Lenten Presentation

A Lenten presentation by Dr. Edward Martin entitled: “The Biblical Meaning of Messiah/Anointed One/Christ.” will be held at Sacred Heart in the Church on Wednesday evening, February 28, at 7:30pm. All are welcome!


40 Days for Life Campaign

The “40 Days for Life Campaign” (From Wednesday, Feb. 14 to Sunday, March 25) is a community effort involving a period of 40 days of prayer, fasting, community outreach and peaceful prayer vigil on the public right-of-way outside Planned Parenthood 1040 State Street, Schenectady, from 7 AM – 7 PM.

In the Spirit of Christ, we peacefully and lovingly, pray, educate and witness to our community in order to bring an end to abortion and to provide hope and help for women in crisis pregnancies. Come join Christians from around the Capital Region and by your prayerful presence be a witness of God’s love and mercy to Planned Parenthood employees, passersby and to mothers/fathers who find themselves in an unexpected pregnancy.

Please consider visiting our website at https://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/schenectady/ and sign up on the calendar for a time slot to pray in front of Planned Parenthood. (Why not consider making it a weekly appointment for the season of Lent!).

For more information or to arrange for a “praying partner” contact Viviane: (518) 384-0699 or email Sarah at: sch40days@gmail.com





Covenant of Salvation

Today’s first reading reminds us that the written history of mankind’s dealing with God has involved a series of covenants between God and man. All of these covenants: Abraham, Noah, Moses, Christ (the new Moses) share in common that: First, they were each initiated by God, gratuitously and generously, through no merit by man (i.e. man did not earn the promise of blessings/benefits). And second, God has always remained faithful to His side of the promises involved, while mankind has consistently and repeatedly failed to keep his side.

So what conclusions are we to draw on this first Sunday of Lent? It is never too late for us to at least strive to be faithful. Why? Because the once and for all Covenant of Salvation is now and continues to be in effect (eg. Today’s second reading), and therefore, our disposition/response is critical.


Adult Faith Formation

Looking to deepen your faith, or perhaps you just want a better understanding of our Catholic faith… Well Ascension just might be the place for you.

Above all else, Ascension is a family. We are united by a collective passion to help people enrich their lives through the fullness of the Faith, because we believe that the true path to fulfillment lies in following Jesus Christ.  Ascension strives to reach people where they are, because we know that the Teachings of the Faith are transformational for any and every moment throughout a person’s life – the highs and the lows, the moments of magnitude and the “daily grind”. We believe that transformation begins together, so we help people find and build tight-knit faith groups where they live, work, and play everyday.

We invite you to come to the Faith from wherever you are in your personal spiritual journey. We’ll help you unite with others so you can seek fulfillment through the discovery of Universal Truths, together. By helping you build your personal relationship with Jesus Christ, we hope to ignite the spark of Faith and hope that exists in all of us.

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Committee Chairpersons Wanted

Sacred Heart is seeking motivated individuals to serve as Committee Chair and Co-Chair for our two flagship events, the Sacred Heart Festival and ChristKindlMarket. If interested, please contact Tony Morabito at the rectory 518-274-1363 or email: paa.fm.shc@gmail.com


Silence and Quiet Reflection

Today’s first reading reminds us of the call of the prophet/judge Samuel to serve the Lord. Notice Samuel’s response to the Lord’s call: “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” Is this our response? Or do we prefer not to hear His call?

Today’s Gospel also deals with God’s call, and men’s response. The Lord said: “What are you looking for?” And their response was to ask: “Where are you staying?” so that they might be able to stay with Him. This should provoke us to recognize two challenges in life. 1st What are we ultimately looking for and 2nd are we willing to listen to what God is trying to tell us?

Once again, we will never attain either if we foolishly promote the habit of constant distraction and noise surrounding us. Silence and prayerful focus are essential in life. Let us pray earnestly today the responsorial Psalm 40: “Here I am Lord, I come to do your will.”


School News

Service Project Challenge:

Every classroom will be collecting pull tabs for The Ronald McDonald House of Albany throughout the month of January. The classroom that collects the most pull tabs will win a special award from Mr. Camenga for their effort. This is a win-win service project for everyone concerned!

Cookies and Breads Bake Sale:

The school will be selling cookies and breads from January 16- January 25. Please feel free to look at the brochure in the school office and/or the one posted on the bulletin board.


T.O.B. is for Every Body!

TOB (Theology of the Body) is for every body!  The Body, in fact, and only the Body, is capable of making visible what is invisible: The spiritual and the divine.” -St. Pope John Paul II

What: This discussion group is a nine week closed course. There are limited spots available!

Where: Sacred Heart Church, in the Honey Comb Hide-Out, accessed through the “Gym” doors.

When: This is a 9 week course, held at 7pm, on every Thursday, beginning on 01/18/18 at Sacred Heart Parish in Troy (310 Spring Ave. Troy NY 12180). To download a printable copy of the complete course schedule click on the Theology of the Body 2018 Schedule link below.

Registration: To Register for “An Introduction to the Theology of the Body: Discovering the Master Plan for Your Life” click on the registration form link below, fill it out and bring it, along with your $20 registration fee, to our Introduction night on Thursday, January 4th at 7pm, in the “Honey Comb Hideout”

(This course has limited spots for participants, and registration is due by January 11. There is a $20 Registration fee that covers work materials.)

Theology of the Body 2018 Schedule

Theology of the Body Registration Form

Contact Erin Ingold with any questions at eriningold@gmail.com


Catholic Schools Week

Catholic Schools Week is January 28th to February 2nd and the children are already anticipating the myriad of special activities that round out the week. We will be sure to post them early enough for all to enjoy with us.


Did You Know?

There is an area designated on the choir loft level of the facility for young children to read books or play in while their parents participate in the Mass from the choir loft. Also a TV monitor and speaker have been placed in the entrance hallway to the Church so that Mass may be viewed from behind the sanctuary doors should it become necessary for you to leave Mass to tend to a small child.

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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.

Hospital Visits

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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