are signs of God's love for us. To experience God's gift in each sacrament
requires faith from the person who receives the sacrament. Adults who have not
been baptized and wish to become Christians are welcome to enter the RCIA (Rite
of Christian Initiation of Adults) program in which growth in faith is
encouraged by prayer, worship, community life and study. This program is usually
about a year long. Adults are baptized at Easter.
Adults who have been baptized and wish to become active Catholics are also
usually received into the Church at Easter. The preparation program for adults
already baptized will vary according to the circumstances of each person. The
basic program begins in the early Fall and concludes with Easter. Any adult is
welcome to participate in this program.
The Baptism of children depends on the faith of the parents or guardians of the
children. The child will have to have a personal faith ultimately to benefit
from his Baptism, and the child's best chance to grow in faith is to experience
faith in the lives of his parents.
There are two steps in our program to assist parents to prepare for their
child's Baptism: first, an individual meeting with the priest or deacon, and
second, a group meeting with other parents to discuss the meaning of the
ceremonies surrounding Baptism and the ways to help a child grown in faith.
There is a very close connection between religious faith and
marriage, and the church wants to help people have a truly happy marriage as
well as the inner peace of a life of faith. A marriage has a much greater chance
of success if both partners have a strong religious faith, and a strong marriage
is a great help for continued growth in faith. Consequently the marriage
preparation program includes both religious formation and specifically marriage
concerns. If either of the engaged parties is not a practicing Catholic, study
of religion will be necessary. There are four parts to the specific marriage
preparation; establish each person's freedom to marry, evaluation of the
couple's self-understanding and patterns of communication, participation in a
study of the requirements and reality of marriage, and finally planning the
wedding ceremony. Arrangements must be made at least six months prior to the
Deaths and Funerals
At the time of death our parish will be there for you. No matter
when a person dies please call the rectory; someone from the parish will come to
be with you. Also call the rectory if it looks as though someone may die soon.
Other things on the schedule will be rearranged as necessary to accommodate the
funeral and the needs of the family. We will welcome your wishes regarding Bible
readings, prayers and music for the funeral. The family of the deceased also has
a choice with regard to the kind of wake service - you can have a Bible service
of readings and psalms or the Rosary.
Funeral services on school days are usually scheduled for 11:30 am in order to
provide the opportunity for the family to have a luncheon in Murphy Hall. The
ladies of the P.C.C.W. prepare and serve the food.
St. James the Less
1032 Caledonia Street
La Crosse, WI 54603
(608) 782-7557 - Tel
(608) 796-0086 - Fax
Sunday, 7:30 & 10:00am
Mon. - Fri. 8:15am
Recitation of the Rosary preceding.
Recitation of the Rosary following.
Every Friday from 8:00am
until Benediction at 3:00pm.
8:00am Friday all night until
7:15am Benediction Saturday