Sacred Heart Church and its Neighborhood

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1stJames Sheehan18761880Worcester
2ndPatrick Phelan18801919Calvary Cemetery (Holyoke)
3rdWilliam Foley19191939Saint Thomas Cemetery (West Springfield)
4thJames McGillicuddy19391949Calvary Cemetery (Holyoke)
5thJames Fitzgibbon19491968Calvary Cemetery (Holyoke)
6thThomas O’Malley19691971
7thWilliam O’Shea19721975
8thEdward Keyes19761981
9thDavid Joyce19821986
10thAlfred Cournoyer19871992
11thFrancis Riley19931999
12thJean Thibodeau-Lessard2000

stop A – Sacred Heart Church

Sacred Heart Church was started in 1876 as an offspring of the Saint Jerome Church.

Its steeple was not built until 1897 due to lack of money. It has been an anchor to the Churchill neighborhood of Holyoke ever since.

stop B – Sacred Heart Chapel

The Sacred Heart Chapel is located in the back right area of the church. It is small compared to most chapels.

stop C – South Chestnut Street School

The South Chestnut Street School is at the northwest corner of Sargeant and Chestnut Streets. The southwest corner at the same intersection has a large apartment block called the Clinton.

stop D – Sacred Heart Auditorium

The Sacred Heart Auditorium faces onto Chestnut Street.

stop E – Sacred Heart School

Sacred Heart School started in

Across Franklin Street from the school is 348 Chestnut Street. This is the Lafrance Block. It was built in 1915. in 2019 it was awarded a Holyoke CPA grant.

stop F – Sacred Heart Convent

The Sacred Heart Convent was started in . It face onto Maple Street in Holyoke.

stop G – Sacred Heart Rectory

James Sheehan the first priest of Sacred Heart Parish started the rectory. It was just completed the year he died – 1880. It is fashioned in the Second Empire Style.

stop H – Churchill Neighborhood

There are and were very many churches in the Churchill neighborhood but that is not why it is called Church Hill. Most likely it is Church Hill because the Sacred Heart Church had such a large steeple. The Churchill neighborhood in the 1870s served the Irish Catholics of the area with some Quebec ethnicity. Teh neighborhood has changed greatly since then.