Pray for the ill and for those who have asked for prayers. Please pray for: Richard Loberg, Jacob Petermann, Sammy Sturdevant, 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, 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, Amelia Zimmerman, Donna Olson, Gregory Waite, Diane Shorma, Debbie Flanders, Cindy Packard, Sophia Geray, John Miesen, Ila Leinen, Ardel Kressin, 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.

2018 God’s Gift Appeal Commitment Weekend: Next weekend, February 24th and 25th is Commitment Weekend for the 2018 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.

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.

Thank You to Kelly Larson and the kitchen crew for providing a wonderful meal for St. John’s Mardi Gras. Thank you to the Mardi Gras committee for all the time and work creating our Mardi Gras event. Thank you to the many volunteers who helped set up, worked in the dining room and games and cleaned up. Thank you to everyone who purchased raffle tickets and donated items for the silent auction, games, bake sale and cake walk. Mardi Gras was a great success due to everyone’s participation.

Open House 50th Anniversary Celebration for Carroll and Ruth Quam, Saturday, February 24th, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm in St. John’s Mehok Center.

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.

Studio piano to give away. Contact parish office.

Christian Mothers: Dues of $5 can be sent to Karen Pausch at 720 18th Avenue North in Wahpeton.

Pancake & Sausage Breakfast: All you can eat! Sunday, February 25, 2018, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s School Gym, Breckenridge. Adults $6.50; 12 & Under:$4.00; 5 and Under: Free. Craft and Bake Sale 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.. Sponsored by Human Life Alliance, Richland - Wilkin Pro-Life.

Wanted: Craft items and baked goods for Pro-Life Breakfast on Sunday, February 25, 2018. Items can be brought to St. Mary’s School on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. If you have items you need to have picked up, please call Ann Goerdt at 643-6759.

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 Fifth Grade will lead us at our weekly children’s Mass on Thursday, February 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!
Only one more week to get your Catholic United Financial Raffle ticket which gives 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, 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!
February Events:
      February 16th 9th - no school
      February 23rd - Stations of the Cross at 2:15 pm - Third and Sixth Grade.

SJ Youth News
February 21st - Regular Religious Education

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, February 18th
      KC’s serving breakfast after morning Masses
Monday, February 19th
      No Bible Study
      7:30 pm Charismatic Prayer
Tuesday, February 20th
      3:00 pm Prolife Team Meeting
      4:15 pm Patriotic Rosary
      6:00 pm Soup supper (wild rice) and presentation
Wednesday, February 21st
      3:30 and 7:00 pm Religious Formation
      5:00 pm Finance Committee
      6:00 pm Practice for 9:00 am choir
Thursday, February 22nd
      3:15pm Women’s Cursillo Group
      7:00 pm Pastoral Council
Friday, February 23rd
      2:15 pm and 7:00 pm Stations of the Cross
Sunday, February 25th
      Jamaica Mission team selling Cinnamon and caramel rolls
      4:00 pm Parish Mission Presentation

And Around the Area...
Sunday, February 18th
      3:30 pm Mass in Spanish at St. Anthony’s in Fairmount
Sunday, February 25th
      8:00 am - 1:00 pm Pro-life Breakfast at St. Mary’s
Sunday, March 4th
      11:00 am - 1:00 pm Baked potato and ham dinner at Richland #44 Elementary school in Abercrombie

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

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 - www.stjohns-wahpeton.org 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 S S, Wahpeton on Wednesdays February 7th to April 11th from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Call 642-2811 to make an appointment.

Bringing America Back to Life… join Teresa Tomeo for Lunch! When most people think of the media and its consistent promotion of the culture of death, they sometimes limit the spin to the news media alone. Teresa Tomeo will point out in this eye-opening presentation, how the corruptive campaign promoting abortion, birth control, euthanasia, and sexual promiscuity is insidious. She will also show us the depth of this problem and how we can engage rather than give in to the culture of death. Join Teresa Tomeo for lunch on Monday, February 26th, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at Sts. Anne and Joachim Church in Fargo. Cost is $15/person, pre-registration is required. Registration deadline is February 20th. To register go to: www.fargodiocese.org/respectlife or call 701-356-7910. Sponsored by the Respect Life Office, Diocese of Fargo.

Decora ~ Discover Your Feminine Genius: mind-BODY-soul, a holistic health retreat for *college age and high school women* on Saturday, February 24th at Sts. Anne and Joachim Church in Fargo. “Yes!”” to the truth, beauty, and goodness of. *High school women need to be accompanied by mom or adult female mentor. $5 suggested donation for students and $25 for non-students. For registration and details check out www.bisoncatholic.org. Questions? decorafargo@gmail.com.

Are you looking for a closer relationship with Christ? Are you 16 to 22? Join us for a SEARCH retreat in Valley City on March 2nd - 4th, 2018. Applications are due February 12th. Please see website for more information, www.fargodiocese-search.org.

Retrouvaille - Help for Troubled & Strained Marriages: The next South Dakota Retrouvaille weekend is scheduled for March 16th - 18th, 2018. The weekend will take place at The Abbey of the Hills near Marvin, South Dakota.This is a confidential weekend that offers hope and help for couples to heal and renew their marriage relationship.To register and for general information visit: www.retrouvaille.org or call 605-988-3755. The Abbey of the Hills is a great place and not far and a perfect setting. I highly recommend this opportunity to any couple who is thinking about making one .

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: www.fargodiocese.org/redeemed or call the Office of Marriage and Family Life at (701) 356-7900.

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: findinghopeafterloss@gmail.com; or call 320-980-5368.

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 www.fargodiocese.org/wmof.

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 www.vetcenter.va.gov.

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)