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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, October 14 8:00 A.M.
Mary C. Jura, By Lee & Jean
Wednesday, October 15 8:00 A.M.
Transfiguration Parish Founders, By Marianne Marek
Thursday, October 16 8:00 A.M.
Margaret Kristofic, By Mr. & Mrs. Dino Onesi
Friday, October 17 8:00 A.M.
Henrietta Himelinski, By Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Himelinski
Saturday, October 18 8:00 A.M.
Birthday Remembrance of Fred Hanlin,
By sister, MaryLouise Valentine & husband, John
Saturday, October 18 4:00 P.M.
Lawrence Diana, By wife, and “his girls”
Sunday, October 19 8:00 A.M.
Living & Deceased Members of Transfiguration Parish, By Marianne Marek
Sunday, October 19 10:00 A.M.
In Honor of all of our Community Volunteers, By Transfiguration Parish
Tuesday, October 21 8:00 A.M.
Joseph Yourish, By Jeannette Colpo
Wednesday, October 22 8:00 A.M.
Walter Jura, By Mr. & Mrs. Steve Paskorz
Thursday, October 23 8:00 A.M.
Ben Cortese, By Tony & Carol Pavlik
Friday, October 24 8:00 A.M.
1-Year Death Anniversary of Matthew James Back, By the Mehal Family
Saturday, October 25 8:00 A.M.
Future of Transfiguration Parish
Saturday, October 25 4:00 P.M.
Jerome Stuthers, By grand-daughter, Mary Kutchko
Sunday, October 26 8:00 A.M.
Living & Deceased Members of Transfiguration Parish
Sunday, October 26 10:00 A.M.
66th Wedding Anniversary Remembrance of Ben & Vera Cortese, By wife, Vera

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October 19, 2014
29th 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! 

Tutoring Program at Transfiguration

Transfiguration Church is offering a tutoring program to all high school students. COST: $5.00 (assistance available).

All teachers are certified, or are adults who are experts in their fields. Tutoring is offered for the following subjects: 

MATH:  General Math, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus

FOREIGN LANGUAGES:  Spanish, French, German

SCIENCE:  General Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy and Physiology, Earth and Space

LANGUAGE ARTS:   English, Writing

HISTORY:  All Eras

SPECIAL EDUCATION:  teacher also available. 

Any high school student (or middle school algebra or foreign language student) needing tutoring assistance, please call the CCD office at 724-265-3284 before Wednesday so that the appropriate tutor can be made available on Thursday evenings from 6:30—7:30 PM. Cost $5.00 per session (assistance available).


REMINDER:  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 are a volunteer in any of the parish.

New Altar Servers Wanted 

All boys and girls of Transfiguration Parish, ages 10 thru high school, are invited to join our Altar Server team.  No experience necessary – just a desire to serve God and your parish.  We will provide the necessary instruction.  Classes will be held on Sundays immediately following CCD classes during November and December.  New altar servers will begin serving in January.  For more information or to sign up, contact Joe Smagala at (724) 265-1019, or by e-mail at JoeSmagala@aol.com.  Registration forms are available in the back of the church, or click here for a printable copy of the registration form. The deadline to register is October 31.

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.


October 26 -- Living Rosary

The CCD students, along with the Knights of Columbus, will have the Living Rosary on Sunday, October 26 immediately following the 10:00 AM Mass.  All parishioners and CCD families are invited to participate!


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.


Advent Wreath Project
November 16, 2014


Transfiguration Parish will host the making of a family Advent Wreath on Sunday, November 16th at 3:00 PM. Please mark your calendar and plan on bringing your family to make an Advent wreath to take home. See your bulletin insert for more information. Call the parish office by November 2, if you are interested in making a wreath.

Any parishioner with evergreen trees that would like to donate some branches for the Advent wreath making project, please contact the CCD office at 724-265-3284 and leave your name and number.

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.

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.

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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October - Month of the Holy Rosary

The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary.  The Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated on October 7.

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

That the Lord may grant peace to those parts of the world most battered by war and violence.

That World Mission Day may rekindle in every believer zeal for carrying the Gospel into all the world.

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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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Transfiguration Prayer Group

Our next prayer group meeting will be Thursday, November 20, at 7:00 PM in the church.  Mark your calendars!  Come join us for an hour of prayer and praise.  Call 412-496-8582 if you need a ride.

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Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus Council #5501 will be collecting used eyeglasses for the needy during the month of September.   Please place your old eyeglasses in the box marked "Eyeglasses for the Needy" located in the back of the church.  Your old eyeglasses will be sent to a non-profit organization that identifies the characteristics of the lenses and distributes them to people in need of such glasses. The Knights thank you for your help!

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Rosary Society

October is the “Month of Mary,” and the Rosary Society would like to start a new tradition for the parish and would like to “invite a family” to sponsor reciting the Rosary by leading the church in prayer, with the Rosary Society supporting the prayer time, along with other parishioners.  It would only take 1/2 hour before Mass.  This is a great way of getting families together to honor the Blessed Mother.  It would only be “one Mass” during the month of October.  There will be a sign-up sheet at the back of the church and also papers of prayers to lead the Rosary.  Please think about supporting this effort and help us increase our devotion to the Blessed Mother!

There will be a “FUN” ACTIVITY planned for our next Rosary Society Meeting on October 7th at 7:00 PM — along with prayers - Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, recitation of the Rosary, followed by a brief meeting for members. All parishioners are welcome to pray with us, so please try to fit this into your busy schedules.
The Rosary Society would like to remind everyone that we will have Advent candles on sale for your Advent Wreaths. More information to follow.

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Ladies of Charity

Our next regular meeting will be Tuesday, October 21, at 7:00 P.M. in the church meeting room.  All women of the parish are welcome to come to a meeting to see if they are called to this ministry of helping those in need.
Ladies of Charity members are reminded to pray every Monday morning at 9:00 A.M.  During October, we pray that the Lord may grant peace to those parts of the world most battered by war and violence.

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Prayer Shawl Ministry

Prayer shawls are available through the parish chapter of the Ladies of Charity.  Prayer Shawl request forms can be found at the entrance of the Church, or you may print a copy of the request form on your computer.  You may also request a Prayer Shawl online.  There is never a charge for a prayer shawl, but dontations (either money, yarn, material, or your time and talents) in support of this ministry are always gratefully appreciated and accepted. 

You may request a prayer shawl for yourself or someone you know. The recipient does not have to be a member of our parish. The Prayer Shawl Ministry reaches out to anyone of faith who is in need of prayers; male or female, young or not so young.

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Monthly Social Gathering

Our Parish socials will begin October 18 & 19 and will be hosted by the Ladies of Charity.  Please join us for some conversation and goodies in the church meeting room after each of the Masses (Fr. Jim tests all the goodies beforehand to make sure they do not have any calories!!)

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We at Transfiguration Parish wish to express our deepest sympathy and prayers to the families and friends of Cindy Taliani and Casimira "Mary Ann" Kovalchick.

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