Sacred Heart

504 Fulton St., Peoria, IL 61602

Mass Times:  

Sunday 10:00 a.m.

Monday 12:05 p.m.    

Tuesday 12:05 p.m.     

Wednesday 12:05 p.m.    

Thursday 12:05 p.m.    

Friday 12:05 p.m.  

Saturday 7:30 a.m.  


Sacred Heart Church from 11am until noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 7am until 7:25am on Saturdays. 
For the time being, we will not be using the confessionals but rather the room to the left as you come in from the parking lot. This will allow for more space and ventilation while still providing the options to go face to face or behind a screen. Look for blue tape on the entrance hall floor to mark where to wait. There will be spacing. Please wear your mask. Sanitizer will be provided as you come and go.

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1878—Sacred Heart is founded by the Capuchin Fathers, Fr. Anthony Schuermann, O.M. Cap., the first pastor and Fr. Titus Steiner, O.M.Cap., his assistant.  They were commissioned by Bishop Spalding to organize the parish. 

September 4, 1878—Fr. Anthony bought lots 6, 7, 8 with a frontage on Madison and Fulton Streets of 171 feet.  The property was bought for the sum of $20,000.00.  The first services were held in the newly acquired residence on the eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost,

September 19, 1879—the contract to build Sacred Heart Church, School, and Monastery was awarded to Meint F. Meints.  All three buildings were finished within 90 days.   1883—Arrangements were made with Schlaudecker for the installation of a pipe organ.

October 6, 1879—Fr. Anthony Schuermann was able to bless the cornerstone. 

1879—Ursuline sisters purchased the Griswalld residence and were teachers in Sacred Heart School from 1880 until 1890.

January 11, 1880—Sacred Heart Church was dedicated.

1892—Little frame house on corner was removed.

1893—Friars minors assumed pastoral care of Sacred Heart until June 2015.

1895—The frame church which until that time faced Madison Street was moved around so as to face Fulton Street, thus providing more room for the building of a substantial rectory and school.  Immediately after the church was set in its new location it was redecorated.  Pictured is the first church after it was turned around to face Fulton Street.

August 21, 1904—Services were held for the last time in this church. 

May 21, 1905—Cornerstone for the new church was set.

October 21, 1906—Cornerstone for the first church was inserted in the new building near the side entrance and the new church was dedicated.

1912—The Henebery estate gave a generous donation for the purchase of a new organ.

April 1931—The beginning of the special devotions to be held every Tuesday in honor of St. Anthony.

2005—The Church is fully renovated by Fr. Larry Zurek, OFM.

2015—Franciscan friars return pastoral leadership to diocesan priests and Sacred Heart becomes part of the Heart of Peoria Catholic Community.