24 Mar
2017

Earth: Our Common Home

SCPS-150925-065Come and explore our place in the web of life through the lens of Pope Francis’ June 2015 encyclical on ecology entitled, LaudatoSi!

This presentation will be held at St. Joseph’s Provincial Hospitality Center in Latham on Tuesday, April 4 at 6:30pm. We will reflect on the challenges set forth by Pope Francis and discuss how we can live with more awareness and gratitude for all that Creation gives to us. For more information please consult the bulletin board in rear of church.

19 Mar
2017

Lent: A Time of Deep Reflection

20130302DSC_2804-032Today’s first reading from the Torah recounts our fickle human tendency to question and doubt God, despite His many benefactions to us. Instead, we tend to focus on immediate satisfaction. If the ancients were guilty of this, our contemporaries can outdo them in spades. Never before has the world seen such a high percentage of agnostics and non-church goers.

We pride ourselves on our scientific and material achievements all the while failing to see the Divine intelligence underlying the consistency which makes our scientific laws possible. We may be brilliant in some matters, but very superficial in others. Speaking of superficial, we are all very familiar with today’s Gospel story of the Samaritan woman at the well. A superficial reading may fail to recognize the following two points. First, in Jesus’ time it was not permitted by custom for a man to speak in public with a strange woman. (All the more so in this case, because she likely had a bad reputation among her peers as evidenced by her coming to the well at noon rather than earlier in the day with the other women.) But Jesus seeing some potential in her did not let social consensus stand in the way.

Second, as a result of her encounter with Jesus, the women brought back a whole crowd from the town to meet Him. Are we to suppose the crowd consisted only of women? Or rather anyone who would listen to her? She was now a “Fisher of men” as much as any disciple!

Lent is a time for deep not superficial reflection. If we are content to go with the flow, it won’t happen.

18 Mar
2017

Faith Formation News

shff-151101-021Faith Formation classes will be held as usual March 19 and 26. Please gather in the cafeteria between 9:30 -9:45 to hear Father Yanas offer a brief talk at 9:50. Class time is 10:00 -10:50.

Confirmation Classes are NEXT SUNDAY, March 26 from 6-7:30pm. Youth Ministry will meet on those same dates from 7-8pm. Our Youth Ministry is open to all teenagers between the ages of 14-18 yrs. Join us for our next Youth Ministry session on March 26 at 7pm. Hope to see you there!

18 Mar
2017

2017-18 School Registration News

SHRC-160511-069Registration for the 2017-2018 school year is well underway and we would like all to share the good news of our Catholic Elementary School with family, friends and neighbors. Sacred Heart will celebrate 90 years of educating wonderful young men and women this fall (Our first class graduated in 1927, and Sacred Heart School has been ever growing and changing since then.) We hope that you will become an active part of our planned celebration, so please stay tuned for more particulars as this momentous event approaches!

As noted on the bulletin board located in the rear of Church: “People tell us Sacred Heart School is ‘The best kept secret in Troy!'” The brick and mortar of our large building, in many ways, represents the solid, Christian, academic foundation that our students receive here. Our curriculum is aligned with the Common Core Standards that are in place throughout our Country. In addition to the rigor of Common Core, all children receive instruction in Spanish, Music, Technology, Physical Education and Art. Our teachers are dedicated to the ministry of teaching young children the importance of good character, and strive to instill in them the Catholic virtues of: prudence, justice, courage, faith, hope, charity and service to others.

We invite you to call for a personal tour of our “Great School with a Big Heart!”

17 Mar
2017

St. Patrick’s Prayer

St. Patrick’s prayer for the faithful captures the wonderful spirit that made him Ireland’s patron saint and one of the Church’s most beloved missionaries.

Born in Britain shortly before the 5th century, St. Patrick, pictured below, was taken captive to Ireland by raiders at the age of 16. He lived there for six years as a shepherd under harsh conditions and became intensely devoted to God in prayer, as he puts it, “because the spirit was then fervent within me.” Tradition has it that divine dreams inspired both his escape from captivity in Ireland and his return there later in his life as a bishop.

 

In this prayer St. Patrick asks for God’s help in various ways:

May the Strength of God pilot us.
May the Power of God preserve us.
May the Wisdom of God instruct us.
May the Hand of God protect us.
May the Way of God direct us.
May the Shield of God defend us.
May the Host of God guard us.
Against the snares of the evil ones.
Against temptations of the world

May Christ be with us!
May Christ be before us!
May Christ be in us,
Christ be over all!
May Thy Salvation, Lord,
Always be ours,
This day, O Lord, and evermore.

Amen.

 

St. Patrick’s prayer no doubt helped him in his missionary efforts. Although he faced his share of resistance, St. Patrick was so successful in preaching the gospel and organizing the Church in Ireland that he is largely credited with converting the Irish to Christianity.

His emblems are the snakes that legends claim he drove out of Ireland and the Shamrock he used to great effect to explain the Holy Trinity. (This is a wonderful illustration of three distinct entities, the three leaves of the clover, making up one shamrock, much like the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit constitute One God!)

St. Patrick’s prayer for the faithful, much like the famous Breastplate prayer also attributed to him, can truly inspire us to ask for divine assistance in living our faith each day.

As Our Lord said in Matthew’s gospel, if our requests are in accordance with His will, “ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you” (Mt. 7:6). The “Strength of God” mentioned in the first line of this prayer should give us strength indeed!

This post excerpted from http://www.ourcatholicprayers.com

 

15 Mar
2017

Lenten Retreat For Men

Easter 2011-08The Lenten Retreat for the Men of Sacred Heart, St. Jude’s and St. Michael’s will be held at St. Michael’s on Saturday, March 25 from 9:30am-1:30pm.

There is no charge for this retreat! The retreat topic… The Cup of Life… Half Full or Half Empty?” will be facilitated by Father Rick Lesser, Pastor, Corpus Christi Church in Ushers, New York. Come and learn to create balance for your Body, Mind and Spirit. Sign up sheets are in the back of church or call the Rectory. Deadline for RSVP is Sunday, March 19.

12 Mar
2017

Have Faith!

Inspirational-9(Resized)Today’s first reading relates to us the call of Abraham, the first indication of God’s intention of eventually restoring the goodness of creation. (A welcome revelation indeed after ten chapters of man’s downward spiral in sin, culminating with the Tower of Babel story wherein men had fallen so low they could no longer even communicate with one another) It is significant to note that, after ten chapters of man compounding his curses, for the very first time the word “blessing” appears in the Bible.

Abraham was chosen because he was willing to trust in God rather than himself! Abraham, our “father in faith”, started us down the path to faith which leads directly to Jesus Christ who St. Paul reminds us ultimately “…destroyed death…” which is the symbol and epitome of evil! In today’s Gospel is recounted a brief vision to His closest disciples of the glory that lies ahead as a result of salvation brought about by Christ.

On this second Sunday of Lent we too are asked to trust, like Abraham, the vision of what lies ahead as a result of salvation brought about by Christ. We are asked to place our trust in that vision and remain faithful!

11 Mar
2017

Altar Bread & Wine

Fr Yanas 25th-13(Resized)Altar bread and wine – In memory of a deceased loved one or to commemorate a special event, a donation may be made to purchase the monthly altar bread and/or wine offered at each Eucharistic celebration. For more information, please call the parish office at 274-1363.

Our Altar Bread and Wine for the month of March has been gifted in memory of George Jaques (BdayRem) by His Daughters.

10 Mar
2017

Elder Law Program to be Held

St. Michael the Archangel parish will host an Elder Law program on March 19, following their 10:00 AM Mass. The presentation will be given by elder law specialist Burke & Casserly. They will be discussing elder law, elder housing, Medicare and Medicaid as well as long term care and preserving your assets and leaving time for questions and answers.

Please call Deacon Bob Sweeney at (518) 283-6110 ext. 203 to reserve your spot. A light lunch will be served so reservations are requested.

10 Mar
2017

Lenten Retreat For Men

“The Cup of Life… Half Full or Half Empty” A Lenten Retreat for the Men of Sacred Heart, St. Jude’s and St. Michael’s will be held at St. Michael’s on Saturday, March 25 from 9:30am-1:30pm. There is no charge for this retreat! The retreat will be facilitated by Father Rick Lesser, Pastor, Corpus Christi Church in Ushers, New York.

Come and learn to create BALANCE for your Body, Mind and Spirit. Sign up sheets are in the back of church or call the Rectory. Deadline for RSVP by Sunday, March 19.

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