Welcome to Sacred Heart Church
Welcome to Sacred Heart Church in Stamford, Connecticut, the Italian National Parish. We are a diverse community of many cultures where the love of Christ is brought to, and shared with our neighbors.
Jesus said "Love one another as I have loved you, it is in this love that they will know that you are my disciples".
All are welcome at Sacred Heart Church. You will find a warm, welcoming, family atmosphere here at Sacred Heart. It is the perfect setting for prayer, worship and spiritual enrichment.
Our liturgies are where our parishioners and those who visit, enjoy and live the sacraments of the Catholic Church as Christ being present to bring His love and tenderness to all in the Church. Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions. We are looking forward to seeing you at Mass with us.
If you would like to become a parishioner, have any questions, or say hello please email us at [email protected].
Forms can be completed and returned to the rectory.
ALL ARE WELCOME !!!
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From the Pastor's Desk
Today is the first Sunday of Advent, which is also the first Sunday of the new liturgical year. The Advent
season includes the four Sundays that precede Christmas. Advent is a time of preparation for the coming
of the Lord. In this season, we recall two central elements of our faith: the final coming of the Lord in glory
and the incarnation of the Lord in the birth of Jesus. The key themes of the Advent season are watchful
waiting, preparation and justice.
In this new liturgical year, the Gospel of Luke will be the primary Gospel proclaimed (Lectionary Cycle C).
Today’s Gospel is taken from the last chapter before the passion narrative in which Jesus is teaching in the
temple. We hear Jesus speak to His disciples about the need for vigilance and prayer as they wait for the
coming of the Son of Man in glory. This passage marks the conclusion of a lengthy dialogue in which
Jesus predicts the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, warns about the persecution and tribulations to
follow, and identifies the signs that will signal the coming of the Son of Man in glory.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus warns His disciples against the fatigue that can emerge if one becomes
consumed by the anxieties of daily life. Many families are too familiar with the kind of fatigue Jesus refers
to here. We may be concerned about a family member’s health, our job security, our children’s education,
or any number of other concerns. All these are important matters. Jesus does not promise an end to daily
worries and fears, but He does teach His disciples that they will have the strength to withstand anxiety if
they stay focused on Him, remaining vigilant for His return and praying for strength to endure all
tribulations. Through prayer, God helps us stay focused on that which is most important in our lives.
As you gather as a family, recall the tradition of making New Year’s resolutions in preparation for the new
calendar year. Observe that today is the first Sunday of Advent, which is the beginning of the new church
year. During the season of Advent, our Gospel readings ask us to consider what is most important to us
as we prepare for Jesus’ coming, at His birth and at the end of time. Read today’s Gospel, Luke 21:25-28,
34-36. Jesus describes signs that may disturb many people, but He says that these should not disturb His
disciples. Why? (Because these signs indicate that redemption is near). What does Jesus say that His
disciples should do? (Be vigilant and pray for strength.) At this start of the new Church year, consider as a
family what “Advent resolutions” your family might make to help you stay focused so that you will be
prepared to receive the salvation we celebrate at Jesus’ birth and anticipate at Jesus’ second coming.
Pray together for God’s help in following through on these resolutions. Pray together today’s psalm, Psalm 25.
The community for whom Luke wrote his Gospel may have believed that
they were already experiencing some of the events Jesus described.
Most scholars believe that Luke’s Gospel was written after the
destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 A.D. At the time, many
Christians interpreted this event as an indication that Jesus’ second
coming was near.
Though Jesus predicts a time of destruction and fear, Jesus indicates
that others will be frightened: Jesus’ disciples are not to fear, but are to
stand tall. Yet Jesus does not promise deliverance from anxiety or
tribulations. He encourages His disciples to pray for strength. The early
Christian communities did not find consolation in the promise of a
utopia, nor should we. Instead, we find in our Christian faith the means
by which we witness to God’s unfailing love for us in all circumstances.
Jesus’ predictions about the end of time may sound dire, but in the next
paragraph Luke tells us that people woke early to listen to Jesus’
teaching in the Temple area. In His person and in His message, those
who heard Jesus found strength and consolation. Like the first
Christians, we may encounter events and circumstances that could lead
us to despair. Through prayer, however, we find strength and
consolation in Jesus’ words and in His continuing presence with us to
endure all things and to witness to the action of God in our world.
God bless you!
Fr. Alfonso Picone
MASKS ARE (NEEDED) FOR VACCINATED AND UNVACCINATED PEOPLE IN CHURCH.
Masses in English
Monday – Friday 7:00 AM
Saturday 8:00 AM
Saturday 4:00 PM Vigil Mass
Saturday 8:00 PM Neocatechumenal Mass (Lower Church)
Sunday 8:30 AM, 11:30 AM
Mass in Italian / Messa in Italiano
Sunday 10:00 AM
Mass in Spanish / Misa en Español
Saturday 6:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 PM Neocatechumenal Mass (Lower Church)
Sunday 1:00 PM
Family Mass every third (3rd) Saturday of the month at 4:00pm.
Please join our children as they lead us in praying the Most Holy Rosary at 3:30 PM before the 4:00 PM Mass.
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays – 12:00 – 1:00 PM in English
Saturday from 2:45 PM to 3:45 PM or by appointment
Monday, Wednesday and Friday – Adoration 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM with novena of the Miraculous Medal at 6:30PM on Monday (Only)
The Institute of Marital Healing
One of the blessings of our day is the growth of counseling centers founded by men and woman of faith who are working to understand our nature as human beings, the nature God created, and to help us live according to it. This is a wonderful complement to the ministry of the Church and our life in the Church.
One such center is The Institute for Marital Healing which can be found by clicking on the following link. There is another center associated with this Institute which is simply called Child Healing and can be found by clicking on the link below
Click on attachment below for more information.