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2017-01-15-Bulletin for Sunday

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, January 15, 2017. The Ten Lepers.

January 15. Commemoration of our Holy Fathers Paul of Thebes and John the Hut-Dweller.

   Paul was a hermit in the Egyptian wilderness of Thebes. He was a disciple of St. Anthony the great.
   John the Hut-Dweller lived in the fifth century and was a model of holy detachment and mortification. After years of cenobitic life, he left his monastery and came to dwell in a hut built on his parent’s property. He so disguised himself that no one knew who he was until he died. 

“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 was on Monday, January 9, 2017 and the funeral was on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., both at Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church. The 40th day memorial Divine Liturgy will be on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. May his memory be eternal.

Archbishop Hilarion Capucci, Titular Bishop of Caesarea in Palestine and emeritus Vicar of the patriarchal see of Jerusalem reposed in the Lord on January 1, 2017 at the age of 94 in Rome. He was falsely accused of gun running and was a strong spokesman for the rights of the Palestinian people. He was a synod father of Vatican II. All Melkite Bishops who were at Vatican II are now deceased. The patriarch notes that as he served the earthly Jerusalem in Palestine, he now celebrates joyfully in the heavenly Jerusalem of the Kingdom of God. May his memory be eternal. See” Hilarion Capucci, Priest and Middle East Activist, Dies. Jan. 2, 2017
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2017/01/02/world/europe/ap-eu-rel-vatican-obit-capucci.html?_r=1

Thank you to Our Lady’s Society and those who helped make the Awamat. As a yearly tradition Awamat is made in celebration of the Feast of the Theophany. We had a blessed gathering for the Feast of the Theophany of our Lord and the Sunday following the Theophany. The sale of Awamat raised $245.

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 table). 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.

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

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, February 12, 2017 at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
   2017 dates: 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:
http://files.constantcontact.com/451ede11101/b94f1032-0415-4b35-915a-fe6f5d7379b2.pdf 

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View the great spiritual resources available at Melkite Eparchy of Newton’s website: www.Melkite.org 

Do you want to be inspired and learn more about your Catholic Faith? Listen to Immaculate Heart Catholic Radio on 930am. For further information visit www.ihradio.com or call 1-888-887-7120. 

Thank you for your ongoing generous donations:
   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.
   Friday, January 6 Theophany of the Lord: $374.
   Sunday, January 8 collections: Cash in basket: $154 + $3,235 in 44 envelopes (average of $73.52 per envelope) + $137 (candles) = $3,476.
   Sunday, January 8 Saint Kilian Liturgy collections: $821.
   Thursday, January 12 building fund deposit: $10,300. 

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
   $219.99 paid on December 27, 2016 for Vacation Bible Camp 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 2). When you descended to death, O Immortal Life, You destroyed Hades by the splendor of your Divinity, and when you raised the dead from under the ground, all the Powers of heaven cried out: O Christ our God, the giver of life, glory to you.
   Troparion of the Holy Cross (Tone 2). O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance. Strengthen our Public Authorities in every good deed and protect your nation with your Cross.
   Kondakion of the Presentation of our Lord (Tone 1). O Christ our God who through your birth have sanctified the virginal womb and have now blessed the arms of Simon, today You have come to save us.  O Lord, when wars prevail, keep your people in peace and strengthen our Public Authorities in every good deed, for You alone are the lover of Mankind. 

Epistle: Colossians 3:4-11. Full reading below. Elie Nasr will read this Sunday’s Epistle. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Luke 17:12-19. 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), Siham (Baroud) Ibrahim (January 3, 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), Nicolas Georges Abdulnour (November 21, 2016), Naim Ibrahim Mady (March 16, 2016), Adibeh Elhosni (January 7, 2007).
   the health, safety, and salvation of:
   Stacy Bladdel, Becky Bode, Kevin Murphy, Linda Raya, Hani Salman, 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:
“Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. [6] On account of these the wrath of God is coming. [7] In these you once walked, when you lived in them. [8] But now put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and foul talk from your mouth” (Colossians 3:5-8).

“Jesus said: ‘Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? [18] Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?’ [19] And he said to him, ‘Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well’ ” (Luke 17:17-19).

Saturday, January 14.
   No Confession or Vespers tonight. 

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. 

   2:00 p.m. Violence as a strategy against Palestinian Children: A colonial perspective. Dr. Nadera Shalhoub-Kervorkian will address the Friends of Sabeel in Orange County in the Fellowship Hall of St. Mark Presbyterian Church 2200 San Joaquin Hills Road Newport Beach, CA 92660. Dr. Shalhoub-Kervorkian holds joint appointments in the Law Faculty and the School of Social Work and Public Welfare at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She speaks from the perspective of a academic researcher, a resident of East Jerusalem and an activist mother who seeks to protect her children and other children growing up in East Jerusalem. If you attend this event you may be surprised by the number of  American Christians who are trying to influence our government to support a solution of peace with justice in Israel and Palestine. If you have questions about this event or the Friends of Sabeel in Orange County contact Nadia or Jim Bettendorf: 562-691-3428. 

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. 
   7:00 p.m. Holy Cross Church 2017 events planning meeting. Open to everyone who would like to volunteer and help set the 2017 event calendar. Items to be discussed: Spiritual discussions, Bishop Nicholas Samra’s visit on February 12, Lenten luncheons, Post-Easter Luncheon, Festival, and any other event or activity you would like to see and help organize at our parish.

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. 

Wednesday, January 25.
   9:30 a.m. - 12:35 p.m. Evangelization Showcase. Christ Cathedral. Learn about the evangelizing process and small group strategies for adult faith formation. Free. Early bird at 9:00 a.m. 

Thursday, January 26.
   10:30 a.m. Eastern Catholic Pastoral Association meeting for all the Eastern Catholic Clergy in Southern California. Held at: Saint Paul Melkite Catholic Mission / Saint Andrew’s Russian Catholic Church (538 Concord Street, El Segundo, CA 90245-2224). www.standrewelsegundo.org 

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.
   8:00 a.m. Clergy meeting at Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church. 717 Bradford Ave, Placentia, CA 92870. 
   No Confession or Vespers tonight.
   5:00 p.m. Access California Services Gala. For further information visit: www.AccessCal.org 

Sunday, January 29.
   9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy. One year memorial for Raymond Theodore Kishek (January 31, 2016).
   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. 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.
The Second Sunday of February is World Marriage Day and a day to celebrate your Marriage!
   9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy presided by Bishop Nicholas J. Samra.
   12:15 p.m. Parish Luncheon.
   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. 

Monday, February 13.
   Priests Study Day at the Diocese of Orange led by Father Luke Dysinger on end of life treatment and palliative care possibilities for a terminally ill patients. 

Saturday, February 18. Meat-fare Sunday.
   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. 40th day memorial Divine Liturgy for the servant of God, Hanna Hijazin (January 4, 2017).
   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.
   2:00 p.m. Wedding of Sam Marjiya and Andrea Marchese. 

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 15, 2016.
Epistle: Colossians 3:4-11.
PROKIMENON (Tone 4)
How great are your works O Lord!
In wisdom you have wrought them all.
Stichon: Bless the Lord, O my soul!
You are very great indeed, O Lord my God! 

A Reading From the Epistle of St. Paul to the Colossians:
Brethren, when Christ, our life, appears, then you too shall appear in glory. Put to death whatever in your members is of the earth: immorality, uncleanness, lust, evil desire, covetousness, which is a form of idol-worship. Because of these passions, God’s wrath comes upon the sons of disobedience and you yourselves once walked in them when they were your [way of] life.  But now, you too put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, abusive language and foul-mouthed utterances.  Do not lie to one another.  Strip off the old man with his deeds and put on the new, one that is being renewed towards perfect knowledge according to his creator’s image (Cf. Gn.1:26) Here there is no Gentile and Jew, no circumcised and uncircumcised, no Barbarian and Seythian, no slave and freeman, but Christ is all things, and in all. 

ALLELUIA.
String your bow, go forth, reign for the sake of truth, meekness and righteousness and your right hand shall lead you wonderfully.
Stichon: You loved righteousness and hated iniquity: therefore God, your God, anointed you with the oil of joy above your companions. 

Gospel: Luke 17:12-19. 12th Sunday After the Holy Cross.
The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke the Evangelist.
At that time as Jesus was entering a certain village, there met him ten lepers, who stood afar off and lifted up their voice, crying, “Jesus, master, have pity on us.” And when he saw them he said, “Go, show yourselves to priests.” And it came to pass as they were on their way that they were made clean.  But one of them, seeing that he was made clean, returned, with a loud voice glorifying God, and he fell on his face at his feet, giving thanks; and he was a Samaritan. But Jesus answered and said, “Were not the ten made clean? But where are the nine? Has no one been found to return and give glory to God except this foreigner?” And he said to him, “Arise, go your way, for your faith has saved you.”

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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: $200.00 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.
   DAMAGE/CLEANING DEPOSIT: $200.00. Refundable if the hall is left in the condition it was given to you.
   SECURITY FEE: $125 charge will be added to cover security for 5 hours.
   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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