Sacred Heart Church in Rolette celebrates 100th anniversary

by Sacred Heart Church, Rolette

Priests and altar servers gather with Bishop Folda outside Sacred Heart Church in Rolette on Sept. 16. (submitted photo)

A joyous faith community celebration took place Sept. 16 at Sacred Heart Church in Rolette. Current and past parishioners, community members, and clergy gathered to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the parish.

The celebration started with Mass, celebrated by Bishop John Folda and concelebrated by Father Paulraj Thondappa, pastor; Father Tom Graner, former pastor; Father Frank Miller, dean of deanery six; and deanery six priests.

The Mass began with beautiful music by organist Gail Tastad and a brief welcome by Jim Mongeon.

After the final blessing, there was a brief, lighthearted program led by Amy Jo Leonard. Bishop Folda, Father Garner, Father Thondappa, and elder parishioner Carmen Richard addressed the congregation during the program with stories of yesteryear and memories they hold dear.

Carmen Richard invited Sister Marlys Dionne to join her at the pulpit in saying the Hail Mary in French, with many in the congregation joining in as they did years ago during their time at Notre Dame Academy. Following the program, those gathered rekindled past friendships with parishioners who have moved away and were introduced to children and grandchildren that came along after they left Sacred Heart. One former parishioner said, “I wouldn’t have missed this for the world. This parish will always be my home!” The cheerful reception continued for many hours as people shared stories, photos, and hugs.