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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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We are reformatting the family units for Holy Family Parish. The system used in the past, based on neighborhoods, served very well. However that system does not work as well with our mobile society. For example, a family would move, and rather than join a new group in their new neighborhood, they would want to stay with the old group. Keeping up with all of this is a difficulty for unit leaders and our secretaries as well. A letter is being sent out this week describing the new units. New unit chairs will be appointed as we go along. With everyone taking their turn, the chairperson role should come along only once in five years at the most.

In addition, there are some who like to volunteer at funerals. If you desire to serve on a funeral committee, please let us know. If we have enough people that would like to do this, we will adjust the units accordingly. If we do not have enough for a couple funeral serving units, we will have units divided into months by the last name. Each unit will be responsible for any funerals during the particular month they are assigned to.

Please watch for the letter, and note which monthly unit you have been assigned to. Your unit chairperson will be in touch with specifics regarding funerals, Fall Fest or Bazaar and family unit dues.


Prairie Catholic School will be back in session beginning this Tuesday. We have many exciting changes this year, including all 8 grades plus PreK will be attending one school building. Two new teachers are bringing new excitement and new ideas for the coming year. In addition, we have a new roof, something that is difficult to see, but was very much needed; new windows, it is amazing to see the difference this makes; newly updated bathrooms; the old colors and materials dated these bathrooms, and are a great improvement. We have ordered new computer desks that will have runners that hide the wires to improve the look of our computer labs along with flat panel screens for the entire lab. In addition, we will begin offering the 8th grade Spanish, something that many of our parents have been asking for. This program may be expanded in the future, but for now it will be for the 8th grade as they prepare to move to the high school next year.

Enrollment is up this year. We will have at least 12 children in each grade other than preK. These are still preliminary numbers, but we are excited in the direction we are taking. If you know of anyone interested in what we offer, or if you would like to see for yourself some of the improvements and were not able to attend our open house, please contact our school office at 6083268624 for information.

God bless.

Fr. Jim

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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.