6 May

Position Open

The Diocese of Albany Catholic Schools, serving students from pre-kindergarten to grade 12 in schools throughout the 14-county Diocese, is seeking candidates for the position of principal who possess strong and visionary leadership to carry on a tradition of academic excellence and faith formation. A successful candidate will be a practicing Catholic with a Master’s degree, administrative certification and a minimum of five years of teaching experience, preferable in Catholic schools. If interested send letter of interest and resume by May 26, 2017, to:

Susan Bradshaw, Director of Personnel Services
Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany
Catholic School Office
40 North Main Ave., Albany, NY 12203
or by email to: susan.bradshaw@rcda.org

5 May

Altar Bread and Wine Memorial Gifts

Did you know that a donation may be made to purchase the monthly altar bread and/or wine offered at each Eucharistic celebration in memory of a deceased loved one or to commemorate a special event? For more
information, please call the parish office at 274-1363.

Altar Wine for the month of May has been gifted in memory of Ethel Posniewski (33rd Anniv) by Daughter, Mary Riley. Altar Bread for the month of May has been gifted in memory of Jim Riley (1stAnniv) by Wife, Mary.

30 Apr

Read The Bible Lately?

At least since the advent of Martin Luther’s rebellion 500 yrs. ago and the resultant Protestant rejection of Catholic belief in religious authority based upon both Scripture and Tradition, it would appear that most modern Catholics have come to rely far more on tradition than their knowledge of God’s revealed word in the Bible.

It was anything but unexpected that 50 years ago, the first order of business for the fathers of Vatican Council II was to reform the liturgy. Included in that reform was an enormous increase in the number of Biblical passages we would be exposed to in Sunday liturgies: from 104 passages to 468. Weekday Masses added even more!

The desire was that Catholic churchgoers, while not hearing all the Bible, would at least be exposed to a far larger portion than previously. The hope was that through hearing God’s Word proclaimed and preached we might be able to share the experience of the first generation of Christians quoted today by St. Luke: “Were not our hearts burning within us while He spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?”

If we have yet to personally experience that burning heart, isn’t it about time to challenge our ignorance of the Scriptures?

30 Apr

Congratulations Tom Foley!

The Sacred Heart Community wishes to recognize Thomas Foley for earning the Cub Scout Light of Christ Medal. Congratulations Tom on a job well done!

To learn more about the Light of Christ Medal click on the link: Light of Christ Medal

29 Apr

Faith Formation News

2017 – 2018 Faith Formation Registration Schedule

The 2017-2018 edition of Sacred Heart Parish’s Faith Formation Program will run from September 17, 2017 through May 6, 2018.  Registration is now open in accordance with the schedule below:

Early Bird Registration: (April 3, 2017 – June 9, 2017) Registrations received and dated no later than Friday, June 9, receive the special early bird tuition rate of $40.00 per child.

Regular registration: (June 10, 2017 – August 31, 2017) Registrations received and dated Saturday, June 10, – Thursday, August 31, receive the regular tuition rate of $50.00 per child, and $45.00 for each additional child.

Registrations on or after September 1, 2017: Registrations received and dated on or after Friday, September 1, is $60.00 per child.

If you volunteer as a catechist and have children enrolled in the Sacred Heart Faith Formation program, tuition for no more than one child is waived for each year you are a volunteer catechist.

2017 Faith Formation Program Events:

  • Faith Formation classes will meet this Sunday, April, 30, 2017.  The last class will be held on Sunday, May 7, 2017.
  • Grades 7 & 8 will take a field trip this Sunday (4/30/17) to the St. Joseph’s Provincial house in Latham from 10:15 to 11:15 am
  • The last rehearsal date for second grade First Holy Communion is Friday May 5, 2017 from 6:00 – 7:00pm.  Please plan to arrive in church by 5:45pm to ensure a prompt start at 6pm sharp!
  • First Holy Communion for second grade faith formation students will occur on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the 4:00pm Mass.


29 Apr

Confirmation Class News

Parable Film Festival: This Sunday, April 30 at 6pm come and join us for our first ever “Film Festival” at Sacred Heart Church. We will be viewing our Youth Ministry’s homemade movies from our “Parable Video Challenge”, there will be snacks, special guest judges and even a prize for the winning team!

Confirmation Rehearsal: Rehearsal on Monday, May 15 at 7pm in the Church. Confirmation sponsors should be in attendance.

Confirmation: The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated on Thursday, May 18 at 7pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

29 Apr

School News

2017-2018 School Registration News: 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!”

USPS Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive: The school continues to support local food pantries with a weekly collection of food items. Our annual USPS pick up will be on Wednesday, May 10th and it serves to “kick off” their local effort. The United States Postal Service is celebrating its 25th anniversary-Stamping Out Hunger throughout our nation. They will be collecting items from local homes on Saturday, May 13th.

28 Apr

2017 Bishops Appeal

This weekend, April 29-30 is Commitment Weekend! This is our 63rd year and this year’s campaign theme is “Being Ambassadors for Christ.”

When contemplating your pledge and/or making your gift, please reflect on the positive things that happen as a result of your mercy and generosity to the Bishop’s Appeal. Your gift, no matter the size, is a tangible act of love for the Lord and His Church. Pray that we have great success this year!

22 Apr

Potluck Dinner

Immediately following the conclusion of Holy Thursday’s Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper a large group of parishioners, family & friends of Sacred Heart gathered in the school cafeteria for an evening of good food, drink and conversation.

A good time was had by all!  Special thanks to Mike & Marie Mangione and all the volunteers that made Sacred Heart’s 2nd Annual Potluck Dinner a success!

22 Apr

2017 Bishop’s Appeal

Each year between Easter and Pentecost Sunday, we are asked by Bishop Scharfenberger to make our annual parish contribution to the Bishop’s Appeal. Commitment weekend is next weekend, April 29-30.

This is the 63rd year of the Appeal and this year’s campaign theme is “Being Ambassadors for Christ.” When making your gift, please reflect on the positive things that will happen as a result of your mercy and generosity to the Bishop’s Appeal.

Your gift, no matter the size, is a tangible act of love for the Lord and His Church. Pray that we have great success this year! – Alice Swertinski and Father Yanas

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Saturday Vigil 4:00pm Sunday 8:30am & 10:15am Thursday Evening 6:30pm Weekday 9:00am


Saturday: 3:00pm or by appointment (Call 274-1363)


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If you, or a loved one is admitted to the hospital, it is important that you identify yourself to the hospital as a member of Sacred Heart Parish or contact the Rectory (274-1363) to inform us of your hospitalization.

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