Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: June 10, 2012

Corpus ChristiToday we who are church, Christ’s body, celebrate with great solemnity the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. Yes, we partake during each Eucharistic Liturgy, each Mass in which we fully participate, but today is special. Today we are offered an opportunity to consider the amazing gift that is core to who we are and how we are in the world.

The scriptures speak of sacrifice. Moses told his people how they are supposed to act in their new home. They responded to these commands with “We will do everything that the Lord has told us.” God’s covenant was sealed through an animal sacrifice, pouring blood on the altar (representing the holiness of God), sprinkling blood on the people (to represent their agreeing to what they heard).

Christ seals the new covenant between God and all people through his own death. Paul explains that Christ’s blood sanctifies us. We become co-heirs with Jesus Christ who is both priest (offering the sacrifice to the Father) and the victim. Christ’s body and blood is the source of our new life. What we do with our new life each week is up to us.

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Epiphany Recipes: Banana Nut Bread from A La Abacus, St. Francis School Cookbook

Banana Nut BreadThis is the next in an ongoing series of tasty recipes from the parish of Epiphany.

Banana Nut Bread from A La Abacus, St. Francis School Cookbook

I quickly won the staff over with my favorite Banana Nut Bread recipe. It's d-licious!


  • 2 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • Nuts and sugar for topping (as desired)
Ministry: Parish Recipes

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: June 3, 2012

TrinityThis is Trinity Sunday. The concept of one God, three persons is a powerful mystery. This doctrine wasn’t formulated until the Council of Nicea in 325 CE and came about after 300 years of the apostles and the early Christian community experiencing God and reflecting on that experience.

Readings for this Sunday:

  • Deut. 4:32-34, 39-40: Moses tells the Israelites that God who would lead them out of slavery, the God who spoke through the midst of fire, the God who would give prosperity to the Israelites and their descendents is a God who enters into our human lives. Our God invites a response!
  • Romans 8: 14-17: God’s great gift to us is that we are God’s children. As heirs of God and Christ we can call God “Abba”. In what ways do you experience God as Abba, parent?
  • Matt. 28: 16-20: In Scripture we find several mountain top experiences. Traditionally, a mountain top symbolizes an important revelation. In Matt. 28 , Christ sends forth his disciples to proclaim the gospel and to baptize in the “name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” and the PROMISE given to us is that God will be with us for all time. God challenges all of us to be people of the word who do good deeds in the name of Christ. It is in our experiences of God in the everyday of our lives that we come to understand in a deeper fashion this God who is “above all knowing”.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: May 27, 2012

SpiritThis is the Feast of Pentecost: We are challenged to be immersed in the outpouring of the Spirit who re-creates us and re-vitalizes our community. Pentecost is the church’s birthday. Just as our local church, Epiphany, was born on the wave of Vatican II and opened its doors in June of 1971, the birthday of the church (universal) occurred on Pentecost with the outpouring of the Spirit (Acts 2: 1-11). The gifts of the Spirit at Pentecost and today are many: teaching, preaching, faith, peace, forgiveness, mission, ministry. These gifts are for the benefit of the community to be of service to the church and to the world. Through our baptism, the mission of Jesus becomes our mission. Our mosaic that hangs behind the altar speaks well of the waters of baptism leading to the fire of Pentecost . God’s desire expressed by Jesus “..that they may they all be one” happens because the presence of the Spirit leads us to profound unity.

Readings for this Sunday:

  • Acts 2:1-11: The coming of the Spirit at Pentecost was symbolized by a violent wind and divided tongues of fire. All heard in their native language the power and wonder of God.
  • 1 Cor 12: 3-7, 12-13: It is the spirit that unites us in our diversity. The manifestation of the Spirit is for the common good.
  • Jn 15:26-27; 16:12-15 Like the disciples after Christ’s resurrection, many of us live in “fear”. As with his followers, Christ offers us today the gifts of peace and forgiveness.

Henryville Tornado Clean Up by our Youth Group

Over Spring Break, Epiphany’s Youth Group teamed with the Youth Groups of St. Paul and Incarnation and spent a week doing tornado clean up in Henryville and surrounding areas. 18 youth and 8 adults spent their nights camping at Mount St. Francis to be in solidarity with those who don’t have a roof over their heard due to be homeless or the tornado ripped it right off.

They spent  their days either clearing acres of blown over trees and brush, picking up bits of glass and concrete from a yard that the young kids like to run barefoot in and looking for Legos and Lincoln Logs, donning hazmat suits to rip out moldy dry wall and ceiling tiles, and collecting scrap metal for money.

Ministry: Youth Formation

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: May 20, 2012

AscensionThis is the feast of the Ascension of Christ. On this day we celebrate the exaltation of Jesus at God’s right hand, the fullness of the meaning of his resurrection. In today’s scriptures we are assured that Christ left us a heritage of spiritual gifts as well as a commission to complete his saving work in our world. The ministry of Christ is continued in the ministry of the Church – we are commissioned to proclaim the Gospel, and undertake our mission “through the Holy Spirit.” Do we get distracted or lose sight of the hard work of living the real message of the gospel (humility, gentleness, bearing with one another…being (John’s “beloved” community)?

Readings for this Sunday:

  • Acts 1:1-11. The ascension of Jesus and his commission to the apostles to wait for the promised Holy Spirit.
  • Ephesians 4:1-13. Live in accord with their faith, and he reminds them that Jesus became one of us in order to empower us with the gifts we need to live that way (for service). Jesus gave multiple ministries to build up the body so that we may come to be fully mature.
  • Mark 16:15-20. The risen Christ continued to work with them. Go and proclaim the good news. Confirm the word through signs of new life.

Obituary for Norman Buckley

NormanNorman Buckley, 90, of Crestwood, KY, passed away Thursday May 10, 2012 at his home with his family by his side.

Norman served as Lt. (J.G.) United States Navy in the Pacific theater in World War II as Engineering Officer on Landing Ship Tank (LST) 230. Norman earned a BS and MS in engineering from the University of Illinois. A research and development engineer, Norm was a pioneer in radiant heating and solar energy, holding 11 patents in his field of expertise. Lifetime member ASHRAE engineering society and author of several standard manuals. In the 1990s, he and Mil were sent by the State Department as business consultants in Romania and Bosnia. Norm and Mil traveled extensively, visiting six continents including Antarctica. He was a faithful lifetime member of the Roman Catholic Church.

Ministry: Bereavement

Good-Bye Party for Sister Larraine

Sr. LarraineOn Sunday, April 29, 2012, we all gathered in the Community Center to say good-bye to Sister Larraine Lauter, OSU, who has been our Minister of Social Responsibility for almost 4 years.  

She won’t be leaving the parish, but will not be on the staff at Epiphany any more. Sister Larraine will continue to worship with us and volunteer for events when she is able.

The Community Center was crowded with folks who came to tell her good-bye, with lots of hugs and kisses. There was lots of good food to share, as well. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped with this gathering!

Sister Larraine’s new job is in a new non-profit agency called Water With Blessings. Most of us are familiar with her work in the area of providing clean water to women and their families in Honduras using an inexpensive filter and a bucket. We all wish her well with this new endeavor.

Youth Group Seniors 2012

Seniors 2012

The Youth Group finished another successful year that included ski trips, retreats, lock ins, hosting a Seder Meal, Red River Gorge climbing trip, Ichthus Christian Music Festival, Appalachia, and an Alternative Spring Break Trip to Henryville, IN.

Ministry: Youth Formation