About Us

 

We, the diverse Catholic community of Sacred Heart, are called to act as disciples of Jesus, respecting the dignity of all, through our Word, Worship, Community and Service.

Leadership

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Parish Pastor

  • Fr. Paul Muyimbwa – Pastor

 

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Parish Pastoral Council

Develops Parish Mission Statement and the vision, plan, and policy for the parish.

  • Fr. Paul Muyimbwa – Pastor

Discerned Members:

  • Dan Doyle – Chair
  • Tom Bosse – Vice-Chair
  • Terri Kirchner – Secretary
  • Karen Reynes
  • Karen Latham
  • Matt Hickey
  • CeCe Stanfield
  • Silver Ibenye
  • Ashby Kennedy
  • Andrea McLemore
  • Josefa Rojo-Hassett
  • John Bowers
  • Matt Louth – Christian Formation Representative (children and youth)
  • Meg Leeman – Liturgy Committee Representative
  • Jeannine McDonnell – Justice and Peace Committee Representative
  • Dan Boyters – Community Life Committee Representative
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Finance Council

Ensures proper financial records are maintained, develops budget, assists in preparing annual report.

Council Members:

  • Mike Soniak – Interim Chair
  • Andrew Bosse – Secretary
  • Jonathan Gallo
  • Laura Quinn McDermott
  • Jackie Azoury
  • Marjorie Mayfield Jackson
  • Bruce Holbrook

Parish Staff

Rev. Paul Muyimbwa

Rev. Paul Muyimbwa

Pastor

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Rev. Paul Muyimbwa was born in Mukono, Uganda, on January 28, 1973. After attending National Seminary in Ggaba, Kampala (Ggaba is a section of the city of Kampala in central Uganda. Ggaba is located on the northern shores of Lake Victoria), he was ordained to the Priesthood on July, 15, 2000. Father Muyimbwa has served in parishes in the Diocese of Lugazi (Lugazi is a town in the Central Region of Uganda); as Administrative Assistant to the Bishop of the Diocese of  Lugazi; as Parochial Vicar in the Archdiocese of Boston; as parish priest in Lugazi Cathedral Parish and as Diocesan Treasurer General in the Diocese of Lugazi. He was also assigned as Parochial Vicar of Saint Vincent de Paul in Newport News, Saint Joseph in Hampton and Saint Mary Star of the Sea at Fort Monroe. After that he was then assigned to Holy Family Parish in Tazewell, Virginia. Fr. Paul is now our Parish priest and has been since August 2016.

Dr. James Gallatin

Dr. James Gallatin

Music Director

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Jim Gallatin has been the Music Director at Sacred Heart Church in Norfolk since 1980. He studied the organ with Joseph Miranda in Salt Lake City, Dr. Charles Vogan at Old Dominion College [B.S. organ], and Dr. Alexander Boggs Ryan at Western Michigan University [M.M. organ]. He received a Ph.D. in Music from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.

Amy Woods

Amy Woods

Director of Religious Education/Youth Minister

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Amy Woods has been the Director of Religious Education at Sacred Heart since 2001.  She has a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in History from Clarion University and a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University in New Orleans.  Before coming to Sacred Heart, Amy was the Youth Minister at Holy Family Catholic Church in Virginia Beach for 5 years.  When she is not at Sacred Heart, Amy is at home with her husband, Terry, and 2 teenage children.  Amy and Terry have lived in Norfolk since 1993 and call it home.  In her spare time Amy likes to preserve her family memories by scrapbooking.  You will often catch her taking pictures for that growing book.

Neil P. Walsh

Neil P. Walsh

Director of Social Ministry

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Neil and Pat moved back to Norfolk in 1996 and resumed active parish participation in J&P, Community Life, Parish Council and many parish activities. Their son Scott and daughter Stephanie are both married and live in California. They have 2 grandsons.

After a 30 year career in the U.S. Submarine Force and a short venture into the business world, Neil became a full time Social Justice advocate and activist at Sacred Heart in 2002.

Tia Marvin

Tia Marvin

Parish Administrative Assistant

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Tia hails from Montgomery, AL and moved to Virginia in 2008 and now is a Norfolk resident. She is happily married to her husband Antonio for 11 years and counting, and is a mother of four children and has two grandchildren. She is enhanced by her studies in Human Services at Tidewater Community College where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and Associate of Science in Medical Assisting with Concentration in Management as well as both her service in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army National Guard.
 
In her most recent position, Tia worked as Administrative Assistant at Catholic Charities in Virginia Beach for four years and joined the Heart in 2018 as Administrative Assistant. In her time away from Sacred Heart, she spends enjoying her family and reading a good book.
Gina Vitale

Gina Vitale

Administrative Assistant of Religious Education

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Gina Vitale moved to Norfolk, Virginia in June of 2018 from Columbus, Ohio. She has her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Education from West Liberty University and a Master’s degree in Leadership and Administration from Ohio Dominican University. Before becoming our Faith Formation Administrative Assistant, Gina was a high school English teacher for five years. She also currently works at Norfolk Collegiate as their Director of Auxiliary. 

Our History

The parish of the Sacred Heart dates from 1894 and it was the second Catholic parish established in the city of Norfolk, Virginia. It took 104 years since… read more

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