Sunday, July 22, 2018
Jul 18, 2018
In two short weeks, we will celebrate our 35th Anniversary with a number of events including Mass with Bishop Matano. A complete list of activities are in this Bulletin. Recently I came across a note that Fr. Jerry Appelby (our founding Pastor) made and I thought I share a little of what I read.
“On Saturday, April 9, 1983, I attended at Sacred Heart Cathedral the ordination of my friend, Deacon Lawrence VanEtten. After the ordination, Bishop Matthew Clark asked to see me. I met with him in the rectory, and he asked me to found a new parish, I accepted. The parish, as yet unnamed, is to be located south of the village of Pittsford. It is to be bordered by, St. Louis, Pittsford, St. Catherine, Mendon and St. John of Rochester, Perinton. May God bless the work we begin.” This is the first notation in the parish history entered by Fr. Jerry.
He made entries on Monday, April 11 and Tuesday, April 12, 1983 relative to phone calls of congratulations on his appointment, which was still ‘officially’ confidential. There was a discussion of the name of the parish with people from the bishop’s office; the first suggested name was John XXIII and the possibility of a deacon being assigned to the new parish (eventually Deacon Al Wilson was assigned as the parish’s first deacon).
There are many hand written entries, the historical records, in the weeks to follow, but there is an additional entry I want to call our attention to, written by Fr. Jerry and dated Wednesday, April 12, 1983. “I took first drive through the territory of the new parish, attempting to locate rental properties and places for Mass. None identified – except possibly, schools in the area. Determined to press for a section of Mendon in the carving of boundaries.” Three months later, our first home was found, famously known by founding parishioners as “the barn.”
With these beginning entries, a new parish was founded and has grown into a parish that serves 1500 families, with a beautiful campus of buildings only surpassed by the beauty of the variety of ministries the parish is involved in at many levels of life. On Saturday, August 6, Fr. Jerry began his first homily, at the first parish Mass on the Feast of the Transfiguration, with these words, “If could but see always with eyes of love.”, and he ended with “Lord, it is good for us to be here!”
In two weeks, we celebrate our 35 years as a parish community, a faith community that has worked hard to allow the eyes of love to see and be seen. We all know seeing with the eyes of love is not always easy, but we know the people of Transfiguration have allowed God’s love to be seen by countless numbers of people who have crossed our parish’s path. It is wonderful we have been here to experience God’s unconditional love and celebrate 35 years of that love.
I am looking forward to the many events that we have planned for our Anniversary weekend. Please plan to participate in as many of these events and celebrations as you can, it will good for your soul and the soul of the parish.
What love means to a 4 - 8 year old? “Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mummy and Daddy are like that, they look gross when they kiss.” Emily - age 8
Let us continue to pray and sacrifice for peace in our world!
In peace and courage,