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    June 7, 2020


The Holy Trinity




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 Fr. Joel

With the Solemnity of the Pentecost last Sunday 

celebrated with just Live Streamed Mass and then followed by a separate distribution of the Holy Communion after was quite unique and at the same time closes the Easter Season days. Is this the so called “New Normal” now? I hope not for long. Well, to say the least, God is not sleeping; He knows what’s going on these. So, let’s try our best not to lose hope amidst trials during this pandemic. Listen, be watchful and pray! This Sunday the Church celebrates one of the central objects, focus, unfathomable faith truth of our belief, The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. God revealed himself to Moses in our first reading, and his response to the spectacular revelation was worship prostrating himself on the ground in profound adoration. And our responsorial psalm today speaks of the superiority of God and its eternity attributes worthy to be praised in the Temple, the axis mundi or center of the universe. And in our second reading, St. Paul invites us to rejoice in the Lord finding in Him our delight. So as we continue to travel in this life, this solemnity reminds us all that God sent his Son to save us and to forgive us his adopted children. Like the Holy Trinity may we be united in peace and love through the Spirit, through whom we offer God praise and glory above all forever. Happy Trinity Sunday to all! Co-Traveler, Fr. Joel                                                                    


The Mass: A Slice at a time

Reasons of necessity for Extraordinary ministers of holy communion

There must be no priest, deacon or acolyte available;

These persons (priest, deacon or acolyte) are unable to discharge the task, due to the demands of another pastoral ministry, to illness or to extreme age;


There are so many of the faithful wishing to receive communion that the celebration of the Mass would take too long.

In any case, this suppletory function cannot be exercised when there are priest present who are not impeded, even if they are not participating in the Eucharistic celebration.



Dear Parishioners of St. Michael in Keshena, St. Anthony in Neopit,

                                 St. Francis in Gresham and St. Mary’s in Leopolis,

I wish we could be together this Sunday and I hope this finds you well. I have been praying personally and celebrating masses all by myself that God bless you and keep you safe during this difficult time. It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing that I am being transferred to another new assignment, way far from Wisconsin, California. And I am leaving on Monday, June 29. Yes, it is hard to say this without having you in these pews. I have enjoyed my 5 years of serving St. Michael’s, St. Anthony’s and St. Francis’ and 3 years of service to St. Mary’s in Leopolis. I am blest to know many good and welcoming people and also I am blest to know about various situations in each parish and so felt in love and at the same time little by little learned how to work with you all within your culture. And it will be difficult for me to leave. Just like Fr. Dave McElroy, O. Praem, who belongs to a religious community of St. Norbert or popularly known as the Norbertines, I am also a member of another religious community, the Missionaries of Faith community and so not a diocesan priest. Our local superior working in Austin Diocese, Texas, together with his council after coordinating with the Diocese of Green Bay, asked me to go to St. Philip Neri Parish, Alameda, CA, to serve the people of that parish. As a religious I serve at the will of my Superior, and I accept his decision and hope you will as well. The diocese is planning on replacing me with another Filipino priest who will join Fr. Nonito, in my place as parochial vicar for the 4 parishes and so I hope you will be as nice to him as you were to me. Until he is able to obtain his visa, the diocese doesn’t want to give a name in case something were to happen and he isn’t able to come. We still have a month and half before I am leaving, and hopefully we can see each other in person before I go. I am praying that we will be able to have some Masses and celebrations with more than 10 or 50 people and find some other ways to say good-bye before I leave, end of June. I hope that this transition will go smoothly and I’m praying that the new priest will be well received when he comes. And so, I thank you all for the generous acceptance, deep understanding and loving patience that you all showed me these past years of my traveling with you, St. Michael’s, St. Anthony’s, St. Francis’ and St. Mary’s parishioners and my sincerest apologies for all my failures and so please forgive me for all the times I missed to meet your standard and expectations, thank you and God bless. 

Fr. Joel Jores, Parochial Vicar  



Religious Education Update 


 Classes are cancelled until September, 2020 



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 





June 7, 2020


The Most Holy Trinity 

06/06…….………………………….Joseph Otradovec

06/07……………………………..Esther Tucker-Vigue

06/08…………………………………………...No Mass

06/09…………Rev Omer Kelley, Rev David Hoffman 

06/10…....Deacon Frank Birr, Deacon Craig Thomas

06/11……………………………....Kateri Prayer Circle

06/12……………………………………….Tribal Elders 

06/13………………………..………………Jack Krose

06/14…………………………...………Marvin Wittman 


 Financial Blessings May 31


$      779.00


$   1,350.00  

Bishop Appeal To Date

$   6,728.00

Bishop Appeal Goal 

$   6,551.00

Thrift N Gift/Garage

$      383.00

 Bishop’s Appeal

We have met our Bishop’s Appeal goal of $6,551. To date we have received $6,728. 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


Liturgical Ministers


Saturday June 13, 5 pm

   Lector         Temp Taker  Usher

Lisa Peters

Vicki Hermsen

Karen Lynch


Sunday, June 14, 9 am 

   Lector         Temp Taker  Usher 

Kathy Tucker

Karen Metzler

Anne Sulskis


Saturday, June 20, 5 pm 

    Lector         Temp Taker  Usher

Karen Millett Metzler

Karen Lynch

Tony Waupochick


Sunday, June 21, 9 am  

    Lector         Temp Taker  Usher

Justin Lepscier

Anne Sulskis

Mary Lewellin


Daily Mass

Daily Mass will resume.  Eight people will be allowed to attend. Mass will be in the main church. Use the front doors to enter and your temperature will be checked.  Please sit one person to a seat in the first four pews on each side.  Those who wish to attend daily Mass should call the office on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday to sign up and check availability (715) 799-3811.  Please wear masks and social distancing will be required.   

Weekend Mass

We are pleased to announce the return to Public Masses with moderate limits on public gatherings and moderate social distancing beginning next weekend, June 13 & 14. Temperature will be taken and you are encouraged to wear a mask.  Masks will be available. Pews will be sectioned. Communion will be a single line only. We are happy to welcome you back to the celebration of the Mass in this limited way.  See attachment to bulletin for more information.


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.   



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.


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.


Communion Service

On Sunday, June 7th  you are invited to attend a communion service immediately following 9:00 am livestream Mass at St. Michael’s from 10-11 am.  There will be an usher at the main entrance.  Only 8 people are allowed in church at a time. The people remaining outside must use social distancing.  Masks are required. Temperature will be checked and we will provide hand sanitizer. Once you enter the church, stand in front at the altar on the marked areas.  Communion should be received by hand. After receiving communion, no one is allowed to remain in church.  Exit by the side doors and the next group will be ushered in. Those who are 65 and older or with compromised immunity are encouraged to stay home.

There will be a Communion service at St. Anthony’s from 10:30 – 11:30 am, St. Francis Solanus 10:00 – 11:00 am and St. Mary’s 11:15 – 12:00 pm. 



 Parish Office

The Parish Office will be closed Wednesday, June 10 through Friday, June 12 due to Vacation.     



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  



 Holy Hour

Holy Hour will be resumed in July, 2020. 

Food Pantry

The food pantry will be open on Tuesday, June 16th, 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 June 16th from 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 days with social distancing enforced. 


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 or Fr. Joel at the Leopolis Rectory (715) 584-1023.



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





Mark Your Calendars/Events St. Michael

 Daily Masses will resume June 2nd, Tuesday – Friday at 8 am. 

June 12, 2020 Thrift N Gift/Garage   Noon – 3 pm

                                      June 16, 2020 Food Pantry      1-3 pm

June 16, 2020 Thrift N Gift/Garage   Noon – 3 pm 

St. Michael – 9:00 am Sunday and Livestreamed   

We Will Miss You Fr. Joel

          St. Michael’s Parish Cook Out 

Sunday, June 14, 10 am – Noon.  Please join us in saying                        Good Luck to Fr. Joel 











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