REOPENING FOR WORSHIP
This past Sunday was the first time in two and a half months that we were able to physically worship together in the church. It was a wonderful sight to see faithful in the pews. The protocols for gathering were well received and went off without a hitch. We thank everyone who attended.
That being said, we know that there are many who still do not feel comfortable gathering in a crowd. This is understandable and does not reflect ones commitment to Christ and His Church. We pray the day will come soon when we will be able to more comfortably gather.
If you have any questions about the reopening, do not hesitate to contact Fr. Tom by phone or email. You can find the reopening protocol and information on our website. Please share this information with those you know who do not use email or are not on our contact list.
Though our parish is open for worship, we will continue to live stream the services. You can go directly to www.youtube.com/TransGOC or www.facebook.com/transchurch to participate. A weekly list of services can be found on our website www.transchurch.org.
For those who do not have internet and are Comcast customers, you can watch services on local cable access television. Please consult your local listings for times.
OUR LIFE ONLINE
Though the church will be open for worship, many will not feel comfortable attending, but would still like to light a candle or support the parish. We thank everyone for their continued generosity and encourage your continued use of our secure online giving platform.
1) Lighting a vigil candle. Please contact the Pat Mahoney (firstname.lastname@example.org or 978 436 0998) or the church office (email@example.com or 978-458-4321). Pat will make sure that your vigil candle is lit. Donation: $10. As with all donations, you can still mail in a check or you can make a donation online at www.transchurch.churchgiving.com . This site keeps your information safe and secure.
2) Making your donations. We welcome all of your donations online. You are able to make your stewardship, offering basket, candle, memorial, or general donations by using the website above. Your donations help support the ministries of the parish. Although you may not be in the church building, the essential ministries of the parish continue.
3) Our worship can still be found online. We all know it is not the same, but it is the best way to help those who are not comfortable or are unable to attend. Hopefully soon we will all be able to gather, but until then we welcome you to our live steaming of services. We hope to continue to provide live streaming of services as we begin to reopen the parish. If you choose not to attend, please continue to participate online.
4) Many have found comfort in being able to participate in the worship of our parish during this extraordinary time. Even though we have opened the parish for worship we hope to continue this ministry. We would need to invest in some new technology. If you are interested in supporting this ministry financially or participating in the production aspect, please speak with Fr. Tom.
PARISH OFFICE IS REMOTE
Our parish office is currently open remotely from 9 am to 2 pm. If you need to come to the office, please call and set up an appointment. It may take a little longer to provide you with some of the information, but we will strive to do so in a timely fashion.
METROPOLIS AWARDS SUNDAY, JUNE 14 AT 7PM
The parish is honored to celebrate the contributions of Evanthia Dukakis as this year’s Metropolis of Boston Award recipient. The awards will be presented this evening through a Virtual Award Ceremony. You can watch the program online by going to www.boston.goarch.org and clicking the link. Congratulations Eva!
PURCHASE A TICKET FOR THE DINNER AND DONATE 7 MEALS!
The Metropolis of Boston has teamed up with Lombardo’s to provide meals to Healthcare Workers and those in need. By purchasing a ticket for the Award Dinner your $75 donation will provide 7.5 meals. To date the Metropolis has received donations to provide nearly 3000 meals. The goal is to provide 5000. Please honor our recipient, Eva Dukakis, by donating a ticket. Go to www.boston.goarch.org and follow the prompts.
BECOME A ‘TRANSFIGURATION ANGEL’ AND TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE LIVES
For the past 6 weeks 52 households have participated in the Transfiguration Angels Initiative. For the next 4 weeks, on Sunday evening, Fr. Tom will send out an email with a target charity and each one will make a donation to that particular charity. Sometimes we will have to send in checks and other times we may be able to donate online directly to the charity or organization. The amount of the donation is not the target, but increasing the number of individuals and families who participate each week and our consistency in giving. Working together we will be able to make an impact on others lives and at the same time open our hearts to the love of our Resurrected Lord. Join the 51 households that have participated in the Transfiguration Angel Initiative. Make a difference.
With each donation, you are encouraged to include a simple note. “I(We) am(are) from the Transfiguration Church in Lowell. Please accept this donation and (my)our prayers for good health and continued good works.” Additionally, we ask that you send Fr. Tom an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) each week telling him that you sent a donation, not the amount, only that you participated.
Remember, we will be making donations each week, so plan your giving accordingly. A donation of $5, $10, $25 or more, together with the donations of all the other Transfiguration Angels, will certainly have a positive impact on the lives of so many, many more. What you give is totally up to you and dependent on your current financial situation.
Donations made by the Transfiguration Angels so far consist of: Week 1 to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank, week 2 to the Merrimack Valley
Catholic Charities, week 3 to Life Connections, week 4 to St. Paul's Soup Kitchen, week 5 Dracut Food Pantry, week 6 The Wish Project. Be sure to watch for the Sunday email from Fr. Tom to see what week 7 will be.
HELLENIC WOMEN’S CLUB, INC. SCHOLARSHIP
The Hellenic Women's Club, Inc., EOK, is offering scholarships to young women of Greek descent pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. Each scholarship, in the amount of $5,000, will be awarded based on academic achievement, leadership and community service.
The application deadline is June 30, 2020. For more details and application materials, visit The Hellenic Women’s Club’s website: www.hellenicwomensclub.org To access EOK Scholarship Application materials on the website: click on the What We Do tab at the top of the Homepage and then click on the EOK Scholarships tab section.
During this time of crisis, we need to take care of one another, friends, family, and stranger. If you, or anyone you know, is having difficulties because of the COVID-19 crisis, please let us know. We know that there are those who would never think of asking facing financial difficulties. We will help as we are able.
To enable us to offer help, if you are able, we welcome your donations. You can send a donation to the church or go online and donate. Go to www.transchurch.churchgiving.com, sign in and click on the Outreach Donation button and make your one-time or recurring donation. Large or small, your donation can make a difference. Thank you in advance.
Lord Jesus Christ, our God, accept our offerings as You accepted the gifts of Your people throughout the ages. We offer these gifts to Your glory, for the support of the ministries of Your holy Church, for the alleviation of suffering and hunger, and for the proclamation of Your Gospel to the whole world.
Grant us Your blessing, Lord our Savior, that we may always be faithful stewards, continuing to share the gifts you have given us, by the power of Your grace, mercy and love. May Your name be glorified forever. Amen.
Trinity votive candles (To Sponsor a Candle please call the Church Office.)
†Vigil Light at the Side Altar (Icon of the Theotokos): In memory of Amalea Karayianis from her Philoptochos sisters
†Vigil Light at the Icon of Christ: In Loving Memory of Deborah Victoria Skrekas and George Skrekas
†Vigil Light at the Theotokos: In Loving Memory of Ioannis "John" Zaralidis from his family
†Vigil Light at the Icon of the Forerunner: Available
†Vigil Light at the Foot of the Holy Cross: With our congratulations and best wishes for continued good health to Eva Dukakis, this year’s Laity Award recipient. Transfiguration Church Family & Philoptochos Sisters