1 May

Swim Against the Current

_DSC7252Today’s first reading from St. Luke’s Acts of the Apostles recounts an episode in the early Church about some confusion as to what is required to be a good Christian. The directive decided upon by the early Church leaders was: “…to abstain from meat sacrificed to idols, from blood, from meats of strangled animals and from unlawful marriage.”

Now almost 2000 years later and many cultural shifts since, we may very well have lost the meaning of what was directed and how that might pertain to us today. It is helpful to realize that all of the above specifics had implications of false worship or denial of the one true God. Worship of pagan gods at the time often involved participating in eating the foods sacrificed to the pagan gods. Even in the markets one could find meats previously ritually dedicated to the pagan gods. And at times pagan worship involved sexual activity in honor of the gods (here called unlawful marriage).

The Christians were directed to no longer go along with the crowd but rather to now swim against the flow of the mainstream. That lesson remains true for us today. If we go along with our contemporary false god secular and materialistic culture without resisting, we are – as today’s Gospel warns us, – not loving Jesus and keeping his word.

1 May

Spring Enrichment

Do you know that each year between 800 and 1,000 men and women from across our diocese gather to learn more about their faith, take part in training sessions for different church ministries and come together to give praise and glory to God?

Where do they all do this? At Spring Enrichment. This year Spring Enrichment will be at the College of Saint Rose (in Albany) on Wednesday – Friday, May 18 – 20, and on Saturday, May 21 classes will be held in Albany, Averill Park, Herkimer, Oneonta and Queensbury.

Don’t miss out on this once-a-year opportunity. For further information view or download the program schedule and brochure from www.rcda.org/Spring Enrichment or contact the Albany Diocese’s Catholic School Office at 518-453-6602. Registrations will be accepted through Friday, May 13.

1 May

Ascension Thursday Mass Schedule

Sacred Heart:  Vigil (5/4/16) – 5:45pm, Ascension Thursday (5/5/16) – 9:00am

St. Jude: Ascension Thursday – 8:00am & 7:00pm

St. Michael: Ascension Thursday – 12:10pm

30 Apr

Faith Formation News

SHRC-160421-138 (Confirmation 2016)First Holy Communion will be celebrated within the setting of the regularly scheduled 4:00 PM and 11:15 AM Masses during the weekend of May 7 – 8. Candidates from the Religious Education program and Sacred Heart School will be present at each of these Masses to share for the first time in the common meal of the Eucharist, which we as a faith community share every Sunday. Please support these candidates by your presence as they are further initiated into the communal life of the Church.

Confirmation was held at Sacred Heart church on April 21, 2016.  A total of 20 young people were confirmed at the 7:00pm Mass and celebration by Bishop Scharfenberger.  Congratulations to:  Joseph John Adamo III, Donata Louise Angrisano, Hannah Leigh Brisee, Isabella Kehn Constantakes, Alexandra Daily, Leah Debboli, Katherine Dill (RCIA), Kayla Ann Doody, Alyssa Galipeau, Maggie Elizabeth Helenek, Michael O’Neill Hoyt, Erin Kelley, Ariel Loucks, Caroline McMahon, Sydney Ann Moss, John Murphy, Isabella Taylor Pastore, Frederic James Scheffler, Sean Thornton and Jacob John Yetto!

30 Apr

School News

The 3 Wise Men Family Dinner: The Three Wise Men of our school, teachers Bobby Burns, Devon Camenga and Marc Giuliano, are planning a special Take-Out “Family of Four Dinner”. Watch bulletin for future date.

Bronx Zoo Trip: Grade 3, 4 and 5 will be visiting the Bronx Zoo on Tuesday, May 3rd so the school may appear empty to the morning mass attendees.

Ascension Thurs: The school will be joining the community for 9:00 am mass.

May Crowning: The children will be honoring our Blessed Mother via our May Crowning celebration on the morning of Friday, May 6th at 8:00 am – weather permitting.

25 Apr

Theology of the Body Discussion Group

Theology of the Body Study Group FlyerBeginning on Thursday, May 5th at 7:00pm and continuing on each successive Thursday throughout the month of May a group will meet in the Rectory, basement level meeting room to discuss St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. This group will reflect on the ache in the human heart for intimacy, relationship, and transcendence, and will discuss the sacramental vision of the human person found in St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body as an answer to that ache.

Download a printable copy of  Theology of the Body Study Group Flyer and plan to participate in this relevant and thought provoking discussion group.  Additional background information on the Theology of the Body and a short video may be found by visiting Sacred Heart’s Speaker Series Page

22 Apr

Beacon of Hope Award to Fr. Yanas!

SHFF-150503-175Congratulations to Fr. Yanas on being named the 1st Annual Beacon Of Hope Awardee!  Below is the notification letter announcing Fr. Yanas as this year’s awardee!


Dear Fr. Yanas,

It is with great pleasure that I congratulate you on becoming a Beacon of Hope Community Spirit Awardee! A Catholic school is a community of individuals working together to support an educational community rooted in faith. Thank you for making it a priority to give the gift of time and talent to Sacred Heart School in support of its mission.

The 1st Annual Beacon of Hope Community Spirit Award recognizes your efforts in the past year, March 2015 – March 2016, as having made a difference within your school community. Please join us as our honored guest at the 2016 Beacon of Hope Ball on Friday, April 22 at 6:30pm at the Albany Country Club in Voorheesville, as we pay tribute to those who go above and beyond.

With warmest regards,


Michael E. Pizzingrillo
Superintendent of Schools
17 Apr

Prayer For Vocations

Easter 2011-05Father in heaven, you sent us your only Son to redeem us and to build your kingdom on earth. Please give us the wisdom and strength we need to follow His call. Grant to the faithful a spirit of generosity, that church vocations my flourish. Bless our priests with holiness and courage, that they may lead your people to Christ. Help all sisters and brothers to fulfill their sacred promises and so be effective signs of your kingdom. Lord, invite more men and women to your service. We ask this through Christ our Lord. – Amen.

16 Apr

Faith Formation News

Religious Education:  Class THIS SUNDAY, April 10 and the last Class is April 17 with end of session celebration.
Confirmation:  The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated here at Sacred Heart on Thursday, April 21 at 7pm. REHEARSAL FOR CONFIRMATION: will be on April 18th at 7pm in the church with sponsors.

16 Apr

School News

Sister Liz’s Piano Recital:  Sister Liz’s piano students will have their recital THIS Sunday, April 17th at 3:00 pm in the church.

Colonie Center $chool Buck$:  Every time you shop at Colonie Center ( bookstores, nails, travel plans, phone cards, movies, gift cards, etc) please bring your receipts to Customer Service, where they will calculate your spending and stamp your receipts. This is a year-long program, and we can earn up to $8,000 for the school. In past years, we have placed second and received between $4,000 and $5,000 each year!

Enrollment Continues:  Our school continues to thrive with a dedicated faculty and staff and an increasing enrollment for 2016-2017. Do you know someone who would benefit from the “Sacred Heart School Experience”? Our program begins with three year olds up to 6th grade. There are three sections of Universal Pre K for Troy School District four year olds so be sure to ask us about UPK. Have them contact the school office for a packet of information and to schedule a personal tour. Have them visit our web site: www:SacredHeartSchoolTroy.com for information and a 2016-2017 registration form.

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


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


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