Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: September 3, 2017

Follow ChristThis is the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today’s scriptures remind us that inner transformation and the renewal of our minds must guide our discipleship -- not power, popularity or other human standards of success. With our God, life comes through death. It is not always easy to be faithful to God. Fidelity may require embarrassment, suffering, and even death—but death does not have the final word. May our community’s prayer strengthen us to take up our crosses and walk our path toward resurrection, as Jesus did.

The Sunday Readings:

Construction Notice – Epiphany Campus

Construction NoticePlease note the following changes to parking and building entrance on the campus for Monday and Tuesday (August 28 and 29, 2017).

Due to ongoing construction on the Epiphany Campus this week, the following temporary conditions will be in effect on Monday and Tuesday, August 28 and 29, 2017.

  • On Tuesday (August 29, 2017) the main church entrance as well as the handicapped AND the staff parking lots will be CLOSED from early morning on as the construction team will be laying asphalt. Staff will be available with golf carts to assist parishioners attending the 8:30 AM Mass - helping them from the main parking lot to church, before and after mass. Parishioners must drive through the “exit” (carefully) and park in main parking lot only.
  • In preparation for the new paving, the construction crew will preparing the surfaces for paving on Monday, August 28, 2017. They will have surfaces filled in before the Blood Drive in the Community Center, starting at 1:00 PM for Blood Drive set-up. (Blood Drive begins at 2:00 PM as scheduled.)

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: August 27, 2017

Who do you say I am?This is the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today’s gospel question, “Who do you say I am?” and Jesus’ statement telling Peter who he really is - are vitally important for us, also. Who we say God is shapes our lives and values. But coming to know who we really are in God's eyes also shapes us... God sees more in us, as Jesus did in Peter, more than our weaknesses, mistakes, and sins. God wants us to know that we are beloved children of God. But there are many who have had neither the chance to know who God is, nor to know who they really are - who don't know that they have dignity, that they matter.

You and I, the Body of Christ who have had the privilege of coming to know who Jesus is and who we really are, have a mission to let every woman, man, and child - especially the most forgotten and vulnerable in our community and world - know the answer to these most important life questions.

Obituary for Rita Wesley

Rita WesleyRita Wesley, 75, passed away Wednesday, August, 16, 2017.

Rita was born on January 15, 1942 in Daviess County to the late Mark and Jennyvee Mattingly. She was a cosmetologist before she retired an active member of Live Strong and a member of Epiphany Catholic Church.

Along with her parents, she is predeceased by her brother, Jerry Mattingly.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: August 20, 2017

Canannite womanThis is the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today’s scriptures remind us that God’s mercy is intended for all people, not just the “chosen few”, and challenge us to have conversations with God that are real and honest, as our conversations should be with each other. The mystery of God's plan is that God's reach is always wider than we might imagine. We are called to be courageously persistent and honest in our prayer, and open to embrace all people as equally beloved of God.

This is the mystery of our Church, that all men and women are brothers and sisters, all one in Christ, all bear the image of the Eternal God.” (U.S. Catholic Bishops, Brother and Sisters to Us, 1979)

Let us be renewed by God’s mercy…and let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish.” (Pope Francis)

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: August 13, 2017

God is presentThis is the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time. How, when, and where do you encounter God? Elijah does not encounter God in the ways divine power is expected to be manifested, but in a “tiny whispering sound.” Peter encounters Jesus in a raging storm...but becomes frightened - and is saved when he comes as Jesus calls him. Somehow in the midst of all the storms and in the quietest whisper, God can be experienced, we can even grow in our faith, and we can take action as a follower of Christ.

Whether in dramatic or unassuming ways, God continually comes to us. God comes unceasingly in recognizable circumstances (like liturgy and personal prayer) and in unexpected ways (in those in need, in surprises, in the visits of loved ones). The real challenge is to perceive the many ways God comes to us and calls us every day - not usually as One walking on water, but as One dwelling in the other, particularly the other in need. Do we see and encounter Christ also in those calling for help?

Our life is not given to us like an opera libretto, in which all is written down; but it means going, walking, doing, searching, seeing. … We must enter into the adventure of the quest for meeting God; we must let God search and encounter us.” ― Pope Francis, A Big Heart Open to God: A Conversation with Pope Francis

Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream

Earth and Spirit logoWhat: Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium

When: August 26, 2017 9:00 AM – 12:00 noon

Where: Lighthouse

On August 26, 2017 Epiphany will feature Tim Darst, Associate Director of the Passionist Earth & Spirit Center. He will present “Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream”—a symposium which explores the possibilities for bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, socially just, and spiritually fulfilling human presence on the Earth. Through dynamic group interactions, leading edge information, and inspiring multimedia presentations, participants learn to reconnect with their deep concern for our world and are empowered to make a difference.

Feast of the Assumption - August 15, 2017

Assumption of MaryWe will celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Tuesday, August 15, 2017. Masses will be at 8:30 AM and 7:00 PM.

On the feast of the Assumption of Mary we celebrate the victory of Christ’s resurrection in that after Mary’s death, she too experienced the fullness of resurrection. The Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary commemorates the day of Mary’s death and the fact that her body was received into heaven, like the resurrected body of Jesus (which is celebrated on the feast of the Ascension of the Lord during the Easter season). This belief in the “resurrection of the body” is also our hope that what Mary and Jesus have experienced God will also grant to us and to all who have gone before us in faith.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: August 6, 2017

TransfigurationThis Sunday we celebrate the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. By an almost eerie coincidence - here in the midst of other cosmic events - this date is also the anniversary of the world’s birth into the atomic age at Hiroshima! The paradox of the brilliance of Christ transfigured, foretold in Daniel and revealed to Peter, James, and John on that holy mountain and the brilliant flash from that first nuclear blast, cannot be lost on us.

The white light which shone from Christ was a mere suggestion of that divine splendor and indescribable brilliance beyond all human comprehension. The white light which shone from the atomic explosion was an omen of the destructive force that is within human grasp! It is imperative that the horror of the latter be brought under the control of the glory of the former, the One whom the Father's voice declared: This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased, listen to Him. It is more urgent than ever that we listen to Him! At stake, the very future of our children, grandchildren, and planet.

Obituary for Ed Miller

CandleEdward F. Miller, 75, of Louisville died on July 21, 2017. He was born in Louisville, son of Edward F. and Dolores (Augustus) Miller. Ed was a graduate of Flaget High School and Bellarmine University. He is preceded in death by his wife, M. Carol Miller and his sister Evelyn (Miller) Kleitz.

Ed is survived by his children Stephen, Jennifer (Pete) Diegel, and Pam O'Loughlin (Brian); his grandchildren Morgan and Ryan Miller, Connor and Caroline O'Loughlin, and Emma Diegel; his brother James Miller and sister Mary (Miller) Willis; and many nieces and nephews.