Friends of Sacred Heart Church
In response to the recommendation by the Diocesan Pastoral Planning committee and the decision to suppress Sacred Heart Parish and close the Sacred Heart Church building as of June 30, 2014, the Sacred Heart Parish Council has struck an ad hoc committee, the Future of Sacred Heart Church (FSHC) committee.
The committee has met monthly since July of 2012 to formulate plans to secure ownership of Sacred Heart Church and cemetery from the diocese and to continue to operate the facility as a community centre/museum. It is hoped that this community centre museum will host events and educational activities for the general public and tourists.
Application has been made to Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stocks for the incorporation of the Friends of Sacred Heart Church Society which, it is hoped, will operate the church after June 2014. The Friends of Sacred Heart Church Trust Fund has also been established to help financially support the efforts of the FSHC Society.
We see Sacred Heart Church as pillar of a new heritage dialogue for the Northend of Sydney. St. George’s Church tells the 18th century British colonial story of the development of the Anglican Church in colonial Sydney, St. Patrick’s Church Museum tells the story of the 19th and early 20th century catholic religious experience in Northend Sydney. The construction of Sacred Heart Church and the growth of the parish parallels the 20th century industrial steel and coal period and documents the contributions made by the parishioners to the development of a modern Industrial city.
This June (2013), the three parishes of Sacred Heart, St. Joseph’s, and St. Anthony Daniel will begin to operate as one. Mass will still be held at Sacred Heart every week and weddings, funerals and other liturgical services will still be delivered at the church until June 2014. At that time all formal church services will be transferred to St. Joseph’s.