Catholic Life – The Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse


05/24/2018 09:00 AM
How are sacraments personal encounters with the living God?

Well into my adult life, I would say my prayers, but didn’t understand that I could have an actual experiential relationship with God. I never considered that Christ knew me and that I could come to know Him as a living, breathing person. Eventually, through the help of God’s grace, and with ongoing formation and […]

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05/21/2018 02:31 PM
Sacramental life and memory

I am so often asked, “What’s your favorite thing to do as a bishop?” That’s an easy question to answer. I respond: “Ordaining young men to the priesthood.” That’s my favorite thing to do as a bishop — the second thing, of course, is the celebration of the sacrament of confirmation around the diocese. In […]

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05/16/2018 05:58 PM
The Mission Church of Spring Brook

The first church and founding parish community members circa 1888. The church was built by early families shown here. The men donated material and labor.  Remembering the faith and dedication of the early founders of St. Joseph Parish in Elk Mound The town of Spring Brook sits in a broad valley, which can be in […]

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05/15/2018 05:09 PM
May 15, 2018 – Officials

The Most Reverend William Patrick Callahan, D.D., Bishop of La Crosse, makes the following announcement: The Reverend Eric R. Berns, has submitted his resignation as Pastor of Our Lady of Peace Parish in Marshfield, and it has been accepted, effective May 12, 2018.

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05/14/2018 11:07 PM
Reverend Edwin Joseph Thome

Father Edwin Joseph Thome, at the age of 92 and a priest for nearly 67 years, died on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at Bethany St. Joseph Corporation skilled nursing facility in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Ed Thome was born on February 22, 1926 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Edward and Rose Frances (Theisen) Thome.  He attended […]

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05/14/2018 11:04 PM
Reverend Raymond Joseph Pedretti

Father Raymond J. Pedretti, at the age of 89 and a priest for 62 years, died Thursday May 10, 2018 at his home on Brice Prairie in the Township of Onalaska. Raymond Joseph Pedretti was born on December 28, 1928 in Genoa, Wisconsin to Albert and Helen (Venner) Pedretti.  He attended Mound Ridge Elementary School […]

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05/08/2018 07:20 PM
May 8, 2018 – Officials

The Most Reverend William Patrick Callahan, D.D., Bishop of La Crosse, makes the following announcements: The Reverend Alan T. Burkhardt, Pastor of St. Anne Parish in Wausau, is also appointed Pastor of the quasi-parish Mary, Mother of Good Help Parish in Wausau, with continued residence at St. Anne Parish rectory in Wausau, effective May 8, […]

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05/07/2018 08:39 PM
Make time to explore your deanery

NOTRE DAME PARISH – 117 ALLEN ST., CHIPPEWA FALLS ST. JOSEPH CHURCH – 719 E PATTEN ST., BOYD ST. PATRICK CHURCH – 322 FULTON ST., EAU CLAIRE Only 12 years have passed since I was first introduced to the Chippewa and Eau Claire deaneries. However, it was here that the seeds of my vocation were […]

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05/03/2018 09:00 AM
Marriage and Children: Not for the Faint of Heart

www.catholicmatch.com/institute/2015/08/marriage-and-children-not-for-the-faint-of-heart In August of 2015, The Catholic Match Institute published an article from the USCCB about the challenges of parenting. We rediscovered it and wanted to share its timeless message with you. Author Tim Roder opens his article reminding us of the obvious fact that parenting and marriage are demanding, challenging vocations. He quote St. […]

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05/02/2018 07:32 PM
Your Community – May 2018

Mary Mother of the Church Chicken Que — La Crosse May 10 | 11a.m. to 6p.m. Mary, Mother of the Church Parish will hold its annual Chicken-Que on Thursday, May 10th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The menu will include a half-chicken, baked potato, coleslaw, homemade beans and a dinner roll. Cost for the […]

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