The parish offices of St. John the Baptist will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2020.
Prayer for the Fallen
God our creator and sustainer,
today our country brings to our memory
those who have defended this nation in times of trouble.
They have sacrificed their lives to protect our shores
from those who would limit our freedoms
or enslave us to ways that are against your will.
Bring all those who have died in service to our country
into your heavenly presence.
We humbly call down your blessing on those still serving;
grant your heavenly protection to these men and women,
and open your Sacred Heart to give them peace and comfort.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
St. John’s Parish and School want to take this time to share event updates as of May 22, 2020:
- Please see Bishop Callahan Letter & Guidelines for public Masses:
Letter to all faithful May 14 2020
Guidelines for Beginning the Public Celebration of Masses in the Diocese…
- Diocese of La Crosse Webinar regarding returning to Mass:
Returning to Mass Webinar
- Until further notice, there will be no public Masses at St. John the Baptist Church and Holy Family Church. Father Tom will still be celebrating Mass and listed Mass intentions privately in his chapel.
Tentatively, public Masses may resume on Saturday, May 30, 2020, at the usual times. Please call the parish you would like to attend to reserve a spot:
Saturdays, 4 PM at St. John the Baptist Church and 7 PM at Holy Family Church;
Sundays, 9 AM at St. John the Baptist Church and 10:30 AM at Holy Family Church.
Confessions are available before the weekend Masses at normal times.
- St. John’s Church will be open daily from 7:00 am-7:00 pm.
- Bulletins at Holy Family Parish are available in the back rectory porch. The door closest to the garage.
Job Openings at St. John the Baptist School:
PRINCIPAL POSITION 2020
Reminder: Pentecost Novena Dates:
The Pentecost Novena will be prayed from Friday, May 22, through Saturday, May 30.
Sunday, May 31, is the Feast of Pentecost. For the simple Novena Prayer Card, click here.
For the Novena Prayer & additional meditation, Scripture passages, Catechism references, and prayer advice for each of the nine days, click this link.
Attention Families: For two great summer Vacation Bible School programs from Holy Heroes and CatholicBrain that are free and available online, use this link to see the flyer for more information: Free Online VBS Programs
A Year Devoted to St. Joseph: May 1, 2020 – May 1, 2021
On Friday, May 1st, Bishop Callahan began a special year of thanksgiving, petition, and honor to St. Joseph with a special Mass. In case you missed the Mass, you can view it here. In the year ahead, the diocese will offer prayers for his blessings upon our families (Patron Saint of Husbands, Fathers, and Families), our beloved dead (Patron Saint of a Happy Death), and the special needs of our Diocese (Patron Saint of the Universal Church).
As we make our way through the year, several events, prayers and novenas will be available for publication in parish bulletins. It is, of course, painfully obvious for all of us to know that our plans often turn to dust in the midst of possible tragedies and sicknesses that come our way. Please follow the Diocesan website diolc.org/year-of-st-joseph for further information and possible events.
Spiritual Prayer Cards available in church and at the rectory of St. John’s Parish. Please share the prayer with others https://diolc.org/spiritual-communion
Sacred Heart Image
Catholic Artworks have made the Sacred Heart Image available to put in your windows to spread the spirit of Christ during these difficult times.
Sacred_Heart_bw -picture not colored
Sacred_Heart_c – colored picture
Seal The Doorposts! The Divine Mercy
Rest in peace for the following and comfort for the families at this time of loss and sorrow:
+Josephine Yessa~March 20, 2020
+Marcia Wirkus~March 25, 2020
+Lawrence (Butch) Schueller~April 9, 2020
COVID-19 Know the enemy Please read–facts on the COVID-19 Virus
Bishop Callahan’s Decrees concerning Coronavirus (COVID-19):
Click here, Beloved:Finding Happiness in Marriage, for a series on Formed.org for marriage enrichment.
23 of October, Bishop William Callahan’s letter to the faithful regarding Child Sexual Abuse Policy and Procedures of the Diocese of La Crosse
The Revised Green Book: Child Sexual Abuse Policy and Procedures of the Diocese of La Crosse.