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

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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, July 22, 2018.
9th Sunday After Pentecost. Jesus Walks on Water.

July 22. Commemoration of the Ointment-bearing Woman, Mary Magdalen, the Equal of the Apostles. Mary, born in the village of Magdala on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, is a great model of love and repentance. She followed Jesus to the foot of the cross, bought spices to anoint His body and was the first to witness and announce his resurrection.

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.

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, Marino Sayes who reposed in the Lord on July 17, 2018 in Sudan. We extend our condolences to the entire family and in particular his wife Rosie, his children Joe and Bernie, his parents Ysset and Joseph, his siblings Michael, Mary, and Magdy, and the whole Kilzi family. The Sunday, June 22 Divine Liturgy will be in his memory. May his memory be eternal.

This year’s Vacation Bible Camp was a great success. Our theme during our Monday, July 16 – Friday, July 20 2017 program theme was “Shipwrecked-Rescued by Jesus.” The children experienced God’s Word in surprising and unforgettable ways. Each day, leaders reinforced one simple Bible truth and encouraged the children to remember and apply the message to real life situations.
This year we had over 25 participants and over 40 volunteers. A special thank you to all our amazing volunteers who helped share God’s word with our children. The program took hundreds of hours to prepare and it could not have been done without your encouragement and support. We are blessed to have such a caring community. May God continue to grant our Church great spiritual growth in the years to come.
Next year’s Vacation Bible Camp theme is “Roar! Life is Wild, God is Good!” and will be filled with great programs, skits, songs, spiritual growth, and a whole lot of fun. We hope to see everyone back next year for another remarkable program.
All the children and volunteers will attend this Sunday, July 22, 11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy and sing the songs they learned following the Divine Liturgy. We will also have a video and picture presentation of the week’s activities. Please bring your whole family.

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 August 12, 2018, at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
2018 dates: 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 25 & August 8. 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 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 Awareness. Saint Paul sees his ministry as building up the “temple of God,” solidly rooting his people in Christ, and acknowledges that others have done this ministry before and after him, all working together. In the Gospel, Jesus says that we, like Saint Peter, can walk over the storms and deep waves of life if we keep our eyes on Him and if we remain rooted in Him. We need priests and male and female monastics to help us keep our rootedness in Christ and to keep our eyes fixed upon Him in our daily life. Have you ever considered a vocation to the priesthood or the monastic life? Can you encourage others to it? Will you pray for more vocations?

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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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, 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.
-Sunday, July 15 collection: $1,490 in 36 envelopes (average of $41 per envelope) + $266 cash + $87 candles = $1,843.
-Sunday, July 15 Mission Viejo Collection: $465.
-Monday, July 16 building fund deposit: $6,592.

Total deposits in the past four months: April: $23,236, May: $24,485, June: $18,839, July: $13,643.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$34.00 paid on June 21, 2018 for Photocopier 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.
$230.00 paid on July 2, 2018 for Gardening services.
$340.00 paid on July 17, 2018 for Christopherson Fire Protection system check.
$45.64 paid on July 17, 2018 for Sparkletts water services.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)
Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 8). O Merciful One, Who came down from on high and endured burial for three days, in order to save us from suffering. O our Life and our Resurrection, glory to you.
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: 1 Corinthians 3:9-17. Mark Bergeron will read this Sunday’s Epistle. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Matthew 14:22-34. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:
Catherine Baba (July 26, 2017) one year memorial. Marino Kilzi (July 17, 2018), John Koury (June 16, 2018), Michel Morice (June 15, 2018), Aurora Anguiano Garcia (July 11, 2018), Samira Abdelnour (October 18, 2015).
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Jimmy Bahnan, George and Majda Kassaseya, Jamal Nesheiwat, Fr. Jim Ries, 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:
“For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building. [10] According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and another man is building upon it. Let each man take care how he builds upon it. [11] For no other foundation can any one lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (Corinthians 3:9-11)

“Jesus said, ‘Come.’ So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus;
[30] but when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, ‘Lord, save me.’ [31] Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, ‘O man of little faith, why did you doubt?’ ” (Matthew 14:29-31)

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

Friday, July 20.
7:00 p.m. Pontifical Divine Liturgy presided by Patriarch Joseph Absi at Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church.
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 and Q&A with His Beatitude Patriarch Joseph Absi. for Youth and Young Adults at Saint Anne’s Melkite Catholic Church. 11211 Moorpark St, North Hollywood, CA 91602.
3:00 p.m. Baptism of Elias Kashou, son of Randy & Rania Kashou.
-No Confession or Vespers (Evening prayer) tonight.

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 at 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 Baseball Game. Free tickets. Please call the Church office to reserve a seat.

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.
9:30 a.m. Be My Witness leadership team meeting. “Belonging Matters.”
12:30 p.m. 6 month memorial Divine Liturgy for Richard Issa Wahhab (February 17, 2018), son of Issa & Aida Wahhab.
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.

Tuesday, July 31.
5:00 p.m. Baptism of Jack, son of Mansour & Hala (Kadmous) Bchech. Congratulations.

Thursday, August 2-August 5. Grades 9-12 Youth Retreat. “Lord teach us to pray.” Please call the Church office for registration information.

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.
12:15 p.m. Young Adults Group outing 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.
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.
9:30 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.
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.

Saturday, September 1.
9:30 a.m. Be My Witness leadership team meeting. “Witness Matters.”
5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic.

Sunday, September 2.
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. Web-meeting with the youth of Saint John of the Desert Melkite Catholic Church, Phoenix, Arizona.
12:15-1:30 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35. Batting Cages.
3:00 p.m. Baptism of Ayed Salman, Child of Fareh & Rhonda Salman.

Readings for Sunday, July 22, 2018.
Epistle: 1 Corinthians 3:9-17.
Prokimenon (Tone 8)
Make vows to the Lord your God and fulfill them;
let all round about him bring gifts to the awesome Lord!
Stichon: God is renowned in Judah;
in Israel, great is his name.

A Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians:
BRETHREN, we arc God’s co-workers, you are God’s field, God’s building. According to God’s grace which has been given to me, as a wise builder, I laid the foundation, and another builds upon it. But let everyone he builds upon it. For other foundation no one that which has been laid, which is Jesus the Christ. But if anyone builds upon this foundation with gold, silver, gems, wood, hay, straw — the work of each one shall be made manifest: for the Lord’s day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed in fire; and the work of each man, whoever he be, shall be assayed in fire. If the work any man built on the foundation stands, he shall receive a reward; if someone’s work burns down, he shall suffer its loss, yet he himself shall be saved, though only by passing, so to speak, through fire. Do you not know that you are God’s temple, and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys this temple of God, God will destroy him: for holy is God’s temple, and this [holy temple] you are.

ALLELUIA (Tone 8)
Come, let us rejoice in the Lord;
let us sing joyfully to God our Savior!
Stichon: Let us greet his presence with thanksgiving; let us joyfully sing psalms to him.

Gospel of the Feast: Matthew 14:22-34.
The Holy Gospel According To St. Matthew the Evangelist.
At that time Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and cross the sea ahead of him, while he dismissed the crowd. And when he had dismissed the crowd, he went up the mountain alone to pray. And when it was late, he was there alone, but the boat was in the midst of the sea, buffeted by the waves, for the wind was against them. But in the fourth watch of the night Jesus came to them, walking upon the sea. And the disciples, seeing him walk upon the sea, were greatly alarmed, and exclaimed, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. Then Jesus immediately spoke to them, saying, “Take courage; it is I, do not be afraid.” But Peter answered him and said, “Lord, if it is you, order me to come to you over the water.” And he said, “Come.” Then Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water to come to Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind, he was afraid; and as he began to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And Jesus at once stretched out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “0 you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind fell. But those who were in the boat came and worshipped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” And crossing over, they came to the land of Gennesaret.

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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: 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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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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