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   Fourth Sunday of Advent,

   January 6, 2019


The Epiphany of the Lord


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 your Deacon

This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, in which the “Three Kings” were “overjoyed at seeing the star” and brought their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh  to the newborn  Christ child.   The word “epiphany” comes from the Greek epiphainen, a verb that means "to shine upon," "to manifest," or “to make known.”  This feast of the Epiphany, then, celebrates that Christ has made Himself known to our world.  It is the light of Christ which is  revealed and this  light shines in the darkness,  and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5).  This light still shines and we are the ones that must keep the light of faith alive for all to see.  

As a way of celebrating the Feast of Epiphany in our home, it is been our custom to “chalk the door.”  This is a wonderful Catholic custom to participate in and very simple to do.  Gather the family at the door that is used most in your home or apartment.    The family gathers to ask God’s blessing on their home and on all those who live in or will visit during the year. It is an invitation for the Lord Jesus to be a daily guest in our home, our comings and goings, our conversations, our work and play, our joys and sorrows.

The traditional way to “chalk the door” is to write above the home’s entrance: 

20 + C + M + B + 17.  The letters C, M, B have two meanings. They are the initials of the traditional names of the three kings: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. They also abbreviate the Latin words Christus mansionem benedicat, “May Christ bless the house.” The “+” signs represent the cross and 2019 is the year.  We do this on the inside door of the house so that it will last the whole year.

Using a piece of chalk, mark the top of your front door molding as follows,

20 + C + M + B + 19 

while saying:

“The three Wise Men, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar followed the star of God’s Son who became human two thousand and sixteen years ago. May Christ bless our home and remain with us throughout the new year. Amen.

Then offer the following prayer: 

Visit, O blessed Lord, this home with the gladness of your presence. Bless all who live or visit here with the gift of your love; and grant that we may manifest your love to each other and to all whose lives we touch. May we grow in grace and in the knowledge and love of you; guide, comfort, and strengthen us in peace, O Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen

I invite you to practice this simple, Epiphany Catholic tradition!

In His mercy,


Deacon Mark


The Mass – A slice at a time

The Alleluia is sung in every time of year other than Lent. The verses are taken from the Lectionary.

During Lent, instead of the Alleluia, the Verse before the Gospel as given in the Lectionary is sung. It is also possible to sing another Psalm. And when there is only one reading before the Gospel, during a time of year when the Alleluia is prescribed, either an Alleluia Psalm or the Responsorial Psalm followed by the Alleluia with its verse may be used; during a time of year when the Alleluia is not foreseen, either the Psalm and the Verse before the Gospel or the Psalm alone may be used; the alleluia or the Verse before the Gospel, if not sung, may be omitted. The Sequence which, except on Easter Sunday and on Pentecost Day, is optional, is sung before the Alleluia.




Faith Formation will meet from 6-7:30 pm:

January 9 January 16


January 23 January 30



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. 



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  




                                                                                       January 6, 2019

             The Epiphany of the Lord


          1/7...…..…..…....…………….……………..…No Mass     

1/8......Rev Robert Burnell, Rev Celestine Byekwaso

1/9..…………………………………………….No Mass

1/10.…...………………………..…Kateri Prayer Circle

1/11 …………………….Those Suffering from Cancer

1/12……………………...St. Michael Parish Members

1/13…..........................Chantel & Mitchell Otradovec

Financial Blessings

December 28th & 29th








Liturgical Ministers  


Saturday,January 12, 2019 5 pm                                                         

Lector      Servers      Eucharistic Minister

Fay Waupochick

Isabella Waupochick

Tony Waupochick


Sundy, January 13, 2019 9 am                                                            

Lector            Servers      Eucharistic Minister

Justin Lepscier


Donna Smith


 Saturday, January 19th, 5 pm   

  Lector      Servers      Eucharistic Minister

Lela & Matt Schwitzer


Deacon Mark Fuller


 Sunday, January 20th, 9 am                                                             

 Lector        Servers      Eucharistic Minister


Dan & Sophie Hanauer


Deacon Mark Fuller



Un-Decorating the Church after the Epiphany 


St. Michael’s Worship Committee will be taking the decorations down after Mass on Sunday, January13th following 9 am Mass.  Please join us.


Thank You


The staff at St. Michael would like to thank all the Worship Committee members and other parish members who took their valuable time to decorate the church for Christmas.  It is beautiful! We are grateful to have the support of our parishioners and visitors to achieve this.

Fellowship Sunday/Building & Grounds Collection

Next weekend, January 12th and 13th, there will be a second collection for Building and Grounds. Also, there will be refreshments after 9 o’clock Mass in the hall.  

Power Outage - No Mass, Parish Office Closed

On Wednesday, January 9th the Power Company will be replacing our telephone pole. The church, hall and office will not have power until Wednesday afternoon.   There will be no staff that day.  For emergencies, please call Fr. Nonito at 715-994-1337 or Fr. Joel at 715-787-3377. Thank you! 


Pro-Life Novena

Join thousands of Catholics nationwide in the annual pro-life novena January 14-22 via email, text message, or an app. Sign up today at 


Mass Intentions

There are a lot of days open to have Masses said for your loved ones in 2019. Please stop in the Parish Office. The Mass stipend is $10.



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. 


Food Pantry

The food pantry will NOT be open January 1st due to the New Years Holiday. We will be open Tuesday, January 8th and January 22nd from 1-3 pm. We are in need of brown paper bags and personal hygiene items. 

St. Michael’s Thrift N Gift

Thrift & Gift will be open January 8th and 22nd 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. 


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!



 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.                                 SLIPPERY 



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 St. Michael 

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


Holiday Mass Schedule

Holiday Mass Schedule

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


New Year’s Day

8:30 am St. Francis

9:00 am St. Michael

        10:30 am St. Anthony 




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






                  Mark Your Calendars/Events St. Michael


            01/13/2019 Take down Church decorations  10 am

    01/08/2019 Finance Council 11 am

    01/08/2019 Food Pantry 1:00 – 3:00 pm

            01/08/2019 Thrift N Gift 12:00 – 3:00 pm

    01/12/2019 Building & Grounds Collection

                                                          01/13/2019 Take down Church decorations  10 am

                                    01/13/2019 Building & Grounds Collection

            01/13/2019 Fellowship Sunday 10:00 am

    01/15/2019 Knights of Columbus 7:00 pm

    01/22/2019 Food Pantry 1:00 – 3:00 pm

    01/22/2019 Thrift N Gift 12:00 – 3:00 pm

 01/28/2019 Finance Council11:00 – 12:00 pm

      01/28/2019 Pastoral Council 6:00 – 7:30 pm





                           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) 











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