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    May 24, 2020


The Ascension of the Lord



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. 


 Note from your Pastor

We celebrate the Solemnity of the Ascension of our Lord Jesus this Sunday. And his apostles must have felt the pain as Jesus ascended into heaven forty days after his resurrection. However, the pain would have been bearable because of his assurance to them, “I am with you always, until the end of the age.” This is the same assurance given to us by Jesus. Being assured of his presence means we could courageously journey through life in spite of the difficulties and challenges that possibly lie ahead.

Moreover, during the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord Jesus, we celebrate also the World Communications Day. This is an occasion that reminds us all of the necessity to fulfill the divine command that the Lord Jesus has entrusted to us of proclaiming his Gospel through modern means available to us with the aim of making disciples of all nations. This is a noble task, but to fulfill it we should first be faithful to our Lord Jesus and his message.


Let us then become instruments of the Lord Jesus in bringing others to him.


In Jesus,

Fr. Nonito 




The Mass: A Slice at a time

A priest is not to omit dutifully to prepare himself by prayer before the celebration of the Eucharist, nor afterwards to omit to make thanksgiving to God. (Canon 909). In our sacristy we have a prayer that all the ministers along with the priest pray together before we start our Eucharistic celebration. And then after celebration the same ministers and altar servers are recommended to give thanks to God for the grace of serving at the liturgical celebration by reciting the Thanksgiving Prayer after Mass.


The Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ 

Jesus refers to his Ascension in the Gospel of John when he tells Mary Magdalene, "Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father, but go to my brothers and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God" (John 20:17). Before his Ascension, Christ spent forty days teaching the Apostles and disciples about the Kingdom of God (Acts 1:3). The Lord informed them that they would receive power from the Holy Spirit to be his witnesses to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). The Ascension occurred at Bethany on the Mount of Olives (Luke 19:29). Christ's work of redemption has become known as the Paschal Mystery of Christ and was accomplished principally by his Passion, death, Resurrection, and Glorious Ascension into Heaven. The Paschal Mystery of Christ constitutes one action for the salvation of mankind, for Jesus “was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification” (Romans 4:25). 



Religious Education Update 


 Classes are cancelled until September, 2020 



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 





May 24, 2020

The Ascension of the Lord 

05/16…………………………………Elmira Kaquatosh

       05/17……..…………………………Joseph Otradovec

       05/23…........The people of St. Michael, St. Anthony, St. Mary and

                                                                         St. Francis-Solanus

       05/24…………………………………Grace Schommer

Our daily Mass intentions will be prayed privately by our Priests each day.



 Financial Blessings May 17


$   875.00


$   200.00  

Bishop Appeal To Date

$    6,660.00

Bishop Appeal Goal 

$    6,551.00

Food Pantry Donation

$ 2,700.00

Bishop Appeal

We have met our Bishop’s Appeal goal of $6,551. To date we have received $6,660.00. Thank you to all who have given to date. If you have not given and would like to, please contact the parish office or you can pay on line at   We need to get to our goal or the Parish will be assessed this dollar amount. 



Donation Received

Thank you to the family of Clarence J. Shoemaker and C. Jay Shoemaker  for a donation to St. Michael’s Parish.  

Food Pantry Donations

Thank you to Abby Bank for their generous donation of $2000 to the Food Pantry.  Also thank you to Catholic Charities for their $500 donation. This money enables the Feeding America Food Pantry to remain open. 



Liturgical Ministers   All Masses Cancelled 


Mass will be live streamed on Sunday morning at 9 am. Please go to St. Michael’s Facebook page St. Michael’s church to watch this live Mass.

St. Michael will open church daily from 8 -10 am. Keep social distancing – 6 feet apart from another person. Use hand sanitizer when entering and leaving church.  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.





Confessions will be offered in church on Friday mornings between 9 and 10 am.  Please use safety measures and social distancing when coming to church.   




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.


Communion Service

Starting on Sunday,  May 31st  and every Sunday after, you are invited to attend a communion service immediately following 9:00 am livestream Mass at St. Michael’s from 10-11 am.  There will be an usher at the main entrance.  Only 8 people are allowed in church at a time. The people remaining outside must use social distancing.  Masks are required. Temperature will be checked and we will provide hand sanitizer. Once you enter the church, stand in front at the altar on the marked areas.  Communion should be received by hand. After receiving communion, no one is allowed to remain in church.  Exit by the side doors and the next group will be ushered in. Those who are 65 and older or with compromised immunity are encouraged to stay home.

There will be a Communion service at St. Anthony’s from 10:30 – 11:30 am, St. Francis Solanus 10:00 – 11:00 am and St. Mary’s 11:15 – 12:00 pm. 


 Dear Parishioners of St. Michael in Keshena, St. Anthony in Neopit, St. Francis in Gresham and St. Mary’s in Leopolis:

I wish we could be together this Sunday and I hope this finds you well. I have been praying personally and celebrating masses all by myself that God bless you and keep you safe during this difficult time.

It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing that I am being transferred to another new assignment, far from Wisconsin - California.  I am leaving on Monday, June 29. Yes, it is hard to say this without having you in these pews. 

I have enjoyed my 5 years of serving St. Michael’s, St. Anthony’s and St. Francis’ and 3 years of service to St. Mary’s in Leopolis. I am blest to know many good and welcoming people and also I am blest to know about various situations in each parish and so felt in love and at the same time little by little learned how to work with you all within your culture. And it will be difficult for me to leave.

Just like Fr. Dave McElroy, O. Praem, who belongs to a religious community of St. Norbert or popularly known as the Norbertines, I am also a member of another religious community, the Missionaries of Faith community and so not a diocesan priest. Our local superior working in Austin Diocese, Texas, together with his council after coordinating with the Diocese of Green Bay, asked me to go to St. Philip Neri Parish, Alameda, CA, to serve the people of that parish. As a religious, I serve at the will of my Superior, and I accept his decision and hope you will as well.

The diocese is planning on replacing me with another Filipino priest who will join Fr. Nonito, in my place as parochial vicar for the 4 parishes and so I hope you will be as nice to him as you were to me.  Until he is able to obtain his visa, the diocese doesn’t want to give a name in case something were to happen and he isn’t able to come.

We still have a month and half before I am leaving, and hopefully we can see each other in person before I go. I am praying that we will be able to have some Masses and celebrations with more than 10 or 50 people and find some other ways to say good-bye before I leave, end of June.

I hope that this transition will go smoothly and I’m praying that the new priest will be well received when he comes.

And so, I thank you all for the generous acceptance, deep understanding and loving patience that you all showed me these past years of my traveling with you, St. Michael’s, St. Anthony’s, St. Francis’ and St. Mary’s parishioners and my sincerest apologies for all my failures and so please forgive me for all the times I missed to meet your standard and expectations, thank you and God bless.


 Fr. Joel


 Daily Mass

On Tuesday, June 2nd daily Mass will return.  Eight people will be allowed to attend. Mass will be in the main church. Use the front doors to enter and your temperature will be checked.  Please sit one person to a seat in the first four pews on each side.  Those who wish to attend daily Mass should call the office on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday to sign up and check availability (715) 799-3811.  Please wear masks and social distancing will be required.

Holy Hour

Holy Hour is cancelled


Food Pantry

The food pantry will be open on Tuesday, June 2nd and June 16th, 1-3 pm.  There will be drive up service only. Please do not get out of your vehicle and have the back passenger seat empty.

Fresh vegetables for Food Pantry Recipients made possible by a grant from Sts. Edward & Isidore.


St. Michael’s Thrift N Gift

The food pantry will be open on Tuesday, June 2nd and June 16th, 1-3 pm.  There will be drive up service only. Please do not get out of your vehicle and have the back passenger seat empty.


Book Share 

Book Share will be closed until further notice. The books will be outside weather permitting on Food Pantry days.


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. 



The Community Resource Center in Keshena classes Cancelled.   


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 and St. John Nepomucene YouTube Live Stream (St. John Nepomucene, Little Chute YouTube) at 10 am on Sundays.  Mass is also offered online at Check the website for times and dates.


Parish Office Hours an News

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


Deadline for new information is 9:00 pm Monday evening. Contact Parish Office to submit





Mark Your Calendars/Events St. Michael

  Sunday Mass – 9:00 am Sunday Livestreamed

  Daily Masses will resume June 2nd, Tuesday – Friday at 8 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 - 10:00 am Saturday                                                 











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