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December 6-7, 2014

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 12/08/14

We are happy to welcome Fr. Joe Hund, OFM to Transfiguration Friary in mid-December. He has finished a mission assignment in Namibia and will be taking a Sabbatical, and living here during this time. In June he will become pastor at our parish in Lafayette, LA. In the meantime ... Read More »

November 29-30, 2014

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 12/01/14

The season of Advent begins today. The tone of our worship changes to hope and anticipation. I hope that we can all drink deeply of this beautiful season. The struggle to find outward support for our inner spiritual journey has already begun, of course. To survive the incessant shopping ... Read More »

November 22-23, 2014

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 11/24/14

I've set aside this weekend to give you a year-end summary of our parish. As I talk, I would appreciate very much if you would fill in the quick survey that you will find in the pew. The survey will make you use the pencil only seven times. It ... Read More »

November 15-16, 2014

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 11/17/14

Next weekend concludes the liturgical year of the church with the feast of Christ the King. The readings describe how human history will end in judgment. St. Paul shares his glimpse of the end in our second reading: "Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to ... Read More »

November 8-9, 2014

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 11/10/14

This weekend we welcome Friar Colin King from Chicago. He is one of our friars in formation (training) that you can see on the vocation poster in the gathering room. He is here to seek your help for a student mission trip to Jamaica for a group of Chicago ... Read More »

November 2-3, 2014

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 11/03/14

This weekend we welcome new parishioners! Come and greet them at the reception after the 10:00 Mass. Any time, give a smile and warm greeting to anyone you have not met.

We also remember and pray for our beloved dead. November 1 was All Saints—“the great multitude which no ... Read More »

October 25-26, 2014

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 11/03/14

First of all, a big thank-you goes out to the many volunteers who helped our parish host the South Oakland Shelter last week. This effort creates the largest number of volunteer hours of anything we do as a parish. It is an around-the-clock witness of Christian love. I want ... Read More »

October 18-19, 2014

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 10/20/14

Today is Mission Sunday. There will be a second collection for the foreign missions. Thank you, Bro. Phil, for sharing your 47 years of mission experience at the masses last weekend. You helped us all appreciate the sacrifices made by missionaries around the world. I hope we can all ... Read More »

October 11-12, 2014

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 10/13/14

Thank you for your generous response to our Time and Talent appeal last weekend. Thanks also to the Mens Club for providing the breakfast/brunch on Sunday morning. I hope you made some new friends while enjoying the delicious food. The Discipleship Commission will be sorting through the names of ... Read More »

October 4-5, 2014

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 10/06/14

Our turn to provide for the homeless through the South Oakland Shelter (SOS) will soon be upon us. Please take a moment to see what openings still need your help. The table is in the gathering room. As of this writing, I counted 47 lines looking for your name. ... Read More »