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January 5, 2020

 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  

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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 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.   As a way of celebrating the Feast of Epiphany, there 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 + 20.  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 Benedicta, “May Christ bless the house.” The “+” signs represent the cross and 2020 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 + 20, while saying:  “The three Wise Men, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar  followed the star of God’s Son who became human two thousand and twenty 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

May the Lord bless this for New Year for you with His light, life, peace and hope.

In His Mercy,

Deacon Mark

The Mass: A Slice at a time

MASS Definition


The Sacrifice of the Eucharist as the central act of worship of the Catholic Church. The "Mass" is a late form of missio (sending), from which the faithful are sent to put into practice what they have learned and use the graces they have received in the Eucharistic liturgy. As defined by the Church at the Council of Trent, in the Mass, "The same Christ who offered himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross, is present and offered in an unbloody manner." Consequently, the Mass is a truly propitiatory sacrifice, which means that by this oblation "the Lord is appeased, He grants grace and the gift of repentance, and He pardons wrongdoings and sins, even grave ones. For it is one and the same victim. He who now makes the offering through the ministry of priests and he who then offered himself on the cross. The only difference is the manner of offering" (Denzinger 1743).





 Religious Education Update: 

No Class on Jan 1st. We will meet on Jan. 8th, 2020.  Happy New Year from all of us at St. Michael’s Religious Education program! 


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 

Celebrating the Magi today...               

The Epiphany of the Lord is generally considered the end of the Christmas season.

The celebration recalls the visit of the Magi to the Infant Jesus and is also known as Three Kings Day and Little Christmas. These Magi or Wise Men were obviously familiar with the stars and other celestial objects. One of these caught their attention so profoundly that they believed it indicated the birth of a new King of the Jews. They made the extraordinary decision to journey to Judea where they thought they would find Him. Only in the Gospel according to Matthew do we hear this astounding story of their meeting with the Holy Family in Bethlehem. “They prostrated themselves and did Him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered Him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed for their country by another way” (Matthew 2:11-12).

The offerings of the Magi revere the Holy Infant with gold for royalty, frankincense for the divine, and myrrh for anointing the dead. Each gift was deeply appropriate for Christ the King and Son of God who sacrificed Himself for His people. During this beautiful feast, let us remember that the King of the Jews sought by the Wise Men at His birth also had those very words written above His head as He died on the cross. Our Messiah and Savior humbly and generously gave His life for every infant born into this world. Let us give Him our gratitude and love in return. 


Christmas Flowers In Memory Of:

Gilane & Kreidler Families

Uncle Cecil Grignon

Dennis, Lester & Roger McPherson

Alfred D. Gristeau Sr.

Erwin “Onie” Besaw

Gwidt & Pawelczyk Families

Jack & Pat Hermsen

Ron DeBruin and Pam DeBruin

Dave & Jean Thibodeau Family

Golke & Shomberg Families

Joleen & Kinsey Kaquatosh

Hoffman & Fenlon Families

Deceased Family Members of Rip & Nancy Hundt

Josephine & Henry Dodge

George & Marcella Wilber

LaRock & Mott Families

Mike & Steve Cook

Bernard Tucker

Chad Caldwell

Edward Irvin

David Corn Sr.

Ray & Elaine Pelky

Richard Katchenago, Abraham Katchenago, Olivia Katchenago, Todd Tucker,

Donna Tucker, Robert Tucker, Charlette & Mitchell Nacotee

Paulette & Bob Gear, Walter & Elina Sulskis

                                                                          Melvin Hietpas 


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 5, 2020


 Epiphany of the Lord


       1/04…………..Henry Dodge & Family, Living & Deceased

       1/05…..The People of St. Michael, St. Anthony, St. Mary

               and St. Francis-Solanus

       1/06………………………………………………...No Mass

          1/07……………..Rev William Stengel, Rev Michael Seis

               1/08…..Deacon Andrew Bures, Deacon Kenneth Banker

                                               1/09……………………………………Kateri Prayer Circle

       1/10………………………………….All who are homeless

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

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



Financial Blessings   

Dec 24 & 25   and Dec 28 & 29


$ 710.00    


$ 349.53    

Christmas Envelopes


Christmas Loose


Liturgical Ministers  

Saturday January 4, 5 pm

Lector         Servers      Eucharistic Minister

Karen Millett Metzler

Pat Gwidt

Sunday, January 5,  9 am 

Lector          Servers      Eucharistic Minister

Jim & Ellie Sokoly

Donna Smith

Saturday January 11, 5 pm

Lector           Servers      Eucharistic Minister

Dan & Sophie Hanauer

Jean Thibodeau

Sunday, January 12, 9 am 

Lector          Servers      Eucharistic Minister

Justin Lepscier

Rayna Tucker


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.  




Undecorating Church

We will be taking the Christmas decorations down in Church on Sunday, January 12th following 9 am Mass.  This is also Fellowship Sunday so enjoy coffee and a doughnut while we disassemble our decorations/trees.   



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 7th and 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 7th and 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


   01/07/2020 Thrift N Gift Noon – 3 pm

   01/07/2020 Food Pantry 1 – 3 pm

   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

  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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