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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 Do you have questions about life?

Do you ever wonder why we do what we do as Catholics?

Have you ever wanted to explore our faith in a little more depth?

Now you can!

Journey of Faith Presentations will cover a variety of topics and be presented by various people. Everyone is welcome to attend any of these presentations throughout the year on Wednesday nights from 6- 7 pm in the church OR the school cafeteria. Bring a friend!

Click on the picture above to view all the topics and dates.







On December 8, 1859 Bishop Heni, Bishop of the Milwaukee Diocese, came to Portage to dedicate the new Catholic Parish and Church, St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception. 

A bit of our history: Catholics in this area were initially served by Fr. Samuel Mazzuchelli, gathering in a log structure built by Pierre Pauquette and his wife, Theresa Crelie in 1833 at the corner of Adams and Conant Streets. That church was destroyed by fire in 1840.  A decade later St. Bartholomew Church was constructed on the same site.  Another church was constructed to serve the German immigrants in 1867, but was later deeded to St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish and used as a parish hall and later, as school classrooms until 1956, when it was torn down.
Our current church was enlarged to its current structure in the early 1880's and rededicated.  It was remodeled, again, in the early 1900's and several times since, until its last remodeling in 1972.
Please join us for Mass on Monday, December 9 at 8:15 AM to celebrate our 160th Anniversary and the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.  (Because the Solemnity falls on Sunday of Advent this year, the feast is transferred to Monday, December 9.  The obligation to attend Mass, as Holy Day, does not transfer.)  


Project 2020

Click the image above to view all the informational series of announcements about the upcoming renovation.

Advent Resources

Click on the picture to view resources to help you make this the Best Advent Ever!

A Moment with the Bishop

A Moment with the Bishop - Video Series

(click on image for link to youtube ) 



Parish Newsletter

Click on the image below to read and view the Fall 2019 Parish Newsletter.




Christmas Eve Children’s Choir

We are looking for children (and their parents) to sing and help lead the liturgy on Christmas Eve at 4:00 pm. Anybody who is interested should please fill out the form here.

We are looking for people to sing the Psalm and the Gospel Acclamation, as well as lead the congregation on traditional Christmas Hymns.

All are welcome! 


If you have any questions, please contact Sam Clemmons at [email protected] or call 608-566-5552.





Effective June 1, 2019, the parish office will  be selling Scrip out of the office ONLY on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  If you need to purchase Scrip any other day of the week, you can call the office to place an order or place the order online and we will have it available for you to pick up on either Tuesday or Thursday.

We will also only be placing orders for non-inventory Scrip once per month to cut back on shipping costs.

Please notify all family and friends who purchase Scrip on your behalf of this new policy.

The school will be working on a plan to sell Scrip at weekend Masses.  We will let you know when that process is in place.

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

Click on the image below to view our full calendar.


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

Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Bishop Richard Malone of the Diocese of Buffalo and Appoints the Bishop of Albany as Apostolic Administrator

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Richard J. Malone from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Buffalo and has appointed Most Reverend Edward B. Scharfenberger, Bishop of Albany as the Apostolic Administrator of Buffalo to serve until the installation of a new bishop.

The resignation and appointment were publicized in Washington, D.C. on December 4, 2019, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

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AMENDED RELEASE: Pope Francis Appoints Most Rev. Alberto Rojas as Coadjutor Bishop of San Bernardino

The following press release has been amended to include biographical information for Bishop Rojas that the Holy See provided upon the announcement.

WASHINGTON— Pope Francis has appointed the Most Reverend Alberto Rojas as Coadjutor Bishop of San Bernardino. Bishop Rojas was up until now Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago. The appointment was publicized today in Washington, D.C. by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

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Pope Francis Appoints the Rev. Msgr. Robert McClory as Bishop of Gary

WASHINGTON— Pope Francis has appointed the Reverend Monsignor Robert J. McClory as Bishop of Gary.


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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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