Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: July 5, 2015

ProphetsThis is the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today’s Scriptures remind us that God raises up prophets among us. Just as our ancestors in faith, we can have trouble getting things right. We can be obstinate, and not very receptive to those who call us back to God’s way. But God calls us to heed prophets, and to answer Christ’s call to love, serve and speak the truth.

The Readings:

Dinner for 8 Coming in July

Dinner for 8Community Spirit, once again, is offering a DINNER FOR 8 social event on Saturday, July 18, 2015 (time determined by host/s). Make your reservation on the form provided near the poster in the Connector, and please consider opening your home to guests as host.

Join other parishioners interested in a great evening of food, fun, and friendship. Make new friends and/or visit with acquaintances. We will accept reservations on the weekends of June 27/28, July 4/5, and July 11/12. Deadline is after 11:30 AM liturgy on July 12.

Holiday Schedule for 4th of July 2015

4th of JulyFourth of July 2015 – The Epiphany Church offices will be closed from noon Thursday, July 2, 2015 through Friday July 3, 2015 to allow our staff to celebrate the Fourth of July Holiday.

  • There will be 8:30 AM Mass the morning of Friday, July 3, 2015.
  • Weekend masses will be celebrated as usual.
Ministry: Administration

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: June 28, 2015

Jesus raises daughter of JairusThis is the 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time. In today’s gospel, we have a story within a story. Both are requests for healing. Both require faith – one publically expressed, the other quietly. Jesus is publically asked to come heal a synagogue leader’s daughter. On the way, a woman reaches out quietly to touch Jesus’ garment. Both the girl and the woman are healed.

Jesus heals. No question. But what is our response? Paul offers a strong suggestion in his letter to the Corinthians. He reminds them of Jesus the Christ’s overwhelming love and pushes for a response. The Corinthians are asked to financially help poorer Christians.

Sunday’s Readings:

Sword of the Spirit - Getting More Out Of Reading the Bible

Sword of the SpiritWhat: Sword of the Spirit

When: June 30, 2015, 7:00 PM

Where: Lighthouse

Sword of the Spirit - Getting More Out Of Reading the Bible with Dr. Nicholas Lebish will be offered Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 7:00 PM in the Lighthouse.

Splendor of Truth Ministries takes its inspiration from Saint John Paul II's encyclical letter, "The Splendor of Truth."  The Pope's underlying message is that our lives will attain true happiness, peace, fulfillment, and purpose by seeking the truth of Jesus Christ and joyfully embracing it in a life of Christian discipleship.

Ministry: Adult Formation

Toxic Charity – Join the discussion in July

Toxic CharityWhat: Book Study Discussion "Toxic Charity"

When: Wednesdays, July 1 and July 8, 2015 – 7:00 PM

Where: Community Center

Who: Deacon Lucio, Larry Howe-Kerr, Therese Brennan

In July Epiphany’s Adult Formation Team and Social Responsibility are teaming to offer an incredibly important and challenging discussion. The book study will center around Toxic Charity - How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to Reverse It,  by 40 year Atlanta inner-city worker Robert D. Lupton. Lupton is founder and president of FCS Urban Ministries (Focused Community Strategies). His vast experience is sure to challenge each of us.

Pope Francis Issues Letter “On Care For Our Common Home”

St. Francis“Laudato si’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us.

With these words, Pope Francis begins his letter about concern for the world as the place that must be protected for the life of all the world, especially for the poor whose lives are more effected by abusive use of the environment which is our common home. It is our inheritance from ages past, the gift of a generous God and the precious legacy we can bequeath to future generations. We have a sacred duty to protect and preserve it as the precious gift of life itself.

Pope FrancisPope Francis continues:

I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all.

[Click here] to read the full text of Pope Francis’ encyclical letter.

[Click aquí] Laudato Si en Español

Sr. Mary Announces Her Resignation

Sr. MarySr. Mary Gowern, Pastoral Associate, announced her resignation to the community at all masses on the weekend of May 23-24, 2015 – The Feast of Pentecost. Her last weekend as our Pastoral Associate will be June 27-28, 2015. There will be a reception in her honor after all liturgies that weekend. She has served the community in this professional capacity for the past 11 years. We wish her well as she moves on to other ministries in the future. Below is the address she gave to the community on the Feast of Pentecost 2015.

On the Feast of Pentecost 2013, I celebrated my 50 Jubilee of Religious Life with you.

On this Feast of Pentecost 2015, I stand before you to say that I will be leaving Epiphany the end of June after 11 years of being your pastoral associate. It is a difficult decision but I do need what is called in biblical words “Sabbath time” by the ocean, time to rest, relax, and deepen my prayer life and discern what God is calling me to next. You know that nuns do not retire.

I want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your many kindnesses to me over these years. I want to thank this community for your love and support. These 11 years are some of the best years of my life.

I am returning to the northeast, and I know I will not find an “Epiphany” there. I treasure the principles and values upon which this community was founded: full and active participation in the liturgy; full and active participation in social justice issues; lifelong learning and ecumenical cooperation with other faith communities. “Community” is a strong value here. I am grateful for this vision of our founding mothers and fathers. Keep that vision ever before you….pass it on to your children and grandchildren.

Tutors Sought for summer project

TutoringThe Solidarity Committee is looking for teachers and retired teachers to help with our tutoring project at Community Catholic Center (CCC) this summer.

Epiphany is collaborating with Good Shepherd Parish in Portland to tutor children in a summer program. The children in the tutoring program have received financial assistance in order to attend Catholic schools. CCC offers tutoring during the school year as well as counseling and mentoring for the family. This summer, CCC, with help from Epiphany, will provide 12 days of tutoring and enrichment for the students in space provided at Our Lady, one of the merged parishes that became Good Shepherd. The sessions will take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM. The dates are June 23, 24, 25, 30 and July 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16.

25th Anniversary Celebration for Fr. Randy

Fr. RandyThe Community of Epiphany commemorated the 25th Anniversary of Ordination of our pastor, Fr. Randy Hubbard, at all masses on the weekend of June 13-14, 2015. A close friend and fellow alumnus of St. Meinrad School of Theology, Fr. Vernon Huguley of the Diocese of Birmingham, Alabama was the guest preacher at all the weekend liturgies.

In typical Epiphany fashion, the celebration was capped by a wonderful luncheon where Fr. Randy was roasted, toasted, and blest by members of the community and the parish staff. This event made full use of our new kitchen. The Community Spirit Committee and a special Celebration Committee organized by the Parish Pastoral Council marshalled hundreds of volunteers to make this occasion so memorable.