14 Jan
2018

Silence and Quiet Reflection

Today’s first reading reminds us of the call of the prophet/judge Samuel to serve the Lord. Notice Samuel’s response to the Lord’s call: “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” Is this our response? Or do we prefer not to hear His call?

Today’s Gospel also deals with God’s call, and men’s response. The Lord said: “What are you looking for?” And their response was to ask: “Where are you staying?” so that they might be able to stay with Him. This should provoke us to recognize two challenges in life. 1st What are we ultimately looking for and 2nd are we willing to listen to what God is trying to tell us?

Once again, we will never attain either if we foolishly promote the habit of constant distraction and noise surrounding us. Silence and prayerful focus are essential in life. Let us pray earnestly today the responsorial Psalm 40: “Here I am Lord, I come to do your will.”

13 Jan
2018

School News

Service Project Challenge:

Every classroom will be collecting pull tabs for The Ronald McDonald House of Albany throughout the month of January. The classroom that collects the most pull tabs will win a special award from Mr. Camenga for their effort. This is a win-win service project for everyone concerned!

Cookies and Breads Bake Sale:

The school will be selling cookies and breads from January 16- January 25. Please feel free to look at the brochure in the school office and/or the one posted on the bulletin board.

7 Jan
2018

T.O.B. is for Every Body!

TOB (Theology of the Body) is for every body!  The Body, in fact, and only the Body, is capable of making visible what is invisible: The spiritual and the divine.” -St. Pope John Paul II

What: This discussion group is a nine week closed course. There are limited spots available!

Where: Sacred Heart Church, in the Honey Comb Hide-Out, accessed through the “Gym” doors.

When: This is a 9 week course, held at 7pm, on every Thursday, beginning on 01/18/18 at Sacred Heart Parish in Troy (310 Spring Ave. Troy NY 12180). To download a printable copy of the complete course schedule click on the Theology of the Body 2018 Schedule link below.

Registration: To Register for “An Introduction to the Theology of the Body: Discovering the Master Plan for Your Life” click on the registration form link below, fill it out and bring it, along with your $20 registration fee, to our Introduction night on Thursday, January 4th at 7pm, in the “Honey Comb Hideout”

(This course has limited spots for participants, and registration is due by January 11. There is a $20 Registration fee that covers work materials.)

Theology of the Body 2018 Schedule

Theology of the Body Registration Form

Contact Erin Ingold with any questions at eriningold@gmail.com

7 Jan
2018

Catholic Schools Week

Catholic Schools Week is January 28th to February 2nd and the children are already anticipating the myriad of special activities that round out the week. We will be sure to post them early enough for all to enjoy with us.

6 Jan
2018

Did You Know?

There is an area designated on the choir loft level of the facility for young children to read books or play in while their parents participate in the Mass from the choir loft. Also a TV monitor and speaker have been placed in the entrance hallway to the Church so that Mass may be viewed from behind the sanctuary doors should it become necessary for you to leave Mass to tend to a small child.

6 Jan
2018

Thank You For Your Kindness

We would like to thank everyone who remembered us with cards, notes and gifts, both spiritual (prayers and masses) and material (sweets, goodies, etc.).

We greatly appreciate your thoughtfulness and kindness. It is a joy and privilege to be part of the caring family parish community of Sacred Heart.

Fr. Vaughan and Fr. Yanas

6 Jan
2018

Tax Statements

Please note:  Charitable contribution statements are not sent automatically.  if you requested and picked up a statement last year, you should be able to find this year’s statement in the back of church by the end of January. If you have not requested one in the past and would like one or requested one last year and neglected to pick it up, please call Barbara at the rectory (518)274-1363 and we will add you to the list. Thank you.

5 Jan
2018

Basilica of the Annunciation

In remembrance of the recent Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrated earlier this week on Monday January 1, 2018 the following homily, delivered by Fr. John Yanas on the fourth Sunday of Advent, December 17, 2017 is presented below:

The Woman Clothed in Silence Homily: While in the Holy Land, a Christian pilgrim is likely to visit the Basilica of the Annunciation in the biblical City of Nazareth. According to reputable scholars, this magnificent church was built over the traditional site where the Angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she was to become the Mother of the Lord. In this holy place, there is a memorable inscription in Latin under the altar. Truly a ‘poem in stone’, it is based on the prologue of St. John’s gospel (chapter one). Tellingly, one word is added. “Hic Verbum caro factum est”.  Translation: “Here the Word of God was made flesh”. For the tourist it is a time for contemplation and reflection. One must not hurry past the very spot where God condescended “to pitch his tent” and dwell among his people.

At the moment Mary uttered her fiat… “Let it be done to me according to thy Word”…the Eternal Word began to exist as a human being in time. At a pivotal moment in history, Mary offered herself, her body and soul, to God as a dwelling place.

In the popular Catholic prayer, “Ave Maria”, we say, “Holy Mary”. Her holiness derives from the fact that the Most Holy God decided to dwell in her womb honestly, has there ever been a more sublime honor conferred on a human being than the one accorded to Mary?

Her words have great substance because they carry the immense weight of silence. In our exceedingly noisy age, we would do well to remember that the event of the incarnation of the Eternal Word occurred in silence. No fanfare! No witnesses! No earthquake! Mary is “The Woman clothed in silence”. Her silence enables her to hear the message of the angel without fear of distraction. Her thought and prayers were directed to heaven.

Mary tells us why churches such as the Basilica of the Annunciation exist. They exist so that room may be made within us for the Word of God, so that within us and through us, the Word of God may also be flesh today.

The gospel reading for today, Luke’s account of the annunciation, is rightly called one of the joyful mysteries of our Catholic faith  As we draw close to Christmas, let us pause for a moment to consider Mary’s place in salvation history. Only then will we begin to understand why so many churches claim her as their patroness.

Amen!

31 Dec
2017

The Holy Family

Every year on the first Sunday immediately after Christmas, the Church celebrates the Holy Family. And in so doing, it gives the celebrating priest a choice among several Scriptural passages to proclaim, and presumably to preach on. Shouldn’t we wonder why? We don’t need Sociologists to tell us that family life is important for a healthy and prosperous society. Rather, our faith tells us that true happiness and our destiny is to love one another without qualification and to always trust in God who is Love (Epistle of St. John) and the source of all our human love. We don’t, because of original sin, do those automatically, but rather we have to learn to do both, and for most of us that is a slow process (requiring a lifetime).

Family is where we learn our first lessons: the love of parents for one another, the love of parents for children and the love of children for parents, and the sacrifices of egotism those inevitably demand. The Holy Family is held up to us as a model to be imitated, as a reminder of our responsibilities, and as a source of the graces necessary to fulfill them. Blessed be God’s gift of family. Thank you God.

30 Dec
2017

Faith Formation News

Grades 1-8: Next Class will be Monday, January 8 from 6-7:30pm.

Youth Ministry: This is a two year preparation program, starting in 9th grade. Your next class will be Sunday, January 7 from 6-8pm.

RCIA (the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults): If you or someone you know is interested in receiving any of the initiatory sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation or Holy Eucharist, please contact the rectory at 274-1363.

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