Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: October 22, 2017

Caesar and GodThis is the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time. God is infinitely creative in working out God’s purposes - even using situations and people that might seem totally out of the box. Cyrus of Persia, a gentile ruler who neither knew nor believed in the God of Israel, was anointed by God to further God’s plan. When the Pharisees hope to corner Jesus on a tax issue, Jesus uses the situation to point to a deeper reality. As his entrappers supply a Roman coin (something a Jew should not be carrying since the inscribed image called Caesar divine), he responds “Repay to Caesar what belongs to him” --the coin with Caesar’s image. “Repay to God what belongs to God” --the human person stamped with God’s image. (Thanks to Fr. James Wallace for “Stamped in God’s image.”) Further, the gospel has come to us “not in word alone, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit.” How are we being called to give ourselves to God and to God’s people? To love and serve especially the least among us, as Jesus? Do we rely on God’s power and the Spirit’s guidance?

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: October 15, 2017

Invite anyoneThis is the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time. We hear in today’s scriptures that God invites all the peoples of the world to the feast. We pray that our community will be open to all who seek God, and adorned with the rich diversity that is the special gift of the Spirit. May we respond whole-heartedly to God’s invitation, and work to fulfill the prophet’s vision and Christ’s mission of opening the banquet to all.

This is a time not for ‘just words or mere talk’ but for ‘active and genuine’ commitment by Catholics in the United States to work with others to make a place at the table for all God's children.” (USCCB, 2002 A Place at the Table)

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: October 8, 2017

grape harvestThis is the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today’s scriptures remind us of all God has created and nurtured in our world, and of the harvest God anticipates. Are we faithfully tending what God has planted in us, in our families and community? We can get discouraged by situations beyond our control – yet we are assured of God’s presence with us, and that God can bring forth “good fruit” in the most surprising ways. May our prayer today help us to recognize God’s work in and among us, and to feel God’s presence and peace in the midst of whatever life brings.

The Spirit gives us that wisdom which surpasses knowledge, and enables us to work generously with authentic freedom and humble creativity. To do a good job of nurturing and tending the vineyard, our hearts and minds must be kept in Jesus Christ by ‘the peace of God which passes all understanding.’ In this way our thoughts and plans will correspond to God’s dream: to form a holy people who are his own and produce the fruits of the kingdom of God.” (Pope Francis, Mass to inaugurate Synod of Bishops on the family, Oct. 5, 2014)

Dare To Care Hunger Walk/Run & Row 2017

Hunger Walk logoWhat: Hunger Walk/Run & Row 2017

When: October 1, 2017 (12:00 noon - 4:30 PM)

Where: Waterfront Park

You are invited to join “Team Epiphany” in the Dare To Care Hunger Walk/Run & Row 2017 presented by Yum! Brands.

  • Voyageur Canoe Races: 12:00 noon - 4:30 PM (Team Epiphany 1:00 PM)
  • Hunger Walk/Run: 2:15 PM
  • Family Fun Festival: 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Obituary for Martha McDonald

CandleMartha Ann Elizabeth McDonald, 73, of Louisville, passed away peacefully on September 23, 2017.

She was born August 16, 1944 in Louisville, the oldest of five children, to Laurence Joseph Andriot, Jr. (deceased) and Ann Fillion (Cawthon) Andriot (deceased). Her siblings were Laurence III (deceased), William Steven, Barbara Fillion Dahlen and Paul Anthony.

Martha graduated from Sacred Heart Academy and attended Ursuline College and the University of Louisville. She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Timothy James McDonald; two children, Elizabeth Anne Caudill, MD (Robert) and James Sean Michael (Lauren); five grandchildren, Madeline Anne, Emma Elizabeth and Hunter Lee Caudill, and Aaron James and Abigail Grace McDonald.

Men of Epiphany presents “Sacred Spaces: Louisville's Inspiring Catholic Architecture”

Cathedral of the AssumptionWhat: Sacred Spaces: Louisville's Inspiring Catholic Architecture

When: October 8, 2017, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Where: Community Center

Who: Steve Wiser, Fellow of the American Institute of Architects

Men of Epiphany will present Steve Wiser, FAIA, on Sunday, October 8, 2017, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM! Steve is a Louisville architect and one of Louisville's most preeminent historians and prolific authors! His talk is entitled, "Sacred Spaces: Louisville's Inspiring Catholic Architecture." Louisville has many beautiful places of worship of many faiths, Baptist, Jewish, Methodist, Episcopal, etc., and all of them have inspirational designs for their religious services. This talk will feature the architecture of local Catholic churches from the mid-1800s up to today's modern sanctuaries. This PowerPoint presentation will provide an enjoyable visual journey around our community to view these spiritual designs.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: October 1, 2017

All for LoveThis is the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today’s scriptures show that God’s mercy is way beyond our measure of fairness and vision of salvation. God goes to every length to reach us - even becoming human in Jesus Christ, who gave all - “emptied himself” - in love. Sinners indeed are the ones making it into the reign of God--and God constantly forgives and gives us chances to have fullness of life. Ultimately, though, it’s not what we say, but what we do, that counts. How have I experienced God’s forgiveness and gifts of “second chances”? Am I able to respond and share God’s great love and compassion?

Let us be renewed by God's mercy, let us be loved by Jesus, let us enable the power of his love to transform our lives too; and let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish.” — Pope Francis, Easter Urbi et Orbi message on March 31, 2013

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: September 24, 2017:

God's GenerosityThis is the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today’s readings highlight the abundance of God’s love and generosity. It’s a love that accepts us as we are and gifts us with a lavishness of grace that can draw us ever closer to God. They also challenge our sense of fairness, and remind us that God’s thoughts and ways are not always like ours. How are my ideas of fairness and justice “smaller” than God’s mercy? How is God inviting me to a spirit of generosity?

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Obituary for Matt Ballard

Matt BallardMatthew Beam Ballard Jr., 85, passed away peacefully from a long illness on Tuesday September 12, 2017. Matthew was born in Louisville, Kentucky on September 11, 1932 to the late Matthew Beam Ballard and Mary Isabel McCollum Ballard.

Matt grew up in Louisville and was affectionately called “Red” by childhood friends. He graduated from Flaget High School in 1950 and attended Bellarmine College. He began a career with the United States Government and served 35 years for the Defense Department as a Cartographic Supervisor where he helped map the moon for the Federal Defense mapping agency. He married Mary Margaret Houpt Ballard in 1959. Matt and Mary Margaret were founding members of Epiphany Church and were one of the first residents of Douglass Hills. After marrying he became a father to his only daughter Kathleen. He later became a grandfather to 3 wonderful children whom he cherished.

You're invited to a presentation on the State of our Parish Finances!

WHAT: State of our Parish Finances

WHERE: Epiphany Community Center

WHEN: Wednesday, September 13, 7pm

Have you ever wanted to know how Epiphany handles your financial stewardship contribution?  Come to the Community Center THIS  Wednesday, September 13 at 7pm to find out!  Our Finance Advisory Council will be presenting several items such as our parish’s income and expenditures, stewardship contribution trends, status of our debt status plus various facilities project needs.  

Please join us to learn more about Epiphany’s use of your financial contribution!

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