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March 8, 2020

 Second 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

Second Sunday of Lent: 

As we continue to travel in the Word of God during this Lent, I presume we know already the schedules of our parish activities that were in our bulletin. So, please consider attending, if not to all and not here, attend some of these activities. If you can do participate more, please do so always for your own personal life-faith journey growth and for your love ones.   So, my dear Co-travelers, in our first reading today, we see how Abram (soon to become Abraham) and all in his house have to courageously leave the comfort of their home and venture into an unknown land, all on the strength of the promise of an unknown Lord.  In the second reading, we are enjoined by the apostle to work hard, suffer and lead a holy life, clinging not to our own skills and devices but to the unseen grace bestowed on us through Jesus Christ “before time began”.

In the beautiful gospel text on the Transfiguration of our Lord, we experience the awe of the apostles Peter, James and John amidst a “bright cloud casting a shadow over them”. They then heard two voices: the first one was from someone unknown demanding that they listen to His “Beloved Son”, and the second one from the Son Himself, our Lord Jesus Christ, who was telling them: “Arise, and do not be afraid”. We are afraid of so many things in life that lead us to succumb to cheating and corruption. Because we are afraid of what others will say, we smartly find our way about through lying and mischief. So, with the help maybe of the black book we received last week, let’s continue to somehow sit down in silence during this week and with our experiences, try to reflect and meditate on Jesus’s bright appearance to shade light in our dark and gloomy spots of our lives and let the voices: “Listen to Him” and “Do not be afraid” sink into our spirits to help us develop a kind of TRUST like that of Abram, the Father of Faith. A blessed second Sunday of Lent to all!


Co-Traveler, Fr. Joel 



The Mass: A Slice at a time


The fourfold purpose for which the Church offers the Eucharistic sacrifice; namely, adoration, thanksgiving, propitiation, and petition. The Mass is therefore a sacrifice of praise of God's eternal greatness, of gratitude for past and present goodness, of begging mercy for having offended the divine majesty, and of asking for divine favor in the future., and finally to those who participate in the Eucharistic liturgy. 




On Wednesday March 4th our students did their prayers in church. The students then started their Lent project – rosaries.  They picked out their crucifix, beads, cord and learned how to tie them. This will be an ongoing project until they display them in church on Easter Sunday. 



Canvases St. Joseph School/Church 

Please stop in the Barrett Hall and check out the Canvases.  Thank you to Jonathan Wilber for donating the canvases so we can get a bit of the history of our old school/church. Thank you to Sylvia Wilber for helping write the descriptions and Anne Sulskis for arranging the photos. 



Bishop’s Appeal Helps Those Who Grieve

The loss of a loved one is an experience that many of us can understand.  For grieving families throughout our Diocese, Catholic Charities is a guiding light.  Perhaps a person or family is dealing with the loss of a son or daughter, or maybe a mother or father.  In many tragic situations, it is difficult to begin the grieving process without help.  This is where you can make a difference.

By giving to the Bishop’s Appeal, you help Catholic Charities do the compassionate work of Jesus.  Through your generosity, its counselors are able to reach out and help people to cope with loss when they do not know where else to turn.  Please consider giving to the Bishop’s Appeal.


To make a gift to the Bishop’s Appeal 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. 


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 8, 2020

 Second Sunday of Lent 

03/07....Pam Wilber, Paul, Joe, Mark and Dave Wilber Sr.

03/08………………………………………..Roger R. Dodge

  03/09…………………………………………………No Mass

        03/10…………………………………………………No Mass

03/11…………………………………………………No Mass

        03/12…………………………………………………No Mass

        03/13…………………………………………………No Mass

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

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


Financial Blessings FEB. 29 & MAR. 1


$   1,001.50


$      432.40

Fish Fry Donations

$      180.00

Food Pantry Grant

$   2,500.00


$      200.00

Bishop Appeal Goal $6551.00

$   3,670.00




Liturgical Ministers  

Saturday March 14, 5 pm

Lector           Servers      Eucharistic Minister

Lisa Peters


Deacon Mark

Sunday, March 15, 9 am 

Lector          Servers      Eucharistic Minister

Kathy Tucker

Deacon Mark


 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



We would like to serve the precious blood at Mass but we do not have enough communion distributors. We welcome all volunteers to help at any Mass. If you see that there is a need for help due to larger crowds or lack of volunteers, please consider coming forward to help.  Thank you.  


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.  


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. 

No Mass

There will be no Mass Tuesday, March 10 – Friday, March 13 due to Fr. Nonito’s absence.  Mass will resume at the normal time on March 17th  


Marriage Encounter

"Spring Clean" your Couple Communication with a Marriage Encounter.  Remove the clutter and dust off the cobwebs during a weekend with your spouse as you focus on feelings and communication skills.  Discover together "how your good marriage can be even better" or discover "new pathways to get your marriage back on track".

Join Green Bay Marriage Encounter from March 27-29, 2020 at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality at St. Norbert Abbey in De Pere, for an enriching experience you will treasure for a lifetime.  Call 920-544-5166 or visit for more information or to register.

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 Thank You

Thank you to all who supported Friday Lenten Fish Dinner on March 6th.  We had many volunteers who bought supplies and many who worked or gave cash donations. THANK YOU. We could not be successful without your help.   

            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.


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


  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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