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Bulletin Feb. 18,2018

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  February 18, 2018 First Sunday of Lent               


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.





                           ST. ANTHONY'S PARISH MISSION STATEMENT

St Anthony Church is a community of people where a 

sense of belonging welcomes one and all;

where tradition and culture offer deeper

faith,hope and love;

Where religious education becomes pathway to our identity.

            St. Anthony Church is a community of people

Where you belong forever.


Anamehawikamek Welcome 



ST MICHAEL’S                          and                                     St. Anthony's

                         P.O. Box 610        P.O. Box241

                     Keshena, WI 54135                             Neopit, WI 54150                             


      Parish Administrator, Fr. Joel Jores - 715-799-3811 -                           Associate Priest: Fr. Francis Zurbano-715-799-3811 - 

                    Deacon Mark Fuller - 715-201-2961 

      Parish Secretary St. Michael, Vicki Hermsen  - 715-799-3811 -

Parish Secretary St. Anthony, Mary Harte – 715-756-2361 – 

Religious Education Kathy King-Tucker - 715-799-3927 –  


Find us on Facebook:  stmichael Keshena and stanthony Neopit


       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.





The Effects of the Sacrament of Matrimony

We always look for effects in dealing with everything;

Our Catechism teaches us then, CCC 1638-1642 cf. This is Our Faith by Michael Francis Pennock: “Once Marriage is consummated, an irrevocable, perpetual and exclusive bond results between the spouses who freely    consented to become lifelong partners. Their relationship is covenantal, not simply contractual, in which the Lord showers his graces to perfect their love and strengthen their unity. A major fruit of their life in common is the welcoming of any children God may send them. Their life together, along with their efforts to rear and educate their children in a family setting, is the primary means for a married couple to attain holiness.”

Receiving the Sacrament of Matrimony, couples come into a lifelong partnership; which leads them into a more holy-Christian relationship, living as what we so called the basic unit of God’s people-his Church, i.e. family which is always graced by God’s blessing especially of the children God has to give them.

I ask you especially couples to reflect aga in about what has the Sacrament of Matrimony should have affect us...

Fr. Francis, m.f. 

The Mass


Liturgy of the Word: Over the course of the liturgical year, readings from Scripture, especially the Gospels, provide the heart of this part of the celebration. The proclamation of God’s Word and its explanation are meant to arouse our faith and prepare us for an ever deeper participation in the mystery of the Eucharist. The readings are followed by a homily from a bishop, priest, or deacon; the Profession of Faith in the recitation of the Creed; and intercessory prayers.



Faith Formation Update

On Wednesday the Faith Formation students watched the Bishop’s appeal video and had a brief review on the meaning of Ash Wednesday and Lent.  We are putting together a poster with heart cut outs on how we will change our Hearts during Lent.  We then all attended Deacon Mark’s prayer service and received ashes. 

Faith Formation/Confirmation Schedule:

Feb. 21 Class

Feb. 27 Class

Mar.   7 Meet 5:30, Mass 6 pm, Potluck to follow

Mar. 14 Class


Encounter Majd

In Iraq, we encounter Majd and his family, people forced to flee violence, searching for stability. How are we called to welcome the stranger in our midst? How can you support those, worldwide, who are forced to flee their homes to find safety or better opportunities?  Visit for more. 

Called to the desert

Satan tempted even Christ, so why should we expect to be spared? So often we whine about the “hard choices” in life, as if someone had promised us that righteousness would always feel good, be easy. A quick review of scripture will certainly remind us that walking the Christian life is tough, demanding, occasionally excruciating. It wasn’t a pleasure cruise Jesus set out on when he went to the desert to pray. He knew the battles ahead would demand much of him, and he went to prepare.

It’s an example we would do well to follow. Instead of sitting in our comfortable chairs bemoaning the trials of everyday life over coffee and cookies, let’s find a rocky, barren place with no distractions. Make a hollow in the busy schedule of your life, where you can call out to God and learn to resist the devil in all his forms. Come out to the desert. God is waiting there with strength and hope for you..


Encounter Lent

Join our faith community – and nearly 14,000 Catholic communities across the United States – in a life-changing Lenten journey of encounter with CRS Rice Bowl. Pick up your family’s CRS Rice Bowl from the main entrance to church. During the 40 days of Lent, as companions on the journey, we will encounter our neighbor. 

Daily Reflections for Lent – Not by Bread Alone 2018 are available in the entrances. Please take one per family. 


Fish Fry

St. Michael’s will be having two Fish Fries during Lent - March 2nd and March 16th from 4 – 6 pm. We are looking for monetary donations to defray the cost of the fish.  Any amount will be helpful and can be given to the Parish Office.  Thank you. 



           First Sunday in Lent


      February 18th, 2018 





    2/19……..………....………………..…………….…No Mass     

2/20…….…………..Rev Michael Betley, Rev John Becker

2/21……..…Deacon John Bundra, Deacon Andrew Bures

2/22…….……………………………..…Kateri Prayer Circle

2/23  ..….………………………Those suffering with cancer

2/24…….………………………………..……Larry Kohlman 

2/25 ………………………....St. Michael Parish Volunteers




  St. Michael Financial Blessings Feb. 10 & 11







      $  220.70

Bishop Appeal Goal


Building & Grounds


Thrift & Gift/Garage


Liturgical Ministers  


Saturday, February, 24 4:00 pm

 Lector       Servers        Eucharistic

Bryan Lepscier 

Claire Chevalier 

Ashley Moses

Jean Thibodeau

Sunday, Febrbruary 25, 9:00 am 

Delberta Pethke


Deacon Mark


Sunday, March 3, 9 am                                                             

 Lector       Servers    Eucharistic Minister


Lela & Matthew Schwitzer


Deacon Mark


Sunday, March 4, 9 am           


Kathy Tucker


Rayna Tucker



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. 

What is the Bishop's Appeal?

The average gift in 2017 was $189.00. Through prayerful consideration, we encourage everyone to consider what they can share with those who have less.  Even small donations add up when everyone participates.  


 You Can Understand the Bible!

If you want a better understanding of our faith, and a deeper relationship with God, then you should join us for “A Quick Journey Through the Bible”, beginning Monday,  February 19, at St. Michael’s Fr. Barrett Hall; we will meet from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM for 8 sessions.

By being a part of this bible study, you will not only benefit personally, but you will also help to bring about a profound renewal in our parish as we all grow closer to Christ.  The study will include a series of eight, half-hour videos presented by Jeff Cavins. Each video will be followed by a lively group discussion.  This would be a good Lenten practice!

For more information, please contact Tony Waupochick, 715-799-3437, or Deacon Mark Fuller, 715-524-5094.


Fish Fry

St Anthony’s will be having multiple fish fries during lent. The first one is Friday, Feb 23rd from 4-7 pm. The other ones are March 9th and March 23rd.

Fish Fry

St. Michael’s will be having two Fish Fries during Lent - March 2nd and March 16th from 4 – 6:30 pm. We are looking for monetary donations to defray the cost of the fish.  Any amount will be helpful and can be given to the Parish Office.  Thank you.

Penance Service: 

There will be a penance service at St. Michael’s on Wednesday, March 14 from 6 - 8 pm.  Mark your calendars 



We are looking for someone to help with sorting clothing and miscellaneous items on the first and third Monday of the month for about 2-3 hours.  If you can help, please call Cookie at (920) 216-9240 or the parish office at (715) 799-3811.



Adults 18 and over are invited to a Koinonia (Community) retreat in Antigo MARCH 2ND -4th at St. Hyacinth-St. Mary Church.  This retreat is a relaxing Spiritual weekend surrounded by God's love with His people.  It features inspiring talks with Scripture, and personal witness, prayer, good food and fellowship, and beautiful spiritual surprises.  Individuals and/or couples are welcome to attend and may stay overnight if they wish but are not required to do so.  Fr. Zach Weber will be the Spiritual Director. To register please contact:  Michelle Cochrane at 715-623-3148 or e-mail her at .  


The Parish Cemetery Committee – The relationship between  the Committee and the Parish Employees

Parish employees who do not work for the parish cemetery, such as grounds work, record keeping, or account, shall be accountable to the pastoral leader.  Anyone who does work in a parish cemetery, either an employee of the parish or a private contractor, shall be compensated in according with parish policies and be issued the appropriate tax forms at the end of the calendar year. Private contractors must have the required insurance in order to work on parish property. Proof of insurance must be received from private contractors prior to any work being performed on cemetery property. This includes companies performing interments/entombments; grounds keeping and landscaping, road work; setting of markers/monuments, foundations; etc 


Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers Needed

Come help celebrate the Mass by joining us as a lector or Eucharistic minister on Saturday or Sundays.  Preparation is minimal and the rewards of this service are enriching and fulfilling. Please contact the Parish Office at St. Michaels if interested. (715) 799-3811.


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. 

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. Mass offered online at Check the website for times and dates.




Thrift & Gift will be open February 20th  from noon – 3 pm.   If you have a donation, it can be dropped off at Parish Office or Thrift & Gift if open.  We need towels.  Thank you. We are looking for someone to help with sorting clothing and miscellaneous items on the first and third Monday of the month for about 2-3 hours.  If you can help, please call Cookie at (920) 216-9240 or the parish office at (715) 799-3811. 



St. Michael’s and St. Anthony’s Food Pantry will be open February  20th from 1-3 pm. St Michaels is in need of brown paper bags, meat sauce, cereal and soup. 


Thanks to all who hosted and brought books in this past year!  The new sign-up sheet for hosting one of the Sundays in 2018 is up.  Please sign up to host one of the 12 Sundays next year, it will be greatly appreciated!  Book share is open the first Sunday of the month,  and the first Tuesday of the Month with Food Pantry.



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

St.Michael's Parish Office Hours:

Office hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8 am to 3 pm., Wednesday and Friday 9 am to 1 pm. If you have an urgent matter, please contact Fr. Joel or Fr. Francis.


St. Anthony's Parish Office Hours: 

Monday-Friday 8:00 am-4:30 pm.


Fr. Joel will have office hours as follows:

Tuesday – St. Michael’s

Wednesday – St. Francis

Thursday – St. Anthony



Mark Your Calendarsr.

 02/20/2018 Thrift & Gift St. Michael Noon – 3 pm

 02/20/2018 Food Pantry St. Michael/St. Anthony  1 – 3 pm  

 02/20/2018 Knights of Columbus St. Michael 7 pm - ?

         02/23/2018 Fish Fry                 St. Anthony 5:00 -

            03/02/2018 Fish Fry            St. Michael    4 – 6:30 pm

          03/04/2018 Book Share       St. Michael     10 am

          03/06/2018 Thrift & Gift      St. Michael  Noon – 3 pm

          03/06/2018 Food Pantry      St. Michael  St. Anthony    1 – 3 pm


                        MASS TIMES:

                               St. Michael – 4:00 pm Saturday/ 9:00 am Sundays

      St. Anthony – 10:30 am Sundays

               St. Francis Solanus – 8:30 am Sundays

St. Mary10:30 am Sunday



















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