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.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: November 5, 2017

Preach without wordsThis is the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time. How often have we heard, “Practice what you preach!” We know that we should “walk the talk,” and that how we are reveals the truth about who we are – but it can be a real challenge! Christ is our true Teacher and Master, and living as a humble servant is simply living in right relationship with God and others, following the example of Jesus. So on this stewardship weekend, we have to ask ourselves: how are we choosing to give and serve – among our Epiphany community, in our family and in the larger community?

Preach the gospel at all times; if necessary, use words.(St. Francis of Assisi)

The Sunday Readings:

All Saints Day Masses

All Saints tapestryWednesday, November 1, 2017 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.

Over the years, the rolls of saints included those who were not martyred for their faith but also those who lived that faith as an integral part of who they were. These include not only those who are canonized by the church, but all whom God calls saints…all those whom God has found worthy of the eternal life given to us by Christ.

The Saints are our ancestors and friends -- that "cloud of witnesses" who accepted the godly realism of their lives, shared it with others on Earth, and continue to do so now before the throne of God in heaven. We believe that they "intercede" for us here below, and in a special way, they are linked with us in what we call "the communion of Saints."

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