17 Aug
2014

Center Your Life On Him!

DSC_6716Once again our liturgy today gives us a wonderful opening prayer: “O God who has prepared for those who love you good things which no eye can see, fill our hearts, we pray, with the warmth of your love, so that loving you in all things and above all things, we may attain your promises, which surpass every human desire.”

The recurring theme running through all three of today’s readings is that all peoples are called to His same glorious destiny!

In our first reading, the prophet Isaiah foretells it, “…for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.” St. Paul, in our second reading reflects upon it, “…the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable…For God delivered all to disobedience, that he might have mercy upon all.” And finally in today’s Gospel, Jesus dramatically demonstrates it by healing the daughter of a believing Gentile who asked for his help!

Thus we pray in today’s Responsorial Psalm 67 “..may your ways be known upon earth; among all nations, your salvation.” And again: “…May the nations be glad and exult because you rule the peoples in equity; the nations on the earth you guide.” And finally: “May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you…”

If we but keep Jesus at the center…loving Him in all things and above all things we will attain the Father’s promises, which surpass every human desire!

17 Aug
2014

From Parish Nurses

Do you know the #1 cause of heart disease? Most people think of lung cancer when they think of smoking, but did you know that smoking is the leading preventable cause of heart disease and heart attack?

According to the American Heart Association, people who smoke are 2-4 times more likely to develop heart disease than non-smokers. Smoking damages the walls of your arteries, constricts blood vessels, and lowers your HDL (good) cholesterol levels.

Quitting smoking can stop (and potentially reverse) much of the existing damage to your body. The American Lung Association says that one year after quitting, an ex-smoker’s heart disease risk is half that of a smoker’s, and after 15 years without lighting up, it’s as low as a nonsmoker’s.

Don’t smoke? Great! But try to stay away from tobacco smoke anyway… exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk of heart disease even for nonsmokers!

17 Aug
2014

Catholic Home Missions Appeal

The Catholic Home Missions Appeal will take place next weekend. One way that this appeal works to support mission dioceses here at home is by supporting seminarian formation in poor dioceses. The blessing of seminarians places a financial burden on these dioceses, which educate each seminarian at a cost of $35,000-$40,000 per year.

Your support is needed for these young men, so that they can return to serve their parishes. Please strengthen the Church at home by making a gift to next week’s appeal.

16 Aug
2014

Volunteers Needed

The Eddy Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) is urgently seeking volunteers for our Faith In Action Care Team. Please feel free to contact Joan Laviolette via email:  laviolettej@nehealth.com or call 386-3631 or 857-8334.

16 Aug
2014

Little Sisters Farewell Mass

The Little Sisters of the Poor extend a cordial invitation to all to attend their Farewell Mass to be held at St. Ambrose Church in Latham on August 19 at 4pm.

Please come and help wish farewell to the Little Sister’s who have been here to serve the poor and elderly for over 143 years in the Albany Diocese. If you have any questions please call the Development Office at 213-4490.

11 Aug
2014

Pastoral Care

One of the missions of our parish is to care for the sick and suffering members of our community. In order to Fulfill this goal, we need the help of our parishioners.

If you have a family member, friend or neighbor who is unable to attend Mass and would like the bulletin or a communion visit, please call the rectory. Also, if an accident occurs on the premises, please call the rectory or see an usher, sacristan, or priest so that the proper information can be obtained. It is important for us to know of these matters so that we can allow the pastoral care process to begin.

11 Aug
2014

Charismatic Mass to be Held

The Diocesan Monthly Charismatic Mass and Healing Service will be held on Wednesday, August 13 at St. Paul the Apostle on Albany Street in Schenectady. The service will start at 7pm with Prayer and Praise and at 7:30pm a Mass and Healing Service. Music provided by Joyful Heart. For more information, please call Ruth at 785-0905.

11 Aug
2014

Altar Bread & Wine

Blessed Sacrement-1ALTAR BREAD AND WINE – in memory of a deceased loved one or to commemorate a special event, a donation can be made to purchase the monthly altar bread and/or wine offered at each Eucharistic celebration. For more information, please call Barbara in the parish office at 274-1363.

3 Aug
2014

The Sounds of Silence?

SHInspirational - 06 (Beach Scene YBM)The question raised in today’s liturgy is… what nourishes true life?  St. Paul tells us in his epistle to the Romans that if we love God before all else, all else will fade away in importance. Likewise, the prophet Isaiah reminds us that heeding the Lord can satisfy all other desires.

Deep down we all want the joyous happiness of everlasting life in God’s love. Thus it is so important to “…listen, that you may have life.”

It doesn’t happen by chance… we must put forth a conscious effort to make time for silence and quiet contemplation in our lives so that we may listen intently to the Lord!

3 Aug
2014

Food Pantry for Roarke Center

With the Little Sisters leaving the area, we will no longer be collecting cookies and coffee. Many thanks for your years of generosity to the Little Sisters and their residents. Going forward, we would like to expand our regular food pantry collection for the Roarke Center to include personal care items. Any items for the Roarke Center (food and toiletries) will continue to be collected in the sacristy and delivered weekly by Louella Russo from the Social Justice Committee.

Sister Marion from the Roarke Center and the clients are continually grateful for our donations.

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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.