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Welcome to Transfiguration Parish

Risen from the ashes . . . Celebrating 100 years . . . Proud of our past . . . Hope for our future
1914  ~  2014

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Could you not keep watch with Me for one hour?  (Mark 14: 37)

4:00 P.M. Saturday  ~  8:00 A.M. Sunday  ~  10:00 A.M. Sunday
Weekday Mass:  8:00 A.M. Tuesdays through Saturdays;
6:00 P.M. on Wednesday evenings during Advent and Lent

Confessions on Saturdays at 12:00 noon;
5:00 - 5:45 P.M. on Wednesday evenings during Advent and Lent

Handicap Seating is Available in Church

There are areas in the center aisle next to the front pews for those with disabilities.  
Signs are posted on the sides of the pews.

To ensure that persons with disabilities receive Holy Communion, and for the ease of the flow for the Communion line, we ask that those in wheelchairs or those who are disabled to please be seated in the front pews.

You were worth three hours of His time.
Isn't He worth a few hours of yours?

Come join us at Transfiguration Parish
in worship, praise, adoration and thanksgiving
on these holiest days of the Christian year.

Schedule of Holy Week Masses, Services, and Practices

We invite you to click on one of the following icons and check out these Lenten Meditations.  All except the Stations of the Cross are updated daily during Lent.

   Fr. Robert Barron's series of daily Lenten Reflections     The Way of the Cross;  Meditations by Mother Angelica     Pausing to Pray: Lenten Reflections for Busy People


Please visit our parish news and announcements page
for information about other events of interest in our parish, our diocese, and our local community. 
click at either end, or on any day, to scroll forward or back  Monthly Calendars

Click here to read this week's parish bulletin.   Stay connected to Transfiguration Parish on Facebook.  For a great Lenten meal, check out what's cookin' at our Fish Fry.   Learn more about the ongoing Diocesan capital campaign.

The Parish Office will be closed on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Monday.
Fr. Jim and the Parish Staff wish everyone a joyous and blessed Easter.

Altar Server Classes for New Altar Servers

Training for the new altar servers will take a break for Easter.  Practices will resume after Easter on Wednesday, April 23 and Wednesday, April 30, both days from 6:00-7:30 P.M. in the church.  There will also be a practice session on Sunday, April 27, following CCD class.

Holy Thursday Chrism Mass

Anyone wishing to attend the Chrism Mass at St. Paul's Cathedral on Holy Thursday morning, April 17, is asked to call the parish office at 724-265-1030.  It is at this Mass, concelebrated by Bishop Zubik and the priests of the diocese, that the Holy Oils used in the celebration of the Sacraments are blessed.  We will leave from Transfiguration by 8:30 A.M. on Holy Thursday morning for the trip to the cathedral in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood.

100th Anniversary Parish Commemorative Book

We are in the process of preparing a 100th Anniversary Commemorative Centennial Book which will include our parish history, significant dates, events, photos, and memoirs from parishioners.  If you would like to submit your reflections and memories about our parish and what it has meant in your life, we will publish it in our book.  

You can put your story in the church offertory basket in an envelope marked “Centennial Memoir,” or you can send it electronically to:  Remember – YOU are Transfiguration!  Let’s hear your personal story!

We are also in need of photos from past years to add to our 100th Year Commemorative Book.  Carl Walzer and Joe Smagala have produced a timeline of events which happened over the past 100 years.  If you have any treasured photos of ANY historical event of the past, please send it to the parish office. We will return those pictures after we scan them into the book.

Be sure to order your copy today.  Don't be left out -- it will be at least another 25 years before the next edition is issued.

Help Needed to Update Transfiguration Parish Cemetery Records

We are in the process of updating Transfiguration Parish Cemetery records and are asking for your help.  In anyone purchased a cemetery lot at Transfiguration Cemetery, please bring in a record of the deed so we can copy it for our church cemetery records.  If you and/or a relative do not have a copy of the deed, please stop in the church office at 94 McKrell Road, Russellton PA between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday, or give us a call at 724-265-1030 and give us as much information as you can.  This will help bring our Church Cemetery Records up to date!


The Final Celebration

Sunday, May 18, 2014
10:00 A.M. Mass
Our final celebration for our Parish’s 100th Anniversary will be Sunday, May 18.   Mass will be at 10 AM with Bishop Winter. After Mass, a luncheon will be held at the Hampton Banquet Hall on Route 8. Invitations will be mailed out to you soon.   The cost is $25 per person. 



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)

Welcome to Transfiguration Parish in Russellton, PA.  Click here for our online registration process.

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.

We are all called to be stewards of God's creation.  Learn more about the service opportunities available at Transfiguration.Stewardship is giving freely of your time, talent and treasure to promote God's Kingdom on earth.  Don't think you have "treasure" to share?   Take another look -- you might be surprised!   Time and talents are also treasures that help to spread God's Word and build up His Kingdom.

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 talents or skills you can offer to the Parish?   If you are an electrician, carpenter, painter, bricklayer, landscaper, computer technology person, graphics & design person and would like to volunteer your time and skills, please call the office so we can keep your name on file.  We are compiling a list of parishioners who have skills and services they may be able to offer to the parish to help defray costs 


Click here for the current ministry schedulesDo 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.

Also, we have many other service ministries to join such as the Ladies of Charity, Rosary Society, Knights of Columbus, Prayer Shawl Ministry, Bereavement Ministry, Home Visitations, etc.  Be a volunteer and make a difference in someone’s life in 2014! 



Find out what's happening in CCD by visiting our Religious Education website.

Your ways, O Lord, make known to me;
teach me Your paths.
Guide me in Your truth and teach me,
for You are God my savior
(Psalm 25: 4-5)

CCD News

Please take the time to stop upstairs in the lobby to see the 100 prayerful saintly doves. This was a combined effort of our CCD students and the parishioners. Thank you to all who gave us someone to place on the doves to include in our prayers.

The final CCD Class for this year will take place on April 27. This will also be our last Children’s Mass. Please have the children wear their red Centennial shirts, or a red t-shirt, and meet in the meeting room by 9:45 AM that Sunday. CCD parents will host the social that weekend. Please email me at or call the CCD office at 724-265-3284 to volunteer your time.
CCD Reserved Parking Space

Please leave the first parking space closest to the doors in the upper parking lot empty at the 10:00 A.M. Mass. This space needs to be reserved for our Director of Religious Education. Thank you. 

April - Month of the Holy Spirit

The month of April is dedicated to the Holy Spirit. To believe in the Holy Spirit is to profess that the Holy Spirit is one of the persons of the Holy Trinity, consubstantial with the Father and the Son: "with the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified." (Catechism of the Catholic Church)

The Holy Spirit is the Person of Love in the life of God. He is also like a breath, an aspiration of infinite Love, from which we draw the breath of life.

The Holy Father's Intentions for the Month of April 2014

General:  That governments may foster the protection of creation and the just distribution of natural resources.

Missionary:  That the Risen Lord may fill with hope the hearts of those who are being tested by pain and sickness.

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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.)

Perhaps we all know someone who might be thinking about joining the Roman Catholic Church.  Many adults entering the Catholic Church, or those just thinking about it, follow a process known as the RCIA—the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.  The First step is Inquiry—the initial period before you decide to enter the Catholic Church.  The RCIA inquiry process has begun here at Transfiguration Parish.  If you know of anyone who is interested in becoming a Catholic Christian, please have them contact Beverly Michael-Higgins at 724-355-9024 or 724-265-4579 as soon as possible.

RCIA News & Congratulations

On March 9th at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Mildred Makara participated in the “Rite of Election” officiated by Bishop Zubik.  Transfiguration and St. Victor RCIA candidates and catechumens are now known as the “Elect”, as they await entry into the church at the Easter Vigil.  During the next three Sundays, they will participate in the “Scrutinies.”  The Second Scrutiny will take place at Transfiguration on March 30 at the 8:00 A.M. Mass.  The other two Scrutinies will be at St. Victor's on March 23 and April 6 at the 8:00 A.M. Masses.  Please pray for our elect.

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Social Ministry

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. 

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Community Fish Fry

The Fish Fry is a Gathering of the Community and a way of showing our ability as two separate parishes to work together for a common good.  We are so very grateful for the outpouring of all the good people of St Victor’s and Transfiguration Parishes. We continue to be humbled by your generosity of your time and resources. From the very bottom of our hearts—Thank you.

Fish Fry Volunteers/Safe Environment Program
Just a reminder that if you are volunteering for the Fish Fry and are over 18 years of age, you need to contact the parish office for an application for the Safe Environment Program, or go on-line at and follow the instructions.

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