About Our Church
Welcome To Our Parish
Welcome to Sacred Heart Catholic Church Community. The Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish family extends a warm welcome to all new parishioners and invites all members of our faith community to a deeper sense of belonging.
Our identity as a people of God is rooted in our shared belief in God as Our Father and Jesus Christ as Lord to all. We desire to be a community of brothers and sisters for one another, united by the Holy Spirit, and our call is to live the Lord's presence in our daily lives. We pray that we shall be united in our vision as a believing, praying, and caring community.
We pray to the Holy Spirit in guiding us to the ministry that we are called to serve and to become active believers through works of faith in our parish. We seek a deeper spiritual formation in our Christian life, recognizing and sharing our particular gifts and talents with the community. We especially encourage you to experience more completely a sense of belonging and to share more fully the gift of yourself in thanksgiving to the Lord for your call to minister to others, as we continue our faith journey with Christ, our brothers and sisters.
God's graces and blessing be with you all.
Your Brother in Christ,
Fr. Dennis R. Juan
Our Parish History
The first Mass in Griffin took place in 1879 with five Catholics in attendance. A Catholic chapel was erected by a small group of Catholics, after obtaining permission from Bishop Kelley of Savanah. The chapel was dedicated on May 2, 1910, and was named Sacred Heart Church. The Reverend Harry Clark first served the mission parish each month from Saint Joseph Church in Athens, GA. Mass was celebrated weekly beginning in 1926. The Redemptorist Fathers took over the mission in May 1942. On June 9, 1942, Sacred Heart became a parish with over 120 members. The first resident pastor was the Reverend John Walsh.
The Sisters of Notre Dame opened Sacred Heart School in October 1946. the school included grades 1 to 8; it was a success and endured until 1973. The last Mass in the old church was in September 1973, when Mass was transferred to the school hall.
It was not until December 18, 1982, almost 100 years after the arrival of the first Catholics, that a new church was dedicated by Archbishop Thomas A. Donnellan. The church featured a round stained-glass window with a biblical Sacred Heart image designed by the Trappist monks of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers. The parish currently has 317 registered households.