The picturesque St. Wenceslaus Church sits in a lot protected by cedar trees on the north side of the historic Czech-enclave of Wilber, Nebraska. The parish participates in community activities including the 60th annual Czech Festival (August 6-8, 2021). The parish held fundraisers during the festival selling fresh-baked kolaches and a pancake breakfast on Sunday morning. Read more about the festival at nebraskaczechsofwilber.com
The church supports the promulgation of the Czech heritage with many artifacts of saints from the area of Europe where many of the parishioners’ ancestors immigrated from. The building is clean and quiet with abundant sunshine warming the pews from the colorful stained-glass windows lining the east and west side walls. The church is definitely worth a visit on a trip to the Czech capital of Nebraska and of the U.S.A. Masses are held on Saturdays at 4 p.m. and Sunday mornings at 10 a.m.
Address: 501 N Wilson, Wilber, NE 68465
Phone: (402) 821-2689
Current Pastor: Rev. Robert Barnhill
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