13665 County Highway M
Cable, WI 54821
Year parish was established: 1902
Number of households: 115
Parish Director: Servant of Mary Sr. Virginia Schwartz
Supervising Pastor: Fr. Gerard Willger
Weekend Masses: Saturday: 5:45 p.m. (Summer months);
Sunday: 8:30 a.m. (Year-round)
Describe your faith community:
“St. Ann Parish draws its congregation from at least as far as neighboring Barnes and Grandview. Largely an older congregation, it cherishes its seasoning of young families with growing children, as well as its summer residents and frequent tourists, who swell the numbers, especially at such times as hunting season, the annual American Birkebeiner and Fat Tire bicycle races, etc. Cable is among Northwest artistic centers, with a high proportion of writers, artists, potters and other creative people, some of whom attend St. Ann Church.”
“When visitors come to our parish, they …
… are made to feel at home in simple, gracious and modern surroundings. The church building was revamped in the early 2000s, complete with inside elevator and restroom facilities on both levels. Pre- and post-service announcements bring eager shows of hands to such questions as ‘How many did the Birkie or one of the Fat Tire races, etc.?’ or ‘Just how many of you are from out of town?’ While potluck breakfasts are not a regular weekly feature, whenever they are held, everyone, including all visitors, are encouraged to come and join the community.”
In what ways does your parish proclaim the Gospel with its action?
“St. Ann Parish is among the vibrant centers of Cable’s community life, participating in the area food pantry, community dinners, C.A.R.E. quilting warm blankets for the needy, dedicated participation in the spiritual adoption program for the newborn, and support of the New Day Shelter. We are active and enjoy participating in the other local churches, be it fundraising or social gatherings.”
What is something about your parish most people might not know?
“In 2002, St. Ann celebrated its centennial. Polish-Americans were strong in its founding and among its clergy. Fr. Robert Szyma, a Dachau survivor, was its first resident pastor. A Polish flag in one of its stained glass windows honors this ethnic heritage. Most dominant in the stained glass, however, are depictions of nature and the natural beauties of northern Wisconsin.
“St. Casimir’s bell, which the church gained in 1909, is presently in its third tower, dating from 2002.”