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November 21-22, 2015

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 11/23/15

The friars wish all of you a holy and blessed Thanksgiving, and safe travel for those of you who will be on the road. If you are spending Thanksgiving here, please join us on Thursday morning at 9:00 am for Mass. Weather permitting, I plan on visiting family, either ... Read More »

November 14-15, 2015

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 11/16/15

We are only two weeks away from the beginning of Advent, and three weeks away from the start of the Holy Year of Mercy. This Holy Year begins on December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. I hope that our parish can fully enter into the ... Read More »

November 7-8, 2015

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 11/16/15

You may have noticed our ushers during the last two weeks, walking the church aisles during mass. Our ushers were conducting the annual October mass count, a practice required by the Archdiocese (actually all dioceses). Our results may have been affected by the big Saturday football game two weeks ... Read More »

October 31 - November 1, 2015

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 11/16/15

Both Fr. Jeremy and I really appreciated your affirmation this past weekend on Priesthood Sunday. Both of us enjoy our ministry at Transfiguration Parish, as well as the many opportunities we have to get to know you better. Let us keep each other in prayers that we all may ... Read More »

October 24-25, 2015

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 10/26/15

In a few weeks the Holy Year which Pope Francis proclaimed will begin. I hope that we all will consider ourselves personally invited to enter deeply into the gift of God's mercy during this time. I will highlight a portion of the Pope's writings during the Holy Year which ... Read More »

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 »