December 24, 2016
Six Christmas Masses were celebrated at St. Francis Borgia in 2016, starting Christmas Eve afternoon and ending late morning Christmas Day. Both churches were beautifully decorated for the season. The photos in this gallery were taken at the 3:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass at the North Church. The Youth Choir provided a concert before the Mass. Click to view gallery.
December 11, 2016 On Sunday, December 11, more than 20 SFB Troop 3802 scouts, leaders, parents and siblings brought a little holiday cheer to the residents at the Lasata Senior Living Complex. The boys led the traditional singing of Christmas carols, and shared their repertoire of corny jokes. The best and most touching part of the afternoon was when the kids sat beside the residents and visited as they made Christmas cards together. Colorful stickers, markers and other decorations were spread across the tables. More important, smiles and hugs filled the room. Click to view gallery.
December 3-4, 2016 The annual Women’s Guild Bake Sale was held the weekend of Dec. 3-4, and again it was a great success. Parishioners and the general community were invited, and they bought all the cookies, candy, bread and bakery available. Proceeds from the sale are used to support Women’s Guild programs and to make donations toward groups who help the needy. Those who came down for the bake sale also found a huge assortment of religious gifts from our Divine Gifts shop. There were also opportunities to support our Uganda Twinning ministry, which offered many handmade products as well as donation cards. Click to view gallery.
October 24, 2016
On Monday, October 24, Fr. Carlos Martins—an expert in the study of Relics of Saints—addressed St. Francis Borgia parishioners and visitors with a beautiful explanation of why relics are part of church teaching as well as biblical references to them. After the presentation, 300 people spanning many generations processed to the church hall to venerate nearly 150 certified relics. Rosaries, prayer cards, medals, scapulars and other objects were touched to the reliquaries which in turn makes these objects third-class relics. For more than two hours, the hall was virtually silent as young and old alike viewed, held and learned about some of the most influential saints of all time. Click to view gallery.
June 25-26, 2016 On June 25-26, our new Associate Pastor, Fr. Patrick Burns, concelebrated the Saturday evening and Sunday Masses with Pastor Fr. Tom Eichenberger. Fr. Patrick, who grew up in Mequon, was ordained a priest in May 2013 by Archbishop Jerome Listecki. He served his first three years as an associate pastor at St. Charles Parish in Hartland. In his homily, Fr. Patrick expressed appreciation for the opportunity to serve the parish and described the historic south church as the “crown of downtown Cedarburg.” We feel blessed to have Fr. Patrick at St. Francis Borgia as our associate pastor. Parishioners had a chance to meet him at the receptions held after all the Masses. Click to view gallery.
May 17, 2016Boy Scouts from St. Francis Borgia Parish Pack 3802 finished the year with an advancement ceremony on the parish grounds. On Tuesday, May 17, scouts and their family members enjoyed a cool evening around a roaring bonfire, roasting marshmallows and playing games. The colors were presented, the Pledge of Allegiance was recited, prayer was offered and special scouting achievements were honored. Click to view gallery.
March 5, 2016 As part of First Eucharist preparation, SFB First Communicants and their parents attend a First Eucharist Afternoon of Reflection during Lent. This is a time to pull together all of the information learned about First Communion. Activities include puzzles and games, video clips, baking bread and touring the church. The afternoon ends with the children taking the bread they made and “breaking it” with their parent(s) or special adult. Click to view gallery.
February 17, 2016
St. Francis Borgia parish was blessed to have a visit from singer/storyteller ValLimar Jansen on Wednesday evening, Feb. 17 at the North Church. ValLimar delighted those of all ages with her engaging presentation. Blessed with an extraordinary voice, she is a highly regarded singer, storyteller and recording artist. She is internationally known for her inspirational presentations and engaging audiences with vibrant Scripture stories. This was a Year of Mercy event. Click to view gallery.
January 30, 2016
The parish-sponsored Boy Scout Troop 3802 held its annual Pinewood Derby in the Church Hall on Saturday, January 30. Scouts and their family members enjoyed an afternoon racing masterfully sculpted cars, discussing Pinewood Derby speed tricks, relishing the joys of victory and languishing in the agony of defeat! More than 30 cars were entered in the annual event and a great time was had by all. Click to view gallery.
January 22, 2016
On Friday, January 22, pro-life advocates from across the Archdiocese of Milwaukee joined together in prayer on the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki celebrated Mass at St. Francis Borgia parish in Cedarburg with priests from various parishes in southeastern Wisconsin, including our own Fr. Justin Lopina. The evening commenced with a rosary and concluded with a gathering in the church hall. The sounds of infant voices throughout the Mass made the message of the evening poignant, yet joyful at the same time. After Mass, many visitors from neighboring parishes commented on the beauty of the liturgy, music and choir. Click to view gallery.
October 3 – October 18, 2015
In October 2015, St. Francis Borgia welcomed four visitors from St. Paul the Apostle parish in Mukono, Uganda. The two parishes have enjoyed a twinning relationship since the year 2000. The visitors included Fr. Paul Ssebitoogo, Frank Njuba, Proscova (Prossy) Kkonde and Christine Nandugga. During their time with us, they were able to experience our parish, Cedarburg, and the greater Milwaukee community. The SFB Twinning Committee coordinated activities, and many members extended hospitality to our guests. Click to view gallery.
August 9, 2015
More than 700 people attended the dedication of the Education & Activity Center on Sunday, August 9, with Archbishop Jerome Listecki blessing the gymnasium and all the classrooms. Click to view gallery.
July 9, 2015
It was a full house on Thursday, July 9 when our That Man Is You group invited men of all ages for a fun-filled evening. Following a cookout supper, the group heard from parishioner Wayne Larrivee, voice of Green Bay football, about the role faith plays in the life of an athlete – and stories about the Packers. Click to view gallery.
October 21, 2014On Tuesday evening, October 21, young adults from Ozaukee County came to St. Francis Borgia-North to attend “An Evening With the Saints.” There they were “introduced” to the statues of the saints arranged along the pillars in the Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Divine Word. It was a beautiful night to view the dramatic lighted images of the saints, and to hear the narratives of their lives. Afterwards there was some social time in the Parish Center to meet each other and talk about the saints. Click to view gallery.
August 10, 2014The groundbreaking for our new Education & Activity Center was a wonderful and memorable event. It was held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 10, during the parish festival/picnic. Several hundred persons walked a mulched trail from the festival area on the church grounds to an area of cleared expansive farmland north of the church, where a stage and gold shovels stood waiting. This was an emotional and happy event for the parish. The new Education & Activity Center will be a blessing and dream come true. From the speeches, to the music of the youth, to Father Tom’s demonstration of the earth moving equipment, the event was well received by those in attendance. Fr. Tom, Father Justin, and Fr. Ed blessed the site. The contractor CD Smith was expected to begin the project the following week. Click to view gallery.
August 10, 2014Sunday, August 10, was a picture-perfect day for our parish festival/picnic, held on the grounds of the north church. As is evident in the photos, the festival was a fun event for children of all ages. Fr. Justin Lopina entertained the crowd with his juggling, and the Uganda Twinning booth offered handmade crafts from East Africa. An appreciative audience enjoyed the food and beverages served in the main tent, while they listened to music by parishioner groups. This included local entertainer and parishioner Vic DiCristo with his band “The Generation Gap.” Other activities included a pancake breakfast, book sale, silent auction, bingo, and a raffle. An exciting feature of this year’s festival was the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Education & Activity Center. Pictures from that event are provided as a separate Photo Gallery item. Click to view gallery.
June 22, 2014
On Sunday, June 22, the Cedarburg/Grafton Knights of Columbus sponsored a “Silver Rose” prayer service for the unborn. Auxiliary Bishop Donald Hying presided at this pro-life gathering at the historic St. Francis Borgia south church. The Silver Rose carried in the prayer service was one of six traveling through Canada and the United States to Mexico, in honor of our Lady of Guadalupe. Erik Stanton, our Knights of Columbus Chancellor, presented the Silver Rose in the processional. His son, Ladd Stanton was the youth runner. The Silver Rose program began in 1960 and was expanded in 2001 by Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, who said, “Through it we honor not only Our Lady of Guadalupe … but we also reaffirm the Order’s dedication to the sanctity of human life.… As we think in terms of ‘One Life, One Rose,’ it is most appropriate that we turn to Our Lady of Guadalupe who made known her will through Juan Diego and the miracle of the roses.” Click to view gallery.
June 15, 2014
On Sunday, June 15, at 9 a.m., Fr. Justin Lopina presided at his first Mass at St. Francis Borgia as our new associate pastor. Fr. Justin came to St. Francis Borgia in 2010 as a pastoral intern from St. Francis de Sales Seminary. In April 2013 he was ordained a deacon and continued serving our parish. Fr. Justin was ordained a priest on May 17, 2014. We are thrilled that his first assignment is as associate pastor right here at St. Francis Borgia.Click to view gallery.
After the June 14-15 Masses, parishioners said farewell to Fr. Yamid Blanco, who was our associate pastor for the last two years. Fr. Yamid will be missed and will be remembered as a very caring priest who always gave hugs when greeting people after Mass. He will also be remembered for carrying every baby he baptized all through the church, and always smiling. Fr. Yamid’s new assignment is at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Burlington, WI, ministering to three parishes with large Anglo and Hispanic communities. Click to view gallery.
March 2, 2014 On Sunday, March 2, Auxiliary Bishop Donald Hying celebrated the 9 a.m. Mass with us. It was an honor to have him. He told us that St. Francis Borgia is known as a very vibrant parish in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Click to view gallery.
March 2, 2014 On Sunday, March 2, 47 parishioners went on a pre-Lenten pilgrimage. The pilgrims traveled to Chicago and toured St. John Cantius church, where they attended Mass. St. John Cantius is one of the patron saints of Poland and St. John Paul II had a particular devotion to him. The pilgrims also went to Marytown in Libertyville, IL, which is the National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe, who offered his life for another prisoner at the Auschwitz death camp. The pilgrims viewed a video on St. Maximilian, toured the Kolbe museum, and then consecrated themselves to the Blessed Virgin Mary. By traveling on a rented coach bus, the pilgrims could pray the rosary together, and watch a DVD about the restoration of St. John Cantius church. They also watched DVDs by Fr. Michael Gaitley. The genesis for this trip was from the “That Man is You” parishioner group. Members had gone through a 33 day at-home retreat, studying the book “33 Days to Morning Glory” by Fr. Gaitley, to culminate in a consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The pilgrimage offered the consecration opportunity, with a tie-in to the book, and was opened up to other parishioners who wanted to attend. Click to view gallery.
June 18-July 2, 2013In summer 2013, our associate pastor Fr. Yamid Blanco traveled with nine parishioners to our twinning parish of St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Mukono, Uganda. The purpose of the pilgrimage was to deepen the spiritual, social and cultural ties between our two parishes, as well as to check on the progress of the work that we have supported there, like the building and operation of St. Francis Borgia High School. And finally we are planning how to continue to work together with our sister parish for the foreseeable future. Photos in this section illustrate various aspects of St. Paul’s parish in Mukono that were experienced on this visit to Uganda.Click on the links below to visit the respective photo galleries.
St. Francis Borgia High School
Welcome and Hospitality
Church, Rectory, Nursery and Youth Projects
Making a Living and Caring for Others
St. Paul Patron Day Celebration
Last Day for Pilgrims
May 31, 2013
On Friday, May 31, 2013 the St. Francis Borgia Women's Guild sponsored a tour of significant Milwaukee churches for interested parishioners. Our bus was full for the tour, including several men! The time passed all too quickly as we visited St. Francis of Assisi, St. Benedict the Moor (St. Ben's), and Old St. Mary's in downtown, Milwaukee.
The tour was fascinating, with excellent guides at each parish. Since we are one of the supporting parishes for the outreach programs at St. Ben's, that tour was of particular interest. Each church reflects very different missions, and the history of those parishes. Hopefully, the photos reflect the beauty of each of the toured churches. We felt very welcome at each of the stops, and look forward to possible future tours. Click to view gallery.
July 18, 2012
The dedication of the “Rachel Weeping for Her Children” statue was held July 18 at 6 p.m. at the South Church. The sculpture is based on Jeremiah 31:15-16 – "Rachel mourns her children; she refuses to be consoled, because her children are no more." Across her lap is an empty blanket that would have cradled her child. While the sculpture is a memorial to all the innocent souls hurt by and lost to abortion, it also speaks to all those who have lost children, allowing people to experience God's mercy and healing. Milwaukee Bishop Donald Hying presided and Fr. Tom Eichenberger and Fr. Yamid Blanco vested for the important occasion. Following the Benediction, all processed outside, where Bishop Hying, surrounded by a Knights of Columbus Honor Guard, blessed the statue. The sculptor, Sondra Jonson, also attended, and presented Bishop Hying with a picture of the statue. Click to view gallery.
June 30, 2012Father Yamid Blanco celebrated his first Mass at St.Francis Borgia at 5:00pm on Saturday, June 30. He was warmly greeted by parishioners as he began the liturgy. After Mass, many parishioners came up to him, to wish him well and to express their gratitude for his assignment to the Parish. Click to view gallery.
September 25-October 8, 2011In fall 2011 our parish had the privilege and pleasure of hosting seven members of our sister parish, St. Paul Catholic Church in Mukono, Uganda for two weeks. This delegation of four women and three men included the newly ordained associate pastor, Fr. Benjamin Lubega and parishioners Pauline Kiguli, Maria Assumpta Gidudu, Florence Othieno, Magdalene Lukabwe, Dr. Anthony Kkonde, and Bonnie SSewava. With the help of the twinning committee and many others, the visit was a tremendous success, allowing our guests to experience some amazing things during their stay. They were able to spend time at St. Francis Borgia School with the children, go to Mass and lunch with Archbishop Listecki, visit an orchard and farm, attend some of the Christian Formation classes, take in a Brewer’s game, travel to Chicago, experience a Wisconsin brewery/fish fry/polka band, and much, much more! Your kindness in hosting dinners, chaperoning activities and events, transporting our Ugandan friends or simply stopping by the church hall after Mass to say hello, did not go unnoticed. A very special thank you to all those who hosted one or more of the visitors in their homes. Over and over our guests expressed their appreciation for the experiences that will forever remind them of the generosity and kindness of their brothers and sisters halfway around the world. Click to view gallery.
April 10, 2010On Saturday, April 10, Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki visited St. Francis Borgia parish for the first time. He celebrated the 5 p.m. Mass, with Fr. Tom Eichenberger and Fr. Dan Janasik con-celebrating. The Mass was beautiful, with the youth choir, handbell choir, adult choir, and instrumentalists providing music and leading us in song. Prayer responses by the congregation were energetic and faith-filled. A reception was held after Mass in the church hall, and many parishioners welcomed our new archbishop, chatting with him, sometimes posing for pictures, and then enjoying an abundant buffet. Click to view gallery.
July 27-August 6, 2009
In summer 2009, Fr. Dan Janasik traveled with five parishioners to our twinning parish of St. Paul’s in Mukono, Uganda. They went with a special focus upon the parish schools, but their overall goal was to build the bonds of friendship between St. Paul and St. Francis Borgia parishes. Photos in this section illustrate various aspects of St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Mukono, Uganda.
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Agriculture and Piggeries
Cathedral and Bishop
Church and Gift of New Tabernacle
Environment of Contrasts
Our Ugandan Brothers and Sisters
Women's Guild of St. Paul Parish
June 21, 2009
St. Francis Borgia Parish has been blessed with a new Associate Pastor, Father Dan Janasik. In May 2009, Fr. Dan was ordained a priest, and he joined us in June to begin his first assignment as a priest. These photos were taken on Sunday, June 21, 2009, when Fr. Dan celebrated his first Sunday Mass at St. Francis Borgia. Click to view gallery.
May 31, 2009
Fr. Michael Dineen, priest-son of St. Francis Borgia Parish, celebrated his 60th anniversary of being ordained to the priesthood on May 31 at the 11 a.m. Mass. The church was at capacity, with many out-of-town visitors in addition to well-wishing parishioners. The Knights of Columbus provided an honor guard, priest friends took part in the liturgy, and music was provided by the Bell Choir and the Youth Choir. During the Offertory, friends and relatives offered praise for Fr. Mike and his career as a priest. After Mass, the celebration continued with a reception and luncheon in the church hall.
Fr. Mike has been helping us out quite regularly these past years at morning and weekend Masses, funerals and other liturgical services. We are blessed to have him celebrate with us. Click to view gallery.
October 19, 2008
On October 18-19, Bishop Matthias Ssekamanya spoke at all Masses on behalf of his Diocese of Lugazi in Uganda. At the 9 a.m. Mass on October 19, our own Auxiliary Bishop William Callahan welcomed Bishop Matthias. Parishioners were very generous in their response to the request for financial support for the Diocese of Lugazi. SFB parish has a twinning relationship with St. Paul the Apostle Parish, which is in the Lugazi Diocese. Click to view gallery.
June 14-15, 2008
Parishioners fondly said goodbye and wished Fr. Michael Lightner well as he ended his three-year assignment at St. Francis Borgia on June 14-15. Receptions were held after the 5 p.m. Mass on Saturday and after the 9 a.m. Mass on Sunday. There were also opportunities to greet him after he celebrated the 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Masses. We are grateful for his time with us and the many kinds of service that he provided not only to the parish but also to the greater Catholic community. Fr. Mike’s new assignment is as Director of Campus Ministry at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Newman Center. Click to view gallery.
May 31, 2008
A commemorative cemetery ceremony was held on Saturday May 31, 2008 for Thomas Barrett, who was a casualty in the Civil War and died in 1863 at the age of 16, one-hundred forty-five years ago. The ceremony was held at St. Francis Borgia Parish Cemetery, on Pioneer Road in Cedarburg. The ceremony was well attended, including many descendants of the Barrett family. Special thanks go to Fr. Tom Eichenberger, Cub Scout Pack #3802 and their leaders, Rose-Harms American Legion Post #355 from Grafton, drummer Garrett Dawkins, Jennifer Roesch (1860’s enactor), and Rita Bert and John Enright, who coordinated the event. The tribute was memorable and deeply moving. Click to view gallery.
May 17-19, 2008
From Saturday, May 17 through Monday, May 19, Bishop Richard J. Sklba was with us at the parish for a formal, three-day pastoral visit. He has, of course, been here many, many times before, but never for a whole weekend. Our parish was chosen for this visit because we are the oldest parish in continuous existence (since 1844) in Ozaukee County. During his vist, Bishop Sklba celebrated Mass with us, attended receptions and joined us for meals, met with catechists, school teachers, the human concerns and Uganda twinning committees, parish council, mission trip participants, weekday Mass participants, and school children. We thank him for his time, his preaching, his concern, and his pastoral care. Click to view gallery.
October 14, 2007
With much gratitude and warmth for the many years that Fr. Al Veik has been a weekend associate at St. Francis Borgia, parishioners helped Fr. Al celebrate 40 years of priesthood on Sunday, October 14. On that day, with the accompaniment of our adult choir, bell choir and other musicians, Fr. Al concelebrated the 11 a.m. Mass with his brother, Fr. Roger Veik. Afterwards, all were invited to a reception in the church hall for food and fellowship. Click to view gallery.
September 24-October 15, 2007
In late September our parish welcomed six visitors from our sister parish, St. Paul the Apostle in Mukono, Uganda -- Fr. Paul Ssebitoogo, Nancy Banana, Tom Kasujja, Dr. Anthony Kkonde, Denis Lule and Dennis Yiga. Their stays with us were from 10 days to three weeks, depending on personal flight arrangements and time spent with others in nearby states. Thank you to all who helped them feel welcome at Mass, at their reception in the parish hall, and the following weekend at the Ministries Fair. And many thanks to the twinning committee and all those who were personally involved in providing hospitality and friendship to our Ugandan friends – including meals, lodging, activities and transportation. Click to view gallery.
September 23, 2007
Parishioners, priests and other friends helped Fr. Ed Wawrzyniakowski celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood at the 11:00 am Mass on September 23, 2007. This was a joyous occasion, as we welcomed him back to St. Francis Borgia parish, where he spent 27 years as pastor before the merger. After the Mass the celebration continued at a reception for Fr. Ed at Circle B in Cedarburg. Click to view gallery.
August 20-30, 2006
In August 2006, Fr. Tom Eichenberger and eight parishioners journeyed to Uganda as pilgrims to our sister parish in Mukono, Uganda. The group represented a cross-section of the parish, with representatives of the twinning committee, parish council, human concerns committee and SFB school faculty. These photos illustrate various aspects of St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Mukono Uganda.
Daily Life in Mukono, Uganda
Sunday Church and Spirit
Children and Schools
St. Paul’s Women’s Guild
October 16, 2005Music and song filled the church and reverberated from the rafters at St. Francis Borgia-North on Sunday afternoon October 16 as the official dedication of the Marianne Huiras Memorial Organ was held. The organ was a gift to the parish from parishioner Ralph Huiras and his family in loving memory of his wife and their mother. Marianne, a former parish organist, was an accomplished musician who truly loved music and enjoyed being able to share her gift with others. More than 100 children from combined choirs of the parish and school, the full adult choir, the handbell choir, a brass section and guest organist Dr. John Behnke combined their considerable talents and performed a most memorable concert. During the dedication blessing, Fr. Tom Eichenberger was joined by former St. Francis Borgia pastors Monsignor George Gajdos and Fr. Ed Wawrzyniakowski. Afterwards, all were invited to a reception in the church hall which included refreshments, a bountiful buffet and a vast array of desserts. Click to view gallery.
June 5, 2005
Parishioners who attended the 11:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday, June 5 were pleasantly surprised that the celebrant was Fr. Michael Lightner, our new associate pastor. The surprise was that he had joined us at Mass more than two weeks ahead of his start date with the parish. Led by our Spirit Choir, the congregation sang and prayed with energy and enthusiasm, thanking God for His blessings and helping Fr. Mike feel welcome in his new parish family. Click to view gallery.
October 3, 2004Fr. Ignatius Kibowa, pastor of our sister parish in Uganda, was honored at a special reception in the church hall on October 3. Fr. Ignatius was in Wisconsin to deliver mission appeals at various parishes, including St. Francis Borgia. The reception was held shortly before his return to St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Mukono. Click to view gallery.
In 2003, a delegation of four from St. Paul Parish, including Fr. Ignatius Kibowa, visited our Cedarburg parish. Click to view gallery.
July 3-10, 2001
Five St. Francis Borgia parishioners visited Uganda in 2001 to begin the process of establishing relationships with our brothers and sisters at St. Paul the Apostle parish in Mukono, Uganda. Their primary purpose was to meet with and learn from the people of St. Paul so that our Cedarburg parish might determine how to build a rewarding, mutually productive relationship with our twin community. Guided by their Ugandan hosts, the travelers rode more than 1,000 km. down dusty, rutted roads to visit subparishes, schools, and hospitals. Everywhere they went, they were greeted by joyous singing and dancing, enthusiastic gestures of friendship, and generous gifts. The constant outpouring of love and welcome left the visitors emotionally overwhelmed. The way their hosts witnessed their faith, their love for one another, and the joy that was evident in their lives despite their country's great need, were vivid reminders that Christ lives among them, and that God welcomes us with open arms to walk with them in this twinning commitment. Click to view gallery.