5Apr
2019

Divine Mercy Services to be Held

Divine Mercy Services will be held Sunday, April 28 at 2pm at St. Mary’s Church, Lodge and Pine Streets, Albany. There will be a Holy Hour, Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Confession and Mass. Father Jeffrey L’Arche, M.S. and Father Michael Flannery will be the celebrants. A good will offering will be collected. For information call 518-462-4108.

3Apr
2019

Lenten Psalm reflection, Wednesday 04/03/19 by Fr. Yanas

“They forgot the God who had saved them, who had done great deeds in Egypt” (Ps.106:21)

Some thirty years ago I attended a lecture by an esteemed German Jewish historian, Pinchas Lapide.  I recall an ominous warning he issued to his fellow Jews in America and Western Europe.” The greatest danger Jews face today”, he declared, “is not Antisemitism; it is religious indifference. Too many Jews have simply lost interest in their Jewish faith”.

The 106th Psalm is generally classified as a Historical Psalm. It was likely composed during the Babylonian exile in the sixth century B.C. The Psalmist scolds the Chosen People for forgetting what God had done for them. No fewer than three times in this lengthy Psalm we are told that the people did not remember but rather had forgotten the meaning of their commitment and failed to live according to the covenant. Indeed, they suffered from a collective amnesia!

It is abundantly clear that in the secular West, God is an afterthought and is largely forgotten. The divine commandments are ignored and places of worship are either closed or emptying. Idolatry has replaced genuine worship. “They exchanged their glory, for the image of a grass-eating bull” (Ps. 106:20). Clearly this disturbing trend does not bode well for the future of the West.

May the memory of our Christian faith never fail us. Let the words of a contemporary hymn always inspire us to witness to our faith in Christ: “We remember, we celebrate, we believe.

2Apr
2019

Lenten Psalm reflection, Tuesday 04/02/19 by Matt Ingold

The Lord of hosts is with us; our stronghold is the God of Jacob.

Think of our US military. It’s the most powerful force in the world. Combined with our law enforcement and FBI officers (all those people Father Vaughn prays for every mass), they are constantly holding the forces of evil at bay.

They are the warrior protectors of America.

Now imagine if each one of them, in their oath to protect and serve, made their oath to protect and serve YOU, by name? “I do solemnly swear to support and defend [insert name], against all enemies…”

Let me ask; if you knew you had a legion of protectors to call on at a moment’s notice whenever you were in trouble, would that change your life? Would you have anything to fear? Would you truly feel like a king, or a queen?

Would you feel beloved?

Reflect on today’s Psalm. See how our God, the God of the universe, chooses to reveal himself as the possession of mankind, as the supreme protector and guardian. Enter into this intimate reality, and experience how perfect Love casts out all fear.

31Mar
2019

CRS Lenten Rice Bowl Program

Sacred Heart is participating in the CRS Rice Bowl, Catholic Relief Services Lenten program as a way to encounter Jesus through others, especially through the most vulnerable in our world. Rice Bowls are available on the table in the rear of Church.

Please be sure to take a Rice Bowl home and use this fun and easy resource to deepen your family’s Lenten experience and make a difference in the lives of the poor.

30Mar
2019

School News

Pancake Breakfast: A Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast will be held down in the cafeteria on Sunday, April 14th 8:00-11:00 am. The meal will include: pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, butter and syrup. Beverages will include: coffee, hot tea, orange/apple juice and milk. The offering is: $10.00 per adult and $5.00 per child (ages 12 and under). This is an EAT IN ONLY event and pre-orders/payment would be greatly appreciated. We just want to make sure that we have enough food for everyone.

29Mar
2019

Lenten Psalm reflection, Friday 03/29/19 by Mark Trudeau

Last week I was talking to a friend in Texas and they were sharing with me the difficulties of their life and how it had become over whelming.  They were depressed and lost their hope.  The conversation became more silence than words until they shared with me the worst of it.  Mark they said.  I am driving around looking for a place to take my own life.  And then the silence became powerful and stifling.  They had nothing else to say and I was bound by anxiety and sadness; helplessness and despair.

We are so very fragile, us human beings.  Our bodies, our minds, our souls, all can be damaged and left to die easily by a culture that devalues, desecrates and dismisses the central truth of who we are in the eyes of God.  I often think of the words in Isaiah 43 – “You are precious in my eyes and glorious, and I love you.”  Do we all know this.  My friend had forgotten.  He had forgotten the reason God tells us that He alone is our God and we should not have any other gods.  That reason is love.  That reason is care and concern for us.  It is an awareness of the trials we will face in our life.  Only God knows these things and only God can help us with them.

And He says over and over again:

I am the Lord your God: hear my voice.

 

Ps – my friend is okay.

29Mar
2019

UNPLANNED Movie

This movie is a true story about Abby Johnson, who quit her job in October 2009.  That simple act became a national news story because Abby was the director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas who, after participating in her first actual abortion procedure, walked across the road to join the Coalition for Life.  No matter how you feel about this issue this movie is worth every minute of your time.  Please attend a showing and bring friends!

In theaters everywhere March 29, 2019.  Crossgates Mall Cinema 18, Crossgates Mall, Albany, NY @UNPLANNEDMOVIE|#UNPLANNED|UNPLANNED.COM

28Mar
2019

Lenten Psalm reflection, Thursday, 03/28/19 by Fr. Yanas

“Therefore I swore in my anger they shall not enter into my rest”

Psalm 95, a magnificent hymn of praise once celebrated in the magnificent temple of Jerusalem, holds a special place of honor in the Church’s tradition; it is the invitatory hymn for morning celebrations of the liturgy of the Word. Members of the clergy and consecrated religious are obliged to begin prayer each day be reciting or chanting this Psalm. The Psalmist warns those whose hearts are hardened and who audaciously put God to the test shall not enter into His rest. The word “rest” is a biblical reference to the Promised Land, a land flowing with milk and honey. In addition, the word recalls the Sabbath, the day of rest, God gives his people .For the author of the Letter to the Hebrews, a committed Christian convert, “rest” is understood to be the eternal life which God made possible through Jesus’ death and Resurrection The prayers recited by a priest or deacon at a funeral service comes to mind. “Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord and let perpetual light shine on him”. Also: “May she rest in peace”.

Let us pray that we enter into the rest of God once our earthly pilgrimage comes to an end!

27Mar
2019

Lenten Psalm Reflection, Wednesday, 03/27/19 by Ed Martin

Liturgical Psalm for March 27, 2019

Wednesday of the third week of Lent.

The first reading in today’s Mass is presented as the  final advice by Moses to God’s people to be ever aware of and faithful to the Word of God – here called His statutes and decrees – or what they traditionally called the Torah, or Law.  As a reflection upon this counsel, the liturgy presents us with six of the twenty verses of Psalm 147, i.e. verses 12 & 13, 15 &16 and 19 & 20.  Psalm 147, by the way is part of the great Hallel (praise) traditionally used to conclude the Passover supper, sung by Jesus and the Apostles after the Last Supper, on the way to Gethsemani.  This Psalm reflects the counsel of Moses to be ever grateful for the privilege of receiving the gift of God’s word. It wasn’t given to everyone.  We Christians need to bear in mind that God’s Word for us means both what has been handed down in the Bible and the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ. The world is still waiting for everyone to get the message, to receive the word.  May we be forever grateful for His choosing us. Thanks be to God!

26Mar
2019

Lenten Psalm Reflection, Tuesday, March 26, 2019 by Matt Ingold

If I offered you 30,000 paths, and said only one of them would lead you to the desires of your heart, might it be a bit confusing?

What if I told you that choosing the wrong path could have eternal consequences. Would that raise the stakes a bit higher?

Such is the state of Christianity today. We’ve gone from One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church to a fractured 30,000+ Christian denominations, all claiming to be the way to Christ.

This isn’t counting the hundreds of thousands of undeclared “personal churches” of those who claim to be spiritual but not religious—to love Jesus but not his Church. Those who want a personal relationship with Jesus, just not his Body.

It’s the equivalent of approaching a king and saying, “I am here to serve you, I just don’t want to be part of your kingdom,” or telling your spouse “I love you, just not your body.”

How would that go? Would that lead to a thriving relationship?

The psalmist today acknowledges this dilemma of multiple ways, multiple paths that are laid before him by life, by sin, by gurus, by news outlets, coaches, loving family members and friends, and tabloid magazines—all of them touting the path to happiness and truth.

He proclaims, “Make me to know thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.” For with more than 30,000 paths claiming to be the way to Christ, how are we to say yes to the true path.

But we need not fear, for Christ tells us that he is the way, the truth, and the life (Jn 14:6). He has given us the Holy Spirit to be our guide. If you were standing at the crossroads of 30,000 paths, just think how confident you would be with the Holy Spirit guiding each of your steps.

Should you find yourself at a crossroad today, before phoning a friend, perhaps you might pause and invoke the Holy Spirit for guidance. He is the Good Shepherd who will never lead you astray.

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