The church came about when an immigrant family from Hungary started praying for a church in their little town of Rock Creek. Their names were Joe & Rose Kujbus. Eventully they noticed a
10 acre plot of ground and decided it would be a good spot for a church.
Finally, through a friend the Kujbus got word to Bishop Emmett M. Walsh, who then appointed Father Rath, then Pastor of Assumption Parish in Geneva to set up a mission church. Rose ,who was devoted to the Scared Heart ask for the church to be named Sacred Heart.
Father Rath started saying mass at Rock Creek Elementry School every Sunday at 8:30 am starting on October 14th, 1956. The initial church had fourteen families.
The Kujbus donated their ten acres of land to build their new church. Construction began in July of 1959 and was finished in time to celebrate mass on Christmas Eve, 1959.
On July 24th, 1960, Bishop Walsh gave Sacred Heart Church “Parish Status.” The first six pastors did not have to share their work with any other parish. A new rectory was completed in 1972, accommodating the priest and a housekeeper.
In June of 1975 a section of Rock Creek Union Cemetery was purchased and Bishop William Hughes consecrated this as the Sacred Heart Memorial Section. The bell tower was also erected at the church in 1975. The bronze bell was cast about 1898 and originally hung at St. Joseph Church,Newton Falls. The social center annex, a multi-purpose building was completed on October 14th , 1976 which Bishop James Malone blessed and consecrated.
Father John Rath organized the Altar and Rosary Society on December 4th, 1956 with nine members at the first meeting. Today the A & R Society is still going strong with 14 active members and 7 inactive members who show up when workers are needed. We raise money with an annual 2 day sale on Labor Day weekend, and Meatloaf and Cabbage Roll dinners twice a year, and other smaller fund raisers throughout the year. The money raised goes to help with projects in the church.
Much has changed since our 50th anniversary. Many have passed away or relocated. They are all part of our communion of saints that we pray for. Today we are a twin parish with St. Mary’s. Our Knights of Columbus is active and shares a council with St. Mary’s.
Our 60th anniversary was celebrated On December 4, 2016 at a luncheon after mass with the older members sharing their memories with the rest of us. This year we are 62 years and going strong.
3049 State Route 45
Rock Creek, Ohio 44084
Saturday Vigil: 4:00pm
Holy Days: 12:00pm
Weekdays: Wednesday & Friday 12:00pm
Rev. Daniel Finnerty, Administrator