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Parish Concept Study

Since 1830, Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish has served the Juniata River Valley by celebrating the sacraments, proclaiming the Word, and ministering to those in need. For almost 200 years, Christ’s love and light have been radiating from the corner of 3rd and North Dorcas Streets to the far reaches of Mifflin and Juniata Counties, and beyond. Our church, almost a century old, is the center of this holy stewardship, along with our school, the rectory, and the parish office.

In a recent survey to the parish, it was determined that our buildings are compromised by modern demands. We must invest in our facilities now so we can continue to support the mission of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish for generations to come.

Concept Study Prayer:
Lord God, Almighty Father, we thank you for the gift of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, our spiritual home in this life, guiding us, by Your grace, to the Eternal Life to come.  We thank you for our many baptisms, weddings, and confirmations that have taken place in our nearly 100-year-old church, for the thousands of students taught in our school over the years, and for the countless masses celebrated and absolutions imparted.  Help us now to give back to this beautiful church in thanksgiving for her many years of service to us.  Help us to create a place to gather and grow so that we may rejoice in Your plan for our people…together.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen

Concept Vision Statement:
Our vision is to renovate and update our buildings to increase our useable spaces, make them safe, secure and accessible to everyone, and provide state of the art technology and amenities, such as:

  • An expanded church narthex (entrance/lobby), an elevator and stairs leading to a newly renovated church basement, with room for meals and meetings
  • ADA accessible entrances and bathrooms
  • Security cameras, lighting, and doors
  • Projectors/screens for presentations, increased Internet connectivity

As we refresh our facilities, we can renew our spirit of mission and ministry, better serving our parishioners and the surrounding community.

To make this vision a reality, we are calling upon each and every parishioner to pray and share their opinions on moving forward. We do not have cost figures at this point. However, before a capital campaign would begin we would review a budget plan with the parish for the project.

Feasibility Study Survey - Link will take you to Survey Monkey

Feasibility Study Campaign Website

Concept Study Presentation (Click Here)

Parishoner Testimony (Tom Soccio)

Parishoner Testimony (Marcie Cirota) 

To Submit a Questions Please Click Here