Published Thursday, October 11, 2012
Parishioners of Transfiguration Church kicked off their 35th parish anniversary celebration on Saturday, Sept. 29, with a “blow-out” 5 p.m. Mass. Following Mass that evening, over 250 guests attended the Blue & Silver Ball for the parish’s annual celebration and awards banquet.
The hall glowed in candlelight with touches of blue hydrangeas and silver accents. A delicious meal was prepared by the men’s club, and music performed by the Radio Kings. A special Blue & Silver cocktail was served in souvenir blue glasses.
Msgr. Patrick Bishop presented the annual parish awards followed by a champagne toast, delicious anniversary cake, and chocolate covered strawberries.
The Hispanic Advisory Council presented its award to Msgr. Bishop for his “constant love, leadership and forever youthful spirit!” The Council also presented him with a replica of “The Monsignor” by famous Colombian artist Fernando Botero.
ChrisTeen presented their award to Stephanie Telaro honoring her years of dedication and leadership in youth ministry.
Linda Rega was recognized for the diligent work she did in securing priests to celebrate the many Masses over ten months when the parish only had one priest on staff.
The Marilyn MacInnis Award recognizes the group or ministry that has exceptionally promoted the spirit and goals of this parish. This year the award went to the Knights of Columbus and the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary, with “gratitude for service in numerous parish liturgical and social events, community building dinners, and book sales to benefit other parish ministries.” Grand Knight Bill Colclasure and Ladies Auxiliary President Karen Harford accepted the award.
The Pastor’s Award is presented to those who have made incredible contributions to the parish community. This year the award went to Linda Elliott “for her tireless efforts in directing the hugely successful Summer Bible Camp and for her continued dedication to our Parish Religious Education Program.”
The Christian Living Award is presented to those who have become an example of Christ’s selfless gift of love to all people. The award went to Lorlee and Gene Schulman, “who in quiet humility and with Christ-like presence have blessed the hungry, the needy and the disadvantaged in our community.”
The highest award presented each year at Transfiguration is the Lumen Gentium (Light of Christ) Award. It is presented to those who are the light of Christ to the peoples. Donna McNulty received this award “for her dedication in organizing and coordinating a community health fair which educated and benefited more than one thousand attendees.”