Voicing Concern for the People of Syria: A Call to Action

Syria WarFour principle ways that we are called as Catholics and people of faith and conscience to respond to this urgent and pressing issue of our nation’s leaders consideration of an act of war in Syria:

  • PRAYER - Join Pope Francis and the multitude of people praying for the people of Syria and for sustained efforts to end violence and not choose war.
  • CONTACT YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS – Write or call your Senators, Members of Congress and President to urge them not to use military force against Syria.

Obituary for Donna Slauenwhite

DonnaDonna Jeanne Slauenwhite, 69, left the bonds of this earth to return to her Heavenly Father after a long illness on Sunday, September 8, 2013 with her loving family by her side.

Donna had an active social life, she was chairman of the Wednesday Compass Bridge Club and played with several other bridge groups. She loved quilting and belonged to two quilting groups; one in Shelbyville and Lyndon. Donna belonged to an antique group and was a former vice president of Middletown Women’s Club. She enjoyed all pedigree dogs, especially German Shepherds. Donna was a member at St Luke’s Episcopal Church in Anchorage.

Obituary for Caryl Frawley

CarylCaryl J Frawley, 72, of Louisville passed away on August 17, 2013, with loving family by her side.

Caryl was born to the late Elbert and Ethel Johnson in Louisville on October 20, 1940. She graduated from Eastern High School and earned her B.A. with honors in social services from Syracuse University. She attended Emory University, and then moved to New York to work for Eastern Airlines as a flight attendant. She met her husband of 47 years, Thomas Frawley, in Manhattan, eventually settling in Syracuse, where they lived for 34 years and raised two children.

She worked as a county legislator for three terms, serving Onondaga county's second district. After retiring from politics she worked in public affairs for Niagara Mohawk. Following a fulfilling career, she enjoyed creating a website from her home in Louisville, www.neatwomeninc.com, which was inspired by and was dedicated to the women Caryl has known throughout her life.

Anti-Bullying Seminar for Parents

BullyingWhat: Anti-Bullying Seminar
When: Tuesday, September 17, 6:30-7:30 PM
Where: Crestwood Elementary School

  • 6500 Kentucky Rt. 146,
  • Crestwood, KY 40014

Who: Gretchen Rinehart

Bullying statistics are alarming. Find out what you can do as a parent or professional to prevent and address this issue. Presenter: Gretchen Rinehart. To register for this FREE seminar, please call Lisa Prewitt, 432-2011, or email Lisa. 

Reflections on the Sunday Readings: September 15, 2013

Welcome HOmeThis is the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time: What characteristics do we give to God? God is full of love, a God who seeks us long before we realize our need for God. God is “slow to anger and merciful” as the psalmist prays. What does Jesus tell us about God in the gospel today? God is portrayed as the “loving father” who searches for us and rejoices when we are found.

Readings this weekend:

  • Exodus 32, 7-11,13-14: Moses becomes an advocate of the Israelites as God’s mind is set on how “stiff necked” these Israelites are. God speaks of the wrath burning up inside and is “determined” to act. Then God encounters Moses who reminds God that these are his people. God’s mind is changed and a disaster is prevented.
  • 1 Timothy 1: 12-17: We change, and our hearts are changed due to God’s action with us. Grace and mercy lead us not just to accept who we are but to realize who we can become as sons and daughters of God. We become examples for others who walk the Christian journey.
  • Luke 15: 1-32: Here are three parables that show us a God who seeks us when we are lost; who loves us in spite of being lost and who rejoices when “we come home”. Recall a time recently when you were “lost” or felt abandoned. Who welcomed you back into the family or community? Did another’s joy give you reason to celebrate?

Edgewalkers Program Is Looking For Participants

Edgewalkers

As a result of the 2013 staff/ PPC goals, a Unity in Diversity committee has been established by the PPC. Our goal is, as a community and as people of God in life, to find methods and practices that can help us overcome the polarities and polarizations that seem to plague our lives today.

Based on a systems book Edgewalkers: (People and Organizations that take risks, build bridges and break new ground - Judi Neal) that identified different kinds of workers needed for the functioning of an organization, we identified that those who have the creative ability to perceive across boundaries, across various task projects can lead us to a deeper vision and offer new energy. We would like to invite people who think they would like to visit not one group but three or four groups and then offer an insight or image that comes to them about the unity and the diversity they experience . This might lead to a vision of how we might all grow in unity and diversity.

September 7 - Day Of Prayer And Fasting

Pray for PeaceWhat: Hour of Prayer for Peace in Syria
When: September 7, 2013 (6:45 – 7:45 PM)
Where: Worship Center

Pope Francis has called for a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, in the entire Mideast region, and throughout the whole world to be held this Saturday, September 7, 2013.  In St. Peter's Square from 7:00 PM until midnight, all will gather together in prayer, to humbly ask from God this great gift of peace for the beloved Syrian nation and for all the situations of conflict and violence in the world. Pope Francis recognized the appropriateness of this day for our prayer: the vigil of the Birth of Mary, Queen of Peace.

Our Epiphany community will intentionally join this international effort with an hour of prayer after Saturday evening liturgy (9/7), from 6:45-7:45 PM in the Worship Center.  Further information on the situation will be available as a handout this weekend, and we will continue to pray together for peace at the Sunday masses.

Having “the Talk” with Loved Ones on Dealing with Emergencies

The TalkWhat: “The Talk”

Presenter: Deb Dillon

When:  Saturday, September 14, 3013, 9:00 AM-12:00 Noon

Where:  Community Center

A very important program that will address the practical things we can do right now to protect our loved ones in case of an emergency will take place on Saturday, September 14, 3013, 9:00 AM-12:00 Noon in the Community Center. 

Calling Youth for Confirmation

Confirmed in the SpiritOnly one week remains before we begin our Confirmation Preparation classes! If you’re a 9th grade or High School youth and desire the Sacrament of Confirmation, registration forms are in the Gathering Area. Please pick up a form there or on Epiphany’s website, and return by mail, email, or in the collection basket marked: Attn: Tasha Villalobos, Youth Minister.

A mandatory Parent Meeting for Youth Confirmation is scheduled for Wednesday, September 11, 6:30-8:30 PM in the Lighthouse.

We will provide vital information for the Confirmation program and have a meet & greet with our catechists and other Confirmation candidates.

Contact Tasha Villalobos with any questions, +1 502-245-9733, X-19 or email Tasha.

Reflections on the Sunday Readings: September 8,2013

ChristThis is the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time: What does Discipleship Involve? Following Christ is demanding. It involves looking at our priorities and seeing what might be in the way of fidelity to our baptismal call. Our first priority must be our relationship with Jesus. Life is a series of choices. Life can offer us many distractions. What choice recently did you make to deepen your relationship with Christ?

Readings for this Sunday:

  • Wisdom 9:13-18: To understand the counsel of God, we need the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. To know God and to grasp God’s ways we must open ourselves to the influence of the Holy Spirit given to us in Confirmation. The gifts of the Holy Spirit we received then are needed daily in our lives….such as wisdom, understanding, courage, etc. These gifts if used as intended bear fruits for us ….joy, peace, kindness.
  • Phil 9-10, 12-17: The theme of this letter by Paul to Philemon centers on gratuitous love. Onesimus, one of Philemon’s slaves had escaped and Onesimus was seeking “refuge” with Paul. Paul opens the eyes of Onesimus to see that his being in relationship with Christ changes what he demands of the slave. Can Onesimus receive his slave back as a “brother”? What does this situation that Paul finds himself in say to us today? Often a family member or neighbor or co-worker finds us hostile and unwelcoming. Can we who have been “baptized into Christ” remember to treat the estranged person as our equal, one who like us is loved by God?
  • Luke 14:25-33: Christ lays out for us the terms of “discipleship”. It is costly! Sometimes we have said “yes” without taking the cost into account! Jesus is not calling us to “hate” our family or give up our “possessions”. Rather we need to always put Christ first in our lives and at times it does mean that family and possessions may take a “back seat”.

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