19 Feb
2017

The Potential Power of Grace

SCPS-150925-065There is a lot of talk in today’s readings of God’s word about holiness. We need to be careful not to dismiss it out of hand as an ideal beyond our reach, something that only a handful of saints could attain. The example and intercession of the saints are but a stark reminder of the potential power of grace, if we only take it seriously, and open ourselves up to its transforming path.

Think for a moment of today’s word from St. Paul. We are temples of God; the Spirit of God dwells in us. We are talking about God being truly and actually present to us in some albeit mysterious (can’t fully understand with our limited human abilities) yet real way. What can be more earth shattering than an awareness of that!

If we let consciousness of this be the source of our human activities, all the good deeds (cf. 1st reading) will fall into place. It may be we have some bad habits which first need to be overcome, but with the help of His grace, we too can become “…holy as God is holy”. (Lev.)

19 Feb
2017

Faith Formation News

Youth Room 2 (Resized)Faith Formation: Classes will be held on February 26. (There is no class on February 19 due to winter recess.)

Youth Ministry: Confirmation Classes are February 26, March 12 and March 26 from 6-7:30pm. Youth Ministry will meet on those same dates from 7-8pm.

Sacred Heart is proud to announce that we have started our very own Youth Ministry. We will be meeting in the “New Youth Room” (accessed through the School, Gym doors) at 7pm every other Sunday evening. Unlike Confirmation classes which are based on catechesis, youth ministry adds a necessary communal component to your teenagers life. This communal component is fulfilled in one of three ways; Social Activities, Service Opportunities, and Spiritual Events. Our Youth Ministry is open to all teenagers between the ages of 14-18yrs. Join us for our next Youth Ministry session on February 26 at 7pm. Hope to see you there! Also if you are interested in volunteering/ helping with our Youth Ministry, please contact Erin Ingold at eriningold@gmail.com

18 Feb
2017

CCHS Placement Exam

The placement exam will be given on Friday, March 3 at 8:30am for any new students interested in registering for grades 7-9 for the 2017-2018 school year. Contact Theresa Mainello at tmainello@cchstroy.org or 235-7100 x224 to reserve a seat.

18 Feb
2017

School News

Winter Break: TDSC_4612he school will be closed for our Winter Break the week of February 20th and will reopen on Monday the 27th. The school’s answering machine is always on for those who would like to contact us.

Sacred Heart’s 20th Annual Auction: This year’s auction, “The Wizarding World of Sacred Heart School”, will be on Saturday, April 29 at the Franklin Terrace in Troy so mark your calendars now! The auction is a fun-filled evening of excitement with lots of activity. The silent auction allows people to bid privately on items, the ticket raffle by depositing purchased tickets/chances into a decorated receptacle and the live auction is where people bid publicly on items. To entice you, we already have an Amazon Echo, 2 Echo Dots, a Pet Cube, Disney Hopper pass for 4, and a FitBit Charge 2.

Sacred Heart School Pasta Dinner: Will be held on Wednesday, March 22 from 4-7pm at the Franklin Plaza Main Ballroom downtown Troy. There is ample parking for everyone. Buffet includes salad, rolls & butter, 2 kinds of pasta, Michael’s meatballs, dessert cake with coffee/tea/soda (Cash Bar). Cost: $10 per adult and $5 per child (ages 12 and under). Limited to 250 people – reservations due by Thursday, March 16.

Our annual March Madness Raffle is underway and additional forms may be found in the hallway and on our website www.SacredHeartSchoolTroy.com. Every $10 ticket gives your 31 chances to win $100 with the grand prize of $1,000 being picked on St. Patrick’s Day. Like the NYS Lottery says, “You have to be in it to win it”!

15 Feb
2017

Did You Know?

The Sacred Heart Prayer Group meets on Monday evenings from 7-8:30pm in the Youth Room, entrance is through courtyard.

Sacred Heart’s Bible Study Group is held on Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30pm in Sacred Heart School in the Youth Room (lower level next to the Gym.) Facilitator is Edward J. Martin. All are welcome.

15 Feb
2017

Happy Presidents Day!

The parish office will be closed on Monday, February 20 in observance of President’s Day. The office will reopen on Tuesday, February 21 at 9am.

12 Feb
2017

Youth Ministry Session Postponed

This evenings (2/12) Youth Ministry session scheduled for 7pm has been postponed due to inclement weather.  The session is being rescheduled to Sunday, February 26th at 7:00pm

12 Feb
2017

Love is Blind!

SCPS-150925-031It is oftentimes said that more often than not (human) love is blind. It (human love) seems oblivious to reason!

In Today’s second reading, St. Paul brings to our attention that for those who love God the same phenomenon is observable, i.e. (Love of God often defies the wisdom/reasoning of this world.) This is because human existence is simply too complicated in a complicated universe of creation.  By contrast God, the omniscient Divine intelligence behind all creation, immeasurably transcends our human intelligence.  We simply must trust His love for us, even though we can’t see where it might be leading us at the moment.

As is implied in all three of today’s readings, we therefore do what He asks of us, because we love and trust in His judgment just as a little child trusts her parents.

“Eye has not seen and ear has not heard…what God has prepared for those who love Him.”

12 Feb
2017

Detours on the Journey

20130306DSC_2916-027Winter can be a very lonely time for those who have experience the end of a marriage.

Detours on the Journey is a support group ministry for those who have experienced or are experiencing divorce.

Join with others in prayer and shared experience to explore the opportunities of healing and growth after the end of your relationship.  Come find hope again.

The Albany diocese offers two opportunities for attending a group:

  • At the Diocesan Pastoral Center in Albany every Tuesday evening starting February 7th at 7pm.
  • At St.Pius X Parish Center in Loudonville every other Tuesday  starting February 14th at 6:30pm

For more information, directions and registration please contact the office of Lay Ministry Formation at 453-6644 or email mary.fay@rcda.org

Printable informational flyers for each group are available by clicking the links below;

Detours Albany

Detours Loudonville

 

11 Feb
2017

Palm Collection

SCPS-150923-271Several baskets are located in the back of church to collect your blessed palms from Palm Sunday last year. If you return palms, they will be burned and used on Ash Wednesday.  Thank you for your assistance!

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