Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: December 6, 2015

Advent HopeThe Second Sunday of Advent. We are again invited to prepare for Christ’s comings with expectant delight. Because of God’s mercy, there is great reason for hope! God is constantly giving us a new future - promised, but as yet unknown. In times of trouble, we don’t need to lose heart and think all is lost. Be attentive, stand firm and recognize what God is doing. God will make a way for us!

It is important for us all to be open to the future that God is bringing, which includes mercy and love for all. Even the most insignificant person or situation can be bearer of God’s mercy and hope. Let us be watching with hope, prepared to recognize and receive Christ coming...

Readings for this Sunday:

Epiphany Youth serve up food and hope

YouthEpiphany Youth Ministry's latest service project was serving at the soup kitchen with Hope for Haiyan (H4H) on Saturday 11/14/15 at St. Vincent de Paul Open Hand Kitchen. Both youth and parents served at the buffet line, offered drinks, bussed tables, interacted with guests and cleaned up the dining room afterwards. 

Hope for Haiyan is a student & parent volunteer group, all members of Church of Epiphany, who raise awareness for kids that were adversely affected by the Category 5 Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. This Epiphany Youth Group serves regularly at the soup kitchen at St. Vincent de Paul. Their best accomplishments are for two consecutive years their fundraisers have raised enough to feed 75-100 kids every week for a full year.

Ministry: Youth Formation

Youth Invited to Advent Christmas Party and Community Service Project

Community ServiceDonations Needed for Christmas Community Service Project: On Sunday December 6, 2015 from 6:00 -8:00 PM in the Lighthouse, there will be a combined Youth Group Advent Christmas Party and Community Service Project featuring the families of the Backside of Churchill Downs.

We plan to have a Christmas Pot Luck Dinner together and decorate blank Christmas cards (please bring art & craft supplies to share).

Ministry: Youth Formation

Advent Retreat

O AntiphonWhat: Advent Retreat – The O Antiphons

When: December 5, 2015, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Where: Lighthouse

Facilitator: Friar Bob Baxter, OFM Conv.

O Come, O Come…to a retreat that will focus on our longing for a savior, seen through the eyes of our ancestors who meditated on the Old Testament and wrote beautiful reflections on their prayer that were eventually put to music as the O Antiphons that are sung, one each night of the week before Christmas. Symbols for each antiphon will be hanging in the Worship Center during the season of Advent. These antiphons have been made popular in the Advent hymn “O Come, O come, Emmanuel.”

Ministry: Adult Formation

A Deeper Look at the Infancy Narratives

Infancy Narrative wordsWhat: A Study and Discussion of the Infancy Narratives of Matthew and Luke

When: December 2 and 9, 2015 – 7:00 PM

Where: Community Center

Matthew and Luke narrate stories of the events leading up to and following Jesus’ birth. Commonalities, differences, even inconsistencies exist. There are reasons for this of course. The two-session, Wednesday, December 2 & 9, 2015 will explore both narratives, allowing participants to delve more fully into the mystery of the incarnation.

Ministry: Adult Formation

Obituary for Phyllis Carlson

PhyllisPhyllis Pawlak Carlson, 78, formerly of Louisville, passed away October 9, 2015 in Charlotte, NC. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother whose greatest joys in life were her children and grandchildren.

Born in Chicago, April 22, 1937, Phyllis was a devout Catholic with a strong Polish heritage. After marrying Chuck, they moved to Louisville where they raised their children and retired. Phyllis enjoyed cooking and baking (especially family recipes), bridge, choir and caring for others. She relished gardening and lovingly served as gardener at Epiphany for a number of years. Chuck passed away in 2009, and in 2010 she moved to Charlotte to be cared for by her family.

Ministry: Bereavement

Obituary for Betty Davis

BettyElizabeth “Betty” M. Davis, 94, of Louisville, Kentucky passed away peacefully on November 20, 2015. Betty loved life and always made people smile.

Betty was born on September 15, 1921, Huntington Park, California to the late August J. and Helen (Cahill) Hartfield. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Jack Davis; son, Tom Davis; and brother, William “Bill” Hartfield.

Betty is survived by her children, Elizabeth Mosimann (Tom), James Davis, Judson Davis (Ellen), Mary Margaret Kalley (Glen), "Judy" Anne Davis, Peter Davis (Marlene), and John Davis (Gina); sister, Helen “Babe” Bolton; as well as many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Ministry: Bereavement

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: November 29, 2015

Advent WreathThe First Sunday of Advent. This is the beginning of a new liturgical year, the first Sunday of Advent, which calls us to prepare for Christ’s coming with expectant delight. Because of God’s mercy, there is great reason for hope! God is constantly giving us a new future - promised, but unknown - and Luke’s gospel encourages us stand up and look for the new thing God is doing, even through the suffering and tragedies we experience. Even the most insignificant person or difficult situation can be a bearer of God’s mercy. Are we open to the future that God is bringing, which includes mercy and love for all? May we be hope-filled and attentive to recognize Christ coming!


Therese Brennen announces her resignation

Therese BrennenThe following message was delivered by Therese at all weekend masses recently. Her last day with us will be December 31, 2015. We wish Therese well in her new endeavors of serving God’s people.

Good Morning,

For those of you who do not know me, my name is Therese Brennan. Y’all hired me about 15½ years ago to be your Adult Formation Minister. About 8 years ago I began working with the Stewardship Committee as well.

I’m standing before you to tell you that change can be a good thing for both Epiphany and for me. I believe I am being called to make a change in my life so at the end of this calendar year, December 31st, I will retire from the Archdiocese of Louisville.

I’ve worked with some great people here, have learned and shared a lot. But now God is calling me to work in a parish in Indianapolis where I’ll share my gifts as Pastoral Associate and Director of Religious Education.

We both will be ok. I believe whomever God brings to Epiphany will have different ideas and new energy that can re-energize both stewardship and adult formation ministries. That’s a very good thing.

Thank you.

Ministry: Adult Formation


AwardIt was a crisp November evening, on Saturday, November 14, 2015 when guests arrived at the Connector to register for this year’s James E. Flynn Social Responsibility Award. The recipient and honoree: Muffy Sinclair, co-founder of the Epiphany Backside Ministry and coordinator of the children’s program for the Kentucky Race Track Chaplaincy.

MuffyThe event was catered by Common Earth & Table, the Culinary Arts Training Program associated with the Refugee Agricultural Partnership Program, all part of Catholic Charities Louisville. Volunteers from the Social Responsibility Steering Committee and the Backside Program helped decorate the tables in the Community Center with attractive center pieces of candles and flowers and later cleaned up after the dinner.

Each year since 1992 the Award has been bestowed upon a current or former parishioner who “on a local, national, or international basis, has responded to the call of the Gospel and Catholic Social Teaching to make a significant contribution in the area of social justice. The recipient has made the world a better place to live, and in doing so, has enriched the Community of Epiphany.”