Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: January 1, 2017

Mary lifting her childToday (New Year’s Day) is the Octave Day of Christmas, the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God (as well as the World Day of Prayer for Peace).

Theotokos, translated as “God-bearer” or “Mother of God,” is one of the most significant titles given to Mary, and reminds us that Jesus was divine from conception. Thus, this feast of Mary is also a further exploration of the meaning of Christmas.

Mary models the way of bearing God to the world. She is attentive to the ways God is present, responds whole-heartedly to God and continues to ponder her experiences of the holy as she lives out her life. May we do the same, so that in this new year we may be attentive to God’s messengers, respond whole heartedly, be enriched by insights and wisdom, and be sustained in generously sharing the gifts we’ve been given.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: December 25, 2016

EmmanuelToday is the Feast of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas). Wishing you Christmas peace and joy! We’ve all heard expressions like - words are a dime a dozen. But we have also heard or even said things like – I give you my word, my word is my bond, or, my word is good as gold. Words alone, if they are to carry any value or merit, must be backed up with real concrete action. I love you is a wonderful sentiment, but is meaningless if not followed up by deeds of care, thoughtfulness, and service… Words, if they are truly to mean something, must become flesh!

What we celebrate with Christmas is how God’s words of love and mercy were backed up with one of the greatest actions ever in human history, the Word becoming flesh in the person of Jesus Christ – the mystery of the Incarnation, expressed beautifully in the poetic prologue we hear in John’s gospel Christmas Day.

In Jesus, God literally gives us God’s Word, A Word that is God’s bond, A Word even greater than gold. In Jesus, all that God has said in Salvation history and through all the prophets becomes flesh. And that Word, in the person of Jesus, makes its dwelling among us – Emmanuel, our God is with us!

A Backside Christmas

Epiphany Backside Ministry is a subcommittee of Social Responsivity. Members participate in the ecumenical ministry to Churchill Downs track workers and their families.

Food line

SantaChildrenMonday, December 12, 2016 was the Christmas celebration for the workers on The Backside of Churchill Downs and their families before the closing of the racetrack. It was an evening of prayer, music, caroling, crafts, gift-giving, dining, and friendship.

Muffy Sinclair reported: “An evening like last night occurs because God continues to bless this ministry in so many ways, one of which is a team effort helping to make all the parts of a flexible plan work together. The musicians were a lovely surprise and while I didn’t hear the singing during the worship service (because I was with the children in the classroom), the children’s sing-a-long after was a great way to entertain everyone while we were getting ready to distribute gifts.

We had 169 children who received some sort of gift. We had approximately 100 children who also made a craft. And, I believe we had 250 – 300 people (including children) eating dinner. Thank you to the volunteers and their spouses who jumped right into the middle of what was blissful chaos to help. We have great volunteers from local churches and colleges who continue to share their talents and support this ministry. Their contribution to the evening truly helped to make it a success.”

Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration on December 12, 2016

MusiciansIn 1531,Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego, a Mexican peasant who has been canonized in 2002. Four hundred eighty-five years later, we are still celebrating that event. Our Lady of Guadalupe is the Patroness of the Americas.

MusiciansOn Monday morning at 5:00 AM (Yes, that’s AM), Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz came to Epiphany to lead us in prayer to the Virgin of Guadalupe. About 130 people gathered to pray and sing, both those of Mexican heritage and others who wanted to share the feast day with them. The Mass was celebrated in Spanish, but the Archbishop’s homily was translated into Spanish for him. A special choir and musicians sounded beautiful!

Click here to see more pictures of our celebration.

2016-17 Christmas Season Mass Schedule

Christmas StarChristmas is more than one day – it is a special season of hope, joy, and prayer. Please join us throughout this special season.

Masses for the Feast of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas):

  • Christmas Eve Family/Children’s Mass: Saturday (December 24, 2016) 5:00 PM
  • Christmas Eve Night Mass: Saturday (December 24, 2016) 11:00 PM (prelude at 10:30 PM)
  • Christmas Day Mass: Sunday (December 25, 2016) 10:00 AM (This is the ONLY mass on Christmas day)

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: December 18, 2016

Joseph's DreamThis is the Fourth Sunday of Advent. There are events so momentous that they effect immediate and dramatic change. There is no better example than God breaking into human history in a new way through the coming of Jesus, which changes everything. Mary and Joseph model how we ourselves give "birth" to Jesus in our own time. By opening ourselves to the Holy Spirit and cooperating with God's plan for our life, we, like Mary and Joseph, usher in a whole new in-breaking of God into human history - Emmanuel, "God is with us." This story, which begins with the yes of Joseph and Mary, continues through history with our yes to opening ourselves to God's dwelling among us.

The birth of this Child isn't simply a historical event that happened long ago, but is a present experience of "God who is with us." We are to be the Josephs who listen to God in dreams, and the Marys who give birth to this Child who saves. "This is how the birth of Jesus Christ comes about": you and I say yes to God, even if we don't fully understand what God is asking of us. We give birth to Emmanuel in our homes, cities, nations. We are to be the presence of Christ in our world! This is how "God is with us."

Come to the Posadas

las posadasWhat: Las Posadas

When: December 17, 2016 through December 23, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Where: Community Center

You are invited to join our Latino brothers and sisters in their POSADAS celebrations! They will be held December 17 through 23, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM in the Community Center.

What Does “Maranatha” mean?

MaranathaPeople often wonder about “Marana tha.” This Aramaic phrase (the language Jesus and the first disciples spoke) is one of the most ancient in the New Testament, and connects us to the earliest recorded Christian prayer.  It can be translated as “Come, O Lord,” or “The Lord is coming.”  Found at the end of St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians and at the end of the Book of Revelation, it is an example of a Eucharistic acclamation used by the first Christians. It expresses the hope and longing of Christians for the glorious return of Jesus in the final days, and it also expresses the earnest prayer of Christians praying for the presence of Jesus in their Eucharistic celebrations.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: December 11, 2016

Gaudete SundayThis is the Third Sunday of Advent. Rejoice, don’t lose heart, on this Gaudete Sunday! Christ brings fullness of life for all, and offers the community of faith a vision of hope and harmony. We’re halfway through our season of Advent – but perhaps not through the flurry of all our Christmas preparations. Take a few moments to stop, to breathe, to reflect… How do we answer the question, “Are you the One…?” Allow yourself the space to encounter Christ in prayer and recognize him in good works--yours and others’. Take a few moments of quiet these busy days to become mindful of Christ’s presence and reflect on where Christ has been present throughout your day. As we hear the vision of healing, harmony and fullness of life for all, it is appropriate to celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of Sick and to bless our Healing Blankets. May our love and care support the healing that Christ brings. 

Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass for the Archdiocese of Louisville

Our Lady of GuadalupeWhat: Mass for Our Lady of Guadalupe (bilingual Spanish and English)

When: Monday, December 12, 2016, 5:00 AM

Where: Epiphany Worship Center

Reception: Epiphany Community Center (following Mass)

Misa en Honor a La Virgen de Guadalupe

Lunes, 12 de diciembre de 2016, 5:00 A.M.

Church of the Epiphany

917 Old Harrods Creek Road

Louisville, KY 40223

Nuestro Arzobispo Joseph Kurtz, D.D. presidirá la Misa