• Photo courtesy of Ben Mancino
      Photo courtesy of Ben Mancino
      Photo courtesy of Ben Mancino
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      Photo courtesy of Ben Mancino
      Photo courtesy of Ben Mancino
    • Father George




      THANK YOU AND GOOD LUCK
       
      FATHER GEORGE
       
      FROM
       
      YOUR FAMILY
       
       AT 
       
      TRANSFIGURATION PARISH




       
    • LITURGICAL SCHEDULE
                                      Saturday                       Sunday 

      Schaghticoke          5:30 p.m.                     8:30 a.m.
      Speigletown            4:00 p.m.                     10:00 a.m
      .

      Weekdays and Holy Days:  
      Please see tab under Mass Times

       
    • Welcome

       

      Pastor’s Desk    

      As I write these words on Tuesday, July 8th, I am overcome by the realization that I will begin my new assignment in Columbia County in exactly one month.  Please know of my love and appreciation for all of you here at Transfiguration Parish.  I have been so proud to serve as your pastor and you will always have a special place in my heart.  Please keep me in your prayers, especially during the move because I want to make sure that you are all going to be well cared for and that loose ends are tied up as well as they can.  This Monday night, July 14th, we are having an open meeting of the Pastoral Council and the Finance Committee to focus on some outstanding projects and address several concerns.  Everyone is welcome and I see this as taking the form of some of the joint meetings of men and women that we have had in the past.  Please come to socialize as well as informally discuss issues you might have.  We will begin at 6:30 pm and keep the formal meeting short.  I feel it is important for everyone to hear in greater detail what we hope to accomplish as a parish and properly recognize what we have done in the past.  It will also be an opportunity for me to spend some quality time with you.    My last ‘work day’ in the parish will be Friday, July 25th when I will leave for a scheduled vacation which was planned so I could attend the wedding of my godson in Wisconsin.  I will be back in time to celebrate a Mass for the Feast of the Transfiguration on August 6th in Schaghticoke.  More details will follow as well as plans for me to return in September for an afternoon social, possibly on Sunday, September 28th.    This will all be discussed on Monday evening.      It saddens me greatly to think of next weekend, July 19th and 20th, as my last Sunday celebrations with all of you.   I will make myself available after the 5:30 pm and 10:00 am liturgies and make a point to arrive a bit earlier for the other two liturgies… let’s see how that works out!   
       
      With much love and prayers,            
       
       

      Father George                           

                               
       

      ( previous week's Pastor's Desk can be found under Parish Ministries)



      Peter’s Pence Collection 

      Next week our diocese will take up the Peter’s Pence Collection, which provides the Holy Father with funds he needs to carry out his charitable works around the world.  The proceeds benefit the most disadvantaged:  victims of war, oppression, and disasters.  Join our Holy Father as a witness of charity to those who are suffering.

    • Religious Education
      The Youth Ministry will be collecting cans and bottles.  Please leave the cans at the barrels set out at each location. 
       
      Meeting for Parents
        of 2015 Confirmation Candidates
       
      We will have a meeting for the parents of the youth wishing to be confirmed in 2015.   We will meet on July 16 at 7:00 PM at the Speigletown Site.  If you have any questions contact Beth Thayer at 235-0337.

      All Registration Forms were mailed out on Wednesday, JULY 16TH. If you do not receive a form in the mail -Please Call CHERI AT 753-6228 or BETH AT 235-0337 and we would be happy to mail you a registration form.  Looking forward to seeing everyone in the Fall. 
       
    • Bishop's Appeal 2014: Teach, Protect, Heal & Sanctify
      Dear Friends,     

           In his letter promoting the 60thAnnual Bishop’s Appeal, Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger introduced himself and used the opportunity to thank us for the warm welcome and blessings he has received.  While this is my ninth Bishop’s Appeal letter to you, I wanted to use this time to thank you all as well; by quoting Scripture: 

          “I give thanks to my God always, Remembering you in My Prayers
          For I have Experienced Much Joy and Encouragement From Your Love,       
          Because The Hearts of the Holy Ones Have Been Refreshed by You.”  

                                                                                                       (Letter of St. Paul to Philemon, vs. 4&7)     

           More than 25 years ago, Deacon Walter Rehder began serving the people of St. John the Baptist and Our Lady of Good Counsel, alongside his partner in marriage and ministry, Ann.  It coincided with the “Legacy of Love” initiative and by their witness that showed God’s love included service to the community and the local church.  Like so many trained in the Formation for Ministry program (now known as the Kateri Institute), the Diocese prepared them to minister for more than two decades to our greater community and our local church. 

           We have recently been blessed by the arrival of Deacon Charlie Valenti who comes to us as one of the last appointments of Bishop Howard J. Hubbard.  His formation was made possible by the resources funded by our Bishop’s  Appeal.  It’s important to realize that we do not know how the fruits of the Bishop’s Appeal will benefit us in the future.  In the meantime, let us be proud that we are providing for not only ourselves but all our brothers and sisters.  We are a family and our generosity through the Bishop’s Appeal is not only an opportunity to share with our brothers and sisters,  it is our birthright and responsibility as Children of God. 

           Our gift to the Diocese is also our investment in ourselves.   This year alone, we utilized their technological support and legal expertise, saving us countless thousands of dollars.  Diocesan offices and ministries helped us provide marriage preparation, faith formation, youth ministry, counseling, pastoral care and support in countless ways.  We’ve been able to support Catholic Schools, Campus Ministry in our high schools and college campuses, and provided crisis counseling to those at risk, including unwed mothers and those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.  While forced to make drastic cuts because of elimination of government funding, Catholic Charities continues to use the 1/8 of Bishop’s Appeal it receives to provide the services that are vital to our community.  You are assured that your donations to Catholic Relief Services went completely to those in need because the Bishop’s Appeal covers the local and corporate administrative costs.  When we look toward the future of our church, we know how important it is to financially support the recruitment, education and formation of our seminarians.  None of this would be possible without your prayerful generosity.  

           Please join me in this important endeavor, especially if you did not donate last year.  80% of our Bishop’s?Appeal contributions in the last few years were derived from less than 200 parishioners and despite their unselfishness, these gifts have not been enough for us to meet our goals.  In fact, we are responsible for last year’s shortage of over $6,000.00.  Our givers represent about half of our active families who attend church each week and we continue to count on them to consider a gift or pledge of $390.00 or $7.50/week.  600 additional households will receive this mailing even though they do not join us on a regular basis.  We still need your help if we are going to make our goal.  Prayerfully think about the good your donation will do!  If each and everyone affiliated with our church donated just $1.50/week or $78.00, we would reach our goal. We need everyone!  Every gift counts, whether you contribute $1.00 or $1,000.00. 

           If financial concerns keep you from donating this year, please support us with your prayers.   If you have special concerns or may have been away from the church for a time and want to discuss this, please do not hesitate to call me.  This is my twentieth?Bishop’s?Appeal?as a priest and my fifteenth in the role of pastor.   I will never stop being proud of our Diocese and I remain prouder still to be your priest.      

      May God bless you in a special way this Easter Season.
       
      Sincerely yours in Christ,         
      Rev. George P. Fleming, Pastor


      To continue reading about the Bishop's Appeal please visit: http://www.thebishopsappeal.org/abouttheappeal.htm 

      Or view our Bishop's Appeal page at
      http://transfigurationparish.net/index.cfm?load=page&page=164

      Or view our Bishop's Appeal Breakdown page at:
      http://transfigurationparish.net/index.cfm?load=page&page=183&message=New

      Wish to donate now, go to: https://rcda.thankyou4caring.org/