Obituary for Charles Bucher

Charles BucherCharles Walter Bucher, age 83 of Louisville, passed away Monday, January 11, 2016. Charles was born in Cairo, Illinois on March 6, 1932. He retired from the Federal Government, where he was an investigator with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He was very active in Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Arkansas and maintained close relationships with two of the children, now grown. Charles’ hobby was woodworking. He especially enjoyed making wooden gifts for families and friends at Christmas. He also gave generously of his time assisting Latino families. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilhelm and Edna Walter Bucher; brother, Bill; and his sister, Jane.

Charles is survived by his loving wife, Ann Hayden Bucher; sisters, Ann Hennessey and Bettye Bucher; one niece, five nephews and their families, several cousins and nieces and nephews of his wife.

Pope Francis' prayer intentions for January 2016 now on video

Many Faiths - All children of GodPope Francis has launched a video presentation of his monthly prayer intentions.

[Click here] to see the new video for January 2016 asking us to pray that “sincere dialogue among men and women of different faiths may produce the fruits of peace and justice.” He tells us that he has confidence in our prayers.

[Click here] for a YouTube version of this message.

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Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: January 17, 2016

LoveThis is the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. When we open ourselves to God’s actions within and around us, the most life-changing transformations can occur. Thus we become a community transformed by love - and given extravagant gifts of the Spirit! We are called to bring our best to the world, to transform it as well.

MLKMartin Luther King Jr. was a tireless advocate of transforming our world through the power of love.

“The ultimate weakness of violence

is that it is a descending spiral,

begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.

Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.

Through violence you may murder the liar,

but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth.

Through violence your murder the hater,

but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. . .

Returning violence for violence multiplies violence,

adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do this.

Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do this.” (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

Let us pray that our prayer this weekend opens us to the Spirit and strengthens us to bring transforming love to our families and our world so desperately in need.

Brother Bob Baxter to speak on “Mercy!”

MercyWhat: MERCY! – a look at those who have experienced God’s Mercy

When:  January 17, 2016, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Where: Community Center

On Sunday, January 17, 2016, 7:00-8:30 PM, Men Of Epiphany will present Brother Bob Baxter, from Mt. St. Francis! His topic will be MERCY! Since Pope Francis declared this the year of mercy, Brother Bob will reflect on people who experienced mercy from the Lord and who were merciful to others. King David, Hannah, the Samaritan Woman, Lazarus, the Blind Man, Mary and more!

All parishioners and guests are welcome, so please join us in the Community Center. Refreshments will be served. Call Mike McLaughlin, 262-6032, for more information.

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Charity Detox - Discussion Opportunity

Charity DetoxWhat: Charity Detox: What Charity Would Look Like If We Cared About Results

When: Wednesdays, January 13 & 20, 2016 – 7:00 PM

Where: Community Center

Who: Deacon Lucio Caruso and Catholic Charities’ Case Manager Courtney Clark

That the poor exist is an understatement. To ask if we have good intentions when we serve others brings the response “absolutely“ or “of course” response. After all, we are Christians trying to live gospel values by following the example of Jesus the Christ. Epiphany parishioners along with Catholics and other Christians throughout the world, as well as many of other beliefs have spent billions of dollars, hours, and energy to alleviate the plight of those less fortunate. Despite everyone’s best efforts, poverty continues to thrive.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: January 10, 2016

TBaptism of Jesushis is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. On this feast of the Baptism of Jesus, we witness his identity as Beloved Son of God manifested to all. Through our own baptism, we too share this divine identity. Jesus baptizes in water and in fire, and we become Spirit-filled people, renewed and reborn to make a welcome for all human beings into this new life of God. Baptism is the symbol of this new life; an “epiphany” of God in our lives. May we be heartened and strengthened to live out our baptismal call through lives of loving service.

Readings for this Sunday:

  • Is 40: 1-5, 9-11. Give comfort, make the way easy for the journey. God comes and cares for us.
  • Titus 2: 11-14; 3: 4-7. We are saved by a bath of rebirth in which Christ cleanses us to become a new people.
  • Lk 3: 15-16, 21-22. After being baptized, Jesus was praying and he received the Spirit. A voice said “with you I am well pleased.” It is Jesus who baptizes us with Spirit and with fire.

Obituary for Gil Liebert

Gil LiebertGilbert A. Liebert, 96, of Louisville, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 31, 2015 at Norton Brownsboro Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

He was born July 21, 1919, in Louisville, a son of the late William A. Liebert and Rose E. Meisner Liebert.

Gil was a sales engineer for Brandeis Machinery and Supply Company and an Army/Air Corps veteran having served during World War II. He was a member of Church of the Epiphany.

In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by a son, Richard A.; first wife and mother of his children, Winifred Knopf Liebert; three brothers, Raymond, Wilfred and Maurice; and a stepson, Patrick T. Gehm.

Parish Staff and Restructuring

StaffFrom the Pastor’s Desk:

During the Parish Pastoral Council meeting on December 4t, 2015, the Staff Restructuring Ad Hoc Committee presented the new parish staffing; this new parish staffing structure will go into effect as of January 1, 2016. The new staffing configuration is as follows:

  • Parish Business Manager (Brenda Kissel)
  • Director of Religious Education and Lifelong Formation (Barbara Herzog)
  • Director of Worship and Music Ministry (Linda Thieneman)
  • Pastoral Associate for Social Responsibility (Larry Howe-Kerr)
  • Pastoral Associate for Community Life (Julie Stuart)
  • Pastoral Associate for Stewardship and Evangelization (open)
  • Pastoral Minister for Youth and Young Adult Ministry (open)
  • Also, the Parish Information Processor (Erica Boland) will become full-time with additional duties that include parish communications.

Women’s Retreat at Mount St. Francis

Mount St. FrancisWhat: Women’s Retreat

When: January 22-23, 2016

Where: Mount Saint Francis Center for Spirituality, 101 St. Anthony Drive, Mt. St. Francis, IN 47146

The Women’s Retreat at Mt. St. Francis begins Friday evening, January 22, 2016. (7:00 PM registration, 8:00 PM rest, relaxation & social time) and concludes 5:30 PM Saturday, January 23, 2016.

Registration deadline is January 11, 2016. Call Epiphany House: 245-9733. Please give your email address and phone number when you register. Fee: $85.00 for a single room. $45.00 for commuters. Make checks payable to Epiphany and write “Women’s Retreat” in the memo section. Envelopes with “Women’s Retreat” written on the outside of the envelope may be dropped into the collection basket or mailed to Epiphany.

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Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: January 3, 2016

AriseThis is the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord. Happy Feast Day! The Greek root words articulate some of the ways that the holy arrives in our midst. “Epiphanos” or “epiphaneia” means “manifestation,” “appearing,” “showing,” or “coming.” “Epiphaino:” to give light. “Epephanen:” to be revealed. Today we celebrate the appearing of Christ in the world and the arrival of wise ones, strangers from afar, who followed the star and welcomed the child.

MagiGod calls us to discern where the sacred shows forth, that we, too may welcome it into our lives, and share it with others. Wisdom knows the ways we sometimes look far and wide for the knowledge that is right at hand…and the one who took flesh reminds us that to those with eyes and hearts to perceive it, the holy appears in our midst, in our lives, and in our own selves.

The Spirit of Wisdom knows how each moment offers the possibility of an encounter that will draw our eyes from the far horizon toward the God who has already arrived in our midst. From dreams, stories, idle meanderings and purposeful questions come the messengers who point us toward the sacred guest sitting at the gate of our own soul, seeking the gift only we can offer. May our hearts and minds be open! May we welcome Christ into our hearts and lives, and shine forth the light, love and unique gifts God has given us!

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