About Our Church
We, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, united in faith, strive to worship, play and work together for the building of Christ’s kingdom of justice, peace and love in our community.
Parish Mission Statement
Sacred Heart Catholic Church is a Catholic Community dedicated to giving praise to God through communal worship, Christian formation and service to others.
In support of this mission, we are committed to
providing holistic education and formation
providing support and enrichment for all parishioners
identifying and responding to others in need
reaching out to the inactive and the unchurched with Christ’s message of love and salvation
sharing with other faith communities
being good stewards in the furtherance of these goals.
Unique among the Catholic communities in Fremont, Sacred Heart Catholic Church is the youngest and the only Catholic Church on the East side of the city.
In June 1956, Bishop Rehring appointed Fr. Leo A. Lehmkuhl to Fremont St. Joseph Parish as an assistant pastor with the duty of starting a new parish on the east side of Fremont. The new parish was officially established on September 8, 1956. Its area included the east side of Fremont to the borders of St. Mary, Clyde, and St. Mary, Tiffin. At the time the parish was formed, 2,200 persons were listed as members.
At first, Sunday Mass was celebrated in the Fremont National Guard Armory on the East Side of State Street, Fremont. On August 12, 1958, a new church and school building was solemnly blessed by Bishop Rehring. Sacred Heart School opened on September 5, 1958, with an enrollment of 360 students in eight classrooms. Due to the large enrollment, eight additional classrooms were constructed the following year. The Sisters of Notre Dame were among the faculty of Sacred Heart School from its beginning until 2002.
During the first 12 years of the parish, Fr. Lehmukuhl served as "Father Sacred Heart," encouraging its growth by building church, school, convent, and rectory. He implemented the vision of Vatican Council II, celebrating the first liturgy with the priest facing the people and inviting the laity into active ministry.
New to our Parish
If you are new to the parish, please register at the Parish Office:
419-332-9296 or <click here>
Annual Catholic Appeal
The ACA supports many of the educational, spiritual, and service ministries with our Diocese. Every Catholic family or individual is asked for their financial and prayerful support. Gifts can be made online by visiting www.toledodiocese.org, dropped into the weekly collection basket or mailed directly to the Diocese at:
Diocese of Toledo-ACA
PO Box 917
Toledo, OH 43697