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March 15, 2020

 Third Sunday of 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  

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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

Third Sunday of Lent: 

This Sunday, we hear the Exodus journey of the People of God led by Moses. The story recounts the murmuring of the people in the wilderness and the miracle of water from the rock. Faced with the absence of basic human need to live, “water”, they cried out their challenge to the leadership of Moses: Is the Lord in our midst or not? 

The woman in the Gospel, despised by others and most probably she despised herself too, did not want to be in the amidst of many people or in public that is why she came to Jacob’s well by noon after all other villagers had come to use the well. But, despite her personal strategy and arrangements avoiding crowd, she was graced of encountering the One that will lift her spirit up and continue to have hope that there is light at the end of the road. She encountered Jesus! She presented what she knows, she listened, she happily allow His word sink into her heart, cleansed her memory and received light to worship the One true God. 


Jesus in his mercy chose this despised woman to receive some of the greatest revelations ever given and eventually made her his witness and graced her missionary work with power. And those who heard her, told her: “No longer does our faith depend on your story. We have heard for ourselves, and we know that his really is the Savior of the world”. Jesus is in our midst all the way to the end of our journey.


Co-Traveler, Fr. Joel 



The Mass: A Slice at a time

The most august sacrament is the blessed Eucharist, in which Christ the Lord himself is contained,offered and received, and by which the Church continually lives and grows. The Eucharistic sacrifice, the memorial of the death and resurrection of the Lord, in which the Sacrifice of the cross is for ever perpetuated, is the summit and the source of all worship and Christian life. By means of it the unity of God’s people is signified and brought about, and the building up of the body of Christ is perfected. The other sacraments and all the ecclesiastical works of the apostolate are bound up with, and directed to, the blessed Eucharist. (Canon 897) 



On Wednesday March 11th, the students worked on finishing up their rosaries.  We also read and discussed this Sunday’s Gospel of the woman at the well.  After prayer in the church where the students lead the prayers we came back into the hall and made sure each child washed their hands at least 20 seconds before we they enjoyed snack. 


A reminder that parents should come into the hall to pick up their children.  Children should not be walking out into the parking lot unaccompanied


Can This Marriage Be Saved? 

A wedding is an exciting event!  The anticipation and emotion of the Mass and reception is wonderful, but the really hard work comes after you walk up the aisle as two lives joined together as one. 

When couples face problems in their marriage, Catholic Charities offers help.  Here, couples can work on issues caused by poor communication, financial stress, family issues, infidelity, resentment, and other challenges in their relationship.


Following an initial assessment, a certified therapist will work with couples to develop goals for their relationship, and tools to practice newly learned skills.  Counseling ends when a couple decides their goals have been reached. 

Your gift to the Bishop’s Appeal allows Catholic Charities to promote healthy marriages.  They have five counseling offices in northeastern Wisconsin, bringing their services close to people in need.  To make a gift today contact your parish, visit the Bishop’s Appeal website at, or call Tammy toll-free at 877-500-3580, ext. 8123.  


Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program

Anyone living in Menominee County is eligible for Home Energy assistance with Menominee County Human Services Department.  They will provide energy bill payment assistance, furnace services, crisis assistance and weatherization.  Call 715-799-3861 for more information. Signs are posted on the bulletin boards at all entrances. 


What Popular Snack Is The “Official Food Of Lent”?



Tradition tells of a young Italian monk in the early 600s, who wanted to prepare a special Lenten bread of water, flour and salt to remind his brother monks that Lent was a time of prayer. Once he created the dough he rolled it into thin strips and shaped each in the form of crossed arms to resemble a person praying. The finished product was called bracellae, the Latin word for “little arms.” From this word, came the German translation, bretzel which has since been changed to the familiar word pretzel.


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 




March 15, 2020

Third Sunday of Lent 


                                03/14…………………………………………...Diane Patrick

                                03/15…Adelbert, Chantel & Mitchell Otradovec & Family L&D 

03/16....................................................................No Mass

03/17.Rev Celestine Byekwaso, Rev Lawrence Canavera

03/18……..Deacon Mark Gribowski, Deacon Paul Grimm

03/19…………………………………….Kateri Prayer Circle

03/20……….………..…Community Members with Cancer

03/21………..Members of our Community with Addictions

03/22……..…Matt & Genevieve Otradovec & Family L&D


 Financial Blessings March 7th & 8th


$     775.00


$     360.00

Fish Fry Profit



$     500.00

Thrift N Gift/Garage

$     340.00

Bishop Appeal Goal $6551.00

$   4,915.00




Liturgical Ministers  

Saturday March 21, 5 pm

Lector           Servers      Eucharistic Minister

Karen Millett Metzler

Jean Thibodeau

Sunday, March 22, 9 am 

Lector          Servers      Eucharistic Minister

Justin Lepscier

Anne Sulskis

 Saturday March 28, 5 pm

Lector           Servers      Eucharistic Minister

Fay Waupochick

Isabella Waupochick

Tony Waupochick

Sunday, March 29, 9 am 

Lector          Servers      Eucharistic Minister

Jim & Ellie Sokoly

Jim Tobatto


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.  

Parkinson’s Warriors Support Group

The Parkinson’s support group will meet on Thursday, March 19th 10 am – Noon in the CMN library classroom. Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers are encouraged to attend.  

Easter Flowers

There are envelopes in the pews for you to make a donation in honor of someone for Easter Flowers. Please drop in collection basket or bring to the Parish Office. Thank you.   

Food Pantry Grant

Thank you to Saints Edward & Isidore Church in Green Bay for their grant to St. Michael’s Food Pantry for $2,500. This money will be used to buy fresh fruits and vegetables in 2020 during the growing season.   


            Fish Dinner 

St. Michael’s is having their second fish dinner fund raiser on Friday, March 20th. Deep Fried Perch, Baked Alaskan Cod with Lemon Butter, Fish Nuggets, Mac N Cheese, Cole Slaw and Potato will be available.  Dessert and beverage also is included in the price.  Check out our signs in all entrances.   We are still looking for donations.  If interested, fill out slip at the end of the pew and put in the collection basket. Thank you in advance for your help with this fund raiser.



Penance Services

Mark your calendars for upcoming Penance Services

Wed., March 25     St. Anthony, Neopit 5:15 pm

Wed, April 1       St. Mary Leopolis 6:30 pm 



Cold & Flu Season & Coronavirus

During this season of illness, the Blessed Sacrament will be offered in your hand and not on the tongue at this time.  


 Let us remember in prayer Grace Schommer who has been called by God to eternal life on Monday, March 9th.  We also remember her family and friends, and pray that God will give them consolation and peace.


CRS Rice Bowls

We are called Join our faith community—and more than 14,000 Catholic communities across the United States—in a life-changing Lenten journey with CRS Rice Bowl. Our Rice Bowls are gone but please put your money in any container.  During the 40 days of Lent, we will reflect on the challenge of global hunger and how it affects our human family.


Hunger in Our World 

When Jesus fed the 5,000, he said, "Give them some food yourselves." Reflect on the challenge of global hunger. How can you contribute to support the hungry in your community? Visit for more.  


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.


Parish Office Hours

The parish office will be closed on Wednesdays beginning March 4th.  Our hours will be Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 8 am – 2 pm, Friday 9 am – 1 pm. Please call the rectory for urgent matters


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, March 3, 2020,   at 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm.  Join us for an hour of prayer


Food Pantry

The food pantry will be open on Tuesday, March 17,  1-3 pm. We are still looking for volunteers. Call the Parish Office for more information. 


St. Michael’s Thrift N Gift

Thrift N Gift will once again be having their 5 cent sale per piece of clothing, shoes, picture frames, and other miscellaneous household items on Tuesday, March 17, noon 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, February 9th. We are also open when the Food Pantry is open the first and third Tuesday  March 17 from 1-3 pm 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


   03/07/2020 Building & Grounds Collection   5 pm

   03/08/2020 Building & Grounds Collection 9 am

   03/10/2020 Alpha 6-7:30 pm

   03/10 – 3/13/2020 No daily Mass

   03/13/2020 Stations of the Cross 6 – 6:30 pm

   03/14/2020 Baptism Meeting 9 – 11 am

   03/17/2020 Thrift N Gift Noon – 3 pm

   03/17/2020 Food Pantry, Book Share   1 – 3 pm

   03/17/2020 Alpha 6 – 7:30 pm

   03/20/2020 Fish Dinner 3:30 – 7 pm

   03/20/2020 Stations of the Cross 6 – 6:30 pm

   03/21/2020 World’s Poor Collection 5 pm Mass

   03/22/2020 World’s Poor Collection 9 am Mass

   03/24/2020 Alpha 6 – 7:30 pm

   03/25/2020 Penance Service St. Anthony 05:15 pm

   03/27/2020 Stations of the Cross 6 – 6:30 pm

   03/31/2020 Alpha 6 – 7:30 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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