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. 


I truly hope everyone has been enjoying their summer so far. However, once again, like last year, stores have been reminding me that back to school is in the not too distant future. As many of you know from your own children, school supplies can be very expensive for many families especially those that rely on Anna’s Pantry to help make ends meet. If you are able could you kindly take a slip of paper from the baskets located at the entrances of our church designating a specific, needed school item to purchase for one of the 106 school age children from our pantry. As always, your kindness and generosity are greatly appreciated and reminds me of the statue of Jesus caring for children in front of our church!


As promised, I’m happy to share a very positive report regarding our Catholic Charities Men’s picnic. Due to the threat of rain , we were able to move the event downstairs in our church hall where everyone enjoyed delicious food and entertainment including “Bubble Man”. Special thanks to all our parishioners who provided great tasting salads and other side dishes as well as all the boys and young men from our parish who came to socialize with our guests. Also heart felt thanks to our sister parish, Saint Joseph the Worker who once again co-hosted the event. The love and care they showed to our guests was inspiring!


Just a special reminder... If you have a family member or neighbor who might be confined to their home or who are receiving care in some kind of nursing facility please don’t hesitate to let us know. Like our many other ministries here at Sacred Heart Church, as part of our Mercy Ministries, we have a dedicated group of volunteers who enjoy bringing communion, visiting, and sending thinking of you cards to those who are often alone. We also enjoy bringing them flowers during special times of the year as reminders that they are thought about and loved by our church community. However, we rely on you to keep us informed of those who would benefit from this wonderful ministry. Thank you very much!


This month of August, we always host an inside picnic for our neighbors living in the Senior Apartments here in Cicero. The date this year is Wednesday, August 15th. If anyone is interested in helping out either by donating salads or helping to serve, you are more than welcome to join us! I can tell you first hand that our guests are a lot of fun and greatly appreciate our hospitality. Please call me at the pantry if you would like to assist in any way. Thanks so much!


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,