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


Don’t forget if you work for a business that supports the United Way you can designate your donation to go to Anna’s Pantry. We can use all the help we can get! Many companies have matching gift donations. Your employer may match donations made to a non-profit. Check it out and see if you might be able to help us in this way.


Anna’s Pantry can always use more volunteers. New volunteers are always welcome at Anna’s Pantry. We have many different opportunities for people. These include accepting deliveries, picking up donations, organizing deliveries and donations on the shelves, helping clients choose their food and transporting food to cars. There are many other special projects that take place also. If you would be interested in getting involved with Anna’s Pantry please call the Human Development Office at 315-699-6401. 


A "huge" heartfelt thank you and hug to all those who felt called to participate in our "Take a Heart" Campaign for the Catholic Charities Men's Shelter. As always, the generosity and response of our wonderful parish was amazing! So much so, that we delivered two truck loads full of needed items. In addition, Catholic Charities needed to find an alternative location to help store the items. From the looks of it, I think the men will have these necessities for months to come providing ongoing reminders of God's love for them. On behalf of all of the men, thank you very much for your caring kindness!


I'm happy and excited to let everyone know that we were able to purchase a boxed set of the Sight and Sound productions depicting special times, events, and people from our religious history. I think anyone who participated in our trip to the Sight and Sound Theatres last November can attest how spectacular these production are! We would like to share these wonderful dramatizations with our church family. For those interested, please look for a sign up sheet in the church gathering space on the community board so we can get a rough estimate of how many would like to see our first production which will be Moses. This will also help determine where we will set up the big screen. Our popcorn machine may join us! We plan on showing the Moses production Monday, March 5th here at church. All are welcome!

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Our next sandwich making day will be next Sunday, February 25th following the 9:30 mass. Thank you to all the students signed up to help. Just a few important reminders, ...we ask that volunteers access the church hall downstairs by way of the back church entrance. We also need to be mindful to talk in quiet voices so as not to disturb the students participating in faith formation classes and trying to learn about our beautiful faith. Once again, thank you very much for your understanding and support regarding this ministry. See you then!


Dear Lord,

Let everything I do this day and in this season of Lent come form you and be inspired by you.

Cheerfully in Christ,