Category Archives: Church History

300 Prayed To Save Sacred Heart, 1979

January 31, 1979. “A crowd of 300 was on hand Sunday at Sacred Heart Church to pray for the rescue of the building, which is scheduled for demolition by the Chicago Catholic archdiocese. Some came from as far as 50 … Continue reading

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Church Demolition Delayed – 1/28/79

January 28, 1979, Economist Newspapers. “Praying for a miracle isn’t easy when your church is about to be demolished, by Sacred Heart Parishioners still hope their church can be saved.” Click here for pdf of article.

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Save Our Shrine is Born

On January 18, 1979, Cardinal Cody issued a directive which closed Sacred Heart Church after January 21, 1979. Cody intended not only to shutter the little church, but also had plans to demolish it. The response from parishioners was swift … Continue reading

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Rev. John F. McNally 25th Anniversary of Ordination

Reprint of public testimonial given by Reverend John F. McNally on April 14, 1953, on the celebration of his 25th Anniversary of ordination into the priesthood.

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Chicagoland Monthly April 1979

Chicagoland Monthly magazine had a good article about the closing of Sacred Heart Mission in the April 1979 issue. Download the pdf version here.

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Sacred Heart Historical Booklet

This booklet was published by the Commission on Chicago Historical and Architectural Landmarks, in August 1980. It contains a few photos, along with an extensive history on Sacred Heart Mission. View a pdf of the booklet by clicking here.

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The Blessing

In the 1920’s, Father de Norus published a magazine called “The Blessing.” It was produced monthly and chronicled events at Sacred Heart Church. After reading about this in the book “Spires of Faith: Historic Churches of Chicago,” I decided to … Continue reading

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