
Sunday, March 18th
      Knights of Columbus serving breakfast after morning Masses
Monday, March 19th
      10:00 am Bible Study
      7:30 pm Charismatic Prayer
Tuesday, March 20th
      6:00 pm Soup supper followed by presentation
Wednesday, March 21st
      11:30 am Building and Grounds
      3:30 and 7:00 pm Religious Formation
      6:00 pm Practice for 9:00 am Choir for Holy Week
Thursday, March 22nd
      3:15pm Women’s Cursillo Group
      7:00 pm Pastoral Council
Friday, March 23rd
      2:15 and 7:00 pm Stations of the Cross
Saturday, March 24th
      7:30 pm Easter Cantata “The Day He Wore My Crown”
Sunday, March 25th
      1:30 pm Easter Cantata “The Day He Wore My Crown”
      4:00 and 6:30 pm Communal Reconciliation

And Around the Area...
Sunday, March 18th
      3:30 pm Spanish Mass at St. Anthony’s in Fairmount
Sunday, March 25th
      11:30 am - 1:00 pm Spring Dinner at St. Olaf in Elbow Lake, Minnesota

St. John’s Parish has Online Giving. We are so grateful for all who contribute to our parish and for all who would like to lend their regular support. If you would be willing to start making use of this service, check out the link on our parish website - and click our Online Giving link. When you participate, your gift will be securely transferred directly into the parish bank account and you won’t have to remember to write a check or stop by the ATM on Sundays! If you have any questions contact Pat or Betsy in the parish office. A great way to remember St. John’s Church when you are away from home!

What if you knew where all of your money was going each month? What if you were debt-free, investing and making wise spending decisions? With Dave Ramsey’s class Financial Peace University, you CAN take control of your money and start planning for your future. If you’re interested in learning more about the class contact St. John’’s Parish, Renee Langenwalter or Brent Muehlberg! Because we’re offering it at St. John’s just for you starting in March.

Need tax assistance? AARP Tax Aide provides free tax help to middle and low income taxpayers; especially seniors 60 and older. Tax preparers are at the Wahpeton Community Center, 304 5th Street South, Wahpeton on Wednesdays until April 11th from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Call 642-2811 to make an appointment.

Beginning Experience: Fergus Falls Support Group for divorced, widowed or separated. Coping with Life Alone, 10 week sessions begins March 19th with registration at 6:30 pm at Zion Church. For more information call 218-998-4300.

Attention Young Adults! FM i.d. 9:16 April Disciples Night is coming up on Thursday, April 5th from 6:00 -8:30 pm at Nativity Church. Our live stream speaker this month is Sr. Miriam James Heidland. She will be sharing her conversion story. FM i.d.9:16 exists to form young adults into intentional disciples of Jesus Christ.We are in our 20’s & 30’s, single, married, with or without kids. Childcare available! Find more information and RSVP today at

Redeemed 2018: Bishop John Folda invites all the faithful of the Diocese of Fargo to join him on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Scheels Arena and Shanley High School for the REDEEMED 2018 Conference. Theme of this conference is “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name: you are mine.”
Isaiah 43:1. Adults and youth will gather at Scheels Arena to hear dynamic speakers such as Dr. Edward Sri, Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak, and Nic Davidson (Youth program) as they inspire and equip us in vibrantly and joyfully living out our faith. Internationally renowned Cat. Chat for Kids and Magician Jeffrey Salveson will host the children’s program at Shanley High School. The day will also feature Mass with Bishop Folda, opportunities for confessions and a Family Dance by the Front Fenders. Early registration is only $25 – adults, $15 ages 15-17 with a Family Maximum of $100 - with early registration by March 18th. For more information or to register, visit: or call the Office of Marriage and Family Life at (701) 356-7900.

Men’s and Women’s Silent Retreats: The Diocese of Fargo will host two Ignatian Retreats this East Season: Men’s Retreat, April 19th - 22nd, and Women’s Retreat, April 26th - 29th. Come and encounter Jesus Christ using the time-honored methods of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Daily Conferences will touch on topics such as Ignatian methods of prayer the necessity of silence, and the Rules of Discernment of Spirits. Both retreats will be directed by Fr. Andrew Jasinski and held at the Franciscan Retreat and Conference Center, Hankinson. Retreatants will be required to observe silence throughout the weekend. Cost $275. Registration deadlines: April 9th (men’s) and April 16th (women’s). To register, visit: If you have any questions, contact Ashley in the Office of Evangelization at 701-356-7908 or e-mail:

A Day of Hope: On Saturday, April 28th, Finding Hope Ministry will be hosting a Day of Hope. All women who have been affected by the loss of a child whether through miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss are invited. Moms, grandmas, aunts, friends, etc. are welcome. Participants will be assembling grief baskets that will be given to loss parents throughout the coming year. Lunch provided. No cost. 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. For more information and to register contact Katie Eskro:; or call 320-980-5368.

Retreat at St. Anthony's in Fargo: Immaculee Ilibagiza, New York Times best-selling author of Left to Tell; Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Genocide will be leading a retreat at St. Anthony's in Fargo on May 4th and 5th of 2018. Tickets are $57 for one person or $76 for one and a guest. They may be purchased on-line at by clicking on shop / events.You may also register by contacting Joe Hendrickx at St. Anthony's at 701-237-6063. Contact Joe or Brian Herding at 701-520-3539 with any questions. This retreat will stir your heart!

World Meeting of Families 2018 in Ireland: Join in the Diocese of Fargo pilgrimage to Ireland for World Meeting of Families. The trip will be August 16th – 27th, 2018, will include visits to historic sites in Ireland, including the gravesite of Fr. Peter Hughes, and culminate in the World Meeting of Families conference. (Pope Francis has not yet confirmed, but the pope has traditionally attended the Festival of Families and celebrated the closing Mass.) For more information, visit

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.

The Gathering - a post abortion care group, meets monthly. Project Rachel offers a post-abortion care group that meets on the 4th Monday of every month at a Fargo location. Women who have begun their healing journey either through the Sacrament of Reconciliation or a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat come together at a designated location to pray and share about the specific issues related to post abortion healing. These monthly gatherings consist of a half-hour prayer time followed by a share discussion. Confidential registration required.register and learn location of meetings, please call 844-789-4829.

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

Calling all young adults ages 18 and older to the next World Youth Day pilgrimage which will be held in Panama City from January 20th - 28th, 2019. It is not too early to begin planning.Hop on board and join the Diocese of Fargo Youth and Young Adult Ministry Department for a trip to Panama City. Current price is $3,550 but could come down depending on airline ticket price and World Youth Day fees. Please contact Kathy at 701-356-7902 for a brochure and for questions regarding this World Youth Day tour. Deadline to register is November 15, 2017 with a filled out application and $1,000 deposit per person traveling.

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)