Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: July 5, 2015

ProphetsThis is the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today’s Scriptures remind us that God raises up prophets among us. Just as our ancestors in faith, we can have trouble getting things right. We can be obstinate, and not very receptive to those who call us back to God’s way. But God calls us to heed prophets, and to answer Christ’s call to love, serve and speak the truth.

The Readings:

Regional Wacky Games Hosted at Epiphany!

Youth Wacky GamesWhat: Regional Wacky Games

When: July 28, 2015, 6:30-8:30 PM

Where: Lighthouse

All 9-12th grade youth are invited to the regional day of Wacky Games on Sunday, July 28, 2015 from 6:30-8:30 PM in the Lighthouse.

Get ready to get messy and have fun playing against other youth groups. Bring a friend!

Ministry: Youth Formation

Christmas in July

Christmas in JUlyChristmas in July? Yes, it’s that time again!  Our community will join with Epiphany’s Backside Ministry and Men of Epiphany on the weekend of July 18-19, 2015 to make Christmas happen for the workers on the Backside of Churchill Downs and their families. Donations are needed to minister to their needs from July of this year until June 30 of next year.

This Trackside Appeal is the one and only monetary appeal we make for the workers until NEXT YEAR. To add spice to the occasion, food and entertainment (dancers and the pony) will be available after all Masses on that weekend.  Please join us!

Ministry: Men of Epiphany

Safe Environment Training For All Who Work With Children And Youth

Safe Environments

Every three years the Archdiocese audits each parish. May 2015 was Epiphany’s year for an audit. The overall audit results were positive as no critical violations were found. One major point of emphasis in the audit was the completion of Safe Environment Training by all staff and the appropriate volunteers.

The Archdiocese of Louisville is committed to ensuring that children and youth who worship, study or participate in church-sponsored activities can do so in the safest and most secure setting possible. In an effort to fulfill this commitment, all employees or volunteers who have contact with children or youth (18 and under) for ANY length of time are required to participate in one of the Safe Environment Training Workshops.

If you currently volunteer at Epiphany where you have contact with children, or are interested in volunteer opportunities involving children, please attend one of the free Safe Environment workshops.

Safe Environment Workshops June – September 2015

Ministry: Administration

Dinner for 8 Coming in July

Dinner for 8Community Spirit, once again, is offering a DINNER FOR 8 social event on Saturday, July 18, 2015 (time determined by host/s). Make your reservation on the form provided near the poster in the Connector, and please consider opening your home to guests as host.

Join other parishioners interested in a great evening of food, fun, and friendship. Make new friends and/or visit with acquaintances. We will accept reservations on the weekends of June 27/28, July 4/5, and July 11/12. Deadline is after 11:30 AM liturgy on July 12.

Holiday Schedule for 4th of July 2015

4th of JulyFourth of July 2015 – The Epiphany Church offices will be closed from noon Thursday, July 2, 2015 through Friday July 3, 2015 to allow our staff to celebrate the Fourth of July Holiday.

  • There will be 8:30 AM Mass the morning of Friday, July 3, 2015.
  • Weekend masses will be celebrated as usual.
Ministry: Administration

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: June 28, 2015

Jesus raises daughter of JairusThis is the 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time. In today’s gospel, we have a story within a story. Both are requests for healing. Both require faith – one publically expressed, the other quietly. Jesus is publically asked to come heal a synagogue leader’s daughter. On the way, a woman reaches out quietly to touch Jesus’ garment. Both the girl and the woman are healed.

Jesus heals. No question. But what is our response? Paul offers a strong suggestion in his letter to the Corinthians. He reminds them of Jesus the Christ’s overwhelming love and pushes for a response. The Corinthians are asked to financially help poorer Christians.

Sunday’s Readings:

Sword of the Spirit - Getting More Out Of Reading the Bible

Sword of the SpiritWhat: Sword of the Spirit

When: June 30, 2015, 7:00 PM

Where: Lighthouse

Sword of the Spirit - Getting More Out Of Reading the Bible with Dr. Nicholas Lebish will be offered Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 7:00 PM in the Lighthouse.

Splendor of Truth Ministries takes its inspiration from Saint John Paul II's encyclical letter, "The Splendor of Truth."  The Pope's underlying message is that our lives will attain true happiness, peace, fulfillment, and purpose by seeking the truth of Jesus Christ and joyfully embracing it in a life of Christian discipleship.

Ministry: Adult Formation

Toxic Charity – Join the discussion in July

Toxic CharityWhat: Book Study Discussion "Toxic Charity"

When: Wednesdays, July 1 and July 8, 2015 – 7:00 PM

Where: Community Center

Who: Deacon Lucio, Larry Howe-Kerr, Therese Brennan

In July Epiphany’s Adult Formation Team and Social Responsibility are teaming to offer an incredibly important and challenging discussion. The book study will center around Toxic Charity - How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to Reverse It,  by 40 year Atlanta inner-city worker Robert D. Lupton. Lupton is founder and president of FCS Urban Ministries (Focused Community Strategies). His vast experience is sure to challenge each of us.

Pope Francis Issues Letter “On Care For Our Common Home”

St. Francis“Laudato si’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us.

With these words, Pope Francis begins his letter about concern for the world as the place that must be protected for the life of all the world, especially for the poor whose lives are more effected by abusive use of the environment which is our common home. It is our inheritance from ages past, the gift of a generous God and the precious legacy we can bequeath to future generations. We have a sacred duty to protect and preserve it as the precious gift of life itself.

Pope FrancisPope Francis continues:

I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all.

[Click here] to read the full text of Pope Francis’ encyclical letter.

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