January 4, 2015 - Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Community



January 4, 2015 - Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Community
Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston – www.archgh.org
1530 Norwalk Drive
Telephone: 281-578-0707
Katy, Texas 77450
Fax: 281-578-9161;
Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Friday - 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Monday-Friday: 9:00 AM
Saturday: *5:30 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM, *9:45 AM, *11:30 AM, 5:30 PM
*Nursery Available
Reconciliation: Saturday 4:00 – 5:00 PM; or appointment with a priest
Anointing of the Sick: First Thursday of the month at 9:00 AM Mass
Eucharistic Adoration: Tuesday after 9:00 AM Mass until 7:30 PM
St. Vincent de Paul Society: 281-578-3845
January 4, 2015 – The Epiphany of the Lord – Page 1011
Rev. Tom Lam
Rev. Thomas Joseph
Parochial Vicar
Deacon John Evanoff
Pastoral Associate
Deacon Don Kish
Business Manager
Craig Shemon
Gerry Broussard, Verna Goertz,
Iris Orellana, Dan Stamps
Religious Education
LouAnn Svoboda, Director
Beth Harvey, Glenna Carrell,
Charlotte Fulton, Maria Laiseca
Youth Ministry
Dave Clark, Director
Joey Harvey
Music Ministry
Spencer Schuyler
Merle Vahlkamp
Outreach Ministry
Schottsie Hill, Director
Lisa Gilkeson
Facilities Manager
Kirk Harris
Young Kim
Nursery Coordinator:
Anne Salazar
Child’s Play: Alyce Gabrysch
Bingo: Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Welcome Newcomers
If you would like more
information on our Parish
A Reflection by Pope Francis
At Christmas Jesus knocks at the doors of your heart.
ope Francis invited the faithful to listen carefully when God
knocks at their door. “Too often” he said, “Jesus passes by in our
lives, he sends an angel and we are so caught up in our thoughts
and concerns we do not even notice.” Speaking to the pilgrims
gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Angelus Prayer, the Pope reflected on
the Gospel passage that tells of the Annunciation of the Archangel Gabriel
to Mary and on how she simply, and humbly, with an attitude of total faith
in the Lord, said “yes.” She said “I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be
done to me according to your word” (Luke 1, 38). “Mary,” Pope Francis
said, “did not know what had been laid out for her in the future, she did not
know what pains and what risks she would be called to face. But she was
aware that the Lord had asked something of her and she trusted in him
completely. This,” he said, “is the faith of Mary!”
Another aspect to take note of, Francis continued, is this capacity of Mary
to “recognize the time of God.” Thanks to her, the Incarnation of the Son
of God was possible. “Mary teaches us,” the Pope said, “to be aware of the
favorable moment in which Jesus passes in our lives asking for a ready and
generous answer. And Jesus does pass in our lives. At Christmas he knocks
at the heart of every Christian and each of us is called to respond, like Mary,
with a sincere and personal ‘yes,’ putting ourselves at the disposal of God
and of his mercy.”
“How often,” the Pope pointed out, “we are caught up in our own
thoughts and concerns, perhaps in these very days in our preparations for
Christmas, that we do not even notice that he is knocking at the doors of
our hearts, asking for a welcome, asking for a ‘yes.’” And recalling the
words of a Saint who used to say “I am afraid that the Lord will pass me
by,” the Pope explained that he was really afraid that he would not notice
the Lord’s presence and would not be ready to respond. This attitude and
this fear that we feel in our hearts “is really the Lord knocking” and it
makes us want to be better, to be close to others and to God.
“If this is what you feel, stop!” the Pope said, “The Lord is there! Pray, go
to confession, do some cleaning up… this is good. But remember: if you
feel this wish to be better, it is He who is knocking. Don’t let him pass you
Pope Francis concluded his reflection recalling the silent, prayerful figure of
Joseph, as he is portrayed in every nativity scene. “The example of Mary
and Joseph,” he said, “is an invitation to all of us to welcome Jesus openly;
he comes to bring the gift of peace: peace on earth to those on whom his
favor rests” (Luke 2, 14).
“Just as the angels said to the shepherds,” Pope Francis said, “the precious
gift of Christmas is peace, and Christ is our true peace: Christ is knocking at
the doors of our hearts go give us His peace. Let us open those doors to
Events & Meetings This Week
Coffee & Donuts
Food Drive
Nursery Closed
9:45 & 11:30 AM, Children’s Liturgy of
the Word: Grade 1
9:00 AM, ESL 4: Room 307
9:30 AM, ESL Conversation: Room 301
9:30 AM, ESL Level 1/2: Room 310
7:00 PM, Bereavement Support:
Room 303
7:00 PM, Scout Troop 1146: Rooms
7:00 PM, Matthew: The King and His
Kingdom: Epiphany Room
7:00 PM, KC’s Business Meeting:
KC’s Room
7:00 PM, Job Networking: Rec Room
9:30 AM, ESL 2: Room 303
9:30 AM – 7:00 PM, Adoration: Chapel
10:00 AM, Holy Hour Rosary for
Respect Life: Chapel
1:00 PM, ESL 2: Room 301
7:00 PM, Scout Troop 1288 Court of
Honor: Great Room
7:00 PM, Rosary: Chapel
7:00 PM, Respect Life Meeting:
Outreach Center
7:00 PM, RCIA: Epiphany Room
7:30 PM, Evening Prayer: Chapel
9:00 AM, ESL Level 4: Room 307
9:30 AM, ESL Level 1/2: Room 310
10:00 AM, Bible Timeline Series: Den
7:00 PM, Adult Choir Practice: Church
9:30 AM, ESL 2: Room 303
10:00 AM, Caregiver Support Group:
Room 307
10:00 AM, Gathering Place: Great
7:00 PM, Line Dancing: Family Center
9:30 AM, Ladies Club: Family Center
7:30 PM, Bingo: Family Center
5:30 PM, Nursery: 0-5 years:
Room 214
9:45 & 11:30 AM, Nursery: 0-5 years:
Room 214
9:45 & 11:30 AM, Children’s Liturgy of
the Word: Grade 2
1:00 PM, Baptisms: Narthex
Please contact parish office
for preparation classes.
Baptism Session for Parents
2nd Saturday of February,
May, August, November
10:00 AM – Noon
To register call
LouAnn Svoboda
Rite of Christian Initiation of
Adults (RCIA)
For information call
LouAnn Svoboda
Sacrament of Marriage
Must be a registered, active
member of the parish at least
six months. Contact parish
office eight months before
wedding to begin preparation.
Finance Council Chair
Denny Dellinger
Knights of Columbus
Terren Roark, Grand Knight
St. Vincent de Paul Society
Cynthia Viator
Epiphany is looking for a full time front desk
receptionist. Candidate must have basic computer
skills for record keeping and light bookkeeping. The
candidate must also have a professional manner and be
able to multi-task. Please send resume and references to
Craig Shemon at [email protected]
Job Opening for a Maintenance Person
(s). It is a full time position with benefits. Light plumbing, electrical, and heating and air experience would be preferred.
Previous experience required. Please send
resume and references to Craig Shemon at
[email protected]
Ladies Club
Ann Hoar
Forever Young
Barbara Hajjar, Clare Snow
Bulletin Deadline
The deadline for article
submission is Thursday at noon
(ten days before publication).
Your article can be sent to
[email protected]hanycatholic.org.
Check our website for
Liturgical, Youth Usher & Faith
Formation Schedules.
[email protected]
Liturgy & Prayer
Through the waters of Baptism the following infants now have
Saturday, January 3
5:30 PM
Sunday, January 4
8:00 AM
9:45 AM
11:30 AM
5:30 PM
Monday, January 5
9:00 AM
Tuesday, January 6
9:00 AM
Wednesday, January 7
9:00 AM
Thursday, January 8
9:00 AM
Friday, January 9
9:00 AM
Saturday, January 10
5:30 PM
Sunday, January 11
8:00 AM
9:45 AM
11:30 AM
5:30 PM
Vigil-The Epiphany of the Lord
†Suong Lam
The Epiphany of the Lord
†Gisella Rios Jamilosa
For the People
†Josephine Marinho
†Buenaventura Gapuz
St. John Neumann
†Craig Mooney
Christmas Weekday
†Zita Briksnis
Christmas Weekday
†Alice Price
Christmas Weekday
†Lawrence Gochioco
Christmas Weekday
†Charles A. Davis
Vigil-The Baptism of the Lord
†Clara Kim
The Baptism of the Lord
†Molly O’Malley
For the People
†Rafael A. Rengifo
†Michael Wayne
1 Jn 3:22 — 4:6; Ps 2:7bc-8, 10-12a;
Mt 4:12-17, 23-25
1 Jn 4:7-10; Ps 72:1-4, 7-8; Mk 6:34-44
1 Jn 4:11-18; Ps 72:1-2, 10, 12-13;
Mk 6:45-52
1 Jn 4:19 — 5:4; Ps 72: 1-2, 14, 15bc, 17;
Lk 4:14-22a
1 Jn 5:5-13; Ps 147:12-15, 19-20; Lk 5:12-16
1 Jn 5:14-21; Ps 149:1-6a, 9b; Jn 3:22-30
Is 42:1-4, 6-7 or Is 55:1-11; Ps 29:1-4, 3, 9-10
or Is 12:2-3, 4bcd-6; Acts 10:34-38 or
1 Jn 5:1-9; Mk 1:7-11
begun their journey of faith in the
Christian Community: Bethany Reese
Butingan, Marco Drei Ibanez Cabornay, Manuel Enrique Centeno,
Lilabeth Cortez, Aiden Ryan D’Souza, Laura Luisiana Duarte Ramirez, Emery Nicole Evanoff, Ignacio Gael Faz III, Kayla Grace Flodder, Alexis Marie Hamm, Caroline Grace Jamison, Lainey Inez
Keating, Elijah Joseph Keating, Luke Anthony
Landry, Diego Andres Lugo, Luke Thomas Mancuso, Trystan Gabriel Garma Mojica, Nathan Daniel Nixon, William Hayes Paulsen, Valeria Olavarria Peraza, Ryan Joaquin Reyes, Daniel Sayarpour.
Please keep the following people
in your thoughts and prayers this
week as we wish them a return to
good health:
Linda Doucette, Christine Bencivengo, Eva Lazarich, Nancy Dore Hall, Jason Sides, Margaret Hoffman, Mary Reuter, Nicholas Delheim, John Brown, Lois Fingleman, Patricia
Givens, Janet Cuccia, Donny Hughes, Donald
Miller, Raymond Muhs.
To make a request for someone to be on our
prayer list, please call the parish office at 281578-0707. Your loved one’s name will appear on
our prayer list for six consecutive Sundays. If a
longer period of time is needed, please call the
parish office to renew your request.
Rosary—You are invited to
Please pray for our military
men and women.
come and pray the rosary every
Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. in
the chapel.
News in the Parish
eGiving with Faith Direct
Join us on a parish pilgrimage to
Rome, Italy on Oct. 25-Nov. 5, 2015.
Travel to Venice, Florence,
Assisi and the Eternal City of Rome to
experience the rich culture and deep
spirituality of the Church.
Only 50 places available for parishioners of Epiphany. If interested, please
contact Craig Shemon at
[email protected]
Our Stewardship
Stewardship – December 20/21
Sunday Offering
St. Vincent de Paul
Registered Households
“...they fell down and worshipped him. Then they
opened their treasure and offered him gifts of gold,
frankincense, and myrrh....”
—Matthew 2:11
Notice the order of events in the Magi’s visit. First,
they knelt before Jesus and prayed to Him. Then they
presented Him with their gifts. We, too, must take
time to pray before we present our gifts to the Lord.
We never know what God may be asking us to share!
Please consider signing up with Faith Direct, the electronic giving program here at Epiphany of the Lord.
Even if you are traveling on business or for vacation,
you can make all of your generous contributions to the
parish through Faith Direct by way of automatic payment from your checking account or credit card, just
as you may do now with your mortgage, household
bills, and other monthly payments. It is a great way to
simplify your giving, and it is the most cost-effective,
environmentally-friendly way for the parish to receive
your gifts.
Faith Direct is the leading eGiving program for Catholic churches in the Archdiocese as well as in dioceses
across the country. You can visit their website at
www.faithdirect.net to learn more about how to enroll
securely online. Please note, our parish code is
TX613. Faith Direct also offers your family personalized offertory cards to replace your envelopes to be
placed in the collection basket on Sundays.
I would like to take this opportunity as well to express
my deepest gratitude for your generosity throughout
the year. It is wonderful to be a part of a faith community that so graciously supports the parish and the important ministries that the Church provides. I hope
that you find that this new program makes it more
convenient for you to continue to offer your gifts to
Epiphany of the Lord.
Expressing the assurances of my prayerful remembrance of you and your family during the grace-filled
season of Christmas, I remain
Devotedly yours in Christ,
Fr. Tom Lam
Outreach Ministry – 281-578-0707
Outreach Events in January:
Standing Meetings: Mon.—Epiphany Job
Networking at 7 p.m. in the PAC; Tues.—
Respect Life Rosary at 10 am
Epiphany Job Fair
January 22
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
3 & 4th: Food Drive
5th: Bereavement @ 7pm.
6th: Respect Life Meeting @ 7 pm
8th: Gathering Place @ 10 am.
8th: Caregiver Support Group
@ 10 am
13th: Walking Through Grief
14th: Clinic Care Kits @ 9:45 am.
17th: Career Search Seminar
See www.epiphanycatholic.org for details.
January 5
Please join us for our next gathering on
Monday January 5th at 7:00 pm in the PAC
If you cannot attend but would like more information, please call Michelle Taunton at
[email protected]
Caregiver’s Support Group
January 8th in the PAC
Caregiver Group is moving to the second
Thursday at 10 am. Come join us as we
share the care giving experience, support
one another and develop resources to assist
you, the caregiver. For information please
call Outreach at 832-772-0306.
Urgent need for Hotel or travel size
shampoo for our Clinic Care Kits.
Call Outreach 832-772-0306.
Gathering Place, January 8
Did you know: that since the inception
of Gathering Place in August of 2005,
volunteers have given over 15,000 hours
of service. Come find out why Epiphany’s Gathering Place is the model for
most churches in the area! If you need
a break from taking care of an elderly
loved one, it’s time for you to utilize the
services of The Gathering Place. Come
see what all the fuss is about on January 8th from 10 am to 1:30 pm - you
will not believe the enthusiasm in the
Call Alice Stewart at 281-693-5268 for
more information. We look forward to
serving you!
Walking through Grief:
Whether your loss is recent or in the
past we will walk the grief journey with
you. This nine week support ministry
with topics that are DVD lead and independent of each other starts Jan. 13th
at 7pm to 9pm in the Den of the PAC.
Contact Michelle at
[email protected]
Ride needed to Church
An elderly lady who lives off Peek near
Highland Knolls needs a ride. She will be
available to attend any service. Call Lisa in
Outreach at 832-772-0306 if you can help.
Faith Formation: Adults – 281-578-8271
The session for parents and
Matthew Bible Series: Resumes on Monday, January 5, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the PAC.
to prepare for the baptism of their infants will be held Saturday, February 14, 2015 from
10:00 a.m. until Noon in the Family
Center. This preparation session is required before parents can schedule the Sacrament of Baptism for their infants. Parents and
godparents are encouraged to attend this session
before the birth of the child. Call 281-5788271 to register for this session. Childcare is
available at a small fee with advance reservation
by emailing [email protected] with
parent’s name, ages of children needing nursery
and name/date of event. The next opportunity to
attend a baptism class will be on Saturday, May
9, 2015.
Vocations Corner
This year is dedicated to Consecrated
Life. Let us pray to our recently
canonized saints – St. Pope John
XXIII and St. Pope John Paul II for
their intercession to grow in a deeper love of Christ. All are invited to
attend the Vocations Committee meeting on Thursday, January 8, 2015 in Room 307 at 7:00
p.m. Sponsored by the Vocations Committee
Wake up the World! Our Pope Francis proclaimed a Year
of Consecrated Life for the Church from
now until February 2, 2016. Let us pray in
thanksgiving for our men and women who
have devoted their lives to bring Christ to
the world. And let us pray for our young
men and women to listen for His “call” to
become a priest or brother or nun and continue to serve the Church!
“It is not enough to discover Christ—you must bring
Him to others! The world today is one great mission
land, even in countries of long-standing Christian
tradition.” St. Pope John Paul II
Tuesday Morning Scripture Study:
Resumes on at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January
6, 2015 upstairs in the PAC. Contact
[email protected] for more information.
Called To Be Mom: No meetings until
[email protected] for
more infor-
Respect for Life Bulletin Board
SAVE THE DATE: January 22,
2015 is the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade.
42 years ago in 1973 the Supreme Court
ruled that women have a constitutional
right to abortion, and that this right is based
on an implied right to personal privacy emanation from the Ninth and Fourteenth
Amendments. The court said that the fetus
is not a person but "potential life" and thus does not
have constitutional rights of its own. In response to this
Anniversary the Respect for Life Committee is planning
a Day of Adoration and Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children on Thursday January 22,
2015 after morning Mass until 7:00 p.m. We will have
prayer and adoration. Starting in January there will be a
sign up sheet to cover this special day of prayer. What a
great way to start the New Year!
Intercessions for Life
The Epiphany of the Lord
For all vulnerable people:
That we may love and care for them
as the special gifts from God that they are;
We pray to the Lord:
Faith Formation
Children’s Liturgy of the Word TODAY!
First graders please join us when Father invites you “to follow your leader” to break
open today’s readings. The children will return to the assembly before Offertory. If
you are interested in being a part of our
team, please contact Beth Harvey. We are
preparing our Winter/Spring calendar. Call
281-578-8271 for more information or email
[email protected] All adult volunteers (18 years and older) working with
children must be VIRTUS trained.
Thanks to all volunteers! The time and talents that you share with us in catechesis is
beyond measure! We look forward to a vibrant spring semester when we begin again:
Tuesday, January 20, Wednesday, January
21, and Sunday, January 25.
Catechists echo the Faith to all our parish.
A few volunteer positions available in the
spring. Call the Faith Formation Office and
ask for Beth Harvey (281-578-8271) or email
her ([email protected]) to get
involved. We will start planning the Epiphanic
(Picnic for the end of the school year) and
Vacation Bible School 2015!
Epiphany Youth Ministry
Confirmation Reminders:
 Retreat is January 9-11, 2015
 We meet at 5pm at Epiphany Jan
9th for bus ride to Pine Cove in
Seniors! Join us in the
Upper Room on Monday
nights from 7-8:30 p.m. as
we share scripture. Come
and pray with us!
Happy, Blessed Feast Day to our Parish!
515137: Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Community
1530 Norwalk Dr., Katy, TX 77450
Gerry Broussard #1 email: [email protected]anycatholic.org
#2 email: [email protected]
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