Sacred Heart Church

Ministries

Liturgical Ministries

Lectors/Eucharistic Ministers
Cornelia Hurwitz 203.938.0269

These important ministries at Sacred Heart are integral to our Masses. We welcome all parishioners to consider becoming a Eucharistic Minister and/or Lector. Both ministries are a wonderful way to enhance your worship experience. We will train you and accommodate your schedule to serve. If you would like more information please contact Cornelia Hurwitz at 203.938.0269.

Altar Servers
Religious Education Office 203.544.8423

All parish boys and girls, fourth grade and older, are welcome and encouraged to become altar servers. Recruitment is normally done through the office of Religious Education. Usually at the beginning of the school year, one of the parish priests will conduct a brief period of training.

Altar Linens
Gen Fagan 203.438.5455

A small group of parishioners wash and iron the altar linens used during Mass approximately six times a year. If you are interested in joining this group please call Gen Fagan.

Music: Traditional Choir
Director - Tyler Tarver 203.544.8345

The traditional adult choir of Sacred Heart Church invites anyone who might be interested in singing with us. We sing every Sunday at the 11:30 a.m. Mass and on various special occasions during the Liturgical year including Confirmation, Christmas, Holy Week, etc. Remember that he who sings, prays twice. We look forward to hearing from anyone who would like to join the choir. Young adults, are also encouraged to join.

Music: Folk Choir
Director - Jim Ryan 203.798.6127 or jryan999@att.net

"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing." Psalm 100:1-2. The music ministry of the Sacred Heart Folk Group is not to perform, but to lead the congregation at the 9:30 a.m. Mass in songs of praise and worship using contemporary liturgical music. We're a small but prayerful group, always open to new members (high school and older) who would like to use their voices or instrumental talents to enrich the worship of others. We rehearse Sunday mornings prior to Mass. If you feel closest to God when you're singing or playing an instrument, pray about joining us in the choir loft and contact Jim Ryan.

Spiritual Ministries

Eucharistic Adoration - First Friday of each month. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is after the 8:30 a.m. Mass, concluding with Benediction at 12:00 Noon. This is a grace-filled opportunity to pray quietly in the presence of the Eucharistic Lord.

Miraculous Medal Novena is after the 8:30 a.m. Mass on Mondays.

Padre Pio Devotion takes place on the second Monday of each month after the 8:30 a.m. Mass.

Rosary is prayed after each weekday Mass.

Sacred Heart Women's Group - Martha Radocy 203.209.2946. The purpose of our group is to meditate on the Word of God and to look for ways to apply it to our daily lives as mothers, sisters, grandmothers, friends and beloved children of God. It will be a time for spiritual growth, for sharing our experiences as women, for strengthening our faith and for supporting one another in our spiritual life's journey. We meet every other Wednesday from 7:30pm to 9:00pm in the rectory meeting room.

Sacred Heart Men's Ministry - Jim Ryan 203.798.6127. Sometimes it's hard being a Christian man in today's world. You don't have to do it alone. Gain strength and insights from discussing relevant topics, guided by scripture, with other men of our parish. Join us on Saturday mornings in the Rectory Meeting Room from 7:00 - 8:30 a.m. (a time that won't interfere with your other family activities). We know it's early, but it's a unique opportunity to grow spiritually with other men facing similar challenges.

Emergency Prayer Chain - Susan Barnett 203.834.7663 Diane Ryan 203.798.6127. This ministry is for emergency situations which will best benefit from our immediate joining in prayer. Anyone with a prayer request may call Susan or Diane who will then activate the chain. Every year, we ask parishioners who feel called to this ministry to sign up.

Bible Study - Bible Study with Dr. Thomas Hicks will meet on the second Tuesday of the month via Zoom from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Contact Jim Ryan at jryan999@att.net to enroll.

Outreach Ministries

Dorothy Day Hospitality House - Sacred Heart Parish has resumed its ministry to the Dorothy Day Hospitality House in Danbury in a modified way to keep preparers, distribution volunteers, and the community safe during the pandemic. Instead of hot meals, Dorothy Day is providing grab and-go sandwich meals--about 100 per day--to a growing number of people in need. Sacred Heart will be providing sandwiches, prepackaged snack items and water on the second Wednesday of each month. The need is greater than ever! Not only is Dorothy Day providing these meals for those in the surrounding neighborhoods, it is delivering these bagged meals to the homeless from all shelters in Danbury. If you would like to join our "cooks" in this worthy ministry, please contact Sally Archer at: 203-544-7150 or ctarcher@optonline.net

Elderly and Homebound - Call the rectory when any parishioner is hospitalized, scheduled for surgery, seriously ill, or confined to home. Due to current hospital privacy laws it is necessary to inform the priests of relatives or friends whom you would like to have visited.

Family to Family / Redirection of Christmas - Regina Ingulli 203.431.4426, RedirectionofChristmas@yahoo.com. Each Christmas, hundreds of families in our surrounding communities struggle to provide even the basics, much less the small "extras" that others may take for granted. The Redirection of Christmas ministry enables donor families to "adopt" low income families at Christmas and buy gifts for these families. The recipient families are affiliated with Catholic parishes and community outreach organizations in low-income areas of Bridgeport and Stamford. Many of these families have income below the poverty line, and for them, day-to-day living is a struggle.

The Sacred Heart Redirection of Christmas ministry encourages those who have more to redirect what they have to families in need. It's a redirection of money, time, and heart to help those less fortunate. The program typically starts in the August / September timeframe, with gifts being delivered to the recipients in mid-December.

The program is not limited to Sacred Heat Parishioners, and anyone may participate by signing up to adopt a family of any size. We are always in need of Committee members and leaders as well!

Organizations

Parish Advisory Council - The Parish Advisory Council, as its name suggests, advises the pastor on matters of parish affairs. It is composed of members of the parish staff, chairpersons or representatives of various parish ministries and organizations as well as members appointed by the pastor on the basis of their particular expertise. For further information, to make suggestions, or ask questions regarding parish activities, please call the parish office 203.544.8345.

Parish Finance Board - The Parish Finance Board meets regularly throughout the year to analyze the parish's financial status and to make recommendations for future needs and for the wise stewardship of our parish assets.

Buildings and Grounds Committee meets monthly to discuss the condition of the parish buildings and to make suggestions for repairs as needed or future projects to consider.

Parish Ministries Schedule

Meeting Day Time Location
Bible Study Tuesday 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Zoom Meeting
Adult Choir Practice Sunday 11:00 a.m. Chuch Choir Loft
First Friday Friday 8:30 a.m. Prayer during Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament ending with Benediction at noon.
Folk Choir Practice Sunday 8:45 a.m. Chuch Choir Loft
Marriage Planning Scheduled Scheduled Call rectory six months in advance to make plan.
Parish Advisory Monday * 7:30 p.m. Meets in Pryor Hubbard Hall * second Monday of the month between September and June.
Pre-Baptism Monday Scheduled Meets first Monday of the month (when scheduled). Call rectory to register for program.
Reconciliation Saturday 4:30 - 5:00 p.m. Catechetical Center
Stations of the Cross Fridays during Lent 7:00 p.m. St. Patrick Church