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Holy Family Parish

elcome to the Holy Family Parish, a faith-filled community located in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. We are a Parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of LaCrosse. We extend a warm welcome to all who attend our church.

The Holy Family Parish of Prairie du Chien has two Churches; St. Gabriel's Church and St. John's Church both located in Prairie du Chien, WI.  Holy Family Parish also supports its Catholic School made up of St. Gabriel's Elementary and St. John's Middle School. We hope that you will find our parish and school community a place where your life of faith will be nourished.  We also hope that you will share your special talents within the community.

Your prayers, your presence and your talents are most welcome.

May God bless all of us.

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Making the choice to send your children to private school just got a little more affordable, under a new tax deduction included in the recently approved state budget. The tax deduction begins in the 2014 tax year. Taxpayers can deduct up to $4,000 for tuition paid for dependent children in grades kindergarten through eighth and up to $10,000 for high school students. The tax deduction is expected to save Wisconsin parents up to $30 million in 20142015. Since the tax break is set up as a deduction, the average Wisconsin family would get a $240 tax cut per elementary and middle school child and a $600 tax cut for each high school student.

Wisconsin is now one of eight states that offer a tax break for families who choose to send their children to private schools. Looking at our neighboring states, Illinois and Iowa both offer tax credits for private school tuition. Illinois offers a tax credit of $500 per family and Iowa offers a credit of $250 per child. Indiana offers a deduction or $1000 per child. Minnesota offers both a deduction and a tax credit. Their tax credit is available to families based on income and number of children. Opponents of the plan to offer this tax deduction have said that it is too generous, compared to other states. While the deduction numbers look generous, since the tax cut is structured as a deduction, families would not receive the entire amount off their tax bill. The other thing to keep in mind, for opponents of this deduction, is that it was part of an overall package of tax changes and was agreed upon, in part, to ensure that the tax cuts reduced the tax burden for as many Wisconsinites as possible.
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We still have room for students. Even though the two registration dates have passed, if you are interested in Prairie Catholic School as an option for your child(ren), please contact Prairie Catholic School at 3268624 if you would like to tour our facilities or for more information.


This year’s Fall Fest will be pushed back one week due to All Saints Day being on a Saturday and a parish mission that will take place the first week of November. Rather than trying to fit everything into one weekend, we decided to push the Fall Fest back one week. Thank you for your understanding and consideration.


There will be an open house/ meet and greet for our new teachers on Thursday August 21 from 4:00 to 6:30. The Knights of Columbus will host a cookout for all our families from 5:00 to 7:00. This parish cookout is free of charge, but the Knights ask for a donation of nonperishable food for the local food pantry. They will offer to match dollars for pounds of food up to $250.00. (For example, if we collect 250# of food, the Knights will donate $250.00 to the food pantry.) Come and see the new updates at Prairie Catholic School. All are welcome to join us.

Wisconsin Makes School More Affordable:
The Following is taken from State Senator Luther Olsen's Web Page:

Private School Tuition Tax Break:

One of the biggest decisions parents make is where to send their children to school. For some families, the choice is simple; the local public school is the best place for them. It might even be the same school the parents went to when they were young. Some families are looking for something different though, which might mean a private school, a public school in another district or a virtual charter school. Making the choice to send your children to private school just got a little more affordable, under a new tax deduction included in the recently approved state budget.

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Thank you for your interest in Prairie Catholic Schools.  St. Gabriel’s campus is our elementary school, and encompasses grades Pre-K though 4th, and St. John’s campus is our middle school which entails grades 5th through 8th.  Additionally, on-site daycare is available at the St. Gabriel’s campus.
We know that choosing the right education for your child is one of the most important decisions you face. The entire staff at Prairie Catholic appreciates the fact that you are willing to consider our school, and wish you to know that this is greatly appreciated. The education of our youth is an honor and a great responsibility that we do not take lightly.

A Catholic school offers a unique environment with very special opportunities for its students to grow spiritually. Prairie Catholic is no different. Our setting allows educators to share their faith and values while educating their students, your children. We are committed to helping children grow in faith and love and to display respect and fellowship. Prairie Catholic does not discriminate based on faith and includes many non-Catholic families. These families appreciate our caring, student-centered environment that teaches children to follow Christ’s command to love one another and treat others with respect.

Prairie Catholic provides a strong academic curriculum and a safe learning environment for students to reach their greatest potential.  We support each child by recognizing his or her own talents and instilling an appreciation for the gifts of others. This atmosphere fosters a mutual respect for one another.

We encourage, and are committed to, a cooperative partnership between family and school.  We seek to work with you as parents, in helping your child become the best they can be.  We believe in the mutual relationship of school supporting family and family supporting school.

At Prairie Catholic, we are positive people – learning, loving and living our faith.  We aspire to create a place where your child is safe, happy and knows they are special.

We would love to discuss further the opportunities we can offer your child.  Please call us for a personal tour at:

(608) 326-8624  (St. Gabriel’s)
(608) 326-4400  (St. John’s)


Wade Marlow

Principal, Prairie Catholic Schools

Volunteer Sign up Sheet:

Please consider being a parish volunteer. Click Here to bring up a form you can fill in right from your computer and then print out. Send in to either rectory, drop off, or put in colection basket on Sunday. Thank you for your consideration.