Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: November 15, 2015

ApocalypseThis is the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. Often times, preachers and people take from the Judeo and Christian scripture messages of fear and anxiety. When that is coupled with a litany of bad things happening in the world, one can feel overwhelmed and powerless. One can often wonder about that word “gospel” which means “good news” and ask, “what is so good about this news?” We can reject or avoid this kind of message, or perhaps grasp for God’s forgiveness hoping God will in the end save us.

This experience is often experienced when dealing with “apocalyptic” thinking that was popular in the first century AD, when people were experiencing very bad times. All of our readings today have some signs of such thinking. First, a bit of commentary what apocalyptic entails.

Men of Epiphany Presentation on Laudato Si’

Pope FrancisWhat: Walking the Encyclical, Reading then Living Laudato Si’

When: November 15, 2015, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Where: Community Center

Who: Tim Darst, Executive Director of Kentucky Interfaith Power & Light

On Sunday, November 15,2015, 7:00 - 8:30 PM, Men of Epiphany will present Tim Darst, Executive Director of Kentucky Interfaith Power & Light, a non-profit organization. His talk is entitled, Walking the Encyclical, Reading then Living Laudato Si’. Pope Francis’ new encyclical calls into question almost every aspect of how we live our lives. Learn practical ways to respond to the encyclical. All parishioners and guests are welcome and refreshments will be served. Contact Mike McLaughlin, 262-6032 for more information.

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Annual Jim Flynn Social Responsibility Dinner

Muffy SinclairWhat: Annual Jim Flynn Social Responsibility Dinner

When: November 14, 2015 (after the 5:30 PM mass)

Where: Community Center

Honoring: Ms. Muffy Sinclair

The Annual Jim Flynn Social Responsibility Dinner will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2015 after the 5:30 PM mass. We will be honoring the recipient of this year’s award, Ms. Muffy Sinclair, for her tireless, compassionate leadership with Epiphany Backside Ministry, teaching, and other endeavors over the years.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: November 8, 2015

Widow's MiteThis is the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today’s scriptures remind us that it’s not the size of the gift that measures its value, but the depth of self-giving from which it comes. Are we quick to judge by appearances? How willing are we to give of our substance, to give our all to God and service of others, as Jesus did? Surrendering ourselves as disciples at the service of others and living a life of self-giving gains us true fullness of life. The true core of fitting worship is the interior, the state of our hearts and our willingness to give totally to God and the community.

Readings for this Sunday:

Free Concert by ValLimar Jansen, Internationally Known Composer and Vocalist

Val JansenWhat: Concert by Val Jansen

When: November 7, 2015 – 7:00 PM

Where: St. Albert the Great Catholic Church

The Louisville Chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) along with many region 7 churches, will host an evening for the family with ValLimar Jansen on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 7:00 PM at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church. This high energy evening will be part concert, part story-telling, part inspirational, ecumenical and very spirit filled! The program is free, open to the public, and refreshments will be served afterward.

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Don’t Miss the Pancake Breakfast this Sunday, November 1st!

PancakesWhat: Pancake Breakfast

When: November 1, 2015 from 9:30 AM -11:00 AM

Where: Community Center

Please join us in the Community center for our Volunteer Appreciation Pancake Event. Breakfast will be served from 9:30 AM -11:00 AM. Come enjoy a breakfast and the fellowship. Be sure to come by the Community Center on Sunday November 1st for our Volunteer Appreciation Pancake Event. Come visit us after the 9:00 AM Mass or before the 11:30 AM Mass.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: November 1, 2015

All SaintsThis is the Feast of “All Saints,” which reminds us that “church” is a reality much bigger than our own community or even our own time. We are able to come to faith because of those “who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith.” We do not face life alone, and are blessed by the Saints around us. We are challenged to ask ourselves: Are we continuing to grow spiritually, toward Godliness? How do we share this faith?

The readings:

  • Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14. These visions were intended, in their time, to offer hope of God’s protection to people being persecuted for their faith. Those “sealed” with the mark of the living God constitute a huge crowd of Jewish Christian believers (144,000 represented an immense number). Beyond these believers is another immense throng of Gentile believers “from every nation, race, people, and tongue” who join in sung worship of God and of the Lamb.

Catholic Women’s Conference set for November 7, 2015

Heart on FireWhat: Catholic Women’s Conference: “Setting Our Hearts on God”

When: Saturday, November 7, 2015,  8:30 AM - 1:30 PM (Check-in and Continental Breakfast starts 7:30 AM.)

Where: St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1000 North Beckley Station Road, Louisville, KY 40245

Cost: Adults: $30.00 Children (Grade K-5): $5.00

The Archdiocese of Louisville Catholic Women’s Conference is intended to provide an occasion for diverse women to come together to share their faith and grow in their love of God. The theme of this year’s conference is: Setting Our Hearts on God.

Please register online at www.cwclouisville.net or call Lynn McDaniel at (502) 448-8581, Ext. 1314 or [Click here] for registration form.  Make checks payable to: Archdiocese of Louisville - CWC 1935 Lewiston Drive Louisville, KY 40216

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: October 25, 2015

Healing blind manThis is the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Our loving God hears us when we call, and wants us to be whole. Gratitude for the ways we have been gifted, nurtured and healed leads us to respond with faithful generosity. Offering ourselves to God in response to God’s call is both a tangible response to God for the gifts given to us and an opportunity to allow God to heal whatever is needed. We are challenged this week to take some time to discover God’s call, ask for and receive the grace needed to respond “yes,” then live it to the best of our abilities- which is stewardship.

Readings:

Violence Against Women

Gretchen HuntWhat: Violence Against Women

When: October 21, 2015 - 7:00 PM

Where: Community Center

Presenter: Gretchen Hunt

Violence Against Women with presenter Gretchen Hunt will be discussed on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 7:00 PM in Epiphany’s Community Center.  Deacon Lucio Caruso invited Gretchen because she has spent her career advocating on behalf of survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault.  As Staff Attorney at the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs, she represents the 13 rape crisis centers in KY, provides training and technical assistance and works on public policy affecting victims of these crimes. She has taught courses on Gender and the Law and Domestic Violence at U of L.  Ms. Hunt is a graduate of Boston College and Boston College Law School. She is an alumna of Emerge KY and was a 2014 Candidate for State Representative.

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