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October 17-18, 2015

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 10/19/15

This weekend we say goodbye to our SOS guests and thank you to everyone who pitched in to create a hospitable space for them. Thanks especially to Tim and Nancy Cahoon who guided our many volunteers in their service to the homeless.

Please plan to spend some time after ... Read More »

October 10-11, 2015

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 10/13/15

Many parishioners are generously involved with the South Oakland Shelter this week. Once a year a door is opened up to a world that few of us experience: the loss of a home. Thanks to SOS the burden of homelessness is eased as families get the time and help ... Read More »

October 3-4, 2015

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 10/13/15

October 3-4, 2015Thanks to all who signed up for parish ministries this weekend. We have many opportunities for you to be involved in God's work. I appreciate the work of the Discipleship Commission in organizing the Time and Talent weekend every year. I plan to revisit the liturgical ministries ... Read More »

September 26-27, 2015

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 10/13/15

I want to recognize the hard work of our Parish Men's Club in preparing the breakfast for the parish last Sunday. Our guests, women and men religious from our parishes' past, enjoyed both the Mass as well as the fellowship and food afterwards.

One last reminder that our religious ... Read More »

September 19-20, 2015

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 10/13/15

In a few days. Pope Francis will be on American soil for his first visit to our. country. Many people will be listening carefully to what he will say to us. He has already made it clear' that he wants to experience the poor as well as the powerful ... Read More »

September 12-13, 2015

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 10/13/15

We are about to enter into several very busy weeks of activity here at Transfiguration parish. Next Sunday we are observing the Year of Consecrated Life by inviting to the 10am mass all religious who have served at the four parishes in years past or who currently are members ... Read More »

September 5-6, 2015

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 9/11/15

Over the last several months we have offered an inquiry session once a month for people who are interested in knowing more about the Catholic faith. Beginning on Sunday, September 13, our Sunday RCIA program will begin. If you know of anyone who is ready to commit (or re-commit) ... Read More »

August 29-30, 2015

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 8/31/15

In your next envelope mailing you will notice an envelop for the CSA (Catholic Services Appeal). Thanks to all who have already contributed to this year's appeal. Together as a parish we have already pledged or donated $33,000.00 This envelop is for those who are still waiting to support ... Read More »

August 22-23, 2015

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 8/24/15

I find myself now glancing ahead in my calendar and noticing that the monthly round of evening commission and pastoral council meetings will begin soon. On Pentecost Sunday several parishioners joined the leadership of the parish. I appreciate their willingness to share their personal gifts with the parish, and ... Read More »

August 15-16, 2015

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 8/18/15

Several parishioners were interested in following up on my reflections for the feast of the Transfiguration last Sunday. I had ended my homily with four suggested ways to make this feast more vital to our spiritual life, individually and as a parish.

1. Prayerfulness leading to inner transformation - ... Read More »