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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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Rural Life Day is an annual diocesan celebration observed each September. This year the celebration will take place on Monday, September 21, hosted by St. Wenceslaus parish in Eastman of the Prairie de Chien Deanery. Lon and Jane Achenbach are this year’s hosts, and a schedule of this year’s events will be posted in the bulletin beforehand. This is a day to highlight the uniqueness of rural life values and to rejoice in the way that rural life contributes to the Church at large.
As part of this annual celebration, farmers in the Prairie de Chien Deanery whose farm lands have been in continuous family ownership for 100 years or more will be recognized. All farmers who qualify as Century Farm owners are invited to submit their names for this recog-nition.
The applications are available at both parish offices, and are due in by September 1, 2015.


Our CCD program for the 2015-16 school year will soon be underway. As the primary educators of their children, parents have a deep responsibility to see that their children are formed in their faith. I believe we are justifiably proud of our program and our many vol-unteers that form the nucleus of our CCD team. Howev-er, this has got to be a joint effort. The faith must be taught; which is a responsibility that is shared by our teachers and parents or guardians; and it must be lived if it is to have a lasting effect in the lives of our young people. This responsibility falls upon the shoulders of the parents and guardians who are responsible for see-ing that the family worships together, beginning by attending Mass each Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation.
The first day of CCD will be September 16, be-ginning at 6:15 P M. Throughout the year classes will run from 6:45 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday evenings. If you have questions, please contact our coordinator, Pat Pro-chaska at: or at 326-8774.


Fr James Miller, at the age of 86 and a priest for 4l years, died on Saturday, August 22, 2015, at Norseland Nursing Home in Westby, Wisconsin. Fr Miller served as pastor of St John Nepomucene from 1982 through 1989. Please pray for the repose of his soul and for his surviving fami-ly members. Requiescat in pace.


Catholic Charities has chosen to move to a new location in downtown Prairie du Chien. Due to this move, we now have 2 building available for rent. If you know of anyone who may be interested in one of these build-ings , please have them contact us at 608-326-6511.

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The first day of School is Wednesday, August 26th. Please see our calendar below for all our school events information. Below are links to information needed for the upcoming year: (Also under our New/Info Tab above)

-- School Supply list 2015-2016

-- School Handbook for 2015-2016

Tuition Commitment Form 2015 -2016

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:

   Dec-Feb 2015

   March 2015


    March 2015


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.