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   December16, 2018, Third 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  

 Pastoral Staff:

Fr. Nonito Barra

Parish Administrator (715) 799-3811

Rectory (715) 994-1337

Fr. Joel Jores

Parochial Vicar (715) 787-3377

Mark Fuller

Deacon (715) 201-2961

Vicki Hermsen

Parish Secretary (715) 799-3811

Kathy King-Tucker

Religious Education (715) 799-3927

Parish Trustees:

Kathy Kaquatosh

Kitty Gilane

Pastoral Council Chair:

Sylvia Wilber

Finance Council Chair:

Andy Sulskis

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

SATURDAY MASS:    5:00 pm  

SUNDAY MASS:   9:00 am

CONFESSION:        Saturday 4:30 - 4:45pm

ROSARY:  Saturday 3:40 pm     Sunday  8:35 am

DAILY MASS:      Chapel Southside of Church


           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. 


SATURDAY MASS:    5:00 pm     SUNDAY MASS:  9:00 am

CONFESSION:     Saturday 3:30 - 3:45pm     ROSARY:  Saturday 3:40 pm     Sunday  8:40 am

DAILY MASS:    Chapel Southside of Church Tuesday, Wednesday. Thursday, Friday 8:00 am    

HOLY HOUR:  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:   Wednesdays  6-7:30 September-May


A Note from Fr. Joel.

 Third Sunday Advent / Gaudete Sunday

His birthday is getting closer, are you getting excited? I hope so in the right spirit though, Him be born in your heart and so become very less unworthy in following Him in the road toward holiness. We have a universal vocation that is called, Universal Holiness. We are called to be holy. As John the Baptist in the Gospel today, answered all who, after listening to his preaching, inquired then what they must do, we heard him alluding to what the Church now teaches us to do the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. That is the practical ways taught and given to us by our Catholic Church. And so let us rejoice my dear co-travelers, because the more we listen to the Word of God the more we are being equipped by His Wisdom that enlightens our mind, strengthen our hearts to follow Jesus in the road of holiness. Be happy and don't worry. A blessed 3rd Sunday everyone!


Co-Traveler, Fr. Joel


The Mass – A slice at a time

Going back to the Responsorial Psalm, it is preferable for it to be sung, at least as far as the people’s response is concerned. Hence the psalmist, or cantor of the Psalm, sings the Psalm verses at the ambo or another suitable place, while the whole congregation sits and listens, normally taking part by means of the response, except when the Psalm is sung straight through, that is, without a response. However, in order that the people may be able to sing the Psalm response more easily, texts of some responses and Psalms have been chosen for the different times of the year or for the different categories of Saints. These may be used instead of the text corresponding to the reading whenever the Psalm is sung. If the Psalm cannot be sung, then it should be recited in a way that is particularly suited to fostering meditation on the Word of God.



 On Wednesday December 12, 2018 Faith Formation discussed this Sunday in Advent is Gaudete Sunday which means Joy or Rejoice as we prepare for the birth of Jesus.  Students also began preparing the Christmas play which we will perform at Christmas Eve Mass. All children of the parish are welcome to participate.




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. 


Slow Down for Christmas

Take time to recognize in the middle of your busy preparations for the celebration of Christ’s birth, that Christ is also being reborn in the Bethlehems of our homes and daily lives.  Slow down, be still, be awake to the Divine Mystery that happened 2000 years ago, and miraculously is still happening today. As old abbot was fond of saying, “The devil is always the most active on the highest feast days.” The supreme trick of Satan is to have us so busy decorating, preparing food and cleaning in preparation for the feast of Christmas, that we actually miss the coming of Christ. Pressure, stress, hurt feelings, anger impatience, injured egos - all these struggles are brought on by busyness, the must-do list. This year, stop the whirlwind of activity or you just might miss the celebration of Jesus altogether.  



December 16, 2018  

Third Sunday of Advent   


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    12/17...……..…....…………….………….…..No Mass     

12/18.............Rev Michael Betley, Rev David Barrett

12/19...…..Deacon Mark Ebben, Deacon Kurt Grube

12/20.………..…………….………Kateri Prayer Circle

12/21 ………………………………..Parish Volunteers

12/22……..…………………………...Genevieve Hein

 12/23…...Pam Wilber, Mark, Joe, Paul and Dave Sr. 

  December 1&2





Retirement Religious 

 Thrift & Gift    $218.50


Liturgical Ministers  


Saturday, December 22nd, 5 pm                                                         

Lector            Servers      Eucharistic Minister


Lela & Matt Schwitzer 


Jean Thibodeau

Sunday, December 23rd, 9 am                                                             

Lector            Servers      Eucharistic Minister


Justin Lepscier 


Deacon Mark

 Monday, December  24th, 5 pm                                                         

Lector            Servers      Eucharistic Minister

Fay Waupochick 

Isabella Waupochick

Tony Waupochick


 Monday, December 25th, 9 am                                                            

Lector            Servers      Eucharistic Ministe

Dan & Sophie Hanauer


Sharon Hoffman


 Daily Mass

There will be no daily Mass Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, December 26, 27 and 28.  



Do you like to sing?   Can you play an instrument?  We are looking to get a choir together.  If you are interested in singing or playing an instrument and would like to be a part of this choir, please call the parish office at (715) 799-3811.

Decorating the Church for Christmas

St. Michael’s Worship Committee will be decorating church for Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 23rd immediately following the 9 am Mass. We are looking for volunteers to help us.  There will be a potluck after decorating in Barrett Hall. Please join us in making our church beautiful for Christmas.

Advent Reconciliation Service

This Advent season, St. Michael Parish will hear confessions from 5:30 - 7:30 pm on Wednesday December 5th. This special date and time will be in addition to our regularly-scheduled confessions. On December 12th, St. Mary Leopolis will be having a Reconciliation Service from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. If you have been reluctant to come to the sacrament, have been away for some time, or just find it difficult to attend a regularly scheduled confession time, this is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with Christ and his Church. We pray that all will take advantage of God's abundant healing grace, forgiveness and love.


Father Joel’s 24th Ordination Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, December 22, 2018 12:00 pm at St. Mary’s, W11842 Third Street Leopolis, WI 54948. There are sign up sheets at all entrances to church. Please sign up by 12/9/2018.  All are welcome! 

 Christmas Flower Offering


Envelopes will be in the pews next weekend for Christmas Poinsettias. You can donate money in honor of a loved one. Envelopes will need to be returned to church by the weekend of  December 15 & 16. 


Giving Tree/Food Pantry Boxes

St. Michael’s Giving Tree is now up.  The items on the tree are for our local community of Menominee County Reservation CBRF and Maehnowesekiyah Domestic Violence Program.  Pick an ornament off the tree, buy the gift, wrap and return with tag attached by December 16th.  There are also boxes for donations of canned/dry goods to our Food Pantry.  Thank you. 


Book Share

Book share is open the second Sunday of the month following 9 am Mass in conjunction with Fellowship Sunday. 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!


Dishes, Pots and Pans

There are miscellaneous dishes left from events in the hall.  Please check this out in the hall after Mass and take anything that you left here.   Items will be donated to Thrift N Gift if not claimed. 


Food Pantry

The food pantry will be open Tuesday, December 18th from 1-3 pm. We are in need of brown paper bag and personal hygiene items

St. Michael’s Thrift N Gift

Thrift & Gift will be open December 18th from Noon to 3 pm.    If you have a donation, it can be dropped off at the Parish Office or Thrift N Gift. We are currently looking for silverware and we are in need of towels.  

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. 


Watch for Slippery Sidewalks/Parking Lots

It’s that time of year for slippery sidewalks and parking lots. Please use caution when walking in and out of Church.  


 Parish Office Closed

St. Michael’s parish office will be closed on December 24 - December 28th. For emergencies, please call Fr. Nonito at 715-99-1337 or Fr. Joel at 715-787-3377. Thank you!


 Parish Office Hours St. Michael 

The Parish office will be open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 1 pm.



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 Monday evenings. Contact parish office to Submit.  






                  Mark Your Calendars/Events St. Michael


     12/18/2018 Food Pantry 1 – 3 pm

     12/18/2018 Thrift N Gift Noon – 3 pm 

             12/19/2018 Faith Formation 6:00 – 7:30 pm

     12/22/2018  Fr. Joel Anniversary Luncheon - 12 Noon St. Mary Leopolis     

                                     12/24/2018 Christmas Eve Mass – RE Play 5:00 pm                  

              12/24 – 12/28 Parish Office Closed 




                           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 - 4:00 pm Saturday (Will change to 4 pm 9/8/2018) 



Holiday Mass Schedule

Christmas Eve

3:30 pm St. Anthony

4:00 pm St. Mary

5:00 pm St. Michael

8:00 pm St. Francis

Christmas Day

8:30 am St. Francis

9:00 am St. Michael

11:00 am South Branch

New Year’s Eve

4:00 pm St. Mary

5:00 pm St. Michael

New Year’s Day

8:30 am St. Francis

9:00 am St. Michael

10:30 am St. Anthony











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