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2017-01-01-Bulletin for Sunday

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, January 1, 2017.  Sunday Before the Theophany of our Lord.

January 1.  Circumcision of our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ; Commemoration of our Father among the Saints, Basil the Great.
   Circumcision: “At the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.” (Luke 2:21)
   St. Basil is one of the foremost Fathers of the Church. Born at Caesarea of Cappadocia in 329 or 330, he began his studies in Caesarea and continued them at Constantinople and Athens where he met St. Gregory Nazianzen. Their close friendship lasted all their life. Basil returned to Caesarea in 356. He retired in the desert near Caesarea where his mother Emilia and his sister Macrina were living monastic lives. That is where he wrote his “Essays on the Spiritual Life”. He was ordained to the priesthood by Eusebius, Bishop of Caesarea, and succeeded him in 370. He died on January 1, 379. The Liturgy of St. Basil is celebrated on this day.
   The most famous of his writings are: Selections from Origen, On the Holy Spirit, Refutation of Arianism, On the Spiritual Life, Monastic Rule, several books of Commentaries on the Scriptures, sermons and letters. His eloquence is persuasive and his preaching strong. He is remembered also for his apostolic zeal, his courage in defending the faith against the Arian Emperor Valens, and for his social foundations: hospitals and orphanages. All these endeavours led to his receiving the titles of Divinely Inspired and the Great. 

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.

Your 2017 donation envelopes have been mailed. This year we are using a company that will mail your Sunday donation envelopes to your home every two months. These envelopes are dated with your envelope number on the back. The mailout also contains the January and February Church calendar.

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.

The Church office needs a 6 foot (72 inch round table). If you have one you do not need please contact the church at: (714) 985-1710.

Thank you cards received.
   December 14, 2016. Thank you so much for allowing our students to attend Toys for Tots! We really appreciate it! Sincerely, Jon Matson. Placentia Yorba Linda USD. Homeless Liaison/CELDT Coordinator. Assessment Center. 3232 Topaz Lane. Fullerton, CA  92831. 714-986-7028. District extension: 43150.
   December 20, 2016. Dear Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church. On behalf of he residents of the Homeless Intervention Shelter and House, we want to thank you for your recent donation of new toys. Your support is sincerely appreciated. Maggie Wilson, from the H.I.S. House Board. Non-Profit Tax Identification 23-6393377.

The Bishop’s Appeal. We thank God for the tremendous gift of His Only-begotten Son, and we offer thanks to our new-born King for all the blessings received in 2016. Please make a generous thanksgiving gift to your Melkite Catholic Church in America. Your gift means so much to so many! Thank you for your generosity. May God bless you and all your family with a blessed and merry Christmas and a happy, healthy, and holy New Year!  CHRIST IS BORN!

REMEMBER THE MELKITE CHURCH IN YOUR WILL: Give a lasting gift for future generations of Melkites in America by remembering the Melkite Catholic Church in your will. Simply add the following statement to your last will and testament: I hereby bequeath to the Melkite Eparchy of Newton the following sum: $______. Contact Bishop Nicholas personally to inform him of your generous bequest: 3 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury, MA 02132. To read Bishop Nicholas Samra’s letter and to donate online visit: https://melkite.org/products-page/donation/bishops-appeal-2016

A family is seeking a part-time nanny for two children in Corona, ages 18 months and 1 month. If interested please call 714-822-1350.

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.

Holy Cross Church Sunday School (Eastern Christian Formation). For more Sunday School events, check the Holy Cross Church calendar. Sunday School resumes January 8, 2017.

Vocation Awareness. Today’s Gospel speaks of the need to send messengers to prepare the way for people to meet and receive the Lord. John the Baptist did so at first – priests continue to do so. In the epistle, Saint Paul warns Timothy, and priests, to persevere at their preaching, preparing the people to welcome the Lord, and not to be discouraged by the difficulty of the task. Pray for your priests, and pray for an increase of such dedicated messengers in our Diocese.

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:
   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.
   Sunday, December 18 collections: Cash in basket: $193 + $2,020 in 44 envelopes (average of $45.91 per envelope) + $181 (candles) = $2394.
   Tuesday, December 20 building fund deposit: $2,650.
   Saturday, December 24 collections: Cash in basket: $158 + $3,695 in 37 envelopes (average of $99.86 per envelope) + $142 (candles) = $3,995.
   Sunday, December 25 collections: Cash in basket: $281 + $4,380 in 38 envelopes (average of $115.26 per envelope) + $69 (candles) = $4,736.
   Tuesday, December 27 building fund deposit: $63,145. 

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
   $48.08 paid on December 6, 2016 for Sparkletts.
   $200 paid on December 12, 2016 for Gardening Services.
   $120 paid on December 16, 2016 for Sunday School Expense.
   $54.02 paid on December 19, 2016 for General Church Cleaning.
   $342.32 paid on December 20, 2016 for Kitchen Electrical.
   $39.95 paid on December 21, 2016 for Office Supplies.
   $219.99 paid on December 27, 2016 for VBC Starter Kit.
   $37.75 paid on December 27, 2016 for American Chemical & Sanitary Suppies.
   $269.10 paid on December 27, 2016 for Offertory Envelope Mailouts. 

Hymns:
   Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 8). O Merciful One, Who came down from on high and endured burial for three days in order to save us from suffering.  O our Life and our Resurrection, glory to you.  
   Troparion of the Circumcision (Tone 1). Merciful Lord seated on high on a fiery throne together with your Eternal Father and your Divine Spirit:  You condescended to be born on earth of your human Mother all pure: also, to be circumcised as a man on the eighth day.  Glory to your most righteous will! Glory to your plan of redemption! Glory to your condescension, O Christ who alone are the Lover of Mankind!
   Troparion of St. Basil the Great (Tone 1). Your teaching has spread over the whole world, for it has accepted your words that gave a divine explanation of doctrine.  You have made clear the nature of things and set a rule of life for men.  Holy Father and Kingly Priest, intercede with Christ God that He may 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 Circumcision (Tone 3). The Lord of All endures Circumcision, thus circumcising the sins of all mortal men, for He is merciful.  Today, He grants salvation to the world, while Basil, the Creator’s High Priest, Christ’s mystic and shining star, rejoices in heaven. 

Epistle: Colossians 2:8-12. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Luke 2:20-21 & 40-52. 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:
Jeannette Srouji (December 29, 2016), William Joubran Awad (December 15, 2016), 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), David Bousamra (November 6, 2016), Niam Ibrahim Mandy (March 16, 2016), Ibrahim Doura (August 8, 2012), Wadih Nassar (November 23, 2008), Najib Lutfi, Mariam Lutfi, Faud Lutfi, Fouzi Lutfi, and Sohala Futfi.
   the health, safety, and salvation of:
Rodger & Diane Aeschliman, Atalla Al-Assad, Stacy Bladdel, Becky Bode, Kevin Murphy, Isho Nissan, Adrian Pereira, Linda Raya, Jack Raymond, Hani Salman, Rae & Anne 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.

Scripture Memory:
“You were buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead” (Colossians 2:12).

“The child Jesus grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him” (Luke 2:40). 

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.
   9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
   11:00 a.m. New Year’s Day Divine Liturgy in English. 

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. 

   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.

Tuesday, January 10.
   7:00 p.m. Holy Cross Church 2017 events planning meeting. Open to everyone who would volunteer and help set the 2017 event calendar.

Thursday, January 12.
   9:00 a.m. – 12 noon. Join us for the new catechetical leader formation “Go Deeper.” New Catechetical Leader. Formation Class #2 is held at the Pastoral Center (13280 Chapman Avenue Garden Grove, CA). All session dates: November 17, 2016, January 12, 2017, March 16, 2017, May 18, 2017. To register contact Father Francois. 

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.
   2:00 p.m. Baptism of Juliana Sofia, daughter of Jonathan and Ana (Salman) Lima. 

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. 

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. 

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

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. 

   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. 

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. 

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. 

Readings for Sunday, January 1, 2016.

Epistle:
Colossians 2:8-12.
PROKIMENON (Tone 1)
My mouth shall speak wisdom; prudence shall be the utterance of my heart.
Stichon: Hear this, all you peoples; hearken, all who dwell in the world.

A Reading From the Epistle of St. Paul to the Colossians
Brethren, see to it that no one deceives you by philosophy and vain deceit, according to human traditions, according to the elements of the world, and not according to Christ.  For in him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and in him who is the head of every Principality and Power you have received of that fullness.  In him, too, you have been circumcised with a circumcision not wrought by hand, but through putting off the body of the flesh, a circumcision which is of Christ.  For you were buried with him in baptism, and in him also rose again through faith in the working of God who rose him from the dead.

ALLELUIA (Tone 8)
Listen, O Shepherd of Israel, O Guide of Joseph’s flock!
Stichon: The mouth of the just tells of wisdom, and his tongue says what is right.
 

Gospel: Luke 2:20-21 & 40-52. Gospel of the Circumcision.
The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke the Evangelist.
At that time the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, even as it was spoken to them.  And when eight days were fulfilled for the circumcision of the child, he was called Jesus, the name given him by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.  And the child grew and became strong in spirit.  He was full of wisdom and the grace of God was upon him.  And his parents were accustomed to go every year to Jerusalem at the Feast of the Passover.  And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast.  And after they had fulfilled the days, when they were returning the boy Jesus remained in Jerusalem, and Joseph and his mother did not know it. But thinking he was in the caravan, they had come a day’s journey before it occurred to them to look for him among their relatives and acquaintances.  And not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem in search of him.  And it came to pass after three days, that they found him in the temple sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions.  And all who were listening to him were amazed at understanding and his answers.  And when they saw him, they were astonished.  And his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done so to us?  Behold, your father and I have been seeking you sorrowing.”  And he said to them, “How is it that you sought me?  Did you now know I must be about my Father’s business?”  And they did not understand the word he spoke to them.  And he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them; and his mother kept all these things carefully in her heart.  And Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and grace before God and men.

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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church.
451 West Madison Avenue, Placentia, CA 92870-4537
Telephone: (714) 985-1710.
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Parish Web site: 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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