Sacred Heart Church

Welcome

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.

Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen March 27
March 16, 2017
The next meal provided to the Dorothy Day Hospitality House by Sacred Heart cooks is Monday, March 27th. The menu is chicken/rice casserole (with mushroom soup) with peas and salad ingredients. Please see the bulletin for full details.
Special Dispensation for St. Patrick's Day
March 16, 2017Diocese of Bridgeport
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has joined other Catholic bishops across the country in granting a dispensation from the requirement to abstain from eating meat on St. Patrick’s Day, Friday, March 17, 2017, for the faithful of the Diocese of Bridgeport.
White Mass Breakfast Speaker March 26
March 13, 2017Diocese of Bridgeport
Physician and priest Fr. Myles N. Sheehan, SJ, MD, will be the featured speaker at the 24nd annual White Mass breakfast set for Sunday, March 26, at 9:00am at St. Peter Church, 104 Main Street in Danbury. "Pope Francis’ vision of the Church as a Field Hospital: What does it mean to health care providers?” will be his topic at the breakfast, which will immediately follow Mass.
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.
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will lead the “In Defense of Life” prayer vigil on March 25
March 8, 2017Diocese of Bridgeport
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will lead the “In Defense of Life” prayer vigil in Danbury on Saturday, March 25 at 12:45pm. “Recalling God’s precious gift of Life and His forgiving mercy, we’re asking people to join us Bishop Frank Caggiano as he leads us in prayer this Lent,” said Sharon Boland, co-leader of 40 Days for Life Danbury. The vigil will be held at the public entry driveway of the Planned Parenthood facility, 44 Main Street.
Calling all Youth: please visit www.TellBishopFrank.org
March 6, 2017Diocese of Bridgeport
The Diocese of Bridgeport has launched an online youth survey, www.TellBishopFrank.org, 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.
VIRTUS Recertification
March 6, 2017
VIRTUS Rerecrtification is March 25th at 10:00 a.m. for all our volunteer parishioners that cannot access the online course. RSVP to Cornelia Hurwitz at (203) 544-8423
Daylight Savings starts March 12, and March 18 Vigil Mass moves to 5:15pm
March 6, 2017
REMINDER: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME begins on next Sunday morning, March 12th. On following Saturday, March 18th, our Vigil Mass will be moving to 5:15 p.m. The Saturday Confession times will also be moved to 4:15 - 5:00 p.m.
BOLD is Back! March 18-31
March 6, 2017
SACRED HEART CHURCH is participating 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. Collection boxes for nonperishable food donations will be available in PryorHubbard Hall as well as the back of church from March 18- 31. Lent is a time to repent, pray, fast and give alms!
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.
Jesus Christ Superstar at Sacred Heart University
March 5, 2017Diocese of Bridgeport
Jesus Christ Superstar will be performed at Sacred Heart University on April 6-9. For ticket information, please visit: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/963863
Faith meets foils at Fairfield salon
March 5, 2017By Cedar Attanasio and Kaitlyn Krasselt at ctpost.com
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
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.
Parish Seder April 9
March 4, 2017
April 9th at 5:00 p.m., please join us in this wonderful celebration of our roots in the Jewish faith and opportunity for fellowship within our parish community. Volunteers are needed to bake, cook and help with set-up and clean-up. Please call (203) 544-8423, Religious Education Office to volunteer
8th Grade Bible Study
February 28, 2017
Our Confirmation candidates began their Bible study sessions the week of February 27th. Each small group will meet for one hour for six weeks under the guidance of an adult leader. Each session is devoted to learning and understanding more about our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Teens to fast to fight hunger
February 25, 2017
The St. Philip Youth Group sponsored its fourteenth annual 30 Hour Famine the weekend of February 25 and 26 for middle and high school students in Norwalk and the neighboring towns. "The teens will fast for the 30 hours while performing service in the community and participating in prayer and other activities to bring awareness of the stark reality of hunger around the world while, in fact, there is enough food to provide every person in the world with at least 2,720 calories a day," said Kali Di Marco, the parish's Youth Ministry Coordinator. "No one needs to starve."
Pope Francis addresses Vatican conference on human right to water
February 25, 2017Vatican News
Pope Francis met February 24 with participants in a conference on the human right to water, organised by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.Pope Francis said the questions concerning the right to water are not marginal, but basic and pressing. Basic, because where there is water there is life, and pressing, because our common home needs to be protected. Yet we must also realise, he said, that not all water is life-giving, but only water that is safe and of good quality. The right to safe drinking water, he insisted, is a basic human right which cries out for practical solutions and needs to be given the central place it deserves in the framework of public policy.
Pray for Parishioners
February 24, 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., Betty Billings, Eileen O'Brien, Lindsey Twardy, Robert Zachman.
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 www.bridgeportdiocese.com.
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.
More than 75 parishioners celebrate Bob Therrien's 93rd Birthday
February 12, 2017
More than 75 parishioners greeted Bob Therrien after the 4:15 p.m. Mass on Saturday, February 4th in the Rectory Meeting Room. Father David Leopold thanked Bob for the many contributions he has made and is still making to our Parish.
Civiltà Cattolicà magazine celebrates 4000th edition
February 9, 2017Vatican News
Pope Francis met February 9th with Jesuits who write for the 'Civiltà Cattolicà' magazine, currently celebrating its 4000th edition. Founded in 1850 and originally available only in Italian, the publication is now adding editions in English, French, Spanish and Korean.
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.
Development Office Releases 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal Video
February 4, 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 https://www.bridgeportdiocese.com
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@ gmail.com with any questions or suggestions.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Twitter feed
November 9, 2016
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: https://twitter.com/CatholicRelief
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? https://twitter.com/bishopcaggiano
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.