Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: February 14, 2016


Called to Conversion, Lent 2016: Christian Simplicity

This is the First Sunday of Lent. Lent is the time we are called to conversion - a change of heart and mind - leading us to a deeper baptismal commitment to walk in the footsteps of Jesus. Today’s scriptures tell how God is to be known by each of us as the foundation of our lives. In the offering back to God the fruits of our lives (our baskets) we resist the temptation to think creation is to serve us only, that our lives are only for our pleasure and for our security. Jesus knows the temptations and walks this path with us. As part of our community Lenten practice we are invited to read and reflect on our Catholic teaching in LENT 4.5: Christian Simplicity. Our Lenten practice this week is about buying and eating our food responsibly. Pick up a packet, or check out for more details.

Fasting is an aid to open our eyes to the situation in which so many of our brothers and sisters live... By freely embracing an act of self-denial for the sake of another, we make a statement that our brother or sister in need is not a stranger…” – Pope Benedict XVI

The Sunday Readings:

Called to Conversion, Lent 2016: Christian Simplicity

Lent 4.5 Bannere

Grateful for the gift of creation...we invite Catholics and men and women of good will in every walk of life to consider with us the moral issues raised by the environmental crisis...These are matters of powerful urgency and major consequence. They constitute an exceptional call to conversion. As individuals, as institutions, as a people, we need a change of heart to preserve and protect the planet for our children and for generations yet unborn.” U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Lent is the time we are called to conversion - a change of heart and mind - leading us to a deeper baptismal commitment to walk in the footsteps of Jesus by living in harmony with God, creation, and the entire human family. This year we look at how our daily and habitual choices affect creation, as well as consider what lifestyle changes are being required of us. Lent 4.5: Christian Simplicity offers us a program of prayer, fasting and almsgiving which can help Protect God’s Creation, Embrace Gospel Justice and Nurture Spiritual Fulfillment. Pick up a packet, check out our website or for more details.

Save the date: Epiphany Skating Party

ChampsWhat: Epiphany Private Skating Party at Champs

When: March 5, 2016, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Where: Champs Rollerdome, Sports & Recreation Center

Take a break from the ice and snow and come join us for an Epiphany Private Skating Party at Champs Rollerdome, Sports & Recreation Center,  9851 La Grange Road, on Saturday, March 5, 2016, from 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM.

WE! celebrates Mardis Gras and New Year

Mardi GrasWhat: Women of Epiphany Celebration

When: February 9, 2016 - 6:30 PM

Where: Home of Pam Porta

It's February, and the ladies of WE! will gather to celebrate Mardi Gras and the New Year. Please come celebrate with us on Tuesday, February 9, at 6:30 pm, at the home of Pam Porta. We will share a red beans and rice dinner. Please bring a salad, appetizer or dessert to share. Soup, bread, and drinks provided. Wine to share is always welcome.

Congratulations to Liz Runyon and Chuck Stanley

wedding ringsCongratulations to Liz Runyon and Chuck Stanley - celebrating the Sacrament of Marriage this Saturday, February 6, 2016 during the 5:30 Mass.

Christian spouses have a special sacrament by which they are fortified and receive a kind of consecration in the duties and dignity of their state. By virtue of this sacrament, as spouses fulfill their conjugal and family obligation, they are penetrated with the spirit of Christ, which suffuses their whole lives with faith, hope and charity. Thus they increasingly advance the perfection of their own personalities, as well as their mutual sanctification, and hence contribute jointly to the glory of God. (Vatican II - Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, 48)

Ministry: Worship

You Never Know Who's Listening at the Crack of the Door

Book CoverWhat: Reflections from a Chaplain at Ground Zero

When: February 21, 2016, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Where: Community Center

Who: Chaplain & Pastor Bob Johnson

Sunday, February 21, 2016, 7:00 - 8:30 PM, Men of Epiphany will present Chaplain & Pastor Bob Johnson. The title of his talk: “You Never Know Who's Listening at the Crack of the Door.” Oftentimes, we are not aware of the impact our presence has on others. He is also the author of “I Saw God In The Midst of Tragedy: A Chaplain's Experience at Ground Zero.” He'll also discuss his book. All parishioners and guests are invited, so please join us in the Community Center. Refreshments will be served. Contact Mike McLaughlin, 262-6032, for more information.

Ministry: Men of Epiphany

Obituary for Dr. Franklin Scinta

Dr. ScintaDr. Franklin Joseph Scinta, DDS, 81, born in Rochester, NY, passed away on Wednesday, January 27, 2016.

He attended Brighton High School, Class of 1952 and graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1956. As a House Boy from Kappa Sigma to Chi Omega House, he met Marguerite Joyce Goff. They married on August 18, 1956. Frank graduated in 1960 from University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and served as Captain in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1962. He began his dental practice in south Louisville in 1962, where he continued his practice until 2006. He was a Charter member of The Hurstbourne Country Club.

Ministry: Bereavement

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: February 7, 2016

Catch of fishesThis Sunday is the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time. The scriptures tell of the experience of God’s glory, the call to service discipleship, and the wholehearted response of some of our ancestors in faith. “Catch” defined as “to intercept and hold. ” Jesus “catches” us, transforms our lives, binds us to himself, and calls us to love and serve in the same way - to “catch” other people. Experiencing the presence of God, we become aware of our own limitations and sinfulness, but may we also be moved and strengthened once more to respond wholeheartedly to God’s call to love and serve.

Sunday’s Scripture Readings:

  • Isaiah 6:1-2a, 3-8. Isaiah experiences the divine call and responds to it: “Here I am; send me.”

Youth Retreat Opportunities

Youth RetreatTEC – Teens and Twenties Encounter Christ

  • February 13, 3016 (9:45 AM) – February 15,2016 (5:00 PM). A prayerful experience at the Flaget Center with other teens and young adults to journey more deeply into your faith. For Juniors in High School thru college age. Cost is $110. Scholarships are available!
  • TEC retreats are a very intensive and prayerful experience of three days with other teenagers and adults who want to journey more deeply into faith.
  • TEC retreats include small group interaction; games and music; rituals and prayer; processions and powerful talks by young people and adults; a chance to meet young people from all over the Archdiocese and ways to grow closer to God!
  • 2nd semester high school Juniors up through age 30 are welcome! Adults older than 30 may attend as an observer.
  • Pre-registration required by contacting your youth minister or parish youth ministry contact, or the Youth Ministry Office (502-448-8581).
  • [Click here] for a video of the TEC program.

On The Side of Angels Retreat

Ministry: Youth Formation

Eucharistic Adoration on the Fridays of Lent

Eucharistic adorationWhat: Eucharistic Adoration

When: Fridays of Lent, starting on February 12, 2016

Time: 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

Where: Chapel

Eucharistic Adoration on the Fridays of Lent. This form of prayer is made in the presence of Christ, present in the Eucharist.

This devotion will take place in the chapel on each Friday of Lent starting February 12, 2016. The prayer time will start at 11:30 AM and conclude at 12:45 PM. There will be some brief scripture readings and time for private quiet prayer.

Ministry: Worship