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 December 10-11


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 brothers and sisters in Christ…

For this week, my article will be about Advent. Basically, Advent has a two-fold character, for it is the time of preparation for the Solemnities of Christmas, in which the First Coming of the Son of God to humanity is remembered, and likewise a time when, by remembrance of this, minds and hearts are led to look forward to Christ’s Second Coming at the end of time. For these reasons, Advent is a period of devout and expectant delight. Universal Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendar. 39 The official color (of vestments) for the season of Advent is violet. (Blue vestment although is not approved here in the United States).

Let us take note of another character for this season, “Advent is a time to recall the cry of the early Christians: Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus! A communal celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation is one way of assisting the people of God in preparing for the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord. Order of Prayer in the Liturgy of the Hours and Celebration of the Eucharist

Moreover, this season is likely known of its popular symbol in many churches and even at home which is the Advent Wreath, it may be placed in the narthex or gathering area, or near the ambo. ORDO It is blessed at the first Sunday of Advent. It emphasizes the circular shape which means eternity, has four candles; 3 violets and 1 pink to represent the 4 Sundays of Advent, every candle will be lighted on every Sunday celebration of the Holy Mass. (an option of a white candle to be placed at the center of the Wreath is for Christmas day)


Advent or Adventus in Latin means “coming” or “to come”, referring to the coming of our Lord, this is why we are asked to prepare. This season must be a season of hope, as we prepare for the coming of the Lord we are confident of His presence. Christ our Emmanuel (God with us) will always be with us, so we are asked as one Church to renew our faith to the Lord, like how St. Richard of Chichester declares; “to know him more clearly, to love him more dearly, and to follow him more nearly, day by day”. But above all, we hope for our justification on the “last day”, that is why we must listen to the “voice of one crying out in the desert; prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths”, who is spoken about by the prophet Isaiah, and this voice is John the Baptist calling on us to “repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”. 1-12 Repentance is humility, and humility will always allow us of God’s kingdom.  [so please do find time on December 12 @6pm, St. Michael’s Parish, Keshena for our Advent Penance Service (advent confession)


Fr. Francis m.f.





St. Anthony - St. Michael’s Parishes


This coming week the children will be learning about the Jesse Tree.  It is important for the children to understand the history that lead up to the birth of our Savior, Jesus.  The Jesse Tree is an excellent way for the children to understand the true meaning of Christmas.  


Also starting on Wednesday the Nativity presentation for Christmas Eve will be rehearsed.  Parts will be assigned and costumes fitted.  If there are any children from St. Michael’s parish who want to participate in this wonderful annual event, call me at 715-799-4826.  If you want to participate in the presentation at St Anthony’s, call Mary Hart at 715-756-2361

 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 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, 








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

                                                       12/13…….…Henrietta Planz& FamilyLiving & Deceased                                             

             12/14 ....………………Dying with No One to Pray for them

                                                         12/15..........................................Kateri Prayer Circle

                       12/16............................Fr.Richard Getchel, Fr. David Hoffmann, 

Fr. John Girotti 

                                                                 12/17  …………..........Lawernce & Carol Frechette   

                         12/18.....Pope,   Priests and those in Religious Lives



 Financial Blessings

December 3 & 4


Envelopes      $ 844.00

  Loose           $ 497.00




Liturgical Ministers:



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 



 Saturday, December 24-4:00 


Lector:  Paula Wilber     Servers: Ella & Claire     Eucharistic Minister:  Deacon Mark



Lectore:  Jim & Ellie Sokoly Severs:  SasanehseahShawanokasic   Eucharistic Minister: 



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


St. Michael will have Reconciliation on Monday, December 12th 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.


The Worship Committee would like to invite parish members to help decorate the church for Christmas after 8:30am mass on Sunday, Dec 18th.   We will take a break to enjoy a pot luck brunch, so please being a dish to share         




Envelopes will be in the pews starting his weekend to collect money for Poinsettia plants for Christmas decorating.  They will be purchased in honor of a loved one.  Envelopes need to be returned to church or parish office by Dec 18th. Thank you

Ordination Anniversary Celebration

Father Joel’s 22nd (12/22/16) &

Father Francis’10th (12/14/16)

Thursday, December 22, 2016


St. Francis Parish Hall

All are welcome to attend.

POTLUCK – Please bring a dish to pass




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 $950.84 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.

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Knights of Columbus, Council

Once again, St. Kateri Tekakwitha Knights of Columbus, Council #12185 had their 14th year Thanksgiving Dinner. It was rewarding to us Knights, Lady Knights and Community Members to see such a wonderful turn out for Thanksgiving Dinner with all these families enjoying togetherness. It made us feel warm inside to have accomplished something good for our community. We served 439 inside meals and we delivered 379 home meals. We especially thank all those businesses through their generous donations throughout the years. We never had to turn anyone away or no one ever left hungry.  

Sincerely Yours,

Paul Marroquin, Grand Knight


PASSING OF FR. DAVID MCELROY’S FATHER BILLY.  We received word early Monday that Fr. David McElroy's father Billy passed away on December 4th in Ireland.  Fortunately, Fr. McElroy left De Pere late last week to join his family.  Thanks be to God that he was in Ireland when his father died.  Billy McElroy Sr, peacefully passed away on 4, December 2016. Born September 25, 1934, in Dublin

There will be a card in back of church at St. Michael’s, St. Francis and St. Anthony for you to sign that we will be sending to Fr. Mack.  If you wish, you may mail a card to Fr. David McElroy on your own, please send to:  Fr. David McElroy, St. Norbert Abbey, 1016 N Broadway Street, De Pere, WI 54115.




                                                         FUTURE EVENTS




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, Dec. 20th from 1 pm to 3 pm, and Jan. 3rd from 1 pm to 3 pm.  We are in need of shampoo, bar soap & toothpaste.


Open Tuesday, December 20th from noon until 3 p.m. and January 3rd 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.

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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