Church of the Transfiguration

A Franciscan Parish in the Archdiocese of Detroit

 

 

 

We are a Franciscan Body of Christ embracing all people through liturgy and service.

St. Francis and Earth Day

St. Francis of Assisi: Why He's the Patron of Ecology
Photo story by Jack Wintz, O.F.M.
The saint who composed the Canticle of the Creatures, preached to the birds and prayed in the woods can teach us about caring for creation.
Seated on “Sister Earth,” near San Damiano, a bronze Francis contemplates “Brother Sun” as he looks out over the plain below Assisi toward Little Portion.

   PERHAPS THE MOST popular sculptured image of Francis of Assisi is that of the bearded little man standing on a birdbath. This figure is so universal that you can find it as readily in an Episcopalian’s backyard or a Buddhist prayer garden as at a Franciscan retreat center.

  To those who complain, “This birdbath art is too lowbrow and sentimental!” I say, “Relax, it’s not   always inferior art. Besides, Francis belongs to the popular arts (e.g., key chains, fridge magnets and the like), as well as to the fine arts.”

   To set Francis on a birdbath or in a flower garden or to depict him with birds circling his head is simply a popular way of saying, “This man had a special link with all God’s creatures, and it’s just like him to be standing there humbly among them.”

   Francis was in awe of the swallow, the cricket and the wolf. “Where the modern cynic sees something ‘buglike’ in everything that exists,” observed the German writer-philosopher Max Scheler, “St. Francis saw even in a bug the sacredness of life.”

   Another reason Francis should remain on the birdbath or in the garden is that his being there helps us recognize, as Francis himself did, that the world of God and the world of nature are one. Francis did not build an artificial wall between the natural world and the supernatural, the secular and the sacred.

Mass Times

Saturday Vigil Mass: 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 Noon

Monday - Friday 12 noon

Reconciliation
Tuesday 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Saturday 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Adoration of the Eucharist
First Wednesday of the month 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Parish Registration
Registration forms can be found in the Gathering Room and the Parish Office.

Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation and Marriage
Arrangements can be made by contacting the Parish Office.

Funeral
When a loved one passes away, please contact the Parish Office regarding funeral arrangements.

STAFF (click on staff member's name for contact information)

Next Inquiry Meeting May 10th

Interested in the Church? Been away awhile?  Divorced? Hurt by the Church? Have questions?  Welcome to our informal inquiry session on Sunday May 10, 11:15.  For this session, come to the Mother’s Day Breakfast in the hall.   Fr. Jeremy will have a table there. 

Research has found that at least one-third of Catholics who stopped coming to Mass, would like to reconnect with the Church, but are reluctant to make the first move.  They are waiting for an invitation, or a sign that they will be welcomed. Invite a friend and bring them!

Email:   frjeremyh@gmail.com

--Fr. Jeremy 

 

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Fr. Bill's Column

April 18-19, 2015

For several months I have been discussing with some parishioners the idea of arranging ... Read More »

April 11-12, 2015

The nine weeks before the Feast of St. Anthony of Padua is often called ... Read More »

April 4-5, 2015

The friars and staff of Transfiguration Parish wish all of you a very blessed ... Read More »

Renewal of Vows, April 16

It has been a tradition in our Order that each year on April 16 – the day on which Francis made his profession into the hands of Pope Innocent III – we gather and renew our profession. The purpose of this renewal is to recall the origins of our Rule, to recall the devotion of Francis and his companions as they promised to follow the holy Gospel, to recall our own fervor as we begin this way of life, and to resolve to commit ourselves again to these vows.

Our Friars renew their vows of Profession