Thank you for stopping by the Sacred Heart website. We hope that you will also find your way to our vibrant and historic parish in the Skagit Valley community of La Conner. Sacred Heart has been a blessing to us, and we trust it will be a blessing to you as well.
We are one of the oldest parishes in the Archdiocese of Seattle with a long history of ministry in the Skagit Valley. We rejoice in our diversity and in the faithfulness and joy with which so many in our community live their Catholic faith and vocations as disciples of Jesus.
God bless you on your ongoing journey of faith. We look forward to your visit!
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Tom McMichael
Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish
and neighboring Skagit Valley Catholic Churches
Louisa Anne Conner arrived with her husband, John in 1870. Louisa was the first non-Native American woman to settle in the Skagit Valley. Her husband John and his brother James were the first men to settle the banks of the Swinomish Channel.
A devout Catholic and mother of nine, Louisa took it upon herself to find a way to build a Catholic Church for the settlers in the area. By canoe, Louisa traveled to nearby farms and camps to share her dream and request donations.
With $2,800.00 collected from local settlers and the donation of the property on Douglas Street by the Conner family, the Catholic community of La Conner realized a dream; in 1899 the present Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church opened its doors.