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January 7, 2018, 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.





                           ST. ANTHONY'S PARISH MISSION STATEMENT

St Anthony Church is a community of people where a 

sense of belonging welcomes one and all;

where tradition and culture offer deeper

faith,hope and love;

Where religious education becomes pathway to our identity.

            St. Anthony Church is a community of people

Where you belong forever.


Anamehawikamek Welcome 



ST MICHAEL’S                          and                                     St. Anthony's

                         P.O. Box 610        P.O. Box241

                     Keshena, WI 54135                             Neopit, WI 54150                             


      Parish Administrator, Fr. Joel Jores - 715-799-3811 -                           Associate Priest: Fr. Francis Zurbano-715-799-3811 - 

                    Deacon Mark Fuller - 715-201-2961 

      Parish Secretary St. Michael, Vicki Hermsen  - 715-799-3811 -

Parish Secretary St. Anthony, Mary Harte – 715-756-2361 – 

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


Find us on Facebook:  stmichael Keshena and stanthony Neopit


       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.



A Note from your Deacon

I would like to share you again some thoughts on 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 word, epiphainen, a verb that means "to shine upon," "to manifest," or “to make known.”  This feast of the Epiphany celebrates that Christ has made Himself known to the 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 in families and in our communities.

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, in our comings and goings, in our conversations, in our work and play, and in our joys and sorrows.

The traditional way to “chalk the door” is to write above the home’s entrance:   20 + C + M + B + 18.  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 this house.” The “+” signs represent the cross and 2018 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 + 18 while saying:

“The three Wise Men, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar followed the star of God’s Son who became human two thousand and eighteen 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 Catholic tradition to celebrate Epiphany.


 Deacon Mark 


The Mass: A slice at a Time - The Liturgical Year


We use the color of White for Christmas season, Easter season, Feast of the Lord, Mama Mary and the saints who were not martyrs, Baptisms, weddings, funerals and Priestly Ordinations.


We use Green color for the whole Ordinary Time season in our liturgical celebrations. And we use the color Red for the Feast of our Lord’s Passion, Feast of the martyrs, Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Pentecost and any feast associated with the Holy Spirit, and also for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation. We use then the color Violet for Advent season and Lent season and also reconciliation liturgies. The Rose color is an optional color used for the 3rd Sunday of Advent and also on the 4th Sunday of Lent. Also we use the Black color, but it’s optional, for All souls Day and funerals. Then we have the Gold color which is not an official color, but some parishes use it in place of or in addition to white on Christmas and Easter



Faith Formation and Confirmation classes will resume Wednesday, January 10th at 5:30 pm.  

January 10th 5:30pm

January 17th 5:30pm 

January 24th 5:30pm 


January 31st 5:30pm 



We are working very hard to reestablish religious education here at St. Anthony’s.  Classes will start at 6:00 and meet in the community center.   Please pass the word.  Classes offered include Baptism and First Communion preparation.  If you have any questions or need additional information please call Mary Harte at 715-756-2361.  Thank you.



Classes for Baptism, Reconciliation and Eucharist are being made available at St. Anthony’s in the community center.  



January 7, 2018 – The Epiphany of the Lord


St. Michael

01/08……………………………………………………………………….No Mass

  01/09….………Rev William VandeKreeke, Rev Michael Warden

  01/10..…………..Deacon Kenneth Sambs, Deacon Luis Sanchez

  01/11………….………………………….…………….…Kateri Prayer Circle

 01/12 ……..…………………………………………………………Tribal Elders

  01/13 ……….…………………………….Chantel & Mitchell Otradovec

01/14…………………………………………St. Michael Parish Members

St. Anthony




  St. Michael Financial Blessings Dec 30 & 31






St. Anthony Financial Blessings Dec 30






Liturgical Ministers  


Saturday, January 13, 4:00 pm

 Lector       Servers        Eucharistic

Delberta Pethke

Isabella Waupochick

Jean Thibodeau

Sunday, January 14, 9:00 am 

Joe Michel

Derek Minch

Nancy Michel


 Sunday,  January 13,  9:00 am    

Delberta Pethke

Isabella Waupochick

Jean Thibodeau


Sunday, January 14, 9 am                                                             

 Lector                   Servers               Eucharistic Minister


Joe Michel

Derek Minch

Nancy Michel


Saturday, January 20, 4 pm 

Gryphon Braun


Deacon Mark


Sunday, January 21, 9 am 

Jim & Ellie Sokoly


Rayna Tucker


St. Anthony Liturgical Ministers                           

Sunday, January 7, 2018








Discover the history of the Diocese of Green Bay in a richly illustrated book.  These books sell for $30 and are available in the back entrance of the church. Please pay at the Parish Office. There are also soft cover magazines.  There is no charge for these. Please take one per family.  



The Life in the Spirit Seminar provides seven weekly sessions of teaching, guidance, sharing, and prayer that lead to a new or deeper relationship with the Lord.  It is an invitation to make or renew a deep personal commitment to Jesus Christ in openness to the Holy Spirit and His gifts.  The Seminar will begin on Monday, February 5th from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. at St. Francis Catholic Church in Gresham.  Informational pamphlets are at the back church entrance. Pick one up and register to attend. For more information, please call Judy Westphal (715-853-6088), Theresa Voelz (715-787-4658) or Holly Schmidt (715-851-1208).  Sponsored by Divine Mercy Prayer Group (Gresham) and in cooperation with the Green Bay Diocesan Charismatic Renewal. 



There will be a second collection at St. Michael’s next weekend, January 13 & 14 for Building and Grounds. Please be generous. 



Respect Life Mass January 16, 20

In 2018, there will only be one Respect Life Mass to be held Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at St. Pius X in Appleton.  This will be in conjunction with the send-off of the March for Life pilgrims to Washington DC.

No Respect Life Mass will be held in Green Bay in 2018.

Be Not Afraid" is this year's theme for the USCCB Respect Life Program and the 2018 Respect Life Mass.

The format for this Mass will be the same as in previous years:

  • Mass will begin at 6:00 PM at St. Pius X in Appleton
  • Bishop Ricken will preside.
  • Mass will be bilingual:  English and Spanish
  • There will be a blessing and send-off the March for Life pilgrims to Washington DC
  • A cookie and punch social will be held after Mass






Thrift & Gift will be open January 9th and January 16th from noon – 3 pm.   If you have a donation, it can be dropped off at Parish Office or Thrift & Gift if open.  We need towels.  Thank you. We are looking for someone to help with sorting clothing and miscellaneous items on the first and third Monday of the month for about 2-3 hours.  If you can help, please call Cookie at (920) 216-9240 or the parish office at (715) 799-3811. 



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.




St. Michael’s Food Pantry will be open January 9th & January 16th from 1-3 pm.   St. Anthony’s will be open on January 16th.  


Thanks to all who hosted and brought books in this past year!  The new sign-up sheet for hosting one of the Sundays in 2018 is up.  Please sign up to host one of the 12 Sundays next year, it will be greatly appreciated!  Book share is open the first Sunday of the month, which will be, January 7th, 2018 and the first Tuesday of the Month with Food Pantry.



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

St.Michael's Parish Office Hours:

Office hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8 am to 3 pm., Wednesday and Friday 9 am to 1 pm. If you have an urgent matter, please contact Fr. Joel or Fr. Francis.


St. Anthony's Parish Office Hours: 

Monday-Friday 8:00 am-4:30 pm.


Fr. Joel will have office hours as follows:

Tuesday – St. Michael’s

Wednesday – St. Francis

Thursday – St. Anthony



Mark Your Calendarsr.

Francis is on vacation until January 29th

01/07/2018 Christmas Decoration St. Michael    Removal 10  - ?

01/09/2018 Secretary Meeting St. Francis   11:00 am

01/09/2018 Pastoral Council St. Michael   6 pm

01/09/2018 Food Pantry St. Michael   1-3 pm

01/09/2018 Thrift & Gift St. Michael   Noon – 3 pm

01/11/2018 Worship Committee St. Anthony

01/16/2018 PFC St.  Anthony

01/18/2018 Worship Committee St. Michael   4:45 pm




                        MASS TIMES:

                               St. Michael – 4:00 pm Saturday/ 9:00 am Sundays

      St. Anthony – 10:30 am Sundays

               St. Francis Solanus – 8:30 am Sundays

St. Mary10:30 am Sunday



















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