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2016-11-20-Bulletin for Sunday

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, November 20, 2016.  Ninth Sunday After the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The Fool.

November 20. Preparation for the feast of the Entrance of the Most Holy Mother of God into the Temple. Commemoration of our Fathers among the Saints Gregory the Decapolite and Proclus, Archbishop of Constantinople.
   Gregory was one of the defenders of the true doctrine concerning the use of Icons. He was the spiritual director of two compositors of hymns, John and Joseph. He sent Joseph to Rome as a messenger to bring to Pope Gregory IV the details of the persecution waged by emperor Theophilos against those who venerated the icons. He died in Constantinople on November 20, 842.
   Proclus, a disciple of St. John Chrysostom, was elevated to the See of Constantinople in the year 434, under Emperor Theodosius. He sent to the Church of Armenia a long exposition of the true faith in which he refuted the Nestorian heresy. He received in Constantinople the remains of St. John Chrysostom when they were being solemnly transferred to the capital in the year 438. He died in 446.

Sunday November 20, 2016. We will have a pre-Thanksgiving Day Luncheon following the Divine Liturgy. This is organized and served by the Holy Cross Youth Ministry. This activity will help fund the purchase of a Mother Theresa book for the whole parish and assist with some of the expenses for upcoming youth events. Please invite your family and friends. $12.00 per person.

Saturday, December 31, 2016. New Year’s Eve Party. This year Holy Cross Church is having its Annual New Year’s Celebration at Holy Cross Church. There will be great food, music and dancing. Come celebrate the year with your friends and family at Holy Cross Church. $60 for adults and $30 for children (limited tickets available), Babysitting included, Midnight Champagne included. You can purches your tickets from Alia Qsar, Raidah Nesheiwat, Josephine Cantartzoglou, Suad Kazanji, and Reem Maqatish.

The Bishop’s Appeal. At this time of year when we offer thanksgiving for all God’s blessings, Our Lord calls us in today's Gospel to store up treasure in Heaven and to become rich in the things of God. Let us give back to the Lord and His Church for all the blessings He has bestowed upon us. Let us give thanks to God for the precious gift of our Melkite Church and pay a tribute of thanksgiving to propel our Church into a future of growth and expansion. Offer your thanks to God by giving a generous gift to the Bishop’s Appeal. Donation envelopes are available in this Sunday’s bulletin and at the entrance of the church. Thank you for your generosity. 

November 15 is the traditional start of the Nativity Fast according. Some start this fast on December 10. During this time we fast from meat and dairy. In order for fasting to be effective, it must be accompanied with prayer and acts of mercy and love. St. John Chrysostom reminds us: “What good is it to fast from meat and dairy, if we devour and eat one another.” Please remember to love and forgive in this special time in which we prepare for the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. The Fast will continue until the Christmas Eve Divine Liturgy, which will take place on Saturday, December 24 at 4:00 p.m. The Christmas Day Divine Liturgy will be on Sunday, December 25 at 11:00 a.m. Please take the opportunity now to mark your calendars. How can we truly celebrate Christmas if we skip out on Christmas Liturgy? The Christmas season is a very busy time and we have plans to be with friends and family, but let us set our priorities straight and schedule our gatherings around our prayer times. Can you imagine having a birthday party without celebrating the one whose birthday it is? That’s exactly what we do when we don’t attend Christmas Liturgy. Let us begin to change the secularization of Christmas and remember that Christ is the reason for the season.

The What, Who, Why, When, and Where of Fasting by Fr. Sebastian Carnazzo (www.steliasmelkite.org)
   With the Nativity Fast beginning on November 15th, I thought it would be good to review the "what, who, why, when, and where" of fasting!  During your breaks today, take a brief moment to read each one of these subjects and also take a minute to think about it.
   What: Fasting is the practice of eating less quantity of food or completely abstaining from food, or certain types of food, at certain times.
   Who: Christians have been fasting from the beginning. Jesus fasted (Matt 4:2), his disciples fasted (Matthew 6:16-18), and he said that his disciples would fast until his return (Matt 9:15).  Jesus taught that there are some evils that can only be done away with through prayer and fasting (Matthew 17:21). Hence, the early Church fasted during the time of the Apostles (Acts 13:3; 14:23) and has continued until today. Christians have always fasted. To what degree someone is able to fast or abstain from certain things depends on age and physical health, but there is no way out of it. If you are a Christian you should fast!
   Why: Many people think that fasting makes God happy because he likes to see us suffering. That's impossible. First of all, God desires your happiness. Second, God doesn't change.  You can't make him happy or sad. Whether you fast or not, it doesn't change God, it changes you. Think of it like spiritual exercises or calisthenics!  When you fast you choose not to eat certain things or at certain times. This strengthens your willpower.  The more you do this the stronger your willpower becomes. Then, when you encounter somethings that is evil, a temptation to sin, you have the strength to choose not to sin. Fasting does not change God, it changes you!
   When: From the early Church, Christians have been fasting weekly, during certain times in the year, and during periods of personal trial.  During the time of Jesus, Jews fasted on Mondays and Thursdays each week because, as far as can be discerned, they believed that Moses went up to get the Torah on the mountain on Thursday and came back down on Monday (Luke 18:12). Christians began fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays, because these are the days when Jesus was handed over (Wednesday) and crucified (Friday). This practice developed during apostolic times (Didache 8:1) and has continued to today. Over the first few centuries of the Church, larger fasting periods developed as well, of which there are four: The Great Fast in preparation for Pascha, the Apostles Fast, in preparation for the Feast of Peter and Paul, the Dormition Fast, in preparation for the Dormition, and the Nativity Fast, in preparation for the Nativity.   Finally, individual Christians, Christian Churches, Christian Communities, also sometimes fast during times of prayer in preparation for coming times of difficulty.
   Where: Fasting is something we do for our own spiritual development. As Jesus said, when we fast, we should go about our normal daily routine, and there should not be any indication to those outside that we are fasting (Matthew 6:16-18). Otherwise, we could easily fall into pride, and then the whole purpose of fasting, avoidance of sin, has been lost.  At home at meal time, when the whole family is fasting, meals are taken together and fasting is a united effort that strengthens the family bond and encourages each member to keep up the effort. This is like friends or family members committing to go out and exercise together each day. We can also do this when we are alone, taking a meal at lunch at the cafeteria, or even out to lunch with some co-workers, as long as we are careful not to draw any attention to ourselves. It is quite easy to choose a shrimp salad or vegetable soup without anyone taking notice. But be careful. If someone who is not keeping the Fast invites you to dinner, and you are inclined to go, if nothing else but to be polite, you should eat whatever is put before you (1 Cor 10:27). Remember, charity in all things!  And so even this can strengthen you. How so? If you have been keeping the fast without fail, and then sometime during the fast you are in a situation where you must break the fast for a moment, such as the above example, it can also keep you from falling into pride, since you cannot say to yourself at the end of the fast, "Look how strong you are!  You did it, you kept the Fast!  Wow, you must be really spiritual!" Remember, fasting is to help us avoid sin, and pride is the greatest sin of all!
   Now, back to the What: From what do we abstain during this coming Nativity Fast?  Throughout the year it is customary on Wednesdays and Fridays to avoid alcoholic beverages, oil, and animal products (dairy, eggs and meat [including fish with a backbone]). During the Nativity Fast we continue this practice and also abstain from animal products on all days of the week. Saturdays and Sundays are exceptions, when fish is usually eaten as a lightening or relief from the weekly fast. 
   More on all this later. In the meantime, start thinking about these things and, if married, talking with the family about how you will, as a family, keep the Nativity Fast. The above list is simply a customary guideline, not some sort of hard and strict rule.  Each person or family has its own needs, age of children, elderly, health, food allergies, and life situation. Remember, the purpose of fasting is to help you avoid sin. Fasting together is like exercising together. The benefits are myriad. May God bless you now and in a special way during this coming Nativity Fast as we prepare to celebrate the great gift of God in the Nativity of our Lord God and Savior in the Flesh!

Our Lady’s Society Salad Night which took place on November 4 was a great success. We would like to thank all those who attended, brought friends, helped set-up and clean up, donated or bought raffle tickets. This event raised $3,360. We hope you enjoyed this evening and look forward to see you at future events.

Holy Cross Youth Ministry Spiritual Event. “Living Everyday with Passion and Purpose” led by best-selling author Matthew Kelly. Saturday, December 3, 2016. 4:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. We will depart from Holy Cross Church at 3:00 p.m.
   You were created to live a life of passion and purpose! Are you ready to become a better version of yourself? How about the best-version-of-yourself? This is not your typical church event! This one day event has changed the lives of tens of thousands of young people throughout the world. This gathering invites us all to identify God’s voice in our lives and the specific purpose for which we have been created. Matthew inspires attendees to apply the genius of Catholicism to every aspect of our lives including prayer and spirituality, work, dating, marriage, personal finances, health and well-being, parenting, and community involvement. Matthew Kelly and musician Eliot Morris prepare a unique message inspired by God and the teachings of the Church that promises to radiate in your life. Consider this: most people take more time to plan their annual vacation than they do to discover the voice of God and His plan for their life. Please invite your friends. Parents are also encouraged to join us for this event.
   Doors will open an hour before the event. We recommend you arrive an hour prior to the event start time, to collect your event materials and find a seat. Every event attendee will receive an event bag, which contains a book, CD, journal, pen, and several other great resources. Please note, meals are not served during the breaks, feel free to pack a snack to enjoy during the breaks in public areas. Location: UCI Bren Center. 100 Mesa Road Irvine, CA 92697. For further information visit: www.DynamicCatholic.com/Irvine
   Cost: FREE. Holy Cross Church will cover the full $40 registration fee, which will covers the ticket, event bag, event materials, transportation, and parking. To register please contact the office at (714) 985-1710 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Holy Cross Church Sunday School (Eastern Christian Formation). This year’s Sunday School started on Sunday, September 25, 2016. For more Sunday School events, check the Holy Cross Church calendar. 

The Melkite Eastern Catholic Community at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church. There has been an overwhelmingly positive turnout and great excitement for our monthly Divine Liturgy at Saint Kilian’s. Please remind everyone in the area to attend and invite your family and friends. In order to encourage the younger generation to take a leadership role and to be open to people of all backgrounds, the Divine Liturgy is in English. We will meet in the hall prior to the Divine Liturgy to get to know each other, review the hymns, and get everyone’s ideas on how we can build a healthy future on the solid foundation of faith.
   Meet in the hall at 6:00 p.m. and the Divine Liturgy in the Church will begin at exactly 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
   We thank everyone who has called and showed exceptional excitement for our new outreach. 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. We appreciate your assistance in helping us put together a list of those who live in the area. 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).

Vocation Awareness. Saint Paul urges us to wake up from the sleep of ignorance and come to the joy of a life centered on God. In the Gospel, we see a man who has not yet been awakened. Priests are constantly saying during the Divine Liturgy and through their ministry “Let us be attentive,” “Wisdom,” and “Let us stand well.”  Unfortunately, we do not have enough priests for our diocese. Please pray that more may answer God’s call to serve in our presbyterate.

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 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.

New Holy Cross Church YouTube Clip. On September 13, 2016 we posted a new Holy Cross Church YouTube clip summarizing our 2015 activities. Enjoy this wonderful clip that highlights all the things that have happened at our active and faith filled parish. Special thanks to Floyd, Genadry, Andrew Najm, and Tony Helo for their hard work and many hours in putting together this outstanding clip. To view this new clip and the other Holy Cross Church YouTube clips visit: https://www.youtube.com/HolyCrossMelkite

You may hear some of Father François Beyrouti’s English homilies on the radio station “Voice of Emmanuel.” www.voiceofemmanuel.org 
   -August 7, 2016. Starting from 46:52. Homily on the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans 5:1-10.
   -August 14, 2016. Starting from 43:34. Homily on the Gospel of Matthew 14:14-22.
   -September 11, 2016. Starting from 49:33. Homily on the Gospel of Matthew 21:33-42.
   -September 18, 2016. Starting from 42:22. Homily on Saint Mother Theresa.
   -September 25, 2016. Starting from 46:55. Homily on the Gospel Matthew 22:35-46.
   -Sunday October 9, 2016. Starting from 49:18. Homily on the Gospel of John 3:13-17.
   -Sunday October 16, 2016. Starting from 47:55. Homily on the Epistle of Saint Paul to the Galatians 2:16-20. 

Recent Sophia articles. See: https://melkite.org/sophia-issue/sophia-fall-2016
   1) “The Future is in Our Hands.” Father François Beyrouti. Homily delivered at the Divine Liturgy on July 2, 2016 at the Melkite Convention. The readings were from Hebrews (9:1-7) and Luke (1:39-49, 56). Pages 14-15.
   2) “Nothing Stops a Bullet Like a Job.” Holy Cross Church Youth Visit Homeboy Industries. By Chantal Behnan and Ashley Maayah. Page 46.

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Orthros Gospel: 5.
Hymns:  
   Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 2). When you descended to death, O Immortal Life, You destroyed Hades by the splendor of your Divinity, and when you raised the dead from under the ground, all the Powers of heaven cried out: O Christ our God, the giver of life, glory to you.
   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 Presentation of the Blessed Virgin (Tone 4). The most pure Temple of the Savior, His most precious bridal chamber, the Virgin, sacred treasure of God’s glory, enters today in the house of the Lord, bringing with her the grace of the divine Spirit.  Wherefore the angels of God are singing: “Behold the heavenly tabernacle!”

Epistle: Ephesians: 6:10-17. Annalee Maayah will read today’s Epistle. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Luke 12:16-22. Full reading below.

If you would like to view or receive the daily Arabic or English Epistle and Gospel readings go to: http://www.melkites.org/en/readingsXML.htm

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for
   the repose of the souls of:
   Emile Semaan (November 9, 2016), Dana Naber (October 31, 2016), Nabiha Shajrawi (October 21, 2016), Ojini Ibrahim Abu Halaka (October 16, 2016), Jennie Bergeron (October 15, 2016), Lutfi Hijazin (October 6, 2016), Father Norman Haddad (October 4, 2016), Mansour Assad Skoury (September 29, 2016), Ramsey Asfour (September 28, 2016), Joseph Nourieh (December 4, 2015), Nicholas Kassouf (October 7, 2014), Nasseem Sweiss (November 22, 1983), Elias Hilo (November 9, 1982), Shamah Saliba Salman.
   the health, safety, and salvation of:
   William Joubran Awad, Mark Bergeron, Stacy Bladdel, Bishop John Elya, Kevin Murphy, Isho Nissan, Linda Raya, Jack Raymond, Brian Visconti.
   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:
“Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. [11] Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. [12] For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:10-12).

“He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” (Luke 14:35).


Saturday, November 19.
   3:00 p.m. Set up for Thanksgiving Day Luncheon.
   No confessions or Vespers today. 

Sunday, November 20.
   9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
   12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Family Fun Day. Organized by the Eastern Christian Formation (Sunday school) students and Holy Cross Youth Ministry.
   12:15 p.m. Pre-Thanksgiving Day Luncheon organized and served by the Holy Cross Youth Ministry. This activity will help fund the purchase of a Mother Theresa book for the whole parish and assist with some of the expenses for upcoming youth events. Please invite your family and friends. $12.00 per person. 

Thursday, November 24.
   Have a blessed Thanksgiving Day.

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

Sunday, November 27.
   9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy. 40th Day Memorial Divine Liturgy for Jennie E. Bergeron.
   12:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation for the children of our parish (Sunday School).
   12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Holy Cross Youth Ministry. Decision Point. Session 2: What’s holding you back? Led by Chantal Behnan.

Friday, December 2.
   11:00 a.m. Prayer Service for all the spiritual needs of our parishioners followed by a Spiritual Meeting led by Deacon Elias Kashou. Topic: Santa Barbara, Saint Nicholas, and Saints of the Month. 

Saturday, December 3.
   9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Magnificat Prayer Breakfast presents worship leader and inspirational speaker Susan Potvin, “Sing to God… A Father to the Fatherless”! Join us for the powerful story of how God’s Grace helped Susan overcome a sense of failure and an orphan spirit! A journey straight to the heart of the Father! Embassy Suites Anaheim – South, 11767 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove, CA 92840. Registration by mail must be postmarked by Nov. 28, 2016: $28 per person. Registration at the door: $33 per person. Mail to Magnificat Ministry: P.O. Box 4381, Orange, CA 92863-4381. Please visit www.magnificat-ministry.net for a flyer and registration information or contact Anne at (714) 420-5482 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

   Saints Nicholas Day Party for all the children at Holy Cross Church.
   5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic.

   4:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. (Departure from the Church at 3:00 p.m.) Holy Cross Youth Ministry Spiritual Event. “Living Everyday with Passion and Purpose” led by best-selling author Matthew Kelly. You were created to live a life of passion and purpose! Are you ready to become a better version of yourself? How about the best-version-of-yourself? This is not your typical church event! This one day event has changed the lives of tens of thousands of young people throughout the world. This gathering invites us all to identify God’s voice in our lives and the specific purpose for which we have been created. Matthew inspires attendees to apply the genius of Catholicism to every aspect of our lives including prayer and spirituality, work, dating, marriage, personal finances, health and well-being, parenting, and community involvement. Matthew Kelly and musician Eliot Morris prepare a unique message inspired by God and the teachings of the Church that promises to radiate in your life. Consider this: most people take more time to plan their annual vacation than they do to discover the voice of God and His plan for their life. Please invite your friends. Parents are also encouraged to join us for this event.
   Doors will open an hour before the event. We recommend you arrive an hour prior to the event start time, to collect your event materials and find a seat. Every event attendee will receive an event bag, which contains a book, CD, journal, pen, and several other great resources. Please note, meals are not served during the breaks, feel free to pack a snack to enjoy during the breaks in public areas. Location: UCI Bren Center. 100 Mesa Road Irvine, CA 92697. For further information visit: www.DynamicCatholic.com/Irvine 
   Cost: FREE. Holy Cross Church will cover the full $40 registration fee, which will covers the ticket, event bag, event materials, transportation, and parking. To register please contact the office at (714) 985-1710 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sunday, December 4.
On the first Sunday of each month you may use your pink colored Building Fund Envelopes (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.
   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy In English.
      -40th day memorial Divine Liturgy for Grace Aboody (October 24, 2016).
      -One year memorial Divine Liturgy for Joseph Nourieh (December 4, 2015).
      -One year memorial Divine Liturgy for Ibrahim Saba (December 5, 2015).

    12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Holy Cross Youth Ministry. Follow up discussion to the “Living Everyday with Passion and Purpose” event and Decision Point. Session 3: The Jesus Question. Led by Chantal Behnan.

Wednesday, December 7.
   10:30 a.m. Eastern Catholic Pastoral Association (ECPA) meeting at Holy Cross Church. 

Saturday, December 10.
   1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Toys for Tots event at Holy Cross Church. This year we are going to host a toy giving away for the holiday. We have partnered with Toys for Tots to help distribute gifts to children in our community and in the neighborhood. Everyone is welcome. If you have any questions contact Rosemarie Nasr or Raidah Nesheiwat.
   4:30 p.m. Confession.
   5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer).

Sunday, December 11.
   9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
   12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Holy Cross Youth Ministry. Decision Point. Session 4: The Prayer Process. Led by Chantal Behnan. 
    6:00 p.m. Music practice and meeting to get to know each other before Melkite Divine Liturgy at Saint Kilian’s.
   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, December 17.
   12:00-3:30 p.m. Toys for Tots volunteer opportunity to help the needy. Toys for Tots requested our help in their facility to support efforts in California. Toys for Tots depends on the work of volunteers every year. We need a large group of people to help show Holy Cross Church’s support. If you have any questions contact Rosemarie Nasr and Raidah Nesheiwat.
   4:30 p.m. Confession.
   5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer). 

Sunday, December 18.
   9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy. 

Saturday, December 24.
   4:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy for the Vigil of Christmas. Christ is Born. Glorify Him. 

Sunday, December 25.
   11:00 a.m. Christmas Day Divine Liturgy. Christ is Born. Glorify Him. 

Readings for Sunday, November 20, 2016.

Epistle: Ephesians 6:10-17.
PROKIMENON (Tone 2)
My strength and my courage is the Lord, and he has been my Savior.
Stichon: The Lord has chastised me through his teaching, yet he has not delivered me to death.

A Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Ephesians.
Brethren, be strengthened in the Lord and in the might of his power. Put on God’s armor that you may be able to stand against the devil’s wiles. For our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness on high. Therefore take up God’s armor that you may be able to resist on the evil day and stand perfect in all things. Stand, therefore, wearing the belt of truth. And the breastplate of holiness and with your feet shod in the readiness of the Good News of peace, and in all things take up the shield of faith with which you will be able to put out all the flaming darts of the most wicked one. And take for yourselves the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit, that is, God’s word. 

ALLELUIA (Tone 2)
The Lord shall hear you on the day of distress; the name of the God of Jacob shall defend you. Stichon: O Lord, save your king and listen to us on whatever day we call upon you.

Gospel: Luke 12:16-22. Ninth Sunday after the Holy Cross.
The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke the Evangelist.
The Lord told this parable: “The land of a certain rich man brought forth abundant crops.  And he began to consider, saying, ‘What shall I do, for I have no room to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger one, and there I will store up all my grain and my goods.  And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have many good things laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, be marry.’ But God said to him, ‘You fool, this very night, you must give up your life; and the things you have provided, whose will they be?’ So is the man who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich as regards God.”  After he had said this, he cried out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

 

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: www.HolyCrossMelkite.org
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/HolyCrossMelkite
Youtube Page: www.youtube.com/HolyCrossMelkite
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HCMelkite

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

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

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

ARABIC DIVINE LITURGY: 5:00 p.m. Saturday before the first Sunday of the month. In 2016: December 3.
ENGLISH DIVINE LITURGY: 11:00 a.m. First Sunday of the month. In 2016: December 4.
HOLY DAYS AND WEEKDAYS: Please check the bulletin. 

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

HALL RENTAL POLICY.
   MERCY-MEAL ON THE DAY OF THE FUNERAL: No charge for registered parishioners of Holy Cross Church who regularly use donation envelopes.
   MERCY-MEAL FOR THE 40th DAY OR OTHER MEMORIALS: $300.00 for parishioners.
   A PARTY WITH MUSIC, FOOD, AND DRINKS (up to 5 hours of use): $400.00 for parishioners + $100 insurance payable to the diocese. $500.00 for non-parishioners + $100 insurance payable to the diocese.
   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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