Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: August 3, 2014

Loaves and fishesThis is the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Our readings this weekend are rich! We see that the heart of Christianity lies in “relationships”: God’s relationship with us…our relationship with one another…our relationship with God. During our growing season (summer) these readings impact. We can delight ourselves in “rich food,” fruit of the earth which we ourselves can plant and harvest. Through the power and love of God we have the ability to feed those who hunger. (Epiphany’s custom of collecting nonperishables and bringing them to the altar at the Offertory; Epiphany’s ‘grow an extra row of vegetables’ for the poor.) We have the ability to change systems that keep people hungry e.g. working with EACM and other agencies. As God satisfies our needs, we in turn must be ready to satisfy the needs of our neighbor both close by and afar. Our nourishment comes through the ministry of others.

Readings for this Sunday:

EPIPHANY'S DAY OF SERVICE

is Saturday, August 9. A day for parishioners to gather, meet new people & spend time with old friends doing service projects at Epiphany or in the community. SAVE THE DATE! Aug. 9: 8:30 a.m. Blessing and breakfast - Projects all day - 3:30 p.m. ice cream social. PICK A PROJECT.  Epiphany’s committees are organizing service opportunities suited for parishioners of all ages, interests, and abilities. SIGN UPS HAVE BEGUN! Click here to register or there will be registration forms outside the Worship Center after weekend liturgies.

A Catholic Response To The Recent Crisis of Child Immigration

Children in DetentionDeacon Lucio, in his homily for July 26-27, 2014 focuses on “A Catholic Response To The Recent Crisis of Child Immigration into the US.” There are many opinions on what the US government should do in response to this recent increase of your people across our borders. A Catholic response needs to reflect our central teachings about the dignity of the human person, treasuring what God treasures.

Below is one email that was received by Catholic Charities from a person in Northern Kentucky who has lived in Arizona.

Obituary for Kay Maloney

KayKathleen Kay (Engren)Maloney, 79, passed away Thursday, July 17, 2004, with her family at her side in Louisville, KY.

Born in Syracuse, NY, she was a graduate of Marymount College of Tarrytown, NY, and also earned a diplôme d'études from l'Université Paris-Sorbonne and an M.S. (Education) from Syracuse University. Kay was retired from the Social Security Administration and a resident of The Forum at Brookside.

A loving mother and grandmother, she was preceded in death by her husband, James P. Maloney Sr.; and son, James P. Maloney Jr.

Ministry: Bereavement

State of the Parish: FINANCES

Gratitude“Why do you come here?” Fr. Randy asked in his homily this past weekend. Responses to the recent parish survey listed engaging liturgies, good music, the warm hospitality of the community and a caring pastor and staff as the top four reasons. Are we grateful for the blessings we have been given? Do our actions correspond to what we say are our values? Do we share with those in need? Do we help support Epiphany ministries by sharing our time and presence, skills and talents, and also our financial resources?

Ministry: Administration

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: July 27, 2014

PearlThis is the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The news around the world today is confronting us with images and stories that get to the core of our faith and conscience and lead us to seek out meaning and understanding. Or they should, unless we keep our head in the sand, just look away because it is too much to handle, or perhaps we even let fear or ignorance lead us to justify the violence we see. The invasion of Gaza with the mounting deaths from the violence, the obliteration of 298 passengers over Ukraine by a missile, the tens of thousands of child refugees on our border, the rape of a 6 year old in India, or the police choking to death of an unarmed man in New York City all sear open hearts. These are the stories on one day’s USA Today supplement in the local paper on Sunday.

Our readings from the Old Testament and the Gospel this weekend offer us some insight into how we might see and respond to these realities.

Register now for our 2014-2015 Confirmation Preparation

ConfirmationWhat: Registration for our 2014-2015 Confirmation Preparation program has begun!

Who: If you’re a 9th grade or High School youth and desire the Sacrament of Confirmation, you may pick up a registration form in the back of the Worship Center. Please pick up a form there or on Epiphany’s website [below], and return by mail, email, or in the collection basket marked: Attn: Tasha Villalobos, Youth Minister.

A Confirmation Orientation meeting is scheduled for

  • When: Wednesday, August 27th, 6:30-8:00 PM
  • Where: Lighthouse
Ministry: Youth Formation

Book Discussion

Rome Sweet Home will be discussed for four weeks with a goal of reflecting on your

Ministry: Adult Formation

Reflections on Sunday Readings: July 20, 2014

PrayerThis is the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time. The theme for this Sunday is Prayer. We all know we are supposed to regularly engage in prayer – not just when lives fall apart or a quick “thanks” when all is going well. Of course these are good times to pray and during crisis, it is especially important to do so. Paul, in our second reading, reminds us “we do not know how to pray as we ought” but the Spirit will help us. The great preacher John Chrysostom (347-407) tells us “we ought to yield to the Creator….[since God] knows what steps must be taken for our salvation.” 

Obituary for Ev Scheer

EvEverett Norman Scheer, Jr, 68, of Louisville, KY passed away July 10, 2014 with his loving family surrounding him after a three-year battle with prostate cancer. Ev was born September 14, 1945 in St. Joseph, MI, to the late Everett and Lucille (Metzger) Scheer. He graduated from St. Joseph Catholic High School in 1963 and the University of Notre Dame in 1967 with a degree in chemical engineering. Ev spent over 35 years doing research then sales and marketing with BF Goodrich/Zeon Chemicals before retiring in 2001.

Ministry: Bereavement

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