SACRED HEART CHURCH

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].

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Forms can be completed and returned to the rectory.

ALL ARE WELCOME !!!

 

Dear Parishioners,

“God is light” we hear in Sacred Scripture [1 John 1:5]. But in today’s Gospel Reading, Jesus declares to His disciples: “You are the light of the world.” To help you live out this calling faithfully, and to carry out the “good deeds” that are the heart of this calling, today’s First and Second Readings prepare you for the Gospel Reading.

The First Reading, from the Old Testament prophet Isaiah, is very practical. It’s down to earth. The prophet Isaiah is calling God’s People to carry out the sort of actions that in the Catholic Faith are called “the corporal works of mercy”: to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, visit the sick, visit the imprisoned, and bury the dead.

All seven of these corporal works of mercy – as well as the seven-spiritual works of mercy – are very practical ways to live out your Catholic Faith. Each of us carries out these works of mercy because God commands us to do so. But of course, God only ever commands what is best for us. When we follow the Lord’s commands, we grow in the likeness of God.

It follows that each of us carries out these works of mercy to love our God and our neighbor. So God’s command and the desire to love – which are really two sides of the same coin – make for two
sound motives for carrying out these works of mercy.

Yet the prophet Isaiah gives a third motive. He prophesies to those who would carry them out: “if you bestow your bread on the hungry…then light shall rise for you in the darkness, and the gloom shall become for you like midday.” The Old Testament promise was that God, who is light, would shine on those who carry out good deeds.

But the Gospel of Jesus promises something even greater. In effect, the Gospel provides a fourth motive. The Gospel promises that those who live the Gospel become light, and that God shines through them.

Today’s Gospel Reading, along with the following Gospel Readings that we’ll hear on the upcoming Sundays before Ash Wednesday, are taken from the Sermon on the Mount. In St. Matthew’s account
of the Gospel, this lengthy sermon (taking up chapters 5-7 of Matthew) might be considered Jesus’ “inaugural address”.

Immediately after the Beatitudes (which we heard Jesus proclaim last Sunday) comes today’s Gospel Reading, in which Jesus calls His followers “salt” and “light”. Jesus is calling you to be “the light of the world.” But what does that mean in practical terms?

Jesus’s last sentence sheds light on what He means. It is basically a command, but it has three parts.  Jesus commands you when He declares: “your light must shine before others, / [so] that they
may see your good deeds / and [so that they may glorify your heavenly Father.” But why would others glorify your Father if it’s your good deeds that they see?

St. Paul in the Second Reading, in preaching to the Corinthians, offers us the skeleton key that unlocks the meaning of Jesus’ words. St. Paul says, “I came to you in  weakness and fear and much trembling… so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom, but on the power of God.” What is this “power of God”? St. Paul answers this question for us, also. This power is “Jesus Christ, and Him crucified”. Jesus Christ, the Son of God Himself, destroyed the power of death by His own suffering and death.

When God asks us to do something for Him, our reflex often is to spell out for God all the reasons why we cannot help Him with His request. Generally, at the top of the list is our explanation to God that we “just can’t do that”. Pastors often hear this when they ask parishioners to take up certain works of stewardship. Christians believe that certain good works are simply not within their power.

But maybe that’s God point. Maybe God wants to use a weak instrument such as yourself so that His power shines more clearly. Maybe when you imitate Jesus Christ crucified by allowing your weakness to be the vessel of God’s power, people will see your good deeds and glorify the Father who loves you enough to ask you to serve Him through your weakness.

God bless you!

Fr. Alfonso Picone, Pastor

Regular Weekly Mass Schedule

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

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.

Confessions

Saturday from 2:45 PM to 3:45 PM or by appointment

 

Adoration

Mondays – Adoration 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM  with novena of the Miraculous Medal at 6:30PM on Mondays (Only)

 

Encounter God by Praying with Sacred Scripture

Jesus wants to lead each of us into a very personal and deep relationship with Him, His Father and the Holy Spirit. God wants to speak with us through Sacred Scripture. He is inviting us to learn to pray with Scripture in what has been called Christian meditation and contemplation. Saints have described this as heart speaking to heart.
Fr. Timothy Gallagher is a very gifted teacher who has been helping many people encounter the Lord through Christian meditation and contemplation according to the methods of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
Fr. Gallagher has established a web page where you can listen to his podcasts. Each podcast is about 30 minutes and on this topic there are 7 podcasts. You can listen at your own leisure by clicking on the following link and looking for Fr. Gallagher's podcasts.

"ONE in Christ" 2023 Bishop's Appeal

 I am immensely grateful for your support last year to the Diocese of Bridgeport’s 2022 Bishop’s Appeal.  As we moved forward from the pandemic, the need for services continued to be impacted, especially nutrition and counseling programs.  

Because of your generosity, we were able to serve thousands of Fairfield County individuals and families through our ministries and services, introduce new programs to experience, and learn more about the beauty of our Catholic faith and to mentor young adults in business and faith.  

This week you will receive information by mail about our 2023 Bishop’s Appeal, “One in Christ” and how your support assists the ministries and programs our parishes cannot provide for in the community on their own.  We cannot do it without you and I am immensely grateful for your support as we seek to unite the diocese in service, compassion and faith and bring our sisters and brothers together to encounter and embrace the power of the Lord Jesus in our lives.

the Appeal website at:

http://2023BishopsAppeal.org