Please pray for the ill and for those who have asked for prayers. Please pray for: Woody Caspers, Mark Fuller, Eric Paul, Bobbie Batesole, Shirley Mahrer, Diane Mauch, Keith Peschel, Darlyn Weber, Jerry Shannon, Neil LaBure, Sister Ann Marie Friederichs, Dale Mattson, Jonathan Perez, Dennis LaVoie, Terry Wieser, Casper Listopad, Wayne Jelinek, Patrick Sawyer, Jeff McKinnon, Mary Meyer, Jane West, Dan Humphrey, Mary Hill, Jordan Steffens, Jacob Petermann, Sammy Sturdevant, Fr. Katanga, Sr. Rose Celeste, Kristi Dreher, Jean Zimmel, Danielle Jenny, MaryAnn Althoff, Jim Karl family, Rhyland Kohlhase, Sabrina Metz, Nadine Steiner, Thor Uran, Charles Pogemiller, John Barrett, Adly Francesca Jaehning, Don Eichhorn, Helen Hanson, Adriana Adelman, Tim Vetter, Susan Johnson, Gary Abel, JoAnne Whicker, Denise Lahn, Arlo Safratowich, 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 our sick is a Spiritual Work of Mercy for us all. Please notify our office if a name needs to be listed or removed.
The Memorial Day Mass will be held at St. John’s Church this year at 8:00 am Monday, May 25th.

Parish Office will be closed Memorial Day..

Coronavirus Precautions: The spread of this virus is real and now in North Dakota. As of now we will continue our regular schedule of Masses and meetings. However we recommend that each person must be responsible for their own health decisions. Below are some recommendations.
      - This is a virus infection, not a bacterial infection. Bacterial soaps etc. do not kill it. Wash hands regularly
       rubbing with hands with soap is effective. The friction of rubbing hands decreases the presence of the virus.
      - Avoid touching your face.
      - When you cough, always cover mouth with handkerchief or cough into elbow.
      - Avoid touching others.
      - At the Sign of Peace at Mass, acknowledge others, but avoid shaking hands.
      - Receiving the Body of Christ in your hand can be safer than receiving the Host on your tongue.
If you are concerned about drinking from the cup of Precious Blood, simply bow reverently and move on. The Lord is fully present if you receive just the Body of Christ or if you receive the just the Blood of Christ or if you receive both. The choice is always yours to make.
      -Anyone who has reason to wonder about their health because of recent exposure to others who have
       returned from infected areas should not be in the close presence of others.
      -If you feel any ill effects, stay home and away from others for two weeks, just in case

Church Services during the Coronavirus Pandemic:.
All Catholics of the Fargo Diocese are dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass. Although we are not obligated to go to Mass at this time, Catholics who are in good health are encouraged to attend Sunday Mass if they are able. You are asked to bring your own masks and personal sanitizer supply with you when you attend Mass. This is for the good of those around you.
Because pews will be limited for social distance, Saint John’s Church will only be able accommodate approximately 125 people. Members of the same household may sit next to each other.
At communion time, notice that the floor will be marked to help you keep a 6 foot distance from the person in line ahead of you.
Again, those who are older and anyone feeling ill should stay at home.
Live stream Masses will continue for all those who are unable to attend Mass.
Confessions will be Saturdays at 4:00 pm in the prking lot and behind the plastic screens in the church.
Father Dale can be reached at 701-899-3278.
Let us pray for each other in these challenging times.

Sunday Mass with restrictions
1. Masks are required at Mass - Please put the mask on in the car before entering the church, do not remove until you are outside the building. If you forgot a mask, we have a limited number available.
2. Keep social distance (6 feet) from the person next to you.
3. Use every other pew. No singing. Follow usher’s directions.
4. Members of the same household may sit in pew next to each other.
5. Please put your offering in basket at baptismal font (no baskets will be passed).
6. Going to Holy Communion, keep social distance in line (6 feet), only removing mask just before you put out your hands for Communion
     - Go to communion using only the side aisles keeping as close to the wall as possible
     - Return from receiving Communion using only the center aisle staying in the middle of the aisle
     - Receive Holy Communion in the hand only.
7. Exit Mass single file keeping social distance. (Keeping distance from person kneeling in pew)

Pray with us: If you are unable to join Fr. Dale and Fr. Tony for daily mass! Watch ‘live’ or past videos on Facebook or YouTube. Click Here to view on Facebook or Click Here to view on YouTube.

Congratulations to Our Graduates
St. John’s School - Kindergarten: Addison Barton,Grayson Cory, Liam Dohman, Adalynne Friday, Owen Heger, Millie Holubok, Axel Mauch, Lyla Mauch, Emmett Nordick, Lyara Pausch, Pyper Puchalski, Avery Schanilec, Siddalee Schillinger, Claire Schmit, Asher Steffens, Samuel Trom and Trey Woods.
St. John’s School - Grade 6: Myah Anderson, William Berge, Hunter Boelke, Ryan Braun, Madeline Graves, Aidan Hendrickson, Emilee Hettwer, Emma Hornstein, Emma Klein, Nicole Klosterman, Claire Langenwalter, Jenna Lewis, Mason Mauch, Michael Petersen, Wyatt Stav, Brayden Steffens and Ashlyn Wohlers
Wahpeton High School: Taylor Boll, Cassandra DeVillers, Isaac Getz, Jayden Kaehler, Jesse Kruse,
Austin Mangalaw, Blake Matejcek, Jacob Petermann, Wauker Spanel, Alexandra Speidel, Madalyn Storo, Jade Thom, Josselyne Valencia, Hunter Wamre, Christopher Weber, Thomas Withuski and Isaac Wohlers
Breckenridge High School: Andrew Teberg

Adoration: Monday: none scheduled, Tuesday: 4:15 - 5:15 pm, Wednesday: 8:00 - 11:30 am, Thursday - 8:00 - 9:00 am and Friday - 8:00 - 9:00 am

Rest in Eternal Peace
        + Patricia Ward, wife of Ray
        + Rita Mauch, mother of Ron, Wayne, Jim, Paul

Thank you Wayne! We are eternally grateful to Wayne Steiner for live streaming Mass during the stay at home order. We would like to continue offering this opportunity and so are seeking more volunteers to assist in live streaming Mass for St John's. Wayne has graciously offered training. Please call the parish office or Wayne.

Lectors, Ushers and Greeters: Now that we have started our Sunday Masses, we will need your help getting back to scheduling. Please let the parish office know your availability to minister by calling 701-642-6982 or emailing pkeaveny@702com.net. We understand that some will not be returning to Masses at this time so we do not want to put you on the schedule if it does not work for you.

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: www.stjohns-wahpeton.org 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.

Happenings at St. John’s:


If you are interested in buying SCRIP, please call ahead and we will make arrangements.

St. John'a School News
Have a great summer!
• Scrip will be available at the church office and electronically with eScrip. Please continue to support our school with this easy to use fund raiser. We very much appreciate your efforts!
• Please come and 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 6th Grade). Registration for the 2020-2021 school year has begun and class sizes are limited.Please encourage your friends and neighbors to check out our 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. If you have questions, please call 642-6116.

Saint John's Youth and Religious Education News
Congratulations to all grads!
Great News! Confirmation and First Eucharist will be celebrated Thursday, May 28th at 6:30 pm and Sunday June 7th at 2:00 pm. Please join me in praying for our students and families: Jack Barton, Lucas Bercier, Justus Bischoff, Wesley Braun, Timothy Douglas, Mason Erickson, Austin Formaneck, Aiden Henningsen, Hayley Huffman, Connor Ireland, Trevan Karlgaard, Adlee Mauch, Dawson Miller, Zach Miller, Chase Motl, Raylan Schroeder, Mylah Sunderland, Nathaniel Olthoff, Gavin and London Hoffert.
If your children like to receive the Kid’’s Bulletin from Father, but you are not yet comfortable with safely coming to Mass or your summer plans take you away from St. John’s, please email Michelle to receive your copy. The publisher’s copyright won’t allow us to post them on our website but is currently allowing us to email them. Please send your request to Michelle at mfehr@702com.net.

New Youth Director: Fr. Dale and St. John’s Search Committee are very glad to announce a new Youth Director. Thank you to all who submitted applications. We were blessed and challenged with excellent applications! Please join us in welcoming Audrey Gyolai! Audrey will join us mid to late June depending on finding housing and her move to Wahpeton. Thank you for your prayers during this process. We ask those and your support continue for Audrey and our youth.

Amazon Smile: St. John’s Church is now part of Amazon Smile. Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic method to support St. John’s Church every time you shop on Amazon.com. You only need to select St. John’s Church on your initial visit. You can log in to your Amazon account and select St. John’s Church to receive donations. Or enter https://smile.amazon.com/ch/45-0227392 and login to your Amazon account, St. John’s Church will automatically be selected to receive donations from eligible purchases on Amazon.com. After your selection, a percentage of all your purchases at Amazon.com will be donated to St. John’s Church. Please contact the parish office at 701-642-6982, if you have any questions.

And Around the Area...

Thank You to all those who donated to the Mark Fuller Benefit Fund. Mark is presently rehabbing at home and is doing well. God bless you for your generosity.

Excellent Digital offering about the Mass: Join Mark Hart and Emily Wilson for their weekly Live event “Altaration: a family event”. Mark and Emily are some of the best known youth and adult speakers. This past week they unpacked the 4 reasons why Jesus came and what that has to do with the Mass. A family challenge is included. Please check it out at Ascension Press’s Facebook page Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm. You do not have to have a Facebook account to watch.

Third Annual Rural Life Celebration: Please join the parishioners of St. Philip Neri in Napoleon on Sunday, July 12, 2020 at Frank and Helen Braun Farm, north of Napoleon. Guests may begin to arrive at 1:30 pm. Blessing of land, animals, and farm machinery will begin at 1:45 pm followed by a 2:00 pm Mass on the farm. A meal and entertainment will follow.The farm is located 3 miles North of Napoleon on ND Highway 3. For more information visit www.fargodiocese.org/rurallife. Please RSVP at: (701) 754-2860 or evangelize@bektel.com. Remember to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. You may also bring a container of soil from your fields or garden to be blessed. This event is FREE. We will follow North Dakota state guidelines for COVID-19 protections.

Pro-life and Pro-Women go together. Abortion hurts women. If you are struggling with guilt, depression, regret, you are not alone. Project Rachel Ministries is a post-abortion healing ministry of the Diocese of Fargo. For confidential referrals to trained priests, counselors, retreats and support groups contact Project Rachel Ministries: 844-789-4829 or go to projectrachelfargo.org.

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 www.vetcenter.va.gov.

Sacraments for the Homebound. 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 701-642-6982 if you know someone who would like to be visited.

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 Residene: 642-4985)