Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: January 14, 2018

Come and seeThis is the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. As our country celebrates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King this weekend, our Scriptures consider other ancestors in faith who have answered God’s call. Their responses to God changed their lives as well as the world around them. How often we miss God’s call, or need others to point it out to us. The encounter with Jesus was so powerful that it totally changed the lives of Andrew and Peter, who immediately became disciples. What helps you to “come and see” - to seek and learn from Christ? May we have an open heart to hear God’s voice, curiosity to explore this calling, and strength to respond authentically and faithfully.

Being a disciple means being constantly ready to bring the love of Jesus to others, and this can happen unexpectedly and in any place: on the street, in a city square, during work, on a journey.” (Pope Francis)

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?” (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: January 7, 2018

Wise men and the StarThis is the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, our patronal feast day. The Prophet Isaiah calls out to us to stand up and look around us. God’s revelation is shining over us, calling us to open our eyes to this miracle, this “epiphany”, this insight into “God with us.” Animated by the Holy Spirit and rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition, we are the Community of Epiphany on a pilgrimage of faith. In response to our baptismal call we are committed to becoming “Epiphany”, a manifestation of God in our times, in our world, and in our lives. Happy feast day, Epiphany!

The presence of God among men did not take place in a perfect, idyllic world but rather in this real world, which is marked by so many things both good and bad, by division, wickedness, poverty, arrogance and war. He chose to live in our history as it is, with all the weight of its limitations and of its tragedies. In doing so, he has demonstrated in an unequalled manner his merciful and truly loving disposition toward the human creature. He is God-with-us. Jesus is God-with-us. Do you believe this? Together let us profess: Jesus is God with us! Jesus is God with us always and forever with us in history's suffering and sorrow.” (Pope Francis, 12/18/13)

The Sunday readings:

San Lorenzo Martir Celebration Of Our Lady Of Guadalupe

Guadeloupe processionOn December 12, 2017 our sister parish of San Lorenzo Martir in Amatan, Chiapas, Mexico, celebrated the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The people of Mexico have a special devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe, because of her appearance to St. Juan Diego, a peasant farmer, many years ago.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: December 31, 2017

Presentation of JesusThis is the Feast of the Holy Family. Jesus, Mary and Joseph seem an unlikely family in many ways. Yet, on this Sunday following Christmas, we reflect on the reality that God came to us in the midst of a family -- a group of people held together by grace and love; a group that experienced the rise and fall of relationships; a group of people bonded together for better or worse, by blood and marriage, by hope and endurance, by mercy and forgiveness, and, yes, by the enduring presence of God. We are that family now as we struggle to hold each other in love, finding in our struggles the revelation of God’s presence in our relationships that define us as the holy people of God.

  • Blessings of peace and hope this Christmas season! Jesus, born into a humble family, knows the struggle of being human and living in this world filled with wonder and woe. God comes to us - and promises to remain with us - always.
  • Don't forget to take some time to fully appreciate the simple joys of the season.
  • Don’t miss the ways Christ is coming anew into your heart and home...

The Sunday readings:

Reflection on Mary’s Fiat

Madonna BannerThe following poem, a reflection on the Annunciation to Mary, was written by parishioner Michael Diebold.

FIAT

I said “Yes” to an angel

But my heart wonders now.

I look out on Nazareth’s streets

Soldiers in red, assassins in shadows.

O God my only hope is in You,

Are you with me today?

Will my child be born and grow up

Only to be destroyed by violent men?

Will he be the One, your Anointed

Isaiah and Micah promised?

Will my people reject him?

They rejected Isaiah and Micah.

Does finding favor with You O God

Bring your handmaid a rose or a sword?

When I am old will my throat be choked

With chants of Lamentation?

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: December 24, 2017

Advent 4This is the Fourth Sunday of Advent. Today’s scriptures reveal a God who makes a home with us, One who takes on our very humanity to love us more completely. Mary allows God to make a home in her - trusting God, and doing what must be done to make God's will a present reality. Like Mary, it’s up to us to prepare the way -- for God to make a home in our hearts and lives. How is the presence of Christ becoming real in you? How can we, the body of Christ, become light and life for the world?

“No applause welcomes him. No crowds surround him. Instead, our hope rests in simplicity.”

How can you be open and curious this week to notice

the new things the Spirit is bringing to birth in your life?

The Sunday readings:

CHRISTMAS SEASON MASS SCHEDULE

Mary, Jesus, JosephLas Posadas (Celebrated each night for seven days before Christmas)

A special invitation: Come join our Latino brothers and sisters for Las Posadas, December 16 through 22,  2017 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Community Center. The word posada means "inn" or "shelter" - so Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem and their search for a place to stay is re-enacted. Each evening includes prayer (Mass on Thursday), children taking turns for the parts of Mary and Joseph who lead the way looking for a place at the inn. A special song (La Cancion Para Pedir Posada) is sung, and then all gather for food and fellowship. Your presence would be welcomed and appreciated!

PLEASE NOTE: NO 11:30 AM Mass on December 24, 2017!

Christmas is a whole season of hope, joy, and prayer. Please join us at these masses of the season:

“Our Marriage Is Our Treasure” Retreat

Marriage retreatWhat: “Our Marriage Is Our Treasure” - A retreat for couples

When: February 10, 2018, 9:00 AM to noon

Where: Schindler Hall, St. Patrick Church, 1000 N. Beckley Station Road, Louisville, KY

Ticket Cost: $15 per person, $30 per couple

Tickets are now on sale for a three-hour retreat for married couples entitled “Our Marriage Is Our Treasure,” which will happen from 9:00 AM to noon, Saturday, February 10, 2018, in Schindler Hall, St. Patrick Church, 1000 N. Beckley Station Road, Louisville. [This retreat is co-sponsored by Epiphany Catholic Church and five other churches.]

This retreat is limited to the first 100 couples [or 200 individuals] who buy tickets. Tickets are $15 per person, $30 per couple.

Click here to purchase tickets. (Register early as seating may sell out soon!)

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: December 17, 2017

Advent 3This is the Third Sunday of Advent. On this “Gaudete” (Rejoice) Sunday, our scriptures show us that we have great cause for joy. God enters our world in so many ways! Like John the Baptizer, we are called to testify to the light. We are a people anointed by God and called by our baptism to bring joy to the poor, healing to the broken hearted, freedom to prisoners, justice for the oppressed, a year of debt relief to everyone - and more. May our Advent preparations help make God’s presence ever brighter in the darkest corners of our world.

“No applause welcomes him. No crowds surround him. Instead, our hope rests in simplicity.”

In the midst of everyday busy-ness and holiday preparations,

how will you find joy in the simplest tasks?

The Sunday Readings:

Obituary for Stewart Willinger

Stu WillingerStewart "Stu" Martin Willinger, age 85 of Louisville, passed away Sunday, December 3, 2017. He was the former Chief Executive Officer for Cummins Cumberland, Inc. He was a graduate of St. Xavier High School class of 1951 and Life Member of St. Joseph Catholic Orphan Society, American Legion, Kentucky Colonel and Air Force Association. Stu served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict serving in the construction of the Artic Distant Early Warning Line in Goose Bay, Labrador and other artic areas of the Air Force from May of 1952 until September of 1953.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Marie Willinger and his brother Louis "Bud" A. Willinger.

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