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Healing of the the Leper March 1, 2020

"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." - Romans 6:23

Do we have spiritual leprosy? Leprosy or Hansen's Disease was a disease that affected one's ability to feel pain. Unable to feel pain, a leper will injure himself time and time again. A spiritual leper is someone who is unable to feel the pain of sin. Sin no longer offends them and they continue in it.  Eventually, immune to pain or sin this person becomes physically or spiritually a monster. Others are driven away. When we turn to sin we drive others away. We see this in people who live with grudges, and people who do not forgive. We see this in people who have hate in their hearts. We see this in people who mistreat their employees. We see this in people choose their vices over others. There are people who have driven away others because of their sin, and feel no remorse for it.  Yet, Jesus comes and reaches out to us when we are or were still in sin. The first thing the leper felt in many years was the hand of Jesus reached out to touch him. Someone who could not feel pain (sin) is not reintroduced to pain (or sin), but rather to love in the touch of Jesus. The person who had driven everyone away, has someone approach him.  Jesus overcomes our inability to feel sin, with the experience of love and the promise of freedom. We move from numbness to sin not merely to consciousness and guilt of sin, but to love and freedom.Friday Devotions at 7pm -Kafta Making Thursday, March 5 Old Church 4:30pm- finish.Confessions and prayer Wednesday March 11 5pm- 11pm Save the Date Fish Fry  March 27 6-8pm Parish reflection day retreat April 4 11am - 4pmFinancial documents promised at the "state of the parish" are still being prepared. Access to the raw financial data is always available, if requested. Thank you for your patience.Parish family photos please submit photos of your family if you would like to be in the directory. Please find printable photos at the link below. of the Dedication dinner at St. Vincent de Paul Men's Shelter  - every first Saturday of the month at 6:30 pm. Saturday, February 1 at 6:30 pm at 1921 S. Gettysburg.Restarting Adult Arabic Class Saturdays at 11 am, please ask if you would like ot be added to the email list.Palm Sunday / Shanini Sunday, April 5 at 9 am and 11 am Coming to the Harbor April 6 and 7 at 7pm Rite of the Lamp, Wednesday, April 8 at 7pm Thursday of the Mysteries, April 9 at 7 pm (Sign up starting now) Great Friday of the Crucifixion, April 10 at noon and 7 pm Kids Easter Party April 11 - 11 am- 2pm Saturday of the light April 11th noon Easter Sunday April 12 midnight and 11 am (Orthodox Easter April 19th)We have to pay back $200,000 zero-interest loan. We have applied for a loan from the Knights of Columbus. We will most likely be taking out a $200,000 (rather than $150,000) loan within the next weeks. The loan has 4% interest and a 5 year term. However, we would prefer $200,000 in new donations to retire the loan.Feb 9, Sunday Collection- $1465 Our hall is available! If you or anyone you know is interested in using the church hall or church basement for a party or event please call 937-428-0372. We have classroom spaces that we could lease out under the right conditions. If you or a friend need temporary or long term space please call 937-428-0372.Eparchy Capital Campaign           came and said, “I have not come to be served, but to serve.” The Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles is blessed to have such dedicated and loving priests. As leaders of our faith family, these men have kept our Eparchy vibrant and spiritual throughout their years of committed service. Because they have answered a call to serve us it leaves us with a clear moral obligation. We must ensure the most basic needs of our past, present and future priests are met.Watch our campaign video and learn more about how the Vision for the Future – Mission for Today Capital Campaign will benefit our retired priests who have so faithfully served our Maronite faith communities.

St. Ignatius of Antioch Church     Healing of the the Leper     March 1, 2020

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