On the same day that the late Pope John Paul II was canonized as a saint, the chapel at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Dupont, was named in his honor. The ceremony at the cemetery was part of a gala celebration for the Dupont parish as Sacred Heart of Jesus Church was also re-dedicated.
The day’s theme was “Our Sacred Home, Revitalized and Renewed.”
Father Joseph Verespy, pastor, who has faithfully lead the congregation since 1999, blessed the gathering outside of the church and then led the faithful inside the refurbished edifice for a Mass of Thanksgiving.
In 1902, the church was given permission by Bishop Michael Hoban to begin working on the building the congregation would call home. The construction coincided with a six-month strike among local coal miners. The idled miners provided ready hands completing the project in a short period of time.
The church is not only home to hundreds of parishioners, but also to ministries that emphasize a spirit of service to the community. The Youth Group, Holy Name Society, Ladies of Charity, and Welcoming/Hospitality Committee make the church a vibrant and valued presence in Dupont.