A Christmas Letter from the Staff

Christmas

Dear Parishioners,

During this Holy Season of Christmas, Father Randy, Sister Mary and the entire staff at Epiphany extend our wishes to you and your families that you may be abundantly blessed.

This season is rich in ways to experience the coming of Christ into our lives today. May the gifts of joy, and peace be yours. May the love of family and friends and especially our children lighten your way.

We are grateful for the many ways you enrich our lives. May the new year be a time of re-commitment for all to follow Christ more deeply.

Ministry: Administration

Collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious

Fund for ReligiousThe following is the text of the appeal made by Sr. Mary at the close of liturgies on December 7-8, 2013

Every Advent since 1988 in parishes across these United States the Church has had a special collection for the retirement needs of women and men religious. This collection has been well received by parishioners. On behalf of religious everywhere I need to publically thank you for the many, many ways you support us. Your generosity is outstanding.

Let me state the problem: religious institutions do not have the savings or sources of income necessary to support the growing costs of retirement and elder care. In 2012 alone, the annual cost of care for senior religious exceeded $1.1 billion. Clearly, this collection cannot eradicate the need but it can certainly help to alleviate it.

Our Christmas Mass Schedule

Christmas Decoration

Please note our Christmas Mass Schedule for this year:

  • Christmas Vigil Mass: December 24, 2013, 4:00 PM
  • Christmas Mass for Families with Children: December 24, 2013, 6:00 PM
  • Christmas Night Mass: December 24, 2013, 11:00 PM (Musical Prelude begins at 10:30 PM)
  • Christmas Day Mass: December 25, 2013, 10:00 AM

PLEASE NOTE THIS VERY IMPORTANT PARKING ISSUE:

Ministry: Worship

Please note: our Christmas Mass Schedule has changed!

No Room in the InnDue to limited space in the Worship Center this Christmas, we will have four Masses this year so everyone will have room to celebrate Christmas.

Please pick the Mass time that serves you and your family best:

Ministry: Worship

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: December 22, 2013

Advent four candlesThis is the Fourth Sunday of Advent. We are called to trust in the harmony of God’s plan. Like Joseph and Mary in today’s gospel, we, too, are called to cooperate in the divine plan of salvation. But this calls for a deep trust that the Spirit of God is at work even when things don’t seem to make sense, and the situations in which we find ourselves are very challenging. It can take a lot of intention and attention to trust that God will bring good and something altogether new out of difficulty and even tragedy.

Is there a situation in your life that requires you to relinquish control and open yourself to the new and unexpected that God can bring out of it?

Let us with hopeful joy celebrate Emmanuel, our God who is with us in everything and whose promise of salvation can be trusted!

Wonderful Response to our Thanksgiving Collection

Thank YouThe Hunger and Poverty Subcommittee was overjoyed by the success of our Thanksgiving Collection. Thank you! While we had a slow start, many people came forward to help us serve those in our neighborhood in need.

Enough food was donated to fill the needed 170 bags with some to spare (the extra food will help fill the shelves at EACM); we had plenty of money to buy the Gift Cards for hen turkeys, and many came forward to help sort the food and to deliver.

Mass Time Changes for Christmas

AngelA reminder: the Children’s Christmas Eve Mass is at 6:00 PM this year!

In an effort to avoid overcrowding, there will also be a 4:00 PM Mass this day (December 24), in addition to the usual 11:00 PM Mass.

Ministry: Worship

Video of Bishop Trautman’s Presentation on the Vatican Council’s Vision for a Renewed Church


Bishop Donald Trautman, Bishop Emeritus of Erie, delivered an exquisite presentation at Epiphany on December 4, 2013, the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy. His lecture was entitled: “The Legacy Of The Constitution On The Sacred Liturgy And Its Significance For The Life Of The Church.”

Ministry: Worship

It’s Time to Go Skiing

SkiingWhat: Youth Overnight Ski Trip

When: January 11-12, 2014

Where:  Perfect North Slopes, Lawrenceburg, IN

Are you ready to hit the slopes? Join EYM on an overnight trip to Perfect North Slopes in Lawrenceburg, IN, January 11-12th, 2014.  This trip is open to all 7th-12th grade youth, and chaperones are needed!

To reserve your spot, please return a completed form and a $75 deposit by Dec. 13th. [Click here] for  the form for more information and full price.

Ministry: Youth Formation

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: December 15, 2013

Advent 3This is the Third Sunday of Advent. We’re halfway through our season of Advent – but perhaps not through the flurry of all our holiday preparations. Take a few moments to stop, to breathe, to reflect… How do we answer the question, “Are you the One…?” Allow yourself the space to encounter Christ in prayer, and recognize Christ in our own and others’ good works. Take a few moments of quiet each day; become mindful of God’s presence and reflect on where Christ has been present throughout your days. Are we living so that others can recognize the fruit of good works? Are we helping Christ become incarnate each and every day?

Readings for this Sunday:

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