Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: December 11, 2016

Gaudete SundayThis is the Third Sunday of Advent. Rejoice, don’t lose heart, on this Gaudete Sunday! Christ brings fullness of life for all, and offers the community of faith a vision of hope and harmony. We’re halfway through our season of Advent – but perhaps not through the flurry of all our Christmas preparations. Take a few moments to stop, to breathe, to reflect… How do we answer the question, “Are you the One…?” Allow yourself the space to encounter Christ in prayer and recognize him in good works--yours and others’. Take a few moments of quiet these busy days to become mindful of Christ’s presence and reflect on where Christ has been present throughout your day. As we hear the vision of healing, harmony and fullness of life for all, it is appropriate to celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of Sick and to bless our Healing Blankets. May our love and care support the healing that Christ brings. 

What Does “Maranatha” mean?

MaranathaPeople often wonder about “Marana tha.” This Aramaic phrase (the language Jesus and the first disciples spoke) is one of the most ancient in the New Testament, and connects us to the earliest recorded Christian prayer.  It can be translated as “Come, O Lord,” or “The Lord is coming.”  Found at the end of St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians and at the end of the Book of Revelation, it is an example of a Eucharistic acclamation used by the first Christians. It expresses the hope and longing of Christians for the glorious return of Jesus in the final days, and it also expresses the earnest prayer of Christians praying for the presence of Jesus in their Eucharistic celebrations.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass for the Archdiocese of Louisville

Our Lady of GuadalupeWhat: Mass for Our Lady of Guadalupe (bilingual Spanish and English)

When: Monday, December 12, 2016, 5:00 AM

Where: Epiphany Worship Center

Reception: Epiphany Community Center (following Mass)

Misa en Honor a La Virgen de Guadalupe

Lunes, 12 de diciembre de 2016, 5:00 A.M.

Church of the Epiphany

917 Old Harrods Creek Road

Louisville, KY 40223

Nuestro Arzobispo Joseph Kurtz, D.D. presidirá la Misa

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Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: December 4, 2016

PrepareThis is the Second Sunday of Advent. Advent invites us to rekindle our Baptismal commitment to follow Christ and produce the good fruits of holiness and justice in our lives. In the midst of the busyness of our Christmas preparations, can we carve out some space each day to welcome the presence of Christ our Light within us and to greet that Light in the other who is less fortunate than we are? Let us be on fire with the wonder of this season, prepare to celebrate Christ’s incarnated Presence among us, and open ourselves to that purifying fire of His Holy Spirit that sets us afire anew for living the Gospel!

We are called to live our lives and continue our faith formation in the context of God’s vision of hope, justice and peace. That means we need to be “awake,” open to change, ready to repent and able to recognize the in-breaking of God. This happens in the ordinary experiences of our daily lives – as our holiday preparations include the poor and needy as well as our loved ones, as we extend our care beyond our inner circle, as we try to simplify so that we are not distracted from being attentive to Christ’s coming.

Advent Changes Mark The Start Of A New Liturgical Year

Mary BanerNotice something different when you walked into the Worship Center today? The four fabric candles in the Narthex/Gathering Area, the new liturgical calendar above the Communion Minister sign-in, the Advent wreath by the baptismal font, the purple hangings, the rearrangement of the worship space…?

We hope it catches your attention, and helps you to realize Advent is here! God’s people have always been what we would call a “pilgrim people,” on a journey of faith, who need to pay attention to the ways the Spirit is moving and calling us.

Our Worship Space was designed with that in mind. We rearrange our space usually 6-7 times a year, to highlight the liturgical and natural seasons and remind us that God continually calls us to conversion and mission. (This year will also feature readings from the Gospel of Matthew most every Sunday.) May your experience of Advent bring many blessings!

 

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The Feldman’s Acceptance Speech for the James Flynn Social Responsibility Award

Flynn AwardeesThe James E. Flynn Social Award Dinner was held on October 29, 2016. This year’s honorees were Jo Anne and Steve Feldman. Below is the Acceptance Speech they gave on receipt of this award.

Forty-four years ago when we came to Epiphany our first time, it was in the St. Thomas orphanage gym. We were greeted warmly with a smile and firm handshake by Fr. Jim Flynn. We immediately knew this would be our new parish.

Soon we received “the call.” Many of you here have also gotten “the call” from someone at Epiphany. Sometimes you may have even been the “caller,” as we have been. I was asked to be a member of the parish council, and Jo Anne was asked to be secretary for the Social Action Committee.

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Free webinar! Praying as a Family with the Nativity Set

Pary Nativity Set

Praying as a Family with the Nativity Set

Get helpful tips for kindling faith and devotion in the home during Advent. (Ideal for parents and Religious Education Directors.) Sign up to participate.

The nativity set is a symbol of anticipation and fulfillment that children and parents can explore together in preparation for Christmas.

mcgrathJoin McGrath Institute for Church Life program director and professor Timothy P. O’Malley for a free webinar on the theological richness of the nativity and how it can renew your family’s prayer life in preparation for Christmas. Professor O’Malley will offer inspiring images and helpful tips for kindling faith and devotion in your home.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: November 27, 2016

advent StillnessThis is the beginning of a new liturgical year, the First Sunday of Advent, which calls us to continue our faith formation s and live our lives in the context of God’s vision of hope, justice and peace. That means we need to be “awake,” open to change, ready to repent and able to recognize the in-breaking of God. This happens in the ordinary experiences of our daily lives – as our holiday preparations include the poor and needy as well as our loved ones, as we extend our care beyond our inner circle, as we try to simplify so that we are not distracted from being attentive to Christ’s coming. In the fullness of this holiday time, how can we create some space to be able to encounter Christ? Where will we allow a bit of stillness so we can attend to God? Gospel living requires staying awake in order to live in the presence of God, which will usher in God’s reign of hope, justice, peace and harmony for all.

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2016 Annual Report and Ministry Opportunities Brochure

Report Banner

At this time of year Epiphany publishes our annual report for the past Fiscal Year of activities and expenditures. We also publish our annual Ministry Opportunities brochure that describes the many ways parishioners can be involved in Stewardship of their Time and Talent. Below is a digital copy of each document.

Fr. Randy explains some of the highlights of this year’s report:

Parish Advent Retreat

TreeWhat: The Traditions and Customs of Christmas

When: December 4, 2016, 6:00 – 7:30 PM

ChurchWhere: Community Center

Who should attend: Children (10 years and up) and Adults of any age

Presenter: Brother Bob Baxter, OFM, Conv.

Manger>>Use this link to register online.<<

Ever wonder:

  • Why is Christmas celebrated on the 25th of December?
  • What is the origin of the Manger and the Christmas Crèche?
  • SantaWhere did we get the Christmas Tree?
  • What are the origins of the season of Advent?
  • Who was St. Nicholas and what does he have to do with Christmas?
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