How Do You Like Me Now?

It would seem that there is a common thread in all three of today’s readings. We, who are trying to do God’s will in our lives, should reflect on this Biblical pattern and accept it for our own.

In the first reading, the prophet Ezekiel is warned that his vocation is to preach to those who have rebelled against God and who are “…obstinate of heart,” which is hardly a welcoming prospect. In the second reading, Paul, who is also called to convert others, is very much aware of his own shortcomings. But that does not stop him, because in faith he recognizes that it is God’s designs that he serves, and God who ultimately accomplishes.

In the Gospel we find Jesus Himself facing that perennial human reaction of “No prophet is acceptable in his own land.”, or as we might put it: “familiarity breeds contempt”.

We, who by our baptism in Christ have thereby been commissioned to preach the Gospel to all the world, must be ever mindful that the task is not a popularity contest! Yet, like St. Paul we continue to try, because God wants us to do so.

God’s ways are not men’s ways. We do it not for applause, but for Love.


2018 Bishop’s Appeal Update

As of this past weekend, we have continued to receive pledges and donations.  To date, we have received 196 contributions including donations, pledges and online giving totaling $60,950 toward our parish assessment of $72,564.

With your generosity, we earnestly look forward to the day when we can report that we have “gone over the top” again.

Thanks, to everyone who has responded to this year’s appeal in such a generous way. Please keep in mind commitments to the Bishop’s Appeal can be made online at  thebishopsappeal.org You can also call the Bishop’s Appeal Office at 518-453-6680 for assistance.


Perpetual Adoration

For the past several years, constant adoration of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament has taken place at St. Augustine’s Perpetual Help Adoration Chapel.  (This devotion was begun on September 8, 1983 at St. Paul the Apostle parish in Troy and has continued uninterrupted 24/7, three hundred and sixty five days of the year to this day!)

We invite anyone wishing to participate to stop by at any time. Perhaps you would you consider making a commitment to an hour a week… day or night… to be with Jesus?  Can’t commit to a regular time slot… perhaps you could act as a substitute?

Please find it in your heart to consider one of the following hours:
Sunday: 3-4am, 8-9am, Tuesday: 11pm-12am, Wednesday: 12am-1am, 1am-2am, 2-3am, 7-8am
Thursday: 2-3am, 8-9am, Friday: 2-3am, 4-5pm, 5-6pm, 6-7pm, Saturday: 2-3am, 2-3pm, 7-8pm.

St Augustine’s Perpetual Help Adoration Chapel is located at 25 115th Street, Troy, NY 12182.  Newcomer’s may access Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel, during day hours, by an entrance on 115th Street, next to the rectory and right near the alleyway.  The south parking lot is across the street.  Nighttime access can be granted by contacting one of the captains or the St Augustine Parish Office.  For more information, please call Kathy Curtin at 518-274-5925. Thank you.


50 Yr Reunion SHS Class of ’68

2018 marks 50 years since the Class of 1968 graduated from Sacred Heart School! To mark the anniversary of this occasion a picnic will be held, at Joe Bruno Stadium, on August 4th, during the Tri-City ValleyCats Hops and Hits event.

Details of the event:  Saturday, August 4 vs. Lowell Spinners (Red Sox affiliate) Gates open at 5pm, all-you-can-eat picnic runs until 7pm, and craft beer tasting until 8pm.

Price: $36 Package Includes: 10 Beer tasting tickets, Two-hour all-you-can-eat buffet*, Three-hour craft beer tasting, Reserved box seat, ValleyCats cap.

*All-You-Can-Eat Menu Includes: Smoked Chicken, Pulled Pork, Macaroni & Cheese, Baked Beans, Corn on the Co, Tossed Salad, Cornbread, Soda & Water (Menu subject to change. Craft beer selection will feature summer brews!)

Designated driver tickets are also available for $26. (Excludes the 10 tasting tickets.)

For those wishing to continue this reunion with old friends, we can reconvene at Juniors Bar and Grill, located in the new plaza across the street from the Little Red School House at the corner of Williams Rd./Glenmore Rd. & Rt. 4.

If interested in attending this event, please contact:

Bill Martin: Phone (518) 244-3219 or email at: still-running@live.com

Reservation deadline is July 24, 2018.

Spouses and other family members are welcome. If you know any classmates who are not members of Sacred Heart Parish, please share this information with them or send their contact information to Bill Martin at the phone or email listed above.

We look forward to seeing you August 4th!


“Graced By Yahweh”

The Church has always made a big deal out of John the Baptist. So important is his feast day that it takes precedence over the regular Sunday liturgy. No doubt it is because Jesus Himself made a big deal of John: “None greater than John…etc.”

Yes, John was selected by God already in the womb (tell that to the pro abortion crowd) as foretold by the prophet Isaiah, and was given his name by God, Himself (John means “Graced by Yahweh”) as foretold by the prophet in the first reading, and related in today’s Gospel.

Where does all that special favor for his heralding the coming of Christ leave us in twenty-first century America? Consider his message: “The kingdom is at hand … repent…”

We need to constantly remind ourselves that this message remains true for all times and places, i.e. the opportunity for what God has promised and what Christ has to offer will be missed unless and until we repent, not just once, but repeatedly, because we repeatedly relapse.

As St. Paul would have it: “…This word has been sent.” Thank you John.


Summer Hours

School Office Summer Hours: Monday-Thursday 8am-1pm. Also, please be advised the school office will be closed from July 5-July 22. But the answering machine is always on so we look forward to keeping in touch with everyone!

Parish Office Summer Hours: Beginning Monday, July 2 and continuing through Monday, September 3 the Parish Office will be open Monday-Thursday from 9am until 2pm and FRIDAY, 9am-12NOON. Also the parish office will be closed on Wednesday, July 4 in Observance of Independence Day.


Need to “Recharge”?

“My God is now my strength!” Why not let God be the strength that “recharges” your marriage by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. The next Weekends are Nov 3-4, 2018 in ALBANY, NY and Jul 6-8, 2018 in Manchester, CT.

For more information, call Ed & Rhonda Staats at 518-279-3243 or visit them at https://www.wwmenyalb.org.


School News

Congratulations to our 2018 Sacred Heart School Graduates!

Please always remember that you are a part of Sacred Heart even as you mature well into your adult life. May the firm foundations that have been laid and our prayers continue to bless you this summer, in junior high and beyond!

Our 2018 Graduates: Katelyn Michele Burch, Grace Maureen Camenga, Jake Ronald Darwak, Seamus Michael Faulkner, Connor J. Guerin, Austin M. Hill, Ainsley Millard Klingaman, Jack Matuszek, McKenzie Ann McAvoy, Molly R. Minehan, Anya Marie Roe, Thomas V. Stimac and Jordan S. Terry.


Attention Parishioners

Father Bath, our former Assistant Pastor, will be with us to celebrate the two Sunday Masses (8:30 and 10:30am) on July 1 and July 8 when Fr. Yanas, our Pastor is at the Shrine of Our Blessed Mother Mary in France.

We will also have visiting priests on some weekdays during that time in late June, early July. Please remember there will be no Monday morning Masses beginning June 25.


Writing Straight With Crooked Lines

One of the greatest of all of the Church’s theologians, St. Augustine, once said: How do we know that the Spirit dwells within us? …When we think only of the good of others, and not of ourselves!

We can easily get the impression from the Holy Scriptures, including today’s reading, that despite our consistent shortcomings, ultimately it is God who brings about goodness in His creation. And this is correct.

God writes straight with crooked lines! He has chosen to obtain His purposes by using human instruments. And if we reflect critically upon this fact, therein lies the inevitable tension in human existence. Jesus’ parables point to nature getting results which we should be thankful for but for which we should not take credit!

St. Paul recognizes that God is working through him, and therefore it is not for him to decide where Providence leads for he must think of others rather than himself.

This then is something we  should both admire in others, and seek to emulate ourselves!

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If interested, please review the position description below and contact (518)274.1363 for more information.
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