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.

A Catholic Response To The Recent Crisis of Child Immigration

Children in DetentionDeacon Lucio, in his homily for July 26-27, 2014 is focusing 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

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

Reflections on Sunday Readings: July 13, 2014

SowerThis is the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Receptivity and Openness to the Word of God is the primary theme this weekend. As a child we were so open to learn from others and change our ways. We received from others information, behaviors, how to love and be transformed. This weekend we are challenged to fertilize the “soil of our soul”. We are called to not look but “see”; to hear with “understanding” through listening.

  • How is God calling us to transformation?
  • What do I need to do in my life to be more loving?

During the summer when so many of us love to garden or stroll through a variety of landscapes, let us feed on that which nourishes our life as a Catholic: weekly Eucharist, the Word of God in Scripture, action for the poor.

Second Floor Complete on Honduras Youth Center!

Youth CenterYouth CenterThanks to funds received from many generous folks at Epiphany, the second floor of the Youth Center at Divine Mercy parish in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, has been completed. The first floor was completed last year, also due to your generosity.

See the photos with this article! The space is large enough to host a large gathering of children, teen-agers or youngsters, or to host a party for the whole parish. They have included a bar from which to serve refreshments, which will make gatherings much easier. And best of all, they have included a small bathroom, with toilet and sink. Anyone who visits will certainly appreciate that addition.

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