Faith Formation

Registration forms for the 2012-13 program year, grades 1-8, will be available this month.  Session times will be from 9:50-11:05am, with the first session being held on Sunday, September 9th in the school cafeteria to meet the teacher.

Registration forms have been mailed to last year’s students.  If you are a new student or have any questions, please call Margaret Stockwell at 272-0367 or email Susan Martterer at susanmartterer@hotmail.com


School News!

There are still a few spots left in some grades for the 2012-2013 school year.   Registration is ongoing.

School officially begins on Thursday, September 6th.

The Sacred Heart School annual Applebee’s Flapjack Breakfast will be held on Saturday, September 29th from 8-10am.  Mark your calendars and plan on mingling with school and parish community for an enjoyable breakfast of three pancakes, bacon and unlimited coffee and juice.  Tickets will be pre-sold and available the first week of September.  We look forward to seeing you at Applebee’s in East Greenbush!

It’s not too late to sign up for the Fr. Vaughan Golf Scramble, to be held on September 30 at 12:30.  For more information, feel free to contact Kathy Dresch or Devon Camenga at school (274-3655).


“The Gift of Life”

One Mayo Clinic heart recipient said; “The gift of life is priceless.  I think of my donor every day.”  Consider this in relation to receiving communion at Mass.

“Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life.  Yes, that word is really “has” – eternal life now!  Many Christians, including some Catholics, consider receiving the Eucharist as a remembrance of something that happened many years ago.  Listen again, “…unless you eat…” and “whoever eats…”

What is in your mind as you receive?  Do you think of your Donor every day?


Joseph’s House Donations Needed

Joseph’s House is in desperate need of new or gently used bath towels, hand towels and washcloths.  There will be a box in the back of church this weekend or you may drop your donations off directly to Joseph’s House.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.  Many thanks to those who have already given!


“…whoever believes has eternal life.”

In today’s Gospel reading there are four occasions in which Jesus is promising eternal life.  Verse 44: “…and I will raise him on the last day,”  Verse 47: “…whoever believes has eternal life.”  The next two have reference to the Eucharist;  Verse 50:  “…so that one may eat it and not die,” and finally, Verse 51: “…whoever eats this bread will live forever.”

Clearly all who accept Jesus in faith will have attained eternal life!  How is your life unfolding relative to our  primary goal of living with God forever?


Volunteer Opportunity

St. Joseph the Worker Program sponsored by the Sisters of  St. Joseph of Carondelet, offers women and opportunity to grow in their leadership, explore spirituality, live in community and serve in local human services agencies.  The volunteer year begins in August and extends until June of 2013.  It’s not too early to consider what you might like to be doing to “change the world.”  For more information contact Sr. Betsy VanDeusen csj at 393-0528 or sjworkers@csjalbany.org or www.sjworkers.org


Teen Pathways: Leading Teens Closer to Christ

A new year of Teen Pathways is fast approaching and if your teen has the interest and desire to be confirmed in the Catholic faith then this program is for them!  In order to receive the sacrament of Confirmation every teen needs to complete the two year preparatory program that is Teen Pathways.

This is an exciting time in this program’s history as we continue our mission of “leading teens closer to Christ.”  Session times are 6-7:30pm on Sundays.  Our program prides itself on its contemporary approach to learning about our faith that is  hands on, engaging and participatory in nature.

If your teen is interested in being part of this exciting program and receiving the sacrament of Confirmation please fill out the registration form found at http://bit.ly/teenpathwaysregistration  along with returning the registration fee of $45 to the parish office.  If you have any questions or would like some additional information about our program you can email me at teenpathways@gmail.com        Andrew Quell


Peter’s Pence Collection

 At this weekend’s Masses we will support the Holy Father in his charitable works.  The Peter’s Pence Collection is taken up worldwide to support the most disadvantaged: victims of war, oppression, and natural disasters and others in need of emergency assistance.  Pope Benedict XVI has said, “It is necessary above all that every person be motivated by the authentic spirit of peace” (Homily, January 1, 2011).  Cast the peace of Christ upon the world – please be generous in this weekend’s collections.


Follow the Good Shephard

In the last verse of today’s reading we see the people of Jesus’ time wandering astray and in need of a shepherd.  Look around you, is it any different today?  It is increasingly difficult to maintain a sense of purpose and direction in a world which stresses selfishness and comfort.   We are all called to wander afield by attractions that are not in harmony with our best interest.  There are plenty of voices to listen to, but many times we are tempted to take the easy path.  Remember, however, God gave us Jesus, the Good Shepherd, to guide and nourish each and every one of us.  Listen and follow him!


Fr. Kruegler 50th Anniversary Memorial Mass

A 50th Anniversary Mass will be celebrated in memory of Fr. William C. Kruegler M.M. and his mission of service on August 7 at 9:30am here at Sacred Heart.  Sr. Cathy Kruegler will be hosting a coffee hour following the Mass.  If you are planning on attending the coffee hour please RSVP to Sr. Cathy at 435-1057 or sckruegler@ahns.org

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Saturday: 3:00pm or by appointment (Call 274-1363)


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