4 Jul

Food Pantry for Roarke Center

We would like to expand our regular food pantry collection for the Roarke Center to include personal care items. Any items for the Roarke Center (food and toiletries) will continue to be collected in the sacristy and delivered weekly. Sister Marion from the Roarke Center and the clients are continually grateful for our donations.


4 Jul

Happy Independence Day!

We celebrate Independence Day on the Fourth of July every year. We think of July 4, 1776, as a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation. But July 4, 1776 wasn’t the day that the Continental Congress decided to declare independence (they did that on July 2, 1776). It wasn’t the day we started the American Revolution either (that had happened back in April 1775). And it wasn’t the day Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence (that was in June 1776). Or the date on which the Declaration was delivered to Great Britain (that didn’t happen until November 1776). Or the date it was signed (that was August 2, 1776).

So what did happen on July 4, 1776? The Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. They’d been working on it for a couple of days after the draft was submitted on July 2nd and finally agreed on all of the edits and changes.

As a result, July 4, 1776, became the date that was included on the Declaration of Independence, and the fancy handwritten copy that was signed in August (the copy now displayed at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.)

To learn more about the Fourth of July and American Independence click on the link below:


4 Jul

Eddy Health Alert

Summer is here! Let’s make sure you and your loved ones are protected home and away from home. Eddy Health Alert can provide you with an emergency medical alert that works in your home and away from home…take it on vacation with you! Because accidents do happen, please consider calling for more information at 518-833-1040. Let’s not have an accident turn into a tragedy.

4 Jul

New to Sacred Heart Parish?

We are happy to have you in our community and hope that you will enjoy a truly Christian experience with us. Click on the link below to obtain a PDF copy of our parish registration form.  Completed forms may be brought, or mailed to the parish rectory.  Sacred Heart Church Parish Registration Form  Alternatively you may pick up a copy of the form on the bulletin board in the rear of church). Registering helps us better serve your needs for sacraments, sick calls or any other assistance you may require. Thank you!

28 Jun

Scripture Reflection

AKKMC-0001In today’s first reading we find the Holy Spirit reminding us through the instrumentality of the Old Testament Wisdom literature what we previously learned in the creation story in Genesis.  That is… all that God has created is good: “the creatures of the world are wholesome.” In today’s Gospel we find Christ performing not one, but two miraculous cures. Please take careful note of the details… In the first, the woman must have faith and must touch Jesus’ garment. In the second, the girl’s parents must have faith, and Jesus takes the girl by the hand.

Each time, two elements are involved… the requirement of faith and some sort of physical contact. Doesn’t this remind you of the Catholic Church’s sacramental system? To receive any of the sacraments, one certainly must have faith, but also some created material “stuff” is included as part of the sacramental ritual.

The new dispensation re-affirms that God’s creation is good, and therefore is employed for our sanctification. How many no longer  recognize this truth and do not make contact with Christ through His sacraments? Do we remind them of what they are missing? Do we pray for them?

28 Jun

Parish Office

4th of July GraphicThe parish office will be closed on Friday, July 3 in observance of INDEPENDENCE DAY. We will reopen on Monday, July 6 at 9am.

Please make a note of it!

27 Jun

Spring Avenue Entry News

The Spring Avenue Entry to Sacred Heart Church will be closing soon for renovations.  When completed, later this year, the updated entry provide an accessible route into our church facility.  Additionally it will also create a clearly identifiable, functional, well lit and landscaped entrance that will be both an aesthetically pleasing and proper entry to our worship space!  (Renderings courtesy of Lammon Architects, LLP)

27 Jun

Pro-Life News

Join us on Thursday mornings downtown at Monument Square at 8:30am for the recitation of the Rosary and quiet witness against the killing of unborn babies. The more people who show up, the stronger the witness and presence. We leave from Sacred Heart parking lot at 8:00am. Hope to see you, Fr. Powhida

27 Jun

Bishops Appeal Update

Father Yanas is encouraged by the recent report for the Bishop’s Appeal. However, we do still have a ways to go to meet our goal. You can pledge an amount and pay over several months. Also, you can go online to www.thebishopsappeal.org or place your pledge/gift in the collection basket or mail it in. Please consider making a gift this year… no amount is too small! There are extra envelopes in the rear of the Church.

Again, thank you to everyone who has pledged to date:

  • 2015 Assessment: $74, 993.00
  • Pledged gifts to date: 210
  • Total pledged: $60,360.00
26 Jun

Pre-Planning Seminar

On Wednesday evening, June 24, 2015 parishioners and guests gathered in Sacred Heart Church to listen to an hour and a half long presentation on funeral pre-planning and other end-of-life issues.  Speakers included: SH Bereavement Committee Chair, Mr. Richard Haldeman; Ms. Linda Purcell Rinella, LFD, Director of Daniel D. Purcell Funeral Home; Mr. Rick Touchette, Executive director Albany Catholic Diocesam Cemetery Office; and our own Parish Nurses, Ms. Rebecca Thomason, RN and Ms. Loretta M. Ciraulo, FNP-C, MSN, RN.  Topics covered included: Funeral procedures at Sacred Heart Church, Pre-arranging a funeral, End-of-life decision planning & documentation, and Arranging for burial.  Special thanks to all our presenters, and stay tuned for similar future presentations.

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Mass Schedule

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


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


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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.