Established 1868 

Welcome to Sacred Heart Parish
Suffern, NY

"Sharing What We Have in Jesus' Name"

The Rectory and Parish Offices are located at:

129 Lafayette Avenue

Suffern, NY 10901


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                  Pastor:  Rev. Msgr. Joseph R. Giandurco

                      Parochial Vicars:  Rev. Michael Moon

                                                     Rev. Robert Ginel

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Dear Parishioners,

    Deacon Joseph Witt passed away last Saturday night so we were only able to announce his passing at last Sunday’s Masses.  All of us who knew Deacon Witt are saddened and we think of his family at this time.  Of course, we pray for him.

   Deacon Witt celebrated his 30th Anniversary of Ordination as a Deacon this past May.  He has served diligently in this parish all those years.  Even after serious surgery ten years ago, he resumed his duties stronger than ever.

   In all of my time as pastor here, Deacon Witt has been a trusted advisor and servant of the Gospel.  He took very seriously the call to assist bishops and priests and make himself available at all times.

   As I write these words, we are still waiting to hear of the arrangements for his wake and funeral at Sacred Heart.  By the time you read this, they have taken place already.

   I ask that we remember Deacon Joe’s goodness and dedication.  He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather to his family as well as a father and grandfather figure in his parish family and we shall miss him greatly.  Joe especially loved the Mass in the school gymnasium and I know the families there sorely miss his larger than life presence.

   Deacon Joe helped in so many ways that most people do not realize.  In addition to his bookkeeping duties, he conducted RCIA classes (for those becoming Catholic) for 20 years or more.  He also did the classes for Baptismal Instruction and training for Lectors and Extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist.  He assisted with Monday Night Novena and he was Chaplain to the Knights of Columbus of Suffern.  Most importantly, he was a reassuring presence of a committed Catholic clergyman who devoted his life to family and parish.  He was and is a great example to so many people.

   I have lost my trusted deacon and friend.  May he enjoy the eternal reward which Jesus has prepared for him.   

                         Sincerely in Christ,

                         Monsignor Joseph R. Giandurco


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