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December 6, 2020

Second 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 teaches repentance for the forgiveness of sins in preparation for the coming of Jesus with the famous line: "Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths." And no biblical figure announces the coming of the Lord than his forerunner, herald and cousin John. Yet, no matter how well he fits the role or how many times we picture John  the Baptist  in our mind, his eating honey crisped locusts and wearing a camel's hair coat make him a little too bizarre to really fit into our reality.

On account of his peculiarity, we are unlikely to connect our lives to his, or his mission to our own. He is just too strange. He belongs out in the desert. So, we isolate him in our mind. However, John the Baptist's word and mission should not seem so distant to us nor should his work be seen as one-time event rather we should be inspired to be straighteners of paths and heralds of God's presence in the world.

As we prepare especially for the coming of Jesus, let us not only be genuine and thorough in our preparation but also seek to accept our role as his heralds just like John the Baptist.  

In Jesus,

Fr. Nonito


The Mass: A Slice at a time

In sacred places where the blessed Eucharist is reserved there must always be someone who is responsible for it, and as far as possible a priest is to celebrate Mass there at least twice a month. (Canon 934.2) The reservation of the Eucharist demands that Mass be celebrated in the same place at least twice a month: the very presence and adoration of Jesus Christ in the sacramental species require this, as well as the need to provide for the renewal of the sacred species within a reasonable length of time. Somebody (not necessarily a priest) should take permanent charge of the necessary care, such as clean 







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: December 11, 2020, January 8, 2021, 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.

2nd Sunday of Advent

Prepare! A precious guest is coming—now is the time to prepare! It is a season for cleaning, houses and hearts, readying ourselves for the coming Messiah.  Blow away the dust of apathy, scrub off the grim of selfish pursuits, shine the bright light of God’s Spirit in every corner, purging the sin and stain away. Make the chambers a welcoming place of warmth and hope, charity and love, forgiveness and unity. Prepare for your King – He is coming soon.





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 6, 2020

Second Sunday of Advent



12/05 The people of St. Michael, St. Anthony, St. Francis and St Mary

12/06……………………………………..Joseph Otradovec

12/07…………………………………………………No Mass

12/08………………Rev James Vennix, Rev Daniel Viertel 

12/09…..…Deacon Clarence Naidl, Deacon Gerald Nardi

12/10………………..............................Kateri Prayer Circle

12/11….…………………………………….Louise Konopka

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

12/13…………………………………………Henrietta Planz



Financial Blessings   Nov. 28 & 29


   $  495.00

Loose Collection

   $  141.00

Building & Grounds

   $    20.00

Food Pantry

   $    40.00

Flowers Christmas

   $   205.00

Thank for your generous donations!  


Liturgical Ministers


Lector           Usher      Temp Taker

Saturday Dec. 12, 5 pm

Pat Gwidt

Mary Lewellin

Anne Sulskis

 Sunday, Dec. 13, 9 am  

Jim & Ellie Sokoly

Bob Vigue

Cookie Vigue

Saturday Dec. 19, 5 pm

Lisa Peters

Karen Lynch

Tony Waupochick

 Sunday, Dec. 20, 9 am 

Kathy Tucker

Judy Fields

Don Fields


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.


Typhoon Relief

Our prayers go out to all who experienced and continue to experience the devastation of typhoons in the Archdiocese of Caceres in the Philippines. Nine priests from the archdiocese of Caceres serve our parishes.  At Bishop Ricken’s request, we will be doing a second collection this weekend, December 5 & 6 after communion to support our brothers and sisters in the Philippines.  Credit Card donations can be made by calling the Catholic Foundation (920) 272-8121 or online at

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.

Retirement Collection

The annual Retirement Collection for Diocesan Priests and National Retirement Fund for the Religious will be next weekend, December 12 & 13. We will have a second collection after communion. Please give to those who have given a lifetime.  Envelopes are at the entrances.



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

12/08/2020 The Immaculate Conception Mass   8 am

12/12/2020 Baptism Prep 9-11 am

12/12/2020 Retirement Collection During 5 pm Mass

12/13/2020 Retirement Collection During 9 am Mass

12/13/2020 Annual Meeting Following 9 am Mass

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 



                                                                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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