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

15 May
2015

School News

Thankful for Our PSA:
We are sure that many of you remember being an active part of your school’s PSA. You might have baked foodstuffs for a bake sale, ran a booth in the bazaar, helped establish a fundraiser program and the list could go on. We continue to be blessed with devoted parents and friends who assist with the financial, spiritual and family-based well-being of the school. May we continue to keep them in our prayers over the summer months. Special thanks to Kelly Youngs who has served as our PSA Co-President over the past several years. She and her daughter, Paige, will be moving out of state onto new horizons. Miles might separate us at this time, but they will always be a part of SHS.

Spring Concert:
Our Spring Concert will be held on Wednesday, May 20th at 7:00 pm. Songs celebrating the colors of the world will fill our hearts and our church. All are invited!

Memorial Day Weekend:
SHS students have learned much about those who served and/or continue to serve our country/state/city over the last several days. Patriotism is embraced daily in our morning assemblies and our involvement with the local Elks, VFW and American Legion Posts. May we never forget to remember those who have made our country what it is and help to keep us safe from negative forces.
The school will be closed on Friday, May 22nd and Monday, May 25th in observance of Memorial Day.

10 May
2015

See Through His Eyes!

SCPS-150403-021 (Crop)We are now five weeks post our Easter renewal of our Baptismal vows, a Baptism which introduces us into a new life (in Christ). That great all time theologian, St. Thomas Aquinas teaches that by sharing in the Risen Christ’s life, we start to see and evaluate everything as if through His eyes. We are meant to grow in a new comprehension of reality, a new perception of God as well as the temporal world around us. And what might be an indicator that we have “locked in” to this new life and new way of seeing things?

How many times in today’s Scripture reading do we hear: “Love one another”, “…remain in His love”,”…love one another as I have loved you”, “… this I command you: love one another.” and so on.  The message is clear! But lest we forget, elsewhere in the Scriptures Jesus warns that it is not really about us.  It is not because others have first loved us, but rather because God has first loved us, and all His creation!  If we truly share in His way of seeing things, we will share in that loving!

10 May
2015

Diapers for Daycare

The Sacred Heart Social Justice Committee is honoring the Marian month of May by collecting diapers, wipes and pull-ups May 23 through May 31. All donations will benefit Troy’s Sunnyside Child Development Center which provides daycare services for single mothers.

10 May
2015

Bishop’s Appeal 2015

The first weekend for this year’s Bishop’s Appeal is encouraging. Our assessment this year is $74,993. Thus far, we have received 62 gifts for a total of $19,905!

Please continue to send in your pledges either in the offertory or by mail. The brochure we all received tells us first-hand the good works made possible by the Appeal. Thank you to all who have contributed so far. No gift is too small!

9 May
2015

Three Cheers for CYO

Congratulations to the players and coaches of the Sacred Heart CYO Basketball Program as well as our parent volunteers and cheerleaders who cheered the teams on. Biddy Boys and Junior Boys played in the Diocesan Championships this year while the 6th Grade Biddy Girls went undefeated in league play.

A special thanks to CYO head coach and program coordinator Sarah Ragone and to coaches: Paul Archembault, Rhodiem Brown, George & Jessica Carhart, Ralph & Stephanie Desir, John Drescher, Rich Gilooly, Tim Harper, Kevin Kilgallon, Brian Matrose, Pat McBride, Don Meyer, Zach Paul, Jen Pryor, Todd Ragone, Shawn Redden, Jack Rogers, Mike Sullivan, Sean
Tuckey and Matt Williams.

9 May
2015

Faith Formation

Religious Education
The 2014-15 session concluded on April 26. Thank you to the following parishioners who so generously and consistently volunteered their time as catechists this program year:
Mary Lisa Lyons, Kathy Curtin, Tammy Keenan, Darcy Pogue, Linda Kelley, Kate Rodriguez, Linda Matrose, Julie DeRubertis, Julie Giuliano, and Renee Korkemaz

Thank you as well to Barbara Grovenger and Laurie Fay for serving as substitute catechists as the need arose. You are all beautiful examples of putting one’s faith in action!

Youth Ministry
This year’s Confirmation Ceremony was beautiful. We were so grateful to have it in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. A special thanks to all who helped us out, Cameron Ziter (Gift Bearer), Zachary Johnson (Reader), Marianna Jerian (Altar Server) and, of course, Father Yanas and Father Powhida.

Stay tuned for our Youth Ministry Summer Events…We will keep you posted!

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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.