We Have Been Called

Simon Peter was just going about his ordinary work fishing when Jesus came to him.  The prophet in our first reading was merely in the Temple praying.  Paul reminds us that Jesus appeared to him on the road to Damascus.  So you see God often comes to us in the midst of very ordinary circumstances.  Now don’t feel that you must be a super person to be called; it is God’s work that we have been called to and listen to his words: “Do not be afraid.”  Peter and his companions were professional fishermen, but on their own they were catching nothing.  When Jesus appeared and told them what to do, the catch was overwhelming!

Look at the life-style in our country; – Jesus needs more “catchers” today.  Yes, we have all been called to spread his message!


Teen Pathways

Sunday, Feb 10th Session: Why BE Catholic? 6:00-7:30pm Saint Jude’s Gym.

Sunday, Feb 24th Session: Teen Mass 6:00pm Saint Jude Church, Fr. Ligato, Celebrant.  All teens and their families welcome!  Pizza for all those who attend will be provided after the Mass.


Faith Formation

Classes for grades 1 through 8 for the month of February will be held this Sunday, February 3 followed immediately by attendance at the 11:15am Mass; and on Sunday, February 10 class only.  Classes will resume on Sunday, March 3.

The First Reconciliation service for candidates from both the Faith Formation program and Sacred Heart School will take place on Saturday, February 9 at 9am.  Children and families should arrive for this service by 8:45am.

If there are any questions, please contact either Susan Martterer at susanmartterer@hotmail.com or Marge Stockwell at 272-0367.



School News

Tools for Schools Program

Please continue supporting the Colonie Center SchoolBucks and the SchoolMALL online stores which are easy ways of raising funds for our school.  Using your Price Chopper AdvantEdge Card and selecting our school (CODE 15859) as a recipient of your “Tools for Schools Program” is another easy way of supporting our school.  Contact Karen Snyder in the school office with any questions concerning how these options work.

Silent Auction

This year’s auction, “Mardi Gras”, 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

The Sacred Heart School annual raffle continues into March.  Tickets are still $10.00  each with the ability to win 31 times!  Flyers are available in back of the church and in the school office.



Sacred Heart 100th Anniversary

A planning meeting for the 100th Anniversary Family Fun Day event will be held in the school Cafeteria on February 6th at 6:30pm.  If you would like to be part of the team coordinating this fun-filled event (scheduled to occur on June 22, 2013) please join us in the cafeteria on Wednesday, February 6th at 6:30pm.

Come be a part of the team planning this portion of our parish 100th Anniversary Celebration.  Many Hands Make Light Work!


Ash Wednesday

February 13th (Ash Wednesday) is a day of fast and abstinence. The law of FAST limits the amount of food consumed to no more than one full meal plus a small amount of food eaten at two other times of the day.  (Note: Together these additional amounts should not equal a full meal, and no food may be eaten between meals.)

Catholics 18 years and older are obligated to fast. The law of ABSTINENCE requires that no meat be eaten by those 14 years and older (up to 59 years).


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.

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