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December 15, 2019

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:

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


Third Sunday of Advent:

Days ago, the Church celebrated the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Our Lady of Guadalupe, two of the several titles bestowed on the Blessed Virgin Mary to give her the honor that is due as the Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ and her unique role in the history of salvation, that with her maternal intercession in different times of need of the people of God, She is there for all of us. Thank you Mama Mary and we love you very much!

In this 3rd Sunday of our Advent journey, as we get closer to the season of joyful giving, symbolized by the rose colored candle of our wreath, the word of God invites us to rejoice instead of hopeful anticipation, because the Messiah is in our midst and we recognize him through the attributes that the Sacred Scriptures provided for us today. It is as if we have just received the job description written by God. Message of healing and recovery, fulfillment of the prophesies of old in Jesus Christ presence. Jesus told John the Baptist’s disciples: “Go and tell John what you hear and see”, in here, Jesus is confirming the biblical attributes given to the people in ancient times prophesied.

So, with Jesus in our lives, when we accept him as our Savior and Lord, he brings to us and gives us healing for all kinds of our illnesses. And so, come let us rejoice for the Lord is in our midst! A blessed 3rd Sunday everyone!

Co-Traveler, Fr. Joel


The Mass: A Slice at a time

The Functions of the People of God


Moreover, they are to form one body, whether in hearing the Word of God, or in taking part in the prayers and in the singing, or above all by the common offering of the Sacrifice and by participating together at the Lord’s table. This unity is beautifully apparent from the gestures and bodily postures observed together by the faithful. They should, moreover, not refuse to serve the People of God in gladness whenever they are asked to perform some particular service or function in the celebration. 




 Religious Education Update:

On Wednesday December 11, some of the students attended Reconciliation.  We discussed Advent is an exciting time of preparation for Christmas.  A game similar to hot potato was used to demonstrate what our waiting is like.  We then watched about half of the movie “The Nativity” while treated to popcorn mixed with M&M’s.  Then we read thru the Christmas play and next week we will practice in the church with costumes.  Our play will be performed right before Mass on Christmas Eve at 5pm.


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 


Memorial Messages to Loved Ones

Send a memorial message to your loved one in heaven this Christmas. The Compass will publish Christmas Memorial Messages on Friday, December 20, 2019. Ad Deadline: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 Mail your message (30 words or less) along with this ad and a check or money order for $15 (made out to The Compass) to: The Compass • P.O. Box 23825 • Green Bay, WI 54305 For more information, call or email: (920) 272-8212 or All messages subject to The Compass advertising policy. 


Retirement Collection

Next weekend, our parish will take a Retirement Collection. This will be to benefit two groups of people who have served us faithfully. We will have the opportunity to give to the National Retirement Fund for Religious, which helps our retired sisters, brothers and religious order priests. We also have an opportunity to give to the retirement needs of the senior priests of the Diocese of Green Bay. You may donate to both of these groups or just one. Please use the envelope provided in the pews. 


Abby Bank of Gresham/Shawano

If you make a contribution to St. Michael’s Food Pantry at Abby Bank, Gresham or Shawano office, they will match the amount and give a check to St. Michael’s Food Pantry. This promotion runs until 12/15/2019.  

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. 

Parkinson’s Warriors

Individuals with Parkson’s Disesase and their caregivers are encouraged to attend Parkinson’s Warriors Support Group. Meeting will be on Thursday, Dec. 19 from 10 am – 12 pm at CMN Library Classroom.  




December 15th, 2019

Third Sunday of Advent 

      12/14………….… The people of St. Michael, St. Anthony, 

       ………….…..St. Mary and St. Francis-Solanus

      12/15 ……………………………………..…Marcella Wilber

      12/16………………………………………………...No Mass

      12/17………...Rev Dennis Drury, Rev Jeremiah Cullinane

      12/18……Deacon Peter Cheskie, Deacon Dennis Bennin

      12/19…………….................................Kateri Prayer Circle

      12/20………………For those suffering from mental illness

      12/21…………...……………………………Genevieve Hein

      12/22…………Pam Wilber, Paul, Mark, Joe and Dave Sr.





Financial Blessings   December 7 & 8


$ 782.00


$ 280.40  

Building & Grounds

$ 170.68

Thrift N Gift

$ 143.55

Liturgical Ministers  



Saturday, December 21, 5 pm

Lector                Servers      Eucharistic Minister

Pat Gwidt


Deacon Mark

Sunday, December 22,  9 am 

Lector          Servers      Eucharistic Minister

Kathy Tucker

Deacon Mark

Tuesday, December 24, 5 pm

Lector           Servers      Eucharistic Minister

Lela Schwitzer & Sons


Vicki Hermsen

Wednesday, December 25, 9 am 

Lector          Servers      Eucharistic Minister

Kathy Tucker

Rayna Tucker

Saturday, December 28, 5 pm

Lector          Servers      Eucharistic Minister

Fay Waupochick

Isabella Waupochick

Tony Waupochick

Sunday, December 29, 9 am 

Lector            Servers      Eucharistic Minister

Justin Lepscier

Vicki Hermsen

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.  



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.


Advent Reconciliation Service

This Advent season, St. Michael Parish will hear confessions from 5:30 – 7:30 pm on Wednesday, Dec. 11 and at St. Francis on Wednesday, Dec. 18 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. 



If you would like to donate to St. Michael’s Flower Fund for Christmas in remembrance of a loved one, please put money in the envelope in the pews and return to the collection basket or the office. Thank you. 



St. Michael’s Giving Tree is up in the main entrance. Please take an ornament and return with wrapped gift by December 15th.  We will be giving to Maehnowesekiyah this year. 


Christmas Eve Mass Schedule 

4:00 pm St. Mary Leopolis 

5:00 pm St. Michael’s Keshena 

6:00 pm St. Anthony’s Neopit 

8:00 pm St. Francis Solanus Gresham 

Christmas Day Mass Schedule

8:30 am St. Francis Solanus Gresham 

9:00 am St. Michael’s Keshena 

11:00 am South Branch 

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 at 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm.  Join us for an hour of prayer


Food Pantry

The food pantry will be open on Tuesday, December 17th, 1-3 pm. We are still looking for volunteers. Call the Parish Office for more information. If you have extra fruit or vegetables, please drop off on September 30th.

St. Michael’s Thrift N Gift

Thrift & Gift   be open  Tuesday, December 17th 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. 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

   12/2/2019 Decorate Fr. Nonito’s Rectory 4 pm – 

   12/3/2019 Food Pantry, Book Share     1-3 pm

   12/3/2019 Thrift N Gift/Garage Noon – 3 pm

   12/5/2019 Holy Hour  6-7 pm

   12/8/2019 Fellowship Sunday 10 am

   12/11/2019 Reconciliation Service 5:30 – 7:30 pm

           12/14/2019 Baptism Preparation Class 9 – 11 am

   12/14/2019 Building & Grounds Collection 5 pm Mass

   12/15/2019 Building & Grounds Collection 9 am Mass

        12/17/2019 Thrift N Gift Noon – 3 pm

   12/17/2019 Food Pantry 1 – 3 pm

   12/18/2019 Fr. Joel Vacation- Returning 12/27/2019

   12/22/2019 Decorate Church after 9 am Mass

   12/24/2019 Office Closed

   12/25/2019 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 - 10:00 am Saturday                                                 










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