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

St. Mary, Briggsville
no appointment needed

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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Fr. Gary's Musings and Mystery

Receiving Communion: An Examination of Conscience

March 6, 2018 Anthony Ruff, OSB 


There is more to the mystery of the blessed Eucharist than the human mind can grasp. This examination is not meant to be a burden to consciences, but an opportunity to reflect gratefully from time to time on various aspects of the gift of the Eucharist.

  • While processing to Communion, do I realize that I am journeying toward the “Jerusalem above” to feast with angels and saints, with deceased friends and loved ones, with the entire mystical Body of Christ?
  • Do I recognize those around me as the Body of Christ, and add my voice, however halting, to the processional song that expresses our “union in spirit” and “joy of heart”?
  • Do I bow humbly to the Eucharistic Lord, to the servant of the Lord ministering to me, to the altar on which the Lord’s dying and rising is made present?
  • Does my veneration of the Risen Lord, really present in sacramental sign, open my eyes to the “divine presence” which “we believe is everywhere”?
  • As I eat the “Bread of Life,” do I realize that my own body is a “temple of the Holy Spirit”?
  • As I drink the Precious Blood, do I realize that Christ’s love poured out for me in sacrifice calls me to pour out my life for others?
  • Does this sacred banquet strengthen my yearning for a world in which the poor have enough to eat?
  • Am I grateful that the Eucharist has the “salutary virtue” to “remit the sins I commit daily”?
  • Do I let the Eucharistic Lord still my inner voices ready to speak in judgment of others’ piety and prayer?
  • Am I ready to “go forth in peace, glorifying the Lord by my life”?

by Anthony Ruff, OSB







Stations of the Cross

 Wednesday, March 14 at 5:15 PM in Portage & 7:00 PM in Briggsville

Wednesday, March 21 at 5:15 PM in Portage


Communal Penance

Wednesday, March 14 at 6:00 PM – St. Cecelia Parish in Wisconsin Dells

Wednesday, March 21 at 6:30 PM – Sacred Heart Parish in Reedsburg


 Knights of Columbus Friday Night Fish Fries

Come enjoy great fish and company at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Silver Lake Drive in Portage on Fridays during Lent.

March 16, 23, 30

Cocktails begin at 4:00 PM

Dinner is served from 5:00 – 7:30 PM

Palm Sunday Masses

Saturday, March 24

4:00 PM – Portage

 Sunday, March 25

8:00 AM – Briggsville

9:30 AM – Portage

11:00 AM – Portage


Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Holy Thursday)

Thursday, March 29 at 7:00 PM – Portage


Good Friday

Friday, March 30

12:00 PM – Briggsville

2:00 PM – Portage


Tenebrae Prayer Service

Friday, March 30 at 7:00 PM – Portage


Easter Vigil

Saturday, March 31 at 8:00 PM – Portage


Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 1

7:50 AM – Briggsville

9:30 AM – Portage

11:00 AM - Portage

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Foundations for Our Future- Capital Campaign Information

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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