The Stewardship Ministry of St. Michael’s Church is sponsoring a fundraiser for Roarke Center, Joseph House, Unity House, Damien Center and CoNSERNS-U. “The Irish Show” will be held on Friday, March 11 at 6:30 pm featuring “Three Irish Voices” and step dancers from The Boland School of Irish Dance. Bishop Ed plans to stop by and may even sing a tune or two with the French Nun. Tickets are $15 for adults, children under 12 are free. For more information, please call 283-6110.
Religious Education: Classes resume on Sunday, February 28.
Confirmation: Next class February 21 from 6-7:30. Thirty students have been participating in the Confirmation preparation program this year. For Thanksgiving 2015, our Confirmation class participated in the “Stuff the Bird” service project, where we cooked home-made Thanksgiving meals in the school cafeteria, and later delivered these meals to 25 teenage residents in local Vanderheyden houses. The Confirmation Retreat will be held on Saturday, April 9. Twenty students will have completed their second year of preparation this Spring, and will be confirmed during the Confirmation ceremony to be held here at Sacred Heart Church during April.
Young Adult Ministry: Three new initiatives have been introduced this year. On December 4th, 2015 a team of Young Adult Music Ministers held a Eucharistic Holy Hour with Musical Accompaniment, the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Prayer teams. A second Holy Hour was held on Friday, February 5, and more are planned for the future. Additionally, a team of young adults coordinated and hosted a RENEW’s “Theology on Tap” event on February 12th at O‘Brien‘s Public House in downtown Troy. Theology on Tap is a ministry created by and for Young Adults, where experts on various topics regarding faith, theology, God and humanity are invited to come into a casual setting, such as a bar or coffeehouse and speak to a group of inquisitive, young adults (ages 21-40) to help them grow in their faith and community. We have also established our first ever “Speaker Series” at Sacred Heart! We hosted international speaker, Bill Donaghy, from the Theology of The Body Institute, on Saturday, February 13, who spoke on the topic of “GOD, LOVE, AND THE MEANING OF LIFE-THE THEOLOGY OF THE BODY.”
We intend to conduct more of these faith and community building events in the near future. For more information about these programs, or to share your time, talent or suggestions, please feel free to contact Erin Ingold at the rectory. See next week’s bulletin for a report on RCIA/Adult Confirmation and Adult Faith Formation efforts.
International Speaker, Bill Donaghy will join us at 1:00pm in Sacred Heart Church on Saturday February 13, 2016 to deliver his captivating and enlightening talk entitled: “God, Love, and the Meaning of Life: The Theology of the Body”
For more information on Mr. Donaghy’s talk and to read a brief bio, click here to go to our Speakers Series Page!
Download a printable announcement for this talk by clicking on the link: B Donaghy 02-13-16 Lecture Announcement (Rev1)
In Isaiah’s case his reluctance was based upon his awareness of his unworthiness. So God, simply through a sacramental sign (touching his mouth with a burning coal from the altar) changed that status. The result, Isaiah could respond: “Here I am…send me.”
In today’s second reading we find St. Paul speaking about his vocation. Notice the similarity with Isaiah: “For I am the least of the apostles, not fit to be called an Apostle”. But then follows that greatest of spiritual insights and one which needs to inspire us always: “But by the grace of God I am what I am and His grace to me has not been ineffective”.
In discussing God’s call to each of us, our late contemporary St. John Paul II was fond of quoting Jesus’ words found in today’s Gospel: “Do not be afraid”.
Religious Education: Eighty-three students from grades 1-8 meet for classes most Sunday mornings of each month, and are taught by 13 parishioners who serve as volunteer catechists, aides and substitutes. The students attend the monthly Family Mass, and several have served or participated in these Masses as altar servers, first time lectors and gift bearers. The Faith and Life series, published by Ignatius Press, is used as the primary teaching tool at all grade levels, and the curriculum is rounded out by a number of additional activities, including:
- Confessions during the seasons of Advent and Lent
- Stations of the Cross during Lent
- An All Saints Day Assembly, where each grade presented group projects describing the life of a Saint, including song, skit and story boards (see the parish website www.sacredhearttroy.com for pictures and a brief narrative).
- Simple service projects, including: assistance with the Social Justice Committee’s Sock and Underwear drive; creation of greeting cards for local Veterans on Veterans Day and Christmas; and creation of ornaments which were hand-delivered with cookies and a greeting card to twenty home bound parishioners by students, teachers and several Communion ministers. One of the students who participated in the Homebound Parishioner project had this to say about her experience:
“My class went to people’s houses. We may have gone to eight houses. We brought ornaments, cards and cookies. It was a lot better than I thought. one lady was 92 but looked like 80.” (Kaelin Pogue, 6th grade).
For more information about this program, or to share your time, talent or suggestions, please feel free to contact Marge Stockwell at the rectory.
Next week a report on Youth and Young Adult Faith Formation efforts.
Religious Education Class: this Sunday (Feb. 7) followed by attendance at the Family Mass at 11:15am. Classes resume on Sunday, February 28.
Confirmation Class: for FEBRUARY 7 is cancelled, HOWEVER students’ attendance at one of the following two events was required. If you didn’t attend the Holy Hour on February 5th you will be expected to attend the Speaker Series on February 13th. (the attendance sheet can be found in the back hallway of the church).
Sacred Heart is planning to produce a Parish Directory in-house this Spring. The pictures will be taken by our parishioner Sam Ciraulo, who is a professional photographer. There is no fee attached to being photographed for this directory (and there will be no sales pitch either.) A sign up sheet will be placed in the back of church starting this weekend for a 10 minute portrait sitting slot. Pictures will be taken before Mass and following Mass in March and April.
Annual Auction: The Annual Auction is Just Weeks Away! “SacredHeartopoly” Our biggest fundraising event of the year will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the “Venue” in Cohoes.
Ash Wednesday: The school children will be attending the 9:00 am mass in celebration of Ash Wednesday: the beginning of the Season of Lent.
March Madness Raffle: Do not miss the opportunity of having 31 chances to win $100 and the ticket pulled on St. Patrick’s Day (3/17/15) will win $1,000. All winning tickets go back into the drum, thus providing a person with multiple chances of winning. Tickets are available in the hallway outside of the school office and a printable ticket is located on the school website. www.sacredheartschooltroy.com
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Pray in a New Way! Eucharistic Adoration with Musical accompaniment from Sacred Heart’s Young adult Music Ministry, Confession, Prayer Teams, The Order for Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Friday February 5, 2016 at 6:30pm Sacred Heart Parish 310 Spring Avenue, Troy NY 12180.
Download PDF of announcement here: First Friday Holy Hour Announcement (02-05-16)