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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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Last week we saw the Eucharist in light of a meal. What is the busiest room in your house? For many, it is the kitchen, where children gather around mom or dad as they prepare the meal. As we get older, what is the first place kids head when they get home from school? The kitchen and the refrigerator, right? And how about family gatherings at Thanksgiving, Christmas or other holidays? Where do you tend to congregate? For my family, it is in the kitchen. Yes, the game is on TV and there is action throughout the house, but everyone eventually comes into the kitchen. I think this is because the meal is why we get together, and preparation of the meal is important. It is where we catch up on what is happening in each other’s lives and where big events are often announced. This is similar in our faith lives. We gather around the table of the Lord to hear the Word and to celebrate our meal together. This is part of what the Vatican II term ‘Full Participation’ refers to. It is being cognizant of our surroundings, offering our gifts, our sufferings and our joys to God, and receiving from him what we could never dare ask: the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of His only Son. Keep this idea of a meal in mind as we continue our study of John 6.

In this weekend’s Gospel, Jesus speaks of the exodus from Egypt, when God led His people from physical slavery to freedom. When the Israelite people fled the Egyptians, they traveled for 40 years through the wilderness. During this time, they had no permanent home, and were not able to till the soil and grow crops. They cried out to God for deliverance, and He responded by providing manna, a flour of sorts they were able to bake into bread. Each day they would collect the manna to feed their families; no more and no less. God provided the bread for their bodily needs during this time in the wilderness.

We find ourselves in a similar situation. Rather than fleeing from physical slavery, we are on a journey of fleeing from slavery to sin. This is a lifelong journey, one that wears at our hearts and souls as we strive to enter more deeply into the conversion we are called to. This journey is pretty much the same for all of us, and at the same time it is a personal journey each of us must walk alone; and at the same time, never alone. God is with us, the saints are leading and interceding for us, and the angels are protecting and fighting battles for and with us. During this battle, our souls can become weary, another thing Christ knows well from his time in the Garden of Gethsemane.

In our Gospel today, Jesus tells his followers that it was God that provided the manna for their ancestors, and that he himself is the true bread from heaven. He is the Bread of Angels, the Bread of Life. Christ continues to make the connections we need. He is teaching that as much as their ancestors depended on God for the manna for their journey, we need to rely on God for our spiritual sustenance. The manna ran out in due time, their bodies passed form this earth. Our physical bodies, too, will pass from this world, but our souls will not die. Jesus teaches: “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” (JN 6:35)

The meal we gather to celebrate is provided for by God Himself. God bless

Fr Jim

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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:

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:

   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.