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

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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, October 22, 2017.
Fifth Sunday after the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Gerasene Demoniac.

October 22. Commemoration of the Holy Arbecius, the Equal of the Apostles, Bishop of Hieropolis, the Wonderworker, and of the Seven Holy Children martyred at Ephesus.
Arbecius was bishop of Hieropolis in Phrygia at the time of Emperor Marcus Antonius (161-180). He died toward end of the second century. In the manner of early Christians, he inscribed the following words on his tombstone: “I the citizen of a distinguished town have built this tomb...My name is Arbercius. I am a disciple of a Shepherd most pure who leads his flock of sheep over mountain and plain. He has immense eyes that see all things. He it is who taught me the faithful Scriptures, who sent me to Rome to see the sovereign City and to look upon the Queen clothed in gold and shod in Gold. There did I see a people bearing a brilliant seal...and wherever I went, faith was leading me. Everywhere it offered me a fresh-water Fish, very large and pure, caught by an immaculate virgin. She gave it as food to friends, untiringly. She also has a delicious Wine that she serves with bread...Let the brother who understands pray for Abercius.” This tombstone is now in Lateran Museum in Rome.
The Seven Holy Children, all blood brothers, were sealed alive in a cave where they died. This happened under Emperor Decius around the year 250. An ancient legend relates that after three hundred years, they came out of the cave alive. It is interesting to note that the same story is told in the Coran.

Sunday, Oct 22 Second Collection. Today is World Mission Sunday - a day that leads us to the heart of our Christian faith – that is to mission! Your generosity on World Mission Sunday supports the work of priests, religious and lay leaders in the Missions who share our faith with those most in need. This year we can even "chat" with our chief missionary, Pope Francis, and learn more about his missions and missionaries. Learn more at ChatWithThePope.org. Chat - Pray - Give this World Mission Sunday.

A healthy parish. “A healthy parish is not gauged by how many people you have in a hafli or picnic, but rather, a church filled with people who are active in many ministries in the community.” Bishop Nichlas Samra (September 18, 2017 address to the Melkite Clergy of the Eparchy).

Choir practice. Please join our choir practice every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church to review the regular hymns of the Divine Liturgy and learn new ones. Everyone is welcome.
The choir practice for the Melkite Eastern Catholic community at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church (26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691) will be at 7:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. The upcoming choir practice is on Thursday, October 26. Parish center. Room 6.

Why should I or my children be in a choir?
Reason #1: Learn about the Divine Liturgy! Those in a choir do not sing at the Divine Liturgy, they sing the Divine Liturgy. During the course of the year, you learn the order of the Divine Liturgy, the structure of the liturgical seasons, and the biblical sources of the words we pray. As your understanding deepens you become more and more aware of your own mission to bring Christ to the world.
Reason #2: Make great friends! The choir not only prepares notes and rhythms for the Divine Liturgy, they also practice collaboration, devotion, and service. In rehearsal, theological concepts are discussed as well as the order of the Divine Liturgy. You will make strong Catholic friendships that will last a lifetime. How many activities can claim that?
Reason #3: Free Music Lessons! You will receive expert training in diction, vocal technique, and music theory. Annual tuition in a regional treble choir costs about $1,000. Private voice lessons can easily cost more than $2,000 per year. These experiences are certainly valuable. Make sure you do not miss the exceptional musical training offered at Holy Cross Church!

Our Eastern Christian Formation (Sunday School) program for all children up to grade 8 re-started on September 24, 2017. Please contact the office if you would like to register your children or would like to teach our wonderful children. (714) 985-1710. The registration form is available at: holycrossmelkite.org/ministries/ecf

October 29, 2017, the last Sunday of October, is Priesthood Sunday. This is a special day set aside to honor the priesthood in the United States. It is a day to reflect upon and affirm the role of the priesthood in the life of the Church as a central one. The lay faithful of all parishes in the USA develop their own special way of marking the day and honoring their parish priests both during the Divine Liturgy and other parish events. Priesthood Sunday is designed to be an event led by the laity and you can ask your parish priest to participate by talking about how he experienced and answered his own calling and about priests who have inspired him. Priesthood Sunday offers an opportunity for priests and their parishioners to build a stronger working relationship. Together, they can dialogue to take an honest look at the challenges of the future and how they can collaborate to meet those challenges as a united force. For more information, visit: priestsunday.org

Youth Event at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Saturday, November 4.
An unforgettable and fun-filled day for the youth at Six Flags Magic Mountain (Valencia) followed by a Catholic Youth Rally organized by Life Teen.
God’s Glory is Thrilling! Life has its ups and downs and so do roller coasters! Inspiration LA is the perfect backdrop for fun times and meaningful conversations as the summer winds down. After a long day of exciting rides, teens come to experience the thrill of a life in Christ through Mass, inspirational speakers, Eucharistic adoration, music, and community.
God’s Glory is Transforming! For over 10 years Life Teen Inspiration has brought together thousands of Catholic teens for an unforgettable Saturday that proves that faith and fun fit together. Speakers and musicians include Steve Allgeyer, Mark Hart, Bishop Buckon, Fr. Tim Grumbach, Andrew Laubacher, and more. For further information visit the Life Teen website: http://lifeteen.com/events/life-teen-inspiration-la

The Melkite Eastern Catholic Community at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church. Please invite your family and friends and remind everyone in the area to join us. We will meet in the hall at 5:45 p.m. to review the hymns and the Divine Liturgy will begin in the Church at exactly 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
2017 dates: Sunday, November 12, and Sunday, December 10.
2018 dates: Sunday, January 14 (Visit of Bishop Nicholas Samra), Sunday, February 4 (first Sunday of February), Sunday, March 11, Sunday, April 8, Sunday, May 13, Sunday, June 10, Sunday, July 15, Sunday, August 12, Sunday, September 9 or 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).

Holy Cross Youth Ministry Spiritual Meetings take place every Sunday following the Divine Liturgy.

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 at Holy Cross Church every first Sunday of the month after the Divine Liturgy.

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.

Priestly Vocations Discernment from November 3 - 5, 2017. The Byzantine Catholic Seminary of Saints Cyril and Methodius will have their annual “Come and See” retreat of discovery for all men ages 18-35, either married or single, who are discerning a vocation to the priesthood. This event is free of charge. For further information please contact Father François Beyrouti.
www.bcs.edu/2017/09/19/come-and-see-retreat-of-discovery/
The Melkite Diocese of Newton (melkite.org) sends its candidates to this seminary. The
Vocation Director, Archimandrite John Azar, can be reached at vocations@melkite/org or
404-373-9522.

Vocation Awareness. Paul is eager that his flock enjoy the true freedom of the sons and daughters of God. This would depend on their understanding clearly the wonderful salvation and dignity given to them by God in Christ. In the Gospel we Christ freeing a man possessed by evil and restoring his dignity. Paul’s zealous ministry must be continued through the work of priests. Ask God to send us many vocations for this purpose.

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 mailout also contains the Novemer and December 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.

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 their website or call 1-888-887-7120.

Saturday October 21, 2017. 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Servants of the Sacred Heart JMJ Present: Apparitions of Our Lady with Fr. George Reynolds and Deacon Ron Butler with Healing Mass at St. Juliana Falconieri Church 1316 N. Acacia Ave, Fullerton, CA 92831. For more information call Donna 909-772-5233; any other questions call Rosalie 949-443-4079. $20 registration includes gourmet luncheon; $25 after October 18. On-site registration available. Lunch guaranteed with registration received by October 18 or call 949-443-4079 if you plan to attend for lunch count. A reservation form must be completed for each person attending, however, you may submit a single payment for all registrations. Please respond early as space fills quickly. Make checks payable to: The Servants of the Sacred Heart of JMJ. Mail to: The Servants of the Sacred Heart of JMJ, 1002 Harthorn Lane, Fillmore, CA 93015.

Monday, October 23, 2017 at 7:15 p.m. “Christ’s Healing Presence” is the theme Fr. Jerry Thompson will address at the Healing Service he will celebrate at Saint Angela Merici Catholic Church, 585 S. Walnut (at Fir) Brea, CA 92821.
Fr. Thompson has served parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Los Angeles since 1994 and as chaplain at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whitter. He is a requested speaker for the SCRC convention, conferences, and retreats along with other forms of teaching and evangelization. He celebrates Charismatic Masses and Healing Services.
All those suffering physically, emotionally, spiritually, psychologically, or know others who are, are encouraged to come. All are most welcome.
Individual prayer will follow the Eucharist Praise team. Further information, if needed, is available by calling Jan (714) 529-2277.

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Magnificat Prayer Breakfast presents author and dynamic speaker Sonja Corbitt, “God’s Promise & Power!” Sonja has been captivating Catholic women across the country with her message about how God desires to know each of us in a deep and personal way and how He speaks to us through the positive and painful circumstances of life, relationships, and his Word. Come and bring a friend to be blessed!
Embassy Suites Anaheim- South, 11767 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove, Ca 92840. Registration by mail must be postmarked by Nov. 13, 2017: $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 Magnificat-ministry.net for a flyer and registration information. Flyers are also available by the entrance of the church. 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.

Thank you for your ongoing generous donations:
Monday, September 25 building fund deposit: $1,689.
Saturday, September 30 Arabic Divine Liturgy collection: $465 + $105 cash= $570.
Sunday, October 1 collection: $1,970 in 48 envelopes (average of $41.04 per envelope) + $122 cash + $149 candles = $2,241.
Tuesday, October 2 building fund deposit: $3,509.
Sunday, October 8 collection: $1,428 in 44 envelopes (average of $32.45 per envelope) + $267 cash + $104 candles = $1,799.
Sunday, October 8 Mission Viejo collection: $535 in 10 envelopes (average of $53.50 per envelope) + $200 cash = $735.
Tuesday, October 10 building fund deposit: $1,739.
Sunday, October 15 collection: $1,460 in 44 envelopes (average of $33.18 per envelope) + $177 cash + $224 candles = $1,861.
Tuesday, October 17 building fund deposit: $1,814.85.

Total deposits in the past three months: August: $19,108; September: $18,870; October: $13,698.85.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$200.00 paid on October 4, 2017 for Gardening services.
$38.14 paid on October 6, 2017 for Sparkletts water.
$118.63 paid on October 9, 2017 for Printer Payment.
$1,299.46 paid on October 10, 2017 for Golden State Water Company.
$690.00 paid on October 11, 2017 for Boundary Staking Calculation and Field Survey.
$307.32 paid on October 11, 2017 for OSV envelopes.
$146.86 paid on October 17, 2017 for Bulletin Printer Paper.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)
Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 3). Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad! 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 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 4). O never failing Protectress of Christians and their ever present intercessor before the Creator, despise not the petitions of us sinners, but in your goodness extend your help to us who call upon you with confidence. Hasten, O Mother of God, to intercede for us, for you have always protected those who honor you.

Epistle: Galatians 1: 11-19. Michael Nesheiwat will read this Sunday’s Epistle. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Luke 8:27-39. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for
the repose of the souls of:
Reader Romanos Odermatt (October 19, 2017), Lina Ammari (October 6, 2017), Amanda Al-Farr (October 6, 2017), Isaiah Maru (October 4, 2017), Hatmal Haddadin (October 4, 2017), Adel Juraydini (September 25, 2017), Manahi Haddadin (September 23, 2017), Margaretha Schmeiser (September 14, 2017), Ziade Nabil Haddad (September 10, 2017),
Becky Bode (September 9, 2017), Brian Visconti (September 8, 2017), Angelina (Manzi) Hyatt (September 8, 2017), Stacy Bladdel (September 4, 2017), Spiridon Hanna (September 2, 2017), John Michael Dumont (September 2, 2017), Itaf Maalouf (August 31, 2017), Joseph Ibrahim Kwaiter (August 8, 2017) Samira Abdelnour (October 18, 2015), Jameel Alachhab (March 24, 2004).
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Atalla Al-Assad, Rodger & Diane Aeschliman, Sherwood Gehris, Muna Haddadin, Ed Hakim, Joseph Italia, Richard Kierulff, Bobby Mayo, Maroun Nemer, Linda Raya, Marie Semaan, Salim Semaan, Houri Seradarian, Florence Shaib, Chuck Skags, 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:
“But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and had called me through his grace,
[16] was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not confer with flesh and blood, [17] nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia; and again I returned to Damascus.” (Galatians 1:15-16).

“The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him; but he sent him away, saying, [39] "Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you." And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.” (Luke 8:38-39).

Calendar:
Saturday, October 21.
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Apparitions of Our Lady with Fr. George Reynolds and Deacon Ron Butler. St. Juliana Falconieri Church 1316 N. Acacia Ave, Fuller Ton, CA 92831. For More Info. Contact Donna 909-772-5233; Any Other Questions — Call Rosalie 949-443-4079. Healing Mass. $20 Registration includes Gourmet Luncheon; $25 after Oct 18th; On-site registration available. Lunch Guaranteed with Registration Received by October 18 Or Call 949-443-4079 if you plan to attend for lunch count. A reservation form must be completed for each person attending, however, you may submit a single payment for all registrations. Please respond early as space fills quickly. Make checks payable to: The Servants of the Sacred Heart of JMJ. Mail to: The Servants of the Sacred Heart of JMJ, 1002 Harthorn Lane, Fillmore, CA 93015.

4:30 p.m. Confession. Holy Cross Church.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer). Holy Cross Church.
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Saints Days Party for all the children, youth, and their families.

Sunday, October 22. Sixth Sunday After the Holy Cross.
Today all Catholic Churches around the world will take a second collection for World Mission Sunday. This collection is truly a global effort for the entire Church. It is a central moment each year to provide for the building up of over one thousand local churches in Asia and Africa, the Pacific Islands, and parts of Latin America and Europe, an area that covers more than half the territory of the globe. Through the work of these churches, and their witness to Christ, the poor receive practical help and experience God’s love and mercy, His hope and peace.
www.rcbo.org/resource/world-mission-sunday
www.missio.org/resources.aspx
9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
10:00 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
12:15 p.m. BBQ Luncheon at Holy Cross Church after the Divine Liturgy. $10 a plate.
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. Theology of the Body. “Right from the beginning, the human body includes the capacity of expressing love, that love in which the person becomes a gift – and by means of this gift – fulfills the meaning of his being and existence.” – Saint Pope John Paul II.

6:00 p.m. Annual Alex Odeh Memorial Banquet, with Special Guest Speaker Amer Zahr. Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort. For more information, please contact ADC at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (714) 352-0506. Orange County Chapter of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. Over Three decades of Advocacy and Achievement.

Thursday, October 26.
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. “Being Mortal.” Movie screening and discussion. Organized by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange’s Office of Life, Justice and Peace to launch the Life and Dignity Month. "Explores relationships between doctors and their patients nearing the end of life. Follows writer and surgeon Atul Gawande as he delves into the relationships doctors have with patients are dying." Location: Freed Theater at Christ Cathedral Campus. 13280 Chapman Ave. Garden Grove, CA 92840. Purchase tickets for $5 at Lifedignitymonthgms.eventbrite.com

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 Thursdays of each month.

Friday, October 27.
7:00 p.m. Youth Group party in the Hall.

Saturday, October 28.
1:00 p.m. Baptismal of Natalia Marie, daughter of Alejandro & Silva (Tayyan) DaCosta. Congratulations.
4:30 p.m. Confession. No Vespers tonight.
5:00 p.m. Memorial Divine Liturgy for the servants of God Manahi Haddadin (September 23, 2017) and Hatmal Haddadin (October 4, 2017).

Sunday, October 29. Seventh Sunday After the Holy Cross. Priesthood Sunday.
9:30 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. Topics: The Eucharist and preparation for LifeTeen Event. Key Saint: St. George’s feast-day is on November 3.

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. Contact person: Matthew Helo. Phone: (562) 458-5174.

Friday, November 3.
7:00-10:00 p.m. Seniors night. Join us for a game of cards, backgammon, other activities, and socializing at the Holy Cross Church hall.

7:00 p.m. At Saint Anne’s Melkite Catholic Cathedral (11211 Moorpark St. North Hollywood, CA 91602). The Fathers of the Church and the Challenges of the Christian Family. A spiritual discussion with two Melkite bishops, Bishop Robert Rabbat of Australia and Bishop Joseph Gebara of Brazil, followed by a potluck and social at 8:00 p.m. One will speak in Arabic and one in English. An open Q&A in both languages will follow.

Saturday, November 4.
An unforgettable and fun-filled day for the youth at Six Flags Magic Mountain (Valencia) followed by a Catholic Youth Rally organized by Life Teen.
God’s Glory is Thrilling! Life has its ups and downs and so do roller coasters! Inspiration LA is the perfect backdrop for fun times and meaningful conversations as the summer winds down. After a long day of exciting rides, teens come to experience the thrill of a life in Christ through Mass, inspirational speakers, Eucharistic adoration, music, and community.
God’s Glory is Transforming! For over 10 years Life Teen Inspiration has brought together thousands of Catholic teens for an unforgettable Saturday that proves that faith and fun fit together. Speakers and musicians include Steve Allgeyer, Mark Hart, Bishop Buckon, Fr. Tim Grumbach, Andrew Laubacher, and more. For further information visit the Life Teen website: http://lifeteen.com/events/life-teen-inspiration-la

5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic at Holy Cross Church. Presided by Bishop Robert Rabbat of Australia and Bishop Joseph Gebara of Brazil.

Sunday, November 5.
Daylight savings time ends at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 5. Set your watches one hour back.
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).
10:00 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy in English.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Holy Cross Family Day. Spiritual activities and lunch for all the children, youth, young adults, and families.

Tuesday, November 7.
4:30 p.m. City Prayer Walk. Pray for Placentia with Placentia pastors at Placentia Civic Center.

Wednesday, November 8.
7:00-8:30 a.m. Placentia Community Prayer Breakfast. Guest speaker: Father François Beyrouti. Hosted by Placentia’s Round Table Women’s Club & Placentia Rotary. 901 North Bradford Avenue. Placentia, CA 92870. (www.placentiawomensclub.org) (www.placentiachamber.com) For information & reservations please contact: Karen Mangold (714) 993-2267 or Carol Kennedy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thursday, November 9.
10:30 a.m. Eastern Catholic Pastoral Association meeting at Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church. 995 North West Street, Anaheim, CA 92801.
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 Thursdays of each month.

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

Sunday, November 12. Thanksgiving Luncheon.
9:30 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.
Thanksgiving Luncheon. NO CLASS. Following the Divine Liturgy, the youth will be serving and cleaning up after the luncheon. Youth parents will prepare food. All food will be brought cooked, shredded, and ready to serve. We need two parent volunteers to coordinate this event. Please contact Rosemarie Nasr if you have any questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

Friday, November 17.
7:00 p.m. Ladies Salad Night at Holy Cross Church. $25 a ticket- Event includes food and a D.J. with a raffle. Tickets are available through Our Lady’s Society member.

Saturday, November 18.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, November 19.
9:30 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.

Tuesday, November 21.
7:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy. Feast of the Entrance of the Mother of God to the Temple.

Thursday, November 23.
11:00 a.m. Thanksgiving Day Divine Liturgy.

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

Sunday, November 26.
9:30 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.

Friday, December 1.
7:00-10:00 p.m. Seniors night. Holy Cross Church hall.

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

Sunday, December 3.
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).
10:00 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.
12:15-1:30 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35.

Monday, December 4.
7:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy for the feast of Saint Barbara the Great Martyr, followed by Sleeka/Amh/boiled wheat pot-luck.
We eat boiled wheat on the feast of Saint Barbara because wheat is a sign of the death and resurrection of the martyrs and all Christians, whose death is like a seed that is planted and is then born to new life in Jesus.
Our Lord also told us: “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (John 12:24). That is why at funerals and memorials boiled wheat is sometimes distributed. We also eat boiled wheat on the feast of Saint Barbara because she was persecuted and killed for her faith in Jesus but the memory of her martyrdom lives on.
According to tradition, Saint Barbara disguised herself in many different characters to escape the Romans who were persecuting her. While fleeing, Saint Barbara also ran through a freshly planted wheat field, which grew instantly to cover her path. This miracle is recreated symbolically today by planting wheat seeds, chick peas, barley grains, beans, or lentils in little pots on Saint Barbara’s feast day. The seeds germinate and grow up to around 6 inches in time for Christmas. The shoots are then used to decorate the nativity scene and placed below the Christmas tree. Another tradition also mentions that when she was captured, only wheat was available for her to eat.

Saturday, December 9.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, December 10.
9:30 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.

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, December 14.
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 Thursdays of each month.

Saturday, December 16.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, December 17.
9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
10:00 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
Chirstmas Play presented by the Sunday School Children.
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, December 23.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, December 24. Sunday Before the Nativity of our Lord.
9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
10:00 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.

Monday, December 25. Christmas Day.
Nativity of our Lord Observed Holiday. Office closed today.
Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas).
11:00 a.m. Christmas Day Divine Liturgy. Christ is Born. Glorify Him.

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

Sunday, December 31.
9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
10:00 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.

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, January 1, 2018.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy. Saint Basil the Great. Circumcision of our Lord.


Readings for Sunday, October 22, 2017.
Epistle of the Fathers: Galatians 1:11-19.
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!

Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Galatians.
Brethren, I give you to understand that the Good News that was announced to you by me is not of man. For I did not receive it from man, nor was it taught to me [by man], but I received it by a revelation from Jesus Christ. For you have heard of the way I lived before in Judaism: how I persecuted the Church of God and ravaged it beyond measure. And I advanced in Judaism above many of my contemporaries in my nation, showing much more zeal for the traditions of my fathers. But when it pleased him who from my mother’s womb set me apart and called me by his grace, to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the Gentiles, immediately, without taking counsel with flesh and blood and without going up to Jerusalem to those who were appointed apostles before me, I retired into Arabia and again returned to Damascus. Then after three years I went to Jerusalem to see Peter, and I remained with him fifteen days. But I saw none of the other apostles, except James, the Lord’s brother.

ALLELUIA (Tone 3)
In you, 0 Lord, I have hoped:
Let me never be put to shame.
In your justice, save me and deliver me.
Stichon: Be for me a protecting God, a sheltering house to save me.

Gospel: Luke 8:27-39
The Holy Gospel According To St. Luke The Evangelist.
At that time when Jesus came to the country of the Gerasenes there met Him a certain man who for a long time was possessed by a devil, and wore no clothes, and lived in the tombs, not in a house. And when he saw Jesus, he fell down before Him, and crying out with a loud voice said, “What have I to do with Thee, Jesus, Son of the most high God? I pray Thee, do not torment me.” For he was charging the unclean spirit to go forth from the man. For many times it had laid hold of him; and he was bound with chains and fetters, and kept under guard, but he would break the bonds asunder, and be driven by the devil into the deserts. And Jesus asked him, saying, “What is thy name?” And he said, “Legion,” because many devils had entered into him. And they entreated Him not to command them to depart into the abyss. Now a herd of many swine was there, feeding on the mountainside. And they kept entreating Him to give them leave to enter into them. And He gave them leave. And the devils came out from the man and entered into the swine; and the herd rushed down the cliff into the lake and were drowned. And when the swineherds saw what had happened, they fled and reported it in the town and in the country; and people came out to see what had happened. And they came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the devils had gone out sitting at His feet, clothed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. And those also who had seen it reported to them how he had been saved from Legion. And all the people of the Gerasene district besought Him to depart from them; for they were seized with great fear. And He got into a boat and went back. But the man from whom the devils had gone out prayed Him that he might remain with Him. But Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return to thy house, and tell all that God has done for thee.” And he departed, proclaiming throughout the whole town all that Jesus had done for him.

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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church.
451 West Madison Avenue, Placentia, CA 92870-4537
Telephone: (714) 985-1710.
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Parish Web site: HolyCrossMelkite.org
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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.
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 2017: November 4, December 2.

ENGLISH DIVINE LITURGY: 11:00 a.m. First Sunday of the month. In 2017: November 5, December 3.

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: $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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2017-10-08. Homily. Fr. François Beyrouti. Where are we? and How long until we get there?

Sunday, October 8, 2017. Father François Beyrouti homily.
Where are we? and How long until we get there?

Third Sunday after the Holy Cross – The Widow’s Son

Prokimenon (Tone 1) Ps.32: 22, 1
May Your kindness, O Lord, be upon us, for we have hoped in You.
Stichon: Exult, you just, in the Lord; praise from the upright is fitting.

A Reading from the Second Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians (2 Corinthians 9:6-12).
Brethren, he who sows sparingly, will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Let everyone give as much as he has decided in his heart, not grudgingly or out of compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (Prv.22: 8) And God is able to make all grace abound in you, so that always having ample means, you may abound in every good work, as it is written, He has scattered abroad and has given to the poor: His righteousness remains forever. (Ps. 111: 9) Now, He who provides the sower with seed will both give you bread to eat and multiply your seed, and will increase the growth of the fruits of your justification — that being enriched in all things, you may contribute with simplicity of purpose, and thus through us evoke thanksgiving to God.

Alleluia (Tone 1) Ps.17: 48, 50
O God, You granted me retribution and made peoples subject to me and saved me from my raging enemies.
Stichon: Therefore I will proclaim You, O Lord, among the nations, and I will sing praise to Your name.

Gospel: Luke 7:11-16 (3rd Sunday After the Holy Cross)
AT that time it came to pass that Jesus went to a town called Nain; and his disciples and a large crowd went with him. And as he drew near the gate of the town, behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a large gathering from the town was with her. And the Lord, seeing her, had compassion on her, and said to her, “Do not weep.” And he went up and touched the stretcher; and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to thee, arise.” And he who was dead, sat up, and began to speak. And he gave him to his mother. But fear seized upon all, and they began to glorify God, saying, “A great prophet has risen among us.” and “God has visited his people.”

Homily
When you’re on a road trip with your family, there are two questions that someone will eventually ask: “Where are we?” and “How long until we get there?”

These are important questions for all of us to ask every day. It is interesting that although a GPS tells you how long it will take you to get to your destination, the first thing that it locates is where you are.

Where we are is so important that it was the first question God asked Adam, after he and Eve turned away from God. We read in Genesis 3:9 “The LORD God called to the man, and said to him, ‘Where are you?’ ” Why did God ask Adam this question? God knew where Adam was, but God wanted to know if Adam knew where Adam was.

The answer that God was looking for from Adam was not: “I’m over here. The third tree to the left.” But rather “Where are you in terms of your relationship with me?” Adam knew this and that is why he replied “I heard you in the garden; but I was afraid, because I was naked, so I hid” (Genesis 3:10). God asks Adam another question to help him realize that he turned away from God, but without the initial question “Where are you?” he would never have realized that he separated himself from God.

We should always ask ourselves “Where are we?” Because if we don’t, we will never make it to the second question “how long will it take us to get there?”

Today’s readings focus on the importance of knowing where we are on the journey of life. In Saint Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians he says: “he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully” (2 Corinthians 9:6).

If you have never planted anything you may not be used to this kind of imagery. Those who love to plant know that not everything they plant actually grows. The more you plant the more chance you have of having something to eat because somethings end up not growing, others end up not ripening, and others end up as food for the animals before you can get to them.

Saint Paul reminds us that the spiritual life is very much like this. If we are not planting, we should not expect to see anything grow. If we are not concerned about what we’re doing today, we will never get to where we need to go tomorrow. Therefore, it is not only important to look ahead to the future and ask “When will we get there?” but it is just as important to look at the present and ask “Where are we?”

A verse from the Gospel of Saint Matthew shows how Jesus always kept these two aspects of the journey clear throughout his earthly life. He said “The Son of man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28). Jesus’s destination in life was to die and rise from the dead, but throughout his life he was going to spend every minute of it serving others. Jesus is the savior who saved us, not only in the end by dying on the cross, but also in the process by showing what daily sacrifice means.

This is what Jesus does in today’s Gospel and many other times. Note how Jesus was going to the town of Nain, but He didn’t even make it to the gate of the town. His destination was the town, but He found there was something important for Him to do along the journey as he saw a dead man being carried out of the town.

Saint Luke gives us some important details about this man who was: “the only son of his mother, and she was a widow” (Luke 7:12). Jesus’s destination was the village. However, the destination took second place because there was something important to accomplish along the journey.

What are we missing by only focusing on our destination and not our journey?

Jesus did not just raise the man from the dead and rush to his destination even though his disciples and a large crowd were with him. We might miss just how tense the scene was because there must have been something very important in the city that Jesus had so many people accompanying him. Not only does Jesus stop but everyone else stops with him and they probably got annoyed that he stopped and that their schedule was delayed.

There is another very important element in this story that we can’t overlook. At the time of Jesus, people avoided dead bodies because they were considered unclean in a religious sense and also because they began to immediately decompose and smell. People avoided corpses at all costs and tried to get the dead body out of the city as soon as possible. But Jesus walked to the dead body, noticed the mourning of the mother, had compassion on her, and consoled her by saying “do not weep.” He then went a step further and touched the stretcher and perhaps the dead body itself. This is something no one would have done at the time.

The miracle in this story is not what happened when he went with the large group to Nain, but what happened despite not making it to Nain.

No doubt, someone in the large group with Jesus asked got impatient along the journey and asked: “Where are we?” and “How long until we get there?” By stopping, Jesus showed everyone that if we don’t live the blessings of the journey, then our destination is meaningless.

There is no point trying to be successful in life if we end up hurting others in the process. There’s no point being educated if that education makes us arrogant. And there’s no point in getting somewhere, but lose ourselves in the process.

We sometimes get impatient with life. Young people want to be adults and students want to graduate. The great irony of life is that adults often dream of their younger and healthier days and those who work reminisce of days when they did not have many responsibilities.

Jesus shows us that although the destination is important, the journey also has many blessings.

We might not be able to answer “How long until we get there?” but we definitely need to answer the question “Where are we?” especially “Where are we in relation to the gifts God has given us?” “Where are we in our relationship with our parents and children?” “Where are we in our honesty and integrity.”

If we can’t answer “Where are we?” unfortunately we will certainly not get to where we need to be.


Father François Beyrouti
Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church
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