Good Friday Stations of the Cross

Crosses on Calvary

What: Stations of the Cross

When: April 14, 2017 – 2:30 PM

Where: Worship Center

GOOD FRIDAY STATIONS OF THE CROSS, sponsored by our Anchorage Covenant Churches: Anchorage Presbyterian, St. Luke’s Episcopal, and Epiphany Catholic. 

Join us at Epiphany on April 14 at 2:30 PM, beginning in the Worship Center, praying Pope Francis’ Stations of Mercy.  We will walk the stations on the grounds, but you are also welcome to pray them inside. 

Celebrate Holy Week

Holy WeekYou’re invited…!  This weekend’s Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion (April 8-9) begins an extraordinary week that concentrates in a few days the meaning of our whole Christian life.

Give yourself the gift of slowing down and making choices so that you can enter into the rich meaning of this week.

We celebrate in the liturgies what we live every day--all the dying to self that characterizes truly faithful disciples of Jesus, all the serving in love that proclaims our choice to live in the reign of God.  This is our way of continuing Jesus’ saving mission, our way of making visible our ultimate desire: to live united with Jesus who suffered, died, was raised, and lives in communion with the One God.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: April 9, 2017

Holy Week

Today is Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion. You are invited to enter into the deepest mysteries of our faith and re-commit to the way of Christ. Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion begins an extraordinary week that concentrates in a few days the meaning of our whole Christian life. Give yourself the gift of slowing down and entering into the meaning of this week. We celebrate in the liturgies what we live every day--all the dying to self that characterizes truly faithful disciples of Jesus, all the serving in love that proclaims our choice to live in the reign of God. This is our way of continuing Jesus’ saving mission, our way of making visible our ultimate desire: to live united with Jesus who suffered, died, was raised, and lives in communion with the One God.

This Lent 2017 we have been focusing on our common call to encounter and accompany… “Let us treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated. Let us seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves…. In a word, if we want security, let us give security; if we want life, let us give life…” (9/24/15, Pope Francis to U.S. Congress) We can encounter and accompany some of those most in need through supporting Catholic Charities Migration & Refugee Services. Where is Christ inviting us to encounter and accompany those facing misunderstanding, betrayal, condemnation, and death?

Holy Week 2017 Prayer Schedule

Join us for the many times for prayer during this special time. Click here for a printable copy of this schedule.

Holy Week

  • PalmPalm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, April 8-9, 2017: Participate in the procession and blessing of palm.
  • Stations of the Cross: Pray them outside along the drive from the main entrance, or in the Connector. Booklets are available in the Welcome Desk.
  • Open Labyrinth walk: Stop by our outdoor labyrinth anytime the weather suits you. Focus your walking prayer on Jesus’ journey, and let yourself encounter and be accompanied by the Lord of Life.
  • Rosary Prayer: Monday, April 10, 2017, 5:00 PM, Chapel.
  • Centering Prayer: Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 9:15 AM, Community Center.
  • Chrism Mass: Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 7:00p PM Cathedral of the Assumption

Obituary for Bonnie Nicolas

Bonnie NicolasBonnie Nicolas, long-time Epiphany parishioner and aunt of former pastor Fr. Jeff Nicolas, passed away on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. The funeral will be held at Epiphany tomorrow, Friday, March 31, 2017 at 10:00 AM.

There will be an opportunity for visitation with her family during her "Celebration of Life" at Pearson Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM. The obituary with more details will be posted on the website once it is published.

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

Sign up: In the Connector if you are coming to Dinner

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?

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