WE’RE TWINS!! Epiphany and San Lorenzo Martír

San Larenzo ChurchWhat: Our Twining Relationship with San Lorenzo Martír

When: April 6, 2017, 7:00 PM (Mass at 6:00 PM)

Where: Community Center

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Chiapas MapIn the past, Epiphany has had relationships with parishes in El Salvador and Honduras. Both these countries are now too dangerous to visit. So we have begun a twinning relationship with a parish in Chiapas, Mexico; it is in a little town called Amatán and the name of the parish is San Lorenzo Martír.

Learn more about Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services

Migration Refugee logoWhat: The Refugee Resettlement Process

When: Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 4:30 PM

Where: Community Center

Who: Shelley Dewig, Capacity and Outreach Coordinator

Mark your calendars! Live speaker event to be held at Epiphany, April 2, 2017 at 4:30 PM! Shelley Dewig with Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services will be coming to speak to the community in light of our Lenten focus, Encounter and Accompaniment

Shelley DewigShelley Dewig has been the Capacity and Outreach Coordinator at Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services since 2016. She has worked at Catholic Charities for 3 years and with refugee resettlement agencies for 5 years. Shelley’s job duties consist of building capacity within each department of Migration and Refugee Service through volunteer recruitment, planning fundraising events, and engaging in advocacy work. Shelley has a Master of Arts in International Development and a Bachelor of Arts in French and International Studies with a minor in Spanish.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: April 2, 2017

Encounter ChristThis is the Fifth Sunday of Lent. As Jesus approaches the tomb of his friend Lazarus, we are told, “Jesus wept.” Today we have so many deaths to weep over: deaths from countless wars, ethnic and racial fighting, acts of terrorism; from inadequate medical care, nutrition and shelter; from natural disasters, substance abuse and industrial accidents; those dying alone or feeling unloved… Jesus says to Martha: “I am the resurrection and the life.” We need a vision of resurrection life that does not forget those on the margins, respects human rights, and promotes life before money, power and pride. Jesus says: “Lazarus, come out.” Jesus says to those around him: “Untie him and let him go.” Our world needs a confident voice that will invite us out of our tombs and into freedom – freedom from the culture of violence, death, racism, discrimination, debt, revenge, and blindness – freedom to respond to the needs of others and let go of everything that keeps us from being fully alive. What in you feels barren or lifeless and longs for new life? “In the encounter with Christ, the path of liberation and salvation is opened for all men and women in every place and of every time.” (Pope Francis” 8/31/16)

Pope Francis’ Lenten Message

Pope FrancisThis is an excerpt from the Lent 2017 Message of Pope Francis:

Dear friends, Lent is the favorable season for renewing our encounter with Christ, living in his word, in the sacraments and in our neighbor. The Lord, who overcame the deceptions of the Tempter during the forty days in the desert, shows us the path we must take. May the Holy Spirit lead us on a true journey of conversion, so that we can rediscover the gift of God’s word, be purified of the sin that blinds us, and serve Christ present in our brothers and sisters in need. I encourage all the faithful to express this spiritual renewal also by sharing in the Lenten Campaigns … and thus to favor the culture of encounter in our one human family. Let us pray for one another so that, by sharing in the victory of Christ, we may open our doors to the weak and poor. Then we will be able to experience and share to the full the joy of Easter.”

Read the Pope’s entire message.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: March 26, 2017

Blind manThis is the Fourth Sunday of Lent. The experience of the man born blind recognizing Christ as the light of the world is a powerful account about how one person comes to see while so many others continue to be trapped by their own blindness. We all have our personal blind spots and prejudices, as do our cultures. Christ calls to be free and to see in a new way, just as Samuel learned to see “not as humans see but as God sees.” Christ wants us to have open eyes and ready hearts, so that we can see and then have the freedom to act with justice and love. How do we need to see things in a new way, to be able to encounter and accompany those we meet?

Each life that we encounter is a gift deserving acceptance, respect and love. The word of God helps us to open our eyes to welcome and love life, especially when it is weak and vulnerable.” (Pope Francis, Message for Lent 2017)

This Lent 2017 we are focusing on our common call to ENCOUNTER and ACCOMPANY… Pope Francis encourages us to build a culture of encounter and accompaniment. “We must do what Jesus does: encounter others….we must create a culture of encounter, a culture of friendship, a culture in which we find brothers and sisters, in which we can also speak with those who think differently,…we are asked to seek out, to accompany, to lift up, to bind up the wounds of our time.” We can encounter and accompany some of those most in need through supporting Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services. How is Christ inviting you to see with new eyes this Lent?

Obituary for Sr. Maureen "Reenie" Daugherty, SCN

Sr. Reenie Daugherty, SCNSister Maureen “Reenie” Daugherty, SCN, 74, formerly Sister Patrick Daugherty, a native of Louisville, died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, on Friday, March 17, 2017, the feast of St. Patrick. Sister had been a professed SCN for 52 years.

Sister Maureen served in secondary education in Kentucky, Alabama and Maryland for fifteen years. In Louisville Sister Maureen worked in secondary education with Catholic Charities, Inc. from 1980-82; as Editor of SCNews from 1982-88; as staff member in the Sister Visitor Program from 1988-89; and as Technical Aide in the Radiology Department of Caritas Medical Center/SS. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital from 1989-2009. In retirement Sister has served in the Apostolate of Prayer and as a Driver when needed.

Sister is survived by two sisters, Kyran Daugherty of Louisville, KY and Anne D. Lutkus of Geneseo, NY; one brother, Michael Daugherty, MD of Lexington, KY; and by her religious community, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: March 19, 2017

Woman at the wellThis is the Third Sunday of Lent. The ministry of Jesus is inclusive, offering Living Water to all. Jesus talks with a Samaritan woman in today’s gospel story, which amazes the disciples. Rabbis did not casually talk to women or Samaritans. Despite all the conventions of the time, Jesus talks to her and everything is changed. She runs off in excitement to share with the whole village, and becomes the first follower in John’s gospel to spread the good news. The whole town is changed. The Samaritan woman in some way represents all in the world whose gifts are not recognized, who experience oppression, and who struggle for justice. Her encounter with Jesus is an encounter of liberation for her and then for her whole village. ”The encounter with Christ can completely change our life.” (Pope Francis on Twitter)

This Lent we are focusing on our common call to ENCOUNTER and ACCOMPANY… Pope Francis encourages us to build a culture of encounter and accompaniment. “We must do what Jesus does: encounter others….we must create a culture of encounter, a culture of friendship, a culture in which we find brothers and sisters, in which we can also speak with those who think differently,…we are asked to seek out, to accompany, to lift up, to bind up the wounds of our time.”

Obituary for Bill “Sam” Schindler

Bill SchindlerWilliam H. "Sam” Schindler, Jr, 75, of Louisville passed away after a courageous battle with multiple health issues Thursday March 9th, 2017 at Norton Brownsboro Hospital with his family by his side. He was born in Louisville, KY on May 29th, 1941 and graduated from Trinity High School in 1959. He went on to pursue an electrical and mechanical degree at Louisville Technical Institute, now known as Sullivan University. He started his own residential heating and air conditioning company, and then partnered and concentrated on commercial heating and air for 20 years. As his hobbies, he loved cars. While in Zanesville, Ohio for 7 years, he had his own business called "Every Man's Dream", where he sold fiberglass kit cars and featured them in shows. Bill enjoyed flying remote controlled cars, boats and airplanes. He loved to read and was a source of invaluable information. If you needed something fixed, he had the answer. He definitely was the Master Mr. Fix-it!

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: March 12, 2017

Encounter ChristThis is the Second Sunday of Lent 2017. Our focus this season of Lent 2017 is “Called to ENCOUNTER and ACCOMPANY.”

Pope Francis encourages us to build a culture of encounter and accompaniment. “We must do what Jesus does: encounter others…we must create a culture of encounter, a culture of friendship, a culture in which we find brothers and sisters, in which we can also speak with those who think differently…we are asked to seek out, to accompany, to lift up, to bind up the wounds of our time.

The experience of the transfiguration causes the disciples to see in a new way. Jesus urges them not to build tents and stay on the mountain, but sends them forth with a new vision. They are to bring good news to the poor, the outcasts, the disheartened - which soon takes Jesus to Jerusalem and his final days. The gospel invites us, too, to see things anew, and from other viewpoints. What keeps us from “coming down the mountain” and participating fully in the lives of those most in need?

Obituary for Antoinette Inks

Antoinette InksAntoinette “Toni” Inks, 82, of Louisville, Kentucky passed away on February 28, 2017.

Toni was born on August 24, 1934 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to the late Joseph and Helen (Gorczyca) Zastawny. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John W. Inks, Sr., grandson Jeremy Kostrzewski, sisters Vicki Switala, Genevieve Switala, and brother Joseph Zastawny.

Toni is survived by her daughters, Lynn Kostrzewski, Diane Quellhorst (Brian), Karen O’Connor, and son John W. Inks, Jr. (Tammy), grandchildren Vicky Mathis, Michael Kostrzewski (Jessica), Justin Inks, Tyler Inks, Tara Buckley, Adam O’Connor, Joshua Quellhorst (Nicole), and Jaime Quellhorst.

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