Catholic Life – The Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse


01/15/2018 04:25 PM
“Should abortion be legalized in cases of … ?”
No. Even though I know that in the majority of the time a violent act is put in the place of the “…”,  the answer will still be “no.” That sounds a little harsh, doesn’t it? My mental “no,” however, comes out as a verbal answer that I tailor to my specific situation and for […]

01/15/2018 03:59 PM
We are called to be pilgrims for life
Over the past 10 years, more than 2,000 pilgrims from the Diocese of La Crosse have participated in the March for Life in Washington, D.C., bearing witness to the sanctity of human life. Organized by the Office for Youth and Young Adults, the pilgrimage is mostly made up of young people who, each year around […]

01/10/2018 08:46 PM
Catholicism in southwestern Wisconsin: The history of St. John Nepomucene Parish in the lost village of Dilly
“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” — Marcus Garvey At 88 and 85 respectfully, Robert and Mary (Wopat) Kretche of St. Aloysius Parish, Hillsboro have experienced their fair share of history and have collected and documented a great deal more. The couple’s interest […]

01/03/2018 08:10 PM
January 3, 2018 – Officials
The Most Reverend William Patrick Callahan, D.D., Bishop of La Crosse, makes the following announcements: The Very Reverend Derek J. Sakowski, Pastor of St. Mary Parish in Altoona and St. Raymond of Peñafort Parish in Southern Eau Claire County, and Dean of the Eau Claire Deanery, is appointed to a six-year term on the Personnel […]

01/02/2018 07:54 PM
From Ukraine, with love
  I look on, with Valentyna and Father Pablo, as Dr. Valderrabano (“Santi”) makes a post-operative visit to his patients.We are in the main hospital in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine.   Chris reflects on his experience during the Chalice of Mercy Medical Mission in Kiev, Ukraine. It is late September and I am taking […]

01/02/2018 06:59 PM
Your Community – January 2018
500TH COMMEMORATION OF THE REFORMATION Father John Schultz and Rev. Lori Ruge-Jones of University Lutheran in Eau Claire were Co-Presiders at the event and are pictured with Annie Haloin, a college student, who inspired the whole event. Close to nine hundred attended the service at Immaculate Conception Church and over four hundred attended the reception […]

12/28/2017 08:00 AM
Christmas is the Perfect Time for Building Family Rituals
When people want to make a major change in their lives, they usually make a New Year’s resolution. And that’s a good thing. However, we know that most New Year’s resolutions fail. Why? Because these resolutions mainly represent a clean break from previous behavior. Someone who was not exercising is not trying to exercise 3-4 […]

12/27/2017 07:51 PM
Living history
Mary sits in her family’s pew under the stained glass window her family purchased for St. Gabriel Church. For Mary Elise Antoine of Prairie du Chien, her connection to St. Gabriel Church is for life, just like her commitment to her Catholic faith. Her family’s roots run deep at St. Gabriel Church, although nowhere close […]

12/27/2017 04:36 PM
Tinsel or garland? Real or fake?
In our first year of marriage, that was our first major argument as a couple. We were looking forward to our first Christmas together, and each of us had our own family traditions in mind when we imagined what ours might look like. Paul had grown up with tinsel–covered artificial trees, put up over Thanksgiving […]

12/19/2017 04:51 PM
A Catholic School Serves Its Parish and Communities
The Church’s leaders at the Second Vatican Council gave today’s parishes an awesome responsibility. But, a parishioner could justifiably ask, “What does the parish receive from the Catholic School(s) it supports?” My answer — prayer, service and a future. Catholic School students in the Diocese of La Crosse, really throughout the world, work hard to […]