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  DECEMBER 10th, 2017 Second Sunday of Advent                          


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.


                                                                                                                                                                          In our Gospel today, voice of one crying out in the desert is heard: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths!

My dear co-travelers, homecoming is the central theme of the biblical readings for the second Sunday of Advent. All three readings focus on the absolute necessity of our getting ready for Christ’s “Homecoming” into our hearts and lives by true repentance, reparation, prayer and the renewal of our lives. They also remind us that the past coming or arrival of Jesus more than 2000 years ago, the present daily coming of Jesus through the Holy Eucharistic celebration and through the Scriptures and through the PRAYING COMMUNITY, and his future coming (The Second Coming) are actually the fulfillment of God’s saving plan for us, from all eternity.

In this second Sunday of Advent with that cry from John the Baptist: Prepare the way of the Lord! I hope and pray that, when you decide the day before or night before to come to attend and actively participate at Mass in our Church, you also invite every member of your family to join you or if not possible that they go to Mass too in their Church. In this way, you do not only do your religious obligation going to Church but also bring with you your loved ones. Christmas is a family gathering where we receive and give the gift of joy to be with, the forgiveness we all need with a heartfelt embrace from a loving and forgiving loved ones.

Last Friday we honored Mama Mary in her universal title: The Immaculate Conception. Hopefully we all take her in our family home and in our heart and so develop in us a certain devotion to her for she truly is a perfect Mother, though daughter of the Church, for us sinners.

Kindly include us, your imperfect priests, in your prayers. As you know, we are thousand miles away from our families this Christmas. Thanks!


Co-Traveler,   Fr. Joel Jores, MF The fifth element of the kerygma experience is Re-Creation.



The Mass: A slice at a Time - The Liturgical Year


God speaks to the people: The reason we come together is so God can speak to us. “Speech” or “word”, is one of the primary symbols. We hear God’s word in lots of ways. The clearest, most complete way is when parts of the Bible are read at Sunday Mass. Christians believe God’s word is a “living word.” That means that even though we are listening to something that was written thousands of years ago, there is a living spirit in those words that is supposed to shape us. I would like to think that I have a deeply spiritual experience every time I hear the readings at Mass. Sometimes, though, I’m distracted or worried of something else or sometimes the way the Word of God is read, is not that good, one can’t really pay attention. There’s nothing magic about the readings. We have to pay attention and contemplate what is God might be saying to us. We have to listen.  In the liturgy, God is speaking to us as a community, so it doesn’t all depend upon me. If I’m not paying attention or if I’m confused, I can rely on the rest of the assembly to hear with me. What is most important is how we all listen together, as a community. And of course, as a participating member of the community, it is still important that you focus as best you can as an individual.



Religious Education held an Advent Mass and potluck on Wednesday night with 50 plus students and family members participating.  Catechist Patty Fuller instructed the families in making mini Advent wreaths to take home, which Fr. Francis also blessed.  All attended Mass and afterwards enjoyed potluck. Thanks to all who were able to attend. Confirmation Candidates News   Next confirmation class will be Wednesday, December 13th.




We are working very hard to reestablish religious education here at St. Anthony’s.  Classes will start at 6:00 and meet in the community center.   Please pass the word.  Classes offered include Baptism and First Communion preparation.  If you have any questions or need additional information please call Mary Harte at 715-756-2361.  Thank you.



We need your help in decorating our Christmas tree this year.  We are calling for all of St Michael children to make a Christmas ornament to hang on our Christmas tree.  The ornaments can be up to 5 inches wide and long.  Place the finished ornaments in the Christmas box in the front entrance of church.  If you want to have your ornament returned be sure to clearly have your name on your ornament.  Share your Christmas Spirit!  



Father Joel is planning to offer the sacrament of baptism as a group event.  The baptisms will be for newborns to children aged 6 yrs. Baptisms will be held at St. Michael’s on Saturday, Dec 16th following the 4:00 Mass. All the office for preparation schedule. 

Baptisms will occur at St. Anthony’s on Sunday, Dec 17th immediately following the 10:30 Mass with preparation on December 9th at 2 pm.  Father requests the presence of the parents, godparents and grandparents at the preparation meeting held on Dec. 9.  For children 7 years and older, Father will set a time for Baptism in 2018.  These children are requested to attend Religious Education classes so they can prepare for this great sacrament.  

Classes for Baptism, Reconciliation and Eucharist are being made available at St. Anthony’s in the community center. There is one remaining class for the 2017 year which will be held Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 5:30pm – 6:30pm.


Baptism will occur in South Branch immediately following 10:30 Mass on Monday, January 1st. If you have any questions or need additional information please contact the parish offices. Information about preparation will follow. 


December 10th, 2017 – Second Sunday of Advent


St. Michael

12/11………..……….………….……………………………………….No Mass

    12/12………………………..Petronel Keshena Martin, Wayne, Jane, 

Betsy Martin and Sally Kitson

12/13  .………………………………………Those suffering with Cancer

12/14………….………………………….…………….…Kateri Prayer Circle

12/15 ……………………..Rev William Stengel, Rev. Roger Strebel

12/16 ……….………..…Deceased members of St. Michael Parish

12/17………………………………………………………Victims of Abortion


St. Anthony

12/03…...………………………………………………..Barbara Tourtillott



  St. Michael Financial Blessings Dec 2nd & 3rd 






St. Anthony Financial Blessings Dec 3rd   






Liturgical Ministers  


Saturday, December 16, 4:00 pm

 Lector       Servers        Eucharistic

Fay Waupochick

Ella & Claire Chevalier

Deacon Mark

Sunday, December 17, 9:00 am 

Gryphon Braun


Vicki Hermsen


Saturday, December 23, 4:00 pm

Bryan Lepscier

Isabella Waupochick

Pat Gwidt

 Sunday,  December 24,  9:00 am    


Jim & Ellie Sokoly

Derek Minch

Rayna Tucker



St. Anthony Liturgical Ministers                           







St. Michael, Keshena

Christmas Eve 6 pm, Christmas Day 9 am

New Years Eve 6 pm


 St. Anthony, Neopit

Christmas Eve – 10:30 am and 4 pm, 

St. Francis, Gresham

Christmas Eve 7 pm, Christmas Day 8:30 am

St. Mary, Leopolis

Christmas Eve 4 pm, Christmas Day 10:30 am

South Branch

Christmas Day  12 Noon, New Years Day 10:30 am


There are a few ornaments left on St. Michael’s Giving Tree in main church entrance.  The items on the tree are for our local community of Menominee County Reservation CBRF and Maehnowesekiyah Domestic Violence Program.  Pick an ornament off the tree, buy the gift and return wrapped with tag attached by December 17th.  


There is also a giving tree in St. Anthony’s for the elders at CBRF and throughout the community.  Please buy the gift on the gift tag and return the wrapped present by Dec. 17th.  Thank you.


There are envelopes in the pews to collect money for Poinsettia plants for Christmas decorating in honor of a loved one. Envelopes need to be returned by December 17th.  Thank you. 



St. Michael’s and St. Anthony’s Worship Committees will be decorating their churches for Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 17th immediately following the 9am and 10:30am Mass. We are looking for volunteers to help us.  There will be a potluck after decorating in Barrett Hall. St. Anthony’s will be serving potluck too.  It will be held in the community center when the decorating is complete.  Please join us in making our church beautiful for Christmas.




The Worship Committee at St. Michael’s is looking for people interested in joining the Committee.  We are responsible for the weekly preparation of the church, holidays, decorating, etc.  If you are interested, please contact the Parish Office at 715-799-3811.  Thank you in advance for considering this.



Fr. Joel will be celebrating his 23 year anniversary of his ordination and Fr. Francis will be observing his 11 year anniversary.  They are inviting you to join them Friday, Dec. 22 at St. Anthony’s from 12pm to 1pm for a potluck lunch.  Everyone is invited! Please call Mary in the parish office with any questions.


Why do I have to pay a stipend to get my baby baptized? This question has come up recently.  When a person is baptized, there is a gown and a candle given at the ceremony. This $10 goes to the church to cover costs for these items. 



In the aftermath of the shooting in Texas, our parish will be meeting today (Sunday) Nov 26th at 1:00 pm in Barrett Hall to discuss what the Diocese suggests that we, as parishes, do to prevent this tragedy from happening locally.  Please join us for coffee and conversation. 



Discover the history of the Diocese of Green Bay in a richly illustrated book.  These books sell for $30 and are available at the Parish Office and will be available in the future after Mass.



Thrift & Gift will be open  December 5th and 19th.  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. 




Both Food Pantries will be open  December 19th from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.  St. Michael’s is in need of plastic and paper bags,  meat sauce, cereal and soup.  St. Michael’s Food Pantry will NOT be open January 2nd due to New Year Holiday and inability to get food that day.  We will be open Jan 9th and 16th.  St. Anthony’s will be open on January 2nd and 16th.  


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, which will be, January 7th, 2018 and the first Tuesday of the Month with Food Pantry.  We even have cookbooks for kids! If you have any questions, please call Ann at 715-851-0160.


Winter clothing and other items will be available for free at the Woodland Boys and Girls Club in Neopit on Sunday, December 17 from 1200pm to 700pm.  This event is sponsored by The Communication Tree from Madison.  This organization is also looking for donations.  Please call Sherri at 608-609-4859 for more information. 



Fr. Joel will be celebrating his 23 year anniversary of his ordination and Fr. Francis will be observing his 11 year anniversary.  They are inviting you to join them Friday, Dec. 22 at St. Anthony’s from 12pm to 1pm for a potluck lunch.  Everyone is invited! Please call Mary in the parish office with any questions.


The Community Resource Center in Keshena offers an array of classes including computer skills, preparing for employment, and much more. Classes are open to the general public. Call 715-799-5137 for more information.

A memory café is offered monthly at the Keshena Senior Center. This is a social group for those with dementia and their caregivers. Contact Joyce Wayka for more information at 715-799-52


THE COMPASS special offer! Buy a one-year subscription and send a six-month gift subscription for free! Gift subscription must be to a new subscriber. Offer good through December 31, 2017. To receive this offer, call Barb Gauthier at (920) 272-8208 or (877) 500-3580, ext. 8208 (toll free from within the Diocese. Gift subscription must be to a new subscriber. Offer good through December 31, 2017



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 Calendars

 12/11/2017 Pastoral Council St. Anthony

12/12/2017    Finance Council St. Michael 11 am

12/12/2017 Pastoral Council St. Michael  6 pm  

12/12/2017 Secretary Meeting St. Francis  9:30 am

12/13/2017 Adoration/Holy Hour St. Anthony

12/19/2017 Knights of Columbus St. Michael 7 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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