Browsing the 2020 archive of NOTES FROM THE DESK OF....

April 4-5, 2020

Posted by Sharon Myers on 4/02/20

This is certainly not the Lenten season we hoped or planned for, but it is the Lenten season we have been given. Perhaps it is teaching us a new meaning of fasting. Not only do we fast from certain foods, but we are “fasting” from gathering, from celebrating the ... Read More »

March 28-29, 2020

Posted by Sharon Myers on 3/27/20

Just like you, the friars and the staff of Transfiguration are taking things day by day during this unusual time. We are trying to do our part to contain the spread of the virus and keep ourselves and you safe! And, of course, we pray! During these days we ... Read More »

March 21-22, 2020

Posted by Sharon Myers on 3/16/20

During these days, we are doing all that we can to contain the spread of the Corona virus. For us, that means “fasting” from gathering and celebrating the Eucharist together. But we still can, and must, pray. We pray in solidarity with one another and with all God’s suffering ... Read More »

March 14-15, 2020

Posted by Sharon Myers on 3/09/20

Out of an abundance of caution, and a desire to protect the health of all churchgoers, the Archdiocese has recommended that we temporarily make some adjustments in our liturgical practices. We have suspended receiving the Precious Blood from the cup; we are avoiding shaking or holding hands during the ... Read More »

March 7-8, 2020

Posted by Sharon Myers on 3/02/20

During this particular Lenten season, we are inviting ourselves to reflect on our hungers and thirsts, not so much for food and drink, but for the deeper things, spiritual things - for God! Today’s Gospel tells us the story of the Transfiguration of Jesus. Jesus took Peter, John, and ... Read More »

February 29 - March 1, 2020

Posted by Sharon Myers on 2/24/20

As Jesus hung on the cross on Good Friday, he exclaimed “I thirst.” (John 19:28) After his forty days in the desert, he was hungry. (Mark 4:2). The hunger and thirst of Jesus mark the beginning and the end of our Lenten journey. I am sure he was hungry ... Read More »

February 22-23, 2020

Posted by Sharon Myers on 2/17/20

Today Jesus really challenges and stretches us: No more “eye for an eye;” “offer no resistance;” “turn the other cheek;” “hand over your cloak;” “go the extra mile.” “Love your enemies (!) and pray for those who persecute you.” (It might be more realistic for us to think “irritate, ... Read More »

February 15-16, 2020

Posted by Sharon Myers on 2/10/20

We have been reflecting these last few weeks on who Jesus is and who we are called to be as his disciples. Today’s Gospel reminds us that Jesus is the fulfillment of all the hopes and dreams of the Jewish people. He is the long-awaited for Messiah. He is ... Read More »

February 8-9, 2020

Posted by Sharon Myers on 2/03/20

Today’s Gospel makes it abundantly clear who we are as Jesus’ disciples: “You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lamp stand, ... Read More »

February 1-2, 2020

Posted by Sharon Myers on 1/27/20

Today a special feast replaces the 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time. Today we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. Today’s Gospel tells the story. Forty days after the birth, the first born son was to be presented in the Temple. As Mary and Joseph fulfilled this ... Read More »