WHO WE ARE
We are a Faith Community that recognizes our engagement in the Mission of Jesus to build the Kingdom of God here and now. We affirm God's gifts to this diverse community and strive to live out the following beliefs:
WE BELIEVE that we are the living presence of Jesus. We gather to celebrate and proclaim the Good News by our active participation through our worship life.
WE BELIEVE that we are called to provide Christ-centered formation and education for all our members based on Scripture and Catholic Tradition. We recognize the need to nurture growth in faith in all ages.
WE BELIEVE in the dignity of all people. We dedicate our faith community as servants for others within our parish and in our community. Our efforts reflect our dedication for social justice and concern for the poor.
WE BELIEVE in the just stewardship of time, talent and treasure through the cooperative efforts of the pastoral team and parish membership.
WE BELIEVE that we must strive to help all people share more fully in the love of Jesus Christ by being an inviting and welcoming community.
Sacred Heart Catholic Parish formed in 1915 to meet the growing needs for a Catholic Church in the northwest side of Racine. In 1916, construction of our first Church was completed, and in August of that year our school opened in the same building. As the parish and school grew, it soon became evident that one building could no longer house both church and school, so construction of a new church began in 1925.
Over the years, the parish continued to grow, as did the school. Until the 1960s when it became clear the we would once again need to build a newer, larger church to accommodate our parish. The school had yet again expanded in 1958, and the Parish had been accumulating plots of land for the last decade in anticipation of the growth. In 1967, construction began, and in 1968 the church we worship in today was completed.
In the decades that have passed, our school and parish have continued to develop. We were blessed in 2012 to welcome Father Ricardo Martin as our new pastor. Our school, once known as Sacred Heart school, has combined with St John Nepomuk to create John Paul II Academy, in honor of the recently canonized Saint John Paul II. In 2014, projectors and screens were added to the sanctuary to help facilitate following the Mass.
Looking into the future, the parish of Sacred Heart seeks to keep in mind not only its mission statement, but also the last words Jesus spoke in the Gospel of Matthew: "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and behold, I am with you always, to the close of the age."