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.

Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen February 27
February 22, 2017
The next meal provided to the Dorothy Day Hospitality House by Sacred Heart cooks is Monday, February 27th. The menu is meatloaf, boxed mashed potatoes, green bean casserole (recipe on French’s onion rings). Please see the bulletin for full details.
Ash Wednesday March 1
February 21, 2017
Lent begins – Ash Wednesday is March 1st . There will be an Ash Wednesday Service especially for students and families on Wednesday, March 1st at 4:30 p.m. All parishioners are welcome!
8th Grade Bible Study
February 21, 2017
Our Confirmation candidates will begin 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.
First Reconciliation Practice March 4
February 21, 2017
On Thursday, March 2nd at 4:15 p.m., a First Reconciliation practice will take place in church. This practice is for all the First Sacrament children. Every child is expected at this very important practice. The First Reconciliation celebration is Saturday, March 4th, at 10:30 a.m. in church.
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
Pray for Parishioners
February 19, 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.
Pope Francis prays for Democratic Republic of Congo
February 19, 2017Vatican News
Pope Francis led the crowds gathered for the Sunday Angelus in a prayer for the victims of violence in Africa and around the world. In particular, he prayed for those affected by violence in the region of the Kasaï Central province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. “I suffer deeply for the victims, especially for so many children ripped from their families and their schools to be used as soldiers.”
Malta House Gala
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.
Annual Fuel Collection
February 11, 2017
The February Collection pack contains an envelope for our “Annual Fuel Collection”. Your generosity to this collection will be most appreciated and will be a great help to us as we attempt to heat all of the buildings on the parish property.
No religious education classes February 21
February 10, 2017
There will be no classes on February 21st due to the Presidents’ Day Holiday and public school vacations. Students must read the assigned homework chapter before the next class on February 28th.
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.
Pope Francis meets with Anti-Defamation League
February 9, 2017Vatican News
Pope Francis on Thursday met with a delegation from the Anti-Defamation League encouraging them to cultivate justice and foster accord and telling them “the fight against anti-Semitism can benefit from effective instruments, such as information and formation.” The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 "to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all,” and on Thursday just like his predecessors, Saint John Paul II and Benedict XVI, Pope Francis received a delegation from the organization, which has maintained relations with the Holy See since the Second Vatican Council.
All 2nd Graders - First Reconciliation Practice! March 2
February 9, 2017
On Thursday, March 2nd, our First Sacrament children will have a very important practice from 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. in church. This practice is in preparation for the reception of First Reconciliation on Saturday, March 4th. Children have been learning the “Rite of Confession” at home and in the classroom.
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
Sacrament of Reconciliation
February 3, 2017
Our 2nd grade students will be receiving the sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time on March 4th. They are busy learning about the sacrament and preparing for receiving God’s loving mercy and forgiveness. Jesus the Good Shepherd is the theme of our Reconciliation program.
Fleeing Famine: Irish Immigration to North America, 1845-1860
February 3, 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 sends greetings to Nobel Peace Laureates
February 3, 2017Vatican News
Pope Francis sent his greetings on February 3 to the participants in the XVI World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, taking place from 2 to 5 February in Bogotá, Colombia. Pope Francis encouraged participants “in their efforts to promote understanding and dialogue among peoples”.
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.
First Saturday of the Month
January 31, 2017
Saturday, March 4th, is First Saturday and Mass will be offered at 8:30 a.m.
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 sent his support to the March for Life Jan. 27
January 27, 2017Vatican News
Pope Francis sent his support to the March for Life, which took place in Washington, DC, on Jan. 27. The Message – sent by the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin – said Pope Francis “trusts that this event, in which so many American citizens speak out on behalf of the most defenseless of our brothers and sisters, will contribute to a mobilization of conscience in defense of the right to life and effective measures to ensure its adequate legal protection.”
Papal Nuncio Archbishop Christophe Pierre to Speak
January 23, 2017Diocese of Bridgeport
Papal Nuncio Archbishop Christophe Pierre will speak on the vision of Pope Francis for the Church in the 21st Century. The event will be Wednesday February 22nd at 7:00pm, in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Sacred Heart University.
Pope Francis meets President of Paraguay
January 23, 2017Vatican News
Pope Francis on Friday met with the President of Paraguay, Horacio Manuel Cartes Jara. A statement from the Holy See Press Office said the discussions “took place in a cordial atmosphere”, and highlighted the good existing relations between the Holy See and Paraguay.”
Pope Francis Celebrates 800th Anniversary of Founding of Dominicans
January 23, 2017Vatican News
Pope Francis on January 21 celebrated Mass at the Cathedral Archbasilica of St John Lateran for the conclusion of the Jubilee for the 800th anniversary of the papal confirmation of the Order of Preachers – the Dominicans. In his homily, the Holy Father contrasted two opposed “human scenarios”: a “‘carnival’ of worldly curiosity, on the one hand; and on the other, the “glorification of the Father through good works.”
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.”
Lauralton Senior Talks
December 26, 2016Lauralton Hall
Maddie Monahan, a senior at Lauralton Hall, was a featured guest on the WNPR live radio show, Where We Live. The December 6 broadcast, on the topic “Girl Power! Women in STEM,” included women scientists and engineers who discussed “what's being done to foster the next wave of female STEM leaders.” Maddie talked about LH’s innovative “physics first” approach and the how the LH engineering team is competing in the year-long Sikorsky STEM Challenge, developing a fly-by-wire electro mechanical control system. Maddie is President of the Engineering Club at Lauralton Hall. She lives in Fairfield and will attend Lehigh University in fall of 2017 on a D1 scholarship for field hockey. Maddie plans to major in engineering and business.
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.
Mary shows what good comes from wholehearted 'yes' to God, pope says
December 8, 2016Diocese of Bridgeport
Although she was just a humble young woman from a small town, Mary's total "yes" to God was "the most important 'yes' of history" and overturned Adam and Eve's prideful "no," which unleashed sin into the world, Pope Francis said. "With generosity and trust like Mary, may each of us say this personal 'yes' to God today," Pope Francis prayed Dec. 8 as he recited the Angelus prayer with visitors in St. Peter's Square on the feast of the Immaculate Conception.

New President for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
November 16, 2016
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on Tuesday elected Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston as its president, and Archbishop Jose Gómez of Los Angeles vice-president. Cardinal DiNardo has served as conference vice-president since 2013. He was elected president at the bishops' fall assembly Nov. 15 in Baltimore, and will serve a three-year term.
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.
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:
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.