Your Community – December 2017

This article was posted on: December 5, 2017


The first grade class at St. Mary School in Colby celebrated All Saints Day through a project where they each selected a saint to learn more about. They each learned three facts about their saint and then they dressed up as their saint and presented their facts in front of Church. Front row: Drew Smith—St. Mary; Milly Hebda— St. Juliana Falconieri; Alexis Graff—St. Elizabeth of Hungary; Brayson Wolf—St. Raphael Back row: Grant Weinzatl—St. George; Aden Hanson—St. Nicholas; Taebyn Lieders—St. Therese Martin; Kenadie Schraufnagel—St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Father Joseph Redfern in the back.



PIZZA FOR A CAUSE – Bob Zupancich helps create take-and-bake pizzas and is the organizer for the annual Queen of the Apostles Pizza Fundraiser.Dec. 8  |  8 p.m.– Midnight

National Night of Prayer for Life —Eau Claire
St. Patrick Church
The purpose of this evening is to unite our prayers with Catholics throughout the country in an effort to bring the world back to Christ and to bring an end to abortion.

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Dec. 8
Holy Day of Obligation

Teaching the Way of Love: Choose Charity —Webinar
Dec. 11
You may have heard the saying, “love is love.” But is it? Is all love the same? In God’s plan for human charity, love has many faces. Join Jeff Arrowood and Alice Heinzen, co-authors of the Teaching the Way of Love program, as they describe the various types of love and why you need to know them. To register for this webinar go to: diolc.org/marriage/webinars/

Franciscan Day of Solitude —La Crosse
Dec. 13  |  9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Franciscan Spirituality Center
Spend a day of solitude at the Franciscan Spirituality Center that will give you permission to simply rest and be still during the busyness of the holiday season. Solitude offers us a place to listen to and rest in God. We will gather together as a group to begin and end in prayer, spending the remainder of the day in solitude.


Events at The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe — La Crosse

Feast of Saint Juan Diego
Dec. 9 from 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke will celebrate Holy Mass at 12:15 p.m.
For more information, go to: guadalupeshrine.org/feast-saint-juan-diego

Solemnity of Our Lady of Guadalupe
8:15 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke will celebrate Holy Mass at 12:15 p.m.
For more information, go to: guadalupeshrine.org/solemnity-olg

Go to diolc.org/calendar to see what’s happening in the Diocese of La Crosse or send a message to datebook@diolc.org and share what’s happening at your parish.

Catholic Schools Week

Jan 29-Feb 2

National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation.


4K and 5K teachers, Jenny Spencer (left) and Carrie Dutscheck (right) keep the assembly line moving as they put the toppings on the pizza dough. The pizza fundraiser helps support trips and other expenses for the students throughout the year. Students sell the pizzas beforehand and then pick up the pre-sold pizzas the weekend they are made. This year, the Queen of the Apostles teachers, staff, parents, and volunteers from the parish made over 1,500 pizzas over 2 days.

26th Annual Christmas Cookie Walk
8:30–11 a.m. – St. Lawrence Church Hall

Cookie Walk/Craft Sale
7:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Mary Mother of the Church Parish

(Indoor Christmas Market)
9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe

DEC . 9 –1 0 | E AU CLAIRE
St. Olaf’s 24th Annual PCCW Cookie Walk
Saturday: 10 a.m.–Noon.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m.–Noon.
St. Olaf Catholic Church

DEC . 1 0 –1 4 | NECEDAH
“To Serve is to Reign” Parish Mission
The parish mission will be held each night from 7–8:30 p.m.
St. Francis of Assisi Parish

Taste of Tilden and more!
3:30–6 p.m. or until supplies last
St. Peter Church

Brains and Brawn
Middle School Competition – Aquinas High School
The 25th annual Brains and Brawn Tournament is
an opportunity for Catholic School students in 6th-
8th grade, from across the diocese, to showcase
their talents in basketball (Brawn) or by testing their
knowledge in 6 categories (Brains).

March for Life Pilgrimage — Washington, D.C.
Jan. 17-21, 2017

The March for Life Rally will take place at noon on the grounds of the Washington Monument, near the corner of 15th Street and Constitution Avenue. Following the Rally, the March will begin on Constitution Avenue between 15th and 17th Streets at approximately 1 p.m. To sign up for the pilgrimage contact Chris Rogers, Director of the Youth & Young Adult Ministry at 608.791.2659 or send an email to crogers@diolc.org


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