St. Mary's School Marathon, Wisconsin, Excellence in Education, Home of the Eagles

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Welcome to St. Mary’s School.  Please take time to browse and discover all the wonderful things happening at St. Mary’s School.


Welcome to St. Mary’s School.  Please take time to browse and discover all the wonderful things happening at St. Mary’s School.

The Wisconsin Tax Deduction for Private School Tuition Expenses information is available here.

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Sycamore: Please login with the directions you received through this link. Any questions, please contact the school office. Thank you. (Sycamore Parent Letter)

Seraphic Adorers of the Child Jesus: Many have asked what Sister Agnes, Sister Anna Maria & Sister Maria Josefina do and what community they belong to. The Seraphic Adorers of the Child Jesus is a new community of comtemplative women in the Diocese of La Crosse, founded on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception 2018, whose members are dedicated to Adoration of our Eucharistic King. To find out more about their community life, click on the title link.

Below is the link to our YouTube Channel. The intention is to record Mass each weekend and post a new video for your viewing by mid-morning on Sunday.  

May 10, 2020: Good news!
  According to Bishop Callahan’s recent letter to the faithful of the Diocese of La Crosse, we will soon be able to celebrate the Holy Mass with a limited number of people in attendance.  Beginning on the weekend of Pentecost, May 30-31, we should be able to open the church for limited attendance at the weekend Mass.  The reason for the limitation is to make sure that health and safety concerns remain as a priority.  We can have about 25% of our church space used which means approximately 140 persons can attend the Mass.  Since a limited number of people can be in the church at any given time, and until such time that we can resume normal attendance, an additional Mass will be offered on Sunday.  (Depending upon the number who are here on Saturday, we could also see an additional Mass).  The Mass schedule for the time being will be as follows:

  • Saturday at 4:00
  • Sunday at 7:00, 8:30 and 10:00

     The additional Sunday Mass is experimental and will be temporary.  We can hope for a day in the not-too-distant future when we will be able to celebrate the Mass with a full assembly once again and return to our normal time schedule.  But for now we will rejoice in the fact that the Mass can  be celebrated with our parish family.  The Mass itself will have certain restrictions.  For example, we will not use hymnals, every other pew will be cordoned off and not used, social distancing will be enforced, etc.  Each parish is required to have certain supplies available.  Everyone will enter from the Market Street side of church and leave by the parking lot exit.  Those who come to Mass will be required to sign in – which will assist to provide contact tracing in the event that someone would contract the virus.  These precautions will become routine after awhile but initially it may take some time to accommodate ourselves to these measures.

     What about refraining from attending Mass if you are still concerned about the virus?  Those who are at-risk because of age or underlying illness are encouraged to remain at home.  In other words, Bishop Callahan has continued to grant a dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass.  If you choose not to come to the Sunday Mass for the time being, the dispensation given by the Bishop removes the penalty of sin.  However, we must still keep holy the Lord’s Day (the Third Commandment).  If you choose not to attend the Sunday Mass, please watch a televised Mass or one that is live-streamed.  Sunday is also a good day to spend time in extra prayer and perhaps some spiritual reading – like reading from the Bible.

     All in all, we are moving in the right direction.  With God’s grace and with good effort on the part of many, we are seeing continued improvements.  God bless us all.

May 15, 2020: During the month of May it is a tradition in the Catholic Church to honor our Blessed Mother.  In whatever way that allows you to do that, please give it serious consideration.  This month we also give special honor to Saint Joseph, the pure and chaste spouse of Mary.  He also deserves to be honored in whatever way we find suitable.  

In this month of May the Pope has also asked us to remember a special intention.  He asks us to pray for our deacons so that they will be faithful to proclaiming the Word of God and in giving service to the poor.  The Diocese of La Crosse is fortunate to have many good and holy deacons, and here at Saint Mary’s we are blessed to have two very fine deacons, Deacon Bryan Hilts and Deacon John Bourke.  Their presence and their service to the parish has enriched our lives and we are the better for it.  Please pray for them and ask God to bless them in their lives and in the ministry they offer.  

As we think about deacons I would also add that Gordy Ruplinger will be ordained as a permanent deacon on June 23rd.  He is completing the course of studies in preparation for ordination and upon the recommendation of those who guided his formation, Bishop Callahan has approved Gordy for ordination.  This is an honor for Gordy and also for our parish.  

As a final thought, may I ask you also to remember in prayer those who are graduating.  This is a graduation year that will go down in the history books since most graduations are taking on a new form and shape due to the COVID-19.  

We’re getting closer day by day to the time when restrictions will be lessened and perhaps eventually lifted.  As a matter of fact, Bishop Callahan sent a letter which you will be able to read on the diocesan website indicating that if certain conditions are met, our parishes can resume the celebration of the Holy Mass beginning on Pentecost Sunday.  Stay tuned – more information will be forthcoming.  God bless all of you and your families as we continue toward that day when we can celebrate together once again.  In the meantime, stay safe and well. Father Joe

March 20, 2020 10:10am:  With the ever changing COVID19 virus, the best advice I can give you now is to STAY HOME. The Adoration Chapel will be closed until further notice at 5:00 pm today. All are encouraged to continue to pray at home.  As of right now the church will remain open during the day for those who wish to pray.  The Blessed Sacrament will be in the tabernacle. The opportunity to receive Holy Communion will still be available at the time mentioned in Procedure for Prayer below.

March 20, 2020 : At this time and with the ever evolving pandemic of Covid-19, Fr. Joe, our pastor, has asked me to share with you to do the recommended best practices during this time - PLEASE stay home so that you protect yourself, protect your family, protect your neighbors and friends.  

Please follow the guidelines provided by Wisconsin Department of Health Services:

March 19: Information from Father Joe (11:10am)
March 18: Procedure for Prayer at St. Mary's (10:45am)
March 17: COVID19 UPDATE (7:50pm)
March 17: COVID19 UPDATE (9:53am)

Father Joe's talk before weekend Masses. Please read.


  • Diocese of La Crosse Awards: Congratulations to Mrs. Hahn, Educational Interventionist - Support Staff of the Year Award, Mrs. Kind, First Grade - Elementary Teacher of the Year, and Mrs. Lang, Secretary - Holy Family Award. St. Mary's is proud to have received three of the seven awards given out by the diocese each year.

  • Honor Roll: Congratulations to our Honor Roll students.

  • Parade: The Marathon School District faculty and staff had a parade around town to say "hello" to their students and families. It was great to see families with signs come out to see everyone. We are stronger together.

  • Sidewalk Chalk: Thank you to Mrs. Hahn, Mrs. Drexler, Elsa and Lucy Hahn for the inspirational messages on the sidewalks in front of school and the windows to school.

  • Stations of the Cross: God provided a beautiful afternoon for families to pray the Stations of the Cross while walking through the woods at St. Anthony's Spirituality Center. After praying the Stations we were treated to a delicious bowl of chili and hot chocolate. Thank you to St. Anthony's for providing this opportunity for us and to Suzanne Martin for the making the chili.

  • Dr. Seuss: Celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss involved the whole school. Mrs. Novak drew banners and students colored them. Then to celebrate "Read Across America" day the 7th and 8th grade students read the many books of Dr. Seuss to the littles.

  • Mission Carnival: Students had a lot of fun at the Mission Carnival, which is held each year just before Lent. The carnival brought in a profit of $1697 which will be divided up between our sister parish in Bolivia and the Casa Hogar Juan Pablo II orphanage. Thank you to all parents and grandparents who donated prizes, soda and baked goods to help make this a wonderful success.

  • 100th Day of School: Kindergarten and first grade were all a buzz on the 100th day of school. There were 100's of items brought in to help celebrate the day.

  • Square Dancing: Students always enjoy the Square Dancing unit in phy. ed. class. Thank you to Dominic Gruetzmacher, for teaching the students this form of dance. Dominic is a square dance caller and enjoys sharing the love of square dancing with our students.

  • Breakfast at St. Mary's: Bringing generations together is a beautiful display of kindness, love and friendship. The senior citizens played Bingo with our first graders after Mass while enjoying fresh homemade cinnamon rolls, coffee and juice. There were smiles all around. Thank you to Home and School for sponsoring this heartwarming event and to Suzie Martin, Kaci Sessions, and Beth Altenhofen for baking and serving our guests.

  • Maddy Fundraiser: When a child is suffers from leukemia, the whole community gets helps out. Since Maddy was diagnosed in June of 2019, prayers continued daily, but on Friday, February 7th, Maddy and her family received a financial boost at an all school assembly. This was a promise made to Maddy by Mrs. Lang, the school secretary, that if she raised at least $2,000 Maddy could shave her head. There was much to celebrate, as the fundraiser brought in over $34,000 to help with Maddy's medical expenses. Thank you to all who donated to make this an amazing event.

  • Children's Museum: During Catholic School's Week the 4K, 5K and 1st graders took a field trip to the Central Wisconsin Children's Museum in Stevens Point. They had a wonderful time exploring and using their imagination.

  • Grandparent's Day: We welcomed our grandparents to celebrate Mass with us and then join us in the gym for cookies, bars and coffee. While they enjoyed the treats students entertained them. What a blessing our grandparents are!

  • Parent's Night: Basketball players take time to recognize and thank their parents for giving them the opportunity to participate in a sport they love.

  • Q2 Wrap Up: It's great to recognize student success. At the Q2 Wrap Up students were recognized for making the honor roll and for their success in Accelerated Reader, Rocket Math and the Spelling Bee. This was also a send off for our Brains and Brawn Teams as they prepared to compete at the diocesan level. Congratulations to all who were recognized.

  • Roller Skating: Let's get this week rollin'...As part of our Catholic School's Week celebration second through eighth graders spent the morning and afternoon roller skating at Melody Gardens in Marshfield. Thank you to Fischer Transportation and Home and School for sponsoring the transportation to this fun event.

  • Brains and Brawn Tournament: Three teams traveled to La Crosse for the annual Brains and Brawns Tournament. Academic and boys and girls basketball teams throughout the diocese competed against each other with the hopes of coming home victorious. We are proud of all three teams and excited for the girls' basketball team, who brought home the Sportsmanship Trophy. This is the trophy we strive to bring home each year. Great memories were made and each team represented St. Mary's very well.

    Link to Past Events

Don't forget to pick up your Scrip for all your shopping needs! You may purchase Scrip after weekend liturgies or any school day in the office. (On line order form available under Parents' Page/Forms.)

The RStore and Marathon School District Endowment Fun have teamed up to raise money for the endowment fund. (See details)

The Marathon School District Foundation supports our local school district by giving scholarships to students, grants for teachers, and holding the “making a difference” program for all the teachers and staff in our school district.  Our mission statement:  "To provide all Marathon students & those dedicated to education with opportunities to achieve continued educational excellence." (Link)