Joseph Club

The Joseph Club is open to all men of the parish and is an avenue for men to participate in spiritual, social, and service activities to enhance our parish, our community, and themselves.

Book Club

St. Mary’s book club meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month in the atrium to discussed an agreed-upon book read in the previous month. Books are chosen by the members for the year and are varied and interesting. The list is posted in the church library. All are welcome. Please come share a book with others and enjoy the discussion. Contact  Angie Cina if you have questions.

Luminaries

The Luminaries is a youth group open to all St. Mary’s young people between the ages of 6th grade through high school. Their mission statement is as follows: To actively live and learn about our Catholic Faith through fellowship with one another. Whether it’s marching for life in Washington D.C., serving the poor in our community, fundraising, or enjoying a movie together, we do all as a witness to Christ’s life in our soul.  If any youth are interested in participating in the youth group or have questions, email Brenda Corr at brendacorr@mwt.net. Please check the bulletin for time, place and description of any upcoming activities. More about Youth Group…

Pro-Life

“Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God and it remains for ever in a special relationship with the Creator, who is its sole end. God alone is the Lord of Life from its beginning until its end: no one can under any circumstance claim for himself the right directly to destroy an innocent human being.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2258)

St. Mary’s has an active pro-life group. Activities for all parishioners include joining with the Diocese on the Pilgrimage for Life in Washington, D.C. every January, Rosary rallies in May and October, and Holy Hour for Life in January. Many resources are available:

Door of Hope Pregnancy and Family Care Center  doorhope@mwt.net

National Catholic Bioethics Center  www.ncbcenter.org

Natural Family Planning  www.dioceseoflacrosse.com (see offices and ministries/Natural Family Planning)

Project Rachel (post abortion help and healing)   www.hopeafterabortion.com

Prolife Wisconsin  www.prolifewisconsin.org

United State Conference of Catholic Bishops  www.usccb.org/prolife

Wisconsin Right to Life  www.wrtl.org

Pax Christi

Grounded in the Gospel and Catholic social teaching, Pax Christi USA (PCUSA) is a membership organization that rejects war, preparation for war, every form of violence and domination, and personal systemic racism. As part of Pax Christi International, PCUSA is a Catholic peace and justice movement that seeks to model the Peace of Christ in witness to the mandate of the nonviolence of the Cross. PCUSA works for a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world through its own efforts and in collaboration with other groups. The St. Mary Parish Chapter of PCUSA in Viroqua was started in 2008. All are invited to participate in monthly meetings held in the Church Atrium at 6 PM as announced in the parish and the bulletin.