Catholic parish offers unique ministries

Sacred Heart is located at  910 Main St. S in Southbury/Tracy SimmonsSOUTHBURY – Most anyone who visits Sacred Heart Church, knows they’ll be greeted warmly by Rev. Joseph T. Donnelly and his trusty cockapoo.

The church, which draws in about 1,800 people for Mass each weekend, can trace its roots back to the mid-1800s. Its current building, at 910 Main St. S, was built in the early 1950s and seated about 250 people. Membership grew, and about 30 years ago Sacred Heart expanded its facility. Two years ago, it enlarged its building again to accommodate the growing parish.

“We’re a good size,” Donnelly said. “And we do have a nice cross-section of old and young.”

Sacred Heart offers many programs for parishioners to get involved in, including youth groups, choir, and religion classes. Unique to the parish is an intergenerational catechesis course, a faith formation program for all ages studying both the Bible and the teachings of the Catholic Church. The sessions, which take place at the church six times a year, is a way for families to study the Bible together.

The church also offers a class called, “Catholics Coming Home,” where people who have left the Catholic Church can reexamine their decision in a group setting. The program is lead by Sr. Pat Torre.

Donnelly added that Sacred Heart is also involved with various outreach ministries including Rainbow House, Southbury Training School, Society of St. Vincent De Paul and other programs.

This year, the church officially formed a relationship with a church in Haiti.

“We have as much to learn from them as they do from us,” Donnelly said about the church’s new sister parish.

“We’re a very busy parish. There’s always something going on,” he said.

Donnelly said he hopes anyone looking for a church home will visit Sacred Heart. The church has four weekend services. Services are Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m. Daily Mass at 8:30 a.m. Monday-Friday.

For information on Sacred Heart call (203) 264-5071 or visit the church Web site.



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