Welcome

Welcome!
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.

 

Staff

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.)

Office Hours

St. Mary, Portage
Parish Center Hours
Monday- Closed
Tuesday- 9am-4pm
Wednesday- 9am-4pm
Thursday- 9am-4pm
Friday- 9am-4pm

St. Mary, Briggsville
no appointment needed

Homilies

 

 

Alpha Day Session

       

St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception & St. Mary Help of Christians

 Alpha Course - 2018 - Daytime Session

Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that explore the basics of the Christian faith. It involves questions that most people ask at some point in their life like, "What are we here for?" and "What's the purpose in my life?" Alpha is open to anyone and takes place over 11 consecutive weeks. We will begin on Tuesday January 23 and end tentatively on April 3. Each Tuesday we will meet from 9:00-11:00 am in the St. Mary Parish Center Lower Level Meeting Room. 

Date: 01/23/2018 (Tue.)

Time: 9:00am - 11:00am CST

Location: St Mary Parish Center - Lower Level

Click the link below to sign up for the daytime session:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4ea4aa2ba7fa7-alpha2

Alpha Evening Session

     

St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception & St. Mary Help of Christians

Alpha Course - 2018 Evening Session

Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that explore the basics of the Christian faith. It involves questions that most people ask at some point in their life like, "What are we here for?" and "What's the purpose in my life?" Alpha is open to anyone and takes place over 11 consecutive weeks. We will begin on Thursday January 25 and end tentatively on April 12. Each Thursday we will meet from 6:00-8:00 pm in the St. Mary Parish School Cafeteria. 

Date: 01/25/2018 (Thu.)

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm CST

Location: St Mary School Cafeteria

Click the link below to sign up for the evening session:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4ea4aa2ba7fa7-alpha3

Father Gary's Musings and Mystery

Questions and Answers Regarding Mass Intentions

Why offer a Mass Intention for a loved one?  The practice of requesting a Mass to be offered for loved ones, living or deceased, is a beautiful and wonderful, sacred part of our Catholic tradition. It is a special way to remember our faithful departed brothers and sisters.

How do I request a Mass Intention? In our parishes, anyone may request a Mass intention by calling or writing the parish office. Every attempt to honor specific dates will be made.

Do we have to pay for a Mass Intention?  When a Mass intention is made, it is usually accompanied by offering a stipend. In all dioceses in Wisconsin, that stipend is $10.

If I request a Mass intention, does this mean that particular Mass is offered for my loved one or cause? It is important to remember that the primary intention of every Mass is for the redemption of all of God’s people. The “intention” of the Mass listed in the bulletin is merely a way to remind family and friends that one of the intentions of the priest who is presiding will be that person or cause. It is NOT the “intention of the Mass”  nor the intention of everyone at the Mass; it is the intention of the priest as he offers that Mass. That is why it is not announced as such. In fact, everyone is allowed and encouraged to offer their Mass they are attending for a particular person or cause that is close to their heart; this is a way for all parishioners to more fully participate in the Mass and the sacrifice of Christ.

If I ask for the priest to offer a Mass for a particular intention, can others request an intention for that same Mass? Canon law and diocesan policy permits multiple intentions be allowed at two Masses every week to accommodate immediate needs and intentions as long as all parties agree that the intention offered by the priest at  that Mass may be shared. If all parties do not agree to share the priest’s intention for that particular Mass, the first person who requested the date will have his or her request offered at that particular Mass.

Is there a Mass time in our parish dedicated to multiple intentions? In our parishes, beginning March 1, 2018, the 9:30 am Mass on Sunday in Portage and the 8:15 Mass on Wednesdays in Briggsville will be dedicated to multiple intentions, if the need arises.  By requesting either of those particular Mass times, you are agreeing to share the Mass intention of the priest. If you have previously requested one of these Masses for the 2018 calendar year, you will not have to share the intention for that Mass.

Tell me more about stipends. It should be noted that if multiple Masses are said in one day, or multiple stipends are paid, a priest may keep only one stipend ($10) per day. The other stipends are sent to the Diocesan Priest Retirement Fund. If a stipend is paid, the priest is under serious obligation by Canon Law to make sure that a Mass is offered for that person or cause, whether he or any other priest offers the Mass.

I see in the bulletin that each Sunday there is a Mass intention for the “People of the Parish,” what does that mean? A pastor is also obligated by Canon Law to offer one Mass every weekend and every Holy Day of Obligation for his parishioners, often referred to as the “pro populo” Mass.

Featured Ministry

The 2018 Millennium Choir 

 

 

 

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

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

Foundations for Our Future- Capital Campaign Information

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Address

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

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