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Renewal of the Church

"My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me." -John 10:27

The first voices one hears as a child is the voices of one's mother and father. For many it is in these voices that one first hears the phrase, "I love you."  The love of parents prepares children to hear the voice of God. The small crosses our parents carry - including lack of sleep and poverty prepare us for the authentic love of the cross. For many, the first time a child hears the name of God, and the first time a child hears a prayer if on the lips of a parent.  One can help one's child hear Jesus voice, by letting him or her hear your love and hear about how you have heard the voice of God.  If we do not hear the voice of God, we should look to those examples of love in our lives, both our biological family- parents, etc. and our spiritual family- the saints. In seeing how others loved us and how others have experienced the love of God we attune ourselves to hearing the love of God for ourselves. We become, ad it says in our baptismal prayer, "a lamb in the flock of Christ."

-Family Consecration November 3 and November 10 we celebrate the Consecration of the Church and the Renewal of the Church, on December 15th Bishop Elias will be dedicating and consecrating our new home, and during Christmas we see Jesus entering the Holy Family. During this period, we should take time to renew, dedicate, and consecrate our families.

-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

- Thursday November 7, 14, 21, and December 5 - mass and prayer hour for parish renewal and family consecration.

- House of Bread, November 13th 9 am - 2:30 pm 9 Orth Avenue

-Feast of St. Barbara - December 4th.

-Feast of St. Nicholas- December 6th.

-Church Organizing and cleaning November 9th at 50 Nutt Rd. - Falafel Dinner  Sunday November 17th at Noon.

-Pastoral Council Elections will be Sunday, November 24th after liturgy. 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 27th. 

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

-Christmas decorations- Sunday, December 1 after both liturgies.

- Annual St. Ignatius of Antioch Banquet Saturday, December 14th with Bishop Elias at Yankee Trace at 7pm with live music planned $65 per person with discounted ticket for kids 12 and under. 

-Photo directory- during the banquet and before and after the dedication December 14th and 15th, we will have the opportunity to take free family photos, you will receive a free directory. We want every family to take photos.

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

-We will need at least 6 adults to read, 8 adults to dress the altar, and at least 10 youth for the processions for the dedication of our new Church. 

- Christmas Novena December 16th - December 24th.

- 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 begins November 3 after 11 am.

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

-We need volunteers to read during the liturgy and to bring the gifts. If you would like to do so, please see George Najem for 11 am liturgy or Jim Zaidan for the 9 am Liturgy.

- 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

- Yellow Springs Street Fair-  Gross of $4985

New parish improvement needs

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

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

Carpet repair

St. Ignatius of Antioch                            Sunday of Consecration of the Church       November 3, 2019

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