As we continue to weather the COVID-19 pandemic, our pastor, Fr. Steve, will provide communications to parishioners. This page contains all those communications in reverse chronological order.  As new messages are received, the current communication will be on our home and previous letters will be moved here. 

February 11, 2021

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

Dear Parish Family, 

Lent is upon us and it is a good time for a change of heart through the disciplines of prayer, fasting and penance.

There will be no ashes given this year due to an abundance of caution for public health in a pandemic.  The Office of Worship has allowed pastors to do so. Ash Wednesday Mass will be at the regular time at 8:00 am followed by Eucharistic Adoration until 5:00 pm in the main church. There will be someone each hour to pray for all of us, so it gives you the opportunity to stop in for a few minutes to pray also without a time commitment.  Only the side door will be open and there will be no access to the hall or bathrooms. You must wear a mask.

Our Lenten program is entitled: "Pause and Pray". The church will be open each Wednesday in Lent for Adoration following Mass until 5:00 pm.

Confessions are daily Monday-Thursday from 7:30 am - 8:00 am before Mass.

On Wednesday, March 31st, of Holy Week, we will have a Day of Reconciliation. Adoration will begin after morning Mass and go until 7:00 pm.

Confessions will be in the chapel (directly off the side entrance inside) at the following times:

          7:30 - 8:00 am                       Noon to 1:00 pm                            5:00 - 7:00 pm

Feel free to stop in on Wednesdays to pray the Stations of the Cross quietly or just to pray before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. You will see that the church interior has been painted and looks beautiful.

You can now watch our Sunday Mass at 9:00 am live on our website or later on during the week. Our parish website is

I appreciate that we all need to be mindful of our health and so be wise and stay home if you are compromised. The Lord wants us to be healthy and concerned about the health of others.

Thank you for your faithful financial generosity that keeps the parish going!

God Bless

Father Steve Marcoux

Your Pastor


Dear Parish Family,

I love the month of October as it becomes the harvest time and crisp air. We prepare for the chill and dampness of winter.

Our souls are harvested with the great virtues as we celebrate the lives of so many favorite saints whose feast days are in October. The list is endless:

St. Therese of Lisieux                         Guardian Angels                       St. Francis of Assisi

St. Faustina    Our Lady of the Rosary            St. Denis

Fatima – October 13                           St. Therese of Avila                   St. Ignatius of Antioch

St. Isaac Jogues and Companions     St. Paul of the Cross                 St. John Paul II 

St. John of Capistrano                        St. Anthony Mary Claret            Saints Simon and Jude

What a line-up of witnesses!!! Pray to each of them. Take time to explore the lives of the saints.

Since we are observing proper protocols for gathering, we have not been able to have the wide range of ministries and socials as we have had in the past but God willing, sometime in the New Year.

In the meantime, I thought it was important to gather together monthly for contemplative prayer in the midst of so much uncertainty and troubled times. We need to spend some quiet time with Jesus, Our Lord and Savior in His Eucharistic presence.

We will begin October 13th, marking the last month of the Fatima apparitions with Our Lady, asking us to pray the rosary for world peace. Morning confessions will be as usual from 7-8 am. I will also hear confessions from 12-1 pm and again from 6-7 pm. Confessions will continue to be in the chapel. It is a beautiful prayer space for confessions with more room and better ventilation. I also have spiritual books for you to take and sacramentals such as rosaries and bibles.

After daily Mass at 8 am, I will expose the Blessed Sacrament on the main altar. We will have simple reposition prayers at 7 pm when we conclude the day. I ask that two people (or more) commit to an hour of prayer as we did before in the small chapel. The hours begin at 9 am and conclude at 7 pm. Please leave a message on the parish phone or email if you are interested in committing to an hour. I am hoping our past Monday prayer partners will take the lead. This will allow other people to come in for a few minutes or longer to pray without commitment.

I ask that you enter by the side door only. Disinfect your hands, enter the main body of the church, and sit where you like. Upon leaving, please disinfect your kneeler and pew. The bioesque disinfectant will be provided on a table along with sanitizer for your hands. Our ring cameras are in place and from 5-7 pm we will have security. We will not have the hall open so there will be no bathroom access for greater security.

All things being equal, we will have a monthly Eucharistic prayer gathering to keep us focused on God’s love for us and to become more reflective in our lives so we might truly see Jesus Christ in each other. Let us plan our monthly Adoration on the first Fridays of November and December.

Be at peace! Come enjoy the Lord!

God Bless!

Fr. Steve Marcoux

Your Pastor

September 8, 2020

Dear Parish Family,

You are receiving your annual financial report by snail mail and it speaks for itself! Please continue your stewardship, which is critical through this ongoing pandemic. I ask you to please consider online giving as well. Thank you for your sacrificial giving.

We thank Rob for his 25 years of ministry to Sacred Heart Parish and we ask the Lord for His gracious blessings upon him. Rob is a talented musician and we are blessed to have him. Thank you Rob for your musical leadership!

We also thank Deacon Thomas Cloutier for his ministry as deacon at the parish. As you know, Deacon Tom has not been with us in the parish for over a year and a half. He will not be returning, as he is now a resident of Fairview Nursing Home in Hudson. He and his father have given me permission to share that news with you. We send him our appreciation for his ministry. He will be a ministerial presence where he is. God always uses us for His purposes.

May we all join together in nine days of prayer (Novena) to St. Therese, from September 22 – October 1 (her feast day), and ask that she may answer your prayer requests and continue to shower her roses upon our parish! Let us pray: “Saint Therese be our power in this hour. Pick me a rose from the heavenly garden and send it to me with a message of love. Tell the Lord I will love Him more and more each day!” Or you can say your own prayer!

There is still no communion to the homebound or healthcare/hospital visits at this time. There will be no activities in the parish outside of our weekend Masses at 4 pm on Saturday and 9 am on Sunday, along with Daily Confessions 7:00 am-7:45 am Monday through Thursday followed by Mass at 8:00 am. We will continue to evaluate our parish monthly. Phase 2 in our parish goes to the New Year. There will be no breakfasts, no suppers, no meetings or gatherings, and no boy scouts during this time until we evaluate what the fall months will bring. I would like us to come together as a parish in prayer monthly. Let us use September for adjusting to schools and the new norms in our workplace and homes. October 13th is the anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima. You might note the movie, Fatima, is now playing in the movie theatres. The message is about praying the rosary for World Peace. Our Lady appeared to three shepherd children in Portugal in 1917, monthly from May to October. Thus, we will join in the communion of prayer as a parish by having Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the main body of the Church immediately after the Mass and the rosary is recited until 7:00 pm. As usual, I will have morning confessions from 7-7:45 am. In addition to accommodate our people, I will have confessions from noon – 1:00 p and 6-7 pm. Confessions will take place immediately to the right in the little chapel dedicated to Our Lady, Mother of Perpetual Help. We will have security available and camera surveillance for a safe environment. There will be no access to the hall bathrooms. Entrance to the church will be by the side door only. We will have two people representing the parish on every hour after Mass until 7 pm. This allows anyone in the community to come in and pray, be it just for a few minutes, perhaps with your children or grandchildren. Simple reposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place at 7 pm. We will have disinfectants available and we ask that each person disinfect their pew area and kneeler as they leave with the Bioesque. We will then go to the same format for First Friday in November and First Friday in December. This will be a wonderful way to be a praying community in a time of public pandemic.

As it stands, many of our young families have chosen to stay home and I understand, as these are serious times.

Let us continue to navigate the pandemic with prudence, safety and grace. The Lord shall guide us. Remain prayerful and positive and focused!

God Bless!

Fr. Steve Marcoux

August Newsletter 2020

Dear Parish Family,

As promised, I continue with my monthly newsletter as this pandemic continues to teach us how important it is to stay connected. You can also stay connected with our social media, and our Facebook page.

It is great to see our people coming back to Mass, little by little. We have worked hard to put strict and consistent safety protocols in place with our newly added safe environment ministry, which includes 15 people. If people feel safe due to our hard work efforts, they will return to church. We are close to half of our people returning to Mass and I am very pleased.

I ask you to continue to all work together so all of our people can get into church with the decreased seating available with social distancing. Please consider coming to the 4 pm Mass as there is more seating available at the evening Mass. I don’t want anyone to be turned away. Please be seated in the pews from the middle first so there is room for others to fill in at the ends. There are 12-24 additional chairs in the back allowing us a capacity of 150 for social distancing, which is half of our seating at 325.

I thank you for not parking in the middle of the lot and parking only within the painted lines. As a reminder, do not park at TD Bank/Faithbridge Church as their lot has limited space which they need. Our neighbors at Walgreens are allowing us to park there if need be so we should have plenty of spaces.

I am most grateful with the financial giving during the past four months of the pandemic but we cannot take for granted that such giving will be constant. The first of the month brings in the highest amount as many give monthly and give online. The second through fourth weeks are lower but the balance has brought us to the $14K per month that we need to stay within our budget and pay our bills. We cut 10 percent in the budget this year and that has helped us to maintain the same offertory base but we need to increase that offertory base next year to keep the parish vibrant and growing. Many of our folks have increased their offertory and this generosity has sustained us. We still have a lower percentage of individuals and families giving on the whole. We need more people to do their part. Please consider signing up for online giving. If you are interested, call the parish office and leave a message, and Julie will call you back and walk you through the very easy process of signing up. As stated a few weeks ago, I will report the end-of-the-year data and the finance council observations in the fall. The monthly giving synopsis is on the next page.

Many of our pre-pandemic projects have been completed:

* The installation of the short black galvanized steel fencing in front of the Bishop Gendron Center
* Bob Rheault located and repaired leaks in the piping which was flooding the Bishop Gendron Center
* New fencing added to enclose the opening of the TD Bank fence, which was considered a liability by our Diocesan Insurance

Projects still to be completed (Fall 2020):
* We will plant shrubbery along the driveway from the office entrance to the road
* We will be putting ivy and morning glories along the TD fence to soften the institutional look
* A tar berm will be installed from the top of the parking lot along the side of the driveway past the entrance of the BG Center bottom level, trying to redirect the water flow from the office and food pantry

* The small meeting room in the hall is being renovated with all of the Sacred Heart photographs and historical photos that were part of the office. We are dedicating this meeting room (which holds up to 12 people) to Bishop Peter Libasci for his dedication to Sacred Heart in the next chapter of our history.

* We currently have 5 cameras on the Ring security system and we are in the process of placing an outside and inside camera on the ramp side of the church for security.

As I mentioned last week at Mass, please consider sending a thank you note to the Manchester Police Department, thanking them for all of their hard work in the city and for their constant patrolling and watch care over Sacred Heart Parish. Their address is: Manchester Police Department, 405 Valley Street, Manchester, NH 03103. It would be wonderful to flood the MPD with appreciation from our Sacred Heart Community.

We continue to try and identify all of our Sacred Heart people. If you are not receiving Parable Magazine, please call the office and leave a message for Julie to add you to the list. This is a parish gift to you.

I have enclosed a prayer card of St. Michael with the prayer on the back that we pray every week at the end of Mass. I encourage you to memorize it and say it daily, or have it available so you can read it daily!

Let us praise God daily for all he has done for us and will continue to do. I thank you all for walking this journey together throughout the pandemic. Sacred Heart of Jesus, we place all our trust in you!

God bless you and your family!

Fr. Steve Marcoux, Your Pastor

June 29, 2020 - Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

Dear Parish Family,

I would like to begin now a new tradition of a monthly newsletter to keep us all informed and in the loop together. I found that the 8 bi-weekly newsletters in the pandemic helped keep us together as a parish family. It is wonderful to be celebrating Mass publicly with those who are able to attend, and to appreciate our great musicians, Rob and Mandy. We are approximately 135 people which is half from our normal attendance of approximately 260. I understand people’s situations who are compromised.

To reassure you, our people are not socializing in the church, and our pews and floors are being disinfected immediately with Bioesque, which is a spray that eliminates the COVID virus. We would ask that people do not congregate in the parking lot at this time. As I mentioned at Mass, we are a very loving and social community, and I understand the need to catch up with our lives. But at this time, we must be prudent and observe the governor and Bishop’s directives to go home immediately.

If you are not able to come to Mass because you might be fearful or have health issues, feel free to come after the Mass ends as the cars are leaving to the side door and I will bring you Holy Communion. Our Mass is generally within 45 minutes at this time. Communion to the homebound has not resumed at this time. Our Eucharistic Ministers will be happy to minister when we are given permission to do so.

I have enclosed the fourth quarter offertory contributions as promised. I continue to ask you to strongly consider online giving, as we are building up that base of income nicely, and need a stable offertory to count on to meet our budgetary expectations of $3500 per week. The offertory baskets are at the church entrances and feel free to also put cash. As I mentioned at Mass, our financial protocols are in place. The offerings are placed in the sealed envelopes and brought to the safe for deposit.

I pray that you and your loved ones are as well as can be in these challenging times. Please know that you are prayed for daily. Our morning Mass at 8 am is working very well with approximately 20 people in attendance with daily morning confessions from 7am – 8 am, Monday through Thursday. I am very pleased.

I also encourage you to look at our website ( as Monique Fonner places beautiful pictures there as well as Suzanne Roy puts daily messages on Facebook. The letter assures me that all of our people who are registered in our parish, and not doing social media, are receiving the same message, and that is important as we continue to sustain our parish and build parish growth.

I am in good health and very happy to be involved actively again in ministry from isolation in the pandemic where much work was accomplished in a more reflective way. In early September you will receive our financial report for the fiscal year 2019-2020, which is very good.

God bless you and your family!

Fr. Steve Marcoux, Your Pastor


  • Social Distancing (6 feet during entry, exit, communion)
  • Masks must be worn at all times while on property
  • Entry an Exit by side doors only
  • Side doors will open 30 minutes before Mass begins (Saturday 3:30 pm, Sunday 8:30 am)
  • Please stagger your entry/exit so there is no crowding
  • There will be no air conditioning. With social distancing & fewer people, the church should be cooler with ceiling fans, lights down & fresh air.
  • No entry/exit by front doors

May 20, 2020

Dear Parish Family,

In light of the pandemic, Bishop Libasci issued an edict which allows the “Distribution of Holy Communion” at our weekend Masses. We will begin this weekend, May 23rd and 24th. And we will observe our normal 4 pm and 9 am times. We ask that you do not come before 3:45 pm or 8:45 am. The cones will be removed at that time. Once you have parked, a volunteer will greet you at the side door. We hope that there will be common sense and spacing used so that it will be smooth until 4:30 pm and 9:30 am.

Thus I wanted to get this note out to you as soon as possible. To quote the Bishop, “this will be different. It will not be perfect. But it will provide an opportunity to draw one step closer for gathering together with the faithful and a significant catechetical opportunity to share what is good, what is holy, and what is central to our faith. The public gathering for Mass remains suspended at this time but our celebration has not ceased and continues with fervor.”

Following the protocol that has been set by the Bishop, and adapting to our local community, we will have the following expectations:

  • The church pews will be closed off with caution tape.
  • Entrance will only be by the side door on the side of the BG Center. Exit will be via the ramp.
  • Social distancing of 6 feet will be observed from the parking lot. Masks must be worn from the parking lot into the church. Take your mask off only for Holy Communion and place it back on again.
  • The side door will be open so that no knobs need to be touched for safety and ventilation.
  • There will be no access to the hall or bathrooms. It will be sectioned off.
  • There will be a volunteer at the side door to ensure that social distancing is taking place, and to lead you into the church in the same manner. You will find the positions marked just like the supermarkets. Fr Steve will be giving Holy Communion in the middle of the Sanctuary. If you wear gloves into church, they may not be worn to receive Holy Communion. Take your mask off for Holy Communion and then put it back on. Fr Steve will sanitize his hands after each communion for the safety of all.
  • After receiving Holy Communion, continuing social distancing, and you have the opportunity to say a brief prayer of Thanksgiving standing before Our Lady as others are waiting. As you depart the church from the ramp side, the door will be open and a volunteer will help to escort you out into the parking lot.
  • If you have your offertory, please leave it in the basket provided by Our Lady. This will be easier than mailing if you wish.
  • There will be no lighting of candles or Holy Water present.
  • After going to the parking lot, we ask you to leave immediately. There should be no socializing as the governor’s stay at home is still in place until May 30th, which may be extended. Therefore, we respect civil law that no more than 10 people should be gathering in a public setting, inside or outside.

The obligation to attend Mass has been suspended by our Bishop. There should be no pressure for you to feel as though you have to come to church to receive Holy Communion during this pandemic. I realize that many of our people are older, vulnerable and compromised, as well as fearful of public settings during this stay at home order. Continue to watch Mass on TV with your Spiritual Communion. Communion to the homebound has not resumed in the pandemic.

My hope is that you will be grateful for what the Bishop has provided in his edict. This is an interim step toward the public celebration of Mass. I will be in touch with you in a few weeks.

God Bless!

Fr. Steve
Your Pastor

May 10, 2020

Dear Parish Family,

I thank you for responding to my call and I appreciate your ongoing financial and spiritual support. This may last much longer so thank you for supporting your parish. We wait patiently for guidance.

I would hope that through the change of routine by the stay-at-home order, that we have all experienced a new appreciation for wonder. Despite all the personal sadness we have all shared in with family and loved ones through Covid and loss of jobs, we are still called to appreciate the blessings of our lives. Only you know your blessings best. I pray you begin to jot down a list of the many people and events of your life that you are grateful for and you return that thanksgiving to God in complete trust that He is guiding us.

I have said from the beginning of this pandemic, that this is a time of grace. Please don’t focus on what you do not have and desire but put all your strength into believing the best is yet to come.

Fasting from the sacraments in our parish community is a grace as we honor the common good by waiting for a safer place and time to be together again. That time is not now. By now you have all found your favorite priest and mode of watching the Mass. I encourage you to continue doing so! I encourage you to watch the Holy Father’s daily Mass at 12:30 on Catholic TV.

Our bishop wrote a meaningful OP Ed piece in the Sunday Union Leader last week on May 3. He invites us to also yearn for which will be restored in a more beautiful way. I believe that the absence of the Mass in a parish make the soul fonder of that which we might have taken for granted or routine. We receive our Spiritual Communion with Jesus when we desire to receive him when we cannot.

I’ve chosen a few pieces for your reflection and hope they help you to live in this moment and pay attention to the promptings of the Holy Spirit within us. I enclosed a blessed prayer card of Our Lady of Perpetual Help with a prayer at the back. She will look familiar to you because Our Lady greets us as we enter the side at Sacred Heart with the entrance to our little chapel.

I saw two mallards on the grounds the other day along with robins and cardinals nesting. The bulbs have been blooming since Easter and are gorgeous as you can see. We may be in the inner city, but beauty is everywhere if we take the time to pay attention!

Until the next letter in a few weeks … be at peace. I remember you daily in prayer and at Mass. A belated but sincere blessing to all the women of the parish for Mother’s Day.

God bless you all.

Father Steve Marcoux

Your Pastor

April 27, 2020

Dear Parish Family,          

I pray you are as well as we can be with our stay at home order. We have already experienced 6 weeks apart and without speculating, it seems that it will be quite some time before we gather.  As you receive this fourth letter, our governor and bishop will be informing us as to how to proceed in this pandemic.

I am most grateful for your financial support and want to share a few thoughts in this regard.  We have a deficit of at least $1k each week in cash which is a big loss.  It is your prerogative to give as you choose but we surely miss those loose dollars to the tune of a loss of $6k thus far!   I would hope that those of you who give cash, would write a check for these past six weeks if possible. I did say six weeks ago that it would be fine to keep your parish offering until we return but we never thought it would be so long and with no definite return date yet. I would appreciate that you mail your offertory gift so we do not have to dip into our savings. I would say that approximately 60 families are helping us at this time but I believe we can do much better.  We continue to encourage online giving.  About 5 more families have signed on for a total of 20 families. It assures us of a solid base for our bills. 

I realize you are being bombarded by all sorts of charities to help and are cautious about your own bills. I understand. We need $14K monthly for our budgeted offertory. This past April, we received $10K. We have this deficit because we have lost those who contribute cash. We also miss the generosity of the Bagg Lunch suppers for March and April, which would have brought a minimum of $3K. I would hope and pray that each family/person would help us to make up the difference in some way.

Even though we have a shortfall of $4K for the month of April, as pure offertory, a few parishioners have been very generous with extra donations which helps the common good reach our common goal. Thus, we are in good order. However, I would hope and pray that each family person would continue to remember our beloved Sacred Heart family in prayer and financial sacrifice.

I continue my days of work and projects from my office and home as well as my daily rhythm of prayers in union with each of you, celebrating daily mass as well as enjoying Mass with our Holy Father Francis daily at 12:30 on CatholicTV.

Please keep a sense of humor in these challenging times! Be patient and kind in confinement and turn it around to be an opportunity for grace. The Lord has slowed us all down and we need to seize the moment and grow and not be angry or frustrated about our lack of control.   Serenity!  What lessons we can learn about ourselves!

Our website continues to change every week with new photos and messages of hope. Please take a look: I will be in touch in a few weeks and hopefully we have a better sense of the future!

In the union of prayers and sacrifices,

Father Steve Marcoux 

Your Pastor

April 13, 2020


Dear Parish Family,

Happy Easter! Even though we were not able to celebrate Holy week together physically, we did so spiritually. We were bonded together by the communion of saints and our souls celebrating the Pascal Mystery as the Sacred Heart Parish community, both living and deceased. You were called by name and prayed for as a member of our parish.

It was a unique, contemplative experience for me to be ministered to by the Lord in a quiet atmosphere. It was a profound experience that I will not have again. Although we are called to celebrate Holy week as a community, it gave us all a different perspective to celebrate in our own homes and ways.

There are some great TV Masses at this time to sustain us in a spiritual communion. I realize many of us do not have full cable access but if you do, Our Holy Father Francis offers daily Mass at noon on CatholicTV. It is Comcast channel 268 in Manchester. Daily Mass is at 9:30 am. Bishop Reed, who is the director of CatholicTV, is a friend of mine and I told him we are encouraging our people to take a look at the great programs offered. There is something for everyone. Often times, different cable companies do not carry it. EWTN (channel 56 in Manchester) has also done outstanding ministry for years and is generally accessible. Together they give us great hope! We need to get a good daily dose of Catholic programs to sustain our faith and not get overdosed on the news, as important as it is to be aware.

Facebook and our parish website are there for you as well. You can stream Mass from many parishes online and enjoy the churches of our diocese and our priests. I encourage you to watch the noon Mass with Our Holy Father, Francis, in Rome. It doesn’t get any better!

I am trying to call our people as I can, and hold down the fort here with Julie. Leave a message for online giving and Julie will return your call. It’s easy and I encourage it as it gives the parish a steady base of income. I believe we will not be gathering again for some time. Everything changes as you know. We are in God’s hands!

I will try to meet your needs as best as I can but the stay-at-home order must be respected as I will be obeying it for the protection of the common good. This is a serious time and I believe that many people do not understand or choose not to. This is irresponsible and only hurts everyone in the process. We are doing our part at Sacred Heart to respect life and the wisdom of our authorities, both civil and religious.

I am most grateful for your faithfulness in prayer and support. Thus far, we are meeting our weekly budget and paying the bills! That is incredible in our present challenges. God is good!

The hoodlums have got the message that our parish is a sacred place and we will not tolerate vandalism, group gatherings, or illicit activities. The sheriff is in residence!

I realize many of you do not do social media so I have enclosed a copy of what our website looks like, and hope you find it useful. I will write to you in two weeks. Be well! Pray! Stay home!

In the union of love and prayers,

Fr. Steve Marcoux, Your Pastor

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Dear Parish Family,

As I mentioned in my last letter, I would be in touch every two weeks so here I am! I wanted this to reach you before Palm Sunday.

I am well and managing the parish behind the scenes with our great administrator Julie Cusson. Julie is working from home and I am too. I am using caution with the support of my primary care physician to avoid public settings and individual encounters as my lungs have been compromised for many years with bronchial asthma and chronic bronchitis. I need to be around for the parish for many years to come and I am 64 and in the risk category for the elderly. The last sentence is a wakeup call for me as often we are expected as priests to be invincible and always available and I own my own limitations. I have all I need and ask you to stay home and take care of yourselves and your families as we take care of the parish as best we can.

Monique Fonner and Suzanne Roy diligently continue to update our social media with Facebook and our website. I am enjoying being an amateur photographer with photos I can send to them to post.

We have placed cones at the church entrance and exit except for the delivery of daily mail and the Wednesday garbage run. I have had to protect the parish property, as well as myself, as the police will not engage (by the National emergency protocol) in addressing calls for assistance of cars left overnight on the property, dealing with public gatherings, bad behavior on the grounds, and homeless people sleeping around the garages and my home. All these events have happened recently. I have secured the assistance of several of our men that live in the vicinity and can assist me in such times. This is precisely why the church and office/home is closed. We need to be wise!

I check the mail daily and your offertory gifts will be recorded and deposited weekly. In such challenging times, I can only ask that you don’t forget Sacred Heart as we have come too far together to slip back. Do what you can whether you choose to send your gift weekly, bi weekly, monthly, or wait until we return, hopefully in May or beyond. It’s a great time to leave a message for Julie on the office phone about starting online giving. It’s easy and it helps. Please do not send cash and do not put any envelopes in the parish mailbox or the gold mailbox near my home entrance. It could possibly be stolen, and it is illegal!

In the interest of public health and observance of the Governors “Stay at home” order, I ask you to continue to watch mass on tv, which has many venues such as EWTN and Catholic TV, as well as the 30 parishes that are streaming. I am not doing so at the parish as I believe it is a good time to watch the universal church venues especially from our own Cathedral with our bishop and our Holy Father in Rome. Most of our people do not do social media so it would reach very few. It is also a good time to value our parish and appreciate what we have and what we miss! The old adage is true: “absence makes the heart grow fonder!”

This is a time of great grace! Let us remain positive, focused and grateful in this time and yearn to receive the Eucharist and confession and be at Mass again with our family. Our desire to receive Holy Communion is our Spiritual Communion with Jesus at this time and He comes into our souls. I will be praying the Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday) privately at our usual times and you are called by name each time. Our palms will be blessed and given out when we return.

BE SAFE! STAY HOME! Support our friends at Bagg lunch Diner and our locals if you are able to do takeout and delivery to your home safely! I have enclosed a prayer sheet for you with good thoughts!

I will write to you again after Easter! Happy Easter! Let your hearts and souls be filled with Easter joy in these stressful times. Let’s live our faith out and shine in the darkness!

In the union of prayers,

Father Steve Marcoux

Your Pastor

Click here for Father Steve's Prayer Sheet

March 18, 2020

Dear Parish Family,

I thought you would appreciate a note from your pastor during this challenging time. This is a national emergency and public health pandemic. We are urged to honor the President’s request to stay home as much as possible, and not gather in groups, large or small, to contain the spread of the virus.

Bishop Peter has asked us to do the same. We ask you to understand the public health concerns involved and the wisdom in the cancellation of all Masses (daily and weekend) and all parish activities until further notice. You have been exempted from your weekly obligation.

I will celebrate Mass each day privately for the intentions that were requested and for the people of Sacred Heart Parish, both living and deceased. You will be remembered each day and this Mass is celebrated for all in a prudent way until further notice by our bishop.

We live in a dangerous neighborhood and must be cautious. The church will not be open during this time as I cannot guarantee who will be coming in to pray and their exposure to the virus infecting others and violating social distancing. This includes our Adoration chapel which has access to the church and hall. We will re-evaluate this situation in a few weeks.

Since there will be no Mass celebrated publicly, I believe we need to be consistent about gathering in this time of national emergency and pray we can return to normalcy sooner than later. It is truly time to make your home your domestic church. This is time to truly Yearn for the Eucharist! This particular time should give us a greater appreciation for the Holy Mass and Adoration, which we often take for granted.

I have enclosed this blessed prayer card of the Sacred Heart for you to find a place of honor in your home, and as a reminder that you are being prayed for by me each day, and each family called by name from our parish census. Please pray together, watch the Mass on TV if you choose (which is broadcast from venues) and please don’t forget your parish offertory gift! We are keeping activities to a minimum, and office hours may be reduced. Please send in your envelopes or wait until we gather again. Life continues despite the emergency and we must meet our financial obligations. I realize that many of you do not care for online giving, but I encourage it as we need to pay our bills! It might be time for you to consider it and Julie will help you with that (please call the parish office).

Hoping to see you soon! Be at peace! God is with us! He is forever Emmanuel! Let us use this time of sacrifice as our spiritual communion with Jesus. In our desire to receive Him, Jesus comes into our soul, as we honor the national emergency together. Prudence is the cardinal virtue so let us be wise and prudent!

Father Steve Marcoux, Your pastor
God Bless!