What Have We Done…

Upon listening to today’s first reading from the prophet Amos, it should be obvious that the issue Amos was railing about was the living of the good life on the one hand while on the other hand ignoring the desperation going on around them (the collapse of Joseph).

Does the warning that punishment will result have any relevance for us today? Who in our world enjoys a higher standard of living, i.e. the good life? Does that imply any responsibility beyond enjoying our good fortune? What, for example is the “commandment” St. Paul counsels us to keep in today’s second reading? To love God and neighbor! Remember the Gospel question in the Good Samaritan story: “who is my neighbor?”

Today’s Gospel brings us back to the peril of being indifferent to those in need around us. (How many different kinds of need are there – not just starvation?) Once again, we are faced with the necessity of a repeated examination of conscience: “what we have done, and what we have failed to do.” How many reminders can we expect? We too, have Moses and the Prophets.


Worldwide Marriage Encounter

Pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness in your life and marriage by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend.

The next Weekends are Oct 18-20, 2019 in Albany, NY and Nov 1-3, 2019 in TBD, CT. For more information, call Pat & Mary Jo McLaughlin at 860-315-2127 or visit them at https://wwmectw.org/.


Rosary Rally To Be Held

Please join us on Saturday, October 12 at 12 noon  for the Sacred Heart Rosary Rally! We encourage our young people and their families to attend this important tribute to Our Blessed Mother!

In each of her six apparitions to the young shepherd children, Our Lady asked for the daily recitation of the Rosary, especially as an instrument of world peace.


Blessing of the Animals

Blessing of the animals, in honor of St. Francis of Assisi will be held on Sunday, October 6 2019 following the 10:30 Mass.  Please be sure all pets are properly leashed or caged.

Religious Education students will be collecting donations to support local pet adoption agencies.When coming with your pets, please consider bringing pet food – wet or dry, treats, cat litter or toys.  Used blankets or towels are also greatly appreciated


Diocesan Marriage Jubilee

The 47th Annual Diocesan Marriage Jubilee Celebration will be held Sunday, October 20 at 2PM at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany.

Couples celebrating their 25th, 40th, 50th or other special wedding anniversaries are invited to attend this celebration.

Bishop Edward Scharfenberger will celebrate the Mass at 2pm and greet couples and their guests at a reception in the gathering area at the Cathedral immediately following Mass.

Please register through the parish office (518-274-1363) or by email to: Marriage.Jubilee@rcda.org


Scripture Reading Reflection

Does it not seem that all three of this Sunday’s readings reveal to us God’s attitude toward the plight of sinners, presuming that we recognize how widespread is the human tendency to prefer its own blindness and selfishness, to God’s loving intentions for us.

In the first reading we see the unbelievable stupidity of the Hebrews but a short time after their deliverance from slavery by God on the one hand, while on the other God’s willingness to accept the mediation of but one man (Moses) on their behalf.

In the second reading to Timothy, St. Paul is vividly aware that previously his life was going in the wrong direction, and that its turnabout was a pure gift from a loving God. What does that say to us?

Finally, in the Gospel, ever keep in mind that Jesus’ two parables, i.e. of the one lost sheep and the return of the prodigal son, are an attempt to enlighten the hardness of heart of the self-righteous Pharisees and scribes, i.e. God is willing to go far beyond half way to cure alienation from Him.

Which of these situations do we find ourselves? In today’s reflective Psalm we pray in response: “A clean heart create for me O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me.”


Faith Formation News

Religious Education:
Registration for the 2019-2020 Religious Education Program is NOW OPEN.

Registration forms are available on the Sacred Heart Parish community bulletin board located in the rear of our church, the our Parish Website: www.sacredhearttroy.com or in Parish Office 518-274-1363.


School News

School Food Pantry:
The school’s year-round food pantry program begins on Wednesday, September 18th with the donation of “tuna fish”. The children kindly bring in a specific food stuff item which is noted on the monthly school calendar. These items are then collected by our sixth graders during the morning assembly and are stored in the faculty room cabinets until they are transported to Unity House.

School Picture Day:
The children will have the opportunity to have their school picture taken on Wednesday, September 18th. Smile!




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