Catholic New World: Newspaper for the Archdiocese of Chicago

Parish Pride

By Dolores Madlener

Sacred Heart Church

15th Avenue & Iowa Street, Melrose Park

Photo by: Sandy Bertog

Father Victor Miranda
Saturdays 5 p.m./ Sundays 7:30, 9 & 11 a.m.
Seating capacity:
(708) 344-0757
Parish founded:

Founded in 1891 through the efforts of two women and later a German countess, it was multi-lingual from the start. The parish survived a tornado in 1920 that left 18 of its 86 families homeless. The convent and church/school were destroyed. There was no insurance. Parishioners cleaned off the fallen bricks and rebuilt as best they could. A new church, designed by Pirola & Erbach was dedicated in the 1950s, delayed due to the Korean War. The parish welcomed Cuban refugees in the 1960s, and 150 or more come back each year on Sept. 8 to give thanks before their shrine to Our Lady of Cobre. Families of the original Euro-American parishioners still worship here, but there is now a full Hispanic ministry for their newest neighbors. Traditions are alive, like a monthly Holy Hour on first Thursdays, the Holy Name spelling bee for school children, the Women’s Club holiday bazaar, and June’s Feast of the Sacred Heart includes a parish block party.