Annual Parish Events
Each year Epiphany hosts several once-a-year special events. We have a gigantic parish picnic, a festive “Feast of the Epiphany” complete with a children’s pageant, and a high energy Halloween fun night. You’ll find information in below about all of these activities.
None of these happen by accident, and all involve volunteers, so don’t hesitate to offer to help!
Epiphany Feast & Pageant
Each year we celebrate our Patronal Feast with a grand “Feast of the Epiphany”, usually on the Saturday night of that feast’s weekend. Yes, we always have King Cake! There is typically a choir concert close to this date also. Watch the bulletin for details of the coming year’s schedule.
Valentine Dinner Dance
The annual Valentine Dinner Dance is a lovely event featuring a delicious meal prepared by parish chefs (yes! Epiphany has “parish chefs”!) A live band provide music for dancing and Bryce Hall is always nicely decorated. This is a great romantic evening for you and your beloved to enjoy.
Every Friday during Lent, one of the Parish Boards or groups presents a meatless meal. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. The meals are free although an offering jar is out.
If you come every Friday, you will enjoy vegetable soup and homemade rolls (Liturgy Board), vegetarian spaghetti with garlic bread (Parish Council), cheese enchiladas with beans and rice (Men’s Club), vegetable and cheese lasagna (Community Service & Hospitality Boards), Smothered baked potatoes (RE Advisory Council), and the Women’s Club is providing something different every year these days!
Bring family and friends, enjoy a Lenten meal and some fellowship. Stay for the Stations of the Cross which follow each meal at 7 p.m.
The annual Epiphany parish picnic, typically held on a Sunday afternoon in September, is a great festival attended by hundreds of people. The food preparation is quite the social event itself. The Men’s Club is up all night smoking brisket and sausages and hot dogs.
A giant inflatable is on hand for the kids, and there is face painting and games for them also. A DJ provides music for all. This is an outdoor event, so bring chairs or a blanket to sit on. An indoor eating area is providing for seniors and others who might have difficulty with the outdoors.
Halloween Family Fun Night
On an evening close to Halloween, the Gym, Patio Room, and the classroom Hallway are turned into our annual Family Halloween Fun Night. Various parish organizations have games where everyone wins small prizes.
The women’s club runs the Cake Walk, which is always a lot of fun, not to mention the most tasty baked prizes that people take home. Youth and kids alike have fun in the Halloween “Fright” Hallway. This takes a week to put together and there’s always a long line to get in.
Admission charge is a bag of candy, and everyone leaves with a bag of candy! A great time is had by all. Bring your camera and take great pictures of your yougsters in costume. A concession stand offers nachos, and hot dogs, and corn bread and stew, pizzas, and cold drinks.
Thanksgiving Bread Exchange
On the night before Thanksgiving, the parish celebrates the Vigil Mass of Thanksgiving. This is a true family event, as families unite for the holiday and begin their celebrations with Holy Mass. At this Mass, we have a bread exchange. Parishioners bring bread and place it on a nicely decorated table by the Baptismal Font. At the end of the Mass, everyone who brought a loaf is invited to take a loaf home, different from the one they brought.
Advent Breakfast with Santa
Each year the Women’s Club helps the holiday season get going by hosting an Advent Breakfast with Santa, featuring a great breakfast and Santa himself, there to take requests from the kids and pose for pictures for scrapbooks. This is a fun family affair on a Saturday morning early in December.
Each year the children and youth of the Epiphany of the Lord Parish present a Christmas Pageant prior to the 5:00 PM Christmas Eve Mass. Children between the ages of 3 years and 5th grade are invited to participate in the rolls of bell-ringers, angels, shepherds, Magi, etc. Older students are encouraged to be readers.
Young people studying music who can play hymns are invited to help provide music for the 5:00 PM Christmas Eve Mass.
Young people who play band or orchestra instruments are welcome to play in the Youth Orchestra that provides music for the 5:00 PM Mass. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings during December.