11 Feb
2016

Speaker Series Presents

Bill DonaghyInternational Speaker, Bill Donaghy will join us at 1:00pm in Sacred Heart Church on Saturday February 13, 2016 to deliver his captivating and enlightening talk entitled: “God, Love, and the Meaning of Life: The Theology of the Body”

For more information on Mr. Donaghy’s talk and to read a brief bio, click here to go to our Speakers Series Page!

Download a printable announcement for this talk by clicking on the link:  B Donaghy 02-13-16 Lecture Announcement (Rev1)

7 Feb
2016

Do Not Be Afraid

Inspirational-3(Resized)Last Sunday we reflected on God’s call to Jeremiah. In today’s first reading we find the call to the prophet Isaiah. Both hesitated at first.

In Isaiah’s case his reluctance was based upon his awareness of his unworthiness. So God, simply through a sacramental sign (touching his mouth with a burning coal from the altar) changed that status.  The result, Isaiah could respond: “Here I am…send me.”

In today’s second reading we find St. Paul speaking about his vocation. Notice the similarity with Isaiah: “For I am the least of the apostles, not fit to be called an Apostle”. But then follows that greatest of spiritual insights and one which needs to inspire us always: “But by the grace of God I am what I am and His grace to me has not been ineffective”.

In discussing God’s call to each of us, our late contemporary St. John Paul II was fond of quoting Jesus’ words found in today’s Gospel: “Do not be afraid”.

7 Feb
2016

Faith Formation News

Religious Education: Eighty-three students from grades 1-8 meet for classes most Sunday mornings of each month, and are taught by 13 parishioners who serve as volunteer catechists, aides and substitutes. The students attend the monthly Family Mass, and several have served or participated in these Masses as altar servers, first time lectors and gift bearers. The Faith and Life series, published by Ignatius Press, is used as the primary teaching tool at all grade levels, and the curriculum is rounded out by a number of additional activities, including:

  • Confessions during the seasons of Advent and Lent
  • Stations of the Cross during Lent
  • An All Saints Day Assembly, where each grade presented group projects describing the life of a Saint, including song, skit and story boards (see the parish website www.sacredhearttroy.com for pictures and a brief narrative).
  • Simple service projects, including: assistance with the Social Justice Committee’s Sock and Underwear drive; creation of greeting cards for local Veterans on Veterans Day and Christmas; and creation of ornaments which were hand-delivered with cookies and a greeting card to twenty home bound parishioners by students, teachers and several Communion ministers. One of the students who participated in the Homebound Parishioner project had this to say about her experience:

“My class went to people’s houses. We may have gone to eight houses. We brought ornaments, cards and cookies. It was a lot better than I thought. one lady was 92 but looked like 80.” (Kaelin Pogue, 6th grade).

For more information about this program, or to share your time, talent or suggestions, please feel free to contact Marge Stockwell at the rectory.

Next week a report on Youth and Young Adult Faith Formation efforts.

Religious Education Class: this Sunday (Feb. 7) followed by attendance at the Family Mass at 11:15am. Classes resume on Sunday, February 28.

Confirmation Class: for FEBRUARY 7 is cancelled, HOWEVER students’ attendance at one of the following two events was required. If you didn’t attend the Holy Hour on February 5th you will be expected to attend the Speaker Series on February 13th. (the attendance sheet can be found in the back hallway of the church).

6 Feb
2016

Thank You Susan!

Susan HSacred Heart extends deep appreciation to SUSAN HITCHCOCK for her years of service to our community. We wish her health and happiness in all future endeavors.  At the same time the Sacred Heart Community welcomes FRANCIS SUAREZ as our new Music Director!

6 Feb
2016

Parish Photo Directory

Sacred Heart is planning to produce a Parish Directory in-house this Spring. The pictures will be taken by our parishioner Sam Ciraulo, who is a professional photographer. There is no fee attached to being photographed for this directory (and there will be no sales pitch either.) A sign up sheet will be placed in the back of church starting this weekend for a 10 minute portrait sitting slot. Pictures will be taken before Mass and following Mass in March and April.

6 Feb
2016

School News

Annual Auction: The Annual Auction is Just Weeks Away! “SacredHeartopoly” Our biggest fundraising event of the year will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the “Venue” in Cohoes.

Ash Wednesday: The school children will be attending the 9:00 am mass in celebration of Ash Wednesday: the beginning of the Season of Lent.

March Madness Raffle: Do not miss the opportunity of having 31 chances to win $100 and the ticket pulled on St. Patrick’s Day (3/17/15) will win $1,000. All winning tickets go back into the drum, thus providing a person with multiple chances of winning. Tickets are available in the hallway outside of the school office and a printable ticket is located on the school website. www.sacredheartschooltroy.com

6 Feb
2016

Lenten Moments of Mercy

Lenten Moments Of MercyLent invites us to turn our minds and hearts back towards our God of mercy. Begin your daily encounter with mercy with Lenten Moments of Mercy. Our daily, Scripture-based series is delivered to you by e-mail. In this series, James Campbell, M.A., D.Min., shares beautiful reflections and the inspiring words of Pope Francis, and provides suggestions for Lenten actions and prayers.

Lenten Moments of Mercy is free from Loyola Press. Sign up now and be ready to connect with the Pope’s message of mercy, and live it daily throughout Lent.

Please feel free to share this news with your friends and family.

Blessings,
Loyola Press

4 Feb
2016

First Friday Holy Hour

SCPS-150402-018Pray in a New Way! Eucharistic Adoration with Musical accompaniment from Sacred Heart’s Young adult Music Ministry, Confession, Prayer Teams, The Order for Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.  Friday February 5, 2016 at 6:30pm Sacred Heart Parish 310 Spring Avenue, Troy NY 12180.

Download PDF of announcement here: First Friday Holy Hour Announcement (02-05-16)

31 Jan
2016

“… Your Light Must Shine Before Others

20130302DSC_2809-039By virtue of our Christian baptism, our vocation in life, whatever else it might include, is to make the living Christ present to the world around us! Most of us, it would seem, seldom if ever take this responsibility seriously. Instead, we spend entire lifetimes either refusing to think about it, or simply rationalizing excuses for not getting around to acting out our Christian calling!
In today’s first reading we find the prophet Jeremiah attempting to exercise this same human tendency.  Claiming, he was “too young” Jeremiah attempts to resist his vocation to proclaim God’s Word. In response, God points out that He Himself provides the means to accomplish His designs.  Using military metaphors such as: “pillar of iron”, “wall of brass”, and “fortified city” God also promises to protect those whom He chooses, and assures us that He will not allow us to be crushed.
The great saints took these assurances seriously, and courageously did God’s bidding. Do we? Or are we afraid to open our mouths or show our faith when we detect opposition?
31 Jan
2016

Something New!

Altar Vessels - 03Beginning on Thursday, February 11, and continuing throughout Lent, we will be introducing an evening Mass at 6:30pm during the week. It is our hope that people who work during the day or attend school will enjoy this opportunity to celebrate Mass other than the weekend liturgy.
This evening Mass will be in addition to our 9:00am Mass on Thursday morning. Perhaps the whole family may come and pray together at this evening celebration. We are looking forward to seeing you!

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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)

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Please call the Rectory (274-1363) weekdays for information and scheduled dates.

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Please call the Rectory (274-1363) weekdays for an appointment at least six months in advance of wedding.

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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.