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2016-12-18-Bulletin for Sunday

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, December 18, 2016.  Sunday Before the Nativity of Our Lord. Genealogy of Christ.

December 18. Commemoration of the Holy Martyrs Sebastian and his Companions. Sebastian, a Milanese of noble birth, was arrested during the persecution ordered by Emperor Maximian. His body was cut to pieces after being pierced with countless arrows. Ten of his friends and relatives were martyred with him in the year 288.

End of the Year Giving Options: There are several ways to make end of the year donations to Holy Cross Church.

1. Cash, Check, or Credit Card. Online donations may be made at: https://www.holycrossmelkite.org/donate

   Checks may be mailed to: Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church. 451 West Madison Avenue. Placentia, CA 92870-4537

2. Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). A convenient way to make a donation is through an Electronic Fund Transfer directly to Holy Cross Church from a checking or savings account on a one-time or recurring basis. If you would like to set up automatic payments or electronic funds transfer (EFT) please contact us or visit: https://www.holycrossmelkite.org/parish/news/66-donate-through-your-bank

3. Corporate and Foundation Relations. We welcome gifts and donations from Corporations and Foundations interested in collaborating with Holy Cross Church to fulfill their community involvement objectives.

4. Property. Gifts of real property such as a home, vacation property, vacant land, farmland, ranch, or commercial property and tangible property such as works of art, jewelry, collections and other personal property may be given. You will be given a tax receipt based on assessed value.

5. Securities. A gift of your securities, including stocks or bonds, is an easy way to make a gift. By making a gift of your appreciated securities, you can avoid paying capital gains tax that would otherwise be due if you sold these assets. For more information on how to give stocks or bonds, contact your broker or bank.

6. Retirement Assets. We welcome all types of giving, including IRA’s. Contact your IRA Representative to learn more about how to transfer your contributions.

7. Pledges. Pledges can be monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or annually. Call the office for more details if you are interested in making your pledge to Holy Cross Church.

8. Specific intentions. You may specifically support some of our ministries, such as Youth Ministry, Sunday School Ministry, Choir Ministry, Our Lady’s Society, or the Building Fund. Make checks, cash, or use EFT and make payable to Holy Cross Church with a memo towards which ministry you are supporting. 

Thank you for your generosity and your dedication to the future growth of Holy Cross Church. Deadline for the 2016 tax credits need to be in by December 31, 2016.

Falafel Luncheon. Thank you everyone who helped and the Lady’s Socitey for hosting a fantastic luncheon. This luncheon raised a total of $1,085. We are blessed to have such an active community. Thank you for your continuous effort and we look forward to more luncheons in the future.

Toys for Tots. Thank you to those who supported this thoughtful event. We were able to give out Toys to all who came and were in need. We received a letter from the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unifide School District “Thank you so much for allowing our students to attend Toys for Tots! We really appreciate it!” Let us continue to keep in mind all those in need in this time of year.

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 group of 30 people to help show Holy Cross Church’s support. If you have any questions contact Rosemarie Nasr and Raidah Nesheiwat. We can car-pool from the Church or meet at the Toys for Tots headquarters before noon: 5842 Research Drive, Huntinhton Beach, CA 92649.

Saturday, December 31, 2016. New Year’s Eve Party. This year we are having our Annual New Year’s Eve 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, Reem Maqatish, or contact the Church office at (714)  985-1710.

June 20 to June 30, 2017. St Anne Cathedral is organizing 10 days trip to The Holy Land from June 20 to June 30, 2017. Flyer and the registration form are available at the office. If you are interested, please complete the registration form and send back to Fr. Fouad Sayegh, St. Anne Melkite Catholic Cathedral, 11245 Rye St., North Hollywood, CA 91602 with a $400 deposit check made payable to St. Anne Cathedral. Should you have any questions, please contact either Fred Ashkar at 818-681-4975 or Andree Antoun at 818-515-0281.

The Bishop’s Appeal. As we travel with the Virgin to Bethlehem where she will give birth to the greatest gift in human history—the Gift of God’s Only-Begotten Son—let us not forget our Melkite Catholic Church by which Christ comes to our families and loved ones.
Please give an end-of-year, tax-deductible gift to the Melkite Church in America and help our Church in countless ways. Help produce SOPHIA magazine, assist in the faith education of our young people, support the training of new priests and deacons, and expand our missions and start new ones. Please give generously so these vital works can continue and grow. God bless you for your generosity. To read Bishop Nicholas Samra’s letter and to donate online visit:
https://melkite.org/products-page/donation/bishops-appeal-2016 

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). For more Sunday School events, check the Holy Cross Church calendar.

How Catholic Schools Shape Children. They Teach, Nurture and Inspire Kids To Be Future Leaders. By Cathi Douglas. 11/15/2016

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Vocation Awareness. In today’s Gospel we see a long list of many people who were needed to make Christ present in the world. Often they were not even aware that they were directly involved in the process. Saint Paul speaks of generations of people who acted in faith to bring about the day of Christ’s coming. Christ becomes “incarnate” in our world today through our parishes, through us, who are “the body of Christ.” The Church is our church. We need priests to alert us to that mission, to help direct us in the business of “ongoing incarnation of Christ in the modern world. Pray for an increase of vocations in our eparchy.

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 5:45 p.m. and the Divine Liturgy in the Church will begin at exactly 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
   2017 dates: Sunday, February 12, Sunday, March 12, Sunday, April 2, Sunday, May 14, Sunday, June 11, Sunday, July 9, Sunday, August 13, Sunday, September 10, Sunday, October 8, Sunday, November 12, Sunday, December 10.
   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).

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Thank you for your ongoing generous donations:
   Sunday, November 27 collections: Cash in basket $87 + $2,625 in 37 envelopes (average of $70.95 per envelope) + $76 (candles) = $2788.
   Tuesday, November 29 building fund deposit: $1,638.27.
   Saturday, December 3 collections: Cash in basket $20 + $113 in 5 envelopes (average of $22.60 per envelope) = $133.
   Sunday, December 4 collections: Cash in basket $651 + $2,610 in 53 envelopes (average of $49.25 per envelope) + $158 (candles) = $3,419.
   Wednesday, December 7 building fund deposit: $3,087.
   Sunday, December 11 collections: Cash in basket: $164 + $2,667 in 41 envelopes (averge of $65.05 per envelope) + $126 (candles) = $2,957.
   Sunday, December 11 Mission Viejo collection: $403.
   Monday, December 12 building fund deposit: $500. 

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses.
   $131.33 paid on November 10, 2016 for AT&T Phone Services.
   $118.63 paid on November 14, 2016 for Photocopier Expense.
   $190.00 paid on November 17, 2016 for Dynamic Catholic Matthew Kelly Youth event.
   $46.58 paid on November 18, 2016 for BroadVoice Phone Services.
   $294.33 paid on November 29, 2016 for General Church Cleaning.
   $48.08 paid on December 6, 2016 for Sparkletts.
   $200 paid on December 12, 2016 for Gardening Services. 

Orthros Gospel: 9
Hymns:
   Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 6). The angelic powers appeared at your tomb, and the guards became as dead men, and Mary stood by the Sepulcher seeking your spotless Body.  You despoiled Hades and yet were not tempted by it, You met the Virgin O Bestower of Life. O Lord who rose from the dead glory to you.
   Troparion of the Ancestors of Christ (Tone 2) Faith can accomplish great things.  Through it, the Three Holy Children rejoice in the flames as if they had been in refreshing water, and Daniel in the midst of lions is like a shepherd among his sheep. Through their intercession, O Christ God, save our souls.
   Troparion of the Holy Cross (Tone 2). O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance. Strengthen our Public Authorities in every good deed and protect your nation with your Cross.
   Kondakion of the Preparation for the Nativity of Our Lord (Tone 3). Today the Virgin is on her way to the cave where she will give birth in a manner beyond understanding to the Word who is, in all eternity. Rejoice, therefore, universe, when you hear it heralded: with the angels and the shepherds, glorify Him who chose to be seen as a new-born Babe, while remaining God in all eternity. 

Epistle: Hebrews: 11:9-10; 32-40. Catherine Semaan will read today’s Epistle. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Matthew 1:1-25. 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:
   Doris Kennedy (December 11, 2016), Rinih Aranki (December 11, 2016), Jamilah Dagher (December 9, 2016), Chawki Tashman (December 7, 2016), Maryamo Gina (December 6, 2016), John Chalhoub (December 6, 2016), Marie Karam Rahal (December 5, 2016), Betty Hardiman (November 21, 2016), Therese Samaan Tadros (November 20, 2016), Abla Nesheiwat (November 9, 2016), Emile Semaan (November 9, 2016), Joseph Nourieh (December 4, 2015), Nicholas Kassouf (October 7, 2014), Samir Shaker Lutfi (December 16, 2014), Ibrahim Doura (August 8, 2012), Wadih Nassar (November 23, 2008).
   the health, safety, and salvation of:
   Archimandrite Charles Aboody, Atalla Al-Assad, William Joubran Awad, Stacy Bladdel, Becky Bode, Kevin Murphy, Isho Nissan, Adrian Pereira, Linda Raya, Jack Raymond, Hani Salman, Anne Sandoval, Rae Sandoval, Kevin & Angel Speier, Yasmeen 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. 

The Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Community offer our condolences to the family of the handmaid of God, Rinih Aranki who was born on August 2, 1938 in Birzeit, Palestine and reposed in the Lord on December 11, 2016 at the Anaheim Memorial Medical Center. We extend our condolences to the entire family and in particular her children Haifa, William, and Najwa, her siblings Mary, Nuha, Latifeh, Rema, Lily, and Faisal. Rinih is predeceased by her siblings Naheel and Mahyoub. The wake will be on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 from from 5:00-9:00 p.m. with the rosary and Trisagion prayers at 7:00 p.m. and the funeral will be on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 11:30 a.m., both at Forest Lawn - 4471 Lincoln Ave, Cypress, CA 90630. Immediately after the funeral and internment the family invites everyone to a Mercy meal at The Arab American Community Center - 907 S. Beach Blvd. Anaheim CA 92804.

Scripture Memory
“By faith Abraham sojourned in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. [10] For he looked forward to the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Hebrews 11:9-10).

“An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; [21] she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’ [22] All this took place to fulfil what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: [23] ‘Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel’ (which means, God with us)” Matthew 1:20-23).

Thursday, December 15.
   Candlelight Christmas at Cornelia Connely School. 2323 West Broadway. Anaheim, CA 92804.
   5:00-9:00 p.m. Christmas Boutique.
   6:30 p.m. Carolers and Cider.
   7:00 p.m. Concert and Sing-a-long. 

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 group of 30 people to help show Holy Cross Church’s support. If you have any questions contact Rosemarie Nasr and Raidah Nesheiwat. We can car-pool from the Church or meet at the Toys for Tots headquarters before noon: 5842 Research Drive, Huntinhton Beach, CA 92649. 

   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. Holy Cross Youth Ministry Gift Exchange.
   12:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation Christmas carols in the Church.
   1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Theosis meeting in the conference room. 

Tuesday, December 20.
   5:00-9:00 p.m. with the rosary and Trisagion prayers at 7:00 p.m. for the handmaid of God, Rinih Aranki at Forest Lawn - 4471 Lincoln Ave, Cypress, CA 90630. 

Wednesday, December 21.
   11:30 a.m. Funeral for the handmaid of God, Rinih Aranki at Forest Lawn - 4471 Lincoln Ave, Cypress, CA 90630. 

   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. 

Thursday, December 29.
   Hall decoration for New Year’s Eve Party. 

Friday, December 30.
   Hall decoration for New Year’s Eve Party. 

Saturday, December 31.
   New Year’s Party at Holy Cross Church. 

Sunday, January 1.
   On the first Sunday of each month you may use your 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. New Year’s Day Divine Liturgy. 

Friday, January 6.
   7:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy for the feast of the Theophany (Baptism of our Lord) and the Great blessing of water. 

Saturday, January 7.
   4:30 p.m. Confession. 
   5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer). 

Sunday, January 8.
   9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School will resume today for children in kindergarten to grade 8.
   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.

   5:45 p.m. Music practice in the Saint Kilian 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, January 14.
   4:30 p.m. Confession. 
   5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer). 

Sunday, January 15.
   9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.
   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12. 

Saturday, January 21.
   9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.  Prayer followed by a presentation on the history of the Melkite Catholic Church given by Father François Beyrouti at the Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano Educational Center. 2nd floor, back entrance to 31520 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675. Organized by the Secular Franciscan Fraternity at Mission San Juan in commemoration of the week of prayer for Christian Unity. All are welcome. 

At Holy Cross Church:
   4:30 p.m. Confession. 
   5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer). 

Sunday, January 22.
   9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.
   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12. 

Saturday, January 28.
   4:30 p.m. Confession. 
   5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer). 

Sunday, January 29.
   9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.
   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12. 

   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. 

Friday, February 3.
   11:00 a.m. Prayer Service for all the Spiritual needs of our Parishioners followed by a Spiritual meeting led by Deacon Elias Kashou. 

Saturday, February 4.
   5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic. 

Sunday, February 5. Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican.
On the first Sunday of each month you may use your 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.
   9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.
   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.   

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

Sunday, February 12. Sunday of the Prodigal Son.
   9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.
   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.
   5:45 p.m. Music practice in the Saint Kilian 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, February 18.
   4:30 p.m. Confession.
   5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer). 

Sunday, February 19. Meat-fare Sunday.
   9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
   12:15 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Annual Meat-fare Sunday Parish luncheon, Barbeque, events, and music. 

Friday, February 24-Sunday, February 26.
   Religious Educators Congress. Theme “Embrace Trust.” Anaheim Convention Center. 800 West Katella Ave. Anaheim, CA. For further details go to: www.recongress.org
   We encourage all our parishioners to attend this conference which is the largest of it’s kind in North America. Holy Cross Church will cover the registration costs for all who would like to register. 

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

Sunday, February 26. Cheese-fare Sunday.
   9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.
   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12. 

Friday, March 3.
   11:00 a.m. Prayer Service for all the Spiritual needs of our Parishioners followed by a Spiritual meeting led by Deacon Elias Kashou. 

Saturday, March 4.
   5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic. 

Sunday, March 5. Sunday of Orthodoxy.
On the first Sunday of each month you may use your 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.
   9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy in English.
   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.
   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12. 

 

Readings for Sunday, December 18, 2016.

Epistle:
Hebrews 11:9-10; 32-40.
PROKIMENON (Tone 6)
Blessed are You, O Lord, God of our fathers, and Your name is worthy praise and glorious forever.
Stichon:  For You are just in all You have done to us, and all Your works are true and Your ways right. 

A Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews.
Brethren, by faith, Abraham lived in the Land of the Promise as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the co-heirs of the same promise, for he was looking for the city with fixed foundations, of which city the architect and builder is God.  And what more shall I say?  For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barac, Samson, Jephthe, David and Samuel and the prophets, who by faith conquered kingdoms, wrought justice, obtained the fulfillment of promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of sword, recovered strength from weakness, became valiant in battle, routed foreign armies.
Women had their dead restored to them though resurrection.  Others were tortured, refusing to yield for their release in order to obtain a better resurrection.  Others again suffered mockery and blows, even chains and jailings. They were stoned, cut to pieces, put to the question, killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, distressed, afflicted (of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts, mountains, caves and holes in the ground.
And none of these, despite the positive witnessing of faith, received what was promised, for God has something better in store for us, so that they were not to reach their final perfection without us. 

ALLELUIA (Tone 4)
O God, our ears have heard, our fathers have declared to us the deeds You did in their days, in the days of old.
Stichon: The just cried out, and the Lord heard them, and He delivered them from all their trials.

Gospel: Matthew 1:1-25. Genealogy of Christ.
The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew the Evangelist.
The book of the origin of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the son of Abraham.  Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, Jacob begot Judah and his brethren.  Judah begot Perez and Zarah whose mother was Thamar.  Perez begot Hezron, Hezron begot Ram.  And Ram begot Amminadab, Amminadab begot Nahshon, Nahshon begot Salma.  Salma begot Boaz of Rahab.  Boaz begot Obed of Ruth, Obed begot Jesse, Jesse begot David the King.  And David the King begot Solomon of the former wife of Uriah.  Soloman begot Rehoboam, Rehoboam begot Abijah, Abijah begot Asa.  And Asa begot Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat begot Joram, Joram begot Azariah.  And Azariah begot Jotham, Jotham begot Ahaz, Ahaz begot Ezechiah.  And Ezehchiah begot Manasseh, Manasseh begot Amon, Amon begot Josiah.  And Josiah begot Jeconiah and his brethren at the time of deportation to Babylon.  And after the deportation to Babylon, Jeconiah begot Shealtiel, Shealtiel begot Zerubbabel.  And Zerubbabel begot Abiud, Abiud begot Eliakim, Eliakim begot Azor.  And Azor begot Zadok, Zadok begot Achim, Achim begot Eliud.  And Eliud begot Eleazar, Eleazar begot Matthan, Matthan begot Jacob.  And Jacob begot Joseph, the husband of Mary, and of her was born Jesus, Who is called Christ.  So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations.  And from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations; and from the deportation to Babylon to Christ, fourteen generations.  Now the origin of Christ was like this.  When Mary His mother had been betrothed to Joseph, she was found, before they came together, to be with child by the Holy Spirit.  But Joseph her husband, being a just man and not wishing to expose her to reproach, was thinking of putting her away privately.  But while he was considering these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Do not be afraid, Joseph, son of David, to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is begotten in her is of the Holy Spirit.  And she shall bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus; for He shall save His people from their sins.”  Now all this came to pass that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled, “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son; and they shall call his name Emmanuel;” which is interpreted, “God with us.”  So Joseph, arising from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him, and took Mary to be his wife.  And he did not know her till she brought forth her firstborn son.  And he called His name Jesus.

 

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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
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 2017: February 4, March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3, July 1, August 5.

ENGLISH DIVINE LITURGY: 11:00 a.m. First Sunday of the month. In 2017: January 1, February 5, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4, July 2, August 6.

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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