Sacred Heart 125th

Sacred Heart parishioners are gearing up to celebrate the church’s 125th anniversary. From left, Jamie Miller, Sheila Braun and Judy Luchtefeld work on display boards for upcoming activities.

By Kim Jansen

News Report Staff

The history of the church is reflected upon and plans for its future taken to the forefront, as Sacred Heart Church in Effingham celebrates its 125th anniversary.

Parishioners will be celebrating the milestone throughout the next 12 months with a variety of activities planned, and they invite the public to join in the celebration, as they remember the past and look to the future.

“It is a good opportunity to celebrate where we have been and to reaffirm our direction and mission for the future,” said Christy Hackman, the church’s marketing director. “It is always good to celebrate the past and to remind people of all the blessings that have been bestowed on Sacred Heart Church and Sacred Heart School.”

Sacred Heart Church, which is located at the corner of Fayette Avenue and Henrietta Street in Effingham, will also be celebrating the 20th anniversary of moving into the new school building, located adjacent to the church.

Hackman said members of the parish have been busy digging up historical facts about the church and school, along with old photos and memorabilia, which will be on display at different church events.

“There are some really neat stories and pictures,” she said.

She also encourages anyone who has stories and photos about the church to share those.

“We want to get those interesting, fun facts and stories. We definitely plan to share all of those throughout the year,” said Hackman, who added she plans to post lots of photos on Facebook.

As far as activities, the celebration will kick-off at 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Oct. 29, with Bishop Paprocki leading the service. Other activities that day will include a Sacred Heart commemorative float in the Effingham Halloween Parade, followed by the PTA Soup Supper from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Sacred Heart Parish Center.

“It will be a great celebration to kick off the year-long schedule of events,” said Hackman.

Other scheduled activities include:

Nov. 2 — Mass of Remembrance

Nov. 12 — Ladies Tea

Jan. 28 thru Feb. 3 — Catholic Schools Week

Feb. 11 — SHS Alumni Breakfast

March 17 — St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

April 8 — PTA Breakfast

May 19 — Family Game Night

June 8 — Feast of Sacred Heart

June 23-24 — Sacred Heart Picnic

Aug. 25 — Wine Tasting

Sept. 22 — Closing Mass

Additional information on each event will be available on the church’s Facebook page and website at

Information will also be published in the bulletin.