24 Jul
2016

The Power of Prayer!

20141123_095015Today’s Scripture readings obviously bring to our attention the power of prayer. It is significant that the examples given to us are prayers asking that God might benefit others and not just the one making the prayer.

In the first reading, Abraham’s fervent intercessory prayer is on behalf of others. In the Gospel we find one of the many occasions when it is specifically mentioned that Jesus was at prayer. And this so impressed His disciples that they asked Him to teach them how to pray. Do we like them have a sincere desire to pray, or do we pray seldom and reluctantly?

How often do we reflect on the phrases of the Our Father? Do we earnestly wish that God’s kingdom come in our time? Do we ask for what we truly need rather than what we simply want? Do we recognize and acknowledge that we will be forgiven only to the degree that we are willing to forgive others who may have offended us?

Finally, we must also remember that prayer is not just asking, but thanking and praising God as well!

24 Jul
2016

Thank You Marge!

Marge Stockwell FarewellThe Sacred Heart Community extends its deepest appreciation to Marge Stockwell, our departing Religious Education Coordinator. Over years of faithful service, Mrs. Stockwell’s efforts have made a lasting difference in the faith lives of our youngest parishioners.  Marge has been a steadfast, cheerful, energetic and faithful servant to the Sacred Heart community and for that we are eternally grateful.  We wish her happiness and much success in all her future endeavors.

24 Jul
2016

2016 Bishops Appeal Update

2016 SHC BA 88 Percent of GoalWe have passed the $65,000.00 mark! Can we aim for our goal of $76,493.00 If everyone would just give a small gift/pledge we can do it! At this time we have gathered  211 gifts/pledges for a total of $68,042.80. Envelopes are in the rear of church and can be mailed or dropped in the collection basket. Additionally, donations may also be made online at www.TheBishopsAppeal.org. We are so very close!  Much good is done right here in the Sacred Heart’s “back yard” in the Eastside neighborhood of Troy and throughout the diocese.  Please do what you can to help Sacred Heart close the gap, and meet its 2016 assessment. Thank you to all those who have responded so generously thus far.

23 Jul
2016

Hearing Assistance Devices

Due to the popularity of the church’s hearing assistance devices, our supply of earphones is exhausted. To meet the demands of our parishioners, we will accept orders for more. Earphones cost $7, and they will arrive within one week of purchase. If interested, please leave contact information with the sacristan, or order directly from Tony Morabito, Pastoral Associate for Administration, during rectory business hours.

23 Jul
2016

Back to School Collection

DSC_4642The SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE will be assisting in collecting back to school items for children in need in the Troy area in grades 1 to 6. We are seeking Crayola Crayons, Colored Pencils or Colored Markers, Index Cards and Scissors. A bin will be in back of the Church the weekends of August 6 and 13 and the items will be delivered that same week.

3 Jul
2016

Happy Independence Day

4th of July GraphicO beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!…

As you enjoy the Independence Day holiday with family and friends please take a moment to thank God for the Blessing that is America!

3 Jul
2016

Sacred Heart Presents

SCPS-160504-007Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love… A DVD series with Dr. Edward Sri, followed by discussion will be held every Thursday evening at 7:00pm in the Sacred Heart Rectory, 310 Spring Avenue, Troy NY Beginning Thursday, July 7, 2017.

This series is for the young, the young-at-heart, and anyone who wants to love and be loved according to God’s holy design.  Using St. John Paul II’s classic text on Theology of the Body, Love and Responsibility Host Dr. Edward Sri helps us catch the vision of how married love builds a life-giving culture!

3 Jul
2016

Risk v Reward?

Inspirational-2(Resized)A theme which can be found in all three of today’s Scripture readings seems to be that of trials/tests followed by reward, which sounds very much like the basic predicament of Christian life.

So, in the first reading, the prophet Isaiah is asking his listeners to recognize that after their many trials while in exile, they will now face a new era of promise. In the second reading St. Paul tells the Galatians that whatever it’s particular manifestation, the cross of Jesus is a necessary part of life in this world – “the world has been crucified to me” (in order to share Christ’s ultimate glory). And finally the Gospel points out that we all have a mission to accomplish (i.e. to bring the faith to others) and in doing so we are not to let ourselves be hampered by attachment to material things.

All the while be aware that if we take this pattern of Christian existence seriously, we may expect to be like… “lambs among wolves”.  Are we Christians of the 21st century willing to accept this cross?

2 Jul
2016

Summer Parish Office Hours

Beginning Friday, July 1, 2016 and continuing to Monday, September 5, 2016 the Parish Office will be open Monday-Thursday from 9am until 2pm and FRIDAY, 9am-12NOON.  Please make a note of it!

The office will be CLOSED on Monday, July 4 in Observance of Independence Day.

26 Jun
2016

2016 Bishops Appeal Update

We can do this… hit our goal of $76,493.00! If everyone would just give a small gift/pledge we will succeed. At this time we have 193 gifts/pledges for a total of $61,577.80. Envelopes are in the rear of church and can be mailed or dropped in the collection basket. You may also donate online at www.TheBishopsAppeal.org. Thank you to all who have responded so generously.

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CATHOLIC COMMUNITY OF SACRED HEART – MISSION STATEMENT

The Catholic Community of Sacred Heart welcomes all people to join in our celebration of Gods love. Through prayer, education, and caring for others, we strive to serve the needs of Gods people, thereby gaining a richer understanding of the gospel message.

Mass Schedule

Saturday Vigil 4:00pm Sunday 8:45am & 11:15am Weekday 9:00am

Confessions

Saturday: 3:00pm or by appointment (Call 274-1363)

Baptism

Please call the Rectory (274-1363) weekdays for information and scheduled dates.

Marriage

Please call the Rectory (274-1363) weekdays for an appointment at least six months in advance of wedding.

Hospital Visits

If you, or a loved one is admitted to the hospital, it is important that you identify yourself to the hospital as a member of Sacred Heart Parish or contact the Rectory (274-1363) to inform us of your hospitalization.