Sacred Heart Church Holy Mass Card 1917. Material: paper. Size: 2 1/2" x 4 1/2". Description: white paper; color graphic of Jesus on front; gold print: "Sacred Heart of Jesus, I put my trust in Thee. Sacred Heart of Jesus, may Thy Kingdom come."; black print reverse side: "A remembrance of my First Holy Mass, celebrated in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Waseca, Minn., Sunday, June 17, 1917, Frank A. McMahon, Ordained Priest, by the Rt. Rev. P.R. Heffron, D.D., Tuesday, June 12, 1917."
Sacred Heart Parish, Waseca. When the village of Waseca was incorporated in 1869 several Catholic families in the community met to organize a parish. On 24th October 1869 they met at the home of Thomas White. Mass was celebrated in the Madson store before the first church was erected in 1874. At the turn of the century the present church was erected. The parish school started in 1886 under the direction of the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus. In 1904 the Sisters of St. Francis took over the school. Monsignor James J. Treanor served as pastor of the congregation from 1890 until his death in 1942. In 1988 there were 981 families in the parish.