. . . We are the Catholic Church of the Epiphany of the Lord, a Christian community of 1,600 families in northwest Oklahoma City and County. We are the neighborhood face of the worldwide Catholic Church, founded by Jesus Christ, propagated by His apostles, led today by bishops in direct succession from the Apostles chosen and set apart by Jesus Christ.
“The parish is the presence of the Church in a given territory, an environment for hearing God’s word, for growth in the Christian life, for dialogue, proclamation, charitable outreach, worship and celebration. . . It is a community of communities, a sanctuary where the thirsty come to drink in the midst of their journey, and a center of constant missionary outreach”. . . Pope Francis, Joy of the Gospel #28
The English word “epiphany” derives from the Greek word epiphaneia which literally means “manifestation.” Traditionally, this word refers to three important events in the life of Christ:
- The visit of the Magi to the stable in Bethlehem at the birth of Christ, bringing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
- The baptism of Jesus, where the Holy Spirit descended in the form of a dove, and the voice of God was heard to say, “This is my beloved Son.”
- The miracle at the Wedding in Cana, where Christ turned the water into wine, the first of the great miracles he performed.
Because we are the Church of the Epiphany of the Lord, it is our hope that we will be, in our own way, epiphanies – manifestations! – of Jesus to all we come in contact with.
All of us are on a journey and it’s not always clear where we are going or what will happen to us on our travels. Here at Epiphany, we find comfort and hope in making the journey of life together. We think that all the way to heaven is indeed heaven and that we go to God as a community, together, with no one left behind for the wolves of life to devour.
“The call to follow Jesus, to be his disciples, is deeply personal. Each one of us hears the call as unique and never to be repeated. The cost of following that call is also deeply personal and unique to each of us. At the same time, we live and move in this life of discipleship together, with others who share our convictions, our questions, and our hopes. This is the pattern evident at the very beginning of the public ministry of Jesus (see Mark 3:13-14). . . These first disciples and we who belong to the latest generation of disciples share this common bond and movement: we go to God together.” Going to God Together, Louis J. Cameli
Epiphany works because hundreds of parishioners step forward as volunteers and leaders. At Mass, we become the love of Christ for all people. When we make the Sign of the Cross, we commit that we will show forth the self-giving love of Christ to all we come in contact with. Our conscious participation in the celebration of Mass continues after we leave the Church, as we incorporate the Gospel of the Risen Lord into our ways and manners of living.
“The lay faithful, in fact, are called by God so that they, led by the spirit of the Gospel, might contribute to the sanctification of the world,as from within like leaves, by fulfilling their own particular duties. Thus, especially in this way of life, resplendent in faith, hope, and charity they manifest Christ to others.” Saint Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici #15