13 Aug
2017

Fear Not!

The first reading today reminds us once again that God’s modus operandi in dealing with us is not to impose upon us his mighty power, no lightning bolts, no earthquakes, no conflagration, but rather to give us but a gently nudge (like a breeze).

In today’s second reading, St. Paul, who was born, educated and gloried in the fact that he was a member of God’s chosen people expresses his anguish that so many of his fellow recipients of God’s call have failed to respond to that gentle nudge.

Perhaps we are like St. Peter in today’s Gospel who when called did not hesitate to respond in faith, but out of fear of the consequences, soon wavered and began to sink. How many times in the Gospels do we hear Jesus telling his followers to fear not?

Be alert to God’s gentle nudges, and fear not, not only initially, but continually (persevere in Christian boldness)!

12 Aug
2017

Congratulations Father Powhida

Father Powhida has decided to retire effective Friday, September 1. Please keep him in your prayers as he begins this next phase of his ministry. Details of when he will celebrate his last Mass here at Sacred Heart will follow.

11 Aug
2017

Five Ways to Improve Reception of Communion

“The greatest and most sublime action that the human person can do while living is to receive Holy Communion, in the state of grace, in a most worthy manner.” – Fr. Ed Broom, OMV.

To read the balance of Fr. Broom’s compelling discussion of the Holy Eucharist click on the link: http://catholicexchange.com/five-ways-to-improve-our-reception-of-holy-communion

6 Aug
2017

Bishop’s Appeal Update

We Have Made it!! As of this past weekend Sacred Heart has passed its assessment goal for the first time in recent memory!

If all pledges are paid Sacred Heart will receive 50% back of the overage of our assessment. We would like to continue receiving contributions. At present 214 gifts,  totaling $73,823 toward this year’s Bishop’s Appeal have been received. The average gift is approximately $344.

Please keep in mind commitments to the Bishop’s Appeal may be made online at www.thebishopsappeal.org , dropped in the basket at church or mailed into the rectory.

We wish to express our deepest gratitude to those dedicated parishioners who have responded to this year’s Bishop’s Appeal. You each are truly a blessing to both our parish and our diocese!

6 Aug
2017

Sisters Care Aides

The Sisters of St. Joseph have a program called Sisters Care. This program allows senior members of our parish to remain in their own homes by providing Sisters who will provide some help with activities of daily living. For more information, please call Sister Claudette, Coordinator at 518-389-2509 ext. 1047.

5 Aug
2017

September Fest!

Save the Date!  Sacred Heart’s 2nd Annual September Fest will be held from 1-4 pm on September 24, 2017 at the Brunswick Town Park on North Lake Avenue in Troy.  Come join in the food and fun! (Free dinner, fun games and activities for all ages. Please bring a desert to share!)

30 Jul
2017

We Have Choices

The first reading today from the Old Testament book of Wisdom reveals that even before the advent of Jesus, thinking men could draw on their experience of God and conclude that God does not overpower us with his might, but rather is patient and kind and open to our repentance.

St. Paul in the second reading adds to this that God is willing to add to our shortcomings even when we don’t know what we lack, provided we try. And in the Gospel, Jesus, ever using the teaching techniques of comparisons and allegories to what we are familiar with, points out that God’s way of dealing with us is to respect our freewill and choices.  He will not interfere as long as we live on this earth!

But make no mistake about it, there will come a moment when we will have to answer for the choices we make.

29 Jul
2017

A Beautiful Faith

G.K. Chesterton once wrote, “The difficulty in explaining ‘why I am a Catholic’ is that there are ten thousand reasons all amounting to one reason: that Catholicism is true.”

Nearly 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ founded the Catholic Church to preserve the truth He gave us and hand it down through the centuries, helping people all around the world encounter the love of God in every age and in every corner of the earth.

Over the years, there have been an untold number of questions and objections raised about the Catholic Church’s teachings and practices. The answers are there, and it’s worth your time to find them. As the Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen once said, “There are not even 100 people in this country who hate the Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they think the Catholic Church to be.”

The Lord wants us all to know and understand His truth, so we can embrace it wholeheartedly and live by it. Christ reminds us, “The truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).

Find out more about the Catholic Church at www.CatholicsComeHome.org

23 Jul
2017

The Choice is Ours

The first reading today from the Old Testament book of Wisdom reveals that even before the advent of Jesus, thinking men could draw the conclusion as a result of their experience of God, that God does not overpower us with his might, but rather is patient and kind and open to our repentance.

St. Paul in the second reading adds to this that God is willing to add to our shortcomings even when we don’t know what we lack, provided we try.

And in the Gospel, Jesus, ever using the teaching techniques of comparisons and allegories to what we are familiar with, points out that God’s way of dealing with us is to respect our freewill and choices, and will not interfere as long as we live on this earth. But make no mistake about it, there will come a moment when we will have to answer for the choices we make.

22 Jul
2017

Francis Every Day

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“Never Abandon Prayer, even when it seems pointless to pray.”

Go to www.FrancisEveryDay.com to sign up to receive daily, or weekly email messages containing selected quotes of Pope Francis (like the one above) offered daily for prayer and reflection. Or you can follow Pope Francis on twitter @Francis_evryday

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