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December 13, 2020

Thirdd 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

John the Baptist was doing everything he could to make the people of his time ready to accept Jesus. And his message caught the attention of those in the area around Bethany and the Jordan. So, we should not be overly surprised when the priests and Levites quiz John to try to find out just who he was and what he was really up to. First, because they were expecting the Messiah, they ask him if he was he. If he were, that would be a big news because most of them were looking for “blood and thunder” Messiah who would overthrow the Romans, but John said no. Then they ask if he is Elijah who did some pretty fancy things himself; or Yahweh did, in answer to Elijah’s appeal. Remember Elijah among other things was carried to heaven in a chariot of fire. Maybe John’s inquirers are hoping to see some real-life effects, but John said no. Then comes the big question “If you are not one of these, what are you doing here and why?” “I am preparing the way“, said John, “For there among you whom you do not recognize, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie.”

Jesus was there but was not recognized because he was not what they are were looking for nor had his time come. Like the people of his time, we sometimes do not see him in others: in the hungry and thirsty; in the naked and homeless; in the sick and in the prisons because we are not looking for him there. Yet, he is there.

In this season of Advent we prepare for the coming of Jesus, the Savior of the world, but the big question - Are we prepared to see him today, in others and perhaps even in ourselves?  

In Jesus,

Fr. Nonito

The Mass: A Slice at a time

It is not lawful for anyone to keep the blessed Eucharist in personal custody or to carry it around, unless there is an urgent pastoral need and the prescriptions of the diocesan Bishop are observed. (Canon 935)

Unless there is reason to the contrary, a church in which the blessed Eucharist is reserved is to be open to the faithful for at least some hours every day, so that they can pray before the blessed Sacrament. (Canon 937) The place where the Eucharist is reserved must be open for at least some hours each day so the faithful might pray before it, the Ordinary must supervise and foster devotion by providing all the necessary means for its fulfilment.







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.


 Silver Society Club Virtual Cafes

Image your loved one engaging in activities, having fun and participating in conversation. Virtual cafes provide an innovative form of social engagement for people living with dementia, cognitive decline or other memory loss.  The event is intended to be enjoyed by those with memory loss as well as their care partner, family and friends. Contact Mary Jo, Dementia Care Specialist with ADRC to register or with any questions (715) 526-4712. Events will be hosted on the second Friday of each month from 10-11 am. Upcoming dates: January 8, 2021 and February 12, 2021. 

Northeast Wisconsin Telephone Caregiver Support Group

Build a support system with people who understand. Alzheimer’s Association support groups are conducted by trained facilitators and a safe place for people living with dementia and their care partners to develop a support system, exchange practical information, talk through issues, share feelings, needs, and concerns, learn about community resources. Every Tuesday 10-11:30 am via telephone or Zoom. For Zoom link or phone number, please register by calling 800-272-3900.



AbbyBank will match dollar for dollar all donations collected in Gresham and Shawano by December 18th, 2020. Moneltary donations of any size are welcome along with any non-perishable food items. See bulletin insert.


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 13, 2020

Third Sunday of Advent



12/12………………………………………....Marcella Wilber

12/13…………………………………………Henrietta Planz

      12/14…………………………………………………No Mass 

12/15….………………………………...Marilyn Christensen

12/16……………..Rev Anthony Birdsall, Rev John Becker

12/17….Deacon Richard Meidl, Deacon Robert Penzenstadler 

12/18…..…………………………………..Eric Peerenboom

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

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


Financial Blessings   Dec. 5 & 6



Loose Collection

   $     98.23

Typhoon Philippines

   $   171.00

Food Pantry


Flowers Christmas

   $     90.00

Thrift N Gift/Garage


Thank for your generous donations!  


Liturgical Ministers


Lector           Usher      Temp Taker

Saturday Dec. 19, 5 pm

Lisa Peters

Karen Lynch

Tony Waupochick

 Sunday, Dec. 20, 9 am 

Kathy Tucker

Judy Fields

Don Fields

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  



Reconciliation Service

There will be a reconciliation service to prepare ourselves for the Birth of Christ on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 from 6-7 pm. 


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


2020 Fundraiser $8,181.00 of $10,000

Thank you to all who have given to our virtual Fundraiser at St. Michael’s due to COVID-19 and cancellation of all fundraisers.  We have raised $8,181 towards our goal of $10,000, with only $1,519 left. We would be grateful for monetary donations to offset the loss of this source of revenue to keep our Parish solvent. Please mail or drop off donations at the Parish office indicating it is for fundraising. Thank you again for your continued support of our Parish during this time.


 Retirement Collection

Today, through the Retirement Collection, we are able to Share in the Care of our retired sisters, brothers and religious order priests through the National Retirement Fund for Religious, as well as of the senior priests of our own diocese. Envelopes are available to make your contribution at the entrances. Please be generous in helping those who have given so much over the years..

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,  December 15th.  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,  December 15th, 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

12/15/2020 Thrift N Gift      Noon – 3 pm

12/15/2020 Food Pantry 1-3 pm

12/17/2020 Reconciliation 6-7 pm

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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