Veteran’s Day (Revised & Updated)

Please come join us for our very first Veterans’ Day Mass on Sunday, November 11 at 10am.

All Veterans, living or deceased, will be honored at Mass. Join us after Mass for breakfast. If you have not done so already, please fill out and submit Veterans name, branch and years of service on a form in the back of the church. All Veterans names should be submitted no later than October 31.

Revised Updated Info:

Please note, the regular 8:30 am Mass will also be celebrated on November 11! 

Also… please plan to join us after the 10:00 Mass for breakfast in the multipurpose room! Any parishioners who are interested in bringing breakfast pastries and/or muffins, please notify Barbara in the office 518-274-1363.


Magnificat Women’s Breakfast

Albany NY Chapter of Magnificat (a ministry to Catholic Women) is hosting a Women’s Breakfast on Saturday, November 17 from 9am-12pm at the Vista Restaurant at Van Patten Golf Club in Clifton Park. Tickets: $20; Clergy & Religious – Free.

Guest Speaker is Priscilla “Missy” Muro. Missy is an active member of the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Glenville. Register by Saturday, November 10 – send a check for $20 payable to Albany NY Chapter of Magnificat, P.O. Box 340 Clifton Park, New York 12065 Please include your name, address and phone number and email. For more information call 518-930-8380.


Worldwide Marriage Encounter

“Go your way; your faith has saved you.” Take time to strengthen your marriage by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. The next Weekends are Nov 3-4, 2018 in ALBANY, NY and Nov 2-4, 2018 in Manchester, CT.

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


School News

SHS Annual Cheesecake Sale: All cheesecake Orders are due on Monday, October 29th in the school office.
SHS 80’s Dance: Sacred Heart’s 80’s Dance will be held in the gymnasium on Friday, November 9th at 6:30 pm. The names of the raffle winners will be pulled during this event. Please contact the school office for more information about this delightful evening.

SHS Pain Free Fundraising Options: Thank you to all who have supported our school in the following “pain free” ways:

  • Price Chopper/Market 32 Tools for Schools Program kicked off in August – Please register your Advantage card on line using Sacred Heart’s code #15859 and those points earned will be used to purchase equipment and supplies in early 2019.
  • Colonie SchoolBucks Program has also begun –simply take your register tapes to the Customer Service Desk to add points to our school OR drop them off in the collection bin and we will gladly do it for you.

Annual School Raffle: This year’s raffle runs through November 9th. The first day to submit sold raffle tickets is Monday, October 29. Tickets are sold for $1.00 each or the entire book of 12 for $10.00. Winners will be drawn at our 80’s Dance on the night of November 9th.


Veterans Visit DC Monuments

Sacred Heart parishioners Barry DeRubertis and his father Pasquale, a WWII veteran, were among nearly ninety veterans, guardians and Leatherstocking Honor Flight staff making a trip from Albany International Airport to Washington, DC on Saturday 10/27/18 to tour the National Mall and visit a variety of memorials and monuments honoring our American Veterans.

Leatherstocking Honor Flight’s mission is to “Honor American Veterans” for all their sacrifices and to transport them to Washington, DC to visit those memorials dedicated to honor the service and sacrifices of themselves and their friends.

For more information on Leatherstocking Honor Flight visit their website at: http://www.leatherstockinghonorflight.org or on face book at: https://www.facebook.com/lshonorflight/

Leatherstocking Honor Flight is 501c3 nonprofit organization.


The Challenge of Advent in 2018

At no time of the year is Christian faith more under siege by the secular, sic, anti- Christian and consumerist world we are forced to live in, than during the Advent season.  This is the time of year which is make or break for the purveyors of want rather than need.  So the pressure to entice us to its false values is at its highest.

St Thomas Aquinas tells us that the will always seeks the good.  Even when we make a mistake in judgment, we seek what we think at the moment, is good.  The Devil knows this.  And the merchants of want rather than need know it as well.  Thus, our world is filled with deceitful euphemisms, e.g. we no longer buy used cars, but rather pre-owned ones.  We no longer spend money to buy things.  Rather we buy things to “save” money.  We buy things to “get one free,”etc., i.e. any ruse that might entice us to think we are pursuing the good.

One of the tools of the mercantile deceit is to inspire competition rather than cooperation.  So, e.g. we have to get out there early to buy the best Christmas tree before someone else gets their hands on it.  We have to rush to buy our gifts before the stores (would have you believe) run out.  If we see our neighbor with something, then we have to have one too, preferably a better one, to demonstrate our superiority.  And we tickle our egos with the smug presumption that we are organized and prepared well in advance.  Do we ask for what?  The best the milieu around us can offer is the repeated ad nauseam fatuous “magic of the season”.  It never gets any deeper than that.  In the meantime, everything is rush, rush to prevent us from asking the question, what is it all for?

If we are sensitive to the spirit of the Liturgy, we might notice that the atmosphere is one of longing for, waiting for the arrival of something wonderful.  We believe that we are not just waiting to celebrate the birth of the baby Jesus, but rather recognize that without God’s help, all we humans have been able to accomplish is to multiply misery.  We have become captives to our own self- seeking, our own delusions as to what constitutes true joy and happiness.  God, however, freely chose not to leave us to our delusions, not to remain, as it were, at a distance, but rather to establish a human relationship with us by becoming human like us.  He chose to be Emanuel, i.e. God with us.

The problem with human relations, however, is that if they are to bring us true joy and happiness, they must be a two way street.  There must be give as well as take.   We can choose to ignore Emanuel’s offer, perhaps not explicitly, but rather implicitly, by being too busy, too preoccupied with other things, not having  the time, etc. for Emanuel.  That’s the rub.  And that is why we have the season of Advent, to regain and renew focus on what is really important in life. (And at the very time when the world around us would have us do the opposite!).  Think, e.g. what it might be like if someone we loved dearly had been on the other side of the world for some time, and finally came back home to us.  Would we ignore him?  Would we tell him we haven’t the time or are too busy to pay attention to him?  I don’t think so.  Rather he would have priority.  We would willingly make time for him.  We would make ourselves available to reciprocate his offer of a loving relationship, rather than allow ourselves be captivated by other pressures.

In the book of Genesis it is related that Jacob, the grandson of Abraham, our father in faith, spent a night wrestling with the divine.  As a result God changed his name from Jacob to Israel, which in Hebrew means one who wrestles with or struggles with God.  If we are serious, the Advent season is a time of struggle for us against the pressures of the pagan world around us.  May our response constantly and perseveringly be: “O come O come Emanuel.  And ransom captive Israel.”

By Edward J. Martin, SSL, STD


Faith Formation News

Faith Formation Grades 1-5: Class Sunday October 28 and Religious Ed. Mass is at 10:30am. Next class is November 4.
Junior High Youth Program: Class Sunday, October 28 in the multi-purpose room. Next class is November 4.
Confirmation Preparation: Class Sunday, October 28 from 6-8 PM. Next class is November 4.


Fashion Show Tickets On Sale

The Sacred Heart Ladies of Charity will be selling tickets to their annual Fall Fashion Show this weekend after all Masses. This popular fashion show will be held at Franklin Terrace on Wednesday, October 24 at 7pm. Tickets are $25.

All proceeds go to aid the work of the Roarke Center and the needs of other local charities.


Altar Bread and Wine

Did you know that a donation may be made to purchase the monthly altar bread and/or wine offered at each Eucharistic celebration as a memorial for a deceased loved one or to commemorate a special event. For more information, please call the parish office during regular business hours at (518) 274-1363.

Altar Wine for the month of October has been generously gifted in memory of Dan and Marion Purcell for their 100th Birthday Remembrance by the Purcell Family.


Altar Rosary Society Memorial Mass

The Sacred Heart Altar Rosary Society Annual Memorial Mass will be held on Sunday, October 28 at the 8:30am Mass. This Mass will remember Altar Rosary Society members who have passed during 2018. A coffee hour will follow immediately after mass.

The Sacred Heart Altar Rosary Society was founded in the 1930s. The primary goal of the society is to care for  the church altars and linens. Members form an honor guard and recite a decade of the rosary for a member’s funeral. Altar Rosary Society membership is open to all parishioners.  Altar Rosary Society dues are $5 annually and are used to defray dry cleaning and Mass expenses. If interested, contact Marianne Haldeman  at (518) 283-1066 or email:  rhaldeman@nycap.rr.com

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