12Aug
2018

Holy Day Mass Schedule

Wednesday, August 15th, the Feast of The Assumption is a Holy Day of Obligation.   The Holy Day Mass Schedule for our Local Catholic Community (LCC) is as follows:

Sacred Heart – Vigil 5:45 pm, Holy Day 9:00 am

St. Jude – No Vigil, Holy Day 8:00 am & 7:00 pm

St. Michael – Vigil 5:30 pm, Holy Day 12:10 pm

12Aug
2018

Do Not Despair

In today’s second reading, St. Paul cautions us: “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit…” Perhaps you can recall from your old catechism lessons that the great sin against the Holy Spirit, and the one sin which God cannot forgive is despair. Don’t be too sure that can never be a problem for us.

So, in today’s first reading we find the great prophet Elijah, who had just performed a great miracle against the prophets of the false god Baal, now fleeing for his life from the wrath of the wicked king Ahab. He is weary from his lack of success in converting people. “He prayed for death, saying: ‘This is enough O Lord’”.

Through Baptism Jesus has commissioned us to bring about the reign of God on earth. It should be obvious that even after nearly 2000 years we have not been terribly successful. Have we not been tempted like Elijah to grow tired and become frustrated, and want to give up, shouting: enough? If we read on in the Elijah story, we immediately find God directing the prophet – not by hitting him on the head with a two by four to get his attention, but by whispering in the breeze – to carry on the mission. So must we!

11Aug
2018

Faith Formation News

Volunteer Youth Catechists Needed: Sacred Heart is looking for volunteer youth catechists to assist lead catechists in our Faith Formation programs. Volunteers are needed from 1st grade through Confirmation prep programs.

Youth Catechists must have completed their Confirmation. Serving as a Youth Catechist is a good source of volunteer service hours!

If interested, please contact Matt Ingold at youthfaithformation.shs@gmail.com

11Aug
2018

Francis Every Day

The Poor

“Drawing near to the poor in our midst will touch our lives. It will remind us of what really counts: to love God and our neighbor. Only this lasts forever, everything else passes away.”

Homily 19 November 2017

 

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10Aug
2018

Marriage Encounter

I am the living bread that came down from heaven, says the Lord. Put God in your marriage by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend.

The next Weekends are Sep 28-30, 2018 in Oneonta, NY and Nov 3-4, 2018 in ALBANY, NY.

For more information, call Ed & Rhonda Staats at 518-279-3243 or visit them at https://www.wwmenyalb.org.

5Aug
2018

Food for Eternal Life

In the second Mass canon, which we hear so often, early on are the words: “Make holy, therefore, these gifts we pray, by sending down your Spirit upon them like the dew-fall.” In Old Testament imagery, dew-fall was seen to be a sign of God’s action on His creation. The canon statement is meant to be a direct reference to that verse in today’s first reading describing the gift of manna in the desert.

This “manna”, has always been understood as foreshadowing the bread of the Eucharist, which, by the way we pray for each time we recite the Our Father just before Communion time… “give us this day our daily bread…”.

The Eucharist is truly food that doesn’t perish, but rather “endures for eternal life.”

How often, because we hear these words so regularly, do we fail to let their tremendous depth of meaning really sink in, and affect our consciousness.

Perhaps today is the time to begin to give it more thoughtful reflection.

4Aug
2018

Home Schooler’s Group Formed

Saint Peter’s Homeschoolers (SPH) is a homeschooling support/ social group that provides activities for children and families, and support for mothers. The group reaches out to Catholic homeschooling families through the celebration of the Catholic tradition, shared prayer, and faith-filled social events. We are now accepting registrations for the upcoming school year! For more information, contact: Cassandra.spellman@gmail.com

3Aug
2018

Prayer For Our Parish

God, our Father, Bless our Parish of the Sacred Heart. Help us to welcome all who come to worship, adore and praise You, the One true God and Father of us all. Jesus, be with us, as we celebrate your life, death and resurrection in Word and Sacrament. Holy Spirit, fill our parish family with your love. Help us to love one another in our parish and in our family. Guide us in your holy will for the present and the future of our Parish of Sacred Heart. Amen.

29Jul
2018

Feed the Hungry!

The church has always understood the episodes of the miraculous feedings of the crowds, by the prophet Elisha in the Old Testament, and Jesus in the New as a foreshadowing of the gift of the Eucharist.

It is doubtful that many of us have ever experienced what it is like to starve. For the most part, whenever we are hungry, we simply eat. It has seldom to never been the case that we had nothing at all available to eat.

In the readings today we hear of God providing necessary nourishment, and are asked to consider that in the Eucharist He provides us with spiritual nourishment for our new life (through Baptism) in the new creation in Christ.

Have you ever thought about how many of those around us may very well be spiritually starving for lack of spiritual nourishment? Perhaps they are our relatives and friends or our neighbors. Do we recognize our Baptismal responsibility to be missionaries, and pray for the guidance how, and courage to save those spiritually starving from spiritual death? Or do we habitually ignore their plight, as in the story of Dives and Lazarus?

27Jul
2018

Appreciation Party Planned

Sadly, Tony Morabito is leaving Sacred Heart for an new position in Rhode Island.  Please plan to stop by on Saturday evening, August 4, 2018 to “The Hill” at Muza, 379 Congress Street, Troy to enjoy a beer or glass of wine and say “Thank You” to our beloved parish administrator and facility manager.

The cash bar and light snacks will begin at 6:30pm. Please stop by to thank Tony and his family for all their efforts at Sacred Heart!

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