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From the Pastor’s Desk
This weekend in our liturgy, we hear the most important commandment that Christ gave us: “Love one another as I have loved you.” This commandment is important because it includes all the others.
The First Reading tells of the conclusion of Paul’s first missionary journey. He and Barnabas retrace their steps, encouraging the little communities they have founded, and preparing them for the persecutions that would inevitably come.
In the Gospel, the scene is the Last Supper. Judas has departed and Jesus is alone with his own. Jesus is going forward to the cross. By so doing, he is giving glory to God, who in turn will give glory to him. The apostles can’t follow him yet. In the meantime, they are to live a “new commandment” – the commandment of love. It is new only in the sense that it sets a new standard – “as I have loved you”. The world will know that they are his disciples by their fidelity to this commandment.
The Second Reading which comes from the final part of Revelation, is one we frequently hear at funerals. The final part of Revelation opens with a vision of a new heaven, a new earth, and a new Jerusalem. This glorious future to which God is leading us will be fully realized only in the hereafter.
In your bulletin this week, you will find a special sheet describing tribute options for the celebratory book that is being published in conjunction with the 75th Anniversary of our school. If you know of a local business that might be willing to advertise in this book, please apporach them and see if they are willing to take out an ad. Several hundred letters have already gone out to various schools, parishes, and foundations asking them to advertise. Please help us make a success of our Tribute Book and join with friends to take out an advertisment yourself! Every bit of money that we raise through this effort goes to our school!
Blessing on your week!
Volunteers are needed for soliciting donations and advertising for our major fundraisers. If you are friendly, outgoing, won’t take “No” for an answer, and have a few hours a week, Transfiguration needs our help. We are diligently working to get donations from businesses for our upcoming church and school fundraisers and need your help. Please contact Ida Wycliff at 323-497-3487 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and leave your name and contact information. Thank you for any assistance you can give.
Tax letters have been mailed. If you have not received a statement, or have any questions, please contact Jo Ann Levi in the rectory.
Transfiguration School is accepting transfer student for the spring second semester in all grades, except Pre-K. The school has a Pastor’s Scholarship Fund for scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,500 per child which will be awarded to transfer students on the basis of academic achievement as well as family involvement in the Transfiguration community or at local parishes that do not have a Catholic school.The school serves Pre-K through 8th grade children and welcomes students of all faith, ethnic background and economic circumstances. The school is accredited, provides a rigorous core curriculum, and recently added fine and performing arts to its offerings. Counseling services are also available at the school. Please contact Fr. Michael Tang or Jo Ann Levi in the rectory office at 323.291.1136 for more details.