40th Anniversary

Our Gigantic Parish Picnic was Sunday, September 12th---WOW AND WOW!!

We are celebrating the 40th Anniversary of our Seton Parish and last Sunday was the PARISH PICNIC to honor this eventful year. And what a wonderful, fantastic, day it was! Over 900 people responded ahead of time that they planned to attend at some time during the day. It all began with the SPIRIT-FILLED Mass under the “BIG TOP” tent at 10:45 AM. Over 600 people were there for Mass. Even before Mass began, the congregation joined in singing “GOD BLESS AMERICA” without any prompting or leadership by the choir. Everyone was well aware that we were also remembering the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Twin Towers in New York.

After Mass we had coffee, apple cider donuts, mimosas, orange juice and then hamburgers, brats, tube steaks, beer, wine, soda, water, cheese and sausage cups, popcorn, ice cream, and cupcakes. What more could you imagine? The New Berlin fire truck was here for a demonstration of high ladder extension. We had yard games, a magician with balloon twisters along with an extensive raffle. And can you believe it? EVERYTHING WAS FREE! Even the weather cooperated. We were expecting hot and humid but it was a very pleasant, comfortable afternoon. There appeared to be heavy rain and storms all around Seton but here, we enjoyed a wonderful day.

This could never have happened without spirit-filled leaders and organizers. So a GIGANTIC THANK YOU to JIM SCHUTTE AND THERESE FENNELLY, co-chairs for the entire event. They divided the areas of responsibilities and everything went together without any hitches, all due to their collaboration and detailed organization abilities. Other parishioners stepped forward to assume certain areas of responsibility as well. Can you possibly guess the different aspects a day like this entails?”

  • Set-up - Doug Verbockel
  • Parking - Rick Ryan
  • Wine/Cheese/Sausage - Jan Sullivan
  • Sign-up Genius - Anne Dettlaff
  • Reservations - Paula Strelitz
  • Popcorn - Mary Faber
  • Electrician - Andy Kolp
  • Food - Brian Lehman
  • Soda - Jim Pandl
  • Beer - Dave Stawicki and Dan Maring
  • Coffee/Donuts - Sharon and Loren Frye
  • Cupcakes - Joan Sharrow
  • Children/Yard Games - The Kumprey Family
  • Announcer - Joe Kopinski
  • Decorations - John Anderson
  • New Berlin Fire Truck - Steve Kon


THANKS, TOO, to everyone who participated and supported our Seton 40th year PARISH PICNIC in any and every way. May you know, experience and continue to share all of God’s many blessings upon you and all your loved ones each and every day. It is already fall—so may God’s blessings “fall" upon you and shalom.

Father Joe Aufdermauer,  your parish priest

Congratulations to all the Picnic Raffle Winners!
  1. Snack Basket - Mike Pennefeather
  2. Meat - Jim Zirzow
  3. Halloween Basket - Ryleigh Truchon
  4. Red Wine Basket - Mike Fruin
  5. Fr. Joe Bobble Head - Aviel Kumprey
  6. $100 Cash Prize - Jeanne Zeske
  7. Jenga - Theresa Crubaugh
  8. Meat - Brian Gilman
  9. Yard Pumpkin - Lana
  10. Snack Basket - Joey Blaha
  11. $100 Cash Prize - Paul Cucunato
  12. White Wine Basket - Natalie Miller
  13. Yard Game - Tom Papperfy
  14. Large Bear - Jim & Kate Bathie
  15. Meat - John Higgins
  16. Art Basket - Raeann Van Quill

Mass under the Big Tent
  • 10:45 am outdoor Mass
  • Celebrated by our very own Fr. Joe Aufdermauer
  • Parking available in the west lot

Wear a Name Badge
  • Make sure to stop and visit our Welcome Table on the grounds and pick up a NAME BADGE. It’s been a long time since we have all been together, and we may need to get reacquainted. Whether you are a visitor or a parishioner, we want to know who you are and welcome you!

Coffee & Donuts and Mimosas
  • Have you missed coffee and donuts this year? Well, it’s back and will be kicking off the season with delicious Patterson Apple Cider Donuts.
  • There will be refreshing mimosas available.
  • Both served in Sippel Hall following 10:45 outdoor Mass.

Food, Beverages, Snacks
  • Served ALL day
  • Beer, wine, soda, water
  • Hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, chips (12:30 to 4:00 pm)
  • Popcorn

Outdoor Game Area
  • Gather a few friends for some family fun on the East lawn!
  • Cornhole
  • Giant Connect 4
  • Giant Jenga
  • 9 Square in the Air

Raffle Prizes
  • Get your free raffle ticket from Fr. Joe
  • Prizes displayed in Sippel Hall from 12:00 to 4:00 pm
  • Raffle drawing at 4:00 pm
  • Do not have to be present to win

Anniversary Cupcakes
  • Starting at 1:00 pm
  • Located in Sippel Hall

Musical Entertainment by JOE 2.0
  • Live Music!
  • Performs a wide variety of cover songs from many genres and eras.
  • 1:00 to 4:00 pm under the Big Tent

Ice Cream Treats for All
  • Choose from an assortment of frozen treats – ice cream bars, cones, sandwiches, pops
  • Parked on the East lot from 1:00 to 4:00 pm
  • Something for all ages

Roving Magician & Balloon Twister
  • Be on the lookout for our Roving Magician and Balloon Twister. He is sure to entertain the young and the young at heart!
  • 1:00 to 4:00 pm
  • Create your very own picnic hat just like Fr. Joe

New Berlin Fire truck
  • Hey Kids! Here’s your chance to see a real fire truck up close!
  • Parked on the East drive from 2:00 to 2:30 pm
  • Great photo opportunity

Blankets and Lawn Chairs Optional
  • Plenty of covered seating available
  • Families, consider bringing a blanket & lawn chairs for lawn seating
  • Create your own picnic atmosphere

Volunteer to Serve Others

If you'd like to help with the picnic, tap the SignUp Genius button below. Please note that we are scheduling short shifts so that you can enjoy the rest of day as a guest. Besides serving others, please stay and let others serve you. 

Thank you for being a part of our 40th Anniversary Celebration!

Schedule of Activities
10:45 - 11:45 am Outdoor Mass
Following Mass Coffee & Donuts, Mimosas
12:00 - 5:00 pm Beer, wine, soda & water, Popcorn
  Yard games
12:30 - 4:00 pm Hot dogs, brats, hamburgers & chips
1:00 - 4:00 pm Live Music by JOE 2.0 
  Anniversary cupcakes
  Ice Cream on Wheels
  Balloon Twister/Roving Magician
2:00 - 2:30 pm New Berlin Firetruck
12:00 - 4:00 pm Raffle – see Fr. Joe for free ticket
4:30 pm Raffle Winner Drawing
5:00 pm Picnic Ends

Seton’s 40th Anniversary Trivia Series

As part of our year-long 40th Anniversary Celebration, we have created a Trivia Series which will focus on different topics and events that have been a part of our 40 year history. You can choose to test your knowledge or just enjoy reading the answers. 

2nd Edition - The First 10 Years, 1981 - 1991
  1. In 1981, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton was the first new parish in 20 years to be established. Why did the Archdiocese create this parish?
  2. While the parishioners waited for the new building, what were parishioners allowed to do with the 14 acres of land during that time?
  3. In 1986 what publication was created as an additional source to highlight parish life and activities?
  4. During the first 10 years, where were the CCD classes held?
  5. Before the festival was officially named FunFest what other names were the earlier festivals called and how did FunFest get its name?
  6. Which current staff member joined the Seton staff in 1989, 31 years ago?
  7. Fr. Sippel’s first hire for the parish was the music minister. What was her name?
  8. In 1988, due to the growth of membership, extra space was added to the original building and worship space. What unique feature was added to the back of the worship area?

Click here for the answers (with pictures).

1st Edition - Our patron saint, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
  1. Elizabeth Ann Seton was canonized in 1975 and is known as the patron saint of what?
  2. How many children were born to Elizabeth and her husband, William?
  3. At what age did Elizabeth Ann Seton become widowed?
  4. Before Elizabeth became Catholic at the age of 31, what religion was she?
  5. What was the name of the order of nuns that Elizabeth Ann Seton founded?
  6. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s feast day is January 4. What is significant about this date?
  7. For the last three years, our parish has awarded scholarships to graduates of a south side Hispanic school in Milwaukee to assist them in attending a Catholic high school of their choice. As part of their application process, they were asked to write about a characteristic which they admired of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s life. What is the name of this school?
  8. On May 18, 2018, a bronze sculpture of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton was designed and is currently displayed on the northwest wall of our church. This was a gift from the parish to commemorate what event?

Click here for the answers.


On Sunday, January 10, 2021, a special celebratory Mass was held to kick off our 40th Anniversary and a full year of events recalling our past, giving thanks for our present, and anticipating our future.

Father Bernie Sippel's video message

Hear about the beginning of the Spirit of Seton and how things got started.

A Brief History of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish

This month, we are focusing on how our parish began. Fr. Bernard “Bernie” Sippel, our founding pastor, has written his reflections of the first two years at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 1981-1982.  Discover how our parish started from a wheat field and in two years was transformed into a vibrant parish community.

Click here to read Fr. Sippel's Reflection.