Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church at 100 McKrell Road, Russellton, PA 15076 US -
What's Happening at Transfiguration . . . Come and See !
What's Happening at Transfiguration . . . Come and See !
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The summer office hours for June, July & August will be 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM.
Please note that there will be no morning Mass at Transfiguration on Wednesday, July 23, Thursday, July 24, or Friday, July 25. Fr. Jim will be away on those dates attending a conference at the Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH.
Daily Mass Schedule at Local Parishes
Holy Martyrs Parish, Tarentum --- Monday, Wednesday, Friday (8:00 AM)
Holy Family Parish, Creighton --- Tuesday, Thursday (8:00 AM)
Blessed Sacrament Parish, Natrona Heights --- Monday thru Thursday (7:30 AM); Friday (9:30 AM)
St. Joseph Parish, Natrona --- Monday thru Friday (8:30 AM)
St. Richard’s Parish, Gibsonia --- Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday (9:00 AM)
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July 20, 2014
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Season of Ordinary Time
Ordinary Time is the name given to that part of the Liturgical Year that does not fall within one of the major seasons – Advent, Christmas, Lent, or Easter. It numbers thirty-three or thirty-four Sundays, depending on the date of Easter. Ordinary Time is assigned to two periods of the year, the first one extending from the Epiphany of the Lord until the beginning of Lent, and the second one covering the time from Pentecost Sunday until the beginning of Advent.
In contrast to the major seasons of the Church Year, which celebrate the various moments of the History of Salvation and take on their coloration, Ordinary Time unfolds Sunday by Sunday without any particular celebration, except for a few Feasts of Devotion or of Saints. Our prayer should revolve around two main themes: that of the Sunday and that of the Church.
Sunday is the day on which we celebrate the victory of Jesus through His Cross. But it is not a question merely of recalling a past event. With great joy and faith we celebrate the deed of the Resurrection and at the same time Jesus gathers us around Him, present among His own, who have come together to listen to His Word and celebrate His Eucharist. We become filled with the desire for Jesus’ final coming in glory as we await the day on which He will come with His elect to celebrate the eternal Passover. Each Sunday is thus a “feast” that is still incomplete. It is a joyous glimpse and timid anticipation of the life that will be ours when, united with God, we will be together in heaven.
The season of Ordinary Time also introduces us in a special way into the Mystery of the Church, which was born on the day of Pentecost and is laboriously built up in our history.
It is a time for accentuating all the Christian virtues. But it has nothing of the extraordinary about it. We are called to live fully the “todays”, without complaint and without looking for instant “pick-me-ups.” We must dare to live every day in all its monotony and ordinariness, for it is by our fidelity to ordinary things that the majority of us are called to be saved. Fortunately, we do not have to do this alone. We are aided in this silent and gradual spiritual growth by the Holy Spirit, who helps us to live each day to the full, and who inspires our prayers and makes our seemingly ordinary lives into an eternal offering to the glory of God.
Cycle A: The Year of the Gospel of Matthew
As in all the gospels, Matthew's Jesus summons disciples, that is, "learners" who are to live in Jesus' company and follow His teaching and example. Jesus states that "the whole law and the prophets" depend on the command to love God with one's whole heart, mind and soul, and one's neighbor as one's self (Matthew 22: 40). The perfection of such love is expressed in loving enemies and praying for persecutors (Matthew 5: 43-47). Matthew's disciples are not simply to hear the words of Jesus, but to do them (Matthew 7: 26), and are to care for Jesus Himself, who is identified with the least of His brothers and sisters -- the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, and the imprisoned -- for "whatever you did for one of these least brothers or sisters of Mine, you did for Me." (Matthew 25: 41-46).
~ Rev. John R. Donahue, S.J. ~
Calling All Educators
The annual West Deer Community Days Festival takes place in Bairdford Park on August 1 & 2nd. We are in need of volunteers to work our Transfiguration booth, and we have requests from the West Deer Police department to help with some of their events as well.
This is a great opportunity for Transfiguration Parish to show our visible presence in the community. Youth Group members and parents are encouraged to join us in this effort, as we are hoping to raise money for the Youth Group activities throughout this year! Teens and young adults who are not part of the Youth Group are welcome and invited to help out and join us!
The contact person is Sandi Hazlett (phone: 724-265-4331 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Transfiguration Parish is in the process of starting a Tutoring Program in the Fall. All educators interested in tutoring, please call Mary Etta Filotei at 724-265-3284 by July 25th and leave a message. This Fall, we plan to provide Phase I Tutoring for grades 9-12. Our children are our future and it is up to us to provide them with every opportunity to achieve their potential and goals!
Reminder to Educators, CCD Teachers, and Volunteers
All church volunteers, CCD teachers, and future tutors for our upcoming tutoring program need to complete the Protecting God’s Children Workshop
(if you haven’t done so already), and register with the Diocese of Pittsburgh. You can contact Mary Louise Valentine in the office or go on-line at www.diopitt.org
. It is mandatory that everyone register if you are 18 years of age and over and volunteer.
Our Lady of Victory is offering a Protecting God’s Children Class on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 6:00 P.M. in the social hall. This required diocesan class is mandatory to become a vital part of any parish’s Safe Environment team! Please register by calling Our Lady of Victory Parish office at 724-274-8575 extension 4. TRC volunteers are encouraged to sign up for this class if you haven’t already gone through this workshop.
Summer Catechism Discussion
Corpus Christi Mass and Procession Photos
Join Fr. Jim at the parish house lawn and bring your Catechism of the Catholic Church book and Bible for some weekly discussions every Wednesday from 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M., June 11 through August 20th. The book is available on-line at www.amazon.com
or go to the A.T. Merhaut Religious Goods Store
on Route 8. Come and learn more about your Catholic Faith!
NOTE: There will not be a discussion meeting on Wednesday, July 23rd. Please mark your calendar.
A slideshow of photos from the Corpus Christi Procession is available for viewing on the Town Flyer website, courtesy of Dan Makuta, editor of the Town Flyer and a Transfiguration parishioner. An article about the procession has also been included on the July Monthly Content section of the Town Flyer website, and will appear in the August printed edition.
More photos will be added here as they are received from other parishioners. The links to the slideshows are below.
Ministry Scheduling for September and October
All lectors, altar servers, Eucharistic ministers and parish organization coordinators are reminded that the last day to submit scheduling requests for the September and October ministry schedules will be Friday, August 8th. If there are specific Masses that you want to be scheduled for, or specific dates on which you will not be available to serve, please call or e-mail your requests to Joe Smagala no later than Friday, August 8th.
Transfiguration Feast Day Picnic
There are sign up sheets in the back of the Church for our parish Feast Day celebration on Saturday August 9th
after the 4:00 P.M. Mass. Please take a moment to write down what dish you will be bringing and how many people will be attending from your family so we can better plan for this event.
Thank you for your participation and cooperation. Pray for nice weather!
Rosary Society members who are attending the August 9th Parish Feast Day picnic are asked to please come early to help set up and organize foods before the 4:00 PM Mass if possible. Also, if you are able, pitch in with serving or replenishing during the picnic. Thank You!
Group Lifestyle Balance Program
Transfiguration Parish will offer this wellness program beginning Wednesday, September 10 at 6 PM in the church meeting room. This weekly program is designed to help individuals prevent diabetes and lower risk for heart disease through weight loss, healthy eating, and increasing physical activity. Cost is $100 for the entire year. Includes printed material, pedometer, calorie book, DVD videos. Call the office at 724-265-1030 to register.
Get Involved in Parish Life . . . Come and See !
Some people quibble over who is saved and who is worthy to be considered a Christian.
Look for the love. Would others know you were a Christian without you telling them?
“God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.” (1 John. 4:16)
Are you new to the Russellton area, or are you returning "home" after being away? Regardless of your situation, we at Transfiguration want to welcome you into our parish family.
Please call or stop by the parish office to register. You may also register online.
Stewardship is giving freely of your time, talent and treasure to promote God's Kingdom on earth. Don't think you have "treasure" to share? Take another look -- you might be surprised! Time and talents are also treasures that help to spread God's Word and build up His Kingdom.
Are you interested in what's happening at Transfiguration? Do you want to become more involved in the life of our parish? Learn more about our parish organizations and discover how you can help build up the Kingdom of God right here in Russellton.
Do you have talents or skills you can offer to the Parish? If you are an electrician, carpenter, painter, bricklayer, landscaper, computer technology person, graphics & design person and would like to volunteer your time and skills, please call the office so we can keep your name on file. We are compiling a list of parishioners who have skills and services they may be able to offer to the parish to help defray costs.
Do you have a desire to serve God and your fellow parishioners at Transfiguration Parish? Why not consider becoming a lector, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, or altar server? If you feel called to serve, and are interested in any of these ministries, please speak to Fr. Jim or call the office at 724-265-1030.
What's Happening in CCD . . . Come and See !
Your ways, O Lord, make known to me; teach me Your paths.
Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my savior.
of Transfiguration's CCD Program
Vacation Bible School News Update
Giving glory to God -- the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit -- is our primary purpose as a Church. Knowing this God, and knowing how to give glory to God, are the Catholic Church's primary reasons for Her existence. All of this provides a base for these two CCD principles. Finally, as a community of Christians, we are accountable to God and to each other.
ALL CCD STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS ARE ASKED TO PLEASE CLICK HERE
TO CONTINUE READING THIS VERY IMPORTANT LETTER FROM FR. JIM AND MRS. FILOTEI REGARDING OUR PARISH CCD PROGRAM.
CCD Teacher Wanted
We are in need of one teacher for the CCD Program this fall. Prayerfully consider giving your time and talent to share the Word of God with our children. If you are interested, please call the CCD office at 724-265-3284 and leave a message.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Because of all the wonderful volunteers and helpers, we had another successful VBS. There were 40 children that sang, danced, played, made crafts, learned bible stories, and created wonderful looking and tasting snacks. We had a special visitor, Harriette the Parrot, who stopped by and showed her talents. I also want to thank the parishioners that donated money to help fund this year’s program. An extra big THANK YOU to Fr. Jim. Without his support, this would not be possible. See you next year!!
If anyone would like a copy of the music CD from VBS, please call my office at 724-265-3284 and leave a message. I will get a copy out to you.
Living Our Faith Every Day . . . Come and See !
Everyone thirsts for the divine life. No one is content without it, even proclaimed secularists. Christ has come to give us that life and He calls us to seek it in Him. Although no one will be fully satisfied in this life, the more we partake in the person of Christ, the more we will be fulfilled.
The Church Evangelizing
In his pastoral letter The Church Evangelizing!
, Bishop Zubik makes it clear that Jesus’ words “go and make disciples” are directed to each and every one of us.
Please visit the website
to read the pastoral letter, download the audio file of Bishop Zubik reading the letter, access resources and learn about the movement that is The Church Evangelizing!
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.)
Perhaps we all know someone who might be thinking about joining the Roman Catholic Church. Many adults entering the Catholic Church, or those just thinking about it, follow a process known as the RCIA—the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. The First step is Inquiry—the initial period before you decide to enter the Catholic Church. The RCIA inquiry process has begun here at Transfiguration Parish. If you know of anyone who is interested in becoming a Catholic Christian, please have them contact Beverly Michael-Higgins at 724-355-9024 or 724-265-4579 as soon as possible.
July - Month of the Precious Blood
The month of July is dedicated to the Precious Blood. The feast of the Precious Blood of our Lord was instituted in 1849 by Pius IX, but the devotion is as old as Christianity. The early Fathers say that the Church was born from the pierced side of Christ, and that the sacraments were brought forth through His Blood.
"The Precious Blood which we worship is the Blood which the Savior shed for us on Calvary and reassumed at His glorious Resurrection; it is the Blood which courses through the veins of His risen, glorified, living body at the right hand of God the Father in heaven; it is the Blood made present on our altars by the words of Consecration; it is the Blood which merited sanctifying grace for us and through it washes and beautifies our soul and inaugurates the beginning of eternal life in it."
The Holy Father's Intentions for the Month of July 2014
General: That sports may always be occasions of human fraternity and growth.
Missionary: That the Holy Spirit may support the work of the laity who proclaim the Gospel in the poorest countries.
Social Ministry promotes the Catholic Social Doctrine to pray earnestly and act effectively in defense of human dignity, the family, social justice and global solidarity.
Our Social Ministry Service offers tangible assistance to those in need, along with referrals to the appropriate agencies for assistance with housing, utilities, rental assistance, legal aid, counseling services, health services and crisis assistance.
For more information, or to access a list of Social Ministry Resources and Services in the Pittsburgh / Allegheny County area, click on the "more" link below.
Congratulations and best wishes to Mr. & Mrs. Jared Hanlon (Jared Hanlon and Abigail Merhaut).