Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: September 28, 2014

Jesus and sinnersThis is the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Just this past Sunday, people from around the globe in 156 countries joined over 2600 events and rallies, including an estimated 400,000 marchers in New York City all participating in the People’s Climate March. Even Louisville had a rally at Memorial Park. The messages were: climate change, pollution, greed, political corruption all are harming the earth dramatically and the people on earth to be hurt the most will be the most vulnerable.

With overwhelming documented evidence that we have a true crisis, from lung disease from coal dust, to loss of land of indigenous people, to forecasts that gloom the future of generations of children, the need to act now is clear.

Many, if not most, of the thousands of organizations and groups giving voice to this call to do the right thing are made up of people of faith, here in Louisville as well, including the work of many of our women religious communities.

Among those in power and influence, who hears and who cares? And what message do we get from our readings this week that might give us insight?

Obituary for Jim Nuss

JimJames Julian “Jim” Nuss, age 77, of Louisville, KY passed away on September 17, 2014. Jim was born on September 27, 1936 in Louisville, KY and was preceded in death by his parents, Julian Wilbur Nuss and Evelyn Hill Nuss.

Jim was a graduate of St. Xavier in Louisville, KY, achieved his BA degree at Purdue University, and his MBA at UCLA. Jim was a retired International Program Manager and engineer with General Electric, and a previous employee of Hughes Aircraft, with several inventions and patents under his name. He was the Founding President of the Kentucky Watercolor Society and a member of the Order of Kentucky Colonels, the National Rifle Association, and the Church of the Epiphany.

Ministry: Bereavement

Sages Day of Reflection set for October 4, 2014

A Time for everythingsWhat: "The Times of our Lives" 

Who: Sr. Martha Buser, OSU

When: Saturday, October 4, 2014 – 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Where: The Lighthouse

Sages Day of Reflection will be held on October 4, 2014 from 10 AM to 2:30 PM at the Lighthouse.  Sr. Martha Buser, OSU will present "The Times of our Lives"  Sr. Martha has been a spiritual director for over twenty years, and has directed retreats  and workshops both nationally and internationally.  She writes  "One of God's special gifts to us in our memory.  While we don't want to live in the past, it's the past that got us here and so from time to time we stop to gather graces from our past, bring them forward and then maybe let them go."  For lunch, bring a snack to share and a sandwich, cut in quarters to share.  Register by email at or call 502-254-2593.

Ministry: Epiphany Sages

Get your Flu Shot at Epiphany

Flu ShotWhat: Flu Shots

When: Saturday, September 27, 2014 - from 9:00 AM to12:00 noon

Where: Community Center

Flu shots will be available on the Epiphany campus in the Community Center Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 9:00 AM to12:00 noon. Do your part to protect yourself and others from the potential problems cause by the flu.

Ministry: Community Care

Reflections on Sunday’s Reading: September 21, 2014

PaymentThis is the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time. What employer would pay the same salary to one who worked 2-3 hours as the one who worked 8 or more? The answer is easy: None. Not if they want to remain in business. However, today’s gospel is not about business practices. It’s about the abundance of God’s love. It’s a crazy, upside down, backwards kind of love. It’s a love that takes us where we are and gifts us with a lavishness of grace that can draw us ever closer to God.

We who are children of God are blessed. We are invited, constantly, to enter into relationship with God. God calls us to himself at every moment of our lives. Yet, we get to choose: Will we work in God’s vineyard, providing fruitful labor for others or not? There are no promises of easy labor. Today’s second reading comes from Paul while in prison. Paul, who worked mightily for the gospel, suffered much. If asked “why” I can almost hear him say, “Because the rewards are beyond anything I could imagine. I live with God’s everlasting love. Nothing is more important than that.” Might Paul not then turn and ask his questioner, “How are you responding to Jesus’ gift and call?”

Obituary for Nancy McMullen

NancyNancy Jane (Hoban) McMullen, 76 of Louisville passed away Friday, September 12, 2013 at Baptist Health Louisville.

She was born June 24, 1938 in Pittsburgh, PA the daughter of John and Henrietta Hoban, who preceded her in death.

She was a graduate of Duquesne University, with a degree in nursing. Nancy's greatest joy in life was with her family and her involvement with the Eucharist Sisters Group at Church of the Epiphany.

Ministry: Bereavement

Obituary for Dick Blake

Dick BlakeRichard L. "Dick" Blake, Sr. died Thursday, September 11, 2014 at The Episcopal Church Home. He was a graduate of St. Xavier High School and the University of Louisville. He was a retired Army veteran of World War II, where he served with the 17th and 82nd Airborne Divisions in Europe. He was active in the furniture and kitchen cabinet industries for over forty years. He served a term as President of the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing Association in 1982-83.

Survivors include his wife, the former Martha Renfro; two daughters, Dr. Maria Blake (Mel Stampe) of Cincinnati, OH and Sara (Sally) Blake (Kingsley Durant); two sons, Richard L. (Rick) Jr. and Robert C. (Robbie) (Linda Modjeski); and a grandson, Sam.

Ministry: Bereavement

Join the Sages at the Young Hearts Theatre

FiftiesWhat: Young Hearts Theatre production of "The Frisky Fifties"

When: Friday, September 26, 2014, 7:00 PM

Where: Ursuline Arts Center, 3105 Lexington Road

Join the Sages for this fun Friday night outing. We will board TARC bus ($3.50/person, CASH), Epiphany parking lot at 6:00 PM and return around 10:00 PM. There is no charge for the show but donations are most welcomed to help defray production costs. The show is at Ursuline Arts Center, 3105 Lexington Road.

This is a fun-filled musical comedy that deals with the rise of rock and roll and how it was accepted by young and old. It has some beautiful songs full of nostalgia such as: "Only You, Blueberry Hill, The Great Pretender, Mona Lisa" and others. Also some funny 50's music; "Monster Mash, Purple People Eater, Charlie Brown and See You Later Alligator".

Ministry: Epiphany Sages

Do You H.O.L.Y.?

YouthWhat: 9-12th Grade Retreat

When: October 10-12, 2014

Where: Gasper River Catholic Youth Camp & Retreat Center

Cost: $95 Youth/ $45 Leaders (Scholarships are available)

All 9-12th grade youth are invited to our fall retreat to learn how to help others, love yourself (H.O.L.Y.). We'll participate in fellowship, prayer, high ropes courses, games, music, and fun!

Ministry: Youth Formation

National Eat Dinner Together Day

Eat TogetherMonday, September 22, 2014 is National Eat Dinner Together Day.

Maybe you always eat dinner together. If not, make a special effort to eat together on this day.

Tell stories of your day. What was the high? What was the low?