The Shrine


Religious Education

  • For information about Adult Faith Formation ministries and events, contact Director of Adult Faith Formation Stephen Cox at 410-466-6884, ext. 11.

    Truth and Destiny- Our Hope of Eternal Life in Christ: Join us on Sunday, November 3, after our 11:30 AM Parish Memorial Mass, for a luncheon and talk by Professor Leo White of Morgan St. University.  Lunch will be served at 12:30, followed by the talk at 1:00 PM.  


    Shrine Book Discussion Group:  Meets monthly on Thursday evenings at 6:00 in the parish undercroft. All are welcome. Participants are asked to obtain copies of the readings through the bookseller or library of their choice. Our next meeting is on November 7. We will be discussing E. F. Schumacher's Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered (chapters 6-10).


    Fall Bible Study:  This Fall, we will be engaging in a study of "Social Justice in the New Testament."  Sessions will be held on Thursdays, October 17 and 24 and November 14 from 6:00-7:15 PM in the parish undercroft.  Contact Stephen Cox to sign-up and obtain a study guide.


    The Christian Life Program of catechesis is offered at various times throughout the year, in cooperation with Couples for Christ, an international Catholic lay organization.  This program is open to all adults seeking to deepen their Catholic Faith. 

  • Are you interested in becoming Catholic?  Do you know someone who is?  Are you an adult Catholic who has not yet been confirmed?  Perhaps you just want to learn more about the Catholic Faith, or have questions about it.  If any of this describes you, then RCIA is for you.  RCIA (The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the process for preparing adults for full communion with the Catholic Church, and for instructing adults returning to their faith or who simply want to learn more.  RCIA sessions are open to anyone interested in exploring Catholicism.  

    Contact Steve Cox at 410-466-6884, ext. 11 if you are interested.  

  • Please join our dynamic Confirmation Team in teaching our teens about our Faith and preparing them for the reception of Confirmation!  We meet approximately 10 times a year for 2 hours on Sundays.  This Confirmation program is one of the best!  We incorporate personal spirituality, prayer life, service, lessons on Church history and catechism and guest speakers.  Just speak to a few of our Confirmed teens and they will tell you about this wonderful experience. If you want to make a difference in the life of a teen, this is the ministry for you! 

    Contact Bernetta Palasik for more information, 410-466-6884 x16.

  • The Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist are usually received in the second grade of Religious Education.  Catechists teaching this grade assist the Director of Religious Eduation in preparing the children and their families for these sacraments.  Parents attend an information meeting for each sacrament and participate in Sacrament Retreat Days.  At these retreats, the children and their families learn more about Reconciliation and Communion through games, crafts, prayer and song.

    Contact Bernetta Palasik for more information, 410-466-6884 x 16

  • This is a great place to start if you would like to be a Catechist one day!  Confirmation Candidates are also encouraged to be a part of this ministry for their service hour requirements.  Catechist Assistants help with all aspects of the class instruction.  You can attend every scheduled class time or just a few - whatever is convenient for you. 

    If this ministry sounds like a match, please contact Bernetta Palasik at the Church Office for more information.

  • If you enjoy children and are committed to sharing your love and faith with the "young church," then you have the gifts to be a volunteer catechist.  Religious Education classes meet on Sunday mornings from 10:15 to 11:15 am. from late September to early May.  Many of our catechists "team" teach.  This reduces your teaching committment to two Sunday a month! Please contact Bernetta Palasik in the Church Office for more information and to join our Catechists - those who "echo" the faith! 

  • The Shrine has a vibrant CFC Youth community - and we invite you to join us! CFC (Couples for Christ) Youth is a place where teenages can learn about God and their faith, meet other young people like themselves, and be in a safe, energetic, fun environment. We believe in the 4 F’s of Faith, Fun, Freedom, and Friendship. We believe that youth can learn about God in a new, refreshing, and exciting way.

    Please contact Alan Deiparine through the Parish Office for more information.

  • (CLOW) seeks to help children understand and appreciate God's Word during the Liturgy. CLOW is offered at the 9:00 and the 11:30 am Mass times.  During CLOW, children experience the Gospel through songs, words and crafts.  If you have a love for children and can offer a few Sundays a year, you have the gifts to be a CLOW leader. Everything is provided for you!  Please contact Bernetta Palasik in the Church Office to be a part of this exciting ministry! 

Liturgical Ministries

  • The Eucharistic liturgy is the pinnacle of Catholic worship, and the central celebration of The Shrine of The Sacred Heart.  Therefore The Shrine of The Sacred Heart places highest emphasis on Liturgical ministry and its component musical element. Music soothes, excites, challenges and unites us in ways in which words alone cannot.  Through our hymns and acclamations, the singing of our choirs, and the sounds of our instruments, music enables us to touch the deepest mysteries of God as we unite together in prayer.

  • These individuals are responsible for the recruitment and training of altar servers.