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Welcome to
Sacred Heart Catholic Community

50 Mohican Street
Lake George, NY  12845
(518)  668-2046

Pastor: Rev. Thomas F. Berardi
Deacon:Rev. Mr. Frank Herlihy

Our Mission Statement:
"As members of God's family...we are called To love and serve one another in the example of Jesus Christ. To strive to bring forth our unique gifts in service and outreach to the many needs of our community. To welcome the visitor and traveler to the Adirondack area and to our faith community."

Weekend Mass Schedule:
Sacred Heart Church
Saturday 4pm

(sacrament of Reconciliation, Saturday 3:15 - 3:45 pm
Sunday: 9am

Chapel of our Lady of the Assumption

Ridge Road - Queensbury
closed for the winter, with the exception of our Christmas Eve Famiy Mass, the time to be announced.
Chapel will reopen again in May.

Daily Mass at Sacred Heart: Monday - Wednesday - Friday 8am
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament - Wednesdays, 8:30am - 9pm
All are welcome....

Cluster Mass Schedule:
St. Cecilia's Church - Warrensburg: Saturday 4:30pm & Sunday 10am
Blessed Sacrament Church - Bolton Landing: Sunday 10:45 am



The Lake of the Blessed Sacrament
1646 - 1755
Known as Lake George since 1775
As depicted in the stained glass windows in
Sacred Heart Church
50 Mohican Street

Donations are appreciated for the upkeep of our historic church

On the eve of Corpus Christi, 1646, Father Isaac Jogues, a Jesuit missionary, discovered a beautiful lake and named it the Lake of the Blessed Sacrament. He is believed to be the first European to see Lake George.

The cornerstone of this Church was laid in September 1874 in a ceremony which drew 800 onlookers, including Americans, French, and scores of Indians in full tribal dress.



An observation: My wife and I are stain glass fanatics. We often plan out vacations around the stain glass windows of a particular church. We had learned of the stained glass windows of the in St George from a friend who had vacationed in the area the previous year. Knowing that the windows had been created by Whitefriars Glass was very exciting. The company known as J.R. Powell & Sons, London, England company has existed from the 17th century, but became well known as a result of the 19th-century Gothic Revival and the demand for its stained glass windows. The history of the company is fascinating in itself, but I was more interested in their stained glass window designs. We started planning out trip for the summer. As I was getting our luggage from of our storage space, I knocked off my glasses and cracked a lens. I need glasses to see and although I had a second backup pair I knew I better order a new pair. My wife suggested that instead a totally new pair of glasses, I could just get the lens replaced and she knew the perfect online site called Eyeglasses.com. I was concerned if they could replace lenses in rimless eyeglasses, but when I called the site's customer service I was assured that wouldn't be a problem as long as the frames were not damaged. I mailed in the frames along with my prescription and my pupillary distance measurement. Two weeks later my eyeglasses arrived back via the mail and we were set to go. What a great service.

Update: The vacation to St George was excellent and the stain glass windows in the Sacred Heart Church were outstanding. We rented a house through VRBO for the duration of our vacation. It was on the east shore of Lake George with stunning direct west sunset views. The house is chef owned so there was plenty of cooking equipment! The stand out in the pots & pans was a full set of cast iron cookware that were like pieces of art. My wife and I were so intrigued by them that I asked the owner where he had purchased them. The name of the company, he said, is Nest Homeware. The owner of Nest Homeware is also the person who designs all the cast iron cook ware. The unique design of the handles, an abstracted form of a branch from a cherry tree is ergonomically pleasing for both left and right handed cooks. The interiors of all the cast iron cookware are machined smooth, which makes for an incredible cooking experience and all pans from the 4.5" egg pan, 9" cast iron skillet to the dutch oven and 12" braising pan are double seasoned with flaxseed oil and thus ready to use immediately said the owner of the house we rented. When I went to the Nest Homeware website I was delighted that they had a page with some delicious cast iron recipes. I knew what I was going to order for my wife's upcoming birthday!

The house we rented was easy driving distance to the Sacred Heart Church. We attended Sunday services so we could enjoy the beautiful stain glass windows while worshipping God. The church itself is lovely, located at the top of a hill. We also enjoyed our stroll along the Peace Path, which is located behind the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and leads through the woods. Considering the state of our world, the more Peace Paths that are created the better.


The stained glass windows were created by J.R. Powell & Sons, London, England, and the "White Friar" trademark appears in the right panel below, on each side window. Each of the ten windows is divided into two panels and each panel portrays a chapter in the life of this devoted priest, who was canonized in 1930.



Panel 1. (on the right) The main figure shows the Saint holding up the Cross in one hand and carrying his missal. In the base in a small medallion he is being ordained a priest with the words "Thou art a Priest forever."

Panel 2. Jogues leaves Dieppe, France, for New France which included the land of the Huron, French Quebec, upper eastern New York, with missions extending to the Great Lakes and into many Midwestern states bordering those lakes. An Angel holds an open book inscribed with the first words of the rules of the Jesuit Order written by its founder, St. Ignatius Loyola, "To the Greater Glory of God."


Panel 3. Jogues arrives in Quebec, and is greeted by the Governor and his Jesuit superiors. He celebrates his first Mass in New France in a log Chapel.

Panel 4. Missionary work and preaching among the Huron tribes begins. Although the Hurons were friendly confederates of France, they were a savage people, and it took much courage and fortitude for French missionaries to live among them. The Hurons ridiculed the faith of the men who tried to preach the Gospel of love and brotherhood. A small child is pictured for it was through the children the greatest progress was made.


Panel 5. Baptism, the first Sacrament in the life of a Christian, is administered to a dying child, while the parents grieve in the background. One of the corporal works of mercy is presented with the words "Anyone given a cup of water in My Name and you have your reward."

Panel 6. Father Jogues travels the wilderness, going from encampment to encampment, doing his share of carrying the only means of transportation, the canoe. From one body of water to another, he struggled with his load as did his Indian guides.


Panel 7. The Iroquois attack a mission in a Huron village. This was one of many raids of the Iroquois who, with the Mohawks, were part of the Five Nations.

Panel 8. In one such raid, Jogues was captured, tortured, beaten and submitted to many indignities. All prisoners thumbs were cut off with a clam shell. In addition, the Iroquois chewed off two fingers of the priest's right hand. They were suspicious of the priests consecrated hands and intended to subjugate him in the eyes of his converts.


Panel 9. Rene Goupil, a Jesuit lay brother, friend and companion to Jogues, is pictured teaching the Sign of the Cross.

Panel 10. Goupil was tortured and drowned. His body was purposely left to be discovered by Jogues to further his emotional torture.



Panel 11. Jogues spent hours of prayer on his knees in the snow after his day's work as a slave. He fashioned a cross on a tree trunk so that he could at least have the image of the crucifixion before him.

Panel 12. With the assistance of a Dutch Reformed Minister from Albany, (New Orange) Jogues escaped. Manhattan Island where Jogues awaited a ship to France is seen in the small window. On his knees, a young Lutheran honors the priest.


Panel 13. On Christmas Day, 1643, Jogues landed on his native soil, thanked God for his return, joyfully attended Mass and received the Eucharist for the first time in over a year. The Jesuits, knowing of Jogues' great courage, granted him special permission to resume his priestly duties despite his missing fingers.

Panel 14. An interesting scene in French history.... Anne of Austria, Queen Regent after the death of Louis XIII, received Jogues and was moved to tears as he related his ordeal. Fully aware of the imminent danger, but yearning for his Indian converts, Jogues embarked for New France in the Spring of 1644 for his second mission, as show by the ship in a small part of this panel.


Panel 15. Brother Jean Lalande accompanied Jogues on this mission to the Mohawks.

Panel 16. Lalande and his Huron guide were tomahawked and their bodies thrown into the river. In the first three small panels are the emblems of Mohawk tribes: Bear, Tortoise and Wolf. The fourth is the chest containing Jogues' vestments.


Panel 17. Portrays Jogues' discovery and naming of the Lake of the Blessed Sacrament with its likeness to a sunlit ostensorium and the islands resembling the Host. In 1755 Sir William Johnson named the Lake for a forgotten English King. Below, on the left, a young Christian Huron girl, Theresa, is shown as a captive; while, on the right, an Ursuline Nun with a Rosary, its depicted. These were the Nuns who educated Theresa.

Panel 18. In a spirit of peace and love, Jogues barters heads for the release of Theresa and a young Frenchman at a peace conference on June 10, 1646. Small panels portray symbols of Jogues trust and love, with the lamb lying with the lion and other symbols of peace, and Indians sitting around the Council Fire.


Panel 19. Jogues is lured into the Chief's lodge under pretext of a great feast. The medicine man, jealous of Jogues influence, had plotted his execution and he was tomahawked from behind on entering the lodge. Below in the two small panels are the Saint's signature and his missal.

Panel 20. Although not of Jogues' time, Kateri Tekawitha, known as the Lily of the Mohawks, is well known for her goodness, her care for the aged and sick and her work among her people. This saintly young girl, who died at the age of twenty-four, lived her early years along the Mohawk River. Despite the paganism around her, she dedicated her life to God. She was so ridiculed by her fellow tribesmen, the Jesuits sent her to a reservation on the banks of the St. Lawrence River for her safety. It was here that she shared a life in prayer and service to others. Sacred Heart’s pastor, Rev. George Phillips, was invited by Bishop Howard Hubbard to attend the June 1980 Beatification ceremony in Rome.


Symbolizes the cause for which Father Jogues and his brave companions gave their lives. It shows Christ, the High Priest, surrounded by a multitude of people, Indians, whites, blacks, Asians and Arabs, and a woman, which expresses the universality of the Church and Christ's love for us all. Some great teachers are depicted: St. Jerome, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Gregory the Great and, in green, possibly St. Patrick.


is a type of Rose, full of musical symbols. Top - Christ with a harp. Below - St. Cecilia Patroness of Music. Left - St. Gregory of the Gregorian Chant. Right - an unidentified Saint.


in Fort George Park on a grassy knoll which commands a splendid view of the Lake he discovered and named. It is a symbol of his greatness, his importance to this area, and a monument to a man who, with his companions, were the first to bring Christianity to this area.


is the site of Jogues martyrdom and a place revered today for its bloody but sanctified ground. It is located in Auriesville, N.Y., southwest of Lake George, along the Mohawk River.

ORIGINAL SOURCE: "Jesuit Relations" - daily diary of their work


"Jesuits of North America" 17th Century - Francis Parkman (Re-print 1967)
"Lake Chaplain and Lake George" Frederick Van De Water 1946
"History of Warren County" William Brown, Editor 1963
"Lake George Mirror" Page 15,16 & 18 June 24,1916
Rev. Fr. Kilduff June 14, 1942
General Information Aug. 31, 1951
Cassette Tape Rev. James McVann, CSP

Special Thanks to:
Rev. Thomas F. Berardi, Pastor
and former Pastors...
Rev. Bernard R. Turner
Rev. Joseph O’Brien
Rev. Paul C. Cox
Rev. George A. Phillips - deceased

Ruth E. Hawley (deceased)
Mr. & Mrs. Wesley Price (deceased)
Sheila Satterlee, Joan West, Blanche Bielka


Cover drawing: Charles E. Hawley

This project is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts under the aegis of the Decentralization Program. In Warren County the Decentralization Pilot Program is administered by the Warren County Board of Supervisors and the Lake George Arts Project.

First Printing, July 1980
Second Printing, Sept. 1994
Third Printing, Nov. 2006
Fourth Printing, August 2007



Adult Christian Education
This Committee has
No Members
Adult education is ongoing throughout the year. One avenue is through the small faith sharing groups. These groups of adults gather for prayer and bible study. Another option is through "A Glimpse of
Light" series provided by our Christian Education
Committee. Please check our parish calendar and bulletin for scheduled events.
contact: John McDonnell at jjmcdonn@gmail.com


Baptismal Preparation
This Committee has
No Members
Baptismal Preparation is held monthly. It is specifically for first time parents but all parents of newly born children and godparents are invited to attend. Currently, new parents attend the preparation that is offered on a designated Saturday morning of the month. The Rite and the symbols of the sacrament are explored and discussed. We stress that parent(s) are the first faith formation teachers of their child/children and that it is their responsibility to provide the child/children an example of living out their faith. The Sacrament of Baptism is provided once a month during the weekend liturgy.

Our goal is to develop a ministry made up of parents who are able to provide this service. It is our hope that once a team of parents is available, they will also assist the parents at the time of the baptism. Questions, please contact the Sacred Heart Office at (518) 668-2046


Marriage Preparation
Thomas (Fr.) Berardi
Marriage Preparation is provided to couples who anticipate marriage. They should contact the parish offices a year before the marriage date to arrange for an initial interview, before the reception has been set to ensure the desired date for the marriage is available. The couple should also schedule a pre-Cana date through the Diocese.

We hope to develop several pre-Cana teams who would be available to provide this service to couples. A team would work with the couple on issues of communication skills, sexuality and spirituality. Anyone interested in being a part of the team or contemplating marriage should contact Fr. Thomas F. Berardi at fathertomlg@gmail.com
Kathy Dorman
Ministers provide emotional and spiritual support to individuals and families experiencing grief due to the death of a loved one. They assist in planning the funeral liturgy (reading selection, and worship-aid preparation); assisting at the funeral liturgy when needed as altar servers, lectors and eucharistic ministers; providing wake and graveside services. The Martha’s (a sub-group) provide food and hospitality after the service. Coordinator: Kathy Dorman kathy.dorman4@gmail.com
Food Pantry
This Committee has
No Members
The Pantry provides food to those families in need (average 40 families a month) in the Lake George area. The Pantry is open on the 2nd and/or 4th Friday each month, from 1 until 3 pm. We request that our families use one of those two days. Families must reside in Warren County to be eligible. It is coordinated by Pat & Bill Synnott. Volunteers are not needed at this time, however donations of items for our Food Pantry are always welcome.
Parish Outreach
Clare Decker
Parish Outreach provides a wide variety of Senior Services at Sacred Heart. Homebound visits with communion, visits to Westmount Infirmary and The Landing Nursing Homes. Transportation can be provided to Church or doctors appointments. Volunteers are always welcome and needed.
Coordinator: Clare Decker cdecker39@gmail.com
Finance Committee
Thomas (Fr.) Berardi
The Finance Committee consists of a small group of individuals, with financial experience, who meet on a quarterly basis to oversee the general finances of the Church and to plan the annual budget. The Pastor selects members of this Committee with input from the Finance Committee Chair. If you would like to a part of this ministry, please contact the pastor. Fr. Thomas Berardi fathertomlg@gmail.com


Francis Sause
Each Wednesday, from 8:30 am until 7:00 pm, we provide Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for adoration. Please join us during this time for an hour of quiet adoration. Make the commitment for an hour each week. There are sign up sheets available at the back of church.
Coordinator: Frank Sause stay@cramerspointmotel.com
Altar Workers
This Committee has
No Members
A monthly ministry of volunteers who attend to the altar needs. Once a week for a month, volunteers clean the church, wash and dry the cruets, change the altar linens, etc. Training is provided. Volunteers are welcome
Coordinator: Cathy Maccagnanno cmaccagnano@roadrunner.com


Eucharistic Ministers
Rosalie Folino
Eucharistic Ministers are called to administer the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ to their sisters and brothers at all Masses and to bring the gift of Jesus to shut-ins. They should have a good theology of Eucharist and the Real Presence. Ministers are generally scheduled to serve at the Mass of their choice and may be called upon to assist at Mass if the regularly scheduled EM is not present and did not get a replacement. We welcome all confirmed high school young people and adults. Seasonal parishioners are always welcome to be a part of this ministry. Training is provided.
Coordinator: Rosalie Folino rfolino@nycap.rr.com

Faith Formation

Irene Fillippelli

Torie Wattendorf

Faith Formation is a process that assists parents in bringing their children closer to God. The Catechists provide additional support to the parent’s vital role of modeling Christian attitudes and values. The parish faith community assists in this effort by providing the resources necessary to accomplish this end.

During the formation process, the children are prepared for the completion of their sacraments of initiation – Eucharist and Confirmation – as well as the sacrament of reconciliation.

At this juncture in our parish’s faith formation we are reviewing a community-centered process for faith formation – Generations of Faith. It is a process that will invite the very young to the very old in the parish to experience a life long faith formation experience. We anticipate its implementation in the fall of 2007.

Coordinator for the elementary grades – 1 through 6 – Torie Wattendorf

Coordinator for the secondary grades – 7 through 12 – Irene O’Connor-Filippelli atthelake2004@netscape.net.


Youth Ministry

Thomas (Fr.) Berardi

In 2007 the cluster communities of Sacred Heart in Lake George and Blessed Sacrament in Bolton Landing joined together and established a Youth Ministry. It is open to young people in grade 7 and above. Please check our monthly calendar for our Youth Ministry events.


Knights of Columbus

Francis Sause

The K of C is a fraternal organization of Catholic men who are actively involved in the Parish and community. They are dedicated to the ideals of Columbianism. They meet monthly in the Parish Center.
Contact: Grand Knight John Scrivo at scrivoj@gmail.com


Building And Grounds

This Committee has
No Members

This ministry oversees the maintenance and upkeep of all parish structures, insuring that they are kept clean, safe and structurally sound. In the event that one or more of the structures are in need of a major repair or renovation, the Committee oversees that the necessary repair(s) are completed in a timely fashion and as economically as possibly. The committee meets quarterly (or more, as needed). Volunteers with good working knowledge of construction, plumbing and electrical are best suited for this ministry.
Coordinator: John Folino rfolino@nycap.rr.com


Garden Workers

Lucy Abrahams

A ministry that helps with planting, and weeding our flowerbeds and shrubs around the church and parish center. An ‘on-growing’ ministry! New volunteers are always welcome! Coordinator: Marie Nelson and Lucy Abrahams jabraham@nycap.rr.com


Children Liturgy

Torie Wattendorf

This liturgy is provided to the parish as a resource to enhance the
Worship experience of our children. Its focus is to provide a liturgy in
which they can more actively participate. Coordinator: Torie
Wattendorf torieff.wattendorf@gmail.com


John Taibe
Lectors are an important and integral part of Mass. To begin, the lector processes to the altar with the altar servers and priest/Presider at the beginning of Mass. The lector proclaims the first and second readings (and may, on occasion, be required to read the responsorial psalm). The priest/Presider (and if present the deacon) proclaims the Gospel. At the conclusion of the Homily and Profession of Faith, the lector reads the petitions within the Prayer of the Faithful.

Lectors are scheduled for each Mass on a rotating basis. Schedules are developed on a bi-monthly basis and distributed to all lectors. A workbook is provided that includes readings for the church year. This book describes styles and techniques of reading that are helpful to the lector. It is expected that the lector will practice the readings during the week, and not come to Mass unprepared.

It is helpful if the lector has some experience speaking in public, but is not necessary. Lecturing can build confidence in the individual. Please consider this ministry as way of becoming a part of our parish community.

Coordinator: John Taibe taibes@roadrunner.com

Direction to Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Take Northway to exit 21.  At bottom of ramp, make a right and go to the light.  Make a left onto Rte. 9 (Canada St.)  Go approximately 1 1/2 miles to Mohican Street. (across from the Fort William Henry Resort).  Make  a left onto Mohican.  Church is at the top of hill on the right side of street.  Parish Center is on left, across from the church.

Directions to the Chapel of the Assumption, from Lake George Village

At the stop light at the intersection of Route 9L and Canada Street (at the Waterslide Park), turn at light and proceed east on Rt. 9L for 8 miles to the Chapel, located on your left


2012 Capital Campaign

If you would like to make a donation to our Capital Campaign, gifts and pledges can be sent to Sacred Heart Capital Campaign
50 Mohican Street
Lake George, NY  12845

For more information, please call the parish center office at (518) 668-2046 

Dear  Parishioners Visitors Travelers  and Tourists
Welcome to Sacred Heart Church.  We are happy to have you worship with us while you are here in the Lake George area and away from your home-town parish. We invite you to partner with us in creating a new and fitting worship space. Sacred Heart parish has a long tradition of providing a spiritual home for Catholics and all others, while enjoying the beauty of the Adirondacks.

After almost 50 years, we are going to begin renovation of the Kateri Hall which has been used during the summer months to accommodate the great number of visitors.  We intend to make it a year round Church and worthy worship space in the style of the historic 1874 stone church and cloister ediface. 

 Become a part of the history of Sacred Heart Church St. Isaac Jogues arrived here in 1646 as the first to bring the message of Christ to this region  The Paulist Fathers later pioneered here to   establish a parish church in 1874

The Diocese of Albany later staffed the parish, and parishioners began to provide a parish church, a  place for tourists to worship and a parish that would assist many working-poor of the area

Now it is our turn.  As residents and visitors, we have an opportunity to continue to meet the needs of a growing area and to be a Catholic presence that provides a place for worship, outreach, and spiritual solitude for all who come here.

YOU can have a permanent remembrance of your vacation and time in Lake  George and the Adirondacks.

A contribution can be made in two ways, either as a pledge (which you can determine the amount and length of time to contribute, just mark the envelope as you wish) or as an outright donation.

Please consider how much a significant contribution may be for you as a special sharing in the ministry of this vacation parish. 

St. Isaac Jogues had two Jesuit companions, a Native American guide and a canoe.  With these he announced the gospel of Jesus and God’s love. He and the first parishioners had very little resources but they gave generously from what they had.  We enjoy the fruits of their labors.  Let us not drop the ball but continue this missionary effort for today and generations to come.

Fr. Tom Berardi, pastor 
 Members of the Building Committee

Arts & Crafts Show

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

Place:  Sacred Heart Church Parish Center,

50 Mohican St., Lake George, NY

Time:   Saturday, October 6th, 9am – 4pm

Fee:     $30 per space – indoors – size approximately 10’ x 10’

$30 per space – parking lot – size approximately 15’ x 15’

All spaces include 1 6 ft. table and 2 chairs.

Additional tables can be rented for $5 each

All crafts must be handmade by person entering the show. No commercial, manufactured or factory made items will be allowed.  All display tables should be covered and storage boxes out of sight.  You will be responsible for furnishing your own electrical cords.

You are expected to keep your booth open the entire time of the show.  The building will be open for set up at 6am on the day of the show. No breaking down earlier than 4pm. We have a 4pm mass; hopefully, mass attendees will come early, before mass to shop.  You are to leave your space clean at the end of the show.

If you would like to set up early, or bring in any items, the Parish Center would be available on Friday, October 7th, from 12noon to 6pm.  At 6pm, we will lock and secure the building until the next morning, when we will reopen for any vendors who will be arriving at 6am.

Sacred Heart will publish the craft fair in local newspapers, bulletins and as many public service means as possible.

Confirmation and space number will be sent out as soon as your application is returned to us.  Please complete the application and return as soon as possible.


Become part of the history of Sacred Heart Church

Kateri Tekakwitha (1656 – April 17, 1680), the daughter of a Mohawk warrior and a Christian Algonquin woman, was born in the Mohawk fortress of Ossernenon near present-day Auriesville, New York. At the age of 4 smallpox swept through Ossernenon, and Tekakwitha was left with unsightly scars and poor eyesight. The outbreak took the lives of her brother and both her parents. She was then adopted by her uncle, who was the chief of the Turtle-clan. As the adopted daughter of the chief, she was courted by many of the warriors looking for her hand in marriage. However, during this time she began taking interest in Christianity, which was taught to her by her mother.

In 1666, the Marquis Alexandre De Prouville de Tracy burned down Ossernenon. A new fort, Kahnawake, was built on the north side of the Mohawk River in what is now Fonda, New York. While living here, Tekakwitha was converted and baptized in 1676 by Father Jacques de Lamberville, a Jesuit. At her baptism, she took the name "Kateri", a Mohawk pronunciation of "Catherine". Unable to understand her zeal, members of the tribe often chastised her, which she took as a testament to her faith.

Because she was persecuted by her Indian kin, which even resulted in threats on her life, she
moved to Kahnawake, Canada where she lived a life dedicated to prayer, penitential practices, and care for the sick and aged. In 1679, she took a vow of chastity. A year later, Kateri died at the age of 24.

She is called "The Lily of the Mohawks," the "Mohawk Maiden," the "Pure and Tender Lily,"