Reach Out To Someone!

Mark’s Gospel tells us that Jesus stretched out his hand and touched the leper.  We have probably forgotten but Jesus touched us as well,  particularly in our baptism where we were cleansed of sin.  Consider how much more powerful sin is than leprosy?  Leprosy painfully and inevitably destroys the body but sin, if left unredeemed, can destroy the soul.  Having been redeemed from sin we are to live as Jesus lived – healing others.

But who are the lepers of today?  They are the poor, the sick, the lonely, the elderly, the marginalized and ostracized in society.  All await only our touch!  Have you reached out and touched anyone lately?


Bishop Hubbard’s Message

This weeks bulletin contains an insert from Bishop Howard Hubbard addressing a matter of concern to all citizens and which in the Bishops words constitutes  “… a serious matter that negatively impacts the Church in the United States, and that strikes at the fundamental right to religious liberty for all citizens of any faith.”

Please review the February 5, 2012 bulletin (Sacred Heart RC Church 02/05/12 Bulletin and Insert), read Bishop Hubbard’s letter and follow the link to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops web site  www.usccb.org/conscience  to learn more about this assault on religious liberty and how to contact Congress in support of legislation to reverse the federal governments decision.



Lenten Hospitality

There are special events taking place in Church during Lent after which we would like to offer hospitality.  On Wednesday February 29th at 7pm there will be an Ecumenical Prayer Service and on Thursday, March 8th at 7pm there will be a Lenten evening of reflection.  Following both these events, we will be offering an opportunity for parishioners to gather for fellowship.  Anyone who would like to help prepare coffee and cookies for these evenings, please call Suzanne at the Rectory at 274-1363


Faith Formation News!

Teen Pathway Monthly Mass will be held THIS Sunday, January 29 at 6:00pm in St. Jude’s Church.  This Mass is a great opportunity for all teens in the Teen Pathway Program to come out with their families for Mass together.  All teens, along with their families, are welcome to attend.


Monday, January 30th at 7:00pm Grades 7 and 8 Faith Formation Sessions will be held in Sacred Heart Church.


Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrement

Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place continually (24/7) in the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel at St. Augustine’s Church on 115th Street in Lansingburgh (North Troy).

Anyone interested in exploring the possibility of participating in this ministry by devoting a regular weekly hour or b being a substitute adorer may inquire at the Augustinian friary at 235-3861


March Madness Arrives at Sacred Heart School

For a $10 donation, you receive 31 chances to win cash prizes!  Each day at Sacred Heart School a $100 winning ticket will be drawn and on March 17th a $1,000 winning ticket will be drawn.  Winners will be notified by phone and/or mail and their names will be posted at the school and on our school website daily (sacredhearttroy.com).  If your name is drawn, your ticket goes back in for another chance to WIN!!!!

To print tickets, select the file below:

March Madness 2012 Tickets

Or to print the March Madness Calendar and Tickets, select the file below:

March Madness Calendar and Ticket Form



What Are You Looking For!

The most important question of our existence is asked in this passage being read today: “What are you looking for?”  Consider for yourselves: What is the purpose of your life?  And is it compelling enough to give your life meaning?  Jesus was asking these men “Just what in life do you really, really want?”  They were seeking God and they answered by their lives.

Remember, however, Christian maturity is a gradual thing as we move from curiosity to interest to a commitment over a period of time.  The point is that it is a movement!  Have you stalled along the way of making a full commitment?  Really, so much depends on your answer; “What are you looking for?”


Community Hospice Volunteer Training

Community Hospice of Rensselaer County welcomes new volunteers to provide socialization and emotional support to Hospice patients living in their homes, nursing homes and hospitals.  The next training for new volunteers will be held as follows: Two evenings (5:30pm-8:30pm) on February 16th and February 22nd, one all day (9:00am-4:00pm) session on Saturday February 18th, and one all day (9:00am-4:00pm) session on Monday February 20th.  All sessions will be held at 285 Valley View Boulevard in Rensselaer.  For more information or directions please call 285-8144.


Teen Pathways Presents… 12 Days of Christmas Concert

Come one and all for a night of song, prayer and praise with the christian rock band Project Praise at St. Jude’s Dammann Hall (Gym) at 6:00pm.  Come out with family and friends for an evening of good christian music!


The Light Shines in the Darkness!

A light shall shine upon us this day: for the Lord is born to us: and He shall be called Wonderful, God, the Prince of Peace, the Father of the world to come: of whose reign there shall be no end.

— Is. ix. 2, 6

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Mass Schedule

Saturday Vigil 4:00 pm Sunday 8:30 am & 10:30 am Weekday 9:00am


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


Please call the Rectory (274-1363) weekdays for information and scheduled dates.


Please call the Rectory (274-1363) weekdays for an appointment at least six months in advance of wedding.

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If you, or a loved one is admitted to the hospital, it is important that you identify yourself to the hospital as a member of Sacred Heart Parish or contact the Rectory (274-1363) to inform us of your hospitalization.

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