28 Sep
2014

Who’s Standards Do You Choose?

Inspirational-1(Resize)Both the first reading today from the prophet Ezekiel and the passage from St. Matthew’s Gospel remind us of the constant and critical need for all to be continually of a mind to repent and amend our ways, that is, to do the Father’s will.

And what is the Father’s will? As Jesus points out, elsewhere in his Gospel when a young man asked him what must one do to enter the gates of Heaven, we have only to look at the first two commandments: “… before all else,  love God and one’s neighbor.”

Similarly, St. Paul’s words in today’s second reading reinforce Jesus’ teaching: “Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interest, but also for those of others.”

In today’s contemporary culture where the temptations to live our lives counter to the Father’s will are many, it becomes critically important that we remain vigilant and focused on living our lives, not by today’s transitory standards but, by the eternal standards of the Lord!

28 Sep
2014

Red Mass to Be Celebrated

Lawyers and judges from throughout the diocese will join Bishop Edward Scharfenberger on Monday, October 6 for the celebration of the traditional Red Mass.

The Mass is scheduled for 10:30am that morning at St. Mary’s Church in downtown Albany and all are invited. NOTE: The October 6th date was chosen because it marks the opening of the session of the U.S. Supreme Court.

28 Sep
2014

Marriage Jubilee Celebration

The 42nd Annual Marriage Jubilee Celebration sponsored by the Office of Evangelization, Catechesis and Family Life will be held at 2pm on Saturday, November 8 in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany.

Couples celebrating their 25th, 40th, 50th or any other special wedding anniversary are invited to attend this celebration. Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger will celebrate the Liturgy at 2pm and will greet couples and their guests at a reception in the gathering area of the Cathedral immediately following Mass.

Please register by calling Barbara at the rectory 274-1363.

27 Sep
2014

Youth Ministry News

CONFIRMATION – Grades 9-10
Attention confirmation students and parents, we have had our first class last Sunday. Our next class will be THIS SUNDAY, September 28 from 6-8pm in the Cafeteria. Registrations can be found on the bulletin board in the back of church or by clicking on the link at right. SH YM 2014-15 Registration Form

If you have any questions, email Erin Ingold at: eriningold@gmail.com

27 Sep
2014

Faith Formation

Religious Education, Grades 1 – 8
Classes will be held THIS Sunday, September 28th and October 5th. Students will attend the 11:15 AM Mass following classes on October 5th.
Registrations for this program year will be accepted through the end of September. Registration forms have been provided
to families previously enrolled in the program, and additional forms are available both through the parish website (click on “Parish,” /“Parish Ministries”/”Faith Formation”), 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 that the 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, or have received one full year of Faith Formation in another parish program or a parochial school.
Volunteers are still invited to serve as catechists, co-catechists, classroom aides, or as substitute teachers. Prior experience is
not necessary and many training opportunities are available.

Please contact Marge Stockwell at the rectory or at 272-0367 if further information is required.

26 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

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

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.

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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.