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, Jan. 29, 2015


April 19:
 Third Sunday of Easter

Click here for readings

More about the 50 days of Easter, from the U.S. Conference
of Catholic Bishops

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

'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

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