Bulletin: October 20, 2019. Sixth Sunday After the Holy Cross.

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. October 20, 2019.

Sixth Sunday After the Holy Cross. Gospel of the Gerasene Demoniac.

Commemoration of the Holy Great-Martyr Artemios. Artemius was a noble citizen of Alexandria and a personal friend of Emperor Constantine the Great. He was martyred for Christ in Antioch of Syria under Emperor Julian the Apostate. The Maronite Church celebrates his memory under the name Shallita.

Saturday, October 26, 2019, 5:30 p.m. Annual Saints Day Celebration for all Children in Kindergarten to Grade 8. All are invited to a fun-filled night for the entire family. Children should come dressed as saints, angels, Biblical characters, or one of God’s blessed creatures. The evening will begin with dinner and a short video, followed by a guided tour of the Saints. There will be games, prizes, a costume contest, a saint project, candy, and much more. This is a  parish community event and we need your help with a large bag of individually wrapped candy and packaged juice boxes. Please bring these items to the hall by Sunday October 20. To volunteer with the décor, set-up, clean-up, games or food please contact the office or speak to Lupe.

Saturday, October 26, 2019. 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Women's Day Retreat. Women of all ages are invited! Join the Endow team and the Carmelite Sisters to celebrate the feminine genius and and reflect on our rich heritage as Catholic women! This year's theme is Discover Your Inheritance. The retreat will focus on the multitude of ways that God provides for us from the rich intellectual tradition and wisdom of the Church to the witnesses of the saints. St. Joseph's Campus 507 N. Granada Ave., Alhambra, California, 91801. Speakers and Talk Titles: Simone Rizkallah of Endow - The Primacy of Faith and Culture.  Christine Rich of My Saint My Hero - As You Wish: Unlocking Our Rich Inheritance. Sr. Mary Clare of the Carmelite Sisters - Six Stone Jars.  For further information visit: https://endowgroups.org/retreat2019

Friday, November 1 to Sunday, November 3, 2019. Byzantine Catholic Seminary in Pittsburgh (bcs.org), is hosting a “Come and See” Retreat of Discovery for men, ages 18 to 35, single or married, who may be considering a vocation to the priesthood.

Father François Beyrouti’s Homily podcasts are now available on iTunes and other Podcasts. You can listen and subscribe to the homilies on YouTube.com/MelkiteTV or these podcasts: Apple’s iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and TuneIn + Alexa, Google Podcast, and iHeart Radio podcasts. If you would like to receive the emailed weekly parish bulletin or homily please sign up on our website (HolyCrossMelkite.org) or contact the office. Most recent homilies by Father François Beyrouti:

   -“How to See the Spiritual Life?” October 13, 2019.

   -“I’m in Love.” October 6, 2019.

   -“Connect Personal and Communal Faith.” September 29, 2019.

   -“Excellence is the Only Option.” September 22, 2019.

   -“Actions are Bigger than Words.” September 15, 2019.

   -“Aligning Actions to Values.” September 8, 2019.

   -“A New Reason to Forgive.” September 1, 2019. 

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)

   Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 2). When You descended to death, O immortal Life, You destroyed Hades by the splendor of Your divinity. And when You raised the dead from below the earth, all the heavenly powers cried out to you: “O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to You!”

   Troparion of the Holy Cross  (Tone 2 ). O Christ our God, you are infinitely glorified for You established our fathers as radiant stars on earth. Through them, you led us to the true faith. O Most Merciful One, glory to You!

   Kontakion (Tone 2). O never failing Protectress of Christians and their ever present intercessor before the Creator, despise not the petitions of us sinners, but in your goodness extend your help to us who call upon you with confidence. Hasten, O Mother of God, to intercede for us, for you have always protected those who honor you.

Epistle: 2 Corinthians 11:31-33; 12:1-10. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.

Gospel: Luke 8:27-39. Full reading below.  

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:

   Sayf Tashman (October 18, 2019). One year memorial.

   Karim Dagher (September 28, 2019), Noha Gebara Lutfi (September 23, 2019), Najla Naber-Shaggura (September 22, 2019), Ra’fat Salim Sawouq (September 17, 2019), Father Gerasimos Murphy (September 14, 2019), Samar Akroush (August 23, 2019), Minerva Mazzawi (September 11, 2018), Samira Abdulnour (October 18, 2015) Bassem Mazzawi (November 2, 2009) Lana Tashman (November 2006), Tamer Mazzawi (August 2001) Fawzi & Fedda Tashman.

the health, safety, and salvation of:

   Oscar Chahine, Lizbeth Lira and family, Bernardo Navarro, Nada and Issa Nesheiwat, Father Saba Shofany, Elias George Abou Zeid.

   For vocations to the priesthood, monastic life, and lay parish ministries.

   For peace in Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and all the troubled regions around the world. 

Scripture Memory:

“For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities; for when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10).  

“Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you." And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him” (Luke 8:39). 

The Melkite Eastern Catholic Community at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church. Please invite your family and friends and remind everyone in the area. We will meet in the hall at 5:45 p.m. to review the hymns and the Divine Liturgy will begin in the Church at exactly 6:30 p.m. on November 10, at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
  2019 dates: November 10, and December 8.

  If you live or know anyone who lives in the area surrounding Mission Viejo please give us their contact information so that we can keep everyone informed on upcoming events. Please send contact details to the parish office at (714) 985-1710 or email a list of names to Father François at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

   “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain” (Psalm 127:1).  

Choir practice at Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church every Sunday at 9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m. “Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God” (Colossians 3:16). Please join our choir practices to review the regular hymns of the Divine Liturgy and learn new ones. Everyone is welcome.  

Holy Cross Youth Ministry Spiritual Meetings take place every Sunday following the Divine Liturgy for all those in grades 9-12. 


Holy Cross College Ministry.
We are planning social and religious activities to build our College Community at Holy Cross Church. For further details contact the office or see calendar for event details (holycrossmelkite.org/ministries/college-ministry).  

Holy Cross Young Adults Ministry for ages 21-35. We are planning social and religious activities to build our Young Adults Community at Holy Cross Church. Feel free to bring your friends and family. See calendar for event details (Holycrossmelkite.org/ministries/young-adults). Contact: Tony Helo (562) 371-5466; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

   Upcoming events:

   -Thursday, October 24, 2019. 7:30 p.m. Potluck and Movie Night at Holy Cross Church (451 W. Madison Ave., Placentia, CA 92870).

   -Sunday, November 3, 2019 . 12:15-1:30 p.m. Beach Bonfire (Location and Time TBD)  

Isaiah House Women’s Shelter Volunteer Opportunity. Next date: Saturday, October 26, 2019. Holy Cross Church prepares and serves a meal for the women at Isaiah House (316 South Cypress Avenue, Santa Ana) every month. If you or your family would like assist on those days or if you would like to sponsor a Saturday to prepare food at your home, serve the food with your family, and enjoy a meal with those in need please contact the office.

   Schedule: 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Prepare meal in the Holy Cross Hall Kitchen for Isaiah House Catholic Worker’s Women’s shelter.

   4:30 p.m. Carpool to Isaiah House (316 South Cypress Avenue, Santa Ana. http://occatholicworker.org).

   5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Set up, serve meals, visit with the women, and clean up.

   2019 dates: Saturday, October 26, 2019, Saturday, November 23, 2019.  2020 dates: Saturday, January 25, Saturday, February 29, Sunday, March 29, Saturday, April 25,  Sunday, May 31, Saturday, June 27, Saturday, July 25, Sunday, August 30, Saturday, September 26, Saturday, October 24.   If you would like to sponsor or volunteer for this event, please contact the Church office.  

Listen to Melkite audio links on our parish website at holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns

We uploaded many Melkite hymns for the Divine Liturgy and other important services. To practice or become more familiar with our beautiful liturgical hymns you can listen or download them by visiting the above link.  

Vocation View. Paul is eager that his flock enjoy the true freedom of the sons and daughters of God. This would depend on their understanding clearly the wonderful salvation and dignity given to them by God in Christ. In the Gospel we Christ freeing a man possessed by evil and restoring his dignity. Paul’s zealous ministry must be continued through the work of priests. Ask God to send us many vocations for this purpose.  

A Prayer for Vocations. O Lord God, in every age, You invite men and women to hear Your call to serve You and the Church. We bow before You now, asking that You call forth more persons to serve our Melkite Catholic Church in America. Give us priests, deacons, monks and nuns, who will lead and guide your holy people. By Your will, bless us with vocations so that we continue to be the church which You called us to be, centuries ago. Let all hear Your voice inviting them to care for and serve Your people. Strengthen us in being disciples of Jesus Christ, Your Only-begotten Son and fishers of men. Inspire in us the spirit and pride of Antioch, our holy heritage. We ask You, O Lover of mankind, to raise up men and women who appreciate what they have received from You and who want to be generous in their service, willing to offer their lives and all their gifts, to serve others, to give You glory, thanksgiving and worship, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever. Amen.  

Your Sunday donation envelopes are mailed to you every two months. These envelopes are dated with your envelope number on the back. Please contact the office if you are not registered or did not receive your envelopes. Thank you.  

Do you want to be inspired and learn more about your Catholic Faith? Listen to Relevant, a Catholic Radio station on 930 am. For further information visit their website or call 1-888-887-7120.  

Listen to Melkite audio links on our parish website at holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns

We uploaded many Melkite hymns for the Divine Liturgy and other important services. To practice or become more familiar with our beautiful liturgical hymns you can listen or download them by visiting the above link.  

Thank you for your ongoing generous donations:

   -Wednesday, October 16, 2019. Building fund deposit: $2,660 donation + $29 coffee = $2,689.

   -Sunday, October 13, 2019. $2,747 in 39 envelopes (average $70 per envelope) +  $222 loose plate + $95 candles + $100 memorial + $150 Sunday school = $3,314.

   -Sunday, October 13, 2019. Mission Viejo Divine Liturgy: $470 in 9 envelopes (average $52 per envelope) + $221 loose plate = $691.

   -Wednesday, October 9, 2019. Charity account deposit:$100.

   -Wednesday, October 9. 2019. Building fund deposit: $6,090 donation + $1,600 hall rental + $20 coffee + $200 house blessing + $760 festival donation = $8,670.

   -Sunday, October 6, 2019 collection. $1,885 in 29 envelopes (average $65 per envelope + $738 loose plate + $109 Candles = $2732

   -Sunday, September 29 collection. $1873 in 37 envelopes (average $50 per envelope) + $111 Candles = $1984.

   -Wednesday, September 25. Building fund deposit: $1,372 donation + $500 memorial = $1,872.

   -Sunday, September 22, 2019 collection: $1,485 in 33 envelopes (average of $45 per envelope) + $316 loose plate + $186 candles = $1,987.  

Total deposits in the past four months: June: $27,964, July: $19,749, August: $26,398, September: $23,105, October: $22,827  

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses: 

   $177.18 paid October 15, 2019.  Trash service.

   $210.00 paid October 15, 2019.  Communication expense (Spectrum).

   $908.76 paid October 7, 2019. So. Cal Edison.

   $303.75 paid October 6, 2019. Our Sunday Visitor Envelopes.

   $101.19 paid October 4, 2019.  Food purchased to prepare dinner for Isaiah House Women’s shelter.

   $118.63 paid October 1, 2019. Photocopier lease.

   $330.00 paid September 27, 2019. Furniture movers.

   $550.00 paid September 27, 2019. Lawn and landscaping.  

Calendar:

Saturday, October 19.

   4:30 p.m. Confession.

   5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).  

Sunday, October 20.

   Second collection today for World Mission Sunday. In 1926 Pope Pius XI instituted Mission Sunday for the whole Church with the first worldwide Mission Sunday collection taking place in October 1927. The Mission Sunday collection is always taken on the next to last Sunday during the month of October. That day is celebrated in all the local Churches as the feast of catholicity and universal solidarity so Catholics around the world will recognize their common responsibility with regard to the evangelization of the world as found in Matthew 28:18-20 and other parts of the Bible.

   9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).

   9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Choir practice.

   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy led by Holy Cross Church Children’s choir on third Sunday of the month.

   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.

   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. College Ministry discussion on Matthew Kelly’s book, Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic.

   1:30 p.m. Theosis Meeting in Conference Room. Adult members of Cross Church are invited to learn more about their Eastern Byzantine tradition by attending our monthly meetings to discuss how Scripture and Christ’s teachings show us how God became man in order so that man can become God-like.  

Thursday, October 24

   7:30 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35. Potluck and Movie Night at Holy Cross Church (451 W. Madison Ave., Placenita, CA 92870).  

Saturday, October 26.

Isaiah House Women’s Shelter.  If you would like to sponsor or volunteer for this event, please contact the Church office.

   3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Prepare meal in the Holy Cross Hall Kitchen for Isaiah House Catholic Worker’s Women’s shelter.

   4:30 p.m. Carpool to Isaiah House (316 South Cypress Avenue, Santa Ana. http://occatholicworker.org).

   5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Set up, serve meals, visit with the women, and clean up.  

   4:30 p.m. Confession.

   5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

   5:30 p.m. Annual Saints Day Celebration for all Children in Kindergarten to Grade 8. See above for details.  

Sunday, October 27

   9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).

   9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Choir practice.

   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.

   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.

   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.  

Friday, November 1.

   7:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy followed by a life testimony of Myrna Al-Akhras Nazzour. Since November 22, 1982, in the home of Myrna and Nicolas Nazzour in Soufanieh (Damascus), oil started to exude from a small replica of the icon of the Virgin of Kazan as well as from Myrna’s hands. On several occasions she has received the stigmata, ecstasies, visions, apparitions, and messages from our Lord and Blessed Mother. Join us for an evening of prayer for peace, conversion, and unity.  

Saturday, November 2

   9:00 a.m. Holy Cross Church in collaboration with St. Martin de Porres Pro-Life ministry. Join your friends in Christ as we pray the rosary in front of Planned Parenthood (700 S. Tustin Ave, Orange) to end abortion. Rosary begins at 9:00 am. For further information, please contact the office. We look forward to the day when our powerful prayers will close the doors of Planned Parenthood. 

   5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic at Holy Cross Church.  

Sunday, November 3

   9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).

   9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Choir practice.

   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy in English.

   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.

   12:15-1:30 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35. Beach Bonfire (Location and Time TBD).  

Saturday, November 9

   4:30 p.m. Confession.

   5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).  

Sunday, November 10

   9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).

   9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Choir practice.

   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.

   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.

   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.  

   5:45 p.m. Music practice in the Saint Kilian’s Church hall.

   6:30 p.m. Divine Liturgy. The Melkite Eastern Catholic Community at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691.  

Friday, November 15. 

   7:00 p.m. Our Lady’s Society Salad Night.  DJ, food, raffle, dancing, and much more. $25.00 per person. Please call the office for tickets.  

Saturday, November 16.

   4:30 p.m. Confession.

   5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).  

Sunday, November 17.

   9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).

   9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Choir practice.

   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.

   12:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Luncheon. Organized by Our Lady’s Society. Turkey plates, drinks, and desserts. $15.00.

   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.

   1:30 p.m. Theosis Meeting in Conference Room. Adult members of Cross Church are invited to learn more about their Eastern Byzantine tradition by attending our monthly meetings to discuss how Scripture and Christ’s teachings show us how God became man in order so that man can become God-like. Anyone seeking more information can contact the office.  

Saturday, November 23.

   If you would like to sponsor or volunteer for this event, please contact the Church office.

   3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Prepare meal in the Holy Cross Hall Kitchen for Isaiah House Catholic Worker’s Women’s shelter.

   4:30 p.m. Carpool to Isaiah House (316 South Cypress Avenue, Santa Ana. http://occatholicworker.org).

   5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Set up, serve meals, visit with the women, and clean up.  

   4:30 p.m. Confession at Holy Cross Church.

   5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).  

Sunday, November 24.

   9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).

   9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Choir practice.

   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.

   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.  

Saturday, November 30.

   No Confessions

   5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer). 

 

Readings for Sunday, October 20, 2019.

Prokimenon (Tone 4). My strength and my courage is the Lord, and he has been my Savior.  

Stichon: The Lord has chastised me through his teaching, yet he has not delivered me to death.  

A Reading from the Second Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians (11:31-33; 12:1-10).

BRETHRE, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus, who is blessed forever, knows that I do not lie. In Damascus, the Governor under King Aretas was guarding the city of the Damascenes in order to arrest me, but I was lowered in a basket through a window in the wall, and escaped his hands. (12: 1) It is not fitting for me to boast: but I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago (whether in the body, I do not know, or out of the body, I do not know: God knows) was caught up into paradise and heard secret sayings that man may not repeat. Of such a man I will boast; but of myself I will glory in nothing except my weaknesses. For if I do wish to boast, I shall not be foolish, for I shall be speaking the truth. But I give up, lest any man have an idea of me beyond what he sees in me or hears from me. And lest the greatness of the revelation puff me up, there was given to me a thorn for the flesh, a messenger of Satan to buffet me. Concerning this, I begged the Lord three times that it might leave me, but he said to me, “My grace is enough for you, for strength is made perfect in weakness.” Gladly, then, will I glory in my weaknesses, that the strength of Christ may dwell in me.  

ALLELUIA.

O God, our ears have heard, our fathers have declared to us the deeds you did in their days, in the days of old.

Stichon: The just cried out, and the Lord heard them, and he delivered them from all their trials.  

The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke the Evangelist (8:27-39).

At that time when Jesus came to the country of the Gerasenes there met Him a certain man who for a long time was possessed by a devil, and wore no clothes, and lived in the tombs, not in a house. And when he saw Jesus, he fell down before Him, and crying out with a loud voice said, “What have I to do with Thee, Jesus, Son of the most high God? I pray Thee, do not torment me.” For he was charging the unclean spirit to go forth from the man. For many times it had laid hold of him; and he was bound with chains and fetters, and kept under guard, but he would break the bonds asunder, and be driven by the devil into the deserts. And Jesus asked him, saying, “What is thy name?” And he said, “Legion,” because many devils had entered into him. And they entreated Him not to command them to depart into the abyss. Now a herd of many swine was there, feeding on the mountainside. And they kept entreating Him to give them leave to enter into them. And He gave them leave. And the devils came out from the man and entered into the swine; and the herd rushed down the cliff into the lake and were drowned. And when the swineherds saw what had happened, they fled and reported it in the town and in the country; and people came out to see what had happened. And they came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the devils had gone out sitting at His feet, clothed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. And those also who had seen it reported to them how he had been saved from Legion. And all the people of the Gerasene district besought Him to depart from them; for they were seized with great fear. And He got into a boat and went back. But the man from whom the devils had gone out prayed Him that he might remain with Him. But Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return to thy house, and tell all that God has done for thee.” And he departed, proclaiming throughout the whole town all that Jesus had done for him.  

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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church.

451 West Madison Avenue, Placentia, CA 92870-4537

Telephone: (714) 985-1710.

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Parish Web site: HolyCrossMelkite.org

Facebook Page: Facebook.com/HolyCrossMelkite

YouTube Page: Youtube.com/HolyCrossMelkite

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HCMelkite  

Pastor: Father François Beyrouti.

Electronic mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Cellular phone: (714) 914-1710  

Pastoral Associate: Deacon Elias Kashou.

Administrative Assistant: Desi Ortiz.

Parish Hall Rentals: Hala Nakhoul (714) 920-6180.

Choir Directors: Saad Tashman and Lupe Ojeda.

Sunday School / Eastern Christian Formation Program: Every Sunday after the Divine Liturgy from September-May. Pre-School to Grade 8.

Our Lady’s Society: Iman Lutfi (714) 595-7999.  

LITURGICAL SCHEDULE

SATURDAY: 4:30 p.m. Confession. 5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

SUNDAY: 9:45 p.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).  11:00 a.m. The Divine Liturgy.  

ARABIC DIVINE LITURGY: 5:00 p.m. Saturday before the first Sunday of the month. In 2019: October 5, November 2, December 7.  

ENGLISH DIVINE LITURGY: 11:00 a.m. First Sunday of the month. In 2019: October 6, November 3, December 1.  

HOLY DAYS AND WEEKDAYS: Please check the bulletin.  

THE HOLY MYSTERIES

   MYSTERIES OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION: The three Mysteries of Baptism, Chrismation and Holy Eucharist are always celebrated together in one ceremony. One month notice is required and one baptismal preparation meeting is required with the priest.

   MYSTERY OF HOLY CROWNING: Six month notice, an initial meeting with the priest, marriage preparation sessions, and a wedding license are required. You must be an active member of the parish.

   MYSTERY OF HOLY CONFESSION: Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

   MYSTERY OF HOLY ANOINTING: Available for anyone who is ill.

PLEASE NOTE: There is no charge for the celebration of the Sacramental Mysteries, however, it is appropriate to offer a gift of thanksgiving. Therefore the Parish Advisory Council suggests an offering of $200 for Baptisms; $500 for Weddings; $300 for Funerals; and $100 for a Memorial Service.  

HALL RENTAL POLICY.

   MERCY-MEAL ON THE DAY OF THE FUNERAL, MERCY-MEAL FOR THE 40th DAY OR OTHER MEMORIALS: $200.00 for registered parishioners of Holy Cross Church who regularly use donation envelopes.

   A PARTY WITH MUSIC, FOOD, AND DRINKS (up to 5 hours of use): $400.00 for parishioners + $100 insurance payable to the diocese. $500.00 for non-parishioners + $100 insurance payable to the diocese.

   DAMAGE/CLEANING DEPOSIT: $200.00. Refundable if the hall is left in the condition it was given to you.

   SECURITY FEE: $150 charge will be added to cover security for 5 hours.

   A MEETING (Use of the chairs and tables only. No use of the kitchen, oven, or refrigerator). $75 / hour for parishioners. $100 for non-parishioners.

   ADDITIONAL CHARGE FOR A RENTAL OVER 5 HOURS: $100 / hour.

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2019-10-20: Don’t Evangelize Before Doing This.

Dear friends,

This is a link to the homily for Sunday, October 20, 2019.

https://youtu.be/6O4rpWfnlUo

 

I've also included below the written homily and the readings.

 

Don’t Evangelize Before Doing This.
Sunday, October 20, 2019 homily by Father François Beyrouti, Ph.D./D.Th.
2 Corinthians 11:31-12:10. Luke 8:27-39.
Sixth Sunday after the Feast of the Holy Cross.
 
Subscribe to the weekly video homilies at: YouTube.com/MelkiteTV

 

Homily:
The word evangelization is a very important word for both Catholics and Protestants.

After Jesus rose from the dead, He appeared to the disciples and said: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. [19] Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, [20] teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age” (Mt. 28:18-20).

After this, the disciples went in different directions to preach the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Today, the Catholic Church continues to fulfil Jesus’s command to go out to (1) Make disciples of all the nations, (2) Baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, (3) Teach all that Jesus commanded us, and (4) To remind us that is us with us always.

Part of spreading the Good News is translating the Bible. The Bible is the most produced, read, and translated book in the history of the world. The entire Bible has now been translated into 683 languages, the New Testament has been translated into an additional 1,534 languages and Bible portions or stories into 1,133 other languages. Thus at least some portion of the Bible has been translated into 3,350 languages. This shows that Catholics and Protestants have taken the word evangelization very seriously.

The word evangelization conjures up images of missionaries who travel to other countries, television preachers, or Jehovah Witnesses who knock on your door.

However, evangelization is not limited to knocking on someone’s door and it is not for a few. Evangelization is for every single one of us because the heart of evangelization is for us to grow in our faith and to share the joy of knowing and loving Jesus Christ. In 1 Peter 3:15, we read “In your hearts reverence Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence.”

Therefore, the heart of evangelization is for us to become disciples through prayer and study, and to make disciples through outreach and witness. It is important to see that the first step of evangelization is for us to become disciples. Evangelization is not just talking about Christ; it is first about becoming Christ-like.

Many parts of the Bible give us great examples of the stages and many aspects of evangelization. In today’s Gospel Jesus meets a man “who had demons” (Luke 8:27). Jesus then commands “the unclean spirit to come out of the man” (:29). The Gospel focuses on the radical change that took place in the man’s life as a result of his encounter with Jesus. Before he met Jesus, the man had demons, wore no clothes, lived among the tombs (:27), was seized by an unclean spirit, kept under guard, and bound with chains and fetters (:29).

After Jesus healed the man, the Gospel tell us: “Then people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind” (:35).

Jesus heals the man and then tells him to evangelize, that is to share the good news. “The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him; but Jesus sent him away, saying, [39] ‘Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.’ And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him” (Luke 8:38-39).

Jesus tells the man to evangelize, but not before the man is healed. We should all evangelize, but we cannot evangelize if we have not been evangelized. We cannot make disciples if we are not disciples.

There is a very important event that took place before the man’s healing and before he began to tell everyone how he was healed. “When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him” (:28). The man fell down before Jesus to show Jesus that he was Jesus’s disciple.

Jesus tells us to make disciples, baptize, and teach, but He also tells us to observe all he commanded and know that He is always with us. We cannot give what we don’t have. We are all commanded by Jesus to share our faith, but we are first invited to grow in our faith. Our message loses its authenticity if it is not first real in our life.
 
When we discuss our faith with those of other religions or those of no religion, we can focus on the teachings and miracles of Jesus. As a historic figure, Jesus is one of the most fascinating. Someone asked Larry King: “If you were able to interview anyone who has ever lived, who would it be?” He said: “I wish I could interview Jesus.”

We can even focus on the great Catholic contributions to world history like medicine, education, healthcare, and human rights. These are all good, but the first step to evangelization is what Jesus has done in your life. Share what you know and share who you have become as a result of your faith.

Evangelization starts with us when we commit to know Christ, commit to a daily discipline of prayer and reading, commit to the way of Christ, commit to the joys and suffering of Christ, and commit to share the joy in our hearts. If we are not committed to know Christ, then we cannot share Christ.

That is why in today’s reading, Saint Paul says “I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:9). Saint Paul focuses on becoming a disciple before making disciples.

We are all called to evangelize, but cannot do it effectively if we have not been evangelized. We mature in our faith when we are able to share the love of Christ, but what always precedes is a commitment to the joyful and difficult daily journey of being a humble disciple.

 

Epistle  and Gospel Readings:

Epistle: 19th Sunday after Pentecost. 2 Corinthians 11:31-12-10.

A Reading from the Second Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians.
BRETHREN, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus, who is blessed forever, knows that I do not lie. In Damascus, the Governor under King Aretas was guarding the city of the Damascenes in order to arrest me, but I was lowered in a basket through a window in the wall, and escaped his hands. (12: 1) It is not fitting for me to boast: but I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago (whether in the body, I do not know, or out of the body, I do not know: God knows) was caught up into paradise and heard secret sayings that man may not repeat. Of such a man I will boast; but of myself I will glory in nothing except my weaknesses. For if I do wish to boast, I shall not be foolish, for I shall be speaking the truth. But I give up, lest any man have an idea of me beyond what he sees in me or hears from me. And lest the greatness of the revelation puff me up, there was given to me a thorn for the flesh, a messenger of Satan to buffet me. Concerning this, I begged the Lord three times that it might leave me, but he said to me, “My grace is enough for you, for strength is made perfect in weakness.” Gladly, then, will I glory in my weaknesses, that the strength of Christ may dwell in me.
 
Gospel: Luke 8:27-39. 6th Sunday After the Holy Cross.
At that time when Jesus came to the country of the Gerasenes there met Him a certain man who for a long time was possessed by a devil, and wore no clothes, and lived in the tombs, not in a house. And when he saw Jesus, he fell down before Him, and crying out with a loud voice said, “What have I to do with Thee, Jesus, Son of the most high God? I pray Thee, do not torment me.” For he was charging the unclean spirit to go forth from the man. For many times it had laid hold of him; and he was bound with chains and fetters, and kept under guard, but he would break the bonds asunder, and be driven by the devil into the deserts. And Jesus asked him, saying, “What is thy name?” And he said, “Legion,” because many devils had entered into him. And they entreated Him not to command them to depart into the abyss. Now a herd of many swine was there, feeding on the mountainside. And they kept entreating Him to give them leave to enter into them. And He gave them leave. And the devils came out from the man and entered into the swine; and the herd rushed down the cliff into the lake and were drowned. And when the swineherds saw what had happened, they fled and reported it in the town and in the country; and people came out to see what had happened. And they came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the devils had gone out sitting at His feet, clothed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. And those also who had seen it reported to them how he had been saved from Legion. And all the people of the Gerasene district besought Him to depart from them; for they were seized with great fear. And He got into a boat and went back. But the man from whom the devils had gone out prayed Him that he might remain with Him. But Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return to thy house, and tell all that God has done for thee.” And he departed, proclaiming throughout the whole town all that Jesus had done for him.

Father François Beyrouti, Ph.D./D.Th.
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Isaiah House (15-20 Women) Women Shelter  on  Saturday, October 26, 2019
3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Prepare meal in the Holy Cross Hall Kitchen for Isaiah House Catholic Worker’s Women’s shelter.
4:30 p.m. Carpool to Isaiah House (316 South Cypress Avenue, Santa Ana. http://occatholicworker.org).
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Set up, serve meals, visit with the women, and clean up.

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Maklouba with chicken  QTY UOM Name or Donation
Chicken flat  1 flat  
Chicken flat  1 flat  
Uncle bens rice  1 bag  
Potatoes red or yellow 2 bag  
Onions yellow or white 6 pieces  
Garlic 3 head  
Cilantro  2 bunches   
Cauliflower  4 head   
Yogurt, plain white  2 large tub  
Parsley  1 bunch   
Spices, turmeric, all spice, cumon, salt, pepper  serving size from home  
       
Salad  QTY UOM Name or Donation
Tomatoes 5 large   
Cucumbers 7 pieces   
Onions red 2 pieces   
Lettuce
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3
2
heads
bags
 
Olive oil 1 small bottle  
Lemon 4 large   

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