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;

The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him – the Prophet Isaiah starts us pondering about salvation and what it can mean in our lives. It is easy to understand what it might mean to the Jewish people at the time of Jesus. Many were longing for a Savior who would come and free them form subjugation to the Romans. Two millennia later, we can see that such a longing for salvation does not have anything to do with us directly.

If the Spirit of the Lord rests upon Jesus, what does He do for us? If Jesus does nothing for us, then Advent means nothing. Why would we long for the presence of the Lord Jesus if he does nothing for us? Already in the prophets, there was a growing understanding that salvation was something bigger than just liberation for the Chosen People. We have so many prophets who seem to imply a salvation for every race and every people. This longing for something more is expressed by Isaiah in today’s reading: There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the Lord, as water covers the sea. On that day, the root of Jesse, set up as a signal for the nations, the Gentiles shall seek out, for his dwelling shall be glorious.

Can we imagine an earth in which every creature knows the Lord in the same way that water covers the sea? Can we imagine an earth with no harm or ruin within it? This is surely not the earth on which we are living at this moment in history! Probably those who live in war zones, those who live in places where nature continues to wreak, do long for this kind of Savior. Those of us who live in more prosperous lands often just want to isolate ourselves from all the problems of the earth. We don’t seem to have a good imagination at all when it comes to solving the wars and conflicts of this world.

We can respond to this first reading with the comment of St. Paul in his letter to the Romans:  May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to think in harmony with one another.  What a dream that would be! At present we cannot even speak with one another very well. How different our world would be if we could think in harmony with one another!

We should be able to hear the voice of John the Baptist very strongly on this Second Sunday of Avent: You brook of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce good fruit as evidence of your repentance. We are that brood of vipers. We don’t need to point the finger at anyone else. We have not been able to think in harmony, we have not been able to work together to help one another, we have not found ways in which we willingly give up some of what we have so that others can have a bit more than at present.

John the Baptist is clear that our prayers and our running to God will do us no good at all unless we produce the fruits of our repentance. Those fruits and peace and
harmony and seeking the good of others above our own good.

Advent challenges us to seek the Savior.  Jesus can save us form ourselves but only if we follow Him and love all others and spend our lives doing good for them. May it be so in our lives.

God bless you and your families.

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 & Wednesdays – 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.