Sacred Heart Church


Welcome to Sacred Heart Church! We are a Roman Catholic parish founded in 1881 in the Georgetown section of Redding, Connecticut.

Sacred Heart of Jesus

The image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is very important to us and serves as a constant reminder of Jesus' personal invitation to all who believe in Him and try to live by His teachings: "Come to me all you who are weary and find life burdensome, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon your shoulders and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light". (Matthew 11:28-30). We welcome you to join us in worship as we strive daily to fulfill our Parish Mission:

We, the parish of Sacred Heart, see our mission as a share in Christ's, that of revelation and reconciliation. By this, we intend that all that we do in some way reveals God's presence and power, and reconciles and heals everyone we meet. We live this mission of evangelization out in the essential dimensions of faith, worship, service and community as depicted in the Acts of the Apostles. We believe that all four of these areas are mutually necessary, and that the focus of each is our purpose for being, that of praising and giving glory to the Father by all that we are and do in the name of His Son and in the power of His Holy Spirit.

Annual Appeal is at 33% of Goal as of April 18
April 23, 2017
THE ANNUAL BISHOP’S APPEAL. Thank you for your support of the Annual Appeal. Results as of April 18th: Parish Goal $90,000 Raised to Date $33,340 Goal Percentage 33.71%
View Diocese of Bridgeport virtual Town Hall Meeting on Facebook
April 23, 2017
The Diocese of Bridgeport hosted a virtual Town Hall Meeting Thursday, April 20 beginning at 9 am. Go to the meeting that took place on the diocesan Facebook page (Diocese of Bridgeport). The Town Hall Meeting, a first for the diocese, featured panelists Patrick Donovan, director of the Leadership Institute; Patrick Turner, director of Strategic and Pastoral Planning; and Pam Rittman, director of the Annual Catholic Appeal.
Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen April 24
April 22, 2017
The next meal provided to the Dorothy Day Hospitality House by Sacred Heart cooks is Monday, April 24. The menu is tuna casserole (macaroni and cheese with tuna and peas) and salad ingredients. Large cans of fruits & vegetables and desserts are always welcome. Please see the bulletin for full details.
Religious Education Registration
April 22, 2017
The 2017 - 2018 Family Registration Form was emailed home this week to the parents of students currently enrolled in our program. We ask that parents return the form and registration fee as soon as possible to aid us as we prepare for the new school year. If any parent wishes to be on a payment plan, they can call the office and speak to Mrs. Hurwitz. A form for all Confirmation Candidates must be submitted to receive Confirmation in the Fall 2017.
Holy Cross Faculty Member Offers Insight on Relationship Between China and the Vatican
April 22, 2017Holy Cross News
Could the split between China and the Vatican be on the mend? Tom Landy, director of the Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J., Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture, and a lecturer in sociology and anthropology, discusses how a Sino-Vatican rapprochement over the power to appoint bishops would allow “underground” and “aboveground” churches in China to unite. Landy, who was recently recognized for his contributions to Catholic higher education, has conducted significant research on the lives and practices of ordinary lay Catholics in cultural contexts. Read more at
Bingo Night April 28
April 21, 2017
Our Religious Education program will celebrate spring with a special Bingo Night on Friday, April 28th, from 6:30 - 8 :00 p.m. in Pryor–Hubbard Hall. A special flyer will be in next week’s bulletin. The cost is $20 per family which includes admission and 5 bingo boards. This will be a fun family evening! We hope to see you. If you cannot attend, but wish to support this Religious Education fundraiser, donations will be greatly appreciated!
Catechists Are Needed!
April 21, 2017
Our students need you to teach for next year. Please call the Religious Education Director for information. Thank you!
19th century French priest beatified in Spain: Louis Antoine Ormières
April 21, 2017Vatican News
The 19th century French priest Louis Antoine Ormières was beatified in the Spanish town of Oviedo on Saturday by Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints. Founder of the Sisters of the Guardian Angel and 87 schools in France and Spain, Fr. Ormières (1809-1890) dedicated his life to providing education for young people
Pope Francis celebrates martyrs of the 20th and 21st century
April 21, 2017Vatican News
Pope Francis celebrated a Liturgy of the Word in memory of the martyrs of the 20th and 21st centuries on Easter Saturday. The commemoration took place in the Rome Basilica of St. Bartholomew together with members of the Community of Sant’Egidio who look after the Basilica’s Shrine to the memory of modern martyrs. In a statement Sant’Egidio remarked that the event takes on a very special significance in times marked by the suffering of so many Christians in the world, and in the light of Easter.
VP Mike Pence will speak at Notre Dame Commencement
April 21, 2017Notre Dame
Vice President Mike Pence will receive an honorary degree and serve as principal speaker at the University of Notre Dame’s 172nd commencement ceremony May 21 (Sunday). He becomes the first vice president of the United States to deliver the commencement address at Notre Dame. “It is fitting that in the 175th year of our founding on Indiana soil that Notre Dame recognize a native son who served our state and now the nation with quiet earnestness, moral conviction and a dedication to the common good characteristic of true statesmen,” said Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.
Actor and Veterans Advocate Gary Sinise Honored with University’s Gibbons Medal
April 21, 2017Catholic University of America
Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Gary Sinise was honored April 8th with The Catholic University of America’s 2017 James Cardinal Gibbons Medal, the alumni association’s highest accolade. Sinise, who is well known for his film roles in Forrest Gump and Apollo 13, was chosen for this honor because of his decades of work with America’s service members. In 2011, he established the Gary Sinise Foundation to serve and honor military members, first responders, and their families. He is also the father of a Catholic University alumna, Ella Sinise, who earned her bachelor’s in elementary education in 2015. Read more at
BOLD collects over 8,000 food items
April 20, 2017
SACRED HEART CHURCH participated in the Bread of Life Drive (BOLD), a county-wide effort to collect non-perishable food items to benefit families in need in our local community. Remembering that Lent is a time to repent, pray, fast and give alms, BOLD collected over 8,000 food items this year!
French lay theologian composed meditations for Good Friday service
April 19, 2017Vatican News
Anne-Marie Pelletier, a French theologian and Bible scholar, was chosen by Pope Francis to write the meditations for this year’s Stations of the Cross on Good Friday. A lay woman, married and with three children, Pelletier was the 2014 recipient of the Ratzinger Prize in theology; she was the first woman accorded that honor. Pope Francis will lead the Stations of the Cross in the Roman Coliseum on Good Friday.
Pray for Parishioners
April 18, 2017
Please pray for the following Parishioners: Eoin Robertson, Philip Joseph Wax, Rebecca Myhill, Ann Sielis, Mary Beth Boulin, Rita O’Brien, Mary Grady, Eileen Antell, Jeanne Bruestle, Sean Callanan, James McAdam, Ralph Gervasio, Tricia Mattiello, Dianne Salvatore, Robin Weir, Joseph Festa, Kathleen Heavey, Linda McDonough, Mark Festo, Christina Osborne, Matthew Harding, Audrey Currie, Sandi Oliver, Raymond Bercume, Vinny Callanan, David Moore, Jeanie Bangert, Kathleen Kenneox, Gerry Commins, Charles Taylor, Margaret Knoche, Barbara Tarnoff, Michael Ware, Anthony Katz, Marianne Herrighty, Christopher Rice Jr., Eileen O'Brien, Lindsey Twardy, Rose Hill, Bill Coan, Terry Twardy, Anthony Ragusa, Angela Amorosi.
Pope Francis Washes Inmates' Feet on Holy Thursday
April 14, 2017vatican news
Pope Francis on Holy Thursday washed the feet of inmates at Paliano prison, south of Rome, during the Mass of Our Lord’s Supper. The Pope traveled to the penitentiary for a private visit and the celebration of Mass marking Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples on the day before his Crucifixion.
Parish Seder held April 9
April 12, 2017
A wonderful celebration of our roots in the Jewish faith and opportunity for fellowship within our parish community was celebrated at a Parish Seder April 9.
Rev. Gregory J. Boyle, S.J to receive the Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal
April 1, 2017University of Notre Dame
Rev. Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California, will receive the University of Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal — the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics — at Notre Dame’s 172nd University commencement ceremony on May 21 (Sunday). “For nearly 30 years, Father Boyle has served men and women who have been incarcerated and involved with gangs, and, in doing so, has helped them to discover the strength and hope necessary to transform their lives,” said Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. “Father Boyle’s solidarity with our sisters and brothers at the margins of society offers an inspiring model of faith in action. We are grateful for the witness of his life and honored to bestow this award on him.” Upon learning of the award, Father Boyle said, “You want a university to be in the world what you invite the world to become. Notre Dame is like that. It’s an honor to be recognized as the Laetare Medal recipient and I’m very grateful.”
Development Office Releases 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal Video
March 31, 2017Diocese of Bridgeport
The Diocese of Bridgeport hasreleased “Sharing God's Gift, Transforming Lives," the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) video.
This year's video includes an introduction and closing remarks from Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, and interviews with many faithful and fascinating people throughout the diocese. The personal testimonies of faith and good works captured on the video are both moving and inspiring. The video can be found at
New documentary: World Youth Day Kraków: A Pilgrimage of Mercy
March 31, 2017Diocese of Bridgeport
An inspiring new documentary, World Youth Day Kraków: A Pilgrimage of Mercy, will enable American viewers to share in the experience of young Catholics from around the world who participated in Pope Francis’s international World Youth Day (WYD) in Kraków last year. The 40-minute film is available for purchase in DVD format at Ignatius Press and Knights Gear. It will also air on television on Saturday, April 8, the eve of the annual World Youth Day with Pope Francis in Rome. “This documentary captures the spirit of World Youth Day, and allows those who could not attend to have a window into this moving event,” said Knights of Columbus CEO Carl Anderson.
Pope Francis visits Roman institute for the blind
March 30, 2017Diocese of Bridgeport
Pope Francis on March 31 visited a Rome institute for blind people, continuing what he called his ‘Mercy Friday’ initiatives during the recent Jubilee year. The institute, situated close to the Vatican, cares for 37 adults and elderly residents and offers services to a further 50 children with impaired sight who use it as a day care facility.
Pope visits Confirmees in Milan March 25
March 30, 2017Diocese of Bridgeport
Pope Francis wrapped up his one-day pastoral journey to the northern Italian city of Milan with an encounter with newly confirmed youngsters. At the end of his busy day in the city, the Pope travelled to the football stadium of San Siro where he was welcomed by almost 80,000 people, including parents, god-parents, catechists, teachers and volunteers.
Lauralton Hall names new Head of School
March 27, 2017Diocese of Bridgeport
After conducting an extensive nationwide search, the Lauralton Hall Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Elizabeth Miller as the next President and Head of the college-prep, all girls’ school in Milford. Miller succeeds Dr. Antoinette Iadarola, who will retire at the end of the academic year in June 2017. Miller recently returned to the United States after working for a year in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) opening a new school, the GEMS Nations Academy. Prior to that, she served as Head of School at Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School, an independent, Catholic preK-12 school in St. Louis, Missouri with an all-girls upper school.
2017 Wedding Jubilee Mass April 30
March 27, 2017Diocese of Bridgeport
On Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 2:30pm at St. Theresa Parish in Trumbull, Bishop Caggiano will be celebrating the 2017 Wedding Jubilee Mass. This Mass is for couples celebrating 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50 plus year wedding anniversaries. This will be the only Wedding Jubilee Mass for 2017. Mass will be followed by a reception in the Parish Hall. For questions, please contact Kim Quatela at (203) 416-1334 or
Pope to receive EU Heads of State and Government at Vatican
March 27, 2017Vatican News
Pope Francis received 27 European Union heads of State and Government at a private audience in the Vatican’s Sala Regia on March 24. The encounter takes place on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaties of Rome. The Treaties are considered to be the foundation acts of the European Community. Leaders were joined at the audience by representatives of EU institutions. These included Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission and Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament.
St. Aloysius Students Earn Top Science Awards
March 26, 2017Diocese of Bridgeport
St. Aloysius School students Kaloyan Dimitrov and Andrew Tully of Norwalk and Alex Lanzillotti of Stamford won First Place for seventh-grade teams in the Physical Science Division at the Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair, held at Quinnipiac University from March 14-18. Competing with over 600 students, their project, “Mars Exploration,” swept several awards, including a Physical Sciences Award from Pepsico, an Excellence in Engineering award from UTC Aerospace Systems, and a First Place from the International Society of Automation.
Pope Francis spends time with prison inmates in Milan
March 25, 2017Vatican News
One of the highlights of Pope Francis’ 1-day pastoral journey to the Italian city of Milan was his visit to the city’s main detention center, the San Vittore Prison. Shortly after midday and the recitation of the Angelus, the Pope travelled to the prison where he was welcomed by the director, Gloria Manzelli, and by the prison chaplain, don Marco Recalcati. San Vittore currently hosts over 900 inmates – both men and women – as well as a number of infants who live with their detained mothers in a special unit. The Pope met briefly with them before exchanging greetings with a large group of the San Vittore staff and volunteers.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Twitter feed
March 17, 2017
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is the official int'l humanitarian agency of the U.S. Catholic community, and assists people in need in more than 100 countries. Check out CRS' Twitter feed:
Ash Wednesday collection for Athletes for Christ nets over $1,000!
March 10, 2017
A SPECIAL THANK YOU to all parishioners who contributed to the collection on Ash Wednesday for our “Athletes for Christ” Teen Program. Your generous donation of $1,028 is greatly appreciated! May God bless you!
Dr. Gail Kingston to Lead New Catholic School.
March 10, 2017Diocese of Bridgeport
Dr. Gail Kingston has been named Principal of the new Catholic elementary school in Shelton that will incorporate students from St. Lawrence and St Joseph in Shelton and St. Jude in Monroe in the Fall of 2017. The announcement was made by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano and Dr. Steven Cheeseman, Superintendent of Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Bridgeport. Dr. Kingston first joined the Diocese in 2016, when she was named principal of St. Lawrence School in Shelton. Prior to that appointment she served as Principal of St. Gabriel School in Milford for 15 years.
Calling all Youth: please visit
March 6, 2017Diocese of Bridgeport
The Diocese of Bridgeport has launched an online youth survey,, to better understand and meet the spiritual needs of young people and engage them in the Church. The survey and other youth initiatives were announced March 3 at the Catholic Center during a meeting of about 150 youth ministers, directors of religious education, pastors, and educators. The 13-question survey seeks information from young people aged 12 through 29 on their prayer life, family faith practices and their relationship with Jesus Christ. All are invited to participate in the survey, which will be on line through April 15.
Sacrament of Reconciliation received by Second Graders March 4
March 5, 2017
Our 2nd grade students received the sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time on March 4th. They have been busy learning about the sacrament and preparing for receiving God’s loving mercy and forgiveness. Jesus the Good Shepherd was the theme of our Reconciliation program.
Faith meets foils at Fairfield salon
March 5, 2017By Cedar Attanasio and Kaitlyn Krasselt at
Elise Fedele closed her eyes as one stripe and then a second formed a cross of ashes on her forehead. But instead of standing near the altar at church, Fedele was flanked by work stations with shears and swivel chairs on Ash Wednesday, the start of the Christian season of Lent. "Every year, I give up sweets for Lent," said Fedele, a stylist at Total Look Salon on Post Road in Fairfield. “This year, I threw in pizza.” Fedele and about 10 other salon employees lined up to receive ashes from the Rev. Tomi Thomas of St. Matthew Church in Norwalk. The salon visit was one of eight stops by St. Matthew’s Ashes-on-the-Move program in Norwalk, Fairfield and Stamford.
Loaves & Fishes launched March 1
March 5, 2017
The annual Lenten campaign to feed the hungry, "Loaves & Fishes," was launched in all 87 parishes on Ash Wednesday, March 1st. Loaves & Fishes envelopes will be available early next week. Loaves & Fishes is a major source of support for our soup kitchens and feeding programs, and we urge parishioners to participate.
Fleeing Famine: Irish Immigration to North America, 1845-1860
February 24, 2017Diocese of Bridgeport
The Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven is featuring an exhibit, Fleeing Famine: Irish Immigration to North America, 1845-1860. The Museum located at One State Street New Haven, CT and the museum phone number is 203-865-0400.
Pope tells football players team spirit is important in life
February 24, 2017Vatican News
Pope Francis on Thursday told members of the Spanish Villarreal football club that the team spirit which is so vital in playing a good match is fundamental in life and society as well. The Pope was receiving some of the Villarreal club players, managers and coaching staff who are in Rome to take on the “AS Roma” team in their second leg of the “Europa League” championship.
Diocesan Commitment to Financial Transparency
February 20, 2017Diocese of Bridgeport
The Diocese of Bridgeport, in the continued practice of full transparency, has released its Consolidated Financial Statements as well as The Faith in the Future Fund, Inc. financial statements for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2016. Statements can be viewed at
Malta House Gala April 29
February 18, 2017Diocese of Bridgeport
Malta House, a residence for homeless pregnant and parenting mothers of all faiths and their children in Norwalk, will hold its Annual Gala on Saturday, April 29, at Woodway Country Club in Darien.
Pastoral Planning
February 5, 2017Diocese of Bridgeport
Parishes are moving to implement the goals and action steps articulated in the pastoral plans created over the last year. These plans, created as a result of internal discussions by parish planning teams, pastors and staff, and ultimately approved by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, focus on multiple pastoral concerns as well as issues of financial and physical plant vitality and sustainability.
Bishop launches new elementary school plan for Shelton
February 2, 2017Diocese of Bridgeport
More than 250 parents filled the St. Joseph High School auditorium to hear Bishop Frank J. Caggiano announce plans to create a single, new Catholic elementary school for the Shelton-Monroe area. The new school will be formed on the present St. Lawrence School campus in Huntington by merging students from St. Lawrence, St. Jude School in Monroe and St. Joseph School in Shelton.
Bishop unveils plans for new PreK-Grade elementary school in Stamford
February 2, 2017Diocese of Bridgeport
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has introduced “Imagine 2020,” a plan for Catholic elementary education in Stamford that will create a single, new PreK-Grade-8 elementary school in the town. The four schools involved in the plan to create a single flagship school are Holy Spirit School, Our Lady Star of the Sea School, St. Cecilia School, and Trinity Catholic Middle School.
Vatican worried about President Trump's immigration moves
February 1, 2017Vatican News
The Vatican said February 1 that it was worried about U.S. President Donald Trump's moves on immigration, in the Holy See's first comment since his executive order banning travel into the United States by citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries. "Certainly there is worry because we are messengers of another culture, that of openness," the Vatican's deputy secretary of state, Archbishop Angelo Becciu, told an Italian Catholic television station in answer to a question about Trump's order.
Broaden the base of the Annual Catholic Appeal
January 28, 2017Diocese of Bridgeport
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano thanked donors who attended the Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) kickoff reception in Greenwich and urged them to ask others to join the Appeal. More than 120 people turned out for the reception hosted by James and Susan Larkin at Indian Harbor Yacht Club. “You are the generous individuals who allow the appeal to be successful. I thank you for your generosity and challenge you to invite others to participate. If we’re one family, than everyone should chip in,” the Bishop said.
Pope Francis greets Plenary of Congregation for Consecrated Life
January 27, 2017Vatican News
Pope Francis on Jan. 28 said the Church is facing a “hemorrhaging” of members of religious orders which is weakening consecrated life, and at the same time, the Church herself. The Pope was speaking to the Plenary Session of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, which was discussing the theme “Fidelity and Abandonment,” which explored why people leave their vocation.
Pope Francis appeals for better treatment of child-migrants
January 17, 2017Vatican News
Pope Francis appealed for better treatment of child-migrants on Sunday. The Holy Father renewed his call for prayerful and concrete solidarity with minors forced to flee their homelands – especially for the children and adolescents forced to flee on their own, without the company of parents or older relatives. “It is necessary to take every possible measure to ensure protection and defense to migrant children,” Pope Francis said, “as well as their integration,” into host societies. “These, our brothers and sisters, especially if unaccompanied, are exposed to many dangers,” the Pope said.
Sacred Heart University acquires GE headquarters
December 28, 2016Fairfield County Catholic
A Christmas tree lighting became the first “official” ceremony following the agreement of Sacred Heart University to purchase the former 66-acre General Electric global headquarters in Fairfield. The purchase will support the university’s ongoing strategic expansion and development as a leading institution of higher education. “This is a transformational moment in the history of Sacred Heart University,” said SHU President John J. Petillo. “With this property, SHU has a unique opportunity to contribute to education, research, healthcare and the community. It’s a oncein-a-lifetime opportunity for us, and it also reflects our long-standing relationship with GE that includes former GE CEO Jack Welch, for whom our College of Business is named.”
Pope Francis to visit Fatima in May for anniversary of apparitions
December 15, 2016Vatican News
On the occasion of the centenary of the Apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Cova da Iria [Portugal], and welcoming the invitation of the President of the Republic and of the Portuguese Bishops, His Holiness Pope Francis will go on pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima from 12-13 May.
Calling all Crafty Catholics
November 10, 2016
Are you crafty? Would you like to be? Well, here's your opportunity! Sacred Heart is starting a Crafty Catholics group. From novice to expert and no matter what your craft, all are welcome. This friendly group meets the second Saturday of the month from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. in the rectory basement. Join us for fun and fellowship. Bring your own project or come play with ours. Email Cathy Coburn at ccoburn911@ with any questions or suggestions.
Traditional Choir
October 14, 2016bulletin
THE TRADITIONAL CHOIR resumed singing Sunday, October 16th. The choir is always looking to increase its membership. The choir sings every Sunday at the 11:15 a.m. Mass, October through June.
Bishop Caggiano on Twitter
September 11, 2016Twitter
Even if you do not use Twitter, did you know you can follow Bishop Caggiano's comments on Twitter on-line?
St. Padre Pio Prayer Group
September 1, 2016Bulletin
The Saint Padre Pio Prayer Group will be meeting the 2nd Monday of every month after the 8:30 Mass in the Church. All are welcomed. For further information please call Anna Lisciandra at phone (203) 938-9612.

Pastor - Rev. David Leopold - 203.544.8345 x4

Parochial Vicar - Rev. John Inserra - 203.544.8345 x5

Administrative Assistant - David Palumbo 203.544.8345 x3

Director of Religious Education - Cornelia G. Hurwitz 203.544.8423

Parish Office Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday (Closed Thursday)

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.