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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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Continuing our reflection on the Seven Last Words of Christ:

Father, forgive them, they know not what they do
(Lk 23:34)

Only God can forgive sins. We hear the primordial prayer of Christian forgiveness from the lips of the crucified savior of the word. This word creates an expectation. Now, every human being is called to fulfill the command of Jesus: But to you who hear me say: love your enemies, do good to those who hate you (Lk 6:27). The only alternative to forgiveness is destruction: the end of oneself and the end of the other.

Everyday occurrences throughout the world bear startling testimony to what happens when brother remains set unforgivingly against brother. To forgive characterizes the saint. We can take a first step toward this holiness by loving the heavenly Father, who makes His sun shine on the bad and the good, and who causes the rain to fall on the just and the unjust.

Building Update
By now you have seen that we are well under way with the first phase of construction on our Fellowship Hall. The physical construction is very exciting to see after so much time and effort in raising the necessary funds and planning. Our Building the Future…Preserving the Past capital campaign continues to grow as our pledges come in. Please know the importance of keeping current with your pledges as we strive to continue with this phase of our project.

Plans are also underway to get the St. Gabriel campus project underway as well. The drawings have been finished and an appointment has been set for the state review of the plans. It is our hope to begin the excavation phase of the St. Gabriel project get underway before school lets out.

This combined construction project makes a beautiful statement about Holy Family Parish. It is a statement that we desire to continue growing as a single parish community; that we hold the education of our young people as a key element in serving our larger community; and that we are confident that we will continue to play an important role in the Prairie du Chien area for years to come. Thank you to all that have been involved in so many ways to make this a success.

Car and Cash Raffle / Fish Fry
This is the last weekend before our Car and Cash Raffle. Ticket sales are picking up as we get close to the drawing. If you have family and friends that are away from Prairie du Chien, consider giving them a call and seeking support for their old home parish. This has been an important fund raiser over the past 2 years, and we hope to see it continue into the future. The proceeds of the raffle benefit Prairie Catholic School.
The drawing will be held the evening of Friday March 6 at St John’s hall during our annual fish fry. This annual fish fry is a great time to get out with family and friends, to enjoy each other’s company and have a great fish dinner. It is an event that we look forward to every year. Make plans now to attend the dinner and see who the lucky winners are!

God bless

Fr Jim


Don't Forget your Private School Deduction!

Remember that Wisconsin (not federal) has a new deduction you can take on your 2014 Wisconsin Income Tax return. You can now deduct your private school dependent student's tuition. This deduction is up to $4000 per student for private school students grades K - 8.

This deduction goes on page 1 line 11 and is coded as 22 on your 2014 WI 1 form. You will need to fill out Wisconsin's Schedule PS to claim it. Click Here for link to Sched PS

You will also need our School's FEIN number. Please call our school office at 608-326-8624 and we will give you that number.

Holy Family Construction Updates:

Holy Family has started "Building the Future". Click on the picture below to see the progress on our Fellowship Hall.

Fellowship Hall:

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.