History

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish was founded on January 4, 1981. Its founding pastor was Father Bernie Sippel. For almost two years, the parish met at a neighboring church, Resurrection Lutheran. The pastor and the people at Resurrection treated us as brothers and sisters. We have shared much together ever since.

The first building purchased by the parish was a rectory on Brentwood Drive. Daily masses, offices, and meetings were held there. Christian Formation classes were held in the homes.

Construction of a new church began in early 1982 and the first mass was celebrated on December 24, 1982. Archbishop Weakland dedicated the new church on January 23, 1983. The parish was a small one. In fact the whole community could meet in the church at one time. A certain “feeling” began to develop. People got to know each other well through Renew, the parish festival and just the small size of the parish. People called this “feeling” the “Spirit of Seton.”

SEAS community continued to grow and soon there was standing room only at some masses. An addition was added to the building in 1987. Christian Formation classes became too difficult to manage in the homes so local schools were leased for the classes. And the church continued to grow.

In 1991, a building committee was formed. It gradually became known as the “Steering Committee.” It wanted to build a new church and use the old one as a hall. It wanted to maintain the intimacy of the former church and yet increase in size. A long process including some delays kept pushing off the building process. Father Bernie left and Father John Crosswaite became pastor. A larger staff was hired and many liturgical changes occurred. Father Steve Amann became pastor in October of 1995. Finally, in 1997, the James Company was hired as a fundraiser and Dennis Horbinski was selected as architect and liturgical consultant. Another building project
boomed.

Ground breaking took place in May of 1998 and the first mass was held in the new St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church on Holy Thursday, 1999.

In June of 2006, Father Jeffrey Prasser became pastor, followed by Father Joseph Aufdermauer in June of 2008.