28 Mar
2015

His Ways Are Not Our Ways

LentProbably everyone thinks he knows the lessons related in the Scripture readings for Palm Sunday; how the Jewish crowds welcomed Jesus into the capital city with great celebration. They were acknowledging him as the long and ardently awaited son of King David, their Messiah, their savior. Yet, before the week was out, their leaders had nevertheless turned him over to the hated foreign occupiers of their land for humiliating execution.

Let’s reflect for a moment on a deeper meaning which pertains to us. There is no doubt that Jesus’ contemporaries were looking for and expecting God to liberate them from oppression and provide peace and prosperity. Herein lies the problem: the perennial human tendency to demand that God bend his will and intentions to suit our desires. The only God we are willing to tolerate is one who shares our desires. Ultimately we refuse to let God be in charge. We won’t let God be God. God did indeed send his Son to save us. But perhaps not so much to save us from others as
to save us from ourselves, from our addiction to insisting on having things our way, according to our dim lights taking precedence over his omniscient plan for our ultimate happiness. How many times did he have to tell us that
His ways are not our ways; His thoughts are not our thoughts. When are we going to learn to be ashamed of our persistent pride, a pride which cost Jesus so much in order to truly save us?

27 Mar
2015

Holy Week Services

Holy Thursday
Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper
5:30pm at Sacred Heart with Adoration until 10:30pm.
7:00pm at St. Jude’s with Adoration until 12:00 midnight concluding with Night Prayer.
6:00pm at St. Michael’s followed by covered dish supper. Adoration until 10:00pm.

Good Friday
Morning Prayer at St. Jude’s at 9am

Stations of the Cross
3:00pm at Sacred Heart
2:00pm at St. Michael’s
3:00pm at St. Jude’s

Passion of Our Lord
5:30pm at Sacred Heart
5:30pm at St. Michael’s
7:00pm at St. Jude’s

Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil
Morning Prayer at St. Jude’s

Easter Vigil Mass

8:15pm Sacred Heart
8:00pm St. Jude’s
8:00pm St. Michael’s

Easter Sunday
8:45 and 11:15am Mass at Sacred Heart
9:00 and 11:00am Mass at St. Jude’s
7:30 and 10am at St. Michael’s

27 Mar
2015

Confirmation Update

CONFIRMATION REHEARSAL: Wednesday, April 22nd at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at 7pm, bring your Sponsor
CONFIRMATION RETREAT: Saturday, April 25th at Sacred Heart Parish (starting in the Youth Room- the Rectory Basement) from 10AM-4PM
CONFIRMATION CEREMONY: Wednesday, April 29th at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at 7pm, if you want good seats try to be there by 6:30pm.
If there are any questions or concerns please e-mail Erin Ingold at eriningold@gmail.com. Thank You!
22 Mar
2015

The Source of Eternal Salvation

DSC_6778The prophet Jeremiah in today’s first reading is unambiguous: a new covenant will come which will require interior disposition and not just external observance. (“I will place my law within them and write it upon their hearts”).

Biblical scholars tell us that today’s second reading passage from the letter to the Hebrews is referring to Jesus’ agony in the garden.  Jesus saw that his saving passion would be at tremendous personal cost. If ever there was a challenge, this was it! Nevertheless, he obeyed his father’s will and thus…” became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.”

In today’s Gospel Jesus clearly teaches that: “Whoever loves his life loses it and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life.” This statement is not just another example of “psychobabble” so prevalent in today’s secular society. Rather, it is a clear warning against being caught up in (i.e. loving) the selfishness and self-absorption that popular culture encourages. Our choice is clear; either love self-indulgence (and self-destruct) or hate it (and be obedient to God’s will as Jesus was).

What God writes on our hearts may well not be as extreme as what he asked of Jesus. However, letting go of self-deceit is a painful process. But then the reward is eternal life!

22 Mar
2015

33 Days to Morning Glory Retreat

Please consider joining us for a 6 week small group retreat starting THIS Tuesday, March 24 at 7pm in preparation for Marian Consecration. This retreat is based on the popular book by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, “33 Days to Morning Glory”. You will gain new insights into Marian Consecration, learn how key saints lived it, and how you can live it as well. For more information, please contact Peter Desmond at 283-5001 or email Peter at desmond.peter50@gmail.com

21 Mar
2015

Marriage & Family Life Survey

In preparation for the fall Synod on the Family, Bishop Scharfenberger and the The Diocese of Albany is inviting all Catholics to share their views on marriage and family life today.  Please take a few moments and send Bishop Scharfenberger your thoughts on these important topics.  The survey will only be available online until March 26, so action is needed now.  To view the Bishop’s letter and take the survey click on the link to Bishop Scharfenberger’s 2015 Marriage and Family Survey Letter or to access the survey directly click on the following link https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MariageFamily

21 Mar
2015

The Passion of Christ

DSC_3115On Friday, March 27th at 7:30pm (after the Stations of the Cross, in the Church) we will be showing Mel Gibson’s movie THE PASSION OF CHRIST. Join us in this unique and wonderful opportunity to reflect on our Lord’s sacrifice just as we are entering into Holy Week. If you plan to attend please RSVP to Erin Ingold or Suzanne Turner at the rectory at 274-1363.

21 Mar
2015

Alzheimer’s Presentation Scheduled

THIS Sunday, March 22 at 3pm at St. Michael’s Church Hall there will be a presentation by Bill Hinrichs from the Alzheimer’s Association “Healthy Brain”. Learn from this program how diet, nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement can affect healthy aging. Workbooks will be provided. For more information call Ginny at 785-0578.

21 Mar
2015

Bishop’s Easter Mass

20150313_102647Bishop Scharfenberger’s Easter Mass celebrated last Friday at Sacred Heart will be broadcast on Easter Sunday, April 5 at 6:30am on Channel 15 CW and on Channel 18 Time Warner public access at 9am, 12 noon and 4pm.

21 Mar
2015

Easter Flowers

Anyone wishing to contribute toward the Easter Flower Memorial may put their donation in the special envelope in your packet or pick one up in the back of Church. PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY! DEADLINE is Wednesday, March 25th.

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CATHOLIC COMMUNITY OF SACRED HEART – MISSION STATEMENT

The Catholic Community of Sacred Heart welcomes all people to join in our celebration of Gods love. Through prayer, education, and caring for others, we strive to serve the needs of Gods people, thereby gaining a richer understanding of the gospel message.

Mass Schedule

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

Confessions

Saturday: 3:00pm or by appointment (Call 274-1363)

Baptism

Please call the Rectory (274-1363) weekdays for information and scheduled dates.

Marriage

Please call the Rectory (274-1363) weekdays for an appointment at least six months in advance of wedding.

Hospital Visits

If you, or a loved one is admitted to the hospital, it is important that you identify yourself to the hospital as a member of Sacred Heart Parish or contact the Rectory (274-1363) to inform us of your hospitalization.