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May 14-15, 2016

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 6/03/16

If you haven't signed up for Sunday afternoon's listening session, please consider doing so after this mass. Every voice counts at this stage of the Synod preparation. Here are the questions that you'll be asked to give a response to:

* What is an encounter with Jesus? * What ... Read More »

May 7-8, 2016

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 5/10/16

I've mentioned in past columns the November Synod which the Archdiocese is preparing to convene in November. You might recall that Evangelization is the theme of the Synod. We are hosting our parish listening session next Sunday. I encourage you to participate in this event, which begins at 2:00 ... Read More »

April 30-May 1, 2016

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 5/06/16

May promises to be one of our really busy months here at Transfiguration Parish. I want to give an overview of all the events currently in our parish calendar. Please take some time to read through this lengthy article.

The celebration of first communions will add something special to ... Read More »

April 23-24, 2016

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 4/25/16

Mary Strong, our parish secretary, will be retiring at the end of April. This Sunday, after the 10:00 am mass, we are thanking her for her years of service to the parish with a brunch and reception. It is a small token of gratitude for faithfully serving our parish ... Read More »

April 16-17, 2016

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 4/18/16

Last week Pope Francis released the document, The Joy of Love, based on the work of last October's Synod on the Family. I was able to download a copy of it soon after and have begun to read the 250+ page report. Even after going through just a few ... Read More »

April 9-10, 2016

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 4/11/16

Next Sunday, April 17 is the World Day of Prayer for vocations. I invite you to join me in praying, not so much for vocations, because they are already present in peoples' lives, but for a spirit of generous response to these vocations. God's call for special service in ... Read More »

April 2-3, 2016

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 4/05/16

Celebrating the Easter liturgies was as uplifting for myself, Fr. Jeremy and Deacon Tom, as it always is. In fact, the entire Holy Week brings us back to the center of our faith and what it means to be a Catholic Christian. I hope that you too have rediscovered ... Read More »

March 26-27

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 3/28/16

I've been praying that all of you will be touched by the graces of our Easter celebration. During the Saturday evening Easter vigil, this grace entered fully into two newly baptized and confirmed Catholics, Keith Leider and Chester Jeanes. Two others, already baptized, confessed their faith as Catholics at ... Read More »

March 19-20, 2016

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 3/28/16

We have arrived at Holy Week. Each day of this week leads us to the ultimate sacrifice of love that Jesus makes on the cross. The Sacred Triduum (Thursday to Saturday night) shakes us out of our normal rhythm so that we can enter more fully into this mystery. ... Read More »

March 12-13, 2016

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 3/14/16

It is time to get ready for Holy Week and Easter. Where did the weeks of Lent go? Ash Wednesday doesn't seem that long ago! I hope you have been keeping up with Rediscover Christ and using the daily meditations to enrich your Lenten journey. Next Sunday is Palm ... Read More »