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Bulletin Dec. 24, 2017

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  DECEMBER 24th, 2017 Fourth 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.




Finally, we are at the 4th Sunday of Advent and very much I believe excited to celebrate His Holy Birthday. Well in this fourth Sunday, the liturgy of the word invites us all to look at Mama Mary as our model of trusting faith.

What is Faith? For many, perhaps, the word refers to those truths we profess when we recite the Creed. Those articles of belief are THE FAITH. Faith has another meaning, however: a personal meaning. Faith is not merely mental acceptance of truths. It is also personal trust. The Creed itself indicates this in its opening words: Not - “I believe that..” but, “I believe in..” The One we believe in, whom we trust, is God.

Mama Mary, after listening and heard from Archangel Gabriel the message, said “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” At that very moment she may not have fully understood the meaning of that very unique and especial and most important and badly needed encounter, and she humbly gave her TRUSTFUL FIAT / YES to the messenger.

How I wish that all of us can truly develop a trustful devotion to Mama Mary following her example in trusting God’s message of love and salvation. Let’s learn how to pray the Holy Rosary and make it a habit much more than anything else this world can offer.

And so coming from different walks of life, with different life setting or struggles, situations, with different ups and downs, let us journey together towards the humble appearance of the Mystery of the Incarnation of the Divine Word. In a manger the EMMANUEL IS BORN FOR YOU AND ME.

It’s our turn though, to make room for Him in each everyone’s heart, maybe first and foremost by an act of asking forgiveness. We can do this in so many simple ways possible, say hi! Merry Christmas to the person whom you, in the past, had hurt. And also by forgiving those who had wronged us. Step forward and do the first move to be reconciled with that person and be happy and make people happy around you. Yes, it is a challenge, but I assure you, you will be happy indeed!

So, please forgive me and Fr. Francis for all the times we missed to meet your expectations and we are so thankful for your patience with us as your foreigner priests. Merry Christmas to all!!!




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

The conclusion to the Mass is meant to be very abrupt. It consists of a final blessing and a formal dismissal of the assembly. Sometimes we add announcements and singing at the end, but, strictly speaking, those are not part of the conclusion. The way the ritual is given to us in the official rite is that after the dismissal, we simply leave. Why so abrupt? In the Mass, if we have been actively listening to God’s word for us in the liturgy, and if we have been truly thankful for God’s total love for us, we can't help but be changed. So when we leave the liturgy, we are going back out in the world more united as Christians-people more like Jesus. If we are more like Jesus, that means we will want to continue the work Jesus started. And the work of Jesus is so urgent that the Mass ends quickly- so we can start the work of Jesus more quickly. That is, we will want to rush out to tell more and more people about the overwhelming love of God.



The children should be at church at 5:30 on Christmas Eve to dress for the play.  Christmas break will be Dec 27th and Jan 3rd.  Classes resume January 10th


Confirmation Candidates News   


 Christmas Break will be 12/27/2017 and 1/3/2018. 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 24th, 2017 – Fourth Sunday of Advent


 St. Michael

12/25…………..Pam Wilber, Joe, Mark, Paul & Dave Wilber Sr.

12/26……….………Rev William Swichtenberg, Rev LeRoy Smet

12/27….….…Deacon Harvey Quinette, Deacon Maurice Reed

12/28………….………………………….…………….…Kateri Prayer Circle

12/29 ……………………………………………………………Manuel Ramos

12/30 ……….……………………………………………..Souls in Purgatory

12/31 9 am……………………………….St. Michael Parish Members

12/31 6 pm .……………………………………………..Parish Volunteers

St. Anthony



  St. Michael Financial Blessings Dec 16th & 17th






Building & Grounds

$ 259.71

St. Anthony Financial Blessings Dec 17th  






Liturgical Ministers  


Saturday, December 30, 4:00 pm

 Lector       Servers        Eucharistic

Faye Waupochick

Isabella Waupochick

Tony Waupochick

Sunday, December 31, 9:00 am 

Delberta Pethke


Pat Gwidt


 Sunday,  December 24,  9:00 am    

Jim & Ellie Sokoly

Derek Minch

Rayna Tucker


St. Anthony Liturgical Ministers                           

Sunday, December 24th, 2017 



Sydney Mitchell

Demitria Lyons





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.




Through the Sacrament of Baptism, St. Michael welcomes into our Catholic Faith Community Michael Henry Laird, son of  Megan Smith, Dylin Olivia Parduhn, daughter of Robert & Amy Parduhn,  Greysaen Pecore, son of Jake & Nicole Pecore, Brycen James Reiter, son of Jay Reiter Sr., Elias Jay Reiter, son of Jay Reiter Sr., Brett Randolph Reiter, son of Jay Reiter Sr. 

May God’s love and presence be with them as they begin May God’s love and presence be with them as they begin their Journey of Faith. 




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. 



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 January 2nd, 9th and 16th noon to 3pm.   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. 




 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 January 9th and January  16thfrom 1-3 pm.   St. Anthony’s will be open on January 2nd and 16thSt. Michael’s is in need of plastic and paper bags,  meat sauce, cereal and soup.  


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.



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

01/09/2018 Secretary Meeting St. Francis   11:00 am

01/09/2018 Pastoral Council St. Michael    6 pm

01/18/2018 Worship Committee St. Michael   4:45 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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