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 January 8th, 2017 

The Epiphany of the Lord 


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 



NOTE FROM YOUR DEACON by Deacon Mark Fuller

A Note from your Deacon

This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, in which the “Three Kings” were “overjoyed at seeing the star” and brought their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the newborn Christ child.   The word “epiphany” comes from the Greek epiphainen, a verb that means "to shine upon," "to manifest," or “to make known.”  This feast of the Epiphany, then, celebrates that Christ has made Himself known to our world.  It is the light of Christ which is revealed and this light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5).  This light still shines and we are the ones that must keep the light of faith alive for all to see.  

As a way of celebrating the Feast of Epiphany in our home, it is been our custom to “chalk the door.”  This is a wonderful Catholic custom to participate in and very simple to do.  Gather the family at the door that is used most in your home or apartment.    The family gathers to ask God’s blessing on their home and on all those who live in or will visit during the year. It is an invitation for the Lord Jesus to be a daily guest in our home, our comings and goings, our conversations, our work and play, our joys and sorrows.

The traditional way to “chalk the door” is to write above the home’s entrance: 

20 + C + M + B + 17.  The letters C, M, B have two meanings. They are the initials of the traditional names of the three kings: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. They also abbreviate the Latin words Christus mansionem benedicat, “May Christ bless the house.” The “+” signs represent the cross and 2017 is the year.  We do this on the inside door of the house so that it will last the whole year.

Using a piece of chalk, mark the top of your front door molding as follows,

20 + C + M + B + 17 

while saying:

“The three Wise Men, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar followed the star of God’s Son who became human two thousand and seventeen years ago. May Christ bless our home and remain with us throughout the new year. Amen.

Then offer the following prayer: 

Visit, O blessed Lord, this home with the gladness of your presence. Bless all who live or visit here with the gift of your love; and grant that we may manifest your love to each other and to all whose lives we touch. May we grow in grace and in the knowledge and love of you; guide, comfort, and strengthen us in peace, O Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen

I invite you to practice this simple, Epiphany Catholic tradition.  I hope to see it when I visit your home someday!

In His mercy,


Deacon Mark





Faith formation classes resume on Wednesday, January 11th.  If you want your child to participate in receiving the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion, you need to enroll your child in the Faith Formation program on Wednesday, January 11th.  The classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:15.  Attendance for these sacraments is imperative and instructions begin January 11th!  Call me or come to Barrett Hall to sign up your child.   If you have any questions about our program, please call me at 715-799-4826.  (Please note that phone number has been changed!)  If you have any suggestions on how to improve our program, e-mail me at and title the e-mail improving the program.  Your ideas and suggestions are welcome!


God bless,



  January 8, 2017

The Epiphany of the Lord





                    There will be Mass on Monday, Jan. 9th at 8 am                    
    1/09………....………The Baptism of the Lord    

          1/10…….…Fr. Anthony Kutz, Fr. Roy Klister,         

                        Fr. Casimir Kutiuk                                            

      1/11 ..……..........…..For the Sick and Homeless

                                      1/12.................................Kateri Prayer Circle                                                                                      1/13...............................Victims of Abortion

          1/14  …George  & Theodore Vigue & Family, L&D

                                    1/15............................William McElroy



 Financial Blessings

Dec. 31 & Jan. 1


Envelopes      $1,447.00

  Loose           $ 1,184.35




Liturgical Ministers:


Saturday, January 14-4:00 

                                                                       Lector:  Paula Wilber      Servers: Ella l& Claire  Eucharistic Minister:  Jean Thibodeau



Sunday, January 15 – 8:30 am    


      Lector: Kathy Tucker    Servers: Sasanehseah  Eucharistic Minister:  Rayna Tucker 




                                    Saturday, January 21-4:00 


Lector: Lela & Matthew   Servers: Isabella Waupochick    Eucharistic Minister:  Cathy Wilber



SUNDAY, JANUARY 22-8:30               


                                  Lector:  Joe Michel    Severs: Andre Kakwitch   Eucharistic Minister:  Nancy Michel

Mylee Sanapa



Christmas Eve Mass was celebrated on December 24th at South Branch Community Center. It was well attended with active participants. 



There were 14 children baptized on New Year’s Day. This group baptism worked out so well, accommodating the needs of the various aged children. It was truly the answer to prayer and will long be remembered. Hopefully, this is the beginning of future church events.  God Bless You Fr. Joel. 

Welcome into our Catholic Faith through baptism:

Nismeqwuanan Brunette

Becka Mariah Brunette

Cynthia Mae Brown

Mila Rose Brown

Connor James

Charles James Jr.

Timothy White III

Tommy White

Faith Munson

James Munson

Jerome Munson Jr.

ElizaMae Johnson

Colt Samuel Dixon

Karliahmae Basina 




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


DONATIONS:  Thank You to all the non-parish members for their financial contributions to St. Michael. 

Calling all Youth

Play an instrument? Sing? Dance? Act? Experience with sound & lights? Good communication skills? Computer graphics experience? Artistic?

Father Francis and Father Joel are looking for you! Middle School through college aged who want to be a part of youth ministry. Please call or email Parish Office with your contact information.




                                                         FUTURE EVENTS




Next Sunday, January 15th we will take down the Christmas decorations after Mass.  Please join us.  The more people



Thank you for volunteering and donating food to St Michael's Food Pantry. Happy New Year. Food Pantry open January 17th from 1:00 pm till 3:00 pm  God Bless.  Pat Gwidt, St Michael's Food Pantry Coordinator


Open Tuesday, January 17th 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.


Thrift and Gift will be open Saturday, February 4th from 11 am to 2 pm.

 The Strong Bones Program is a weekly exercise program at St. Francis in Gresham, for men and women of all ages. Each class includes progressive weight training, flexibility and balance activities. People with health concerns such as arthritis, heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, obesity, and back pain often benefit the most from an exercise program that includes lifting light weights a few times a week.

Sandy Schinke will be your instructor.  Don’t wait, you can join at any time!!! Monday & Thursday’s at 4:05pm. Class will be held in the cafeteria area. If you are interested please call the Shawano County UWEX office at 526-6136
or pick-up a brochure.

We are able to provide some weights, so if you have your own please bring them, along with a towel/mat and
wear comfortable clothing. We will meet in the Gathering Space.




Orphan Grain Train volunteers at St. James Lutheran Church in Shawano are excited to announce a special project to help the people of Haiti recover after Hurricane Matthew. They will be collecting new or slightly used five (5) gallon pails to be shipped to the people of Haiti. Kick off will be January 1st and run for 30 days. The pails are used by Haitian people to bring clean drinking water from the mountain area into the villages.  Clean drinking water is crucial for Haiti with the spread of cholera.    Pails can be dropped off at St. James Lutheran Church, 324 S. Andrews Street or brought to St. Michaels (designated place in back of church) and we will bring them to St. James.   The goal is to collect 5000 pails. Any questions, please contact the parish office or Jim/Judy Oberstein at 715-201-0283.  Thank you in advance for your donations.   

If you know of an incident of sexual abuse of a person who is now under the age of 18 by a priest, deacon, employee or volunteer, PLEASE IMMEDIATELY CALL THE CIVIL AUTHORITIES AND THEN THE DIOCESEIf the person was abused as a minor but is now an adult, please contact: 

Jayne Stefanic

Diocesan Assistance Coordinator

Catholic Diocese of Green Bay

P.O. Box 23825

Green Bay, WI 54305-3825

Telephone: 1-877-270-8174or 920-272-8174
Email the Office of Safe Environment

We always encourage you to report the incident to local civil authorities.





























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