The sparkling white altar linens are the work of a small set of dedicated volunteers, working on a rotating weekly schedule. Once a week, they pick up the linens used in the masses, clean and press them, and return them to the church. If you are interested in helping with this ministry, please contact Rose Volker the parish office.
Each year, usually just before Lent, the Social Ministry Committee sponsors a bake sale to benefit a local charity. In 2018, the approximately $2000 raised by the bake sale went to REACH (Rochester Emergency Action Committee for Homeless). REACH has established shelters to assist the chronically homeless. Even though faced with high demand, Director Mary Hadley says, “We will not send anyone away.” The staff consists of six professionals and all guests receive intake services to help with their many issues. Look here in early 2019 for information on the 2019 Bake Sale. Bake Sale Coordinators: Judy Herlihy 261-5981 [email protected], Connie Wahl 582-1753 [email protected], Nancy Wahl 248-3056 [email protected]
Christmas Basket Program
The Christmas Basket Program provides food and small gifts to families in need in Rochester through the House of Mercy (a homeless shelter for men and family outreach center), Jordan Health Center, St. Vincent de Paul, Pittsford, Fairport and other local communities. This program links our parish community with others living in poverty and assists us to see the struggles of the poor, oppressed and marginalized locally. Parishioners have generously responded by sponsoring families in providing both food and small gifts for family members. If you wish to become a sponsor or would like to offer your time and talent in assisting with the program, please contact Margie Benza at the parish office at 248-2427 x244 or by e-mail using the Contact Us feature of this website.
Once again, in 2020 we served close to 200 families, thanks to the many parishioners (and non-parishioners!) who assisted in the program. Here's a thank you from Margie Benza.
Thank you all for your generous response to our Christmas Basket Program this year! Your generosity has reached over 197 families of 950+ men, women and children. You have extended the hands of Christ to others not only by providing a meal and gifts but a sense of dignity and celebration to gather as families on Christmas which is so meaningful to all of us! Thank you to so many who have sponsored families directly, made generous donations, baked cookies, made phone calls, shopped for grocery and clothing items, donated food, offered gifts through our Sharing Tree, and assisted after Mass with sponsorship. So many were kept busy with pre-assembly, assembly and delivery day organizing and wrapping clothing and toys, packing food boxes, wrapping gifts, assembling the food and gift baskets and making deliveries. We could have never accomplished this task without your generous offer of time, talent and treasure, all with the gift of flexibility and a sense of enjoyment. Our thanks is also extended to our Christian Formation classes, CYO, the Bird House in Pittsford, Brooks Hill Elementary and PTA in Fairport, Pittsford Cub Scout Pack #315 and the Work of our Hands Knitting Group. All of these wonderful groups supported our families through donations of toiletries, paper goods, food, toys, hats, mittens, gloves, beautiful handmade items and delicious cookies for our baskets. Special thanks to the Women in the Spirit group who organized bins and bins of clothing and over seventy five toiletry bags as part of their winter service project. A special thanks to program coordinators Lorey Beck, Carol Finucane, Donna Graham, Connie Tripp and Rick & Nancy Wahl. Their continued commitment to the program is immeasurable and we are continually blessed through them. This has been a challenging year for so many. We have experienced the gift of your care and compassion by the tears of appreciation on the faces who have received your kindness. The messages from sponsors and volunteers who have received the graces of participation have been uplifting. Please keep these families in prayer as you travel through the New Year. Peaceful blessings to you and your families as we begin 2020 and celebrate once again, “Lord, how good it is for us to be here.” in gratitude for the privilege of serving those whom God sets in our path.
Christmas Giving Tree
The Giving Tree event is an annual holiday program developed and coordinated jointly by the Offices of Christian Formation, Peace and Justice, and Volunteer Ministries. The Giving Tree itself is no more than a Christmas tree placed in the Gathering Hall of the Church, but the spirituality of the program is what makes it shine. Upon the tree are placed White Dove “ornaments” with a specific need of a gift for the holiday season placed upon it. Parishioners then can take a dove (or several doves!) and purchase the gift listed. The gifts are wrapped and placed anonymously under the Giving Tree for presentation. Gifts range from gloves and mitten to toys to small electronics for children ages infant through teens. All parishioners are invited to place a need—for example for a financially challenged family—with the Office of Christian Formation. Our Fifth Grade classes then make the “ornaments” as their service project. The Office of Peace and Justice also coordinate needs. Wonderful volunteers then sort and prepare the gifts for distribution. The Giving Tree event begins immediately following the Thanksgiving holiday and culminates at the Christmas season. Each year we help over a dozen agencies with over 300 gifts for those less fortunate than ourselves. Your generosity helps many local agencies such as: Jordan Health Center, Casa, Bethany House, St. Joseph’s Villa, St. Martin’s Place, The Center for Youth and many more! Our parish has always been a place of hospitality, welcome, openness, and gift. Won’t you please continue this wonderful tradition? If you have any questions or would like to include a need for the tree, please contact the Christian Formation Office at: 248-2467 or Sam Crawshaw at [email protected]
Twice a year the members of The Church of the Transfiguration are asked to donate clothing and household items to support struggling individuals and families in the Rochester Area. These projects had provided needed goods for many individuals. Responding to the call of the Gospel and Catholic Social Teaching (expressed in the Option for the Poor and Vulnerable) to share resources with those who are struggling to meet daily clothing and household needs Contact Jan Maguire at 248-2286 if you would like to assist with this ministry.
Funeral Baking Ministry
Please consider assisting with our funeral receptions by offering baked goods. Cookies, cakes, brownies and various sweet breads are a welcomed and wonderful way to reach out to others when you may not be able to assist directly with the funeral reception. If you are interested, please contact Margie Benza at the parish office at 248-2427.
Funeral Reception Committee
It is in the kind, helpful hands of others that bring comfort to grieving families during a difficult time. It is a priceless gift of hospitality from our community as we extend the hands of Christ to others. Offer your helping hands and comfort to families who wish to sit with family and friends in sharing a meal and memories of their loved one. Responsibilities would include assisting the coordinator and other ministers with set-up, serving and clean-up. Please contact Margie Benza at 248-2427 with interest.
Good Samaritan Ministry
Parishioners are available to assist another parishioner in need of a ride to a doctor, a trip to the grocery store, or prescription pick up. Please contact Margie Benza at the parish office 248-2427.
Green Thumb Ministry
If you enjoy caring for plants, we would appreciate your assistance in keeping our parish plants well watered and cared for periodically. Please contact Rose Volker at the parish office to join the crew!
Guiding Light Ministry
Periodically we need assistance in changing the light bulbs in the church. If you don’t mind heights and can offer 2-3hrs a few times a year, we’d appreciate your helping hands. Please contact our coordinator, Kevin Reilly (585-500-5489) or [email protected] to volunteer.
Healthy Sisters Soup and Bean Works
This project, a program of the Catholic Family Center, espouses a "welfare-to-work" philosophy as it teaches women to successfully plan and run a business. The women create, distribute and market soup kits to warm you through the winter months. Help is needed in working with the coordinator to sell soup kits at our annual sale in October. Contact Bernadette Malaret 385-2950 if you are interested.
Liturgical Arts/Environment Ministry
Volunteer your time decorating our church for the liturgical season. 9 seasons are scheduled throughout the year and we could use your time and talent in bringing the season to life with simple but beautiful decorating. Please contact Rose Volker 248-2427.
Merry Marthas and Muscles
Our church is kept beautiful by the hard work and effort of our cleaning ministry.Volunteers are needed to help with house keeping duties to maintain the beautiful appearance of our church. The commitment, depending on the number of volunteers, is 1 ½ - 2 hours every 4-6 weeks on a Monday morning . It’s an important ministry within the parish, a great way to meet other parishioners and has its own personal rewards. Please consider donating a few hours a month? If interested, please call Gael Garrity at 381-9179.
Monthly Food Collection
Each month we take up a food collection, accepting donations at each mass, with the collection going to a designated agency. Collection dates and the specific agency being supported that month are published in the bulletin. If you have any questions, please contact Joe Marchiony at [email protected]
Volunteers meet every few months to catalog new materials and perform routine maintenance tasks Contact Jan Maguire at 244-2286 or [email protected] if you are interested.
Do you enjoy organizing small receptions? Volunteers are needed to help organize and run small receptions in our Gathering Area after events a few times a year. Please contact Margie Benza @ 248-2427 to offer your time.
School Supply Drive
Our school supply drive is held in August to collect school supplies for Mt. Carmel, the Eastern Service Workers and the House of Mercy. Help is needed to organize the drive, and to pack/deliver the supplies in mid-late August. Contact Judy Herlihy 261-5981 [email protected] if you are interested.
Thanksgiving Turkey Drive
Every year, Transfiguration parishioners participate in the donation of whole frozen and roasted turkeys in order to provide Thanksgiving dinner for families and individuals in need. Teen and adult volunteers, if you are interested in assisting, please contact Kathy Kyhos - [email protected] or 752-7389 or Denise Nunziato - [email protected]. We especially welcome our teen volunteers,who help receive and pack up the donations.
Turkey Drive Thank You - 2018
Through your generosity, our Turkey Drive offered 126 frozen and 36 roasted turkeys with additional dinner items (stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, vegetables, roasting pans, etc) to various agencies in the city of Rochester. Most importantly, it provided time for many who may have had no place to go to enjoy a hot meal and community on Thanksgiving Day.
Our thanks to so many who participated from the donation of frozen turkeys, the gift of roasting them, great donations of trimmings, volunteers which included the CYO basketball program, confirmation candidates and those making it possible for delivery. All lending their hands to help others. A special thanks to Denise Nunziato, Kathy Kyhos and Judy Herlihy who helped organize and coordinate the drive.
Work of Our Hands Knitting and Crocheting
This is a joint charitable knitting/crocheting group with the Church of the Transfiguration and St. Louis Church. We make items for local and international agencies serving those in need. No prior skills are needed. We have needles, yarn and patterns to share. There is no pressure; come when you can, donate when you can. We meet the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 1-3PM, and the third Thursday of the month from 6-8PM with one yearly weekend event. If you are interested, contact Kathleen McMahon ([email protected]) or Rosemary Utz ([email protected]).