23 Nov

Congratulations Danielle Theresa

20141123_091655Congratulations to Danielle Baldwin who, by special permission of the bishop, was confirmed at Sacred Heart Church on Sunday 11/23/14 at the 8:45 am Mass.  Surrounded by family Danielle and her sponsor stood before the Sacred Heart congregation to be confirmed on this the last Sunday of the church year, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.  For her confirmation name, Danielle chose Theresa, in honor of St. Theresa of Lisieux.  The Sacrament of Confirmation was celebrated by Fr. Yanas.  Congratulations to Danielle Theresa on taking this important step in her faith journey.  May she be blessed abundantly as her words and works now take on the new purpose of making Christ’s truths alive for those around her.


23 Nov

Actions Speak Louder than Words

20130302DSC_2802-030Today, the last Sunday of the church year, we are reminded once again in the first reading from the prophet Ezekiel that while God has promised to look after us as a good shepherd tends his flock, nevertheless there will be a judgment and not everyone will pass muster.

In the Gospel reading Jesus continues the theme of a shepherd tending his flock, and that of judgment via the symbolism of separating the sheep from the goats. Jesus however, goes one step further and spells out some details to help us identify the criteria by which we will be judged:

“For I was hungry and you gave me food…thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.”

Clearly, these are not deeds of the self-centered, arrogant, wealth seeking, pleasure bent and power hungry of this world, but those of one who is “…meek and humble of heart.”

Reflecting for a moment on our own day to day activities, the values we live and the choices we make… on which side will our deeds place us when judgement comes?

23 Nov

Catholic Campaign Collection

Today’s second collection is for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) which provides funding for groups that make lasting change and uplift the poor in the United States.

CCHD grants improve education, support economic development, and help communities provide housing in low-income neighborhoods. Please help us continue to defend human dignity and aid those living on the margins of society by being as generous as you can.

23 Nov

Happy Thanksgiving!

Fr. Yanas, Fr. Vaughan, Fr. Powhida and the Staff of Sacred Heart Church and School wish all the people of our parish a blessed Thanksgiving. On a day of travel for most Americans, we implore God’s protection on you and your loved ones.

“Let us give thanks to the Lord Our God”

22 Nov

SHS Thanksgiving Liturgy

Sacred Heart school will celebrate a Thanksgiving liturgy together on November 25th at 1:15 pm in the church. This coming together serves to center all of us upon the meaning of thankfulness and family.

Let us take a moment to thank all of you for your continuing support and prayers. You remain a vital part of our school’s existence. The school will be closed from November 26th to the 28th in observance of Thanksgiving. School will reopen on Monday, December 1st. May you enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. God bless!

22 Nov

Holiday Bags for Our Homebound

DSC_7374Parish elves will be preparing holiday gift bags for 50 homebound Sacred Heart parishioners on Monday, December 15th. 2014 in the Sacred Heart School Cafeteria from 6:30-8:30pm.  All are welcome and encouraged to join in the fun.  Help is needed with signing Christmas cards, assembling Christmas bags, and planning delivery.

Eggnog and cookies will be served!

Also, until December 14, 2014 donations of the items listed below may be made by placing items in the Christmas box located in the rear of church.

  • Fuzzy Slippers (Men’s & Women’s)
  • Any Toiletries (soap, mini-lotion, shampoo)
  • Hard Candy (mints, butterscotch)
  • Puzzle Books (word search, crossword, etc.)
  • Baked Goods (mini-breads, cookies, etc. – No nuts please!)






22 Nov

New Ushers

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome and thank the following people who answered our call to serve as church ushers: Steven O’Connor, Peter Korkemaz and Tony Furciniti.  Your willingness to step forward and take an active role in the life of Sacred Heart parish is much appreciated!   If you are an usher, an updated ushers contact sheet in now available in the sacristy.  Please be sure to stop by and pick up a new list.

22 Nov

2014 Christmas Mass Schedule

DSC_7515The 2014 Sacred Heart Christmas Mass Schedule (w/ musical schedule) is as follows;

December 24; 4pm Family Mass: Music provided by children of Sacred Heart Parish.

December 24 6pm Mass: Music provided by the Daily family accompanied by John Hartigan.

December 24 10pm Mass: Music provided by cantor Loretta Ciraulo and accompanied by Sue Hitchcock

December 25, Christmas Day 9am Mass: Music provided by cantor and choir members.

We look forward to worshiping with you and yours at Sacred Heart during one of the above Masses!

22 Nov

Roarke Center Christmas Bazaar

On Sunday, December 7, Roarke Center will hold our Annual Christmas Bazaar from 11am-4pm. We will have a raffle table: Lottery Tickets Tree Basket, Household Items Basket, Tea and Coffee Basket, Wine Basket, Teenage Basket and Sweet Christmas Basket. There is also an opportunity to purchase handmade items, original art work and a white elephant table. Refreshments are free!

16 Nov

How Do You Serve the Lord?

DSC_1147In today’s Gospel reading (MT 25:14-30) Jesus speaks to us of our responsibility to be a “…good and faithful servant” of the Lord via the “Parable of the Talents.” In Jesus’ time a “talent” was a monetary unit worth approximately twenty years’ wage for the average laborer.  As a result, when the wealthy man described in the parable entrusts his possessions to the three servants “… each according to his ability” it is significant to note that even the servant receiving a single talent has been entrusted with a great responsibility.   The first two servants described in the parable used the talents supplied to them and worked diligently and faithfully in the wealthy man’s absence to gain great profit for their master.  The third servant, acting out of fear, was unwilling to risk his masters wrath and “…went off and buried your talent in the ground.”

Upon the masters return the servants that wisely used the gifts they had been entrusted with were praised and rewarded by the master, the third however who failed to act was chastised  and thrown “… into the darkness…”

In a similar way, the Lord has given each of us different gifts and different amounts of “talent.”  If like the first two servants we use these talents to gain profit for Him we will be greatly rewarded.  However, should we allow our talents to be “buried” by apathy, self-centeredness or the distractions of secular society we, like the third servant run the risk of eternal darkness.

Every year this somber motif is presented to us toward the end of the Church year as a final reality check. “Therefore, let us not sleep as the rest do, but let us stay alert and sober.” so that we may be invited to “…share in the Master’s joy.”

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


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