Wisconsin Rapids Deanery

of the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin

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The Wisconsin Rapids Deanery consists of 11 parishes in south Wood County and Adams County in central Wisconsin.

The 19-county Diocese of La Crosse is organized into 13 deaneries.

Deanery Pastoral Council Directory

Minutes from the Deanery Pastoral Council, Jan. 21, 2016

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 23, 2016

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11th Annual Halloween Cemetery Prayer Vigil

All are welcome to come together and pray with Deacon Jerry Ruesch and the Knights of Columbus Honor Guard on Monday, October 31st at Calvary Cemetery, Highway 54 East in Wisconsin Rapids (across from Angel Gardens Floral & Design). The event will begin at 8:00 PM and will include Evening / Night Prayer, Litany of the Saints, Exposition, Eucharistic Procession and Benediction. There will also be a campfire. Dress appropriately for the weather. Bring a flashlight or candle. If you plan to stay late, bring your own lawn chair, hot cocoa and snacks. For more information: 715-424-6279; mariancenterforpeace.org ;

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Bishop Callahan's radio program

"Connecting the Diocese" is Bishop William Callahan's weekly radio program, which airs on the Relevant Radio stations in the Diocese of La Crosse. The program airs at 9 a.m. Fridays, with rebroadcasts at 10 a.m. Saturdays and noon on Sundays.

Relevant Radio stations in the Diocese of La Crosse:
  Wisconsin Rapids 93.9 FM WMMA
  Wausau 92.9 FM WYNW
  La Crosse 1570 AM WKBH
  Eau Claire 1050 AM WDVM    

To listen to archived programs, click here.

Father Joseph Walijewski Legacy Guild

On March 19, 2013, Bishop William Callahan opened the cause for beatification and canonization for Fr. Joseph Walijewski, who died in 2006. Fr. Joe, a priest of the Diocese of La Crosse, spent most of his ministry serving the missions in Bolivia and Peru.

Since the opening of the cause, Bishop Callahan formed a tribunal to study and document the life of Fr. Walijewski. Witnesses are called before the tribunal to recount facts on the exercise of Christian virtues considered heroic specific to Fr. Walijewski’s state in life. In addition, all documents written by and about Fr. Walijewski are being gathered and examined. This time of study and documentation is expected to take about five years.

Learn more about the life of Fr. Joe, and see how you can help further his cause for sainthood. Click here for the Father Joseph Walijewski Legacy Guild website.

Bishop Callahan's prayer for Fr. Joe's beatification and canonization

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration

At the Marian Center for Peace on the grounds of SS. Peter and Paul Parish, 241 Apricot St., Wisconsin Rapids.
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The Marian Center for Peace has been canonically recognized by Bishop William Patrick Callahan as a private association within the Diocese of La Crosse for the good of the continued growth of the Church and the salvation of souls, not only in the Wisconsin Rapids Deanery but also throughout the Diocese.

Very Rev. James Altman, Dean
SS. Peter & Paul Church
1150 2nd St. N., Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
Phone: 715-423-1351   Email: sspeter_paul@hotmail.com

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