19 Oct

North American Martyr’s

North-American-Martyrs1While today’s Scripture readings follow the ordinary Sunday cycle, throughout the diocese of Albany we commemorate the North American martyrs, St. Isaac Jogues and his fellow missionaries of the 17th century.  These members of the Society of Jesus who dedicated themselves to the conversion of the American Indians took Christ’s words very literally when they journeyed from Renaissance France to the frontiers of North America that they might preach and baptize.

Their reaction in faith to the discovery of America was to willingly leave civilization and under trying conditions journey to what is now our part of the new world.  Despite constant danger and great personal suffering they gave their lives in an effort to share the faith.

While we today celebrate their heroic victory in the eyes of God, do we also share the Spirit which drove their missionary zeal? Do we love our contemporary “neo-pagans” enough to spend our time and energies to open their eyes to conversion and the joy of consciously sharing in God’s love?

Follow these links to read more about the eight North American Martyrs; The Eight North American Martyrs or plan a visit to the Auriesville Shrine at Shrine of our Lady of Martyrs

19 Oct

World Mission Sunday

THIS weekend is World Mission Sunday! We are invited today to reach out and help build the Church in Mongolia, the world’s youngest Catholic Church, as well as local churches throughout the Missions, in the most remote areas across our world.

Your prayers and generous gift to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith in the collections this weekend help the work of priests, religious and lay leaders in Mongolia and throughout the Missions who offer the poor practical help and the experience of God’s love and mercy. For more information, please visit www.IAmAMissionary.org

18 Oct

Pastoral Care

One of the missions of our parish is to care for the sick and suffering members of our community. In order to fulfill this goal, we need the help of our parishioners. If you have a family member, friend or neighbor who is unable to attend Mass and would like the bulletin or a communion visit, please call the rectory.

Also, if an accident occurs on the premises, please call the rectory or see an usher, sacristan, or priest so that the proper information can be obtained. It is important for us to know of these matters so that we can allow the pastoral care process to begin.

18 Oct

Boston Market Fundraiser

The Boston Market located in Latham (in front of Hoffman’s Car Wash) is hosting a fundraising dinner for our school on Tuesday, October 28 – 4:00 until closing. Orders over the phone for pick up, orders through the drive through or those sitting down inside the restaurant must present a special ticket upon ordering. Download tickets for printing before placing your order by clicking on the Boston Market Fundraiser Flyer link, pick up a copy in this weeks bulletin, or take an extra from the “Events Board” located in the hallway at the rear of church.

12 Oct

What Garments Do You Wear?

Mass 1At first sight today’s readings from the Prophet Isaiah and the Gospel of St. Matthew look like the promise of reward in contrast to last week’s warnings about potential rejection. But not so fast. Look carefully at the last four verses of the parable in today’s Gospel.

“…The king said to him, ‘My friend, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?’ But he was reduced to silence. Then the king said to his attendants, ‘Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’ Many are invited, but few are chosen.”

The obvious “moral of the story” is, even those given a second chance if they do not properly prepare themselves, can blow it and miss out on the banquet!

St. Paul in today’s second reading, while thanking the community at Philippi for their generosity to him, points out that by keeping ever focused upon Jesus he has learned to accept both joys and sorrow, pleasure and pain.  Said another way, in living with and in and through the Lord all life experiences are seen for what they really are, transitory, in the necessary journey on the road to eternal glory. With that sort of focus the reward is assured.

12 Oct

World Mission Sunday

Next weekend our parish will celebrate World Mission Sunday. This year we are invited to reach out and help build the Church in Mongolia, the world’s youngest Catholic Church, as well as local churches throughout the Missions, in the most remote areas across our world. Through the work of these churches, and their witness to Christ, the poor receive practical help and experience God’s love and mercy. Below is a letter from Bishop Scharfenberger on the importance of World Mission Sunday and our response to it!

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

When I was called to take up the wonderful ministry of being your Bishop, I accepted with a consciousness that my vocation as Bishop committed me not only to you, but to the Church Universal as a member of the College of Bishops.
The purpose of World Mission Sunday is to raise our awareness of the needs of the Church in mission areas of our world.

Much of our world has taken Pope Francis to its heart. He speaks constantly of “going to the peripheries” and announcing that Jesus loves them. In this spirit our Holy Father accepts the responsibility of providing for the needs of the Mission Church. This special appeal on the weekend of October 18-19, is a very important source of providing Pope Francis with what he needs to help our missions.
I ask that you be as generous as possible. I thank you for all that you do for the missionary outreach of our Church. I pray that the Lord grand you grace and peace.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Edward B. Scharfenberger
Bishop of Albany



12 Oct

Lasagna Dinner Scheduled

The Men’s Club of St. Michael’s Church is sponsoring a Lasagna Dinner on Tuesday, October 14th from 5-7pm. Adults are $12 and children $4. Advance ticket sales are $10 for adults. Please call 283-3750 for more information.

11 Oct

Bishop’s Appeal Update

Thank you to all parishioners who have participated in Sacred Heart’s response to this year’s Appeal. To date we have 260 pledges/gifts for a total of $66,076.

Unfortunately, despite this tremendous response we remain $7,447 short of our goal.  However, it is still not to late to make your pledge/gift.

Participating in Sacred Heart’s response to the 2014 Bishop’s Appeal is as easy as inserting your cash or check donation in an envelope, write your name and the words “2014 Bishop’s Appeal” on the outside and drop your donation in the weekly collection basket! Alternatively, you can donate on-line at http://www.thebishopsappeal.org/  You’ll be surprised at how good it will make you feel, knowing that you have done your part to support our Sacred Heart community!

One final thought: If the remaining 530 parishioners would consider a gift of just $15, we could make our goal for 2014. Please help support your parish. Thank you.

11 Oct

Blood Pressure Clinic

SHC 091111-011AThe Parish Nurses will be conducting a Blood Pressure Clinic after all Masses NEXT weekend (October 18-19, 2014)  Why not stop in after Mass and get your pressure checked!

11 Oct

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 dynamic team to help prepare adults for these sacraments, please contact Marge Stockwell at the rectory, at 272-0367 or via email at mstockwell7@gmail.com

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