Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: June 5, 2016

Mother and ChildThis is the 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today’s scriptures present two mothers who are grieving the “too soon” loss of their sons, and God’s action in restoring life. Jesus establishes that death is not the final word – and Christ is always loving us into ever deeper risen life.

Today we celebrate Epiphany’s 45th birthday, and the life that has come to us through this particular community. We revisit our Vision Statement, and consider our own discipleship with this family of faith:

Animated by the Holy Spirit and rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition, we are the Community of Epiphany on a pilgrimage of faith. In response to our baptismal call and sustained by prayer:

Hands Across Louisville

Hands Across Louisville

On Saturday, May 21, 2016 Epiphany was part of an event called Hands Across Louisville. We partnered with our sister parish, St. Martin de Porres, to sponsor this day protesting gun violence in our city – from east to west. In spite of a very rainy day, about 400 people showed up at 2:00 PM to hold hands up and down Broadway.

Epiphany at Hands Across LouisvilleTwenty-two churches and organizations had “adopted a block”. Some were west of St. Martin’s (about 100) and some were east of St. Martin (about 100), plus 200 or so near the church and the Catholic Enrichment Center. We prayed and sang songs until about 2:30 PM. From noon until 3:00 PM we heard from victims of gun violence, from Metro Council representatives, and other speakers, including our Social Justice Minister, Larry Howe-Kerr. About 20 of our parishioners attended.

Memorial Day 2016

Memorial DayWhat: Memorial Day Mass

When: May 30, 2016 – 10:00 AM

Where: Worship Center

Memorial Day is the time to remember the many men and women who gave their lives in service to our country, especially during times of armed conflict. Join us for a Memorial Day Mass on Monday, May 30, 2016. Plan to remember your loved ones and all veterans and public servants who have given their lives for us as we pray for them and their families at the 10:00 AM Mass. We invite you to bring an item of remembrance of your loved one to display during the liturgy. (These can be photos, documents, items of clothing, etc. that represent the loved one remembered.)

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: May 29, 2016

The Body of ChristThis is the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. The scriptures today proclaim the blessings that come when a meal is shared. For Christians, sharing a meal (Eucharist) is at the heart of the Christian life. There is a deep richness in the Catholic theology of Eucharist – in our belief in the real presence of God in our shared meal. Consider how that depth and richness is present in our daily lives, in our prayer and our actions:

  • How is the Eucharist important for my spiritual life?
  • Does the Eucharist empower us for action – for life?
  • Are we celebrating our solidarity as the living Mystical Body of Christ?
  • Does our solidarity move from the works of charity toward the works of justice?
  • How are we the living Body of Christ in the world?

Epiphany changes Facebook address

Facebook change!Over the years, people have asked us why our Twitter and Facebook IDs have been different.

Well, now they're the same!  We have updated Epiphany's Facebook ID to @epiphany40223, just like Twitter:

Looking for a Few More Good Men (and Women)!

Bereavement ministryThe Epiphany Bereavement Ministry offers comfort and support to parishioners as they mourn the loss of a family member. Somewhere around a hundred volunteers in this ministry provide food, set-up, serve food, and clean-up for funeral receptions.

Ministry: Bereavement

“End of Springtime” Retreat

Retreat scene

What: Taking the World to Heart: How do we turn our inward reflections into action for the good for today’s world?

When: June 17-18, 2016 (7:00 PM to 7:00 PM)

Where: Mt. St. Francis Retreat Center, 101 St. Anthony Drive, Mt. St. Francis, Indiana

Presenter: Joe Grant of JustFaith Ministries

Cost: $85/$70 per person single/double occupancy (limited doubles). Incl. 3 meals Saturday

Spirituality is not to be learned by flight from the world, by running away from things, or by turning solitary and going apart from the world. Rather, we must learn an inner solitude wherever or with whomsoever we may be. We must learn to penetrate things and find God there.”  Meister Eckhart

Mark your calendars on June 17-18, 2016 for our “End of Springtime” Retreat…“Taking the World to Heart – How do we turn our inward reflections into action for today’s world?” with Joe Grant of JustFaith Ministries. The Retreat goes from Friday, 7:00 PM – Saturday, 7:00 PM. All those who want to deepen their work for a better world, and knowing God more, are invited…or, you may simply want to share time with others in prayer and reflection and be open to what it may open in you.

Stewardship, Service, and Solidarity on the Backside

Backside workersFor more than a dozen years Epiphany parishioners have been reaching out to an extended family on the Backside of Churchill Downs…workers and their families who come mainly from Spanish-speaking countries, e.g., Guatemala, Cuba, Mexico. Licensed by the racetrack to work on the Backside, they tend the horses, clean the stalls, and oftentimes live in the barns they maintain. They arrive in this country with barely the shirts on their backs and they work for subminimum wages.

On Monday evenings they come to Christ Chapel on the Backside to pray, eat a hot meal, and socialize with one another. Volunteers from Epiphany and other churches provide meals, clothing, food stock, toys for the children, toiletries, bedding, and other necessities to supplement their basic needs.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: May 22, 2016

TrinityToday is the Feast of the Holy Trinity. God is Trinity: God’s very being is relational! We are each made in God’s image, and we are “all connected” as a community of faith, hope and love—a community of justice and peace—a community that hopes to bring all differences together into one family. The Holy Spirit is the one who makes God's love flow into our hearts, the one who speaks divine truth and guides us through all life’s complexities.

The scriptures remind us that because of this Trinitarian interconnection, we are to be concerned with the issues of the world and everyday life. We are concerned about any political and economic power that excludes the poor. We are concerned about the protection of the environment. We are concerned about those philosophies and attitudes that see people simply as consumers. We are concerned about domestic violence, the violence in the Holy Land, the wars in Syria and Afghanistan, human trafficking and slavery, any violations of human rights, and all forms of violence. We are concerned about any spirituality that disconnects us from the concerns of the world. Our concerns are as big as the world, and through God’s Spirit we have hope in the midst of all them.

Celebrate Epiphany’s 45th Birthday

Happy Birthday

Join us as we celebrate Epiphany's 45th birthday on June 5, 2016 from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM. We will share dinner together, have a corn hole tournament, and games for all ages! Some of the games include ring toss, cake walk, sack races, and tug-o-war! We will unveil the new logo and have door prizes to support the new logo. Please bring a lawn chair. You may RSVP online.

  • Admission is 1 canned good to help feed the hungry in our community.
  • Donations of 20 oz. soft drinks and baked goods (homemade or store bought) would be greatly appreciated for prizes. We will need plenty to use as prizes for this year’s cake walk and bottle ring toss games!
  • There will be an opportunity to sign up to help on the weekends of May 14-15 & 21-22. If you would to be in the corn hole tournament please sign up this weekend in the Connector. 

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