Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: November 12, 2017

Oil for your lampThis is the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time. Jesus is coming - are you ready? The initiative is God’s, but we should always be ready to respond to the divine invitation. Though we know that what we’re doing now is part of life’s journey toward meeting Christ, our bridegroom, and being invited to the eternal feast, we often miss the ways Christ comes here and now. What helps you to be open to the voice of the Spirit in your “everyday” life? How would we live differently if we knew Christ was coming tonight?

The Sunday Readings:

Stewardship Commitment Sunday

GPS logoWhat: Stewardship Commitment Sunday

When: THIS WEEKEND, November 4-5, 2017 - after all Masses

Where: Community Center

Turn on your “GPS” and head over to the Community Center after all Masses this weekend (November 4-5, 2017) to complete your annual Stewardship Intention Cards!

If you prefer to complete your Stewardship Intention Cards prior to coming to the social, please print the intention card and bring with you. Click on the links below for the Intention Card and the Ministry Listing brochure.

Discovering the Human Face of God in the Gospel of Mark

St. MarkWhat: Discovering the Human Face of God in the Gospel of Mark

When: November 14, 2017, 6:30-8:00 PM

Where: Community Center

Who: Fr. Eugene Hensell, OSB (Ph.D.)

Did you know that come December our Sunday Gospel readings for the liturgical year 2018 will regularly be selections from the Gospel of Saint Mark? Get ready! Come hear an introduction to this fascinating Gospel by an internationally renowned scripture scholar, Fr. Eugene Hensell. His topic will be “Discovering the Human Face of God in the Gospel of Mark.”

Share the Abundance - Bring a Thanksgiving Feast for our Neighbors!

Thanksgiving bagPlease fill and bring a RECYCLABLE GROCERY BAG the weekend of November 11 – 12, 2017 with the following items:

  • canned sweet potatoes or instant mashed potatoes
  • 3 – 4 cans of vegetables (green beans, corn, peas, tomatoes, etc.)
  • packaged or canned gravy
  • boxed stuffing mix
  • 3 – 4 cans of fruit (peaches, fruit cocktail, pineapple, etc.)
  • cranberry sauce
  • packaged dessert item
  • fruit juice, tea, coffee

Stewardship Commitment Sunday

Stewardship SundayWhat: Stewardship Commitment Sunday

When: November 4-5, 2017 after ALL Masses

Where: Community Center

Join us as our Epiphany Community completes their Stewardship Intention Cards, and enjoys a light meal together.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: November 5, 2017

Preach without wordsThis is the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time. How often have we heard, “Practice what you preach!” We know that we should “walk the talk,” and that how we are reveals the truth about who we are – but it can be a real challenge! Christ is our true Teacher and Master, and living as a humble servant is simply living in right relationship with God and others, following the example of Jesus. So on this stewardship weekend, we have to ask ourselves: how are we choosing to give and serve – among our Epiphany community, in our family and in the larger community?

Preach the gospel at all times; if necessary, use words.(St. Francis of Assisi)

The Sunday Readings:

All Saints Day Masses

All Saints tapestryWednesday, November 1, 2017 is All Saints Day. We will celebrate masses for the Solemnity of All Saints in the Worship Center at:

  • 8:30 AM
  • 7:00 PM

All Saints Day, the day on which we celebrate all the saints, known and unknown, is a surprisingly old feast. It arose out of the Christian tradition of celebrating the martyrdom of saints on the anniversary of their martyrdom. When martyrdoms increased during the persecutions of the late Roman Empire, local dioceses instituted a common feast day in order to ensure that all martyrs, known and unknown, were properly honored.

Over the years, the rolls of saints included those who were not martyred for their faith but also those who lived that faith as an integral part of who they were. These include not only those who are canonized by the church, but all whom God calls saints…all those whom God has found worthy of the eternal life given to us by Christ.

The Saints are our ancestors and friends -- that "cloud of witnesses" who accepted the godly realism of their lives, shared it with others on Earth, and continue to do so now before the throne of God in heaven. We believe that they "intercede" for us here below, and in a special way, they are linked with us in what we call "the communion of Saints."

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.