Sacred Heart Parish
Our parish name was chosen by our founding pastor, Fr. Jeremiah Reilly when we started in 1952. On November 29, 1953, Bishop Thomas E. Molloy (the days when all of Long Island was the Brooklyn diocese) came to dedicate our first Church.
The first Mass was celebrated in the Rectory of the parish (no Church yet), as were the first Baptism and Wedding. It was on November 29, 1953 that our original Church was dedicated.
In 1955 the first Convent was established and the Sisters of St. Joseph (Brentwood) came to become a vital part of Sacred Heart Parish. They have faithfully and generously served our people for over 60 years…and the presence of 9 Sisters in our convent today is a testament to their on-going ministry to our Parish.
Built on the wonderful foundations of our “founding families” – some of whom are still parishioners – we have grown into a community of believers numbering approximately 3100 registered families. Sacred Heart Parishioners are known for their prayerful spirit, their generous offering of their time and talents and their faithfulness in continuing the great tradition of loving service started by our founders.
Our new Church was dedicated on October 3, 2009 by Bishop William F. Murphy (Diocese of Rockville Centre). Adorned with the beautiful “Stations of the Cross” stained windows, our new worship space welcomes parishioners and visitors as we “gather the people, tell the story and break the bread”! With this prayerful new space, it is no doubt that when we enter we are truly on “holy ground”; and that we see the Eucharist as the center of our relationship with God and one another.
Devotion to the Sacred Heart honors Jesus for the love symbolized by His heart. This tradition began in the 13th & 14th centuries and took on a greater significance in the 17th century, when St. Margaret Mary Alocoque, a French nun, had a series of visions of Jesus, the Sacred Heart. Almost 200 years later celebration of the Feast of the Sacred Heart (the Friday following the Solemnity of Corpus Christi) became a celebration of the Universal Church; and today it is a Feast, with the same rank as Christmas. Today, many pray the Sacred Heart Novena especially on Fridays throughout the year.
Besides our parish, many parishes have an image of the Sacred Heart in their Church or on their grounds, as do many families.