St. Andrew’s Church was formally dedicated by the Most Rev. James Schwebach, Bishop of LaCrosse, on Aug 8, 1897. However, the faith of St. Andrews community resonated the Eau Pleine valley back as early as 1881.
It’s “charter members” comprised primarily of German homesteaders, are responsible for the settlement of Catholicism in the Town of Day. The stories are endless of pioneers like Andrew Daul [ traversing a 40 mile round trip horse and buggy (or sleigh) to bring a priest to the area]who strived to maintain their catholic practices.
In 1883, the settlers constructed a 22×40′ log building on a donated 2 acres plot of land. This would serve as the first St Andrews church.
Later the parish was attended as a mission of Marshfield and Hewitt. By 1893 the growth of its parishioners necessitated a full time pastor. Four years later (1897), a new brick church was erected to serve the 60 family parish.
In the years to follow a brick school would be built, a chapel and a Sisters living quarters.
By 1950, the congregation encompassed a 40 square mile area serving 160 families (about 880 members)
Todays Church of St. Andrew was built in 1953. Fr. Sengole Vethanayagum is attending pastor from the St. Joseph Parish in Stratford. Although presently defined as a Mission by the Diocese of La Crosse, the devotion of its parishioners (numbering around 670) still resonates as they move forward in care and renew of the church and its buildings to serve the community in worship, fellowship and service.
St. Andrew Catholic Church 122726 County Road C P.O. Box 6 Stratford, WI 54484 715-687-2404
Parish Office Hours Tuesday-Friday 119200 Larch St. Stratford, WI 54484 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM Phone: (715) 687-2404 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
We welcome you to join our St. Andrew Parish Family
Confession: Saturday from 6:15 PM to 6:50 PM Daily Mass: Tuesday 5:30 PM Thursday 8:00 AM Weekend Masses: Saturday 7:00 PM Sunday 8:00 AM Adoration and Benediction: Every First Thursday on the month after the 8:00 AM Mass
ST JOSEPH CATHOLIC CHURCH
119200 Larch Street P.O. Box 6 Stratford, WI 54484 715-687-2404
ST. ANDREW PARISH
122726 County Rd. C P.O. Box 6 Stratford, WI 54484 715-384-3859