2018 Bishop’s Appeal

As of this past weekend, we have continued to receive pledges and donations and are now within 7% of reaching our goal! To date, we have received 222 contributions including donations, pledges and online giving totaling $ 68,055 toward our parish assessment of $72,564.

With your generosity, we earnestly look forward to the day when we can report that we have “gone over the top” again. Thanks, to everyone who has responded to this year’s appeal in such a generous way.

Please keep in mind that commitments to the Bishop’s Appeal may be made online at the TheBishopsAppeal.org You can also call the Bishop’s Appeal Office at 518-453-6680 for assistance.

Remember… Spreading the joy of the gospel starts with you!


Donations Needed

We are making a call to our Parishioners to please remember the Roarke Center in downtown Troy by donating toiletries for their needy clients.

At this time, there is more need for personal items than their need for donations of food. Suggestions: shampoos, conditioners, body wash or bars of soap, deodorants, toothbrushes with covers, toothpaste, razors, feminine hygiene products.

Please remember the needy in your generosity. Items can be placed in the box back of Church where food donations have been placed. School supplies are also most welcome for the many children the Center serves.

Thank you… Troy Ladies of Charity


Annual Marriage Jubilee Liturgy

The 46th Annual Marriage Jubilee Liturgy will be held Sunday, October 7 at 2pm at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Couples celebrating their 25th, 40th, 50th or other special wedding anniversary are invited to attend this celebration.

Bishop Edward Scharfenberger will celebrate the Liturgy and greet couples and their guests. There will be a reception in the gathering area after the Mass. Please register at the parish office by calling Barbara at 518-274-1363 if you would like to attend no later than Sept. 21st.


Faith Formation News

Grades 1-5:Classes for grades 1-5 will be returning to Sunday mornings between masses from 9:40-10:25am.First class is Sunday September 16, which includes a parent orientation in the Multi-Purpose Room.

Grades 6-8:Classes for our New Junior High Youth Program will meet every other Sunday evening 6-8PM (same schedule as Confirmation prep) Program is available to all 6-8th graders—from both public and Catholic schools—and will have a renewed focus on socialization, catechesis, community engagement, and building a lasting community for our youth.

Confirmation Registration: Confirmation Prep classes begin on Sunday, September 16, 6-8 PM. Parent orientation will go from 6-6:30PM that same evening.


Holy Day Mass Schedule

Wednesday, August 15th, the Feast of The Assumption is a Holy Day of Obligation.   The Holy Day Mass Schedule for our Local Catholic Community (LCC) is as follows:

Sacred Heart – Vigil 5:45 pm, Holy Day 9:00 am

St. Jude – No Vigil, Holy Day 8:00 am & 7:00 pm

St. Michael – Vigil 5:30 pm, Holy Day 12:10 pm


Do Not Despair

In today’s second reading, St. Paul cautions us: “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit…” Perhaps you can recall from your old catechism lessons that the great sin against the Holy Spirit, and the one sin which God cannot forgive is despair. Don’t be too sure that can never be a problem for us.

So, in today’s first reading we find the great prophet Elijah, who had just performed a great miracle against the prophets of the false god Baal, now fleeing for his life from the wrath of the wicked king Ahab. He is weary from his lack of success in converting people. “He prayed for death, saying: ‘This is enough O Lord’”.

Through Baptism Jesus has commissioned us to bring about the reign of God on earth. It should be obvious that even after nearly 2000 years we have not been terribly successful. Have we not been tempted like Elijah to grow tired and become frustrated, and want to give up, shouting: enough? If we read on in the Elijah story, we immediately find God directing the prophet – not by hitting him on the head with a two by four to get his attention, but by whispering in the breeze – to carry on the mission. So must we!


Faith Formation News

Volunteer Youth Catechists Needed: Sacred Heart is looking for volunteer youth catechists to assist lead catechists in our Faith Formation programs. Volunteers are needed from 1st grade through Confirmation prep programs.

Youth Catechists must have completed their Confirmation. Serving as a Youth Catechist is a good source of volunteer service hours!

If interested, please contact Matt Ingold at youthfaithformation.shs@gmail.com


Marriage Encounter

I am the living bread that came down from heaven, says the Lord. Put God in your marriage by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend.

The next Weekends are Sep 28-30, 2018 in Oneonta, NY and Nov 3-4, 2018 in ALBANY, NY.

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


Food for Eternal Life

In the second Mass canon, which we hear so often, early on are the words: “Make holy, therefore, these gifts we pray, by sending down your Spirit upon them like the dew-fall.” In Old Testament imagery, dew-fall was seen to be a sign of God’s action on His creation. The canon statement is meant to be a direct reference to that verse in today’s first reading describing the gift of manna in the desert.

This “manna”, has always been understood as foreshadowing the bread of the Eucharist, which, by the way we pray for each time we recite the Our Father just before Communion time… “give us this day our daily bread…”.

The Eucharist is truly food that doesn’t perish, but rather “endures for eternal life.”

How often, because we hear these words so regularly, do we fail to let their tremendous depth of meaning really sink in, and affect our consciousness.

Perhaps today is the time to begin to give it more thoughtful reflection.


Home Schooler’s Group Formed

Saint Peter’s Homeschoolers (SPH) is a homeschooling support/ social group that provides activities for children and families, and support for mothers. The group reaches out to Catholic homeschooling families through the celebration of the Catholic tradition, shared prayer, and faith-filled social events. We are now accepting registrations for the upcoming school year! For more information, contact: Cassandra.spellman@gmail.com

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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)


Please call the Rectory (274-1363) weekdays for information and scheduled dates.


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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