29 Nov

Will We Heed the Call?

Advent 2010-001Advent is a period of time set aside for spiritual not material preparation for Emmanuel…God with us. It is a time of  longing for that which is not yet perfectly or completely a part of our lives.
In our first reading the prophet Jeremiah speaks of a time when justice will prevail in the house of Israel “…I will raise up for David a just shoot;  he shall do what is right and just in the land.” We delude ourselves if we believe that modern society is sufficiently just! Consider, the teaching of Pope Francis who sees modern humanity submerged in the confused disillusionment of our failed potential. As long as some are ignored and left out, socially, economically or politically Pope Francis would say we have hardened our hearts to injustice!
In today’s second reading St. Paul prays: “May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all…” Again, Pope Francis teaches that this can’t be an abstract desire but must be a person to person, “eye to eye” encounter, and that the greatest of all evils is indifference… simply not caring!
In the Gospel Jesus speaks of the coming final judgment and warns us to remain vigilant. “Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.”
Advent is the time to heed the wake – up call of the Gospel! God is in our, and our brother’s/sister’s midst! Do we care?  Advent is a good time to reflect on our inaction and indifference, and ask what does Emmanuel require of us?
28 Nov

Quiet Please!

Many people arrive early at Mass for one of a couple reasons. Some use this time to chat, to meet and greet or “catch up.” Still others, use the few minutes before the start of Mass to pray and prepare themselves for the celebration of the Liturgy which is so very important as we strive to live out, each week, our Discipleship as followers of Jesus!

Although we wish to fully support and foster the idea of Sacred Heart as a warm, open and welcoming community we should also keep in mind that in order to prepare ourselves properly to celebrate the great Mystery of Christ’s redemptive love, in the Eucharist, we need time to collect ourselves; turning our attention from the busy secular world to the sacred world within the walls of our Church.
To this end please try to meet and greet each other in the Entry Hall at the rear of the church before entering the Sacred Space where we worship. Doing so will help ensure a respectful silence before Mass begins.
28 Nov

Giving Tree Ministry

Giving Tree Tags 2013A traditional part of the season at Sacred Heart is the parish Giving Tree that provides some assistance to families at Christmas. You’re invited to take an ornament from the tree, purchase the item requested and attach the ornament to the gift. Gifts are to be placed unwrapped under the tree by Friday, December 18th.
28 Nov

Thank You!

Thanksgiving Dinner ClipartThank you to everyone who helped us provide many dinners for Thanksgiving. Because of your extreme generosity we were able to provide for all of our families and sent the extra dinners to Roarke Center for distribution to their needy families. If you helped with donating dinners, a monetary donation or even helped in the transportation of these dinners, we are very grateful and know that you enjoyed your own dinner just a little bit more! A special thank you to the Wynantskill Hannaford for donating all of the reusable bags. God bless you!
24 Nov

Christ the King!

Visit Pastor John Yanas’ “Recent Homilies Page” to read Fr. John’s recent homily on “Christ the King of the Universe!”

22 Nov

Spring Avenue Entry Opening

Spring Ave Entry Construction Progress 11-22-15We are pleased to announce that the new Spring Avenue entrance is scheduled to be open for use beginning on November 26, 2015 at the 9:00am Thanksgiving Day Mass!

Incorporated into the completed entrance are many features including; a ramp, staircase, handrails and a power assist entry door assembly complying with current American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility standards.  The redesigned entry incorporates reconfigured hardwood doors and features limestone elements salvaged from the original entrance which are supplemented with new Indiana limestone panels to produce a dignified and proper entrance to our worship space and school facility.  Updated energy efficient LED lighting, new plantings, provisions for a future statue installation and a marble clad interior vestibule further enhance and complete the design.

At this time, we extend a special word of thanks to the entire project team including; our parish architect, Mr. Ray Lammon, AIA, Lammon Associates, the project construction manager and general contractor, Wainshaif Associates their craftsmen and workers who skillfully executed the design, and our faithful parishioners, parents and staff who have patiently awaited the completion of this major improvement to our facility!

22 Nov

Thy Kingdom Come!

Sweden-20110906-090We have arrived at the last Sunday of the Church’s liturgical year. Our final salutation is to acknowledge that (the risen) Christ is our sovereign Lord over all earthly authorities. At the same time we remain ever aware that the kind of authority/power that Christ wields is that of Servant.He has turned authority/power on its head!

As we experienced last week, the Church presents us in the first two reading with passages of apocalyptic visions about the last days. At least this much is evident… there will be magnificent rewards in store for those who are faithful. Recall that even during His earthly life, Jesus took His disciples up Mt. Tabor, no doubt, to help them see beyond the suffering that was to come.  There on the mount he showed them the Transfiguration… what the future would be like after His Passion!

While we struggle with apocalyptic images and language found in our first two readings, Jesus in the Gospel is clear: “My kingdom does not belong to this world…”, and again “…My kingdom is not here…” Contemplating these sacred words, St. Augustine coined the famous phrase: “We have not here a lasting city, but rather we seek one to come!”

We Christians remain in dynamic tension… on one hand, we have a vocation to bring about, in union with Christ, the transformation of all creation. However, at the same time,  it is all too obvious that this transformation has not yet come to pass!  As a result, we labor in the vineyard, all the while knowing that someone else in the future will do the harvesting. “Thy kingdom come!”

22 Nov

Happy Thanksgiving!

Fr. Yanas, Fr. Vaughan, Fr. Powhida and the Staff of Sacred Heart Church and School wish all the people of our parish a blessed Thanksgiving. On a day of travel for most Americans, we implore God’s protection on you and your loved ones. “Let us give thanks to the Lord”

22 Nov

Faith Formation News

Veterans Day Card 2015 (Frank) Veterans Day Card Recipient 2015 Veterans Day Cards 2015Religious Education, Grades 1-8:
As a practical example of our Catholic duty and obligation to serve the needy and forgotten, Religious Ed classes recently completed a Veteran’s Day service project.  Students designed and prepared personalized “Thank You” and “Happy Veteran’s Day” cards which were then distributed to veterans at the Stratton VA Hospital Center in Albany.  These cards served both as a valuable lesson for students in living the Gospel message to love in a Christ like manner while also serving as a tangible expression of that love for each veteran who receives them.  Religious Ed Classes will be held again THIS Sunday, November 22.

Parish Life:
The parish office invites you to participate in a weekly discussion of the Sunday readings. Study material will be provided to participants for eleven consecutive weeks, and small groups will meet for informal discussion and reflection on the readings. The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 24 at 10:30 am at the rectory. If this is not a convenient time for you to meet, we are encouraging parishioners to create their own discussion group. You can set your own schedule and meeting place, and we will provide the study guides for you. Please call Marge at the rectory for more information, or to indicate your interest in participating.

Confirmation Grades 9-10:
Class will be THIS SUNDAY, November 22 from 6-7:30pm.

Stuff The Birds:
Come help us “Stuff the Birds” SUNDAY, November 22 at 4pm in the Cafeteria. Sacred Heart’s Youth Ministry is proud to sponsor our very own “Mini- Equinox”. “Stuff the Birds” is aimed to provide a warm, home-cooked Thanksgiving meal to families in need within the parish catchment area. This event is open to all parishioners interested! We will be creating classic thanksgiving side-dishes and desserts, the more hands the better! Dinner will be provided for all of our hardworking volunteers!

RCIA and Adult Confirmation:
If you or someone you know is interested in receiving or completing the initiatory sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation or Holy Eucharist, or if you are interested in being part of a team to help prepare adults for these sacraments, please contact Marge Stockwell at the rectory, or at 272-0367.

22 Nov

Happy 90th Birthday Fr. Vaughan

_DSC6861-8All are welcome to share in some birthday cake in the School Cafeteria immediately following the 9:00am Mass on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Tuesday, Dec. 8).  Please come and help celebrate Fr. Vaughan’s 90th Birthday!

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