Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: December 21, 2014

AnnunciationADVENT 2014: Gratefully anticipating the comings of Christ

This is the Fourth Sunday of Advent. The entrance antiphon names our Advent hope: “Drop down dew from above, you heavens, and let the clouds rain down the Just One; let the earth be opened and bring forth a Savior.” (Is 45: 8)

Today’s scriptures reveal a God who makes a home with us, One who takes on our very humanity to love us more completely, and does this with human consent and cooperation. Mary is an example of faithful discipleship, trusting God despite her doubts, and doing what is needed to make God's will a present reality. Like Mary, it’s up to us to prepare the way -- for God to make a home in our hearts and lives. How is the presence of Christ becoming real in you? How can we, the body of Christ, become light and life for the world?

Readings for this Sunday:

Young Adults New Year’s Eve Party planned

New Year PartyWhat: Young Adults New Year’s Eve Party

When: December 31, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM

Where: Community Center

Bring: Hors d'oeuvres, desserts, board games, drinks

New Year's Eve Party for all of Epiphany's Young Adults (children included) on December 31st from 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM.

Let's Celebrate at Epiphany's Community Center. Please bring Hors d'oeuvres, desserts, board games and drinks to share! 

Young Disciples at Work! Hope for Haiyan

Youth helpingA story of reaching out in love by youth, including many Epiphany youth.

In the wake of the destructive typhoon that affected the Philippines in 2013, a group of young people, many who are parishioners of Epiphany, came together to use their gifts and formed Hope for Haiyan. As a youth blogging group called Hope for Haiyan (H4H), they raise awareness for kids in Cangumbang, a rural area in the Philippines devastated by the super typhoon.

Together, the H4H Team raised enough funds to support their weekly feedings for a full year at the Cangumbang Community & Evacuation Center, and continue to meet monthly to nurture leadership skills, plan events to raise awareness, and serve in local charities.

Ministry: Youth Formation

Five Parishioners Fully Initiated into the Church

The following was submitted by Sister Mary Gowern, csj, our Pastoral Associate and Director the parish RCIA process.

5 candidates

On Sunday, December 7, 2014, five members of Epiphany were fully initiated into the Catholic Church in a beautiful ritual that occurred at the 11:30 AM liturgy.

Full initiation requires the reception of the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. For an unbaptized adult or child over the age of seven wanting to become Catholic these sacraments are received together usually at the Easter Vigil. For adults previously baptized in a faith tradition that uses the Trinitarian formula (I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit), the Catholic Church would not baptize them again because we share a common baptism.

Ministry: RCIA

The Posada is coming!

PosadasWhat: The Posada (The journey looking for lodging)

When: December 18, 2014 – 7:00 PM (following the 6:00 PM Liturgy of the Word service in the Worship Center)

Where: The Community Center

Join us Thursday, December 18, 2014 for this beautiful Mexican tradition. Las Posadas is a nine-day celebration with origins in Spain, now celebrated chiefly in Mexico, Guatemala and portions of the Southwestern United States, beginning December 16 and ending December 24, celebrated in the evening.

Here’s the schedule: We will begin in church at 6:00 pm for Liturgy of the Word and Communion Service in Spanish. All else is in the Community Center. 6:30 PM Children get into costumes and adults choose inside or outside roles and practice the songs.

Ministry: Formation

Dedication and Blessing of our renovated spaces will be January 3-4, 2015!

ConnectorAT LAST!! Good things come to those who wait! The Worship Center will be rededicated and our new CONNECTOR will be blessed at the weekend celebration of the Feast of the Epiphany on January 3-4, 2015 and Archbishop Kurtz will be joining us at the 11:30 Liturgy! The pastors from our Covenant Churches will also be present.

Each Liturgy on the weekend of January 3-4, 2015 will be followed by a reception. (Please wear red on our feast day.)

Habitat House to be Dedicated

Habitat LogoWhat: Dedication of Habitat for Humanity House

When: Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 1:00 PM

Where: 338 North 23rd Street

The dedication of the Habitat House at 228 North 23rd Street will be Saturday, December 13, at 1:00 pm. We will celebrate with the homeowner, Heather, and her family.

Epiphany and three other parishes, St. Margaret Mary, St. Albert the Great, and St. Patrick, have worked together in this Quartet Build. This year they called it the 6 by 4 in 12, six houses built by 4 parishes in 12 years!

Looking for Homemade Cookies for the Poor

cookiesThe Wednesdays for Women group is in need of a  lot of homemade cookies!

Each year they donate hundreds and hundreds of cookies to St. Vincent de Paul for their male, female, and children residents.  In addition, several trays are made for their children’s toy distribution event.

Homemade cookies can be dropped off Wednesday, December 17 at the Lighthouse between 9:00 and 10:00 AM.  All are welcome to stay and help assemble trays, tins, and bags! 

Ministry: Adult Formation

Obituary for Evelyn Copening

EvelynEvelyn Simpson Copening, 88, of Louisville, passed away Monday, December 8, 2014 at Nazareth Home.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, James B. Simpson; second husband, James Ward Copening; her parents; brothers, Raymond, Andrew W. and Edward F. Hornung; and a sister, Anna Mae Copperthwaite.

She was a retired executive secretary and supply manager for the IRS and Census Bureau.

Ministry: Bereavement

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: December 14, 2014

Prepare the WayADVENT 2014: Gratefully anticipating the comings of Christ

Third Sunday of Advent: Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near. (Phil 4: 4-5; today’s Entrance Antiphon). This third Sunday of Advent is also called “Gaudete” (“Rejoice”) Sunday. Today’s scriptures show us that we have great cause for joy - and that we’re called to share it. We are a people anointed by God and called by our baptism to bring joy to the poor, healing to the broken hearted, freedom to prisoners, a year of debt relief to everyone. These are just some of the ways that God enters our world. How are you aware of God coming into your life? For which of God’s gifts are you most grateful? How are you being invited to bring joy to those in need? Like John the Baptizer, we are called to testify to the light; may our Advent preparations help make God’s presence ever brighter in the darkest corners of our world.