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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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You may have noticed some activity around St Gabriel School this past week. Kulp’s of Stratford have been in town replacing the roof beginning last Monday. It should be finished by the time you read this, unless something unexpected comes up. In either case, they should be finished by midweek at the latest. The early report is that the insulation on the roof was saturated with rain water, adding tons of weight to the roof. Between this and the 7 truckloads of rock that was taken off that will not be replaced the stress from the weight of the roof will be greatly reduced.
This is the first of two major improvements to our school building this summer as we prepare for classes this fall. The windows will be replaced in the coming weeks, making our school much more energy efficient going forward. Windows are the number one place cold enters in the winter and heat in the summer. These new windows will have reflective glass and are double paned that are sealed to cut down on these energy transfers.
A smaller project, but one that will impact everyday school activities, are the bathrooms. All of the bathrooms have received a new floor covering and a fresh coat of paint. The old bathrooms were very much dated to the 1960’s in both colors and materials. The new flooring, an epoxy covering, and wall colors will make these rooms much more appealing to students, staff and visitors.

We would like to thank all of those that volunteered time and equipment for our moving day last Saturday. Many people showed up to help, and the majority of materials were loaded by 8:15 am to be taken to St Gabriel School. These things were in place and items not needed at St Gabriel’s were brought to St John’s school. All of this was finished before noon, thanks to the great turnout.

Holy Family Parish was the recipient of a generous estate recently. Bill and Edith McGrath, through estate planning, left over $180,000 to our parish. This will be used in conjunction with the capital campaign for upgrades to the St. Gabriel School roof and windows. We are very appreciative of the McGrath's generous estate. If you would like information on how you can continue benefiting your parish family far into the future through estate planning, please contact Fr Jim or speak with your financial planner for more information.

God bless

Fr Jim

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.