Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: September 6, 2015

HealingThis is the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today’s scriptures show us a vision of God’s reign where all things are made whole and beautiful, and no person is favored more than another. May our eyes be opened to recognize God’s presence everywhere, our ears unstopped to hear the challenge of God’s word, and our tongues loosened to speak of God’s justice and love.

Readings for this Sunday:

Women of Epiphany is back for a new year

WE!What: WE! Meet and Greet

When: September 8, 2015 – 6:30 PM

Where: Pam Porta’s house

WE! -- Women of Epiphany, is back for the year! Due to poor availability for turnout during the summer, we did not meet this summer. Since WE! haven't met in a while, and have several new inquiries concerning our group, our next get together will be a "Meet and Greet." We can welcome new ladies and reestablish friendships from the past years. We will share an appetizer dinner. So, if able, bring an appetizer to share. Wine is welcome for sharing, too. Drinks and dessert will be provided.

Thank You Randy Portelli, Epiphany Winemaker

Randy PortelliRandy Portelli has been chair of the Wine Making Ministry at Epiphany for 19 years.

With deep gratitude, we announce that Randy Portelli, our community winemaker for the past 19 years, is retiring. (He took over this demanding ministry when our first winemaker, Al Tomasetti, retired after a similar term of service.)

Using his father’s winepress, Randy has kept six weeks of his fall schedule free to accept the grapes when they ripened and shipped, called together a group of folks to help with the initial pressing, “babysat” it daily through the first weeks, checked it, bottled it, and brought wine weekly to the worship center for our use at liturgies. And that’s just the highlights… He has shown outstanding commitment, as well as tremendous creativity in addressing the difficulties that have arisen. With great appreciation, we wish Randy countless blessings as he goes forward with greater flexibility to be with his widespread family.

Ministry: Wine Making

Ten Percent Awards for August 2015

tithingSell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail… (Luke 12: 33)

Epiphany’s Ten Percent ministry is part of our commitment to reach out to those in need by helping support ministries, services, and programs outside of our community by taking a tithe (10%) of our income and making it available to these various agencies. The Ten Percent Committee of our Social Responsibility Committee discerns the disbursement of our tithe of monthly income to various agencies and programs within policies set by the Parish Pastoral Council and the Pastor. It meets monthly and reviews and evaluates applications for funding.

These organizations received a sharing grant from our 10% funds for August 2015:

Ministry: Ten Percent

Mary Magdalen Feast Day Celebration 2015

Mary Magdala iconOn Sunday, July 19, 2015, Epiphany celebrated for the 16th time, the Feast Day of St. Mary of Magdala. This year the theme was “Compassion”, and our homilist was Karina Barillas, Director of La Casita Center in downtown Louisville. We chose this theme since we all felt that Mary of Magdala had shown great compassion to Jesus, both before, during and after his crucifixion.

Since Ms. Barillas was bi-lingual in Spanish and English, she gave the homily in both languages. We also had four lectors for the two readings – two in English (Sr. Mary Gowern and Tom Gurucharri) and two in Spanish (Paty Robles and Patricia Záhia). The participation sheets were done in both languages, too, thanks to Marlene Miller and Tom Gurucharri, our translator. Our co-presiders were the mother/daughter team of Jinny and Gretchen Hunt. A liturgical dance was performed by Therese Graves during the Responsorial Psalm.

Louisville Young Catholics “Christ in the City” host a Prayer and Ice Cream Night

Lou Young Catholics

What: Prayer and Ice Cream Night

When: August 28, 2015 – 7:00 PM

Where: Meet at St. Patrick’s Church

Louisville Young Catholics Christ in the City host a Prayer and Ice Cream Night. Meet first at St. Patrick Church (1000 North Beckley Station Road, Louisville) on August 28, 2015 at 7:00 PM.

[Click here] for Google maps location. 

Ministry: Adult Formation

Welcome Young Adults

Hello!

 

I would like to invite you to participate in a listening session for our parish’s young adults 18-35 years of age on the weekend of August 29, 30, 2015.  These will be held in the parish library after each of Epiphany’s weekend Masses: 5:30 pm Saturday, 9:00 am & 11:30 am Sunday. Choose whichever works best for you!

Ministry: Adult Formation

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: August 30, 2015

Pharisees and JesusThis is the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time. Recently new notebooks, pens and organizers found their way into thousands of backpacks. Many students dressed in new clothes eagerly grabbed back-packs to wait for car-pool or bus pick-ups in air hinting of fall. For some, the newness reflects the excitement and motivating self-promises. This year will be different, with on-time homework and projects. For others, exterior freshness masks anxiety, boredom, and even slow-burning anger at anticipated demands.

In today’s gospel, Jesus is dealing with exterior appearances and interior realities. He challenges the Pharisees, scribes and those gathered to recognize that what goes on within their hearts can be masked by exterior actions. He explains: “Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile.” Sin starts from within. Simply following purification laws will not prevent evil from entering.

SoulLife begins another season

SoulLife logoWhat: SoulLife

When: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays (September 2 thru December 16, 2015)

Interested in deepening your prayer life? The SoulLife Team will facilitate opportunities for prayer, reflective reading, personal processing and faith-sharing using the book, “The Unbearable Wholeness of Being: God, Evolution and the Power of Love” (by Ilia Delio) as a focal point. The award-winning author of Christ in Evolution and The Emergent Christ breaks new ground with this capstone in a trilogy that opens our eyes to the everywhere active, all powerful, all intelligent Love that guides and directs our new awareness of interrelatedness and interbeing.

Backside Ministry Connecting Personally With Those We Serve

Backside TeamFamily, friends, workers, and children gathered for an evening prayer service, music, and dinner served by the Church of Epiphany and hosted by Men of Epiphany. This ministry recently completed its annual “Christmas in July” drive last month.

The Kentucky Race Track Chaplaincy is an interdenominational ministry that tends to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the workers on the Backside of Churchill Downs. Lauded by The Record, a publication of the Archdiocese of Louisville, editor emeritus, Glenn Rutherford, concluded Epiphany's efforts on the Backside are "worth noting."

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