Children’s Religious Education: The Early Years

This article originally appeared in the March 2011 issue of The Epigram

FormationChildren’s Religious Education: The Early Years

Compiled by Dee Schroering, Edith Gruneisen, Jeanne Denny,Sandy Brooks, Barbara Aubrey

One of the four pillars on which the Community of Epiphany was founded was “excellence in religious education” with emphasis on adult formation. Hence, no parochial school was intended to be built. Parents were seen as the primary and most important teachers of their children. Parents were supported in this responsibility initially with inter-generational “celebrations of the seasons” and sacramental preparation programs.

Ministry: Epigram

Summer School ~ Not a drudgery any longer!

Summer SchoolOLFE, aka the Archdiocesan Office of Lifelong Formation and Education Professional Development and Faith Formation pulled together almost 200 summer classes!

Ministry: Adult Formation

Honduras Solidarity Team to meet on Monday, April 18, 2011

Honduras TeamThe Honduras Solidarity Team meets on Monday, April 18, 2011, 7:00 PM in the Library. We’ll begin with special time in Holy Week prayer with our friends in Honduras, and do some project planning—new ideas in the works! Our friends have asked us to help them learn container gardening as a way to supplement their diet with fresh produce, and to build "rocket stoves": high-efficiency wood burning stoves that will improve their use of wood for cooking. We are also working with friends to offer our water program to mission teams throughout the world. The needs of the scholarship families and the after school program have an exciting possibility: some of our youth plan to raise funds as they climb Kilimanjaro in June. We have pictures to share of the home construction progress, and a great report on the first steps in the micro-credit organization. All in all, it should be an interesting meeting!

Our Lenten Sculpture Begins To Take Shape

Lent SculptureStone Thoughts

By Sister Larraine Lauter

“What’s going on with The Stone in the Gathering Space?” “What’s it going to be?”

At first, I had to say, “I have no idea.” Things didn’t begin as I anticipated or planned. I picked up a chisel and stared at a large block of masonry: four blocks of AAC (aerated autoclaved cement) stuck together with thinset. They stared back: their corners like defiant chins up and out, hard edged and stiff-shouldered. It seemed obvious that their union into one form was reluctant at best, resistant and resentful at worst. “Creative?” “Graceful?” “In relationship?” they snorted. “We are four distinct blocks—this was your idea, not ours. If we must be in this space, it will be on our terms.”

At first, I went at them with a kind of grim determination. We’d already dragged these blocks into our Lent, and they would just have to get with the program. A hatchet took off a few corners—not exactly a nonviolent tool. How could these four blocks ever become one artful expression of our Lenten journey to embrace nonviolence? They obviously didn’t like one another, and I don’t think they liked me. They exude distrust—well, why not? I was approaching with a hatchet.

Ministry: Worship

Reflections Holy Week Prayer & the Sacred Triduum: April 20 – April 23, 2011

Wednesday of Holy Week

Communal Reconciliation, Wednesday, April 20, 12:00 noon.

How are we allowing ourselves to be shaped by the Divine Carver’s hands? Come receive the forgiveness that flows from God’s mercy.

Labyrinth, following the Communal Reconciliation until 8:30 PM.

In continuation of our Lenten journey, the labyrinth meditation will incorporate independent walking of the Stations of the Cross on the outdoor labyrinth. It can be accessed by the walkway at the corner of the parking lot.

Paschal Triduum

Reflections on Sunday’s Mass: April 17, 2011

Palm SundayThis Sunday is Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion. Our journey through lent, considering transformation through the non-violent way of Jesus, now brings us to the cross. Here we discover the surprising result of facing evil and violence with love. Letting go and giving all to God not only opens a possibility for healing and reconciliation – it also opens the possibility for life beyond our imagining. In this way, “crucifixion,” can be “redemptive suffering,” and becomes a door to new life.

Update on Japan Collection

JapanWe have sent a check for a bit over $7,300 to Catholic Relief Services, as collected for the past three Sundays.  

Thank you to all who contributed!

2011 Holy Week Prayer Schedule

Holy Week

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, April 16-17, 2011 (All Masses)

  • Participate in the procession, carry symbols or participate as a liturgical dancer. Sign up online or call the office.

Communal Reconciliation and Labyrinth

  • Wednesday, April 20, 12:00 noon

Paschal Triduum

Holy Thursday, April 21,2011

  • Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper 7:00 PM - Eucharistic Liturgy with Foot-Washing: come have your feet washed and wash the feet of others, and bring bread or other donations for the hungry. At the conclusion there will be time for prayer in the Chapel of Reservation.
Ministry: Worship

Obituary for David James Cullen

David CDavid James Cullen, 81, of Louisville, passed away Friday, April 8, 2011 at Jefferson Place.

The son of Thomas and Kate Cullen, Dave was born February 4, 1930 in Oylegate, County Wexford, Ireland. After immigrating to America, he met the love of his life, Peggy O'Leary, in San Francisco. His chosen career of counseling youth as a Job Corps Center Director led his family to relocate to various National Parks. He settled and raised his family in Bowling Green, KY. He was active in the St. Vincent de Paul Society and Cofounder of the St. Patrick Society, starting an annual parade.

Ministry: Bereavement

Spiritual Practice, Fifth Week of Lent: Christ calls us to new life…

Lent 2011: Embracing Transformation in the Non-Violent Christ

LentSpiritual Practice, Fifth Week of Lent: Christ calls us to new life…

God gives us the eyes to see that our violence is self-serving and death-dealing, if we choose to see. We have a “dis-ease” that will end in the plains of scattered bones described by Ezekiel. Personally, communally, societally, we are all drawn into the death-dance of violence. In the person of Jesus, shouting down into our tombs to invite us back to life, we find hope.

Carry your “prayer stone” in your pocket. When feeling its hardness or rough edges, pray for what needs “softening.” Where is Christ inviting me to a new perspective, to let go of the stones of violence or the walls that barricade? How is God calling me out of the ways of death?