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.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: November 19, 2017

TalentsThis is the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. “Do not bury your talents, the gifts that God has given you. Do not be afraid to dream of great things!” (Pope Francis) Today’s gospel reminds us that God has entrusted, to each of us, many blessings - which we are called to use wisely. May our prayer strengthen our will to do so, open our hearts to the Spirit’s guidance in multiplying the gifts God’s providence has bestowed, and help awaken us to all the ways Christ comes to us.

The Sunday readings:

  • Proverbs 31: 10-13, 19-20, 30-31: A good partner is a precious gift in life. The praises of a "worthy wife" include an awareness that such a woman runs the home, cares for the poor, buys and sells property (a point excluded from this excerpt), and is faithful to the covenant. In other words, such a woman is involved in all aspects of daily life and lives always in faith. "Give her a reward for her labors, and let her works praise her at the city gates."
  • Thessalonians: 5:1-6: We do not know the day or time of Christ’s return. It is our determination that keeps that light of Christ burning until “that final day arrives”. How? We have been taught and supported by a Christian community and our God is faithful.
  • Matthew 25: 14-30: Our journey is one “from” God “to” God! Christians should make wise use of the gifts with which God has entrusted them. Our faith is expressed in our love of neighbors and ways that we respond to them. In our service to others, God’s gifts will produce fruit.

Obituary for Larry Mathes

Larry MathesLawrence Franklin Mathes, age 85 of Louisville, passed away Thursday, November 9, 2017 at Baptist Health. He was surrounded by the love of his family. Larry was a retired member of Teamster Local 89, and a member of Church of the Epiphany Catholic Church.

Larry is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Virginia Burgess Mathes; four daughters, Lisa Chandler (Bill), Karen Weber (Michael), Terry Mathes (Bill Bode) and Judy Russell (Paul); 9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; one sister, Florence Morgan; and a host of relatives and friends.

Pray and Remember - Veterans

Pray for veteransSaturday, November 11, 2017 is Veterans Day. To all our men and women in uniform - past, present and future:  God bless you...and thank you. 

A prayer for Veterans and their Families:

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: November 12, 2017

Oil for your lampThis is the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time. Jesus is coming - are you ready? The initiative is God’s, but we should always be ready to respond to the divine invitation. Though we know that what we’re doing now is part of life’s journey toward meeting Christ, our bridegroom, and being invited to the eternal feast, we often miss the ways Christ comes here and now. What helps you to be open to the voice of the Spirit in your “everyday” life? How would we live differently if we knew Christ was coming tonight?

The Sunday Readings:

Stewardship Commitment Sunday

GPS logoWhat: Stewardship Commitment Sunday

When: THIS WEEKEND, November 4-5, 2017 - after all Masses

Where: Community Center

Turn on your “GPS” and head over to the Community Center after all Masses this weekend (November 4-5, 2017) to complete your annual Stewardship Intention Cards!

If you prefer to complete your Stewardship Intention Cards prior to coming to the social, please print the intention card and bring with you. Click on the links below for the Intention Card and the Ministry Listing brochure.

Discovering the Human Face of God in the Gospel of Mark

St. MarkWhat: Discovering the Human Face of God in the Gospel of Mark

When: November 14, 2017, 6:30-8:00 PM

Where: Community Center

Who: Fr. Eugene Hensell, OSB (Ph.D.)

Did you know that come December our Sunday Gospel readings for the liturgical year 2018 will regularly be selections from the Gospel of Saint Mark? Get ready! Come hear an introduction to this fascinating Gospel by an internationally renowned scripture scholar, Fr. Eugene Hensell. His topic will be “Discovering the Human Face of God in the Gospel of Mark.”

Share the Abundance - Bring a Thanksgiving Feast for our Neighbors!

Thanksgiving bagPlease fill and bring a RECYCLABLE GROCERY BAG the weekend of November 11 – 12, 2017 with the following items:

  • canned sweet potatoes or instant mashed potatoes
  • 3 – 4 cans of vegetables (green beans, corn, peas, tomatoes, etc.)
  • packaged or canned gravy
  • boxed stuffing mix
  • 3 – 4 cans of fruit (peaches, fruit cocktail, pineapple, etc.)
  • cranberry sauce
  • packaged dessert item
  • fruit juice, tea, coffee

Stewardship Commitment Sunday

Stewardship SundayWhat: Stewardship Commitment Sunday

When: November 4-5, 2017 after ALL Masses

Where: Community Center

Join us as our Epiphany Community completes their Stewardship Intention Cards, and enjoys a light meal together.

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