RCIA Witness: Liz Runyon

LizThis witness was made at liturgy on the weekend of April 6-7, 2013.

Why Catholic?  by Liz Runyon

When I first began the RCIA process, people would often ask the question, "Why Catholic?" Their inflection frequently conveyed their personal opinion as to my choice. Today I hope to share my journey and my personal experience of God and Jesus Christ during this journey.

I am a child of the 1950's. A Baby Boomer of sorts. I am the only child of older, for that time, parents. My parents were in their mid-thirties when I was born. They were loving, caring individuals, who fostered my own spiritual and personal development. I know my age 3 I believed in God and felt his presence. At the same time, despite this very fortunate beginning I was also aware of an existential aloneness. When I was 5 I remember nagging my mother for a baby sister. All my friends and siblings, and I was sure that somehow a sibling would fill this certain sense of loneliness. My father was an attorney and very active in politics so I was taught to be independent and private, to not share what was considered my family life. Not that there was that much to share, but the principal was instilled at an early age.


Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: April 28, 2013

Love one anotherThis is the Fifth Sunday of Easter. The true sign of discipleship is sincere love for each other. We are to give up our old ways, and live in a “new” time. God’s dwelling is now “with the human race,” and the divine love to which we are called results in a “new heaven and a new earth,” a “new Jerusalem.” We are able to love as Jesus because of the power and grace which come from our first being loved by God. God transforms us into those who love as Christ – and the power of the resurrection is that Jesus’ risen life is now within us. By loving as Jesus did, we are transformed, and so is all the world. How am I being called to self-sacrificing love?

Readings for this Sunday:

  • Acts 14:21-27. Spreading the “Good News ” after Jesus’ death and resurrection, the disciples met many challenges. Yet the faith spread rapidly among the Gentiles.
  • Rev. 21:1-5a. The new heaven and the new earth in Revelations is realized in and through us. God dwells in and among us.
  • John 13:31-33a;34-35. We have received a new commandment: to love one another to the extent and in the manner Jesus loved. Transformed to love as the Divine loves, we bring the presence of the risen Christ to the world.

Trivia Night Winners

RoseThanks to all who attended the 3rd Annual Trivia Game Night on April 12. We had a total of 17 tables for this FUN inter-generational Community Spirit social night at Epiphany!

  • 1st Place Team: "My Wild Irish Rose" (again! - a 3-pete!): Eileen, Chris, Kevin Breslin, Suzanne Elder-Coyle, Fran Filippo, Ramzi Kurl, Matthew Mosley, Bob Pessolano.
  • 2nd Place Team: "Do The Right Thing" Elaine Cull, JoAnne Feldman, Kate Grindon, Larry Howe-Kerr, Bev Miller, Casey Mittler, Greg Tichenor.
  • 3rd Place Team: "Newbies" John & Pat Ashe, Ron & Joan Hagedorn, Jerry & Judy Metsker, Don & Ruth Weckman.

RCIA Witness: Maria Bowden

MariaThis witness was made at liturgy on the weekend of April 6-7, 2013. Maria was baptized at the Easter Vigil.

It’s not easy being in front of people. It’s scary. So is change. On Easter, Jenny, my godmother, said that when I was being baptized I was crying. It wasn’t until the next day that I realized in a way she was right. I was crying, and I found myself crying again, but I get ahead of myself.

There was a time in my life that I wasn't a trusting person, but I chose to change. So, my journey started with a question, but really it started with something more. It started with a “yes.” If I hadn’t said yes to myself, to try and find what I felt what missing, then I would have never began this journey. That’s a part of why I chose Gabriel as my confirmation name. Mary chose to begin her journey with her own yes. A journey that gave us Jesus and salvation.


Obituary for Lorenza F Marcos

LorenzaLorenza F Marcos, 87, of Louisville. passed away Sunday, April 14, 2013.

She was a member of Church of the Epiphany and loved to cook and garden.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Celestino Marcos; daughter, Dr. Milagros Gallego; and a son, Manuel.

She is survived by a daughter, Nina Wardrip (Charles); grandchildren, Rene Wardrip, Robert Wardrip (Kate), Richard Powell, Davin Gallego, Noel Nuqui, Neil Nuqui (Marites), Nilo Nuqui (Lala) and Niki Rivera (Raynon); great-grandchildren, Luke, Nathan, Kyle, Patrick, Alexa, Nathan, Raine, Riana and Ranik; and a son-in-law, Johnny Gallego.

RCIA Witness: De Ann Kurtz

De AnnThis witness was made at liturgy on the weekend of April 6-7, 2013.

Hi, my name is De Ann Kurtz.

About a year and a half ago, I told my husband I knew something was missing in my life; I knew I needed the fellowship and communion of fellow Christians. I wanted us to find a church we could attend together and made the comment, “I would even consider a Catholic Church.” My husband, a cradle Catholic and former altar boy, heard let’s find a Catholic Church.

We looked at 3 or 4 churches, but something about Epiphany just spoke to us. The music and message were so uplifting. We met with Father Randy and were sure we were making the right decision in becoming members. Father referred me to Sister Mary for pre-cat.  During my first meeting with Sister Mary, I made the comment that I wasn’t looking for a church to just attend on a weekly basis, but rather for a church in which I could become involved. In hind sight I might have worded that statement a little differently because Sister quickly had a list of ways for me to become involved.


Activities for Earth Day

Cool HarvestOn Earth Day (April 22, 2013) learn how you and your family can eat meals that are healthier for you and for the planet. Information about local farmers’ markets, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), and “grow your own” gardening will be available.

Find out how delicious eating sustainably can be at our tasting party of local organic and natural foods. Grasshoppers Distribution will provide tastings of local organic and natural foods. YUM!

Brought to you by the Environmental Concerns Committee.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: April 21, 2013

Good ShephardThis is the Fourth Sunday of Easter. We are those who follow voice of Jesus, the Good Shepherd.  Today's readings invite us to reflect on our response to hearing Jesus proclaim that “my sheep hear my voice.  I know them; I give them eternal life.  No one can ever take them out of my hands.”  Jesus is the Shepherd who leads us to springs of life-giving water…Do I really know what I thirst for?  Do I realize the strength and comfort of being held in the hands of Jesus, especially when I feel overwhelmed by the challenges that life brings?

Readings for this Sunday:

Bus Trip to Birmingham Planned in September

ML KingReflections on Dr. King’s Letter from the Birmingham Jail in 1963

By Greg Tichenor

Fifty years ago this month (April 16, 1963) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his famous Letter From the Birmingham Jail. In reading the letter I cannot help but note the application Dr. King’s thoughts hold for today. Much of his reflection questions where were the church voices against the oppression taking place in United States culture in 1963 based on race. If fact, the Alabama Clergymen sent Dr. King a letter asking him not to come to Birmingham stating that racial matters should properly be pursued in the courts and not through non-violent action. In his disappointment with this stance King replied: “I suppose I should have realized that few members of the oppressor race can understand the deep groans and passionate yearnings of the oppressed race, and still fewer have the vision to see that injustice must be rooted out by a strong, persistent and determined action.”


RCIA Witness: Lori Murner

LoriThis witness was made at liturgy on the weekend of April 6-7, 2013.

Hello. My name is Lori Murner.

For me the journey to fully join the Catholic Church really began with the birth of our first child. My husband Chris and I had decided before our marriage that our children would be raised Catholic; so after Daniel was baptized, we started attending Mass as a family. I had no intention of becoming Catholic, but as both our families had always been involved in their churches, I couldn’t imagine not going to church as a family.

So for the past 25 years, I’ve been coming to Mass - 12 of those at Epiphany. Over the years I gained a much better understanding of many of the differences that challenged me, but still wasn’t sure about taking that last step. This especially weighed on me because during this time I was not taking communion at Mass, which was a personal loss I felt – the peace that comes with receiving Christ through communion. It also left me feeling not quite part of the community.