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, Sept. 24, 2015

First Sunday of Advent
Nov. 29

Click here for readings

Advent resources from the
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Advent penance services

WED Dec. 2 6:30 p.m. St. Philip Rudolph
WED Dec. 9 6:30 p.m. SS. Peter & Paul Wis. Rapids
THU Dec. 10 10 a.m. Assumption HS/MS Wis. Rapids
THU Dec. 10 6:30 p.m. St. Lawrence Wis. Rapids
TUE Dec. 15 6:30 p.m. Sacred Heart Nekoosa
WED Dec. 16 6:30 p.m. St. Joachim Pittsville
THU Dec. 17 6:30 p.m. St. Alexander Port Edwards
MON Dec. 21 6:30 p.m. St. Vincent de Paul Wis. Rapids
TUE Dec. 22 6:30 p.m. Our Lady Queen of Heaven Wis. Rapids

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

All are welcome to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Saturday, Dec. 12, at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church 750 10th Ave. S., Wisconsin Rapids.
     3 p.m. – Confessions
     3:30 p.m. – Traditional Procession & Group Serenade (gather in the cafeteria). Flowers, candles, Spanish and English hymns with the Knights of Columbus Honor Guard to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe. Also, veneration of the relic image of Our Lady of Guadalupe from the Basilica in Mexico.
     4 p.m. – Mass of Anticipation celebrated by Fr. John Swing
     Fiesta in the cafeteria following Mass. Mexican food and drinks courtesy of The Olympic II Family Restaurant.

For more information, contact the Marian Center at 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 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.  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