Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity Sunday, May 26, 2013 Lectionary 166 - Year C
Picture the Trinity. What do you see? Perhaps it is the traditional image found in paintings and stained glass of the Father as a dignified elderly man, the risen Jesus standing or sitting by his side, and the Holy Spirit as a dove hovering over the two. The effect is rather static, frozen in eternity. Better yet to take the lead of today's readings about an energetic, dynamic, active God -- a God who delights in creating, pouring divine love into our hearts, endlessly calling us, wooing us, surprising us, guiding us to all truth, sharing all with us. The mystery of the Trinity -- God as Father and Son and Holy Spirit -- baffles the mind. Three in One, One in Three! Who can make sense of it? Again and again all the mind and heart and spirit can do is bow down in wonder and awe. We can come to this posture in different ways: experiencing our own delight in creation, opening our heart to the person of Jesus found in the Gospels, and being attentive to the way the Spirit continues to work in our world and our lives.
How do you imagine the Most Holy Trinity?
What's Happening This Week
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beginning every Thursday afternoon to our parish family
The Parish Office will be closed on Monday, May 27th, for the Memorial Day holiday.
Please note that as of May 24th, there will be no more home deliveries of the Pittsburgh Catholic. Newspaper copies will be available in the back of the church.
If you are temporarily or permanently homebound and cannot get to Mass, please call the Parish office and we will make arrangements for Holy Communion to be brought to you at home.
Transfiguration Mass Intentions
Rescheduled at St. Victor’s Parish This Week
Tuesday, May 28, 8:00 AM Frances Proco
By Dave, Lisa, Noah & Noel Proco
Memorial Day Rosary and Mass
Mass will be celebrated on Monday, May 27th, at 10:00 A.M. for all veterans and reserves, both active and retired. You are invited to participate in the Mass by processing in with Fr. Jim. Come dressed in uniform. There will be light refreshments after Mass. The Rosary Society, Ladies of Charity and Knights of Columbus will be gathering at church to pray the Rosary at 9:30 A.M. before the 10:00 A.M. Memorial Day Mass.
Dear Heavenly Father,
As we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom,
we think of how they have followed in the footsteps of Your Son,
our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Please hold our service men and women in your strong arms.
Cover them with your sheltering grace and presence
as they stand in the gap for our protection.
Please join us Sunday, June 2 at 4:00 P.M. in the church meeting room for our initial planning meeting. We will need Youth members and their families to help make this event a success. This year's Community Days will be on August 2nd & 3rd at Bairdford Park. Please contact Sandi Hazlett by May 31st if you are able to help! email@example.com or 724-777-5503 (text or call).
Photos from First Holy Communion Mass
Photographs from the First Holy Communion Mass on Saturday, May 4 have been added to the photo albums on the CCD website. For a shortcut to this photo album, click here.
Photos from Confirmation
Photographs from Confirmation on Sunday, May 5, courtesy of Pete and Mary Kanaitis, have been added to the photo albums on the CCD website. For a shortcut to this photo album, click here.
Don't Just Sit There - Get Involved! Some people quibble over who is saved and who is worthy to be considered a Christian.
Look for the love. Would others know you were a Christian without you telling them? “God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.” (1 John. 4:16)
We would love to have you as part of our mission to build a strong foundation for the future of our parish family.
Are you new to the Russellton area, or are you returning "home" after being away? Regardless of your situation, we at Transfiguration want to welcome you into our parish family. Please call or stop by the parish office to register. You may also register online.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process through which interested adults and older children are gradually introduced to the Roman Catholic Faith and way of life. Anyone who is interested in becoming a Catholic is asked to please contact Fr. Jim.
We are excited to start a group of interested people who would like to help others learn about the Catholic faith through RCIA! Won’t you consider being a parish sponsor or offer to facilitate an RCIA program with Fr. Jim. If so, why not sign up to attend a three-day conference from June 6-8, 2013 being offered at St. Paul’s Seminary in Crafton. The parish will pay for anyone who would like to attend and learn more about the RCIA process. Be a part of this faith journey in helping others learn about the Catholic faith. Call the office for a brochure and registration form if you are interested.
Are you interested in what's happening at Transfiguration? Do you want to become more involved in the life of our parish? Learn more about our parish organizations and discover how you can help build up the Kingdom of God right here in Russellton.
Do you have a desire to serve God and your fellow parishioners at Transfiguration Parish? Why not consider becoming a lector, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, or altar server? If you feel called to serve, and are interested in any of these ministries, please speak to Fr. Jim or call the office at 724-265-1030.
Transfiguration School Alumni - Students, Teachers, Administrators
We Want To Hear From You! Did you attend Transfiguration Catholic School, either as a full-time student or in the CCD program? Were you a member of the school's faculty or administration? If so, we'd like to hear from you. In conjunction with the parish's 100th anniversary celebration in 2014, and also the 50th anniversary of the opening of the parish school, we'd like to re-connect with as many former students and faculty as possible. Let us know what you've been doing since you left our hallowed halls. We'll keep you informed of what's happening in and around the parish. Our new alumni registration form is linked below. Hope to hear from you soon!
The month of May is the "month which the piety of the faithful has especially dedicated to Our Blessed Lady," and it is the occasion for a "moving tribute of faith and love which Catholics in every part of the world pay to the Queen of Heaven. During this month Christians, both in church and in the privacy of the home, offer up to Mary from their hearts an especially fervent and loving homage of prayer and veneration. In this month, too, the benefits of God's mercy come down to us from Mary's throne in greater abundance" (Paul VI: Encyclical on the Month of May).
The Holy Father's Intentions for the Month of May 2013 General: That administrators of justice may act always with integrity and right conscience. Missionary: That seminaries, especially those of mission churches, may form pastors after the Heart of Christ, fully dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel.
First Saturday devotions -- June 1
First Friday devotions -- June 7 Devotions are at 8:45 A.M. following the morning Mass on both days. Please join us in praying these special prayers and experience the Lord's presence in your life.
Trinity Sunday The Gospel Truth - Truths of Our Catholic Faith
Each Person of the Blessed Trinity contributes to the holiness of our Church. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that the Most Holy God is her author, that Christ, her bridegroom, gave Himself up to make her holy, and that the Spirit of holiness gives her life. Our Triune God declares this truth among many others: that the Church is holy.
Social Ministry promotes the Catholic Social Doctrine to pray earnestly and act effectively in defense of human dignity, the family, social justice and global solidarity. Our Social Ministry Service offers tangible assistance to those in need, along with referrals to the appropriate agencies for assistance with housing, utilities, rental assistance, legal aid, counseling services, health services and crisis assistance.