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Sacred Heart celebrates 150 years in Tampa

The Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Tampa celebrates the 150th anniversary this month of its beginning,  starting as the smaller St. Louis Catholic Church. The iconic building is  105 years old. Events include a special Feb. 14 Mass.

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The Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Tampa celebrates the 150th anniversary this month of its beginning, starting as the smaller St. Louis Catholic Church. The iconic building is 105 years old. Events include a special Feb. 14 Mass.

DOWNTOWN — The landmark Sacred Heart Catholic Church is turning 150, and parishioners plan to celebrate throughout the year.

The current building, which towers over the corner of Twiggs Street and Florida Avenue, is actually 105 years old. But before it was built, churchgoers attended the much smaller St. Louis Catholic Church, which opened 150 years ago this month. That church was later renamed Sacred Heart.

The 1,950-family parish invites the community to join its anniversary celebration.

"We have a wonderful history and a good presence in the city," said the Rev. Andrew Reitz, pastor of the parish. "We've got a bright future ahead of us because we keep growing, and we just want to invite everybody to come celebrate that fact that we've been here 150 years."

The church plans several events this year in honor of its 150th anniversary, including a special Mass at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 14 with the Franciscan Provincial, the head of the largest group of friars in the United States. There is also a Franciscan Lenten Retreat at 7 p.m. March 7-10 and a concert at 3 p.m. March 14.

For more information or a calendar of events, call (813) 229-1595 or visit online at sacredheartfla.org.

Arleen Spenceley, Times staff writer

Sacred Heart celebrates 150 years in Tampa 02/04/10 [Last modified: Thursday, February 4, 2010 3:31am]
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