NATIONAL CATHOLIC PLEDGE TO END THE DEATH PENALTY

End Death PenaltyThe Pledge:

“All Christians and people of good will are thus called today to fight not only for the abolition of the death penalty, whether legal or illegal, and in all its forms, but also in order to improve prison conditions, with respect for the human dignity of the people deprived of their freedom” - Pope Francis

In response to Pope Francis’s call, I pledge to educate, advocate, and pray for the end of the death penalty:

Educate

I will educate myself and my community about the injustices of the death penalty, including the ways it risks innocent life, fails victims’ families, and contradicts the Catholic Church’s pro-life teaching.

Hands Across Louisville 2017 Report

Hands across LouisvilleOn Saturday, May 13, 2017, approximately 500 people took part in the 2nd annual Hands Across Louisville. The mission of the event was to bring healing and hope to the residents of Louisville regarding the increase in gun violence in our city. It is dedicated to a communal unity from the east to west ends of our city with a show of support for stopping the violence.

27 blocks were sponsored by churches of all faiths and other organizations. Each block had 10-20 people (or more) holding hands to show our unity in this endeavor. For 4 hours before we spread out across Broadway -- from Shawnee Park in the west to 3rd Street in the east – there were speakers and entertainment next to St. Martin dePorres Catholic Church at 31st and Broadway.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: May 21, 2017

LoveThis is the Sixth Sunday of Easter. If one is aware of world problems, one can feel overwhelmed and discouraged. Yet the first reading talks of joy and healing and the second speaks of hope. Good things can happen with the power of the Spirit. The healing that God wants for our world can come to us. We must not lose hope. The gospel speaks of a relationship of love and solidarity between the Father and Jesus and then with all of us. This unity and solidarity can be made real, not just in our hearts, but also in the way people are treated and in the way love is expressed in action for justice and peace. We must put our faith into practice. “Love of neighbor is an absolute demand for justice, because charity must manifest itself in actions and structures which respect human dignity, protect human rights, and facilitate human development. To promote justice is to transform structures which block love.” (1971 Synod of Bishops, Justice in the World)

As people of faith we believe more than ever that with God’s help we can offer resurrection life and love to our world and its people. This has been our continued focus this season as we consider encounter and accompaniment. Where is the Spirit working in your world and life? What signs of hope do you see?

Mother’s Day: Prayers and Concerns

Mother's DayMothers are the strongest antidote to our individualistic and egotistic tendencies, to our lack of openness and our indifference. A society without mothers would not only be a cold society, but a society that has lost its heart, lost the “feel of home.” … I have learned much from those mothers whose children are in prison, or lying in hospital beds, or in bondage to drugs, yet, come cold or heat, rain or draught, never stop fighting for what is best for them. Or those mothers who in refugee camps, or even the midst of war, unfailingly embrace and support their children’s sufferings. … Where there is a mother, there is unity, there is belonging, belonging as children.” Pope Francis, January 1, 2017

Prayer for Mothers [by Education for Justice]

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: May 14, 2017

DiscipleshipThis is the 5th Sunday of Easter. The gospel of Jesus is not simply a “personal interior message or experience” which changes the way we feel. Genuine belief leads to works. Spirituality is connected to action. As Jesus says in today’s gospel, “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these.” During this Easter season we’ve continued our focus on encounter and accompaniment by considering specific ways we can live out our faith through meeting those in need, living in solidarity with them, and taking appropriate action for the common good. How are you being called to continue the works of Christ?

The work of the gospel is reflected in the concern of the early church for the poor. In today’s example from Acts, it is reflected in a concern for the widows in the community. The work of the gospel is about service and especially service to those who are most in need. It is a responsibility for the whole community – not just a responsibility for the apostles. Deacons are appointed. The whole community is involved in this very local need. [In some way this story reflects the principle of subsidiarity which is one of the key principles of Catholic social teaching.] The apostles also seek to create a structure for responding to the needs for the long term. [This too is important in Catholic social teaching, for we desire to offer more than charity to respond to some immediate need but to create structures of justice that empower all people.]

Obituary for Mimi Johns

Mimi JohnsMildred "Mimi" Lee Kirchdorfer Johns, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and dear friend to many passed away Monday, May 1, 2017 in Louisville, KY.

Mimi was born March 2, 1929 in Louisville and grew up at Cedar Strohme, the Kirchdorfer family home. She is an alum of St. Francis of Assisi, Sacred Heart Academy and the University of Kentucky and received her Master’s in Education from Spalding University. She shared her love for children as an elementary school teacher at the parishes of St. Leonard, St. Joseph and St. Elizabeth.

Committed to social justice, Mimi was an advocate for positive change in her local community. Her adventurous spirit and love of the natural world inspired her passion for gardening, hiking, boating and world travel.

Reminder: no 5:30pm mass on Derby Day

Just a quick reminder that for Kentucky Derby weekend, there will be no Saturday 5:30pm liturgy (May 6, 2017).

There will be normal 9am and 11:30am liturgies on Sunday, May 7th, 2017.

Happy Derby!

Team Building with Coach Scotty Davenport

Scotty DavenportWhat: Team Building

When: May 21, 2017, 7:00-8:30 PM

Where: Community Center

May 21, 2017, 7:00-8:30 PM, Men Of Epiphany will present Head Coach Scotty Davenport of Bellarmine University's Men's Basketball program! His talk is entitled, TEAM BUILDING, with a focus on young people because according to him, "they are the answer!" Bellarmine's team ended its season 32-4, which is the second most wins in a season in school history!

All men and fathers/sons, in particular, are welcome, so please join us in the Community Center. Refreshments will be served. Contact Mike McLaughlin, 262-6032, for more information.

Obituary for Georgina Hubbard (Fr. Randy’s Mother)

Georgina HubbardMrs. Georgina Pike Hubbard, 79, of Guston, Kentucky, passed away on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 in her home.

Georgina was born in Grahampton, Kentucky to Sarah Ann (Powers) and George Pike on December 20, 1937. She graduated from Nazareth Academy (Bardstown KY) in 1955. She retired from civil service at Fort Knox in 1993 and lovingly devoted her life to her family.

An active member of Saint John the Apostle Catholic Church, she lived a life fully devoted to Christ. She had a remarkable ability to make everyone in her presence feel welcome and God’s love. Georgina was an avid reader, loved crossword puzzles, and watching sports (especially the Kentucky Wildcats).

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: May 7, 2017

Good ShepherdThis is the Fourth Sunday of Easter. A world that makes real the loving care of the Good Shepherd must work to put an end to all kinds of abuse that may be endured by God’s people. We must not forget those who have been victims of violence, those who are abused by unjust economic systems, children who are denied a safe environment, good education or proper nutrition, those who work hard for something less than a living wage, women who are denied basic human or economic rights, and all who are abused in any way by the structures of injustice.

As shepherds following in the footsteps of the Good Shepherd, we are asked to seek out, to accompany, to lift up, to bind up the wounds of our time.” (Pope Francis)

We continue our focus on encounter and accompaniment by considering specific ways we can live out our faith through meeting those in need, living in solidarity with them, and taking appropriate action for the common good. This weekend we consider the violence in our own city, how we can accompany our neighbors affected by this tragedy, and work to put an end to violence in our community. “Hands Across Louisville” offers us an opportunity to encounter our neighbors from around the city, especially in the West End, and to accompany those devastated by gun violence. Join people of faith on Saturday, May 13, 2017 in showing our solidarity with our neighbors, and sign up to hold hands 2:00 – 3:00 PM on Epiphany’s block on Broadway!

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