13Apr
2019

Adoration of The Blessed Sacrament

Adoration of the Holy Eucharist will be held on Holy Thursday immediately following Mass until 10:30P.M.

If you would like to reserve a time slot, a sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board in the hallway near the rear of the church.

12Apr
2019

Pot-Luck Supper

The Sacred Heart community will have a potluck supper on Holy Thursday in the cafeteria immediately following Mass.

If you plan to join us, please fill out the sign-up sheet that is posted on the bulletin board in the hallway near the rear of the church.

For more information, please call the rectory. 518-274-1363.

11Apr
2019

Lenten Psalm reflection, Thursday, 04/11/19 by Fr. Yanas

“He remembers his covenant forever; the promise he ordained for a thousand generations, the covenant he made with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac” (Ps.105: 8-9).

In the 105th Psalm, a historical Psalm according to reputable biblical scholars, the Hebrew poet offers a brief and stunning account of salvation history in poetic form. At the heart of this record is a profound sense of God’s fidelity to the chosen people of Israel. God keeps his promises. He will never go back on His word. Hence we have every reason to have confidence in God. “He remembers his covenant forever”

Let us ask ourselves if we are faithful to our promises and true to our word. Years ago, one of America’s greatest songwriters, Irving Berlin, composed a song in honor of the woman he planned to marry. The title is “Always”. The lyrics are memorable. “I’ll be loving you always with a love that is true always. When the things you’ve planned need a helping hand, I will understand always”.

Words can ring hollow if the speaker is untrustworthy. Such a person inspires neither confidence nor respect. The same cannot be said of the God of Israel. God’s constant fidelity constitutes their reason for prayer and gratitude.

10Apr
2019

Holy Week Services

Holy Thursday – Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper

5:30pm: Sacred Heart followed by a potluck supper with
Adoration until 10:30pm.

5:30pm: St. Michael’s followed by covered dish supper.
Adoration until 10:00pm.

7:00pm: St. Jude’s with Adoration until 12:00 midnight
concluding with Night Prayer.

Good Friday

9:00am: Morning Prayer at St. Jude’s

9:30am: Morning Prayer at St. Michael’s

Stations of the Cross:
2:00pm: St. Michael’s

3:00pm: Sacred Heart

3:00pm: St. Jude’s

Passion of Our Lord:
5:30pm: Sacred Heart

5:30pm: St. Michael’s

7:00pm: St. Jude’s

Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil

9:00am: Morning Prayer St. Jude’s

9:30am: Morning Prayer St. Michael’s

8:00pm: St. Jude’s Easter Vigil Mass

8:00pm: St. Michael’s Easter Vigil Mass

8:15pm: Sacred Heart Easter Vigil Mass

Easter Sunday

8:00am 9:30am and 11:15am: Mass at Sacred Heart

9:00 and 11:30am: Mass at St. Jude’s

7:30 and 10:15am: at St. Michael’s

10Apr
2019

Liturgical Psalm for April 10, 2019, by Ed Martin

Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Today’s meditative Psalm is not taken from the traditional Book of Psalms, but rather is a Psalm found in the Book of Daniel.  Today’s first reading is of the famous story of the faithful three young Jewish men who were thrown into a fiery furnace by their Babylonian conqueror because they refused to worship a pagan idol.  It is important to realize that today’s first reading is not continuous, but rather there is a gap left out of some 70 verses between the first part and the final few lines.  Today’s reflective Psalm is taken from some 34 of those omitted verses.  Daniel is an apocalyptic figure, an ideal hero rather than an historic person.  Like all apocalyptic literature it was written at a time of great persecution and danger to the faith.  It is meant to encourage believers to remain steadfast, for God will be with them.  So, in this story the fidelity of the young men saves them from a horrible death.  While under trial, instead of bemoaning their fate, they sing a song of praise to God.  Notice that Hebrew great love of repetition. In this case each line begins with the word  “Blessed”, and is follow by more or less the same refrain over and over again: “praiseworthy and exalted above all forever”  How often in our songs and hymns do we have a refrain which we sing over and over again?  Remember, they were singing.

9Apr
2019

Lenten Psalm reflection, April 9, by Matt Ingold

“I’m forever yours, faithfully.”

Eternal words from the iconic 80s rock band, Journey.

We know deep in our souls that we were made for a love that is both forever and faithful.

We also know how flawed our own abilities are to love as faithfully and eternally as our movies and songs proclaim. By human standards, if we are honest, we are totally undeserving of the free, total, faithful, and fruitful love that we seek.

So what do we do when faced with both our poverty to love and the perfect love of God?

We groan. We groooooaaannnn!

Today’ Psalm says that the Lord looked down from heaven to “hear the groans of the prisoners, to set free those prisoners who were doomed to die.”

St. Paul in his letter to the Romans writes, ” 22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.” (Romans 8: 22-23).

People who would pray with Pope St. John Paul II would describe how he would groan in prayerful meditation before the Blessed Sacrament.

We groan in mourning of our sinful separation from God, and like a woman in labor, await the fruits of the seeds of God’s grace to emerge forth in new lives of virtue and repentance in us.

9Apr
2019

Liturgical Psalm for April 3, 2019 by Ed Martin

Liturgical Psalm for April 3, 2019

Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Once again, one needs to look at the content of the first reading to appreciate why a particular Psalm is chosen as a meditative response.  Second Isaiah in today’s reading informs the people that God will deliver them from the suffering of their dispersed captivity by foreign powers.  Notice the words Isaiah uses to indicate God’s purpose: “Sing out. O heavens, and rejoice, O earth, break forth into song, you mountains.  For the Lord comforts his people and shows mercy to his afflicted.” Not surprisingly, therefore, today’s Psalm 147 picks up and elaborates this theme: “The LORD is gracious and merciful… The LORD lifts up all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down. etc.”  Notice the Gospel reading chosen for today. Our biggest affliction is the prospect of death.  Jesus promises that we will conquer death through resurrection with him.  What we need to bear in mind at all times, is that God always gives us a choice.  He won’t comfort us if we persist in rejecting him.  Thus, the season of Lent is to focus on where our choices really are.

7Apr
2019

Faith Formation News

Faith Formation Grades 1-5: Class this Sunday, April 7 and final class April 14. Saturday, May 4, First Communion Retreat and First Communion at the 8:30AM Mass on Sunday, May 5.

Junior High Youth Program: Next class is April 14 and April 28.

Confirmation Preparation: Next class is April 14 and April 28.

7Apr
2019

Concentrate on the Future…

As we move toward the end of this year’s Lenten season, while there is a presumption that you have been engaging in some additional aesthetic practices as a necessary effort to prepare for the reception of Easter graces, it is not too difficult to notice a common thread in all three of this Sunday’s holy scripture readings, i.e. forget about the past, whether successes or failures, and concentrate on the future.

Thus Isaiah: “Remember not the events of the past… see I am doing something new.” St. Paul to the Philippians: “… forgetting what lies behind but straining forward to what lies ahead.” And finally, Jesus to the woman caught in adultery: “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin anymore.”

It is never too late to repent. But it is necessary to do so, if we want to share in the new creation. “I continue my pursuit toward the goal, the prize of God’s upward calling, in Christ Jesus.”

6Apr
2019

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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