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1st Sunday of the Holy Cross

“Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David that is my gospel,

for which I suffer hardship, even to the point of being chained like a criminal.” - 2 Timothy 2:8-9

The Holy Cross is our banner and our standard, because by it Christ defeated death. After the Resurrection, Christ identified Himself to Thomas by the wounds of His Victory on the Cross and the eyes of the Disciples in Emmaus were opened when His death was made present in the "breaking of the bread."

The Cross was a sign of embarrassment and shame, but now it is a sign of victory. A similar and non-important example might be a football team whose fans covered their faces with paper bags and called themselves the "who dats?" because no one could tell who that fan was. When the team started winning they began to cheer "who dat say they can beat [us]?" The song of their defeat became the song of their victory. Similarly, a friend of mine received a disappointing work review, but utilized the areas of his defeat for improvement and has since received great feedback and promotion.

The Cross has become the glory of the world, martyrdom has become a crown. Nothing can defeat us if we have the crucified King. In his death our death is defeated by His resurrection we are given life.

- Holy Day Liturgy for the Feast of the Holy Cross Saturday, September 14th at 11 am.

-One year memorial for Georgette Haddad mother of Rita Najem on Sunday September 15th 11 am.

-D.A.A.F, one of our festival sponsors would like to invite everyone to their free annual picnic:

Sunday, September 22, 2 pm - 6 pm

Free Event

Oak Creek South Park

790 Miamisburg Centerville Rd, Dayton, Ohio 45458

-Kids Kickoff Party October 26th more information to follow.

-Barbeque and camp out at our new church October 4, 7pm- 11am tents available.

-We will host an open house October 19th and 20th with evening prayer and a blessing with the relic of St. Ignatius of Antioch on October 19th at 6 PM followed by light refreshments and a question and answer session on "Who are the Maronites?" Liturgies on Sunday, October 20th will be at 9 am and 11 am with a lecture on Maronite history and spirituality. Please volunteer to be a greeter at this event.

- Annual St. Ignatius of Antioch Banquet Saturday, December 14th with Bishop Elias.

-Consecration and dedication: Bishop Elias will consecrate and dedicate our new home on December 15th at 11 am.

- Initiatives- To what is God calling you? What are your hopes, dreams, and ideas for our parish? What do you want to do? Mission, charity, prayers, work, fundraisers, or maintenance? How can we support you?

The preliminary festival numbers are

$66,051.02 Gross (Sales + Sponsorships + Donations)

<$24,973.10> Expenses

$41,077.92 Net Profits

- Our prayers for the new babies and new parents in our parish.

- Bible Study every Sunday at 10 am.

- Sunday liturgies 9 am and 11 am

- Confessions immediately before and after liturgies or by appointment.

St. Ignatius of Antioch 1st Sunday of Holy Cross September 15, 2019

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