Whether it be a course or a retreat, we warmly welcome you to attend any and all of the Adult Formation opportunities scheduled for this coming year. And, since hospitality is our charism, feel free to bring family and friends! Some highlights of the coming year include Discovering Christ, a seven week program designed to help you learn more about and grow closer to Christ, a Joe Kelly series exploring the Gospel of Luke, and our 30 week Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius retreat led by Deacon Eric Bessette.
Just Faith Program - Fall of 2018
JustFaith is a transformational journey that invites participants to explore how they may better care for our planet home and the poorest among us. The program provides a context in which participants can grow in their commitment to care for vulnerable people and for our common home. Through a rich and intensive process, groups become communities that together pray, reflect, dialogue, and encounter people on the margins of society.
Additional information can be found in this FLYER
Questions: Please Contact Margie Benza using the contact us feature of this website.
Discovering Christ - beginning September, 2018
Discovering Christ is an experience where anyone and everyone, from the baptized in the pews to the unbaptized, are invited to hear the Good News and personally encounter Jesus Christ. This NEW opportunity consists of seven weekly sessions and includes a retreat day. The weekly sessions comprise of four components: a meal, prayer time, a video teaching, and small group discussion. During each session we ask the deeper questions, explore for answers together and experience the love of Christ in community with each other. If you would like to take this journey with us, please complete the registration form (HERE) and submit it to the Parish Office. Following Christ is a 7 week sequel program to Discovering Christ. It begins in January, 2019.
Women in the Spirit
The First Monday of each month, 7:00-8:30 PM
Topics and Location Announced Prior to Meeting
Men in the Spirit
The Third Monday of each month, 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Education Center - Upper Level
Finding Christ at the Core
Instructed by Lynn Klei, CYT
Check event calendar for dates and location!
$60 per 6 week session or $10 per drop in class
Participants must be 14 years or older
Gentle Yoga—Wednesdays @ 5:30 PM—6:30 PM
Grief Share Support Group
Wednesdays; September 5—December 5, 2018
Parish Life Center—Double Room; 12:30 PM— 2:00 PM
Materials Fee: $25; Registration is required.
Contact: Margie Benza
The Grief Share Support Group is a friendly, caring community of people dedicated to walk along side those who have lost a loved one. Sessions include a video, discussion and workbook. The Grief Share Registration form can be accessed HERE.
Men’s Annual Kentucky Retreat
September 8-15 2018
Contact: Deacon Pat DiLaura
Could you benefit from a week of fellowship, prayer and service to the less fortunate? If so, consider joining the Holy Spirit and other men for a very special week in Booneville, KY. This year’s group will leave the Transfiguration parking lot the morning of Saturday, September 8th and return Saturday, September 15th. For more information, contact Deacon Pat DiLaura.
Contemplation, Consumption, Commitment, All Roads to Discernment with Dr. Damian Zynda
Saturdays, September 15, 22, 29
PLC Double Room - 9-11:00 AM
Discernment is a way of life that leads to deeper intimacy with God. This 3-week series will consider three necessary elements for living a life of discernment. First, since discernment concerns itself with moving deeper into relationship with God, we will consider mature adult prayer of contemplation—its dynamics and process. Second, we will consider the compulsions (complex on many levels) that we may not even be aware of, and how they hinder us from deepening our relationship with God. Finally, we will look at commitment and the role commitment plays in helping us become more fully human and more deeply divine. For planning purposes please RSVP to Meg Kastner; Meg.Kastner@dor.org or 248-2467
Non-Violence with Dr. Arun Gandhi, Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi
Monday, September 17
7-8:30 PM in the Church No registration required, Free will offering
This may be a once in a life time opportunity to hear Dr. Gandhi's first-hand personal stories about his grand- father and to retrace the footsteps of the great teacher of Satyagraha - nonviolent direct action.
The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
30 Week Retreat
Retreat Coordinator: Deacon Eric Bessette
In the 30 week retreat, a person will come to know Christ more intimately, love Christ more intensely so as to follow Christ more closely in the realities that shape our lives. Contact Deacon Eric Bessette for more information.
Religious & Scripture Series with Dr. Joe Kelly
The Sabbath as Resistance
Tuesdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23
Parish Life Center—Double Room; 7:00—8:30 PM
In the Ten Commandments, both the Jews and Christians are instructed to “Remember the sabbath to keep it holy.” While still observed among more traditional persons, Sabbath as a day of rest and refreshment is no longer widely practiced as part of our religious system. Using Walter Brueggemann’s book, Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now, we will explore the value of observing the Sabbath as a means of side-stepping the present-day cultural excesses which often seem to result in a great deal of exhaustion, restlessness, consumerism, greed, and anxiety. Registration is required. Contact Meg.Kastner@dor.org; or 248-2467. If you would like a book ordered for you, please make a check payable to Transfiguration for $15 (includes book plus S&H) no later than September 14th.
The Unique Features of the Gospel of Luke
Sundays, March 10, 17, 24 and 31
Parish Life Center—Double Room; 10:15—11:15 AM
In our Sunday readings for 2019, we once more turn to the Gospel of Luke. As we listen to these readings, we often hear much that is familiar to us. But in fact, there is a great deal of material (about 40%) found in this Gospel that is found only in Luke. This 4-week series will explore some of the wonderfully unique stories and themes that add so much to our understanding of the ministry of Jesus. Come and be surprised and inspired by this amazing Gospel.
Women’s Bible Study
FALL - 12 week session - Tuesdays, September 11 - December 4 (except November 20) - Twelve Women of the Bible
WINTER - 6 week session, Tuesdays, January 8 - February 12 - The Armor of God
Parish Life Center—Double Room; 12:30 - 2:00 PM
Registration is required (click HERE for registration form), as are modest material fees that vary by program. Please contact Mary Jo Brandt at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mary Alexander at email@example.com.
Cultivating Non-Violence, Harvesting Peace
Mondays, September 10, 24, October 8, 15, 22, 29, November 12, 19
Parish Life Center—Living Room, 6:30 - 9:00 PM
This is a JustFaith program that includes prayer, dialogue, active listening, and relationship-building. There will be videos, book discussions, guest speaker and immersion experiences.
Registration required. $30 Materials fee. Group size 12 people. To register contact Margie Benza Margie.Benza@dor.org OR 248-2427 ext. 244
NEW - Bible Study Group for Men and Women with Dr. Jim Lovelock
The Second Book of Samuel
Thursdays, October 25, November 1, 8, 15
Parish Life Center—Double Room; Noon - 1:30 PM
Come join us for a four-week study of the David story, as told in the Second Book of Samuel and the first two chapters of First Kings. After a rocky tenure by Saul, David is reluctantly accepted as king by both the northern and southern portions of Israel. Even then, his monarchy is threatened by various factions, including his own family. Despite his weaknesses, he is the one chosen by God to lead God’s people. David set the standard for monarchy in Israel. But a thousand years later his descendant would redefine the concept of kingship for all of us. Click HERE for a flier about this program.
The Book of Jeremiah
Thursdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28
Parish Life Center—Double Room; Noon - 1:30 PM
The Book of Jeremiah provides us an insight into one of the most catastrophic periods in the history of Israel. The prophet emerges as a truly human character called by God to arouse God’s people to an awareness of and repentance for their sins. In predicting the coming exile, the words of Jeremiah are characterized by lamentation, but are also filled with rich messages of hope. This reluctant messenger perceived the hand of God in the turbulence of his world; his message continues to speak to us today. The season of Lent provides a perfect setting to contemplate those themes of sin, suffering, death and redemption.
Women's Day of Reflection with Ann Harnish
Saturday, January 26 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, including Lunch
Parish Life Center
Registration is required, please contact meg Kastner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 248-2467
Women's Annual Kentucky Retreat
April 27 - May 5, 2019
Contact: Meg Kastner at 585-248-2467
Could you benefit from a week of fellowship, prayer and service to the less fortunate? If so, consider joining the Holy Spirit and other women for a very special week in Booneville, KY. For more information, contact Meg Kastner.
Men’s Day of Reflection
June 7, 2019
Reservations are required
Contact: Tom Wojick
If you are in need of a reprieve from a hectic 24x7 schedule, or would like to spend the day with other men in a relaxed setting, plan to attend this annual retreat. We will be at the Abbey of the Genesee, GPS address Bethany House, 3016 River Road, Piffard NY 14544. Hot coffee and morning foods starting at 9 a.m. and lunch will be served at Noon. There is a modest registration fee, and the registration form will be available in 2019.
Annual Ignatian Weekend Retreat
June 7— June 9, 2019
Catholic House in Chautauqua, NY
Retreat Director: Deacon Eric Bessette
This weekend retreat nestled on the beautiful Chautauqua Institution campus, is an opportunity to pray with Scripture, nature and each other. Ample time is provided to enjoy sitting on the porch or walking the Chautauqua campus. Registration is required, space is limited. Please contact Meg Kastner, 585-248-2467