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Sacred Heart has a rich and varied history. The first building constructed was the rectory, built in 1891. Sacred Heart Grade School was built in 1904, and the church was completed four years later. The high school was completed in 1929. The first resident pastor was Rev. Patrick S. O’Connor. The church was badly damaged by a tornado in May 1968 and a fire in June 1979. Its membership initially consisted of German and Irish settlers from nearby farms. They were later joined by Italian and Mexican immigrants, who came to work in the railroad shops. These ethnic groups have contributed to the diverse membership of Sacred Heart. Sacred Heart ministers to 1,231 individuals (roughly 900 families), including sixty Hispanic members. Its kindergarten through sixth grade school has 64 pupils. Leaving the school system in 2008, after many years of service, was Sister Mary Benjamin Duschner, PBVM, principal, and Sister Mary Kurt, RSM. A pastoral associate has served the parish and community for nearly twenty years. A permanent deacon and Faith Formation Director are part of the staff. The pastoral center (which was the original convent, built in 1956) serves as the parish office and Faith Formation center. The parish activities are organized and directed from the center. It also serves as a meeting center. An auditorium, built in 1964, is used for the annual school Mardi Gras fundraiser and various athletic events. Our parish is growing older, but still has vibrant members. A Eucharistic Adoration Day and First Friday Mass and Devotions are held every month. We honor the souls in Purgatory through a remembrance tree, a remembrance book, and All Souls’ Envelopes in November. Immaculate Conception in Fairbank was linked with Sacred Heart more than ten years ago. The Rosary Society, Knights of Columbus, and Catholic Daughters are important parts of parish life. The parish was served by a pastoral minister (Deacon Jim Patera) and a sacramental priest (Fr. Paul McManus) for five years before the current pastor, Father Ray Atwood, came in the summer of 2017. Our parish motto is “Sacred Heart is a Eucharistic Evangelizing Community.” Our mission is to remain centered on the Eucharist as we take the Gospel to every corner of our community. With God’s help, we will accomplish this mission.