Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: October 30, 2016

Zaccheaus in a treeThe 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time. This weekend’s scriptures remind us that the God who created the universe in all its immensity cares for each part of it, including the entire human family. Jesus makes a special point to encounter those sometimes least-expected in the reign of God – those like the tax collector, Zaccheaus. Jesus doesn’t condemn Zaccheaus, or demand him to change; but after his encounter with Jesus, Zacchaeus is changed. On this Stewardship Sunday, do we recognize how Jesus is calling us? How is Christ inviting us to serve? We add our prayers to those of Paul, that each of us continue to bring to fulfillment the gifts God has given to us.

The Sunday Readings:

All Saints Day Masses

All SaintsTuesday, November 1, 2016 is All Saints Day. We will celebrate masses for the Solemnity of All Saints in the Worship Center at:

  • 8:30 AM

  • 7:00 PM

All Saints Day, the day on which we celebrate all the saints, known and unknown, is a surprisingly old feast. It arose out of the Christian tradition of celebrating the martyrdom of saints on the anniversary of their martyrdom. When martyrdoms increased during the persecutions of the late Roman Empire, local dioceses instituted a common feast day in order to ensure that all martyrs, known and unknown, were properly honored.

The current date of November 1 was instituted by Pope Gregory III (731-741), when he consecrated a chapel to all the martyrs in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and ordered an annual celebration. This celebration was originally confined to the diocese of Rome, but Pope Gregory IV (827-844) extended the feast to the entire Church and ordered it to be celebrated on November 1.


10% Fund Donations for October 2016

10 percentSell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail… (Luke 12: 33)

Epiphany’s Ten Percent ministry is part of our commitment to reach out to those in need by helping support ministries, services, and programs outside of our community by taking a tithe (10%) of our income and making it available to these various agencies. The Ten Percent Committee of our Social Responsibility Committee discerns the disbursement of our tithe of monthly income to various agencies and programs within policies set by the Parish Pastoral Council and the Pastor. It meets monthly and reviews and evaluates applications for funding.

These organizations received a sharing grant from our 10% funds for October 2015:


Faithful Citizens – Making a place at the table

Faithful CitizenshipAs time for voting nears, we have principles offered by our bishops to guide our choices:

“…we offer once again a simple image – a table. Who has a place at the table of life? How can we secure a place at the table for the hungry and those who lack health care in our own land and around the world? Where is the place at the table for a million of our nation's children who are destroyed every year before they are born? Where is the place at the table for those in our world who lack the freedom to practice their faith or stand up for what they believe?

Two New Worship Ministries!

Worship MinistriesWe are pleased to announce two new ministries to support our parish at prayer. These are new ways to exercise your stewardship of Time and Talent.

Funeral Support Ministry

We are in need of those with a variety of gifts to support grieving families in our new Funeral Support Ministry. Most of our funerals are weekdays, though occasionally they fall on a Saturday. We have particular need for people to serve as greeters (welcoming, giving out participation sheets) and logistics support (getting out what is needed, helping families find what they need, etc.) as well as Eucharistic Ministers and Acolytes. Please consider helping with this rewarding “ministry of presence” that is so deeply appreciated by our grieving families.

Movers Ministry


James E. Flynn Social Award Dinner Honors Jo Anne and Steve Feldman

Steve and Jo AnneWhat: James E. Flynn Social Responsibility Award Dinner

Honoring: Jo Anne and Steve Feldman

When: October 29, 2016, 6:30 – 9:00 PM


Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: October 23, 2016

God of JusticeThis is the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today’s scriptures remind us that the prayer of the humble reaches God, and that our God is a “God of justice who knows no favorites.” What does justice look like today, especially in relationship to the poor, the oppressed, and the abandoned? Who are our favorites - do we, like God, take the side of the poor, working for justice for the most vulnerable? In receiving Eucharist we become the body of Christ, and together we can love and serve as Jesus. May others be able to recognize Christ in us by the way we live...

“Embrace with tender affection the whole of humanity, especially the poorest, the weakest, the least important, those whom Matthew lists in the final judgment on love: the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick and those in prison…” Pope Francis Homily: March 19, 2013

Obituary for Jack Haury

Jack HauryJohn Richard "Jack" Haury, 82, of Louisville died peacefully at home with his family at his side on Monday, October 10, 2016.

Born on June 17, 1934 in Louisville to the late Leroy Joseph and Carrie Oneida Haury, he was the eldest of seven children. He was a 1952 graduate of Flaget High School and a 1956 graduate of Bellarmine University completing graduate work at Indiana University. In June of 1956 he signed a contract with the Cincinnati Reds and played with their organization until enlisting in the Army later that year. Jack served his country for two years, returned to Louisville, and began his teaching and coaching career at DeSales High School. That summer, he resumed professional baseball and played with the Chicago White Sox organization for another season. Upon returning to Louisville he continued to play amateur and semi-pro baseball. Jack taught and was the head basketball coach at DeSales High School until 1964. He was named City "Coach of the Year" in 1963. He taught and coached basketball at Clarksville High School until 1968. The following year, he was hired at Jeffersontown High School to teach and serve as head basketball and baseball coach for many years. He was named Baseball Coach of the Year in 1969. After retiring in 1995 he coached Barret Traditional Middle School basketball and was an assistant baseball coach at Bellarmine University for ten years. He volunteered at Lyndon Recreation, St. Matthews, and Middletown Recreation. Jack was inducted into the Bellarmine Athletic Hall of Fame in 1977 and the Jeffersontown High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame in 2015. Throughout his career Jack enjoyed coaching and was described by a colleague as "a source of talent, wisdom, and character to young men of all ages." To them he will always be "Coach."

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: October 16, 2016

PrayerThis is the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time. We need to pray, but prayer is more than a matter of words. Like the Gospel, it should be on our lips, in our minds, and in our hearts. As Moses, we may need to pray with our whole selves, and get support from the community. Paul encourages Christ’s followers to be rooted in the Scriptures and proclaim the gospel. Jesus in today’s gospel tells his disciples about the necessity to pray always and persistently. This is a good time to consider our prayer lives... What helps you maintain a constant connection with God? What kinds of prayer help you to listen to the Spirit?

Prayer is the primary work of the moral and religious life. The root of this life is a free and conscious relationship with God, which then directs everything. (Theophane the Recluse)

The Readings:

Buddy Dumeyer, Career Law Enforcement Officer, to speak at MOE Meeting

Buddy DumeyerWhat: Answering the Call to Serve and Protect for 37 Years!

When: October 16, 2016, 7:00-8:30 PM

Where: Community Center

On Sunday, October 16, 2016, 7:00-8:30 PM, Men of Epiphany will present Buddy Dumeyer, who will have a presentation and talk, entitled “Answering the Call to Serve and Protect for 37 Years!

Deputy Buddy Dumeyer, a native of Louisville, will discuss his work as the former Commander of the Public Integrity Unit at LMPD. He investigated "Officer Involved Shootings" and investigated government employees suspected of criminal activity. He also had 11 years of service on the SWAT Team. Among many other duties, he is the coordinator of the Indigent Burial Program for the City.