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October 20, 2019

29th  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  

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 Deacon Mark         

Each October the Church in the United States celebrates Respect Life Month.  As Catholics, we are called to cherish, defend, and protect those who are most vulnerable, from the beginning of life to its end, and at every point in between. During the month of October, the Church asks us to reflect more deeply on the dignity of every human life.   I would like to share this reflection from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Pro-Life Committee, on this year’s theme.

Christ Our Hope: In Every Season of Life

From the time we are knit together in our mothers’ wombs until we take our final breaths, each moment of our lives is a gift from God. While every season of life brings its own challenges and trials, each season also gives us new opportunities to grow in our relationship with God. 

Today the gift of life is threatened in countless ways. Those who are most vulnerable, rather than receiving the protection they deserve, are all too often seen as a burden and as expendable. As new attacks on human life continue to emerge, we can be tempted to despair, but Christ instead offers us unfailing hope. Hope is not false optimism or empty positivity. Christian hope is something much more profound and goes to the very depths of our identity as followers of Christ. 

Hope is the virtue “by which we desire the kingdom of heaven and eternal life as our happiness, placing our trust in Christ's promises and relying not on our own strength, but on the help of the grace of the Holy Spirit” (CCC, 1817). Like us, Christ entered the world through the womb of a woman. He willingly experienced the fullness of human suffering. He breathed his last on the Cross at Calvary in order that He might save us. Therefore, “God is the foundation of hope: not any god, but the God who has a human face and who has loved us to the end” (Spe salvi 31). 

Christians know “they have a future: it is not that they know the details of what awaits them, but they know in general terms that their life will not end in emptiness” (SS 2).  For this reason, a woman experiencing a difficult pregnancy can find the strength to welcome her precious child into the world. A man facing a terminal diagnosis can see that the end of his earthly life is only the beginning of eternal life with Christ. 

The Church teaches us that “the one who has hope lives differently” (SS 2). Christ’s promise of salvation does not mean that we will be spared from suffering. Rather, the promise of salvation ensures that even in the darkest moments of our lives, we will be given the strength to persevere. By virtue of this Christian hope, we can face any challenge or trial. When the seas of life swell and we are battered by the waves, hope allows us to remain anchored in the heart of God. May we hold fast to Christ our hope, from the beginning of life to its very end.  

In His mercy,

Deacon Mark


The Mass – A slice at a time 

Now we will learn about the Duties and Ministries in the Mass. The celebration of the Eucharist is the action of Christ and of the Church, namely, of the holy people united and ordered under the Bishop. It therefore pertains to the whole Body of the Church, manifests it, and has its effect upon it. Indeed, it also affects the individual members of the Church in a different way, according to their different orders, functions, and actual participation. In this way, the Christian people, “a chosen race”, a royal Priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession,” expresses its cohesion and its hierarchical ordering. All, therefore, whether ordained ministers or by Christian faithful, in fulfilling their function or their duty, should carry out solely but totally that which pertains to them. 




Religious Education News

On Wednesday October 16th, our students took part in mandatory Safe Environment Training. The students also read and discussed this Sunday's Gospel about the persistence widow.

This past Sunday during Mass we held our 2nd Church Time class with four children. This class is open to any child three to seven years old who hasn't celebrated their First Communion


 Prayer for Life

O God, our Creator, all life is in your hands from conception until death. 

Help us to cherish our children and to reverence the awesome privilege of our share in creation. 

May all people live and die in dignity and love. 

Bless all those who defend the rights of the unborn, the handicapped and the aged. 

Enlighten and be merciful toward those who fail to love, and give them peace. 

Let freedom be tempered by responsibility, integrity and morality. 



Are you missing your crockpot?  

There are a lot of crockpots, pans, bowls, serving dishes, storage containers, etc. left over from funerals that were in the hall.  If you are missing something, please check the shelf in the hall by the Men’s bathroom. We will be donating these things to Thrift N Gift if not picked up by November 1s 


Music Ministry

Our parish is in need of choir members, accompanists and cantors. Please prayerfully considering sharing your time and talents with our church family.  Contact the parish office if you are interest – 715-799-3811. 





October 20, 2019

29h Sunday in Ordinary Time 


10/19…….………….………………….…Joleen Kaquatosh

    10/20………………………..Edwin Wilber and Family L&D

    10/21……………………………..……………….…No Mass

     10/22……………….Rev Ronald Beliz, Rev Jason Blahnik

     10/23..…Deacon Daniel Wagnitz, Deacon Donald Wetzel

      10/24…..……………………………..…Kateri Prayer Circle

      10/25……………Living & Deceased of St. Michael Parish

10/26………………………………………Joleen Kaquatosh

10/27……..…………Gabriel Tucker, Esther Tucker-Vigue



Financial Blessings  Oct. 12 & 13, 2019              





 Thrift +Gift/Garage




Liturgical Ministers  


Saturday, October 26, 5 pm 

 Lector       Servers      Eucharistic Minister

Lela Schwitzer


Pat Gwidt


Sunday, October 27, 9 am 

Lector       Servers      Eucharistic Minister

Kathy Tucker

Donna Smith

Saturday, November 2, 5 pm

Lector                Servers      Eucharistic Minister

Lisa Peters


Jean Thibodeau


 Sunday, November 3, 9 am 

Lector             Servers  Eucharistic Minister

Jim & Ellie Sokoly

Rayna Tucker


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!


Diaper Drive

There will be a Diocesan-Wide diaper drive during the month of October. Diapers can be dropped in the main entrance or brought to the Parish Office. 

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.  


Respect Life Month October

Please join us in celebrating Respect Life Month during October. We will be hosting a Respect Life Bulletin Board in the main entrance. All parishioners are invited to participate by bringing in items that reflect this year’s theme “Christ our Hope: In Every Season of Life.”  You can add items to the bulletin board that help you to see Christ’s presence in all the seasons of life.  Examples of items you may consider pinning to the display could include an ultrasound, a birth announcement, a prayer card from a funeral of a loved one, a sticky note with a prayer request. Materials will be on hand to get you started. If you would like to have your item returned, please pick it up from the display by October 30th. Contact Vicki for more information 715-799-3811 


Spaghetti Dinner

Menominee County will be sponsoring a  Spaghetti Dinner on Friday, October 25 from 4:30 – 7 pm in Barrett Hall.  All are invited.  

World Mission Sunday Oct 20-21

There will be a second Diocesan collection next weekend for World Mission Sunday. Envelopes will be in the pews. You can designate where you want your donation to go.




St. Michael’s will be showing the movie “Unplanned” on Thursday, October 24th at 6 pm in the parish hall.  All four parishes are invited to attend.  Unplanned is the inspiring true story of one woman’s journey of transformation. She believed she was doing good, and then saw the horror of abortion for what it truly is. This is a FREE event. Popcorn will be served. This movie is rated R due to subject matter but older children may attend with their parents.   Please contact your parish office to reserve a spot soon. Seating is limited. 


Be a Census Taker

Census Taker jobs are available. Flyers are at the entrances. 2020 Census jobs provide great pay, flexible hours, weekly pay and paid training.  Apply online! 


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.


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 at 6:00 pm


Food Pantry

The food pantry will be open on Tuesday, November 5th  and November 19th  1-3 pm. We are still looking for volunteers. Call the Parish Office for more information. If you have extra fruit or vegetables, please drop off on September 30th.

St. Michael’s Thrift N Gift

Thrift & Gift   be open Tuesday, November 5th  and November 19th,  1 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 Sunday, Oct. 13th immediately following 9 am Mass in conjunction with Annual Meeting.  Book share is open the second Sunday of the month, following 9 am Mass in conjunction with Fellowship Sunday.  Remember we have 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


   10/19/2019 World Mission Sunday Collection

   10/20/2019 World Mission Sunday Collection

   10/21/2019 -11/8/2019 Fr. Joel Vacation

   10/22/2019 Discipleship Seminar  - Green Bay   8:30 am – 3:45 pm

   10/22/2019 Finance Council     11 am

   10/22/2019 Pastoral Council 6 pm

   10/25/2019 Spaghetti Dinner    4:30 – 7 pm

   10/26/2019 Food Pantry Collection

   10/27/2019 Food Pantry Collection








                           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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