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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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This past weekend we kicked off the 201415 Diocesan Annual Appeal. The annual video gave us an opportunity to hear directly from Bishop Callahan. Hearing from our bishop helps grow our connection with the diocese and the Church beyond our boundaries. The appeal helps those we serve, in our own backyard to the missions in Bolivia and Peru. It is the main funding for those studying to be the next generation of priests and religious to serve our diocese. Really, the Appeal is an opportunity for us to give thanks to God for all the blessings we have received.

Please take a few minutes to look over the mailing you should have received this past week. The Appeal continues to benefit our school and local parish. We received over $12,000 directly from the appeal in grants to the school and parish this past year, in addition to being served by the various diocesan offices, including the youth ministry, the office of catechesis’s, the office of Sacred Worship and the Marriage Tribunal among others. The diocese also runs the Deaconate program that we are sending one of our parishioners for studies.

The overall goal for this year’s appeal for Holy Family Parish is $36,860, which is basically the same as last year’s goal. Each family has been given a specific challenge. I would like to ask you to prayerfully consider the challenge you have received. If you have not participated in the Appeal in the past, please consider a gift of $50 (a dollar a week) to the Appeal. We remain in the 35% range of families responding to our Appeal. If we can increase this to 50%, it will mean an additional $10,000 to our parish in tax free refunds. (Any amount over the goal comes directly to the parish and is not subject to a diocesan tax). As for myself (yes, all priests are asked to participate as well) I will again increase my gift from last year by 5%.

Lastly, we must never overlook the spiritual aspect of all things we do as Catholic Christians. Please pray for the success of our campaign, pray for those who benefit directly in time of need; pray for our parish family, your bishop and for your priests.

May God bless you for your generous consideration,

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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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.