Worldwide Marriage Encounter

Jesus is the good shepherd and laid down his life for us that we may have new life. Give your marriage new life by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend.

The next Weekends are Nov 3-4, 2018 in ALBANY, NY and Apr 27-29, 2018 in Huntington, NY. For more information, call Ed & Rhonda Staats at 518-279-3243 or visit them at https://www.wwmenyalb.org.


Veterans Stand Down

On Friday, July 13, 2018, the Rensselaer Elks Lodge #2073, located at 683 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, NY 12061, will be celebrating the First Rensselaer County Veterans Stand Down from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm.

Exhibitors will showcase their services provided to our veterans and have the opportunity share additional information. We will have “Compassion Packs” with hygiene essentials to give away, complementary haircuts, referrals, live music, and food. This event is entirely free to our veterans in attendance!

For more information contact:  Steve Cippitelli Organizer; Combat Veteran. Email: standdown2073@gmail.com
Cell: 518-488-2480


Cardboard City 2018

Eastside Cardboard City Youth Event- Sacred Heart Church, Friday, May 11th 5pmSaturday, May 12th 9am

Help us raise awareness of homeless families in Troy, NY.

This is a youth event for 8th-12th grade students. Participants will spend the night outdoors in their own cardboard village in solidarity with the poor of our community. The event will include inspiring testimonials, movie showing, activities, and time for prayer, praise, and reflection.

For more specifics, contact Matt Ingold at youthfaithformation.shs@gmail.com, or view our event page on Facebook for a full timeline.

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Thank You

To my relatives, friends and parishioners of Sacred Heart and other parishes I have served in… Thank you for your prayers and good wishes, cards and gifts during my recovery from a fall that took me out of my priestly duties for some time.

I am slowly and hopefully recovering fully, soon as God wills it. Please continue your prayers for me. Sorry I am not able to write to you all personally, thus this note is my way to say thank you all for your kindness.


Father Vaughan


May Crowning and Holy Hour Planned

Sacred Heart School children will participate in a May Crowning Friday, May 4 at 8:15am. The Crowning will take place on Spring Avenue in front of the statue of the Blessed Mother during morning assembly. (weather permitting)
Also On Friday, May 4 a Respect Life Holy Hour will be held in the church from 7-8pm. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, rosary, respect life petitions, time for silent prayer, and confessions available.


2018 Bishop’s Appeal

The 2018 Bishop’s Appeal will kick-off in Sacred Heart Parish the weekend of May 5-6. That’s when we are asked to make our annual gift to the 64th Annual Bishop’s Appeal. You will receive a mailing the week of April 30. There will be a second collection to receive your gift.

Our assessment for this year is $72,564. It is a small increase from last year. We are very fortunate to have reached our goal last year and will be receiving back 50% of our overage. Not a huge amount but that we reached our goal is a great accomplishment. Thank you for all who gave so generously in 2017!


Daily Mass Schedule Change

Effective Monday, June 25, there will no longer be a Monday morning Mass here at Sacred Heart. If you have a Mass scheduled already for a Monday after June 25, please call the rectory to reschedule. Thank you.


Time To Put On Christ

Today’s Gospel: Jesus is the Good Shepherd, is so familiar to us that there is a serious danger that our eyes will glaze over and we will daydream about something else. Yes, we know the image: those who are simply going through the motions, will run away when danger threatens. But Jesus, who is the Good Shepherd will give up his very life to care for His flock. He is not a robotic administrator. He personally knows His sheep.

Perhaps you share an older way of thinking that it is the duty of the clergy and religious to take care of the flock. Well the fact of the matter is that through Baptism and the Eucharist we put on Christ – become His mystical body – become His eyes and ears and helping hand in this day in Troy, New York. We, in our time and place, are called to be the Good Shepherd! We can’t daydream our lives away while the flock is scattered. We can’t run away when we encounter danger. Who can deny that the flock is in danger and needs a lot of help these days? Do we make an effort to get to know them personally, or do we remain aloof?

It’s time to offer a personal touch to those who have gone astray.


Ignorance Is No Excuse

In today’s Gospel two things strike me which could easily slip past us, since they are only mentioned incidentally.

First, today’s passage follows immediately the story of the Risen Jesus walking with two disciples on the road to Emmaus, and the fact that they did not recognize Him until “the breaking of the bread”. Notice this is repeated in the opening sentence of today’s reading. The challenge to us of course is: do we recognize Christ (i.e. His mystical body) in the breaking of the bread/Eucharist?

The second point is the seemingly offhanded statement that reads: “He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.” Do we sufficiently know the Scriptures, so that our minds might be opened? Or do we rest our case with those whom St. Peter was addressing in the first reading when he said: “You acted out of ignorance.”

Is our plea the same as those who called for Jesus’ execution? I hope not. There is an old adage: “Ignorance is no excuse.”


Family Mass & Piano Recital

Sacred Heart’s next Family Mass will be held on Sunday, April 22 at 8:30 am.  Sister Liz’s students will have their Piano Recital at 3:00 pm that afternoon in the church. All are welcome!

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Mass Schedule

Saturday Vigil 4:00 pm Sunday 8:30 am & 10:30 am Weekday 9:00am


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


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Please call the Rectory (274-1363) weekdays for an appointment at least six months in advance of wedding.

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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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