Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: August 4, 2013

God FirstThis is the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today’s readings remind us to consider what is really important to us. Laboring for wealth and possessions is not only foolish, but can result in sorrow, grief, and anxiety. What do I think is most important in my life? What do our actions show we value most highly? What would be God’s perspective?

Coffee and Lemonade after Sunday Masses during Construction

Coffee cupCommunity Spirit will continue our coffee and lemonade after Sunday Liturgies during our construction.

Weather permitting, we will have a tent set up by the Labyrinth, where the drinks will be served. We will periodically serve pastry, etc. with the coffee.

As always, if you like to bake and wish to bring something please let Sister Mary know (+1 502-245-9733, x20).

Obituary for Dr. Melvin Strobel

Dr. MelDr. Melvin Strobel, 86, attended the University of Louisville, where he was a cheerleader and president of his freshman class. He graduated from Illinois College of Optometry. He practiced optometry in Louisville, and in recent years, Shelbyville. Dr. Strobel had a dual career; he was one of the pioneers and founders of the Aerosol industry and established the first Aerosol products manufacturing facility in the south. He was in the Army Air Corp. during World War II and was stationed on a radar outpost in the jungle, 100 miles from the Panama Canal.

During the 1967 Westminster Nursing Home fire in Buechel, Dr. Strobel entered the flaming building on nine separate occasions, emerging with a patient each time. He was a distance and competitive swimmer, and saved dozens of additional lives while working as a year-round lifeguard for many years.

Reflections on Sundays Readings: July 28,2013

PrayerThis is the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Prayer is the theme running through our readings. Our God is not a distant God. The readings speak, too, about that special relationship God has with each of us and with us as a community of believers. The readings provide us with some greater understanding of “who God is”.

Readings for this Sunday:

  • Genesis 18:20-32 Upon a first read of this passage, one would summarize it by saying Abraham bartered with God. Reflecting more deeply we realize that this “bartering” provided Abraham the opportunity to better understand God. Is not prayer an opportunity for us to know God and develop that special relationship?
  • Colossians 2: 12-14 The author of Colossians emphasizes that through Baptism and through faith in Christ who suffered, died and rose on our behalf, we were given new life, the very life of Christ.
  • Luke 11:1-13 How many times in our life have we recited the Our Father? The early church prayed this three times a day. The Lord’s prayer is found in every Eucharistic celebration. It is central to those who pray the Divine Office daily and to those who recite the rosary. Yet, we take those words taught to us by Christ for granted. What a gift from Christ! Christ offered this prayer to his followers while he was “on the road to Jerusalem”. Suffering and crucifixion lay ahead for him. Yet Christ knew that his intimate relationship with God as Father (parent) is what would give him strength for the journey, for what lay ahead. Most importantly Jesus wanted us to know that God wanted to have a close relationship with us, too. Note too, that we are taught to pray the Our Father, not my Father. Each time we pray this prayer we are petitioning on behalf of all believers, the Church. What word or phrase from the Lord’s prayer stays with you? What part of this prayer do you find challenging? What effect does praying this prayer have on you? The gospel concludes with a beautiful passage around ‘persistence’! We have only to ask!!!! Seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened. (Luke 11:9)

Wifi access restored in the Worship Center

Some of you have noticed that the free wifi in the Worship Center disappeared a few weeks ago (wifi around the rest of the Epiphany campus still works fine).

But now the Worship Center wifi is back!  Woo hoo!

Epiphany’s New Golf Cart Ministry needs Volunteer Drivers

Golf CartWhat: Cart Safety Class
When: August 6, 2013 (Tuesday)
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: Library

During our construction project we will need volunteers to help transport our handicapped parishioners and others who request assistance from the parking lot to church in our new transport golf cart. This is a project that will require a lot of volunteers. We’ll have a mandatory safety training class that participants will need to attend before approval is given to operate the cart. Tentative training dates are Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 7:00 PM in the Library.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: July 21, 2013

Martha and MaryThis is the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time. What’s at the heart of our hospitality? Are we so focused on the tasks that we overlook the presence of the guest? Like Martha, we can get “anxious and worried,” caught up in ourselves and all the details, and miss the “better part” of encountering the Guest. How do we keep Jesus at the center of our lives when we get so busy? Do we take the time to be really present to others—so that we might be able to encounter the Divine in them?

Has Your Email Address Changed?

A gentle reminder, if your email address has changed... (particularly if you are an Insight-now-Time-Warner customer)

Sages to Honor Anna Klutz on her 100th Birthday

Sto LatSages’ General Meeting, Sunday, July 21, 12:45 PM  (following the 11:30 AM Liturgy) in the Community Center.

Sages members will honor Anna Klutz on her 100th Birthday! We believe Anna is the first Sages member to reach this milestone birthday. Anna is also the oldest living member of Epiphany.

Celebration set for the Feast of St. Mary of Magdala – Witness to the Resurrection

Mary MagdalaWhat: Prayer Service for the Feast of St. Mary of Magdala
When: July 21, 2013 – 7:00 PM
Where: Worship Center

You’re invited to join the Women’s Concerns Committee in celebrating the feast of St. Mary of Magdala, one of the greatest saints and the first to witness the resurrection. For this reason, she is called the “Apostle to the Apostles”.