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Bulletin July15,2018

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       July 22nd, 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time   



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.




Anamehawikamek Welcome 



                                                  ST MICHAEL’S                                                   

                                                                       P.O. Box 610  

                                                                 Keshena, WI 54135                                                                                


           Parish Administrator, Fr. Nonito Barra  - 715-799-3811 -     

             Parochial Vicar: Fr. Joel-715-799-3811 -

     Deacon Mark Fuller - 715-201-2961 

      Parish Secretary St. Michael, Vicki Hermsen  - 715-799-3811 -

          Religious Education Kathy King-Tucker - 715-799-3927 –  


Find us on Facebook:  stmichael Keshena


       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.






This past week on July 14th, the Catholic Church in the US celebrated the feast of St. Kateri Tekawitha, the first Native American saint.  I first learned of Kateri back in the 1980’s, while I was living in New York State.  Out traveling, I went with some friends to visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs in Auriesville, New York.  Auriesville was formally known as the Mohawk village, Ossernenon, which was the place where French Jesuit Fr. Isaac Jogues and his two companions were martyred.  It was also at this village that Kateri Tekawitha was born.  The saying that “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church” was found to be literally true here at Auriesville.  With her recent feast day, I thought it might be helpful to share a brief history of this wonderful Native American saint.  At her canonization in 2012, Pope Benedict XVI prayed, “St. Kateri, protectress of Canada and the first Native American saint, we entrust to you the renewal of the faith in the First Nations and in all of North America!” The daughter of a Mohawk chief and Algonquin woman, Kateri was orphaned in a smallpox epidemic that left her partly blind and disfigured. She was baptized by a French missionary visiting her village in New York State. But, her faith and refusal to marry caused trouble, and she fled to an Indian community near Montreal, where she was revered by French and Indians alike for her mystical gifts and kindness.  She died in 1680 at age 24. According to eyewitnesses, the scars on her face suddenly disappeared after her death.  The “Lily of the Mohawk” is the patron of Native Americans, refugees and the disabled.  Retired Bishop Howard Hubbard shared that there are some important lessons to be drawn from her journey of faith.  First, she was “a woman who understood well and accepted with patient resignation the mystery of the Cross, that mystery which proclaims that our faith is founded on . . . the paradox of death leading to life; the paradox of suffering leading to glory; the paradox of defeat and failure leading to victory.”  Second, continued Bishop Hubbard, Saint Kateri was “a woman of magnificent fortitude, dogged determination, and unswerving conviction. A lesser person might well have yielded to the pressure . . . to squelch that thirst for the God , which the Holy Spirit had so copiously stirred up in her heart.”  Finally, he said, Kateri was “a woman of great prayer, a woman who had a deep and abiding awareness of the Lord’s love for her and an ongoing personal relationship with him.”  St. Kateri Tekawitha, pray for us

Upon Further Reflection:

There is this story told of a Trappist monk, who was allowed to say only two words every three years. After the first three years, he said to the Brother Superior, “Bad bed.” Three years later he came back to say, “Bad food.” After three more years of silence the monk said, “No TV.” Another three years passed. This time the monk appeared with robes and sandals in hand and announced, “I quit.” The Brother Superior answered, “It’s no wonder. You’ve done nothing but complain since you got here!”  

In His Mercy,

Deacon Mark

The Mass – A slice at a time

Gestures and Bodily Posture

In the Dioceses of the United States of America, the faithful should kneel beginning after the singing or recitation of the Sanctus (Holy, Holy, Holy) until after the Amen of the Eucharistic Prayer, except when prevented on occasion by ill health, or for another reasons of lack of space, of the large number of people present, or for another reasonable cause. However, those who do not kneel ought to make a profound bow when the Priest genuflects after the Consecration. The faithful kneel after the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) unless the Diocesan Bishop determines otherwise.

Faith Formation

We will be starting Faith Formation again in September, 2018.   Registration forms for the 2018-2019 session are available in the main entrance of church or the Parish Office. Remember to keep God with you this SUMMER – be safe! 

Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers Needed

Come help celebrate the Mass by joining us as a lector or Eucharistic minister on Saturday or Sundays.  

Preparation is minimal and the rewards of this service are enriching and fulfilling. Please contact the Parish Office at St. Michaels if interested. (715) 799-3811.

St. Michael’s Cleaning Ministry 

Scrubbing floors. Mopping and sweeping. It may not be glamorous work, but it’s a wonderful way to serve the Lord and give back for all of His blessings. Indeed, we are often told that “cleanliness is next to Godliness.”

Father Joel is asking a group of parishioners to Volunteer to clean the sacristy, altar, and chapel twice a month as part of the Church Cleaning Ministry. We would like to get two groups of volunteers so you would only clean once a month for two hours. We will meet the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month at 10 am. If you have any questions, please call the Parish Office.  Please join us!      


Kateri Prayer Circle

Never underestimate the power of prayer. Just one small prayer can change your life. If you or your family members need prayers for any reason, please call one of our Kateri Prayer Circle members, who will in turn call members of their group.  Soon, many prayers will be offered for your specific prayer request.  Please call: 

Fay Waupochick 715-799-3437

Leatha Grinhaug 715-994-1098

You can also call the parish office with your Prayer request 715-799-3811. 




16th Sunday in Ordinary Time


July 22nd, 2018 



       7/23….....………....………………..…………….….No Mass     

7/24……..……...Rev Quentin Mann, Rev Jerome Pastors

7/25...Deacon Gary VanEss, Deacon Shuying Vang (Joe)

 7/26 ……...………………………………Kateri Prayer Circle

7/27….…………………………..………………Tribal Elders

7/28……………………………..….….McKenzie MacArthur

7/29………………...………Members of St. Michael Parish 


Financial Blessings


July 14th & July 15th



  $ 779.00   



Building & Grounds






Liturgical Ministers  

Saturday, July 28, 5:00pm
Lector          Servers      Eucharistic Minister 


Bryan Lepscier


Deacon Mark


Sunday, July 29, 9 am 

Kathy Tucker


Rayna Tucker



Saturday, August 4,  9 am

Lisa Peters


Jean Thibodeau


Sunday, August 5, 9 am 

Jim & Ellie Sokoly


Deacon Mark


Change in daily Mass schedule

Starting in August, daily Mass time will be at 8 am Tuesday through Friday.   

Holy Hour

Holy Hour will be the First Thursday of the month at St. Michael at 6 pm.  Please join us on August 2nd. 




We are looking for a part-time maintenance person, approximately 19 hours a week.  Responsible for light maintenance, grounds upkeep, cleaning the church, etc. Contact the parish office 715-799-3811 for an application.



Mass Intentions

Pope Paul VI said, “The Mass is the most perfect form of prayer!” It has immense power and countless miracles and conversions have occurred throughout the centuries by offering Masses for a specific intention or person. Mass intentions are a great treasure of the Church and have a spiritual weight that is incalculable. 

The important part is to remember that you are not paying for the graces from God (which are of infinite value and cannot be paid for), but for the material things that are involved with celebrating that particular Mass. With that in mind it makes much more sense and is not something that should cause scandal. It is suggested donation of $10.00 per Mass. Please stop by the Parish Office if you would like to schedule a Mass intention.  



Due to our Secretary’s medical leave of absence, the office will be open sporadically Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Please leave a message on the answering machine and someone will return your call as they are able. Office open Wednesday and Friday 9 am - 1 pm 


St. Michael’s Thrift & Gift

Thrift & Gift will be open August 7th  and August 21st from noon to 3 pm.  If you have a donation, it can be dropped off at Parish Office or Thrift & Gift if open.  We need silverware.   Thank you. 


Food Pantry 

St. Michael’s Food Pantry will be open  August 7th  and August 21st from 1-3 pm.  We are in need of brown paper bags, personal hygiene items, and meat sauce. 


Book Share 

Book share is open the first Sunday of the month following 9 am Mass, which will be August 5th.  Will you consider hosting one of the Sundays left this year?  It would be greatly appreciated!  Remember we have books for all ages, lots of cookbooks, resource books and religious too!  You are always welcome to drop books off either at the entrance to church before mass or at the church office when they are open.  Questions, please call Anne Sulskis at 715-851-0160.  Thank you! 


Estate Planning

When doing your estate planning, please remember St. Michael Parish.  If you have questions, please contact the parish office at 715-799-3811. 



Mass for the homebound: 

 Mass services for the Homebound are offered by the following TV stations: WACY-TV- channel 32 at 8:00 am Sundays, WBAY-TV-channel 2 at 5:30 am on Sundays. Mass offered online at Check the website for times and dates.


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 DIOCESE.  

If the person was abused as a minor but is now an adult, please contact: 

Office of Safe Environment

Catholic Diocese of Green Bay

P.O. Box 23825

Green Bay, WI 54305-3825

Telephone: 1-877-270-8174 or 920-272-8174

Email the Office of Safe Environment

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




Deadline for new information is 9:00 pm Tuesday evenings. Contact parish office to Submit.  


St.Michael's Parish Office Hours:***********

************PARISH OFFICE HOURS ST. MICHAEL: *********************************

Due to our Secretary’s medical leave of absence, the office will be open sporadically Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Please leave a message on the answering machine and someone will return your call as they are able. Office open Wednesday and Friday 9 am - 1 pm. 





Mark Your Calendars/Events St. Michael

    7/21/2018 to     7/30/2018     Fr. Joel in Houston, Tx

  8/2/2018 Adoratio       6 pm

  8/7/2018 Thrift & Gift   Noon – 3 pm

          8/7/2018 Food Pantry 1 – 3 pm

          8/21/2018 Thrift & Gift Noon – 3 pm

  8/21/2018 Food Pantry    1 – 3 pm

  8/22/2018 Pastoral Council

  8/28/2018 Finance Council    6 pm 



                        MASS TIMES:

                               St. Michael – 5:00 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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