Pray for the ill and for those who have asked for prayers. Please pray for: Sue Geiger, Tim Lock, Dorothy Jorgenson, Sr. Rose Celeste, Kristi Dreher, Casper Listopad, Ben Jacobs, Jane West, Jean Zimmel, Danielle Jenny, MaryAnn Althoff, Jim Karl family, Rhyland Kohlhase, Sabrina Metz, Marlet Schultz, Nadine Steiner, Chris Olsen, Mary Hipp, Cheryl Klosterman, Thor Uran, Charles Pogemiller, Kathy Schmit, 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, Amelia Zimmerman, Donna Olson, Gregory Waite, Diane Shorma, Debbie Flanders, Cindy Packard, Sophia Geray, John Miesen, Ila Leinen, Ardel Kressin, Theresa Thompson, Agnes Railing, Marilyn Basore, Mary Busta, James Parow, Hayden Asche, 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.
Thank You! A special thank you to all who came and helped take down the Christmas decorations. Many hands made for quick work.

Please keep Fr. Dale in your prayers. He will be away from the parish until January 18th.

Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship: Boys and Girls ages 9 - 14 will be this Sunday, Janary14th at 12:30 pm in St. John’s School Gym.

Mardi Gras: Sunday, February 11th is the date for our parish annual Mardi Gras celebration. We will serve a wonderful meal in the Mehok center along with games, bake sale, theme basket silent auction and a raffle. You should have received a letter in the mail this past week from the Mardi Gras committee, containing raffle tickets for your family to sell and suggestions of various ways you and your family can help support Mardi Gras. If you did not receive a letter, please contact the parish office.

Misa En ESPAÑOL (Mass in Spanish) en la Iglesia de St. Anthony en Fairmount, ND (204 2nd Street North): una vez en la mes celebramos la misa en español. La próxima misa será el 18 de febrero, a las tres y media de la tarde (3:30 PM). Por mas información llame a Padre Bill al 701-742-2418.

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 part time and substitute employees. No evenings or weekends. Contact the parish office.

SJS School News
Students from Second Grade will lead us at our children’s Mass on Thursday, January 18th at 1:00 pm. We invite all our parents, grandparents, friends and parishioners to join us. The children and staff truly appreciate your support!
The Catholic United Financial Raffle returns to St. John’s School, giving you the opportunity to turn $5 into a brand new car or $20,000 in cash while supporting your favorite Catholic school. Contact any St. John’s School student or call the school at 642-6116 to get your tickets now!
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). 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.
Please save your Our Family labels and Box Tops. You may bring them to the school or drop off at the church office. We are able to get many great supplies for our classrooms with the points earned. Thank you for your continued support of our school!
January events:
      January 15th - No School
      January 28th - February 3rd - Catholic Schools Week

SJ Youth News
January 17th - Regular Religious Education
A teacher is needed to take over our Second Grade religious education class since she’s expecting a baby. A teacher’s aid is available to help you. If you would consider helping us complete the rest of the year, please call Michele at the parish office.

The U.S. bishops' annual novena 9 Days for Life takes place Thursday, January 18th - Friday, January 26th. Pray for the respect and protection of all human life with new intentions, brief reflections, and more each day. Download the novena online, or participate through Facebook, email, text message, or an app. Join at!

A Time of Prayerful Remembrance and Intercession to be held January 20th and 28th. Two churches in the Fargo Diocese will be offering a Time of Prayerful Remembrance and Intercession as our nation marks the 45th Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade abortion decision on January 22nd. This is a time for the faithful to gather in prayer and intercession on behalf of our nation, seeking forgiveness and healing in God's merciful love. The hidden wounds of abortion affect each of us either directly or indirectly. Whether it be one's neighbor, co-worker, friend, relative, maybe oneself... as a community we have all been touched. The prayer service will include intercessory prayers, Eucharistic Adoration, Sacrament of Reconciliation and Mass. A light meal will be served after Mass, Saturday, January 20th from 9:00 am to Noon at St. John Church 115 North 2nd St., Wahpeton. For more information contact Connie: 701-642-4312 Sunday, January 28th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm at St. Stanislaus Church 6098 County Road 4, Warsaw. For more info contact Mary Pat: 701-248-3077.

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

Happenings at St. Johns...
Sunday, January 14th
      Men’s Welcome Group breakfast after morning Masses
      5:30 pm RCIA
Monday, January 15th
      10:00 am Bible Study
Tuesday, January 16th
      4:15 pm Patriotic Rosary
      7:00 pm Third Grade parent meeting for Confirmation
Wednesday, January 17th
      11:30 am Building and grounds
Thursday, January 18th
      3:15pm Women’s Cursillo Group
Saturday, January 20th
      9:00 am - noon Morning of remembrance
Sunday, January 21st
      KC’s serving breakfast after morning Masses
Wednesday, January 24th
      5:30 pm Family Supper hosted by the Seventh Grade RE students

And Around the Area...
Sunday, February 18th
      3:30 pm Mass in Spanish at St. Anthony’s in Fairmount

The 9:00 am Choir will practice the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 6:00 pm.

Men of St John’s: Brothers, do you want tomorrow to be better than today? Are you willing to do what it takes to become a better man for yourself, your family and those around you? You are invited to take the RISE 30 Day Challenge with Chris Stefanick and Bill Donaghy beginning January 15th with a 5 minute daily video. Pre-registration is needed at This link also offers more information. The next challenge begins February 14th.

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.

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!

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)