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

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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 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, and; you could also visit My Parish App for a link to download the 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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2017-04-23-Bulletin for Sunday

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, April 23, 2017.
Sunday of Saint Thomas. First Sunday After Easter. 

April 23. Feast of the Holy Great Martyr, St. George the Triumphant.
   George, a Captain in the Roman Army, tore up in defiance an edict of Emperor Diocletian ordering the persecution of Christians. He battled the devil, symbolized by the dragon, and saved the Holy Church, symbolized by the king’s daughter shown in a number of icons. He rides a white horse that indicates God’s grace carrying him to the heroism of martyrdom. Constantine the Great built a great church over his tomb in Lyda of Palestine. The name George mean “Tiller of the Earth.”

New Week. First Week After Easter.
   All the days of this week are considered as constituting one day with Easter. It is called the New Week for two reasons. First, because the whole creation is renewed by Christ and second because the catechumens baptized on Easter Sunday wore their new white robes all week.
   The same Divine Liturgy is celebrated as on Easter Sunday, except for propers, as indicated. The royal doors of the iconostasis are left open to signify that Christ, by is resurrection, opened the gates of heaven.
   During this time, no one kneels, not even in private prayer: all prayers are recited standing up in honor of the glorious resurrection of Christ who raised us from the sadness of sin.
   From this time until the Feast of the Ascension there is no fast or abstinence, even on Fridays, in accordance with the Lord’s own words: “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the Bride-groom is with them? But the days will come when the Bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then they will fast.” (Matthew 9:15 and Luke 5:34). 

Sunday, April 23. 12:15 p.m. Post-Easter Parish Luncheon and Children’s Activities.
Invite your family to join us for this celebratory event. We will have tacos, children’s activities, and much more. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Please contact the office for tickets, or buy them from Our Lady’s Society on Sunday’s. God Bless our Community, may it be ever prospers. 

Our Lady’s Society Bake Sale. Thank you to all those who helped make the bake sale a great success. Our Lady’s raised $2,627 in donations and sales. God bless your hard work and generosity.  

Choir practice. Please join our choir practice every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. to review the regular hymns of the Divine Liturgy and learn new ones. Everyone is welcome. 

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

Bishop Nicholas Samra’s Paschal Greetings. Holy and Glorious Pascha 2017.
   My Dear Melkites,
   Christ is risen! He is truly risen! These vibrant words we proclaim to announce the resurrection of Christ form the background music of our life. In every parish I visit, especially during the Paschal season, everyone – young and old – chants with gusto “Christ is risen from the dead…” again and again whether in English, Arabic or Greek. The melody is catchy and known by all. But more than just a melody, it is an act of faith announcing that we live eternally, and even though we die, we still live! In baptism, we died with Christ to sin and death, and we were resurrected with Him to the newness of life. We are called by God to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth.
   I remember well as a child, each year before the end of Great Lent, my mother would take me, my sister, and brothers to downtown Paterson to buy a full set of new clothes, the clothes we would wear on Pascha. Everything had to be new, from underwear, socks, shoes, to trousers, shirt and tie, and even a jacket for the boys and a beautiful dress for my sister. Our new clothes were reminiscent of our baptismal garments in infancy since Resurrection Sunday was our renewal of being Christian through baptism. All the clothes had to be new to celebrate this great event, our renewal in Christ.
   “We celebrate the very death of Death, the overthrow of Hell, and the beginning of another life which is eternal.”
   At every Sunday Orthros (Morning Prayer) and every day during the 40-day Paschal season we chant “Now that we have seen the resurrection of Christ, let us adore that all-holy Lord Jesus … for You are our God and we have no other … for behold through the cross joy has come to the world. Let us always bless the Lord, let us sing his resurrection, for by enduring for us the pain of the cross, He has crushed death by his death.”|
   Having been saved by the resurrection of Christ, He continues to appear to us daily in his Word – the holy Bible. We receive his body and blood in the Eucharist. He appears in his teachings of love and mercy; He appears to us to comfort us when grieving. He comes to us in our periods of doubt to instill new hope. When we fear, He upholds us. Jesus is not dead; He lives! He is not just a great teacher and beautiful example for us to follow. He is Son of God, the risen Lord of glory. He appears in our confusion to show us the way, in our despair to be our hope, in our sin to be our forgiveness, in our death to be our life.
   During this joyful season, we add our prayers for the suffering Christians particularly in the Middle East who are still being bombarded with hatred, persecuted for their faith, and dying daily deaths in despair. We ask God to uphold them in his loving arms and to heal their brokenness in the areas of turmoil. May the risen Christ shine his resurrection on the enemies of our faith and instill within them the peace of our loving God.
   Christ is risen from the dead … our background music in life is loud and clear. Sing it loud and clear and proclaim that He is risen, and so are we who live in Him. We are Christ to our world, to our families, friends, and yes, even to our enemies: “Today is the day of Resurrection: let us glory in this feast and embrace one another. O brethren let us say ‘Because of the Resurrection, we forgive all things to those who hate us.’ And let us all sing together: Christ is risen from the dead, and by his death He has trampled upon death, and his given life to those who were in the tombs.”
   I greet all of you in the risen Lord, and I ask Him to bless you and your families, preserving you in good health as you bring the good news of salvation to everyone you meet. Proclaim it loud and clear: Christ is risen! He is truly risen! But don’t forget to add: and “So am I” – a new person in Jesus Christ.
   With my prayers and blessings, I remain,
   Sincerely yours in the risen Savior, Most Reverend Nicholas J. Samra
   Eparchial Bishop of Newton and Apostolic Administrator of the Eparchy in Mexico  

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

No Sunday School or Holy Cross Youth meeting on April 23. We will resume on Sunday, April 30. 

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

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

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

Vocation Awareness. In today’s reading from the Acts of the Apostles we see that God wanted the Word to be spread and proclaimed. The Church grew, the Good News was proclaimed, and many people were healed by the apostles. The growth of the Church could not be stopped by any human power because the Spirit of God filled the lives of the believers. In the Gospel, we see Jesus giving His ministers power to reestablish communion with God and among people, by sending them forth with His power. They needed to first touch Him personally, to have a profound experience of Him so they could convincingly share it with others. Pray for our priests, and for an increase in their ranks.

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

A Prayer for Vocations. O Lord God, in every age, You invite men and women to hear Your call to serve You and the Church. We bow before You now, asking that You call forth more persons to serve our Melkite Church in America. Give us priests, deacons, monks and nuns, who will lead and guide your holy people. By Your will, bless us with vocations so that we continue to be the church which You called us to be, centuries ago. Let all hear Your voice inviting them to care for and serve Your people. Strengthen us in being disciples of Jesus Christ, Your Only-begotten Son and fishers of men. Inspire in us the spirit and pride of Antioch, our holy heritage. We ask You, O Lover of mankind, to raise up men and women who appreciate what they have received from You and who want to be generous in their service, willing to offer their lives and all their gifts, to serve others, to give You glory, thanksgiving and worship, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever. Amen.

The Melkite Eastern Catholic Community at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church. Please invite your family and friends and remind everyone in the area to join us. We will meet in the hall at 5:45 p.m. to review the hymns and the Divine Liturgy will begin in the Church at exactly 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
   2017 dates: Sunday, May 14, Sunday, June 11, Sunday, July 9, Sunday, August 13, Sunday, September 17, Sunday, October 8, Sunday, November 12, Sunday, December 10.
  If you live or know anyone who lives in the area surrounding Mission Viejo please give us their contact information so that we can keep everyone informed on upcoming events. Please send contact details to the parish office at (714) 985-1710 or email a list of names to Father François at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
   “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain” (Psalm 127:1).

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

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

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

Thank you for your ongoing generous donations:
   Saturday, April 1 collection: $122.
   Sunday, April 2 collection: Cash in basket: $393 + $2,709 in 43 envelopes (average of $63 per envelope) + $201 (candles) = $3,303.
   Sunday, April 2 Mission Viejo Collection: Cash in basket: $38 + $225 in 5 envelopes (average of $45 per envelope) = $263.
   Monday, April 3 building fund deposit: $1,172.
   Sunday, April 9 collection: Cash in basket: $1,300 + $10,248 in 106 envelopes (average of $96.68 per envelope) = $11,787.
   Monday, April 10 operations depost $1,475.
   Monday, April 10 building fund deposit: $4,920.
   Monday, April 10 charity deposit: $1,671.40.
   Thursday, April 13 donation: $506.
   Friday, April 14 donation: $4,304.00 + $101 (candles) = $4,405.
   Saturday, April 15 donation: $3,857 + $69 (candles) = $3,926.
   Sunday, April 16 collection: $3,213 + $39 (candles) = $3,252.
   Monday, April 17 building fund deposit: $1,445.
   Monday, April 17 charity deposit: $260.

Total deposits in the past months: February 2017: $21,499. March 2017: $22,515. April: $ 38,507.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
   $118.63 paid on March 1, 2017 for Printer Leasing.
   $286.78 paid on March 8, 2017 for American Chemical & Sanitary Supply.
   $66.60 paid on March 9, 2017 for So Cal Gas.
   $418.99 paid on March 13, 2017 for So Cal Edison.
   $80.00 paid on March 14, 2017 for Freezer Removal.
   $50.00 paid on March 14, 2017 for Facility Cleaning.
   $157.97 paid on March 20, 2017 for Republic Trash Services.
   $3,645 paid on March 21, 2017 for Palm Sunday & Holy Week tent rental.
   $157.97 paid on March 21, 2017 for Republic trash services.
   $337.59 paid on March 27, 2017 for Cleaning Services.
   $26.18 paid on March 27, 2017 for Sparkletts Water Services.
   $200.00 paid on April 7, 2017 for Gardening Services.
   $272.17 paid on April 7, 2017 for Our Sunday Visitor Envelopes.
   $78.75 paid on April 10, 2017 for Golden State Water Company.
   $8,536.00 paid on April 11, 2017 for Catholic Mutual Group Insurance.
   $157.97 paid on April 20, 2017 for Republic Trash Services. 

Hymns:
   Troparion of St. Thomas (Tone 7). Three times. While the tomb was sealed You shone forth from it, O Christ our Life, and while the doors remained closed, You stood among your Disciples, O Resurrection of all, and through them You restored a new spirit in us according to your great Mercy.
   Troparion for The Great Martyr George the Triumphant (Tone 4). O Great among the Saints and Glorious George, since you are a deliverer of captives and a defender of the poor, a physician for the sick and a noble attendant to kings: intercede with Christ God that He may save or souls.
   Kondakion of Pascha (Tone 8). Though You went down in the tomb, O Immortal One, You overthrew the power of hades, and rose victorious, O Christ God, Your greeted the Ointment Bearing Women, saying: Rejoice! You gave peace to your Apostles, and to those who had fallen resurrection. 

Epistle: Acts of the Apostles 5:12-20. Full reading below. Annalee Maayah will read this Sunday’s Epistle. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: John 20: 19-31. Full reading below. 

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for
   the repose of the souls of:
   Walid Akleh (April 4, 2017), Fudda Arouk (April 3, 2017), Fuad Asfour (April 1, 2017), Clara Dirawi (March 30, 2017), Melissa Powell (March 28, 2017), Grace Hunt (March 28, 2017), Adele Okal (March 26, 2017), Jacqueline Chad (March 23, 2017), Naim Ibrahim Mady (March 16, 2016), Bassim Kashou (March 14, 2017), Hani Saliba Salman (March 10, 2017), Georgette Sharou Nassar (March 8, 2017), Jamil Alachhab (March 24, 2004), Dib Yousef Elhosni (April 8, 2002), Essa Salim Neshiwat (May 2000), Ibtisam Neshiwat (May 30, 2000), Rosa Akleh, Rasmiyeh Akleh, Nayfeh Marjiya, Abed Alnajar, Mujeeb Alnajar.
   the health, safety, and salvation of:
   Alnajar Family, Atallah Al-Assaad, Stacy Bladdel, Becky Bode, Linda Raya, Houri Saladarian, Marie Semaan, Salloum Family, Sayf Tashman, Yasmeen Tashman, Ray Woods.
   For vocations to the priesthood, monastic life, and lay parish ministries.
   For peace in Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and all the troubled regions around the world.

Scripture Memory:
“More than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women, [15] so that they even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and pallets, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them.” (Acts of the Apostle, 5:14-15) 

“On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ [20] When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. [21] Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.’ ” (John 20:19-21)

Saturday, April 22.
   4:30 p.m. Confession.
   5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer).
   6:00 p.m. Baptism of Maya Anne Aranki and Laith Mahyoub Aranki, children of Kamel Mahyoub Aranki and Stephanie Josephine Anne Haddad Aranki. 

Sunday, April 23. Sunday of Saint Thomas.
   9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
   10:30 a.m. Choir practice.
   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy. 40th day memorial for Bassim Kashou (March 14, 2017).
   12:15 p.m. Post-Easter Parish luncheon and children’s activities. $10 for adults and $5 for children. Please contact the office for tickets.
  Eastern Christian Formation (Sunday School) and Youth Ministry spiritual discussions resume on Sunday, April 30.\ 

Thursday, April 27.
   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. 

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

Sunday, April 30. Sunday of the Ointment- Bearing Women.
   9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
   10:30 a.m. Choir practice.
   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.
   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12. 

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

Friday, May 5.
   11:00 a.m. Prayer Service for all the Spiritual needs of our parishioners followed by a Spiritual meeting led by Deacon Elias Kashou at Holy Cross Church.

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

Sunday, May 7.
On the first Sunday of each month you may use your building fund envelope (or a specially marked envelope) and deposit it in the regular collection. Thank you for your continued generosity as we move closer to our parish goal of a new hall and church building.
   9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
   10:30 a.m. Choir practice.
   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy in English.
   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.
   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.
   12:15-1:30 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35. 

Thursday, May 11.
   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.

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

Sunday, May 14. Sunday of the Samaritan Woman. Mother’s Day.
   9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
   10:30 a.m. Choir practice.
   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.
   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12. 

   5:45 p.m. Music practice in the hall.
   6:30 p.m. Divine Liturgy. The Melkite Eastern Catholic Community at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691.

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

Sunday, May 21. Sunday of the Man Born Blind. Second collection: Parishes in Collaboration.        
   9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
   10:30 a.m. Choir practice.
   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.
   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12. 

Thursday, May 25.
   7:00 p.m. Choir practice. St. Kilian’s. Mission Viejo. Parish center. Room 6. 

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

Sunday, May 28. Sunday of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council at Nicaea.
   9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
   10:30 a.m. Choir practice.
   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.
   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12. 

Friday, June 2.
   11:00 a.m. Prayer Service for all the Spiritual needs of our Parishioners followed by a Spiritual meeting led by Deacon Elias Kashou at Holy Cross Church.

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

Sunday, June 4. Pentecost Sunday.
On the first Sunday of each month you may use your building fund envelope (or a specially marked envelope) and deposit it in the regular collection. Thank you for your continued generosity as we move closer to our parish goal of a new hall and church building.
   9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
   10:30 a.m. Choir practice.
   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy in English.
   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.
   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.
   12:15-1:30 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35.

Thursday, June 8.
   7:00 p.m. Choir practice. St. Kilian’s. Mission Viejo. Parish center. Room 6.

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

Sunday, June 11. Sunday of All Saints.
   9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
   10:30 a.m. Choir practice.
   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.
   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.

   5:45 p.m. Music practice in the hall.
   6:30 p.m. Divine Liturgy. The Melkite Eastern Catholic Community at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691.

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

Sunday, June 18. Second Sunday after Pentecost. Father’s Day.
   9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
   10:30 a.m. Choir practice.
   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.
   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.

Thursday, June 22.
   7:00 p.m. Choir practice. St. Kilian’s. Mission Viejo. Parish center. Room 6.

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

Sunday, June 25. Third Sunday after Pentecost.
Second collection for the Universal Church Collection (Combines Peter’s Pence and Catholic Relief Services).
   9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
   10:30 a.m. Choir practice.
   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.
   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.

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

Sunday, July 2. Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.
On the first Sunday of each month you may use your building fund envelope (or a specially marked envelope) and deposit it in the regular collection. Thank you for your continued generosity as we move closer to our parish goal of a new hall and church building.
   9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
   10:30 a.m. Choir practice.
   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy in English.
   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.
   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.
   12:15-1:30 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35. 

Readings for Sunday, April 23, 2017.
Epistle: Epistle Acts of the Apostle, 5:12-20
PROKIMENON (Tone 3)
Great is our Lord, and great is his power, and to his wisdom there is no limit.
Stichon: Praise the Lord, for he is good, for his mercy endures forever.

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles
   In those days by the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people (and with one accord, they all would meet in Solomon’s portico; but of the rest, no one dared to associate with them, yet the people made much of them. And the multitude of men and women who believed in the Lord continued to increase), so that they carried the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and pallets, in order that, as Peter went by, at least his shadow would fall upon some of them. And crowds also came to Jerusalem from neighboring towns, and they brought the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits — and all of them were healed.
   But the High Priest rose up, and all his supporters (that is, the members of the Sadducean sect), and being filled with hatred, they laid their hands upon the apostles and threw them into the public jail. But during the night, an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the prison, and led them out, saying: “Go, and standing in the temple, speak to the people all the words of this life.” 

ALLELUIA (Tone 8) 

Come, let us rejoice in the Lord, let us sing gladly to God our Savior!
Stichon: For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. 

Gospel: John 20:19-31.
The Holy Gospel according to St. John the Evangelist
   When it was late, that same day, the first of the week, though the doors where the disciples gathered had been closed for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst and said to them, “Peace be to you!” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples therefore rejoiced at the sight of the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be to you! As the Father has sent me, I also send you.” When he had said this, he breathed upon them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit; whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.” Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into his side I will not believe.” And after eight days, his disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being closed, and stood in their midst, and said, “Peace be to you!” Then he said to Thomas. “Bring here your finger, and see my hands; and bring here your hand, and put it into my side; and be not unbelieving, but believing.” Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen me, Thomas, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen, and yet have believed.” Many other signs also Jesus worked in the sight of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name. 

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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church.
451 West Madison Avenue, Placentia, CA 92870-4537
Telephone: (714) 985-1710.
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Parish Web site: www.HolyCrossMelkite.org
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/HolyCrossMelkite
Youtube Page: www.youtube.com/HolyCrossMelkite
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HCMelkite 

Pastor: Father François Beyrouti.
Electronic mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Cellular phone: (714) 914-1710

Pastoral Associate: Deacon Elias Kashou.
Office Manager: Tony Helo.
Parish Hall Rental: Hala Nakhoul (714) 920-6180.
Choir director: Reader Saad Tashman.
Sunday School / Eastern Christian Formation Program: Every Sunday after the Divine Liturgy from September-May. Pre-School to Grade 8.
Our Lady’s Society: Iman Lutfi (714) 595-7999. 

LITURGICAL SCHEDULE
SATURDAY
: 4:30 P.M. Confession. 5:00 P.M. Vespers (Evening Prayer).
SUNDAY: 9:45 A.M. Orthros (Morning Prayer).  11:00 A.M. The Divine Liturgy. 

ARABIC DIVINE LITURGY: 5:00 p.m. Saturday before the first Sunday of the month. In 2017: May 6, June 3, July 1, August 5. 

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

HOLY DAYS AND WEEKDAYS: Please check the bulletin. 

THE HOLY MYSTERIES
   MYSTERIES OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION: The three Mysteries of Baptism, Chrismation and Holy Eucharist are always celebrated together in one ceremony. One month notice is required and one baptismal preparation meeting is required with the priest.
   MYSTERY OF HOLY CROWNING: Six month notice, an initial meeting with the priest, marriage preparation sessions, and a wedding license are required. You must be an active member of the parish.
   MYSTERY OF HOLY CONFESSION: Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
   MYSTERY OF HOLY ANOINTING: Available for anyone who is ill.
PLEASE NOTE: There is no charge for the celebration of the Sacramental Mysteries, however, it is appropriate to offer a gift of thanksgiving. Therefore the Parish Advisory Council suggests an offering of $200 for Baptisms; $500 for Weddings; $300 for Funerals; and $100 for a Memorial Service.

HALL RENTAL POLICY.
   MERCY-MEAL ON THE DAY OF THE FUNERAL: No charge for registered parishioners of Holy Cross Church who regularly use donation envelopes.
   MERCY-MEAL FOR THE 40th DAY OR OTHER MEMORIALS: $200.00 for parishioners.
   A PARTY WITH MUSIC, FOOD, AND DRINKS (up to 5 hours of use): $400.00 for parishioners + $100 insurance payable to the diocese. $500.00 for non-parishioners + $100 insurance payable to the diocese.
   DAMAGE/CLEANING DEPOSIT: $200.00. Refundable if the hall is left in the condition it was given to you.
   SECURITY FEE: $125 charge will be added to cover security for 5 hours.
   A MEETING (Use of the chairs and tables only. No use of the kitchen, oven, or refrigerator). $75 / hour for parishioners. $100 for non-parishioners.}
   ADDITIONAL CHARGE FOR A RENTAL OVER 5 HOURS: $100 / hour.

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2017-04-09 Homily. Father François Beyrouti. Guess what happened at Church today?

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

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

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

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

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

Homily:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Father François Beyrouti
Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church
451 West Madison Avenue
Placentia, CA     92870-4537
Church: 714-985-1710
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“This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

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

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

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

If you are interested, please go to MAYA Retreat.

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