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;

On this twenty-sixth Sunday of ordinary time, the Church calls us to be just and work for eternal life. Hence, she encourages us to be dedicated and active in the “good fight of faith until the appearing of the Lord.”

All the readings of this Sunday are continuations of the readings of last Sunday. They center on the day of God’s judgement. Most importantly, they point to the final end of the unjust, the triumph and comfort of the poor and just.

In the first reading, the prophet Amos continues his treaty against the rich and influential of the society who oppress the weak and the poor. He pronounces God’s judgment on those who derive their joy and comfort from the miseries of the poor and the weak. This comfort will soon disappear as snow disappears. In other words, their time would soon be up. Their evil would be finally revealed and exposed because, “tempus omnia revelat (time reveals all things). Indeed, this would be the triumph and comfort of the poor.

Today’s gospel is unique in the sense that it touches a very important aspect of our Christian life and believe. That is, eschatology of the theology of the end of time. First, it concerns the three very important last things: Death, judgment and reward – heaven or hell (Heb 9:27).  Second, it concerns and reassures us of the comfort of those who mourn now on earth as Christ promised: “Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted (Mt 5:4).

A very important lesson from today’s gospel could therefore be captured in this popular adage: “Make hay while the sun shines.” In order words, we must pay heed to the instructions of the good news of salvation while there is still ample opportunity for us to do so.  Excessive comfort, and display of affluence here on earth which does not impart positively on the life of others especially the poor, will not profit us much at the end of time. They will not guarantee our ticket into the “bosom of Abraham.:

Therefore, we need to pay attention to the word of God we hear every day. It call us to use our earthly possession to help the poor and weak. The true and wise disciple of Christ is the one who understands this Latin adage: “cotidiana vilescunt” (everyday, things lose their appeal or value). This is hundred percent true and sure. Things retain their value only by serving and helping the society from which they were derived.

So, being mindful of the fact that this world shall pass away helps us a lot to prepare for the eternal kingdom. Only those who are focused and not distracted by the excessive comfort of this world will easily notice and attend to the Christ in the “Lazarus” around them.

Finally, through the second reading of this Sunday, Paul advices us: “As a man dedicated to God…fight a good fight to win for yourselves the eternal life to which you are being called…” those who work for it with faith, patience, love, gentility, reverence for God and for others will get there. Only those who show mercy to the poor, the weak, and the just would be accepted into the bosom of Abraham. That is, the eternal kingdom, where “better things can be hoped for.”

God bless you and your families!

Fr. Alfonso Picone, Pastor

MASKS ARE NEEDED IN CHURCH, REGARDLESS OF VACCINATION STATUS.

 

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

Monday, Wednesday – Adoration 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM  with novena of the Miraculous Medal at 6:30PM on Monday (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.