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December 29, 2019

 The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph


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:

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, Friday 9 am -1 pm 

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

 KATERI PRAYER CIRCLE:  After 8:00 am Mass Thursday morning 

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 FatherJoel

The last Sunday of the civic year calendar is for us Christians always a celebration of the Holy Family. What a weekend to celebrate honoring the Holy Family of Jesus, Mama Mary and Joseph as we close the year calendar. Back to Family!!!!

This weekend readings call us to attitudes and actions that can bring harmony and joy to our family life. Sirach, echoing the lesson of the Fourth Commandment, emphasizes our call to obey, honor, respect and even revere our parents. He notes the many blessings that this reverent and respectful attitude can bring us. In a sense when we honor our parents, we also honor our God, who worked through those parents to bring us life. The book of Catechism reminds us that respect and honor to parents “derives from gratitude toward those who, by the gift of life, their love and their work, have brought their children into the world and enabled them to grow in stature, wisdom, and grace” (CCC2215). But sad to say, due to rapid phasing of time, many things are brought into our homes that if used not in a proper way or context, can distract our focus on the values of the family relationships and even destroy it. I am talking about the misuse of gadgets at home especially among kids and young adults bringing in a certain culture of disengagement, non-dialogue but monitor focus wasted times. 

Before the year 2019 ends, may I humbly ask you all forgiveness for all the time I was able to meet your expectations and I was not in my best in celebrating masses for you. Thank you. 


Co-Traveler, Fr. Joel


The Mass: A Slice at a time

In the procession to the altar, the acolyte may carry the cross, walking between two ministers with lighted candles. Upon reaching the altar, however, the acolyte places the cross upright near the altar so that it may serve as the altar cross, otherwise, he puts it away in a dignified place. Then he takes his place in the sanctuary. 

Through the entire celebration, it is for the acolyte to approach the Priest or the Deacon, whenever necessary, in order to present the book to them and to assist them in any way required. Thus it is appropriate that, in so far as possible, the acolyte should occupy a place from which he can easily carry out his ministry either at the chair or at the alta 





 Religious Education Update:

On Christmas Eve at the 5 pm Mass, the RE children performed  a play about the Nativity story. Thank you to the children, catechists and family who helped and attended.  No Class on Jan 1st. We will meet on Jan. 8th, 2020.  Happy New Year from all of us at St. Michael’s Religious Education program! 


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 


Christmas Flowers In Memory Of:

Gilane & Kreidler Families

Uncle Cecil Grignon

Dennis, Lester & Roger McPherson

Alfred D. Gristeau Sr.

Erwin “Onie” Besaw

Gwidt & Pawelczyk Families

Jack & Pat Hermsen

Ron DeBruin and Pam DeBruin

Dave & Jean Thibodeau Family

Golke & Shomberg Families

Joleen & Kinsey Kaquatosh

Hoffman & Fenlon Families

Deceased Family Members of Rip & Nancy Hundt

Josephine & Henry Dodge

George & Marcella Wilber

LaRock & Mott Families

Mike & Steve Cook

Bernard Tucker

Chad Caldwell

Edward Irvin

David Corn Sr.

Ray & Elaine Pelky

Richard Katchenago, Abraham Katchenago, Olivia Katchenago, Todd Tucker,

Donna Tucker, Robert Tucker, Charlette & Mitchell Nacotee

Paulette & Bob Gear, Walter & Elina Sulskis

                                                                          Melvin Hietpas 


IF:SHAWANO, Feb 7 & 8, 2020 – Hope Community Church

IF exists to equip women with gospel-centered resources, events and community so they learn more about who God is and disciple other women right where they are. It is a nondenominational women’s ministry event. Registration begins December 15th and the cost is $25.00. Please call the parish office for information on sign up.

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. Envelops are available in the pews. Please be generous in helping those who have given so much over the years. 





December 29, 2019

 The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph

      12/28…………………….…Antoine & Virginia Waupochick

      12/29…..The People of St. Michael, St. Anthony, St. Mary

                  and St. Francis-Solanus

      12/30…………...……………………………………No Mass

      12/31……………Rev Paul DuCharme, Rev David Duffeck

               1/01……………………………………………Jessica Moore

       1/02 ……………………………………..Kateri Prayer Circle

       1/03….Deacon Donald Coenen, Deacon Kenneth Bilgrien

       1/04…………..Henry Dodge & Family, Living & Deceased

       1/05…..The People of St. Michael, St. Anthony, St. Mary

               and St. Francis-Solanus


Financial Blessings   December 21 & 22





Thrift N Gift

 $   307.00

Donald & Linda Eckes Foundation

$ 1,200.00

Abby Bank

$    760.00

Anonymous Donation

$ 1,000.00


Abby Bank

Thank you to those who donated to Abby Bank for St. Michael’s Food Pantry. We received a check for $760.00.  
Liturgical Ministers  


Tuesday, December 31, 5 pm

Lector                Servers      Eucharistic Minister

Kitty Gilane

Jim Gilane

Wednesday, JANUARY 1,  9 am 

Lector          Servers      Eucharistic Minister

Jim & Ellie Sokoly

Saturday, January 4, 5 pm

Lector           Servers      Eucharistic Minister

Karen Millett Metzler

Pat Gwidt

Sunday, January 5, 9 am 

Lector          Servers      Eucharistic Minister

Jim & Ellie Sokoly

Donna Smith


We welcome all volunteers to help at any Mass. If you see that there is a need in help due to larger crowds or lack of volunteers, please consider coming forward to help.  Thank you.  

We would like to serve the precious blood at Mass but we do not have enough communion distributors. We welcome all volunteers to help at any Mass. If you see that there is a need for help due to larger crowds or lack of volunteers, please consider coming forward to help.  Thank you.  


WELCOME! The Lord has called all of us to a new way of living under His wonderful grace as our Savior. May joy and peace be yours as we praise our Lord and grow close to God and one another.  It is a pleasure to have you worshipping with us. If you are considering joining our parish, please talk with Father Nonito or Father Joel or call the Parish Office at 715-799-3811. Anyone who has not officially signed up and would like to be a registered member, please stop in the office and fill out a form. It is that easy!


Lectors, Communion Distributors

We are looking for volunteers to lector or distribute communion at weekend Masses. Training will be provided. If you are interested in helping out our parish, please contact the parish office @715-799-3811.  



  The Staff at St. Michael’s wishes you a Happy & Prosperous New Year!


Decorating Church

The Worship Committee would like to thank everyone who helped decorate the church for Christmas last Sunday. It is great to have so many people help us get the church ready for Christmas. It is Beautiful!


Fr. Nonito’s 26th Anniversary Celebration:

I would like to thank everyone who attended the Anniversary Potluck Celebration on Sunday, Dec. 22nd at St. Francis-Solanus.  Thank you also for the Christmas gifts and greetings.

Fr. Nonito 


Grant Received

Thank you to the Donald and Linda Eckes Charitable Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region for the $1,200 donation to St. Michael’s.      


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.



Food Donations

There will be boxes at each entrance for donations of canned/dry goods for St. Michael’s Food Pantrys.  


Fr. Nonito’s 26th Anniversary Celebration:

On Sunday, Dec. 22nd, there will be a potluck dinner for Fr. Nonito at St. Francis-Solanus at 6 pm.   Please join us.

New Year’s Eve Mass 

4:00 pm St. Mary’s Leopolis 

5:00 pm St. Michael’s Keshena 

New Year’s Day Mass 

8:30 am St. Francis Solanus Gresham 

9:00 am St. Michael’s Keshena 

10:30 am St. Anthony Neopit 


Decorating Church

The Worship Committee will be decorating the church for Christmas immediately following 9 am Mass on Dec. 22nd. Please mark your calendars and join us in making our church beautiful for Christmas season. 


Mug Club

The Mug Club support group is for all caregivers. We will meet the first Tuesday of the Month from 5pm – 7pm at the Fellman Center – 607 E Elizabeth Street Shawano. Call Heidi Russell, Director of Aging at 715-526-4686 for more information  



The Community Resource Center in Keshena offers an array of classes including computer skills, preparing for employment, and much more. Classes are open to the general public. Call 715-799-5137 for more information. 


Holy Hour

Holy Hour will be  first Thursday of the month, January 2, at 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm.  Join us for an hour of prayer


Food Pantry

The food pantry will be open on Tuesday, January 7th and 21st, 1-3 pm. We are still looking for volunteers. Call the Parish Office for more information. 


St. Michael’s Thrift N Gift

Thrift & Gift   be open  Tuesday, January 7th and 21st 1 to 3 pm.  If you have a donation, it can be dropped off at the Parish Office or Thrift N Gift. 


Book Share 

Book share is open on the second Sunday of the month immediately following 9 am Mass in conjunction with Fellowship Sunday, January 12th. We are also open when the Food Pantry is open the first and third Tuesday of the month.  We have a lot of new books for all ages, 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. 


Parish Office Hours


The Parish Office will be open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am to Noon, Wednesday and Friday 9 am – 1 pm.  Please contact Fr. Nonito at the Rectory for urgent matters (715) 994-1337 or Fr. Joel at the Leopolis Rectory (715) 787-3377.



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




Mark Your Calendars/Events St. Michael

   01/02/2020 Holy Hour  6-7:00 pm

   01/07/2020 Thrift N Gift Noon – 3 pm

   01/07/2020 Food Pantry 1 – 3 pm

   01/11/2020 Building & Grounds Collection 5 pm Mass

   01/12/2020 Building & Grounds Collection 9 am Mass

   01/12/2020 Remove Christmas Decorations 10 am

   01/12/2020 Fellowship Sunday Doughnuts 10 am


  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 Saturday                                                 










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