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

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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, April 22, 2018.
Sunday of the Paralytic. Jesus went up to Jerusalem to the pool called in Hebrew Bethsaida. A large multitude of the sick were lying about its five porticos, for from time to time an angle of the Lord came down and stirred the water, and those who approached it with faith were healed. The Lord saw there a man who had been sick for a long time and asked him: “Do you wish to be healed?” And he replied: “I have no one to carry me to the pool when the water is stirred. I have wasted my money on physicians, for I have received no help from them.” But the Physician of soul and body said to him: “Raise, take up your pallet and walk. Go, proclaim throughout the country my might and the greatness of my mercy.” (From Vespers.)

April 22. Commemoration of our Holy Father Theodore Sykeotes, Bishop of Anastasiopolis. Theodore died in great sanctity in the year 613.

Important parish meeting on Saturday, April 28 from 10-noon. Open to everyone. Please do your best to attend. Holy Cross Melkite Catholic has started an adult leadership program called “Be My Witness: Formation for the New Evangelization.” This program will build leaders to help address the growing needs of our church. There are five major modules in this program and each one has a short and confidential assessment that will help our parish develop practical action steps. Please join us on Saturday, April 28 from 10-noon to go over the program and discuss the future growth of our parish.

Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Sub-Deacon Terry Hyland will be ordained to the Diaconate by Bishop Nicholas J. Samra, at Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker Melkite Catholic Church (1492 Spencerport Road. Rochester, NY 14606). Please pray for Deacon Terry Hyland and his family as he continues his ministry to the holy Church.

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: April 25 and May 9. Parish center. Room 6.

Our Eastern Christian Formation (Sunday School) program is for all children up to grade 8. Please contact the office if you would like to register your children or would like to teach our wonderful children.

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.
Registration information: HolyCrossMelkite.org/vbc
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!

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: We will meet at Kelly’s Korner Tavern (907 E Yorba Linda Blvd, Placentia, CA 92870) at 7:30 p.m. for Dinner and Trivia Night! April 26: Dinner and Trivia Night; May 6: Miniature Golf; May 22: Dinner and Game Night.

The Melkite Eastern Catholic Community at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church. Please invite your family and friends and remind everyone in the area to join us. We will meet in the hall at 5:45 p.m. to review the hymns and the Divine Liturgy will begin in the Church at exactly 6:30 p.m. on Sunday May 13, 2018, at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
2018 dates: Sunday, May 13, Sunday, June 10, Sunday, July 15, Sunday, August 12, Sunday, September 16, Sunday, October 14, Sunday, November 11, 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).

Saturday, May 19, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Magnificat Prayer Breakfast welcomes Pat Rensing, "For He Who Finds Me Finds Life & Wins Favor from the Lord!” Join us for the beautiful testimony of how God transformed sorrow and suffering to bring deeper conversion and healing for Pat and her family! She now rejoices in hope in the Lord!
Embassy Suites Anaheim – South, 11767 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove, CA 92840
Registration by mail must be postmarked by May 14, 2018: $28 per person
Registration at the door: $33 per person
Reserved Seating for Tables of 10 - $280
Mail to Magnificat Ministry: P.O. Box 4381, Orange, CA 92863
The meal includes a full plated breakfast as well as the speaker’s program.
Please visit www.magnificat-ministry.net for a flyer and registration information.
For registration information contact Anne at 714/420-5482 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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. In today’s Gospel, Jesus raises up the paralytic and frees him from both sin and from paralysis. Jesus gave the power to forgive sins to His followers. In the Acts of the Apostles we see the apostles of Jesus raising up people who are paralyzed and even those who were dead. This attracted many others to follow the Lord. This ministry of healing and the forgiveness of sins is still lived in the Church through the service of the priests. Pray that many will accept the Lord’s invitation to the priestly ministry.

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 May and June Church calendar. 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, March 25 collection: $7,142 in 100 envelopes (average of $71 per envelope) + $1,368 cash + $265 candles = $8775.
-Wednesday, March 28 building fund deposit: $3,785.
-Thursday, March 29 candle donation: $425.
-Good Friday, March 30 collection: $3,805 in 64 envelopes (average of $59 per envelope) + $760 cash + $116 candles = $4,681.
-Saturday, March 31 collection: $3,643 in 50 envelopes (average of $72 per envelope) + $571 cash + $37 candles = $4,251.
-Sunday, April 1 collection: $1,765 in 24 envelopes (average of $73 per envelope) + $341 cash + $23 candles = $2,129.
-Wednesday, April 4 building fund deposit: $3,745.
-Sunday, April 8 collection: $1,015 in 31 envelopes (average of $32 per envelope) + $152 cash + $113 candles = $1,280.
-Sunday, April 8 Mission Viejo collection: $520 in 11 envelopes (average of $47 per envelope) + $69 cash = $589.
-Wednesday, April 11 building fund deposit: $2,021.
-Saturday, April 14 collection: $417.
-Sunday, April 15 collection: $2080 in 51 envelopes (average of $41 per evelope) + $375 cash + $154 candles = $2,609.
-Wednesday, April 18 building fund deposit: $1,701.

Total deposits in the past four months: January: $36,013, February: $15,961, March: $44,034, April: $14,491.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$49.57 paid on March 9, 2018 for So Cal Gas.
$532.72 paid on March 12, 2018 for So California Edison Electricity.
$161.19 paid on March 21, 2018 for Republic trash services.
$39.01 paid on March 26, 2018 for Sparkletts water services.
$311.62 paid on March 26, 2018 for Cleaning services.
$325.70 paid on April 9, 2018 for Our Sunday Visitor envelopes and mailout.
$418.00 paid on April 9, 2018 for gardening services.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)
Troparion of the Paralytic (Tone 3). O Lord, as You raised the paralytic of old, in your divine goodness lift up my soul completely paralyzed by many sins and all kinds of wickedness, so that I may be saved and may cry out to You: “Glory to your might, O Merciful Christ!”
Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 3). Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glade! For the Lord has done a wondrous deed by his arm! He has crushed Death by his death becoming the first to rise from the dead. He has delivered us from the mouth of Hades and bestowed great mercy upon the world.
Troparion of Theodore (Tone 4). You were known for your great holiness since your tender age, and proved yourself full of virtues; you enlightened the world with miracles and put legions of demons of flight. O Bishop Theodore, intercede with Christ God that He may save our souls!
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 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: Acts of the Apostles 9:32-42. Miranda Kilzi will read this Sunday’s Epistle. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: John 5:1-15. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:
Mary Harb (April 16, 2018), Doris Oudaimy (April 16, 2018), Riham Turk (April 5, 2018), Father Lawrence Bilesky (April 2, 2018), Elias Dib Elassal (March 21, 2018), Ratiba (Saikaly) Khalaf (March 20, 2018), Edmond Goubran (March 19, 2018), Georgette Genadry (March 15, 2018), Lina Wakim Zoorob (March 9, 2018), Fahoum Nasr (April 23, 2006).
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Riad Baddoura, Siham Baddoura, Jimmy Bahnan, Jamal Nesheiwat, Marian Tomey, José Vargas, Noel Zadah.
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:
“Peter put them all outside and knelt down and prayed; then turning to the body he said, ‘Tabitha, rise.’ And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. [41] And he gave her his hand and lifted her up. Then calling the saints and widows he presented her alive. [42] And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord” (Acts of the Apostles 9:40-42).

“Jesus said to him, ‘Rise, take up your pallet, and walk.’ [9] And at once the man was healed, and he took up his pallet and walked. Now that day was the sabbath.” (John 5:8-9)

Calendar:
Saturday, April 21.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, April 22. World Day of Prayer for Vocations.
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. 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.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Wednesday, April 25.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.
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, April 26.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.
7:30 p.m. Young Adults Group: Dinner and Trivia Night. We will meet at Kelly’s Korner Tavern (907 E Yorba Linda Blvd, Placentia, CA 92870) for Dinner and Trivia Night!

Friday, April 27.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Saturday, April 28.
10:00 a.m.-noon. “Be My Witness” parish meeting. Open to everyone. Please do your best to attend. Holy Cross Melkite Catholic has started an adult leadership program called “Be My Witness: Formation for the New Evangelization.” This program will build leaders to help address the growing needs of our church. There are five major modules in this program and each one has a short and confidential assessment that will help our parish develop practical action steps. Please join us on Saturday, April 28 from 10-noon to go over the program and discuss the future growth of our parish.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, April 29.
On the weekend of April 28-29, parishes across the U.S. will take up the Catholic Home Missions Appeal. This collection offers financial support to missionary activities that strengthen the Catholic Church in the United States. The Appeal primarily supports dioceses in the United States that are unable to offer their people the basic pastoral ministries of word, worship, and service without outside help. For further information and last year’s financials and disbursements please visit: usccb.org/catholic-giving/opportunities-for-giving/catholic-home-missions-appeal
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
10:00 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy. One year memorial Hans Van Nas (April 28, 2017).
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.

3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Prepare meal in the Holy Cross Hall Kitchen for Isaiah House Catholic Worker’s Women’s shelter.
4:30 p.m. Carpool to Isaiah House (316 South Cypress Avenue, Santa Ana. http://occatholicworker.org).
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Set up, serve meals, visit with the women, and clean up.

Monday, April 30.
11:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. House blessings.

Thursday, May 3.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Saturday, May 5.
5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic. Fr. Gabriel Azar will preside.

Sunday, May 6.
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. 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. Web-meeting with the youth of Saint John of the Desert Melkite Catholic Church, Phoenix, Arizona.
12:15-3:30 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35. Miniature Golf: We will gather at the tree in the courtyard after church; from there we will meet at Camelot Golfland (3200 E Carpenter Ave, Anaheim, CA 92806) for some Golf fun!

2:00-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Wednesday, May 9.
2:00-9:00 p.m. House blessings.
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, May 10.
7:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Ascension.

Saturday, May 12.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, May 13. Mother’s Day.
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. 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.

2:30 p.m.-4:30 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.

Thursday, May 17.
1:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Saturday, May 19.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, May 20. Sunday of Pentecost.
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. 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.
1:30 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.

Tuesday, May 22.
7:00 p.m. Dinner and Game Night. We will meet at Holy Cross Church Hall. Young Adults Group.

Wednesday, May 23.
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, May 24.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Saturday, May 26.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, May 27. Sunday of All Saints.
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. 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, May 31. Feast of the Divine Body.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Saturday, June 2.
5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic.

Readings for Sunday, April 22, 2018.
Epistle: Acts of the Apostles: 9:32-42.
Prokimenon (Tone 3)
Sing praise to our God, sing praise!
Sing praise to our King, sing praise!
Stichon: All you peoples, clap your hands!
Shout to God with cries of gladness!

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles:
In those days it came to pass that Peter, while visiting all of them, came to the saints living at Lydda. And he found there a certain man named Aeneas who had been lying in bed for eight years, since he was a paralytic. And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ is healing you: get up and make your bed.” And he got up immediately. And all the inhabitants of Lydda and the plain of Sharon saw him, and they were converted to the Lord.

Now in Joppa there was a certain woman disciple named Tabitha, which translated means Dorcas, and she devoted herself to good works and almsgiving. But it happened at that time that she fell ill and died: and they washed her and laid her in an upper room. And since Lydda is close to Joppa, the disciples, hearing Peter was there, sent two men to him with the request, “Come to us without delay.” “And Peter got up and went with them, and on his arrival, they led him to the upper room, and all the widows stood around him weeping, showing him the gowns and cloaks Dorcas used to make for them. But Peter, putting them all out, knelt down and prayed, and turning to the body, he said, “Tabitha, get up!” And she opened her eyes, saw Peter, and sat up. Then Peter gave her his hand and raised her up, and calling the saints and the widows, he gave her back to them alive. And it became known all over Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.

ALLELUIA (Tone 3)
In you, O Lord, I have hoped: let me never be put to shame.
In your justice, save me and deliver me, lend me your ear and hasten my deliverance.
Stichon: Before me a protecting God, a sheltering house to save me.

Gospel of the Feast: John 5: 1-15 (Healing of the Paralytic)
The Holy Gospel According To St. John.
At that time Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jerusalem, by the pool of the sheep, a pool called in Hebrew Bethesda, having five porticoes. In these were lying a great multitude of the sick, blind, lame, and those with shriveled limbs, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel of the Lord used to come down at certain times into the pool and the water was stirred. And the first to go down into the pool after the stirring of the water was cured of whatever infirmity he had. Now a certain man was there who had been thirty-eight years under his infirmity. When Jesus “saw him lying there, and knew that he had been in this state a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred; for while I am coming another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your pallet and walk.” And at once the man was cured. And he took up his pallet and began to walk. Now that day was a Sabbath. The Jews therefore said to him who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; you are not allowed to take up the pallet.” He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your pallet and walk’ “They asked him then, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your pallet and walk?’ “But the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had slipped away, since there was a crowd in the place. Afterwards Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “Behold, you are cured. Sin no more, lest something worse happen to you. The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed 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 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: May 5, June 2, June 30, August 4, September 1, October 6, November 3, December 1.

ENGLISH DIVINE LITURGY: 11:00 a.m. First Sunday of the month. In 2018: May 6, June 3, July 1, 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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2018-04-22 Homily. Fr. François Beyrouti. "Change situation not location"

Homily. Change situation not location.
Father François Beyrouti.
Sunday, April 22, 2018. Sunday of the Paralytic

Epistle: Acts of the Apostles 9:32-42.
In those days it came to pass that Peter, while visiting all of them, came to the saints living at Lydda. And he found there a certain man named Aeneas who had been lying in bed for eight years, since he was a paralytic. And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ is healing
you: get up and make your bed.” And he got up immediately. And all the inhabitants of Lydda and the plain of Sharon saw him, and they were converted to the Lord. Now in Joppa there was a certain woman disciple named Tabitha, which translated means Dorcas, and she devoted herself to good works and almsgiving. But it happened at that time that she fell ill and died: and they washed her and laid her in an upper room.
And since Lydda is close to Joppa, the disciples, hearing Peter was there, sent two men to him with the request, “Come to us without delay.” “And Peter got up and went with them, and on his arrival, they led him to the upper room, and all the widows stood around him weeping, showing him the gowns and cloaks Dorcas used to make for them. But Peter, putting them all out, knelt down and prayed, and turning to the body, he said, “Tabitha, get up!” And she opened her eyes, saw Peter, and sat up. Then Peter gave her his hand and raised her up, and calling the saints and the widows, he gave her back to them alive. And it became known all over Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.

Gospel: John 5:1-15.
At that time Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jerusalem, by the pool of the sheep, a pool called in Hebrew Bethesda, having five porticoes. In these were lying a great multitude of the sick, blind, lame, and those with shriveled limbs, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel of the Lord used to come down at certain times into the pool and the water was stirred. And the first to go down into the pool after the stirring of the water was cured of whatever infirmity he had. Now a certain man was there who had been thirty-eight years under his infirmity. When Jesus “saw him lying there, and knew that he had been in this state a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred; for while I am coming another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your pallet and walk.” And at once the man was cured.
And he took up his pallet and began to walk. Now that day was a Sabbath. The Jews therefore said to him who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; you are not allowed to take up the pallet.” He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your pallet and walk’
“They asked him then, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your pallet and walk?’ “But the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had slipped away, since there was a crowd in the place.
Afterwards Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “Behold, you are cured. Sin no more, lest something worse happen to you. The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him.


Homily. Change situation not location.

Change. The word “change” excites many people because many assume that when you change something you are changing for the better.
Unfortunately, this is often not true.

When someone takes on a new position, they will often say “There are going to be some changes around here.” They guarantee “changes,” but can’t guarantee that those changes are going to make anyone’s life better.

Also, during every election, politicians promise the same thing:
“change.” People vote for politicians who promise change, regardless of how vague that concept may be. The word “change” has a sense of hope but often leads to disappointment if it is not based on a real plan.

After one politician was forced to resign everyone said: “He promised us change and we got it. When he was elected, we had $100 bills in our pockets and now all we have is change.”

We all want to change something in our life, but the key is to know what to change and how to change it.

A doctor told a man that he needs to change his drinking habits or he will die in one month. The man agreed and went home and told his wife:
“Whiskey and ice are damaging my liver,” “Vodka and ice are damaging my kidneys,” and “Scotch and ice are damaging my pancreas. I’m going to make some important changes in my life. Starting right now, I’m going to stop putting ice in my drinks.” This wasn’t exactly the change that he needed to make.

The Gospel offers us change, but not just any change. There are actually two kinds of change, “lateral change” when we’re simply changing one equally bad thing for another, and “progressive change”
where what we need to change and the consequences of this change are well thought out and lead to real progress.

Lateral change is the insignificant change we make in our life like buying new cloths or styling or coloring our hair in a new way. These may change how we look but don’t actually change us in any real way.
Unfortunately, these sometimes give us the delusion of change and distract us from the real changes we need to make in our life.
Progressive change is much more difficult and this is what the good news of Jesus Christ always challenges us to focus on.

In today’s readings we don’t see lateral change, we see progressive change in three lives. First, Aeneas, had been lying in bed for eight years because he was paralyzed. St. Peter heals Aeneas who then begins to walk.

We also heard the story of Tabitha who had died. The Acts of the Apostles tells us: “Peter knelt down and prayed; then turning to the body he said, ‘Tabitha, rise.’ And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up” (Acts 9:40).

Third, Jesus has a conversation with a man who had been paralyzed for
38 years. The Gospel of John tells us: “Jesus said to him, ‘Rise, take up your pallet, and walk.’ And at once the man was healed, and he took up his pallet and walked” (John 5:8-9).

Prior to their healing, Aeneas, Tabitha, and the paralyzed man had experienced lateral change as people moved them from one place to the other, but their encounter with Jesus and Peter led to progressive change that did not only change their location but actually changed their situation. Changing our location is easy, changing our situation takes much more planning, time, and effort.

Today’s readings show us that different aspects of prayer make progressive change possible in our life. When Peter prayed, he knelt down, humbled himself, spent time in quiet, and realized that God has the power to do anything. Not only did Peter heal Tabitha, but after this miracle “it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord” (Acts 9:42). The life of Tabitha and many others changed in real ways.

For progressive change to take place, we need to identify the problem, humble ourselves, believe, and completely depend on God. We see all these elements throughout the Gospels. Prayer is always a humble conversation with God. We can’t be afraid to talk to God and we can’t be afraid when God talks to us.

Before the paralyzed man was healed he told Jesus his condition, his problem, and what he wanted. Jesus asked him a very important question, which Jesus also asks us every time we pray: “Do you want to be healed?” (Acts 9:6) The man who had a drinking problem and only gave up ice, instead of giving up whiskey, vodka, and scotch did not really want to be healed and sometime we’re not ready for real change.
It is ok, actually it is absolutely necessary, to admit that we have a weakness or a problem before we can work on it.

All ancient civilizations felt the role of the government is to facilitate virtue and make vice difficult. Today, we are going in an entirely different direction where we defend what is clearly wrong and find ways to facilitate things that are damaging society.

Since we live in a society where things that harm us are easily available, more and more people are developing addictions whether with gambling, pornography, alcohol, drugs, or anything else out there.
Whether we have small things we want to change in our life like anger and impatience or the larger things that may be paralyzing us, Jesus tells us to clearly identify what we want to change, never be in denial, and make concrete steps for real progressive change in our lives.

Politicians offer us change, the latest fashions offer us change, and beauty products offer us change. But this is lateral change that will not change us in a significant way. Jesus offers us progressive change that we cannot buy, put on, or pretend to have.

We will see real progressive change in our lives when we have a daily conversation with Jesus, when we humble ourselves, when we are honest to look at our weaknesses, and when we are committed with very practical steps to overcome them. This kind of change will actually change us because Jesus’ love and commitment to us will never change.

Father François Beyrouti
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