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Your Sins are Forgiven


Forgiveness is the subject of today’s reading from Luke.  The woman, the town sinner, dares to approach Jesus at dinner.  She has recognized her sins and with profound and sincere gestures expresses her remorse.

This is a beautiful example of God’s grace which means that we are experiencing God’s favor when we know we are underserving.

When our expressions of love to Jesus are in deeds and not just words,  you too will hear the words; “Your sins are forgiven.”


Parish Events

Anniversary Kickoff – On Monday, June 17 at 7pm, Brother Peter Furlong of LaSalle Institute will be here to lead a Prayer Service inaugurating our 100th Anniversary as a parish and 85th Anniversary as a school.

June 22nd Family Fun Day Event – There is much fun planned for Saturday’s 1pm-5pm event.  Since there will be very limited parking, we have arranged for parking at off-site locations.  A CDTA shuttle will be running between St. William’s and Emma Willard parking lots to Sacred Heart for your convenience.  Remember, there is no 4:00pm Mass on Saturday, June 22nd.

June 23rd Sunday Brunch  – Franklin Terrace following 11:15am  Mass.  Our guest speakers will be Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino and Mayor of Troy Louis Rosamilia.  Tickets are by reservation only.


Pastors Message to Graduates

Dear Graduates,

Please excuse my absence this evening. I am recovering from a severe infection and my doctor has recommended a lengthy period of rest.

I wish to extend to all of you my sincere congratulations on the evening of your graduation exercises. As Pastor of Sacred Heart Church, I am justly proud of your many accomplishments and am grateful for your fine witness to the Christian values of our faith, which, after all, is the very reason why our school was established in the first place. Having successfully completed your course of studies, you are now prepared for even greater challenges ahead. I pray that the Holy Spirit, source of all wisdom, continues to guide and enlighten you as you continue on your journey throughout life. Middle School now awaits you!

Let me begin my sermon with a personal memory of some significance.

In the long ago days of my youth, I was a close friend of a boy from my neighborhood in Albany, who was an exceptional student. He could always be counted on to graduate near or at the top of his class every June. He was an “A” student.

Upon graduation from High School, he enrolled at Siena, where he studied for five years, four years as an undergraduate and one year as a graduate student. Immediately following his years of study at Siena, he spent the next several years studying law at Columbia University Law School and Yale Law School.  His intention was to be admitted to the New York State Bar.  He wanted to be a lawyer.

Even after completing his studies at Law school, he sought more schooling. He simply could not get enough education. He then earned an advanced degree in law. Not surprisingly, he amassed a large debt to the federal government.

One day I asked a close friend of mine, a Catholic priest, why anyone would choose the life of a professional student. Knowing well the young man in question, he replied, “That’s easy, books do not talk back to you; people do. You can always hide behind books; it is a lot more difficult avoiding workers in a workplace.

It seems to me that a Catholic School education is pointless if it fails to provide young students with the necessary social skills to enter into personal contact with others. Our Blessed Lord Jesus did not shun contact with others, even those who were considered untouchable, such as lepers, tax collectors and prostitutes. He did not bury himself in sacred scrolls of God’s inspired Word. He engaged the people and they responded with great affection.

Dear graduates, how easy it is to bury ourselves in all those popular new gadgets. How much of our time is spent using our smart phones, I pads and BlackBerry’s. And what about Facebook, twitter and texting… Yesterday, a nurse at Dana Farber Institute in Boston spoke to me of a boy she had seen alone with his father in a local park. The youngster seemed sad because his father, obviously distracted by the business of texting someone, was ignoring him.

We need to be constantly aware that we are a family, a community of faith and the Body of Christ. We bond with people, not with books or all the other marvels of American technology.

In our modern era, more and more people have chosen to make religion a private affair, making the sacramental life of the parish unimportant. Who needs a community when you can worship “on-line” and make yourself the center of attention?

Boys and girls, stay close to your parish community. It will have a profoundly humanizing and comforting effect upon you. You will find security in a culture increasingly hostile to the Christian values we hold so dear. You will experience joy and warmth, peace and love.

In closing, I wish to speak to the parents of our graduates. I share in your joy this night. All your sacrifices have paid off handsomely for you. Thank you for enrolling your children in our school. May god bless you for saying “yes to the little school with the big heart.”       Father Yanas


100th Anniversary Recollections

This note card, pertaining to Sacred Heart’s upcoming 100th Anniversary Celebration was recently received from a former SHS teacher, Sister Mary Anne Fetcho, CSJ.  Sister Fetcho writes;  “Dear Fr. Yanas & Committee,  Thank you for your special invitation.  I have many happy memories of my years at Sacred Heart.  On the weekend of June 21-23, I will keep all of you in my thoughts & prayers.  I am honored to have been a part of the history of Sacred Heart.  My love, prayers & blessings, Sister Mary Anne Fetcho.”



100th Anniversary Update

June 22nd Family Fun Day Event There is much fun planned for Saturday’s 1pm-5pm event.  Since there will be very limited parking, we have arranged for additional parking at off-site locations.  A CDTA shuttle will be running between those lots and Sacred Heart for your convenience.  Remember, there is  no 4:00pm Mass on Saturday, June 22nd.

June 23rd Sunday Brunch Franklin Terrace following 11:15am  Mass.  Our guest speakers will be Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino and Mayor of Troy Louis Rosamilia.  Please reserve your tickets by returning payment and RSVP form to the rectory.

Check out the Anniversary Celebration page on this site for event & parking location/shuttle route maps, RSVP & T-Shirt order forms, a sampling of vintage photos submitted by parishioners, a printable parish history document and much more!



“Made in Bethlehem” – Olive Wood from the Holy Land

Next weekend (May 25-26) we will be visited by Luai Helal from Bethlehem Wood Carving in Grand Blanc, Michigan who will be selling hand-carved, olive wood religious artifacts.  Proceeds support Christian families in the Holy Land who depend on the income to support their families.


Sacred Heart Confirmation at the Cathedral

On May 1, 2013 seventeen of our youth were confirmed by Bishop Hubbard at the Cathedral in Albany.  Congratulations one and all!


May Crowning of Blessed Mother

On Tuesday May 7, 2013 (a glorious spring morning!) Sacred Heart School Children gathered at the statue of Our Blessed Mother located on the Spring Avenue side of the church property to honor the Blessed Mother and place a crown of flowers upon her head.  The ceremony, officiated and lead by our Pastor Fr. Yanas included song and readings to honor Mary in the month of May.


Faith Formation News

The LAST remaining class of the 2012-13 Faith Formation session, grades 1 through 8, will be THIS Sunday, April 28, from 9:50 to 11:05 AM. Registration forms for the 2013-14 year will be sent home with the children this weekend.  Additional copies will be made available on the bulletin board in the vestibule of the church and also by request through the rectory.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION –  The celebration of the reception of First Holy Communion by candidates in the Faith Formation program and Sacred Heart School will be held on Sunday, May 5  at 1:30 PMRehearsal will be held on Friday, May 3rd at 6:30 PM in the church.  Parents must attend this rehearsal with their children.  If there are any questions, please contact Marge Stockwell at 272-0367 or Susan Martterer at susanmartterer@hotmail.com.

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