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Sebastian was a Roman army officer and secretly a Christian. During the persecution of Christians by Diocletian, Sebastian visited
them in prison. He was finally discovered and charged with being a Christian. Sebastian, condemned to death by Diocletian, was
tied to a tree, shot with arrows, and left for dead. He survived, however, and was nursed back to health by a Christian woman, Irene.
He then returned to preach to the emperor Diocletian, who this time sentenced him to be beaten to death. He died at Rome in
288 A.D. as a martyr witnessing to Jesus.
Sebastian is a patron saint of archers, athletes, dying people, enemies of religion, police, and soldiers. He is a great example for
all of us who are part of this parish. Saint Sebastian gave all he had, his very life, in witness to Christ, for the glory of God and
the good of God's people. We are constantly reminded that we are called to give of our time, talent, and treasure for the glory of
God and the good of the Church.
May Saint Sebastian inspire us to follow his example. Saint Sebastian, pray for us!