Welcome to the website of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception (Portage) and St. Mary Help of Christians (Briggsville).  As we continue to grow, we welcome new members to explore our many ministries and learn more about each parish. If you are a current member we hope you will find ways to strengthen your faith through worship, Faith Formation opportunities, and parish events.  We encourage you to use this site as an extension of the parish office, providing another way for us to stay connected with one another.

St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception and St. Mary Help of Christians are Catholic parishes within the Diocese of Madison. St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception is located in Portage Wisconsin and St. Mary Help of Christians is located in Briggsville, Wisconsin. Father Gary Krahenbuhl is the pastor of both of these parishes.



Office Hours

St. Mary, Briggsville Parish Office
Phone- 608-981-2282

St. Mary, Portage Parish Center
Phone- 608-742-6998
Monday, 8:00 am-4:00 pm
Tuesday, 8:00 am- 4:00 pm
Wednesday, 8:00 am-4:00 pm
Thursday, 8:00 am-4:00 pm
Friday, 8:00 am-4:00 pm

Mass Times

St. Mary, Briggsville
Weekend Mass Schedule

Sunday, 8:00 am
Weekday Mass Schedule
Wednesday, 8:15 am

St. Mary, Portage
Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday, 4:00 pm
Sunday, 9:30 & 11:00 am
Weekday Mass Schedule
Tuesday, 5:00 pm
Thursday, 8:15 am
Friday, 7:00 am
(on the first Friday of each Month Mass is held at Divine Savior Hospital in Portage.)

Opportunities for Lent

  • Stations of the Cross
    Tivoli at Divine Savior Healthcare, 2805 Hunters Trail
    Friday, March 31— 10:00 am
    St. Mary, Portage Friday, March 31— 12:00 pm

  • Shadow Stations
    St. Mary, Portage Wednesday, April 5— 6:00 pm
    As we reflect upon each station of the Passion of Our Lord, we also endeavor to see our own lives reflected, and remember how Jesus our Lord is with us. Please join us in this special tradition presented by our St. Mary, Portage Faith Formation & School Students in grades 6-12.

  • Individual Reconciliation (Confession)
    St. Mary, Portage
    Saturdays, 9:00– 10:00 am (April 1 & 8)

  • Communal Penance Service
    St. Cecelia, Wisconsin Dells
    Wednesday, April 5— 5:30 & 7:00 pm

  • Adult Faith Formation Lenten Opportunity
    St. Mary, Briggsville—Conversation and Coffee   
    Wednesday, March  29 following 8:15 am Mass

Holy Week Schedule

Holy Thursday, April 13th
St. Mary, Portage—7:00 pm

Good Friday, April 14th
St. Mary, Briggsville— 12:00 pm
St. Mary, Portage— 2:00 pm
St. Mary, Portage— 7:00 pm (Tenebrae Service)

Holy Saturday, April 15th
St. Mary, Portage
Blessing of Easter Baskets— 11:00 am
Easter Vigil Service— 8:00 pm

Easter Sunday, April 16th
St. Mary, Briggsville—7:50 am (please note early start -me)
St. Mary, Portage—9:30 & 11:00 am

Touched Twice United - A Columbia County Community Event

Touched Twice is an opportunity for members of our community who may not be able to afford simple services that the rest of us take for granted, to experience, at no cost, those services at the hands of the providers.  Each community tailors their day to meet the needs of their particular community: simple dentistry, chiropractic services, blood pressure screening, manicures, haircuts, family photos, etc.  A free lunch will also be provided.  St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church (309 West Cook Street) will be hosting the event. 

St. Vincent De Paul, the Portage Food Pantry, Columbia County Health & Human Resources, as well as several other entities from Columbia County will be present to promote the services they offer.  We would also like to provide all participants and volunteers a free hot lunch.

This event will take place at St. Mary, Portage in the School Gymnasium on April 29, 2017. This is a one day event, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.


  • We need volunteers from the community that are willing provide services for the guests.
  • We also need volunteers to help with the following with registration, set-up/take-down, guest advocates, food prep/serving, pre-event coordinators or children’s activities clean-up.

  • On the day of the clinic, we would need volunteers from 9:00 am-3: 00 pm, in two, three hour shifts. 9:00 am-12:00 pm and 12:00-3:00 pm. If you are interested in volunteering or can’t volunteer but would like to give financial support please download a volunteer/support registration form by clicking on the link below.   

Touched Twice Volunteer/Support Registration Form.

For more information please contact Kevin Blau at 742-1300.


Best Fest T-Shirt Design Contest

We are looking for a creative individual, ages PreK-12 gr, to design our t-shirt for the 2017 Best Fest weekend.  The t-shirt design will be used for the Run/Walk t-shirts and t-shirts that will be available for sale throughout the weekend.  We are looking for a design that summarizes what Best Fest represents for our
St. Mary Parish & School Community…Be Creative!
Design should:

  • Be completed on white 8x11 paper (name/gr/phone number included on the back)
  • Include the words:  Best Fest 2017
  • Use colors that stand out (no pencil drawings)
  • Use no more than 4-5 different colors
  • Be submitted to school/parish office by Friday March 31st

Winner receives a $25 gift certificate of their choice from SCRIP & a free t-shirt!
Winners announced Wednesday April 5th

Questions: contact Sarah Kravick @ sjk0812@msn.com



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Fall Alpha Course

We had such a positive response to the Alpha Course currently taking place at St. Mary, Portage we will offer it again in the fall. If you are interested in participating in the fall course please submit your name below. When more details are available and the dates are set we will contact you to see if you are still interested before we post the online sign-up



St. Mary, Portage & St. Mary, Briggsville Calendar of Events

Click on the image below to view our full calendar.

Catholic Herald

Deepen your faith with the Catholic Herald.  Each week the catholic Herald gives its readers a Catholic perspective on national and international news with articles from Catholic News Service.  The Catholic Herald also keeps readers up to date locally with coverage of events happening around the Diocese of Madison. 

Catholic Herald Subscriptions
The Diocese of Madison Catholic Herald is pleased to announce their e-Edition.  No waiting, no recycling and no going to the mailbox.  The e-Edition can be read on your computer, tablet or smart phone.  The cost of the e-edition is $22.00.

You can also get both the e-Edition and the paper copy for $22.00.  Please download the order form by clicking on the link below. Once it is filled out please return it along with your payment to the Parish Center (Portage) or the Parish Office (Briggsville).

Catholic Herald Order Form

St. Mary, Portage Online Donations

You are able to use your credit card to make a one-time or recurring donation to St. Mary, Portage by clicking on the image below.


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The Parish Newsletter


SCRIP Quick Links

Below you find some of the easy links to shopping with SCRIP.  If you need more information please visit the SCRIP page!


View Our St. Mary, Portage "Foundations for Our Future" Video

Foundations for Our Future- Capital Campaign Information

 Please click on the image below for information about our Capital Campaign.

Locate Us- St. Mary, Portage


St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception
307 W. Cook St.
309 W. Cook St. (mailing address)
Portage, WI 53901

St. Mary Help of Christians
N565 County Rd. A
PO Box 127 (mailing address)
Briggsville, WI 53920

Locate Us- St. Mary, Briggsville