Pictured Above: Sacred Heart Church (Effingham)
Washington, DC -(Effingham Radio)- Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) entered a statement into the permanent Congressional Record recognizing the Sacred Heart Church in Effingham, Illinois on their 125th Anniversary.
Here is the full statement issued by Congressman John Shimkus:
Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize Sacred Heart Church of Effingham, Illinois, on the occasion of its 125th anniversary.
Sacred Heart Church was first started when a few German immigrant families first came together for worship.
The Masses were given originally in German but on January 1, 1892, Sacred Heart Church and School were officially established, and since they have given Masses in English.
What started with nine families has since grown to a congregation of over 900 families, giving Sacred Heart Church a strong presence in Effingham.
Over the years, generations of worshipers have called Sacred Heart home. The church’s theme, “Grounded in Faith, Focused on the Future” reflects the proud heritage of the parish and the many local and international activities congregants are involved in.
Whether by providing an education to its children, giving back through its community-based services, or extending Sacred Heart’s ministry to South America, Sacred Heart Church has been a focal point for the religious and spiritual needs of Effingham.
The celebratory year is themed “Faith and Family,” and Sacred Heart Parish began its 125th anniversary last year with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki, followed by a Halloween parade and themed activities.
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to acknowledge an important milestone for Sacred Heart Church, and I wish it, and its pastor, the Reverend Michal Rosa, the very best as they celebrate the church’s 125th anniversary.