The pastor and parishioners of Sacred Heart Catholic Church warmly welcome you to our parish website.
We hope that these pages give you the information you need, but even more, that they serve as an entryway into the life and spirit of our parish family.
Please feel free to give us a call or email us so that we can serve you with faith, hope, and love in Jesus Christ, our Lord!
Sacred Heart Parish is a Roman Catholic Church family located on Spokane's lower South Hill, very near the medical core of the city. Our parishioners come from a variety of backgrounds and though most live relatively near the church, others join us from across the city. They find here faith, fellowship, and vibrant prayer. Our commitment to share the gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed finds expression in our Sunday liturgies, which are animated by nourishing reflections on the Word of God and a profound and joyful celebration of the Lord's Last Supper in the Eucharist.
We offer a wide variety of opportunities for adults, youth, and children to grow in theirChristian faith and understanding of our religious and spiritual traditions as Catholics. We support our local Catholic elementary school, Cataldo School and participate in its mission of Catholic education.
We generously respond to many appeals to serve the wider community and many of our parishioners are involved in outreach activities to the needy through Catholic Charities and other social service agencies.
We seek to care lovingly for our elderly parishioners and those who are infirm and homebound, bringing them the sacraments and supporting them with our prayers.
We love gathering on the First Day of the Week to listen to God's Word and draw close to the Lord in the Communion of the Eucharist. It is a joy for us to worship the Lord with glad song even as we strive to welcome the stranger and make sure that all find among us a family in Christ and in this place, a spiritual home.
Sacred Heart Parish was founded in 1891 by Father Barnabas Held, OSB, who oraganized the first Sacred Heart Church, dedicated to serving the needs of the German-speaking Catholics of Spokane. He also purchased the old Lewis and Clark school and moved it to the corner of 5th and Bernard, converting it into the parish school.
Quickly, families of other ethnicities began to call the parish their home as well, but then declined until it was discontinued in 1901. The buidings were razed in 1903 and the lumber and furnishings, including the church bell, were used to build St. Ann's Church further to the east.
A new Sacred Heart Church was erected in 1911 by Bishop John, O'Dea, Bishop of Seattle. Father James Cunningham was transferred form Sprague to become its first pastor. The new church was to be sited on the corner of 7th and Chandler, (just a few blocks from our present church). Construction of the brick church was begun in the summer of 1912 and completed in 1913. It stands to this day, now owned by the Rockwood Clinic. Faher Charles MacAleer was appointed pastor in January 1919; he began the parish school in 1921 using the church basement as its classroom; the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary taught the 19 students. By 1922, enrollment had jumped to 120 and in June, 1927, groudn was broken for a new school at our present site on 10th Ave. The substantial brick building with a capacity of 250 students was completed in April 1928. It was taken down only in recent years to make way for the Rockwood Lane retirement facility.
Msgr. Stephen P Buckly became pastor in 1929, followed ten years later by Msgr. Oakley F. O'Connor who served the community until 1950; Msgr O'Connor oversaw the further growth of the school, the construction of a convent, and the installation of a pipe organ (which still serves our parish today). Msgr. John Coleman followed as pastor until May 1957; he presided over substantial growth of the parish with many new families leading to a boom in the parish population. The parish was divided in 1956 with portions becoming the new Our Lady of Fatima and Saint Peter parishes.
Father Erwin Sadlowski became pastor in 1957; he added a gym to the school. With the construction of new medical facilities nearby, parking became a premium at the 7th and Chadler site so initial planning for a new church were begun with land purchased near the school on 10th Avenue. Under the pastorate of Father Armand LaVerdiere (1967-1972), the new church rectory (now the parish offices) and church were constructed. Groundbreaking for the new church was begun in the summer of 1968 and the new building was dedicated on December 7, 1969 by Bishop Bernard Topel. It was designed by parishioner, Carroll Martell. As can be seen in many photos on this website, the "new" church is a lovely contemporary building that balances many traditional elements with a great sensitvity to the liturgical developments in the Church since the Second Vatican Council. It incorporporates fine artistic elements that are unique such as the carved brick Stations of the Cross and the lovely Carrera marble altar, the work of the architect's daughter, Maxine Martell Di Bene. The tabernacle and crucifix above it were brought from the old church and installed in the new.
In 1976, Father Frank Bach was appointed pastor, followed by Father James Kuhns in 1980, Father Joe Bell in 1983, Father George Haspedis in 1994, Father Mike Krieg in 2000, Father Mark Pautler in 2003, and since June of 2015, our parish is served by Father Kevin Codd.
Saturday 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m
Saturday 4:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Tues Wed Thu Fri 7:30 a.m.
HOLY DAYS (& Ash Wednesday)
Adoration: First Friday of each month during the school year, 8:00 am to noon.
Our church doors are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm for personal prayer and reflection.
CRS Rice Bowl Suppers, 6:00 pm (March 8-29).
Prayer for Peace, following CRS Rice Bowl Suppers, 6:45 pm in the church. For more information, click HERE.
Stations of the Cross, 6:00 pm,
"The Catholic Conscience" with Fr. Michael Savelesky. 7:00 pm, Social Hall (March 9-30). For more information, click HERE.
Our parish offices are open from September through May from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm, Tuesday through Friday.
From June through August, they are open from 9:00 am until noon, and also closed on Fridays.
Main Telephone: 509-747-5810
Catch up on Father Kevin's most recent homilies by clicking: HOMILIES
Commitment Sunday for this year's ACA was Feb 11-12. It is certainly not too late to make a donation in support of the ministry of the Diocese of Spokane, Visit the ACA web page: ACA