Recieve The Body Of Christ!

Listen very carefully to this passage that  Jesus chose from Isaiah to be read on that Sabbath.  We might call it his inaugural address that is announcing why he came and what he is going to do.  As members of the Body of Christ, which we are, it is imperative that we recognize others as members also and assist when necessary.  Keep in mind what St. Augustine use to say when he distributed Communion: “Receive what you are: the body of Christ!”  In short, it is not enough to hear the Word, it is necessary to receive the Word into our hearts and really “Bring Christ to the world.”


Catholic Schools Week Begins

Catholic Schools’ Week – Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated during the week of January 27th.  The SHS Family Mass will be celebrated on January 27th at 11:15 am, followed immediately by our first Open House from 1:00pm – 3:00pm.  A second, evening Open House will also be held on January 30th from 6:00pm – 9:00pm.  All are welcome!

Other School Events

“Mardi Gras”-  Is the theme for this year’s auction to benefit SHS and will be held on Saturday, February 9th, 2013 at the Franklin Terrace Ballroom.  Invitations are still available. Why not invite a group of family and/or friends and reserve a table of 10!  Please contact the school office with any questions and concerns

March Madness is upon us – The SHS annual raffle kicked off in time for holiday gatherings and will continue into March.  Tickets are still $10.00 each with the ability to win 31 times!  Flyers are available in back of church and in school office.


Bring your Problems to Him

In John’s gospel Jesus’ miracles are called signs.  For him the miracles are signs pointing to something far more important.  They teach us, they reveal to us, they tell us that Jesus is God doing the works of God so that we might believe and have faith.  Today the sign shows that Jesus is concerned with, and gets involved in, the problems and situations of ordinary, everyday life – for instance the lack of wine at a wedding.

Know that Jesus is tied to the events of our life!  He might not take us out of a situation but he will get us through it.  Do as Mary did, bring it to the Lord who cares.  Bring it to Jesus!


Abortion Expansion Proposed

Governor Cuomo’s repackaging of an extreme abortion bill into a so-called “women’s agenda” is a desperate attempt to push through an abortion expansion that has been around for six years and has failed to gain traction as a stand-alone bill.  This bill, first championed by Eliot Spitzer, is radical and far out of the mainstream, even by the standards of New York, a state with an abortion rate twice the national average (33% of all pregnancies, 40% in NYC, in New York State now end in abortion.) This bill will permit more late term abortions, allow non-doctors to perform abortions, and will preclude any reasonable restrictions on abortion like parental notification.  Moreover it would permit the state to pull the operating certificate of Catholic hospitals and agencies that “discriminate” by not performing or referring women on abortions.

In response to Gov. Cuomo’s promotion of this radical abortion bill Kathleen M. Gallagher, director of pro-life activities for the New York State Catholic Conference,  stated “An abortion expansion in New York State will not foster women’s health or women’s dignity.  New Yorkers want their leaders to take action to decrease the state’s abortion rate and reduce the tragedy for women and families.”

Go to http://www.nyscatholic.org/ and “Take Action” to send a message to your lawmakers opposing the Governor’s abortion expansion plan.


Pastoral Council Open Nominations

Sacred Heart Pastoral Council seeks nominations from parishioners to fill four (4) council seats scheduled to expire in October of 2013.  Persons eligible for Council membership must be in full communion with the Holy Catholic Church, at least eighteen (18) years of age, and a registered parishioner.   Written nominations will be accepted beginning Saturday January 26, 2013 and may be made in person at the Parish office or via email through the Parish web site (www.sacredhearttroy.com) by clicking on the “contact” link appearing at the head of the home page.

The Council is a consultative and visioning body whose primary responsibility is to discern God’s will for the parish community and to assist the Pastor by assessing parish needs, clarifying priorities and recommending solutions consistent with Church teachings.  The Council meets approximately four (4) times a year with members serving a two (2) year term.  All terms begin, and end, at the Councils Annual Meeting held in October each year.

For more information, including a listing of current council members, please see the Pastoral Council page on the Sacred Heart web site (www.sacredhearttroy.com) , call Sam Ciraulo at 271-7865 or speak directly with any existing council member.


100th Anniversary News

In June of this year Sacred Heart Parish will celebrate its 100 year anniversary (85th year anniversary for Sacred Heart School).  Numerous special events and family centered activities are planned.  Mark your calendars and be sure to watch the bulletin, our Facebook page and this web site for additional updates.

Sacred Heart Parish 100th Anniversary Celebration Schedule:

Friday June 21, 2013 – Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Howard Hubbard, followed by a reception of coffee & deserts.

Saturday June 22, 2013 – Family fun day with food, music, fun and fellowship.

Sunday June 23, 2013 – Parish 100th Anniversary Mass, followed by a brunch at Franklin Terrace!


You Are My Beloved Child!

For most of us the meaning of Baptism was the wiping away of original sin and opening the gates of heaven for us.  A great sacrament and it was over.  Or was it over?

Look to our guide Jesus.  For Him, baptism was the beginning of his public life, the work that the Father sent him to do.  As with Jesus, the Holy Spirit has been given to us – “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

So too we have been sent.  When you renew your baptismal vows listen carefully, follow them and the Father will someday say to you: “You are my beloved child; with you I am well pleased.”


Faith Formation


Sessions for grades 1 through 8 for the month of January will be held from 9:50-11:05am on the 13th and 27th.  Parents of children receiving the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion this year will soon receive a list of dates regarding mandatory meetings, rehearsals and celebrations.  Please contact Marge Stockwell at 272-0367 or Susan Martterer at susanmartterer@hotmail.com with any questions you may have.



The 9th Grade Retreat: The Power of Prayer will be held on Sunday January 13, 2013 from 12:00 – 4:00pm in Saint Jude’s Gym.  All 9th Grade teens MUST attend!  Pizza provided!

Teen Mass will be held on Sunday January 27, 2013 at 6:00pm in Sacred Heart Church – All teens and their families are welcome!  Pizza for all those who attend will be provided after the Mass! If you would like to RSVP for pizza please respond at www.bit.ly/TPaftermass


Christmas Flower Offerings


A special thank you to all who contributed to provide flowers and holiday decorations for the church and alter this Christmas season. Your generosity added greatly to creating a joyous and festive environment as we celebrated the birth of our Lord!


The 2012 Christmas Flower List will be available the weekend of Jan. 5-6 at the rear of church.


Prayer for Our Parish

God, our Father, Bless our Parish of the Sacred Heart.  Help us to welcome all who come to worship, adore and praise You, the One true God and Father of us all.  Jesus, be with us, as we celebrate your life, death and resurrection in Word and Sacrament.  Holy Spirit, fill our parish family with your love.  Help us to love one another in our parish and in our family.  Guide us in your holy will for the present and the future of our Parish of Sacred Heart.   Amen.

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