pic5 pic3

Pastoral Team at Sacred Heart

Please click on a team member to learn more about them...

Mariann Annecchino, Children's Choir Director

Mariann holds a degree in Music Education and is certified Teacher of Music by the State of New Jersey. She has taught music in at Governor Livingston Regional High School, the North Bergen Public Schools and Tenafly Middle School. She is currently teaching music and is director of the orchestra and handbell choir at the Academy of the Holy Angels in Demarest, New Jersey. In addition to her role as music educator, Mariann also plays for the Serenata String Quartet and is a freelance violinist and violist.

As Children's Choir Director she believes that children are a vital part of our church community and should be given the opportunity to experience their faith through music and song in a safe and positive environment.


Kathe Carson, Music Ministry

For the past 19 years, Kathe has been the president of Kathe Carson, Incorporated, where she produces videos and broadcast commercials for corporations and non-profit organizations. She has worked for a broad range of clients, including CBS, Children's Hospital of New York Presbyterian, Sony Disc Manufacturing, A&P, American Ballet Theatre radio spots with Pierce Brosnan, and radio spots for the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven with Nathan Lane. Before launching her own business, Kathe was Vice President and Director of Broadcast Production for Venet Advertising.

After graduating from Marymount College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Kathe earned two masters degrees - one a Master of Communication Arts from William Paterson University and the other an MBA in Marketing from Rutgers.

Kathe has also been singing formally in church since she was 10 years old, with special studies in voice production in both high school and college. Over the years, Kathe has logged innumerable hours of choir practice in many different choir lofts. She is most grateful to be able to add to the prayer experience of others in this musical way.


Andrea Covais, Choir Director

Andrea Covais has been the Director of Music at Sacred Heart since September 2011, running the Adult Choir and music for the 10am and 12 noon Sunday liturgies. She is also the Children's Choir Director at the Church of St. Mary in Rutherford, and music minister at St. Anastasia parish in Teaneck. She received a BM from Manhattan School of Music, MA from Montclair State University, and is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at City University of New York. In 2006 Andrea was awarded a scholarship to study and perform at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. She has performed in recital, chamber music, and opera, as well as lectured and adjudicated in the United States and Europe. Andrea is currently Professor of Voice at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City and maintains a private piano and voice studio in Rutherford. She is also currently a board member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.


Linda Ferrara, Parish Secretary

(201) 387-0080  ext. 202


Fr. Stephen Fichter, Pastor

Father Stephen Fichter was installed as pastor of Sacred Heart Church on September 14, 2008 by the appointment of Archbishop John J. Myers. Prior to coming to Haworth, Fr. Stephen was parochial vicar at St. Gabriel the Archangel in Saddle River. He graduated as salutatorian of Bergen Catholic High School's Class of 1985, and then discovered his vocation to the priesthood on a life-changing trip to Ireland. In the Fall of that year, he entered the seminary here in the US and then lived for 12 years in Europe, where he received two Masters degrees and learned Greek, Latin, Italian, and Spanish. Upon returning to the US in late 2000, Fr. Stephen continued his education receiving a third Masters degree in Social Work from Fordham, and then another Masters and a PhD in Sociology from Rutgers University. In addition to his pastoral work, Fr. Stephen is also a research associate for the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown. He is co-author of "Same Call, Different Men: The Evolution of the Priesthood since Vatican II". Fr. Stephen's greatest hope for the youngest to the oldest members of Sacred Heart is to find holiness and happiness with God as a centering daily presence in all their lives.


Kathy Flattery, Parish Nurse

Please contact the Parish Center to reach Kathy

Peter Greco, Music Ministry

Peter Greco is a self-taught musician being able to play competently by age 3. He has also mastered the guitar, and in all, plays 13 instruments. Growing up, Peter and his family were long-time parishioners at Church of the Ascension in New Milford. During that time, he and his sister, Cindy, were in the Folk Group and the Search Program. Over the years, Peter has been involved in musical theatre as the Musical Director for such community productions as West Side Story, Hello, Dolly!, Nunsense, The Most Happy Fella, Godspell, and Barnum. Peter continues to play in area churches including St. Joseph's in Oradell as well as here at Sacred Heart. Other venues for Peter's talents have included playing at Macaluso's Restaurant in Paramus, area nursing homes, private parties and weddings as well as other special occasions. He is also a performing member of the Michael J. Luipersbeck Jazz Ensemble. Through his substantial native God-given musical talents, Peter brings joy to so many and makes Mass a very uplifting experience each Sunday evening.


Ron Green, Hospital Coordinator

Born at Holy Name Hospital, Ron is a native of Cliffside Park. He and his wife Annette moved to Haworth NJ in 1962 and became parishioners at the Sacred Heart Church. They have three children and five grandchildren. Ron served our country as part of a Special Forces Unit in the US Navy, and then had a wonderful career in restaurant and hotel manufacturing marketing and sales. He was also a business coach.

As part of the Sacred Heart Parish, Ron has been active in many ministries over the past 51 years. Currently, he is a Chaplin at Holy Name Hospital, where he began his hospital ministry in 1994. As a Chaplin at a Catholic hospital, Ron sees the importance of visiting the sick and having the honor of praying, listening, and bringing Jesus' love and presence to our parishioners.


Fr. Ashley Harrington, Weekend Assistant

Born in Englewood, New Jersey, Father Ashley is a member of the Carmelite Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary. Ordained in 1967 Ashley spent his first years of priesthood teaching in Carmelite high schools in the Midwest and Canada. He was then appointed rector of the seminary at Niagara Falls, Ont. In 1981 Father Ashley was elected Commissary Provincial for the East Coast. He served two terms and then became co-pastor of St. John's, Leonia and then pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Norwood, N.J. and then of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Tenafly, New Jersey.

As a Carmelite, Father Ashley sees the spiritual life as an evolving journey leading to eternal union with God. The process unfolds as each person learns to live conscious of the presence of God in the ordinary days and events of life. Father Ashley believes that as we seek God we strive to imitate Christ by giving life and comfort and nourishment to all those with whom we share this earth.


Susan Jansson, VITA Youth Group Coordinator, Parish Secretary

Susan Jansson is a life-long parishioner of the Sacred Heart Parish. She married her husband, Larry, in the Sacred Heart Church, and they have raised their children here as well. All three Jansson children have received all their sacraments in the parish and have been very active members of the youth group.

Susan is a graphic designer, who graduated from Manhattan College, majoring in Marketing and Communications. She has worked at Sesame Street, Time-Life Books, and The Smithsonian.

Susan enjoys her work with the VITA Youth Group and the lively discussions at their bi-monthly meetings. She has helped organize and chaperone four mission trips. Susan is so happy with the success of the VITA program and is thankful for all the other parents, who are involved with many of the Youth Group activities and trips. She thinks that two of the best things that VITA can provide to its members are a deep connection to their faith and also to each other!

(201) 387-0080  ext. 200


Sr. Regina McTiernan, Catechetical Leader

Born in New York City, Sr. Regina McTiernan is a member of the Sisters of St. John the Baptist and lives with four other Sisters at St. Philomena Convent in Livingston, New Jersey.

Sr. Regina taught children in grades 2 to 10 in various schools during the first twelve years as a Sister. After completing her M.S. in Religious Education from Fordham she spent the next thirty years as a Director of Religious Education at St. Vincent de Paul in Stirling, St. Peter the Apostle in Parsippany and St. Joseph Parish in Newton, NJ. Following certifications in Spiritual Direction and Pastoral Ministry, Sr. Regina was also a Pastoral Associate at St. Peter's for six years, responsible for parish spirituality.

In Community, Sr. Regina oversaw their overnight summer camp in Gladstone for several years, was a member of the Provincial Council, Chairperson of On-Going Formation, Vocation Directress and Chairperson of the Enrichment and Retirement Committee.

As a Baptistine, Sr. Regina tries to "Prepare the Way of the Lord" by living the charism of the joyful compassion of Jesus as He taught and met with all those with whom He came in contact.

(201) 387-0080  ext. 205


Fr. Jack O'Connell, Weekend Assistant

Father Jack O'Connell was raised in Oradell, N.J. He went to St Joseph's Grammar School and Bergen Catholic H. S. He attended Seton Hall University, Immaculate Conception Seminary, Columbia University, and University of Notre Dame, where he received Masters degrees in psychology and biomedical ethics. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 26, 1973. In May of 2013, he celebrated his 40th anniversary. During his tenure as a priest, he was assigned to St Leo, Irvington, Queen Of Peace, North Arlington, Notre Dame, North Caldwell, and St. Paul, Ramsey. In 1992, he became Pastor of Nativity, Midland Park, and in 2008, was appointed Pastor of St Andrew, Westwood. He was elected twice as Dean of Deanery # 1. In 2005, the archbishop appointed him to the New Energies Committee of the archdiocese, which was given the task of recommending the future of parishes. In July of 2013, he retired from his pastorate due to back problems. He is looking forward to an operation to correct his back problems after Christmas. In July, Father Steve invited him to join the staff of Sacred Heart to help him with the celebration of the Eucharist. He resides with his sister and brother-in-law, Mark and Claire Keane in Oradell.


Joan Marie O'Neil, Bookkeeper

(201) 387-0080  ext. 200


Sr. Joanne Picciurro, Pastoral Associate for Parish Ministry

Sr. Joanne is the Pastoral Associate for Parish Ministry and has been on our staff since 1996. She is a Franciscan Sister of Peace joining the order in 1964. A graduate of Ladycliff College, Sister Joanne has been an elementary and high school teacher, a Parish Director of Religious Education, an Assistant Diocesan Director of Catechists for the Paterson Diocese, and a Pastoral Associate in Paterson.

Sr. Joanne has a Masters Degree in Religious Education from Fordham and received the Sapientia and Doctrina Award from Fordham University in 2009 in recognition for distinguished service to the church.

At Sacred Heart, Sr. Joanne is instrumental in keeping the sacraments a part of our daily lives. She coordinates the Baptisms, the RCIA candidates, the lectors, the Eucharistic ministers, the weekly women's spirituality group, the outreach programs for the sick and homebound, and the funeral Masses.

At all those important moments in our lives, Sr. Joanne's philosophy is to put us in God's hands for His blessings, love, and compassion.

(201) 387-0080  ext. 204


Joe Saccoccio, Facilities Manager

(201) 387-0080  ext. 208


Corinn Somers, Music Ministry

Corinn began singing/dancing/acting at an early age. After majoring in Music/Applied Vocal Performance in college, she continued her vocal studies in Germany. During her 3 years there, she began her professional experience performing in German shows at the Nurnberg and Erlangen Opera Houses, with the German dance troupe "Immotion", and in English with a USO troupe, as well as providing voice-overs for the American Forces Network. Back in the States, Corinn's performing experience included a New York touring company of "The Life and Times of Charles Dickens" and "Murder on the Orient Express" starring Tony Randall. Currently, Corinn is the featured singer with the Mike Luipersbeck Jazz Band. She has been a member of Actor's Equity for over 25 years.

Corinn is passionate about sharing her music in meaningful ways. She is a member of a Complementary Alternative Care Team at Broadway House - the only Long Term Care facility for HIV/AIDS patients in New Jersey. Here she created a Music Empowerment program, which includes "Lifesongs", a program in which she helps patients create their own biographical songs. Corinn was first pianist and then Music Director over a period of 15 years at St. Andrew's in Westwood, NJ. She is now happy to be a part of the music ministry at Sacred Heart in Haworth.