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January 12, 2020

 Baptism 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  

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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 your Deacon

This past week there has been some discussion at our home on when the Christmas season actually ends.  This decision impacts when the decorations should come down as well. It seems like a good ending point would be the Epiphany of the Lord, as the coming of the Three Wise Men now completes the Nativity scene.  Still, for the definitive answer to this question, I went to the website of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops ( to see what was stated there.  I found that officially, the liturgical season of Christmas begins with the vigil Masses on Christmas Eve and concludes on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, which is today.  There was once practiced a tradition of keeping the Christmas cycle until Feb. 2, which is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord.  This tradition meant there was 40 days to the Christmas season but this tradition is now rarely practiced in this country. 

Why is the Baptism of the Lord included as part of the liturgical season of the church?  Jesus' birth and his baptism were separated by 30 years, so it may seem odd to conclude Christmas with the feast of Christ's baptism. But Father Steve Grunow, with Word on Fire, explains the connection between these events.  He said there are three great revelations or "theophanies" in the Christmas season. “The first is the incarnation, the fact that God allowed himself to be born in this world as a man. The second was at the epiphany when Jesus was revealed as the Messiah, the king of Israel. And the third was that when Jesus was baptized, the Holy Trinity was revealed. The Son makes himself known, the Father speaks, and the Holy Spirit descends. It is this mystery, the mystery of the Trinity that brings the revelations or the theophanies of the holy season of Christmas to their fulfillment."  All this being said we therefore decided to keep the outdoor Christmas decorations lit, and kept the Christmas tree and manger scene up this past week.  I also thought it most proper to have a remaining Christmas cookie or two, even if they were stale!

Upon Further Reflection:

A man and his young son went to church, and when they came out the father was complaining that Mass went too long, the homily was no good, and the singing was off-key.  

Finally, the little boy said, “Daddy, I thought it was pretty good for only a quarter.”

In His Mercy,

Deacon Mark

The Mass: A Slice at a time

The Mass cannot be understood apart from Calvary, of which it is a re-presentation, memorial, and effective application of the merits gained by Christ. The re-presentation means that because Christ is really present in him humanity, in heaven and on the altar, he is capable now as he was on Good Friday of freely offering himself to the Father. He can no longer die because he now has a glorified body, but the essence of his oblation remains the same. The Mass is also a memorial. Christ's death is commemorated not only as a psychological remembrance but as a mystical reality. He voluntarily offers himself, the eternal high priest, as really as he did on Calvary.






 Religious Education Update: 

On Wednesday January 8th, the Religious Education students watched two short animated videos one on John the Baptist and the other on the Baptism of Jesus. We are planning on making our own Rosaries for Lent this year.  If anyone has any pony or wooden beads or crucifixes they could donate please let us know.  Next class January 15th


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 


Baptism of the Lord

The Baptism of the Lord has long been revered by Christians for its significance in the history of salvation.

In the first centuries of the Church, it was associated with the Epiphany. Indeed, this occasion is another manifestation: that of the Holy Trinity. “After Jesus was baptized, He came up from the water and behold, the heavens were opened for Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming upon Him. And a voice came from the heavens, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased’” (Matthew 3:16-17). Christ was only beginning His time of preaching and ministering to His people and wanted them to recognize His closeness with them and the unique bond He shared with the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Surely, many of John’s disciples and other people were present when Jesus was baptized. Even today, whether with babies, youngsters or adults, baptism is generally a public event. It is a turning away from sin and a joyful acceptance of life as true children of God. For us and for all Christians, this is a time to begin our journey as followers of our Lord and Savior. It is a time to begin nurturing the virtues of faith, hope, and love so that we, too, will one day hear the Father proclaim that we are His beloved children with whom He is pleased. 




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. 





January 12, 2020


Baptism of the Lord

       1/11………………………..…Donald & Gerald Kaquatosh

       1/12…………………………………..Sandra (Dodge) King

       1/13………………………………………………...No Mass

       1/14……....Rev Jerome Taddy, Rev Edmundo Siguenza

       1/15..Deacon Vincent DeGroot, Deacon David DeYoung

       1/16………………………………….…Kateri Prayer Circle

               1/17………………………………………Parish Volunteers

       1/18….….Antoine & Virginia Waupochick & Family, L&D

       1/19………………………………….Tom & Dawn Whitney





Financial Blessings   

January 4 & 5




$  330.00

New Years Envelopes

$  313.00

New Years Loose

$   245.50

Food Pantry Donation

$   100.00


Liturgical Ministers  

Saturday January 18, 5 pm

Lector         Servers      Eucharistic Minister

Lisa Peters

Deacon Mark

Sunday, January 19,  9 am 

Lector          Servers      Eucharistic Minister

Kathy Tucker

Deacon Mark

Saturday January 25, 5 pm

Lector           Servers      Eucharistic Minister

Karen Millett Metzler

Jean Thibodeau

Sunday, January 26, 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.  


Life in the Spirt Seminar

Mark your calendars for February 10 – March 23rd for Life in the Spirit Seminar at St. Rose Catholic Church in Clintonville. Will meet Monday nights from 7-8:30 pm. More information to follow.


Undecorating Church

We will be taking the Christmas decorations down in Church on Sunday, January 12th  TODAY following 9 am Mass.  


Fellowship Sunday/Book Share

Following 9 am Mass on Sunday will be Fellowship Sunday. Stop in and enjoy coffee and a doughnut and visiting with St. Michael friends. All are welcome. 


Faith Formation Green Bay Packer Autographed Football Raffle!

One ticket for $1.00 or Six tickets for $5.00

Tickets available in the front of church before the Saturday and Sunday’s Masses, now until the drawing on Super Bowl Sunday, February 2.  Drawing after the 9:00 am Mass in Barrett Hall.   Fill out the tickets and clip your money to the tickets and place in the Green Bay Packer Raffle ticket box.  Only those ticket with the money clipped to them will be put into the drawing. Good luck and Go Packers!

Support St. Michael’s Faith Formation Programs!

Souper Bowl Saturday

February 1, 10:00-2:00, St. Francis Parish Hall, Gresham. Soups, sandwiches, desserts, bake sale, basket raffles, books, puzzles, board games.  Soup and sandwich special $6.00.

March for Life

To remember the millions of unborn babies who have died since the 1973 Roe V Wade decision, there will be a March for Life in Shawano on Sunday, January 19th at 1:00 pm. Marchers meet at the City of Shawano Community Center and will march to the County Courthouse.  Those not wishing to march may gather at the center at 1:30 pm for refreshments and a short program. 

Parkinson’s Warriors Support Group

Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers and family are encouraged to attend. Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 10 am – 12 pm CMN Library Classroom. Transportation available: Call Kristin Waukau 715-799-5270. 



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.


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 check the bulletin boards or call the parish office for information on sign up. 



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, January  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  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

   01/11/2020 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

     01/13/2020 Secretary Accounting Meeting Gresham   10 – 11 am

                           01/14/2020 Secretary Meeting Keshena 11 – 12 pm

     01/21/2020 Thrift N Gift Noon – 3 pm

       01/21/2020 Food Pantry & Book Share 1 – 3 pm

   01/25/2020 Food Pantry Collection 5 pm Mass

         01/26/2020 Food Pantry Collection 9 am Mass





  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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