A Franciscan Parish in the Archdiocese of Detroit

Church of the Transfiguration

 | 25225 Code Rd., Southfield, MI 48033      | 248-356-8787 

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

How did St. Joseph, with his qualities as husband and father, help to bring about the
salvation of the world? In addition to being the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and
the foster-father of Jesus, St. Joseph was a carpenter. Through his work of manual la-
bor, Joseph provided for the Holy Family, and shared in the divine plan of salvation.

Please join us for an Advent Small Group Study on St. Joseph! This will be
a 4-part weekly study focusing on his special charisms as the Protector of
The Blessed Mother and Our Lord.

We are piloting the practice of small group formation through reflection
and personal faith sharing during this time of Advent. There is no cost for
this small group study.

Where: Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Oak Park
13500 Oak Park Blvd.
Oak Park, Michigan 48237

When: Tuesdays, November 28th, December 5th, 12th & 19th

Time: 7 pm in in the Gathering Space

Please contact Chris Ihlenfeldt, Director of Discipleship Formation,
to sign up and for more information at
(248) 541-3762 or at cihlenfeldt@lasalette-church.org

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We are members of the South Oakland Vicariate Family 5


Saturday Vigil Mass: 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.


Monday - Friday: 12:00 p.m. (Noon)

(Church doors open at 11:30 a.m., except on Tuesday - doors open at 9:30 a.m.)


Tuesday: 10:30 a.m.
Saturday: 12:00 p.m. (Noon)

(Church doors open at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday)

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.


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

Church of the Transfiguration

Attend Weekend Mass

Masses are livestreamed



December 9-10, 2023
2nd Sunday of Advent
Friday, December 8
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Masses 12 PM, 7 PM, 12:30 LTU Campus
December 9-10
Collection for Retirement Fund for Religious
This is the last weekend to place orders 
for the greenhouse fresh poinsettias 
for this Christmas season. 
Order forms can be found at the help desk.
Advent and Christmas 
with St. Joseph
A small group sharing
Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Oak Park
Tuesdays, Dec 12, 19
7 PM
Contact Chris Ihlenfeldt 248 541-3762 
A big thank you
to the Men's Club
of Perpetual Help Parish
for providing donuts and bagels last Sunday,
and to Santa for visiting us!
Please note the Sunday morning December 24 
change in mass schedule!
This is a very short Advent;
the shortest possible!
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday, December 16, 12:00 PM – two priests available 
Saturday, December 23, 12:00 PM – two priests available
Saturday, December 23, 4th Sunday of Advent
4:30 PM Mass
Sunday, December 24 – 4th Sunday of Advent
Only one morning mass – 10:00 AM 
Sunday, December 24 – Christmas Eve
4:30 PM Family Mass 
10:00 Vigil Mass with Choir
Monday, December 25, Christmas Day
Only one morning mass at 10:00 AM 
with Choir
Saturday, December 30, Feast of the Holy Family
No confessions at 12:00 PM
Vigil Mass – 4:30 PM
Sunday, December 31, Feast of the Holy Family
Masses 8:30 AM, 11:00 AM
Monday, January 1, Feast of Mary, Mother of God
Not a day of obligation this year
Mass 9:00 AM
Come visit Transfiguration for this special grace
given to churches served by Franciscans 
on the occasion of the 800th anniversary 
of the Christmas creche tradition, begun by St. Francis in 1223. "In all the churches entrusted to Franciscans for pastoral care, it will be possible for all the faithful to receive a plenary indulgence, 
under the usual conditions, from 8 December 2023 to 2 February 2024."
Usual conditions:
Being baptized and in the state of grace
Having the interior disposition of complete detachment from all sin, even venial
Sacramentally confessing one's sins (several days before or after)
Receiving Holy Communion
Praying for the intentions of the pope
Thanks to all who made possible the
Women's Advent by Candlelight 
last Sunday!
Thank you for your generosity! 
Franciscan Outreach Program
Lahser Hills Nursing Home
Wee Care
Mothers and Unborn Baby Care 
The Outreach could still use some gifts
for 11 - 12 year old boys and girls!
Christmas Decorating
Setting up the nativity
Saturday, December 16, 10 AM
Trees in Church
Sunday, December 17, 12 PM
Rest in Peace
+Robert Walton












New COVID Liturgical Protocols


The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has announced that Michigan is entering a post-surge, recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. Because this development, as well as recently updated information from the CDC, the Archdiocese of Detroit is making some adjustments to its guidelines for liturgies. We continue to see different levels of risk across the counties within the Archdiocese. Please check the CDC’s COVID-19 by County tool for information on the risk level of your county. In addition, here are some points to consider as you evaluate the best way to serve in your parish at this time:

· The Archdiocese of Detroit encourages Mass-goers, if they are at risk to wear face-coverings and to practice social distancing to reduce the potential of exposure to COVID-19

· The Archdiocese of Detroit recommends that each pastor/In Solidum team of priests should evaluate their location in the Archdiocese and implement the following protocols:

· Establish an area where social distancing may be observed, if needed

· Encourage masking and social distancing for those who are at risk

· Evaluate the need in your parish for those who distribute Holy Communion to wear face-coverings and use hand sanitizer

· Hang signage indicating masking and social distancing are encouraged for those who are at risk

· Ensure that hand sanitizer is available at church entrances

· The faithful are reminded that particular dispensations from the obligation to participate in Holy Mass remain in effect for people who are ill or who find themselves in other specific circumstances.

Particular Dispensation Information

Archbishop Vigneron announced that the general dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days expired on Saturday, March 13, 2021. In its place, he has granted a number of particular dispensations for the faithful who may find themselves in specific circumstances.

Please read below for information about these specific dispensations and visit aod.org/comehometohope to learn more about how our parishes are working to keep everyone safe at Mass as well as tips and advice for inviting friends and family to attend Mass with you.

Considering the grave obligation we have of being physically present with our brothers and sisters at Mass on Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation for the Eucharist, each of us is asked to make a good and sincere judgement as to whether these circumstances apply or not. Where doubt or confusion persists, consult any priest for clarity.

While the general dispensation is removed, there are specific instances where the dispensation will continue, as well as those circumstances where there is no obligation in the first place. One does not have an obligation to attend Mass on Sunday in the following circumstances:

1. You are ill or your health condition would be significantly compromised if you were to contract a communicable illness (i.e., you have underlying conditions or are in a high-risk category). Please use the dispensation and do not attend Mass.

2. You exhibit flu-like symptoms. Please use the dispensation and do not attend Mass.

3. You have good reason to think you might be asymptomatic of a contagious illness (e.g., you were in recent contact with someone who tested positive for a contagious illness such as COVID or influenza). Please use the dispensation and do not attend Mass.

4. You care for the sick, homebound, or infirmed.

5. You are pregnant.

6. Those 65 years of age or older (per the CDC’s recommendation of high-risk individuals).

7. You cannot attend Mass through no fault of your own (e.g., no Mass is offered, you are infirmed, or, while wanting to go, you are prevented for some reason you cannot control (e.g., your ride did not show up, the church was at capacity).

8. If you have significant fear or anxiety of becoming ill by being at Mass.

For questions about the application of any of these, please contact your pastor.

These categories will be reviewed in due course and revised as needed.

Those within categories #1-8 above must still observe the Lord’s Day and are encouraged to spend time in prayer on Sunday, meditating on the Lord’s passion, death and resurrection; an excellent way to do this is through participating in a broadcast of the Sunday Mass.




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