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 December 3-4


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 


              Fr. Francis                                            

My brothers and sisters in Christ…

My bulletin articles will tackle some of the important traditional occasions on this last month of the year… There will be in some part of the articles that would be informative, but I’m giving emphasis in its relation to our beliefs, particularly with our Catholic faith and some essential values about the events…so, happy reading everyone, but I also ask you to meditate on them deeply.

I shall begin with the Thanksgiving Day, though traditionally being celebrated every fourth Thursday of November, I want to include it since it’s almost December anyway. Now, since I’m not an American I’ve got no idea about it at all, so my very first question is; why Turkey…? Why not chicken or cow or pork or deer? Secondly, why is it held on the fourth Thursday of November? And thirdly, why is it called Thanksgiving Day? I was convinced of the answers I’ve got from all of these inquiries anyway. But above all, the best part of the tradition (on my part) is its incorporation to the Holy Eucharist. We have the Mass, and the Roman Missal has a particular inclusion of the Presidential prayers (the opening prayer, prayer over the gifts and the prayer after communion) particularly for Thanksgiving Day celebration, which means; there is a spiritual touch of the Thanksgiving besides its traditional aspect.

From my reflection, I think the best question was; what is it I am thankful for in celebrating Thanksgiving Day? We are grateful for our families; the occasion traditionally gathers family and relatives and even friends, who partake of the food prepared on our table, (it was my whole day affair with roasted turkey, hams, wine, salads, and of course the pies) and spend time of precious conversations.

But more than this, we should be thankful for the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, the spiritual sense of our tradition. It is even an act of thanksgiving itself. We come together as one family of God, his Church. We partake of the food at his Altar, which is the Body and Blood of Christ himself, and spend time listening to His inspiring Words. Thanksgiving Day just happens once in a year, but we can always thank God every day, in the Eucharist.

As your spiritual pastor, I was thankful to be part of your tradition (as I have said, I really enjoyed the moments and especially the food, my tummy was filled indeed) but my very concern is to “fill-up” our souls more. Thanksgiving Day is a holiday; why not make it a Holy day too.


Fr. Francis m.f.





St. Anthony - St. Michael’s Parishes

Again this week attendance was very low for Religious Education Classes.  It is very disappointing.  We will be looking at alternative program set ups for next year in order to help to education our young people in our Catholic faith.  

For Children in Front of Church

With the start of Advent, Advent calendars are available at the entrance of the church for the children to use as they prepare with their families for the BIRTHDAY OF OUR LORD, JESUS.  Also each week CHILDREN BULLETINS are available.  These bulletins are specially designed to help our young people to better understand the Mass.

 Christmas is Near

Any child who wishes to participate in the Annual Christmas Eve Nativity play during Mass are welcome to join in the celebration. Both St. Anthony and St. Michael’s will be having a Christmas Eve Mass, so children from both parishes are welcome to participate. If you are a parishioner from St. Anthony’s let Mary know at 715-756-2361, if you are parishioners at St Michael’s let me know at 715-851-2947. 



The children of Religious Education have made paper ornaments to be hung on the CHRISTmass tree in the front entrance of St. Michael’s.  Each ornament has a blank space for you to write the name of someone to pray for and then hang it on the tree.  Each week the students will add more ornaments to the tree until CHRISTmass Mass!  (I know we are misspelling Christmas to remind everyone the true meaning of CHRISTmass!)

Religious Education Calendar of Upcoming Events



Wednesday December 7th

Wednesday December 14th

Wednesday December 13th

Wednesday December 21st Rehearsal-and Small Birthday Party

Wednesday December 28th No Class

Wednesday January 4th No Class

Wednesday, January 11 Classes resume

God bless, 








  12/05……………....………………..……….…No Mass    

     12/06…….…Fr. Gerald Foley,  Fr. Callistlus Elue,       

                                                              Fr. Martin Fox                                                  

    12/07 ....……………………For the Poor & Homeless

                        12/08..........................................Kateri Prayer Circle

            12/09...................................Those Struggling with Addition

                                            12/10  …………......................……Kateri Prayer Circle   

    12/11.Sally Kitson, Elizabeth Rose Martin & Jane Martin 



 Financial Blessings

November 26 7 27


Envelopes      $1188.00

  Loose           $0515.10




Liturgical Ministers:

Saturday, December 10 4:00 pm

 Lector: Lisa Peters     Servers:  Isabella    Eucharistic Minister: Deacon Mark  



Sunday, December 11 – 8:30 am    


Lector: Joe Michel      Servers: Andre Kakwitch  Eucharistic Minister: Rayne Tucker

                                                                   Sasawn  Shawanokasic


Saturday, December 17-4:00 

                    Lector:  Lela & Matthew      Servers: Ashley Moses  Eucharistic Minister:  Tony Waupochick



Sunday, December 18 – 8:30 am    


Lector:  Kris Going      Servers: Derek Minch  Eucharistic Minister:  Deacon Mark

Mylee Sanapaw 



Welcome to our Catholic family through baptism Sylvia Elizabeth Anhalt, daughter of Britney Sylvia DeLeon and Mark David Anhalt who was baptized on Sunday, November 27th



SHARE IN THE CARE. Please give to those who have given a lifetime. There will be a second collection next weekend for Diocesan Priests’s Retirement.  Envelopes are in this weeks’ bulletin.  Please return next weekend.                                                                                                                                 


Good things are happening around St. Michael’s.  Each week, we will spotlight a person, persons or group that that spotlight shines on.  If you know of somewhat from our parish that we need to recognize, please call or E-mail St. Michaels.  Thank you.

 Ruth is a member of St. Michael’s Parish.  She volunteers for Big Brothers Big Sisters, tutors students at Olga Brener Intermediate School in Shawano and sings and plays guitar at St. Michael’s Church with the Angel’s Choir.  Ruth also teaches catechism to the 1st and 2nd graders every Wednesday at our church.  Ruth 

is the daughter of Kathy King-Tucker and Lyle Tucker, who are also very active in the church. All their volunteering has rubbed off on their daughter, who you can find helping out at most events going on at church.  Thank you Ruth for the time you dedicate to St. Michael’s!  















The Knights of Columbus sponsored a Thanksgiving meal Thanksgiving Day. were served.  Thank you to all the volunteer drivers, cooks, servers, clean-up, etc. for all your time in making this a very successful event which served many community members.                




ADORATION: Solemn Sacerdotal Eucharistic Adoration will be first Thursday of the month, December 1st at St. Michael Church at 6 pm.

ST. JOSEPH CROSS  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.  She has received $759.35 in donations. The cross 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. 


                                                         FUTURE EVENTS




This is a Holy Day of obligation. Mass will be at 7:00 pm on Wed. Dec. 7th at St. Francis Solanus in Gresham, Thurs. Dec. 8th at 8:00 a.m. at St. Michael’s in Keshena and 8:30 am at St. Mary in Leopolis. 


St. Michael will have Reconciliation on Monday, December 12 at 6 pm.  Additional priests will be joining Fr. Joel and Fr. Francis.  There will also be Reconciliation on Tuesday, December 13th at Tigerton at 6:30 pm.




Food Pantry distribution will be on Tuesday, December 6th and Tuesday, December 20th from 1 pm to 3 pm.   We are in need of shampoo, bar soap & toothpaste.


Thrift & Gift will be open on Tuesday, December 6th and Tuesday, December 20th from noon until 3 p.m.  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.

Shawano High School Horticulture Club is having a Poinsettia Sale starting on Tuesday, December 6th from 8 am to 3:30 pm (every weekday until sold out) at Shawano High School Greenhouse.  Variety: Red, white, Pink, Maroon, White/Pin Marble, Red Glitter (Jingle Bells)  $10.00 each Poinsettia.




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

Christmas  Eve Mass Schedule:

St. Michael Keshena - 4:00 pm

St. Mary Leopolis - 4:00 pm

St. Anthony Neopit - 6:00 pm

St. Francis Gresham – 8:00 pm

Christmas Day Mass Schedule:

St. Michael Keshena -  8:30 am

St. Francis Gresham – 8:30 am

New Years  Eve Mass Schedule:

St. Michael Keshena - 4:00 pm

St. Mary Leopolis - 4:00 pm

St. Anthony Neopit - 6:00 pm

St. Francis Gresham – 8:00 pm

New Years Day Mass Schedule:

St. Michael Keshena -  8:30 am


St. Francis Gresham – 8:30 am



















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