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,
( 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.
(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.
Transfiguration Parish – South Site, Speigletown (Administrative Offices)
50 Hillview Drive, Troy, NY 12182
Office Hours: Monday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Tuesday thru Friday, 9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Transfiguration Parish – North Site –
17 South Main Street, Schaghticoke, NY 12154
Office Hours: Monday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Friday - Closed
Pastor: Rev. George P. Fleming - firstname.lastname@example.org
Deacon Charles Valenti: Deacon_Charlie@transfigurationparish.net
General Office Inquiries: email@example.com
Office Support: Mary Clemente M.Clemente@transfigurationparish.net
Bonnie Coraldi: B.Coraldi@transfigurationparish.net
Coordinator of Faith Formation Elementary: C.Foster@transfigurationparish.net
Coordinator of Faith Formation Jr./Sr. High School and Youth Ministry: E.Thayer@transfigurationparish.net
Parish Nursing and Pastoral Care: P.Hebert@transfigurationparish.net
Special Activities and Fundraising: E.DeBonis@transfigurationparish.net