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2017-01-22-Bulletin for Sunday

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, January 22, 2017. Sunday of Zacchaeus.

January 22. Commemoration of the Holy Apostle Timothy and the Holy Martyr Anastasius the Persian.
   Timothy, the disciple and companion of St. Paul, was bishop of Ephesus. Anastasius was born in Persia and martyred in Palestine during the Persian invasion that devastated that country in the year 628. His head was brought to Rome where it is still honored in the church of Saints Vincent and Anastasius. 

New Year’s Party. A special thanks to all those who made the Holy Cross Church’s New Year’s Party a great success and to all those who attended and supported our end of the year celebration. The total income from the party was $8,527, we had $4,251.65 in expenses, and the event raised $4,275.35. God bless you and we look forward to a wonderful New Year.

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). 

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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:
   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.
   Sunday, January 15 collections: Cash in basket: $251 + $2,171 in 45 envelopes (Average of $48.24 per envelope) + $291 (candles) = $2,713.
   Tuesday, January 17 building fund deposit: $3,215. 

Total deposits in the past months: November 2016: $20,582. December 2016: $92,040. January 2017: $25,520.

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 3). Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad! For the Lord has done a wondrous deed by his arm! He has crushed Death by his death becoming the first to rise from the dead.  He has delivered us from the mouth of Hades and bestowed great mercy upon the world.
   Troparion of the Holy Cross (Tone 2). O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance. Strengthen our Public Authorities in every good deed and protect your nation with your Cross.
   Kondakion 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: Timothy 4:9-15. Full reading below. Yanni Cantartzoglou will read this Sunday’s Epistle. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Luke 19:1-10. 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:
   Fourtieth day memorial for William Joubran Awad (December 15, 2016) and Rinih Aranki (December 11, 2016).
   Kamel Saad (January 19, 2017), Hanna Hijazin (January 4, 2017), Siham (Baroud) Ibrahim (January 3, 2017), Archbishop Hilarion Capucci (January 1, 2017), Jeannette Srouji (December 29, 2016), Doris Kennedy (December 11, 2016), Jamilah Dagher (December 9, 2016), Naim Ibrahim Mady (March 16, 2016), Tony Ibrahim (January 1989), and Nassar Ibrahim (January 28, 1983).
   the health, safety, and salvation of:
   Stacy Bladdel, Becky Bode, Kevin Murphy, Melissa Powell, Linda Raya, Hani Salman, Marie Semaan, 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:
“For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe” (1 Timothy 4:10). 

“When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchae'us, make haste and come down; for I must stay at your house today.’ [6] So he made haste and came down, and received him joyfully” (Luke 19:5-6).

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.
   5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer).
   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. Topic: Names in the Old Testament and a discussion on the feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the temple. 

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) and 40th day memorial for Jeannette Srouji (December 29, 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.
   10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. “Living parish stewardship through prayer and service.” Presented by Bishop Nicholas Samra.
   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.
   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 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.
   7:30 p.m. Dinner at the Saint Kilian’s Church hall. 

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 terminally ill patients. 

Saturday, February 18. Meat-fare Sunday.
   4:30 p.m. Confession.
   5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer) followed by a Trisagion to commemorate all the faithful departed. Please call or email the parish office with your list of deceased friends or relatives. 

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. 

February 19, 20, 21. A message from Habitat for Humanity-Volunteer Opportunity for Youth. We need 500 volunteers, ranging from youth and up, to transfer True Value Hardware's trade show at the Anaheim Convention Center that ends on Sunday, 2/19. Their products will need to be transferred from the booths onto pallets (placed at each booth), wrap the loaded pallets with shipping plastic, and move on to the next booth. We are expecting about 30 truck trailers full of product valued at $1.2 million in subsequent sales. The sales could generate enough income to support the construction of approximately six Habitat homes in Orange County! That's six families that would go out reached without your help on these volunteer critical service days. The tentative volunteer shifts are as follows: Sunday 2/19 3:30 -10 p.m., Monday 2/20 8:00-1:30 p.m. and 12:30-6 p.m., and Tuesday 2/21 8:00-1:30 p.m. and 12:30-6 p.m. Lunch or dinner is provided during a shift, as appropriate, and you get a free T-shirt!
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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. 

Friday, February 24. Parish Leadership Track.
   We invite all our parishioners to join us on Friday, February 24 for a full day of workshops, discussions, networking and prayer in this Parish Leadership Track. Note: You must register for all three sessions.
   Divine Renovation: Developing Parish Leadership for the Sake of Mission.
   10:00 - 11:30 am. 1-02, 1:00 - 2:30 pm. 2-02, and 3:00 - 4:30 pm. 3-02. 
   “Divine Renovation” is for pastors and parish leaders who want to renew and revitalize their parish for mission and evangelization. Participants will be led through a series of interactive reflections and exercises to help them establish a functioning leadership team that will assist the pastor in leading the parish in a new direction. We will look at how a leadership team is different from a staff team or pastoral council, and how it best functions in relation to these other groups within the parish. Each team (the pastor or parish administrator along with four to eight team members) will be led through a process to examine the essentials of common vision, team balance, healthy conflict, trust and vulnerability. Pastors and team members will receive tools and insights to form or become a healthier and more effective leadership team. Participants should read or be familiar with the key insights of Fr. James Mallon’s book, Divine Renovation: Bringing Your Parish from Maintenance to Mission. Please call the Holy Cross Church office to get a free copy.
   Fr. James Mallon, a priest of the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth in Nova Scotia, Canada, currently serves as Pastor of Saint Benedict Parish and is founder and Chair of the Board of the John Paul II Media Institute. Fr. Mallon is creator of the video-based catechetical series, “Catholicism 201.” In 2014, he published his first book on parish renewal, followed in 2017 with “The Divine Renovation Guidebook: A Step-by-Step Manual for Transforming Your Parish.”

Saturday, February 25.
   No confession or Vespers.
   5:00 p.m. Maronite Liturgy at the L.A. Congress. 

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. 

Monday, February 27. First Day of Great Lent (The Great Fast).
   7:00 p.m. Forgiveness Vespers. 

Wednesday, March 1.
   7:00 p.m. Pre-Sanctified Liturgy (Al-Kudaas Sabik-Takdis’uha). 

Friday, March 3.
   7:00 p.m. Akathist hymn (Al-Madayih). 

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. Falafel Luncheon.
   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. 

Monday, March 6.
   7:00 p.m. Great Compline (Sal’aat Ya-Rab Al-Kuwaat). 

Wednesday, March 8.
   7:00 p.m. Pre-Sanctified Liturgy (Al-Kudaas Sabik-Takdis’uha). 

Friday, March 10.
   7:00 p.m. Akathist Hymn (Al-Madayih). 

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

Sunday, March 12. Saint Gregory Palamas / Sunday of the Holy Relics.
   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 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, March 13.
   7:00 p.m. Great Compline (Sal’aat Ya-Rab Al-Kuwaat). 

Wednesday, March 15.
   7:00 p.m. Pre-Sanctified Liturgy (Al-Kudaas Sabik-Takdis’uha). 

Friday, March 17.
   7:00 p.m. Akathist Hymn (Al-Madayih). 

Saturday, March 18.
   4:30 p.m. Confession.
   5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer). 

Sunday, March 19. Sunday of the Holy Cross.
   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. 

Monday, March 20.
   7:00 p.m. Great Compline (Sal’aat Ya-Rab Al-Kuwaat). 

Wednesday, March 22.
   7:00 p.m. Pre-Sanctified Liturgy (Al-Kudaas Sabik-Takdis’uha). 

Friday, March 24.
   7:00 p.m. Akathist Hymn (Al-Madayih). 

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

Sunday, March 26. Saint John Climacus. Second collection today for the Catholic Home Mission Appeal.
   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. 

Monday, March 27.
   7:00 p.m. Great Compline (Sal’aat Ya-Rab Al-Kuwaat). 

Wednesday, March 29.
   7:00 p.m. Pre-Sanctified Liturgy (Al-Kudaas Sabik-Takdis’uha). 

Friday, March 31.
   7:00 p.m. Akathist Hymn (Al-Madayih). 

Saturday, April 1.
   5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic. 

Sunday, April 2. Saint Mary Egypt.
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. 

   5:45 p.m. Music practice in the 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, April 3.
   7:00 p.m. Great Compline (Sal’aat Ya-Rab Al-Kuwaat). 

Wednesday, April 5.
   7:00 p.m. Pre-Sanctified Liturgy (Al-Kudaas Sabik-Takdis’uha). 

Friday, April 7.
   11:00 a.m. Prayer Service for all the Spiritual needs of our Parishioners followed by a Spiritual meeting led by Deacon Elias Kashou at Holy Cross Church.
   7:00 p.m. Vespers for the Eve of Lazarus Saturday. 

Saturday, April 8. Lazarus Saturday.
   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
   12:30 p.m. Pot-Luck Lunch. Please come to help set up for Palm Sunday. If you have olive or palm branches at home please bring them to the church. You may also drop off any sweets or items you would like to donate for the Palm Sunday bake sale.
   4:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Confession.
   5:00 p.m. Triumphal Entry Vespers. 

Sunday, April 9. Palm Sunday. Triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem.
   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy, Blessing of Palms and Procession (In the large covered tent). 
   12:30 p.m. Bake Sale Organized By ‘Our Lady's Society.’ 

Monday, April 10. Great and Holy Monday.
   6:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Confession.
   7:00 p.m. Bridegroom Service. 

Tuesday, April 11. Great and Holy Tuesday.
   6:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Confession.
   7:00 p.m. Bridegroom Service. 

Wednesday, April 12. Great and Holy Wednesday.
   6:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Confession.
   7:00 p.m. Mystery of Holy Anointing. 

Thursday, April 13. Great and Holy Thursday.
   11:00 a.m. The Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great. Institution of the Holy Eucharist.
   6:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Confession.
   7:00 p.m. Washing of the Feet, Passion Gospels, and Crucifixion Service. 

Friday, April 14. Great and Holy Friday.
   11:00 a.m. Royal Hours, Descent from the Cross, and Burial of Christ.
   12:30 p.m. We need volunteers to help decorate the Tomb of Christ.
   7:00 p.m. Service of Lamentations (Funeral of Christ / Genaz Al-Maseeh) (In the Large Covered Tent). 

Saturday, April 15. Great and Holy Saturday.
   11:00 a.m. Blessing of the New Light, Vespers, and the Discovery of the Empty Tomb. The Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great.
   10:00 p.m. Hajmeh, Resurrection Matins, and Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom. Blessing of Bread and Eggs following the Divine Liturgy. 

Sunday, April 16. Great and Holy Pascha / Easter Sunday. The Feast of the Resurrection of Christ. Christ is Risen. He is Truly Risen. Al-Maseeh Qaam. Haqqan Qaam.
   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy of the Holy Resurrection. 

Saturday, April 22.
   4:30 p.m. Confession.
   5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer). 

Sunday, April 23. Sunday of Saint Thomas.
   9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
   12:15 p.m. Post-Easter Parish luncheon. 

Saturday, April 29.
   4:30 p.m. Confession.
   5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer). 

Sunday, April 30. Sunday of the Ointment- Bearing Women.
   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. www.occatholicworker.org).
   5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Set up, serve meals, visit with the women, and clean up.

Readings for Sunday, January 22, 2017.
Epistle: Timothy 4:9-15.
PROKIMENON (Tone 7)
The Lord will give strength to his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.
Stichon: Give to the Lord, you sons of God, give to the Lord glory and praise. 

A Reading From the First Epistle of St. Paul to Timothy:
My son Timothy, this saying is true and worthy of full acceptance: for we work and are reviled for this reason, that we hope in the living God who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.  Command and teach these things.  Let no man despise the fact that you are young, but be an example to the faithful by what you say and do, by love, faith, spirituality and chastity.  Until I come, be diligent in reading, exhorting and teaching. Do not neglect the grace that is in you, granted to you as a speaker for God through the laying on of the hands of the priesthood.  Meditate on these things, give yourself entirely to them, so that your progress may be evident to all. 

ALLELUIA (Tone 7)
It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to Your name, O Most High!
Stichon: To proclaim Your kindness at dawn and Your faithfulness throughout the night. 

Gospel: Luke 19:1-10.
The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke the Evangelist.
At that time as Jesus was passing through Jericho, behold there was a man named Zacchaeus; and he was a leading publican, and he was rich.  And he was trying to see Jesus, to find out who he was, but could not, on account of the crowd, because he was small of stature.  So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was going to pass that way.  And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down; for I must stay in your house today.” And he made haste and came down, and welcomed him joyfully.  And upon seeing it, all began to murmur, saying, “He has gone to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.”  But Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, I give one-half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.”  Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he, too, is the son of Abraham.  For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost. 

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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: 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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