Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: October 26, 2014

LoveThis is the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” In other words, laws found in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy are dependent upon these two.

What about us? Catholic stewards, living in the 21st century who are Epiphany parishioners? We are challenged with the same truth Jesus gave the Pharisees – put God first above all with our whole selves, then reflect upon our love of others and ourselves.

QUEST 2014 for Youth: Stand Up! Reach Out! Serve Others!

QuestWhat: QUEST 2014

When: Saturday, November 22, 2014

Where: Bellarmine University, Frazier Hall

Cost: $40 (with Scholarships available!)

Join EYM & Youth Groups from all over the Archdiocese of Louisville for a biennial conference on November 22, 2014 at Bellarmine University for a day of fun, prayer, dancing, and singing! Keynote Speaker this year is world renowned Catholic speaker, Jesse Manibusan, including other teen speakers and workshops to grow more in faith and love with God! Don’t miss this unique opportunity that only happens every 2 years!

Ministry: Youth Formation

Jr. High Bonfire

All 7th & 8th grade youth are invited to the Region 7 Jr. High Bonfire on Saturday, November 1st at St. Patrick Catholic Church from 6:30-8:30pm. The event is $5. Contact Tasha Villalobos for forms and questions.

Ministry: Youth Formation

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

logoWhat: Collection of Donations for St. Vincent de Paul

When: October 18 and 19, 2014

Time: 3:00 PM-7:00 PM Saturday, 8:30 AM-2:00 PM Sunday.

Where: Epiphany Parking Lot (look for the big St. Vincent de Paul Truck)

Sponsored by Men of Epiphany, the SVDP truck will be in the Epiphany parking lot the weekend of October 18/19, 2014 to receive your donations of useable articles of clothing, small appliances, and household items. SVDP provides housing for the homeless and mentally ill, help for individuals in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction, operates the open hand kitchen, and much more.

Ministry: Men of Epiphany

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: October 19, 2014

Roman CoinThis is the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time. We have all heard sayings that warn us about the power of money and that we cannot serve both God and money. Since Pope Francis began leading the church, he has had a lot to say about money, whether it is about rising income inequality, the devastation of unbridled capitalism, or our disposable culture, which disposes people in many ways.

Money appears as a topic in Matthew’s gospel today. Jesus is confronted by two powerful, and wealthy, groups who form an unlikely alliance to try and trap Jesus in his teaching. The Pharisees, who represent the nationalistic Jews who do not want to pay taxes, join with the Herodians, who are the custodians of, and collaborators with, the Roman Emperor, and therefore traitors to the people, holding them in a repressive occupation. So why would they join forces against Jesus?

Jesus has been preaching the Reign of God to the poor, who are to play a part in that reign, in fact who are to be an essential part of it. The Pharisees are threatened by this and would like to see trap Jesus before the tyranny of the empire. The Herodians are threatened because they do not want to have any kind of trouble with the movement Jesus seems to have stirred.

Stewardship Stapling and Stuffing Days

Preparation of the stewardship packets will be Friday, October 17 and Monday October 20th. Volunteers are welcome at anytime throughout either day from 9:00am - 6 pm. If you plan to come after 6pm, please call the office in the afternoon to find out if the work is finished or not.

 

Ministry: Stewardship

Women of Epiphany (WE!) meetings begin for the 2014-15 Season

WomenWhat: WE! Women Of Epiphany

When: Tuesday, October 14, at 6:30 PM

Where: 3221 Broeck Pointe Circle

Ladies, WE! Women Of Epiphany, is back! Let's get together on Tuesday, October 14, at 6:30 PM.

We will have a dinner of Vegetable/Beef soup. If able, please bring an appetizer, salad, dessert, soft drinks, or wine to share. If you have a busy, rushed day, just bring yourself! We'd love the pleasure of your company to visit, share, laugh and pray with you. Bring your list of summer books and movies to recommend, memories of summer happenings to share, and suggestions for future WE! events. If time permits, we may play a fun Halloween game!

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: October 12, 2014

Wedding FeastThis is the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time. In today’s gospel, Jesus tells another parable which, as is Jesus’ norm, is an odd one, even unsettling. Ignoring the messengers is bad enough but murder?! What is Jesus saying? Asking? Trying to explain?

Jesus gives us the context when he begins, “The kingdom of God may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast…” God offers Gods self to us – in many, many ways. One of the feasts to which we are invited is Sacred Scripture. Another of course, is the Eucharistic liturgy, Mass. One way to look at this parable is to place ourselves among those invited to the wedding feast. How do we embrace God’s gifts? Do we eagerly partake, savoring each moment of communion or is apathy and convenience our norm? Do we respond angrily, perhaps because we expected something different from God?

Obituary for Joan Tichenor

JOanJoan Marie Tichenor, 70, of Louisville passed away Saturday September 27, 2014 at Oaklawn Senior Living and Rehabilitation with her family by her side.

She was a graduate of the Catholic University of America, a longtime member of the Church of the Epiphany, a facilitator of Grief Counseling at Epiphany and a longtime member of the St. Matthews Lions Club.

She was preceded in death by her son; Neal Tichenor and sister; Mary Alice Wills (Bob).

Ministry: Bereavement

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: October 5, 2014

VineyardThis is the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time: The vineyard is the image that appears in both the 1st  reading from Isaiah and in the Gospel. It is a metaphor for the reign of God. Its meaning, however, differs in these two readings. How do you seek God? How do you nourish your relationship with God? How do your build up the kin(g)dom of God? Have your experienced the God of peace spoken about in our second reading?

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