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4th Sunday of Holy Cross

Encourage one another and build up each other, - 1 Thessalonians 5:11

In 1 Thessalonians, Paul describes Christians as being in the middle of a battle. He says, “When we hear, ‘there is peace and security, then sudden destruction will come upon them.” (1 Thessalonians 5:3) We will immediately be in the action. Paul tells us to stay awake, to be sober, to put on the breastplate of faith and love, and the helmet of the hope of salvation. We are called to be diligent in our practice of the virtues of faith, hope, and love. Faith cannot be a true comfort to us if we do not recognize the danger of this world. Jesus cannot save us if we do not know we need saving. We cannot be ready for battle if we do not know there is a battle. More important than any battle in world history is the battle for each person’s soul. We must fight for our souls in all areas of our lives. We must care more about the souls of our children than their monetary success. This life is for decades or less, eternity is longer.

-Greeter training after both liturgies on October 13th, it should take 15 minutes.-Official launch of the Sunshine family club Friday, October 18th at 7pm wine and cheese party $10 per family. Please call Claire Daoud at 937 603-2541 or Layla Nassar at 9372869449 to RSVP

- St. Vincent de Paul come serve dinner at the men’s shelter Saturday, October 5th at 7 pm at 1921 S Gettysburg Ave, Dayton, OH 45417

-Volunteers needed for Yellow Springs Street Fair October 12th 9-5. Volunteers needed to make Grape Leaves Wednesday, October 2 at 10am and Kefta on Thursday, October 3 at 5pm.

-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/host at this event by submitting your name, number, and the word “greeter” or “host” on a sheet of paper in the collection basket.

- House of Bread 9 am-2 pm 9 Orth Ave, Dayton, OH 45402. Wednesday, October 23rd.Come serve and prepare lunch for the needy.

-Maronite Young Adults will be attending Theology on Tap Every Thursday this fall from September 19th until October 24th, meetup at 7 pm at the Oregon Express 336 E. 5th St., Dayton. Theme- “Beauty Will Save the World.” Come enjoy a drink or a meal as we learn more about beauty, God’s love, and faith. Open to all ages.

-Home Bible Q & A! Do you have questions about faith or the Bible? Host a Home Bible Q & A. 1) Schedule a date and location with Fr. Alex. 2) Invite your friends. 3) Prepare your questions. Note: this is not a Bible study or Bible meditation, which anyone can initiate

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

-40 day memorial liturgy for Halim Slilaty on Sunday, October 27th at 11 am.

-Pastoral Council Elections will be Sunday, November 24th at both liturgies. We would like to thank those whose three year term of service will end December 31st: Claire Daoud, Joe Eid, Al Faris, Marianna Hartshorne, Don Little, Rita Najem, William Thomas, Jim Zaidan, and Trish Zennie. Their contributions, dedication, consultation, initiatives, and leadership have served the parish through 3 administrators and the purchase of our new home. Please begin submitting your nominations of people, including yourself by turning in the names on a folded sheet of paper in the collection basket with “Nomination”,written on the outside now through October 20th.

-We are beginning a feasibility discussion for starting a Daycare. Please speak with Fr. Alex if you have input or would like to be involved in this discussion.

-We have had suggestions for a men’s club, for a grief support group, and for a retiree get-together club. Please let Fr. Alex know if you would have any interest in any of these groups.

-Thanksgiving Dinner Sunday, November 24th after the 11 am liturgy.

- 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.

- 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?

-Religious education sign up. This year we are planning to have religious education every Sunday after 11 am liturgy. We hope to have classes for all ages. Please submit a form into the collection basket with your name, number, email address, and your child(ren)’s name(s), age, and grade.

- Our prayers for those who are recently engaged in our parish.

- Our prayers for new births 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.

- The preliminary festival numbers are $41,077.92 Net Profits

New parish improvement needs

Painting Replacing of water heater Weeding Tree Trimming Playground cleaning Framing for two large icons

Asphalt crack repair- should be done before the weather gets cold

St. Ignatius of Antioch 4th Sunday of Holy Cross October 6, 2019

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