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  March 31st, 2019


Fourth Sunday in Lent 


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  

 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:

Sylvia Wilber

Finance Council Chair:

Andy Sulskis

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

SATURDAY MASS:    5:00 pm  

SUNDAY MASS:   9:00 am

CONFESSION:        Saturday 4:30 - 4:45pm

ROSARY:  Saturday 3:40 pm     Sunday  8:35 am

DAILY MASS:      Chapel Southside of Church


           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. 


SATURDAY MASS:    5:00 pm     SUNDAY MASS:  9:00 am

CONFESSION:     Saturday 3:30 - 3:45pm     ROSARY:  Saturday 3:40 pm     Sunday  8:40 am

DAILY MASS:    Chapel Southside of Church Tuesday, Wednesday. Thursday, Friday 8:00 am    

HOLY HOUR:  1st Thursday of the Month from 6-7 pm

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.

CONFIRMATION:   Wednesdays  6-7:30 September-May



Notes from Father Joel


Finally we are at the last Sunday of this unpredictable weather of March. But about the Word of God that is given to us in this Lenten season, is pretty much predictable as far as results or fruits is concern. So far so good attendance with our Station of the Cross in the four parishes. Mass attendance to is just fine.

Rightly so then, that this Sunday is traditionally called Laetare Sunday - meaning Happy the sense that in anticipation it celebrates the joy of the upcoming Easter mystery as announced by prophet Isaiah in the Old Testament to the exiles of Israel and those in Jerusalem. 

The liturgy celebrations and the Word of God invite us to rejoice. “Today I have removed the reproach of Egypt from you” as the first reading tells us. And then “Taste and see the goodness of the Lord” in our Responsorial Psalm. And in the Gospel the lost son is found again, he has come back to life. Both the older and younger son were found again. And we are those brothers before our loving and forgiving Father in heaven. So be happy and don't worry you found your way back to life every time you say like Mama Mary: “I am the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me according to your word.”  Please continue to feed your soul with the sacraments of love and healing. 


May you have a blessed Laetare Sunday.

Co-Traveler, Fr. Joel


The Mass – A slice at a time

Likewise it is also for the Priest, in the exercise of this office of presiding over the gathered assembly, to offer certain explanations that are foresee in the rite itself. Where this is laid down by the rubrics, the celebrant is permitted to adapt them somewhat so that they correspond to the capacity for understanding of those participating. However, the Priest should always take care to keep to the sense of the explanatory text given in the Missal and to express it in just a few words. 


Faith Formation 

On Wednesday March 27th Faith Formation students 2nd grade and up celebrated Reconciliation with Fr. Nonito.  We had three of our 2nd grade students make their First Reconciliation. Thank you to all the Catechists for preparing our students.  We also watched the Diocese mandated Safe Environment videos.  Next Wednesday April 3rd, the students will attend Stations of the Cross.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  We will start at 6:15 pm. We will have regular class April 10th and a reminder there will be no classes April 17th because we begin Holy Week.

First Reconciliation

Congratulations to Robert, Jason and Samantha on making their first Reconciliation on Wed., March 27th. 




 Encounter Kumba

We encounter Kumba from Sierra Leone, who, through her education, is providing hope for her family and community. How has education given you opportunities in life? How do you use your education for the common good? Visit for more. 


Building Disciples of Christ: Catholic Charities

“Being a disciple means being constantly ready to bring the love of Jesus to others…” The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis. Jesus calls us to build people up, heal the broken, and bring love to everyone.  Catholic Charities works with individuals, families and communities to help them meet their needs and resolve their problems.  
Catholic Charities is committed to bring social services to people of all faiths and ethnicities.  Thousands of individuals and families are helped each year in five offices throughout our 16-county diocese.  Many have little or no health insurance. They offer programs in

Individual and Family Counseling, Adoption, Pregnancy and Parenting Support, Family Strengthening, Financial Health. The counselors of Catholic Charities are disciples of Christ.  Your gift to the Bishops’ Appeal allows Catholic Charities to bring the love of Christ to those who need it  the most. Make your gift today at, or call Tammy toll-free at 877-500-3580, ext. 8123. 


Join Mark Preissner, author of "Will the Real Father Please Stand Up", as he presents "Boundaries". Mark will help us learn what a boundary is and how we can create boundaries with those around us to safeguard our time, talents, resources and personal desires. This two-part series will be held on Tuesday, April 2 and 9th, from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at Mount Tabor Center, 522 Second Street., Menasha. No RSVP needed. Free will offering.



Kateri Prayer Circle

Never underestimate the power of prayer. Just one small prayer can change your life. If you or your family 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 715-994-1098

You can also call the parish office with your Prayer request 715-799-3811. 



Do you like to sing?   Can you play an instrument?  We are looking to get a choir together.  If you are interested in singing or playing an instrument and would like to be a part of this choir, please call the parish office at (715) 799-3811.


World’s Poor Collection March 30-31 

This weekend (March 30-31), we will sponsor a special collection for the World’s Poor,  This collection combines an appeal for four Catholic agencies who serve the poor and those living on the edge of society all over the world.  This collection includes Catholic Relief Services, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Peter’s Pence, and the Pastoral Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa.  In this collection, you have a choice to contribute to any one or all four funds, by designating an amount of each.


                                                                                                       March 31, 2019

                                                                                      Fourth Sunday in Lent



    4/1......…..…....……..……….…………….……..…No Mass     

4/2..............Rev Theodore Hendricks, Rev Robert Karuhn

4/3…Deacon John Maloney, Deacon Lawrence Mastalish

4/4................………………………...…Kateri Prayer Circle

4/5…………………………………...…Knights of Columbus

4/6…..…………….Victims of Abortion, Souls in Purgatory 

4/7……………………….St. Michael Parish Members L&D




Financial Blessings


March 23 & 24






Bishops   Appeal 



BA Received


Thrift N Gift

$    207.00

Food Pantry

$    351.94



Liturgical Ministers  


 Saturday, April 6th,  5pm

 Lector        Servers      Eucharistic Ministe 

Lisa Peters


Jean Thibodeau


Sunday, April 7th, 9:00am                                                         

 Lector         Servers      Eucharistic Minister 

Justin Lepscier

Donna Smith


Saturday, April 13th, 5 pm                                                         

  Lector       Servers      Eucharistic Minister

Lela & Matt Schwitzer


Pat Gwidt


Sunday April 14th, 9 am                                                             

 Lector       Servers      Eucharistic Minister

Kathy Tucker

Rayna Tucker


Stations of the Cross

We will be saying Stations of the Cross every Thursday evening from 6-6:30 pm during Lent. Consider giving a half hour a week in prayer during Lent.



Mark Your Calendars - St. Michael will be having our second fish fry on Friday, April 5th from 3:30 – 6:30 pm.  We are looking for monetary donations to defray the cost of the fish. Any amount would be helpful and can be given to the Parish Office.  Thank You.  


Easter Flowers

If you would like to purchase Easter Flowers in memory of a loved one, please use the envelopes in the pews.



Experience the Healing Love of God

Special Lenten Healing Mass on April 8, 6 pm at Sacred Heart, Shawano. There will be Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick and Mass. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass and specially trained Healing Ministry teams available for individual prayer 

Mass Intentions

There are a lot of days open to have Masses said for your loved ones in 2019. Please stop in the Parish Office. The Mass stipend is $10.


Lenten Penance Service

Join us for the healing of the Sacrament of Reconciliation on April 10th at 6:00pm at our Lenten Penance Service at St. Francis Solanus and Monday, April 15 at St. Anthony.   



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 cancelled on April 4th as we will be saying Stations of the Cross on Thursdays during Lent at 6 pm 


Food Pantry

The food pantry will be open Tuesday, April 2nd and 16thfrom 1-3 pm. We are in need of brown paper bags, pork and beans, pasta, canned fruit and Mac & Cheese.  


St. Michael’s Thrift N Gift

Thrift & Gift will be open, April 2nd and 16th from Noon to 3 pm.  If you have a donation, it can be dropped off at the Parish Office or Thrift N Gift. We are currently looking for silverware and we are in need of towels. 


Book Share

Book share is open the second Sunday of the month following 9 am Mass in conjunction with Fellowship Sunday. Will you consider hosting one of the Sundays left this year?  It would be greatly appreciated!  Remember we have books for all ages, lots of 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!



 A Day of Healing for Those Affected by Sexual Abuse: Building Trust Journey of Hope Saturday, April 6, 2019 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Norbertine Center for Spirituality St. Norbert Abbey (Enter off Webster Ave.) The Journey of Hope Team provides a time to gather, pray and talk about the healing process related to the effects of sexual abuse while focusing on ongoing recovery. $10 non-refundable fee due by March 22 (includes continental breakfast, lunch, materials for day). For registration information, please call (920) 272- 8174 or Sponsored by: St. Norbert Abbey and the Diocese of Green Bay

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 St. Michael 

The Parish office will be open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 1 pm.




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






                  Mark Your Calendars/Events St. Michae 


     04/02/2019 Food Pantry 1-3 pm

     04/02/2019 Thrift N Gift 12 – 3 pm

     04/04/2019 Stations of the Cross  6:00 pm

             04/05/2019 Fish Fry 3:30 – 6:30 pm

     04/05/2019 Fish Fry 3:30 – 6:30 pm

     04/10/2019 Worship Committee 4:45 – 6:30

     04/11/2019 Stations of the Cross 6-6:30 pm

             04/13/2019 Baptism Prep 9-11 am

             04/14/2019 Fellowship Sunday/Book Share 10 am

     04/13/2019 Building & Grounds Collection

     04/14/2019 Building & Grounds Collection

     04/15/2019 Penance Service St. Anthony 6:00 pm

     04/16/2019 Thrift N Gift Noon-3 pm

     04/16/2019 Food Pantry 1-3 pm

     04/18/2019 Holy Thursday St. Anthony 5:30 pm

             04/19/2019 Good Friday 1:00 pm

     04/20/2019 NO MASS ST MICHAEL 5:30 St. Anthony

                     04/21/2019 Easter Mass 9:00 am






                           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 - 4:00 pm Saturday                                                 











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