Behind the Scenes
The Catholics of Walkerton were served by missionaries during the mid-19th century. In 1870 the community became a mission of Formosa, and in 1872 it was made a parish, with Fr. John Keough as pastor. Oryginally, the community gathered for Mass in people's homes, then in an old school house, and later in a court house. Finally the church was built in 1872. Major renovations in 1927 resulted in the addition of a basement and an expansion of the nave. Interior decoration of the Sacred Heart was changed in 2004.
Sacred Heart Parish has been served over the years by courageous missionaries, strong bishops, and dedicated priests who cared for and enhanced the spiritual and temporal welfare of the community. The Catholic Women's League, the Knights of Columbus, the Young Adults, the Parish Life Group, the Senior Group, the Cursillo Group, and Social Justice have each made unique contributions, along with other organizations and committees.
Here at Sacred Heart Parish, we see the value in everyone. We want to be a catalyst for positive change, and since our beginnings in 1872, we’ve been driven by the same ideas we initially founded our Catholic Parish upon: support, empowerment, and progress.
Learn more about our mission, our vision, and how we go about making the changes we want to see.