• Youth Hermit Falls Hike. April 9, 2016.
  • Evangelization Summit at Christ Cathedral. October 5, 2016.
  • Youth Group Hike at Mount Rubidoux. Riverside, CA. February 20, 2016.
  • Alpha Sessions at St. Vincent de Paul Church. April 12, 2016.
  • Knights of the Holy Sepulchre. March 4, 2016.
  • Holy Cross Parish Meeting. February 2, 2016.
  • Spiritual Talk with Deacon Elias Kashou. June 3, 2016.
  • Sunday of the Relics. Project Faith in Youth. February 21, 2016.
  • Sunday School Graduation on Pentecost Sunday. May 15, 2016.
  • Spiritual Discussion with Deacon Elias Kashou. April 1, 2016.

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2017-04-30-Bulletin for Sunday

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, April 30, 2017.
Sunday of the Ointment Bearing Women. Second Sunday After Easter.
In the beginning of his public life, Jesus often went to Galilee where He performed many miracles. A group of holy women followed Him, ministering to Him out of their own resources, and even accompanied Him to the foot of the cross. On the morning of the third day after his death, they came to the tomb, bearing ointments they had prepared to embalm his body. Hence they are called the “Ointment-bearing Women.” Seven of them are known by name: Mary-Magdalen, Mary, mother of Hames and wife of Cleophas, Joanna, the wife of Chusa, a steward to Herod Antipas, Salome, the mother of the sons of Zebedee, Suzanna, and Martha and Mary, the sisters of Lazarus.
Two secret disciples of Christ are also commemorated on this day: Nicodemus, a leader of the Pharisees who came to visit Jesus at night and believed in Him, as told in the third chapter of the Gospel of John and Joseph of Arimathea, a rich and noble citizen of Ramah, or Arimathea. After Christ died, he had the courage to claim his body and to place it in the tomb that had been hewn out of the rock for his own use.

April 30. Commemoration of the Holy Apostle James, brother of John the Evangelist. James and John were the sons of Zebedee. The Lord called them "Boanerges", or "Sons of Thunder" because of the violence of their temper. James was put to death by order of King Herod in the year 42.

Choir practice. Please join our choir practice every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church to review the regular hymns of the Divine Liturgy and learn new ones. Everyone is welcome.
The choir practice for the Melkite Eastern Catholic community at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church (26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691) will be at 7:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. The upcoming choir practices are on Thursday, May 11, Thursday, May 25, Thursday, June 8, and Thursday, June 22. Parish center. Room 6.

His Holiness Pope Francis delivered his first TED talk “Why the only future worth building includes everyone.” Filmed April 2017 at TED2017.
www.ted.com/talks/pope_francis_why_the_only_future_worth_building_includes_everyone/transcript?language=en#t-209952
Good evening – or, good morning, I am not sure what time it is there. Regardless of the hour, I am thrilled to be participating in your conference. I very much like its title – "The Future You" – because, while looking at tomorrow, it invites us to open a dialogue today, to look at the future through a "you." "The Future You:" the future is made of yous, it is made of encounters, because life flows through our relations with others. Quite a few years of life have strengthened my conviction that each and everyone's existence is deeply tied to that of others: life is not time merely passing by, life is about interactions.
As I meet, or lend an ear to those who are sick, to the migrants who face terrible hardships in search of a brighter future, to prison inmates who carry a hell of pain inside their hearts, and to those, many of them young, who cannot find a job, I often find myself wondering: "Why them and not me?" I, myself, was born in a family of migrants; my father, my grandparents, like many other Italians, left for Argentina and met the fate of those who are left with nothing. I could have very well ended up among today's "discarded" people. And that's why I always ask myself, deep in my heart: "Why them and not me?"
First and foremost, I would love it if this meeting could help to remind us that we all need each other, none of us is an island, an autonomous and independent "I," separated from the other, and we can only build the future by standing together, including everyone. We don’t think about it often, but everything is connected, and we need to restore our connections to a healthy state. Even the harsh judgment I hold in my heart against my brother or my sister, the open wound that was never cured, the offense that was never forgiven, the rancor that is only going to hurt me, are all instances of a fight that I carry within me, a flare deep in my heart that needs to be extinguished before it goes up in flames, leaving only ashes behind.
Many of us, nowadays, seem to believe that a happy future is something impossible to achieve. While such concerns must be taken very seriously, they are not invincible. They can be overcome when we don't lock our door to the outside world. Happiness can only be discovered as a gift of harmony between the whole and each single component. Even science – and you know it better than I do – points to an understanding of reality as a place where every element connects and interacts with everything else.
And this brings me to my second message. How wonderful would it be if the growth of scientific and technological innovation would come along with more equality and social inclusion. How wonderful would it be, while we discover faraway planets, to rediscover the needs of the brothers and sisters orbiting around us. How wonderful would it be if solidarity, this beautiful and, at times, inconvenient word, were not simply reduced to social work, and became, instead, the default attitude in political, economic and scientific choices, as well as in the relationships among individuals, peoples and countries. Only by educating people to a true solidarity will we be able to overcome the "culture of waste," which doesn't concern only food and goods but, first and foremost, the people who are cast aside by our techno-economic systems which, without even realizing it, are now putting products at their core, instead of people.
Solidarity is a term that many wish to erase from the dictionary. Solidarity, however, is not an automatic mechanism. It cannot be programmed or controlled. It is a free response born from the heart of each and everyone. Yes, a free response! When one realizes that life, even in the middle of so many contradictions, is a gift, that love is the source and the meaning of life, how can they withhold their urge to do good to another fellow being?
In order to do good, we need memory, we need courage and we need creativity. And I know that TED gathers many creative minds. Yes, love does require a creative, concrete and ingenious attitude. Good intentions and conventional formulas, so often used to appease our conscience, are not enough. Let us help each other, all together, to remember that the other is not a statistic or a number. The other has a face. The "you" is always a real presence, a person to take care of.
There is a parable Jesus told to help us understand the difference between those who'd rather not be bothered and those who take care of the other. I am sure you have heard it before. It is the Parable of the Good Samaritan. When Jesus was asked: "Who is my neighbor?" - namely, "Who should I take care of?" - he told this story, the story of a man who had been assaulted, robbed, beaten and abandoned along a dirt road. Upon seeing him, a priest and a Levite, two very influential people of the time, walked past him without stopping to help. After a while, a Samaritan, a very much despised ethnicity at the time, walked by. Seeing the injured man lying on the ground, he did not ignore him as if he weren't even there. Instead, he felt compassion for this man, which compelled him to act in a very concrete manner. He poured oil and wine on the wounds of the helpless man, brought him to a hostel and paid out of his pocket for him to be assisted.
The story of the Good Samaritan is the story of today’s humanity. People's paths are riddled with suffering, as everything is centered around money, and things, instead of people. And often there is this habit, by people who call themselves "respectable," of not taking care of the others, thus leaving behind thousands of human beings, or entire populations, on the side of the road. Fortunately, there are also those who are creating a new world by taking care of the other, even out of their own pockets. Mother Teresa actually said: "One cannot love, unless it is at their own expense."
We have so much to do, and we must do it together. But how can we do that with all the evil we breathe every day? Thank God, no system can nullify our desire to open up to the good, to compassion and to our capacity to react against evil, all of which stem from deep within our hearts. Now you might tell me, "Sure, these are beautiful words, but I am not the Good Samaritan, nor Mother Teresa of Calcutta." On the contrary: we are precious, each and every one of us. Each and every one of us is irreplaceable in the eyes of God. Through the darkness of today's conflicts, each and every one of us can become a bright candle, a reminder that light will overcome darkness, and never the other way around.
To Christians, the future does have a name, and its name is Hope. Feeling hopeful does not mean to be optimistically naïve and ignore the tragedy humanity is facing. Hope is the virtue of a heart that doesn't lock itself into darkness, that doesn't dwell on the past, does not simply get by in the present, but is able to see a tomorrow. Hope is the door that opens onto the future. Hope is a humble, hidden seed of life that, with time, will develop into a large tree. It is like some invisible yeast that allows the whole dough to grow, that brings flavor to all aspects of life. And it can do so much, because a tiny flicker of light that feeds on hope is enough to shatter the shield of darkness. A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you. And then there will be another "you," and another "you," and it turns into an "us." And so, does hope begin when we have an "us?" No. Hope began with one "you." When there is an "us," there begins a revolution.
The third message I would like to share today is, indeed, about revolution: the revolution of tenderness. And what is tenderness? It is the love that comes close and becomes real. It is a movement that starts from our heart and reaches the eyes, the ears and the hands. Tenderness means to use our eyes to see the other, our ears to hear the other, to listen to the children, the poor, those who are afraid of the future. To listen also to the silent cry of our common home, of our sick and polluted earth. Tenderness means to use our hands and our heart to comfort the other, to take care of those in need.
Tenderness is the language of the young children, of those who need the other. A child’s love for mom and dad grows through their touch, their gaze, their voice, their tenderness. I like when I hear parents talk to their babies, adapting to the little child, sharing the same level of communication. This is tenderness: being on the same level as the other. God himself descended into Jesus to be on our level. This is the same path the Good Samaritan took. This is the path that Jesus himself took. He lowered himself, he lived his entire human existence practicing the real, concrete language of love.
Yes, tenderness is the path of choice for the strongest, most courageous men and women. Tenderness is not weakness; it is fortitude. It is the path of solidarity, the path of humility. Please, allow me to say it loud and clear: the more powerful you are, the more your actions will have an impact on people, the more responsible you are to act humbly. If you don’t, your power will ruin you, and you will ruin the other. There is a saying in Argentina: "Power is like drinking gin on an empty stomach." You feel dizzy, you get drunk, you lose your balance, and you will end up hurting yourself and those around you, if you don’t connect your power with humility and tenderness. Through humility and concrete love, on the other hand, power – the highest, the strongest one – becomes a service, a force for good.
The future of humankind isn't exclusively in the hands of politicians, of great leaders, of big companies. Yes, they do hold an enormous responsibility. But the future is, most of all, in the hands of those people who recognize the other as a "you" and themselves as part of an "us." We all need each other. And so, please, think of me as well with tenderness, so that I can fulfill the task I have been given for the good of the other, of each and every one, of all of you, of all of us. Thank you.

Your 2017 donation envelopes have been mailed. This year we are using a company that will mail your Sunday donation envelopes to your home every two months. These envelopes are dated with your envelope number on the back. The next mailout also contains the May and June Church calendar. Please contact the office if you are not registered or did not receive your envelopes. Thank you.

Holy Cross Young Adults Group. We are going to plan social and religious activities to build our Young Adults Community at Holy Cross Church. Come join our life changing group. Feel free to bring your friends and family. Ages 21-35. Meet at Holy Cross Church every first Sunday of the month after the Divine Liturgy.

Sunday School and Holy Cross Youth meetings will resume on Sunday, April 30.

Holy Cross Church Sunday School (Eastern Christian Formation). For more Sunday School events, check the Holy Cross Church calendar.

Holy Cross Youth Group Spiritual Meetings. For more Youth Group events, check the Holy Cross Church calendar.

A family is looking for a Caregiver and someone who is able to drive, for their parents in Mission Viejo. Call Guitta at (949) 874-4316 for more details.

Vocation Awareness. In today’s Gospel, the myrrh-bearing women were told to go out and announce the good news of the resurrection. In the Acts of the Apostles, the community felt the need for the ministry of preaching and teaching to continue to grow so they looked for others to help them. Have you considered a vocation to the priesthood or the monastic life? Have you encouraged vocations to the priesthood or the monastic life? There is currently a great need in our Eparchy.

Vocation View. Saint Paul urges Christian readers to live a life of communion, in mutual love, and in the love that God has given us. Jesus teaches us the importance and implications of that life of loving communion. Who shall preach and teach it to us today? Pray for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and monastic life and encourage possible candidates.

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 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.

The Melkite Eastern Catholic Community at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church. Please invite your family and friends and remind everyone in the area to join us. 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 Sunday, May 14, 2017 at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
2017 dates: Sunday, May 14, Sunday, June 11, Sunday, July 9, Sunday, August 13, Sunday, September 17, Sunday, October 8, Sunday, November 12, Sunday, December 10.
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).

Saturday, May 6, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Magnificat Prayer Breakfast proudly welcomes ex-lawyer, writer, sober alcoholic, contemplative and Catholic convert, Heather King. Topic: “I Once was Lost but Now Am Found!” Heather’s story is one of passion and grit in the face of life’s trials and disappointments. She is a nationwide speaker and monthly contributor to Magnificat publication. Come and be blessed! Embassy Suites Anaheim – South, 11767 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove, CA 92840. Mail-in Registration Only for this meal - must be postmarked by April 26, 2017: $28 per person. Reserved Seating for Tables of 10 - $280 Please register early! Mail to Magnificat Ministry: P.O. Box 4381, Orange, CA 92863. The meal includes a full plated breakfast as well as the speaker’s program. Please visit www.magnificat-ministry.net for a flyer and registration information. For registration questions contact Anne at (714) 420-5482 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Theresa (714) 223-1975.

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View the great spiritual resources available at Melkite Eparchy of Newton’s website: www.Melkite.org

Do you want to be inspired and learn more about your Catholic Faith? Listen to Immaculate Heart Catholic Radio on 930 am. For further information visit www.ihradio.com or call 1-888-887-7120.

Thank you for your ongoing generous donations:
Saturday, April 1 evening collection: $122.
Sunday, April 2 collection: Cash in basket: $393 + $2,709 in 43 envelopes (average of $63 per envelope) + $201 (candles) = $3,303.
Sunday, April 2 Mission Viejo Collection: Cash in basket: $38 + $225 in 5 envelopes (average of $45 per envelope) = $263.
Monday, April 3 building fund deposit: $1,172.
Sunday, April 9 collection: Cash in basket: $1,300 + $10,248 in 106 envelopes (average of $96.68 per envelope) = $11,787.
Monday, April 10 operations deposit $1,475.
Monday, April 10 building fund deposit: $4,920.
Thursday, April 13 donations: $506.
Friday, April 14 collection: $4,304.00 + $101 (candles) = $4,405.
Saturday, April 15 collection: $3,857 + $69 (candles) = $3,926.
Sunday, April 16 collection: $3,213 + $39 (candles) = $3,252.
Monday, April 17 building fund deposit: $1,445.
Monday, April 17 charity deposit: $260.
Sunday, April 23 collection: $241 + $1,395 in 42 envelopes (average of $33.21 per envelope) + $77 (candles) = $1,713.
Monday, April 24 building fund deposit: $1,921.

Total deposits in the past months: February 2017: $21,499; March 2017: $22,515; April: $43,411.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$157.97 paid on March 20, 2017 for Republic Trash Services.
$3,645 paid on March 21, 2017 for Palm Sunday & Holy Week tent rental.
$157.97 paid on March 21, 2017 for Republic trash services.
$337.59 paid on March 27, 2017 for Cleaning Services.
$26.18 paid on March 27, 2017 for Sparkletts Water Services.
$200.00 paid on April 7, 2017 for Gardening Services.
$272.17 paid on April 7, 2017 for Our Sunday Visitor Envelopes.
$78.75 paid on April 10, 2017 for Golden State Water Company.
$8,536.00 paid on April 11, 2017 for Catholic Mutual Group Insurance.
$157.97 paid on April 20, 2017 for Republic Trash Services.
$50.16 paid on April 26, 2017 for Sparketts Water Services.
$311.62 paid on April 26, 2017 for Cleaning Services.
$297.19 paid on April 26, 2017 for Our Sunday Visitor donation envelopes and mailout.

Hymns: (See www.holycrossmelkite.org/melkite-hymns for Audio Recordings)
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 under the ground, all the Powers of heaven cried out: O Christ our God, the giver of life, glory to you.
Troparion of the Myrrh-bearers (Tone 2). The angel stood by the tomb and cried out to the Ointment-bearing Women: “Ointments are for the dead, but Christ has proved Himself free from corruption.” Cry out, then: “The Lord is risen and has bestowed great mercy upon the world.”
Troparion of the Holy Cross (Tone 2). O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance. Strengthen our Public Authorities in every good deed and protect your nation with your Cross.
Kondakion of Pascha (Tone 8). Though You went down in the tomb, O Immortal One, You overthrew the power of hades, and rose victorious, O Christ God, Your greeted the Ointment Bearing Women, saying: Rejoice! You gave peace to your Apostles, and to those who had fallen resurrection.

Epistle: Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7. Full reading below. Catherine Semaan will read this Sunday’s Epistle. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Mark 15:43-16:8. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for
the repose of the souls of:
Walid Akleh (April 4, 2017), Fudda Arouk (April 3, 2017), Fuad Asfour (April 1, 2017), Clara Dirawi (March 30, 2017), Melissa Powell (March 28, 2017), Grace Hunt (March 28, 2017), Adele Okal (March 26, 2017), Jacqueline Chad (March 23, 2017), Naim Ibrahim Mady (March 16, 2016), Bassim Kashou (March 14, 2017), Fahoum Nasr (April 23, 2006), Karam Nasr (February 7, 1986), Jehad Taalab, Fadi Taalab, Ghassan Shannies, Attef Qalouma, Dowoud Melaneh, Michael Taalab.
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Alnajar Family, Atallah Al-Assaad, Stacy Bladdel, Becky Bode, Fr. Michael Brillantes, Linda Raya, Houri Saladarian, Salloum Family, Margo Sawalha, Marie Semaan, Moussa Shannies, Sayf Tashman, Yasmeen Tashman, Ray Woods.
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:
“The twelve summoned the body of the disciples and said, "It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. [3] Therefore, brethren, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this duty. [4] But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word." (Acts of the Apostles 6:2-4)

“They were saying to one another, ‘Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?’ [4] And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back; -- it was very large. [5] And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. [6] And he said to them, ‘Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him.’ ” (Mark 16:3-6)

Saturday, April 29.
3:00 p.m. Wedding of Bryant Florez and Julie Saikaly. Congratulations.
5:00 p.m. Baptism of Zayna Imani Joana Rodriguez, daughter of Trinidad Rodriguez and Rozanna Lutfi. Congratulations.

Sunday, April 30. Sunday of the Ointment- Bearing Women.
9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
10:30 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.

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

Monday, May 1.
10:30 a.m. Eastern Catholic Pastoral Association (ECPA) meeting at Saint Anne Melkite Catholic Cathedral (11211 Moorpark St, North Hollywood, CA 91602).

Tuesday, May 2.
2:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. House blessings. Mission Viejo.

Friday, May 5.
11:00 a.m. Prayer Service for all the Spiritual needs of our parishioners followed by a Spiritual meeting led by Deacon Elias Kashou at Holy Cross Church. Topic: Baptism and Resurrection.
2:00 – 9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Saturday, May 6.
12 noon. Baptism of London Paula and Sienna Catherine, daughters of Marcus and Deana (Nesheiwat) Chu.
5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic.

Sunday, May 7.
On the first Sunday of each month you may use your building fund envelope (or a specially marked envelope) and deposit it in the regular collection. Thank you for your continued generosity as we move closer to our parish goal of a new hall and church building.
9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
10:30 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy in English.
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.
12:15-1:30 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35.
3:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Wednesday, May 10.
2:00 – 9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Thursday, May 11.
2:00 – 6:00 p.m. House blessings. Mission Viejo.
7:00 p.m. Choir practice for the Melkite Eastern Catholic community at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691. Parish center. Room 6. Second and fourth Thursdays of each month.

Friday, May 12.
2:00 – 9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Saturday, May 13.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer).

Sunday, May 14. Sunday of the Samaritan Woman. Mother’s Day.
9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
10:30 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 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.

Tuesday, May 16.
2:00 – 9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Wednesday, May 17.
2:00 – 9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Thursday, May 18.
2:00 – 9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Friday, May 19.
2:00 – 5:00 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m. “That they may all be one as You Father are in Me and I in You” (John 17:20). The 11th Annual Roman & Eastern Catholic and Orthodox Christian Ecumenical Service of Prayer for Christian Unity will be held at Saint Nicholas Roman Catholic Church. 24252 El Toro Road Laguna Woods, CA 92637. Featured speaker: Father David Petras Professor Emeritus Byzantine Catholic Seminary. A reception will follow the Service. Featuring choirs from St. Cecilia and St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Churches; the Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church; St. Paul's Assyrian Church of the East; St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Church; and the Coptic Youth Singers. Orthodox and Catholics Together/Orange County www.octoc.org

Saturday, May 20.
1:00 p.m. Baptism of Maya, daughter of Hassan & Gina Khouri.
3:00 p.m. Baptism of Sami Farraj, son of Emad & Julieann Farraj.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer).

Sunday, May 21. Sunday of the Man Born Blind. Second collection: Parishes in Collaboration.
9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
10:30 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.

3:00 - 9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Thursday, May 25.
7:00 p.m. Choir practice for the Melkite Eastern Catholic community at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691. Parish center. Room 6. Second and fourth Thursdays of each month.

Saturday, May 27.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer).

Sunday, May 28. Sunday of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council at Nicaea.
9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
10:30 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, June 2.
11:00 a.m. Prayer Service for all the Spiritual needs of our Parishioners followed by a Spiritual meeting led by Deacon Elias Kashou at Holy Cross Church.

Saturday, June 3.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic.

Sunday, June 4. Pentecost Sunday.
On the first Sunday of each month you may use your building fund envelope (or a specially marked envelope) and deposit it in the regular collection. Thank you for your continued generosity as we move closer to our parish goal of a new hall and church building.
9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
10:30 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy in English.
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.
12:15-1:30 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35.

Thursday, June 8.
7:00 p.m. Choir practice for the Melkite Eastern Catholic community at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691. Parish center. Room 6. Second and fourth Thursdays of each month.

Saturday, June 10.
3:30 p.m. Baptism for Emma, daugher of Ricardo & Nadia Orozco.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer).

Sunday, June 11. Sunday of All Saints.
9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
10:30 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 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.

Saturday, June 17.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer).

Sunday, June 18. Second Sunday after Pentecost. Father’s Day.
9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
10:30 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.

Thursday, June 22.
7:00 p.m. Choir practice for the Melkite Eastern Catholic community at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691. Parish center. Room 6. Second and fourth Thursdays of each month.

Saturday, June 24.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer).

Sunday, June 25. Third Sunday after Pentecost.
Second collection for the Universal Church Collection (Combines Peter’s Pence and Catholic Relief Services).
9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
10:30 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.

Saturday, July 1.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic.

Sunday, July 2. Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.
On the first Sunday of each month you may use your building fund envelope (or a specially marked envelope) and deposit it in the regular collection. Thank you for your continued generosity as we move closer to our parish goal of a new hall and church building.
9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
10:30 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy in English.
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.
12:15-1:30 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35.

Readings for Sunday, April 30, 2017.
Epistle: Epistle Acts of the Apostle, 6:1-7
PROKIMENON (Tone 2)
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 Acts of the Apostles
In those days, as the number of disciples increased; there arose a complaint among the Greeks against the Hebrews, in that their widows were being neglected in the daily service. And so, the twelve summoned the many disciples and said, “It is not good that we give up the word of God and serve at tables. Therefore, brethren, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and of wisdom that we could put to this service, while we devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”
And the plan was pleasing to the whole crowd, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip and Prochorus and Nicanor and Timon and Parmenas and Nicholas, a recent convert from Antioch. These they presented to the apostles, who then prayed and laid their hands upon them. And God’s word was growing, and the number of the disciples increased considerably in Jerusalem; and many of the priests also accepted the faith.

ALLELUIA (Tone 2)
The Lord shall hear you on the day of distress; the name of the God of Jacob shall defend you. Stichon: O Lord, save your king and listen to us on whatever day we call upon you.

Gospel: Mark 15: 43-16:8.
The Holy Gospel according to St. John the Evangelist
At that time there came Joseph, the one from Arimathea, a councillor of high rank, who was himself looking for the kingdom of God. And he went in boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. But Pilate wondered whether he had expired so soon. And sending for the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that he was, he granted the body to Joseph. And he bought a linen cloth, and took him down, and wrapped him in the linen cloth, and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock. Then he rolled a stone to the entrance of the tomb. But Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Jose were looking on and saw where he was laid. And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, in order to go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb, when the sun had just risen. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll the stone back from the entrance of the tomb for us?” And looking up they saw that the stone had been rolled back—now, it was very large. But on entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting at the right side, clothed in a white robe, and they were amazed. He said to them, “Do not be terrified. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen he is not here. Behold the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he goes before you into Galilee; there you shall see him, as he told you.” And they left and fled from the tomb, for trembling and fear had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

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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: www.HolyCrossMelkite.org
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/HolyCrossMelkite
Youtube Page: www.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.
Office Manager: Tony Helo.
Parish Hall Rental: Hala Nakhoul (714) 920-6180.
Choir director: Reader Saad Tashman.
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 A.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 2017: May 6, June 3, July 1, August 5.

ENGLISH DIVINE LITURGY: 11:00 a.m. First Sunday of the month. In 2017: May 7, June 4, July 2, August 6.

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: No charge for registered parishioners of Holy Cross Church who regularly use donation envelopes.
MERCY-MEAL FOR THE 40th DAY OR OTHER MEMORIALS: $200.00 for parishioners.
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: $125 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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2017-04-09 Homily. Father François Beyrouti. Guess what happened at Church today?

Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017. Father François Beyrouti homily. Guess what happened at Church today?

PROKIMENON (Tone 4)
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. God is the Lord and he has appeared to us.
Stichon: Sing to the Lord, for he is good, for his mercy endures forever

A reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Philippians (4:4-9).
Brethren, rejoice in the Lord always; again I say rejoice. Let your moderation be known to all men. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety, but in every prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God. And may God’s peace that surpasses all understanding guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. For the rest, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever honorable, whatever just, whatever holy, whatever lovable, whatever of good repute, if there be any virtue, if anything is worthy of praise: consider these things. And what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, these things practice — and the God of peace will be with you.

ALLELUIA (Tone 3) (SL.. Tone 1)
Sing to the Lord a new song; for the Lord has done wonderful works.
Stichon: All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

Gospel. John 12:1-18. The Glorious Entry into Jerusalem.
Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany the home of Lazarus, he had raised from the dead. And they made him a supper there; and Martha served, while Lazarus was one of those sitting at table with him. Mary therefore took a pound of ointment, genuine nard of great value, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and with her hair wiped his feet dry. And the house was filled with the odor of the ointment. Then one of his disciples, Judas son of Simon the Iscariot, the one who was about to betray him, said, “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii, and given to the poor?” Now he said this, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and holding the purse, used to take what was put in it. Jesus therefore said, “Let her be: she was to keep it for the day of my burial. For the poor you have always with you, but you do not always have me.” Now the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there; and they came, not only because of Jesus, but that they might see Lazarus, the man he had raised from the dead. But the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death also. For on his account many of the Jews began to leave them and to believe in Jesus. Now the next day the great crowd which had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took up palm fronds and went out to meet him. And they cried out, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord, the king of Israel!” And Jesus found a young ass, and sat upon it, as it is written, “Fear not, daughter of Sion; behold, thy king comes, sitting upon the colt of an ass.” These things his disciples did not at first understand. But when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered these things were written about him, and that they had done these things to him. The crowd therefore, which was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead, bore witness to him. And the reason why the’ crowd also went to meet him was that they heard he had worked this sign.

Homily:

I do my best to not annoy anyone. But I must admit that sometimes, very rarely, but yes, at times, I take great joy in making some people feel just little bit uncomfortable.

For example, I once called someone who had not come to Church for a while asked: “Guess what happened at Church today?” “What happened?” He said in a very surprising way. I said “Well if you were at Church today, you wouldn’t have to guess.” The good news is that he did come to Church the next week and he didn’t have to guess what happens at Church.

Although this is a fun question to ask those who did not come to Church today, it is actually an even more important question to ask ourselves who are here. Guess why we are at Church today?

The most obvious answer may be that we are here to celebrate Palm Sunday, the day Jesus entered into Jerusalem and was welcomed by great crowds who shouted: “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” (John 12:14). But there is more.

We might also say that we are here to prepare for Holy Week and accompany Jesus during the time He suffered, was crucified, and died for us. This is a special time to reflect on how much Jesus loves us. Saint Paul says in his letter to the Romans: “Why, one will hardly die for a righteous man -- though perhaps for a good man one will dare even to die. [8] But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us” (Romans 5:7-8).

We have even more reason to be here as Christ not only died, but also rose from the dead for us. The death and resurrection of Jesus is the heart of the Christian message. Saint Paul says in his first letter to the Corinthians: “If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain…[17] If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins…[20] But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep” (1 Corinthians 15:14, 17, 20).

We have so much to be grateful for, we don’t have to guess why we are here. So we can say we are here to celebrate everything Jesus has done for us. But guess what? Believe it or not, there is more.

Christianity is not an idea or a philosophy, it is a historic religion that remembers and celebrates events that took place at a specific time and place. In the Nicene Creed we recite every Sunday we say that Jesus “was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate” to highlight the historical nature of the crucifixion. Also, the years in our calendar are determined by the birth of Jesus. B.C. refers to the time before Christ and A.D., anno domini, is Latin for “the year of the Lord.” We are in the year of the Lord, 2017, which means that Jesus was born 2017 years ago.

When we come to Church we celebrate historical events, but we have more reason to celebrate because those events are not limited to some past time in history but continue to be relevant in our lives, in this place, and in this time.

So guess why we are here today? Because we want to be with Jesus as He is entering into Jerusalem. We want to accompany Jesus as He is condemned as a criminal. We want to be with Jesus as He is suffering on the cross. And we want to be with Jesus as He rises from the dead.

The bringing of the Gospel message into our daily lives is what makes Christianity real today. The early Christian community knew that Jesus’s death and resurrection was not just about something that happened in the past but about something that is happening in our lives right here and right now.

Jesus entered into Jerusalem and today wants to enter into our lives and into our world. He wants us to welcome Him as the king of our hearts, minds, and actions.

Guess what is happening at Church today? I came worried about my future, about my family, about my health, about world affairs, and about so many things, but something amazing happened at Church today. I stopped and welcomed Jesus into my life and committed myself to walk with Him in very practical ways through the things I say and the things I do. Suddenly the dark cloud of my anxiety disappeared and the light of Christ began to shine brightly to show me a new way.

When we commit and re-commit our lives to Christ and walk with Him we don’t have to guess about how different our lives will be. Everything about us will be radically different.

In addition to the excitement of this day and week, it is important for us to slow down to ask ourselves what our faith means to us, how we can grow in our faith, and how we can live more of Jesus’s message. When we do this, neither we nor anyone else will have to guess what happened at Church today.

It will be obvious what happened to me today, what happened to my family today, what happened to the rest of my life because of a renewed commitment to be a true follower of Jesus that I made today.

 

Father François Beyrouti
Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church
451 West Madison Avenue
Placentia, CA     92870-4537
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“This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

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22nd Annual Melkite Association of Young Adults (M.A.Y.A.) Retreat in Chicago, IL.

M.A.Y.A. stands for far more than just the Melkite Association of Young Adults. It is an organization of Melkite Catholics ages 18 – 26 (and at least 1 year out of high school) under the Melkite Greek Catholic Church in the United States and the patronage of our Bishop, the Most Reverend Nicholas Samra, Eparchy of Newton, which exists to help ourselves and one another strengthen our relationship with God.

Where? Loyola University Chicago. 1032 W Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660
When? June 28th-July 2nd, 2017
Cost? The cost of the retreat is $250 which includes: meals, transportation, and accommodations. There will be a $25 late fee for payments received after the June 1st deadline.

If you are interested, please go to MAYA Retreat.

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