first 25 years...
1966: The Most Reverend Charles P. Greco, Bishop of
Alexandria, saw the need for an additional parish in Shreveport.
The Rev. Richard J. Lombard was appointed founding pastor of the
new "Sacred Heart of Jesus" Parish.
1966: Fr. Lombard, having received an indication of the
boundaries of the new parish, began meeting some of his new
parishioners and making a survey of its population. He set
up a temporary residence and central contact point at St.
Theresa's and conducted the first meeting of his parishioners at
St. Theresa's auditorium.
1966: Fr. Lombard continued to keep informed via mail
and personally. He made arrangements for temporary places of
worship. At a general parishioners meeting on the 17th
organizational topics were discussed; and in a follow-up letter,
the month of May 1966 was dedicated to the formal organization of
1966: On the 2nd important organizations were
established - Ushers, Commentators, and members of the Holy Name
Society as well as pastoral and finance committees. This was
also the inception of the Sacred Heart Men's Club. On the
3rd the women of the parish met. At this meeting
approximately five Mary's Workers circles were formed with
officers. This was the inception of what is now known as the
1966: Fr. Lombard receives a letter authorizing him to
purchase four acres of land on which to build a church. This
is where the current church is located. On the 22nd, Fr.
Lombard sent letters to all parishioners advising them of parish
boundaries (which would include about 90 families). He
leased a temporary parsonage. On the 27th a welcome is held
for the newly assigned families.
1966: The first masses as a separate parish were held at
a nearby Holiday Inn at 8 am and 11 am on August 21, 1966.
Registration and plans were completed for a CCD program to be
conducted between the masses.
1966: The official Charter for the Congregation of the
Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church of Caddo Parish,
Shreveport LA was issued. This Charter was for a non-profit
religious corporation. Approval was received for the
four-acre plot of land to build a church, rectory, and primary
1966: The Men's Club of Sacred Heart formulated and
passed a constitution and bylaws.
1967: Under the direction of Bishop Greco, Sacred
Heart's parish council constitution and bylaws were formed.
There will be 15 members comprised of trustees, heads of parish
organizations, and delegates at large.
1967: The four-acre plot (where the church now stands)
is officially purchased. An architectural firm in Shreveport
developed and overall plot plan indicating the possible
positioning of buildings. Initially one church and a rectory
were to be built.
1967: Sacred Heart now has about 128 families.
1967: Because of forecasted remodeling at the temporary
location (Holiday Inn) Sacred Heart's activities were moved to the
Howard Johnson on Monkhouse Drive.
1968: On the 14th plans for the church and rectory were
completed and posted for viewing. The cost was to be about
$250,000. Note: during construction the 14 stained
glass windows were ordered from Germany. These windows were
graciously donated by 14 devoted families of the parish.
1969: The parking lot was completed and Fr. Lombard took
residence in the new rectory. The first masses were offered
in the new and permanent Sacred Heart Church. In a time span
of only 2 1/2 years Sacred Heart became a visible and viable
1969: Bishop Charles P. Greco formally dedicated Sacred
1975: The Ladies Guild formally drafted and passed their
constitution and bylaws.
1976: An education/activities building was added to the
physical plant at a cost of about $70,000 which was added to the
1986: On the 1st, Fr. Lombard officially burned the
mortgage of Sacred Heart Parish. This was full nine years
earlier than scheduled. He left the parish debt free.
On the 4th Msgr. Harry Barker was appointed pastor. On the
16th, the Diocese of Shreveport was established with Most Reverend
William B. Friend as its first bishop.
1986: Bishop Friend appointed Clary Nash a permanent
deacon of Sacred Heart Parish.
1986: Sr. Huberta Gallatin, CDP was assigned to the
parish by her order and became the coordinator of the religious
1988: Msgr. Barker and Sr. Huberta recognized the
dramatic increase in CCD students. Two additional classrooms
were added and paid for at a cost of about $19,000. Much of
the construction was completed by volunteer parishioners.
1989: St. Theresa was closed and Sacred Heart's
boundaries were expanded. Deacon Clary Nash was transferred
to the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans.
1989: A second education building (with 3 classrooms)
was completed at a cost of about $24,000.
1991: The population of the parish is about 272
families. Several improvement projects (parking lot and
drainage) were made at a cost of about $66,000.