Church of the Sacred Heart

Building a community of hope in Monroe New York

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History of the Main Church


The Building Committee was formed in 1989 chaired by Richard McGrail, a parishioner.
The architectural firm of Degenshein, Denker and Bodnar of Nyack was selected to design the church with Mr. Attila Bodnar, the architect.
The Building Committee selected the Moran Company, a professional fundraising firm to coordinate the Building Fund Campaign.
More than 800 families pledge $1.6 million over a 3-year period.
The stained glass windows were made in Germany in the late 1800s and were purchased from the diocese of Providence, Rhode Island from a school and church that were being closed.

The marble for the altars, pulpit, bapismal font and tabernacle came from St. Mary's Church in Gloversivlle, New York, which was closed by the diocese of Albany.
The Stations of the Cross and the sanctuary chairs came from the Salesian Brothers School in Goshen when it closed. The Stations of the Cross were gold-leafed by a parishioner named Peter Ortel.
The groundbreaking ceremony took place on September 9, 1990 at an open air Mass. IN a symbolic gesture to show the unity of the parish, all those attending the Mass were encouraged to bring shovels to help in the groundbreaking.
The actual construction began in November of 1990. Approximately 10 months later on September 8, 1991 the cornerstone of the church was laid. Using the same trowel that had been used on the convent and the school in 1964, Father Rooney officiated at the ceremony that was part of the annual parish picnic.
On December 18, 1991 the village of Monroe granted a temporary certificate of occupancy for the upper church. Volunteers arrived at the church on December 21 and 22 to help install the pews and to thoroughly clean the church. Young people raked the grounds around the church ridding them of debris left over from the construction. The Christian Service Committee, Sr. Norbert and Sr. Rose decorated the church for Christmas.
Father Rooney and Father Johnson celebrated the first Mass at the Christmas Vigil. The church was filled to capacity. Father Rooney, Father Maguire, Father Johnson and Father Gabe Massaro concelebrated the Midnight Mass.