Pray for the ill and for those who have asked for prayers. Please pray for:Jeff McKinnon, Mary Meyer, Terry Keaveny, Leo Althoff, Denny Christopher, Tammy Goerger, Dan Humphrey, Mary Hill, Romelle Oster family, Jordan Steffens, Richard Loberg, Jacob Petermann, Sammy Sturdevant, Fr. Katanga, Sue Geiger, Dorothy Jorgenson, Sr. Rose Celeste, Kristi Dreher, Jane West, Jean Zimmel, Danielle Jenny, MaryAnn Althoff, Jim Karl family, Rhyland Kohlhase, Sabrina Metz, Nadine Steiner, Chris Olsen, 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, Doug Loeks, 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.

Fall Parish Newsletter: To view our Fall Newsletter, click here.

Thank You for using St. John’s Parish 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!

Please keep Fr. Dale in your prayers as he will be away from the parish until August 21st.

Food Donations for Food Shelf: Our parish collects food for the Wilkin Richland Food Pantry. Please remember to bring you nonperishable food and monetary (marked Hunger Fund) donations to Mass. Items most needed are canned fruits and juices, canned meats, rice and pasta, complete baking mixes, peanut butter, cereal and canned stews and soups. Low salt and low sugar items are also needed for those with restrictive diets. Many people rely on this food for regular meals, so nutrition is important. Cereals, pasta, canned juices, fruits and vegetables are always needed. Protein foods like tuna, peanut butter, beans and hearty soups are especially important. And do not forget staples like coffee, tea, flour, sugar, vegetable oil and basic spices. Your donations will directly go to alleviate hunger in Wahpeton.

Do you have questions about the teachings and practice of our Catholic faith? Are you, or do you know someone who may be interested in joining the Church? Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) will be starting soon. Please contact Fr. Tony Welle in our parish office if you have any questions or are interested in participating.

Hot Water: This past May the water heater for St. John’s School stopped working. St. John’s Building and Grounds has researched information regarding replacing the water heater and determined a tankless system is the best option. The cost to purchase and install a water heater is approximately $11,000. We are also eligible to apply for a grant from the Diocese of Fargo to cover 10% of the cost. If you are able to donate towards the purchase of a new water heater, please mail or drop your donations at the parish office or in the Sunday collection. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the parish office.

SJS School News
To view the student 2018-19 classroom supply lists, click here.
Parishioners: As we welcome back our students and staff, please keep us all in your prayers while the new school year begins.
The first Mass of the 2018-2019 school year will be Thursday, August 23rd at 1:00 pm. Students from all grades will participate. We invite all our parents, grandparents, friends and parishioners to join us. The children and staff truly appreciate your support!
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 2018-2019 school year has begun and class sizes are limited. 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.

August Events:
      Open house: Monday, August 20th from 4:00 - 6:00 pm
      First day of school: Wednesday, August 22nd
      School pictures: Monday, August 27th

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

Happenings at St. Johns
Monday, August 20th
      10:00 am Bible Study
      4:00 - 6:00 pm Open House at St. John’s School
Tuesday, August 21st
      1:30 pm Foresters
      4:15 pm Patriotic Rosary
Wednesday, August 22nd
      First Day of School
      11:30 am Building and Grounds Committee
      5:00 pm Finance Council
Thursday, August 23rd
      1:00 First School Mass of the Year
      3:15 Women’s Cursillo Group
      7:00 pm Pastoral Council

And Around the Area...
Monday, August 20th
      6:00 - 7:00 pm “The Path to Fostering” informational meeting at City Brew Hall at
      120 North 4th Street in Wahpeton
Friday, August 24th
      9:00 am - 4:00 pm Catechist Retreat at Maryvale in Valley City - Register online at

Join us in a Novena for the Protection of Human Life: The U.S. Bishops invite you to participate in a nationwide Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life. Each Friday, through September 28th, you can join with thousands across our nation as we pray and fast that a change in the U.S. Supreme Court will move our nation closer to the day when every human life is protected in law and welcomed in life. You can download the Novena and receive the messages weekly by going to: Printable versions of the Novena can be found at:

40 Days for Life – North Dakota starts September 26th. Mark your calendars for the start of the National 40 Days for Life campaign that will take place September 26th - November 4th. You are called to be part of this important prayer effort to bring an end to abortion across our nation and world.The North Dakota 40 Days for Life effort will be begin at 8:00 am on Wednesday, September 26th, in front of the abortion facility at 512 First Avenue North, Fargo. Our campaign will provide a peaceful, prayerful presence in front of the abortion facility from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm every day of the campaign. Persons can sign up for an hour of prayer by contacting the Pregnancy Help Center at 701-284-6601, or in Fargo 701-356-7979.Email: or visit: .

Opportunity to see Matthew Kelly from Dynamic Catholic live September 29th: Matthew will present “Living every Day with Passion & Purpose”” from 7:00 - 10:00 pm at the Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium. For more information or to Buy your tickets for this inspiring event, go to

Walk with Christ for Life – Respect Life Sunday – October 7th: Bishop Folda invites the faithful of the diocese to join him in the annual Eucharistic procession, Walk with Christ for Life, on Respect Life Sunday, October 7th. The day’s events will begin with Holy Mass at Noon, Cathedral of St. Mary, 604 Broadway, Fargo.This will be followed by a prayerful, peaceful procession to the state’’s only abortion facility. A short prayer service will be held outside the abortion facility, and then those gathered will return to the Cathedral for Benediction. A lunch will be served in the church social hall after Benediction. The Walk is sponsored by the Diocese of Fargo Respect Life Office.For more information, call Rachelle, (701) 356-7910.

Ethical Decision Making in Sickness and Compromised States: Do you have questions about how to complete a Health Care Directive? Can a person discontinue treatments such as dialysis or have a DNR? What about providing nutrition and hydration? Join Fr. Tad Pacholczyk, PhD, in a discussion on Catholic health care principles that can guide persons and family members who are facing medical issues or would like to plan for future health care needs. Fr. Tad currently serves as the Director of Education for the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia and is a featured columnists in the New Earth. The workshop will be held Thursday, October 11th, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Sts. Anne and Joachim Church, 5202 25th Street South, Fargo. This event is sponsored by the Respect Life Office and is free and open to the public. For more information contact Rachelle, 701-356-7910.

Humanae Vitae - Fifty Years Later: One-Day Seminary October 12th: This October Bishop John Folda and Father Tad Pacholczyk from the National Catholic Bioethics Center will be jointly presenting Humanae Vitae: 50 Years Later, a day-long seminar on Pope Paul VI’s landmark document and how it relates to major issues of our times such as in-vitro fertilization, transgenderism, and more. The event will take place at Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church.

Mark Your calendars: A Women’s Luncheon and Program has been set for Sunday, October 14th; 12:15 pm - 4:00 pm in the Mehok Center.

Youth called to March for Life! Only 10 spots left! Registration now open! Youth in grades 9 - 12 from across the Diocese of Fargo are invited to pilgrimage to the annual March for Life in Washington D.C. on January 18, 2019. The pilgrimage will begin in Fargo on January 14th and return January 20th. Fr. Greg Haman will be our spiritual director.In addition to participating in the March for Life and Vigil Mass for Life at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, youth will also travel to Emittsburg, MD to visit the Mother Seton Shrine and Gettysburg, PA, and tour the sights of Washington, D.C. The cost for the 7-day pilgrimage is $850 and includes air and ground travel, lodging, meals and tour fees. Registration closes October 15th, space is limited so register early! To obtain a registration form contact Rachelle at 701-356-7910, e-mail: or go to:

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.

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

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

Click on the following website,, to watch “I Lived on Parker Avenue”. It is a heart warming story, in this new pro-adoption documentary, law student David Scotton travels to meet his birth mother, who fled an abortion facility, gave birth and let him be adopted by a stable family

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)