Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: December 17, 2017

Advent 3This is the Third Sunday of Advent. On this “Gaudete” (Rejoice) Sunday, our scriptures show us that we have great cause for joy. God enters our world in so many ways! Like John the Baptizer, we are called to testify to the light. We are a people anointed by God and called by our baptism to bring joy to the poor, healing to the broken hearted, freedom to prisoners, justice for the oppressed, a year of debt relief to everyone - and more. May our Advent preparations help make God’s presence ever brighter in the darkest corners of our world.

“No applause welcomes him. No crowds surround him. Instead, our hope rests in simplicity.”

In the midst of everyday busy-ness and holiday preparations,

how will you find joy in the simplest tasks?

The Sunday Readings:

Obituary for Stewart Willinger

Stu WillingerStewart "Stu" Martin Willinger, age 85 of Louisville, passed away Sunday, December 3, 2017. He was the former Chief Executive Officer for Cummins Cumberland, Inc. He was a graduate of St. Xavier High School class of 1951 and Life Member of St. Joseph Catholic Orphan Society, American Legion, Kentucky Colonel and Air Force Association. Stu served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict serving in the construction of the Artic Distant Early Warning Line in Goose Bay, Labrador and other artic areas of the Air Force from May of 1952 until September of 1953.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Marie Willinger and his brother Louis "Bud" A. Willinger.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: December 10, 2017

2nd Sunday of AdventThis is the Second Sunday of Advent. God shepherds us, feeds us, gathers us, is faithful to divine promises, baptizes us with the Holy Spirit. Like John the Baptizer, we continually prepare for divine presence by living with faithfulness and openness to God and one another. We “make straight the way of the Lord” by eagerly welcoming God’s abiding presence, fully receiving with gratitude God’s good gifts of justice and peace - and living them out.

“No applause welcomes him. No crowds surround him. Instead, our hope rests in simplicity.”

In the midst of everyday busy-ness and holiday preparations,

how will you choose to live more simply this week?

Rather than living on “auto-pilot,” how can you be open and curious

about the new things the Spirit is inviting into your life?

The Sunday Readings:

Mass Times for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Mary and Joachim and AnneWhat: Masses for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

When: 7:00 PM Thursday, December 7, 2017 (bilingual liturgy in English and Spanish) and 8:30 AM Friday, December 8, 2017

Where: Worship Center

The solemnity of the Immaculate Conception celebrates a very ancient belief and dogma (faithful teaching) of the church about Mary being free from sin from the moment of her conception in the womb of her mother (St. Anne). The dogma was officially defined in 1854 by Pope Pius IX, though it had been celebrated in many places for centuries, starting in Syria in the 5th century.

This feast has special significance for American Catholics since Mary, under the title of the Immaculate Conception, is the patron of the United States of America. The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D. C. is America’s Catholic Church dedicated to Mary under this title.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: December 3, 2017

Advent 1This is the First Sunday of Advent. “No applause welcomes him. No crowds surround him. Instead, our hope rests in simplicity.” At the beginning of our liturgical year, and as we approach a new calendar year, we are called to be attentive for signs of God’s presence. So much of our world, our lives, are filled with busy-ness, confusion, chaos, polarization, unpredictability, struggle, disaster…

  • What do we need to let go of, what blocks us from recognizing the presence of Christ?
  • How can we make space for others and their viewpoints? For seeing the new thing God is doing?
  • We have a need for faith and trust, that God is with us. How, then, do we need to live differently?

We are challenged to simplify our lives - and our celebration of Christmas - so that we can focus on what’s really important, and help others who are suffering. “It is in the joyful simplicity of a life inspired by the Gospel and the Gospel's spirit of fraternal sharing that you will find the best remedy for sour criticism, paralyzing doubt and the temptation to make money the principle means and indeed the very measure of human advancement.” (Pope John Paul II, 1979 to U.S.) May we live more simply so we can recognize God’s presence, and help bring God’s love to birth in our lives and world!

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: November 26, 2017

Good ShepherdThis is the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, the last Sunday of the liturgical year. Though Jesus has been raised to a throne of glory, he rules not as a monarch set apart in splendor nor a warrior bent on revenge. Christ cares especially for the weak and vulnerable, and reigns as a shepherd who seeks and rescues and lives with the flock - bringing them back, binding them up, strengthening them. We honor Christ by acknowledging that he is within all of us, and by responding with care and compassion to those in need. Who are the “least” among us to whom Jesus tells us to reach out? How will we respond to the needs of the least in works of both direct service and advocacy? May our lives be shaped by Christ’s teaching, that God’s reign may be built through what we have done for the least of our brothers and sisters.

The Lord will recognize us if we have recognized His face in the face of the hungry, the poor, the marginalized, the sick, and the lonely.” (Pope Francis)

The Sunday Readings:

2017 James E Flynn Social Responsibility Award Nominations

Beatitudes

The James E. Flynn Social Responsibility Award honors a current or former parishioner who has responded to the call of the Gospel and Catholic Social Teaching on a local, national, or international level. Through their service to others, these honorees are an inspiration to us all.

The recipient of this annual award will be honored at wine and cheese event on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

The recipient exemplifies one or more of the Beatitudes (Mt: 5:1-12 / Lk 6:20-23). We welcome your nominations now through Sunday, December 3, 2017.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: November 19, 2017

TalentsThis is the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. “Do not bury your talents, the gifts that God has given you. Do not be afraid to dream of great things!” (Pope Francis) Today’s gospel reminds us that God has entrusted, to each of us, many blessings - which we are called to use wisely. May our prayer strengthen our will to do so, open our hearts to the Spirit’s guidance in multiplying the gifts God’s providence has bestowed, and help awaken us to all the ways Christ comes to us.

The Sunday readings:

  • Proverbs 31: 10-13, 19-20, 30-31: A good partner is a precious gift in life. The praises of a "worthy wife" include an awareness that such a woman runs the home, cares for the poor, buys and sells property (a point excluded from this excerpt), and is faithful to the covenant. In other words, such a woman is involved in all aspects of daily life and lives always in faith. "Give her a reward for her labors, and let her works praise her at the city gates."
  • Thessalonians: 5:1-6: We do not know the day or time of Christ’s return. It is our determination that keeps that light of Christ burning until “that final day arrives”. How? We have been taught and supported by a Christian community and our God is faithful.
  • Matthew 25: 14-30: Our journey is one “from” God “to” God! Christians should make wise use of the gifts with which God has entrusted them. Our faith is expressed in our love of neighbors and ways that we respond to them. In our service to others, God’s gifts will produce fruit.

Obituary for Larry Mathes

Larry MathesLawrence Franklin Mathes, age 85 of Louisville, passed away Thursday, November 9, 2017 at Baptist Health. He was surrounded by the love of his family. Larry was a retired member of Teamster Local 89, and a member of Church of the Epiphany Catholic Church.

Larry is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Virginia Burgess Mathes; four daughters, Lisa Chandler (Bill), Karen Weber (Michael), Terry Mathes (Bill Bode) and Judy Russell (Paul); 9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; one sister, Florence Morgan; and a host of relatives and friends.

Pray and Remember - Veterans

Pray for veteransSaturday, November 11, 2017 is Veterans Day. To all our men and women in uniform - past, present and future:  God bless you...and thank you. 

A prayer for Veterans and their Families:

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