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 

At the writing of this column, it’s with great anticipation that I look forward to our annual Catholic Charities Men’s Shelter picnic. This year, we will be the sole host of the event and I just want to thank everyone in advance who volunteered to help in some way. We could not provide this special event without your generosity, kindness, and support. The men and their staff really look forward to coming out for the day and we in turn have the opportunity to show God’s love for them. Thanks again!

An opportunity for our Confirmation candidates to fulfill their portion of community service has presented itself by helping tend the community garden at the Northern Onondaga Public Library here in Cicero located at 8686 Knowledge Lane. Anna’s Pantry has been asked to give a small presentation as well as help pick vegetables on Saturday, July 20th starting at 10 AM. Please feel free to join us if interested. All are welcome!

Next Sunday July 28th is the fourth Sunday of the month and as always, we will be having sandwich making downstairs in the church hall following the 9:30 mass. All are welcome to help. Egg salad and homemade cookies are much enjoyed by the men at the Catholic Charites Men’s Shelter and greatly appreciated! We’re always happy to share our over abundance with the families and individuals who rely on Assumption Church’s soup kitchen for food.

Finally, our senior picnics are scheduled for next month, in August with more information to follow. There are lots of ways to help! All are welcome and your help will be greatly appreciated.

Cheerfully in Christ, Kathye