Human Development

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:

  • Anna's Pantry provides food for the needy in the Cicero area. Parishioners support the Pantry through food and monetary donations as well as by volunteer efforts.

  • The committee coordinates and participates in an Outreach Program visiting Parishioners who are ill or confined at home, hospitals or nursing homes. Most are Eucharistic Ministers. There are also pen pals and people who provide transportation for the elderly for appointments.

  • Sacred Heart Apartments, a senior housing apartment complex, also receives attention from the Human Development volunteers.

  • Buckley Landing, an assisted living facility in North Syracuse is assigned to Sacred Heart for spiritual care. Members of the Human Development Committee assist the residents in reciting the Rosary before Mass and help with other needs.

News & Updates 

Thanks to everyone who has been so kind donating coats both new and gently used in response to our annual coat drive. Like last year, our plan is to offer these warm winter garments to the Anna’s Pantry families at the time of our Thanksgiving basket distribution, which will be held on Saturday, November 17th. We’re more than happy to continue accepting coat donations leading up to that special day of giving here at Sacred Heart Church.

Like last year, we once again plan to give each of our Anna’s Food Pantry families a grocery store gift card to purchase their turkeys as part of their Thanksgiving basket accompanied with all the trimmings for a wonderful meal. If you would like to thank God for his abundant love and blessings by participating in this ministry, we would gladly accept gift cards to any of our neighborhood grocery stores for the purchase of a turkey. We found the cards to be practical and very helpful when needing to consider the storage of food donations. Thank you very much for your kindness!

Thanks to everyone who volunteered to help with our Thanksgiving basket distribution scheduled next Saturday, November 17th. We’ll be giving you a call this coming week to confirm and discuss what time slot works best for you and your family. We will work from 1:30 am until 3:30 pm.

Next weekend, in addition to our Thanksgiving basket distribution, Anna’s Pantry will also have up on display our Gift Giving Christmas Tree decorated with tags indicating clothing items along with wished for presents for the children eighteen years old and younger whose families we support here at the pantry. Like last year, besides focusing our gift giving on children, we also plan on remembering our seniors with Walmart gift cards. Another gift idea request that is frequently needed during the year will be gas cards to help assist families with transportation needs. As always, your acts of kindness and generosity are greatly appreciated! May God bless you throughout this holiday season!

Cheerfully in Christ,