Epiphany Youth Ministry Meets Reality TV

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

YouthEpiphany Youth Ministry Meets Reality TV

By Chris Luken

This past Fall, the Youth Group took a dive into reality television. With game nights including “Minute To Win It”, “The Amazing Race”, and “The First Annual Youth vs. Parents Catholic Jeopardy Night”.

The Youth Group year was kicked off with “Minute To Win It.” Contestants are given one minute to complete obscure tasks using tools found in any kitchen, game room, or home office. Youth Group members competed in games such as “Face the Cookie” in which using only their facial muscles, move an Oreo cookie from their forehead into their mouth.

Ministry: Epigram

Reflections on Sunday’s Mass: February 6, 2011

Salt and LightThis Sunday is the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The theme of “light” continues in our scripture readings for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Several weeks ago when we celebrated the Feast of Epiphany we heard: “Rise up, your light has come.” We had previously seen this light rest over the manager and knew that this child would be the light for our world. The Scripture readings during the Sundays in January were about answering the “call” of Jesus to follow him. Light is again a metaphor but the accent is on us becoming the “light of Christ.” A second powerful metaphor is found in today’s gospel: “salt.” We are called to be salt and light for the world.

Weather-related event cancelations

SnowflakeDue to inclement weather conditions, the following events WILL NOT BE HELD TONIGHT (Wednesday, January 26, 2011):

  • Confirmation interviews

However, the following events WILL BE HELD AS SCHEDULED this evening:

Ministry: Administration

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


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.


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.”