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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. September 15, 2019.

Sunday before the Feast of the Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross.

Commemoration of the Holy Martyr Nicetas.

 Nicetas was born and educated in the country of the Goths in the area of the Danube river.  After his martyrdom, his body was transferred to Mopsueste in Asia Minor, and thence to Venice in Italy.

 

Thank you to everyone who helped prepare and volunteer to make our annual festival a huge success. Thank you also to those who purchased raffle tickets, donated items, and attended. It is wonderful to see our community gather as a family of faith and welcome so many people. God bless everyone your love and dedication to your Church.

 

Saint Anne’s Melkite Catholic Cathedral Festival. Friday, September 20, Saturday, September 21, Sunday, September 22, 2019. 7:00 p.m.-midnight. 11211 Moorpark St, North Hollywood, CA 91602. (818) 761-2035. melkitesinlosangeles.org

 Our Eastern Christian Formation (Sunday School) program for all children in Kindergarten to grade 8 will start on Sunday, October 6, 2019. We need teachers and assistants for each class. Please contact the office if you are interested in teaching our wonderful children or to register your children.

  -On September 22, we will have a special blessing and commissioning of all our Catechist teachers. Following the Divine Liturgy all the teachers will meet to finalize the calendar and details of the program.

   -On September 29, we will meet with all the parents to introduce the teachers and review the calendar and program.

 Father François Beyrouti’s Homily podcasts are now available on iTunes and other Podcasts. 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:

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

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

   -“Forgive: What, How, and Why.” August 25, 2019.

   -“Living the Spiritual Disciplines,” Posted August 19. Presentation at Saint Elias Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral on July 12, 2019.

   -“Easier to Focus than not to?” August 11, 2019.

   -“How to See More?” August 4, 2019.

 Marriage Encounter: A great way to enrich and strengthen your marriage. There are 2 Marriage Encounter Weekends coming up, September 13-15 & November 1-3! For more information call the Holy Cross Church office or sign up online at www.OCWWME.org.

 All Holy Cross Church parishioners are invited to these two events at Christ Cathedral (13280 Chapman Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92840). Free. To register please call Holy Cross Church office:

   Saturday, September 21. 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Stewardship Renewal Workshop. Diocesan Pastoral Center Room 1F. Hospitality provided. Open to all parishioners especially deacons, parish leaders, volunteers, and everyone interested in the health and future growth of the parish.

   Saturday, October 12. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Diocesan Ministries Celebration. Three bishops will lead presentations on the direction of the Diocese of Orange and the increased focus on Evangelization and Faith Formation within the context of the Diocesan Strategic Plan. Everyone is invited to this historic event. There will be keynote talks and short sessions that focus on the call to discipleship, the call to live the life in Christ, and that every baptized person has to be an evangelizer. The journey of becoming “one who evangelizes” involves call, conversion, conviction, witness and service. 8:30 a.m. Welcome. 9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Mass in the Cathedral. 10:45 am-11:15 am. Keynote Speaker. 11:30 am-12:15 pm. General Session.

 Friday, November 1 to Sunday, November 3, 2019. Byzantine Catholic Seminary in Pittsburgh (bcs.org), is hosting a “Come and See” Retreat of Discovery for men, ages 18 to 35, single or married, who may be considering a vocation to the priesthood.

 Women’s Silent Retreat November 8-10, 2019. Come away to beautiful Sacred Heart Retreat House in Alhambra, and in the silence, pray, sort out what lies in front of you, or simply retreat from all that is worldly. The theme is Come Holy Spirit “He will guide you to all truth” John 16:13. Select one of three options for attendance: stay the entire weekend in the serenity of this place, or commute daily from your home, or come just for the day on Saturday. Prices vary accordingly, and scholarships may be available. For information, please contact Holy Cross Church office.

 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 5). O Lord, save Your people and bless Your inheritance, granting peace to the world. And preserve Your community by the power of Your Cross.

   Kondakion of the Feast (Tone 2). O Christ God, who chose by Your free volition to be elevated upon the holy cross, grant Your mercies to Your new people who are called by Your name. In Your power gladden the hearts of our public authorities. Strengthen them in every good deed so that Your true alliance may be for them a weapon of peace and a standard of victory.

Epistle: Galatians 2:16-21. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.

Gospel: Mark 8:34-38, 9:1.Full reading below.

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

   Renato Cruz (August 7, 2019) 40th Day Memorial.

   Beverly Joy Piprah (August 29 2019), Teri Lynn Armenta (August 23, 2019).

the health, safety, and salvation of:

   Robert Bremer, Nicola Gambino, Jihad Haddad, Rose Ann Hammond, Odette Kateb, Lizbeth Lira and family, Helen Lum, Laura Mashni, Amira Qseisieh, Rafat Sawouq, Marie Semaan, Florence Shaib, Robert Shingledecker, Yasmine Tashman.

   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:

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 6:20).

 “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34).

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 September 15, at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
  2019 dates: September 15, October 13, November 10, and December 8.

  If you live or know anyone who lives in the area surrounding Mission Viejo please give us their contact information so that we can keep everyone informed on upcoming events. Please send contact details to the parish office at (714) 985-1710 or email a list of names to Father François at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

   “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain” (Psalm 127:1).

 Choir practice 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 (Holycrossmelkite.org/ministries/young-adults). Contact: Tony Helo (562) 371-5466; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

   Upcoming events:

   -Sunday, October 6, 2019. 1:00 p.m. Kayaking at Kayaks on the Water (5411 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803).

   -Thursday, October 24, 2019. 7:30 p.m. Potluck and Movie Night at Holy Cross Church (451 W. Madison Ave., Placentia, CA 92870).

 Isaiah House Women’s Shelter Volunteer Opportunity. Next date: Sunday, September 29, 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: Sunday, September 29, Saturday, October 26, Saturday, November 23, and Sunday, December 29.

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 is overwhelmed by the awareness of God’s great love for him and wants to share that experience with everyone. Christ tells us that true life comes from surrendering to Him and following Him. Both are basic elements in our Christian Faith. Let us pray for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and monastic life so that we may continue to have messengers of this great joy among us.

  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 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. Le   t 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.

 Thank you for your ongoing generous donations:

   -Sunday September 8, 2019 collection: $1,676 in 25 envelopes (average of $67 per envelope) + $205 cash in plate = $1,881

   -Wednesday, September 4, 2019. Building fund deposit: $3,100 + $4,300 Festival = $7,400.

   -Sunday September 1 collection: $1784 in 33 envelopes (average of $54 per envelope) + $316 loose plate = $2,100.

   -Wednesday August 28. Building fund deposit: $1,290.

   -Sunday August 25 collection: $1,762 in 33 envelopes (average of $53 per envelope) + $438 cash in plate + $400 baptism = $2,600.

   -Wednesday August 21. Building fund deposit: $3,785. $600 house blessings, $1,060 festival raffle sales, $2,125 donations.

   -Sunday, August 18 collection: $1,038 in 37 envelopes (average of $28 per envelope) + $281 cash in plate = $1,319.

   -Wednesday August 14. Building fund deposit: $5,285.

   -Sunday, August 11 collection: $1850 in 37 envelopes (average of $50 per envelope) + $153 cash in plate + $114 candles = $2,117.

   -Sunday August 11. Mission Viejo Divine Liturgy: $554.

   -Friday, August 9. Building fund deposit: $890.

   -Sunday, August 4 collection: $2,301 in 37 envelopes (average of $62 per envelope) + $306 cash in plate + $200 Baptismal donation = $2,810.

   -Wednesday, July 31. Building fund deposit: $1,400.

   -Sunday, July 28 collection: $1,548 in 32 envelopes (average of $48 per envelope) + $195 cash in plate + $105 candles + $20 bookstore = $1,868.

   -Wednesday, July 24. Building fund deposit: $1,225.

   -Sunday, July 21 collection: $1,731 in 44 envelopes (average of $39 per envelope) + $381 cash in plate + $157 candles = $2,269.

   -Sunday, July 21. Mission Viejo Divine Liturgy collection: $874.

 Total deposits in the past four months: May: $22,573, June: $27,964, July: $19,749, August: $26,398, September: $11,889.

 Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses: 

   $139.81 paid September 3, 2019. American Sanitary Supply.

   $69.00 paid on August 26, 2019. Toner for offce printers.

   $300.00 paid on August 26, 2019.  Church cleaning services.

   $32.88 paid on August 23, 2019. So Cal Gas.

   $4,500 paid on August 20, 2019. Accounting Services.

   $318.03 paid on August 13, 2019. General Wax and Candle.

   $50.54 paid on August 13, 2019. Sparkletts.

   $132.00 paid on August 6, 2019. Christopherson Fire Protection.

   $360.00 paid on July 30, 2019. Church cleaning services.

   $200.00 paid on July 30, 2019. Gardening services.

   $400.00 paid on July 26, 2019. Orange County Fire permit.

   -Fully donated: $619.88 paid on July 26, 2019. San Antonio Winery for communion wine.

 Calendar:

Thursday, September 12.

   7:00 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35: Trivia Night at Kelly’s Korner Tavern (907 E Yorba Linda Blvd, Placentia, CA 92870).

 Friday, September 13.

   7:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross followed by the lighting and blessing of the fire commemorating the finding of the Cross by St. Helen.

   We are very honored to have the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulcher come to pray with us today.

 Saturday, September 14.

   4:30 p.m. Confession.

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

 Sunday, September 15.

   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. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.

  

   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.

 Saturday, September 21.

   9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Stewardship Renewal Workshop at Christ Cathedral (13280 Chapman Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92840). Diocesan Pastoral Center Room 1F. Hospitality provided. Open to all parishioners especially deacons, parish leaders, volunteers, and everyone interested in the health and future growth of the parish.

   Free. To register please call Holy Cross Church office to confirm your presence.

    4:30 p.m. Confession.

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

 Sunday, September 22.

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

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

   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy. We will have a special blessing and commissioning of all our Eastern Christian Formation (Sunday school) Catechist teachers.

   12:15 p.m. Meeting for all the teachers to finalize the calendar and details of the Eastern Christian Formation (Sunday School) program.

   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.

 Saturday, September 28.

   4:30 p.m. Confession.

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

 Sunday, September 29

   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. Meeting for all the parents who have children in kindergarten to grade 8 to introduce the teachers and review the calendar and program for the Eastern Christian Formation (Sunday School) program.

   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.

 If you would like to sponsor or volunteer for Isaiah House Catholic Worker’s Women’s shelter, please contact the Church office.

   3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Prepare meal in the Holy Cross Hall Kitchen

   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.

 Saturday, October 5.

   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. We meet at 700 S. Tustin Ave in Orange. 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 at Holy Cross Church.

 Sunday, October 6

   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. First day for our Eastern Christian Formation (Sunday School) program for children in kindergarten to grade 8.

   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.

   1:00 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35. Kayaking. Kayaks on the Water (5411 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803).

 

Readings for Sunday, September 15, 2019

Prokimenon (Tone 4)

How great are your works, O Lord! In wisdom you have wrought them all.

Stichon: Bless the Lord. O my soul! You are very great indeed, O Lord my God!

 A Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Galatians (2:16-21).

Brethren, we know man is not justified by the works of the Law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. Hence we also believe in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the Law, because by the works of the Law no man will be justified. But if, while we are seeking to be justified in Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is Christ therefore the minister of sin? By no means. For if I rebuild the things I destroyed, I make myself a sinner. For through the Law I have died to the Law that I may live for God. With Christ I am nailed to the cross. It is now no longer I who live, but Christ is living in me. And the life I now live in the flesh, I live within the faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself up for me.

 ALLELUIA (Tone 4)

I have exalted one chosen out of my people. I have found David my servant, and anointed him with holy chrism.

Stichon: You loved righteousness and hated iniquity: therefore God, your God, anointed you with the oil of joy above your companions.

The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark the Evangelist (8:34-38, 9:1).

The Lord said, “If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For anyone who would save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News will save it. For what does it profit a man, if he gains the whole world, but suffers the loss of his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes with the holy angels in the glory of his Father.” And he said to them, “Amen I say to you, there are some of those standing here who will not taste death, till they have seen the kingdom of God coming in power.”

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 Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church.

451 West Madison Avenue, Placentia, CA 92870-4537

Telephone: (714) 985-1710.

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Parish Web site: HolyCrossMelkite.org

Facebook Page: Facebook.com/HolyCrossMelkite

YouTube Page: Youtube.com/HolyCrossMelkite

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HCMelkite

 

Pastor: Father François Beyrouti.

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

 

Pastoral Associate: Deacon Elias Kashou.

Administrative Assistant: Desi Ortiz.

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

Choir Directors: Epistl 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: October 5, November 2, November 30.

ENGLISH DIVINE LITURGY: 11:00 a.m. First Sunday of the month. In 2019: October 6, November 3, December 1.

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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