4 Dec
2016

Second Week of Advent

advent-2010-002As we reflect during this Holy Season of Advent on the importance for us of the Incarnation, today’s first reading from the prophet Isaiah is a good example of a Christian reading of the Old Testament. The prophecy obviously is describing traits of the longed for Messiah, the Anointed One, the Christ. The historical Jesus not only demonstrated these traits, but as well does the glorious Christ and His mystical body continue to do so.

Anyone familiar with the catechism will immediately recognize wisdom, understanding, strength, knowledge, fear of the Lord, etc. as gifts of the Holy Spirit bestowed upon us initially at Baptism and increased – if we let them – throughout life through prayer and the Sacraments. It is unfortunate that the translation of the final sentence in today’s prophecy doesn’t make clearer that all nations (humans) have His dwelling within us as their heritage and vocation.

This insight is why we Christians will forever remain a missionary people.

3 Dec
2016

School News

pulsera-projectThe Pulsera Project: “Color the World”
What is a pulsera you may ask– well it means bracelet in Spanish! This global service project raises funds which benefit countless Central Americans, raising money for scholarships, secondary education programs, human rights issues, environmental projects, youth shelters and social enterprises. In addition to all this, it sustains employment of nearly 200 artisans in Nicaragua and Guatemala.

“On top of the impact abroad, pulsera sales change the lives of students in the U.S. by educating them about life in Central America while cultivating student leadership and awareness of global social issues.”

Each handmade pulsera is a one-of-a-kind work of art that comes tagged with the photo and signature of the artist who made it.

Our pulsera sale will run Monday, December 5th until Monday, December 19th. Each pulsera costs $5.00  Pulsera will also be on sale in the school office and after the 11:15 Family Mass on Sunday, December 11.

The entire cost ($5) of each bracelet will be sent directly to pulseraproject.org This a global service project and not a school fundraiser.

3 Dec
2016

Communal Penance Services

Communal Penance Services will be held at our local Catholic Community churches in the weeks leading up to Christmas as follows:

St. Michael’s: Tuesday, December 13th at 11:00am.

St. Jude’s: Tuesday December 13th at 7:00pm.

Sacred Heart Church: Tuesday, December 20th at  7:00pm (Private confessions will also be available.)

2 Dec
2016

Youth Ministry News

both this Sunday, December 4th and next Sunday, December 18th we will start class at 6pm by filling Holiday Bags for the Homebound. (All are invited!)

Our Youth Ministry “Stuff the Boxes for the Troops” Service Project was a huge success!! In fact we received so many donations that we filled 6 Care Package BOXES for our Marines overseas, and still have plenty left over.

Fear not, no donation will go to waste, since we plan on using some of the leftover donations for our annual “Holiday Bags for the Homebound” Service Project. If we STILL have donations left over after the “Holiday Bags” we plan on donating Stocking Stuffers for the kids at Vanderheyden.

A special thanks to all who donated to this service project, we are so thankful for your generosity and we know the Troops are thankful too!!

30 Nov
2016

SH Speaker Series Presents

akkmc-0001Life in the Spirit Seminar

The Life in the Spirit Seminar is commonly used by Catholic groups in the context of renewal in the Roman Catholic Church.  It is an instrument for bringing people into a deeper experience of the work of the Holy Spirit.  The Seminar offers the basic presentation of the Gospel and the basic teaching about what the Lord is willing to do for all who come to Him.

 

When: Four sessions will be held beginning on December 2nd at 8:30pm (Immediately following conclusion of December’s Eucharistic Holy Hour!)  All sessions will be held in the new “Youth Room”  located on the lower ground floor level of Sacred Heart School. (Access is from the Spring Avenue side of our facility, through the Gym Entry doorway located adjacent to the lower level playground.)

Session Schedule:

A total of four sessions will be held on the following schedule.  Attendance at all four sessions is highly encouraged.

  • Friday, December 2nd  : 8:30pm to 10pm
  • Saturday, December 3rd  : 9am – 3pm.
  • Friday, December 9th  : 7pm – 10pm.
  • Saturday, December 10th  : 9am-3pm.

 

Where: Youth Room (Located on the lower ground floor level of Sacred Heart School, Sacred Heart Parish, 310 Spring Avenue, Troy, NY 12180

 

For more information, please contact Erin Ingold by December 1, 2016 at eriningold@gmail.com

30 Nov
2016

Did You Know?

The City of Troy has established two handicap only parking spaces directly across from the Spring Avenue church entrance. Those with active permits and placards may use the spaces at any time!

27 Nov
2016

First Week Of Advent

advent-2010-001Notice the opening prayer of today’s liturgy: “Grant your faithful…the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ with righteous deeds…”

So starts the theme for the opening of Advent, i.e. not the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem but the final coming of the Lord, which can also be found in all three of today’s Scripture readings, perhaps most explicitly in Isaiah, who in turn is quoting from the 4th chapter of the prophet Micah and which can also be found in a number of the Psalms.

Note the poetic allusions: all nations will come to Sion to worship the true God, seeking instruction in His ways and walking in the light of the Lord. But at the same time while we may speak of all nations, there is no avoiding the fact that judgment will come as well. Isaiah says it and Jesus makes it emphatically clear that not everyone is going to enjoy it.

Advent therefore is a reminder of what is in store for us and the world. There is no room for apathy or smug confidence. It is time to recognize and pay attention to God’s plan for His creation. The birth of Jesus was but the historical beginning. It is part of the already; we are called to face with righteous deeds the not yet, but the inexorably will be.

27 Nov
2016

Giving Tree!

giving-tree-tags-2013A traditional part of the Christmas season at Sacred Heart is the parish Giving Tree which provides some assistance to families at Christmas.

You are invited to take an ornament from the tree, purchase the item requested, attach the ornament to the gift and place the unwrapped gift under the tree!

Gifts should be placed unwrapped under the tree no later than by Wednesday, December 14th.

Thank you for your generosity and participation in this most worthy cause!

27 Nov
2016

Christmas Flowers

dsc_7507Please do not forget to use the Christmas Flower envelope in your mailing packet. If needed, additional envelopes may be found in the back of church.

Christmas Flowers on our altar not only set an appropriate and festive mood for our Christmas celebration, but may also be a physical reminder of your special loved ones this Christmas Season!

Donations to the Christmas Flower collection are used to help offset decorating expenses for Christmas. The flower donation list will be in the back of church after Christmas. Please print clearly when completing your Christmas Flower offering envelope!

26 Nov
2016

Faith Formation News

scps-150402-018There will be no Faith Formation class THIS SUNDAY, 11/27.

Rehearsal for Sacrament of First Reconciliation will be Friday, December 2 at 5:45pm in the Church. If you have child care issues please know that your little ones are welcome at the rehearsal! The Sacrament of First Reconciliation will be Saturday, December 3 at 10am. Please arrive by 9:30am to give time for settling in. Please wear Sunday clothes and shoes.

Also, please note: Sacred Heart’s Eucharistic Holy Hour for the month of December will be held on Friday December 2 at 7pm in the Church. There will be Eucharistic Adoration, Praise and Worship Music, Confession, and Prayer Teams available. Please consider staying after the conclusion of our rehearsal to join us for the next Eucharistic Holy Hour!

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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 Thursday Evening 6:30pm 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.