Everything you need to know about Sacred Time, Sacred Space events.
About the Open House
Q: When is the event?
A: Sunday October 7, 11:00 am– 3:00 pm
Q: Where is the event?
A: Sacred Heart Convent, the Dominican Sisters Motherhouse. 1237 West Monroe Street, Springfield, IL 62704
Q: Is pre-registration required?
A: No, but it is recommended. If you do pre-register, you will attain VIP status and will not have to register when you arrive. Pre-registration will also help us plan for the flow of guests. You can pre-register here.
Q: Do I have to register everyone in my party separately?
A: No. Please do tell us how many are in your party, however.
Q: Is there a cost?
A: There is no cost to you. We welcome voluntary donations at the door or in advance at this secure online donor portal.
Q: What time do the doors open?
A: 11:00 am
Q: What times are the tours?
A: 11:15 am; noon; 12:45 pm; 1:30 pm, 2:15 pm, and 3:00 pm
Q: What about parking?
A: Off-street parking is available.
- In lot at 1237 W. Monroe Street
- In lot on the north side of Washington Street, across the street from Sacred Heart Griffin High School, 1200 W. Washington St, (next to the former public library branch)
- Off Lincoln Ave., in the circular drive on the east side of SHG.
Street parking is available on neighborhood streets in the vicinity.
Q: Do I have to be Catholic?
A: Nope. Persons of all faiths or none are welcome.
Q: Is the facility handicapped accessible?
A: Yes, there are designated parking spots, by both doors and access ramps to the building. Once inside there is elevator access to the chapel and accessible rest rooms.
Q: Is Wi-Fi available?
A: Yes, the Wi-Fi network is SHC-VIP and the password is Summer1968
Q: Is photography allowed?
A: Yes, our guests are encouraged to photograph the chapel for personal, NOT Commercial, use.
Q: May I bring my child? Absolutely, but please do not bring pets! We will have a selection of activities for children and kids-at-heart in Aquinas Center beneath the chapel.
Q: Can you tell me more about the tour?
A: The tour is audio recorded and 22 minutes in length. It encourages individuals to wander freely within the chapel as they listen. Guests will be allowed time after the audio tour to explore further and ask questions of the sisters and other volunteers.
Q: How do I learn more about the event?
A: Follow us on Facebook or check out the event landing page.
Q: Will there be tours of the entire convent?
A: No-sorry, not this day.
Q: Where are the restrooms?
A: Easily accessible on the first floor near the entrance.
About the 5:30 Special Event: Reading Light with Anthony Rubano
Q: Do I need a separate ticket for the special event?
A: Yes, please register separately for this event to help us plan. This event is not an extension of the tours.
Q: How long is it?
A: The 45-minute session will include a presentation on the art and architecture of the Chapel by Anthony Rubano, project director for the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.
Q: Are children welcome?
A: This event is not suited for younger children.
About Solemn Evening Prayer
Q: What time?
A: 6:30 pm in the chapel.
Q: How long is evening prayer?
A: About 30 minutes.
Q: What if I’m not Catholic, or even Christian?
A: You are welcome to attend.
Q: What is solemn evening prayer?
A: Evening Prayer is one part of the Divine Office—the daily prayer of the Catholic Church. Religious women and men, priests, and many lay people around the world pray this prayer every day.
The foundation of the prayer is the Book of Psalms, other parts of the Hebrew scriptures, the Gospels, and other books of the Christian testament.
At Sacred Heart Convent we chant morning and evening prayer “choir-to-choir”—that is, alternating verses from side to side in keeping with the monastic tradition of our 13th Century founder, St. Dominic.
Our “every day” prayer is beautiful, but quite simple. For special occasions we prepare a “Solemn Evening Prayer.” Prayer is considered “solemn” when special attention is paid to the music, incense may be used, and often one of our sisters offers a brief preaching on the chosen scripture text. There will be preaching at this event.
Q: What can I expect?
A: While normally we pray evening prayer from a special book used by Dominican Sisters throughout the United States, for this event we will have a separate worship aid to make the prayer simpler for our guests to follow. You are welcome to join in the singing, chant and responses as you like, or simply sit and soak in the beauty of the prayer and the surroundings of the chapel. We’d like you to feel welcome and to participate in any way you are comfortable.
A: You know your child—if he or she can manage a 30-minute service you are most welcome to bring them. There is space available outside of the chapel for parents to go with fussy kids who may become distracting.