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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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What is fortitude? (From the Diocesan Office for
Catechesis and Evangelization)

Fortitude is the acquired habit of showing strength or courage. Fortitude can be described by such words as persistence, staying power, determination, hanging in there over the long haul, and a firmness of mind or spirit in the daily challenges of life. When we develop fortitude through education, good acts frequently done, and perseverance in struggle, we are strengthened in our resolve to resist temptations and to overcome obstacles that prevent us from living a joyfilled Christian life.

It is very important that we develop the virtue of fortitude in our lives. Fortitude allows us to push ourselves to do any difficult or distasteful undertaking especially when it is inconvenient. We need fortitude to overcome fear of bodily pain, temporal loss, ridicule, what people will think or say, and the displeasure of friends. It is not easy to go against what is popular. In some situations, in reaction to fear, we can yield to what we know to be sinful. Fortitude helps us to resist fear, foolhardiness, indifference and the single focus on selfish interests solely for pleasure or other’s admiration.

In developing the virtue of fortitude, we become persistent over a period of time in facing setbacks, failures, and misunderstandings, in order to pursue the good by accomplishing a goal that we have set for ourselves. The ultimate goal of living the virtue of fortitude is a good, decent life in this world.
The virtue of fortitude has two components – endurance and enterprise. Endurance helps us to keep going when we are fatigued, suffering, weak, exhausted, or facing discouragement. Enterprise helps us to undertake great deeds while withstanding hardship. Enterprise requires initiative to see a need and take on the responsibility to carry out a plan for the good of others.

When we exercise fortitude properly, we think through what we are about to do carefully and make reasonable decisions. We are willing to put ourselves in danger if necessary, but we do not seek danger for danger’s sake. Prior bulletin inserts have explained prudence (making good judgments) and justice (being fair), which are the virtues through which we decide what needs to be done; fortitude gives us the strength to do it.

The supernatural virtue of fortitude, acquired through cooperating with the grace of the Holy Spirit, enables someone to face extreme danger and endure life threatening difficulty in defense of a just cause and to achieve the ultimate goal of salvation or help others achieve the same. This courage is founded upon Christ’s promise of eternal life with Him.

As we all know, it takes real courage to stand up for what is right. Hope in the face of difficulty is what makes a person act with courage. The most courageous actions are based upon hope in Jesus Christ and eternal life. May our task be to ask for and cooperate with God’s grace in developing the virtue of fortitude, and allowing Him to perfect it in us. Fortitude will ensure constancy in living more fully as committed disciples of Jesus Christ.

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.