26 Oct

Living a Life of Love

DSC_6716In Jewish society in Old Testament times, the most vulnerable people were non-jews/aliens, widows and orphans.  A major reason being because they had no legal rights, and therefore could not appeal to the law for justice to protect themselves, but instead depended on their neighbors for compassion in everyday affairs. Note that the reason offered for God’s people to have such compassion is because God has first had compassion on them (the word in the Hebrew text used for compassion here is the same root used to indicate God’s grace).

Not unrelated, when Jesus is asked what is most important in everyday living, He re-states the first two Commandments: love God and neighbor. The Greek language of the New Testament had three words for love: eros for romantic love, philos for a more rational attachment to the basic goodness of created things and agape an identification with and sharing in Divine love.

It is this latter form which Jesus calls us to enter into and make manifest in our own daily activity by focusing on living a life of grace rooted in His life of love.   Union with Him is the key!

26 Oct

Driver Safety Class Offered

A Smart Driver class will be held Saturday, November 8 from 10am-4:30pm at the Pawling Avenue Methodist Church. The price is $20 for AARP members and $25 for a non-member. You will save 10% on your insurance for 3 years. For reservations call Alice Swertinski at 283-4672.

26 Oct

Virtus Training Offered

A Virtus Training Session will be held at Sacred Heart Church on Wednesday, October 29 at 6:30pm. A Virtus certificate is mandatory for adult volunteers working with children (classroom volunteers, catechists, field trip chaperones, CYO coaches).

This is a free, one-time training and is valid for any Albany diocesan church or school in which you may work or volunteer. If you plan to attend, click on the link at right www.rcda.org/virtus program  to register for the Sacred Heart Troy – October 29th session.  Or you may call Suzanne Turner at the rectory 274-1363 to sign up for the class.

The training session will be facilitated by Dr. Janet Derby, a diocesan certified Virtus trainer. Please feel free to contact Dr. Derby with any questions you may have at 283-4925.

25 Oct

Faith Formation News

SHYMT-34Religious Education, Grades 1- 8:  Class THIS Sunday, October 26.

CONFIRMATION – Grades 9-10:  Class is THIS Sunday, October 26 (Open to Parents). This is the Safe Environment Class from 6-8pm.

25 Oct

School News

Faculty Professional Development Day: Sacred Heart faculty recently attended a Professional Development Day at Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons High School in Schenectady. Some of the topics covered included: making teaching of religion meaningful, prayer in the classroom, and training on the new standard-based report cards, to name a few.

Boston Market Fundraiser: Don’t forget the fundraising dinner for our school on Tuesday, October 28 – 4:00 until closing at the Latham Boston Market (located in front of Hoffman’s Car Wash).  A special “ticket” is required upon placing your order.  You can download the required tickets by clicking on this Boston Market Fundraiser Flyer link, pick up a copy in this weeks bulletin, or take an extra from the “Events Board” located in the hallway at the rear of church.

25 Oct

Baptismal Blankets

Sacred Heart Community is so very blest with generous parishioners who contribute to the life of our Parish. Father Powhida blessed many donated white baby blankets at the 8:45am Mass on October 12th. They will be given to families bringing their babies to the Baptismal Font at Sacred Heart and are a sign of a warm and a welcoming parish. On behalf of the “little ones”, a very big Thank You!!

19 Oct

North American Martyr’s

North-American-Martyrs1While today’s Scripture readings follow the ordinary Sunday cycle, throughout the diocese of Albany we commemorate the North American martyrs, St. Isaac Jogues and his fellow missionaries of the 17th century.  These members of the Society of Jesus who dedicated themselves to the conversion of the American Indians took Christ’s words very literally when they journeyed from Renaissance France to the frontiers of North America that they might preach and baptize.

Their reaction in faith to the discovery of America was to willingly leave civilization and under trying conditions journey to what is now our part of the new world.  Despite constant danger and great personal suffering they gave their lives in an effort to share the faith.

While we today celebrate their heroic victory in the eyes of God, do we also share the Spirit which drove their missionary zeal? Do we love our contemporary “neo-pagans” enough to spend our time and energies to open their eyes to conversion and the joy of consciously sharing in God’s love?

Follow these links to read more about the eight North American Martyrs; The Eight North American Martyrs or plan a visit to the Auriesville Shrine at Shrine of our Lady of Martyrs

19 Oct

World Mission Sunday

THIS weekend is World Mission Sunday! We are invited today to reach out and help build the Church in Mongolia, the world’s youngest Catholic Church, as well as local churches throughout the Missions, in the most remote areas across our world.

Your prayers and generous gift to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith in the collections this weekend help the work of priests, religious and lay leaders in Mongolia and throughout the Missions who offer the poor practical help and the experience of God’s love and mercy. For more information, please visit www.IAmAMissionary.org

18 Oct

Pastoral Care

One of the missions of our parish is to care for the sick and suffering members of our community. In order to fulfill this goal, we need the help of our parishioners. If you have a family member, friend or neighbor who is unable to attend Mass and would like the bulletin or a communion visit, please call the rectory.

Also, if an accident occurs on the premises, please call the rectory or see an usher, sacristan, or priest so that the proper information can be obtained. It is important for us to know of these matters so that we can allow the pastoral care process to begin.

18 Oct

Boston Market Fundraiser

The Boston Market located in Latham (in front of Hoffman’s Car Wash) is hosting a fundraising dinner for our school on Tuesday, October 28 – 4:00 until closing. Orders over the phone for pick up, orders through the drive through or those sitting down inside the restaurant must present a special ticket upon ordering. Download tickets for printing before placing your order by clicking on the Boston Market Fundraiser Flyer link, pick up a copy in this weeks bulletin, or take an extra from the “Events Board” located in the hallway at the rear of church.

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


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