Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: February 25, 2018

TransfigurationThis is the Second Sunday of Lent.  Today’s scriptures reaffirm: life, not death, is God’s desire for all beloved sons and daughters.  As God made a covenant with Noah, so does God make a covenant with Abraham, and through Jesus, a new covenant with us. The disciples, still confused about Jesus’ identity and mission, see a glimpse of God’s glory in Jesus on the mountaintop, and are told to listen to him. 

  • How committed are you to making time for what’s most important? 
  • How open are you to the Word of God, the nudge of the Spirit? 
  • Are you recognizing what Jesus is saying through the events and situations in your life? 

Listening is the beginning of prayer - Mother Teresa 

Lent 2018: Repent, Listen and Love

Lent: Pray - Fast - GiveWelcome to Lent 2018! You're invited to a Lenten journey of renewal -- Give yourself the gift of space and time to receive God's mercy and love! The season of Lent invites us to take time to examine our lives and listen to the Spirit; to use the time-revered tools of prayer, fasting and almsgiving; and to make the changes needed to live in the full" ness of God's love as the body of Christ for the world. Support your journey by taking advantage of some of the opportunities available. Pick up a black book for daily reflection or use the online suggestions for "Perfectly Yourself' at Dynamic Catholic and see where the Spirit leads.

  • "God " speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer." -Mother Teresa
  • The fruit of silence is prayer…The fruit of prayer is faith…The fruit of faith is love…The fruit of love is service…The fruit of service is peace. -Mother Teresa

LENT OFFERINGS

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: February 18, 2018

Believe the Good NewsThis is the First Sunday of Lent. Welcome to Lent 2018: Repent, Listen & Love! The season of Lent offers an opportunity for us to take time and space to examine our lives and listen to the Spirit; to use the time-revered tools of prayer (attending to God), fasting (doing without to allow space and clarity for listening and loving), and almsgiving (gifts of love to those in need); and to make the changes needed to live in the fullness of God’s love as the body of Christ for the world.

To receive the grace of God you must go to the desert and stay awhile.” (Blessed Charles de Foucauld)

“‘Silence is God’s first language’ (John of the Cross); everything else is a poor translation. In order to hear that language, we must learn to be still and rest in God.” (Fr. Thomas Keating, O.C.S.O.) How committed are you to making time for what’s most important? How open are you to the nudge of the Spirit? Can you recognize what God is communicating in the events and situations in your life? In our community’s prayer this season, small windows of opportunity for silence and listening will be offered that hopefully encourage the same in your daily life. “God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer.” (Mother Teresa)

May this season help you return to God and allow love to grow to fullness in your life.

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Reflections for Ash Wednesday: February 14, 2018

Ash WednesdayWelcome to Lent 2018: Repent, Listen & Love! The season of Lent offers an opportunity for us to take time and space to examine our lives and listen to the Spirit; to use the time-revered tools of prayer (attending to God), fasting (doing without to allow space and clarity for listening and loving), and almsgiving (gifts of love to those in need); and to make the changes needed to live in the fullness of God’s love as the body of Christ for the world.

Silence is God’s first language’ (John of the Cross); everything else is a poor translation. In order to hear that language, we must learn to be still and rest in God. (Fr. Thomas Keating, O.C.S.O.)

How committed are you to making time for what’s most important? How open are you to the nudge of the Spirit? Can you recognize what God is communicating in the events and situations in your life? In our community’s prayer this season, small windows of opportunity for silence and listening will be offered that hopefully encourage the same in your daily life. “God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer.” (Mother Teresa) May this season help you return to God and allow love to grow to fullness in your life.

This year at Epiphany the celebration of Ash Wednesday and distribution of ashes will take place at:

  • Morning Prayer (Liturgy of the Hours), 8:30 AM, Fr. Randy Hubbard presiding and Polly Duncan-Collum preaching.
  • Evening Mass (Liturgy of the Eucharist), 7:00 PM, Fr. Randy Hubbard presiding and preaching.

Parish Pastoral Council Selection Nominations! (2018)

Who to nominate?

  • Consider enthusiastically nominating yourself or any other confirmed parish member!
  • Reflect on the gifts present in the Epiphany family- where do they connect to serve the parish’s needs?

>>> Click here to nominate online <<<

Epiphany uses the selection process to determine new members of the Parish Pastoral Council. The process fosters new leadership among those who might not otherwise consider serving as a PPC member.  Past nominees who have participated in the discernment process found it to be an affirming, supportive, and unifying experience.

Ash Wednesday Liturgies

Lent growthAsh Wednesday (February 14, 2014) is the start of the Lenten season of renewal. On Ash Wednesday, with the whole assembly, each of us is called to a fast, called to return to God with our whole hearts, to be reconciled with God and one another.

Ashes will be distributed at the following times:

  • 8:30 AM (Morning Prayer) – Fr. Randy presiding and Polly Duncan Collum preaching
  • 7:00 PM (Eucharistic Liturgy – Mass) – Fr. Randy presiding and preaching

Obituary for Omer Lamothe

Omer and Ina LamotheOmer G. Lamothe, 92, born in Windsor Ontario, passed away on February 5th, 2018.

Omer studied Mechanical Engineering at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, graduated in 1948, moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan and married Ina Bortolotti in Decatur, Michigan the same year. In 1990, Omer retired from Humana as Director of Engineering. He was a member of ASHRAE and an active parishioner of The Church of Epiphany.

His greatest joy was always doing things for his children and grandchildren - helping build decks and updating houses, working at Habitat for Humanity and crusading for social justice. He made a difference in the world with his love, generosity, and dedication to others. He was the best husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend. He will be missed by many.

Gary Marvin's Acceptance Speech for the Jim Flynn Social Responsibility Award

Joan Shanahan, Gary Marvin, Fr. Randal HubbardFirst of all I want to thank Fr. Randy, Joan Shanahan, and all the members of the Social Responsibility Steering Committee for accepting me for this award and making this evening possible, including many “behind the scenes” preparations and announcements prior to tonight’s gathering.
 
I also want to thank Brayton Bowen and my wife, Rita, for the “behind my back” collaboration they did in gathering information on my past experiences that contributed to the material for my nomination.  I am especially appreciative of Brayton’s “over the top” introduction tonight.
 
I also want to extend my personal thanks to all who provided the wine and food for this event as well as the lovely setting in which we find ourselves tonight.
 

Obituary for Ann Bucher

Ann BucherAnn Hayden Bucher, age 79 of Louisville, Kentucky, passed away peacefully on February 3, 2018 at Baptist Hospital East. Ann was the devoted wife of Charles Bucher, loving daughter of Fox and Loretta Hayden, sister to Joe and Mary Pat, aunt to Emily, all of whom preceded her in death. Ann dedicated her life to helping others. She was an RN and finished her career with the Veterans Administration in Little Rock, Arkansas. During their time in Little Rock, Ann and Charles became members of the Big Sisters/Little Sisters Organization and were paired with a young lady, Mary Langlais, with whom they stayed close to until their deaths. Upon Ann's retirement she and Charles moved to Louisville where Ann volunteered at Sacred Heart Home, Mary Knoll Sisters, St. Vincent de Paul and Water with Blessings. Ann will be sorely missed by the many people whose lives she touched. She will be remembered for her generous spirit, her grace, her quick wit, her thirst for knowledge and her love of baseball!

Ann is survived by her sister, Betty Burns; sisters-in-law, Linda Hayden and Ann Hennessey. Also surviving are 7 nieces and nephews and 10 great-nieces and nephews; and a host of family and many friends.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: February 11, 2018

ReAch OutThis is the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Jesus is the one who welcomes the outcasts home. We pray today for those who bring healing and comfort to the sick, but we also think about the ministry that we share in Christ, to provide inner healing for all those who are exiled because of something that others might find offensive.

Who are the outcasts? Each of us has times when we experience isolation and alienation from loved ones and God. We also know that there are those we have “cast out” of our circle - perhaps members of another political party, another religion, a foreign culture, a family member with whom we have differences… Through Jesus’ touch the good news is revealed to us and in us. We are called to open ourselves to the healing touch of Jesus, and to offer his restoring touch to the outcasts among us.

Wisdom of the heart means going forth from ourselves towards our brothers and sisters.” - Pope Francis, Message for World Day of the Sick 2015

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