Time To Put On Christ

Today’s Gospel: Jesus is the Good Shepherd, is so familiar to us that there is a serious danger that our eyes will glaze over and we will daydream about something else. Yes, we know the image: those who are simply going through the motions, will run away when danger threatens. But Jesus, who is the Good Shepherd will give up his very life to care for His flock. He is not a robotic administrator. He personally knows His sheep.

Perhaps you share an older way of thinking that it is the duty of the clergy and religious to take care of the flock. Well the fact of the matter is that through Baptism and the Eucharist we put on Christ – become His mystical body – become His eyes and ears and helping hand in this day in Troy, New York. We, in our time and place, are called to be the Good Shepherd! We can’t daydream our lives away while the flock is scattered. We can’t run away when we encounter danger. Who can deny that the flock is in danger and needs a lot of help these days? Do we make an effort to get to know them personally, or do we remain aloof?

It’s time to offer a personal touch to those who have gone astray.


Ignorance Is No Excuse

In today’s Gospel two things strike me which could easily slip past us, since they are only mentioned incidentally.

First, today’s passage follows immediately the story of the Risen Jesus walking with two disciples on the road to Emmaus, and the fact that they did not recognize Him until “the breaking of the bread”. Notice this is repeated in the opening sentence of today’s reading. The challenge to us of course is: do we recognize Christ (i.e. His mystical body) in the breaking of the bread/Eucharist?

The second point is the seemingly offhanded statement that reads: “He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.” Do we sufficiently know the Scriptures, so that our minds might be opened? Or do we rest our case with those whom St. Peter was addressing in the first reading when he said: “You acted out of ignorance.”

Is our plea the same as those who called for Jesus’ execution? I hope not. There is an old adage: “Ignorance is no excuse.”


Family Mass & Piano Recital

Sacred Heart’s next Family Mass will be held on Sunday, April 22 at 8:30 am.  Sister Liz’s students will have their Piano Recital at 3:00 pm that afternoon in the church. All are welcome!


World Wide Marriage Encounter

Like in the gospel this weekend, sometimes our minds need to be opened to know what God has done for us, and what he wants for us in our marriage. Deepen your communication, strengthen your relationship, rekindle your romance and renew your sacrament by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend.

The next Weekends are Nov 3-4, 2018 in ALBANY, NY and Apr 21-22, 2018 in Brewster, MA. For more information, call Ed & Rhonda Staats at 518-279-3243 or visit them at https://www.wwmenyalb.org.


Mass Schedule for Our Local Catholic Community

Sacred Heart4:00 pm8:30 & 10:30 am9:00 am
St. Jude4:00 pm9:00 & 11:00 am8:00 am
St. Michael4:30 pm7:30 & 10:00 am12:10 pm (Mon. – Thurs.)

Charity…It’s a Commandment!

Today’s first reading reflects the thinking of the first generation of Christians. Clearly these first Christians were  generous in sharing their possessions.  But, perhaps this generosity may have been influenced by the thought that they wouldn’t have to live very long before Christ’s second coming.

How many of us have experienced persons who expect to die soon exhibit this same generosity? Our problem, however, is that two thousand years later Jesus still hasn’t returned, and most of us are not contemplating dying in the near future.

So what kind of generosity do we have? That great doctor of the Church, Thomas Aquinas teaches that for those who have little, sharing what we have with those who have less, is true charity. He also teaches that for those who have much, sharing with the poor goes beyond charity… it is a commandment! Wow! That’s scary. Isn’t it?

Perhaps we are not as merciful as God would like us to be.


Altar Bread and Wine

Did you know that a donation may be made to purchase the monthly altar bread and/or wine offered at each Eucharistic celebration as a memorial for a deceased loved one or to commemorate a special event. For more information, please call the parish office at 274-1363.

Altar Bread and Wine for the month of April has been gifted in memory of Thomas J. Cooley, Sr. from Nancy Alund and Suzanne Turner.


Faith Formation News

Sacred Heart Faith Formation Grades 1-8: NEXT CLASS will be Monday, April 9 from 6-7:30pm. April 14 is a Spring Service Project.

Youth Ministry: Saturday, April 14 from 10am-4pm is a MANDATORY Confirmation Retreat. If there is a conflict please notify Erin Ingold at eriningold@gmail.com as soon as possible.


School News

Annual Auction Update: “The Wonderful World of Sacred Heart School” Our biggest fundraiser event of the year will be April 28, at the Franklin Terrace on Campbell Avenue, Troy. Invitation packets are in the main hallway on the wooden table outside of the church/school office. Please consider joining us for this fun event!

Spring Cleaning: Please remember the donation bin located in the parking lot as you begin your spring cleaning. Clothing and shoes may be deposited into the bin (no household or other items please).


Easter Blessings!

On behalf of the parish and school staff, we would like to wish all of our parishioners and visitors a Blessed Easter.

May the Risen Christ fill you with every grace and blessing during this Easter Season.

Father Yanas and Father Vaughan

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