22 May
2016

Solemnity of the Holy Trinity

DSC_6704As creatures, with all the limitations which accompany that status, we nevertheless know in our hearts that we are called to eventual everlasting bliss in the presence of and in union with God. We therefore desire to know Him, but as hard as we try, whatever little we understand,  is inevitably shrouded in mystery.

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity, the inner life of God. He has graciously chosen to reveal a little of that to us. But because of our limitations He can only give us hints. And so in today’s readings of His inspired word, we hear the hint of Divine Wisdom which brought about and sustains all creation and is the mastermind behind all its truth, goodness and beauty.

In the second reading we hear the three part “formula” of God; God the Father, His Son, Jesus Christ who became one with us in order to reconcile us to Himself, and the Holy Spirit whom He send to us to lead us successfully through the journey of life. We thus begin to see through the “fog of our human comprehension” and come to understand that God is a community of three persons who live always in unity and peace and everlasting love for one another.

He reveals this to us so that we might have some idea what we are called to… what is our destiny, in loving union with Him. Let us rejoice in the Trinity, and strive to join!

21 May
2016

Feast like a Catholic!

DSC_6521Come join us for the First Annual “Sacred Heart Feast Day Celebration” on June 3rd from 5pm-10pm. Like any GREAT CATHOLIC PARTY we will have Prayer from 5pm-6pm (Our First Friday HOLY HOUR), Procession from 6pm-6:30pm, and Party from 6:30pm-10pm. We will have the “JUMP DADDIES” Swing band performing, a magician, face-painting, yummy food, drinks, a raffle drawing, and more! Please mark your calendars and plan to come and enjoy!

Win $10,000 dollars in our “Feast Day Raffle”,  We will be selling only 250 tickets for $100 each, after every Saturday and sunday Mass throughout the entire month of May.  (First prize – $10,000 Second prize – $3000 Third prize – $2000. Proceeds will benefit the Feast Day Celebration and the renovations of the Cafeteria and Cafeteria bathrooms.)

Volunteers are needed to assist with this event.  Please contact Erin Ingold at eriningold@gmail.com

Click here to download a printable copy of the SH Feast Day Flyer

Click here to download a printable copy of the SH Raffle Flyer

21 May
2016

2016 Bishops Appeal

2016 SHC BA 46 Percent of GoalWe are in the third week of Sacred Heart’s response to the 2016 Bishop’s Appeal and in addition to meeting our assessment, we are also trying to raise our number of gifts. If you were not ready to make your pledge/gift in the past two weeks, please consider making it as soon as you can either in the offertory, mail or online at www.TheBishopsAppeal.org

It is very hard in these difficult economic times to ask for money for anything; however, I ask that you deeply consider making a gift of any size as a Catholic household to assist your parish in supporting the works of the Church. To date, we have 119 gifts totaling $35,725 towards our assessment of $76,493. Thank you to all who have responded thus far. Alice Swertinski

15 May
2016

Pentecost Sunday

Sweden-20110906-090The importance of today’s feast, one of the “big three” of Christmas, Easter and Pentecost, gives the priest celebrant the option of several Scriptural readings from which to choose. All of them however, reflect various aspects of the new life which is ours as a result of Christ ascending to heaven and the consequent bestowal of His Holy Spirit, our Advocate, upon us!

Through this gift, we are now people of the Spirit!  Said another way: We are a people who strive to understand God’s Word as the Holy Spirit intended when He inspired the sacred authors to write the Holy Scriptures. We are a people who strive to see what God is asking us to accomplish in our various stations in life.  And we are a people who strive to preserve, during the trials of this life, the vision of our final destiny with God in heaven!

15 May
2016

First Holy Communion

SHRC-160507-188 SHRC-160508-118Congratulations to the following children from the Religious Education program and Sacred Heart School who received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion last weekend: Addison Alvey,  Rowan Borowsky, Riley Carroll, Chad Castle, Ryan Clemente, Michael Coonrad, Ethan Covert, Gideon Covert, Thomas Foley, Mark Galuski, Carson Genevive, Hailey Guerin, Gavin Handerhan, Bennett Karas, Jak Kippen, Charli Rose LaChance, Ethan Lashway,  Mia Magnetto,  Aidan McBride, William McGlothlin,  Brody Miller,  Antonio Morabito, Declan O’Donnell,  Ledwing Rosario, Samuel Rubin,  Gianna Shea,  Dylan Skiba,  Salvatore Testo, and Kamryn Whitaker

THANK YOU to Mrs. Linda Beeler, Sacred Heart School, and to Mrs. Linda Kelley, and Mrs. Marge Stockwell from the Religious Education Program, who helped to prepare the children for this day!

14 May
2016

Our Lady of Fatima Devotion

The thirty-third annual devotion in honor of Our Lady of Fatima will be held on Monday, May 16 at 7pm at St. Augustine’s Church in Troy. The devotion will include Mass celebrated by Father George Brucker followed by recitation of the Rosary, Consecration and Benediction.

All are encouraged to attend. For more information, please call 785-6708.

14 May
2016

Facility Manager’s Corner

photo 4Need to fill some Service Hours? Or perhaps you just want to get out and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air with some of the best folks the Eastside has to offer!  Our facility manager, Tony Morabito is seeking volunteers for a Spring Grounds Clean-up on Friday and Saturday 27 & 28 May 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. If you are available on either or both days, please contact Tony at 274-1363.

8 May
2016

Jesus is Love!

Easter 2016 Packed ChurchToday’s first reading from St. Luke’s Acts of the Apostles recounts the death of the deacon St. Stephen as the first martyr to the faith. The Greek word martyr literally means witness, and St. Stephen was the first to witness to the fact that adherence to the Word of God made flesh in Christ (spiritual life) was more important than even one’s physical life! And today’s second reading reminds us, we are called to a destiny beyond this mere physical existence.

The Gospel, taken from the final discourse of Jesus before His crucifixion, reminds us that the Lord knows that our sojourn in this world is not going to be easy. In fact Jesus admits that this world does not know Him… “Righteous Father, the world also does not know you, but I know you, and they know that you sent me.” But Jesus then offers hope to us all with the words; “…I made known to them your name and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them.”

Jesus’ prayer is that we accept the grace and love which He freely offers us!  May we bear witness (be martyrs) to His love by so loving one another that the world may come to know Him as well!

8 May
2016

Are you “Standing Still”?

“A Christian who doesn’t walk, who doesn’t make his way, is an ‘unchristian’ Christian, so to speak: he is a somewhat pagan Christian, standing there, standing still, immobile, he does not go forward in Christian life. He does not bring the Beatitudes to fruition in his life. He does not do works of mercy. He stands still”. “…pardon the word, but it is as if he were a ‘mummy’, there, a ‘spiritual mummy’”. Indeed, “there are Christians who are ‘spiritual mummies’”, standing still, “they don’t do anything bad, but they don’t do anything good”. However, this way of being “does not bear fruit: they are not fruitful Christians because they do not walk”. – Pope Francis

To read the balance of Pope Francis’ thought provoking, May 3, 2016 homily on Making our Way as faithful Christians click on the link below.

Making our way

7 May
2016

School News

Annual Field Day: Sacred Heart School’s Annual Field Day at CCHS is scheduled for Thursday, May 12th from 9:00-1:00. The buses will be picking the children up from Sacred Heart no later than 8:15 am and will return to school by 1:30 pm.

“Shrek Jr. the Musical” Rehearsal:mandatory all drama club full dress rehearsal held on on Saturday, May 14th from 10:00 am until 2:30 pm. Please make a note of it!

Race for Education: SHS children will be writing personal messages to their families and friends asking support of this year’s Race for Education. Monies will be raised for our “Trek for Tech Fund”, which will be used to update our Technology Lab and individual classroom hardware resources. As always, contributions made to the school are tax deductible and much appreciated. Race for Education will culminate with our Family Fun Day at Grafton State Park on Tuesday, June 7th.

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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.