Obituary for Mary Lucille Bland

Mary Lucille Bland, 89, of Louisville, quietly passed away on Saturday, July 2, 2011. She was a member of the Church of the Epiphany, retired from General Electric and was a member of the Moose Lodge Ladies Auxiliary.

Ministry: Bereavement

Reflections on Sunday’s Mass: July 10, 2011

SowerThis Sunday is the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. How often do we hear the parable of the Sower and Seed (this week’s Gospel) and automatically agree. The parable is clear. It has an obvious message. Those of us who allow the Good News of Jesus to settle deep within us bear much fruit. Those of us who do not, well, our ability to bear witness to the Gospel falters. We hear this Gospel, recognize it’s call, assess where we are and try to improve.

What if, instead of looking at this Gospel as a yardstick by which we measure ourselves we look at it as God’s gift to us? We who are Baptized into the Body of Christ are rich soil. What if Jesus were saying to each of us: “I know you will understand my Word, my words, my teaching because you are mine?” Imagine Jesus telling us “I am in you and you are in me? Because of our unity, the seed I sow in you will bear ‘a hundred, sixty or thirty-fold.’” What a huge message of hope!

Reflections on Sunday’s Mass: July 17,2012

WheatThis is the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Our readings show us some qualities of God and speak of the role of the Spirit in our lives. The Gospel contains three parables or stories. Jesus explains why he uses parables, breaks open the 1st parable of the weeds of the fields and leaves to us the understanding of the parable of the mustard seed and the yeast.

  • Wisdom 12.13, 16-19 In the Hebrew Scriptures we see God’s providence and we hear the call to “trust in God”. God asks us to treat others as God has shown us: judging mildly and with an abundance of kindness toward others.
  • Romans 8: 26-27 It is the Spirit that helps us pray. It is the Spirit that fills in for our “weaknesses”. It is the Spirit that “opens” us to God’s desires for us.
  • Matthew 13:24-43 The Gospel opens with the parable of the wheat and weeds with two other short parables about the mustard seed and the leaven. Jesus then explains why he preached with parables and he “breaks open” for us the 1st story about the weeds of the field. Who are you in this story….the householder or the slave?

You are invited...

SR logoThe Social Responsibility Steering Committee (SRSC) invites you to consider membership for the coming year (August 2011-June 2012.)

We are interested in fresh perspectives and insights--including those who are not "the usual suspects." Our goal is to help all our Epiphany members integrate the Church's social teachings into their lives.

Reflections on Sunday’s Mass: July 3,2011

DonkeyYour king shall come to you, a just savior, meek, and riding on an ass…he shall banish the chariot and the horse… and the warrior’s bow... he shall proclaim peace.

This Sunday is the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time. A few weeks ago I had my first opportunity to see live, serious jousting—the playact of medieval war. The “knights” were determined to knock each other asunder; a large part of their success depended on the speed of their horses. I was struck too—by the image of Jesus mounted on a plodding donkey, deliberately choosing to image himself as the very antithesis of the warring kings of his day. In a time characterized by the force of arms, Zechariah foresaw him, this very unusual king, humble and mounted for peace.

Meet Father Randy

The following is another item in our Epigram series of articles.

Meet Father Randy
By Gary Marvin

Fr. RandyFr. Randy Hubbard hails from Meade County, Kentucky. He was born in Flaherty but moved with his family to Brandenburg, where his parents still live. He is the oldest of four children, having one brother and two sisters. His mother, Georgina Hubbard, is a fervent Irish Catholic who insisted that the family attend Mass every Sunday no matter what the weather or the distance to the parish church. His father, Randall Hubbard, a convert to Catholicism, joined the family in regular Mass attendance as well. Father Randy has 12 nieces and nephews and 6 great nieces and nephews. About 80 extended family members gather each September for a family reunion on his family’s farm. So Father Randy is used to being a member of a large family. On most of his days off you will find him back home where he still enjoys doing chores around the family homestead, especially mowing the nearly 2 acres of lawn surrounding the house.

Ministry: Epigram

Educational offering for required pediatric abusive head trauma: Attention RNs and LPNs

Norton LogoThe Kentucky Board of Nursing has mandated that all nurses be trained in the recognition and prevention of pediatric abusive head trauma, commonly called shaken baby syndrome, as required by KRS 620.020 (recognition and prevention of pediatric abusive head trauma). In support of this requirement, the Norton Healthcare Institute for Nursing is offering continuing education opportunities throughout 2011 at the dates and times listed below. The offering meets state continuing education requirements for nursing professionals. It is the only education of its kind offered in Kentucky.

Ministry: Community Care

Welcome, Fr. Randy!

Fr. Randy pictureRev. Randy Hubbard begins today, June 22, 2011, his pastoring of Epiphany.  He comes to us with years of pastoral ministry.  Most recently, he served as the Pastor of St. Stephen Martyr.  

The community of Epiphany welcomes Fr. Randy.  We ask God to abundantly bless Fr. Randy and our Epiphany parish as we journey together.

The Harvest Begins…

Plant a Row logoGARDENERS: The baskets are in the gathering area for your early crop donations of greens, cabbage and snow peas, etc.

We made the first delivery of the season to Neighborhood Visitor Program on Monday (June 13) of 8 pounds of mixed greens, snow peas and asparagus.

Good News from Honduras!

Honduras Mission LogoGood News from Honduras! We have received a report for the new microenterprise program: 12 women, starting with microloans of about $50 US, have begun a variety of small businesses: tamales, curtains, sandals, make-up, produce, etc.