Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: July 9, 2017

Come to meThis is the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Working through the humble and the lowly, God is transforming the world. The world usually uses power, weapons and warfare to try to achieve freedom and peace, but Jesus teaches us another way. The Messiah is not a conquering warrior, but one who comes in the ways of peace, inviting us into a freeing relationship of love where we do not shoulder our burdens alone.

The gospel reminds us that this counter-cultural message is a message of liberation and life. As we let go of all the craziness of our culture, we will find “rest” and finally really be alive. Then, justice and peace can truly begin to thrive.

The Readings:

July 4th Liturgy

Pray for our nationWhat: Mass on July 4, 2017

Time 8:30 AM

Where: Worship Center

  • Wishing you a fun and blessed Fourth of July holiday!
  • Remember to pray in a special way for our country, that we may grow in the ways that will make us a truly great nation.
  • Join us for 8:30 AM Mass on Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

“A nation can be considered great when it defends liberty as Lincoln did, when it fosters a culture which enables people to “dream” of full rights for all their brothers and sisters, as Martin Luther King sought to do; when it strives for justice and the cause of the oppressed, as Dorothy Day did by her tireless work, the fruit of a faith which becomes dialogue and sows peace in the contemplative style of Thomas Merton.” Pope Francis speaking to US Congress, 2015

A Prayer for Our Nation

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: July 2, 2017

Take up your cross; follow ChristThis is the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time. We receive because others give - so much of our lives depends upon the generosity of others - and all life and everything we do is because of the utter generosity of God! Taking up our cross and living as Jesus means we must be givers as well as receivers. And we must become as generous in our self-giving as Christ is.

Jesus calls us to single-mindedness, to put him at the center of our lives. He also reminds us that whoever receives his followers receives him. Our relationship to Jesus is connected to our relationships with each other. Then we find that every act of self-giving is really an act of receiving. We receive strengthened relationships, less wandering from God, the knowledge that we’ve eased another’s burden, the abiding presence of Christ and the fullness of Life that is given through our faithfulness. In generously giving and receiving we lose our lives for the sake of others, and find fullness of Life - Jesus himself.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: June 25, 2017

Be not afraidThis is the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Though it may take total commitment, as for Jeremiah, to be faithful in the face of opposition and difficulty, God brings us healing and strength through the gracious gift of Jesus. In today’s gospel, Jesus helps us sort out fear. “Fear no one,” he states boldly. We need only to keep Jesus’ continued presence before us and act accordingly. We can be assured that God counts every hair on our head, and counts us worthy to be disciples. Jesus challenges us to fear what is truly death-dealing, “the one who can destroy both soul and body. ” This kind of death comes from choosing our own selfish interests rather than the way of Christ. As we gather in community, may we be reminded of the love of God that strengthens us to continue, together, to choose the way of Christ that brings Life and helps us let go of fear.

The Sunday Readings:

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: June 18, 2017

Corpus ChristiThis Sunday is the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. The Eucharist is about sharing food and sharing in God’s life. What matters is not simply eating the bread and drinking the cup, but participating in the life and mission of Christ, whose sacramental presence impels us into the world to transform it. Eucharist celebrates and challenges our sharing and our relationship with each other.

We can ask questions about our sacramental celebrations:

  • Does our celebration of the Eucharist reflect the excitement and joy of being one in community?
  • Does our celebration reflect a spirit of deep “solidarity?" Are we celebrating our solidarity as the living Mystical Body of Christ?
  • Is everyone welcome? Is there diversity in our community?
  • Does the Eucharist empower us for action – for life?

Hearing Assistance and Spanish Translation Assistance

Hearing AssistanceExperiencing difficulty hearing during liturgy? Pick up a personal sound receiver and ear piece or loop from the stands next to the Chapel before mass, and adjust the volume as needed.

Please note that the receivers are divided for hearing assistance and Spanish translation (during 11:30 AM Mass), as the signs illustrate.

Masses for the Deaf Community – Summer Schedule

ALS logoThe Mass for the Deaf Community (usually at 1:30 PM on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays of the month) will not be held from now until the middle of September, 2017.

The 9:00 AM Mass on Sunday will continue to be ASL interpreted as usual.

Happy 46th, Epiphany!

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Birthday CompositeJune 11, 2017 is Epiphany’s 46th Anniversary weekend!  

Please join us after all of the Masses this weekend for our 46th Epiphany Birthday celebration and also to welcome our new Business Manager, Mary Downs. Fun for the entire family in the Connector! Please join us in further celebration at the receptions after all the Masses. 

This presents a time to remember -- and be challenged to live out -- Epiphany's vision statement:

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 and sustained by prayer:

  • We choose to live the Gospel of Christ with humility and compassion.
  • We embrace diversity and nurture the unique gifts of all.
  • We search for the truth in a complex and changing world.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: June 11, 2017

TrinityThis is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. We experience God as a living presence whose very nature is communion - relationship! “...God is a flow, a radical relatedness, a perfect communion between Three - a circle dance of love [perichoresis].” (Richard Rohr, “The Divine Dance, The Trinity and Your Transformation”) Physics now shows that this relatedness is not only in God, or among us, but is imbedded in the very atoms of all creation. At the subatomic level scientists describe “quantum entanglements”: the state of each particle cannot be described independent of the others. Thus, “Pick a flower on earth, and you move the farthest star.” (Physicist Paul Dyrac)

God created all things in relationship, mirroring the very nature of the Trinity. Divine life and love extend beyond the Trinity to us and to all that is. May the mystery of the Trinity draw us to go deeper into ourselves – to be in touch with the Divine within us, and beyond ourselves – to an intimacy with God that moves us outward to live in solidarity and love with all God’s amazing handiwork.

Obituary for Evelyn Pusateri

Evelyn PusateriEvelyn Joan Pusateri, 87, of Louisville, passed away at her home on Friday, June 2, 2017.

As a cancer survivor, she lived life to the fullest; loved movies, the arts, and dancing. She was long time member of the Church of Epiphany; from the time mass was held in St. Thomas gymnasium.

Just short of Life Master, she was an avid bridge player. She brought the first Remax to the Louisville area in the late 1970s and thereafter labored with great integrity during a remarkable career in which she was named the Realtor of the Year in 1988; president of the Louisville Board of Realtors in 1989; President of the Kentucky Board of Realtors in 1992; director of the National Association of Realtors in 1999; and, as a trustee in the Kentucky Real Estate Education Foundation. For her vital and lasting contributions within her profession, she was named the well-deserving recipient of the John R. Carpenter Award and the 2004 Wall of Honor Award.