The latest in a series of Priest Interviews
is with our pastor, Father Tito
St. Pius X Awards Banquet
The ST. PIUS X AWARDS BANQUET is one of the highlights of the year for parishes
in the Diocese of San Jose, recognizing and honoring Catechetical Ministry
Volunteers who generously and lovingly have given of themselves -for many years within
the Church community. We are pleased that this year -Tuesday, May 8, 2018
- both Judy Bateman & Doreen Gurrola will celebrate 25 years of dedicated service.
Our congratulations to each of them. We are truly blessed!
JUDY BATEMAN serves as a Catechetical Ministry Volunteer at both Church of the Transfiguration and Holy Family Parishes. She has been a parishioner of Holy Family Parish for 33 years and has been on staff here at Church of the
Transfigurationfor 3 ½ years. Judy & her husband, Eric have two daughters, Maria and Colleen. When a small child, Judy drew a picture and told her mother she wanted “to do God’s work.“ What was a calling at a young age, led to
a variety of volunteer teaching opportunities. At Holy Family Parish, as a young adult, Judy taught high school Confirmation, was on the Youth Ministry team and led Bible Studies for their
Young Adult Group (where she met her husband Eric). She has served as a Catechist for First Grade, Preschool for Generations of Faith and, for several years, has been a leader for Children's Liturgy of the Word and Vacation Bible Camp. For many years at Holy Family and, currently at Church of the Transfiguration, Judy has been a Restored Order Catechist-preparing children & youth to celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation. Serving in these special ways fills Judy with much joy, knowing she is still “doing God’s work.”
GURROLA and her husband, David, have two children, Alyssa and Matthew. Doreen has been a parishioner of Church of the Transfiguration since its beginning in 1965. She is a “second generation” volunteer from the Godar family, dedicating her time
to teaching God's love to the young children of the parish. In the early years, Doreen volunteered as a Youth Minister, Eucharistic Minister, Greeter and also helped in the Parish Office. For many years,
Doreen taught our PreK/Kindergarten Class and currently teaches Grades 1-2- 3. She enjoys seeing the children enthusiastically learning new prayers, interpreting bible stories and how to apply them to their daily lives. (Beyond her time teaching, we can often find Doreen helping to prepare wonderful meals for many of our parish celebrations and events.)
2018 ADA APPEAL - GOAL is $70,000
Week 11 Report
Our pledges now total $75,755 from 183 parish families.
Many thanks for your participation in this Appeal. Every gift is valued and respectfully used. It is not too late! Please consider a pledge, payable through December 2018 or a one time gift. Envelopes are on a table in the Vestibule for your convenience. May God continue to bless you and all our wonderful parishioners, and our diocesan faith community, and thank you for continued care and support!
Please remember that any amount over our goal comes back to our parish 100%
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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."