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   December 9, 2018, 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                                                                                                                                 


           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. 

Parish Administrator, Fr. Nonito Barra - 715-799-3811 -

Rectory – 715-994-1337

Parochial Vicar Fr. Joel Jores  - 715-787-3377   

Deacon Mark Fuller   715-201-2961-

Parish Secretary, Vicki Hermsen - 715-799-3811 -

Religious Education Kathy King-Tucker - 715-799-3927 – 

Wednesday 6 – 7:30 pm September – May

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   

KATERI PRAYER CIRCLE:  After 8 am Mass on Thursday morning

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: Third Tuesday of the month –7 pm,  

                                              Grand Knight Paul Marroquin 715-994-0409 

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

Second Sunday Advent

Yesterday, the Church honored Mama Mary in her title: The Immaculate Conception, partial feast day of the United States of America. And for us Filipinos, this title of her is the Principal patroness of our country, Philippines. Thank you Mama Mary for your constant maternal intercession for all of us, your sons and daughters in Jesus your only Begotten Son.

In this second Sunday of Advent, St. John is going throughout the region of Jordan, proclaimed a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins in fulfillment of the scriptures.


For our four parishes, we have scheduled two dates for the sacrament of confession: Dec. 5, Wednesday in Keshena and Dec. 12, Wednesday in Leopolis. I think, we barely appreciate this sacrament. Please make time and space for this vital sacrament of our Catholic faith because we are Catholic and not any other Christian denomination who eliminated this sacrament. Please grab that precious opportunity to be cleansed so to make holy space and time for Jesus when He comes in our very own hearts. Yes, it is not easy to be Catholic. Have a blessed weekend everyone.



Co-Traveler, Fr. Joel


The Mass – A slice at a time


Lectionary - The book called Lectionary is that book where the First and Second readings and the Responsorial Psalms are contained. While where the Gospel readings are is called “ Evangeliary” or “The Book of the Gospels”. And the big book that is being placed upon the altar that the Priest throughout the celebration uses and where he prayed the Collect and everything is called Sacramentary.



On Wednesday December 5th Faith Formation’s older students participated in our Parish’s Reconciliation.  We watched two videos, one on St. Nicholas and the other was about John The Baptist.  Before leaving, each student received a treat bag in honor of St. Nicholas’s Feast Day December 6, 2018.  Next week we will begin practice for our Christmas play that will be during Christmas Eve Mass.  Any child from our Parish is welcome to take part.  




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. 


 Knight’s of Columbus, St. Kateri Tekakwitha Council, No. 12185

For the last 16 years, there are very clear choices that we Knights and Lady Knights make when we decide to put our community and families first. The Knights sponsored St. Kateri Tekakwitha Council 12185 Elmo Novelli and Alvin J. Rathsack Memorial Thanksgiving Dinner.  

We would like to thank all the businesses and people for your generous donations towards our Thanksgiving Dinner, Knights and Lady Knights and all those community members who have donated their time with preparation of food, delivering dinners, cooking, serving and cleaning to make this special occasion a reality.  

Our 16th Thanksgiving Dinner served 277 sit down meals and we delivered 251 meals to Shawano, Keshena, West Branch and Neopit.  


Paul A. Marroquin, Grand Knight


December 9, 2018  

Second Sunday of Advent   



      12/10...………....…..……………..…………….…..No Mass     

12/11....................Rev Nonito Barra, Rev Harry Berryman

12/12……Deacon Michael Eash, Deacon Thomas Gritton

12/13.……………..…………….………Kateri Prayer Circle

12/14 ……….…………………………………...Tribal Elders

12/15……….Antoinette “Tudy” Wilber, Warren Wilber and

             Family, Living and Deceased

12/16..…………………………………………Estelene Ladd

  December 1&2









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 in the pews to make your contribution and a second collection will be taken after Communion. Please be generous in helping those who have given so much over the years.

Fellowship Sunday/Book Share

Fellowship Sunday and Book Share is today (Sunday) after 9 am Mass.  Thrift N Gift will host this event. There are a lot of Christmas books.  All are welcome. 

Liturgical Ministers  


Saturday, December 15th, 5 pm                                                         

Lector          Servers      Eucharistic Minister


Bryan Lepscier 


Deacon Mark

Sunday, December 16th, 9 am                                                             

 Lector         Servers      Eucharistic Minister


Jim & Ellie Sokoly


Rayna Tucker

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




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 Fr. Nonito or Fr. 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.  



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!


Advent Reconciliation Service

On December 12th, St. Mary Leopolis will be having a Reconciliation Service from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. We pray that all will take advantage of God's abundant healing grace, forgiveness and love.


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 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


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

     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 – 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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