Food Pantry

The Food Pantry will now be available twice a month:

 

Food Pantry Dates 2020

 

 January  2, 16,30

 February  13, 27

 March 12, 26

  April 9, 23      

  May 7, 21

 June 4, 18

July 2, 16 30

August 13, 27

September 10, 24

 October 8, 22

 November 5, 19

 December 3, 17, 31

 

 

 

In case of an emergency please call Mike & Carol at 607-326-4073 


 

Pastoral Council

A Visit to the Upper Room

 

The morning after a life altering event often becomes a crossroad in one’s life. Something-- life changing-- has taken place and a new dawn forces one to note: “I am not the same.” And to ask: “Now what?”

The morning of November 18th, 2016 became just that type of morning for many, following an occasion where The Holy Spirit was invited to make a guest appearance at our inaugural Discernment Gathering of Pastoral Council Leaders. Nothing like this had happened here at the parish before. This was a big day; a day that we, in attendance, would not soon forget. And it would become a day that I wish every member of our Church might have experienced, for it was in coming together in this manner of prayer, as the Body of Christ, that we fully committed ourselves to the work that Christ, as His disciples, had commissioned us to do.

Twenty-three people met in our Church the evening of November 17th and to me, the scene was a familiar one, recalling something of what must have taken place in the Upper Room the day, “Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James” had gathered. During the discernment process songs of praise were sung, Letters from Paul to the Corinthians and to the Romans were shared, and God was with us! As I sat with these disciples of Christ, I observed our pastor leading his faithful people in mission and I thought: How similar people become when they have the desire to work for Jesus. Then I recalled a comforting passage from Acts 1:12: “All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer….” The morning after the discernment gathering, questions from curious and faithful Church goers filled my email account: “Well, what happened? What was it like? Can you tell me more about the meeting?” My answer: “We gathered in prayer and waited for The Holy Spirit to come…. And he did.” Members of the Discernment group, most interested in a seat on the council, five in total, spoke with the Grace of God on their tongues, describing how God had done great things with them. The audience listened in admiration and with gratitude. We learned so much about each other. We grew our love for each other. For the first time, since I have been president of the Pastoral Council, we were One Body, all with one accord. I discerned more that night than I had imagined from this time in prayer with the Holy Spirit and my faithful parishioners: Mainly, that prayer is an equalizer; that working for Jesus gives one dignity, purpose and a reason for being; and finally… that I am where I belong.


 

 

PASTORAL COUNCIL LIST 2020

 

Liz DeJoy

459 Westkill Rd

Jefferson, NY 12093

652-2738

evdejoy@gw.dec.state.ny.us

 

Sandy Eighmie

216 Smith Rd

Stamford, NY. 12167

435-1158

SMEighmie@aol.com

 

Andrew Flach

62545 State Hwy. 10

Hobart, NY  13788

917-885-4490

andrewflach@yahoo.com

 

Jim Johnston

31 Roosevelt Ave.

Roxbury, NY 12474

326-3158

jimgjohnston@hotmail.com

 

John Russell

201 Beaver Dam Rd

Stamford, NY. 12167

652-2791

Johnrussell3@me.com

 

Pat Svoboda

339 Kapitko Rd.

Margaretville, NY  12455

845-586-3563

pgs12455@yahoo.com

 

Edie Mesick

2 Baumback Rd.

Roxbury, NY 12474

326-7164

ediemesick@aol.com

 

Mary Melia

2542 Doral Dr.

Pennsauken, NJ. 08109

609-206-2756

MMelia@dow.com

 

Bob Melia

2542 Doral Dr.

Pennsauken, NJ. 08109

609-941-8362

robertmelia61@gmail.com

 

Fran Wellington

1650 McMurdy Brook Rd.

South Kortright, NY. 13842

528-1984

feefs37@gmail.com

 

Janet Wenner

39 River St.

Stamford, NY. 12167

434-7657 or 652-4055

jmkwenner@hotmail.com

 

 

Ex-Officio Members:

Rev. Michael G. Cambi

27 Harper St.

Stamford, NY 12167

652-7170 ext. 101

pastorshc2@stny.rr.com

 

FAITH FORMATION ADMINISTRATOR/ PARISH SECRETARY 

Chrissy Blanck

P.O. Box 352

Hobart, NY 13788

427-7967

sheartchurch@stny.rr.com

 

 

Parish Trustees:

Patrick Wenner 

520 Blenheim Hill Rd. 

Stamford, NY 12167

518-935-8964

wennerpatrick@gmail.com

 

Susan Rich

276 Brockway Rd

Hobart, NY. 13788

538-1045

tbmg276@gmail.com

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The Life of Saint Philip Neri


Saint Philip, one of the glories of Florence, was born of an illustrious Christian family in that city of Tuscany, in 1515. His parents lived in the fear of God and the observance of His commandments, and raised their son to be obedient and respectful. Already when he was five years old, he was called good little Philip. He lost his mother while still very young, and it seemed he should have died himself when he was about eight or nine years old. He fell, along with a horse, onto a pavement from a certain height. Though the horse landed on top of him, he was entirely uninjured. He attributed his preservation to a special intervention of God, destined to permit him to dedicate his life to the service of God.


He fled from a prospective inheritance to Rome, where he desired to study, and there undertook to tutor the two sons of a nobleman who offered him refuge. He led so edifying a life that word of it reached Florence, and his sister commented that she had never doubted he would become a great Saint. He studied philosophy and theology, and after a short time seemed to need to study no longer, so clear were the truths of God in his mind. He always kept the Summa Theologica of Saint Thomas Aquinas near him for consultation; this and the Holy Bible were his only books.


Saint Philip seemed surrounded by a celestial splendor, the effect of his angelic purity, which he never lost in spite of the many dangers that surrounded him; he came victorious from every combat, through prayer, tears and confidence in God. He often visited the hospitals to serve the sick and assist the poor. At night he would go to the cemetery of Saint Callixtus, where he prayed near the tombs of the martyrs.


He attracted a number of companions who desired to perform these devotions with him. He loved young boys most of all; he wanted to warn them against the world’s seductions and conserve their virtue in all its freshness. He would wait for them and talk to them after their classes; and many whom his examples impressed consecrated themselves to God. Assisted by his excellent confessor, he founded a Confraternity of the Most Holy Trinity for the relief of the poor, convalescents, and pilgrims who had no place of refuge. He gave lodging to many in the great jubilee year of 1550, even receiving several complete families in the houses he had obtained.
At the age of 36 he was not yet a priest, and his confessor commanded him under obedience to receive Holy Orders, which he did in the same year of 1551. He joined a society of priests and heard many confessions. Saint Ignatius of Loyola called him Philip the Bell, saying he was like a parish church bell, calling everyone to church, but remaining in his tower — this because he determined so many souls to enter into religion, without doing so himself. He himself was about to follow Saint Francis Xavier’s renowned examples, by going to India with twenty young companions, but was advised by an interior voice to consult a saintly priest. He was then told that the will of God was that he live in the city of Rome as in a desert.


The famous Society of Saint Philip, called The Oratory, began when a group of good priests joined him in giving instructions and conferences and presiding prayers; for them he drew up some rules which were soon approved. He became renowned all over Italy for the instances of bilocation which were duly verified during his lifetime. Many holy servants of God were formed in the Oratory, a society of studious priests, made ready by ten years of preparation in the common life for a service founded on sacerdotal perfection. Saint Philip died peacefully in 1595 on the Feast of Corpus Christi at the age of 80, having been ill for only one day. He bears the noble titles of Patron of Works of Youth, and Apostle of Rome.

Baptism

The sacrament of baptism is the primary sacrament of the Church and the foundation for Christian life because it is through baptism that a person actually becomes a Christian, a member of the Body of Christ, the Church.

Under normal circumstances, babies should be baptized within two months or so of being born. Parents wishing to baptize their children should make an appointment to meet with the pastor as soon as possible after making that decision. Having the meeting before the child is born makes perfectly good sense.


Baptism prep meetings usually last an hour to an hour and a half, depending on how much parents understand the nature and meaning of the sacrament, its celebration, and the responsibilities that the Church asks them to embrace. There are a few forms for parents to fill out and return to the parish, and the pastor asks that godparents be chosen and certified by their respective parishes before a date for the baptism is scheduled.


The baptism of children who have reached the age of reason (~7 years old) requires preparation of the children themselves so that they can understand, at an age appropriate level, the sacrament they will receive. Parents should schedule a meeting with the pastor to formulate a preparation plan.


The baptism of adults happens through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, or RCIA program. Folks who have a desire to become Catholic, or who at least think that they might be interested in finding out more about becoming Catholic should contact the pastor to begin the conversation.


 

Holy Communion

After baptism, Holy Communion or the Eucharist is the most important sacrament for Catholics. The Fathers of Vatican II called the celebration of the Mass the source and summit of the Christian life. It is the sacrament through which Catholics enter into and express their full communion with the Church, and are spiritually nourished by the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ.

First Holy Communion is celebrated in second grade and requires at least one year of faith formation (religious instruction) prior to beginning the year of preparation for Holy Communion. During their second grade year, children are also prepared for their first celebration of the sacrament of Reconciliation, which they typically receive during the Advent or Lent before they receive First Holy Communion.

 

Reconciliation 

The sacrament of Penance or Reconciliation, informally called ‘going to confession’, is available at Sacred Heart Church on Saturday afternoons from 3:00-4:00, or by appointment.

Under normal circumstances, anyone conscious of having committed serious sin is obliged to celebrate the sacrament of Penance before presenting themselves for Holy Communion. There are exceptions to this norm, and the pastor would be happy to answer any questions or concerns about the celebration of this sacrament anytime.

Penance services are generally held twice a year: once in Advent and once in Lent. Normally there are five priests, including the pastor, who are available for confession during penance services.

 

Examination of Conscience.pdf

Confirmation

In the Diocese of Albany, the sacrament of Confirmation is typically celebrated in tenth grade. The ninth and tenth grade years of faith formation constitute the two years of confirmation prep required to receive the sacrament, but this presumes consistent enrollment in the faith formation program in the years since receiving First Holy Communion.

Families with students who have not been enrolled in the faith formation program for any number of years between 2nd and 9th grades will need to meet with the pastor to determine how to get them back on track and adequately prepared for Confirmation.


Adults who have never been confirmed and would like to receive the sacrament should contact the pastor to formulate a preparation plan. Typically, these adult would participate with other adults seeking full communion with the Catholic Church through the RCIA program.

Marriage


The pastor asks couples seeking marriage in the Church to contact him at least eight months prior to their desired wedding date and BEFORE they book a venue for their reception.

The decision to marry is momentous … as is the commitment to a lifelong and exclusive relationship of love. It is essential that couples make the time to prepare well before promising to give themselves to each other as husband and wife for the rest of their lives before God and the Church.


The theology of marriage and family developed by the Church from Scripture and Tradition is at once beautiful and challenging, and God’s plan for family life is faithfully lived out only with the help of His grace.


Marriage preparation or pre-Cana gives couples the opportunity to deepen their understanding and appreciation for the nature of marriage and family. It also helps identify important relationship issues they might not have thought about discussing, and provides a context for resolving any differences an honest look at those issues might bring to the surface.

Sacrament of the Sick

Also called the anointing of the sick, this is a sacrament of healing for those suffering with any serious health condition in body, mind or spirit (i.e. cancer, addiction, clinical depression). Serious is more of a subjective than objective term, and a given affliction might be more serious for one person than another based on the effects it has on the person’s life.


To give some sense of the conditions which would warrant celebration of the sacrament, one wouldn’t receive it for a bad cold or a sprained ankle, but might need it for severe pneumonia or a broken hip, especially if an elderly person is involved, since these things could prove seriously debilitating or even life threatening.

Strictly speaking, the sacrament of the sick does not constitute Last Rites by itself, though it may be part of that celebration. To receive Last Rites is to receive communion as viaticum, or food for the journey home to God. The following paragraphs offer further clarification on sacraments for the sick and dying.


In order for the faithful people of God to receive all the sacraments in times of serious illness, injury, and / or near the time of death, it is extremely important to notify the pastor as soon as any of these events occur. Sacraments may only be celebrated by the living; they cannot be celebrated after death.


Furthermore, the sacrament of reconciliation can only be celebrated when a person still has the ability to communicate. Even more importantly, receiving communion as viaticum, which is what Last Rites are, is only possible while a person is still able to swallow, even if only a small piece of the Body of Christ, or a drop of his Precious Blood.


Please do not wait to inform the pastor of a loved one’s serious health condition until death is imminent, but contact him at the onset of any serious event, so that he or she may receive all the sacraments needed, as often as is needed, until either recovery or death occurs.


Sometimes things happen very quickly, and the timely celebration of sacraments is not always possible. A person can be anointed even if unconscious, but the sacrament of anointing of the sick does not constitute Last Rites by itself. It can be part of that celebration if needed, but to receive communion as viaticum is to receive Last Rites, and every measure should be taken to see that this can be done.


 

Holy Orders

If you feel like God might be calling you to priesthood or religious life, or if someone has ever told you you’d make a good priest or nun, please call the pastor to make an appointment. He can begin to help you discern what the Holy Spirit is trying to tell you through this experience of feeling called by God to serve the Church as a priest, deacon, brother, sister or nun.