Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: April 30, 2017

Encounter Christ in Real LifeThis is the Third Sunday of Easter. We continue our focus on encounter and accompaniment by considering specific ways we can live out our faith through meeting those in need, living in solidarity with them, and taking appropriate action for the common good.

This weekend we hear about CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates - volunteers who are trained to advocate for abused and neglected children. The Church's social teaching constantly points out the need to respect the dignity of children. …”Special attention must be devoted to the children by developing a profound esteem for their personal dignity, and a great respect and generous concern for their rights. This … becomes all the more urgent the smaller the child is and the more it is in need...” [244, Compendium Of The Social Doctrine Of The Church]

Panel Discussion with Local Refugees

LogoWhat: Panel Discussion with Local Refugees

When: April 23, 2017 – 6:30 PM

Where: Community Center

Sponsored by: Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services

Mark your calendars! April 23, 2017 at 6:30 PM Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services will join us again and speak to our parish discussing opportunities for involvement with refugees. A panel of refugees will share their experiences of coming to the United States and how Catholic Charities, with parish support, helped them settle. The Volunteer/Parish Engagement Coordinator will be here to discuss ways we can get involved. We hope you will join us!

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: April 23, 2017

Easter EncounterThis is the Second Sunday of Easter. During this Easter season we continue our focus on encounter and accompaniment by considering specific ways we can live out our faith through through meeting those in need, living in solidarity with them, and taking appropriate action for the common good. This weekend we hear from and about refugees from Congo, Cuba, and Yemen working with Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services. “[The] capacity for empathy leads to a genuine encounter – we have to progress toward this culture of encounter – in which heart speaks to heart. We are enriched by the wisdom of the other and become open to travelling together the path to greater understanding, friendship and solidarity. (8/17/14, Pope Francis to Bishops)

The first reading from Acts reminds us of the commitment by the early Christian community to share whatever they had and respond to the needs of all, especially the poor. In John’s gospel, Thomas seems to be troubled because he has not had the experience of the rest of the disciples. He experiences doubt and uncertainty, and wants to know for himself. On the level of nations and international institutions, not only do individuals struggle with questions of inclusion and certainty, but whole nations, cultures, and classes of people do as well. The faith of all of us might come into doubt as we find ourselves isolated and divided by injustice. We might find it difficult to believe in a God of resurrection and new life when we are experiencing oppression, violence, abuse, homelessness, hunger, hatred, uncertainty, fear, or death...

Joining “Hands Across Louisville”

Hands Across LouisvilleWhat: Hands Across Louisville prayer event

When: May 13, 2017 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM

Where: Along Broadway,  beginning at Saint Martin dePorres Catholic Church

Are you interested in expressing your concern about rising gun violence in Louisville? If so, join Hands Across Louisville for its second annual “Hands Across Louisville” prayer event on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM.

Hands Across Louisville is a faith-based group formed to help stamp out gun violence by collaboratively and collectively work to reclaim and rebuild our community, especially in West Louisville, through education and empowerment.

Obituary for Rita Kirwan

Rita KirwanRita Jo Hollis Kirwan was born in Louisville, KY on September 13, 1936 to Hartley A Hollis of Louisville, KY and Mary Edna Harper Hollis of Corydon, IN, and she passed April 11, 2017 after a long fight with cancer. Rita was a member of St. Columba’s Class of 1950. In 1954, Rita graduated from Presentation Academy and became a buyer (the youngest in the mercantile chain) for local department store, Bacons, until she resigned to marry Harry O. Kirwan, Sr. of Louisville, KY on July 18, 1958.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: April 16, 2017

Easter EncounterHappy Easter, with gratitude for all the blessings of new life! Our world knows the tragedy of division and hatred between peoples and nations. Our world knows the scandal of poverty and economic injustice. More than ever the world needs to experience resurrection. Today’s letter to the Corinthians reminds us that something new is possible: in the midst of immense human problems, great social sins, all kinds of violence, extreme economic inequalities, destruction to our planet, and serious injustices of all kinds, we affirm life. We believe - we know - that resurrection is possible.

An understanding of resurrection that does not address issues of justice is incomplete, and not consistent with the spirit of Jesus who lived, died, and rose to bring an end to all oppression and injustice. Peter in Acts reminds us that Jesus “… went about doing good and healing all those oppressed.” We are called to do the same. To use the words of Pope Francis, Christ calls us “…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!

Obituary for Carlos Vázquez-Salmerón

CarlosCarlos Fidel Vázquez-Salmerón, de 17 años, de Louisville, Kentucky, falleció el 7 de abril de 2017. Siempre fue un niño feliz y fue la luz de los ojos de sus padres.

Carlos nació el 11 de noviembre de 1999 en Acapulco, Guerrero, México. Padres Fidel Vázquez-Palma y Guadalupe Salmerón-Hernández.

Junto con sus padres, a Carlos le sobreviven su hermano Juan Vázquez-Salmerón, su hermana Sarely Vázquez-Salmerón, su tía Guadalupe Vázquez, su primo Pedro Valente, Jr., Erin Furlong y Christa Abrajan. A Carlos también le sobreviven muchos familiares y amigos.

Celebrate the first Mass of Easter at our Solemn Vigil

Easter Vigil at Epiphany

What: The Solemn Easter Vigil

When: April 16, 2017 – 5:30 AM

Where: Worship Center

How will you celebrate Easter this year? 

You are invited to join us for the  Easter Vigil. 

If you’ve never been, we especially invite you

to consider this way of celebrating the full meaning of Easter. 

Yes, it’s early (5:30 AM), but this is the time when the earliest Christian communities celebrated the Resurrection, by watching and praying through the darkness of Holy Saturday to the bright light of Easter dawn. We will bless the new fire and light our Easter Candles to welcome the Risen Christ.

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.