Sacred Heart Expanding

School Parish Groundbreaking is Sunday
Posted on 04/19/2022
Sacred Heart Parish and School will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of its
$6 million parish and school addition Sunday, April 24 at 11 a.m. It will follow the celebration of the 
10 a.m. Mass in the church and all school families and parish members are invited.

The school will add three additional classrooms, a new secured school entrance, school office upgrades, a reworked gathering space and other improvements.

Plans call for the project to be completed in 18 months.

The school has also outgrown its space, according to Kate Connealy, school principal. New music, art and preschool classrooms will be added to relieve cramped conditions. Music classes have been held on the gym stage and meet at the same time as noisy physical education classes on the other side of the curtains. 

Lack of space also means Sacred Heart School also has a preschool classroom on the campus of Bishop Heelan High School two miles away. The PK-8 elementary school of 370 students is part of the Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools system.

The expansion project for the Church will add a parish center with a large community room, full kitchen, small and large meeting rooms, a new area for the sacrament of reconciliation and remodeled sacristy and vestry rooms for sacred objects and church garments. 

The church needs more dedicated spaces for worship groups, faith sharing activities and wedding and funeral use, according to Fr. Terry Roder, parish pastor. Some parish groups meet off-site due to lack of space.

“We are so grateful to all who have supported this project,“ says Fr. Roder. “Our construction means we will have new and updated spaces to worship, gather and learn. Our school will have the space and technology to provide the best learning environment for our students, and the church will have spaces to serve all parishioners.” 

Sacred Heart traces its history to Catholic Canadian fur traders in Sioux City. Theophile Brughier, one of those traders, and his wife, the daughter of Chief War Eagle of the Yankton Sioux Tribe, attended Sacred Heart Church while it was in its infancy.

The school opened in September 1920 with 89 students. With the growth of Gateway 2000 and Dakota Dunes, a major addition was added in 1997, and it has continued to grow since.
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