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. 


As always, the response to our back to school supplies drive for the children of Anna’s pantry has been amazing! After a year, I’m still sincerely moved by the love, support, and generosity of our catholic faith family here at Sacred Heart Church! Our distribution of these items is this coming Wednesday, August 22nd from 10-2:00. If anyone would like to help by either setting up the day before on Tuesday and/or assist in the distribution Wednesday you can call the pantry this Monday. All are welcome! Thank you!!!


Thanks to all those who have informed Mercy Ministries of a family member, friend, or neighbor who may need additional comfort and cheer from our network of volunteers. As part of our card sending campaign, if anyone has extra get well or thinking of you cards that they would like to donate, we would gladly accept them! They help to serve as loving reminders to our church members that we care and are thinking of them. A simple card can mean so much!


We will be having sandwich making next weekend, Sunday August 26th following the 9:30 mass. While we have wonderful and devoted volunteers for this ministry, with summer drawing to a close and families wanting to fit in last minute vacation plans, we may need additional help. As always, all are welcome as are egg salad and homemade cookies! This is also a great service opportunity for this year’s confirmation candidates!


Another shout out to our friends at the Cicero Community Library for their love and care tending their garden there and donating each week a wide variety of vegetables to Anna’s Pantry. These are certainly special items we can not get from the Food Bank on a consistent basis and their generosity supports us in our endeavor to offer healthy food choices. Just another example of how our community pulls together to show love to thy neighbor! 

Cheerfully in Christ,