Sacred Heart Church
How low did it go? See Hopedale Pond in December.
New construction at Bancroft Park
Returnable bottle, can drive, to benefit Hopedale Youth Baseball, High School parking lot, Saturday,
January 6, 8 to 2.
Saltbox Road and Parklands west of the railroad tracks.
Former School Will Be Sold To Draper Corp.
Hopedale Special Town Meeting O.Ks Article By Unanimous Vote
Small House To Go With School Building
to Be Remodeled And Presented to Bishop
HOPEDALE, June 25  - The former Hopedale High School building on Hopedale Street today at
a special town meeting was unanimously voted to be sold by the selectmen to the Draper Corp. for
the minimum price of $100, in order that the corporation may present the building, remodeled, to the
Roman Catholic bishop of Springfield for parish purposes. The meeting was attended by 19 voters
and lasted about 10 minutes.
Following the election of C. Fred Butterworth as moderator, article 2 was immediately taken up and
voted. The article: To see if the Town will vote to sell and convey to the Draper Corp.that tract of land
on the easterly side of Hopedale Street, formerly used for school purposes, to the Town of Hopedale,
or take any other action with relation to the foregoing.
Last week announcement was made by the Draper Corp. officials of the plans to turn over the
property to the bishop for parish purposes and by this will enable Hopedale residents of Catholic faith
to have a church of their own in the near future. The new church will serve Catholic residents of
Hopedale, Mendon and adjacent territory.
The school was constructed in 1887 and the first class to graduate was in the following year. Until a
few years ago the building was used as the Hopedale High School.
When the property is turned over to the bishop a small house, situated near the school and which
has been in the possession of the Draper Corp. many years, will also be included in the transfer.
Milford Daily News
Hopedale Church Presented Gifts
Mr. and Mrs. B.H.B. Draper Give Beautiful Alter
HOPEDALE, December 26  - Rev. John P Donahue, pastor of Sacred Heart Church, announced
at all masses Christmas morning that two gifts had been made to the parish. One was a beautiful
altar, dedicated to the Sacred Heart, the gift of Mr. and Mrs. B.H. Bristow Draper, and the other a holy
water fount, made and presented by Nerrino A. Cirioni, 183 Mendon Street.
The altar of oak, matching in tone the main altar, with antique gold candle sticks, occupies a niche
on the east side of the auditorium. The background of tapestry in scarlet and gold enhances its
beauty and casts a warm glow over the life size statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Gold leaf, used
with infinite artistry on the oak, dignifies its sim- End of clipping. Milford Daily News
The high school building continued in use as Sacred Heart Church until the present church was
completed in 1964. The old building was razed in 1987.
Click here to see the articles above with pictures. Now and Then - Hopedale High School - Sacred
Dr. John Scalzi, 91, Easton, Maryland, HHS 1934.
Joyce Ripley, 77, Reno, Nevada, HHS 1946
James Neuding, 53, Milford.
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