sacred-heart-radissonSacred Heart
Corner of Hwy 27/70 and Martin St.
One block west of the terminus of Hwy 40
Radisson, 54867, Located in Sawyer County
Phone: 715-266-3441
Year established: 1919
Number of households: 83
Pastor: Fr. Patrick Hardy
Deacon: Jim Frederick
Weekend Masses: Saturday: 4 p.m.; Sunday: 9 a.m.

Describe your faith community
Located in the center of southern Sawyer County, just south of the famous Chippewa flowage, Sacred Heart draws visitors during all seasons of the year to celebrate with a vibrant, mature community consisting of residents from Radisson, Exeland, Couderay, Ojibwa, and points in between and beyond.

“When visitors come to our parish, they will …
… be greeted with friendly smiles and welcomed into fellowship. The fellowship continues after Mass, which included a straight-from-the-heart homily. Visitors will also have the added experience of an authentic Northwoods ambiance set within a small country church. They can oftentimes be heard commenting about a wonderful experience, being spiritually enriched.”

In what way(s) does your parish proclaim the Gospel with its actions?
Several of our members have completed the two-year lay ministry program and/or lay leader of prayer training. We have an active adult education program, including RCIA, as well as small group gatherings, Bible study and religious education programs for the youth.

Annually, a Mass and picnic are held in the Ojibwa Park, rain or shine, and everyone is welcome.

The ladies’ rosary society and ladies’ quilting group (220-plus quilts to date) fundraise to support needs not only within the parish but local and private needs within the area at large: senior and pregnancy centers, Christmas trays for shut-ins, Catholic schools, domestic and foreign missions, neighboring parishes, food pantries, families affected by disasters, as well as providing new furnishings for the church, e.g., altar, lectern, etc.

The men’s group focuses on evangelistic needs, hosting a variety of guest speakers, funding weekend or weeklong retreats for confirmands, and providing for the necessary education materials.

Funds are raised on a free-will basis by putting on an annual Valentine breakfast and in the immediate future, a “Taste of Italy” dinner.

What is something about your parish most people might not know?
In 1919, what was then known as the Old George Washington School was purchased and became the Sacred Heart Church. It remained as such until a new church was built in 1945. In 1969, a parish hall was added and the church was remodeled in 2004. Updating and maintenance has continued since. The old school/church, now privately owned, is located in Radisson, next to the village hall.