Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: March 16, 2014

TransfigurationThis is the Second Sunday of Lent. Jesus is transfigured on the mountaintop – then walks down the mountain toward Jerusalem. God speaks in joy over the transfigured Jesus: “This is my Beloved Son – listen to him.” What keeps us from really listening to Christ? Jesus then walks down the mountain, faithfully bringing good news to the poor, the outcasts, the disheartened, which will soon take him to Jerusalem and his final days. What keeps us from “coming down the mountain” and embracing the difficulties and challenges of participating fully in the lives of those most in need?

Readings for this Sunday:

LENT 2014 SPIRITUAL PRACTICES – Week 2

TransfigurationSecond Week of Lent: Jesus is Transfigured...and begins his journey to Jerusalem.

We must be a faith community that gets involved by word and deed in people’s daily lives, touching the suffering flesh of Christ in others, willing to get in the mud with them; that is, letting their dirt, pain, and need rub off on us!” Pope Francis, Lenten Letter 2014

Prayer:

  • Do not be afraid...listen to him”… Develop a mantra (prayer phrase) that will help you keep your eyes on Christ when you have to “go down the mountain”.
  • Find a book, CD or video to deepen your understanding of some aspect of Jesus’ message. Read the Lenten Letter from Pope Francis.
  • Opportunities for communal prayer this week: Rosary, Monday 5:00 PM; daily mass, Tuesday - Friday 8:30 AM; Evening Prayer (before Simple Soup Supper), Tuesdays 6:00 PM; Taizé Prayer, Friday 6:50 AM; Centering Prayer, Friday 9:00 AM.

Soup Suppers for Lent

SoupWhat: Lenten Soup Suppers

When: Tuesdays of Lent (6:00 PM)

Where: Community Center

Our weekly Tuesday Lenten Soup Suppers begin March 11, 2014 Come join us for a simple meal of soup/salad/bread. Our gathering will begin with Evening Prayer (from the Liturgy of the Hours).

An invitation to join the Parish Pastoral Council from Stan Domzalski

StanThe following personal invitation was given after mass on the weekend of February 8-9, 2014.

My name is Stan Domzalski and I have been on Parish Council for a little over 6 months.

About 9 months ago I was, like you, sitting in the congregation listening to someone talk about the need for new members on the PPC. I thought about it briefly, but after leaving mass that evening I forgot about it.

A few weeks later I was contacted by a PPC member and notified that someone from the community nominated me to be on PPC. To this day I want to thank that person.

During my discernment, thinking and prayer, I had 2 thoughts:

Welcome Coffee set for March 9, 2014

WelcomeWhat: Newcomers Welcome Coffee

When: March 9, 2014 - 10:30 AM

Where: Epiphany House

Community Spirit ministry would like to invite those newly registered or those considering registering at Epiphany to a Welcome Coffee on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 10:30 AM in Epiphany House.

Louisville Police Chief, Steve Conrad, to speak to Men Of Epiphany

Steve ConradWhat: Louisville Metro Police Department, Volunteers in Police Service

When: March 16, 2014, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Where: Community Center

Presenter: Steve Conrad, Louisville Police Chief

The Men of Epiphany is sponsoring Police Chief of the Louisville Metro Police Department, Steve Conrad. He's speaking on Sunday, March 16th, from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM. All parishioners & guests are encouraged to attend! He'll give a community outreach presentation, including talking about the police department in general and what they do. He'll discuss public safety, crime, and their VIPS (Volunteers in Police Service) program.

Ministry: Men of Epiphany

Lenten Prayer Opportunities

Lent

Epiphany Strategic Survey

Ash Wednesday (March 5, 2014)

  • 8:30 AM: Mass with Distribution of Ashes
  • 7:00 PM:  Evening Prayer with Distribution of Ashes

Sacrament of Reconciliation

  • Individual Reconciliation:
    • Saturdays, March 8, 22, and April 12, 2014
    • 4:00 PM in the Chapel
  • Communal Reconciliation for our Region:
    • Sunday April 5, 2014
    • 3:00 PM Worship Center

LENT 2014 SPIRITUAL PRACTICES

LentFirst Week of Lent: Jesus goes to the desert to pray, and faces temptation.

Because we are sinners, we can ask ourselves if our heart has kept the restlessness of the search [for God] or if, instead, it has atrophied...Only this restlessness gives peace” Pope Francis: Homily, January 3, 2014.

Prayer Suggestions:

  • This week take some intentional time apart to pray… choose a time in addition to what you already do, and consider the “state of your heart” right now.
  • Looking at your experience of your life at this time... is it in harmony with what you say or believe is important? Do you allow the Spirit to shake up your habitual ways of seeing and doing things? What do you want to commit to during this lent that will deepen your prayer life and relationship with God?
  • Opportunities for communal prayer this week: Rosary, Monday 5:00 PM; daily mass Tuesday - Friday 8:30 AM; Taizé Prayer, Friday 6:50 AM; Centering Prayer, Friday 9:00 AM.

Fasting:

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: March 9, 2014

CrossThis is the First Sunday of Lent. Jesus goes to the desert to pray, and faces temptation. And we, like Jesus, also face temptations. God formed humans for life in a creation garden of God’s love, but our desire for power, prestige, wealth, to “be like gods,” can lead us into a desert wasteland of lies and death. Our human existence is warped and twisted by our responses to these lies. We justify the use of power, violence and manipulation as the necessary means to feed our human hungers. But we are invited to more – true fullness of life through conversion to our true selves, as God created us to be. Then we are able to join with Christ in bringing healing to our planet and all our brothers and sisters.

Readings for this Sunday:

Reflections on Ash Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Ashes on foreheardAsh Wednesday (March 5, 2014) is the beginning of Lent. Today we begin the season of renewal and new life with the help of ancient spiritual practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving that can help us accomplish this renewal as individuals and as a community. How can we simplify our lives and “lean in” to the presence of God to respond to the ways God is calling us to transformation?

We will celebrate with Eucharist and the Distribution of Ashes at 8:30 AM, and the Liturgy of the Hours (Evening Prayer) with the Distribution of Ashes at 7:00 PM. The community will be encouraged to commit to a Lenten spiritual practice including prayer, fasting and alms-giving, and suggestions will be offered throughout lent for these practices. As a sign of this commitment, community members are asked to bring an item of food or other requested items for the needy, to be left in “fasting baskets” in the altar area. Those attending Ash Wednesday services will be offered a Lenten bookmark to guide in committing to a Lenten spiritual practice.

During Lent, we have often carried around some "token" to remind ourselves, "Hey! It's Lent!" We've used pebbles, colored glass, horseshoe nails, strips of cloth... This Lent, we suggest deepening--literally--the gesture of bowing which we use during liturgies. To bow signifies reverence: we want to deepen our reverence and our obedience to God’s call to ongoing transformation. Our Lenten bows express physically our "leaning into" the experiences, the graces and the teachings of this holy season.

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