People of God

We whose native language is English need to be aware that when we call ourselves the Catholic Church, our vocabulary does not match the terminology of the Scriptures. The word Church can mean a body of people, but also an institution or simply a building.

The Scriptural terminology puts the focus on the assembly of God, i.e. on the community of people aspect. Thus, Vatican Council II simply called us “the people of God”. By the way, it did not mean that everyone was equal or the same, in the modern sense of democracy, but rather that each has a role to play within the community assembly.

So, in today’s reading from St. Paul, he lists the great variety of roles provided by the Holy Spirit, all of which are intended for the common good of the assembly. We each have our own unique gifts, meant to serve not ourselves, but the community. One of the great experiences of community is sharing a banquet together – an experience often missing in contemporary life, which tends to look upon eating as a purely material function for the nourishment of the body without any “community” dimension.

It is not mere coincidence that Jesus worked his first sign of the new creation by enhancing a banquet (today’s Gospel). Nor is it a coincidence that he bequeathed to us contact with His saving act under the sign of a community meal (Eucharist). We need to repent of our rugged individualism and consider our role as a member of a community.


School News

March Madness Raffle: Sacred Heart’s annual March Madness Raffle is underway!  Additional forms may be found in the hallway locted at the rear of the church or on the school website at  www.SacredHeartSchoolTroy.com  Every $10 ticket gives you 31 chances to win $100 with the grand prize of $1,000 (picked on St. Patrick’s Day!)

Like the NYS Lottery says, “You have to be in it to win it”!


Altar Bread and Wine

Did you know that in memory of a deceased loved one, or to commemorate a special event, a donation may be made to purchase the monthly altar bread and/or wine offered at each Eucharistic celebration.

For more information, please call the parish office at 274-1363.

Our Altar Wine for the month of January has been gifted in memory of Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Cullen and Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Pejza by David & Charlotte Cullen.


Tax Statements

If you requested, and picked up, a statement last year you should be able to find this year’s statement in the back of church in the end of January. If you have not requested one in the past and would like one or requested one last year and didn’t pick it up, please call Barbara at the rectory (518) 274-1363 and we will add you to the list. Thank you.


Baptism of the Lord

If one listens carefully to today’s Scripture readings, one will hear talk of the release of the Holy Spirit, foretold by the prophets, realized in the Baptism of Jesus.

We may think of Baptism as simply the erasure of original sin and the official taking on of a name (Christening), but, in reality, it is far more than that, and we need to constantly be paying attention to what that more is in our daily lives.

In the Genesis story of creation, we hear that God initially breathed His Holy Spirit upon the world, to bring it into existence. We are familiar with what human beings did to God’s plans for us. And so, in an effort to start over again, God chose the people Israel to be a leaven for the entire human race. The Old Testament is full of indications that the Jews, although God’s elect, were not quite up to that task. And so, Jesus came into our midst to be the new Israel, bringing about a new creation, ultimately for all, with the new Israel as the leaven.

The key to understanding today’s feast, is not that Jesus needed Baptism to forgive original sin.  Rather as the firstborn of the new Israel, Jesus’ baptism is a sign of the release of the Holy Spirit to bring about a new creation.  Said another way, this Baptism of the Lord represents a new way for human beings to live their lives, in union with the risen Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.

We, who have been baptized, need to live ever conscious of this destiny!


Parish Family Music Minister

To all qualified applicants: consider joining our parish family and leading us in prayer and worship of our Lord Jesus Christ in song. We are in need of a joyful music minister to lead at weekend Masses, Holy Day Masses, Weddings, Funerals and Sacramental celebrations.

Come inspire us and be inspired at Liturgy meetings and Faith Formation meetings. Come share your talents and leadership skills with our Cantors, Instrumentalists and Choirs. We are offering a spiritual home, a place to pray and lead worship. We are offering competitive compensation, flexible schedule and continuing education.

We are asking for a passionate person desiring a place to love and be loved.

Interested parties may respond to:

Parish Community of Sacred Heart
310 Spring Ave., Troy NY 12180


Prayer Vigil for Culture of Life

Can’t make the March for Life? Want the next best thing?

Come to Sacred Heart’s Culture of Life Prayer Vigil to be held on Friday, 1/18/19 at 7:00 pm in the Sacred Heart Church, 310 Spring Avenue, Troy, NY 12180.



Worship Music… and More!


This is a family event open to all ages… We will even provide babysitting! Come experience the reason for our hope!


March for Life 2019

Come join your fellow Sacred Heart parishioners us as we participate in what has become one of the secular media’s “best kept secrets.”

The 2019 March for Life in Washington, DC will be held on January 18, 2019 and will once again will draw hundreds of thousands of people willing to make a sacrifice for our unborn to our Nations capitol. Please consider helping give a voice to the unborn and all those who are marginalized and victimized by abortion!

Buses are filling quickly, so please contact the rectory office at (518) 274-1363 to register and participate in this most important of events.  The cost is $55 each, but we do have 10 FREE spots available to those who cannot afford to pay.



School News

Catholic Schools Week:

Catholic Schools Week is January 27 to February 2 and the children are already anticipating the myriad of special activities that will round out this special week.

Check back frequently both here on the parish website, or on the school website at:  www.sacredheartschooltroy.com We will be sure to post activities and events early enough for all to enjoy with us!



2019-2020 Registration Opens:

Next year’s registration begins this month with many opportunities for all to visit and enroll their child(ren). Our first Open House is THIS Sunday, January 13. Beginning at 1:00 pm, the first 1-½ hours will be devoted to ANY family interested in their child enrolling in KINDERGARTEN. There will be stations set up for potential registrants to learn about “A Day in the Life of a Kindergarten Student at SHS.” Attendees will experience a lesson in Art, Technology and Spanish classes as well as a visit to the Kindergarten room to meet the teacher and principal. Refreshments will be served. All other grade levels will be open from 2:00-4:00 pm. We look forward to meeting new families and children!

Our second Open House is on Wednesday, January 30th from 6:00-8:00 pm. As always, you are all invited to schedule a personal tour of your school at any time. Simply contact the school office at 274-3655 to make these arrangements. We know that you will be amazed at all of the wonderful things that are happening here. This also happens to be our Annual Science Fair evening so stop into grades 3-6.


What Would You Choose?

St. Matthew’s Gospel refers to Herod as King. We need to be aware that while the Herods reigned over God’s people, the Jews, as a result of cunning and assistance from the Romans, they were foreigners (Idumean) and not Jews. Consequently, they were constantly worried that the Jews would revolt against them. They tried to win favor from the Jews by building a new large and magnificent Temple for them, but at the same time built numerous fortresses throughout the country, to flee to for safety, should a rebellion break out.

In fact there was an atmosphere of expectation among the people based on the words of the prophets (e.g. Isaiah in first reading) that a new era under a Davidic king was imminent. This is significant for explaining Herod’s actions when the Magi arrived asking where they might find the newborn “king” of the Jews. He would rather maintain his ill gained power and prestige than accede to God’s intentions.

Human nature hasn’t changed. Throughout history, men had rather increase the evil they had done than repent and give up their ill-gotten gains. It holds true right up to the present. Would you rather maintain the status quo, with all its man induced evils? Or will you accept your vocation to build up a new creation according to God’s plan?

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Saturday Vigil 4:00 pm Sunday 8:30 am & 10:30 am Weekday 9:00am


Saturday: 3:00pm or by appointment (Call 274-1363)


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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.

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