Obituary for Marjorie Vogel

MarjorieMarjorie M. Vogel, with grace and class, a world traveler, but always a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and to all who were blessed to know her – a friend. Steadfast in her devotion to her gentle but spirited husband of 57 years, Eugene Sr., who preceded her in passing. She will be missed by brother George, sister Geraldine, children Beth (Bob), Eugene (Anne), Timothy (Karen), James (Kristi), eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She had been a resident in St. Louis, MO, Bay City, MI, Clay City, IL and Louisville, KY. May her laughter, faith and spirit continue to guide all those who knew her. God grant her peace.

Ministry: Bereavement

Reflections on Sunday’s Reading: January 20, 2013

Wine JarsThis is the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time: We have just completed the Christmas Cycle where the revelation of God was manifested in the birth of Jesus Christ, God’s son. God was revealed to all peoples of the earth with the Magi’s visit to the Christ Child. Last Sunday, on the Feast of the Baptism of Jesus, God’s voice proclaims Christ as his “beloved”. Our Advent theme this year focused God’s light shining through us. Do we believe that we too are God’s beloved? The readings for the Second Sunday have a thread or theme of “newness” in them. We hear from Isaiah that we shall be called by a “new” name. Paul in his letter to the community at Corinth alludes to the “newness of God” coming through the Spirit. The familiar gospel story of the Wedding Feast at Cana reveals the “newness of God” at a celebratory moment when Jesus and his mother are with friends. How is the “newness of God” revealed in your life?

Share the Light – Reflections on Advent and Christmas 2012

Share the LIghtThe following reflections were submitted by parishioners as part of their spiritual practices for Advent.  We will publish one reflection a day for the rest of January.

Robert Frost is my favorite poet and his ‘Stopping by the Woods on a Snowing Evening’ is my favorite poem.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep;
But, I have promises to keep;
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

The blessed Holy Family must have surely felt that way  on their journey toward the birth of Jesus having made promises to each other and to God. These words have helped me, with God's guidance, to get through some very difficult times in my life, also. Thanks be to God. 

-Submitted by Rosie D

Confirmation Class to Sponsor a Book Drive

BooksAs you clean and clear clutter for 2013, we are looking for your help. If you have any new or used Children’s Books for Elementary School children (K-5th) and would like to share them with local children who do not have the privilege of owning their own books, we will collect them at weekend liturgies from now until Jan. 27.

Ministry: Youth Formation

Prayer for the Unborn

UltraSoundThe following is a prayer from the USCCB Holy Hour for Reparation and Healing in the 40th Anniversary Year of Roe v. Wade.

January 22, 2013 marks the 40th Anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court Decision To Legalize Abortion: Roe V.Wade.

Ministry: Respect Life

Prayer for Church Unity set for January 20, 2013

First Baptist AnchorageSAVE THE DATE: January 20, 2013.

Our Ecumenical Church Unity Octave Celebration this year will coincide with a celebration of the heritage of Rev. Martin Luther King at First Baptist Church of Anchorage.

Ministry: Worship

Campaign architecture plans review

What: Parishioner review of campaign architectural plans
Where: Epiphany community center
When: 7pm, Thursday, January 10, 2013

You are cordially invited to a presentation of the newly designed plans for the expansion between the Worship and Community Centers on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 7:00pm in the Community Center.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: January 13, 2013

Baptism of the LordThis is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. On this feast of the Baptism of Jesus, we witness his identity as Beloved of Son of God manifested to all. Through our own baptism, we too share this divine identity.   Jesus baptizes in water and in fire, and we become Spirit-filled people, renewed and reborn to make a welcome for all human beings into this new life of God. Baptism is the symbol of this new life; an “epiphany” of God in our lives. May we be heartened and strengthened to live out our baptismal call through lives of loving service. This celebration officially closes our Christmas season of celebrations.

Readings for this Sunday:

  • Is 40: 1-5, 9-11.  Give comfort, make the way easy for the journey. God comes and cares for us. 
  • Titus 2: 11-14; 3: 4-7.  We are saved by a bath of rebirth in which Christ cleanses us to become a new people. 
  • Lk 3: 15-16, 21-22.  After being baptized,  Jesus was praying and he received the Spirit. A voice said “with you I am well pleased.”  It is Jesus who baptizes us with Spirit and with fire.

Healing Blankets sent to victims of Newtown Shooting

Rose of LimaThe Healing Blanket Ministry has sent 30 Healing Blankets to St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Newtown Connecticut this past week. The ladies are in touch with the ministry outreach there, and after the holidays they will be distributing prayer blankets and shawls to all employees of Sandy Hook Elementary School teachers, aids, custodians etc.

Ministry: Healing Blanket

Wear Red for Feast of Epiphany Day Celebrations, January 5-6, 2013

StartThe Feast Of Epiphany (our Feast Day) is quickly approaching. We will celebrate the Feast of Epiphany on the weekend of January 6, 2013. That is the liturgical celebration and the theme is “following the light; following the star.”

  • Remember To Wear Red For Our Feast Day.
  • Receptions: after 5:30 PM and 11:30 AM Liturgies (muffins and pastries)
  • Full Breakfast after 9:00 AM Liturgy