• March 25, 2018. Palm Sunday.
  • March 31, 2018. Saturday Evening Hajmeh. Paschal Vigil.
  • January 13, 2018. Parish Meeting.
  • Front of Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church.
  • February 17, 2018. Holy Cross Youth Group.
  • Aerial View of Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church.
  • April 28, 2018. Be My Witness Parish Meeting.

2018-07-08 Homily. Fr. François Beyrouti. "Do you have time or are you B.U.S.Y.?"

July 8, 2018
"Do you have time or are you B.U.S.Y.?" Homily. Fr. François Beyrouti.
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Romans 15:1-7
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. [2] Therefore he who resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. [3] For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of him who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, [4] for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain; he is the servant of God to execute his wrath on the wrongdoer. [5] Therefore one must be subject, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience. [6] For the same reason you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. [7] Pay all of them their dues, taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due.

Matthew 9:27-35
And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, "Have mercy on us, Son of David." [28] When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They said to him, "Yes, Lord." [29] Then he touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith be it done to you." [30] And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly charged them, "See that no one knows it." [31] But they went away and spread his fame through all that district. [32] As they were going away, behold, a dumb demoniac was brought to him. [33] And when the demon had been cast out, the dumb man spoke; and the crowds marveled, saying, "Never was anything like this seen in Israel." [34] But the Pharisees said, "He casts out demons by the prince of demons." [35] And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every infirmity.

Homily.
“Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every infirmity” (Mt. 9:35).

In today’s Gospel and in many other parts of the gospels we often hear of Jesus healing people. Throughout His life, Jesus healed the blind, the deaf, the lame, and the crippled. But more importantly He came to heal people’s spiritual sicknesses. In Jesus’ mind, feeding or healing people was only a very small part of His ministry. His ultimate purpose was to show us the will of the Father and how we can achieve live our Divine calling.

Without exception, every single person that Jesus healed eventually died, and every single person that He fed with either fish or bread, got hungry again within a few hours. If Jesus had come only to heal or to feed, His ministry would have been interesting, but not very long lasting or significant. Jesus healed the sicknesses of the body, but gave more attention to healing the soul.

In a variety of ways, some sort of spiritual sickness inflicts all of us. If Jesus were to walk around today, from what spiritual sickness would He want to heal us? There may be many, but one in particular that seems to be common is the spiritual sickness of busyness. Many people seem to be on a constant go, go, go. Definitely the demands of life require hard work. We certainly have responsibilities and should avoid laziness, but there is always more work to do, more games to play, more TV to watch, and more money to make. At times we set unrealistic goals, then kill ourselves and ruin family life trying to achieve these goals.

There is a story about a meeting Satan had with his friends. He said to them, “We won’t be able to make Christianity illegal in America, but we can do even better. Let them enjoy their life, but keep them busy so that they will not have any time to think about God or their families. Keep them busy with the non-essentials of life and invent as many schemes as possible to occupy their minds. Tempt them to spend, spend, spend, and then to borrow, borrow, borrow.

“Keep them in this cycle as long as possible by convincing them that they need more to impress everyone around them. Convince them that without all their glamor no one will like them. Persuade them to work long hours on 6-7 days a week. This way they will not be able to spend time with their family and soon they will not be interested in each other. If you see them with a free evening and a few extra dollars in their pockets, convince them that the best place to be is at a restaurant or even better the Casino.

“Keep them busy with music, TV, computers, newspapers, magazines, sports, entertainment events, and long hours playing with their phone. Remember, the more they think of themselves, the less they will think of God and the needs of others. In short: keep them at all times BUSY. B.U.S.Y. B – Burdened/ U – Under/ S - Satan's/ Y – Yoke.”

The question now is: has the devil been successful in keeping us B.U.S.Y.?

Perhaps at times, yes. However, Jesus came to heal us from this constant busyness by reminding us of the essentials of life. Church and family are more important than work, entertainment, and money; even if the latter may bring us more excitement and satisfaction.

How many people find they have too much to do to go to Church? No matter where you live and no matter what you do, there is always something else that you can be doing on Sunday morning?

In terms of family, it is not sufficient to justify why we can’t spend more time together. Rather families must think of creative ways to see each other, eat with each other, and spend time together. Spending time together does not mean watching TV together or sitting next to each other playing on your phones. There needs to be personal interaction between family members. Robots can sit next to each other, but only humans can talk, listen, and respond to each other’s needs and interests.

This is what Jesus does in today’s Gospel and throughout His life. Jesus stops to see and talk to people. It was only when He stopped did He see their needs.

Children can only be raised once. No amount of money can replace the lost memories of children growing up. Unfortunately, sometimes people only realize they have children when they start leaving home. Your family time is precious. It is irreplaceable and not renewable.

Also, a married couple needs to constantly work on their friendship. What a tragedy it is when a couple after 20 or more years of marriage realize they have very little in common. This only happens when couples overlook the importance of spending time with each other, talking to each other, and listening to each other on a regular basis.

If certain priorities are not set in life, there will always be something keeping us busy. We can certainly say that today Jesus wants to heal us from the hypnosis that has been cast upon us, that keeps us B.U.S.Y.: Burdened, Under, Satan’s, Yolk., so that we will not have time for Church, prayer, and family.

Putting God and others first should be our priority as this was the message that Jesus came to bring us. We all need to be healed of busyness, especially if that busyness blinds us to the most important things in the world: time with God in prayer and real time with our family.

Father François Beyrouti
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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, July 15, 2018.
8th Sunday After Pentecost. Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils.

July 15. Commemoration of the Holy Martyrs Cyricus and his mother Julitta, of the Holy Equal-of-the-Apostles Vladimir the Grand Prince, baptized under the name Basil. Cyricus and Julitta were martyred under Emperor Diocletian in the year 296.

Vacation Bible Camp at Holy Cross Church: Monday, July 16-Friday, July 20, 2018.
Time: 9:00 a.m.—12:30 p.m. Theme: Shipwrecked-Rescued by Jesus. Ages: 5-12.
At Shipwrecked Vacation Bible Camp, children experience God’s Word in surprising and unforgettable ways! Each day, leaders reinforce one simple Bible truth – which makes it easy for them to remember and apply the message to real life situations!
To view previous year’s Vacation Bible Camp: YouTube.com/HolyCrossMelkite

Patriarch Joseph (Youssef) Absi’s visit to Orange County and Los Angeles on Friday, July 20-Sunday, July 22, 2018. With great joy and pride we announce that His Beatitude Youssef, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, will be visiting our Eparchy of Newton for the Melkites in the United States of America.
Friday, July 20, 2018. 7:00 p.m. Pontifical Divine Liturgy at Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church (Placentia).
Saturday, July 21, 2018. 12:30-6:00 p.m. Lunch/Q&A with His Beatitude Patriarch Youssef for Youth and Young Adults at Saint Anne’s Melkite Catholic Cathedral (North Hollywood).
Sunday, July 22, 2018. 11:00 a.m. Pontifical Divine Liturgy. Saint Anne Melkite Catholic Cathedral (North Hollywood).
Sunday, July 22, 2018. 2:30 p.m. Luncheon in honor of Patriarch Joseph Absi’s visit. Please join us for this historical occasion to welcome our Patriarch. Caesar Banquet Hall (6723 Foothill Blvd, Tujunga, CA 91042). Tickets for the luncheon are $65 a person. Please call Holy Cross Church office to reserve a seat.

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 July 15, 2018, at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
2018 dates: Sunday, July 15, Sunday, August 12, Sunday, September 16, Sunday, October 14, Sunday, November 11, and Sunday, December 9.
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. “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.
At Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church for the Sunday choir. Every Thursday at 7:00-8:30 p.m. and every Sunday at 10:00-10:45 a.m.
For the Melkite Eastern Catholic community at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church (26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691). 7:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Upcoming dates: July 18 & 25. Parish center. Room 6.

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

Holy Cross Young Adults Group. 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. Ages 21-35. 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:
July 14: 7:00 p.m. Jaws movie on the beach. We will meet at: Huntington State Beach at Newland & PCH (Tower 14) (21899 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648). You may purchase tickets on eventbrite.com;
July 21: 12:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Special Event: Lunch/Q&A with His Beatitude Patriarch Youssef. Great event to meet other Melkite Young Adults, along with meeting our Patriarch Youssef. This event is hosted at St. Anne Melkite Catholic Cathedral (11211 Moorpark St., North Hollywood, CA 91602) and includes lunch. Please RSVP to this event so we can get a head count;
August 5: 12:15-3:00 Ice Skating. We will gather at the tree in the court yard after church from there we will go to Anaheim Ice (300 West Lincoln Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92805).

Seminarian Mikhael Naddaf will be with us at Holy Cross Church from June 9-August 9. Please keep him in your prayers as he discerns his priestly vocation and as he experiences the life of our parish.

Isaiah House Women’s Shelter. Holy Cross Church prepares and serves a meal for the women at Isaiah House (316 South Cypress Avenue, Santa Ana) every month that has a 5th Sunday. Volunteer to help prepare, serve, and enjoy a meal with those in need. 2018 dates: July 29, September 30, and December 30. 2019 dates: March 31, June 30, September 29, and December 29. Time: 3:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Contact the office on how to get involved.

Women’s Silent Retreat. Reservations are now being accepted for the Women’s Silent Retreat November 9-11, at Sacred Heart Retreat House in Alhambra. The theme this year is “In You all find their home” Psalm 87:7, and will be led by retreat master Fr. John Paul Ouellette, CFR. For information and reservations, please contact Melinda Guinaldo at (714) 403-8455.

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. 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.

Your Sunday donation envelopes are mailed to you every two months. These envelopes are dated with your envelope number on the back. The next mail out also contains the July and August Church calendar. Please contact the office if you are not registered or did not receive your envelopes. Thank you.

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Thank you for your ongoing generous donations:
-Wednesday, June 13 building fund deposit: $1,772.
-Sunday, June 17 collection: $1,585 in 27 envelopes (average of $59 per envelope) + $239 cash + $88 candles = $1,912.
-Wednesday, June 20 building fund deposit: $472.
-Sunday, June 24 collection: $1,355 in 31 envelopes (average of $44 per envelope) + $197 cash + $193 candles = $1,745.
-Wednesday, June 27 building fund deposit: $2,980.
-Saturday, June 30 collection: $235 in 7 envelopes (average of $34 per envelope) + $19 cash = $254
-Sunday, July 1 collection: $1,000 in 31 envelopes (average of $32 per envelope) + $169 cash + $75 candles = $1,244.
-Tuesday, July 3 building fund deposit: $1,560.
-Sunday, July 8 collection: $1,360 in 30 envelopes (average of $45 per envelope) + $157 cash + $77 candles = $1,594.
-Wednesday, July 11 building fund deposit: $345.

Total deposits in the past four months: April: $23,236, May: $24,485, June: $18,839, July: $4,743.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$118.63 paid on June 1, 2018 for Printer leasing & services.
$33.25 paid on June 7, 2018 for So Cal Gas.
$643.65 paid on June 11, 2018 for So Cal Edison electricity.
$59.15 paid on June 13, 2018 for American Chemical & Sanitary supplies.
$18.27 paid on June 13, 2018 for Sprinkler repair.
$34.00 paid on June 21, 2018 for Office ink.
$161.19 paid on June 21, 2018 for Republic trash services.
$302.96 paid on June 27, 2018 for Church cleaning company.
$45.54 paid on June 27, 2018 for Sparkletts water services.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)
Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 7). Through your Cross You destroyed death, You opened Paradise to the thief, and turned into joy the mourning of the ointment bearing women, and You ordered your Apostles to proclaim that You rose, O Christ God, Bestowing 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 the Virgin (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: Titus 3:8-15. Elie Nasr will read this Sunday’s Epistle. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Matthew 5:14-19. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:
Salem Haddadin (July 12, 2017) one year memorial.
John Koury (June 16, 2018), Michel Morice (June 15, 2018), Diana Emseis (May 25, 2018), Haifa Nesheiwat (May 18, 2018), Dr. Claire Hanna Matta (May 15, 2018), John the Baptist Khang Van Tran (May 14, 2018), Doris L. Kaleks (April 10, 2018), Sami Khoury (December 29, 2017), Bishara Dababneh (December 18, 2017), George Chad, Gabriel Chad, Suhail, Robert Hosni, Kareem Hattar, Wardeh Hattar, Issam Hattar, Adel Hattar, Romel Hattar, Kamel Hattar, Adma Ibrahim, Elias Ibrahim.
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Jimmy Bahnan, Antonia Batarse, Bishop Peter Hickman, Brother Gabriel Jon, Bill Jacobson and Family, George and Majda Kassaseya, Khader (Elias) Khawaja, Rafat Luga, Iyad Manoli, Caryl McCabe and family, Samira Mashni, Jamal Nesheiwat, John Olenick, Avo Semerdjian, José Vargas, Noel Zadah, Shenia.
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 saying is sure. I desire you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to apply themselves to good deeds; these are excellent and profitable to men. [9] But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels over the law, for they are unprofitable and futile” (Titus 3:8-9).

“For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. [19] Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:18-19).

Calendar:
Thursday, July 12.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Saturday, July 14.
9:00 a.m. Be My Witness leadership team meeting. “Welcome Matters.”
3:00 p.m. Baptism for Kai Jresiat son of Rami & Miriam Jresiat.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer). Religious Service: Youth Vespers.
7:00 p.m. Young Adults Group: Jaws movie on the beach. We will meet at Huntington State Beach at Newland & Pacific Coast Highway.
7:30 p.m. Youth Social Event: Sky Zone.

Sunday, July 15.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
10:00 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12. Discussion Class: Youth Presentation.
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 - Mark Bergeron at (714) 307-2196.

3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. House blessings.

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.

Monday, July 16-Friday, July 20.
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Vacation Bible Camp.
9:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m. Youth Volunteer Event: Vacation Bible Camp.

Wednesday, July 18.
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 Wednesday of each month.

Thursday, July 19.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Friday, July 20.
7:00 p.m. Pontifical Divine Liturgy presided by Patriarch Joseph Absi at Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church.
7:00 p.m. Youth Spiritual Event: Evening Divine Liturgy for Patriarch visit.
8:30 p.m. Dinner reception in the hall. Organized by Holy Cross Church.

Saturday, July 21.
12:30-6:00 p.m. Special Event: Lunch/Q&A with His Beatitude Patriarch Youssef for Youth and Young Adults at Saint Anne’s Melkite Catholic Church.
3:00 p.m. Baptism of Elias Kashou, son of Randy & Rania Kashou.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, July 22.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
10:00 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.
2:30 p.m. Luncheon in honor of Patriarch Joseph Absi’s visit. Please join us for this historical occasion to welcome our Patriarch. Caesar Banquet Hall (6723 Foothill Blvd, Tujunga, CA 91042). Tickets for the luncheon are $65 a person. Please call Holy Cross Church office to reserve a seat.

Monday, July 23.
7:00 p.m. Youth Social Event: Angels Game.

Wednesday, July 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 Wednesday of each month.

Thursday, July 26.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Saturday, July 28.
9:00 a.m. Be My Witness leadership team meeting. “Belonging Matters.”
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, July 29.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
10:00 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12. Discussion Class: Youth Presentation.
3:30-7:00 Youth Volunteer Event: Isaiah House.
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.

Thursday, August 2-August 5. Youth Retreat. “Lord teach us to pray.”

Thursday, August 2.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Saturday, August 4.
5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic

Sunday, August 5.
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.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
10:00 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. Theology of the Body: Living the Good Life (Robert).
12:15 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35. Ice Skating.

Wednesday, August 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 Wednesday of each month.

Thursday, August 9.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Saturday, August 11.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, August 12.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
10:00 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12. Discussion Class: Youth Presentation (Tentative).

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.

Wednesday, August 15.
7:00 p.m. Young Adults Group: Long Beach Stoll and Savor.

Thursday, August 16.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Saturday, August 18.
9:00 a.m. Be My Witness leadership team meeting. “Belonging Matters.”
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, August 19.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
10:00 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12. Discussion Class: Youth Presentation (Tentative).
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 - Mark Bergeron at (714) 307-2196.

Wednesday, August 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 Wednesday of each month.

Thursday, August 23.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Saturday, August 25.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, August 26.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
10:00 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12. Discussion Class: Youth Presentation (Tentative).

Thursday, August 30.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Readings for Sunday, July 15, 2018.
Epistle: Titus 3:8-15.
Prokimenon (Tone 8)
Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, you just; exult, all you upright of heart.
Stichon: Happy are those whose faults are taken away, and whose sins are covered.

A Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to Titus:
My son Titus, this saying is true, and in this matter I want to insist that tose who believe in God be careful to excel in good works; these are good and useful to people. But avoid foolish controversies and geneallgies and quarrels, and disputes about the Law, for they are useless and futile.
Avoid a factious man after warning him one or twice, knowing that such a man is perverted and sins, since he is condemning himself.
When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, make every effort to meet me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. Help Zenas the lawyer and Apolos on their way, taking care that they lack nothing. And let our people also learn to excel in good works, in order to help cases of urgent need so that they may not be unfruitful. All my companions greet you. Greet those who love us in the faith. The grace of God be with all of you. Amen.

ALLELUIA (Tone 4)
0 God, our ears have heard, our fathers have declared to us the deeds you did in their days, in the days of old.
Stichon: For you saved us from those who afflicted us and have put to shame those who hated us.

Gospel of the Feast: Matthew 5:14-19.
The Holy Gospel According To St. Matthew the Evangelist.
The Lord said to his disciples, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Neither do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but upon the lamp-stand, so as to give light to all in the house. Even so let your light shine before men, in order that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. Do not think I have come to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I have not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For amen I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not one letter or one stroke shall be lost from the Law till all things have been accomplished. Therefore whoever does away with one of these least commandments, and so teaches men, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever carries them out and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

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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.
Office Manager: Tony Helo.
Administrative Assistant: Rosemarie Nasr.
Parish Hall Rentals: Hala Nakhoul (714) 920-6180.
Choir Director: Reader 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 2018: August 4, September 1, October 6, November 3, December 1.

ENGLISH DIVINE LITURGY: 11:00 a.m. First Sunday of the month. In 2018: August 5, September 2, October 7, November 4, December 2.

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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MyParish App

Holy Cross Church’s New App. Good news, Holy Cross Church now has its own app on android and apple devices. Simply search for the myParish app on your phone’s app store or click one of the buttons below and once you have the app downloaded search for Holy Cross Melkite Church. Alternatively you could text “App” to 88202 to download our parish app. This app is full of useful features from messages, donations, calendar information, and so much more. If you have any questions please call the church office at (714) 985-1710.

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