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November 22th, 2020

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe


 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

Mark Fuller

Deacon (715)201-2961

Vicki Hermsen

Parish Secretary (715) 799-3811

Kathy King-Tucker

Religious Education (715) 799-3927

Parish Trustees:

Kitty Gilane

Alicia Wilke 

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 Closed, Friday 9 am -1 pm 

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

 KATERI PRAYER CIRCLE:  Suspended due to COVID. 

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. 


 A Note From Your Deacon

A Note From Your Deacon  - (Nov. 22, 2020)

This Sunday we celebrate the end of the church’s liturgical year with the “Feast of Christ the King.”  The first reading we hear today is one of my favorites and offers much hope and comfort for us, who might be struggling during this time of pandemic.  Jesus is indeed our King but he is a king that also has the heart of a shepherd.  The reading from Ezekiel clearly tells us what kind of shepherd we have.  Jesus is the shepherd that will rescue us from every place that is cloudy and dark.  At times, the future these days may seem uncertain and we can be tempted to become discouraged and despair.  But we have to take hope...Jesus is the shepherd that will lead through this darkness.  Jesus is the shepherd that will seek us out when we are lost.  Jesus is the shepherd that will bind our wounds and bring healing when we are sick.  How can this be?  For Christ is a King with all authority and power. In Christ, all is brought to life!  If we stay rooted in this faith and hope, surely goodness and kindness will follow us all the days of our life.

Upon Further Reflection

The keynote speaker was in such a hurry to get to the venue that when he arrived and sat down at the head table, he suddenly realized that had forgotten his dentures. Turning to the man next to him, he whispered, “I forgot my teeth!” The man said, “No problem.” With that he reached into his briefcase and pulled out a pair of dentures. “Try these,” he said. The speaker tried them. “Too loose,” he said.  The man dug around in his briefcase again. “Here, try these.”  The speaker tried them and responded. “Too tight.”  The man didn’t seem taken aback at all. He dug around in his briefcase again. “Here. I have this pair. Give them a try.”  The speaker smiled. “They fit perfectly.” He ate his meal and gave his speech without any further troubles.  After the event concluded, the speaker went over to thank his benefactor and return the spare parts.

“I want to thank you for coming to my rescue. Where is your office? I’ve been looking for a good dentist.”  “Oh, I’m not a dentist,” the man replied. “I’m the local funeral director.”

In His Mercy,

Deacon Mark


The Mass: A Slice at a time

For a good reason, with the express permission of the local Ordinary and provided scandal has been eliminated, a priest may celebrate the Eucharist in a place of worship of any Church or ecclesial community which is not in full communion with the Catholic Church. (Canon 933) 

Based on the principles stated in no. 26, Orientalium Ecclesiarum 28 requires just cause for “a common sharing in sacred functions, things and places.” The Directory for the application of norms and principles on ecumenism The search for Christian Unity 137 of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian unity of 25-03-1993 which indicates that the diocesan bishop may allow non-Catholic minister the use of a church or a Catholic building and also lend them what may be necessary for their services. 







Religious Education Update 


Due to the current COVID situation, St. Michael’s Faith  Formation classes will not be meeting. It is our belief that “Parents/guardians are their children’s primary and principal educators”. This guideline and philosophy of the Bishops’ of the United States is our motivation.  We are sending packets to help teach children about God’s love and our Catholic faith.  Every month we will send out a month’s worth of weekly lessons that go along with the Gospel reading of the week with other teaching materials about the traditions of our Catholic faith.  If you wish to have the packets sent to your home, please call the parish office or pick up a form in the entrance to church.


Silver Society Club Virtual Cafes

Image your loved one engaging in activities, having fun and participating in conversation. Virtual cafes provide an innovative form of social engagement for people living with dementia, cognitive decline or other memory loss.  The event is intended to be enjoyed by those with memory loss as well as their care partner, family and friends. Contact Mary Jo, Dementia Care Specialist with ADRC to register or with any questions (715) 526-4712. Events will be hosted on the second Friday of each month from 10-11 am. Upcoming dates: December 11, 2020, January 8, 2021, February 12, 2021. 


Mass Reopening

Mass will be open at 50% capacity. If you are at high risk, please sit in the reserved front pews, socially distanced.  Temperature, masks and social distancing will be enforced for the remainder of the church.



AbbyBank will match dollar for dollar all donations collected in Gresham and Shawano by December 18th, 2020. Moneltary donations of any size are welcome along with any non-perishable food items. See bulletin insert.



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 



November 22, 2020

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe



11/21…………………………………Fred & Marie Zalaznik

11/22……………………………………………...Polly Vigue

11/23……………………………………..................No Mass

11/24………………..Rev Richard Allen, Rev Alvan Amadi

11/25…Deacon John Maloney, Deacon Kenneth Nelesen

11/26 Thanksgiving Day……………...Kateri Prayer Circle

11/27………………………………….…...Parish Volunteers

11/28…………………………………John Mose Kaquatosh

11/29………………...………………………..…Harold Price 


Financial Blessings   Nov. 14 & 15



Loose Collection


Food Pantry

   $     50.00

Thank for your generous donations!  


Liturgical Ministers

Thursday. 26, 8 am 

Lector            Usher          Temp Taker

Karen Millett-Metzler

Anne Sulskis


Saturday Nov. 28, 5 pm

Karen Millett-Metzler

Jean Thibodeau

Dave Thibodeau


Sunday, Nov. 29, 9 am 

Jim & Ellie Sokoly

Cookie Vigue

Bob Vigue


Saturday Dec 5, 5 pm

Fay Waupochick

Don Fields

Judy Fields


Sunday, Dec 6, 9 am 

Ruth Lewis

Vicki Hermsen

Anne Sulskis


Lector           Usher      Temp Taker

Saturday Nov. 14, 5 pm

Fay Waupochick

Tony Waupochick

Anne Sulskis

 Sunday, Nov. 15, 9 am  

Jim & Ellie Sokoly

Cookie Vigue

Bob Vigue


Saturday Nov. 21, 5 pm

Lector                Usher      Temp Taker

Pat Gwidt

Karen Lynch

Karen Millett Metzler


Sunday, Nov. 22, 9 am 

Ruth Lewis

Ellie Sokoly

Jim Sokoly


A Prayer for Thanksgiving

O God of all creation, giver of all good gifts, you bless our lives with your generous love, by giving us once more the fruit of the fields, our family and friends, our faith, our  work, and our lives together. We thank you for these gifts, and ask that you help us to imitate your goodness, to share our blessings with those who are in need.   Amen


Save a Lot’s Bags for a Brighter Holiday

Purchase a $4.49 bag with canned tuna, green beans, cream of mushroom soup, corn muffin mix, chicken stuffing, brown gravy mix and elbow pasta and Save A Lot will match for each purchase the same contents to St. Michael’s Food Pantry between Nov 1-December 31st


2020 Fundraiser $8,181.00 of $10,000

Thank you to all who have given to our virtual Fundraiser at St. Michael’s due to COVID-19 and cancellation of all fundraisers.  We have raised $8,181 towards our goal of $10,000, with only $1,519 left. We would be grateful for monetary donations to offset the loss of this source of revenue to keep our Parish solvent. Please mail or drop off donations at the Parish office indicating it is for fundraising. Thank you again for your continued support of our Parish during this time.


Thanksgiving Dinner Cancelled

Alvin J. Rathsack & Elmo Novelli Memorial Thanksgiving Dinner sponsored by the Knights of Columbus will be cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. 


Dementia Caregiver Educational Series – Virtual Event

Four week, one hour educational, series, 9:00 – 10:00 am 

Wednesday, Dec. 2 – Caregiver Resource

Wednesday, Dec. 9 – Dementia 101

Wednesday, Dec. 16 – Common Dementia Behaviors

Wednesday, Dec. 23 – Activities/Holiday tips


To register or ask questions, please contact Mary Jo, Dementia Care Specialist, (715) 526-4712 or email Mary Jo at


A Look Inside Dementia

Family caregivers: Experience life with dementia first hand. This innovative program will enlighten you with a deeper understanding and greater empathy for persons with cognitive impairment. You will be empowered with new tools and techniques to improve communications, care processes and tips to make dementia friendly changes to your home. This experience takes just 30 minutes so please contact ADR for an available time slot.  Mary Jo-Dementia Care Specialist 715-526-4712. 


Monday, Nov. 23, 11 am – 12 pm

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 3-4 pm

Thursday, Dec 17, 3-4 pm


 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  


 Universal Giving Page

The Catholic Foundation is excited to share with us that they have created a Universal Giving Page at  This is a great resource for our parish as we do not have an on line giving program. It makes giving to our parish simple and easy!  The Catholic Foundation will be cutting a check weekly to our parish along with a report of what families gave to the parish and the amount of each gift.   


 Holy Hour

Holy Hour will be the first Thursday, of the month6-7pm, December 3rd at 8:30 am in Church.

Food Pantry

The food pantry will be open on Tuesday, December 1st and December 15th.  There will be drive up service only. Please do not get out of your vehicle and have the rear passenger seat empty.


Thrift N Gift/Garage     

Thrift N Gift will be open Tuesday, December 1st and December 15th, noon to 3 pm. Only eight people can be in the store at one time and everyone must have on a mask. No children will be allowed. Social Distancing of 6 feet is required also.


Book Share

While Book Share has no set times/ days to be open, it is still available to visit for finding books.  Just let the office know or email Anne at, or send a message through the St. Michael’s Facebook page to set up a convenient time to visit.  We are over loaded and have all sorts of books for all ages!  Thanksgiving children’s books will be out and soon a lot of Christmas books, both for kids and adults as well as crafts and food.  Lots and lots of cookbooks, both newer and old ones!


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.  


New Parish Office Hours 

The Parish Office will be open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8-2 pm, Friday 9 am – 1 pm and closed on Wednesday.   Please contact Fr. Nonito at the Rectory for urgent matters (715) 994-1337.



Deadline for new information is 9:00 pm Monday evening. Contact Parish Office to submit


St. Michael’s Calendar

11/24/2020 Finance Council 11 am

12/01/2020 Thrift N Gift Noon – 3 pm

12/01/2020 Food Pantry 1-3 pm

12/03/2020 Holy Hour 8:30-9:30 am

12/15/2020 Thrift N Gift Noon – 3 pm

12/15/2020 Food Pantry 1-3 pm

12/20/2020 Decorate Church  10 am  



                                                                MASS TIMES

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 Sunday  












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