The first 25
January 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"
February 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.
April 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 parish societies.
May 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
June 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.
August 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.
September 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
November 1966: The Men's
Club of Sacred Heart formulated and passed a constitution and bylaws.
February 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.
April 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.
June 1967: Sacred Heart now
has about 128 families.
December 1967: Because of
forecasted remodeling at the temporary location (Holiday Inn) Sacred
Heart's activities were moved to the Howard Johnson on Monkhouse Drive.
July 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.
July 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 reality.
October 1969: Bishop Charles
P. Greco formally dedicated Sacred Heart Church.
November 1975: The Ladies
Guild formally drafted and passed their constitution and bylaws.
October 1976: An
education/activities building was added to the physical plant at a cost
of about $70,000 which was added to the existing mortgage.
June 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.
July 1986: Bishop Friend
appointed Clary Nash a permanent deacon of Sacred Heart Parish.
August 1986: Sr. Huberta
Gallatin, CDP was assigned to the parish by her order and became the
coordinator of the religious education programs.
December 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
June 1989: St. Theresa was
closed and Sacred Heart's boundaries were expanded. Deacon Clary
Nash was transferred to the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans.
August 1989: A second
education building (with 3 classrooms) was completed at a cost of about
April 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.