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 December 31-January 1



Anamehawikamek Welcome 



We are a Christian community called together to grow in faith and to celebrate God’s love for us in the Mass and Sacraments of the Catholic Church.  Through the gospel message and our common worship we are challenged to give Christian witness by our lives and service to others. 


P.O. Box 610

Keshena, WI 54135

Parish Administrator, Fr. Joel Jores - 715-799-3811 -

           Associate Priest: Fr. Francis Zurbano-715-799-3811 - 

              Deacon Mark Fuller - 715-201-2961 

Parish Secretary, Vicki Hermsen  - 715-799-3811 -

Religious Education Lois Maczuzak  - 715-851-2947 -


SATURDAY MASS:  4:00 pm  SUNDAY MASS:  8:30 am

CONFESSION:    Saturday 3:30 - 3:45pm 

CONFESSION:        Sunday 8:00-8:15

ROSARY:  Saturday 3:30 pm     Sunday  8:30 am 

DAILY MASS: Chapel Southside of Church

Tuesday/Thursday   8:00 am  and Wednesday/Friday  10:00 am

KATERI PRAYER CIRCLE:  After 8 am mass on Thursday morning    

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

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.

CONFIRMATION:  Next class 2018.


KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: Third Tuesday of the month – 7 pm,

Grand Knight Paul Marroquin 715-799-3765 




by Deacon Mark Fuller

On behalf of Fr. Joel, Fr. Francis, and myself, I would like to thank all those who gave us such warm wishes, cards, and gifts this Christmas season. We truly appreciate your kindness and thoughtfulness!  I especially wish to thank all the parish staff for their hard work and generosity to us during this time Christmas of year.

This past Friday on December 30, the Feast of the Holy Family was celebrated. Usually this feast is held on Sunday, but when a Sunday does not occur between December 25 and January 1, this feast is celebrated on December 30th.  A passage from one of the readings for this feast reads:


“Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,
heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,
bearing with one another and forgiving one another, 
if one has a grievance against another; 
as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.”  (Colossians 3:12-13)

I believe these are wonderful virtues to practice that will make family life stronger and help us follow the example of the Holy Family. I say they are wonderful but I do not say they are easy…. especially in those moments in family life when it seems all one’s patience has been used up for the day by11:15 AM!  There are very few perfect families around but God is patient as calls us as individuals and families to grow and keep loving one another.  The passage speaks of gentleness and one way to practice gentleness within one’s family is to make sure that for every critical comment made to a family member, that one balances this by also giving “two” positive comments as well. This approach might help prevent discouragement and anger.

Another way to improve family relationships is to purposely make sure you express gratitude to others, especially when it is so easy to take others for granted. A lesson from Flannery O’Connor’s short story, “Greenleaf” speaks on this, “Some people learn gratitude too late, Mr. Greenleaf, and some never learn it at all.”  We all have much to be grateful for- this coming New Year, let us strive to be more grateful to God for his blessings and grateful too for those love ones He has placed in our lives.

In His Mercy, 

Deacon Mark





Happy New Year from the teachers and staff of our Religious Education Program!

As the New Year approaches, this last call for any of our young children to come and receive their instructions for the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion for this session.  Attendance for these sacraments is imperative and instructions begin January 11th!  Call me or come to Barrett Hall to sign up your child.  Continuous attendance is essential!   If you have any questions about our program, please call me at 715-799-4826.  (Please note that phone number has been changed!)  If you have any suggestions on how to improve our program, e-mail me at and title the e-mail improving the program.  Your ideas and suggestions are welcome!



Religious Education Schedule

Wednesday January 4th No Class

Wednesday, January 11 Classes resume

God bless,  Lois


Thank you to Lois Maczuzak and the Religious Education teachers for organizing the Children’s Play at the 4 pm Christmas Eve Mass.   Great Job Teachers and students!


  January 1, 2017

Solemnity of Mary, The Holy

Mother of God 





     1/02………....………………..……….…No Mass    

       10/3…….…Fr. Omer Kelley, Fr. William Kurth,         

                        Fr. Richard Klingeieen                                             

    1/04 .............……..........…..Children of the World

         1/05.............................................William McElroy                                                                        1/06...............................Nursing Home Residents

     1/07  ………….................Maury & Jane Griebach

       01/08..............................Art, Ray, and John Ward



 Financial Blessings

December 24 & 25


Envelopes      $2692.00

  Loose           $ 636.25




Liturgical Ministers:



Saturday, January 7-4:00 

                         Lector:  Lela & Matthew       Servers: Ashley Moses  Eucharistic Minister:  Kitty Gilane



Sunday, January 8 – 8:30 am    


Lector: Lois Maczuzak   Servers: Derek Minch  Eucharistic Minister:  Vicki Hermsen




    Saturday, January 14-4:00 


Lector: Paula Wilber   Servers: Ella & Caire    Eucharistic Minister:  Jean Thibodeau




SUNDAY, JANUARY 15-8:30               


Lector:  Kathy Tucker    Severs: Sasanehseah   Eucharistic Minister:  Rayna Tucker





Fr. Joel, Fr. Francis, Deacon Mark and the parish staff would like to wish all parishioners a very prosperous and Happy New Year.   .          




Joyce Lightner


Roger McPherson Sr. & Roger McPherson, Jr.

Steve Reichel

Dennis McPherson

Patricia Hermsen

Barbara Waupochick-Wilber

David Wilber Sr.

Pam Wilber

Paul Wilber

Joe Wilber

Mark Wilber

Onie Besaw

Wayne “Butch” Keshena

Abraham, Olivia, Richard Katchenago

Donald Noel

Robert, Donna & Todd Tucker

Mitchell & Charlette Nacotee

Agnes & Peter Gauthier

Rip & Nancy Hundt’s Parents

The Fenlon Family

Lorraine, Glenn, Mike, Dan, & Rick Harmon

Adam, Ione, Dennis, Mary Lynn Gwidt

Jerry Pawelczyk

Ann Bruski

Mott & LaRock Loved Ones

Taylor Waupochick

Special Intention

Joe & Dorothy Sokoly

Orlowski Family

George & Marcella Wilber

The Hoffman Family

Christmas Eve celebration at South Branch Community Center was well attended with active participants. Some of the children wore their regalia. 



St. Michael’s 2017 Calendars are available at the entrances to the church.   Please take one per family.


DONATIONS:  Thank You to all the non-parish members for their financial contributions to St. Michael. 



                                                         FUTURE EVENTS



 PARISH COUNCIL will met at 4:30 on January 3rd in Fr. Barrett Hall.  


Thank you for volunteering and donating food to St Michael's Food Pantry. Happy New Year. Food Pantry open January 3rd and 17th from 1:00 pm till 3:00 pm  God Bless.  Pat Gwidt, St Michael's Food Pantry Coordinator


Open Tuesday, January 3rd and 17th from noon until 3 pm.  Contact Cookie Vigue if you have any questions 920-216-9240. If you would like to drop off a donation, please bring it to the Parish Office if no one is at Thrift & Gift.  Office is open 9 am to 2 pm Monday – Friday.


A huge thank you to the Green Bay Diocese who gave a contribution to our food pantry.  We are Blessed!

ADORATION:   Solemn Sacerdotal Eucharistic Adoration will be Thursday, January  5th St. Michael Church at 6 pm

BOOK SHARE will be held next Sunday January 8th after 8:30am mass.   All are welcome.  Books and fellowship. 


The statue of Jesus on the Cross at St. Joseph of the Lake Cemetery needs to be replaced. Delberta (Otradovec) Pethke has been raising funds for the last year for this project.  So far $900.34 has been received in donations. If anyone would like to make a contribution, please place in an envelope in the collection indicating what the money is for. This cross is in desperate need of replacement.  Please help if you are able to.



Orphan Grain Train volunteers at St. James Lutheran Church in Shawano are excited to announce a special project to help the people of Haiti recover after Hurricane Matthew. They will be collecting new or slightly used five (5) gallon pails to be shipped to the people of Haiti. Kick off will be January 1st and run for 30 days. The pails are used by Haitian people to bring clean drinking water from the mountain area into the villages.  Clean drinking water is crucial for Haiti with the spread of cholera.    Pails can be dropped off at St. James Lutheran Church, 324 S. Andrews Street or brought to St. Michaels (designated place in back of church) and we will bring them to St. James.   The goal is to collect 5000 pails. Any questions, please contact the parish office or Jim/Judy Oberstein at 715-201-0283.  Thank you in advance for your donations.   

If you know of an incident of sexual abuse of a person who is now under the age of 18 by a priest, deacon, employee or volunteer, PLEASE IMMEDIATELY CALL THE CIVIL AUTHORITIES AND THEN THE DIOCESEIf the person was abused as a minor but is now an adult, please contact: 

Jayne Stefanic

Diocesan Assistance Coordinator

Catholic Diocese of Green Bay

P.O. Box 23825

Green Bay, WI 54305-3825

Telephone: 1-877-270-8174or 920-272-8174
Email the Office of Safe Environment

We always encourage you to report the incident to local civil authorities.



Fr. Joel and Fr. Francis (with Lambeau) “Walking on Water” recently on Legend Lake.



























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