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Bulletin Dec. 17, 2017

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  DECEMBER 17th, 2017 Third 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.


                                                                                                                                                                          Hello Co-travelers!

Be watchful!; Be prepared! and now Be truthful!

In this already 3rd Sunday of Advent 2017, we are invited by the Liturgy of the day to heed the call of truthfulness as John the Baptizer did when asked by the authorities of his time and place. Though this Sunday is called Gaudete Sunday, which means a day of rejoicing because God’s promise is about to happen according to our first Reading from Prophet Isaiah: “I rejoice heartily in the Lord, in my God is the joy of my soul”. Isaiah, after being anointed by the Lord, is sent to bring glad tidings to the lowly, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners and to announce a year of favor from the Lord. In other words, the promised redeeming grace is about to be obtained by all. But we, needing of this redemption, must listen to the preaching of John the Baptizer because we was sent too to prepare us for the imminent coming of the Lord. His voice and call to repentance may sound a disturbing message but let us open wide our ears to it because it’s like a bitter medicine that will certainly heal us from our spiritual illnesses. So rejoice and be glad, the Divine Doctor is at the door of our hearts knocking and wants to get inside, “Please let Him in, let’s make room and space for Him in our plans and programs this upcoming Christmas season.” talking to Him, to be with Him, to adore him is the main reason of our celebration of His birthday. And so just like John the Baptizer, let our spirit of welcoming Jesus in our lives be marked with truthfulness of who we really are, sons and daughters of a loving and forgiving God.

Last Dec. 12, the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, with four parishioners, I happened to go to do a pilgrimage to the Diocesan Shrine dedicated to Her in La Crosse. Oh, what a wonderful, glorious and gorgeous day that was, sunny and clear day. We were able to attend the Pontifical Mass presided by His Eminence Card. Raymond Leo Burke. Mama Mary, thank you very much for the beautiful day spent with you in that Shrine! Thanks for the safe and sound travel we had that day. I love you Mama Mary. I offered that mass for all the four parishes I am serving. But as you always from it from me, “it takes two to tango”. Rejoice in the Lord, be truthful!


Co-Traveler,   Fr. Joel Jores, MF


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


The meal part of the Mass is the part that most clearly resembles Thanksgiving dinner. Our American ancestors gave thanks for their life in a new land by sharing a meal. And Jesus told us to give thanks also by sharing a meal. The way in which we participate most fully in the thanksgiving of the Eucharist is by sharing in Communion. Catholics believe that in the celebration of the Mass, the bread and wine are changed into the Body and Blood of Christ. And wet new eat the drink the Body and Blood of Christ, we are also changed. St. Augustine said we become what we eat. This action in the liturgy is a direct response to Jesus’ command to break bread and share the cup as a sign of sharing in his body and blood. Several things happen to us when we share in Communion. Our union with Christ is strengthened; our spirit is nourished; we are separated from sin; we become more loving; we become one with each other; as Church we become more committed to the poor.



Faith Formation will meet on Wednesday, 12/20 at 5:30 to practice for the Christmas play to be performed at Christmas Eve Mass at 6 pm.  On 12/24, please make sure the children are here by 5:30 pm to dress for the play.  Christmas break Dec 27th and Jan 3rd.  Classes resume January 10th


Confirmation Candidates News   


Confirmation will meet on Wednesday, 12/20 at 5:30 and then will be off for Christmas Break. Classes resume 01/10/18 at 5:30 pm.




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.



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 17th, 2017 – Third Sunday of Advent



  St. Michael Financial Blessings Dec 9th & 10th






Thrift & Gift

$ 197.00

St. Anthony Financial Blessings Dec 10th  






Liturgical Ministers  


Saturday, December 23, 4:00 pm

 Lector       Servers        Eucharistic

Bryan Lepscier

Isabella Waupochick

Pat Gwidt

Sunday, December 24, 9:00 am 

Gryphon Braun


Vicki Hermsen


 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


The IRS regulations require donations to be received by a charity on or before December 31, 2017 or postmarked

December 31, 2017 to qualify as a deduction for 2017.

We will watch the mail on January 2, 2018 for any envelopes postmarked December 31, 2017 so that you are credited appropriately.  Thank you for your generosity.


Faith Formation is raffling off an autographed Packer football. Tickets are $1 for one or $5 for six. Drawing will be after Christmas Eve Mass on December 24th. Tickets will be for sale after Mass this weekend. 


Thank you to all who took an ornament from our Giving Tree and returned a gift. The items on the tree will benefit our local community of Menominee County Reservation CBRF and Maehnowesekiyah Domestic Violence Program.  The Giving Tree from St. Anthony’s will benefit the elders at CBRF and the local community. 


Thank you to all who gave generously last weekend through the Retirement Collection. If you still wish to donate, you may use the envelopes in church or the parish office to share in the care of our retired sisters, brothers and religious order priests, as well as our own diocesan priests. On behalf of them, thank you for your generous care!



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 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.


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. 



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

12/12/2017 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

12/22/2017 Ordination Anniversary St. Anthony 12 pm – 1 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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