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      October 21st, 2018, 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                                                                                                                                 


           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. 

Parish Administrator, Fr. Nonito Barra - 715-799-3811 -

Rectory – 715-994-1337

Parochial Vicar Fr. Joel Jores  - 715-787-3377   

Deacon Mark Fuller   715-201-2961-

Parish Secretary, Vicki Hermsen - 715-799-3811 -

Religious Education Kathy King-Tucker - 715-799-3927 – 

Wednesday 6 – 7:30 pm September – May

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   

KATERI PRAYER CIRCLE:  After 8 am Mass on Thursday morning

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: Third Tuesday of the month –7 pm,  

                                              Grand Knight Paul Marroquin 715-994-0409 

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

  Deacon Mark Writing

I love to listen to audiotapes when traveling.  I also like to listen to tapes when cutting the grass and doing other tasks that don’t require a lot of thinking.  Last weekend, my family and I drove to La Crosse to visit my daughter and we listened to the memoir, “Ugly” by Robert Hoge.  The author was born in Brisbane, Australia in 1972 with deformed legs and a large tumor covering his face, pushing his eyes to side of his face and having no nose.   At his birth, his mother was so overwhelmed by what happened and wanting instead the birth of a “perfect child,” that she stated under no circumstances would she be bringing her son home.  So, she left the author at the hospital, alone and abandoned.  After a month, she was able to think more clearly about the situation and went and brought her son home. Afterward, she and her husband committed themselves to doing all they could to provide him with as normal an upbringing as possible. The rest of the book shares the author’s pain and struggles of endless surgeries and medical procedures to make him look more “normal” and the ongoing difficulty of being different and “ugly” to others.  The story also shares the author’s own determination to live life to the fullest despite his challenges.

I cannot help but think that if abortion had been legal in Australia in 1972, would the mother have chosen this?  If the mother had known about his severe health difficulties, would she have felt she was doing the right thing by ending his life?  Would she have forgotten he was still a person in the womb deserving of dignity and worth, and deserving a chance to live?    The month of October has traditionally been observed as Respect Life Month.  The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. This belief is the foundation of all the principles of our Catholic social teaching.   Each person has worth because they are made in the image and likeness of God.  Even if one is born ugly, cannot walk without prosthetics, and has a rebuilt nose.  Later in life, Mr. Hoge goes on to become a renowned journalist, has worked in politics, becomes an author, and marries and has two daughters. Through his writing and public appearances, Robert Hoge is working to encourage conversation about the over importance placed on beauty in today's society.  His life story also reminds us that all life deserves respect and that our worth is not in how we look but that, ultimately, we all have worth because we are children of God.

Upon Further Reflection:

The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch.  At the head of the table was a large pile of apples.  There was a note posted by the fruit. “Take only one” it read, “God is watching.”

At the other end of the line was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies.  One child whispered to another, “Take all you want.  God’s watching the apples.” 



In His mercy,

Deacon Mark 

The Mass – A slice at a time

 The Collect

The Priest Close upon the people to pray and everybody, together with the Priest, observes a brief silence so that they may become aware of being in God's presence and may call to mind their intentions. Then the Priest pronounces the prayer usually address to God the Father, through Christ, in the Holy Spirit, and is concluded with a Trinitarian ending, or longer ending.



Faith Formation


The Faith Formation students met on Wednesday October 17th and after prayer in the church watched two videos on proper etiquette in church (when to bow and genuflect).  Next class we will practice  for upcoming Children’s Mass, which will start at 6:15pm on November 7th.  Students, their families and all parishioners welcome to attend and join in the potluck after Mass.  Reminder NO Class on Halloween October 31st.


October 24 Class

October 31 No Class

November 7 Mass/Pot Luck 




CALLING ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WHO WISH TO BE CONFIRMED.  Confirmation classes are being offered on Wednesday evening 6:00 to 7:30.  For more information stop in on Wednesday, October 17th  at Barrett Hall.




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. 


 Respect For Life Prayer

Gentle St. Francis you were so devoted to the humanity of Christ. Your heart burst with appreciation toward God
for taking on human life. You saw beauty and goodness in all living things - in birds that sing, the fish that fill our waters, and all that lives in nature.

Help us to imitate your reverence for life wherever it may be. Especially, humble Francis of Assisi, help us to help others to see the worth of each living, unborn baby sheltered in its mother's womb.

May all mankind have the grace to understand that these tiny, budding lives have the right to live, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. 


Men’s Emmaus Retreat

A Men’s Emmaus Retreat will be held at Camp Tekakwitha, Oct. 26-28, 2018.  It is open to all men of our parishes.  Please consider coming on this enjoyable and blessed experience.  Contact Deacon Mark for details and registration information @ 715-201-2961 or 715-524-5094.  Let God do great things in your life!






28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 October 21, 2018    


   10/22.....………....………………..…………….…..No Mass                                                                              10/23……..…Rev Mark VanderSteeg, Rev Jerome Taddy                                                                10/24….Deacon Kevin Decleene, Deacon Michael Brandt                                                                       10/25…...………………………..…...…Kateri Prayer Circle                                                                                                          10/26..…….……………………...Nursing Home Residents                                       10/27…..................................................Jolene Kaquatosh  10/28……………………….…Dan & Michael Kretschmann


Financial Blessings 

      October 13 & 14





Building & Grounds




Liturgical Ministers  

Saturday, October 27,  5pm

Bryan Lepscier


Jean Thibodeau


Sunday, October 28, 9 am 

Jim & Ellie Sokoly


Sharon Hoffman

Saturday, November 3 ,  9 am 

Fay Waupochick

Isabella Waupochick

Tony Waupochick


Sunday, November 4, 9 am    

Justin Lepscier


Rayna Tucker


Men’s Emmaus Retreat

A Men’s Emmaus Retreat will be held at Camp Tekakwitha, Oct. 26-28, 2018.  It is open to all men of our parishes.  Please consider coming on this enjoyable and blessed experience.  Contact Deacon Mark for details and registration information @ 715-201-2961 or 715-524-5094.  Let God do great things in your life!



Diaper Collection

There will be a diaper collection during the month of October. Please put in entrance to church or bring your donation to the Parish Office.  Thank you. 

Expectant Parents

All soon to be new parents are invited to our first New Expectant Parent Get Together!  We hope to offer suggestions and answers to nonmedical worries and questions. A group to share experiences and hopefully assuage fears and worries of the huge upcoming change in your life. The first get together will be held after Mass on Sunday, October 21st. Please invite anyone you know who is (are) expecting their first child, soon to be mothers and fathers are welcome!  Refreshments will be served! If anyone would like to help, please contact Anne Sulskis 715-851-0160 or email



World Mission Sunday Oct 21st

Next weekend, we will celebrate World Mission Sunday. Pope Francis invites the entire Church to support the mission dioceses in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands and parts of Latin America and Europe, where priests, religious and lay leaders serve the world’s most vulnerable communities. Please keep the Pope’s missions in your prayers, and be generous in next week’s collection for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.


Thank You


To the Kateri Tekakwitha Knights of Columbus Council #12185…Please thank them, especially the Grand Knight Paul Marroquin and Financial Secretary, Bob Vigue for the great job that they did on 10/13/2018, not only renovating but donating the materials for one of the storage rooms in the basement of the Thrift N Gift. Wider shelving and added poles for hanging is gratefully appr

Food Pantry

The food pantry will be open Tuesday, November 6th and Tuesday, November 20th from 1-3 pm. We are in need of brown paper bag and personal hygiene items. 


St. Michael’s Thrift N Gift

Thrift & Gift will be open November 6th and 20th from Noon to 3 pm.    If you have a donation, it can be dropped off at Parish Office or Thrift N Gift. We are currently looking for silverware and we are in need of towels.  All money made at Thrift N Gift/Furniture Garage is given directly to the Food Pantry. The Food Pantry buys food as needed. Thank you.



Human Services Spaghetti Dinner

The Spaghetti Dinner will be Friday, October 26th in Barrett Hall from 5 – 7 pm.  There is no charge for this dinner. The Community is welcome. 


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!


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.


Human Services Spaghetti Dinner

The Spaghetti Dinner will be Friday, October 26th in Barrett Hall from 5 – 7 pm.  There is no charge for this dinner. The Community is welcome 


 Parish Office Hours St. Michael 

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



If you know of an incident of sexual abuse of a person who is now under the age of 18 by a priest, deacon, employee or volunteer, PLEASE IMMEDIATELY CALL THE CIVIL AUTHORITIES AND THEN THE DIOCESE.  

If the person was abused as a minor but is now an adult, please contact: 

Office of Safe Environment

Catholic Diocese of Green Bay

P.O. Box 23825

Green Bay, WI 54305-3825

Telephone: 1-877-270-8174 or 920-272-8174

Email the Office of Safe Environment

We always encourage you to report the incident to local civil authorities.





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






                  Mark Your Calendars/Events St. Michael  

     10/24/2018 Faith Formation

     10/25/2018 Discipleship Seminar 8 - 4 pm 

     10/26/2018 Spaghetti Dinner 5 – 7 pm

         10/30/2018 Worship Committee  4:45 – 5:45 pm

     11/1/2018 All Saints Day Mass   8 am

     11/3/2018 Ghost Supper  5 pm Mass, Dinner Follows

     11/6/2018 Food Pantry 1 – 3 pm

             11/6/2018 Thrift N Gift     Noon – 3 pm

     11/7/2018 Faith Formation  6 – 7:30 pm


                        MASS TIMES:

                               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 - 4:00 pm Saturday (Will change to 4 pm 9/8/2018) 













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