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Sacred Heart of Jesus Church 150th anniversary

The current Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Winchester was dedicated in 1989. The 1,640-pound bell consecrated in 1880, was used at the old Sacred Heart of Jesus Church on Loudoun Street in downtown Winchester. It is now installed on a pedestal between the church and the rectory (far right). LESLIE MILLER | CATHOLIC HERALD
The 1,640-pound bell consecrated in 1880, was used at the old Sacred Heart of Jesus Church on Loudoun Street in downtown Winchester. It is now installed on a pedestal between the church and the rectory as a reminder of the church’s history. COURTESY
Sacred Heart of Jesus Church (right), dedicated in 1989, sits two miles west of downtown Winchester on a sprawling campus shared with Sacred Heart Academy, founded in 1957. COURTESY
The current Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Winchester was dedicated in 1989. LESLIE MILLER | CATHOLIC HERALD
This courtyard statue outside the main entry is one of many images of the Sacred Heart around the parish. A yearlong series of events will focus on Sacred Heart devotions. LESLIE MILLER | CATHOLIC HERALD
This courtyard statue outside the main entry is one of many images of the Sacred Heart around the parish. A yearlong series of events will focus on Sacred Heart devotions. LESLIE MILLER | CATHOLIC HERALD
This courtyard statue outside the main entry is one of many images of the Sacred Heart around the parish. A yearlong series of events will focus on Sacred Heart devotions. LESLIE MILLER | CATHOLIC HERALD
This large abstract stained-glass window is inside the front entry of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Winchester. LESLIE MILLER | CATHOLIC HERALD
Parishioners pray on a recent Friday afternoon at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Winchester. LESLIE MILLER | CATHOLIC HERALD
The round stained-glass window above the altar is one of many images of the Sacred Heart around the parish. A yearlong series of events will focus on Sacred Heart devotions. LESLIE MILLER | CATHOLIC HERALD
This life-size statue on the lower level is one of many images of the Sacred Heart around the parish. A yearlong series of events will focus on Sacred Heart devotions. LESLIE MILLER | CATHOLIC HERALD
The groundbreaking of the new Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Winchester in October 1987 was led by Fr. Lee W. Gross (left), associate pastor, and Fr. James D. Muldowney, pastor.  FILE
The old Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, with a cornerstone dated 1870, still stands on Loudoun Street in downtown Winchester. It is now home to a Presbyterian church. LESLIE MILLER | CATHOLIC HERALD
The old Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, with a cornerstone dated 1870, still stands on Loudoun Street in downtown Winchester. It is now home to a Presbyterian church. LESLIE MILLER | CATHOLIC HERALD
A copy of the Catholic Mirror newspaper from 1870 was among commemorative items found in a box inside the cornerstone of the old Sacred Heart of Jesus Church on Loudoun Street in Winchester.  SACRED HEART CATHOLIC CHURCH COLLECTION, STEWART BELL JR. ARCHIVES ROOM, HANDLEY REGIONAL LIBRARY, WINCHESTER, VA.
This hand-lettered page in Latin was among commemorative items found in a box inside the cornerstone of the old Sacred Heart of Jesus Church on Loudoun Street in Winchester.  SACRED HEART CATHOLIC CHURCH COLLECTION, STEWART BELL JR. ARCHIVES ROOM, HANDLEY REGIONAL LIBRARY, WINCHESTER, VA.
This large Sacred Heart painting on canvas was displayed on the ceiling of the Loudoun Street church. It was reproduced on this 1995 postcard in honor of the parish’s 125th anniversary. SACRED HEART CATHOLIC CHURCH COLLECTION, STEWART BELL JR. ARCHIVES ROOM, HANDLEY REGIONAL LIBRARY, WINCHESTER, VA.
This color postcard shows the old Sacred Heart of Jesus Church on Loudoun Street, circa 1930-1960. The postcard was published by the Shenandoah News Agency. SACRED HEART CATHOLIC CHURCH COLLECTION, STEWART BELL JR. ARCHIVES ROOM, HANDLEY REGIONAL LIBRARY, WINCHESTER, VA.
This 1870 letter, found among commemorative items in a box in the cornerstone, asks for prayers for the Fagan family and their beloved priests, “whose bodies will have mouldered into dust ere you read this.”  SACRED HEART CATHOLIC CHURCH COLLECTION, STEWART BELL JR. ARCHIVES ROOM, HANDLEY REGIONAL LIBRARY, WINCHESTER, VA.
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