Wisconsin Rapids Deanery

of the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin

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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, April 23, 2015

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Oct. 4

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98th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun

In honor of Our Lady of Fatima, come and pray on the 98th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun, Tuesday, Oct. 13, at SS. Peter & Paul Church, 1110 1st St. N., Wisconsin Rapids.

Confessions will be available beginning at 4 p.m.  Mass will begin at 5:15 p.m., celebrated by Fr. James Altman, followed by Exposition, Marian Procession, Rosary, Litany of Our Lady of Fatima, enrollment in the Brown Scapular Confraternity and Benediction. It will conclude with refreshments.

For more information:  715-424-6279; www.mariancenterforpeace.org; Facebook/pages/Marian-Center-for-Peace.

  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

'Father Joe Walijewski:
A Pencil in Our Lord's Hands'

The EWTN documentary that aired on April 11, 2015, is available for purchase through the ETWN Religious Catalogue.

     Bob Dolan hosts a heartwarming documentary on Fr. Joe Walijewski, priest of the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin. Serving 40 of his 56 years in the priesthood in South America, Fr. Joe lived with and cared for Bolivia and Peru's most impoverished. As he built churches, soup kitchens, and an orphanage, the saintly priest taught all about his Lord and Savior, introducing many to Christ. Thousands attended his funeral in 2006. Fr. Joe always said, "He was just a pencil in Our Lord's hand and he knew everything he accomplished was because of the Hand of God and by the Grace of God." 1 disc / 1 hr. (CC) Price: $10.00 Item #: HDFJW

Click here to order through the EWTN Religious Catalogue

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.  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