The Human Development Ministry at Sacred Heart Church strives to "warm the often cold impersonal scene of modern life." Human development consists of a committee of dedicated people who meet each month to discuss plans, share ideas and evaluate activities. The scope of the committee includes the following:
News & Updates
TO ALL STUDENTS: Many opportunities to complete required community service hours will be offered each month. Please be sure and contact us well in advance of deadline dates when service hours are due so that we may help you find projects to work on. Call the Human Development Office at 699-6401 to inquire about opportunities that are available.
As we begin a new year of responding to the needs in our local community, I can’t help but recall a recent homily by Fr. Esposito. He explained about God giving us the gifts of “justice and salvation”. Fr. Esposito emphasized that God gives these gifts freely but with the expectation that we will respond to them. Many of the activities that out Human Development Department does each year are a response to God’s gifts. We hope that you will get involved and be a part of this response to these wonderful gifts. If each parishioner chose one activity to be involved with each year we would never have a shortage of helpers.
Mercy Ministry: Our Mercy Ministry responds to God’s gifts by visiting the sick, providing senior activities, visiting the homebound, providing transportation to appointments and in many other ways. Perhaps this is something you would like to get involved with. A big thank you to Jackie Fietkiewicz for organizing the many facets of our Mercy Ministry at Sacred Heart. She does an amazing job. If you would like to get involved with this please call Jackie at 698-4343.
Fruit of the Vine Wine Tasting Event
Samaritan Center: Our next date to visit the Samaritan Center is Feb 15th. You may remember that we are looking for a new coordinator for this event. We visit the Center twice a year to serve dinner to the visitors to this soup kitchen in Syracuse. Our current coordinator, Barb D’Ambrosio, is willing to work with anyone interested to “show them the ropes”. What better way to respond to God’s gifts of justice and salvation. If you would be interested in getting involved with this project please call the Human Development Office at 699-6401.
Catholic Charities Men’s Shelter sandwich-making will take place this Sunday, January 25th, immediately following the 9:30 A.M. Mass. Everyone is welcome to join us as we prepare lunches for the men from the shelter and the visitors to the Assumption Church soup kitchen. The shelter houses as many as 132 men each night. They do not serve meals but like to have a sandwich for the gentleman in case they haven’t found a place to eat while on the street. Each month we prepare and send approximately 200 sandwiches to the shelter. The balance of the sandwiches made will be sent to Assumption Church where sandwiches are handed out daily to the many visitors of this north side soup kitchen/ food pantry. On a few occasions that we have delivered sandwiches we have found them closed or about to close due to being out of sandwiches. Your generosity in this project is appreciated. Sandwich-making is truly a way to respond to the gifts of Justice and Salvation that we receive from God!
Food Sense is a program through the Food Bank of CNY which helps families to stretch their food dollars. Luther Memorial Church in North Syracuse has recently become a Food Sense site. If you are interested in lowering your food bill call them at 458-1481.
Anna’s Pantry: Effective immediately, due to a ruling by the Food Bank of CNY, we will no longer be able to use grocery bags that have already been used. Thanks to everyone who has saved these bags for us over the years. We will no longer be needing them.
New and Used Blankets Damon Villnave Jr, an altar server and member of the youth ministry group here a Sacred Heart, has been collecting blankets for 5 years now which he donates to the Rescue Mission in Syracuse. He has collected over 2,000 blankets so far. He is asking the parishioners of Sacred Heart to help him bring warmth to those less fortunate. Donations may be dropped off in the container in the lobby during January.
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO FOR US EACH DAY!