26 Feb
2017

Jesus Loves You!

Easter 2011-05Let’s face it, not all of our human experiences are happy ones. There are times in everyone’s life when we are down in the dumps. So, for example, we were shocked to find out after the death of St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta that for many years she lived and worked in spiritual desolation. Yet, she remained faithful to and productive for the Lord.

Under such circumstances we must remember both today’s words of Isaiah “I (the Lord) will never forget you”, and St. Paul’s: “…do not make any judgment before the appointed time.” (i.e. do not jump to false conclusions) and let the words of Jesus sink in: “…do not worry about your life…Why are you anxious…So do not worry…But seek first (before all else) the kingdom of God.” Jesus loves you! Always remember that.

25 Feb
2017

Magnificat Women’s Breakfast

SCPS-160504-019The Albany NY Chapter of Magnificat (a Ministry to Catholic Women) is hosting a Women’s Breakfast on Saturday, March 11 from 9am-12pm at the Holiday Inn Express Latham. Tickets: $20; Clergy & Religious – Free. Guest Speaker is Fr. Rick Lesser, Pastor of Corpus Christi in Round Lake. Please join us as Fr. Rick shares his journey to the priesthood.

Register by March 4th – send your $20 check payable to Albany NY Chapter of Magnificat, P.O. Box 340, Clifton Park, New York 12065. Please include your name, address, phone number and email address. Questions, please call Heather 518-877-8358 or register at www.magnificat-ministry.net/chapters-websites/albany-ny/. All women are invited. You don’t have to be a member to attend.

24 Feb
2017

Lenten Retreat for Women

DSC_6716The Lenten Retreat for the Women of Sacred Heart, St. Jude’s and St. Michael’s will be held at St. Jude’s on Saturday, March 11 from 9:30am-1:30pm. There is no charge for this retreat! It will be facilitated by Vici Armsby, the Faith Formation Leader at Our Lady of Victory. Topic THE CUP OF LIFE…HALF FULL OR HALF EMPTY? Please bring your favorite cup/mug with you!! Sign up sheets are in the back of church or call the Rectory.

19 Feb
2017

The Potential Power of Grace

SCPS-150925-065There is a lot of talk in today’s readings of God’s word about holiness. We need to be careful not to dismiss it out of hand as an ideal beyond our reach, something that only a handful of saints could attain. The example and intercession of the saints are but a stark reminder of the potential power of grace, if we only take it seriously, and open ourselves up to its transforming path.

Think for a moment of today’s word from St. Paul. We are temples of God; the Spirit of God dwells in us. We are talking about God being truly and actually present to us in some albeit mysterious (can’t fully understand with our limited human abilities) yet real way. What can be more earth shattering than an awareness of that!

If we let consciousness of this be the source of our human activities, all the good deeds (cf. 1st reading) will fall into place. It may be we have some bad habits which first need to be overcome, but with the help of His grace, we too can become “…holy as God is holy”. (Lev.)

19 Feb
2017

Faith Formation News

Youth Room 2 (Resized)Faith Formation: Classes will be held on February 26. (There is no class on February 19 due to winter recess.)

Youth Ministry: Confirmation Classes are February 26, March 12 and March 26 from 6-7:30pm. Youth Ministry will meet on those same dates from 7-8pm.

Sacred Heart is proud to announce that we have started our very own Youth Ministry. We will be meeting in the “New Youth Room” (accessed through the School, Gym doors) at 7pm every other Sunday evening. Unlike Confirmation classes which are based on catechesis, youth ministry adds a necessary communal component to your teenagers life. This communal component is fulfilled in one of three ways; Social Activities, Service Opportunities, and Spiritual Events. Our Youth Ministry is open to all teenagers between the ages of 14-18yrs. Join us for our next Youth Ministry session on February 26 at 7pm. Hope to see you there! Also if you are interested in volunteering/ helping with our Youth Ministry, please contact Erin Ingold at eriningold@gmail.com

18 Feb
2017

CCHS Placement Exam

The placement exam will be given on Friday, March 3 at 8:30am for any new students interested in registering for grades 7-9 for the 2017-2018 school year. Contact Theresa Mainello at tmainello@cchstroy.org or 235-7100 x224 to reserve a seat.

18 Feb
2017

School News

Winter Break: TDSC_4612he school will be closed for our Winter Break the week of February 20th and will reopen on Monday the 27th. The school’s answering machine is always on for those who would like to contact us.

Sacred Heart’s 20th Annual Auction: This year’s auction, “The Wizarding World of Sacred Heart School”, will be on Saturday, April 29 at the Franklin Terrace in Troy so mark your calendars now! The auction is a fun-filled evening of excitement with lots of activity. The silent auction allows people to bid privately on items, the ticket raffle by depositing purchased tickets/chances into a decorated receptacle and the live auction is where people bid publicly on items. To entice you, we already have an Amazon Echo, 2 Echo Dots, a Pet Cube, Disney Hopper pass for 4, and a FitBit Charge 2.

Sacred Heart School Pasta Dinner: Will be held on Wednesday, March 22 from 4-7pm at the Franklin Plaza Main Ballroom downtown Troy. There is ample parking for everyone. Buffet includes salad, rolls & butter, 2 kinds of pasta, Michael’s meatballs, dessert cake with coffee/tea/soda (Cash Bar). Cost: $10 per adult and $5 per child (ages 12 and under). Limited to 250 people – reservations due by Thursday, March 16.

Our annual March Madness Raffle is underway and additional forms may be found in the hallway and on our website www.SacredHeartSchoolTroy.com. Every $10 ticket gives your 31 chances to win $100 with the grand prize of $1,000 being picked on St. Patrick’s Day. Like the NYS Lottery says, “You have to be in it to win it”!

15 Feb
2017

Did You Know?

The Sacred Heart Prayer Group meets on Monday evenings from 7-8:30pm in the Youth Room, entrance is through courtyard.

Sacred Heart’s Bible Study Group is held on Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30pm in Sacred Heart School in the Youth Room (lower level next to the Gym.) Facilitator is Edward J. Martin. All are welcome.

15 Feb
2017

Happy Presidents Day!

The parish office will be closed on Monday, February 20 in observance of President’s Day. The office will reopen on Tuesday, February 21 at 9am.

12 Feb
2017

Youth Ministry Session Postponed

This evenings (2/12) Youth Ministry session scheduled for 7pm has been postponed due to inclement weather.  The session is being rescheduled to Sunday, February 26th at 7:00pm

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