7176 Esker Road, Custer, WI 54423

St. Mary's Immaculate Conception 

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UPDATED Letter from the Bishop - Re: Dispensation From Sunday Mass

Regarding the Dispensation from Sunday Mass: After a great deal of consultation among the leadership of the priests and inquiry among a number of God’s people, Bishop Callahan has decided to NOT reimpose the obligation to attend Mass throughout the diocese at this time. This is not to minimize the importance of the communal celebration of the Holy Eucharist. While this is a departure from the decision of the other bishops in Wisconsin, it is not mean spirited. Bishop Callahan is considering the high number of new COVID cases in the diocese, the growing number of congregants, and the ability of safely social-distancing in our churches. These factors create a large number of situations that bring us back to the very reason why the dispensation was issued in the first place. While the obligation remains dispensed, the commandment to keep holy the Sabbath remains. If you are unable to attend Mass or join the Mass on radio, TV, or via the Internet, then please keep the day holy through the reading of scripture, recitation of the Rosary, or other spiritual activities.



Governor Tony Evers has issued an emergency order which includes a statewide mask mandate. From August 1st, all individuals over the age of 5 are required to wear a mask in all enclosed spaces except their personal residence. Bishop William Callahan calls on the Catholic faithful to comply with these regulations, given our reverence for life and human dignity. Face masks/ coverings must be worn by all individuals, 5 years or older, present within all churches, businesses, and office spaces, or attending any function associated with the ministry of the Diocese of La Crosse. Face coverings are required even if you are able to maintain proper social distancing. They must be worn to cover the nose and mouth completely and should not include face shields, mesh masks or masks with holes, openings or vents


                   On May 14th Bishop Callahan announced that, parishes in the Diocese of La Crosse may resume the celebration of Sunday public Masses beginning on May 31st.  Please call the parish office 715-592-4330       each week to sign up for Mass.​   All faithful are still dispensed from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation. We encourage all those who are vulnerable or sick to refrain from  attending  Mass to ensure everyone’s safety.

On July 1st, Bishop Callahan has given permission to resume weekday Masses at 25% capacity.​  Weekday Mass times are Wednesday and Friday at 8:15am.  There is no need to register/ signup to  attend a weekday Mass.                                                                            

St. Mary's I.C. is open Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 9:00am-5:00pm for private prayer.                         

Mass Readings for the Week of October 18th:
Friday: Eph. 4:1–6; Ps. 24; Lk. 12:54–59
Saturday: Eph. 4:7–16; Ps. 122; Lk. 13:1–9
Mass Readings for the Week of October 25th:

Sunday: Ex. 22:20–26; Ps. 18; 1 Thes. 1:5–10; Mt. 22:34–40
Monday: Eph. 4:32–5:8; Ps. 1; Lk. 13:10–17
Tuesday: Eph. 5:21–33; Ps. 128; Lk. 13:18–21
Wednesday: Eph. 2:19–22; Ps. 19; Lk. 6:12–16
Thursday: Eph. 6:10–20; Ps. 144; Lk. 13:31–35
Friday: Phil. 1:1–11; Ps. 111; Lk. 14:1–6
Saturday: Phil. 1:18–26; Ps. 42: Lk. 14:1, 7–11

Find the Mass readings online at: www.usccb.org/bible/readings
                               Watch Sunday Mass on TV on Public Access Cable Channel 984 at Noon 
                                                                                                and 5:30 p.m. Saturday
The Diocese is also offering daily mass at 8 AM. You can stream live on the Diocese Facebook page as well as on their website www.diolc.org/live 


We are returning to the "old" schedule for confessions:  Beginning Oct 22nd
Confessions will be heard on Thursdays at Sacred Heart from 7:30-8:00AM and on Saturdays from 2:45-3:45PM.

Confessions will be heard on Fridays at St. Mary's from 7:30-8:00AM.

Eucharistic Adoration - at St Mary's on First Friday, November 6th from                  9am-3pm.   A sign-up sheet is located on the table in the entrance of the church.  There must be at least one adorer signed up during all hours or                the adoration. 

Parish Mission Statement 
  St. Mary's Parish is a practicing 
Catholic Community providing spiritual, social and educational opportunities 
for all God's people that we may 
deepen our love of God and one another through prayer and deed. 

Mass Schedule

8:15 am Wednesday

8:15 am Friday

10:00 am Sunday  for those who have registered, 715-592-4330


First Fridays 9 am to 3 pm                                


Fridays at St. Mary's  7:30-8:00AM

St. Mary's Immaculate Conception News

Emergency Telephone Number: Please note that Father Guanela's emergency number (715-629-9952) is not Fr. Guanella's cell phone number and should only be used when there is an actual emergency 
(e.g., someone is dying and needs the sacraments or someone has in fact died). When Fr. Guanella is out-of-town, this number may connect to another priest in the area. If you need to reach Fr. Guanella for a 
non-emergency reason, the best way to reach him directly is via e-mail. 

Year of St Joseph

May 1, 2020 – May 1, 2021.

St. Joseph – We need his intercession! Bishop Callahan is inviting all to celebrate a “Year of St. Joseph”. This year marks the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pius IX’s decree naming St. Joseph Patron and Protector of the Universal Church. Several events, prayers, and novenas will be available throughout the year. Please follow the Diocesan website at diolc.org for further information and future events.


Spiritual Communion 

When we are unable to receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist the Church encourages us to make an act of “spiritual communion,” where we unite ourselves to God through prayer. It is a beautiful way to express to God our desire to be united with him when we are unable to complete that union in the reception of Holy Communion.  

Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.  I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

Altar Society


Pastor:                                      Father Alan M. Guanella

Senior Priest in Residence - Father Roy Witucki

Parish Staff

Secretary- Donna Wierzba

Bookkeeper- Diane Wysocki

CCD Coordinator- Jessica Bielen

Custodian- Jeanne Hintz

Maintenance/Grounds Keeping- Josh Genskow

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