Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Where is the parish located?

Transfiguration is located just northeast of Columbia in Blythewood, SC. We are just minutes from neighborhoods such as Lake Carolina, Longcreek, and the Summit. For a map and directions, click here.

When are the weekend Masses?

We have three weekend liturgies: Saturday afternoon at 4:00, and Sunday morning at 8:00 & 10:30. The 10:30 am is our most attended Mass, with coffee and donuts afterwards. The 8:00 am is our most simple Mass, when we sing the Mass parts unaccompanied. For this week's calendar, click here.

When is Sunday School for the children?

Our religious education classes for Kindergarten through 8th grade are Sunday mornings between the two Masses, from 9:00 to 10:15 am. Life Line, our high school youth ministry program, is held Sunday evenings. For more information, click here.

How may I have my child baptized?

We would love to help you give your child the gift of new life through Baptism! Baptisms are held once per month at the 4:00 pm Saturday Mass. We can also celebrate the baptism outside of Mass if the family prefers. The parents usually meet once with Father so that he can get to know them, and also attend a short preparation class. To plan a baptism, please call Valerie at the church office (803-735-0512).

Weddings at Transfiguration?

We want to help you have a beautiful wedding and a happy, Christ-centered marriage. Engaged couples meet with Father Andrew for preparation. Preparation should begin at least six months before the wedding. Please call the church office to schedule a first appointment so that Father Andrew can explain the process and answer your questions (803-735-0512).

Contact info, other questions?

Please give us a call at the church office (803-735-0512), we would love to answer your questions! Or to email us a question, click here.

 

For Non-Catholic Guests:
 

Are non-Catholics allowed to attend your services?

Yes! Our church services are open to everyone. The only part of Mass that is limited to Catholics is receiving Holy Communion (see question below).

Am I allowed to receive Holy Communion during Mass?

Only Catholics who are spiritually prepared are allowed to receive Holy Communion during Catholic services. This is not to be unwelcoming or rude, but rather because of our belief in the True Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. However, non-Catholics (or Catholics who are not spiritually prepared) are welcome to come forward and receive a blessing from the priest during Mass. Just cross your arms over your chest and Father will know to give you a blessing. For more on this question, click here.

Is there a dress code?

Catholic churches do not have a dress code. But we believe that we encounter Christ in a miraculous way at Mass, so in general, dressing up a little nicer than usual is helpful as a way of preparing ourselves to meet Jesus, and acknowledging that something special is happening at church. And of course, we should always dress modestly, in a way that encourages others to look at us as a brother or sister in Christ.

Is there a guide to the Mass?

Towards the front of our green hymnals, one can find the different Mass parts and responses. To read a great introduction to the Mass, click here.

Is there someone who I can talk to about all this?

Every Sunday morning we have opportunities for non-Catholics to meet in a more casual manner to discuss Catholic beliefs and practices. One of our volunteers would be happy to help you out and make you feel comfortable. Contact us at our church office by phone (803-735-0512), and we will do all that we can to help you out!

 

 
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