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The summer office hours for June, July & August will be 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM.
The parish office will be closed on September 1st for Labor Day.
Have a safe and Happy Labor Day holiday!
 
 
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Daily Mass Intentions

Please remember your loved ones with a Mass Intention.  Mass request forms are available in the back of the Church, or you can click here to print the Mass Intention Request Form.  If you do not have a preferred date, leave that space blank and your intention will be scheduled for the next available date.

Tuesday, August 26 8:00 A.M.
No morning Mass (intention has been rescheduled)
Wednesday, August 27 8:00 A.M.
No morning Mass (intention has been rescheduled)
Thursday, August 28 8:00 A.M.
No morning Mass (intention has been rescheduled)
Friday, August 29 8:00 A.M.
No morning Mass (intention has been rescheduled)
Saturday, August 30 8:00 A.M.
No morning Mass (intention has been rescheduled)
Saturday, August 30 4:00 P.M.
Josephine Lapitsky, By Harry & Judith Makinak
Sunday, August 31 8:00 A.M.
Mary Trevellini Michael, By Beverly & Dan Higgins
Sunday, August 31 10:00 A.M.
Living & Deceased Members of Transfiguration Parish
 

Tuesday, September 2 8:00 A.M.
No morning Mass (intention has been rescheduled)
Wednesday, September 3 8:00 A.M.
No morning Mass (intention has been rescheduled)
Thursday, September 4 8:00 A.M.
No morning Mass (intention has been rescheduled)
Friday, September 5 8:00 A.M.
No morning Mass (intention has been rescheduled)
Saturday, September 6 8:00 A.M.
No morning Mass (intention has been rescheduled)
Saturday, September 6 4:00 P.M.
Death Anniversary of Mary H. Pawloski, By Family 
Sunday, September 7 8:00 A.M.
Living & Deceased Members of Transfiguration Parish
Sunday, September 7 10:00 A.M.
Lawrence Diana, By Alice Diana

 
Please note that Fr. Jim will be away on vacation from August 25 through September 5.  There will be no weekday Masses at Transfiguration while Fr. Jim is away.  The intentions for those weekday Masses have been rescheduled, including the Saturday 8:00 AM, September 6 Mass.

We welcome our Vicar, The Very Reverend Philip Farrell, who will be our celebrant for all the Masses on the weekend of August 30 - 31.   Thank you, Fr. Phil!


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August 31, 2014
22nd 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. ~
 
 


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)

 
Welcome to Transfiguration Parish in Russellton, PA.  Click here for our online registration process.

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.




We are all called to be stewards of God's creation.  Learn more about the service opportunities available at Transfiguration.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 

 
 

Click here for the current ministry schedulesDo 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.

Also, we have many other service ministries to join such as the Ladies of Charity, Rosary Society, Knights of Columbus, Prayer Shawl Ministry, Bereavement Ministry, Home Visitations, etc.  Be a volunteer and make a difference in someone’s life in 2014! 
 
 

 
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.


 
Choirs Forming Now 

If you love to sing and are interested in sharing your God-given talent, we are looking to form an Adult Choir and a Children’s Choir. For more information, visit our Music Ministry webpage.  



Bagels With The Bible

Fr. Jim will be leading a Bible Study entitled “Journey through the Scriptures—Genesis to Jesus” starting in October.  It will run for seven sessions -- click here for the schedule.  Cost $10 (which includes the workbook).  Watch your bulletin for more information on the dates and times! 

We will need assistance with the set-up and clean up for these sessions. It will be minimal, maybe fifteen minutes before and after.  If you are able to help, even if it is for only one or two sessions, please call the church office or Judi Damon at 412-496-8582.

 
 
Blessing of Backpacks 

All students from preschool to college, remember to bring your backpacks at the 10:00 Mass, Sunday, August 31, for a special “Back to School” blessing!
 
 
 
2nd Annual Transfiguration Car Cruise

September 14, 2014, 12:00 noon until 4:00 P.M.  (Rain Date September 21).  Refreshments and food for sale as well as a Chinese Raffle and a 50/50 Drawing.  Donations are needed to make this fundraiser a success.  Anyone wishing to contribute baked goods to sell, or a basket to raffle off, or who would like to put together a “gift card” basket, please contact Glenn Trevellini at 724-272-5171.  If you have any unused gift cards or would like to purchase one of any amount, please consider donating it towards the gift card basket.  You may drop them in the collection basket, marked Car Cruise Fundraiser, in a separate marked envelope.  Thank you.

We are looking for donations of craft beers and lottery tickets to fill the baskets we are making for the Car Cruise on September 14th—Please bring donations to the church meeting room. Thank you!



"Encyclical on the Rosary" Workshop 

A workshop entitled "The Encyclical on the Rosary" (which was postponed from last year) has been rescheduled for this year on Wednesday, October 15, from 6:00—9:00 PM.  Master Catechist Chris Chapman will facilitate this workshop based on the Encyclical by St. John Paul II.  The fee is $15 and registration is necessary.  Please call 724-265-3284 and leave your name and number.  A minimum of ten people is necessary for this workshop to be held, so please call ASAP.  Please bring your rosary with you.  This workshop will increase our love for Mary and the understanding of the Rosary!

 

 
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
.
 
(Psalm 25: 4-5)


Find out what's happening in CCD by visiting our Religious Education website.

Guiding Principles
of Transfiguration's CCD Program

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 Parent / Guardian Meetings

There will be two mandatory CCD parent / guardian meetings, one on Thursday, August 21, from 7:00 - 8:00 P.M., and one on Saturday, August 23, from 10:00 - 11:00 A.M.  Parents / guardians need to attend only one of the two meetings.  Please call MaryEtta Filotei at 724-265-3284 to indicate which one of the two meetings you will be attending. 



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. 


 
 
Click here for our online CCD registration form.CCD Registrations for 2014-2015 School Year
 
Any children who have not previously attended our CCD program (Kindergarten-8th Grade), please call the CCD office at 724-265-3284 and leave a message with your name and phone number, as the Fall rosters are being prepared for the upcoming CCD school year.

Online CCD Registration
 


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.



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!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!




Visit the Lighthouse Catholic Media website and learm more about their mission of evangelization.

Faith-Filled Catholic CDs and Books


To help your faith grow, check out the inspiring Catholic booklets and CD’s to our church kiosk, from Lighthouse Catholic Media.  These would make great gifts for birthdays, newly married couples or families!  We are asking for a donation of $2 per booklet, $3 per CD and $4 per book to help continue this program.   Checks can be made payable to Transfiguration Parish.   Donations towards these materials, will be used to cover the cost of purchasing additional materials.  Thank you for your support and please make use of these inspiring resources to enrich your faith!

Several new items have recently been added to the racks in the back of the church -- check out the new selections here, or visit the Lighthouse Catholic Media website.

This week’s featured CD: “Four Pillars of Marian Spirituality” - Mike Sweeney was a five-time Major League Baseball all-star and played for the Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, Oakland Athletics, and Philadelphia Phillies. In a this talk given at the Catholic Athletes For Christ retreat for professional athletes, Mike gives a Marian perspective on sports and the Christian life by using what he has identified as the Four Pillars of Marian Spirituality.



Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.)

Do you know someone who has expressed an interest in becoming Catholic?  We are in the process of gathering candidates for our upcoming R.C.I.A. sessions. 

We offer an opportunity to come together in small group sessions to learn more about the Catholic faith. You are welcome to participate in this process with your questions, insights, and faith story in a comfortable and informal setting.  After much reflection, study and discernment upon God’s word, candidates may be led to celebrate the sacraments of initiation, thereby becoming empowered to live as disciples willing to serve the mission of Christ in the world.

If you would like to join us, or if you would like more information, simply contact  Fr. Jim, or call Beverly Higgins at 724-265-4579 or email Beverly at: bkmichaelhiggins@gmail.com.

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August - Month of the Immaculate Heart


The month of August is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart.  The physical heart of Mary is venerated (and not adored as the Sacred Heart of Jesus is) because it is united to her person and is the seat of her love (especially for her divine Son), virtue, and inner life.  Such devotion is an incentive to a similar love and virtue.

On October 31, 1942, Pope Pius XII made a solemn Act of Consecration of the Church and the whole world to the Immaculate Heart.  Let us remember this devotion year-round, but particularly through the month of August.


The Holy Father's Intentions for the Month of August 2014

General:   That refugees, forced by violence to abandon their homes, may find a generous welcome and the protection of their rights.

Missionary:   That Christians in Oceania may joyfully announce the faith to all the people of that region.


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Community Social Services Ministry

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 Community Social Services Ministry 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. 

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