HOPEDALE, June 25 [1935] - 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.
    and cause to be executed a proper deed of that tract of land on the easterly side of Hopedale
    Street in Hopedale, formerly used for school purposes, and the sewer bed and sewer lines
    for the same, being the premises conveyed Hopedale Machine Company to the Town of
    Hopedale by deed recorded with Worcester District Deeds, the premises conveyed William F.
    Draper, et. al. to the Town of Hopedale by deed recorded with Worcester District Deeds, 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 (Beverly Sparhawk Orff was born in the house mentioned,
    five years before it became the Sacred Heart rectory. Click here for her memories.)

                                           Hopedale Church Presented Gifts

                                                       Mr. and Mrs. B.H.B. Draper
                                                              Give Beautiful Altar

    HOPEDALE, December 26 [1936] - 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 old high school, shown in a post card picture below, served as Sacred Heart Church
    until 1964, when the present church was built.  It was razed in 1987. While it was a church, it
    was painted white. The stained glass windows shown on this page are in the new church.

                                       Buildings, Churches, Town Departments Menu                  

                     Don McGrath's memories of the early days of Sacred Heart Church      

                           Hopedale High School Becomes Church, by Gordon Hopper   

                                  
Now and Then at the Old High School/Sacred Heart Church

                                             Fr. Reilley Center, Building and Dedication   

                                         Parish Website                               HOME   

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

Postcard view of the building when it was Hopedale High School

    The four pictures above show the building as it looked when it was Sacred Heart
    Church. As you can see in the one immediately above, the photos were taken
    after the new church was built. Thanks to Jack Ghiringhelli for sending them.

    The news item above is from the Milford Gazette and was found in a book of clippings at the Bancroft
    Library. An 1898 map shows that Delano Patrick owned a fairly large amount of land to from the
    north side of the east end of Freedom Street, extending along the area that was later covered by the
    houses on Oak Street, Jones Road and Maple Street. At some point the church purchased the
    Charles Roper home, 50 Freedom Street, which is just a bit downhill from where the Patrick property
    was, and it seems that for some time it was intended that the church would go there. The item below
    is also from the Gazette and appeared in the June 18,1918 issue. If I ever come across anything on
    what brought about an end to the plan, I'll add it here.

    Thanks to Giancarlo BonTempo for the article above. I'm assuming that
    the "Brick City" was Prospect Heights. That's just over the hill (less than a
    ten minute walk) from the Delano Patrick land mentioned below.

Milford Gazette - June 18, 1918

    According to the 1917 clipping, the barn on the estate of Delano Patrick was being torn down to make room
    for the new Catholic church. On the 1898 map above, the symbol for a barn was a square with an X in it.
    There are two of those next to Delano Patrick's name.

    On this map, the street running left to right a bit below the middle is Freedom Street. Williams Street
    branches off from it at the right. Northrop Street was later extended up from the upper left, through lot 68 and
    on to the intersection of Freedom and Williams Street. (By 1900, the numbered lots became part of the Town
    Park.) The Gilbert Thompson lot was one lot down from where Oak Street would later meet Freedom Street. It
    seems that Oak Street must have passed through or very near to where the two barns were, so it appears
    that the church was going about where the section of Oak Street between Freedom and Northrop was later
    built.

    I grew up at 7 Oak Street. My guess is that our house must have been very close to where the barn on the left
    is shown. (The one just to the right of the N in the name THOMPSON.) I have a vague memory of my father
    saying that the land our house was on had once been owned by the church, but I wasn't paying as much
    attention to such things then as I would now. At some point the church, the Springfield Diocese, that is,
    bought the Charles Roper estate. It seems that there was a plan to build the church there, but before that
    happened, the school that you've seen on this page became available. I'd say that worked out much better by
    the time most families had cars. Parking space would have been much more limited on the Roper site.

    Timeline by John Butcher. Thanks to John for the Sacred Heart demolition
    article and the Fr. Reilley Center dedication article, also.

Click here for more on the Fr. Reilley Center.