Celebrating the 175th Anniversary of St. Francis Borgia Parish (1844-2019)

Commemorative Book

Note: Donations and memorials are still being accepted, as the publication schedule is not yet determined.

As part of our upcoming 175th anniversary, a special project is underway to publish a colorful commemorative book about St. Francis Borgia Parish, which will be available for sale. The book will include names of those who make donations toward our 175th anniversary celebration. Donations can be made in the donor’s name(s) or to honor the memory of a loved one. (See “Additional Information” below for deadline and donation details.)

Anniversary Events

Sept. 27, 2019 – Fish Fry and Bingo

The Knights of Columbus sponsored this enjoyable Friday evening of fish fry and bingo, and the Women’s Guild provided desserts. The event was held in the St. Francis Borgia School gym. See photos.

Sept. 28, 2019 – 175th Anniversary Mass at the Historic South Church

Our South Church was built in 1870 and has been called the Jewel of Cedarburg. Holding a 175th Anniversary Mass at the historic stone church was a fitting recognition of its role in our parish history. It was held at 7:30 p.m. as an additional Saturday evening Mass. Former pastor Fr. Ed Wawrzyniakowski concelebrated the Mass.

Oct. 2-3, 2019 – Parish Mission

“Life to the Full: The Transformation of Suffering into Glory”

The focus of this two-night mission was to explore what it means to be human, God’s incredible plan for our humanity, and how Jesus comes into our lives to heal us and free us from all that keeps us hiding in sin, shame, and sorrow. The speakers were Father John Burns and Sister Miriam James Heidland, SOLT. The event was held at the North Church. See the poster for more information about the mission. See photos.

Oct. 5, 2019 – Blessing of pets and animals

Deacon Scott Wiese from St. Joseph Parish in Grafton offered a blessing of pets and animals on Saturday morning, Oct. 5 on the plaza at the North Church. See photos.

Oct. 6, 2019 – 175th Anniversary Mass with Archbishop Jerome Listecki

On Sunday, Oct. 6, Archbishop Listecki joined us at the 10 a.m. Mass at the North Church to celebrate the 175th Anniversary of our parish. Photos will be available soon.

Oct. 6, 2019 – Celebratory Brunch and History Gallery

Following the 10 a.m. 175th Anniversary Mass, our school hosted a celebratory brunch and history gallery. The celebration included a complimentary continental breakfast and gallery exhibits prepared by each grade level that told the history of our parish through our students’ eyes. Students worked on these exhibits throughout the 2018-2019 school year. This event celebrated 175 years and the children’s hard work. Photos of the event will be available soon.

Additional Information – Donations

By making a donation to the 175th anniversary celebration, either in your name(s) or to honor the memory of a loved one, you can help offset the costs of publishing and reduce the price of the commemorative book about our parish. Donors and memorials will be listed in the book to show our gratitude for your generosity. Note: It is still possible to make donations and have names listed in the book; a final deadline will be set when the publication schedule is determined.

  • Checks should be made out to St. Francis Borgia, with 175th in the memo line.
  • We will use the name(s) on the check for the Donors page, unless you request something different.
  • If the donation is a memorial, please enclose a note that says “Memorial” and shows the name that should be listed.
  • Donations can be sent to or dropped off at the parish office or put in the collection basket.
  • Any donations beyond the cost of the book and event will go into the general fund of the parish.