Pray for the ill and for those who have asked for prayers. Please pray for:Tim Lock, Dorothy Jorgenson, Sr. Rose Celeste, Kristi Dreher, Casper Listopad, Tom Sawyer, Ben Jacobs, Jane West, Jean Zimmel, Cheryl Runchey, Danielle Jenny, MaryAnn Althoff, Jim Karl family, Rhyland Kohlhase, Sabrina Metz, Marlet Schultz, Nadine Steiner, Chris Olsen, Sister Ann Marie Fredricks, Mary Hipp, Cheryl Klosterman, Thor Uran, Charles Pogemiller, Kathy Schmit, 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, Bryan Gabel, Brandon Gabel, Scott Heitkamp, 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, Theresa Thompson, 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.

Parish Communal Penance Service: Next Sunday, December 17th 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 at 7:00 pm December 21st and 22nd until all are heard

Advent Newsletter: Thank you to all who helped prepare the Advent Newsletter for mailing. What a wonderful group of people! If you haven't received your Advent Newsletter in the mail, click here for a digital copy.

Please take names from our Jesse Tree! The great tree which greets us at the baptistry is covered with the names of Saint John’s parishioners, some of whom we may know well and others we may not know at all. The Jesse Tree tradition is a celebration of the pathways through Salvation History - Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham and Sarah, Isaiah on down to John the Baptist - through whom our God has announced the coming of the savior among us. Now the Savior is among us and seeks to dwell in our hearts. Each year during Advent we invite you to take a tag or two from our tree and do something kind for the person or family whose name you’ve picked...become the hopeful pathway of God’s Good News to a fellow parishioner! You can simply send a card (some may be provided at the tree), make a telephone call, send a kind e-mail, drop off some goodies or a small Kris Kringle gift. You may even invite them for dinner or a cup of coffee. Remember, please be careful of each tag because it bears the name of someone loved by God. If that tag is lost, no “visit” will be made!

The 13th Annual NOEL Night: A Great Big
THANK YOU to any and all who helped make Noel Night a wonderful evening! Thank to so many, we are able to continue the tradition of excellence at St. John’s School.

Attention Knights: Christmas Party December 17th; Tom and Jerry’s at 11:30 am, dinner at 12 noon. Menu: Ham, corn, mashed potatoes and dinner roll. Cost is $12.00. We will need a definite number by December 7th. Call Tom Peschel at 701-640-8663 or email topesch@yahoo.com.

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.

Looking for a donation of a good toaster and a CD player. Contact the parish office with further questions.

Are you going to Fargo on Wednesday, January 11th and have room for 1 more? If you could help a person get to a doctor’s appointment in Fargo on January 11th, please call Michelle at the church office.

A veteran is needing a volunteer to sit with them for a half day on December 14th. If you would be willing, Please call Michelle as soon as possible.

Help! We are looking for a Fatima DVD: 11 years of Grace. If you borrowed it from a table in the gathering space, please return it to the church office.

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.

SJS School News
A Great Big Thank You to any and all who helped make Noel Night a wonderful evening! Thanks to so many, we are able to continue the tradition of excellence at St. John’s School.
Students from 5th Grade will lead us at our children’s Mass on Thursday, December 14th at 1:00 pm. We invite all our parents, grandparents, friends and parishioners to join us. The children and staff truly appreciate your support!
Advent season is upon us! Please pray for our school children and know that we in turn pray for all parishioners as we are “Waiting for THE Gift”!
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 6th Grade). Registration for the 2018-2019 school year will begin soon and class sizes are limited. All faith denominations are welcome. Please encourage your friends and neighbors. Call 642-6116 if you have questions
Please save your Our Family labels and Box Tops! You may bring them to the school or drop off at the church office. We are able to get many great supplies for our classrooms with the points earned. Thank you for your support of our school
December Events:
      December 12th - Christmas Program - NDSCS Cultural Center
      December 14th - Board of Education
      December 22nd - Last day of school before Christmas vacation

SJ Youth News
December 13th - Religious Education for all grades.
A teacher is needed to take over our 2nd Grade religious education class since she’s expecting a baby. A teacher’s aid is available to help you. If you would consider helping us complete the rest of the year, please call Michele at the parish office.

Happenings at St. Johns...
Sunday, December 10th
      5:30 pm RCIA
Monday, December 11th
      10:00 am Bible Study
Tuesday, December 12th
      4:15 pm Patriotic Rosary
      7:00 pm SJ School Christmas Program at NDSCS
      7:00 pm Mardi Gras Committee
      7:30 pm Knights of Columbus
Wednesday, December 13th
      5:00 pm Finance Committee
      3:30 pm and 7:30 pm Religious Formation
Thursday, December 14th
      3:15pm Women’s Cursillo Group
      5:00 pm SJS Board of Education
      7:00 pm Pastoral Council
Sunday, December 17th
      12 noon Knights of Columbus Christmas Dinner

And Around the Area...
Sunday, December 10th
      2:00 pm Christmas Cantata at Stern Cultural Center

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 - 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!

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.

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.

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.

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)