13 Apr
2014

Palm Sunday Paradox

Easter 2011-07Doesn’t it seem that Palm Sunday reminds us most vividly that life is full of paradoxes?

On this day we recall that one moment ordinary folks were shouting Hosanna to the Son of David, allowing him to ride like royalty and laying their cloaks on the ground before him to trod upon, while boisterously proclaiming him their king. Yet before the week was out, another crowd was shouting: “crucify him!” – the most ignominious of all public executions at the time.

Perhaps this is a good time to ask ourselves if there are not similar paradoxes in our own lives when it comes to our relationship with our savior.

Perhaps it is a good time to reflect on the words of Thomas A. Kempis in his 15th century booklet: The Imitation of Christ, when speaking about the challenges to the Christian life:

“(We are) …distracted by many curiosities and entangled in many vanities, surrounded by many errors and worn by many labors, oppressed by temptation, weakened by pleasure, and tortured by want.”

What Christ did was open the way to save us from all this. Are we willing to join Him in the journey?

13 Apr
2014

Spring Enrichment Courses

The Spring Enrichment Series of courses offered by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany will be held at the College of St. Rose from May 12th through May 15th.

This series is open for participation to Catechists, Religion teachers, persons involved in any other Church ministry or leadership role, and to any person seeking to learn more about their faith. A full listing of courses and website information are on display on the bulletin board at the back of Church.

Copies of the course offerings are also available at the Rectory.

12 Apr
2014

Holy Week Schedule

Holy Thursday 

Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper

  • 5:30pm at Sacred Heart with Adoration until 10:30pm.
  • 6:00pm at St. Michael’s followed by covered dish supper. Adoration until 10:00pm.
  • 7:00pm at St. Jude’s with Adoration until midnight concluding with Night Prayer.

 

Good Friday

Morning Prayer at St. Jude’s at 9am

Stations of the Cross

  • 12:00pm at St. Michael’s
  • 3:00pm at Sacred Heart
  • 3:00pm at St. Jude’s

Passion of Our Lord

  • 5:30pm at Sacred Heart
  • 5:30pm at St. Michael’s
  • 7:00pm at St. Jude’s

 

Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil

Morning Prayer at St. Jude’s & St. Michael’s at 9am

Easter Vigil Mass

  • 8:00pm St. Jude’s Easter Vigil Mass
  • 8:00pm St. Michael’s Easter Vigil Mass
  • 8:15pm Sacred Heart Easter Vigil Mass

 

Easter Sunday

  • 7:30 and 10am at St. Michael’s
  • 8:45 and 11:15am Mass at Sacred Heart
  • 9:00 and 11:00am Mass at St. Jude’s

 

11 Apr
2014

RCIA and ADULT CONFIRMATION

Photos and bios of our RCIA Candidates and Adult Confirmation students can be seen on the bulletin board in the back of Church. For more information on the Rite of Christian Initiation or Adult Confirmation and how you
can share your faith with new Catholics, please call Marge Stockwell at 274-1363 or 272-0367.

9 Apr
2014

Parish Office Hours

PARISH OFFICE HOURS FOR HOLY WEEK AND EASTER – The office will be closed on Holy Thursday and Good Friday and the Monday after Easter. We will re-open on Tuesday, April 22nd at 9am.

6 Apr
2014

“…Whoever Believes in Me…”

DSC_6775In a sense, today’s readings go right to the heart of what it is all about to be a Christian.  The starting point is that the Lord promises us resurrection from death as we know it.  To continue to live – not as dispossessed souls, but ultimately as true humans, body and soul – on the other side of death in eternal bliss, faith is key. And what is at the core of that faith? That we firmly believe the Lord will make good his promises!

Make no mistake. That faith will cost us. As such times we need to keep our eyes fixed on the promise. It was the vision of the early Christian martyrs, and of every saint who has gone before us: “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

5 Apr
2014

SHS Lenten Service Projects

Most of our classrooms are working on special Lenten service projects which will benefit many community programs. Pre-K Yellow Room children are doing good deeds at home and earning loose change for their classroom fund. They will then purchase new books for the children at the Ronald McDonald House in Albany. Fourth grade is collecting loose change from the entire school and will donate those funds to the Humane Society in Menands, thus helping homeless animals. Two of our Pre-K rooms will be decorating paper bags for the parish homebound Easter gifts.

2 Apr
2014

Teen Pathways April Schedule

Date Event Time
Sunday April 6 Confirmation Sponsor Luncheon:

All Confirmation teens and their Sponsors must attend!

Reconciliation will be offered after lunch.

12:30 -2pm

St. Jude’s Gym

Sunday April 6 Session: The Cross

***9th Grade addend only***

6-7:30pm

St. Jude’s Gym

Sunday April 27 Teen Mass

All teens and their families welcome! ALL TEENS BEING CONFIRMED SHOULD BE IN ATTENDANCE FOR A SPECIAL BLESSING.

Pizza for all those who attend will be provided after the Mass!

6:00PM

St. Jude’s Church

Fr. Ligato

AND

Fr. Yanas

Celebrants

2 Apr
2014

Faith Formation

Religious Education Class will be held THIS SUNDAY, April 6, followed by group attendance at the 11:15am Mass. Classes will resume on Sunday, April 27th.

2 Apr
2014

Bishop Scharfenberger Ordination

There are several ways in which you may be able to enjoy the upcoming ordination and installation of Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger on April 10 at the Cathedral. Time Warner Cable news (Channel 9) will be producing and carrying the ceremony with live coverage beginning at 1:30pm. Father Kenneth Doyle will be providing the commentary during the broadcast.

For other cable services, you may view the ceremony on EWTN and on the Internet on the diocesan web site, www.rcda.org

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Daily Scripture Readings

US Conference of Catholic Bishops Daily Scripture Readings Daily readings, audio files and reflections on scripture as well as other resources to broaden and deepen your faith!

www.usccb.org/bible/readings/

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.