Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Centennial celebration continues for Spokane’s Sacred Heart Parish

by Father Mark Pautler, for the Inland Register

(From the June 9, 2011 edition of the Inland Register)

Left: On June 26, participants in Sacred Heart Parish’s centennial procession will walk from the present church to the former church. (IR photo courtesy of Father Mark Pautler)

Recently, parishioners of Sacred Heart Parish in Spokane found a postcard in their mail boxes with a picture of the church and an invitation to upcoming events of the parish’s centennial year.

Following the 9:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, June 26, there will be a procession to the site of the former parish church at the corner of 7th and Chandler Streets. The feast of Corpus Christi, now known as the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, is celebrated on the second Sunday after Pentecost and is a traditional occasion for a Eucharistic procession.

Parishioners will walk from the present church at 219 E. Rockwood Blvd. (10th and Rockwood), down Cowley St. to 9th Ave., then east on 9th to an old urban staircase connecting 9th and 8th streets. For decades, Sacred Heart’s children traversed this staircase on their way to and from the old church and Sacred Heart School located on 10th Ave.

The procession continues on Chandler St. to the former church. The brick façade of this first Sacred Heart Church, built in 1913 under Father James Cunningham, still stands. The building now houses technology services for Rockwood Clinic.

The ritual at the site will include a brief narrative about the old church, placing a wreath to honor “those who have gone before us,” and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Former Sacred Heart parishioners, especially those who attended Mass at the old church are welcome to celebrate the feast with the parish. Those not walking in the procession can drive or car pool to the old church.

Right: This urban staircase was part of the path followed by youngsters in years past on their way to Sacred Heart School. The stairs will be part of the path of the procession June 26. (IR photos courtesy of Father Mark Pautler)

On Thursday, June 30, the parish will celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus at 7 p.m. The vigil of the feast, which falls on July 1 this year, was chosen for the Mass because of the proximity of the July 4 holiday weekend. Homilist for the liturgy will be Father George Haspedis, a native son of Sacred Heart. Former pastors and priests from Sacred Heart have been invited to concelebrate. These include Msgr. Frank Bach and Fathers Charles Skok, James Kuhns, Joseph Bell, and George Haspedis.

Priestly vocations from the parish include Father Joseph Weitensteiner, Msgr. Robert Pearson, and Benedictine Father Brian Mee.

Women Religious from Sacred Heart include Holy Names Sisters Mary Garvin, Karen Conlin, and Lorene Schuster. Sisters of the Holy Names staffed Sacred Heart School. Once again, former parishioners are invited to take part in the Mass, which will be followed by a reception and historical displays.

Persons with memorabilia such as pictures, stories and artifacts are welcome to provide these items for the display. The Centennial Historical Committee may be contacted through the parish by phone (747-5810) or e-mail (shparish@ to make arrangements.

(Father Pautler is pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Spokane, and Judicial Vicar for the Spokane Diocese.)

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