“Building our Faith Together"
We warmly invite you to join us as we celebrate our 175th Church Anniversary with Worship, Praise and Thanksgiving.
Sunday June 5th
Our St. Stephen 175th Anniversary CELEBRATION IS APPROACHING FAST!!!
Here is an update on our 175th celebration activities:
Our RSVP responses have reached capacity, so now, we are only taking “waiting list reservations” by phone to Nick in the office. We ask that everyone already registered, please be courteous to other parishioners if you find that you are not able to attend, that we can then go to the waiting list and extend the invitation to those individuals.
SUNDAY, JUNE 5th Schedule
9:30 AM Registration begins in the Narthex for the Luncheon
10:00 AM Groundbreaking ceremony for our future Bell Tower at the SE area outside the Church (where the old bells were located on the lawn)
10:25 AM Father Robert’s Happy Dance “Burn the Mortgage” ceremony in the sanctuary of the Church.
10:35 AM 175th Celebration Mass begins with Bishop Sklba presiding.
12 NOON Final Registration for Luncheon in Tents outside Commons.
Celebration to include: Live Music, delicious Buffet Luncheon, Bar/beverages, Catholic Trivia with Prizes, Children’s games, Dessert too!
SEE YOU ALL THERE !!!
Click on the images below to download your copy of the Invitation Post Card
SAINT STEPHEN, THE MARTYR, CATHOLIC CHURCH
“Building Our Faith Together for 175 Years” 1847-2022
Currently located at 1441 W. Oakwood Road in Oak Creek, WI, the parish will begin a year-long celebration recognizing 175 years of rich history and tradition. With little to nothing in possessions, those early German pioneers began to rebuild their lives in a new world. Many times, they faced almost-insurmountable-obstacles and difficulties in building their little home Church in what was then called New Coeln. Later, this town would become a part of the City of Milwaukee, with the parish being called the little airport Church.
Faith carried them through two disastrous fires, rebuilding their brick structure each time, always accepting the challenges and hardships of their circumstances. They were strong willed people who were committed to God, country, and family. They worshiped for decades at the airport site until a new Church was built in Oak Creek, WI, in 2009. Today’s Church is a wonderful edifice to God with an awe-inspiring blend of the Old St. Stephen’s wood carved interior furnishings, now blended into a new modern worship space, with air-conditioning for the first time ever.
With this momentous anniversary celebration, comes a great sense of gratitude. Wonderful memories of the family church, the school, the Priests and the religious Sisters who served the parish over the many years, are fondly remembered. A new generation, in the growing demographics of Oak Creek, now holds the church keys endowed to them by past generations.
A parish wide celebration will happen on Sunday, June 5th, 2022 at 10:30 A.M. with many dignitaries and local officials in attendance. The gift of faith and community continues for future generations. See you in the year 2047 for the 200th Anniversary!!!
Church Office: 414-762-0552
Rev. Robert Kacalo: [email protected]
Lynda Trani (Director of Anniversary Planning): [email protected]
Nick Ward: [email protected]
You can also go to the "Building Our Faith Together" photo gallery link below to check out some of the artifacts and interesting historical photos that have been saved throughout the 175 years history of St. Stephen Congregation.
Photos and artifacts will be added frequently. Visit often!