What is the particularity of your parish? What is the charism of your parish? Our parish is very loving and welcoming to all who come through the door. Our charism is hospitality and service to others. Office staff are also very accessible; parishioners are surprised to always have someone on the phone.
What is the one thing that visitors to your ward should do or see during their stay? At Christmas we have parishioners who spend many hours putting on a Nativity in the atrium. Kids love it because it’s awesome. Some animals are hidden in the Nativity so that children and their parents can find them every Christmas. They have to seek it and by seeking they see all the wonderful things of the Nativity.
What is a new ministry that you have started? Sacred Heart has started a new ministry called the Mission of India in support of mission churches in India. Before starting the mission, we assisted India with a water project / water purification system for which the Sacred Heart and the Knights of Columbus helped raise funds. The Sacred Heart helped fund repairs to their cathedral, and last year we helped fund a community center in India for children. Our rosary group donated hundreds of rosaries to Father Devaraju Arockiasamy to take them back to India with him.
This year we have a Laudato Si ministry. We have started planting native species that help the wildlife in the area. We are starting a seven year plan following Pope Francis’ vision to make our churches greener and more environmentally friendly. We have installed rain barrels around the church, which will allow us to use less electricity (we use a well) and we will water the plants with the collected rainwater.
How do you support the journey of faith of the particular cultures represented in your parish? Our parish is made up of many different cultures. For example, we have a strong Filipino community. They meet every third Friday of the month at our chapel. We participated in their Simbang Gabi Christmas tradition.
What would a visitor to your ward say and how are new parishioners getting involved? Here are some things new parishioners have said about our ward: “We knew when we entered the doors of your church that this would be our church. “This is our forever home.” “The staff here at the Sacré-Cœur are very friendly.” Visitors said, “Thank you for being so welcoming. They also commented on the wide range of ministries in which they may be involved.
What should we know about your clergy? Our clergy are very helpful, experienced and wise. There is usually a member of the clergy who is always available to answer questions and give helpful answers. If they’re not there, they’re just a phone call away. Father Michael J. Bazan, pastor, served 17 years at the Sacred Heart before being reassigned to the pastor of St. Clair d’Assise Church in Clifton. He created most of the departments that we have now and made a lot of improvements. We welcomed Father Stephen Holmes from the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Winchester on June 24th. Father Edwin Seh, parish vicar, is preparing his doctorate in canon law. He plays the organ and speaks five languages.
Is there a notable or long-time staff member or volunteer that you would like to tell us about? A long-time volunteer is Eddie Henderson who stays all day Wednesday to make sure the worship is covered, looks after our candles, replaces them when they are empty, and sings in our choir. He started the Divine Mercy prayer group here on Thursdays at 10:30 am. When our Facilities Manager needs a helping hand, Eddie is always there to help.
Would you like to share anything else about your parish? As a welcoming community we are very concerned about helping those in need and therefore every Saturday morning we have a pantry to feed the needy. We have served about 80 to 100 families during COVID-19 and still serve about as many families.
12975 Purcell Road
703 / 590-0030
Pastor: Bro. Stephen Holmes
Parish vicar: Bro. Edwin Seh
Administrative assistant for formation in the faith: Brenda Cunningham
Minister of Youth: Diane anderson
Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m.
Sunday: 5 p.m. (evening), 7.45 a.m., 9.45 a.m., 11.45 a.m.
Social media accounts:
Facebook @sacredheartmanassas, Twitter @sacredheartva
Year of creation: 1984
Total parishioners: 5,600