Visit Pastor John Yanas’ “Recent Homilies Page” to read Fr. John’s recent homily on “Christ the King of the Universe!”
Incorporated into the completed entrance are many features including; a ramp, staircase, handrails and a power assist entry door assembly complying with current American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility standards. The redesigned entry incorporates reconfigured hardwood doors and features limestone elements salvaged from the original entrance which are supplemented with new Indiana limestone panels to produce a dignified and proper entrance to our worship space and school facility. Updated energy efficient LED lighting, new plantings, provisions for a future statue installation and a marble clad interior vestibule further enhance and complete the design.
At this time, we extend a special word of thanks to the entire project team including; our parish architect, Mr. Ray Lammon, AIA, Lammon Associates, the project construction manager and general contractor, Wainshaif Associates their craftsmen and workers who skillfully executed the design, and our faithful parishioners, parents and staff who have patiently awaited the completion of this major improvement to our facility!
We have arrived at the last Sunday of the Church’s liturgical year. Our final salutation is to acknowledge that (the risen) Christ is our sovereign Lord over all earthly authorities. At the same time we remain ever aware that the kind of authority/power that Christ wields is that of Servant.He has turned authority/power on its head!
As we experienced last week, the Church presents us in the first two reading with passages of apocalyptic visions about the last days. At least this much is evident… there will be magnificent rewards in store for those who are faithful. Recall that even during His earthly life, Jesus took His disciples up Mt. Tabor, no doubt, to help them see beyond the suffering that was to come. There on the mount he showed them the Transfiguration… what the future would be like after His Passion!
While we struggle with apocalyptic images and language found in our first two readings, Jesus in the Gospel is clear: “My kingdom does not belong to this world…”, and again “…My kingdom is not here…” Contemplating these sacred words, St. Augustine coined the famous phrase: “We have not here a lasting city, but rather we seek one to come!”
We Christians remain in dynamic tension… on one hand, we have a vocation to bring about, in union with Christ, the transformation of all creation. However, at the same time, it is all too obvious that this transformation has not yet come to pass! As a result, we labor in the vineyard, all the while knowing that someone else in the future will do the harvesting. “Thy kingdom come!”
Religious Education, Grades 1-8:
As a practical example of our Catholic duty and obligation to serve the needy and forgotten, Religious Ed classes recently completed a Veteran’s Day service project. Students designed and prepared personalized “Thank You” and “Happy Veteran’s Day” cards which were then distributed to veterans at the Stratton VA Hospital Center in Albany. These cards served both as a valuable lesson for students in living the Gospel message to love in a Christ like manner while also serving as a tangible expression of that love for each veteran who receives them. Religious Ed Classes will be held again THIS Sunday, November 22.
The parish office invites you to participate in a weekly discussion of the Sunday readings. Study material will be provided to participants for eleven consecutive weeks, and small groups will meet for informal discussion and reflection on the readings. The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 24 at 10:30 am at the rectory. If this is not a convenient time for you to meet, we are encouraging parishioners to create their own discussion group. You can set your own schedule and meeting place, and we will provide the study guides for you. Please call Marge at the rectory for more information, or to indicate your interest in participating.
Confirmation Grades 9-10:
Class will be THIS SUNDAY, November 22 from 6-7:30pm.
Stuff The Birds:
Come help us “Stuff the Birds” SUNDAY, November 22 at 4pm in the Cafeteria. Sacred Heart’s Youth Ministry is proud to sponsor our very own “Mini- Equinox”. “Stuff the Birds” is aimed to provide a warm, home-cooked Thanksgiving meal to families in need within the parish catchment area. This event is open to all parishioners interested! We will be creating classic thanksgiving side-dishes and desserts, the more hands the better! Dinner will be provided for all of our hardworking volunteers!
RCIA and Adult Confirmation:
If you or someone you know is interested in receiving or completing the initiatory sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation or Holy Eucharist, or if you are interested in being part of a team to help prepare adults for these sacraments, please contact Marge Stockwell at the rectory, or at 272-0367.
Sacred Heart’s Young Adult Ministry presents its inaugural “First Friday Holy Hour” on Friday, December 4 at 6:30pm in Sacred Heart Church. There will be Eucharistic Adoration with musical accompaniment by Sacred Heart’s Young Adult Music Ministry, confession and prayer teams will also be available. What better way to bring in the Advent Season? Come pray a new way! All are welcome.
School Holiday Schedule:
School will be closed November 25 – 27 due to the Thanksgiving Holiday!
Barnes and Noble Online Book Sale:
The school’s book fair continues with one week of online sales. You can order on line during the week of 11/22-11/27 using the code 11721784. Complete directions have been posted in the main hallway for your review.
Holidays and Family Get-Togethers:
This is the time of year when family and friends gather to share their stories with one another. Many of you and your families might have attended our school and have many tales to tell. Would you kindly share their names and tales with Mrs. Snyder in our Development Office? She would not only enjoy listening to them, but may even include them in one of our quarterly newsletters! Mrs. Snyder can be reached at 274-3655 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Today is the next to last Sunday of the Church’s liturgical year, and our first and third readings, not surprisingly, deal with inspired visions of last days. These visions take the form of what is oftentimes referred to as “apocalyptic literature” (i.e. the use of mystical images and language, the meaning of which might well not be immediately evident even today, some two thousand or more years later!)
In the first reading from the book of Daniel, we can at least discern that the end time will be “…unsurpassed in distress.” At the same time, it is also clear that some will escape from it “… your people shall escape,” Similarly, in today’s Gospel reading Jesus also tells us that the end will be a time of great distress. “…In those days after that tribulation the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.” But again we are provided us with a ray of hope “…He will send out the angels and gather His elect from the four winds, from the end of the earth to the end of the sky.”
Elsewhere, Jesus warns that we know neither the time nor the place of such happenings. “…But of that day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”
What then are we to make of all of this? We must remember always that we are pilgrims in this world. And that regardless of whatever is going on around us, or the distractions that pull us off course, we must always stay focused on our true destiny… and strive to make our many life decisions accordingly, because “…we know neither the time nor the place…”!