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!
With the coming of fall and the new school year, we are ready to jump into another season of faith formation opportunities at Transfiguration. Last year we implemented several new programs designed to invite each person in our community to come to the table, sit down, and be nourished through relationship, learning, and reflection (and yes, food!). Nearly one hundred people participated in our first session of Discovering Christ, sharing a meal, video teaching, prayer, and small group discussion. Participants have shared that Discovering Christ helped them to experience Jesus in a deeper way and forge meaningful friendships with other parishioners. Our next session will begin on September 26; I hope you will consider joining us and inviting friends to come too.
Our revamped formation program for children and families, Bridges of Faith, also centers around a shared meal, teaching, and fun activities that help faith come alive. This year we are adding in a small community component through which several families will come together for sharing and learning. In spring of 2019 we will also be launching a new program for our littlest parishioners. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a beautiful approach to faith formation that is centered on each child encountering our sacred stories and objects in a hands-on, personal way, inspired by the principles of Monetessori.
One of the comments we often hear from parishioners of all ages is how difficult it is to find quiet time to be with God. With that in mind, several of our adult formation opportunities this year will focus on supporting you in your desire to carve out that space. Dr. Damian Zynda will lead a three-part series in September on contemplation and consumption, and Dr. Joe Kelly’s October series will focus on the practice of Sabbath as resistance to our culture of excessive busyness and digital distraction.
Our prayer is for every member of our faith community, of all ages and stages along your life’s journey, to find a place at the table – a place where you can experience God’s love for you and God’s call for your life. We hope that you will accept the invitation to pull up a chair and sit down for a while.
Peace in Christ,
Director of Formation