Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: February 26, 2017

Trust in God to care for youThis is the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time. How do you measure God’s care? God doesn’t measure it; it is poured out abundantly, though at times we may not recognize it. Someone devastated by war or terrible loss finds it hard to believe that God not only loves but is love itself.  We do not need to worry excessively about everyday struggles. God is with us, loving us in all situations, and the ultimate outcome of life is in God’s hands. May we be open to receive God’s care, and strengthened to manifest that same love even in difficult circumstances.

The world tells us to seek success, power and money; God tells us to seek humility, service and love.”  Pope Francis (June 2013)

The Sunday readings:

Lent begins on March 1, 2017!

Lenten SeasonCome pray with us on March 1, 2017, Ash Wednesday:

  • 8:30 AM: Mass with Distribution of Ashes
  • 7:00 PM: Evening Prayer with Distribution of Ashes

Our theme for Lent 2017:  Called to ENCOUNTER and ACCOMPANY… How is God inviting you to renewal this Lent?  To transformation through Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and alms-giving? 

Last Soup Supper before Lent and the start of weekly Lenten Soup Suppers

Soup SupperThe last Soup Supper before Lent will actually occur on Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras) February 28, 2017. We encourage wearing your Mardi Gras beads and head wear!

Note that, with Lent beginning the next day, we'll begin our weekly LENTEN Soup Suppers on March. 7, 2017 and we will not offer desserts during Lent. Also, we will not schedule a Lenten Soup Supper during Holy Week (Tuesday, April 11, 2017).

Trivia Game Night

Trivia NightWhat: Trivia Game Night

When: Friday, February 24, 2017, 6:30-9:30 PM

Where: Community Center

Please notice our new start time!

Get your team of up to 8 people per table for this fun, inter-generational evening open to all Epiphany members and their families. Each table is asked to bring 2 Heavy Appetizers, 1 Dessert and 1 (2-liter.) soft drink to be shared by ALL on a buffet table.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: February 19, 2017

Love your enemiesThis is the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. We hear from the Book of Leviticus: “You shall not bear hatred for your brother or sister in your heart. … Take no revenge and cherish no grudge against any of your people. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Paul’s letter to the Corinthians reminds us that the Spirit of God lives in each person. In a world with many examples of hatred, violence, war, and unnecessary death, Jesus appears with the radical call for us to love our enemies, to turn the other cheek, to trust in the way of peace, and to be especially concerned for those most in need. Do we really believe that this is the way God wants us to live? That this is the way of Jesus?

The dialogue between us should help to build bridges connecting all people, in such a way that everyone can see in the other not an enemy, not a rival, but a brother or sister to be welcomed and embraced!” (Pope Francis, 3/22/13)

You are God’s temple … God’s temple is holy, and that temple you are” (1 Cor 3:16-17). In this temple, which we are, an existential liturgy is being celebrated: that of goodness, forgiveness, service; in a word, the liturgy of love. This temple of ours is defiled if we neglect our duties towards our neighbor. Whenever the least of our brothers and sisters finds a place in our hearts, it is God himself who finds a place there. When that brother or sister is shut out, it is God himself who is not being welcomed. A heart without love is like a deconsecrated church, a building withdrawn from God’s service and given over to another use. (Pope Francis, 2/23/14)

PPC Nominations (2017)

PPC Nominations begin February 11, 2017

PPCParish Pastoral Council Members will be available with forms and to answer questions about the nominations after weekend Masses beginning February 11, 2017.

Parishioners may nominate themselves or another parishioner who is fully initiated (Confirmed).

Starting February 11th, parishioners will be able to nominate online [CLICK HERE] or fill out a paper nomination form available from PPC members.

Completed paper forms should be deposited in the Nomination Box located in the Connector. 

Men of Epiphany presents an Evening with Judge David P. Bowles

David BowlesWhat "Fairy Tales and War Stories: My life from the Badge to the Bar to the Bench."

When: February 19, 2017, 7:00-8:30 PM

Where: Community Center

A former police officer, then attorney, and now District Court Judge, he will share his very interesting & eventful life story!

All parishioners & guests are welcome, so please join us in the Community Center. Refreshments will be served.

Contact Mike McLaughlin, 262-6032, for more information.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: February 12, 2017

Love is basic to LawThis is the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. God’s wisdom challenges our human perspective and Christ calls us to a higher standard of religious practice. It can seem easy in the abstract, or at the grander scale, to accept God’s ways...but then comes the challenging moments in our relationships: betrayal, injustice, unfaithfulness. Surely, then, we are justified in our anger? Jesus offers us a wisdom that counsels reconciliation, faithfulness, integrity...all manifestations of his radical call to shape our lives by love. God’s compassionate eyes are upon us, encouraging us to choose the path of life.

“The New Law is called a law of love because it makes us act out of the love infused by the Holy Spirit, rather than from fear; a law of grace, because it confers the strength of grace to act, by means of faith and the sacraments; a law of freedom, because it sets us free from the ritual and juridical observances of the Old Law, inclines us to act spontaneously by the prompting of charity and, finally, lets us pass from the condition of a servant who ‘does not know what his master is doing’ to that of a friend of Christ.” - Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraph 1972

The Sunday readings:

10% SHARING GRANTS for December 2016

10%Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail… (Luke 12: 33)

Epiphany’s Ten Percent ministry is part of our commitment to reach out to those in need by helping support ministries, services, and programs outside of our community by taking a tithe (10%) of our income and making it available to these various agencies. The Ten Percent Committee of our Social Responsibility Committee discerns the disbursement of our tithe of monthly income to various agencies and programs within policies set by the Parish Pastoral Council and the Pastor. It meets monthly and reviews and evaluates applications for funding.

The following organizations were awarded Sharing Grants by the 10% Committee in December: