The Church's social teaching comprises a body of doctrine, which is articulated as the Church interprets events in the course of history, with the assistance of the Holy Spirit, in the light of the whole of what has been revealed by Jesus Christ. CCC 2422
Central to our identity as Catholics is that we are called to be leaven for transforming the world, agents for bringing about a kingdom of love and justice. Sharing Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions, U.S. Catholic Bishops, 1998.
Our parish community follows the following principles of Catholic Social Teaching: Dignity of the human person; Community of the common good; The needs of the poor; The dignity of work; The acceptance of diversity in the human family; And care for God's creation.
Our parish seeks to serve the community in a number of ways, including the following:
Our parish, in conjunction with Catholic Charities and other churches around the city, supports the La Crosse Warming Center, which provides a warm place from November 1st to April 30th for homeless adults 18 and older. Our parish provides food and staffing one weekend a month. For more information or to sign up, contact Deacon David Allen.
Pro-Life Activities / Birthright / Catholic Charities
We have several food, blanket, coat, and school supply drives throughout the year, as well as support for the mission of Birthright. To find out how you can participate in these events, contact the parish office.
St. Camillus Group
This ministry (named after St. Camillus de Lellis, who founded a religious order dedicated to the care of the sick) visits the homebound and those in nursing homes, bringing them Communion and Christ's love. Contact Deacon David Allen at 608-782-2953 for more information.
This ministry cares for those in sorrow by preparing of serving the meal after a funeral.
Once a month our parish takes a week of mobile meals deliveries to the homebound in our community.
This ministry provides a hot meal to those who are ill, bereaved, or just had a baby and could use a helping hand. Contact the parish office for more information.
Sister Parish in Ifakara, Tanzania
Contact the parish office for more information on how to support our sister parish in Tanzania.
Casa Hogar is a mission of the Diocese of La Crosse and an orphanage for children in Peru. To see how you can be involved and support this work, contact Deacon David Allen.
India – Pay It Forward
Father Peter Raj is from India, and every January he returns to visit his home. We desire to Pay It Forward to the people who are in need there; To find out how you can contribute, contact the parish office.
RCIA, or Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is the program for people interested in learning more about the Catholic faith. If you would like to walk with people on their journey of faith, contact Jennifer Kulzer for more information at 608-385-3459 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Religious Education Catechist
Our Wednesday Religious Education classes for students in the public school system are only possible with the help of volunteer catechists. If you would like to be a catechist for students of any age, please contact Pauline Connell at 608-782-2953 ext. 3 or via email at email@example.com.
Sunday morning classes for children ages 3-5 take place during the 10 am Mass. Contact Pauline Connell if you would like to help.
Other ministry opportunities around the parish