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History of St. Anthony Catholic Church

When the new Indian village of Lac du Flambeau was established around a sawmill in 1895, a new Catholic Church was also built. Fr. Chrysostom Verwyst, a Franciscan priest who had been serving the Native Americans in the old village of Lac du Flambeau, received $600 from Mother Katharine Drexel, foundress of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in Bensalem, Pa., to build a church on land across from the village's fire station.

The old church in the old village had a history that went back to 1854, when diocesan priests from Chippewa Falls provided spiritual care to the Indian people. In 1861 Fr. John Chebul began his ministry to this area, traveling 90 miles from Madeline Island on snowshoes to honor a request to assist a sick man. While Fr. Chebul was in the village he instructed and baptized about 30 people. During the next two decades the Franciscans attempted to visit Waswagoning, the name of the old village, but the distance and rapid waters of the Flambeau River made it difficult.

By 1880 the Franciscans accepted responsibility for serving the Catholic Indian population in northern Wisconsin. In 1905, Franciscan Fr. Odoric Derenthal organized the building of a new church on the present site on Pokegama Lake. Under the pastorate of Fr. Walfrid Boesche, the parish began fund raising and planning for a new church in 1960. Dedication of the new church was celebrated Aug. 12, 1977, the parish was returned to the diocese with Fr. John Drummy, as pastor.

Our history of pastors:

Fr. John Stremski was pastor from 1979 to 1999.
Fr. Jim Bartelme was pastor from 1999-2005
Fr. Andy Anderson was pastor from 2005-2006
Fr. Lew Burden was pastor from 2006-2007
Fr. Pat Hardy was pastor from 2007-2010
Fr. Lourdu Mandapati was pastor from 2010-2013
Fr. Ronald Serrao became our pastor in 2013 and is still our pastor

Cluster Mass Schedules Contact the Parish Office to become a member
or for more information for any of the following:

Saturday Mass

St. Anthony - 4 pm
Our Lady Queen of Peace - 5:30 pm

Sunday Mass
Our Lady Queen of Peace - 8 am
St. Anthony - 9:30 am
St. Isaac Jogues - 11 am

St. Isaac Jogues - Tuesday 9 - 9:30 am
Our Lady Queen of Peace - Wednesday 4 pm
St. Anthony - Saturday 3 pm

Weekday Masses

St. Isaac Jogues - Tuesday 8:30 am
St. Anthony - Wednesday 8 am
Our Lady Queen of Peace - Wednesday 4:30 pm
Our Lady Queen of Peace - Thursday 8:30 am
St. Anthony - Friday 8 am

1st Friday Mass & Adoration
St. Anthony - 8am Mass; Adoration 8:30-9:30 am
Our Lady Queen of Peace - 10:30 am mass; Adoration 11 am - 12 pm
St. Isaac Jogues - Morning Prayer and Communion - 8:30 am

K care
Wednesday 10:30 am

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Please contact Fr. Ron, our pastor, for Baptism, Holy Communion, Marriage, Anointing of the Sick, and Confession.

Homebound: For anyone going to the hospital, wishing to receive communion,
or home visits, please contact Fr. Ron.

Religious Education: Classes begin at the pre-k level and go through
High School and Confirmation.

Marriage: Six months advance notice is required.

Classes are available for those who wish to become Catholic
or adult Catholics who have not yet received First Communion or confirmation.

A preparation session is required

Funerals: Please contact the Parish Priest