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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 week’s articles are taken from the newsletter Growing in Faith. Hopefully these articles and others in the future will help us to continue growing in our faith throughout the year. I hope you get good use from these articles, and if one speaks to your heart, cut it out and put it somewhere you will see it on a daily basis as a constant reminder. God bless
Fr Jim

Why do we adore God?
“Adoration exalts the greatness of the Lord who made us.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), #2628). Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said; “It is only by adoring and loving God above all things that human beings can totally fulfill themselves.” Adoration of God makes sense because of who he is. When we adore God, we acknowledge that we owe our existence to him. He is the purpose of our existence and joining him in Heaven for eternity is our ultimate goal.

Every one of us has a very busy life. If you find yourself worn down with a hectic schedule, consider bringing your business to Christ. We have Adoration most Thursdays at St Gabriel’s and at St. John’s on Friday following our morning Mass. (The main exception is if there is a funeral that particular day, we will not have Adoration.)
Mark 5:2143 Faith in action.
As the leader of the local synagogue, Jairus was probably pressured by the Pharisees to avoid or reject Jesus. It was a courageous act for him to publicly approach Jesus, bow before him, and beg for a cure for his daughter. Jairus’ faith in Jesus was that strong. On the way to Jairus’ home, Jesus was delayed by a woman with a serious hemorrhage. According to Jewish law, her constant bleeding would have excluded her from most social contact. She thought Jesus wouldn’t want to touch her and secretly grabbed his cloak believing that any contact would cure her. In fact, she was cured, but Jesus told her that it was her faith that provided the cure. We should never allow fear of our unworthiness to keep us from God.

By the time Jesus finished with the woman, Jairus was told of his daughter’s death. Jesus simply said, “Do not be afraid; just have faith” (Mark 5:36), and Jairus’ great faith was rewarded. No matter how desperate your situation may appear, trust Jesus to help. Even death is under his control.
Is it possible to accidentally commit a mortal sin?

No. For a sin to be considered mortal, three conditions must be met: “Mortal sin is sin whose object is grave matter and which is also committed with full knowledge and deliberate consent” (Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), #1857). Grave matter means that it must directly conflict with the Ten Commandments. While all forms of sin are bad, the severity of the misdeeds committed, as well as how strongly they harm ourselves and others, decide whether the sin is mortal or not.

If the offense being committed is indeed grave, the perpetrator must be fully aware that the actions involved are sinful. Finally, knowing that the action is grave, the person must willingly choose to commit the sin of his or her own free will. These last two conditions make it impossible to sin by accident. By using this knowledge, we can avoid actions that separate us from God.

Even nice people gossip
”Guess what I heard?” While this invitation to share may seem like innocent fun, it can precede the harmful habit of gossip. The Church has different names for this sin, including calumny and detraction.
Gossip comes in different forms. Every person has the right to a good name and reputation. Calumny occurs when another’s reputation is damaged through lies, while detraction is someone revealing the hidden faults of another without an objectively good reason.

Gossiping doesn’t just hurt the victim. Pope Francis recently said “...At the beginning, (Gossip) seems to be something enjoyable and fun, like a piece of candy. But at the end, it fills the heart with bitterness and also poisons us.” Spreading negativity about others drags us down as well as those about whom we snipe.
Fight the Good Fight. While the damage gossip causes can’t be undone, we can curb the habit by asking one simple question before we speak: “What will I accomplish by sharing this information?” If the answer is “no good,” don’t.

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Holy Family Construction Update:

May 10, 2015:
We would like to give everyone an update on the progress of the building projects as we enter the summer season.

St. John’s: I would estimate the project is well over half completed. The roof is mostly completed; the ceiling insulation is up as is the ceiling sheet rock. The kitchen has been laid out and we are working on getting the electrical cable and HVAC equipment run. With this in mind, we would like to propose a work day for Saturday May 16 to work on the side wall insulation and drywall. This date may change, but it is our current goal to make it happen; we will confirm with announcements at Mass. If you are free for some or all of the day, please make plans to come by and give a hand. There will be plenty of work to do, so whether you are young or old, or whatever talents you might have, please stop by for a work day that we hope will also be a day of ownership for your parish hall.

St. Gabriel’s: We have ordered the steel building, and now are in the process of getting final engineering approvals for the foundations. Once we get these approved we will be able to begin digging our footings, the flat work and other preliminary structures that will need to be finished before the building goes up. Much of the basic site work has been finished, including new water lines, sewer lines and electrical service.

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

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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.