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April 12, 2020

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection

of the Lord 



St. Michael’s Christian Community, located on the Menominee Indian Reservation, is a diverse Christian community reaching out to all residents, learning, loving, sharing, 

and communicating with one another through the teachings and practices celebrated in the Mass and the holy sacraments of the Catholic Church by integrating sacred symbols and spiritual practices of the Menominee.



Anamehawikamek Welcome 



                                                ST MICHAEL’S                                                   

                                                                         P.O. Box 610  

                                                                    Keshena, WI 54135  

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Pastoral Staff:

Fr. Nonito Barra

Parish Administrator (715) 799-3811

Rectory (715) 994-1337

Fr. Joel Jores

Parochial Vicar (715) 787-3377

Mark Fuller

Deacon (715)201-2961

Vicki Hermsen

Parish Secretary (715) 799-3811

Kathy King-Tucker

Religious Education (715) 799-3927

Parish Trustees:

Kathy Kaquatosh

Kitty Gilane

Pastoral Council Chair:

Tony Waupochick

Finance Council Chair:

Pete Maczuzak

Thrift N Gift Coordinator:

Cookie Vigue

Food Pantry Coordinator:

Pat Gwidt

      Mass Schedule:  Saturday: 5:00 pm Sunday:  9:00 am

Reconciliation: Saturday 4:30 – 4:45 pm

Daily Mass Chapel:  8:00 am Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Kateri Prayer Circle:  After 8:00 am Mass Thursday morning

      After 8:00 am Mass Thursday morning

SATURDAY MASS:    5:00 pm  

SUNDAY MASS:  9:00 am

CONFESSION:   Saturday 4:30 - 4:45pm

   PARISH OFFICE HOURSMonday, Tuesday, Thursday 8 am-2 pm

             Wednesday, Friday 9 am -1 pm 

HOLY HOUR:  1st Thursday of the Month from 6-7 pm

 KATERI PRAYER CIRCLE:  After 8:00 am Mass Thursday morning 

ANNOINTING OF THE SICK: Individual arrangements can be made through                                                                                          the Parish Office

BAPTISM:  Preparation program required. Please contact the Parish Office. 

MARRIAGE:  Make arrangements with the pastor six months prior to desired                                                                   date.


           Mission Statement: St. Michael’s Christian Community, located on the Menominee Indian Reservation, is a diverse Christian community reaching out to all residents, learning, loving, sharing and communicating with one another through the teachings and practices celebrated in the Mass & the holy sacraments of the Catholic Church by integrating sacred symbols and spiritual practices of the Menominee. 



Egyptian pyramids are world-famous as one of the “Seven Wonders” of the ancient world. But they are actually gigantic tombs containing the mummified bodies of Egyptian Pharaohs. Westminster Abby in England is famous, and thousands visit it because the dead bodies of famous writers, philosophers and politicians are entombed there.

But there is a Shrine of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, and pilgrims from all over the world visit a tomb there which is empty- with a note at its entrance which says, “He is not here.” It is famous because Jesus Christ Who was once buried there rose from the dead, leaving an empty tomb, as He had told his disciples he would. Thus, He worked the most important miracle in His life, defying the laws of nature.  

The tomb is empty because death could not bind and hold Him.  The tomb is empty because God would not abandon us to sin and death.  Even though our churches are empty this Easter, our hearts do not need to be empty; Jesus Christ is truly risen!  Let our Alleluia be heard across the social distance of our time and may Easter joy lead us on our way!

Upon Further Reflection:

Joseph of Arimathea was a very wealthy Pharisee, a member of the Council, and a secret follower of Jesus. It was Joseph who went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body after the crucifixion. And it was Joseph who supplied the tomb for Jesus’ burial. I wonder if someone pulled him aside and said, “Joseph that was such beautiful, costly, hand-hewn tomb. Why on earth did you give it to someone to be buried in?”  “Why not?” Joseph may have answered.  “He only needed it for the weekend.”



Easter blessings and joy,


Deacon Mark



The Mass: A Slice at a time

Remembering always that in the mystery of the Eucharistic Sacrifice the work of redemption is continually being carried out, priests are to celebrate frequently. Indeed, daily celebration is earnestly recommended, because, even if it should not be possible to have the faithful present, it is an action of Christ and of the Church in which priests fulfil their principal role. It may happen that priests are not obliged to celebrate Mass by virtue of their pastoral office, however, it is in the Eucharist that “priests fulfil their principal function, the work of our redemption is continually carried out. For this reason, the daily celebration is earnestly recommended.  


Religious Education Update 

Religious Education classes will be cancelled until further notice.  The children preparing for First Reconciliation and First Communion will be contacted by Kathy King-Tucker. 


***SPECIAL NOTICE:  The Religious Education classes are cancelled until further notice. *** 




Dear Parishioners,

As we begin our Easter journey and are still unable to gather for Mass and other parish activities, please know I miss you and am keeping you in my daily prayers.  These are challenging times for all of us.  

Amid so much confusion and uncertainty, many people are in need of support — including, in a special way, our parish.  Even though public Masses are currently suspended, we continue to operate and serve our community. As all of us turn to Christ for comfort, our parish is working hard to find innovative ways to meet your spiritual needs, such as by livestreaming Masses on Sunday at 9 AM on our Facebook page – St. Michael’s Church. Our Church will also be open daily from 8-10 AM. 


The vitality of our faith community depends on regular offertory collections to maintain our ministries.  In times like this we are finding creative ways to continue educating our children in the faith, preparing young couples for marriage and walking with grieving families.  During these times your weekly or monthly support of the parish makes this and so much more possible.

Many of you who regularly give at Mass have begun to mail your checks to us. Please know how grateful I am for you and your abundant support of our parish. 

I look forward to the day when we can once again gather together, in person, for the celebration of Mass.  Until then, if you have any needs, please call or email me. Thank you and may God bless you and your loved ones abundantly this Easter season! 


Yours in Christ,

Fr. Nonito Barra


St. Michael Prayer

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.  May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.  Amen 


Easter Flowers

There are envelopes in the pews for you to make a donation in honor of someone for Easter Flowers. We will be buying flowers to decorate the altar but will not be doing the whole church since there is no Mass.  The money collected will remain in the Flower Fund.

Parish Support

There is a basket by the lectern for you to drop off your parish support envelopes. This will be checked daily.


 Prayer for our Country

O Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Mercy, at this most critical time, we entrust the United States of America to your loving care. 

Most Holy Mother, we beg you to reclaim this land for the glory of your Son. Overwhelmed with the burden of the sins of our nation, we cry to you from the depths of our hearts and seek refuge in your motherly protection. 

Look down with mercy upon us and touch the hearts of our people. Open our minds to the great worth of human life and to the responsibilities that accompany human freedom. 

Free us from the falsehoods that lead to the evil of abortion and threaten the sanctity of family life. Grant our country the wisdom to proclaim that God’s law is the foundation on which this nation was founded and that He alone is the True Source of our cherished rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. 

O Merciful Mother, give us the courage to reject the culture of death and the strength to build a new Culture of Life.   Amen.



April 12, 2020


Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord 

04/11…..…..…………………..Kinsey & Joleen Kaquatosh

04/12……....…Ron DeBruin & Family, Living & Deceased

04/13……………………………………..Joseph Otradovec

04/14……………………………………..Joseph Otradovec

04/15……………………………………..Joseph Otradovec

04/16……………………………………..Joseph Otradovec

04/17……………………………………..Joseph Otradovec

04/18……………………………………..Joseph Otradovec

 04/19…………Mark Wilber, Paul, Pam, Joe and Dave Sr. 

Our daily Mass intentions will be prayed privately by our Priests each day.


 Financial Blessings March 28 & 29


$    1,535.00


$       305.00

Bishop Appeal To Date

$    5,290.00

Bishop Appeal Goal $6,551.00


Bishop Appeal

We are $1,286 away from reaching our Bishop’s Appeal goal.  If you have not given and would like to, please contact the parish office or you can pay on line at   We need to get to our goal or the Parish will be assessed  




Liturgical Ministers   All Masses Cancelled 


Mass will be live streamed on Sunday morning at 9 am. Please go to St. Michael’s Facebook page St. Michael’s church to watch this live Mass.

St. Michael will open church daily from 8 -10 am. Keep social distancing – 6 feet apart from another person. Use hand sanitizer when entering and leaving church.  Thank you. 




WELCOME! The Lord has called all of us to a new way of living under His wonderful grace as our Savior. May joy and peace be yours as we praise our Lord and grow close to God and one another.  It is a pleasure to have you worshipping with us. If you are considering joining our parish, please talk with Father Nonito or Father Joel or call the Parish Office at 715-799-3811. Anyone who has not officially signed up and would like to be a registered member, please stop in the office and fill out a form. It is that easy!


Office Closed

The Parish Office will be closed on Monday, April 13th for Easter. 



Lectors, Communion Distributors

We are looking for volunteers to lector or distribute communion at weekend Masses. Training will be provided. If you are interested in helping out our parish, please contact the parish office @715-799-3811.  




Easter Flowers in Memory of:

Gwidt & Pawelczyk Families      Jack Romenesko

Steve & Signe Chojnacki       Ron DeBruin

Franklin Rabideaux Jr.              Jack & Pat Hermsen 

Dennis, Roger, Lester McPherson       David Corn

Uncle Cecil Grignon, Aunt Jeanette     Mike Flea

Kreidler & Gilane Families      Pam DeBruin

Dave Thibodeau Family         Mitch Otradovec

Bob, Mary & Janice Geimer Ray & Elaine Pelky

George & Marcella Wilber Bryce Schell

Adelbert & Chantel Otradovec

Fenlon & Hoffman Families

Antoine & Virginia Waupochick


Easter Morn

When I rose out of bed that ancient day.

Thousands of birds had awoke and started a chorus sing.

Startled…. that’s odd, I thought.

Since the darkness of Friday, no sounds did they bring.

Then I heard the frightened whisperings - the tomb was said empty.

Oh, no! What had the Romans done now?

Did they not take enough flesh by their scourging and their nails?

Continued disrespect for his body, even though he was God’s Son.

Later I learned three women, first to arrive and anoint.

Saw the stone rolled away and angels who said,

“Why do you seek the living among the dead?”

You will see him soon and, later, in the breaking of the bread.

This story would not be silent. Peter told it to me later, still amazed.

All these things I ponder; it’s beyond anything I could believe.

Yet, still the tomb is empty, the wrappings neatly piled.

Oh, Lord, can it be?  Oh, let me rise… together with thee!




Kateri Prayer Circle        

Never underestimate the power of prayer. Just one small prayer can change your life. If you or your amily members need prayers for any reason, please call one of our Kateri Prayer Circle members, who will in turn call members of their group.  Soon, many prayers will be offered for your specific prayer request.  Please call:

Fay Waupochick 715-799-3437

Leatha Grinhaug 715-851-6838 

You can also call the Parish Office to leave requests.


Holy Hour

Holy Hour is cancelled


Food Pantry

The food pantry will be open on Tuesday,  April 7th and 21st, 1-3 pm.  There will be drive up service only.  


St. Michael’s Thrift N Gift

Thrift N Gift will be closed until further notice.  If you have a donation, it can be dropped off at the Parish Office.


Book Share 

Book Share will be closed until further notice.


Estate Planning

When doing your estate planning, please remember St. Michael Parish.  If you have questions, please contact the parish office at 715-799-3811. 



The Community Resource Center in Keshena classes Cancelled.   


Mass for the homebound: 

 Mass services for the Homebound are offered by the following TV stations: WACY-TV- channel 32 at 8:00 am Sundays, WBAY-TV-channel 2 at 5:30 am on Sundays and St. John Nepomucene YouTube Live Stream (St. John Nepomucene, Little Chute YouTube) at 10 am on Sundays.  Mass is also offered online at Check the website for times and dates.


Parish Office Hours

The Parish Office will be open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8-2 pm, closed on Wednesday and Friday.  Please contact Fr. Nonito at the Rectory for urgent matters (715) 994-1337 or Fr. Joel at the Leopolis Rectory (715) 584-1023.



Deadline for new information is 9:00 pm Monday evenings. Contact parish office to Submit.  




Mark Your Calendars/Events St. Michael

                         April 21  Food Pantry           1-3 pm


  MASS TIMES:    CANCELLED TILL FURTHER NOTICE                        

                           St. Michael – 5:00 pm Saturday; 9:00 am Sunday

St. Anthony – 10:30 am Sunday

           St. Francis Solanus – 8:30 am Sunday

                                            St. Mary - 10:00 am Saturday                                                 










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