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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 elementary and 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.

Our Mission:
The Holy Family Parish is a loving community united by our faith in Jesus Christ. Our prayerful liturgies are community celebrations shaped by tradition of over one hundred years of Eucharistic worship. We welcome all who seek God's love.
The Holy Family Parishes will support this mission by striving to worship God with devotion and celebration while fostering spiritual growth. We commit ourselves to nurturing the parish family while providing a challenging and high-quality Catholic educational program. We will achieve this through stewardship, acts of service, and utilizing our talents to their greatest potential.

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This Advent marks a new beginning for diocesan communications. Catholic Life Magazine will replace The Catholic Times newspaper format as the official publication for our diocese. It is hoped that this new format will be a more effective evangelization tool for our diocese. Each household in the parish should receive a copy, which is a change from how the subscriptions for the newspaper were handled. If you do not receive a magazine by the first week of December, please contact the parish office and we will make the necessary corrections.

At times there are notices that the diocese sends out that are of a more timely nature than the magazine format can accomplish. These announcements, such as official diocesan assignments, will be published in our bulletins. In addition, there is a parish app that is available free of charge for all parishioners. To download this app to your smartphone; text App to 88202 (or visit This will be a work in process as we learn how to more effectively use this new technology as well.


"This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him." (1 John 4:9)

It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving has come and gone and Christmas is only a month away. To help us prepare our hearts for the birth of our savior, the Church gives us this special time of Advent. Without an intentional preparation Christmas can become just another season; a time of gathering with friends and family, a time of sales and parties. It can become a season that is filled with so many external activities we forget about the true meaning of the season.

We do not celebrate Christmas in order to receive gifts, but rather to receive The Gift. God, in His love for His children, sends His own Son to become man. Through him, we become adopted sons and daughters of God. Advent is the short time that we have to prepare our hearts to receive this gift. Traditionally, this is a time of penance as well in the Church. The colors of the season are violet, which reflect this sentiment. It is a beautiful time to reflect upon our lives, and see how we might improve our relationship with God, His Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. It is a time to join our Blessed Mother Mary and St Joseph as they anticipate the birth of their child.

Perhaps one of the best ways to prepare ourselves is through the Sacrament of Penance. If it has been awhile since you have received Christ’s love through this sacrament, please take advantage of the sacrament this Advent season. During this Year of Mercy, the priests for the Prairie du Chien deanery are going to offer something a bit different. Each deanery in the Diocese of La Crosse has designated a pilgrimage church of mercy. In our deanery, that church is Sacred Heart in Wauzeka. We will be offering a communal penance service at Sacred Heart on Dec 13 from 3:00 to 4:30 (or until all confessions are heard). This will also be a pilgrimage for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, which will be explained in next week’s bulletin.

May you and your families come to know God’s mercy in a special way during this Advent season.

Fr. Jim

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Download Our New Parish App!

At Holy Family Parish we are pursuing new opportunities to foster a stronger parish life and better engage the New Evangelization. As a part of these efforts we are happy to announce that Holy Family Parish now has it's own app for Apple and Android phones. Our new app will allow us to send you useful and important messages throughout the week regarding our parish life and events, and allow you to reply to messages or RSVP for events. There will be no need for parishioners with smart phones to remember to silence their phones before Mass. The app will send you a reminder to silence your phone 20 minutes before the Mass you select. Many more great features will be a help to all of us, such as, daily Mass readings, Catholic news, prayers and prayer reminders, quick access to online tithing, Confession reminders, and our weekly bulletin.

So, be sure to download the app after Mass today by visiting or searching for myparish on your phone's app store, and stay connected with us all week long.

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Holy Family Construction Update:

August 23, 2015:
After fielding many questions the past couple of weeks, we thought a quick update on the building projects is needed.

Fellowship Hall:
Although having the Fellowship hall open for the Fall Bazaar was our goal, due to many circumstances this will not be the case, but it does remain our goal to complete the hall this year. We are trying to get as many of our local tradesmen involved as we can, and they are very generous with their time and materials, which is greatly appreciated. However, this comes at a scheduling cost that requires flexibility, and we need a bit more time to make this project fit into the busy schedules of the many contractors involved. We will have the building open on the day of the bazaar for your inspection, and ask for your patience as work continues. In the not too distant future, there will be another work day scheduled for some interior and exterior work. Please watch for notices and consider coming in to help build your parish hall.

School project:
The complications of the building have caused some delays. First it was in getting state approved plans and then it was matching these plans to a design with the building manufacturer. The building is scheduled to be delivered in early September, and should take around 6 weeks to put up. Many of the interior walls and much of the flat work has been completed (they are pouring the main gym floor as I write this). These delays have pushed back the date we would have liked to be in the gym phase of this project, but we will continue to complete this as quickly as we are able.
Thank you and God bless

Click on the picture below to see the progress on our Buildings.
Fellowship Hall:

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Building the Future... Preserving the Past


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.