21 Sep
2014

Where Will You Find the Lord?

20130302DSC_2804-032In today’s first reading, the prophet Isaiah reminds us that opportunity seldom if ever knocks twice. Carpe diem – seize the day, the classical Roman axiom taught in schools for centuries still applies!

But, one must ask… what opportunity are we looking for?

Jesus points out in today’s Gospel parable that we are all called to labor in the vineyard of the Lord. As the parable teaches, some are called to do more, while others less. But we are all sent to do something! In today’s second reading St. Paul states that he would rather be with Christ in heaven, but he accepts and acknowledges that first he has additional labor to perform in the vineyard!

How are we to know what God is calling us to do? Isaiah tells us to: “Seek the Lord while he may be found, call him while He is near.” To do so, there must be a place in every life for quiet prayer and reflection. Only there will He tell us!

21 Sep
2014

Perpetual Adoration 31st Anniversary

A celebration and Mass acknowledging the 31st Anniversary of Perpetual Adoration of Our Lady of Perpetual Help will be held at St. Augustine’s Church in Troy on Monday, September 22, 2014.  The celebration will begin with a rosary procession at 6:30pm and continue with Mass at 7pm.  All are welcome to attend!

21 Sep
2014

Sacred Heart Alzheimer Care Team

Sacred Heart Alzheimer Care Team will meet in the Rectory on Wednesday, October 1 at 7pm. For information about our Care Team and the service it provides, please call Barbara O’Brien at 272-3403 or the Eddy at 238-4167.

20 Sep
2014

Red Robin Yummmm!

The Red Robin in Latham, NY will host a fundraising dinner event to benefit Sacred Heart School on Tuesday, September 30th. A special flyer must be presented to your server upon ordering so that the school will receive the credit. Please pick up a flyer from the hallway bulletin board, or click on the link at right to download a flyer you can print at home!  Red Robin Fundraiser Flyer.

20 Sep
2014

Choir Rehersal Schedules

The Sacred Heart Children’s and Adult choirs rehearse every Thursday in the Church. The Children’s choir rehearsals are held at 3:00 & 4:00pm and the Adult choir rehearsal is from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. All are welcome!  For information, please call Susan at 512-3837.

20 Sep
2014

Catholic University National Collection

The Catholic University of America is the national university of the Catholic Church in the United States, located in Washington D.C. It provides an academically rigorous education guided by Catholic intellectual tradition to nearly 7,000 students every year. More than 4,000 students directly receive scholarship aid from this Collection, including many from our diocese. Next week
is the National Collection for The Catholic University of America.

14 Sep
2014

The Cross: An Instrument of Salvation

DSC_3130Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Cross, the instrument chosen by God for our salvation and ever since, the symbol before all others of our Christian faith!

In all three readings of today’s liturgy there is an allusion to the value of symbols, whether it be for our forefathers fleeing slavery in Egypt, or the first generation of Christians singing praise (a hymn quoted by St. Paul in Philippians) to the lowly cross as Christ’s method of our salvation.

Pay particular attention to the special preface for today’s Mass, wherein the celebrant points out that while sin came into the world through Adam not honoring the tree of knowledge of good and evil, Christ chose to cleanse us of sin through the tree of the cross!

It was surely humbling for Christ to experience the Cross, and it requires humility from us to reap its benefits!

14 Sep
2014

2015 Mass Book Open 9/17

The 2015 Mass Book will open on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. Although every effort will be made to accommodate your requests, Mass availability is on a first come first serve basis.  The stipend for the intentions is still $10, and we ask that you come into the Parish Office to book your Masses during regular office hours.

As Monday mornings are typically a very busy time in the Parish Office, if you do stop by on Monday, it is recommended that you come prepared to leave your Mass list with Barbara for processing at a later time.  Also please be advised that Masses from the previous year’s Mass book are NOT carried over, and that we do NOT take Mass intentions for Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day as on these days we offer those Masses for all parishioners of Sacred Heart both living and deceased.

13 Sep
2014

CYO Basketball & Cheer

Sacred Heart CYO Basketball and Cheer Registration will be Tuesday, September 30 6:30-8:00pm in the cafeteria. Registrations will be accepted on a first come first serve basis for basketball players (boys & girls) grades K-8 and Cheer for girls grades 2-8 through mid-October.

Forms will be sent home with school children and will be available on the bulletin board in church or email Sarah Ragone at sarahtodd1094@yahoo.com for information or any additional questions.

13 Sep
2014

Faith Formation

Religious Education, Grades 1 – 8
The 2014-15 Session begins THIS Sunday, September 14th. Registrations will be accepted through the end of September. Additional forms are available both through the parish website (click here), and from the bulletin board at the back of the church. Completed forms with the requested payment can be dropped off or mailed to the rectory.

Please note: Preparation period for the First Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion is two years. As such, if parents wish for their child to receive these sacraments during their 2nd grade year, they should be enrolled in the Religious Education program in their 1st grade year.

Volunteers are invited to serve as catechists, co-catechists or classroom aides at any grade level. Prior experience is not necessary and training is available.
Please contact Marge Stockwell at the rectory or at 272-0367  or email: mstockwell7@nycap.rr.com
if further information is required.

CONFIRMATION – Grades 9-10
First meeting for Confirmation classes will be THIS SUNDAY, September 14 at 6pm in the rectory. Registrations can be found on the bulletin board in the back of church or on this website (click here.)  If you have any questions, email Erin at: eriningold@gmail.com

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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.