2019-11-17-Salad Night. 2019-11-24-Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

Friday, November 15. Salad Night

   7:00 p.m. Our Lady’s Society Salad Night. DJ, food, raffle, dancing, and much more. $25.00 per person. Please call the office for tickets.

 November 24, 2019 at 10:45 a.m.

   To celebrate the entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple, all girls ages 3 and older are invited to receive this Special Blessing.Please have your daughters at the church by 10:45 a.m. Girls age 3 and 4 are requested to wear white dresses.  Girls age 5 and older please wear light blue.   Each girl should bring white flowers to present to the Theotokos.   For any questions, please call Lupe (562)233-2730.

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Bulletin. November 10, 2019: Eighth Sunday after the Holy Cross

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. November 10, 2019.

Eighth Sunday after the Holy Cross. The Gospel of the Good Samaritan.

Commemoration of the Holy Apostles Olympos, Rhodion, Sosipater, Tertios, Erastes and Quartos and of the Holy Martyr Orestes.

   Rhodion and Olympus were the members of the Church of Rome to whom St. Paul sends his greetings at the end of his epistle to the Romans (16:11 and 15). Sosipater, Tertius, Erastes and Quartus belonged to the Church of Corinth. Tertius is the scribe who penned the Epistle to the Romans which St. Paul dictated and signed. Orestes was the Treasurer of the City of Rome.

 Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple. Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 10:45 a.m. To celebrate the entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple, all girls ages 3 and older are invited to receive a Special Blessing. Please have your daughters at the church by 10:45 a.m. Girls age 3 and 4 are requested to wear white dresses. Girls age 5 and older please wear light blue. Each girl should bring white flowers to present to the Theotokos. For any questions, please contact the office.

 Christmas Boutique: Sundays, December 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2019.  Starts at 12:30 p.m. after the Divine Liturgy. Desserts, Christmas gift baskets, handmade accessories, mugs, crochet hats, homemade organic jam, and many more items. All profit will go directly to Church projects.

 Father François Beyrouti’s Homilies. You can listen and subscribe to the homilies on YouTube.com/MelkiteTV or these podcasts: Apple’s iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and TuneIn + Alexa, Google Podcast, and iHeart Radio podcasts.

   If you would like to receive the emailed weekly parish bulletin or homily please sign up on our website (HolyCrossMelkite.org) or contact the office. Most recent homilies by Father François Beyrouti:

   -“How to Find Information and Formation in the Bible.” October 27, 2019.

   -“Don’t Evangelize Before Doing This.” October 20, 2019.

   -“How to See the Spiritual Life?” October 13, 2019.

   -“I’m in Love.” October 6, 2019.

   -“Connect Personal and Communal Faith.” September 29, 2019.

   -“Excellence is the Only Option.” September 22, 2019.

   -“Actions are Bigger than Words.” September 15, 2019.

   -“Aligning Actions to Values.” September 8, 2019.

   -“A New Reason to Forgive.” September 1, 2019.

 Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)

   Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 5 ). Let us, O faithful, praise and worship the word, coeternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our Salvation, for He was pleased to be lifted in the flesh upon the cross, and to endure death, and to raise the dead by His glorious resurrection.

   Troparion of the Holy Cross (Tone 2). O Lord save your people and bless your inheritance, granting peace to the world; and protect your community by the power of your Cross.

   Kondakion of the Mother of God (Tone 4).  O never failing Protectress of Christians and their ever present intercessor before the Creator, despise not the petitions of us sinners, but in your goodness extend your help to us who call upon you with confidence. Hasten, O Mother of God, to intercede for us, for you have always protected those who honor you.

 Epistle: Galatians 6:11-18. Nicole Rayyan will read this Sunday's Epistle.  If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.

Gospel: Luke 10:25-37. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:

   Fr. Richard C. Kennedy (October 31, 2019), Kamal Gammoh (October 17, 2019), Sleiman Naber (October 17, 2019), Karim Dagher (September 28, 2019), Helen Tomey (October 28, 2018), Emile Semaan (November 9, 2016), Fadwa Dehmis (November 7, 2010), Jim Bottomley (November 8, 2009), Nada Kassis (May 29, 2007), Rifqa Fassho (November 5, 2005), Jamil Husari (March 3, 2002), Fareed Aranki (September 12, 2001), Awad George Saba (November 10, 2000), Theador Kishek (1988).

the health, safety, and salvation of:  

   Fr. Joseph Francavilla, Suzy Armanios, Alexi Kashou, Lizbeth Lira and family, Bernardo Navarro, Father Saba Shofany, Elias George Abou Zeid.

   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:

A lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the law? How do you read?" And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself."  And he [Jesus] said to him, "You have answered right; do this, and you will live" (Luke 10:25-28). 

The Melkite Eastern Catholic Community at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church. Invite your family and friends and remind everyone in the area. 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 November 10, at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
  2019 dates: November 10, and December 8. 2020 dates: January 19, February 16, March 15, April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20, October 18, November 15, December 20.

  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).

Pray for Seminarian Mikhael Naddaf who will be blessed a Reader on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at Holy Transfiguration Melkite Catholic Church in McLean, Virginia by Bishop Nicholas Samra. Keep him and his family in our prayers.

Pray for Reader Elias Dorham, who will be blessed a subdeacon on Saturday, November 16 and ordained to the Holy Diaconate on Sunday, November 17, 2019 at Holy Transfiguration Melkite Catholic Church in McLean, Virginia by Bishop Nicholas Samra. Keep him and his family in our prayers.

Choir practice at Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church every Sunday at 9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m. “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.

Holy Cross Youth Ministry Spiritual Meetings take place every Sunday following the Divine Liturgy for all those in grades 9-12

Holy Cross College Ministry. We are planning social and religious activities to build our College Community at Holy Cross Church. For further details contact the office or see calendar for event details (holycrossmelkite.org/ministries/college-ministry).

 Holy Cross Young Adults Ministry for ages 21-35. 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. See calendar for event details, visit Holycrossmelkite.org/ministries/young-adults, or contact the office.

   Upcoming events:

   -Sunday, December 1. 1:00 p.m. Hike (Location TBD).

   -Wednesday, December 18. 7:30 p.m. Newport Beach Boat Parade.

 Isaiah House Women’s Shelter Volunteer Opportunity. Next date: Saturday, November 23, 2019. Holy Cross Church prepares and serves a meal for the women at Isaiah House (316 South Cypress Avenue, Santa Ana) every month. If you or your family would like assist on those days or if you would like to sponsor a Saturday to prepare food at your home, serve the food with your family, and enjoy a meal with those in need please contact the office.

   Schedule: 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.

   2019 dates: Saturday, November 23, 2019.  2020 dates: Saturday, January 25, Saturday, February 29, Sunday, March 29, Saturday, April 25,  Sunday, May 31, Saturday, June 27, Saturday, July 25, Sunday, August 30, Saturday, September 26, Saturday, October 24. If you would like to sponsor or volunteer for this event, please contact the Church office.

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

Your Sunday donation envelopes are mailed to you every two months. These envelopes are dated with your envelope number on the back. Please contact the office if you are not registered or did not receive your envelopes. Thank you.

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

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.

Thank you for your ongoing generous donations:

   -Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Building fund deposit. $1,600 hall rental + $2,550 donation + $43 coffee = $6,150.

   -Sunday November 3, 2019 collection. $1,690 in 23 envelopes (average $73 per envelope) + $174 loose plate + $100 ECF + $71 candles = $2,035. Building fund deposit: $1,957 in 21 envelopes (average $93 per envelope).

   -Friday, November 1, 2019 collection. $1,391 in 18 envelopes (average $77 per envelope) + $462 loose plate + $192 candles = $2,045. $500 donation made from Holy Cross Church to needy families in Damascus, Syria.

   -Wednesday, October 29. $1,905 building fund + $100 charity + $25 coffee + $390 Life-Teen event registration + $100 World Mission Sunday = $2,520.

   -Sunday, October 27, 2019 collection. $1,640 in 35 envelopes (average $47 per envelope) + $462 loose plate + $103 candles + $230 Eastern Christian Formation (Sunday school) registration = $2,435.

   -Wednesday, October 23, 2019. Building fund deposit: $2,100 donation + $86 coffee = $2,186.

   -Wednesday, October 23, 2019. Charity account deposit: $510 World Mission Sunday + $260 Adopt a child (Zibabdeh) program = $770.

   -Sunday, October 20, 2019 collection. $1,575 in 27 envelopes (average of $58 per envelope) + $561 loose plate + $157 candles = $2,288.

   -Wednesday, October 16, 2019. Building fund deposit: $2,660 donation + $29 coffee = $2,689.

   -Sunday, October 13, 2019. $2,747 in 39 envelopes (average $70 per envelope) + $222 loose plate + $95 candles + $100 memorial + $150 Sunday school = $3,314.

   -Sunday, October 13, 2019. Mission Viejo Divine Liturgy: $470 in 9 envelopes (average $52 per envelope) + $221 loose plate = $691.

   -Wednesday, October 9, 2019. Charity account deposit: $100.

   -Wednesday, October 9. 2019. Building fund deposit: $6,090 donations + $1,600 hall rental + $20 coffee + $200 house blessing + $760 festival donation = $8,670.

   -Sunday, October 6, 2019 collection. $1,885 in 29 envelopes (average $65 per envelope + $738 loose plate + $109 Candles = $2732

   -Sunday, September 29 collection. $1873 in 37 envelopes (average $50 per envelope) + $111 Candles = $1984.

   -Wednesday, September 25. Building fund deposit: $1,372 donation + $500 memorial = $1,872.

   -Sunday, September 22, 2019 collection: $1,485 in 33 envelopes (average of $45 per envelope) + $316 loose plate + $186 candles = $1,987.

Total deposits in the past four months: June: $27,964, July: $19,749, August: $26,398, September: $23,105, October: $33,026, November $10,230.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses: 

   $40.63 paid November 7, 2019. SoCalGas.

   $118.63 paid November 1, 2019. Photocopier lease.

   $1600 paid for October 28-30, 2019 Amazing Parish Conference. Full price: $2100 - $250 (early registration discount) - $250 (grant from Amazing Parish).

   $2,535.36 (fully donated). Hotel rooms for Amazing Parish Conference.

   $300.00 paid October 31, 2019. October general cleaning.

   $107.53 paid October 31, 2019. American Sanitary Supply.

   $2,004.26 paid October 29, 2019. Golden State Water Company.

   $200.00 paid October 28, 2019. Lawn and landscaping.

   $177.18 paid October 15, 2019. Republic trash service.

   Fully donated. $210.00 October 15, 2019. Communication expense (Spectrum).

   $908.76 paid October 7, 2019. So. Cal Edison (electricity).

   $303.75 paid October 6, 2019. Our Sunday Visitor envelopes.

2019 Holy Cross Church Festival Financials. Net income: $20,327.75. $4,497.75 (festival) + $15,830 (raffle). Details below.

Festival Income: $28,185.

   Food and Drink Sales: $21,140. Shawarma: $3,920, Manaeesh: $3,336, Barbeque: $2,835, Falafel: $2,289, Sweets: $2,218, Beer and Wine: $1,621, Water and soda:

$1,411, Baked goods: $1,230, Crepes: $1,075, Hamburgers: $790, Jumpers: $415.

   Other income total: $7045. Cash donations: $6,045 and booth rental income: $1000.

   Donations in Kind: $4,548. $2,904 Security guards, $438 Propane, $360 Bottled water, $585 Food items, and $261 non-food items.

Festival Expenses: $23,687.25.

   Equipment: $11,259. Tents and fences: $5,637, DJ, singer and sound equipment: $2,800, Refrigerated container: $915, Jumpers: $650, Dumpster: $579, Food grinder $250, Shawarma machine $250, Licenses, permits, and postage: $178.

   Food: $12,428.25. Meat & chicken: $5,300.00, Shawarma preparation and serving: $2,352, Food ingredients: $2248.25 (Resturant Depot-$1,180.33, Altayebat Market-$1,015.72, and $52.20), Kitchen help for food preparation: $1,328, Victory Kenafa: $800, Pita bread: $400.

Raffle income: $15,830. Raffle ticket sales: $25,130 - Raffle payout: $9,300.

   Donations in kind for raffle: $2390. Ring: $1,700 and Gift certificates: $690.

   Thank you for all your hard work and generous contributions. May God continue to bless you and your families for your outstanding generosity as we continue to build a healthy and holy future for our community.

Calendar:

Saturday, November 9.

   4:30 p.m. Confession.

   5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, November 10.

   9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).

   9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Choir practice.

   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.

   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.

   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. College Ministry discussion on Matthew Kelly’s book, Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic and study guide.

   5:45 p.m. Music practice in the Saint Kilian’s Church 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 15.

   7:00 p.m. Our Lady’s Society Salad Night. DJ, food, raffle, dancing, and much more. $25.00 per person. Please call the office for tickets.

Saturday, November 16.

   No confessions today.

   5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer) 

Sunday, November 17.

   9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).

   9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Choir practice.

   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.

   12:30 p.m. Thanksgiving luncheon organized by Holy Cross Church Youth. Turkey, drinks, and desserts. $15.00 per 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. College Ministry discussion on Matthew Kelly’s book, Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic and study guide.

   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 the office 

Saturday, November 23.

   If you would like to sponsor or volunteer for this event, please contact the Church office.

   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.

   4:30 p.m. Confession at Holy Cross Church.

   5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, November 24.

   9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).

   9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Choir practice.

   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.

   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.

   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. College Ministry discussion on Matthew Kelly’s book, Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic and study guide.

Saturday, November 30.

   No confessions today.

   5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

   ***Arabic Divine Liturgy moved from November 30 to December 7.

Sunday, December 1.

On the first Sunday of each month, you may use your building fund envelope (or a specially marked envelope) and deposit it in the regular collection. Thank you for your continued generosity as we move closer to our parish goal of a new hall and church building.

   9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).

   9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Choir practice.

   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy in English.

   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. College Ministry discussion on Matthew Kelly’s book, Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic and study guide.

   12:15 p.m. First day of Christmas Boutique. Every Sunday until December 22, 2019.

   1:00 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35. Hike (Location TBD).

Saturday, December 7

   9:00 a.m. Holy Cross Church in collaboration with St. Martin de Porres Pro-Life ministry. Join your friends in Christ as we pray the rosary in front of Planned Parenthood to end abortion. Rosary begins at 9:00 am. For further information, please contact the office. We look forward to the day when our powerful prayers will close the doors of Planned Parenthood.

   5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic. Feast of St. Barbara.

Sunday, December 8

   9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).

   9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Choir practice.

   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.

   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.

   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. College Ministry discussion on Matthew Kelly’s book, Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic and study guide.

   12:15 p.m. First day of Christmas Boutique. Every Sunday until December 22, 2019.

   5:45 p.m. Music practice in the Saint Kilian’s Church 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

Readings for Sunday, November 10, 2019.

Prokimenon (Tone 5). You, O Lord, will keep us and preserve us always from this generation.

Stichon: Save me, O Lord, for there is no longer any holy man, for truthfulness has vanished from among the children of men.

A Reading from the Second Epistle of St. Paul to the Galatians (6:11-18).

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

ALLELUIA. (Tone 5)

Your favor, O Lord, I will sing forever; from generation to generation, my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness.

Stichon: For you have said, “My kindness is established forever.” In heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness.

The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke the Evangelist (10:25-37).

And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the law? How do you read?" And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself." And he said to him, "You have answered right; do this, and you will live." But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.  But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion, and went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, `Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.' Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?" He said, "The one who showed mercy on him." And Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."

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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

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.

Administrative Assistant: Desi Ortiz.

Parish Hall Rentals: Hala Nakhoul (714) 920-6180.

Choir Directors: 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 2019: November 2, December 7.

ENGLISH DIVINE LITURGY: 11:00 a.m. First Sunday of the month. In 2019: October 6, November 3, December 1. In 2020: January 5, February 2, March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7, July 5.

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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2019-10-27: How to Find Information and Formation in the Bible.

Dear friends,
This is the link to the homily for Sunday, October 27, 2019: https://youtu.be/Ag5wz8RV6hU

How to Find Information and Formation in the Bible.
Sunday, October 27, 2019 homily by Father François Beyrouti, Ph.D./D.Th.
Galatians 1:11-19 (20th Sunday after Pentecost).
Luke 8:41-56 (Seventh Sunday after the Holy Cross)
 
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Epistle, Gospel, and Homily below.

Father François Beyrouti, Ph.D./D.Th.
Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church
451 West Madison Avenue
Placentia, CA 92870-4537
(714) 985-1710
HolyCrossMelkite.org
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A Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Galatians (1:11-19. 20th Sunday after Pentecost).

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.

The Holy Gospel According to St. Luke the Evangelist (Gospel of 7th Sunday of Cross, Luke 8:41-56).
AT that time behold, there came a man named Jairus to Jesus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue; and falling at the feet of Jesus, he entreated him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter about twelve years of age, and she was dying. And it happened as he went that he was pressed upon by the crowds. And a certain woman who for twelve years had had a hemorrhage, and had spent all her means on physicians, but could not be cured by anyone, came up behind him and touched the tassel of his cloak; and at once her hemorrhage ceased. And Jesus said, “Who touched me? But as all were denying it, Peter, and those who were with him, said, “Master, the crowds throng and press upon you , and you ask ‘Who touched me?” But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; for I perceived that power had gone forth from me.” But the woman, seeing that she had not escaped notice, came up trembling, and falling down at his feet, declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been healed instantly. And he said to her, “Daughter, thy faith has saved thee; go in peace.” While he was yet speaking, there came one from the house of the ruler of the synagogue, saying to him, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble him.” But Jesus on hearing this word answered the father of the girl, “Do not be afraid; only have faith and she shall be saved.” And when he came to the house, he allowed no one to enter with him, except Peter and James and John, and the girl’s father and mother. And all were weeping and mourning for her. But he said, “Do not weep; she is asleep, not dead.” And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But he, taking her by the hand, cried out, saying, “Girl, arise! “And her spirit returned, and she rose up immediately. And he directed that something be given her to eat. And her parents were amazed, but he charged them to tell no one what had happened.

Homily:

Reading the Bible should be very exciting for all of us. Unfortunately, sometimes when we read we only focus on what people said and did. This historical approach which tries to extract information from the Bible can be helpful, but if we only focus on this aspect of the Bible we are missing the richer meaning and purpose of reading the Bible. For example, in today’s Gospel, if all we focus on is that Jesus healed a woman then went on to bring back to life a young girl, we would only have scratched the surface of what we can learn from this passage.

 

What we want to learn from the Bible is not just historical information of facts and data but more importantly, how to find and apply helpful life principles. When we read the Bible, we are not searching for information to fill our mind but formation to fill our heart. We can apply this information-formation approach to every passage in the Bible. In fact, when we focus on the little gems we are able to see more of how the application of what we read can sparkle different aspects of our life. For example, what we read today is rich, but there is a particular section that can give us a clear road-map for our daily spiritual life. Saint Luke tells us: “A woman who could not be healed by any one, came up behind Jesus, and touched the fringe of his garment; and immediately her flow of blood ceased” (Luke 8:43-44).

This verse is a great summary of the daily personal relationship that Jesus wants us to have with Him. Just this verse alone could radically change our life. In particular, we can focus on three aspects of this short verse: (1) The woman could not be healed by anyone. (2) The woman touched Jesus. (3) The woman was immediately healed.

First, the woman could not be healed by anyone. How can we apply this to our life? We know that our dreams, desires, and hopes sometimes overwhelm us. It is healthy to look for joy and happiness in every aspect of our life, but our expectations of life and of people sometime leaves us very disappointed. When we look for earthly comfort that is not connected to comfort in God we end up looking and looking, but not finding much.

 

For example, those who have various alcohol, drug, gambling, or sexual addictions keep returning to their addictions and to what is destroying their life and their relationships because what they hoped would bring them happiness actually keeps leading them to greater and greater deterioration. Finding comfort in and returning to what is making us sick will not heal us.


But what is the answer? It is here we can learn from what we heard today “The woman could not be healed by anyone.” It is an important first step for us to recognize that our deepest needs can’t be filled by anyone and our deepest wounds can’t be healed by anyone. We can’t stop there, but need to ask ourselves “Then who can heal us of our own sorrow, pain, loneliness, anger, or any other difficulty we may be having?”

We definitely need to turn to family and friends when things in life become difficult. Our family and friends can comfort us but as in the life of the woman in today’s Gospel, they too cannot fully heal us. So what is the answer? Should we despair that life is hopeless? Should we make a list of all that is wrong in the world, with others, or with ourselves and give up?

Our answer is in the second part of the verse: “The woman touched Jesus.” During our most difficult times what do we do? When we have a difficulty with a relationship, with a friendship, or with a family member, do we try to convince ourselves that we are right and they are wrong or do we first reach out and touch Jesus?

Today’s Gospel reminds us to go to Jesus before we try to figure out the answer on our own. God has the answer that we do not even know exists. We move from reading the Bible simply as information, to allowing it to be formation in our lives when we imitate the intensity and commitment of the woman who found Jesus in the crowd and touched Him. She was not afraid of those around Jesus. She was not afraid of what others were saying. Rather “the woman touched Jesus.”

What did she expect from Jesus? Why did she think Jesus was any different from the others who could not heal her? Regardless of her expectations and regardless of her fear, the Gospel tells us: “the woman was immediately healed.”

This is the third aspect of this very short verse. Jesus wants to heal us. Jesus wants to heal our pain. Jesus wants to restore broken friendships. Jesus wants to heal family turmoil and strife and Jesus wants to fill us with healing, comfort, and restoration in every aspect of our life.

This seems like a very simple verse: “A woman who could not be healed by any one, came up behind Jesus, and touched the fringe of his garment; and immediately her flow of blood ceased” (Luke 8:43-44). However, when we read the Bible in an interactive way we realize that the information we discover is only the starting point for the life changing formation that can transform every aspect of our lives.

Read the Bible, but more importantly read the Bible slowly, and even more importantly read the Bible interactively for information and life-changing formation.

Jesus healed others and He wants to heal us. The woman in today’s Gospel shows us the three stages. First, she recognizes that no one else could heal her. What do we want to be healed from and have we recognized that no one else can fully heal us? Second, she touched Jesus. Do we approach Jesus with the same intensity and faith that she approached Him? Third, she was immediately healed. When we imitate the faith of this woman, we will also experience immediate healing and joy in our lives.

We can all find time to read the Bible. Our goal is not to finish it from cover to cover in one day, but to reflect on at least one verse and dig for the rich treasure in that verse and how we can apply that treasure to our life.

Even through one verse God can transform our lives because what Jesus did for others in the passages we read, He also wants to do for us.

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