24 Dec

Merry Christmas!

On behalf of Fr. Vaughan, myself and the entire parish and school staff, we wish you a joyful Christmas season and a Blessed and Healthy New Year. Fr. Yanas

24 Dec

Give Thanks To The Lord

The first Scripture reading for the fourth Sunday of Advent contains a very important lesson for us in relating to God. In King David’s day, in general, the times were very good for God’s chosen people. There were minimal external threats, and David’s people had never been so materially prosperous (and in a short time would never again be so).

In thanksgiving to God for his good fortune, David decided to glorify God by building Him a temple. Note well what sort of God we are dealing with and what is His response. God tells David, you will not build me a temple, but I will build you an unbelievable family! (i.e. God’s graciousness and generosity always far exceeds whatever we think we can give to Him.)

This requires a lot of meditation. All the good things God has provided for us, be it talents, or intelligence, or education, or health, or material security, or the gift of loved ones, family and friends, etc. always, when we think about it, far exceed anything we could give to Him.

In response, we can only thank God. The word Eucharist means thanksgiving. Especially at this time of the year when we celebrate God’s great gift of the Incarnation, let us give a whole-hearted thanks, especially in the Eucharist.

24 Dec

A Note From Fr. Vaughan

A note of gratitude to those who sent me birthday greetings and good wishes, prayers, cards and gifts on the occasion of my 92nd birthday. What an honor to be born on Mary’s special day! My heartfelt thanks to you all. I had a very happy day.

My special thanks to our wonderful school children and faculty staff who attended my mass that day and gave me their wonderful handmade birthday cards. I enjoyed reading them the whole day. They know me well and always include my sports teams: Yankees, Giants and Notre Dame!

Again, thanks to all!!!

23 Dec

Sacred Heart School News

Merry Christmas! Know that we are extremely thankful for the blessings given by the Sacred Heart Community in support of their Catholic school. May the joy of Christ’s love continue to be poured out to all!

Mark Your Calendars! Tuesday, March 6, 2018 is our “Open Doors-Alumni Day” in celebration of our 90th anniversary. We will begin the day with 9:00 am liturgy. All are welcome!

2018-2019 Registration Reflections: Next year’s registration begins in January with many opportunities for all to visit and enroll their child(ren). Our First Open House is Sunday, January 7, 2018. The first 1 ½ hours will be devoted to ANY family interested in their child enrolling in KINDERGARTEN. There will be stations set up for potential registrants to learn about “A Day in the Life of a Kindergarten Student at SHS.” Attendees will experience a lesson in Art, Technology and Spanish classes as well as a visit to the Kindergarten room to meet the teacher and principal. Refreshments will be served. All other grade levels will be open from 2:00-4:00 pm. We look forward to meeting new families and children! Our Second Open House will be on Wednesday, January 31 from 6:00-8:00 pm. As always, you are all invited to schedule a personal tour of your school at any time. Simply contact the school office at 274-3655 to make these arrangements. We know that you will be amazed at all of the wonderful things that are happening here.

17 Dec

Glad Tidings!

Today’s first Scripture reading outlines the atmosphere resulting from the coming of our Savior: glad tidings to the poor, liberty to captives, joy in my soul, justice and peace.

We Catholics believe that our Savior comes to us each time we receive Holy Communion. When we go back out into the streets after the celebrant has dismissed us with the words: “Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life”, do we in fact reflect the atmosphere Isaiah is speaking about? Or do we habitually sit on the sidelines, putting Christ’s presence within us under a bushel basket (Mt. 5:15)?

Perhaps we should meditate more on John the Baptist, who didn’t just sit at home thanking God for His blessings, but rather acted on his responsibility to proclaim the glad tidings. Note: he was not promoting himself, but rather preparing others for the reception of Christ. We have to move beyond thinking the Incarnation is (merely) a long ago historical event, and recognize it as an ever present reality!

That is the glad tiding we are called upon do reflect in our lives, and it is not a reality meant to be kept to ourselves.

16 Dec

Holiday Mass Schedule

Christmas Weekend (Saturday and Sunday)

Saturday, 12/23 Sunday, 12/24
Sacred Heart 4pm Vigil 8:30 and 10:30am
St. Jude’s 4pm Vigil 9:00 and 11:00am
St. Michael’s 4:30pm Vigil 9:00am only


Christmas Schedule (Sunday and Monday)

Sunday, 12/24 Monday, 12/25
Sacred Heart 4:00, 6:30, 10:00pm 8:30 and 10:30am
St. Jude’s 4:00, 6:00pm 9:00am only
St. Michael’s 4:30, 6:15pm 8:30am only


New Year’s Weekend (Saturday and Sunday)

Saturday, 12/30 Sunday, 12/31
Sacred Heart 4:00pm 8:30 and 10:30am
St. Jude’s 4:00pm 9:00 and 11:00am
St. Michael’s 4:30pm 9:00am only


New Year’s Holy Day Schedule (Sunday and Monday)

Sunday, 12/31/17 Monday, 1/01/18
Sacred Heart No Vigil Mass 9:00am and 12:00pm
St. Jude’s No Vigil Mass 9:00am
St. Michael’s 4:30pm Vigil No Mass

Downloadable/printable schedule: 2017-18 LCC Holiday Mass Schedule

13 Dec

Christmas Flower Donations

Don’t forget to use the Christmas Flower envelope in your mailing packet. Additional envelopes may be found in the back of church. They are provided to remember or honor your special loved ones this Christmas Season.

Donations collected are used to help offset decorating expenses for Christmas. Please print CLEARLY.

Deadline for Flower donation will be DECEMBER 18th. The list will be in back of church after Christmas.

26 Nov

The Good Shepherd

Both the prophet Ezekiel in today’s first reading, and Jesus in today’s Gospel employ the image of God as a good shepherd and God’s people as a flock of sheep. Anyone who ever spent any time with sheep would immediately recognize how exasperatingly defenseless they are. Whatever strength or intelligence they might seem to have, they remain totally dependent on others for protection. It is not for nothing that the Scriptures employ this image when speaking of our relationship with God.

We may think we are strong. We may think we are clever and resourceful. But in reality, ultimately, we are dependent upon God for protection from the myriad threats to our well being. He is in charge. He is our king. And what He asks of us is to be his agents in promoting the well being of His kingdom, by loving and caring for fellow subjects: feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, welcoming strangers, clothing the naked, visiting the institutionalized, etc. i.e. those who are most vulnerable, just like sheep. How is your conscience in this regard?

26 Nov

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

 “I myself will pasture my sheep; I myself will give them rest, says the Lord GOD.” As we celebrate Christ the King, let us also learn to serve our spouses by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend.

The next Weekends are Jan 19-21, 2018 in South Kingstown, RI and Feb 2-4, 2018 in Manchester, CT.

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

24 Nov

Mark Your Calendars

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 is our “Open Doors-Alumni Day” in celebration of Sacred Heart School’s 90th anniversary. We will begin the day with 9:00 am liturgy. All are welcome!

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