|Pray for the ill and for those who have asked for prayers. Please pray for Adriana Adelman, Ron Bruesch, Diane Anderson, Fran Keaveny, Tim Vetter, Clyde Klosterman, Susan Johnson, Richard Braun, Shirley Behl, Gary Abel, JoAnne Whicker, Patty Berndt, Denise Lahn, Pat Silver, Joan Meyer, Cy Mauch, Doug Loeks, Gregory Herding, Wayne Krump, Emma Althoff, Bryan Gabel, Brandon Gabel, Scott Heitkamp, Kerri Krump, Arlo Safratowich, Teresa Trangsrud Dahlstrom, Lee Haring, Ed and Rita Mauch, Kathy McKinnon, Julie Heying, Mary Peterson, Irene Hruza, Irene Manikowski, Robert Abbott, Margaret Pausch, Norma Poppe, Amelia Zimmerman, Donna Olson, Gregory Waite, Ed Straus, Richard Myers, David Goroski, Diane Shorma, Sue Braun, Debbie Flanders, Marietta Webster, Lola Freitag, Donald Freitag, Cindy Packard, Sophia Geray, John Miesen, Ila Leinen, Ardel Kressin, Richard Kurowski, Theresa Thompson, Agnes Railing, Marilyn Basore, Elarine Pelzl, Mary Busta, James Parow, Audrey Peplinski, Deborah Landphere, Hayden Asche, Dawson Wienbar, Shawn Wieser and Matthew Wieser. Praying for our sick is a Corporal Work of Mercy for us all. Please notify our office if a name needs to be listed in our bulletin and please also let us know when a name can be removed.
|National Night of Pray for Life - December 8, 2013: The National Night of Prayer for Life is a prayer service consisting of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the holy Rosary and silent prayer. Join in unity of prayer across America to protect Life, Liberty and the Faith. Come pray with us from 8:30 pm through 11:00 pm on Sunday, December 8th at St. John’s church.
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception: Mary, the Immaculate Conception, is the patron Saint of the United States. This feast celebrates our belief that Mary, because she would be the mother of the Son of God, was conceived without original sin. We also believe that Mary remained pure from all personal sin throughout her life. Mary is the perfect model for us in our lives both as individuals and as a nation. Because this feast celebrates one of the most important events in salvation history it remains a Holy Day of Obligation, except when it falls on a Sunday in Advent. Advent always takes precedence over any feast. So, the Immaculate Conception celebration is transferred to Monday, but the obligation does not transfer with it. Because of its special significance, on Monday December 9th, St. John’’s will celebrate two Immaculate Conception Masses, one at 9:30 am and one at 5:30 pm.
Winter Concert: Richland-Wilkin Alphean Male Chorus Sunday, December 8th, 3:00 pm at Bethel Lutheran Church. Free will offering. Refreshments will be served following the concert.
Thank you for hearing Pope Francis’ call to be Christ’s hands and feet in our area. Fifty-five Thanksgiving Baskets were delivered to grateful families. Thank you so much for your generous giving to provide for the Thanksgiving baskets. As they were delivered, there were hugs, tears and overwhelming gratitude. So many commented on how kind and generous we were.
Music Notes: There will be choir practice this Wednesday, December 11th at 6:00 pm. We will be practicing for Christmas. New voices are always welcome!
Lectors, Servers, Eucharistic Ministers, Greeters and Ushers are needed for the Christmas and New Years Masses. Please call the parish office or sign up on the sheet in the gathering space if you would be able to help at these Masses.
Communal Penance Service: Our Parish Communal Penance Service will be held Sunday, December 15th at 4:00 pm and 6:30 pm. In preparation for Christmas several priests will be available at St. John’s for Reconciliation. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity. If you cannot keep this schedule, the Sacrament of Reconciliation will also be celebrated December 22nd from 4:00 through 6:30 pm and December 23rd at 7:00 pm until all are heard.
Advent Newsletter: To view a digital version of St. John's 2013 Advent Newsletter, click here.
Parents, you’re invited! An invitation to all parents to come and see “Take a Look in the Mirror”, a DVD by Pam Stenzel which will be shown on Wednesday, December 11th and 18th from 7:00 pm - 7:45 pm in the KC Room.
Christian Mothers: Annual dues are now $5 and are due January 1, 2014. Please send to: Karen Pausch 720 18th Avenue North Wahpeton, ND 58075 . Telephone: 701-642-1503
Confession: Fr. Greg will be available before the Sunday evening Mass from 6:30 - 7:15 pm.
Do you know someone who is missing Sunday Mass? Do you have a friend or family member that has drifted from attending Sunday Mass? Click Here to view National Catholic Registier's Advent guide entitled "Why (and How) to Return to Sunday Mass".
Thank You for the generous donations for the students in Tanzania. We sent $5,150 to cover fees for 89 students to attend school. We will be sending additional funds for food in December.
RCIA: Our sessions continue on Saturdays from 9:30 - 11:00 am, for those interested in joining the Catholic Church, or at least knowing more about it! The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is directed toward those curious or interested in Catholicism, but is also great for any long-time Catholic to plumb again the truths of our faith,. Please join us, and bring another seeking to know the teaching of our faith! Entertainment can be provided for your kids! Topic for this Saturday: Our Greatest Work: The Liturgy Rev 7:9-10 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no man could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb!”
Year of Faith: As the Year of Faith technically ends this weekend, we are encouraged to continue to participate in activities to grow in Faith. These two options are great for all who feel the pressure of time. Check out the 10 Minute Study! Starting December 2nd, Jeff Cavins and Sarah Christmyer are offering 10 minute quick studies.To sign up, click here.
Please join us in prayer and Eucharistic Adoration at the church on Wednesdays during the hours of 8:00 am - 12 noon for an end to abortion and all crimes against life.
At Home with the Word, Advent candles and calendars are available for sale in the parish office. “At Home with the Word” is your guide to a deeper understanding of the Sunday scriptures. It provides the readings for the liturgical year, along with insights from scripture scholars
St. John’s Church now provides Online Giving - a convenient and safe way to make a one-time or recurring donation. Getting started is easy - just visit our 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!
SCRIP: There are a lot of great ideas for gift giving! We now have Target and WalMart in $10 gift cards, there is something for everyone! Click here to view the SCRIP order form for printing. Return the order form as soon as you can or stop in the parish office.
SJS School News
Noel Night 2013 is just around the corner; Saturday, December 7th.
Fourth Grade will lead us at Mass on Thursday, December 12th at 1:00 pm. All parents, grandparents, relatives and parishioners are welcome to join us. .
St. John’s Board of Education will meet Thursday, December 12th at 5:00 pm in the school break room.
St. John’s School has an opening for a half-time elementary music teacher beginning January 2014. Candidate must be licensed to teach in North Dakota. Please send letter of application, resume, and transcripts to: Attn: Renee Langenwalter, Principal, St. John’s School, 212 Dakota Avenue, Wahpeton, ND 58075 For more information call, 701-642-6116.
St. John’s School has an opening for evening janitor. Position is approximately 10 hours per week and includes cleaning of classrooms, hallways, and restrooms. To apply contact Renee Langenwalter, Principal at 642-6116.
Youth Education News
December 11th - Regular Class; grades 3 -12 will have Reconciliation. Grades 6 - 12 will meet at 6:30 pm but are welcome to attend the 3:30 session.
Christmas Cookies 2013: Youth will bake Christmas Cookies on Saturday at 10:00 am. Cookies will be sold during the Masses that weekend. We will be your supply of sugar cookies, peanut blossoms, and Russian tea cakes! If you can donate baking goods, please call Tom. Youth: Want to help but won't be there Saturday? Bake at home and bring in your goodies! They will be added to the selection.
Not-Yet Christmas Party! It's not Christmas yet, but we are going to party anyway on Wednesday, December 18th from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Games, Food, and a White Elephant gift exchange and more will be a part of this fun evening. Contact Tom with questions. More info in next week's bulletin.
Agassiz Valley TEC is coming to Moorhead on January 18th - January 20th! "Teens Encounter Christ" is a three day retreat beginning 9:00 am Saturday and concluding Monday afternoon. This event is open to all 16 years of age and older. Great music, talks, small group time, and much more highlight this weekend experience of our Catholic faith. Contact Tom or Father Greg for more details on this exciting weekend.
Youth Group blog: www.openwidebenotafraid.blogspot.com.
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Thank You! The baby shower for St. Gianna’s Maternity Home has been amazing! We still have a need for gift cards, any sizes, to Target, WalMart and JC Penney for the mothers personal needs. St. John;s Pro-Life Team
Prayer Requests: Please call Lorraine Wieser at 642-5062 or the parish office with prayer requests.
Happenings at St. Johns...
Saturday, December 7th
6:00 pm NOEL NIGHT
Monday, December 9th
10:00 am Bible Study
7:00 pm NOEL NIGHT Committee
Tuesday, December 10th
12 Noon Foresters meet at Fryn Pan
7:30 pm Knights of Columbus
Wednesday, December 11th
3:30 pm RE for grades 1 - 5, Reconciliation for grades 3 - 5
5:00 pm Finance Committee
6:30 pm Reconciliation for grades 6 - 12
7:00 pm Showing of the DVD ‘Take a Look in the Mirror’
Thursday, December 12th
5:00 pm St John’s Board of Education
7:00 pm Mardi Gras Committee
Sunday, December 15th
Knights of Columbus Christmas Dinner
4:00 pm and 6:30 pm Reconciliation
8:30 pm Theology on Tap
And Around the Area...
Thursday, December 12th
7:30 pm NDSCS Christmas Concert / NDSCS Cultural Center
Saturday, December 14th
3:00 pm - Candle Lighting Service of Remembrance at Vertin-Munson Funeral Home - Wahpeton
Sunday, December 15th
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Appletree Court Holiday Open House
>Youth Called to March for Life! Youth in grades 9 - 12 from across the Diocese of Fargo are invited to participate in the 41st Annual March for Life in Washington D.C. on January 22, 2014. The pilgrimage will begin in Fargo on January 18th and return January 23rd. Father Kurt Gunwall, Vocations Director for the Diocese of Fargo, will be our spiritual director. In addition to participating in the March and the Vigil Mass for Life at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, youth will also travel to Emmitsburg, Maryland to visit the Mother Seton Shrine, and see the sights of Washington, D.C. The cost for the 6-day pilgrimage is $830 and includes air and ground travel, lodging, meals and tour fees. See more Click Here.
Need assistance getting 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)