Prayer and Worship Committee
The Prayer and Worship Committee is in touch with the spiritual needs of the parish and finds ways to nurture the spiritual growth of the parish; oversees the planning of seasonal and special liturgies; supports the various liturgical ministries. It sees to the planning of the Parish Mission, Reconciliation Services, Vesper Services, the Monthly Holy Hour, the liturgies of Baptism First Communion, Confirmation, Anointing of the Sick, the Annual Mass of Remembrance, Feast of the Sacred Heart and Thanksgiving Day Liturgy. The Committee also evaluates the various aspects of our parish liturgical life and is attentive to the concerns of parishioners.
Altar Servers: Children 10 years and older serve at weekend Masses and special services throughout the year. Training is provided. Contact Paul Lichtenberger or the Parish Office 860-242-4142. Click: HERE for the Altar Servers page.
Music Ministry: Works with the choir director to provide music leadership such as cantors, guitarists, choir members, small groups of singers, etc. for weekend Masses and for special services throughout the year. Contact: Rian Grimmer or the Parish Office 860-242-4142.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Assist the priest and deacon with the distribution of Holy Communion (about twice a month) at Sunday and special Masses. Some also bring Holy Communion to the sick and homebound each week. Training is provided.
Lectors: Proclaim the Scriptures at all weekend Masses and special liturgies about once a month. Training and special preparatory materials are provided.
Ministers of Liturgical Hospitality: On a rotating basis serve as greeters to welcome people to Mass, as ushers when needed, collectors, selectors of gift bearers and distributors of bulletins. Contact: David and Mary Lou Royce or the Parish Office 860-242-4142.
Retreat Ministry: In conjunction with Holy Family Retreat House, retreat weekends are provided for men (first week in November) and for women (first week in January). Contact the Parish Office 860-242-4142.
Ministers of Liturgical Environment: A) Assist in making the decor within the Church appropriate for each liturgical season and feast; B) Teams of 2 or 3 people see to the dusting & polishing of the furniture, statutes, etc. once a month; C) Teams of 2 people see that potted plants are watered and that floral arrangements are prepared for Sundays in Ordinary Time.
Lazarus Ministry: Members serve as greeters for wakes held in the Church and provide light refreshments in Fr. Picher Hall. They assist at the funeral Mass as servers, lectors, pall carriers, etc. according to need. They also serve the food provided by the family if a post-funeral luncheon is given in the parish hall. Contact the Parish Office 860-242-4142.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word: During the 10:15 Mass, children ages 6-12 separately hear the Sunday readings in a format they can more easily understand. An adult leader discusses the lessons to be gleaned from the Scripture readings. The children re-join their parents after the prayer of the faithful.
Prayer Shawl Ministry: Our shawls provide comfort to friends and relatives who are sick, homebound, recuperating from surgery or have lost a loved one as well as hospice patients and families of Fallen Soldiers. Members gather at the church the second and fourth Mondays of the month from 9:30 to 11:00am. Contact: Jean Perreault and Mary Ann Butch or the Parish Office 860-242-4142. Click HERE for the Prayer Shawl page.
Liturgical Threads Ministry: Members prepare simple baptismal garments for infants as well as older children and adults; help to make banners and alter linens; mend vestments or alter cloths; in general help with any sewing that is needed.
Christian Formation Committee
Meets quarterly to set goals, policy and programs in religious education, faith enrichment for parish youth and adults. Contact: Parish Office 860-242-4142.
Sacramental Preparation: Oversees the programs for preparing parents for the Baptism of an infant or young child; oversees the preparation of older children for Baptism through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC); oversees, through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), the preparation of adults for reception into the Catholic Church. Contact: Deacon Anthony Nwankwo or the Parish Office 860-242-4142. Visit the: Sacramental Preparation Web Page
Adult Enrichment: Provides enrichment experiences by way of guest speakers, videos. etc. in response to expressed needs/desires from parishioners. Contact: Parish Office 860-242-4142.
Small Christian Communities: Adult individuals and couples meet in small groups to reflect on the content and personal meaning of the Sunday Scripture readings. Meeting can be held at the parish or in private homes. Lay people volunteer to lead different sessions. No scriptural expertise is required. Schedule of meetings is agreed upon by participants. Contact: Betsy Morrison or the Parish Office 860-242-4142.
Youth Alliance: Provides activities, outreach projects, social events, and faith development opportunities for youth both pre-and-post-confirmation. Contact: Al Wallace or the Parish Office 860-242-4142. Click: HERE for Youth Alliance Page
Confirmation: Prepares teens to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. Contact Deacon Rich Santos or the Parish Office 860-242-4142.
Standard Religious Education (CCD) Classes: Provide weekly catechetical instruction sessions in a classroom setting for the students. Contact: Doris Battle or the Parish Office 860-242-4142. Click: HERE for the Religious Education Page and schedule.
Human Concerns & Social Justice Committee
Meets periodically to organize opportunities for parishioners to serve those in need and to advocate for social justice. Contact the Parish Office 860-242-4142.
Special Needs: Assist disabled parishioners to fully participate in all services and activities of Sacred Heart Church. Volunteers are needed for an advocacy program to identify specific needs of our disabled parishioners and provide the necessary services such as rides to church. Contact the Parish Office 860-242-4142.
Feeding the Homeless: From October through April this group provides a monthly meal to a shelter in Hartford by: A) Preparing food which they deliver during the day; and/or B) Serving the food at the shelter. Contact: Parish Office 860-242-4142.
Social Activities: Seeks to bring people together in a social setting such as a Whist, Classic Car Cruise, wine tasting, etc. Contact: Parish Office 860-242-4142.
Life Group: Members pray for unborn children and their mothers through area-wide activities. Present opportunities to learn and discuss many life issues such as abortion, stem cells and euthanasia. Contact: Tom Daly or the Parish Office 860-242-4142. Click: HERE for the Life Group page.
Meals-R-Us: AKA: Sacred Heart Culinary Committee. Prepares and serves breakfasts, suppers and receptions for special parish celebrations. Members volunteer, based on their availability, to help set-up, prepare the meal serve the meal or clean-up after the meal. Contact: Parish Office 860-242-4142.
Breakfast Ministry: Offering to parishioners a FREE pancake, sausage and pastry breakfast once a month coinciding with our youth mass the first Sunday of the month. This will be offered from October 6, 2019 thru April 5, 2020 after the 8am and 10:15am masses. Contact: Parish Office 860-242-4142. Click HERE for the Breakfast Ministry page.
Parish Website: Keeping the site attractive, current and accurate. Contact: Webmaster by selecting the white envelope top right of this page.
Publicity: Publicizing parish activities and events by means of Bloomfield Public Access TV, WJMJ Radio, newspapers, notices to other parishes, posters, mailings, etc. Contact: Parish office 860-242-4142.
Archives: Collecting and organizing articles, reports, photos of parish events. Contact: Fred Hesketh or the Parish Office 860-242-4142.
Photographers: Chronicle parish events by taking pictures for the archives and the parish web site. Contact: David Royce or the Parish Office 860-242-4142.
Social Hospitality: Provides refreshments for special events and organizes Sunday coffee hour. Contact: Parish Office 860-242-4142.
Seeks to invigorate parish life by the encouragement of parishioner’s giving of their, talent and treasure. it also seeks to reach out to inactive Catholics to welcome them back to the church. Contact: Parish Office 860-242-4142. Click: HERE for the Stewardship pages Click: HERE for printable Stewardship signup forms.
Grounds Keeping: Our church grounds should present a welcoming appearance to worshippers. The maintenance of our gardens depends solely on the work of volunteers who during the summer months periodically mulch and weed the flower beds and trim shrubs. New volunteers are always needed to assist in this effort. For more information about these committees and ministries or any of its subcommittees, please contact the office at 860-242-4142 .