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.

300 from Diocese of Bridgeport join National Prayer Vigil For Life
January 22, 2018Diocese of Bridgeport
The National Prayer Vigil for Life was held January 18 to January 19, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. More than 300 people, most of them young, from the Diocese of Bridgeport participated in the 2018 March for Life, yesterday in Washington, D. C. It is the largest pro-life rally in the world. Tens of thousands turned out January 19 for the 45th March for Life. The theme of this year’s march was “Love Saves Lives.” The march is held annually on or near the anniversary of the Jan. 22, 1973, Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that mandated permissive abortion laws nationwide.
Confirmation Bible Study - Leaders Needed!
January 22, 2018
The Bible Study for our 8th grade Confirmation candidates will begin next month. An adult leader is needed for each of the small groups. All the necessary materials are provided, and you do not need to be a Scripture scholar to lead a group. Please call Cornelia Hurwitz at 203-544-8423 to volunteer or for further information.
2018 Annual Appeal Video - Please Watch!
January 22, 2018Diocese of Bridgeport
Please watch the 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal video here:
Athletes for Christ - next meeting January 28
January 21, 2018
The next Athletes for Christ meeting will be held Sunday, January 28 at 5:00pm to 7:00pm, beginning in the church. The event is hosted by Father David Leopold and features Faith, Fun and Food. All teens are welcome!
Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen January 22 - Please Help Feed the Hungry!
January 21, 2018
The next meal provided to the Dorothy Day Hospitality House by Sacred Heart cooks is Monday, November 27th. The menu is chili (2 lbs. ground beef), cornbread and salad ingredients. Chili should be cooked and ready to be reheated. Large cans of fruits & vegetables and desserts are always welcome. Please see the bulletin for full details.
2nd Grade Family Mass January 21
January 21, 2018
On Sunday, January 21st , the 9:30 am Mass will be a family Mass for all our 2nd Graders. There will be a brief Sacrament of Reconciliation meeting for parents immediately afterwards.
Pope Francis Marries Couple on Flight
January 21, 2018Diocese of Bridgeport
board the Papal flight to Iquique, Chile, love was literally in the air as Pope Francis performed an impromptu wedding ceremony at 36,000 feet aboard his flight. During his flight to Iquique January 18, the pope was approached by LatAm flight steward Carlos Ciuffardi Elorriaga and asked for a blessing for him and his wife, stewardess Paula Podest Ruiz. The couple were supposed to be married in their home parish in Santiago February 27, 2010. However, tragedy struck when an earthquake destroyed the church. Eight years later, they remained only civilly married.
Pray for Parishioners
January 20, 2018
Please pray for the following Parishioners: Eoin Robertson, Philip Joseph Wax, Rebecca Myhill, Ann Sielis, Rita O’Brien, Mary Grady, Eileen Antell, Jeanne Bruestle, Sean Callanan, James McAdam, Ralph Gervasio, Dianne Salvatore, Robin Weir, Kathleen Heavey, Linda McDonough, Christina Osborne, Matthew Harding, Audrey Currie, Sandi Oliver, Raymond Bercume, Vinny Callanan, David Moore, Jeanie Bangert, Kathleen Kenneox, Gerry Commins, Charles Taylor, Barbara Tarnoff, Marianne Herrighty, Christopher Rice Jr., Eileen O'Brien, Rose Hill, Bill Coan, Anthony Ragusa, Angela Amorosi, Jeanne Robb, Cookie Buckley, Caesar Cirigliano, Ben Buonomo, Diane Fagan, Mary Conway, Bill Nuss, Marie Fontana, Kim Murphy, Liliane Wouters, Tamara Deyle, Edmond Lawlor, Alexis Gorman, Dorothea Feehley, Janet Ross, Arthur Appel and Judy Colegrove.
Thomas Merton Center needs PB&J
January 20, 2018
The Thomas Merton Center in Bridgeport needs peanut butter and jelly for their guests. To help, please drop off at the Merton Center, 43 Madison Avenue, between 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., or call Brian Jenkins at phone: (203) 367-9036.
First Friday of the Month
January 19, 2018
Friday, February 2 will be the First Friday of the Month. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place after the 8:30am Mass and end with Benediction at noon. All are welcome.
First Saturday of the Month
January 19, 2018
Saturday, February 3 is First Saturday and Mass will be offered at 8:30 a.m.
Please Adopt a Seminarian (with prayer!)
January 19, 2018
Please fill out the form at the Church entrance with the name of one seminarian whom you will remember in your prayers. This gives each of us an opportunity to do something special for our “future priests”
U.S. News & World Report Ranks SHU
January 15, 2018Diocese of Bridgeport
Sacred Heart University’s online programs for bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing are the best in the state, according to a statement U.S. News & World Report released Jan. 9. Sacred Heart’s programs were ranked against those from hundreds of colleges and universities across the country in the 2018 U.S.News Best Online Programs rankings. The publisher based its ratings on student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, admission selectivity and student services.
Will You Consider Becoming a Lector or an Extraordinary Minister of the Holy Eucharist
January 14, 2018
Would you be interested in becoming a Lector or an Extraordinary Minister of the Holy Eucharist? We are in need of additional people to assist at our weekend Masses in this important role. Training and other necessary information will be provided. If you are interested, please contact the Parish Office (203) 544-8154.
Pope Departs for Apostolic Visit in Peru and Chile
January 13, 2018Vatican News
Pope Francis has departed from Rome and is headed toward Latin America. This morning, the papal flight, Boeing B777, carrying the Pope, his entourage and journalists, took off from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport. The Holy Father’s visit to Peru and Chile marks his 22nd international Apostolic Trip and his sixth journey to Latin America. As is customary, the Pope sent telegrams to the Heads of States of the countries he flew over. Also, before the flight, as is customary, the Holy Father went to Rome’s Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore to entrust the trip to Our Lady’s help and protection.
Pope: Like the Magi, we must leave our comfort zone to find Jesus
January 7, 2018Vatican News
Pope Francis marked the Feast of the Epiphany Saturday January 6th by encouraging faithful to imitate the actions of the Magi, who weren't attached to worldly comforts, but were willing to go out and take risks in order to find Jesus. “Setting out, the second thing the Magi do, is essential if we are to find Jesus,” the Pope said Jan. 6, on the Feast of the Epiphany. “His star demands a decision to take up the journey and to advance tirelessly on our way,” he said. “It demands that we free ourselves from useless burdens and unnecessary extras that only prove a hindrance, and accept unforeseen obstacles along the map of life.”
Crèches Show The Faith Is Universal
January 5, 2018Diocese of Bridgeport
Ever see a Nativity scene set in Louisiana bayou country? Or from a northern Peruvian village and carved from the calabash tree’s fruit? Or a tiny one in a miniature bottle and another painted on a large feather? A number of unusual and eye-catching crèches and Nativity scenes range from these examples to larger pieces of artistry at the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven, Connecticut. The theme of the 13th-annual crèche show is “Peace on Earth: Crèches of the World.” The crèches can be viewed at the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven.
Christmas Flowers
December 29, 2017
Thank you to all who donated in memory of a loved one for flowers to decorate our sanctuary this season, our altar looks glorious!
Thank you Ed Knapp and Crew (again)!
December 14, 2017
Thanks to Ed Knapp and his crew for their snow plowing recently. We cannot say thank you enough for all you do for Sacred Heart!
Redirection of Christmas - Thanks to all who adopted families!
December 13, 2017
We had wonderful participation in our Redirection of Christmas Ministry this year, thank you to all who have offered to adopt a family. Most gifts are to fulfilled basic needs, such as pots & pans, bedding, clothing, school supplies, stuffed animals, etc. Thank you!
November 24, 2017
Congratulations to Sacred Heart Parishioners Robert and Janet Glennan!! They were awarded the 2017 St. Augustine Medal of Service from the Diocese of Bridgeport in a ceremony conducted by Bishop Frank Caggiano at St. Augustine Cathedral on Saturday, October 28th. Robert and Janet have been Sacred Heart Parishioners for 50 years. Among their current acts of service to the Parish are the following: Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist, Bible Study facilitators, Members of the Parish Prayer Chain, RCIA Instructor (Bob), Altar Linen Launderer (Janet), Soup Kitchen Cook (Janet). In addition to the current areas of service listed above, they have been involved in many other areas of the Parish life in their five decades as parishioners at Sacred Heart.
November 22, 2017
We are currently seeking new ad Sponsors that may wish to have their business represented here in the Parish community. Businesses of all types (Service Providers, Contractors, Professionals, Restaurants, Retailers just to name a few) can benefit from parish bulletin advertising, and your sponsorship goes a long way by not only paying for our bulletins all year long, but does help the Parish directly as well. If you have, or know of someone who may have, a business that may be interested in participating please let us know. John Patrick's sales representative Joe Viggiano can be reached directly at (845) 797- 1864 or (800) 333-3166 Ext.139, and would be happy to assist you.
Pope to Ratzinger Prize-winners: a symphony of truth
November 19, 2017Vatican News
Pope Francis received the recipients of the 2017 Ratzinger Prize in Theology on Saturday morning. Catholic Professor Karl-Heinz Menke of the Theological Faculty of the University of Bonn, Lutheran Professor Theodor Dieter of the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg, and Orthodox composer Arvo Pärt, share the Prize this year, which Benedict XVI established in 2010 as the leading international award for research in Sacred Scripture, patristics, and fundamental theology.This year, therefore, marks the first time in which the Prize is given to someone not engaged in strictly theological endeavor. When the prize-winners were announced in September, the President of the Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation, Fr. Federico Lombardi SJ, said, “Benedict XVI’s appreciation for the art of music and the highly religious inspiration behind the musical art of Pärt, justified the attribution of the prize also outside of the strictly theological field.”
Pancake Mix and Cereal!
November 18, 2017
MORNING GLORY in Danbury is in need of cereal and pancake mix. For more information and to make a donation, please contact Michele Conderino: (203) 748-0848, ext. 231.
A Message from Catholic Service Corps
November 16, 2017Diocese of Bridgeport
Want to know more about the Diocese of Bridgeport's involvement with Catholic Service Corps? See this special message on Youtube:
Please Support Puerto Rico Relief!
October 24, 2017Diocese of Bridgeport
Hurricane Maria is the worst natural disaster Puerto Rico has seen in nearly a century. The island has a shortage of running water and electricity. Nearly all of the U.S. territory’s 3.4 million residents need assistance recovering from the storm. Here’s how you can help: Visit Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) or call (800) 919-9338, or visit the Knights of Columbus Disaster Relief Fund. 100% of funds raised go to those affected.
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:
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
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.
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.