Men of Epiphany presents an Evening with Judge David P. Bowles

David BowlesWhat "Fairy Tales and War Stories: My life from the Badge to the Bar to the Bench."

When: February 19, 2017, 7:00-8:30 PM

Where: Community Center

A former police officer, then attorney, and now District Court Judge, he will share his very interesting & eventful life story!

All parishioners & guests are welcome, so please join us in the Community Center. Refreshments will be served.

Contact Mike McLaughlin, 262-6032, for more information.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: February 12, 2017

Love is basic to LawThis is the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. God’s wisdom challenges our human perspective and Christ calls us to a higher standard of religious practice. It can seem easy in the abstract, or at the grander scale, to accept God’s ways...but then comes the challenging moments in our relationships: betrayal, injustice, unfaithfulness. Surely, then, we are justified in our anger? Jesus offers us a wisdom that counsels reconciliation, faithfulness, integrity...all manifestations of his radical call to shape our lives by love. God’s compassionate eyes are upon us, encouraging us to choose the path of life.

“The New Law is called a law of love because it makes us act out of the love infused by the Holy Spirit, rather than from fear; a law of grace, because it confers the strength of grace to act, by means of faith and the sacraments; a law of freedom, because it sets us free from the ritual and juridical observances of the Old Law, inclines us to act spontaneously by the prompting of charity and, finally, lets us pass from the condition of a servant who ‘does not know what his master is doing’ to that of a friend of Christ.” - Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraph 1972

The Sunday readings:

10% SHARING GRANTS for December 2016

10%Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail… (Luke 12: 33)

Epiphany’s Ten Percent ministry is part of our commitment to reach out to those in need by helping support ministries, services, and programs outside of our community by taking a tithe (10%) of our income and making it available to these various agencies. The Ten Percent Committee of our Social Responsibility Committee discerns the disbursement of our tithe of monthly income to various agencies and programs within policies set by the Parish Pastoral Council and the Pastor. It meets monthly and reviews and evaluates applications for funding.

The following organizations were awarded Sharing Grants by the 10% Committee in December:

Obituary for Bill Whelan

Bill WhelanWilliam M. Whelan, Jr., 77, of Prospect, passed away Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

A native of Owensboro, KY, Bill graduated from OCHS and the University of Dayton. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, retired from Ford Motor Co. and a member of Church of the Epiphany, Ford Salaried Retiree Club and Glen Oaks Country Club.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Judith Mattingly Whelan; sons, William M. “Bill” Whelan, III Prospect, KY. and Michael K. Whelan, Sacramento, CA.; daughter, Jennifer W. Schmidt (Eric), Frisco TX. ; brother, Robert H. “Bob” Whelan (Sue), Chicago, IL; sister, Betty W. Jolley (Bill), Kansas City, MO. and grandchildren, Hayden Whelan, and Creighton and Donovan Schmidt.

Ephesians: Discover Your Inheritance

EphesiansEphesians: Discover Your Inheritance” Scripture Study will be offered here at Epiphany beginning February 6, 2017 through March 27, 2017. This 8-part bible study features Jeff Cavins and will be offered on Mondays from 9:00 -11:00 AM and from 6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Lighthouse.

Cost is $17. Checks must be mailed or brought to Epiphany offices during hours 9:00 – 11:00 AM or 1:00 – 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Please note on check – “Ephesians Study.” You will receive your materials at our office, when the fee is received.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: February 5, 2017

Salt and LightThis is the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today’s gospel proclaims a wonderful and positive statement about the Christian life: followers of Jesus are both salt and light. This might suggest that they are like ordinary necessities, but there is more involved. For Israel, salt was so precious that it was included in covenant offerings made in the Temple. It preserved food, and even if it lost its flavor, it could serve as a fertilizer. In the world of Jesus’ followers, the only artificial light came from the consumption of wax or oil—a self-offering that drove away the darkness. The US Bishops used this imagery when they published Communities of Salt and Light and addressed issues around implementing Catholic Social teaching on the parish level:

“At a time of rampant individualism, we stand for family and community. At a time of intense consumerism, we insist it is not what we have, but how we treat one another that counts. … At a time of growing isolation, we remind our nation of its responsibility to the broader world, to pursue peace, to welcome immigrants, to protect the lives of hurting children and refugees. At a time when the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer, we insist the moral test of our society is how we treat and care for the weakest among us. In these challenging days, we believe that the Catholic community needs to be more than ever a source of clear moral vision and effective action. We are called to be the "salt of the earth" and "light of the world" in the words of the Scriptures (cf. Mt 5:13-16).” --US Catholic Bishops, Communities of Salt and Light

The Sunday readings:

Obituary for Ken Aizawa

Ken AizawaKinziro Kenneth “Kenny” Aizawa, 86, of Louisville, passed away surrounded by his family on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at Baptist Health.

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Kenny came to the U.S. in 1950. He graduated from St. Xavier High School, and obtained a BS, MS, and Ph.D from the University of Louisville. He was a chemist and briefly worked at Olin Mathieson before spending most of his career at DuPont Chemical. Kenny was a member of Epiphany Catholic Church. Friends knew him as the most kind and generous of people.

He was preceded in death by his father, Kinzo Aizawa; first wife, Betty Aizawa; second wife, Phyllis (Culloty) Aizawa; and siblings, Mary Rose Yunker and her husband Charles.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: January 29, 2017

BeatitudesThis is the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. A powerful and radically challenging key to the Christian life is found in the Beatitudes. The key is summarized in the first reading from Zephaniah in the phrase: “Seek justice, seek humility.” The values of Jesus contrast markedly with the values that we see play out in parts of our contemporary culture where greed, prestige, power, security, wealth, status and the like are often assumed to be signs of success and happiness. The gospel message is clearly “counter-cultural.” The Beatitudes challenge us to look in a new way and live in a new way. We are called to learn from those who are striving for justice, to learn even from those who are poor or sorrowing.

May we come to see with the eyes of Jesus, and recognize all the ways we and others are blessed. Called to follow in the footsteps of Christ, may the way we love and respect others bring Christ’s love to all the world.

Reclaiming the Church for the Catholic Imagination

A Sacramental Apologetics of the Church for the New Evangelization, a presentation by Timothy P. O'Malley, Director of the Center for Liturgy, McGrath Institute for Church Life at Notre Dame.  Doctor O’Malley speaks at a symposium titled "Reclaiming the Church for the Catholic Imagination".

Sustainable And Socially Responsible Investing

Jeannie SamdiniWhat: Sustainable And Socially Responsible Investing

When: January 24, 2017 at 7:00 PM and  repeated on February 1, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Where: Community Center

On Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 7 PM in the Epiphany Community Center, Jeannie Samdani, CMFC, and a LPL financial planner with Kentucky Planning Partners, will give a presentation on Sustainable and Socially Responsible Investing.