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Holy desire

Paul tells us in Philippians chapter 2 that God works in us both to desire and to work. Paul points to his own work ethic and his desire for to save souls as an example of what God does. The question is why do we not possess the desire that Paul possessed? Where is this gift of God promised to us? Where is our holy desire?

In the parable of the wise and the foolish virgins, Jesus says that what is important is to be prepared. Be prepared for the coming of the Lord and He will come. Jesus will come not only in his glorious coming, but also in our hearts. We must desire to desire. We must long to love. We must prepare ourselves. We must open our hearts and our minds to the love of God. If we have a small desire, a small faith, or a small love then we must petition God for great desire, great faith, and great love.

Imagine how much we could transform and sanctify the world if we, like St. Paul, were willing to pour ourselves out for faith to grow in others. Imagine not only the change in the world, but Lso the change that God promises us, and the overwhelming joy.

Children’s Religious Education this Sunday at 10 am. This week will be a family meeting for children and their parents. Service hours for teenagers looking to be teaching assistants and fun activity organizers during the 10am-11am slot and beyond.

- Yellow Springs Street Fair volunteers needed all day Saturday at Yellow Springs.

- We will be reviewing the parish feedback in the coming weeks at the Pastoral Council Meeting on October 16 at 7pm. The meeting is, as always, open to all parishioners.

- Our annual pumpkin party trip will take place Saturday, October 20th with a rain date of Saturday, October 27th. We are currently considering Tom’s Maze in Germantown

- House of Bread volunteering 9 am - 2 pm Tuesday, October 23rd. - Bishop Elias’ visit Friday through Sunday December 7-9. With meet and greet, spiritual talk, liturgies, Saturday Night Dinner, and raffle. - 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?

-Tough Topics- “Sins of the Flesh and Life in the Spirit” Please join us for our monthly “Tough Topics” series Sunday, October 21 at both liturgies.

-Thursday, November 1 All Saints Liturgy 7pm.

-Bible Study every Sunday at 10 am.

-Liturgies Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 6pm, Wednesday at 7pm, Saturday at 10am.

-Confessions immediately before and after daily liturgies or by appointment.

-Tuesdays at Bar Louie- 8:30 pm for food and discussion

St. Ignatius of Antioch FifFifth week after Holy Cross October 14, 2018

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