What Does "Marana tha" mean?

MaranathaDuring Advent we often sing or pray the words Marana tha. People often wonder about “Marana tha.” This Aramaic phrase (the language Jesus and the first disciples spoke) is one of the most ancient in the New Testament, and connects us to the earliest recorded Christian prayer. It can be translated as “Come, O Lord,” or “The Lord is coming.”

Found at the end of St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians and at the end of the Book of Revelation, it is an example of a Eucharistic acclamation used by the first Christians. It expresses the hope and longing of Christians for the glorious return of Jesus in the final days, and it also expresses the earnest prayer of Christians praying for the presence of Jesus in their Eucharistic celebrations.


Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: December 13, 2015

HopeThe Third Sunday of Advent. On this “Gaudete” Sunday, we are encouraged to rejoice. Because of God’s mercy, there is great reason for hope! God is right in our midst, giving us a new future even in times of hardship and tragedy. It is important for us to be open to the future that God is bringing, which includes mercy and love for all. “What must we do?” John the Baptist was asked. Act with mercy, justice and charity to those around us -- this is how we prepare for the coming of the Messiah. Then we won’t need to be anxious - we can rejoice that God is near!

The Readings:

  • Zephaniah 3:14-18a. God sings joyfully because of you – fear not! The Jerusalem Temple was intended to be a sign of a much deeper reality: “Your God is in your midst.” The chosen people are those who are aware of God's presence.
  • Isaiah 12:2-6. This poetic canticle expresses thanksgiving for God's saving presence.

Homemade Cookies Needed for St. Vincent de Paul’s children and adult’s Christmas party

cookiesWhat: Donation of Homemade Cookies

When: December 9, 2015 - between 9:30 and 10:00 AM

Where: Lighthouse

Homemade Cookies of all kinds will be accepted on Wednesday, December 9 between 9:30 and 10:00 AM.  The Wednesday’s for Women group needs your home-baked cookies for the annual St. Vincent de Paul’s children and adult’s Christmas party. 


Obituary for Betty Davis

Rest in PeaceElizabeth "Betty" M. Davis, 94, of Louisville, Kentucky passed away peacefully on November 20, 2015. Betty loved life and always made people smile.

Betty was born on September 15, 1921, Huntington Park, California to the late August J. and Helen (Cahill) Hartfield. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Jack Davis; son, Tom Davis; and brother, William "Bill" Hartfield.

Betty is survived by her children, Elizabeth Mosimann (Tom), James Davis, Judson Davis (Ellen), Mary Margaret Kalley (Glen), Anne Davis, Peter Davis (Marlene), and John Davis (Gina); sister, Helen "Babe" Bolton; as well as many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Obituary for Martha Blake

MarthaMartha Helen Renfro Blake, died November 29, 2015 at age 87 at The Episcopal Church Home. She was a graduate of Presentation Academy and Spalding University. She was married to the late Richard Lee Blake Sr. for 64 years.

A founding member of St. Albert the Great and Epiphany Catholic churches, she was involved in many community activities, including Bellarmine Women's Council, Harvey Bees Square Dancers, Girl Scouts, Queen's Daughters, Speed Museum, Filson Historical Society, Louisville Historical League, Association of the Louisville Orchestra, Maryhurst, Alumni Association Nazareth College, Churchill Downs Museum and Woman's Club of Louisville. She loved to read, square dance, and play bridge with her lifelong college friends.

Obituary for Ellen Robinson

EllenEllen McGuire Robinson, 69, died peacefully at her home surrounded by family, Thursday December 3, 2015. She was born to James and Adelaide Klosterman McGuire in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She was a retired flight attendant with United Airlines and a member of Epiphany Catholic Church.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years Joe Robinson, her children Christopher (Eva) Robinson, Carrey (Eric) Dewey, Ryan (Michelle) Robinson and Elizabeth (Mickey) Sorg. She is also survived by her seven grandchildren, Drew and Layne Robinson, Ian, Anne Marie and Colleen Dewey, and Jameson and Joseph Sorg and her sister Terri (Tommy) Farmer.

Giving Tree is Here

Giving TreeOrnaments from the Giving Tree are available beginning at the 5:30 PM Mass on November 28, 2015 for parishioners to take. The tree in the Connector Vestibule. Gifts are varied according to the needs of each organization. $25 to $60 is the suggested range for each ornament. Each gift with the attached ornament should be returned to the appropriate box near the tree before or after the Mass.

DEADLINE For Receiving Giving Tree Gifts Will Be after the 11:30 AM Mass On December 13, 2015.

This year's Giving Tree recipients are:

ACTION ALERT – From Catholic Charities

Action AlertH.R. 4038American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act of 2015, or the American SAFE Act of 2015, passed the House of Representatives on 11/19/2015 and was referred to the Senate.

Action is needed. Call and write your senators to let them know that you support refugees and that you oppose this bill. It would make it nearly impossible for refugees from Iraq or Syria to be resettled in the U.S. and will cause unnecessary bureaucratic delays, without increasing security. There is already a robust screening process in place for those resettled through the U.S. refugee program. The refugee resettlement program is in place to assist those fleeing from persecution and violence to start a new life. We should not turn our back on those most in need.

Children’s Christmas Eve Mass – Rehearsals starting

Childrens ChristmasDon’t forget to sign up for our Children’s Christmas Eve mass (5:00 PM - December 24, 2015):

  • sing (grades 1-8)
  • ring bells (age 10 and older)
  • play a wind or stringed instrument (read simple music)
  • help dramatize the homily story (children, youth, adults).

Rehearsals begin Saturday, December 5, 2015:

Posada Starting December 16, 2015

Posada journeyPosada - a re-enactment of Joseph & Mary’s journey and search for a resting place before Mary gives birth.

This will be held each evening at 7:00 PM beginning with Wednesday, December 16, 2015 through Tuesday, December 22, 2015.

Each night will include prayer and re-enacting the search of Joseph and Mary for a place to stay.  The last night, Tuesday, December 22 will include a fiesta at the end of the posada.  Plan to come at least one evening to experience this beautiful Mexican tradition.  If you plan on attending the last evening, please call 245-9733 by this Friday, Dec 18 to let us know so enough food will be prepared.

All ages and nationalities are welcome. Let us know if you plan to come to one or more of the journey evenings.