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. 


Our annual picnic for the Catholic Charities Men’s Shelter is fast approaching! Once again, we’re happy to be co-hosting this Mercy Ministry event with Saint Joseph the Worker parish. It will take place Tuesday, July 17th here at our church pavilion. For those who would like to help out by providing side dishes for the luncheon, we are in need of a variety of salads including: macaroni, pasta, potato salads as well as watermelons and baked beans. We also welcome the help of others who would like to volunteer by helping to set up, serve, or clean up during the day of the event. If interested to help in some way, please call Kathye at Anna’s Pantry (315) 699-6401. I also will be putting a sign up sheet on the Faith Formation board for any students preparing for Confirmation who may want to help out as well. Thanks!


As always, thanks to our generous parishioners who support Anna’s Pantry with personal care items. While we are very well stocked with tooth paste, there are other items that we are running low on including: shampoo and deodorant as well as shaving cream and disposable razors. These donations are greatly appreciated by the families Anna’s Pantry serves.


We want you all to know how much we appreciate all that you do and your dedication emulating Jesus’ love for others by your constant generosity and support of our many ministries here at Sacred Heart Church. May God bless each of you!


Cheerfully in Christ,