Mission Statement of Sacred Heart Church
Called by God, we, Sacred Heart Parish Community gathered in Christ's universal Roman Catholic Church in this twenty-first century celebrate the gift of our faith. We pray for the Holy Spirit to guide us as we seek to live our lives to bring the presence of Jesus to all people.
By striving to live our faith we hope to inspire future generations to center their lives in the heart of Jesus.
Pastor: Reverend Mark R. Jette
Administrative Assistant: Elizabeth Grigoriou
Rectory: Telephone: 860-668-4246 Fax: 860-668-1337
Rectory Office Hours: Monday – Thursday 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
(Rectory Office closed on Friday and Holidays)
Telephone: 860-668-7766 Fax: 860-370-5164
Donna Swols, Director
Pat Sagon, Confirmation Coordinator
Administrative Assistant: Jackie Dion
Directors of Music:
Floyd Higgins and Gretchen Collins
FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK
THE SAINTS OF ADVENT
ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Francis recalled a visit he had made to Bethlehem and resolved to recreate the manger he had seen there. In 1223 AD, he created the first creche at a cave at Greccio using real people, a real manger, a real ox and ass, and real shepherds. He wanted to help people remember the Christ Child and how He was born in Bethlehem. Francis wanted people to see and experience how He lay in a manger with an ox and ass standing by. Word went out to the people in the area and they arrived carrying torches and candles that lit up the night as they approached the creche. Once again, shepherds came to adore Him. Francis stood before the crib and preached about the Babe of Bethlehem.
And a great tradition began - the tradition of the Christmas Creche.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there….As I drew in my head and was turning around, down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound. (Twas the Night before Christmas)
St. Nicholas is also known as Father Christmas, Pere Noel, and Kris Kringle. When Dutch sailors came to our land, they spoke about their beloved saint Sinterklaas which sounded to our ears like Santa Claus.
Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He is one of the saints of Advent. His faith in Jesus and his love for children and the poor pointed the way to Jesus. He showed us the true spirit of Christmas giving by his generosity to those in need. He is still giving and caring. He is still seeking out the poor and needy. He is still showing us the way to heaven. May our lives reflect the faith and love and generosity of St. Nicholas during this holy season.
JOHN THE BAPTIST, JOSEPH, AND MARY
During Advent, we remember the great people of faith who were part of the immediate preparations for the Lord’s birth. We ask their prayers for us during this holy season that we may imitate their faith, hope, and love.
John the Baptist - the prophet who prepared the way for the Lord.
Joseph - the husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus.
Mary - the woman full of grace who was chosen to be the mother of the Savior.