75 Years of Worship in Our Church

The parish had its beginnings on Sunday, May 4, 1932, when Bishop Paul Rhode announced the establishment of the first Catholic parish in Neenah. With their first pastor, Rev. Joseph Van Bogart, the new parish community of 250 families celebrated Mass at St. Patrick Parish, Menasha, while they planned and constructed St. Margaret Mary Church.

On September 12, 1932, just four months after the announcement establishing our parish, the groundbreaking ceremony was held. Construction was started on October 17, 1932, and continued throughout the winter.

On Easter Sunday, April 16, 1933, the first Mass was said in the lower level (friendship Hall) of our church building. About two months later, on Trinity Sunday, June 11, 1933, the cornerstone was laid and Bishop Rhode solemnly dedicated our church.

The three bells in the church tower were donated by the family of the first pastor, Rev. Van Bogart. They were rung during the dedication ceremony but not from our bell tower! They were awaiting installation so they were rung where they sat on the lawn of the church grounds. Next time you hear them ring, say a prayer of thanksgiving to our God who has blessed our parish community in so may ways throughout our history.

We are grateful to our founding members for their vision and sacrifice in building our church and for all who gather here to worship our God.