Wisconsin Rapids Deanery

of the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin

Wis. Rapids Deanery logo

The Wisconsin Rapids Deanery consists of 12 parishes in south Wood County and Adams County in central Wisconsin.

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

Minutes from the Deanery Pastoral Council, Jan. 29, 2015

Lenten resources from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops,
including a calendar to provide daily inspiration during Lent.

Bishop William Callahan's
Lenten message

Chrism Mass
Tuesday, March 31
10:30 a.m., Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman, La Crosse

Holy Thursday: April 2
Click here for readings

Good Friday: April 3
Holy Saturday & Easter Vigil: April 4
Easter Sunday: April 5

For Holy Week schedules,
please refer to the parish bulletins here

Divine Mercy Chaplet Novena
& Divine Mercy Sunday celebration

The Divine Mercy Chaplet Novena begins on Good Friday, April 3, and is said for nine days.  Jesus told St. Faustina: "This prayer will serve to appease My wrath."  "Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite the chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My infinite Mercy."  "Through the Chaplet, you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My Will."

All are welcome to the Divine Mercy Sunday Celebration and Novena Closing, April 12, at St. Alexander Church, Port Edwards.

1:30 - Confessions
2:30 - Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament/Adoration
2:45 Reflection on Divine Mercy Sunday
3:00 Chaplet of Divine Mercy (sung)
3:15 Benediction

For more information: 715-424-6279; www.mariancenterforpeace.org; find us on Facebook.

Catholics at the Capitol

     A day of prayer, formation and advocacy -- Wednesday, April 8, 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.
     Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, Madison

Sponsored by the Wisconsin Catholic Conference in cooperation with Catholic Charities, Diocesan Offices of Social Concerns and Respect Life, the Catholic Health Association of Wisconsin, the Diocesan Councils of Catholic Women–Province of Milwaukee, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious Region 9, and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Councils.

THEME: A Church United in Hope and Love

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Jonathan Reyes, executive director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Speakers will include Alice Heinzen, director of the Office for Marriage and Family Life for the Diocese of La Crosse, and Tom Thibodeau of Viterbo University, La Crosse.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: All those interested in learning more about Catholic social teaching and how to advocate effectively.

COST: $40/person for advance registration
$12/students (secondary, full-time post-secondary, advance or same-day)
$48/person same-day registration (check/cash)
Includes continental breakfast and lunch


Click here for the full schedule and registration form.

An Evening for Couples Dinner/Dance featuring former UW coach Dick Bennett

The Wisconsin Rapids Deanery Family Life Committee is sponsoring its 7th annual dinner/dance for all engaged and married couples.

     Date: Saturday, April 18
     Where: Hotel Mead, Wisconsin Rapids
     When: Social with a cash bar at 5 p.m.
Dinner at 6 p.m. followed by speaker, then music and dancing until 10 p.m.
$50 per couple
     Door prizes

Registration deadline is April 14

ABOUT OUR SPEAKER: Dick Bennett is one of the most highly respected coaches in collegiate basketball.  Bennett began his collegiate coaching career at Stevens Point in 1976 after 11 years coaching Wisconsin prep teams.  In 1986, Bennett moved to UW-Green Bay, leading the team to three NCAA tournament appearances before transitioning to UW-Madison in 1995.  Bennett led the Badgers to their first Final Four appearance in more than 50 years before retiring in 2000.  Bennett returned to college basketball from 2003-06 at Washington State.  Bennett was the 2013 recipient of the Coach Wooden “Keys to Life” Award, given to a past or current college or professional basketball player or coach who models the characteristics of UCLA men’s basketball coaching legend John Wooden.  He has also been inducted into the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame.

Spring confirmation schedule
for Wisconsin Rapids Deanery

SATURDAY, APRIL 25 -- 1 p.m. at SS. Peter & Paul, Wisconsin Rapids
With: St. Joachim, Pittsville; St. James, Vesper; Holy Rosary, Sigel; St. Joseph, Adams; St. Ann, Brooks.

SUNDAY, APRIL 26 -- noon at SS. Peter & Paul, Wisconsin Rapids
For: Our Lady Queen of Heaven, Wisconsin Rapids; St. Lawrence, Wisconsin Rapids; St. Vincent de Paul, Wisconsin Rapids; St. Philip, Rudolph; Sacred Heart, Nekoosa; St. Alexander, Port Edwards.

  Read Bishop Callahan's blog here.

Bishop Callahan's radio program

"Connecting the Diocese" is Bishop William Callahan's new 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.
Click here for link


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.  Click here for full decree

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

To submit an item for the deanery calendar, email: RapidsDeanery@charter.net