St. John the Baptist
935 Town Street, Prentice, WI
Located in Price County
Year parish was established: 1886
Number of households: 70
Pastor/Parochial Administrator: Fr. Gerald A. Hagen
Weekend Mass schedule: Sunday, 9:30 a.m.
Describe your faith community
St. John the Baptist is a small, close-knit parish. We are a very caring, family-like group. Our members are very involved in the community, whether as members of the Prentice and Ogema Volunteer Fire Departments, Lions Club, snowmobile club, or VFW.
We have a great core group of volunteers who take pride in supporting the church, along with an active CCW, CCD program, music ministry and lay ministry.
“When visitors come to our parish, they will…
… be greeted by parishioners as they enter the church. They will see a cozy, completely remodeled church with a three-stop elevator to make the facilities totally accessible for everyone. We recently finished our new kitchen, which is complete with a dishwasher and all new cabinetry. We are currently working to purchase new blacktop for our parking lot. Beautiful floral arrangements grace our altar each week, provided by a loyal parishioner. We welcome visitors to our parish community and are happy to have them join in our celebration of the Mass. New members are always welcome.”
In what way(s), does your parish proclaim the Gospel with its actions?
Although our parish is small in size, it is very big in heart. Our CCW contributes to many charities and causes.
There is great fellowship during Lent, with our Stations of the Cross and prayer service, followed by a soup supper. We have a Monday evening prayer group and an active prayer shawl ministry.
We are fortunate to enjoy beautiful music each Sunday due to the hard work and talents of our music ministry. Our parishioners are a wonderful group of volunteers who are endlessly generous with their time, talents and treasure.
What is something about your parish most people might not know?
Our church is graced by a beautiful Cross of the Covenants. The cross has four panels to symbolize the key covenants in the Old and New Testaments. The lower panel depicts a rainbow and olive branches representing the covenant through Noah. The left panel displays stars of many shapes and colors representing the covenant God made through Abram. The right panel displays the tablets which Moses received on Mount Sinai, and the top panel displays a dove, a symbol for God’s Holy Spirit. Thirteen varieties of natural wood were used by the creator of this intarsia sculpture created by Sr. Shirley Wagner, FSPA. More recently, a beautiful stained glass window depicting St. John the Baptist was donated by parishioners.