Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: October 29, 2017

Love God and NeighborThis is the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time. What is the limit of love? What about for us, Epiphany parishioners and Catholic stewards, living in the 21st century? We are challenged with the same truth Jesus gave the Pharisees – love God above all, with our whole selves, and love our neighbor as ourselves. The real outpouring of love is in our actions. On this stewardship weekend, we are invited to acknowledge and celebrate the amazing ways God loves us. Then we’re asked to determine how we will share that love in our offerings of prayer, giving and sharing.

It’s a process. Entering into the greatest of love relationships with God, we acknowledge God’s incredible, head-over-heals love of us. Then, rooted in that reality, we can assess ourselves… Is God first in my life? Is God’s guidance the basis for my decisions? How much do I choose God’s love when assessing how to use the gifts God has given me? Are spending habits a reflection of God’s direction or my own? The natural outflow of putting God first is love of self and neighbor, and others benefit because of our response to God’s love. Each individual person’s love relationship with God naturally draws them to put their God-given gifts to use for others.

Pope Francis And The Future Of The Church

Pope FrancisWhat: An Evening Discussion about Pope Francis and the Future Of The Church

When: November 19, 2017, 7:00 PM

Where: Community Center

Who: Friar Adam Bunnell, OFM Conv.

The Men of Epiphany will present Friar Adam Bunnell, OFM Conv., who will lead an evening discussion on Pope Francis and the Future Of The Church. Pope Francis, the first non-European pope since the early days of Christianity, is proving to be a source of hope for some and despair for others. Certainly, the emphasis on social justice, the environment, the solidarity of all peoples are all Gospel themes of long standing and are but an echo not only of the Gospel but also of recent papal teaching. On the other hand, some see Francis’ prophetic stance as baffling and cause that the church is changing the unchangeable. It is perhaps no coincidence that he bears the name of the thirteen-century saint who turned Christianity upside down and continues to call the world to a greater vision of itself in God! Then, as now, those whose authority finds itself shaken by the prophetic are interested in taming the Spirit by encasing it in rules and predictability. Pope Francis’ God of Surprises is a challenge!

Obituary for Sr. Marie Flowers, SCN

Marie FlowersMarie Flowers SCN, 50, formerly of Detroit, Michigan, died Saturday, October 14, 2017, at Nazareth Home in Louisville. She had been a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth since 2014.

She served as a social worker, primarily working as an advocate for children. She served as a Case Coordinator for NECCO Foster Care in Louisville, and as an advocate for children at CASA of the River Region from 2014-2017. She also spent time as a volunteer for Sisters Place, serving homeless families in Southwestern Pennsylvania. She served in health care ministry as a Patient Care Coordinator for MD2U in Louisville from 2011-2012. In 1994 she received a Master’s Degree from St. Louis University. Most recently, she served her SCN Community as the Western Province Vocation Director.

Obituary for Sherri Shemwell

Sherri ShemwellSherri Renee Shemwell, 49, of Louisville, passed away Thursday, October 12, 2017.

Sherri was a soft-spoken, kind hearted lady. She was a Christian. She loved her family and cats and traveling to Florida. She was proud of her precious daughter, Emily, who is a senior at Male High School. She loved her husband, Pat, dearly.

She is preceded in death by her parents; Glen and Mary Davidson.

Obituary for Gordon Bart

Gordon BartGordon Joseph Bart, age 79, passed away on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at his home. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, on July 24, 1938 to the late Joseph and Marcella (Nickels) Bartosiewicz.

Gordon graduated from Tuley High School in Chicago, and received his metallurgical engineering degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He also received his Master in Business Administration from Murray State University. He worked in the steel industry and in the gas transmission industry for over 30 years. He is a member of the American Society of Metals. Gordon was an avid bridge player and on many days he could be found at the Louisville Bridge Club. He was an devoted Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears fan. Indy car racing was another passion and he attended the Indianapolis 500 several times. He was a dedicated family man who loved attending his grandchildren’s sporting events.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: October 22, 2017

Caesar and GodThis is the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time. God is infinitely creative in working out God’s purposes - even using situations and people that might seem totally out of the box. Cyrus of Persia, a gentile ruler who neither knew nor believed in the God of Israel, was anointed by God to further God’s plan. When the Pharisees hope to corner Jesus on a tax issue, Jesus uses the situation to point to a deeper reality. As his entrappers supply a Roman coin (something a Jew should not be carrying since the inscribed image called Caesar divine), he responds “Repay to Caesar what belongs to him” --the coin with Caesar’s image. “Repay to God what belongs to God” --the human person stamped with God’s image. (Thanks to Fr. James Wallace for “Stamped in God’s image.”) Further, the gospel has come to us “not in word alone, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit.” How are we being called to give ourselves to God and to God’s people? To love and serve especially the least among us, as Jesus? Do we rely on God’s power and the Spirit’s guidance?

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: October 15, 2017

Invite anyoneThis is the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time. We hear in today’s scriptures that God invites all the peoples of the world to the feast. We pray that our community will be open to all who seek God, and adorned with the rich diversity that is the special gift of the Spirit. May we respond whole-heartedly to God’s invitation, and work to fulfill the prophet’s vision and Christ’s mission of opening the banquet to all.

This is a time not for ‘just words or mere talk’ but for ‘active and genuine’ commitment by Catholics in the United States to work with others to make a place at the table for all God's children.” (USCCB, 2002 A Place at the Table)

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: October 8, 2017

grape harvestThis is the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today’s scriptures remind us of all God has created and nurtured in our world, and of the harvest God anticipates. Are we faithfully tending what God has planted in us, in our families and community? We can get discouraged by situations beyond our control – yet we are assured of God’s presence with us, and that God can bring forth “good fruit” in the most surprising ways. May our prayer today help us to recognize God’s work in and among us, and to feel God’s presence and peace in the midst of whatever life brings.

The Spirit gives us that wisdom which surpasses knowledge, and enables us to work generously with authentic freedom and humble creativity. To do a good job of nurturing and tending the vineyard, our hearts and minds must be kept in Jesus Christ by ‘the peace of God which passes all understanding.’ In this way our thoughts and plans will correspond to God’s dream: to form a holy people who are his own and produce the fruits of the kingdom of God.” (Pope Francis, Mass to inaugurate Synod of Bishops on the family, Oct. 5, 2014)

Dare To Care Hunger Walk/Run & Row 2017

Hunger Walk logoWhat: Hunger Walk/Run & Row 2017

When: October 1, 2017 (12:00 noon - 4:30 PM)

Where: Waterfront Park

You are invited to join “Team Epiphany” in the Dare To Care Hunger Walk/Run & Row 2017 presented by Yum! Brands.

  • Voyageur Canoe Races: 12:00 noon - 4:30 PM (Team Epiphany 1:00 PM)
  • Hunger Walk/Run: 2:15 PM
  • Family Fun Festival: 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Obituary for Martha McDonald

CandleMartha Ann Elizabeth McDonald, 73, of Louisville, passed away peacefully on September 23, 2017.

She was born August 16, 1944 in Louisville, the oldest of five children, to Laurence Joseph Andriot, Jr. (deceased) and Ann Fillion (Cawthon) Andriot (deceased). Her siblings were Laurence III (deceased), William Steven, Barbara Fillion Dahlen and Paul Anthony.

Martha graduated from Sacred Heart Academy and attended Ursuline College and the University of Louisville. She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Timothy James McDonald; two children, Elizabeth Anne Caudill, MD (Robert) and James Sean Michael (Lauren); five grandchildren, Madeline Anne, Emma Elizabeth and Hunter Lee Caudill, and Aaron James and Abigail Grace McDonald.