Join us for our Parish Picnic

Snyder’s Lake, North Greenbush

Sunday, August 25

12 to 4

Sacred Heart will provide the meat, drinks and a blessing!

Parishioners are asked to bring a side dish, salad or desert,



Sign up sheets can be found in the back of church.


Contact Mark Trudeau at 518-274-1363 or 518-369-0213 or paa.fm.shc@gmail.com


CCHS Class of ’69 Reunion

Catholic Central High School – Class of 1969 will hold a 50th Class Reunion on Friday, October 4, 2019 from 6 – 11 pm at the Franklin Terrace Ballroom, 126 Campbell Avenue, Troy, NY.

For more information or to register, contact: Linda Galuski at 518-237-8198 or go online to http://www.troycchs1969.myevent.com.


We Are A Missionary Church

Today’s Gospel opens with one of my favorite passages from Scripture: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing.”

While we firmly believe that Jesus is the Prince of Peace and that he offers each believer a gift of interior peace whatever might be going on around them, that is not so for the world as such, as pointed out so vividly in today’s Gospel: “Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.”

Bear in mind that “the earth” in the Scriptures is very often a metaphor for all that is rebelling against or will not accept God. However we may wish to romanticize some periods in the past (Medieval European (only) Christendom, perhaps), it has always been such for life on this earth that it presents a turmoil of division, if not downright violence for believers.  In our era, perhaps never more subtle, yet never more determined to do away with us.

The opening line in today’s Gospel challenges us not to hunker down in a defensive posture, but rather with a fire in our hearts to take the offensive and show the world that we are a missionary church, every one of us. Fire equals fervor.

Maybe not all, but there are people out there dependent on us, to hear the word that will put them on the right side of history.



Today’s first reading may tempt one to think that God is open to negotiation. Rather it was the ancient Semitic cultural way of expressing perseverance when communicating with God. At the same time, notice that Abraham is not praying for himself, but for others.

How many times have we told someone that we would pray for them, and then simply not gotten around to it? In the New Testament, Jesus makes clear that the issue is not negotiation with God, but rather perseverance in asking.

Of course, asking (petition) is only one kind of prayer. Don’t forget praise and thanksgiving (in Greek, the word for this latter is Eucharist). St. Luke’s Gospel gives the impression that Jesus prayed often. This so impressed His disciples that they asked Jesus to teach them how to do likewise. Thus, today we hear St. Luke’s version of the Our Father, obviously shorter than St. Matthew’s version, yet getting to the heart of prayer: Praising God, asking for help and protection, and promising to be forgiving of others just as God is of us.

It was a long “road” before Abraham saw results. Why should we expect anything else? Persevere!


New To Sacred Heart?

New To the parish? Welcome, we are happy to have you in our community and hope that you will enjoy a truly Christian experience with us.

Please call or stop by the rectory to register (518) 274-1363. This helps us for sacraments, sick calls or any other assistance you may need. Thank you!


Making Time for Prayer

The traditional understanding of today’s first reading is that without being aware of it, Abraham was visited by angels, who communicated to him God’s will.

Today’s second reading conveys a different set of circumstances or method by which God conveys His will, i.e. adversity and affliction, which St. Paul recognizes as an opportunity to more deeply unite ourselves with the dying and rising of Christ. St. Paul interpreted his life experiences in the light of God’s will for him.

Today’s Gospel asks us to recognize the need for focus and a hierarchy of values which put God first. Jesus does not demean the necessary services rendered by Martha. Rather, He points out that Mary’s focus is more intense. We contemporary Americans tend to prefer material achievements over spiritual and intellectual progress. We need to take the time and effort to meditate on how we perceive God’s will for us in our particular life experiences.

To do so successfully, we need to regularly drop the physical activities and use the time for prayer.


2019 Bishops Appeal Update

As of this past weekend we have continued to receive pledges and donations. To date we have received 171 contributions totaling $ 58, 613.00 toward our parish goal of $69, 661.00.

With your generosity, we earnestly look forward to the day when we can report that we have “gone over the top”! Thanks to everyone who has responded to this year’s Appeal in such a generous way.

Please keep in mind, commitments to the Bishop’s Appeal can be made online: thebishopsappeal.org, collection basket or mailed in. Spreading the Joy of the Gospel starts with You!!


World Wide Marriage Encounter

Are you anxious and worried about many things? Learn how to make Jesus a part of your marriage and take your worries away by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend.

The next Weekends are Oct 18-20, 2019 in ALBANY, NY and Sep 13-15, 2019 in Huntington, NY. For more information, call Ed & Rhonda Staats at 518-279-3243 or visit them at https://wwmenyalb.org/.


July 5 Holy Hour

First Friday Praise and Worship Holy Hour. July 5, 2019 7:00 pm at Sacred Heart Church, 310 Spring Avenue, Troy, NY 12180.  Come join us for an evening of Eucharistic adoration, confession, contemplative musical accompaniment.  Prayer teams will be available.


Worldwide Marriage Encounter

“Speak, Lord, your servant is listening; you have the words of everlasting life.”

Let Jesus speak to you in your marriage by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. The next Weekends are Oct 18-20, 2019 in ALBANY, NY and Jul 12-14, 2019 in MANCHESTER, CT.

For more information, call Ed & Rhonda Staats at 518-279-3243 or visit them at https://wwmenyalb.org/.

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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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