The Light Is On For You: The Sacrament of Reconciliation
will be available at many of our parishes in our Diocese of San Jose from 6-8pm on Wednesdays during Lent.
Please go to our neighboring parishes, St. Christopher and Holy Family while Fr. Tito is away Feb. 21st & 28th.
Church of the Transfiguration will have individual confession available on Saturdays from 4-4:30pm or by appointment. Please call the Parish Office and leave a message for Fr. Tito.
- Parish Lenten Reconciliation Service will be on Wednesday, March 21st at 6:30 p.m. Liturgical gathering for prayer with the opportunity for private, individual confession will be available.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Mass times & distribution of ashes: 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
The Stations of The Cross will be on Friday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the Church. During the Lenten Season, you are welcome to join us for Daily Mass in the Chapel on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 8:45 a.m.
On First Friday, March 2nd, there will be Sacramental Anointing of the Sick, as well as Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass until Benediction at 10:30 a.m.
What is Lent? http://bustedhalo.com/video/watch-lent-3-minutes
Transfiguration Church to Host Lenten Reflections 2018
Rev. Fr Aris Martin, SVD, will be giving a Lenten Reflection, “Repentance and Forgiveness”, at the Transfiguration Church on March 4, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM.
Fr Aris holds a Licentiate in Dogmatic Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and has extensive teaching experiences in the field of Philosophy and Theology in the Philippines and the USA. He is currently a candidate for a PhD in Sacred Theology at the Jesuit School of Theology and attends classes at the University of California in Berkeley. He has given extensive talks at St. John’s Church in Milpitas for the parish and the St Augustine Recollect Fraternity.
Refreshments will be offered. Sponsored by the Legion of Mary Group.
2018 ADA APPEAL - GOAL is $70,000
Week 3 Report
Week 3: Participation from 29 parish families with pledges this week totaling $22,671 was received; so far, our pledges total $43,551 from 90 parish families and that is 62% of our goal!
Last year our 2017 ADA pledges totaled $6,000 OVER our parish goal amount, and that was rebated back to our Parish!
If you did not receive a brochure or pledge card in the mail at home, you may pick one up on a table in the Vestibule today! Reminder, you can make a one time pledge, or make a pledge over 10 monthly payments, or through your credit card or online at www.DSJ.org/ada
Kindly return your pledge envelope as soon as possible to our Sunday offering basket or bring or mail it to our Parish Office.
If you are unable to financially give, we would still appreciate your pledge card returned. Prayers are most appreciated for the success of this Annual Diocesan Appeal, and can be noted on your pledge card. If you have any questions, please contact our Pastor Fr. Tito, at the Parish Office 408-264-3600 or our ADA Chairman, Richard Pfaff 408-265-7902.
2018 ADA PRAYER
Loving God, we thank You for calling us together.
In You, we are one.
Help us to remember that united, we are called to love and to serve one another through the generous sharing of our Time, Talent, and Treasure.
Please bless our efforts and help us to grow as a community of faith.
Give us the grace so we may generously support the Annual Diocesan Appeal and faithfully do the work of Your Church.
For more information: https://www.dsj.org/ways-to-give/annual-diocesan-appeal/
A Note from our Bishop
February 9, 2018
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt appreciation for your ongoing support of the Diocese of San Jose. Without your gifts of Time, Talent and Treasure, the variety of pastoral projects that serve our community here in Santa Clara County and beyond would not be possible.
Each year, we join hands as 54 parishes and missions of the Diocese as one Church to express our faith and to combine our gifts to help build up the Reign of God here in this portion of the Lord's vineyard. The Annual Diocesan Appeal supports ministries and services to all parishes and the local community. It also gives parishes the opportunity to raise significant funds by earning rebates over each parish's own parish goal, giving them the ability to better minister to their local communities.
During this past year, we have inaugurated a new Department for Evangelization, which comprises the work that had previously been done by the Office for Pastoral Services. The focus of the Department is in encounter and accompaniment of the people entrusted to our care and to spreading the Good News, sharing the joy of the Gospel with all. Your continued support will also further the work of our Offices of Youth and Young Adults, Faith Formation, and aid our Office for Vocations in recruiting and preparing men to serve our local Church as priests for many decades to come.
I am grateful to all who have already given to this year's ADA. If you have not had a chance to make a gift, I hope that you will view the video below to see how your gift supports your parish and the ministries of the Diocese of San Jose.
I join with you in looking toward a future that is even brighter as we share the joy of knowing the Lord Jesus and walking together with Him.
Please know that you and your family remain in my daily Mass and prayers.
With every best wish and kind regard, I remain,
Patrick J. McGrath
Bishop of San Jose
Collection for the homeless ~ for the month of February
Please bring any winter clothing items to the bins in the Vestibule on
the weekends or to the Community Ministry Office or
the Parish Office on Tues., Weds. or Thurs., between 10:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
The homeless community thanks you for your continued support
of this endeavor. Items are distributed weekly to the homeless in
East San Jose, through Most Holy Trinity Parish.
Any questions or if you would like to volunteer,
please contact parishioner Bill Perry at 408-718-5633
ICF Scholarships for High School Students
Applications are available now through March, 2018. Students from public as well as Catholic High Schools can apply. Information and applications can be obtained by going to the website:
Help is needed Wednesdays during the months of February, March and April in the CMO Clothes Closet from 10am to 1pm. If interested contact Paula Ramos at the Parish Office.
The Environment Committee: Anyone that would like to join is most welcome. You can help with weekly plant maintenance or with seasonal changes such as Christmas and Easter or both. Please call Donna Pfaff at 408-264-3600 or email@example.com
The Linen Ministry is seeking volunteers to help with the cleaning of the linens used at Mass. It would entail a monthly commitment picking up soiled linens once a week and then returning them to the Liturgy Preparation Sacristy by 3:00 PM on Thursday.
Also, at least once month check the Altar Server robes and launder any that are soiled. If you can help or any questions, call Donna Pfaff at 408-264-3600 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bishop McGrath Statement on Rescinding of DACA
By Diocese of San Jose on September 5, 2017
We echo the sentiments of the Bishops of California and the United States in expressing our disappointment with the decision to rescind DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). We call upon Congress to pass laws that protect these young people, many for whom the United States is the only place they have ever known.
We also ask Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform, to fix our broken system and, in so doing, to place the unification of families as a priority.
Working with Catholic Charities, the Diocese of San Jose will continue to offer outreach, support and encouragement to all who are affected by policies and laws that touched so many of our people.
I conclude by quoting today's statement of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: "As people of faith, we say to DACA youth - regardless of your immigration status, you are children of God and welcome in the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church supports you and will advocate for you."
Bishop Patrick J. McGrath
From the Office of the Bishop
From the USCCB website:
USCCB President and Domestic Justice Chairman Call for Prayer and Unity in Response to Deadly Charlottesville Attack
WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, are calling on all people of goodwill to join in prayer and unity today in response to yesterday's violent protest and deadly attack in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Full statement follows:
"As we learn more about the horrible events of yesterday, our prayer turns today, on the Lord's Day, to the people of Charlottesville who offered a counter example to the hate marching in the streets. Let us unite ourselves in the spirit of hope offered by the clergy, people of faith, and all people of good will who peacefully defended their city and country.
We stand against the evil of racism, white supremacy and neo-nazism. We stand with our sisters and brothers united in the sacrifice of Jesus, by which love's victory over every form of evil is assured. At Mass, let us offer a special prayer of gratitude for the brave souls who sought to protect us from the violent ideology displayed yesterday. Let us especially remember those who lost their lives. Let us join their witness and stand against every form of oppression."