24 May
2015

Honor, Duty and Liberty

04-17-10 Patriot Flight -361On this Memorial Day weekend please take a moment to remember and honor those men and women of our American armed forces who gave it all so that we could have the right to follow our dreams, make the best of our lives, and thrive without fear.  Because these men and women understood the meaning of the words Liberty, Duty, and Honor we live in freedom!

24 May
2015

The Spirit Dwells Among Us

20130627_194005In Pentecost we celebrate not just an historical event which occurred in the Holy Land almost two thousand years ago, but also something that is part of our every day lives.

Pentecost is all about awareness that God the Spirit dwells among us – that He is in our midst – that He dwells within us: to protect us from error; and also to inspire us to actively build up His kingdom on earth. Recall the gifts of the Holy Spirit: Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel (right judgement), Fortitude (courage), Knowledge, Piety (reverence) and Fear of the Lord (wonder and awe in God’s presence).

If we allow these gifts to operate in our daily lives, rather than pushing them aside out of selfishness, ignorance, or preoccupation with the superficial, we will contribute to the buildup of His kingdom and enjoy the fruits of the Holy Spirit: Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Generosity, Gentleness, Faithfulness, Modesty, Self-control, and Chastity in our lives.

24 May
2015

Mass of Thanksgiving

A Mass of Thanksgiving for the initial and ongoing ministry of Oscar Romero will be held on Monday, June 1 at 5:15pm followed by “Remembering Romero” at RPI Chapel & Cultural Center on Burdett Avenue. For more information call 274-7793.

24 May
2015

Catholic Education Input Sought

The 2016 Innovation Committee to evaluate Catholic Education in the Troy area will be conducting community meetings. Your input is valuable! Please join us at:

  • Sacred Heart School – Tuesday, May 26
  • St. Jude’s School – Wednesday, May 27
  • Catholic Central High School – Tuesday, June 2
  • St. Augustine’s School – Wednesday, June 3

ALL MEETINGS AT 6PM. If you are unable to attend the web site is: troy2016iinnov@gmail.com for your comments.

23 May
2015

Flag Disposal

The American Legion Post performs an annual flag burning ceremony for the disposal of old and tattered American Flags. Our maintenance person, Smitty, invites you to drop your old flags in the back of church and he will see that they are properly disposed of.

23 May
2015

Congratulations Sacristans!

Congratulations to our graduating Sacristans. We wish them much success this September as they continue their education; Austin Daily, Catholic University of America, Washington DC, Christopher Hoyt, Western New England, Springfield MA, Matthew Pietro, Albany College of Pharmacy, Albany NY and Michael Splann, Providence College, Providence RI. Good luck and God bless you all!

16 May
2015

Bishop’s Appeal 2015

This is the third weekend of our Bishop’s Appeal pledge drive and we need you to help support the 2015 Bishop’s Appeal so that we will be able to meet our assessment. Donations to the Bishop’s Appeal is used throughout the year to fund the mission and ministry of the Church, such as Catholic Charities, Faith Formation, Catechesis etc. If you have not yet pledged, you can place your envelope in the second collection or mail it to the Rectory. Extra envelopes may be found in the rear of the church. Thank you to everyone who has pledged already!

2015 Bishops Appeal By the Numbers:  Sacred Heart Assessment $74, 993.00, Pledged gifts to date: 101, Total pledged to date: $32,005.00

16 May
2015

Save The Date

Our Fr. Vaughan will be celebrating his 65th Anniversary as a priest. He will celebrate the 11:15am Mass on Sunday, June 7 followed by a brunch at the Franklin Terrace on Campbell Avenue. Tickets are $30 per person with proceeds going to Sacred Heart School’s Tuition Assistance Program. Tickets are limited to 250 and reservations are required. Please see Barbara at the rectory for a reservation or to answer any questions you may have Monday-Friday 9am-4pm. Deadline for all reservations is May 29th.

16 May
2015

Do Not Be Afraid

Easter 2011-02We are now at the Sunday immediately following the celebration of the Ascension of the Lord. The risen Jesus is no longer constrained to a particular time and place in this world, but makes Himself available everywhere and for always. In today’s first reading we find the first reaction of the Apostles, i.e. to fill out the number of those who are to bear witness. They saw it as important and urgent to have a full complement of those who were to spread the “Good News”.

In today’s Gospel St John shifts from the earlier discourses of Jesus used in the previous five Sunday Gospels to the last of His discourses – His last will and testament, as it were – in which Jesus warns his disciples that their mission (of spreading the Good News) will not be easy. Some will even hate the disciples for it, because they have opted to hate God by refusing to change their ways.

Jesus also prays that the disciples have courage and perseverance and reminds them that God ultimately will watch over and protect them. The Church (that’s us!) by its very nature is missionary – spreading the Good News. If we don’t seem to be as “missionary minded” as we once were, we need to repent/change our ways. That means all of us: the full complement.  As St. John Paul II so often exhorted: “Do not be afraid.”

16 May
2015

St. Henry’s Parish Mission

You are cordially invited! Coming soon! Save the dates! The Pope is coming to New York in September, but he’s coming, (sort of), to St. Henry’s in June. On June 2, 3 & 4, St. Henry’s will offer a 3-Evening Parish Mission on “The Spirituality of Pope Francis.” Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 5:45 to 6:45pm and from 8:45-9:45pm each evening. There will be a 7pm presentation, with a discussion and social from 8-8:30pm each evening. All are welcome. RSVP by May 31 at 674-3818 or email: sisterro550@aol.com

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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.