24 Aug

How Strong Is Your Faith?

DSC_3115In the second reading today, St. Paul reminds us of a very important point in our efforts to live our lives in union with Christ: “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How inscrutable are his judgments and how unsearchable his ways.” Similarly, if we look deeper into the background of today’s first reading in Isaiah (cf. Is. 36-37) we discover how Divine Providence can confound even the most certain of human assumptions. Would St. Peter in his youth ever have dreamed where God’s inscrutable ways would have led him?

Christ has promised that the gates of hell shall not prevail against his Church. But according to His inscrutable providence, the way is through suffering and dying with Jesus! We all must ask… is our faith sufficient to accept the challenge and follow where Christ leads us?  When daily life’s moral and ethical challenges test our resolve, and our faith, sadly we oftentimes fall short.  Thus we must constantly pray for God’s help each day!

24 Aug

From Our Parish Nurses

SHC 091111-011AWe’ve all said it, “He hears when he wants to hear!” Sometimes people seem to hear and understand without difficulty and other times they seem not to hear anything. We often assume it is selective listening but it is usually more than just ‘not listening.’ When hearing is lost, a great deal of energy goes into trying to understand what is being said. A person can be totally exhausted by the end of a day spent struggling to hear. Hearing aids help make conversation better – not perfect. Even with hearing aids some things will be missed. Most people with good hearing miss things but fill in the blanks.  Try taking the steps listed below to ensure that one who doesn’t hear well, will hear what you say:

  1. Face them so they can see your lips and your facial expression.
  2. Try to eliminate as much extraneous noise as possible.
  3. Don’t shout – use your normal voice.
  4. Try not to drop your voice at the end of a sentence.
  5. Enunciate your words without exaggerating them.
  6. Remember that speaking rapidly makes you difficult to understand so slow down.
  7. When you are not being understood, try rephrasing what you are saying. It often gives more clues to meaning.
  8. Last, but not least, don’t say “Never mind; it wasn’t important.” The person might feel that they are not important enough for you to repeat the statement.


Hearing impairment is complex. If you are having difficulty hearing, ask for help. God is good and has provided many advances to help the hearing impaired. There may be no need to be isolated by hearing loss. Check with your doctor. There are many advances as technology improves hearing devices.

23 Aug

Parish Website Update

Sacred Heart Web Site Redesign Update – Thanks to all parishioners and ministry leaders who responded to the recent web site survey. The Committee will now begin evaluating the many recommended improvements (such as the creation of a parish calendar of events and the addition of links to other “Catholic content” sites.  Stay tuned, for further updates from the Committee in future bulletins and don’t forget to visit the current site regularly to see what’s new!

23 Aug

Faith Formation News

DSC_3871Religious Education and Youth Ministry: Registration forms for the 2014-15 program year for students entering grades 1-8 (Religious Education Program) and students entering grades 9-10 (Youth Ministry Program) are available on the bulletin board at the back of church or  may be downloaded as PDF’s from the Faith Formation Ministries page on this website. The first day of classes for our Religious Education Program will be Sunday, September 14 beginning at 9:50am and ending at 11:05am. Please contact Marge Stockwell at the rectory or at 272-0367 with any questions.
RCIA and Adult Confirmation: If you or someone you know is interested in receiving or completing the initiatory sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation or Holy Eucharist, or if you are interested in being part of a team to help prepare adults for these sacraments, please contact Marge Stockwell at the rectory, or at 272-0367.

21 Aug

2014 Sacred Heart Scramble

DSC_4592The 2014 Annual Sacred Heart Golf Scramble will be held on Saturday September 27, 2014 at Frear Park Golf Course in Troy.  Lunch at 11:00am, Shot gun start at Noon.  We would like to invite all golfers and want-to-be golfers to come out and have fun, helping us raise money for Sacred Heart School.  Last year was a great success and we hope this year will be even better!  The cost is $100 per golfer which includes both lunch and a barbeque dinner.  Please click on the link at right 2014 SHS Golf Scramble Registration Form to obtain a registration form.

We are accepting golfers through September 20th – so please fill out a registration form as soon as possible and return it (with your $25  per golfer deposit) to Sacred Heart School, 308 Spring Avenue, Troy, NY 12180.  Please make checks payable to Sacred Heart School.

17 Aug

Center Your Life On Him!

DSC_6716Once again our liturgy today gives us a wonderful opening prayer: “O God who has prepared for those who love you good things which no eye can see, fill our hearts, we pray, with the warmth of your love, so that loving you in all things and above all things, we may attain your promises, which surpass every human desire.”

The recurring theme running through all three of today’s readings is that all peoples are called to His same glorious destiny!

In our first reading, the prophet Isaiah foretells it, “…for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.” St. Paul, in our second reading reflects upon it, “…the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable…For God delivered all to disobedience, that he might have mercy upon all.” And finally in today’s Gospel, Jesus dramatically demonstrates it by healing the daughter of a believing Gentile who asked for his help!

Thus we pray in today’s Responsorial Psalm 67 “..may your ways be known upon earth; among all nations, your salvation.” And again: “…May the nations be glad and exult because you rule the peoples in equity; the nations on the earth you guide.” And finally: “May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you…”

If we but keep Jesus at the center…loving Him in all things and above all things we will attain the Father’s promises, which surpass every human desire!

17 Aug

From Parish Nurses

Do you know the #1 cause of heart disease? Most people think of lung cancer when they think of smoking, but did you know that smoking is the leading preventable cause of heart disease and heart attack?

According to the American Heart Association, people who smoke are 2-4 times more likely to develop heart disease than non-smokers. Smoking damages the walls of your arteries, constricts blood vessels, and lowers your HDL (good) cholesterol levels.

Quitting smoking can stop (and potentially reverse) much of the existing damage to your body. The American Lung Association says that one year after quitting, an ex-smoker’s heart disease risk is half that of a smoker’s, and after 15 years without lighting up, it’s as low as a nonsmoker’s.

Don’t smoke? Great! But try to stay away from tobacco smoke anyway… exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk of heart disease even for nonsmokers!

17 Aug

Catholic Home Missions Appeal

The Catholic Home Missions Appeal will take place next weekend. One way that this appeal works to support mission dioceses here at home is by supporting seminarian formation in poor dioceses. The blessing of seminarians places a financial burden on these dioceses, which educate each seminarian at a cost of $35,000-$40,000 per year.

Your support is needed for these young men, so that they can return to serve their parishes. Please strengthen the Church at home by making a gift to next week’s appeal.

16 Aug

Volunteers Needed

The Eddy Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) is urgently seeking volunteers for our Faith In Action Care Team. Please feel free to contact Joan Laviolette via email:  laviolettej@nehealth.com or call 386-3631 or 857-8334.

16 Aug

Little Sisters Farewell Mass

The Little Sisters of the Poor extend a cordial invitation to all to attend their Farewell Mass to be held at St. Ambrose Church in Latham on August 19 at 4pm.

Please come and help wish farewell to the Little Sister’s who have been here to serve the poor and elderly for over 143 years in the Albany Diocese. If you have any questions please call the Development Office at 213-4490.

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Saturday Vigil 4:00pm Sunday 8:45am & 11:15am Weekday 9:00am


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