Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: October 18, 2015

Take up your crossThis is the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Our mission—to be Christ for the world—is a right and duty of all the baptized. Who would think that glory comes out of self-giving, suffering and dying? We need God’s mercy because we so often wander from the path of true discipleship. May we give ourselves wholly to God’s plan and become a servant to all, as Jesus did.

Sunday’s Readings:

  • Isaiah 53:10-11. (The conclusion of the great Song of the Servant which we read on Good Friday.) Those who gives themselves as an offering for sin will see the light in fullness of days. Our discipleship takes us to the cross as well as the resurrection.

Sages Day of Reflection – Open to All

DeborahWhat: Miracles, Signs and Wonders

Who: Deborah Aubrey-Peyron

When: October 18, 2015 - 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Where: Lighthouse

Register: call Martha at 254-2593

OPEN TO ALL--Sages Day of Reflection, Saturday, October 18, 2015, 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM at the Lighthouse. Deborah Aubrey-Peyron will present "Miracles, Signs and Wonders." Do you believe in Miracles? Look around you, what you do today, may lead to someone else's miracle tomorrow. Deborah is the author to of the Miraculous Interventions, reminding the world that God is listening and He works in mysterious ways: miracles still happen.

Ministry: Epiphany Sages


Sowing SeedsSocial Responsibility Ten Percent Committee is now accepting applications for a 2015 Epiphany Annual Grant through Monday, November 2, 2015. Grants go to a parishioner or parishioners who want to promote social justice by helping an existing organization or starting a new project that will promote justice, peace and/or charity.

Do you have a project in mind that you would like to begin or an organization you would like you and Epiphany members to help? Just don't have the money to do it? Need more volunteers? This grant just may be the answer you have been looking for.

Respect Life Month and Domestic Violence Awareness & Prevention Month

Respect LifeOctober is Respect Life Month and Domestic Violence Awareness & Prevention Month. To bring attention to these important topics, a three week series titled Toward an Integral Ecology of Life:

  1. Threads in a Seamless Garment will be offered by the Social Responsibility, Adult Formation Team and Catholic Charities on October 14, 21 and 28, 2015 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM in the Community Center.
  2. You are invited to join Fr. James E. Flynn at 7:00 PM on October 14, 2015 for a presentation on Laudato Si (On The Care Of Our Common Home).
  3. The series continues with Violence Against Women - Discarding and Debasing Life in our Midst presented by Gretchen Hunt on Wednesday, October 21, 2015.
  4. Finally, on October 28, 2015 Deacon Lucio Caruso and Larry Howe-Kerr will facilitate a discussion on Starting Conversation & Dialogue: Tough Issues We Face Today, The Teaching We Have, and Pope Francis.
Ministry: Respect Life

Raising Kids in a Violent World

In the Line of FireWhat: Raising Kids in a Violent World

When: Sunday, October 18, 2015, 7:00-8:30 PM

Where: Community Center

Who: Jan Arnow, author of In the Line of Fire: Raising Kids in a Violent World.

On Sunday, October 18, 2015, 7:00-8:30 PM, Men Of Epiphany will present Jan Arnow, Author, Lecturer and Peace Advocate! She will be discussing her book: In the Line of Fire: Raising Kids in a Violent World. All parishioners and guests are welcome, so please join us in the Community Center. Refreshments will be served. Call Mike McLaughlin, 262-6032, for more information.

Wouldn’t you like to live in a peaceful world – free from hatred, bigotry, bullying and violence?

Ministry: Men of Epiphany

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: October 11, 2015

Jesus and Young ManThis is the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today’s gospel text portrays Jesus as not merely a teacher of the law but as Lord of the law. Gregory of Nazianzus (a 4th century theologian) explains that the use of the word “good” in the phrase “good teacher” is “applied absolutely to God and only derivatively to created goods. Human understanding is not enough. Rather, divine wisdom is needed to understand what is truly good.

As we near the end of our liturgical year, it is no accident that the cycle of readings turns our focus on the kingdom of God, on eternal life. Today, Jesus, the incarnate God, was asked what is needed to receive eternal life. His answer moves both his questioner and each of us far beyond whatever humanity teaches is good. Only God is good. All other good is less.

Toward an Integral Ecology of Life: Threads in a Seamless Garment

EcologyWhat: Toward an Integral Ecology of Life (three week series)

When: Wednesdays - October 14, 21, 28, 2015

Time : 7:00 PM

Where: Community Center

Toward an Integral Ecology of Life: Threads in a Seamless Garment is the title of a three week series beginning Wednesday, October 14 at 7:00 PM in the Community Center.

Our own Deacon Lucio Caruso with support from Social Responsibility staff Larry Howe-Kerr and Adult Formation Therese Brennan will present this intriguing series.

Ministry: Adult Formation

The St. Vincent De Paul Truck Is Coming!!!

SVDP logoWhat: St. Vincent De Paul Truck

When: October 10 -11, 2015, 3:00 PM-7:00 PM Saturday, 8:30 AM-1:00 PM Sunday

Where: Epiphany Parking Lot

Sponsored by Men of Epiphany, the SVDP truck will be in the Epiphany parking lot the weekend of October 10 -11, 2015 to receive your donations of useable articles of clothing, small appliances, and household items.

NEW THIS YEAR – We are accepting non-perishable foods.

Ministry: Men of Epiphany

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: October 4, 2015

Wedding ringThis is the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today, as in any time, we see the ranking of human beings. The rich are more important than the poor. The whiter one’s skin, the more superior one is. The ones who believe my way are saved while those who believe a different way are not. Arabs are less valued, evidenced graphically by the millions of refugees seeking safety and security as they flee home only to come face to face with a wall, be it a wall of stone or barbed wire, or a wall of dismissal or hatred. They are less value. It can often be heard that it is only the deserving poor who should get assistance. And, particularly poignant this month, which is Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month as well as Respect Life month, women are debased and discarded, raped and beaten, lack rights and education, world-wide.

The readings this weekend are about the act of God creating and valuing. God values relationship and intimacy among humans and between humans and God. In the time of these writings, covering a vast period of time, women and children were considered less than human, were inferior or discounted and, worse, discarded. From the time Genesis was put together from different stories of creation, to the time of the Gospel or Mark, to the times of communities of followers of Jesus after he had been gone for a while, these readings are all about relationships, intimacy, respect, equality, value in the different contexts in which they were written. This is what matters to God and to Jesus.

Gluten-free hosts available for Communion

Gluten Free logoFor those who are gluten intolerant, please note that Gluten-free hosts (.001% wheat, approved by the American bishops) are available for those who cannot tolerate gluten.

Please see Fr. Randy or Linda Thieneman to get details for regular use.

They are available at all masses celebrated at Epiphany, including funerals.

Ministry: Worship