Welcome to St. Mary’s Parish

The Oldest Parish in the Diocese

St. Mary’s Church is closed until further notice.

St. Mary’s Church is located in Lyndon Station, WI. It is known as the Upper Cathedral of the dells. It was built by hundreds of Irish immigrants in 1899, and dedicated on May 8th 1900. St. Mary’s parish began in 1853 as St. Bridget’s Catholic Church. St. Bridget’s was formed in 1853 and was located at the present day St. Mary’s Cemetery; west of Lyndon Station on Highway J. St. Mary’s is the oldest parish in the Diocese of LaCrosse.

We are located just north of the Wisconsin Dells on Interstate 90/94, exit 79.
In the Lyndon Station area, 153 families currently call St. Mary’s their home parish.
On March 1, 2017 our parish welcomed Father Clayton Elmhorst to St. Mary’s.


Whether you’re visiting Lyndon Station, passing through or planning to move here, we welcome you!

Come Visit us This Weekend


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✝ Joseph Rogge
By: Anita Wilcox
† Merlin Marshall
By: Mary Claire Marshall
✝ Benny Ryczek
By: Mark Rudig
✝ Angela Dziewior
By: Godchildren

✝ Merlin Marshall
By: Jerry & Barb Rogge

✝ Parishioners, Memorial Mass
@ the Church
✝ Bridgett Hall
By: Jim & Judy Hall

Upcoming Events

Memorial Mass at Cemetery
May 24th
9:00 a.m.

Joint Parish Council Meeting
May 26th
6:30 p.m.

Pentecost Sunday
May 31st
9:00 a.m.

1st Communion & St. Mary’s Graduation Blessing
June 14th
9:00 a.m.

St. Mary’s Confirmation
Postponed until
further notice.

Diocese of LaCrosse Events
Cancelled until
further notice.



Next weekend, St. Mary’s is open for Business!

Come May 30th, at the 7 p.m. vigil mass of anticipation, we will be operating at 25% capacity. St. Mary’s can comfortably hold 450+ something. We have over 3k square feet at St. Mary’s and we’re going to use every square inch. With that being said, we’re shooting for 100-110 people per mass. This won’t be much different than any normal weekend masses. Saturday vigil mass houses anywhere from 60-100 people, the 9 a.m. houses 120-150 people, and the 1 p.m. holds around 50-80, depending on the time of the year. With that being said, we’re in good shape. We will have signs posted to where we can enter and exit, ushers will be around to help ’usher’ for people who are uncertain; and we will have a very safe and orderly way about cleaning and sanitizing our interior. St. Mary’s will have some mass parts streamlined and simplified. I will give more info and details come Pentecost weekend. Until then just be assured that we’re OPENING SOON!

The Ladies Sodality

I want to make a small correction and thank all our ladies who are working behind the scenes. Several ladies are contributing to the mask-project; many are helping out in many other ways. I just wanted to reach out and say, THANK YOU, Again! For everything, for your generosity, time and talents; from the Ham dinner to now and everything in between. Thank you for supporting our parish and community. Lastly, we received a check from Catholic Financial Insurance Inc. -via through a parish family; who were awarded a $500.00 check, as a contribution for our Floor project. Please give thanks to this wonderful family, and pray for them and Catholic Financial Ins.

First Communion, First Confession and St. Mary’s Graduates!

I’m happy to announce, this year’s First communion and Gradation mass will be held Sunday, June 14th at the 9:00 am mass. We will also be celebrating Corpus Christi. We won’t have any reception or gathering afterwards, but we will honor our first communicants and graduates on June 14th. Also, we’ll be meeting Saturday morning June 13th, at 10:00 am, for first communion practice and first confessions; and give a TY to Carol Cauley!

St. Mary’s Ministries?

The June, July and August Ministry schedules will be postponed until further notice. I appreciate everyone’s patience these past 3 months; especially with the Church, as she shifts back to public ministry. Please observe the emails, Facebook posts & bulletins for relevant info. Thanks to everyone who is helping behind the scenes. Please pray for them, the parish & myself during these times. -Fr. C

Pentecost Novena

Next week Pentecost is coming, and it’s the perfect time to do a Pentecost Novena. Many will pray this powerful novena, from Friday, May 22 to Saturday, May 30. Sunday, May 31, is the great Feast of Pentecost. All one has to do is look up or download the novena online. The Novena Prayer Card and short reading for each of the nine days can be downloaded here: diolc.org/deeper.

So, what about the Children’s Lenten Mite boxes?

Since the suspension of public Masses occurred during Lent, we are aware that the mite box program was affected. We encourage you not to collect the boxes until public Masses are restored. At that time, since they have the potential of being contaminated, we recommend that you follow the specialized internal controls set in place during the pandemic. That is, store them safely in a lockable place without touching them for at least three days. Then the money can be counted and deposited at the parish. Forward the totals to the Mission Office and we will forward the collection to MCA. If you have already gathered the boxes and deposited the funds, no worries. You can forward the totals at any time. As always, if you have any questions, please e-mail or call.

Greetings Family and Friends of St. Mary’s,

At this time with the ever evolving pandemic of Covid-19, I am posting these following recommendations and best practices for St. Mary’s Parish. I urge everyone to

*PLEASE STAY HOME so that you protect yourself, your family, neighbors and friends. As of March 24th, 2020, St. Mary’s Church will still be open during posted business hours. We will also post updates via our Facebook page and the church entrances. As of now the church building will be open most days from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Please follow the guidelines provided by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/outbreaks/index.htm.

Please practice social distancing at all times and be good stewards of everyone’s health. Practice good hand washing and sanitizing, and above all respect the, ‘no more then 10 people’ in the Church building.

We will get through this,

Fr. Clayton