Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church

Historical Chronology


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1608                -  founding of Quebec and the Church in New France

1615                - first vist of Champlain and missionaries to Huronia

                        - the epic mission work and martyrdom of Brebeuf and His Brethren
                                  - winter mission trips to the Petuns living in this area followed the Saugeen River

1649                - the burning of Ste Marie Among the Hurons

1853 - 1961        - Mildmay’s first Catholic settlers, small in number, were visited by Rev.                                            Caspar Matoga, S.J.: Rev. William Blettner, S.J.; and Rev. George                                                 Laufhuber, S.J. periodically

                        -  the Catholic pioneers journeyed mostly to Formosa for their spiritual                                                 ministrations because Formosa received more frequent visits from these                                     Jesuits than did Mildmay.

                         -  When a log church was constructed in Deemerton in 1861, the Mernersville                                     (Mildmay) Catholics attended there.

1861 - 1880        - when Rev. Archangelus Gstir, O.S.F., became resident pastor of Formosa, he                                 tended to the spiritual welfare of the Mernersville flock until 1865. 
                        - His successor was Rev. J.J. Schmitz, who continued this work until 1866,
                        - Rev. Francis Rassaerts was named in charge of Carlsruhe in 1866 and looked                                     after this charge from that headquarters. 

1880  - 1895     - When Deemerton became an independent parish, Mildmay was attached as a                                 mission. 
                        - Rev. George Brohman was the first pastor at Deemerton. 

                      - in 1877, the first church was erected , dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. 
                    - At that time, there were only 20 Catholic families in Mildmay. 
                    - Father Brohman was transferred to Formosa from Deemerton in 1895 but                                         continued to serve the Mildmay Catholics from that centre.

                - It was under his leadership that the first separate school was established in                                     Mildmay in 1880, the church being used for a school until 1881, when the school                         building was completed. 

                - Father Brohman built the first Mildmay rectory in 1885, and secured a bell for the                             church.

1895            - Mildmay became a parish. 
                    - For a few years immediately preceding,  Rev. Joseph Wey pastor of Deemerton                             also celebrated Mass at times, substituting for Father Brohman.

In 1895, while Rev. Clement Brohman was pastor, the former convent was sold                                 and a residence closer to the church was purchased.

1903            - The first pastor of Mildmay was Father Michael Halm continuing in office until                                     19?? returning again from 1915-1917

1912            - Construction of the present church was begun in April, while Father Lehman ??                                 was pastor.

                    - The cornerstone was laid on July 23, 1912 and it was dedicated to the Sacred                                     Heart, November 23, 1913.

                     - in 1915 - 1917, Father Halm returned for a two-year term of office

1917            - Father Alphonsus C. Montag was placed in charge
                     - and  continued as parish priest for 34 years until 1951

1951            - Rev. William J. Nolan was appointed pastor.

1958            - Father J.G. Hoffarth succeeded Father Nolan and remained until 1960

1960 – 1965  - Rev. W.L Ryan
the church was redecorated
                     - while changes were made, fortunately little of the old
was lost (except the                                                         communion rail)

1965 – 1969    - Rev. V. W. McNamara

1969 – 1973    - Rev. H. J. Schmuck

                       - o
n July 29, 1969, the church was damaged by fire and smoke
                        - this necessitated another redecoration of the interior of the church.
                        - Many of the old wall and ceiling decorations were painted over and the 3                                             sanctuary murals were lost

1973 – 1976    - Rev. Wm. Sherlock

1976 – 1980    - Rev. V.H. Cullaton
                         - a
new heating system was installed

June 1980 – February 1982        - Rev. L.J. Quinlan

February 1982 to June 1982      - Rev. D.J. Noon, administrator

1982 -          - Rev. John Stapleton was appointed pastor
the church steeple was repaired at a cost of $35,000.00

                    - new Carpet was installed through the benevolence of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Goetz and a donation from the Catholic Women’s League.

More to come