Opportunities for Prayer and Reconciliation during Lent 2017

Lent 2017

Lent 2017: Called to ENCOUNTER and ACCOMPANY

Come and join other parishioners for these special events to help grow spiritually this Lent. 

Lenten Opportunities for Reconciliation:

  • Communal Celebrations:
    • Regional celebration at St. Albert on Sunday, March 19, 2017, 3:00 PM
    • Wednesday, March 22 at 2:00 PM (Epiphany)
    • Tuesday, April 4 at 7:00 PM (Epiphany).
  • Individual Reconciliation:
    • March 11 & 25, April 8, 2017 at 4:00 PM in the Chapel

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: March 5, 2017

EncounterThis is the First Sunday of Lent. Our focus this season of Lent 2017 is “Called to ENCOUNTER and ACCOMPANY.”

Pope Francis encourages us to build a culture of encounter and to offer a spirituality of accompaniment. “Faith is an encounter with Jesus, and we must do what Jesus does: encounter others...with our faith 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,… 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.”

We, like Jesus, face temptations. God formed humans for life in a creation garden of God’s love, but our desire for power, to “be like gods,” has led us into a desert wasteland of lies and death. We justify the use of power, violence and manipulation as the necessary means to feed our human hungers. But we are invited to more – real fullness of life through conversion to our true selves, as God created us to be. We begin this Lenten season of renewal and new life with the ancient spiritual practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving that can help us accomplish this renewal as individuals and as a community. You’re invited this Lent to experience encounter and accompaniment by supporting immigrant families through Catholic Charities Migration & Refugee Services. Watch for upcoming opportunities to learn, pray and serve!

Reflection on Ash Wednesday Readings: March 1, 2017

Ash WednesdayLent 2017: Called to ENCOUNTER and ACCOMPANY

How is God inviting you to renewal this Lent? …To transformation through Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and alms-giving?

The problem is not in being sinners, the problem is when we don't let ourselves be transformed in love by the encounter with Christ.” ― Pope Francis, Encountering Truth: Meeting God in the Everyday

Today we begin the season of renewal and new life with the ancient spiritual practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving that can help us accomplish this renewal as individuals and as a community. Our focus this year is on how can we find ways to live the encounter with God in accompaniment of others on this journey of faith. Ash Wednesday evening we take as our guide Levi (Matthew) the tax collector, who when called by Jesus unhesitatingly got up and became a follower of Jesus. His first act as a disciple was to invite many of his friends and acquaintances to come to his house to get to meet and dine with Jesus. In so doing, they found an unexpected healing that renewed their lives. Lent is that time for spiritual healing for us.

Lent begins on March 1, 2017!

Lenten SeasonCome pray with us on March 1, 2017, Ash Wednesday:

  • 8:30 AM: Mass with Distribution of Ashes
  • 7:00 PM: Evening Prayer with Distribution of Ashes

Our theme for Lent 2017:  Called to ENCOUNTER and ACCOMPANY… How is God inviting you to renewal this Lent?  To transformation through Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and alms-giving? 

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: February 26, 2017

Trust in God to care for youThis is the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time. How do you measure God’s care? God doesn’t measure it; it is poured out abundantly, though at times we may not recognize it. Someone devastated by war or terrible loss finds it hard to believe that God not only loves but is love itself.  We do not need to worry excessively about everyday struggles. God is with us, loving us in all situations, and the ultimate outcome of life is in God’s hands. May we be open to receive God’s care, and strengthened to manifest that same love even in difficult circumstances.

The world tells us to seek success, power and money; God tells us to seek humility, service and love.”  Pope Francis (June 2013)

The Sunday readings:

Last Soup Supper before Lent and the start of weekly Lenten Soup Suppers

Soup SupperThe last Soup Supper before Lent will actually occur on Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras) February 28, 2017. We encourage wearing your Mardi Gras beads and head wear!

Note that, with Lent beginning the next day, we'll begin our weekly LENTEN Soup Suppers on March. 7, 2017 and we will not offer desserts during Lent. Also, we will not schedule a Lenten Soup Supper during Holy Week (Tuesday, April 11, 2017).

Trivia Game Night

Trivia NightWhat: Trivia Game Night

When: Friday, February 24, 2017, 6:30-9:30 PM

Where: Community Center

Please notice our new start time!

Get your team of up to 8 people per table for this fun, inter-generational evening open to all Epiphany members and their families. Each table is asked to bring 2 Heavy Appetizers, 1 Dessert and 1 (2-liter.) soft drink to be shared by ALL on a buffet table.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: February 19, 2017

Love your enemiesThis is the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. We hear from the Book of Leviticus: “You shall not bear hatred for your brother or sister in your heart. … Take no revenge and cherish no grudge against any of your people. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Paul’s letter to the Corinthians reminds us that the Spirit of God lives in each person. In a world with many examples of hatred, violence, war, and unnecessary death, Jesus appears with the radical call for us to love our enemies, to turn the other cheek, to trust in the way of peace, and to be especially concerned for those most in need. Do we really believe that this is the way God wants us to live? That this is the way of Jesus?

The dialogue between us should help to build bridges connecting all people, in such a way that everyone can see in the other not an enemy, not a rival, but a brother or sister to be welcomed and embraced!” (Pope Francis, 3/22/13)

You are God’s temple … God’s temple is holy, and that temple you are” (1 Cor 3:16-17). In this temple, which we are, an existential liturgy is being celebrated: that of goodness, forgiveness, service; in a word, the liturgy of love. This temple of ours is defiled if we neglect our duties towards our neighbor. Whenever the least of our brothers and sisters finds a place in our hearts, it is God himself who finds a place there. When that brother or sister is shut out, it is God himself who is not being welcomed. A heart without love is like a deconsecrated church, a building withdrawn from God’s service and given over to another use. (Pope Francis, 2/23/14)

PPC Nominations (2017)

PPC Nominations begin February 11, 2017

PPCParish Pastoral Council Members will be available with forms and to answer questions about the nominations after weekend Masses beginning February 11, 2017.

Parishioners may nominate themselves or another parishioner who is fully initiated (Confirmed).

Starting February 11th, parishioners will be able to nominate online [CLICK HERE] or fill out a paper nomination form available from PPC members.

Completed paper forms should be deposited in the Nomination Box located in the Connector. 

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