4 Oct

Autumn Diocesan Gathering

The Autumn Diocesan Gathering will be Saturday, October 24 from 9am-3pm at LaSalle Institute. The Autumn Gathering is an opportunity to gather with the wider diocesan community for a day of prayer, learning and sharing. The day starts off with lively prayer featuring live music, followed by an inspiring presentation by a keynote speaker.  The balance of the day includes informative and engaging workshops on a wide variety of ministry topics as well as special exhibits and vendors.

For more information on the workshops, exhibits and vendors and for a brochure/registration form please see the September 24 Evangelist,  or visit www.autumngathering.org.  All are welcome to attend.

4 Oct

Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries

Do you struggle after experiencing an abortion? Rachel’s Vineyard is a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion. Weekend retreats offer you a supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment where women and men can express, release and reconcile painful post-abortive emotions to begin the process of restoration, renewal and healing.

For more information visit www.rachelsvineyard. org or call Rachel’s Vineyard: 877-467-3463.

4 Oct

School News

Applebee’s Yummm! Sacred Heart School’s  annual Applebee’s Pancake fundraising event will be held at the East Greenbush Applebee’s Restaurant on Saturday, October 17th from 8:00 to 10:00 am. Tickets cost $6.00 a person and are available for purchase in the school office. Why not join us over three pancakes and a coffee! We are limited to 250 breakfasts so buy your tickets as soon as possible.

2 Oct

America Needs Fatima

Fatima Blessed Mother (Square)The goal of America Needs Fatima Public Square Rosary is to win the heart and soul of America for The Blessed Virgin Mary by spreading Our Lady’s Fatima message and promoting devotion to Her Immaculate Heart. The Rosary Rally is held nationally on the closest Saturday to October 13th, the feast of the last Fatima apparition and the Miracle of the Sun.

Please join us in praying the Rosary at 12Noon on Saturday, October 10, 2015  at  SACRED HEART CHURCH, 310 Spring Avenue, Troy, NY (Meet in Parking Lot located on the same side as the church)

27 Sep

God Almighty in Our Lives!

Inspirational-1(Resize)Is there any doubt that St. James in today’s second reading considers the wealthy to be in grave danger of squandering the hope for salvation?

Wealth begets a false sense of power and security, and power corrupts. It contradicts a healthy sense of dependence upon God – which is what He asks of us. We are mere creatures with all sorts of inherent limitations of mind and spirit and even life itself. Yet all too often we simply refuse to accept that, whether explicitly or implicitly in how we act on a daily basis. We choke when it comes to letting God the Almighty be God in our daily living.

In today’s Gospel when we hear the words of Jesus speaking about getting rid of anything that stands in the way of our proper relationship with God, do not give in to the temptation to think Jesus is exaggerating, and therefore we can write Him off? Jesus is trying to impress upon us how serious this issue is. His words are hard, not easy, to accept. Reality is hard to accept.

Too often we prefer a dream world or to bury our heads in the sand. When will we allow His words to pierce our defenses and enter our hearts?

26 Sep

Faith Formation News

Religious Education, Grades 1- 8: Classes will be held THIS Sunday, September 27 and Sunday, October 4. Students will attend the Sacred Heart Family Mass at 11:15 AM on October 4 following classes. Registration forms for both returning and new families are still available at the faith formation page on our parish website www.sacredhearttroy.com and on the bulletin board in the church hallway, and will be accepted through the first week in October. If you still anticipate enrolling your child(ren), please contact Marge Stockwell at the rectory, or at 272-0367.

Volunteers for substitute catechist and classroom aide positions are always welcome! If you have ever considered this ministry but are still unsure, serving as a classroom aide may be the “sneak peak” you need to convince yourself that this very rewarding ministry is for you! Please contact Marge Stockwell at the rectory, or at 272-0367 for further information.

Our Confirmation Preparation class (9th and 10th grade) has started. We are so excited about this year’s class, it’s going to be fun, interactive and educational! Also, we are excited for 2016’s Confirmandi, and praying for them as they prepare to take this step in their spiritual journey with the Church. Session 2 will be our SAFE ENVIRONMENT CLASS which is mandatory (Unless you decide to Opt out—if so, please fill out the form). THE SAFE ENVIRONMENT CLASS will be held THIS SUNDAY September 27th from 6pm-7:30pm in the Youth Room (located in the Rectory Basement).

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 team to help prepare adults for these sacraments, please contact Marge Stockwell at the rectory, or at 272-0367.

26 Sep

School News

The School Website:
Please visit our school website: www.SacredHeartSchoolTroy.com for up-to-date information in many areas. The photo gallery is just one of the means for highlighting some of the events taking place in and out of the school building.

Pain Free Fundraising:
Thank you for your continued support of our school. A list of this year’s participating products for Campbell’s Labels for Education and Box Tops for Educations may be located on our website within one of our posts and on the bulletin board in the hallway. These and Price Chopper Tools for School are the most successful due to everyone’s participation.

Simple ways to raise $$$ for our SHS
It is just a simple fact that without fundraising, we would have to raise tuition. Here are a few
PAIN-FREE fundraisers for you to consider:

  • Clothing drop-off box—located in the smaller parking lot across from the school. Drop off purses, belts, linens, towels, stuffed animals, etc. We receive $.04/pound!
  • Tools for Schools – through Price Chopper . Just register your AdVantedge card and use it every time you shop!
  • BoxTops for Education – just clip them off of the product and send them to school. We’ll get $.10 to $.15 for each box top.
  • Campbell’s Labels for Education – Just clip and submit the point portion from qualifying items.
  • Colonie Center $chool Buck$ – every time you shop at Colonie Center ( bookstores, nails, travel plans, phone cards, movies, gift cards, etc) please bring your receipts to Customer Service, where they will calculate your spending and stamp your receipts. This is a year-long program, and we can earn up to $8,000 for the school. In past years, we have placed second and received between $4,000 and 5,000 each year!

Yankee Candle:
This year’s Yankee Candle sale is scheduled for the week of October 2nd to the 9th. A flyer will be posted on the bulletin board with orders being taken through the office or online. Our website will provide additional information.

20 Sep

Expect To Be Resented…

The larger context of today’s first reading taken from the Book of Wisdom, is the musing of someone who has judged life to be meaningless and therefore has decided to “…enjoy the good things…have our fill of costly wine and perfumes…everywhere let us leave tokens of our rejoicing…” Having adopted this philosophy of life, he then sees the God-fearing good man as a reproach to his chosen lifestyle.  He resents the virtuous man and persecutes him because the “goodness” is a reproach to his conscience.

The lesson of Jesus found in today’s Gospel is: expect to be resented and persecuted if you are a true disciple. Evil cannot tolerate the presence of goodness and therefore seeks to bring down goodness to its own level, and if that fails, to destroy goodness.

Look around you in the world today. How many of our contemporaries relish attacking the Church? How may openly resent the Church’s moral ideals? Where do you stand in the midst of this world’s machinations?

20 Sep

Men’s Night of Recollection

Attention all Catholic Men and Priests! Bishop Scharfenberger will lead Diocesan Men’s Night of Recollection, A Call to Arms! On September 26 at 6pm at St. Ambrose Church on Old Loudon Road in Latham.

Sponsored by the Albany chapter of The King’s Men (TKM) lay-apostolate, the night will include adoration, confession a riveting call-to-arms talk from nationally renowned Catholic speaker and author, Mark Houck, Bishop’s Mass and pizza and beverages. To learn more or RSVP, find our event page on Facebook-TKM or email Matt Ingold at matt@thekingsmen.org

19 Sep

School News

DSC_4533This Year’s Theme: You may have noticed the large colorful school bulletin board in the main hallway which we attempt to keep up-to-date for all to see. This year’s theme is posted at the top: “Jesus, the greatest puzzle master, He works through us from the inside out.” We will be sure to keep you informed as to how the school will serve to live this quote throughout the year.
New Beginnings: There are several new faces among our faculty, staff and student body that you may have already noted. Mrs. Beeler is our second grade teacher, Miss. Longwitz is our art teacher and Mrs. DiCarlo, Mrs. Henry and Mrs. Morabito are the Pre-K aides. Most of our Pre-School children are new and many other “newbees” are scattered throughout the kindergarten through sixth grade classrooms. Please be sure to welcome them all and thank therm for their dedication to our children!

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Saturday Vigil 4:00pm Sunday 8:45am & 11:15am Weekday 9:00am


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