Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church at 100 McKrell Road, Russellton, PA 15076 US - News and Announcements

News and Announcements

Please take a moment to scroll down our Parish News page and see what's happening in and around Transfiguration Parish. Our current weekly bulletin (available beginning each Thursday afternoon) contains all of the latest parish announcements and happenings around the Diocese of Pittsburgh.  Click on the buttons below to read Fr. Jim's latest letter, check the parish calendar, or learn more about special parish events.

If your group has an event coming up that you would like to have listed on the parish events calendar, please contact the parish office.

Read Fr. Jim's latest letter to our parish family

    The current week's bulletin will be available each Thursday afternoon.    Learn more about the Safe Environment / Protecting God's Children policies and programs    Join us in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of Transfiguration Parish.   Find out our parish's progress to date in the diocesan capital campaign.

View the Parish Events Calendar     For a great Lenten meal, check out what's cookin' at our Fish Fry.

April 19-25, 2014 --- Advertiser of the Week

We would like to thank our sponsor, Dave Sutter Auto Service Center, for sponsoring an ad in our weekly bulletin.
Our bulletin is supported through the generosity of the advertisers, many of whom are our parishioners.  Most are members of our local community.  Please support our advertisers with your patronage. Tell the business owner that you appreciate their support of our parish through their ad in the bulletin..  

If you own a business or want to advertise on the back of our bulletins, you may contact the JS Paluch Cranberry office at 1-800-945-6629 to give them your name and phone number or contact our parish office and we will pass the information along.  Thank you in advance to those businesses or individuals who will become a bulletin sponsor!   We appreciate your support.

Transfiguration Community of Crafters

We are looking to see if there is enough interest to create a “community of crafters.”  If there are enough people who are interested, we will set up a day or two for you to donate your crafts (along with a suggested retail price).  We will take the donated items to a craft show or event to sell.  The proceeds will go to the parish.  If you are interested, contact Mary Kanaitis at 724-444-6809 or email or fill out a form outside the meeting room with the types of items you make. Thank you!
Inspiring Resources to Deepen Your Faith!

Faith-filled Catholic CD’s, Books, & Booklets:  We are proud to introduce an exciting addition to our parish community!  A new kiosk featuring life-changing materials from Lighthouse Catholic Media has been set up in the church with inspiring Catholic resources. We will be asking for a donation of $2 per booklet, $3 per CD and $4 per book to help continue this program.  Checks can be made payable to the parish.   Donations will be used to cover the cost of the initial materials and towards the purchase of additional materials.

Welcome Back Home!

As of October 1, Margie Cesnick has moved back to the area and wants parishioners to know.  She will be staying at: East Deer Personal Care Home, 967 Freeport Road, Creighton, PA 15030.  Drop her line.  She would love to hear from her TRC friends!
Transfiguration Parish Now on Facebook and

Transfiguration Parish has a Facebook page!   It can be easily accessed through the link on this website's home page, or by clicking on the "Find Us On Facebook" button at the bottom of any page on this website.

Thanks to Mary Kanaitis, we are also now listed on the Yellow, and the YMobile app can be accessed from your phones.  More folks will find us in Russellton!

First Holy Communion Photos Wanted 

As we continue the parish's 100th anniversary celebration, I am looking for copies of each year’s First Holy Communion pictures. If you can, please scan & email them to me, along with the approximate year the photo was taken.  My email is: (  If you cannot scan them, I can scan it for you and return promptly.

Thank you,
Mary Kanaitis

Photos of Former Pastors Wanted  

Our Parish History webpage still needs pictures of Fr. Poszukanis (1913-1916), Fr. Kopera (1918-1920), and Fr. Banasiewicz (1920-1923).  If anyone has photographs of them (or any other photographs that they'd like to share with our website visitors), please e-mail copies of them to, or bring them to the parish office to be scanned and posted on the website.   
Fr. John Vojtek's Address 

For those of you who would like to keep in touch with Fr. John, you can contact him at the address listed below:
St. John Vianney Manor
Attn:   Rev. John Vojtek
Room 308
2600 Morange Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15205

Parishioner Registration

If you are an active member of our parish, but have not yet registered, please do so as soon as possible.  Just call or stop by the parish office, or for your convenience you can
register online.

If you are a registered member who is not receiving envelopes
and would like to, please call or stop by the parish office, send us an e-mail, or submit a request using our online parish registration.
Pastoral Visitation / Holy Communion for the Homebound and Hospitalized

Please call the parish office when anyone is ill or injured, whether at home or in the hospital, and cannot attend Mass.  Holy Communion will be brought to the home or hospital if requested.
Do you know a fellow parishioner who is unable to get to church anymore, but would still like to receive Holy Communion?   If so, please call Judi Damon at 412-496-8582 to make arrangements for an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion to bring the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist to their home.

Fr. Jim will anoint anyone who has a serious illness, or who has upcoming surgery or tests.  It is recommended that you plan ahead whenever possible to see Fr. Jim after any Mass for a special anointing.

Altar Flower Donations

If anyone would like to donate Altar Flowers in memory of a loved one, in thanksgiving for blessings received, or in celebration of a baptism, birthday, anniversary, marriage, a special holy day like “All Saints Day or Thanksgiving Day” or any other special event, please contact Veronica Whitico at 724-265-2640.   Please keep in mind that you should call at least two weeks prior to the special occasion because we order the flowers far in advance.

Mass Intentions

Whether it is a wedding anniversary, birth remembrance, recent death of a loved one, or celebrating a loved one’s life years after he or she passed, every day presents a reason to celebrate or mourn.  Please remember your loved ones with a Mass Intention.  Mass Request Forms are available in the back of the Church.  If you do not have a preferred date, leave that space blank and your intention will be on the next available date.

printable copy of the Mass Intention Guidelines and Request Form

Parish Share Program 2013

Our Parish Share Goal for 2013-2014 is $40,635.  Your generous support to help us meet our new goal is appreciated. 

Your participation in the Parish Share Program helps to support many diocesan-wide services, including the formation of future priests, as well as the support and care of our retired priests. In addition, the Parish Share Program supports the oversight and direction of religious education in our 214 parishes, as well as tuition grants in our more than 100 Catholic schools.

St. Vincent DePaul Clothing Box

We have a St. Vincent DePaul Clothing Box in the Church parking lot.  This is for clothing only and will be picked up twice a week.

We are asking that if you have any clothing items that you will not need anymore to please put them in this box.  These clothing items will be given to local families who are in need of clothes for free.  To receive the clothes or if you know of anyone who is in need of clothes please call St. Vincent DePaul’s at 412-321-1071.

Paper Recycling

You may have noticed that the paper bins have been removed from our property.  If you are looking for a place to discard and recycle papers, there is a bin located at the Deer Lakes Municipal Building.
Meals to Go

“Meals to Go” is a service that is available to West Deer residents.  They operate on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday’s between 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM.  The meals are fresh made from Starr Road Mushroom Market and are for the elderly, homebound or any others who have the need.  The cost for each meal is $5.00.  If you or anyone you know would like to receive these meals, please call Carol McCaskey at 724-265-2194 or Darlene Fryer at 724-265-1639.

If you or anyone you know would like to receive these meals, but cannot afford them, please contact Judi Damon at 412-496-8582. (Information will be kept confidential).

Family Caregiver & Bereavement Support Groups

Meetings held at: Gateway Hospice, 9380 McKnight Road, Suite 201, Pittsburgh 15237.

Family Caregivers Group meets the Third Tuesday of each month, 3:00 PM—4:00 PM
Bereavement Support Group meets the Third Tuesday of each month, 4:30 PM—5:30 PM

Call 412-536-2020 for more information or email:
Retrouvaille Marriage Meetings

Are you thinking about ending your marriage? Are you are feeling down and considering that your marriage is over? Do you think that your marriage has become miserable, unloving and find yourself thinking that divorce is the only option?  Before you call a lawyer, call Retrouvaille.

Contact Retrouvaille at 412-277-3434 or e-mail   More information is available at
Help for Grieving Singles

Divorced, Widowed, or Separated?  Beginning Experience offers help to hurting “single again” folks.

The weekend program and optional post weekend sessions focus on a personal inward journey to begin a new life with renewed courage and hope.  Grief, regrets, confusion, self doubt?  You don’t have to go through this alone.  This program is presented by a team of people who have each suffered the loss of a spouse through death, divorce or separation, and are willing to share their own experience to help others.  Come to a safe place.  Travel from heartache to hope.

For more information, visit the website at or make a confidential call to Lyn at 412-448-9019 or Steve Smith at 412-367-4948 or 412-720-8694.

Helping Young Pregnant Women in Need

Tri-City Life Center, Inc. is a life-affirming pregnancy and family resource center dedicated to promoting physical, emotional, financial, and spiritual well-being through confidential counseling and education.  Tri-City Life Center is a faith-based organization, birthed in January 1997, with the express intention of helping in-need young pregnant women.

Need a Helping Hand?

Turn to Quinco Contracting.  We do all types of “handyman work” for $35 / hour.  We will give you a free estimate on any big job. 

Sometimes we all need a little help and need someone we can trust.  As a fellow parishioner, I, along with my boys, would be glad to help you.  Just give us a call at 412-377-5898. 

Thank you,
Matthew Quince

Support Our Local Thrift Store and Help the Homeless
Street Shepherd Thrift Store
814 Little Deer Creek Valley Road
Russellton, PA 15076
Phone: 724-265-2722
Our mission is to provide funding toward first time medical needs for the homeless.
“Being the church outside the walls”
Hours:  Monday – Saturday 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.
Brand name clothing, books, DVD’s, furniture, dishes, toys and many other items. 
Donations accepted.

Gold for Cash Benefits Transfiguration Parish

If you are thinking about selling gold for cash, please consider visiting Bill Stewart with Wexford Precious Metals Exchange, 4485 Rt. 8, Allison Park, PA 15010 (724-713-1163).  He gives a percentage back to our church when you do business with him  (  Be sure to let Bill know that you learned about him in the Transfiguration Parish Bulletin or on our parish website.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Prayer shawls are available through the parish chapter of the Ladies of Charity.  Prayer Shawl request forms can be found at the entrance of the Church, or you may print a copy of the request form on your computer.  You may also request a Prayer Shawl online.  There is never a charge for a prayer shawl, but dontations (either money, yarn, material, or your time and talents) in support of this ministry are always gratefully appreciated and accepted. 

You may request a prayer shawl for yourself or someone you know. The recipient does not have to be a member of our parish. The Prayer Shawl Ministry reaches out to anyone of faith who is in need of prayers; male or female, young or not so young.

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Safe Environment Program

Volunteers who have not completed the Safe Environment requirements of the Diocese of Pittsburgh must do so ASAP.  Log onto   Follow directions under the Safe Environment tab.  Contact Mary Louise Valentine at our church office with questions at 724-265-1030.

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Protecting God's Children

Does your child know the basic rules of emotional safety?  (If it feels wrong or uncomfortable tell your parent.)  Do your schools, churches, and youth organizations follow respected child protection policies?  If you don’t know, find out.

"Protecting God's Children" is an awareness and training program offered by the Diocese of Pittsburgh.  This program is a mandatory requirement for anyone 18 years of age or older who is involved in ministry of any kind at our church.

Toll Free number connected to Office of the Assistance Coordinator, Diocese of Pittsburgh, for use by anyone who feels they may be a victim of abuse by a priest or any other church personnel in the diocese. The number is 1-888-808-1235.
Any individuals, paid or volunteer, who come into contact with children in the course of his or her work are considered mandated reporters of child abuse. Mandated reporters having reasonable cause to believe that a child has been subjected to child abuse, or acts of child abuse, shall report immediately to the following agencies:
•  If you suspect a child is in imminent danger from abuse, please call 911 immediately.
•  Children and Youth Services: 412-473-2000
•  Abuse Hotline: 800-932-0313
Anyone making a report is immune from civil or criminal liability provided a report is made in good faith.

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Social Ministry

Social Ministry promotes the Catholic Social Doctrine to pray earnestly and act effectively in defense of human dignity, the family, social justice and global solidarity.

Our Social Ministry Service offers tangible assistance to those in need, along with referrals to the appropriate agencies for assistance with housing, utilities, rental assistance, legal aid, counseling services, health services and crisis assistance. 

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Transfiguration Prayer Group

Our next prayer group will be Thursday, April 24 (please note that it will be a week later than usual), at 7:00 P.M. in the church.  Please join us as the Holy Spirit guides us in an hour of prayer and praise to our Lord.  If you need a ride, please call Judi Damon at 412 496-8582.

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Monthly Social Gathering

Thank you to the Knights of Columbus for hosting the March socials.  Our next social will be April 26th & 27th (please note that it will be a week later than usual).  CCD will be our Hosts for April.  Please join us after Mass to continue our Easter celebrations.

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Knights of Columbus

Do you enjoy sharing experiences, laughs, and fellowship in a family friendly group?

That’s what our local Knights of Columbus council, Council #5501, does.  We experience the camaraderie of our brother knights, whether we are engaging in a fund raising effort to help those with special needs, cleaning the local highway, golfing, or meeting and praying together.  We enjoy fellowship and friendship with our families, friends and loved ones at numerous times, be it a Valentine's Day feast, a summer corn roast, a Pirate game, a New Year's party, a Mother's Day breakfast, or simply breaking bread together after Sunday Mass.  
Learn how you can partake in the fun and become a Knight of Columbus.  Call Rich Paszek at 724-265-4204, Tom Rudolph at 724-265-5260, or ask any Knight.

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Ladies of Charity

Our next regular meeting will be Tuesday, May 20, at 7:00 P.M. in the church meeting room.  All women of the parish are welcome to come to a meeting to see if they are called to this ministry of helping those in need.
Ladies of Charity members are reminded to pray every Monday morning at 9 AM.  During April, we pray that the Holy Spirit will guide our Holy Leaders: Pope Francis, Bishop David Zubik and all Bishops, Priests, Deacons, Seminarians and Religious in their ministries.

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Rosary Society

The Rosary Society will meet this Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 7:00 PM in the Church.  We will pray the Rosary and finish with a brief meeting.   All parishioners are welcome to join us in praying the Rosary, the greatest tool to help continue to build up our Church!

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