21 May

Women’s Breakfast To Be Held

Albany NY Chapter of Magnificat (a Ministry to Catholic Women) is hosting a Women’s Breakfast on Saturday, June 10 from 9 AM – 12 PM at the Holiday Inn Express Latham. Tickets: $20.00; Clergy & Religious – Free.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Jan Patterson, MD, DABFM, CFCMC. Dr. Jan is a wife and mother of six. Dr. Jan was led by the prompting of God, and many supporters, to open Gianna of Albany, a unique medical practice committed to delivering truly Catholic reproductive health care in service to the women of this diocese and beyond.

Register by June 5 – send your $20 check payable to Albany NY Chapter of Magnificat, PO Box 340, Clifton Park, NY, 12065. Please include your name, address and phone # and email address. Questions, call Kelly at 518-384-0989 or register at Magnificat Ministry – Albany NY ALL WOMEN ARE INVITED!

20 May

2017 Bishops Appeal Update

We have passed the halfway mark to achieving our goal of meeting our Parish Assessment! Please consider a gift this year, as every donation moves us closer to our goal! If everyone responds… we will achieve our goal!

Please continue to place your gift/pledge envelopes in the collection basket or if you wish you may mail them to the parish office. (Extra envelopes may be found in the rear of the church.)  If neither of these options appeal to you, simply go online to www.TheBishopsAppeal.org to make your donation!

Thank you to all who have pledged thus far.  To date, our Parish progress is as follows:

  • Assessment $70,450.00
  • Gifts/Pledges to date 137
  • Total pledged to date $43,144.00
20 May

School News

School is Closed: The school will be closed May 26-29 for our Memorial Day observance. We will reopen on Tuesday, May 30th. The answering machine and fax are always on so feel free to leave a message. The office staff may also be reached via email.

2017-2018 School Registration: Registration for the 2017-2018 school year is well underway and we would like you to share the good news of your Catholic elementary school with family, friends and neighbors. We will also be celebrating 90 years of educating wonderful young men and women next fall and we hope that you will become an active part of our celebrations. As noted on the bulletin board: “People tell us we are the “best kept secret in Troy!” Our first class graduated in 1927, and Sacred Heart School has been ever growing and changing since then. The brick and mortar of our large building, in many ways, represents the solid, Christian, academic foundation that our students receive here. Our curriculum is aligned with the Common Core Standards that are in place throughout our country. In addition to the rigor of Common Core, all children receive instruction in Spanish, Music, Technology, Physical Education and Art. Our teachers are dedicated to the ministry of teaching young children, while also instilling the importance of good character, service to others and values. We invite you to call for a personal tour of our “great school with a big heart!”

14 May

Share Your Faith

We need to constantly be aware that we live in an era and culture of rampant individualism. It is no longer the same seedbed that the Acts of the Apostles tells us that Christianity was first planted in. So rugged and arrogant is that self-centeredness that more and more of our contemporaries have come to think that they can do without even God.

In today’s second reading, St. Peter reminded the early Christians that they were “…a holy priesthood, etc…” as a result of which they didn’t hesitate to try to share that good news with others rather than keep it selfishly to themselves. We contemporaries seem to have gotten too comfortable with the mistaken idea that spreading the Word is the job of the sacramentally ordained priesthood alone. Nothing could be further from the truth… in fact, our union with Christ demands it of us as well!

As Jesus says in today’s Gospel: “Whoever believes in me will do the works I do, and do greater ones…” Our faith is not just a personal possession, but rather something which demands to be shared. Is it not time to examine our consciences; to stop passing the buck? Our contemporaries need us.

14 May

A Mother is a Blessing from God

On behalf of Fr. Vaughan, Fr. Powhida and the staff, I wish to express my best wishes to all our mothers as they celebrate the day on which they are honored. Please be assured that your intentions will be remembered at the altar of God. May our blessed Lord bless and keep you. With respect and affection.

Fr. Yanas

13 May

Sacred Heart Statue Update

Two beautiful new Sacred Heart of Jesus statues are making their way across the Atlantic and will soon arrive at Sacred Heart Church.  The statues are being shipped to us from Italy where they were fabricated.  When completed in late July of this year the larger of the two will stand over the memorial paver garden being created on Pawling Avenue (where the current golden statue is located) and the other will grace the planter bed outside the new Spring Avenue entrance to our church.

13 May

Congratulations: First Holy Communion Class

Congratulations to the following children from the Religious Education program and Sacred Heart School who received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion last weekend: Cole King, Megan Hollenbeck, Brayden O’Donnell, Tara Brady, Thomas D’Allaird, Emma Brammer, Rocco Jabour, Caitlynn McGlothlin, Kyle Swart, Stella Seibert, Vincent Papineau, Priscilla Hayes, Patrick Buffaline, Angelina MacLeod, Braeden Kilgallon, Riley Colligan, Wesley Lyons, Natalia Sorriento, Tate Green, Athena Sorrriento, Joseph Leinfelder, and Emmeline Bombard

A special THANK YOU to Mrs. Linda Beeler, Sacred Heart School and Mrs. Linda Kelley, Religious Education Program, who helped to prepare the children for this day!

13 May

Pray, Process… Party!

The Sacred Heart Community will hold its 2nd annual Sacred Heart Feast Day Celebration on June 2nd.
The festivities will begin at 5:00pm with Holy Hour (Exposition & Benediction of the Holy Sacrament in the church) followed by a procession throughout our Eastside neighborhood at 6:00pm and the Sacred Heart Festival from 6:30pm – 10:00pm.

Activities for all ages include a magician, face painter, balloon artist, photo-booth, junior bar, cotton candy, ice cream and popcorn – even an eight piece band! Food & drinks available for purchase.

Visit our Parish Facebook Feast Day Celebration Event Page Sacred Heart Feast Day Event for up to date info on the festivities!

12 May

Rosary Walk for Life

On Tuesday, May 30th with Bishop Scharfenberger at St. Mary’s Church in Albany. The event begins with Mass at 5:30pm followed by a procession at the Capital.

7 May

Recognizing the Gift of the Spirit

This marks the third week in a row that we hear in the first reading from the second chapter of the Acts of the Apostles, which relates St. Peter’s first sermon as a result of Pentecost, because we now live in the era of the Spirit present to us.

It is important to recognize and be aware of the context of the gift of the Spirit which the good shepherd and guardian of souls has bestowed on us, because like any good shepherd, his intention is to lead us to safety and prosperity.

So, in today’s second reading St. Peter expounds further consequences of living life in the Spirit. Finally, today’s Gospel refers back to the familiar and cherished image of Christ as our shepherd who reminds us that if we enter His sheepfold – not just externally, but more importantly internally, with sincerity of heart, the presence of His Spirit within us will enable us to “have life and have it more abundantly.”

To hearken back to St. Peter’s initial sermon, the first step is to repent, i.e. literally to change our hearts orientation.

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