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
ST. PATRICK AND ST. JOSEPH
I have had the privilege of visiting St. Patrick’s grave in Ireland and St. Joseph’s Church in Nazareth.
St. Patrick is buried in Downpatrick, County Down, behind Down Cathedral, two miles from Saul Church where Patrick first landed in Ireland in 432 AD. In my mind I was expecting to see a monument like the Lincoln Memorial. Arriving at a small cemetery behind the church, I saw no marble pillars or statues so I walked into the cemetery and happened to look down - there was St. Patrick’s grave marked by a small boulder – a most humble grave for a saint of such great fame.
St. Joseph lived and worked in Nazareth. The Church of St. Joseph is built over the site of his carpenter shop. This modest church is in the shadow of the imposing Annunciation Basilica, just as Joseph lived in the shadow of Jesus and Mary. The Gospels tells us nothing of Joseph’s death or burial place, though Nazareth would seem to be the likely place.
Both Patrick and Joseph, renowned throughout the world, share the most humble memorials, reflecting their lives which were all about Jesus, not about themselves.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY - MARCH 17
I bind unto myself the Name of the Trinity, the Three in One and One in Three.
I arise today through God’s strength to pilot me, God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me, God’s eye to look before me, God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me, God’s hand to guard me, God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me, God’s host to save me.
Christ as a light, illumine and guide me, Christ as a shield, overshadow and cover me,
Christ the lowly, Christ the all-powerful, Christ this day be within and without me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger, in all who draw near me, or see me, or hear me.
ST. JOSEPH’S DAY - MARCH 19
O St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt
before the throne of God, I place in you all my interest and desires.
Assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me
from your divine Son all spiritual blessings.
I never weary contemplating Jesus asleep in your arms.
I dare not approach while He rests near your heart.
Press Him close in my name and kiss His head for me
and ask Him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath.
St. Joseph, pray for me.
(Ancient prayer dated to the Year 50 AD)