In the mid-70s, about 75 families joined together twice a year for spiritual retreats in the North Georgia mountains. It was a gathering that, over the next twenty years, would become the ever-expanding and maturing religious community we now know as Transfiguration Catholic Church in northeast Cobb County.
About 45 families celebrated the first official Transfiguration Mass on November 13, 1977, in the banquet room of a local hotel. Through the years, this family has called "home" sites ranging from storefronts to a "tin tent" building more formally known as the Family Life Center.
Transfiguration was first pastored by Fr. Ray Horan. He was followed by Fr. Henry Gracz, then Monsignor Patrick Bishop, and now Fr. Fernando Molina-Restrepo.
We have five Sunday Masses, one Saturday evening Vigil Mass, and over 60 different charitable, educational, and spiritual ministries and organizations.
Parish staff, both cleric and lay, work with hundreds of volunteers to meet the needs of our parishioners. Our growth has been remarkable, and indeed, we continue to grow. On June 22, 1997, we opened our new Parish Center, which accommodates our religious education classes, social functions, group meetings/activities, and parish administration facilities.
If you have not already registered to join our community, registration forms are available in the church foyer, Parish Office, or right here:
Transfiguration is a vibrant and active community. Every parishioner is encouraged to be a part of at least one ministry or group in the Parish. Click the link below to explore the many organizations that make up the Transfiguration landscape.
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Anointing of the Sick - Contact Liana Valentin-Scott at ext. 145. Request the Anointing of the Sick when you know the date of an upcoming medical procedure or the beginning of medical treatment. The peace the Sacrament offers can be yours during the days you prepare for the medical appointment.
Annulments - Contact Gail Sharber, 770-419-8495 or Terry Shelton, 404-702-6028.
Baptism of Infants - Contact Linda Rega, ext. 131 Families must participate in a Baptism Preparation Program. They are encouraged to attend the class prior to the birth of the baby. Before a date may be reserved for a Baptism, the Baptism Class attendance must be complete and the Baptism Information Sheet, along with a Sponsor Certificate, must be received at the Parish Office.
Becoming Catholic - Contact The Parish Office. This is an ongoing journey of preparation. We invite all interested to contact the Parish Office or drop in on the Inquiry Class on Thursday, 7:30 p.m., Room 104.
Sacrament Certificates - Contact Cindy Zondlak, ext. 127 Copies of certificates for Sacraments received at Transfiguration: Baptism, Sacramental Marriage, Confirmation, and First Eucharist.
Weekday Preschool - Contact: Kristen Smith, ext. 130 Our half-day preschool program offers a hands-on approach to education. Our teachers and curriculum foster a love of learning and practice of important academic and social skills needed for success in elementary school. Classes are available various days of the week. 2 year olds, 3 year olds, Pre-k 4 year olds, and Pre-k young 5s are welcome. Walking 16 month -23 month olds are eligible for our MMO program. Please check the Church website for more specific schedules, tuition, and registration information.
Sacramental Marriage Preparation - Contact Linda Rega, ext. 131 Arrangements and counsel begins at least six months in advance. Linda can also provide information on having your marriage convalidated by the Church. A convalidation is the creation of a sacramental marriage when a couple has already been married outside the Catholic Church.
Ministry of Caring - Contact Liana Valentin-Scott at ext 145. Communion to the Sick; Hospital, and Shut-In Visits: If you have a family member who needs Communion taken to them on the weekend after a particular Mass, please call Liana by Noon on Tuesday so we can arrange for a trained Minister of Caring to visit. Also, please notify the Parish Office if you know someone homebound or in the hospital. Hospitals do not notify us of hospital stays, so please have a family member call Liana.
Mass Cards - Contact Linda Rega, ext. 131.
Nursery - Contact Karla Colman, ext. 138. Children are welcome at all our Masses. Beginning with 1st grade, children are expected at Mass. A nursery is available for children age 6 months to 4 years during the following weekend Masses Saturday 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., Noon, and 2:00 p.m. Staff and volunteers provide a safe atmosphere for your children so you may worship without worry, if you choose.
Parish Registration, Verification of Membership, or Change of Address - Contact Cindy Zondlak, ext. 127
Parish Verification for Catholic Schools - Forms are available from each school. Submit completed forms to Cindy Zondlak in the Records Office. It is expected that families who wish to enroll their children in Catholic schools do their fair share in supporting this parish. We use the following criteria to determine a registered family's active status at Transfiguration:
- Actively participate in Mass each week - attendance is verified through use of envelopes and/or personal checks in the weekend offertory collection (empty offertory envelopes can be used)
- Share time or talent with the parish community
- Support the parish financially
PATH (Post Abortion Treatment and Healing) - PATH offers group and individual bible studies and retreats for men and women who continue to suffer emotionally and spiritually from a past abortion, no matter how long it has been. All facilitators are trained, have been through the program, and offer compassion and experience. Contact Mary Ann, 404-717-5557, or visit www.healingafterabortion.org for more information. This program is professional and completely CONFIDENTIAL. Call and get the healing you need .
Prayer Requests - Contact Any Staff Member. Call the Parish Office with your prayer request or write it in the Book of Intentions on the podium in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. To include a prayer request in the Bulletin, call the Parish Office. Intentions will be listed for one week. You may call again each week to have your intention listed. Deadline is Monday Noon before the weekend bulletin.
Sponsor Certificates - Contact Cindy Zondlak, ext. 127. If you are asked to be a Baptism or Confirmation sponsor, Cindy can help you with the required certificate.