2016-11-27-Bulletin for Sunday

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, November 27, 2016.  Thirteenth Sunday After the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The Rich Young Man.

November 27. Commemoration of the Holy Martyr James the Persian. James was born at Beth-Labad in Susiana of Persia. He was of noble origin and a personal friend of King Yasdajard of Persia (399-425). This friendship led him to abandon Christianity and adopt pagan practices. His mother and his wife wrote to him and warned him that they would break all relations with him if he continued to live as a pagan. After reflection and meditation, James proclaimed his Christian faith to the king. He was martyred by being cut to pieces.

Thank you to all who helped prepare and host this year’s pre-Thanksgiving Day Luncheon. Thank you to Holy Cross Youth ministry, Sunday school ministry, and parents for all your assistance. Thank you also to those who donated money and food to this very successful event which raised $1016. This amount will help fund the purchase of a Mother Theresa book for the whole parish which cost $497.13, cover registration for the Matthew Kelly “Living Everyday with Passion and Purpose” event, and assist with some of the expenses for upcoming youth 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.

Saturday, December 31, 2016. New Year’s Eve Party. This year we are having our Annual New Year’s Even 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), mazza, dinner, music, babysitting, and Midnight Champagne included. You can purchase your tickets from Alia Qsar, Raidah Nesheiwat, Josephine Cantartzoglou, Suad Kazanji, and Reem Maqatish.

The Bishop’s Appeal. Don’t’ be sad and downcast, worrying about earthly riches like the Rich Young Man in today’s Gospel. Be generous and joyful of heart, giving in return for all that God has given you, following Jesus unreservedly and finding heavenly treasure! If our Lord has blessed us with riches, He does so, not only for ourselves and our families, but for the good of His Church. Offer your gratitude to God this Thanksgiving weekend by giving a generous gift to the Bishop’s Appeal today. Donation envelopes are available in this Sunday’s bulletin and at the entrance of the church. Thank you for your generosity. To read Bishop Nicholas Samra’s letter and to donate online visit: https://melkite.org/products-page/donation/bishops-appeal-2015

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! 

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.
   Verse of The Week: “He came to Mary and said, ‘Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you!’ [30] And the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. [31] And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus’ ” (Luke 1:28, 30-31).

How Catholic Schools Shape Children. They Teach, Nurture and Inspire Kids To Be Future Leaders. By Cathi Douglas. 11/15/2016. http://occatholic.com/how-catholic-schools-shape-children

Vocation Awareness. The Gospel shows a beautiful vocation story. Christ invites a young man to follow Him and join in His ministry. Notice that worldly concerns have become too central in his life, and impedes his response – though his desire to do so is obviously there. Saint Paul reminds us that the devil is constantly trying to keep us from surrendering to God’s plans. Pray that many will be strong enough to respond to Christ’s invitation to the priestly ministry. It is an invitation, and will not be “forced” – but we can help possible candidates by our prayers and faith-filled encouragement.

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

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

The Melkite Eastern Catholic Community at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church. 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).

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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Thank you for your ongoing generous donations:
   Saturday, November 5 collection: $365.00.
   Sunday, November 6 collection: $3,028+$205 (candles) = $3233.
   Monday, November 7 building fund deposit: $2,669.14.
   Sunday, November 13 collection: $2,546+$137 (candles) = $2,683.
   Sunday, November 13 Mission Viejo collection: $710.
   Monday, November 14 building fund deposit: $3,020.
   Sunday, November 20 collections: Cash is basket $259 + $1,800 in 49 envelopes (average of $36.73 per envelope) + $187 (candles) = $2,246.
   Monday, November 21 building fund deposit: $1,230.50.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
   $346.25 paid on October 31, 2016 for General Church Cleaning.
   $200 paid on October 31, 2016 for Gardening Services.
   $131.33 paid on November 10, 2016 for AT&T Phone Services.
   $118.63 paid on November 14, 2016 for Photocopier Expense.
   $46.58 paid on November 18, 2016 for BroadVoice Phone Services.

Orthros Gospel: 6.
Hymns:  

   Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 3). Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad! For the Lord has done a wondrous deed by his arm! He has crushed Death by his death becoming the first to rise from the dead.  He has delivered us from the mouth of Hades and bestowed great mercy upon the world.
   Troparion of the Holy Cross (Tone 2). O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance. Strengthen our Public Authorities in every good deed and protect your nation with your Cross.
   Kondakion 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: Colossians: 1:12-18. Andrew Maqatish will read today’s Epistle. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Luke 18:18-28. 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), Joseph Nourieh (December 4, 2015), Nicholas Kassouf (October 7, 2014), Boutros Ibrahim (November 27, 2012).

   the health, safety, and salvation of:
   Atalla Al-Assad, 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:
“Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation; [16] for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities -- all things were created through him and for him” (Colossians 1:15-16).

“When Jesus heard it, he said to the ruler, ‘One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.’ [23] But when he heard this he became sad, for he was very rich” (Luke 18:22-23).

Calendar:

Thursday, November 24.
   Have a blessed Thanksgiving Day.

Saturday, November 26.
   1:00 p.m. Memorial Divine Liturgy for the handmaid of God Therese Samaan Tadros who reposed in the Lord on November 20, 2016. She is the sister of Dr. Wadie Tadros, Antoinette Saied, and Huda Lahlouh.
   4:30 p.m. Confession.
   5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer).

Sunday, November 27.
   9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer). Andrew Maqatish will read today’s Epistle.
   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy. 40th Day Memorial Divine Liturgy for Jennie E. Bergeron.
   12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Holy Cross Youth Ministry meeting.

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: Saint Barbara, Saint Nicholas, and the Saints of the month.

Saturday, December 3.
   12:30-3:30 p.m. Saints Nicholas Day Party for all the children at Holy Cross Church.
   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.
   5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic.

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 meeting.

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. Falafel Luncheon for the whole parish organized by Our Lady’s Society.
   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 p.m. – 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.
   12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Holy Cross Youth Ministry. Gift Exchange.
   Christmas Play in the hall.

Wednesday, December 21.
   7:00 p.m. Homeless Persons’ Interfaith Memorial Service. National Day of Remembrance. In the Arboretum at Christ Cathedral. 13280 Chapman Avenue Garden Grove, Ca 92840. Each year, thousands of homeless men and women die on the streets of our nation due to illness, exposure or violence. Many from our very own community of Orange County. Please join us as we honor and acknowledge their lives as part of the human family. To provide the name of someone you know who has lost their life on the streets in Orange County (so they can be acknowledged in the service) or to RSVP, contact Esther Ramirez at (714) 282-6001 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
   Organized by: Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, Sisters of Saint Joseph (Orange), Our Father’s Table, Home Aid (Orange County). Participating: Most Reverend Kevin W. Vann, Pastor Cole Beshore, Bishop Murray Finck, Rev. Nichelle Madrigal, Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, Dr. Jasjit Singh, Rabbi Frank Stern, Tom Thorkelson, Rev. Steve Tsichlis, Pastor Mark Whitlock.

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.

Sunday, January 1.
   11:00 a.m. New Year’s Day Divine Liturgy.

Readings for Sunday, November 27, 2016.
Epistle: Ephesians 6:10-17.
PROKIMENON (Tone 3)
Sing praise to our God, sing praise!
Sing praise to our King, sing praise!
Stichon: All you peoples, clap your hands!
Shout to God with cries of gladness!

A Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Colossians.
BRETHREN, we thank God the Father who has enabled us to share in the saints in light.  He has delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son in whom we have deliverance, the remission of sins.
He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation; for in Him all things were created, those in heaven and those on earth, the seen and the unseen, whether Thrones or Dominations or Principalities or Powers: all things were created through Him all things hold together; and He is the head of the body, the Church.  He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead, so that He may be first in all things.

ALLELUIA (Tone 6)
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High abides in the shadow of the God of heaven.
Stichon: He will say to the Lord, “My wall, my refuge my God in whom I will trust!”

Gospel: Luke 18:18-28. Sunday after the Holy Cross.
The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke the Evangelist.
Thirteenth Sunday After the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
At that time a certain man approached Jesus and asked him, saying, “Good Master, what shall I do to gain eternal life?” But Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but only God.  You know the commandments; ‘Thou shat not kill.  Thou shalt not commit adultery.  Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness. Honor thou father and mother.” And he said, “All these I have kept ever since I was a child.” But when Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing is still lacking to you; sell everything you own, and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”  When he heard these things, he was much grieved, for he was very rich.  But Jesus, seeing him become sad, said, “With what difficulty will the wealthy enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”  And they who heard it said, “Who then can be saved?” He said to them, “Things men cannot do alone, they can do with God’s help.”

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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church.
451 West Madison Avenue, Placentia, CA 92870-4537
Telephone: (714) 985-1710.
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Parish Web site: www.HolyCrossMelkite.org
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Pastor: Father François Beyrouti.
Electronic mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Cellular phone: (714) 914-1710
Pastoral Associate: Deacon Elias Kashou.
Office Manager: Tony Helo.
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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