History of Sacred Heart Church, A Vincentian Community


The Catholic mission in Newman is established from St. Stanislaus, Modesto.


The Crows Landing mission (Immaculate Heart of Mary) is established from Newman.  The first Mass celebrated in Patterson is in a drug store.  The plot of land at “I” and Salado Streets is acquired by the San Francisco Archdiocese from the Patterson Ranch Company.


The first Sacred Heart Church (Fr. Connors Hall) is built on the location of the current church and administered from Newman by Spanish Claretian, Fr. Emeterio de Diego, CMF.


Sacred Heart is established as an autonomous parish with attachment of Immaculate Heart of Mary Mission in Crows Landing.  Portuguese born Fr. Julio Martins is named the first resident pastor.


Pastor, Fr. Manuel Rose, begins collection for the new church.


New church dedicated, Pastor, Fr. Joseph Lima, oversees the construction of the rectory.


Vincentian Fathers assume the direction of the parish in June.  Fr. James Connors, CM replaces Fr. John Dermody as pastor.


The parish school is established under the leadership of Pastor, Fr. Harold Beutler, CM with the administration by the Mission San Jose Dominican Sisters.  Sr. Bonaventure Fritz, OP is the school’s first principal.


Pastor, Fr. Edward Whooley, CM sets into motion establishment of Guadalupe Center in Westley on behalf of migrant worker families.  The center opens in 1968.


Under the direction of pastor, Fr. Charles Cannon, CM, new living quarters for clergy and Bonaventure Hall are built in memory of Sr. Bonaventure (d. ’67).


Due to departure of Dominican sisters and rising costs, Sacred Heart School closes.


During 2nd pastorate of Fr. James Connors, CM the Daughters of the Holy spirit arrive and become involved in various parish ministries.


Sacred Heart School reopens, Fr. Thomas Cargo, CM pastor.


Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the arrival of the Vincentian Community.


Immaculate Heart of Mary, Crows Landing Mission


Father Connors Hall, First Sacred Heart Church

Guadalupe Center in Westley


Sacred Heart Church, Patterson, CA