We are a Catholic parish where people experience Jesus Christ in a way that changes how we live.

This is a place of God’s mercy and hope, where all feel welcomed, loved, forgiven, and encouraged to live out the Good News. Our doors are wide open so that all may enter. These same doors are also wide open so we can go out and share that good news with others.

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Upcoming Events


Couples Date Night

Navigating Holiday Stress   

December 1st

We invite you to take this opportunity this Advent season to nurture your marriage. This is not marital therapy or marriage education. It is an opportunity for married couples to take a “night out” for yourselves, a time to grow in your relationship,a time to re-connect with each other in a way that your many obligations of life don’t often allow.

Couples will be welcomed to come to the 4:00 pm Mass at St. Mary, Portage and then, after Mass, gather at the rectory for “social time”. After a short Happy Hour, followed by a brief discussion and reflection from Fr. Gary on “Navigating Holiday Stress”,couples will be invited to  go out on a date(Remember what that is?)

We’ll offer you some questions for your conversation based upon the presentation.

Though not necessary, your RSVP would be helpful in planning.

Please call the parish office at 742-6998




Frassati Fest is around the corner!

For students in grades 9-12


February will be here before we know it, and with it comes the most epic winter weekend for teens in the Diocese of Madison! Frassati Fest will be held once again at the Kalahari Resort from Friday, February 1 through Sunday, February 3. Here's a handful of things to know about this rockin' weekend...

  • We're excited to announce our keynote speaker! (That's him + his family, above.) Levi Rash is a FOCUS Regional director, husband, dad, and all around super cool, faithful guy. His wife, Stef, is going to join us as the Women's Keynote on Saturday, as well! They're currently residing in Nebraska, but are jazzed to come to visit Wisconsin this winter. Follow his Instagram to get to know him better.
  • Registration is open!! We hope you are excited to begin spreading the word.
  • Parish registration for Frassati Fest is done via Google Docs that we create for your parish.Contact your Youth Minister to sign up.
  • Registration will close on December 1st!

The cost is $225 per student. Fundraising and some financial assistance is available. 

Parish Newsletter

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Video of the Week

Article of the Week

Pope calls on Catholics to pray “to protect the church from the devil” 

September 29, 2018
(CNS photo/Vatican Media)

Today Pope Francis called on Catholics worldwide to pray the rosary during the month of October, asking the Mother of God and St. Michael the Archangel “to protect the church from the devil, that always aims to divide us from God and among ourselves.”

The pope’s appeal to Catholics comes at a moment of great turbulence in his five-year pontificate. Revelations of the sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults by clerics, and their cover-up by cardinals, bishops and religious superiors are publicized in the media in the United States, Germany, Australia, Ireland, Chile and elsewhere. There have also been accusations by a former nuncio, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, that Pope Francis and Vatican officials under his two predecessors covered up cases of abuse.

The Vatican released the pope’s invitation to prayer at noon, Saturday, September 29, the feast of St. Michael the Archangel, who according to the scriptures and tradition is the leader of the army of angels against the forces of Satan in the world.

It said, “Pope Francis has decided to invite all the faithful, of the entire world, to pray the Holy Rosary every day during the Marian month of October, and to join together in prayer and penance, as the people of God, in asking the Holy Mother of God and St. Michael the Archangel to protect the church from the devil, that always aims to divide us from God and among ourselves.”



The press statement revealed that the pope took this decision before his departure for the Baltic States (Sept. 22 to 25), when he met Fréderic Fornos S.J., the international director of the Worldwide Network of Prayer for the Pope. Pope Francis then asked Father Fornos to pass this call to prayer on to Catholics, “inviting them to conclude the recitation of the rosary with the ancient invocation “Under your protection” (Sub Tuum Praesidium), and with the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel, that we be protected and helped in the battle against evil.”

The invocation is an ancient Christian hymn to the Mother of God, dating back to around the 3rd century, and is well known in the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox traditions. The Vatican provided the text of the prayer in Latin and Italian. The English translation is as follows:

We fly to thy protection,
O Holy Mother of God;
do not despise our petitions in our necessities,
but deliver us always from all dangers,
O Glorious and Blessed Virgin. Amen.

The Vatican statement recalled that in a homily on September 11, Pope Francis quoted the first book of Job, and said: “prayer is the weapon against the Great Accuser that ‘goes around the world seeking how to accuse’. Only prayer can defeat him.”

The statement from the Holy See Press Office explained that with this appeal “the Holy Father asked the faithful of the whole world to pray so that the Holy Mother of God places the church under her protective mantle: to preserve her from the attacks of the evil one, the great accuser, and to make her at the same time always ever more aware of the faults, of the errors, of the abuses committed in the present and the past and (to make her) committed to fight without any hesitation so that the evil does not prevail.”

The Vatican said that Pope Francis has also asked that the recital of the rosary should conclude with the prayer written by Leo XIII in 1886. The English translation of the prayer is as follows:

Saint Michael Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil; may God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Pope Francis, for his part, since the beginning of his pontificate, has often spoken about the devil and has constantly reminded people that the devil is ever active, seeking to sow division in the world and in the church. Now that the church is being rocked by the sex abuse crisis and by internal conflict, as the letters of Viganò have demonstrated, the pope says he sees an even greater need for prayer. Hence his appeal to Catholics worldwide to pray fervently during the month of October asking the Mother of God’s and St. Michael the Archangel’s intercession and assistance in protecting the church from the devil.

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.)

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

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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

Catholic News from the USCCB

President of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Makes Statement at Close of Public Sessions; Fall General Assembly, Baltimore Nov. 12-14

BALTIMORE—On the final day of the public sessions of the U.S. Bishops fall general assembly in Baltimore, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston and President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, delivered the following remarks.

Cardinal DiNardo’s full address follows:

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U.S. Bishops Approved “Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love, A Pastoral Letter Against Racism"

BALTIMORE— The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) approved today, during its November General Assembly, the formal statement, “Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love, A Pastoral Letter Against Racism." The full body of bishops approved it by a two-thirds majority vote of 241 to 3 with 1 abstention.

The USCCB Cultural Diversity in the Church Committee, chaired by Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, MSpS, of San Antonio, Texas, spearheaded the letter’s drafting and guided it through the voting process. Bishop Shelton J. Fabre, of Houma-Thibodaux, Chairman of U.S. Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism and Chair of the Sub-committee on African American Affairs within the Cultural Diversity Committee, issued the following statement:

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U.S. Bishops Conduct Canonical Consultation on Cause for Canonization of Sr. Thea Bowman, F.S.P.A.

BALTIMORE— At their annual fall Plenary Assembly in Baltimore, MD, the U.S Bishops participated in a consultation on the cause for sainthood of the Servant of God Sr. Thea Bowman, F.S.P.A.

Bishop Robert P. Deeley, Chairman of the Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance, and Bishop Joseph R. Kopacz, Bishop of Jackson, Mississippi, the petitioner of the cause, facilitated the discussion. By a voice vote, the bishops indicated unanimous support for the advancement of the cause on the diocesan level.

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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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