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Sunday Reflection

Today we celebrate the solemnity of The Most Holy Trinity.  All Christians are baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and the Trinity is the central mystery of Christian faith and life.  Yet this foundational truth is hard for us to understand, precisely because we are not-God. The profundity of the doctrine of the Trinity lies in the reality that the three Divine Persons are both distinct from each other, and understood only in relation to one another, in a perfect unity. This unity-in-diversity is a worthy subject for meditation.  

In personal prayer, individuals may find themselves drawn most compellingly to one of the Divine Persons: the loving Father, or the embodied Son, or the galvanizing Spirit. New parents, for instance, might identify strongly with God the Father.  

Yet any image of God, using human language, is inevitably incomplete.  As the Catechism illustrates, “God’s parental tenderness can also be expressed by the image of motherhood, which emphasizes God’s immanence, the intimacy between Creator and creature...We ought therefore to recall that God transcends the human distinction between the sexes. He is neither man nor woman: he is God. He also transcends human fatherhood and motherhood, although he is their origin and standard: no one is father as God is Father.” (CCC no. 239)

One of the most important questions we can ask in our journey of faith is, “Who are you, God?” How about taking a few moments this week to prayerfully contemplate the mystery of the Holy Trinity?

May our triune God help us to find unity in all of our resplendent diversity.

The Readings:

Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40  Moses solemnly evokes the memory of who God has been for Israel: the one who chose them liberated them, lived with them and formed them into a people.

Romans 8:14-17  We are more than God’s chosen people. By the power of the Spirit working within us, we have been made children of God and joint heirs with Christ.

Matthew 28:16-20  We are baptized into the Trinity.  Jesus reminds us that he is with us always.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Study of Pope Francis’s new Apostolic Exhortation

 

Calling anyone interested in a summer (June and July) study of Pope Francis’s new apostolic exhortation, “Rejoice and Be Glad: On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World.” Participants will be asked to prayerfully read short passages of the document for weekly discussion. Contact polly@epiphanycatholicchurch.org if interested, including whether you prefer evening or daytime, and if childcare would enable your participation. Questions?  Call Polly Duncan Collum (ext. 21).

A sampling of “Rejoice and Be Glad”:

“Holiness is the most attractive face of the Church.”

“We are all called to be holy by living our lives with love and by bearing witness in everything we do, wherever we find ourselves.”

“Growth in holiness is a journey in community, side by side with others.”

“I do not believe in holiness without prayer, even though that prayer need not be lengthy or involve intense emotions.”

“Let the grace of your baptism bear fruit in a path of holiness.”

 

 

                                                                                                                                                    

Bibletimes Marketplace 2018

 

 

 

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Sunday Reflection

May 20, 2018: The Feast of Pentecost. On Pentecost (from Greek, “fiftieth day”) we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church. The Christian celebration of Pentecost is rooted in the Jewish feast of Shavuot, fifty days after Passover, associated with covenant renewal. With its vivid symbols of “tongues of fire” and “strong driving wind,” Pentecost awakens and inspires us-- challenging our lukewarm faith.  

The Spirit is given to us individually, and also to the whole community of believers. We are not saved nor commissioned alone; Jesus sent out the disciples “two by two” and instructed us to love everyone as God has loved us.

How are you using the gifts of the Spirit to help “renew the face of the earth”?   

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful 
and enkindle in us the fire of your love.

Send forth your Spirit,

And you shall renew the face of the earth. Amen.

The Readings:

Acts 2: 1-11. All heard the same message in different languages: one faith in many cultural expressions. God's Spirit, like God's love, is missionary; it impels us beyond ourselves and our own concerns.

Galatians 5: 16-25.  The fruits of the Spirit - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control - are liberating.

John 15: 26-27; 16:12-15.  The Spirit will guide you in all truth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Sunday Reflection

 

May 13, 2018: Ascension of the Lord. This week, we hear the story of Jesus ascending into heaven and given the assurance that He will come again, just as we saw Him leave.  In the meantime, how are we living our lives as followers of Christ?  We’ve been given an example, Christ’s example, of living with humility, gentleness, patience.  How are you exercising these gifts in your life?  Are you reflecting Christ’s love to all those whom you encounter?

The Readings:

  • Acts 1:1-11.  Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will return in the same way, as you have seen him going into heaven.
  • Eph 4:1-13.  We are called to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with humility, gentleness, patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.  For grace was given to us, according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
  • Mk 16:15-20. Go and proclaim the good news, for all those who believe and are baptized, will be saved!

                                                                                                                                                    

Sunday Reflection

May 6, 2018: The Sixth Sunday of Easter. Just as God loves us, we should love one another. We reflect on God’s love-even for those with whom we struggle-and on how we can share God’s love with others. For the early Christians, it meant reaching out to the Gentiles. How is the Spirit calling us to embody God’s love in our time? How do I give the love of Christ to those most in need? For more [Click Here]

 

 

                                                                                                                                                   

Epiphany Golf Scramble

Location: Tanglewood Golf Course - 99 Tanglewood Ct. Taylorsville, KY 40071

Date: Monday, June 25, 2018 - Sign in @ 9:30am, Shot Gun Start @ 10:00am

Entry Fee: $35/per person (Includes green fee, cart, and lunch)

Deadline: June 20, 2018

Open to: All Epiphany Parishioners and Family Members over 16yr olds

To fill our your application click here.

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: April 29, 2018

This is the Fifth Sunday of Easter. We are not alone in our faith! We are bound together by the love of Jesus coursing through the hearts of all believers. We are branches of God’s special vine, united to bring forth fruit for the life of the world. This weekend all of our readings call us to relationship. This abiding and pruning and remaining in Christ deepens our relationship with the Body of Christ, from this Epiphany community to all the world. This supports us in our discipleship, our commitment to imitate Jesus and to live as an Easter people, showing our love in our deeds.

“God inscribed in the humanity of man and woman the vocation...of love and communion. Love is therefore the fundamental and innate vocation of every human being.” Saint Pope John Paul II

The Readings:

  • Acts 9:26-31. We are challenged to be open to the conversion which may have occurred in others, Saul in this instance. Do we allow for the possibility of new relationship when someone has hurt us in the past?

  • 1 John 3:18-24.  We are reminded to love not in word but in deed. Each day there will be opportunities to deepen our  practice of loving our neighbor.

  • John 15:1-8.  We hear the image of the vine and  branches and are reminded to remain always in Christ, connected through Christ to all.

                                                                                                                                                    

Obituary for Dorothy Louise Strobel

 

Dorothy "Dot" Strobel, 88, died peacefully on April 15, 2018 while surrounded by her loving children. Dot was born June 21, 1929 in Louisville, KY, the daughter of Joseph and Lillian App.

She married the love of her life, Mel Strobel, on April 24, 1948, and were married for 65 years before his passing in 2013. They had 4 children: Mark, Karen, Wayne, & Rick; 5 grandchildren: Chris, Brittany, Joseph, Alycia, Jason; 9 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to Mel, Dot was preceded in death by her sister, Virginia.

Dot was instrumental in the 50+ year operation and success of Strobel Products Co, founded by Mel in 1950. It was one of the first companies to mass produce aerosol spray can products following their initial usage in WWII.

She especially enjoyed golfing at River Road Country Club, playing Bridge with her many friends, and using her artistic talents to create many wonderful things to warm the home and enrich the life of those she loved.

The family gives special thanks to the caring staff of Symphony at Oaklawn, whose love, compassion and devotion made mom's life so much better during her last few years.

Visitation 4:00 – 8:00 PM Thursday, April 19, 2018 at Ratterman Funeral Home, 12900 Shelbyville Road, East Louisville. Mass at Church of the Epiphany on Friday, April 20, 2018 at 10:00 AM, with burial in Calvary Cemetery.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Dementia Society of America.

                                                                                                                                                    

Register now for Bibletimes Marketplace

Bibletimes tentsREGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR BIBLETIMES MARKETPLACE 2018!

What: Bibletimes Marketplace

When: July 9-13, 2018

Where: Epiphany campus

Who: Children K-6th grade

[CLICK HERE] to register online.

 

Bibletimes

Each summer, Epiphany participates in Bibletimes Marketplace with our covenant partners Anchorage Presbyterian Church and St. Luke's Episcopal. This summer Epiphany will host Bibletimes July 9-13, 2018.

K-6th children learn what it was like in biblical times by dwelling in tents with tribe families, participating in craft-making in the marketplace, learning songs and dances, and having Scripture stories come to life through story-telling.

Please register here.

We need adult tent leaders and helpers and teen aides. To sign-up as a volunteer click here. And for more information on Bibletimes, you can contact Polly Duncan Collum at polly@epiphanycatholicchurch.org or 245-9733 ex. 21.

Checkout more pictures of last year’s Bibletimes.

 

                                                                                                                                                    

Men of Epiphany present “Life Lessons that I Learned in the Seminary” by Bob Mueller

Seminary

What: Life Lessons that I Learned in the Seminary!

When: May 6, 2018 – 7:00 PM

Where: Community Center

Men of Epiphany are pleased to present Bob Mueller, well-known motivational speaker and civic leader. He will talk about what he learned in the seminary. All are welcome to attend this insightful presentation.

Bob spent 12 years in the seminary – six years at St. Thomas Seminary, a minor seminary here in Louisville and six years at St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore. He ended up with a degree in philosophy and a master’s in theology. Most importantly the seminary experience taught many life lessons that far exceeded the degrees.

As Vice President of Development for Hosparus Health he will also talk about the latest and greatest about Hosparus Health including many handouts about their programs and services to the community.

Bob Mueller

Robert J. “Bob” Mueller is Vice President of Development for Hosparus Health, the non-profit Community Hospices of Louisville, southern Indiana, and central & southern Kentucky. Bob leads fundraising efforts and fosters philanthropy in all Hosparus Health communities to ensure all who want and need services receive those services regardless of ability to pay. His team's efforts also fund innovative research and program development to advance the hospice care model.

A former Roman Catholic priest, Bob originally joined Hosparus, Inc. as a chaplain in 1989. During his early years with our organization, Bob offered counsel and ministry to Glade House, a facility for men with HIV/AIDS. He has over 40 years of experience in fundraising, public relations, crisis management, employee relations, public speaking, promotional activities, and counseling. As a priest and bishop in The United Catholic Church, Bob brings a rich understanding of the spiritual and emotional dimensions of life. In his presentations, Bob offers ways to renew the spirit and mind as well as the body.

Bob is a monthly contributing author to “Today’s Woman” Magazine and a weekly contributor to The Oldham Era, Bob has been recognized for his series “Positive Living” and integrates these concepts and illustrations in his presentations. Bob’s three books, Look Forward HopefullyThe Gentle Art of Caring and Create a Better World are available at many bookstores.

Bob’s motivational topics include “Positive Living,” “The Gentle Art of Caring,” “How to Get the Most out of Life,” “Life’s Mistakes & Insights,” “An Attitude of Gratitude,” “The Seven C’s, and “Seminary Lessons.” Bob’s presentations are upbeat and energizing. His rich sense of humor plus his vast experience with people combine to give his audience practical applications for daily living. He has also presented many talks about different aspects of fundraising from “Fundraising 101” to “Capital Campaigns,” “Annual Fund,” “Feasibility Studies,” “Planned Giving 101” and “Development Audits.”

Bob has served as President of the Greater Louisville AFP Chapter and as President of the Charitable Gift Planners of Kentuckiana.

Bob and his wife, Kathy, enjoy travel, movies, dining out and spending time with their two dogs, Sadie and Stella.

                                                                                                                                                    

Secret Garden Open House

Hello friends,

I wanted to remind you about the Spring Open House this Saturday, April 14th, 10:00 to 6:00 at Secret Garden. I also wanted to tell you something very important that I am asking you for your help.   We are sponsoring a fund raiser for HILDEGARD HOUSE,  located at 114 Adams St. in Butchertown.  This is a wonderful place that provides a home and compassionate care to individuals at the end of life who have no home or loved ones so that they may die with dignity. Hildegard House is Kentucky's first and only comfort care home. Since they opened a year and a half ago, 52 people have lived and died at the home. They do not charge a fee or bill insurance, and solely rely on charitable contributions to provide all of the service. The heart of Hildegard House is volunteers and they only have two paid staff.

There will be representatives from Hildegard House at Secret Garden on Saturday.  Secret Garden will be donating a portion of our sales for our Open House to this organization.   Please come out and see us this Saturday and make a tax deductible contribution to this wonderful organization, plus what you purchase will also help them. It would be terrible to know you were dying and to have no one to be there with you.

Let's show some compassion and love for Hildegard House and let's make this a record fund raiser for them!

Thank you for taking your time to read this.

 

 

 
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