Our parish is committed to the goal of providing a happy, safe, and holy environment for each member of our parish family to develop their faith at each stage in his or her life. Formation in our parish involves the very young preschooler as well as the eldest members of our community. We recognize that our faith journey begins at our Baptism and continues throughout our life.
The Office of Formation coordinates the spiritual development and maturation of our entire parish community. Programs are provided for children, middle and high school aged youth, young adults starting independent life, and parents and mature adults.
We are a faith community of over 1,600 families and have over 1,000 participants in our faith formation programs at any given time. Our programs are staffed by hundreds of our own parish membership. Transfiguration’s Christian Formation Programs have a dynamic of openness and gift to each member of our parish!
Welcome to a new year of faith formation opportunities at Transfiguration! On our website, you will find an overview of our many programs for children, teens, families, and adults. As you may know, last year was a time of transition for our staff. We took time to listen to the desires of the community and prayed over where we are called to grow next. We are happy to bring forth this year several NEW initiatives that have grown out of our listening and prayer.
We have restructured the old classroom model for children’s religious education into a new family-based program that we hope will be more meaningful and relevant for our families. Instead of dropping children off for an hour a week, families will now gather once a month for a shared meal, followed by a topic presentation and learning activities for each family member at their age level. There will also be weekly at-home lessons and an online component to track progress. This new program is called Bridges of Faith.
We are also launching a new ministry called Discovering Christ. If you have been wondering about the purpose of your life and who Jesus is for you, I invite you to come and ask your questions in this friendly and supportive community setting. Discovering Christ is a seven-week series beginning in January. Each session includes a free meal, a video presentation, and small group table discussions. All are welcome, no matter where you are in your faith journey or stage of life.
There are many other highlights for adults this year including a book study on the Ignatian Wisdom of Aging; Dr. Joe Kelly’s fall series on the Protestant Reformation and spring series on the Gospel of Mark as well as a women’s retreat facilitated by Ann Harnish. We also welcome back Dr. Damian Zynda for a day of awareness focused on St. Ignatius and Living the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
I hope you find something to nourish your relationship with God here at Transfiguration. May the year ahead offer you many opportunities to grow in your faith and experience how good it is for us to be here!
Director of Formation