23 Oct

But By the Grace of God!

20130627_194012One cannot help but notice that all three readings for the 30th Sunday make mention of trials/tests in store for us in this life.

In the first reading, in urging us to pray, is the conviction that the Lord hears the cries of the oppressed. In the second reading, St. Paul speaks of his own trials and abandonment by those from whom he expected some support. And finally in the Gospel, Jesus once again reminds us that if we think we are in control of life’s circumstances, we are seriously out of touch with reality. Rather we are to pray to God for mercy, since we are all sinners, and but for the grace of God, who knows what sort of person we might be.

God asks us to be responsible, which by the very word itself means that we respond to the graces He offers us, so that finally we may say with St. Paul: “I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.”

22 Oct

Theology of the Body

theology-of-the-body-into-the-heart-flyer-2016Theology of the Body Study Group! Every Thursday evening at 7pm we meet at Sacred Heart Church to learn about The Theology of the Body. No requirements needed to come and participate. Ages 18+ Any further questions please contact Erin Ingold at eriningold@gmail.com

22 Oct

Congratulations Mrs Merrill!

principal-merrillThe Sacred Heart Community is extremely pleased to announce that the Catholic School Administrators Association of New York State (CSAANYS) has selected our school’s principal, Susan Merrill, as the 2016 recipient of the Lighting the Fire for Catholic Education Award.

Chosen from a highly competitive group of educators from throughout the state, the CSAANYS Executive Board chose Mrs. Merrill because she is “a consummate professional, a leader…always there, always willing to help and support, but also allows students, parents, faculty and colleagues to find their own way.” Congratulations Mrs. Merrill!

19 Oct

Patriotic Rosary Group

patriotic-no6Sacred Heart’s Patriotic Rosary Group meets every Tuesday to pray for our Nation.  Meetings will now be held in the School cafeteria at 6:00pm.  Please consider joining us on Tuesday evenings at 6:00pm to pray the rosary and ask the Blessed Mother’s help in guiding our Nation during these troubled times!

18 Oct

World Mission Sunday

On Sunday, October 23, 2016 we will celebrate World Mission Sunday, Its theme this year is “Mercy Changes the World.” Pope Francis invites the entire Church to support the young mission dioceses in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and part of Latin America and Europe, where priests, religious and lay leaders serve some of the poorest of the poor.

17 Oct

The Importunate Neighbor

fr-yanas-25th-6resizedBrothers and sisters, in Australia’s national art gallery one can see a remarkable oil painting by the renowned English painter, William Holman Hunt, a devout Evangelical Christian. The work is clearly inspired by the parable told by Christ in Luke’s gospel, “The Parable of the Importunate Friend.” (Lk. 11:5-8) The painting depicts a lovely starlit evening. An anxious man stands at the door of his neighbor’s home. The door is bolted… a sure sign that the head of the household does not wish to be disturbed. Off to one side of the painting are two dogs that freely drink from their master’s water bowl. According to one critic’s interpretation of Hunt’s painting, “Even the dogs who drank from a water bowl in the starlit courtyard are shown more hospitality than the man who tries to borrow more bread from his neighbor”.

In the culture of Our Lord’s day, hospitality was a sacred duty. Failing to show a neighbor hospitality was considered bad manners and deeply offensive. Recall that the man whose sleep was likely interrupted begrudgingly gets up and provides his neighbor with what he so desperately needs. He was no cheerful giver!

The lesson of the parable is that God’s way of giving exceeds that between friends and neighbors. Although friends sometime disappoint us and occasionally fail us, the same can not be said of Our Heavenly Father. God is willing to grant us an abundance of gifts when we pray with faith. Who can possibly forget the stunning words of our master, “Ask and it shall be given you. Knock and it shall be opened for you.” (Lk. 11:10) Scholars remind us that Luke is the Evangelist of prayer. He underscores our dependence on God,   the importance of persisting in prayer, and not giving in to discouragement.

For us Christians the parable only makes sense if we identify with the anxious neighbor knocking on the door of heaven. In truth, we are all beggars! “Give us this day our daily prayer” (Lk. 11:3) should be a daily prayer of the faithful Christian. We must never take any of Our Lord’s many gifts for granted! In addition, the request the pleading neighbor made was actually on behalf of another person, a friend in need.  Recall the words of the parable: “Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey and I have nothing to offer him.” (Lk. 11:6)

A story… Once, Mother Teresa of Calcutta approached a wealthy Hindu man to ask him for a donation. At the time, she was acting on behalf of the poor and dying in her care. The man reacted angrily to her humble request, and in spite, spit on her. Mother remained calm. “That was your gift to me”, she said,” Now what about the indigent people for whom I care.”

How often do we hear the heartfelt request, “Pray for me”. Do we honor his or her request? Are we indifferent? Do our prayers for others end after a few words of pleading?

Lord, teach us how to pray!

16 Oct

Rich in What Truly Matters

shff-150503-171-fr-yanas-2Brothers and sisters, a few years ago the prestigious American Film Institute compiled a list of America’s greatest films. Number one on the list is a film released seventy years ago in 1946. The title of the film is “Citizen Kane”. Called by many critics a masterpiece, it is the brainchild of the filmmaker and actor, the late Orson Welles. The consensus of the members of the Institute is that it is the finest movie ever made.

Seldom in film is there a character as tragic as the main character of the story, Charles Foster Kane, a newspaper tycoon. Clearly, this fictional character is depicted as one of the wealthiest people in the world. He is surrounded by great wealth and lives in a pleasure palace called Xanadu. He reminds Christians of the rich fool in Luke’s gospel, “He stored up possessions for himself.”(Lk. 12:15)

In one unforgettable scene, Kane dies old and alone in his palace, largely empty of people. His silent death is followed by the sound of an auctioneer’s hammer. “Going once, going twice, sold,” cries the auctioneer. One of the last items to be auctioned off is a large, expensive mirror in which he daily contemplated his image, of which he was so pleased. His precious possession is packed in a crate for shipment. Eventually, all his riches go to others, strangers all. In the end he loses his soul. His failure was his blindness to the wisdom shared by Christ in the parable of the Rich Fool, “Life does not consist in possessions.” (Lk. 12:15)

The late biblical scholar and Lutheran, Joachim Jeremias, points out that the word “fool” is included in three of our Lord’s parables, including the one proclaimed today. According to Jeremias, a “fool” is one who in practice denies God’s existence. He simply does not take God into account. In the Old Testament Book of Psalms, a “fool” is one who says “there is no God above”. The “foolish” person is accountable to no one but himself! According to another scholar, William Barclay, two things stand out about the rich “fool.” First, He never saw beyond himself. There is no parable which is so full of the words, “I”, “me”, “my” and “mine”. Second, he never sees beyond this passing world. His plans were made on the basis of this life alone!

Barclay shares a story of a conversation between a young and ambitious man and an older man who knew life all too well.

“I will learn my trade!”

“And then,” said the older man.

“I will set up in business!”

“And then?”

“I will make my fortune!”

“And then?”

“I suppose I shall grow old and retire and live on my money.”

“And then?”

“I suppose that someday I will die.”

A momentary pause…  then came the searching question.

“And then?”

Recall the chilling words in Luke’s gospel: “You fool. This night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?” (Lk. 12:20)

Some decades ago, the great Christian apologist, C.S. Lewis, was asked a simple question by an inquisitive friend. The friend asked, “Professor Lewis. You have an enormous library, a vast collection of books. Which of your books do you hope to see in heaven?”

“Only those I gave away,” replied the wise teacher.

Pope Francis warns Christians that attachment to money and possessions is crippling. “When someone is attached to money”, he says, “he destroys himself and those around him”.

The burial plot reserved for each one of us is tiny in comparison to all the possessions we store up for ourselves. In the end, they have little, if any, value. “May Our Lord help us to make us all rich in what truly matters to God.” (Lk. 2:21)


16 Oct

Study the Inspired Word of God!

It is never too late to try to live up to the axiom that Christians are people of the Bible. Such presumes that we are familiar with the words and especially the lessons of Holy Scripture.
Notice in today’s first reading, God’s people were successful in battle only when Moses was able to hold his hands up in the traditional posture of prayer. In today’s Gospel Jesus enjoins us to: “…pray always without becoming weary.” At the same time, He seems worried about the quality of our prayer: “But when the Son of man comes, will He find faith on earth?”
St. Paul says it all in today’s second reading: “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness so that one who belongs to God may be competent…”
History has demonstrated many times over that it is possible to be an incompetent Christian due to culpable ignorance. Where do you measure up on knowledge of the Scriptures?
16 Oct

Faith Formation News

Religious Education Classes:
Faith Formation classes will meet THIS Sunday, October 16 in the cafeteria between 9:30 – 9:40am. Please be seated at your grade – level table. Father Yanas will begin his lesson promptly at 9:45am followed by a blessing. Classes are then from 10:00 – 10:50am.
Parents and Caregivers: You are invited to attend our Faith Formation Open House on Sunday, October 30 beginning in the cafeteria followed by your visit to grades 1 – 8.
The Open House Schedule:
9:30 – 9:40 All gather in cafeteria for student drop – off
9:45 – 10:50 Students and teachers go to class
9:50 – 10:10 Parents and caregivers remain in cafeteria for Fr. Yanas’ presentation
10:15 – 10:50 Parents can visit grades 1 – 8
10:55 – 11:00 Families leave through the cafeteria entrance
(Parents/caregivers, please be sure to notify the teacher upon leaving the classroom with your children and exiting the building through the cafeteria.)
Confirmation Classes:
Our next two classes are October 16 from 6pm – 7:30pm (Our Safe Environment Class/Attendance is Mandatory), and October 30 from 6pm – 7:30pm. Any questions please contact Erin Ingold at eriningold@gmail.com
15 Oct

School News

Annual Raffle: The Annual Raffle will begin on October 20th and the winning tickets will be pulled on Friday, November 4th at our Sock Hop celebration. The prizes include: 1 grand prize of $1,000, 2 tickets for $100 and 1 ticket for $50. Tickets cost $1.00 each or a book of 12 for $10.00. Every school family is asked to sell ten booklets and additional tickets will be available in the school office.
School Closed: The school will be closed on October: Friday, October 21st for the Sacred Heart Faculty Retreat. School resumes Monday, October 24th.
Annual Cheesecake Sale: Cheesecakes from the kitchens of the Nuns of New Skete orders will be taken from now until Wednesday, October 26th in the school office. Order forms have been placed within the bulletin and are available on the bulletin board outside of the school office.
Thank you for your continued support of your school.

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