Church of the Sacred Heart, South Plainfield, N.J.: Parish Organizations and Service Groups Responding to the Evolving Community and Cultural Needs

Sacred Heart Holy Name Society Communion Breakfast at the Washington House, Watchung, NJ., ca 1930.

The Archives of the Church of the Sacred Heart, South Plainfield, New Jersey is a professionally curated and processed collection documenting over 110 years of parish history and service to the community.  The collection consists of approximately 90 linear feet of documents, blueprints, maps, photographs, mixed media and ephemera, with inclusive dates from 1901 to 2021, with the bulk of the collection from 1950 -2021.

The collection is maintained on an ongoing basis and made available to parishioners and researchers.

In the 100-plus years since Sacred Heart Church was established, parish groups and organizations have served the Sacred Heart community, the Borough of South Plainfield and beyond, through their works of service, charity and prayer, in responding to the needs of the times. As society and societal realities have changed over the years, Sacred Heart has responded, in part, through their parish organizations and service groups.

Some organizations have come and gone, like the Holy Name Society, which began in the 1920’s or the Lady’s Sodality of the 1930’s.  Others remain, namely the Rosary Altar Society, and new groups have come into existence such as the Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual and Transgender (In God’s Image – GLBT) faith sharing group, the Charismatic Prayer Group, and God’s Special People – an outreach of volunteers helping to meet the spiritual needs of the mentally disabled.

This archival collection contains evidentiary documentation of the parish’s rich history of service to its diverse communities and serves as a model for preserving such histories.

Pope John XXIII’s aim in calling for the Second Vatican Council was for the Church to become a more accessible and approachable place that embraced the unity of humanity in its very diversity.  Sacred Heart’s evolving groups and organizations are a testimony to the success of the Council’s vision.


Contacts

Sacred Heart Parish Center
200 Randolph Ave.
South Plainfield, NJ 07080

Bob Golon – Parish Archivist
bob.golon@gmail.com

Sister Kathleen Rooney, SSJ
kathleenrooneyssj@gmail.com

Sister Nadine Boyle, RSM
srnadine@comcast.net


Documents & Resources


Photos

Lady’s Sodality, outside Pfaff’s Restaurant, Metuchen, NJ, June 12, 1938
Lady’s Sodality, outside Pfaff’s Restaurant, Metuchen, NJ, June 12, 1938
May Crowning 1947, original Church building, with Father Harding
May Crowning 1947, original Church building, with Father Harding
May Crowning, 2019, Church chapel, Rosary Altar Society
May Crowning, 2019, Church chapel, Rosary Altar Society
Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites; inductees and the brown scapular they receive and wear, Sacred Heart Church, 2019
Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites; inductees and the brown scapular they receive and wear, Sacred Heart Church, 2019
God’s Special People Monthly Mass, 1990
God’s Special People Monthly Mass, 1990
God’s Special People celebrates 25th anniversary, 2009
God’s Special People celebrates 25th anniversary, 2009
Sacred Heart volunteers helping to clean up and repair a house in Union Beach, NJ destroyed by Superstorm Sandy, January 2013
Sacred Heart volunteers helping to clean up and repair a house in Union Beach, NJ destroyed by Superstorm Sandy, January 2013
Rides, games and homemade food! Parish volunteers serve up their delicacies at the four-day Sacred Heart Funstival, which ran every May from 1978-2002
Rides, games and homemade food! Parish volunteers serve up their delicacies at the four-day Sacred Heart Funstival, which ran every May from 1978-2002