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December 20, 2020

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.


Anamehawikamek Welcome 



                                                ST MICHAEL’S                                                   

                                                                         P.O. Box 610  

                                                                    Keshena, WI 54135  

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Pastoral Staff:

Fr. Nonito Barra

Parish Administrator (715) 799-3811

Rectory (715) 994-1337

Mark Fuller

Deacon (715)201-2961

Vicki Hermsen

Parish Secretary (715) 799-3811

Kathy King-Tucker

Religious Education (715) 799-3927

Parish Trustees:

Kitty Gilane

Alicia Wilke 

Pastoral Council Chair:

Tony Waupochick

Finance Council Chair:

Pete Maczuzak

Thrift N Gift Coordinator:

Cookie Vigue

Food Pantry Coordinator:

Pat Gwidt

      Mass Schedule:  Saturday: 5:00 pm Sunday:  9:00 am

Reconciliation: Saturday 4:30 – 4:45 pm

Daily Mass Chapel:  8:00 am Tuesday, Wednesday,

      Thursday, Friday

Kateri Prayer Circle:  After 8:00 am Mass Thursday morning

      After 8:00 am Mass Thursday morning

SATURDAY MASS:    5:00 pm  

SUNDAY MASS:  9:00 am

CONFESSION:   Saturday 4:30 - 4:45pm

   PARISH OFFICE HOURSMonday, Tuesday, Thursday 8 am-2 pm

             Wednesday Closed, Friday 9 am -1 pm 

HOLY HOUR:  1st Thursday of the Month from 6-7 pm

 KATERI PRAYER CIRCLE:  Suspended due to COVID. 

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.


Mission Statement: 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 & the holy sacraments of the Catholic Church by integrating sacred symbols and spiritual practices of the Menominee. 


 A Note from Your Pastor

We associate Christmas with so many sounds. For some, it is the sound of Christmas songs such as the popular Silent Night, Joy to the World, Jingle Bells. For others, it is the sound of children opening their gifts. Still for others who are less spiritual, it is the sound of cash register in the shopping malls or the sound of gathering of family or friends.

What is the sound of the first Christmas? Nothing. Let is remember that the child Jesus was conceived in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary; and eventually was born in the manger in silence. All were done in prayerful contemplative silence.

If our Christmas celebration is always associated with singing, opening gifts and partying, we will hardly appreciate the mystery of Jesus becoming man. So, this Christmas let us have also a prayerful contemplative silence with nobody talking to us, nothing to listen to, nothing to read or watch. Just be with the child Jesus offering your praise and adoration to him as our Savior.

In Jesus,

Fr. Nonito

The Mass, A Slice at a Time:

The blessed Eucharist is to be reserved habitually in only one tabernacle of a church or oratory. The tabernacle is which the blessed Eucharist is reserved should be sited in a distinguished place in the church or oratory, a place which is conspicuous, suitably adorned and conducive to prayer. The tabernacle in which the blessed Eucharist is habitually reserved is to be immovable, made of solid and non-transparent material, and so locked as to give the greatest security against any danger of profanation. For a grave reason, especially at night, it is permitted to reserve the blessed Eucharist in some other safer place, provided it is fitting. The person in charge of a church or oratory is to see to it that the key of the tabernacle in which the blessed Eucharist is reserved, is in maximum safe keeping.  (Canon 938.1-5) 






Religious Education Update 


Due to the current COVID situation, St. Michael’s Faith Formation classes will not be meeting.   If you wish to have packets sent to your home, please call the parish office or pick up a form in the entrance to church.


Retirement Collection

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, brother and religious order priests, as well as our own diocesan priests. On behalf of them, thank you for your generous care. 


Fourth Sunday of Advent

He comes to us! The true miracle of Christmas is not the power of God to become man. It is not the mystery of divinity merged with humanity. No, it is something more wondrous, more astonishing – for we have a God that comes to us! Before the Incarnation, the world and its religions had seen God from a distance, something each of us must struggle to find. But Jesus’ birth gave us a God who is a seeker, one who runs to find His children, even in the lowest of habitations, a stable. Thus, at Christmas we are all Elizabeth, amazed at the arrival of our Savior right on our own doorsteps. This intimate blessing makes the nativity the most precious of gifts, the mercy and love of a God who does not wait for our stumbling steps, but instead He comes to visit us.

Christmas Eve Prayer

Give us, O God, the vision which can see Your love in the world in spite of human failure. Give us the faith to trust Your goodness in spite of our ignorance and weakness. Give us the knowledge that we may continue to pray with understanding  hearts and show us what each one of us can do to set forward the coming of the day of universal peace. 


St. Michael Prayer

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.  May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.  Amen 


December 20, 2020

Fourth Sunday of Advent



12/19………………..............Fred Zalaznik & Harold Price

12/20……………Pam Wilber, Paul, Mark, Joe & Dave Sr.

12/22………………Rev Ronald Belitz, Rev Adam Bradley

12/23……Deacon Craig Merrick, Deacon Robert Precourt 

12/24….………………………………………...Mary Geimer

12/25……………………………………..Joseph Otradovec

12/26……………….……………………. Eric Peerenboom

12/27……………………………………………….Ray Pelky



Financial Blessings   Dec. 12 & 13



Loose Collection

   $     585.00

Anonymous Donation


Food Pantry Donations


Flowers Christmas

   $      90.00

Holy Day Collection

   $    255.00

Thank for your generous donations!  


Liturgical Ministers


Lector           Usher      Temp Taker

Thursday, Dec 24, 5 pm

Leila Schwitzer

Don Fields

Judy Fields


Friday, Dec 25, 9 am

Ruth Lewis

Tony Waupochick

Fay Waupochick


Saturday, Dec 26, 5 pm

Fay Waupochick

Tony Waupochick

Jim Gilane


Sunday, Dec 27, 9 am

Jim & Ellie Sokoly


Vicki Hermsen  


 Thursday, Dec 31, 5 pm

Pat Gwidt

Mary Lewellin

Karen Lynch


Sunday, Jan. 1, 9 am 

Justin Lepscier

Jim Sokoly

Ellie Sokoly


                  MERRY  CHRISTMAS !



                 AND ALL THE BEST IN 2021! 



Save a Lot’s Bags for a Brighter Holiday

Purchase a $4.49 bag with canned tuna, green beans, cream of mushroom soup, corn muffin mix, chicken stuffing, brown gravy mix and elbow pasta and Save A Lot will match for each purchase the same contents to St. Michael’s Food Pantry between Nov 1-December 31st


$25,000 Grant

St. Michael’s has received an anonymous grant for $25,000 for the following items:  Mower deck replacement, freezer repair food pantry, electrical update church and hall, hot water heater rectory, chain saw, hedge trimmer, snow blower, lawn edger, salt spreader for truck and a new laptop for Fr. Nonito to use between office and rectory.   Thank you to our donor for helping us get some basic necessities to keep St. Michael’s running smoothly.   .

Dispensation from the Obligation to attend Holy Day Masses

Since we are currently experiencing a dramatic and dangerous increase of the COVID-19 virus within the Green Bay Diocese, Bishop David L. Ricken has granted a dispensation from the obligation to attend the Holy Day Masses of Immaculate Conception, December 8th, Christmas, December 25 and Mary, Mother of God, January 1, 2021. You may attend if you wish to do so.



Holiday Mass Schedule

Christmas Eve

 4:00 pm St. Mary, Leopolis

 5:00 pm St. Michael, Keshena

 6:00 pm St. Anthony, Neopit

 8:00 pm St. Francis-Solanus, Gresham

Christmas Day

 8:30 am St. Francis-Solanus, Gresham

 9:00 am St. Michael, Keshena

11:00 am South Branch

New Year’s Eve

 4:00 pm St. Mary, Leopolis

 5:00 pm St. Michael, Keshena

New Year’s Day

 8:30 am St. Francis-Solanus, Gresham

 9:00 am St. Michael, Keshena

10:30 am St. Anthony, Neopit


 Kateri Prayer Circle        

Never underestimate the power of prayer. Just one small prayer can change your life. If you or your amily 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 715-851-6838 

You can also call the Parish Office to leave requests  


 Universal Giving Page

The Catholic Foundation is excited to share with us that they have created a Universal Giving Page at  This is a great resource for our parish as we do not have an on line giving program. It makes giving to our parish simple and easy!  The Catholic Foundation will be cutting a check weekly to our parish along with a report of what families gave to the parish and the amount of each gift.   


 Holy Hour

Holy Hour will be the first Thursday, of the month, 8:30 am in Church.

Food Pantry

The food pantry will be open on Tuesday, January 5th and 19th, 1-3 pm. There will be drive up service only. Please do not get out of your vehicle and have the rear passenger seat empty.


Thrift N Gift/Garage     

Thrift N Gift will be open Tuesday, January 5th and 19th,  noon to 3 pm. Only eight people can be in the store at one time and everyone must have on a mask. No children will be allowed. Social Distancing of 6 feet is required also.


Book Share

While Book Share has no set times/ days to be open, it is still available to visit for finding books.  Just let the office know or email Anne at, or send a message through the St. Michael’s Facebook page to set up a convenient time to visit.  We are over loaded and have all sorts of books for all ages!  Thanksgiving children’s books will be out and soon a lot of Christmas books, both for kids and adults as well as crafts and food.  Lots and lots of cookbooks, both newer and old ones!


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.  


New Parish Office Hours 

The Parish Office will be open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8-2 pm, Friday 9 am – 1 pm and closed on Wednesday.   Please contact Fr. Nonito at the Rectory for urgent matters (715) 994-1337.



Deadline for new information is 9:00 pm Monday evening. Contact Parish Office to submit


St. Michael’s Calendar

12/20/2020 Decorate Church  10 am 

12/24/2020 Parish Office Closed

12/25/2020 Parish Office Closed


                                                                MASS TIMES

St. Michael – 5:00 pm Saturday; 9:00 am Sunday

                                            St. Anthony – 10:30 am Sunday

    St. Francis Solanus – 8:30 am Sunday

    St. Mary – 10:00 am Sunday  












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