27 Jul
2014

Thank You From The Little Sisters

The Little Sisters of the Poor offer their heartfelt gratitude to all the parishioners at Sacred Heart Parish who have so generously donated cookies for elderly residents at Our Lady of Hope Residence for many years. Your monthly collection of cookies was always a special treat for our residents and they were always most appreciative. Although the Little Sisters of the Poor are leaving the Diocese of Albany, please know that all of you will always be remembered in their prayers.

May God bless you, Sister Frances, Isp

26 Jul
2014

Bishop’s Appeal Update

2014 SHC BA 88 Percent of GoalWe are almost there!! Sacred Heart is only $8505 short of our parish goal of $73,523. It is our hope we could reach our goal but it will only happen if we have contributions from our parishioners who have not yet decided on making a pledge or gift. 253 people have come forward so far for a total of $65,018! If our remaining parishioners would consider making a gift or pledge, we could make our goal. All gifts are appreciated no matter how large or small. CAN WE DO IT!!!

26 Jul
2014

Peter’s Pence Collection

In the second collection this week, we are supporting the Holy Father in his charitable works. The Peter’s Pence Collection is taken up worldwide to support the most disadvantaged: victims of war, oppression, and natural disasters. This is an opportunity to join with our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and be a witness of charity to our suffering brothers and sisters. Please be generous in this week’s second collection.

26 Jul
2014

Backpacks for Needy Youth

DSC_4661The Social Justice Committee is working with local organizations, churches and Rensselaer County Youth Outreach program again this summer to provide 650 backpacks filled with school supplies to Troy’s neediest children. Sacred Heart has been asked to provide three items: 12-pack Colored Pencils, 24 count box of Crayons, and 3-pack or 4-pack Glue Sticks.  This is the LAST weekend for this collection. Thank you.

20 Jul
2014

Where is Your Focus?

DSC_6776Fundamental to our Christian faith is the awareness that we constantly need conversion in order to get on the same wavelength as Jesus in loving the Father before all else (including ourselves). In reality we are always getting distracted and loosing focus. Fortunately, as the book of Wisdom reminds us in today’s reading: “…though you (God) are master of might, you judge with clemency and with much lenience you govern us.”

While St. Paul in the epistle to the Romans encourages us: “The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness…” At the same time we need to be ever aware that this world we live in surrounds us with constant distractions, which if we let them, can choke off the promptings of the Spirit just as the weeds of today’s Gospel parable can strangle the grain.

20 Jul
2014

Faith Formation

Religious Education
Registration forms for the 2014-15 program year for students entering grades 1-8 are available on the bulletin board at the back of church. Please contact Marge Stockwell at the rectory or at 272-0367 with any questions.

RCIA and Adult Confirmation

If you or someone you know is interested in receiving or completing the initiatory sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation or Holy Eucharist, or if you are interested in being part of a team to help prepare adults for these sacraments, please contact Marge Stockwell at the rectory, or at 272-0367.

20 Jul
2014

Positions Available

Sacred Heart is seeking to fill the position of Youth Minister. Interested parties can send their resume to the parish office. ATTN: Suzanne Turner.

The Diocesan Catholic School Office is seeking to hire a full time Financial Assistant to perform a variety of accounting duties for our 23 schools and for our office. Associates Degree in Business or Accounting or 3-5 years of related experience is required. Demonstrated accounting ability and computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Blackbaud) also required. Please send resume, letter of interest including salary requirements to: Susan Bradshaw, Director of Personnel Services at susan.bradshaw@rcda.org

19 Jul
2014

Alzheimer Care Team

Sacred Heart Alzheimer Care Team is providing respite gratis for Care Givers who are striving to keep their loved ones at home. Right now, we have three different families in our care. Your prayers for these families, as well as our Team, is very much appreciated. Thank you in advance. For information about Care Teams, contact Sandy Monahan at the Eddy 238-4167 or Barbara O’Brien at 272-3403.

19 Jul
2014

Parish Nurses Collection for Hope 7

The Parish Nurses are collecting used sneakers next weekend to benefit Hope 7 Community Center. Look for a box in the back of church labeled “Hope 7”. The Parish Nurses wish to thank those people who contributed used eye glasses to the Lion’s Club box by the school office. If you missed your opportunity to donate used eye glasses that weekend, the box is always there, so please bring them any weekend. Linda, Loretta and Cathy.

PARISH NURSES will also be conducting a Blood Pressure Clinic after all masses THIS WEEKEND.

13 Jul
2014

God’s Word!

_DSC7074Today is a good time to reflect on the many “meanings” of the phrase… God’s Word.  First, God speaks to us in the words of His inspired Sacred Scriptures (The Bible). Second, God speaks to us through all of creation and the world we live in. (Recall that God created our world by simply uttering His word! …St. John’s Gospel reminds us of this in its opening verses “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was in God’s presence,…”). God also speaks to us “historically”, through the person and actions of Jesus Christ who once walked the earth in Palestine, and “presently” through the influence of the Holy Spirit.  And finally, God’s Word gloriously incarnate within the Blessed Trinity is relentless, all encompassing and ever-present in our lives!!

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CATHOLIC COMMUNITY OF SACRED HEART – MISSION STATEMENT

The Catholic Community of Sacred Heart welcomes all people to join in our celebration of Gods love. Through prayer, education, and caring for others, we strive to serve the needs of Gods people, thereby gaining a richer understanding of the gospel message.

Mass Schedule

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

Confessions

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

Baptism

Please call the Rectory (274-1363) weekdays for information and scheduled dates.

Marriage

Please call the Rectory (274-1363) weekdays for an appointment at least six months in advance of wedding.

Hospital Visits

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.