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    July 19, 2020

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


 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

Mark Fuller

Deacon (715)201-2961

Vicki Hermsen

Parish Secretary (715) 799-3811

Kathy King-Tucker

Religious Education (715) 799-3927

Parish Trustees:

Kitty Gilane

Alicia Wilke 

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

As we hear more and more about a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, occurring in many parts of the country, there is continued uncertainty and confusion on what is the most appropriate response.  Individually, it is not always clear on what is the most prudent thing to do. Given this backdrop, I would like to share a story of faith and love I recently read.  (This story comes from Colm Flynn, writing for EWTN News.)  Like so many others around the world, 47-year-old Juan Manuel Ballestero was away from home when the coronavirus hit. He was staying on the small Portuguese island of Porto Santo when it was announced that all international passenger flights to his home country of Argentina were canceled.  Terribly worried about his elderly parents, he decided to something extraordinary: If he couldn’t fly home to be with his family, he would sail.  So for the next 85 days he made the 5,592-mile journey in his small sailboat across the Atlantic Ocean.  He ran into serious problems crossing the equator.  He ran out of fuel and had to rely on the winds but for 10 days the wind did not blow.  The lack of movement in the water caused another problem: Barnacles started to form on the hull of the boat, which, when the wind started to blow again, would slow it down because of friction. This forced the stranded sailor to perform a risky dive underwater to remove them by hand.  “Stuck in the middle of the ocean, and there is 5,000 meters of depth, and I have to jump out there to clean my boat. It was like an astronaut going out of the ship to fix the spacecraft. Everything can go wrong down there.” It was during these tough days that Ballestero relied on his faith. “I believe more in God now,” he said. “He came to help me. There is a whole universe out there, and you can see it pretty easy at night. I started praying.”   After 85 days, Ballestero was reunited with his family in Buenos Aires, Argentina. “Finally, I’m here, Dad. ‘You look good,’ I told him. ‘You look good!’” he recalled with joy. After an emotional reunion with his family, Ballestero uploaded to social media a picture of him, his brother and father with the caption “Mission accomplished. Faith lets you cross oceans.”  When asked about this he smiled and said, “Everyone can do what they want, if you believe in yourself and believe in God.”

In His Mercy, 

Deacon Mark


The Mass: A Slice at a time


Anyone who is conscious of grave sin may not celebrate Mass or receive the Body of the Lord without previously having been to sacrament of confession, unless there is a grave reason and there is no opportunity to confess; in this case the person is to remember the obligation to make an act of perfect contrition, which includes the resolve to go to confession as soon as possible. (Canon 916). This canon refers to any person who administers or receives the sacrament. An act of perfect contrition does, indeed, provide forgiveness of mortal sin; however, as the second precept of the Church reminds us, the obligation to confess before receiving the Eucharist remains. This obligation can only be dispensed a iure when, perfect contrition being presumed, the following tow conditions are met: 1) A grave cause: danger of death, or of embarrassment if communion is not taken or celebrated. 2) The impossibility of making a prior confession through lack of a confessor. Naturally, the act of contrition requires, as one of its integral parts, the firm intention to confess, which must be satisfied at the earliest opportunity.                    






Religious Education Update 


 Classes are cancelled until September, 2020 


St. Francis Solanus & St. Mary Religious Education Coordinator

St. Francis Solanus, Gresham and St. Mary, Leopolis has an opening for a Religious Education Coordinator for our K-11 program.  The coordinator will be responsible for the development and implementation of the catechesis for the parish program including Sacramental Preparation.  This responsibility includes: recruitment of catechists, preparing lesson plans, evaluate and order teaching materials and resources, train volunteers, ensure that all catechists are certified.  Qualified candidates will have Religious Education experience and be certified through the Diocesan Emmaus Program at a minimum.  Please send your resume with cover letter by August 9, 2020 to: 

St. Francis Solanus

Attention: Search Committee

PO Box 177

Gresham, WI 54128-0177

Or Email:

Face Masks

Menominee Tribal Legislature requires all residents and visitors to the Menominee Reservation age 10 and older to wear a face mask covering any time they are in contact with other people who are not household members. 



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 





July 19, 2020

07/18…..…...………Rodger Dodge & Sandra Dodge King

07/19…………The people of St. Michael, St. Anthony, St. Francis-Solanus & St. Mary

07/20…………………………………………………No Mass

07/21…………………………………………………No Mass

07/22……………………………….........................No Mass

07/23…………………………………………………No Mass

07/24…………………………………………………No Mass

07/25……………………………………...Joseph Otradovec

07/26…..………………………………………..Evelyn Vigue



Daily 8 am Mass

With Fr. Joel leaving, Daily Mass will be scheduled every other week so Fr. Nonito can go to our sister parishes on our off week.  July schedule is below:

July 21 – 24 No Mass 

July 28 – 31 Mass at St. Michael 


 Financial Blessings July 11 & 12


$  1,451.00


$    371.00

Fund Raising Donation

$    670.00

Building & Grounds

$    378.00

Thrift N Gift/Garage

$    176.00

Thank for your generous donations!  

Bishop’s Appeal

We have met our Bishop’s Appeal goal of $6,551. To date we have received $6,886. Thank you to all who have given to date. If you have not given and would like to, please contact the parish office or you can pay on line at


Church Envelopes

Our envelopes for the fiscal year 2020-2021 are in the main entrance. Please pick these up.  Thank you. 


Liturgical Ministers

Saturday, July 25, 5 pm

  Lector         Temp Taker  Usher

Pat Gwidt

Karen Metzler

Karen Lynch

Sunday, July 26, 9 am 

  Lector                Temp Taker       Usher

Jim & Ellie Sokoly

Anne Sulskis

Mary Lewellin


Saturday, August 1, 5 pm

             Lector                Temp Taker       Usher

Pat Gwidt

Karen Metzler

Karen Lynch



Sunday, August 2, 9 am 

          Lector                Temp Taker       Usher 

Kathy Tucker

Ellie Sokoly

Jim Sokoly


Handicap Entrance

The side entrance will be open for our parishioners with walkers and other challenges.  The temperature taker will come to you, just sanitize your hands and sit near the front.      


2020 FUNDRAISERS $6,855.00 of $10,000

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 fundraisers at St. Michael’s have been suspended until it is safe to resume. The Festival scheduled for June 27th has been our biggest fundraising event raising on average $10,000. We are suggesting a non-fundraiser fundraiser in lieu of this big event. You do not need to sell or buy raffle tickets, cook anything, bake anything, volunteer your time, work in the heat, set up, clean up or do dishes! We would be grateful for monetary donations to offset the loss of this source of revenue to keep our Parish solvent. Please mail or drop off donations at the Parish office or drop in the collection basket indicating it is for fundraising. Thank you for your continued support of our Parish during this time.


Mark Your Calendar – Thrift N Gift/Garage Inside - Outside Sale

On Saturday, August 8th from 10 am – 1 pm, Thrift N Gift & Garage will be selling items inside and in the parking lot at St. Michael’s. Social distancing will be enforced.  We have a lot of household goods, coolers, glassware, dishes, Tupperware, clothing for children & adults, toys, puzzles, backpacks, luggage, table & chair sets, lamps, ironing boards, pictures, two rolltop desks, organ, baby items, cribs, garden items and many more.  Join us for this big sale.


Bike the Barn Quilts

10K Walk/Run or 40mile bike! Wherever, whenever, however you’d like to custom fit to your need. This will be a remote event sponsored by ThedaCare.  Information on bulletin board.  

Food Pantry Carry Out

The Food Pantry is looking for a gentleman to carry food out to recipients on the first and/or third Tuesday of the month.  Please contact the parish office for more information.               


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  


 Universal Giving Page

The Catholic Foundation is excited to share with us that they have created a Universal Giving Page at  This is a great resource for our parish as we do not have an on line giving program. It makes giving to our parish simple and easy!  The Catholic Foundation will be cutting a check weekly to our parish along with a report of what families gave to the parish and the amount of each gift.   


 Holy Hour

Holy Hour will be the first Thursday of the month at 6-7pm. 

Food Pantry

The food pantry will be open on Tuesday, July 21st, 1-3 pm.  There will be drive up service only. Please do not get out of your vehicle and have the back passenger seat empty.

St.  Michael’s Thrift N Gift

Thrift N Gift will be open Tuesday, July 21st, noon to 3 pm.  Only eight people can be in the store at one time and everyone must have on a mask. No children will be allowed. Social Distancing of 6 feet is required also.  If you have a donation, it can be dropped off at the Parish Office Monday, Tuesday or Thursday, or at Thrift N Gift when they are working.  Please call to make sure someone is available. (715) 799-3811.

Book Share

Book share will be open on Food Pantry day, Tuesday, July 21st, 1-3 pm with social distancing enforced. Two may come into the Book Share at a time. Masks required.  

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. 



The Community Resource Center in Keshena classes Cancelled.   


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 and St. John Nepomucene YouTube Live Stream (St. John Nepomucene, Little Chute YouTube) at 10 am on Sundays.  Mass is also offered online at Check the website for times and dates.


Parish Office Hours an News


The Parish Office will be open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8-2 pm, closed on Wednesday and Friday.  Please contact Fr. Nonito at the Rectory for urgent matters (715) 994-1337.


Deadline for new information is 9:00 pm Monday evening. Contact Parish Office to submit



Mark Your Calendars/Events St. Michael      

         July 21, 2020          Food Pantry      1-3 pm

 July 21, 2020          Thrift N Gift/Garage   Noon – 3 pm                                     

         July 25, 2020  Food Pantry Collection

 July 26, 2020  Food Pantry Collection

 August 4, 2020        Finance Council  11am-Noo 

                 August 8th               Thrift N Gift/Garage    10 am – 1 pm 


St. Michael – 9:00 am Sunday and Livestreamed   



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 Sunday  












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