Pray for the ill and for those who have asked for prayers. Please pray for: Tammy Goerger, Dan Humphrey, 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, 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.

Rest in Eternal Peace! † Ila Leinen and † Rebecca Rausch

We need volunteers to assist with arranging flags on the Veteran’s graves at Calvary Cemetery on Thursday, May 24th and to remove the flags on Tuesday, May 29th. If you are able to help, please contact the parish office.

St. John’s Parish is seeking individuals interested in providing food and/or serving at funerals. If you would like to be involved with a neighborhood group to serve for funerals and other parish events, please call the parish office.

MISA EN ESPAÑOL (Mass in Spanish) en la Iglesia de St. Anthony en Fairmount, (204 2nd Street North): una vez en la mes celebramos la misa en español. La próxima misa será el 20 de mayo, a las tres y media de la tarde (3:30 PM). Por mas información llame a Padre Bill al 701-742-2418.

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.

Calvary Cemetery is looking for individuals to assist with trimming. This is a paid position. Please contact the parish office if interested or with questions.

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

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.

St. John's Catholic School is accepting applications for a part-time elementary music teacher for the 2018-2019 school year. Applicants should include letter of interest, resume, 2 letters of recommendation, copy of transcripts and copy of North Dakota teaching license. Apply to or St. John's School, 212 Dakota Avenue, Wahpeton, ND 58075.

SJS School News
Students from Third Grade will lead us at our children’s Mass on Thursday, April 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.
Attention all parishioners! Registration for the 2018-2019 school has begun. If you know a family who is moving to town or contemplating where their children will attend school, please invite them to consider St. John’s School. Your personal contact could be the invitation they are waiting for. All faith denominations are welcome at St. John’s School. Our doors are always open for a tour. Please call 642-6116 for any questions.
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.
April Events:
      May 1st - PTO Meeting and Year in Review DVD
      May 7th - Walk His Way - Annual 5k Walk with St. John’s and St. Mary’s. Everyone welcome!

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April 25th - Regular Religious Formation

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

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!

Happenings at St. Johns...
Sunday, April 22nd
      Jamaica Mission group selling cinnamon / caramel rolls
      3:00 pm Men’s Alphean Chorus
Monday, April 23rd
      No Bible Study
Tuesday, April 24th
      4:15 pm Patriotic Rosary / Adoration (no incense used)
Wednesday, April 25th
      3:30 and 7:00 pm Religious Formation
      6:00 pm Choir practice for 9:00 am Mass
Thursday, April 26th
      3:15 Women’s Cursillo Group
Sunday, April 29th
      12:15 - 4:00 pm Women’s Spring Luncheon and Program

And Around the Area...
Monday, April 23rd
      11:30 am - 6:00 pm Wahpeton Breckenridge Blood Drive at Bethel Lutheran Church. For appointment
      call Judy at 701-642-3922
Saturday, April 28th
      9:00 am - 1:00 pm “A Day of Hope” at Blessed Sacrament Church in Fargo

Abortions are being performed every Wednesday in Fargo at the Red River Women’s Clinic on First Avenue. Become part of the prayer chain that receives a telephone call on the day/days abortions are being performed at this abortion facility. This alert encourages people to pray at the abortion facility or/and in their homes on days abortions are taking place. For more information or to join the prayer chain contact the Pregnancy Help center at 701-356-7979 or 701-284-6601 or go to

Men’s and Women’s Silent Retreats: The Diocese of Fargo will host two Ignatian Retreats this East Season: 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.

Women’s Spring Luncheon and Program:There are only a few days left to register! Women’s Spring Luncheon and Program - Sunday, April 29th, 12:15 - 4:00 pm. Featuring guest speaker Jennifer Anderson, MSW, LICSW Clinical Therapist at Catholic Charities North Dakota. Luncheon in the Mehok Center following the 11:00 am Mass * Goodie bags and door prizes *A unique opportunity to build relationships with women of all ages within our faith communities. Bring a friend with you to share this experience. There is no charge for this event, but free will offerings will be accepted. You can register for this event by filling out a registration form, by calling the parish office at 701-642-6982 or by e-mail

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.

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)