November 17, 2020

Dear Beloved Parishioners,

It is my hope and prayer that all of you and your family are doing well these very challenging times. No words can describe the joy that I have in seeing many of you at church every weekend to celebrate Mass either indoors or outdoors. There is so much power and strength in your physical presence that was missing at church for many months. However, things have changed again in terms of health protocols our churches need to strictly observe going forward. Following is a summary of the recent memo from the Santa Clara County Health Department that I would like to share with you.

“Due to a marked increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, Santa Clara County has returned to the most restrictive Purple Tier. Under the California Blueprint Tier framework regarding COVID-19, indoor worship is no longer allowed in the Purple Tier in support of the common good. Under the County’s Updated Mandatory Directive for Gathering, outdoor gatherings may be held with up to 200 people, as long as the outdoor space allows people to easily maintain at least six feet of physical distance from one another at all times.

Effective Tuesday, November 17, all indoor Masses and worship services will be moved outdoors with appropriate social distancing, cleaning protocols, and face coverings required. Parishes may also hold drive-in Masses, following current guidelines. Many parishes will continue to livestream Masses daily through their websites or social media, giving the faithful another option to stay connected to their faith communities. The universal dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass continues throughout the Diocese.

Though indoor Masses are temporarily suspended, our parishes continue to serve our Catholic community. They are offering faith-sharing groups, bible studies, catechetical classes, and other parish ministries via teleconferencing platforms. The Diocese’s Catholic schools remain open for in-person and distance learning. For more details, see the County Public Health website at https://www.sccgov.org/sites/covid19/Pages/mandatory-directives gatherings.aspx”

In light of these new health protocols, Church of the Transfiguration is adapting a new schedule:

Morning Mass on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays: 9:30am (Private and on livestream at the the parish Facebook homepage. Click on link on the front page of the parish website at www.sanjosetransfig.com).

Saturday Vigil Mass at 4pm (Outdoors: please bring your own chair).

Sunday Mass at 930am (Outdoors: please bring your own chair).

We will work on how we can have one of the weekend Masses on livestream. God bless us all and please stay safe.

Thank you for your understanding, constant love, prayers and support for our church.

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Tito and the Transfiguration Parish Staff