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Stations of the Cross

During the Lenten season we will pray the Stations of the cross 30 minutes prior to all masses on Saturday afternoon and Sunday.

What is Lent?

Lent is the forty day period before Easter, excluding Sundays, beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending on the evening of Maundy Thursday, making way for the celebration of the ‘Triduum’, the three most important days of the Church’s year: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter.  In the scriptures forty days is a traditional period of time for discipline, devotion and preparation as we see, for instance, in the Gospels when Jesus goes into the wilderness to prepare for his ministry. The early Church soon set aside the days before Easter as a time for preparing candidates for their baptism and for encouraging Christian people to pray, to give charitably and to fast. It is a fact that Christians have not always been as disciplined in such ways as people of the other faiths, but many are now reclaiming the spiritual insights and benefits of using Lent properly to discover God and self, more deeply. So, what can we do this Lent? Worship: Why not consider going to a weekday Mass? Lent may be a time for you to take worship a little more seriously during your working week.


Abstinence from meat 

Observed on Fridays of  Lent and Good Friday

Applies to all persons 14 and older


Observed Good Friday

Applies to all persons ages 18 to 59

One full meatless meal per day and two small meatless meals sufficient to maintain strength but do not equal a full meal

Liquids, including milk and fruit juice, are permitted

If health or ability to work is affected, fasting is not recommended

Private, self-imposed observance of fasting on Lenten weekdays is encouraged

Parents should ensure that children who are not bound by the laws of fasting and abstinence are taught  an authentic sense of penance, conversion, and reconciliation


Safe Haven Sunday—Equipping the Family: Having Critical Conversations

A Big Thank You to Everyone Who Helped Make Safe Haven Sunday a Success! Thank you also to the parish community for your openness to the topic of pornography awareness and internet safety. Safe Haven Sunday provided us with the opportunity to give focused time and resources to address the harmfulness of pornography and other online threats to marriage and family life. Even though Safe Haven Sunday is over for this year, our efforts to support you in making your homes safe havens will continue. We invite you to stay informed at and learn more about how to protect and guide your family in the internet age.

Confessions on the April 2nd in Blanchardville

As we have begun season of Lent already and it’s really an appropriate time for all of us to realize and recognize where we stand before God. Hence, let’s all make use of the opportunity of the sacrament of Confessions for our parish on April the 2nd, Thursday at 6.30 pm in Blanchardville. There will be four priests assisting for confessions.  I invite you all to come and participate in the communal penance, followed by confessions.


Welcome to our Bishop Donald Hying

Bishop Hying is coming to our Parish St. Isidore.  We are all very happy to have our bishop and are all looking forward to His visit. He will be offering Holy Mass for the parish on April 26 at 10.30am in Hollandale, St. Patrick’s Church, followed by felicitations and luncheon for the Bishop   Note that there is no 8:15 mass in Argyle on April 26th. 

Found – A pair of pierced earrings at St. Pat’s.  Call Ann Johnsrud, 967 2265 if you are missing them.

Offertory Envelopes for 2020 are in the back of Church.

If you have any questions, or comments, please contact

Lisa Sikora at or 523-4071.

Diaper Drive

There is a diaper drive for the Women’s Care Center . There are boxes in the back of each church until the end of January.


Argyle Food Pantry

The Argyle Food Pantry is always looking for donations. Non-perishable food that is not expired can be left in the basket in the foyer at St. Joe's. There is always a need for canned goods, dry goods, breads, and personal toiletries. St. Joe volunteers staff the food pantry in October and April. Thank you for your generosity.

Found – A pair of pierced earrings at St. Pat’s.  Call Ann Johnsrud, 967 2265 if you are missing them.

Annual Catholic Appeal – Thanks a Million

Last weekend was the commitment weekend for the Annual Catholic Appeal all over the diocese of Madison.  I thank you all for supporting the annual appeal 2020 and for your prompt response through your pledge that you gave last weekend or through the mail.  In case you haven’t pledged or missed it, there are envelopes at the back of church.  Thank you one and all for supporting generously for the annual appeal and your kindness.  God bless you all

Food For Thought


No Room for a Farmer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous

    In the late 1700s, the manager of a large hotel in Baltimore refused lodging to a man dressed like a farmer. He turned the farmer away because he thought this fellow’s shabby appearance would discredit the reputation of his distinguished hotel guests. The man picked up his bag and left without saying a further word to anyone.  Later that evening, the innkeeper discovered that he had turned away none other than the Vice President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson! Immediately, the manager sent a note of apology to the famed patriot, asking him to come back and be his guest in the hotel. Jefferson replied by instructing the messenger as follows, “Tell him I have already reserved a room. I value his good intentions highly but if he has no room for a common American farmer, then he has no room for the Vice President of the United States.”   How often have you been so blind that you’ve pushed people aside because you disregarded their humble circumstances? They may seem to have so little to offer you in return, but, remember, we are exhorted to show a little kindness to the least of these.

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Pray For!

Lois Gifford, Gloria Marhol, Paul Davis, Gerald Norton, Dean Flannery, Dennis Bartow, Betsy  Gavigan, Sue Beckman, Dan Tracy, Larry Murphy, Russell Moen, Rose Silver, Trina Williams, Jack Smith, Scarlett Rae Wyss, Sean Leary, Jerry Sigg, Julia Arneson, George Stettler, Duane Nelson, Kim Furner, Sonja Wire, Pat Flannery, Jeff Penniston, Ritchie Snyder, Hattie Clark, Kane Burton, Mary Jane Yedinak, Ann Kelly ,Tim Sutter, Kim Hartman,Riley Sigg,Walter “Doug” Chrism,Maggie Hillson,Caden Thiel,Sophie Kollasch,Teresa Swenson,Maureen Burns,Carol Tourdot,Roger Tourdot,Max Fox, Bob  Ihm, Debbie Coffey, Hank Frankowski, Mark Garvey, Duane Nelson, Mary James

Around the Diocese 


Apostolate to the Handicapped WISC-TV Channel 3, Sundays at 6:00am and Channel 3.2 at 7:00am.



Mass in Spanish is now offered at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Darlington, Wisconsin every weekend on Sunday at 6:00 p.m.  This replaces the Mass that was offered in Mineral Point.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

March 14-15, 2020

“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst.”  Let Jesus fill your thirst for a blessed marriage.  Participate in the next Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend on April 17-19 in Brookfield, WI; June 26-28 in Rockford, IL or Sept. 11-13 in Geneva, IL.

For more info go to: or call (888) 574-5653.

Para un fin de semana en español por favor llamen a Candelario y Emilia al 815-375-4250. 

March 21-22, 2020

“The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall Want.”  Let the Lord be the shephers of your marriage.  Attend a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend on April 17-19 in Brookfield, WI; June 26-28 in Rockford, IL or Sept. 11-13 in Geneva, IL.

Visit our website at: or call (888) 574-5653. 

Para un fin de semana en español por favor llamen a Candelario y Emilia al 815-375-4250. 


KCs Now Have Tables/Chairs/Tents for Rent

For Rent: The KCs now have 8 tables and 72 chairs that are available for rent.  These will go along with he 3 tents they already rent out. Any of these can be rented for birthday parties, graduations, First Communions, picnics,  Confirmations, garage sales, a sales presentation, weddings, shade on a hot summer event, or any other thing you might need any of these items for.  Contact Gary Gruenenfelder 214-6743  

Looking for Volunteers for Escort and Driving Seniors, Adults with Disabilities to Medical Appointments, etc.

Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Southwestern Wisconsin and their Lafayette County Office, along with Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program (SWCAP) LIFT offer various transportation services, one of which is a volunteer escort program, where volunteers drive seniors and adults with disabilities to medical appointments or other purposes as needed.  If people are interested in learning more about volunteer driving, they can attend an informational meeting and dinner on Monday, November 11 at The Burg restaurant in Shullsburg, WI. The meeting will start at 5:30PM and end by 7:30. Information will be presented on the impact volunteers make in Lafayette County along with information about the volunteer driver programs, the application process and current volunteer drivers' experiences. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.  If people are unable to attend the meeting but want to learn more, they can contact us at 608-348-5055 or

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID - Youth 8-hour Course

Friday, March 20, 2020

Registration 7:30 a.m. – 8 a.m.

Training 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Lunch provided)

Senior Resource Center

206 E. Stephenson St. Freeport, IL 61032


To register, please mail completed form with $25 check made payable to Monroe Clinic: Tammie Jamiska

Community Outreach Specialist Monroe Clinic/SSM Health

515 22nd Ave. Monroe, WI 53566

Questions? Call Tammie @ 608-324-2639 or email


St. Isidore Parish can always use more Eucharistic Ministers.

Our diocesan’s upcoming workshops.

1.      At the Hour of Our Death: Preparing Your Catholic Funeral. This has been one of our more popular workshops. Each participant receives a workbook called “Now and at the Hour of Our Death” which includes information regarding the Order of Christian Funerals and room for detailed notes regarding one’s own funeral. In addition to the flyer, a bulletin announcement is attached, which I hope you can publish.

2.      EMHC & Lector Workshops. Flyers are attached. Please share them with the appropriate people.

3.      Praying the Mass with Abbot Rooney Series. Please share with your parishioners. People may attend one or multiple sessions.

I’ve also included our calendar of October Saints. This is part of our ongoing effort to help people “live the liturgy” in their homes and workplaces.


St Patrick & Immaculate Conception




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