19 Apr
2015

“We are Witnesses…”

DSC_6769Have you ever wondered what it might be like if St. John wrote a letter to us today? Would he say: Your life and your words truly speak of your love for God.  Your actions show your appreciation for what Jesus’ dying and rising has done for you and demonstrate your understanding of the opportunity He offers us to join Him in His saving action. Or would St. John say we look more like liars than true disciples of the Risen Christ because we oftentimes say one thing with our mouths, but our lives tell another story?

There is a lot to feel good about as a result of the historical event of Easter. We hear once again in today’s Gospel, Christ gave his followers many opportunities to verify that He was once again truly alive. And so Peter, in today’s first reading could confidently and easily say: “We are witnesses…”

In today’s second reading, St. John couldn’t make it any clearer… we will walk in the early disciples shoes only if we keep His Commandments in word and deed… and in so doing save ourselves, and the whole world by following Him!

19 Apr
2015

Bishop’s Appeal 2015

SHRC-141104-033-007(resized)The 2015 Bishop’s Appeal will be held on the weekend of May 2-3. This is our opportunity to unite together as one Catholic family, to answer the challenge given to us by Jesus Christ to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, comfort the afflicted, and to promote justice for every person.

Over these next two weeks, please take the time to prayerfully reflect on the gifts that you have been given by God and respond to the Bishop’s Appeal as generously as you possibly can. Your participation is essential to the success of this Appeal!

18 Apr
2015

Spring Enrichment Program

Spring Enrichment “Filled with the Spirit” The Albany Diocese’s annual Spring Enrichment program provides everyone with the opportunity to come together to find out more about their faith and to deepen the skills and understanding of individuals serving in different ministries in our Church.

You are invited to join the faithful from throughout the Albany Diocese and beyond beginning on May 11 for four days of inspiring presentations, enlightening workshops, along with dynamic prayer and worship. For information go to www.rcda.org or contact the Diocesan Office of Evangelization, Catechesis and Family Life (OECFL) at 518-453-6630. Registrations are due at the OECFL by May 7th.

A listing of classes is posted on the bulletin board in the church hallway. You are also welcome to contact Marge Stockwell at the rectory with any questions.

18 Apr
2015

SHS Annual Auction

Invite your family, friends and neighbors to join you. Enjoy the food and conversation while bidding on silent, raffle ticket and live auction items. Every classroom will have unique hand-made items in the silent auction so be sure to sharpen your pencil and/or bring a pen. Invitation packets are available in the hallway in the back of Church.  Also included is a list of companies who have donated items.
We are counting on your support and attendance. Please contact Karen in the school office with any questions that you may have.

12 Apr
2015

His Mercy Endures Forever!

_DSC7074In today’s Gospel the risen Jesus tells His followers: “Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” This is the challenge of every person who has ever lived since the last of Jesus’ contemporaries walked the earth.

Since Jesus’ time and throughout history, there have been numerous martyrs (the word means witnesses) and many magnificent saints.  Conversely, there have also always been those who openly refuse to believe, and there are many today who simply could care less, thereby implicitly refusing to believe.  Then there is the multitude of “fence straddlers” with love divided between the Lord and this world…those content with a mediocre attachment to God!

As temporal beings, it is easy for us to become discouraged with humanity’s historical track record. The consistent response of the Lord, however, has been as simply and eloquently stated by the Psalmist: “His mercy endures forever.”

This truth enables us mortals to ever live in hope.  The hope that the Easter reality will not only eventually permeate our personal lives, but also transform all creation!

12 Apr
2015

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

We would like to thank all those who helped in any way to make our Easter liturgies so meaningful. Whether you decorated, cleaned or helped set up, we couldn’t have done it without YOU!! Also thanks to our Holy Week Flower Committee, Altar Rosary Cleaning Committee and Smitty for all your hard work.

12 Apr
2015

Sisters Care

The Sisters of St. Joseph have a program called Sisters Care. This program allows senior members of our parish to remain in their own homes by providing Sisters who will give some help with daily activities.

For more information, call Sister Claudette, Coordinator at (518) 783-4578.

11 Apr
2015

Personal Care Items Collection

HIV AIDS RibbonThe Sacred Heart Social Justice Committee is sponsoring a collection of personal care items for the Albany Diocese Catholic Charities. These items will be used to help patients suffering from HIV-AIDS and chronic illnesses. Items include soap, toothpaste, shaving items, shampoo, Kleenex, toothbrushes, deodorant, toilet paper and paper towels.

A box will be placed in the hallway of church from April 18-26. Thank you for your support.

11 Apr
2015

School News

Get a Jump Start on Your Spring Cleaning!
This is a friendly reminder that we still have the blue clothing drop box located in the lower parking lot – next to the dumpsters. The contents are weighed and the school receives four cents/pound for the contents. This is another way for us to raise funds without the work!! Acceptable items include: clothing, paired shoes and sneakers, sheets, blankets, bedspreads, towels, draperies, curtains, material, handbags, belts, stuffed animals, hats and scarves.

New York State Testing:
Our third through sixth grade students will be taking the ELA and Math tests over the next two weeks. We know that they are prepared but your thoughts and prayers for them are much appreciated.

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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.