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2017-01-08-Bulletin for Sunday

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, January 8, 2017.  Sunday After the Theophany of our Lord.

January 8. Third day of the Celebration of the Theophany. Commemoration of our Venerable Mother Dominica and of our Holy Father George the Chosebite.
   Dominica, born in Carthage, North Africa, lived a life of austere asceticism and died under the reign of Emperor Zenon (379-476).
   George the Chosebite, a Cypriot, was a monk at the Monastery of the Mother of God at Choseba, near Jerico. He died in 614 immediately before the Persian invasion.

“Jesus said: ‘I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live’ ” (John 11:25).
The Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Community offer our condolences to the family of the servant of God, Hanna Hijazin
who was born on July 5, 1946 in Karak, Jordan and reposed in the Lord on January 4, 2017 in Corona, CA. We extend our condolences to the entire family and in particular his wife Nawal, his children Wissam, Shirin (Armen), Ihab, and Rani (Tamara), and his grandchildren Aren and Layla, and his sibling Boutros (Sabah) and Moussa. Hanna is predeceased by his brother Jeries.
   The wake will be on Monday, January 9, 2017 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. with the rosary and Trisagion prayers at 8:00 p.m. The funeral will be on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., both at Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church (451 West Madison Avenue. Placentia, CA 92870-4537). The internment will be at Loma Vista Memorial Park, 701 East Bastanchury Road, Fullerton, CA 92835. A mercy meal will follow at Saint John Maron Church Hall 300 South Flower Street, Orange, CA 92868. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Holy Cross Church. The 40th day memorial Divine Liturgy will be on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. May his memory be eternal.

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.

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

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. In today’s epistle, Saint Paul reminds us that Christ came into the world as a Light so that we might be reborn and made whole. In Baptism, we receive the Holy Spirit and become truly beloved children of God. We still need priests to remind us of our great dignity and to serve the Holy Mysteries that bring about that awesome change in us. Pray for an increase of priests in our Eparchy and encourage possible candidates to respond to God’s call.

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).

January 11 - February 8. Reflection and Prayer to End Human Trafficking. January 11 is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. For resources, reflections, and prayers visit:
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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.
   Sunday, January 1 collections: Cash in basket: $94 + $2225 in 25 envelopes (average of $89 per envelope) + $53 (candles) = $2,372
   Tuesday, January 3 building fund deposit: $879
   Thursday, January 4 building fund deposit: $1,370 

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
   $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.
   $225 paid on January 3, 2017 for Gardening Services.
   $37.60 paid on January 3, 2017 for Sparklets Water. 

Hymns:
   Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 1). While the stone was sealed by the Jews and soldiers were watching your sacred body, You rose, O Savior, on the third day, giving life to the world.  Wherefore, O Giver of life, the powers of heaven cried out: Glory to your resurrection, O Christ. Glory to your kingdom, glory to your Plan of redemption, O You who alone are the Lover of mankind.
   Troparion of the Theophany (Tone 1). At your Baptism in the Jordan, O Lord, the worship of the Trinity was revealed: for the Father’s voice bore witness to you by calling You his Beloved Son, and the spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the truth of these words.  O Christ God who have appeared to us, and enlightened the world, glory to You.
   Troparion of the Holy Cross (Tone 2). O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance. Strengthen our Public Authorities in every good deed and protect your nation with your Cross.

Epistle: Ephesians 4:7-13. Full reading below. Eliana Haddadin will read this Sunday’s Epistle. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Matthew 4:12-17. 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:
   Hanna Hijazin (January 4, 2017), Archbishop Hilarion Capucci (January 1, 2017), 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), Naim Ibrahim Mady (March 16, 2016), Nakhle Semaan Nakhoul (January 10, 2012), Ibrahim Doura (August 8, 2012), Wadih Nassar (November 23, 2008).
   the health, safety, and salvation of:
   Roger & 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:
“His gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, [12] to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, [13] until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-13).  

“ ‘The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, toward the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles --[16] the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.’ [17] From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand’ ” (Matthew 4:12-17).

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 followed by Awamat in the Church hall. 

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).
   10:30 a.m. Churching for Sami, son of Emad & Julieann Farraj. Congratulations.
   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. 

Monday, January 9.
   7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Wake for Hanna Hijazin at Holy Cross Church. The Rosary and Trisagion will be at 8:00 p.m. 

Tuesday, January 10.
   11:00 a.m. Funeral for Hanna Hijazin at Holy Cross Church. The internment will take place at Loma Vista Memorial Park. 701 E Bastanchury Road, Fullerton, CA 92835 and the mercy meal will be at St. John Maron Church hall. 300 South Flower Street, Orange, CA 92868. 

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. 

Monday, January 16.
   7:00 p.m. Evening Prayer. Eve of the ordination of Bishop-elect Timothy Edward Freyer. Christ Cathedral Arboretum. 13280 Chapman Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92840. 

Tuesday, January 17.
   2:00 p.m. Ordination of Bishop-elect Timothy Edward Freyer. Procession to begin at 1:30 p.m. Saint Columban Church. 10801 Stanford Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92840. 

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. 40th day memorial Divine Liturgy for the servant of God, William Joubran Awad and the handmaid of God, Rinih Aranki.
   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8. 

Monday, January 23.
   7:00 p.m. Mass for the Protection of Unborn Children. Commemorating the 44th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Bishop Vann invites our Catholic community as well as all people of good will to join together in prayer for an end to abortion, healing for those involved in abortion, and an increased respect for all human life. Come Pray for an End to Abortion with Members of Clergy, Members of Religious Communities, Representatives from all Parishes, and Centers in Orange County. Principal Celebrant: Most Reverend Kevin W. Vann. Location: Christ Cathedral Arboretum 13280 Chapman Avenue. Garden Grove, CA 92840. We will hear compelling witness stories and honor Sally Sullivan, Founder of Casa Teresa. Reception and Ministry Fair to follow in the Large Gallery. Sponsored by the Office of Life, Justice, and Peace of the Diocese of Orange. For more information or questions contact Ana Olivo at 714-282-6029, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Friday, January 27 (7:00 p.m.), Saturday, January 28 (7:00 p.m.), and Sunday January 29 (12 noon).
   Christ Cathedral Drama Series: Thérèse: The Story of a Soul. Freed Theater at Christ Cathedral Campus. 13280 Chapman Ave. Garden Grove, CA 92840. Thérèse: The Story of a Soul is a face-to-face encounter with St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the most beloved saint of modern times. In this one-woman performance starring actress Audrey Ahern, Thérèse speaks directly to the audience, with humor, grace and humility. This is not the saccharine story of the “Little Flower,” but an honest, loving portrait of a real girl who struggled with anxieties, but overcame these obstacles by trusting in God. Therese’s honest, direct spirituality speaks powerfully to our busy culture, with the encouraging message that anyone can become a saint. www.ccdramaseries.com or call (714) 282-3045. 

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.gogo
   9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy in English. One year memorial for Farid Issa Srouji (February 3, 2016).
   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8. 

Thursday, February 9.
   6:30 p.m. The Huffington Ecumenical Institute at Loyola Marymount University presents “Unorthodox Orthodoxies: Transfiguration of Human Experiences and Appreciation of the Other.” Lecture: Archimandrite Dr. Cyril Hovorun, the Institute's Postdoctoral research fellow will offer a lecture on his work about Orthodox and Catholic interactions with the public square. Response: Susan Abraham. Associate Professor and Chair of Theological Studies. Location: Loyola Marymount University. Ahmanson Auditorium. 1 LMU Drive. Los Angeles, CA 90045. This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are appreciated: 310.338.1917 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - www.bellarmine.lmu.edu/ecumenical - www.lmu.edu  

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 presided by Bishop Nicholas J. Samra.
   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 presided by Bishop Nicholas J. Samra. 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. 

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 8, 2016.
Epistle: Ephesians 4:7-13.

PROKIMENON (Tone 1)
May your kindness, O Lord, be upon us, for we have hoped in you.
Stichon: Exult, you just, in the Lord; praise from the upright is fitting.

A Reading From the Epistle of St. Paul to the Ephesians:
Brethren, to each one of us the grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s bestowal.  Thus is says, Ascending on high, he let away captives; he gave gifts to men (Ps.61:19). Now this ascending, what does it mean but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?  He who descended, he it is who ascended also above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.  And he himself gave some men as apostles, and some as prophets, and others as pastors and teachers, in order to perfect the saints for a work O ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the deep knowledge of the Son of God, to perfect manhood, to the mature measure of the fullness of Christ.

ALLELUIA (Tone 5)
Your favor, O Lord, I will sing forever; from generation to generation, my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness.
Stichon: For you have said, “My kindness is established forever.” 
In heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness. 

Gospel: Matthew 4:12-17. Sunday after Theophany.
The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew the Evangelist.
At that time, When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and went to live in Capernaum by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali, that what had been said through Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled: "Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the way to the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles, the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light, on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death light has arisen." From that time on, Jesus began to preach and say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

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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: 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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