Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Glorify the Lord by your Life!!!

What a great weekend we just had at Epiphany. Of course we had the First Communions (and will have them for the rest of the children this upcoming weekend), 7 Baptisms, a Marriage, and the first ever CHRIP Retreat for men. Overall, it was a very busy and holy place. However, as I mentioned in my homily this past weekend if we fail to bring these things home with us and just forget about God what good do they actually do? So, if you want to get pumped up in your faith take a listen to the homily, but just don't leave it at that, but then go and try to live out your faith in everything that you do.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Calling All Young Women

The article below appeared in the bulletin this past weekend, but I just thought that I would share it with all of you as well. I know that this has been done before at other parishes, but I think that this is a first for these three parishes.So, please spread the word and let's get some people signed up!!!

The churches of Epiphany, St. Stephen’s and St. Vincent De Paul are excited to offer an opportunity for any woman, 8th grade and above, including those who have graduated from college, an opportunity to visit a few of the religious communities we have in the Twin Cities. We will be meeting at Epiphany on Saturday, April 28, 9:30 a.m., and will go as a group to celebrate Mass and visit with the Little Sisters of the Poor in Saint Paul. Then we will head to the Missionary Sisters of Peter Claver in Woodbury for a visit, and end the day at The Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters in Minneapolis, then returning to Epiphany around 2 p.m. This tour is free and is intended to show the different religious communities that are nearby. If you have ever wondered where the religious sisters live and what they do then you should join us on April 28 for a very interesting day. Please R.S.V.P to Fr. Carlson, 763.862.4357, or acarlson@epiphanymn.org by April 23.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Peace Be With You

Take some time this week to reflect on how Jesus shows his love to his disciples when he first appears to them. When you reflect on this you will be moved to more love fore Christ and also you will be moved to try to be more like him. That is what my homily was trying to do so take a listen if you want to:

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Growing our Easter Joy

Throughout this Easter season we are called to continue to rejoice in our Risen Savior and cry out Alleluia. The Easter joy that we have should also make us want to experience the love that God has for us even more, and a way that we can do this is through retreats. I’m very excited that we have Christ Renews His Parish (Chirp) starting at Epiphany very soon, and I would like to encourage any parishioner of Epiphany to consider going on this weekend retreat. The weekend for men is April 21-22, and the women’s retreat is May 5-6. The only requirement for you to go on the retreat is that you have to be a parishioner here at Epiphany. If you would like more information or would like to register for this retreat please take a look at this link.
I would also like to encourage you to a Passion and Purpose retreat with national speaker and author Matthew Kelly. This event will be held at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Brooklyn Park on Saturday, May 5. It starts at 9:00 a.m. and goes to 1:30 p.m. and only costs $39. I was able to hear Matthew talk at the Cathedral a couple of weeks ago for the Archdiocesan Men’s Conference and was very impressed. I am sure that this retreat will be well worth going. My sister Annah has also heard Matthew speak before and was very impressed and she would also encourage all of you to come as well. You can find more information on this retreat right here and can also register.
As you can tell there are plenty of opportunities for you to have your faith grow, and these are only a couple of them. I would also encourage you to spend some extra time in prayer this Easter, just giving thanks to God for all that he has done for you. This Easter season is a season full of grace, and God is inviting you to be filled with His amazing grace.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Jesus' Love For Us

Here is my homily for Good Friday, it could also be a good reflection for today during the day of Holy Saturday when we continue to meditate on Jesus' death.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Triduum Time

As promised here is a little description about what goes on during the Triduum here at Epiphany. Please come and join us, you will not regret it.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Are you living out Palm Sunday or Passion Sunday?

Here we are in the midst of Holy Week, and I pray that all of you truly do have a holy week. In order for this to happen though you are going to have to get rid of the distractions, and also the serious temptation to start celebrating Easter already. So, make sure to spend time in prayer (more than usual) and fasting. Of course there are plenty of opportunities for you to pray here at Epiphany this week, starting tomorrow with the living stations at 1:00. If possible, make sure to come to some of the Triduum liturgies here at Epiphany, they will all make you grow closer to Christ. Look for a video soon about what the Triduum is all about (hopefully tomorrow) and plan on coming to celebrate with us.
Below is my short homily from Palm Sunday: