4 Jun
2017

The Era Of The Spirit!

The feast we celebrate today marks the inauguration of the final era in human history: the era of the Spirit. Today’s Scripture readings remind us of some of the marvelous consequences as a result of the gift of the Spirit, e.g. the ability to communicate with others no matter what the language differences.

The Old Testament gave us a number of hints as to what God has in mind for our destiny in the Spirit, e.g. “…beating swords into plowshares…” etc. Jesus taught in the New Testament that if our faith is strong enough, we could move mountains or be like the mustard seed, so tiny to start, but ends up as a large tree. Jesus promised that He would come again. We miss the boat if we fail to recognize that He has in fact done so by sending us His Spirit. Our job is to transform our world (swords to plowshares, etc.) by first spreading the faith. As has been pointed out: with God we can do anything; without Him we can do nothing.

In this final era of the Spirit, we are no longer waiting for God; rather, God is waiting for us!

3 Jun
2017

Faith Formation News

Registration Schedule 2017-2018
Early Bird Registration: (until June 9, 2017) Registrations received and dated no later than Friday, June 9, receive the special early bird tuition rate of $40.00 per child.
Regular registration: (June 10, 2017 – August 31, 2017) Registrations received and dated Saturday, June 10, – Thursday, August 31, receive the regular tuition rate of $50.00 per child, and $45.00 for each additional child.

After September 1, 2017: Registrations received and dated on or after Friday, September 1, is $60.00 per child.

If you volunteer as a catechist and have children enrolled in the Sacred Heart Faith Formation program, tuition for no more than one child is waived for each year you are a volunteer catechist.

3 Jun
2017

Mission 2017

Family Matters! Don’t Blink! St. Henry’s Church in Averill Park will be holding a three-day Mission beginning on Monday, June 5 through Wednesday, June 7 at 6pm. For more information, call St. Henry’s Rectory at 518-674-3818.

2 Jun
2017

School News

Family Fun Day and Race for Education: The school children and their families will be gathering at the Grafton State Park on Tuesday, June 6th in celebration of Family Fun Day and to perform the Race for Education walk. The day is filled with the walk followed by a snack, sand castle contests, beach games and swimming. Parents transport their child/children to and from the event and many bring a picnic lunch and make a day of it.

31 May
2017

Mass Times Changing

Beginning on Sunday, 18 June 2017, Sacred Heart will shift the times of our Sunday masses to 8:30 A.M. and 10:15 A.M. This shift will remain in effect during the summer season.  Please make a note of it!

28 May
2017

A People of Prayer

St. Luke wrote two related volumes: His version of the Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. More than any of the other Gospel writers St. Luke recounts that during His life Jesus often took time out to pray. The culmination of Jesus’ praying was His agony in the garden on the Mt. of Olives the night before He was crucified. As we all know, the outcome of that prayer was to do the Father’s will, no matter what that might cost Him.

It is not insignificant that in the interval between the Ascension of Christ (the departure of His physical presence) and the sending of His Spirit, which we will celebrate, next Sunday on the Pentecost that St. Luke has the Apostles return to Jerusalem via the Mt. of Olives… the very place where Jesus last prayed! And what does he have them do next? “They devoted themselves with one accord to prayer…”

There is no avoiding it. If we are serious about communing with God, we must be people of prayer.

 

27 May
2017

Some Gave All… All Gave Some

Prayer on Memorial Day: Lord Jesus Christ, today we honor the memory of those men and women who have given their lives for their compatriots in the cause of freedom. They have worked, fought and died for the heritage of freedom, brotherhood and honor that they have passed on to us. Help us to recall that you yourself gave up your life for all human beings in the cause of true freedom, to save us from self-love and sin. Teach us the true meaning of peace and freedom, that the real battle must always take place in ourselves before it will be won in families and nations. Amen.

27 May
2017

CaFe Anyone?

CaFe (Catholic Faith Exploration) will be coming to Sacred Heart starting mid-June. Interested in exploring your Catholic Faith? Why not come explore our faith with DVD talks by David Payne in an enjoyable, relaxed setting with a glass of wine or soda and a snack!

Seven stand-alone evenings will be scheduled, open for everyone (21 and up). Look for more information on dates, time and location in the bulletin, on the parish web page and/or Facebook site.

26 May
2017

SH Feast Day Celebration

On Friday, June 2, 2017 join the fun at Sacred Heart Church in Troy’s East Side as we celebrate our namesake Feast Day with our version of the triple play: Pray-Process-Party!

5 P.M. Adoration Hour; 6 P.M. Community Eucharistic Procession; 6:30-10 P.M. Festival

Free entertainment featuring local 8-piece band TS Ensemble beginning at 6:30 P.M.. Food and adult beverages will be available for purchase.  A fun evening out for the whole family.

Get a jump on the action by pre-ordering passes for the party:

  • $5 Kid’s Pass includes access to all young children’s activities including Bouncy House, Magician, Face Painter, Balloon Artist, Cotton Candy, Ice Cream and Popcorn.
  • $15 Kid’s Pass Plus! Includes all that the Kid’s Pass offers PLUS a Festival T-shirt.
  • $10 Teen Pass includes access to the Teen Room with Music, Dancing, a Photo-booth, Junior Bar, Games, Ice Cream, and Popcorn.
  • $20 Teen Pass Plus! Includes all that the Teen Pass offers PLUS a Festival T-shirt.

Click on the link to download a printable copy of the 2017 SH Feast Day Pre-order Form.  Complete the form and return it, along with your payment (please make checks payable to Sacred Heart Church) to the school office no later than by FRIDAY MAY 31st.

21 May
2017

The Advocate!

The Acts of the Apostles begins with an account of the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost to the believers who were in the capital city of God’s chosen people, Jerusalem, and the book ends with St. Paul preaching the Gospel to the dwellers of Rome, at that time the capital of what was then thought to be the entire civilized world. The faith had spread and spread rapidly!

Today’s first reading recounts the first foray of the spread of the faith outside of Jerusalem to Samaria. What is the Church trying to tell us with this? Think of the words of St. Peter in today’s second reading: “Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you a reason for your hope.” Once again we are challenged to reflect: what obligation does the gift of faith inexorably carry with it?

In today’s Gospel Jesus soberly reminds us, that we need the Advocate which He has promised to send us because He is the truth, the truth which his world cannot accept! We, however, don’t know who will or will not accept Jesus’ truth unless we earnestly try as did the first Christians. So, let’s advocate for the risen Lord with the help of the Advocate!

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CATHOLIC COMMUNITY OF SACRED HEART – MISSION STATEMENT

The Catholic Community of Sacred Heart welcomes all people to join in our celebration of Gods love. Through prayer, education, and caring for others, we strive to serve the needs of Gods people, thereby gaining a richer understanding of the gospel message.

Mass Schedule

Saturday Vigil 4:00pm Sunday 8:30am & 10:15am Thursday Evening 6:30pm Weekday 9:00am

Confessions

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

Baptism

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

Marriage

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

Hospital Visits

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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