21 Jul
2017

Did You Know

Have you perhaps noticed some of the new links featured on our parish web site?  One such link is to Catholic Exchange.   Catholic Exchange is an on-line resource which “… seeks to enable all to be enriched and strengthened in their Christian faith as proclaimed by the Catholic Church.”

Catholic Exchange offers accessible articles, pod casts and helpful tools for spiritual growth, and  “… seek(s) to make saints in our own time — especially among those who live busy lives but still seek to grow in friendship with Christ.”

One such reflection that can be found on Catholic Exchange is “How We React to the Storms in our Lives” by Br. Isaac Hughey.  Why not take a moment or two and check out Brother Hughey’s insightful, and entertaining reflection on dealing with life’s “storms”.  Or click on one of the links located on the right side of our page to explore other Catholic focused content!

 

19 Jul
2017

Confirmation Class Registration Open

Registration Forms for Confirmation Class 2017-2018 are now available on the Faith Formation Page of our website, in the back of the Church and in the Church Office. Registrations are due by September 1st, 2017, and a class schedule will be emailed to parents upon receiving registration forms (if you prefer for a hard copy of the class schedule to be mailed to your house instead of email, please specify on the registration form). This is a two year Confirmation Preparation program, starting in 9th grade. Please email Erin Ingold, (eriningold@gmail.com) with any questions or concerns. Thank You!!

16 Jul
2017

Rich Soil

Our first reading today emphasizes that God’s word is mighty powerful. In today’s Gospel, Jesus, in his folksy way of using parables instead of direct speech, points out that there are a number of ways we can respond to God’s word. We may immediately brush it off. Or we may have other priorities which choke it out of our consciousness. Only if we take it to heart and allow it to sink in and become part of us will we benefit from it, and it in turn will show its power.

As a contemporary I would add two other serious problems. One is culpable ignorance. We simply don’t know God’s word, when we should, perhaps because we are lazy or simply have chosen to ignore learning it. The other is the mistake of thinking that we know it all, because we have heard it or read it, when in fact we have barely scratched the surface of its deeper meaning of what God is trying to communicate to us.

Let’s face it, as contemporary Christians, too many of us are no longer people of the Bible and we have no one to blame but ourselves.

16 Jul
2017

Altar Bread & Wine

Are you aware that a donation may be made, in memory of a deceased loved one or to commemorate a special event,  to purchase the monthly altar bread and/or wine offered at each Eucharistic celebration. For more information, please call the parish office at 274-1363.

 

Our Altar Bread and Wine for the month of July has been gifted in memory of all the Deceased Members of the O’Brien and Kelly Families by Barbara O’Brien.

15 Jul
2017

Multi-Purpose Room Renovation

Contractors continue to make progress on the renovation of the former SHS Cafeteria as the new Sacred Heart community Multi-purpose Room.  When completed in the Fall of this year the room will provide a clean, comfortable and modern space which will serve as a lunch room and meeting/conference area for our school during the day and as a much needed meeting/function space after hours and on weekends for a host of parish activities!

9 Jul
2017

Time to Contemplate and Convert

Cultural commentators point out that in days of yore in western society (Christendom) humans’ focus was to look up to God, the concern being were they good enough in God’s eyes to make it to heaven. Today, the focus is sideways rather than upwards to determine how much prestige one has in the eyes of fellow humans.

We are familiar with the adulation we place on celebrity status, be it a sports hero, a movie star, a successful business magnate, or even a politician. Money, power and prestige are what we hunger for and admire… too often regardless of character flaws.

In today’s second reading St. Paul calls this mentality the way of the flesh. Today’s first reading is a prophecy that when the Messiah comes, it will not be in pomp and power but rather in meekness, and he will do away with the instruments of war in favor of peace. Jesus in today’s Gospel spells it out for us. He requires us to be meek and humble of heart.

Self promotion does not lead to peace, but rather to competition and conflict. Isn’t it time to step back, slow down  and take time contemplate what we truly value and emphasize in our lives. Isn’t it time for conversion?

7 Jul
2017

Summer Parish Office Hours

Until Monday, September 4, the Parish Office will be open Monday-Thursday from 9am until 2pm and FRIDAY, 9am-12:00 noon. Please make a note of it!

7 Jul
2017

Mass Schedule for our Local Catholic Community

Sacred Heart:

  • Saturday: 4:00pm
  • Sunday: 8:30am & 10:15am
  • Mon-Fri: 9:ooam

St. Jude:

  • Saturday: 4:00pm
  • Sunday: 9:00am & 11:00am
  • Mon-Fri: 8:00am

St. Michael:

  • Saturday: 4:30pm
  • Sunday: 7:30am & 10:00am
  • Mon-Thur: 12:10pm

 

3 Jul
2017

Happy Independence Day

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!…

As you enjoy the Independence Day holiday with family and friends please take a moment to thank God for the Blessing that is America!

2 Jul
2017

Not My Will…

In a sense, our faith asks a great deal of us. As St. Paul reminds us in today’s second reading, since our calling is union with Christ, then we must die with him in order to rise with him. What might that mean? Suffering? You betcha! The very real suffering of giving up the ingrained habits of self will and egotism, that stand in the way of union with the divine.

Jesus passed the test: “Not my will by thine be done.” In his case, it involved both physical suffering, rejection by those whom he tried to help, and abandonment by his friends. We may not be called to endure all of that, but the goal remains: “Not my will…” Why do you suppose he taught us to pray: “Thy will be done on earth…”

Is such a struggle worthwhile? That is why the Scriptures keep telling us of rewards which God promises. So, in today’s first reading, a reward for a good deed. And in today’s Gospel, Jesus’ promise that “…he surely will not lose his reward.”

Follow Us!

Follow Us! Follow Us!

Events

Albany Catholic Digital Library

Catholic Answers

Catholics Come Home

Catholic Exchange

EWTN

Patriotic Rosary

Join us for the Patriotic Rosary every Thursday evening at 6pm in the Rectory.

Daily Scripture Readings

US Conference of Catholic Bishops Daily Scripture Readings Daily readings, audio files and reflections on scripture as well as other resources to broaden and deepen your faith!

www.usccb.org/bible/readings/

The Evangelist On-line

The Evangelist Weekly reflections on faith, Catholicism and following Jesus!

Bishop Scharfenberger's Column

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.

Recent Posts