Obituary for Bob Dabney

Bob DabneyRobert Earl "Bob"Dabney, 70, a native of Cincinnati, OH, took God's hand peacefully in his sleep, Monday January 24, 2011 at his Louisville home after an 18 month series of devastating illnesses.

He is survived by his devoted family: loving wife of 46 years, Carmeleen "Carmy" Yocco Dabney, only daughter, Melani Dawn ("son" by marriage Christopher Fintan McDonell), grandson, Noah Andrew McDonell, "Mother" by marriage, Rose Yocco, brother, Ronald Dabney (Jan), sister, Barbara Kissel, and many other family members and dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Venetia and Raymond Dabney.

Ministry: Bereavement

Confirmation Service for Supplies Overseas

Honduras Update

Gurucharris Receive Flynn Award

MARGARET AND THOMAS GURUCHARRI AWARDED THE JAMES E. FLYNN PEACEMAKING AWARD FOR 2010

Award photoIt was a magical evening of celebration and tribute. As program host, Brayton Bowen commented, it was like “a scene from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats,” in which past recipients of the James E. Flynn Peacemaking Award are invited to a sort of “Jellicle Ball” to be recognized again, while one select being – in this case two – are chosen for the current year’s award.

Each year since 1992 the Award has been bestowed upon a current or former parishioner who “on a local, national, or international basis, has responded to the call of the Gospel and Catholic Social Teaching to make a significant contribution in the area of social justice. The recipient has made the world a better place to live, and in doing so, has enriched the Community of Epiphany (COE website).”

Reflections on Sunday’s Mass: January 30, 2011

Jan 30This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Are the beatitudes rules? A way of Life? Gifts? This week’s readings give us clues.

The prophet Zephaniah, a name meaning “Yahweh protects”, writes of the remnant of Israel who learned that reliance on God will create a life of peace and truth. Because they “take refuge in the name of the Lord” this remnant can live in good relationship with one another, a life of peace and truth. In his letter to the Corinthians Paul reminds people who know they are weak that God has called them anyway. And, what’s more, God will make use of them. God teaches the world through those who choose to rely be open to God and God’s direction.

An Ecumenical Journey

This article originally appeared in the January 2011 issue of The Epigram.

AN ECUMENICAL JOURNEY

by Eileen Breslin

St. LukesEcumenical has many meanings according to Webster. It is universal; pertaining to the whole Christian Church; inter-religious; promoting Christian unity around the world. Following the end of the Second Vatican Council in the mid-sixties, this became a new vocabulary word for many Catholics.

Epiphany, which was founded on the principles of Vatican II, put flesh to that word soon after we began by starting a dialogue with our Anchorage neighbor, St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Over the years, many enjoyable Sunday evenings were spent discussing our similarities and differences. Realizing that we were so much more alike than different, we came to a covenant relationship with St. Luke's on April 19, 1977. Both our former Archbishop Thomas McDonough and former Episcopal Bishop David Reed endorsed this covenant.

Ministry: Epigram

Meet Ron Keine: Wrongly Convicted and Sentenced to Death

Ron Keine

What: JustCommunity Speaker: Ron Keine of Witness to Innocence
When: Saturday, January 29, 5:00 PM
Where: Community Center – Potato Supper Event

Ron Keine has spoken across the country about his experience of being wrongly convicted and sentenced to death. A recent listener says: "Ron Keine's talk on the modern death penalty was equally enlightening, heart-breaking, and enraging. I was shocked at what had happened to him and to others in the same situation. No one can support capital punishment on any grounds after such a presentation of facts."

Ron Keine is a strong leader in the anti-death penalty movement and an active participant in Witness to Innocence. Ron currently lives outside of Detroit, where he owns his own business. He tells his story of survival to groups throughout the country and has done numerous media interviews about his wrongful conviction in the criminal justice system. Ron has been on the Larry King Show, various radio talk shows and a 2007 PBS documentary highlights a speech he gave at Bluffton University. Ron is a dynamic speaker who engages his audience with a high-impact mixture of sadness and humor. He feels it is important to tell his story of death row to educate others. “I used to have faith in the American justice system. Now I know it's corrupt and broken. I don't believe the government should kill people.”

Embracing Christ in the Seamless Garment

Seamless GarmentWhat: Potato Supper Presentation
When: January 30, 2011 (Sunday)
Time: 5:00 PM
Where: Community Center

JustCommunity Season 3 will begin later this month with the theme of “Embracing Christ in the Seamless Garment”.

We will focus specifically on Catholic Social Teaching with regards to Capital Punishment. We hope to engage this challenging teaching through community conversation, in a way that welcomes and respects all our different perspectives and voices.

Ministry: Respect Life

Reflections on Sunday’s Mass: January 23,2011

January 23Our Sunday liturgy for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time falls in the middle of the Octave for Christian Unity, Jan. 18-25. Christian churches worldwide have celebrated their desire to become one, to celebrate that which unites us rather than that which divides for almost 100 years. Epiphany will host the regional, ecumenical prayer service at 6:30 PM on Sunday, the 23rd. Please come and meet our Christian brothers and sisters from other denominations. Let us pray that our common mission will be as in the prayer of Jesus: “That they all be one.”

Isaiah 8:23-9:3 “Light” has been a recurring theme in Advent, the Christmas season and now carried into Ordinary Time. For us who live in the northern hemisphere in winter the contrast between light and dark is visible. Darkness images for us times of difficulties, hardships. We realize, too, that “light” is a symbol for understanding, individually and collectively. The people of Isaiah’s time experienced much hardship and persecution but the salvation that comes from God dispelled the darkness and it continues to do so in our time.

Discussion of the book “The Help”

The HelpWhat: Book Discussion of “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett.
When: Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: Community Center Library

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