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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Now Hiring

St. Mary School (307 West Cook Street - Portage)

is seeking a full-time (40-hour/week) custodian.

Monday-Friday. Hours on school days are from 12:00 to 8:00pm.

Non-school days the hours are flexible.

Position available June 1.

If interested, please respond in writing or by calling the parish office at: 608-742-6998


St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church is seeking to fill a temporary secretarial position

to assist with a special fundraising campaign.

 The position will run from July to November, approximately 10 to 15 hours per week.

Duties include:  assisting with campaign communications; organizing various meetings and events; tracking enlistment and solicitation assignments and results, campaign commitments, income and expenses; maintenance of campaign records and files and production of various reports.

 Qualified candidates must be computer savvy and have working knowledge of Microsoft Office Products (Word, Excel, Access and Publisher), a pleasing and positive personality and excellent communication skills and should be willing to work a flexible schedule with some evening and weekend work required.

Qualified candidates should send a cover letter and a  resume to Lisa Clemmons at [email protected] or mail to 309. W Cook St., Portage WI  53901 by June 5, 2019.





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Video of the Week

The Diocese of Madison is happy to announce that

Bishop Donald Hying has been named as

5th Bishop of Madison

Click on the picture below to view videos of Bishop Hying’s Messages and Homilies from when he was Bishop in the Diocese of Gary. 

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Article of the Week

Prayer of Thanksgiving

for the Naming of Bishop Donald Hying

as Fifth Bishop of Madison


Risen and Radiant Lord,

your resurrection makes all things new

and renews our faith and hope in you.


We praise you with joyful Alleluias

during this Easter Season

and offer you our sincere gratitude

for calling Bishop Donald Hying

to serve as the fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Madison.

May he lead us as a shepherd

who cares for his flock

and seeks out the lost sheep.


Grant health, strength and wisdom to Bishop Hying

whose family roots lie deep in the heart of our Diocese.

Strengthen the bonds of unity in our Diocese

so that we may serve you as one body.


Purify us in your Sacred Heart

and sustain us in love of God and neighbor,

for your love never fails.

Grant that the faithful of our Diocese

boldly answer your call

to proclaim your name to the ends of the earth

so that we may sing your praises for ever

around your altar in heaven

where you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,

one God for ever and ever.


Prepared by the Diocese of Madison Office of Worship.
The Office of Worship is funded through the generosity of the Annual Catholic Appeal.

Parish Newsletter

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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

Help People Connect with Christ Through the Catholic Communication Campaign, June 1-2

WASHINGTON—The annual collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC) will take place in many dioceses across the United States on the weekend of June 1-2, coinciding with World Communications Day. This annual national appeal supports efforts in the United States and around the world to use the media, internet, and print publications to help people connect with Christ.

“The mission to proclaim the Gospel, entrusted by Jesus to the apostles, has been carried to us today through our baptism. We continue to share the Good News and help one another encounter Christ through all available means - whether it be through the internet, radio, television, or another form of communication,” said Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv., chairman of the USCCB Committee on Communications' Subcommittee on the Catholic Communication Campaign. “Thanks to the generosity of the faithful in the United States, the Catholic Communication Campaign helps people around the world connect with Christ.”

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U.S. Bishops’ Chairmen Respond to U.S. House Vote on Equality Act

WASHINGTON—Five chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have responded to the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the Equality Act (H.R. 5) on May 17, 2019. The Act would add the new terms “sexual orientation” and “gender identity,” as well as “pregnancy […] or a related medical condition,” to the definition of “sex” in federal civil rights laws; expand the types of entities covered under those laws; and exempt itself from the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. Upon the bill’s passage by 236 to 173 in the House, the bishops said:

“Our faith calls us to uphold every individual’s dignity and rights against unjust discrimination – including in employment, housing, and services – regardless of characteristics or background. Rather than offering meaningful protections for individuals, the Equality Act would impose sweeping new norms that negatively impact the unborn, health care, charitable services, schools, personal privacy, athletics, free speech, religious liberties, and parental rights. The Act’s unsound definitions of ‘sex’ and ’gender identity’ would erase women’s distinct, hard-won recognition in federal laws. Its sex-based nondiscrimination terms would end women’s shelters and many single-sex schools. It would close faith-based foster care and adoption agencies that honor children’s rights to a mother and father. The bill would even act as an abortion mandate. We must pursue justice and equality for anyone denied it; but this is a regrettable approach. We are gravely disappointed with the Act’s passage in the U.S. House.”

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Father Luke Ballman Appointed Executive Director of Secretariat for Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations for U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

WASHINGTON—Father Luke Ballman, a priest of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, has been appointed as Executive Director of the U.S. Bishops’ Secretariat for Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations (CCLV). Father Ballman has served as Associate Director of CCLV since July 2016.

The new appointment will take effect December 1, 2019. Monsignor Brian Bransfield, USCCB General Secretary, made the appointment.

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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