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Church History



Sacred Heart Parish established at 6th and Bell by Bishop Aegedius Junger appointed Fr. Damanez as pastor. Sacred Heart Parish was formerly a part of Our Lady of Good Help Parish, administered by Rev. Prefontaine


Bishop Junger urged the Redemptorists to accept the parish


The Redemptorists formally accepted charge of the parish. Sacred Heart Elementary School opened. The Dominican Sisters of Tacoma staffed the school for 3 years.


Sisters of the Holy Names replaced the Dominican Sisters


Total destruction of the church by fire (at the time, all indications led to the belief that the fire was the result of arson) and the laying of cornerstone of the new church by Bishop O’Dea at 6th and Bell.


Dedication of the new church by Bishop O’Dea


St. Vincent de Paul Conference was activated in Sacred Heart Parish


The first Solemn Novena in honor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help was officiated by Fr. Chapoten, C.Ss.R.

1927    Breaking ground for the new school and chapel at Warren Avenue and John Street


Breaking ground for the new Sisters’ Convent at Warren Avenue and Thomas Street. Dedication of the new school and chapel at Warren and John by Bishop O’Dea.


Fr. Vincent and Fr. Vickstrom were the first Redemptorists ordained from the parish


Fr. Richard Ochiltree, C.Ss.R., who was raised in Sacred Heart Parish, celebrated his first Mass here


World’s Fair Committee condemned much of the land of the vicinity. Sixteen property owners, including Sacred Heart Parish, appealed to the State Supreme Court. The parish, under the directions of Fr. Bolger, C.Ss.R., and with the legal counsel of Mr. Charles Carey, won the cause


The Redemptorist Congregation built the present Rectory at 205 2nd Avenue North


Archbishop Connolly blessed and laid the cornerstone of the present church. Fr. Bolger arranged for Washington logs to be shipped to Italy, out of which the statues of the church were carved.


The school, which was staffed by the Sisters of the Holy Names, closed.


The convent closed


Parish assembly and the first elections for Parish Council members. The Sacred Heart Shelter of the Catholic Community Services of the Archdiocese of Seattle occupied the 2nd and 3rd floors of the former convent.


Saint Vincent de Paul began serving noon meals to the homeless, in addition to the sack lunch, food bank, & winter clothing programs


Sacred Heart celebrates 100 years of ministry in Seattle as the city’s oldest existing parish


In entering the 21st century, Sacred Heart continues its long history of education, service, and social outreach to its community


Fr. Richard Quinn, C.Ss.R., was stationed here as the new pastor. It was also the year when restoration began on the church, school, and rectory


Sacred Heart’s Young Adults group formed under the care of Fr. Joseph Morin, C.Ss.R. The parish began to house the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) night shelter for men in the basement of the School building


Fr. Ivan Dawson, C.Ss.R. became pastor


Fr. Harry Grile, C.Ss.R. became pastor and Fr. Joe Ngo, C.Ss.R. became parochial vicar


Archbishop Brunett consecrated the church altar and blessed the Adoration Chapel


Fr. Binh Ta, C.Ss.R. became pastor and Fr. Mark Scheffler, C.Ss.R. became parochial vicar


Queen Anne Food Bank at Sacred Heart took over St. Vincent de Paul to continue the sack lunch & food bank programs


125th Anniversary of the parish