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

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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, October 21, 2018.
Sixth Sunday After the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Gospel of the Gerasene Demoniac.

October 21. Commemoration of our Venerable Father Hilarion the Great. Hilarion lived in Gaza of Palestine in the days of Constantine the Great. He went to Alexandria seeking knowledge from its schools. There he was baptized and retired from the world to live as a hermit in the wilderness, following Saint Anthony the Great. Later, he returned to his own country and lived in the wilderness of Palestine. He was gifted with the power of prophecy. He died at the age of 80 in the year 371.

Jesus said “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die’ ” (John 11:26). The Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Community offer our condolences to the family of the servant of God, Saif Tashman, born on June 23, 1993 and reposed in the Lord on October 18, 2018. We extend our condolences to the entire family and in particular his parents Basem and Eman (Afram) Tashman, his siblings Tala, Mais, Sarah, Suzy, and Foozy. Saif is predeceased by his sister Lana. The memorial Divine Liturgy will be on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church (451 West Madison Avenue. Placentia, CA 92870-4537). May his memory be eternal.

All proceeds go to Holy Cross Church. Saturday, October 20, 2018, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Charity Wine and Spirit Tasting Festival hosted by The Original Wine Club (1431 Village Way, Santa Ana, CA 92705). 100% of the $25 registration fee will be donated back to Holy Cross Church. Contact Holy Cross Church or follow the link and select HOLY CROSS CHURCH from the listed non-profits: Wine Tasting Event Registration
Unwind, uncork, and taste over 100 Wines, Beers, and Spirits. Enjoy a fun day with your donation.

Our Eastern Christian Formation (Sunday School) program for all children in Kindergarten to grade 8 has started. We need more teachers and substitutes to help our program run smoothly. Please contact the office if you are interested in teaching our wonderful children or if you have children in kindergarten to grades 8. It is essential that we enroll our children in Sunday School because this is one of the greatest ways to communicate our faith and build a living relationship with God. The registration form is available at: Holycrossmelkite.org/ministries/ecf. If you have questions call: (714) 985-1710.

Saturday, October 20, 2018. 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Saints Day Party at Holy Cross Church for all the Sunday School children. There will be activities, food, games and a best costume prize. Dress as your favorite saint, angel, Biblical character, or one of God’s blessed creatures. $5 per person. Please make sure that all costumes are appropriate for a church event. We need your help to set up a few hours before the event and to help participate as Apostles (readers), guides (walkers), games (runners), and cleaners (end of event). Please bring sweets/candies for the children.

November 16, 2018. 7:00 p.m. Ladies Salad Night at Holy Cross Church. Join us for an annual gathering with food, music, dancing, and a raffle. Tickets are $25 each and available through any Our Lady’s Society member or call Eman Lutfi (714) 595-7999. All proceeds go to our building fund.

December 31, 2018. Holy Cross Church’s New Year’s Eve Party at The Grand Banquet Hall (300 S. Flower Street, Orange, CA 92868). There will be a wide variety of mazza, a delicious Middle Eastern dinner, open bar, a variety of music, dancing, midnight champagne, a raffle, and so much more. Come celebrate the new year with your family and friends. Tickets are $100 per adult and $40 for children. All proceeds go to our building fund.

2018 Building Fund Raffle tickets are now available. The Grand prize is a 2018 Jeep Cherokee. The drawing will take place on December 31, 2018 during the New Year’s Eve Dinner party at Grand Catered Events (300 S Flower St., Orange, CA 92868). Winner does not need to be present. Raffle tickets are $20 per ticket and a book of 10 for $200. They can be purchased from the Church office, Nadia Saikali, or the table outside church on Sunday.

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 November 11, 2018, at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
2018 dates: 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 every Sunday at 9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

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. See calendar for event details (holycrossmelkite.org/ministries/college-ministry). Contact: Robert Fragnito at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Mariah Shea at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Upcoming evenings:
Friday, October 19: 7:00 p.m. Saints Day Party for Youth Group and College Ministry.
Sunday, October 21: 1:00 p.m. departure from Holy Cross Church to Mt. Rubidoux for a hike (4706 Mount Rubidoux Drive. Riverside, CA 92501). Youth, College, and Young Adults ministries are welcome to attend. Check Trail Conditions: (951) 826-2000. Distance: 4 Miles. Elevation Gain: 500 Feet. Trail Type: Mostly paved, some dirt trail. Difficulty: Moderate. Parking: Free at Ryan Bonaminio Park. 5000 Tequesquite Ave, Riverside, CA 92506 or Carlson Bark Park (Mission Inn Avenue & Scout Ln, Riverside, CA 92501).
Saturday, October 27: 5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer) for youth, college, and young adults, followed by “The Case for Christ” movie.

Holy Cross Young Adults Ministry. 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:
Sunday, October 21: 1:00 p.m. departure from Holy Cross Church to Mt. Rubidoux for a hike (4706 Mount Rubidoux Drive. Riverside, CA 92501). Youth, College, and Young Adults ministries are welcome to attend.
Monday, October 22: 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Escape Room. Sherlock’s Study (Exodus Escape Room 5642 E La Palma Ave #202, Anaheim, CA 92807). Please RSVP by Friday, October 19th. $35.00 per person.
Saturday, October 27: 5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer) for youth, college, and young adults, followed by “The Case for Christ” movie.
Sunday, November 4: 12:30 p.m. Presentation on the Shroud of Turin in the Church hall. Following the presentation we will go to The Blind Rabbit (speakeasy) at the Anaheim Packing District (440 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92805). Dress code and RSVP to the Blind Rabbit is required.

Isaiah House Women’s Shelter. December 30, 2018. 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. Contact the office to participate. Time: 3:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. 2018 dates: December 30. 2019 dates: March 31, June 30, September 29, and December 29. If anyone is able to donate any used or new blankets (twin or larger) there is a need for these at the shelter.

Women’s Silent Retreat. Space is available for Saturday, November 10 only. The full weekend retreat is sold-out. If you wish to join us at the beautiful Sacred Heart Retreat House in Alhambra, please call 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 Awareness. The rich man in the Gospel was not evil – he was simply blind and ignorant to the nature of his relationship with God and others. Even Abraham commented on the need for someone to preach firmly the basic truths of the faith. Paul is excited about God’s love, salvation and plan for a fuller life for all people, and he wants to share that truth. Pray for an increase of vocations to the priesthood, that we might have messengers to bring us the Good News, and thus live the abundant life the Lord offers.

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. Please contact the office if you are not registered or did not receive your envelopes. Thank you.

Receive the emailed weekly Holy Cross Church Bulletin and Homily. If you or someone you known would like to receive the emailed weekly parish bulletin or homily please sign up on our website or email or call the office. Please also let us know if you are on our list but have changed your email. To read past homilies visit: holycrossmelkite.org/parish/homilies

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

Thank you for your ongoing generous donations:
-Sunday, September 16 collection: $2,700 in 35 envelopes (average of $77 per envelope) + $387 cash + $211 candles = $3,298.
-Sunday, September 16 Mission Viejo collection: $525 in 9 envelopes (average of $58 per envelope) + $37 cash = $562.
-Wednesday, September 19 building fund deposit: $3,225.
-Sunday, September 23 collection: $2,008 in 38 envelopes (average of $53 per envelope) + $150 cash + $85 candles = $2,243.
-Wednesday, September 26 building fund deposit: $100.
-Sunday, September 30 collection: $1,474 in 38 envelopes (average of $39 per envelope) + $274 cash + $82 candles = $1,830.
-Wednesday, October 3 building fund deposit: $1,479
-Saturday, October 6 collection: $810 in 16 envelopes (average of $51 per envelope) + $205 cash = $1,015.
-Sunday, October 7 collection: $1,551 in 23 envelopes (average of $67 per envelope) + $254 cash + $193 candles = $1,998.
-Wednesday, October 10 building fund deposit: $4,121.
-Sunday, October 14 collection: $1,380 in 34 envelopes (average of $41 per envelope) + $122 cash + $130 candles = $1,632.
-Sunday, October 14 Mission Viejo collection: $610 in 11 envelopes (average of $55 per envelope) + $66 cash = $676.
-Wednesday, October 17 building fund deposit: $14,388.

Total deposits in the past four months: July: $25,177. August: $17,171, September: $20,610, October: $25,309.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$86.01 paid on September 20, 2018 for sprinkler system repair.
$169.20 paid on September 21, 2018 for Republic trash services.
$200.00 paid on October 1, 2018 for gardening services.
$277.00 paid on October 1, 2018 for cleaning company.
$143.23 paid on October 3, 2018 for church icons/cross repairs and maintenance.
$58.14 paid on October 12, 2018 for Sparkletts Water.
$16.00 paid on October 15, 2018 for printer supplies.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)
Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 5). Let us, O faithful, praise and worship the word, coeternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our Salvation, for He was pleased to be lifted in the flesh upon the cross, and to endure death, and to raise the dead by His glorious resurrection.
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 Mother of God (Tone 4). 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: Galatians 6:11-18. Amin Abukhader will read Sunday’s Epistle. Full reading below. 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:
Saif Tashman (October 18, 2018), Fouad Khalil Abou Saada (October 4, 2018), Sayeda Haddad (September 17, 2018), Minerva Mazzawi (September 11, 2018), Samira Abdelnour (October 18, 2015), Alice Yacoub Fahel (October 26, 2003), Stawri Hilo (October 8, 2000).
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Raji Abou Saada, Eman Andrawos, Brother Gabriel Veitch, Patrick Flynn, Marie Semaan, Josephine Saba, George Semaan, Florence Shaib.
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:
“But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a custodian; [26] for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. [27] For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. [28] There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:25-28).

“And when Jesus heard it, he said to him, "One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." [23] But when he heard this he became sad, for he was very rich. [24] Jesus looking at him said, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” [25] For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God" (Luke 18:22-25).

Calendar:
Friday, October 19.
7:00 p.m. Saints Day Party for Youth and College Ministries.

Saturday, October 20.
No Confession or Vespers today.
5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Saints Day Party for Sunday School. See above for full details.

Sunday, October 21.
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. Arrive at 10:30 a.m. in the choir room, ready, and dressed in a white button down shirt or blouse, navy blue skirt or pants, and black close toe shoes.

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.
1:00 p.m. departure from Holy Cross Church to Mt. Rubidoux for a hike (4706 Mount Rubidoux Drive. Riverside, CA 92501). Youth, College, and Young Adults ministries are welcome to attend. Check Trail Conditions: (951) 826-2000. Distance: 4 Miles. Elevation Gain: 500 Feet. Trail Type: Mostly paved, some dirt trail. Difficulty: Moderate. Parking: Free at Ryan Bonaminio Park. 5000 Tequesquite Ave, Riverside, CA 92506 or Carlson Bark Park (Mission Inn Avenue & Scout Ln, Riverside, CA 92501).
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.

Monday, October 22.
8:00 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35. Escape Room. Sherlock’s Study (Exodus Escape Room 5642 E La Palma Ave #202, Anaheim, CA 92807). Please RSVP by Friday, October 19th. $35.00 per person.

Saturday, October 27.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer) for youth, college, and young adults, followed by a spiritual Talk, potluck dinner, and “The Case for Christ” movie.

Sunday, October 28.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy. 40th day memorial for Sayeda Haddad (September 17, 2018).
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, November 1.
7:30 p.m. College Ministry meeting. Topic: The Saints.

Saturday, November 3.
9:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. LifeTeen Inspiration Six Flags Magic Mountain Youth Day. Leave Holy Cross at 9:00 a.m. and return at 11:00 p.m. Permission slips deadline, September 30.
For further details visit: Lifeteen.com/events/inspiration-la
5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic.

Sunday, November 4.
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).
9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy in English. Youth Choir day.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8. Family day.
12:30 p.m. Presentation on the Shroud of Turin (Parish Event in the hall). Guest speaker: Deacon Peter Lauder.
12:30 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35. Attend the Presentation on the Shroud of Turin in the Church hall, then go to The Blind Rabbit (speakeasy) at the Anaheim Packing District (440 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92805). Dress code and RSVP to the office is required.

Saturday, November 10.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, November 11.
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. Apologetics: The Theotokos – Robert Fragnito.

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, November 14.
7:30 p.m. College Ministry discussion meeting.

Readings for Sunday, October 21, 2018.
Epistle Galatians 6:11-18.
Prokimenon (Tone 5)
You, O Lord, will keep us and preserve us always from this generation.
Stichon: Save me, O Lord, for there is no longer any holy man, for truthfulness has vanished from among the children of men.

A Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to Galatians:
Brethren, see with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand! All those who want to please in a human way are forcing you to be circumcised merely to avoid persecution because of the cross of Christ. For not even the circumcised observe the Law: but they want you to be circumcised that they may boast of your subjection to external rites. But as for me, God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision but a new creation is of any account. And whoever follow this rule, peace and mercy be upon them and on God’s Israel. From now on, let no man give me trouble, for I bear the marks of the Lord Jesus in my body. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.

ALLELUIA (Tone 5)

Your favor, O Lord, I will sing forever; from generation to generation, my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness.
Stichon: For you have said, “My kindness is established forever.”
In heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness.

Luke 8:27-39.
The Holy Gospel According To St. Luke the Evangelist.
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.
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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 Directors: 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: November 3, December 1.

ENGLISH DIVINE LITURGY: 11:00 a.m. First Sunday of the month. In 2018: 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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2018-10-04-Orange County Catholic Newspaper Article

Our church is featured in the OC Catholic Newspaper:

A Faith Born in Antioch Article

Holy Cross Melkite Church in Placentia is a home to the Eastern Catholic faith in Orange County.

BY MALIE HUDSON     10/4/2018

At 10:45 am on Sunday at Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church in Placentia, families with small children, teenagers and grandparents, slowly filled the pews of the small church on Madison Avenue. Father Francois Beyrouti, pastor of the parish, stands at the entrance of the church and greets parishioner Michel Kashou with, “sabah alkhyr,” or “good morning” in Arabic.  

Michel and his wife, Nadia, have been members of Holy Cross and volunteer in several parish positions for the last 35 years. The couple raised their five children here. Nadia prepares coffee in the parish hall every Sunday and sings in the choir during the 11a.m. Divine Liturgy. Michel serves as usher, financial adviser and parish council president. Like the Kashous, many of Holy Cross’s members have roots in Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Sudan. Many of them are immigrant families who are originally from different Melkite churches in the Middle East. It is what makes the Byzantine Eastern Catholic parish so unique.  

“All of these communities who originally have been praying and worshipping as Melkite Eastern Catholics for the last 2,000 years, this is their home, this where they come. They gather here as one Melkite Church,” said Father Beyrouti. “But it’s also an expression of Eastern Catholicism in Orange County. People from all over the Middle East who are Melkites, are here.” 

The Melkites are descendants of the early Christians of Antioch where the Disciples of Christ were first called Christians. St. Peter established Christianity in the region before he traveled to Rome. In 451 A.D., in the Council of Chalcedon, the Catholic Church significantly defined that Jesus is “perfect both in deity and in humanness; this selfsame one is also actually God and actually man.” While some of the eastern churches rejected this teaching, others in the Middle East accepted the decision and followed the lead of the Byzantine emperor and were called Melkites, or “King’s Men.”  

The Second Vatican Council’s Decree on the Eastern Catholic Churches in 1964 is considered an important step toward continued unity between the Melkite Church and Rome. It recognized the right of Eastern Catholics to maintain their apostolic traditions and prayers. Present-day Melkites continue to be in communion with Rome as well as follow the Byzantine liturgy and traditions. It is also technically the only Eastern Church not associated with a particular ethnicity.  

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church was originally founded in 1973 in Fullerton and later moved to Placentia in 1998 after purchasing the current property from a Scandinavian Lutheran community. The parish kept the traditional architecture of the Lutheran church, which was designed after the interior of large wooden voyaging boats used by Lutheran missionaries to travel in the past. Once the missionaries reached land, the boats were flipped over and used as a makeshift church. The growing, tight-knit Holy Cross community is comprised of 500 registered families and has plans to build a new, larger church that will accommodate up to 350 people and will be designed in the style of the traditional Byzantine church.  

Every Sunday begins with Orthros (morning prayer) at 9:45 a.m., followed by the Divine Liturgy at 11a.m. The hour-long service consists of rich traditions and prayers chanted in Arabic, Greek and English. Services in Arabic are held on the first Sundays of the month. Members gather in the hall after the liturgy to socialize and meet. Sunday school for young children and youth ministry for high school students are also held after liturgy, while a young-adult group for adults ages 21 to 35 is held every first Sunday of the month. Many of its members make the hour-long drive from parts of San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.  

Sandra Maayah and her family have been commuting from Moreno Valley for 21 years. She and her husband were married in the church and their two children received their sacraments there as well. She could have driven a shorter distance to a Melkite church closer to where she lives, but she has made a home at Holy Cross.  

“They have great activities for kids here especially during Easter and Christmas, as well as Sunday school. Father explains scripture so well for us. Our deacon is very supportive. And the website and bulletin are so helpful,” said Maayah. “We have made many friends that became like family over the years.”  

Michael Nassar, 18, serves as youth-group president and altar server. He and his family have been members since he was a child.  

“There’s no other way to say it other than it’s like family here,” said Nassar. “We’re a small parish and we welcome everyone as family. God brings us together in a love that can’t be provided or obtained without Him.”

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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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