Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: December 24, 2017

Advent 4This is the Fourth Sunday of Advent. Today’s scriptures reveal a God who makes a home with us, One who takes on our very humanity to love us more completely. Mary allows God to make a home in her - trusting God, and doing what must be done to make God's will a present reality. Like Mary, it’s up to us to prepare the way -- for God to make a home in our hearts and lives. How is the presence of Christ becoming real in you? How can we, the body of Christ, become light and life for the world?

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

How can you be open and curious this week to notice

the new things the Spirit is bringing to birth in your life?

The Sunday readings:

CHRISTMAS SEASON MASS SCHEDULE

Mary, Jesus, JosephLas Posadas (Celebrated each night for seven days before Christmas)

A special invitation: Come join our Latino brothers and sisters for Las Posadas, December 16 through 22,  2017 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Community Center. The word posada means "inn" or "shelter" - so Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem and their search for a place to stay is re-enacted. Each evening includes prayer (Mass on Thursday), children taking turns for the parts of Mary and Joseph who lead the way looking for a place at the inn. A special song (La Cancion Para Pedir Posada) is sung, and then all gather for food and fellowship. Your presence would be welcomed and appreciated!

PLEASE NOTE: NO 11:30 AM Mass on December 24, 2017!

Christmas is a whole season of hope, joy, and prayer. Please join us at these masses of the season:

“Our Marriage Is Our Treasure” Retreat

Marriage retreatWhat: “Our Marriage Is Our Treasure” - A retreat for couples

When: February 10, 2018, 9:00 AM to noon

Where: Schindler Hall, St. Patrick Church, 1000 N. Beckley Station Road, Louisville, KY

Ticket Cost: $15 per person, $30 per couple

Tickets are now on sale for a three-hour retreat for married couples entitled “Our Marriage Is Our Treasure,” which will happen from 9:00 AM to noon, Saturday, February 10, 2018, in Schindler Hall, St. Patrick Church, 1000 N. Beckley Station Road, Louisville. [This retreat is co-sponsored by Epiphany Catholic Church and five other churches.]

This retreat is limited to the first 100 couples [or 200 individuals] who buy tickets. Tickets are $15 per person, $30 per couple.

Click here to purchase tickets. (Register early as seating may sell out soon!)

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.

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