September 23, 2017
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
Aid for Hurricane Harvey Victims
Our hearts and prayers go out to the families that have lost loved ones and to all who have lost their homes from Hurricane Harvey & the recent floods. Our prayerful and financial support is urgently needed.
As mentioned (by Fr. Tito, our Pastor) during last weekend's Masses, there will be a Second Collection taken (at each Mass) this coming weekend (Sept. 9 & 10) to support disaster relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Many thanks, in advance, for your kindness and generosity.
You can also donate to help those in need via Catholic Charities:
From the Office of the Bishop
End of Life Perspective
September 12, 2017
Choices at the end of life present unique challenges, particularly within a complex and technologically advanced society. Physical death is perceived within modern society as the ultimate human tragedy. This presentation will explore end-of-life choices within the context of faith in Jesus and the moral tradition of the church. Presented by Rev. Joseph Benedict.
Church of the Transfiguration
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
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."
The Pancake Breakfast, which benefits our Faith Formation program, will be held
on Sunday September 17th, is in need of one cook. Long-time parishioner and pancake extraordinaire RJ Mead is no longer able to flip those pancakes.
Are you the person we are looking for? You will be working with experienced chefs Peter Boggini and Phil Zizzo. Tickets go on sale through Sept.10th, and a sign-up for helpers will be on display in the vestibule.
Adults: $10.00; Children ages 6-12 are $5.00. Children under age 6 are Free.
We especially welcome parents whose children attend our Faith Formation classes to volunteer.
The Parish Picnic will be held on Sunday October 1st at Kirk Park,
close by on Foxworthy Ave near Meridian.
A giant thank you to Alora and Don Lindt who have agreed to chair this fun parish event.
Mark your calendars and look for additional information in September.
The date for the Oktoberfest dinner has been changed to Saturday October 28th. More information given in late September. Any questions about these events, please contact
Carol Provenzano: 408-226-1126 or email email@example.com
The Thursday Fun Club will not be meeting during the summer
months of July and August
Meetings will resume on September 7, 2017 1-3 p.m.
in the Fireside Room, next to Tabor Hall
Please bring a finger food dessert to share, or a cold drink.
We have games, but you can bring a favorite.
Any questions or to RSVP, call Jean Cosentino 408-264-3497
Our Community Ministry (CMO) “Clothes Closet” needs YOU!
We are currently in urgent need of volunteers who can help on
Wednesdays from 10 am-1 pm. Training is available.
If you are able to offer your assistance –once or twice a month--
(or more if you like)- please contact Paula Ramos as soon as possible
at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (408) 823-3522
Thanks very much for your consideration!
Pray the Rosary
Words cannot express the gratitude and appreciation for the generosity of our parishioners in supporting our local Diocesan ministries, various programs and parishes during this year’s ADA campaign.
Questions or Comments? Please call our Parish Office at 408-264-3600 or you may contact our Parish ADA Chairperson, Dick Pfaff at 408-265-7902. You may also visit our San Jose Diocesan website at www.dsj.org/ada
Sunday 5:00 p.m. Mass
In addition to our regular Sunday morning Masses at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.,
we now have a Sunday afternoon 5:00 p.m. Mass in the Arabic language (with a little bit of English).
Fr. Fady Chidiac, SJ, a Jesuit priest from Santa Clara University will be presiding at this weekly mass which officially began on 1/15/17.
Ministry to the Sick & Homebound
MINISTRY TO THE SICK & HOMEBOUND- Caregivers minister to people at special
and difficult times in their life journey. When aging or ill parishioners cannot come to
church, Church of the Transfiguration reaches out to the homebound and anyone who
is sick, infirm or convalescing, through the presence and care of our parish
Caregivers: CHRISTINE BLANK, GRACE BROWN, DINAH NICOLETTA.
For additional information or to schedule regular visits with one of our Caregivers, please
contact Paula Ramos, Director of Faith Formation at: (408) 823-3522 or email@example.com
Special Note: We are IN NEED of volunteers who can serve in
this special Ministry to the Sick & Homebound. Training is available. If you would
Adult Faith Formation
50th Anniversary Prayer
Honoring Our Past
Embracing Our Future
As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of our parish,
we offer you praise and thanksgiving
for the many blessings you have given us.
We honor those who have served this community.
We ask for the grace and the gifts of the Holy Spirit,
as we continue to be servants to one another
and to our parish.
Fill us with renewed hope and courage
as we embrace the future
and dedicate our parish to your service.
We glorify you by using our gifts,
working together and building the Body of Christ.
We ask this in the name of your Son,
Jesus Christ, our Lord.