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. 


Thank you to all our wonderful parishioners including teens who helped with the Spring Craft Show yesterday. This type of event could not be done without you! Hopefully, as an added thank you, Mother Nature will finally send some nice weather our way!


A warm thank you too to all those who helped with our recent funeral luncheons. This gesture is a big comfort to our fellow parishioners during their time of sorrow. If this is a ministry you would like to be a part of, please don’t hesitate to contact Kathye at 699-6401. We greatly welcome and appreciate your help and support.


Ongoing prayers of thanks to all those who continue to donate personal care items to Anna’ s Pantry. We greatly appreciate your generosity and kindness! Your giving provides items that help people look and feel better about themselves. God too recognizes your generosity, love, and kindness towards others in this way!


We will be having sandwich making Sunday following the 9:30 mass downstairs in the church hall. Please access the kitchen area through the back entrance. While many of our helping teens have made their Confirmation, we still welcome assistance with this ministry from the young people in our parish. This is a great opportunity to continue to serve God and show his love to others. Thank you very much for those who made either egg salad or homemade cookies for the men seeking refuge at the Catholic Charities Men’s Shelter. These are special treats that the men greatly enjoy and appreciate! 


Cheerfully in Christ,