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2017-02-05-Bulletin for Sunday

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, February 5, 2017. Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican. 

February 5. Fourth Day of celebration of the Presentation. Commemoration of the Holy woman Martyr Agatha. Agatha, born of a noble Sicilian family was martyred under Emperor Decius.

Assistance to new families. Holy Cross, Saint Martin de Porres, and other local Catholic churches have teamed up to assist families who have recently immigrated. We are looking for furniture, kitchen appliances, small microwave, a food processor, a blender, a set of pots and pans, or other household items. Also if you have contacts with immigration lawyers who are willing to provide their services at a discounted price or if you own a business and are looking for employees please contact the church office at 714-985-1710 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

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.

Jesus said “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.’ ” (John 11:26)
   The Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Community offer our condolences to the family of the servant of God Kamel Abdallah Saad, who was born on February 10, 1950 in Lebanon and reposed in the Lord on January 19, 2017 in Lebanon. We extend our condolences to the entire family and in particular his wife Rajaa Hassan Fares, his children Bassel (Vera Fakhre), Marwan (Selma Khozam), Samar (Tony Semaan), and Rami, his grandchildren Bassel Jr, Karl, Chris, Romy, Adolf, Mory, Sarah, Mira, and Ryan, his siblings Nasima (Elie El-Hachem) and Sameer (Sanaa Nassir). The family will accept condolences on Saturday February 4, 2017 from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the home of Samar and Tony Semaan: 26301 La Morada Circle, Mission Viejo, CA 92691. The fortieth day memorial Divine Liturgy will be on February 26 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church (451 West Madison Avenue. Placentia, CA 92870-4537). May his memory be eternal. 

   The Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Community offer our condolences to the family of the servant of God, Hani Elias Tawil who was born in Haifa, Palestine and reposed in the Lord on January 23, 2017 in New Jersey. We extend our condolences to the entire family and in particular his wife Olga, his children Michelle del Presto and Malik Tawil, his siblings Edward, Angelle (George Karma), Adelle Tawil (+Habib Abboud), Naife (+James Kraus), and Joseph (Grace Dibsi). Hani is predeceased by his siblings Marcelle (+Charlie Bivona) and Ramzi (Majda Nesheiwat). The fortieth day memorial Divine Liturgy will be at Holy Cross Church on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. May his memory be eternal.

   The Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Community offer our condolences to the family of the servant of God, Ramzi Tawil who was born on September 29, 1951 in Beirut, Lebanon and reposed in the Lord on February 1, 2017 at Saint Jude Hospital in Brea, California. We extend our condolences to the entire family and in particular his wife Majida Nesheiwat Tawil, his children Trina (Mike Martir) and Vicki (Mike Merola), his grandchildren Robert and Marissa, his siblings Edward, Angelle (George Karma), Adelle (+Habib Abboud), Naife (+James Kraus), and Joseph (Grace Dibsi). He is predeceased by his siblings Marcelle and Hani. The wake will be on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. with the Trisagion at 7:00 p.m. at Loma Vista Memorial Park (701 E Bastanchury Rd, Fullerton, CA 92835), the funeral will be on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., both at Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church (714-985-1710. 451 West Madison Avenue. Placentia, CA 92870-4537). The internment will be at Loma Vista Memorial Park, and the mercy meal will follow at Saint John Maronite Catholic Church (300 S Flower Street, Orange CA 92868). In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church. The fortieth day memorial Divine Liturgy will be at Holy Cross Church on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. May his memory be eternal. 

A message from Bill Samawi. “I would like to celebrate my 80th birthday on Sunday February 5 with my lovely family of Holy Cross and say thank you to every member for all the nice things done to us in person or phone during the last 37 years and I want to say that we have a nice parish and a nice priest. Thank you Fr. Francois, Deacon Elias, and Aida.”

Vocation Awareness. In today’s Epistle, Saint Paul points out that all who try to do good will suffer, and that it is necessary to listen to Scripture and Tradition to have insight and wisdom to persevere. In the Gospel parable, Christ insists that we have the proper perspective towards ourselves, others and God.  This ministry of “calling us to a proper perspective” is still carried out by priests, and we need many more for our Eparchy. Have you prayed whether God is calling you to a priestly or monastic vocation?

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. Please remind everyone in the area to attend and invite your family and friends. 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 (Presided by Bishop Nicholas Samra) 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.
  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. 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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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

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

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.

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.

Saturday, February 25, 2017, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Magnificat Prayer Breakfast presents Fr. Daniel Wilder, “Zeal for my Father’s House Consums Me!” Join us for this inspiring testimony which reveals Fr. Dan’s tremendous zeal for souls and his deep relationship with Jesus Christ! Embassy Suites Anaheim – South, 11767 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove, CA 92840. Registration by mail must be postmarked by February 20, 2017: $28 per person. Registration at the door: $33 per person. Mail to Magnificat Ministry: P.O. Box 4381, Orange, CA 92863-4381. The meal includes a full plated breakfast as well as the speaker’s program. Please visit www.magnificat-ministry.net for a flyer and registration information. Flyers are also available by the church entrance. For registration information contact Anne at (714) 420-5482 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Advertiser Travel & Tourism presents a 9 day tour of Italy! This tour has magnificent views, historic landmarks, and great food. You could visit Italy’s wonders such as Milan, Siena, Rome, and much more. This 9 day tour is full of fun and excitement:  Day 1: Travel to Milan. Day 2: Tour of Milan. Day 3: Milan to Sirmione, then Verona and Venice. Day 4: Venice to Firenze. Day 5: Tour of Firenze. Day 6: Firenz to San Gimignano, then to Siena and Rome. Day 7: Tour of Rome. Day 8: Free day in Rome with options to Naples, Pompey and Capri. Day 9: Breakfast in Rome then to your flight back home. Net price per person includes: Bed & Breakfast, Escorted Guide, 4 Star Hotels, Transportation on all days, Accommodation for 8 Nights and Entrance ticket Fees. For more details call: (626) 759-4844. Last day to register and pay is February 20.

Thank you for your ongoing generous donations:
   Thursday, January 12 building fund deposit: $10,300.
   Sunday, January 15 collection: 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.
   Sunday, January 22 collection: Cash in basket: $319 + $921 in 30 envelopes (Average of $30.70 per envelope) + $133 (candles) = $1,373.
   Thursday, January 26 building fund deposit: $1,700.
   Sunday, January 29, collection: Cash in basket: $248 + $4,005 in 66 envelopes  (Average of $60.68 per envelope) + $126 (candles) = $3,379.
   Wednesday, February 1 build fund deposit: $1,575.

Total deposits in the past months: November 2016: $20,582. December 2016: $92,040. January 2017: $31,972.

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.
   $398.18 paid on January 30, 2017 for Cleaning Services.
   $17.15 paid on January 30, 2017 for Sparklets Water.
   $1,631.77 paid on February 2, 2017 for General Candles & Wax.
   $200.00 paid on February 3, 2017 for Gardening Services. 

Hymns:  
   Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 5). Let us O Faithful, praise and worship the Word coeternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our salvation. For He has willed to be lifted in the flesh upon the Cross, and to endure death, and to raise the dead by his glorious Resurrection.
   Troparion of the Feast (Tone 1). Hail, O Woman full of grace, Virgin and Mother of God: from you has arisen the Sun of Justice, Christ our God, enlightening those who stand in darkness, In You too, O just Elder Simeon, rejoice, for you carried in your arms the Redeemer of our souls, our Resurrection.
   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.
   Final Kondakion of the Encounter (Tone 1). O Christ our God who through your birth have sanctified the virginal womb and have now blessed the arms of Simeon, 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: 2 Timothy 3:10-15. Full reading below. Mia Semaan will read this Sunday’s Epistle. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Luke 18:10-14. Full reading below. 

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for
   the repose of the souls of:
   Ramzi Tawil (February 1, 2017), Hani Elias Tawil (January 23, 2017), Kamel Abdallah Saad (January 19, 2017), Fahimeh Kasbary (January 18, 2017), Hanna Hijazin (January 4, 2017), Siham (Baroud) Ibrahim (January 3, 2017), Archbishop Hilarion Capucci (January 1, 2017), Jeannette Srouji (December 29, 2016), Naim Ibrahim Mady (March 16, 2016), Georgette Makhlouf (March 2, 2015), and Louis Makhlouf (January 29, 2004).
   the health, safety, and salvation of:
   Stacy Bladdel, Becky Bode, 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:
“Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, [13] while evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived. [14] But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it [15] and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:12-15). 

“The tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ [14] I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for every one who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 18:13-14).

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 envelope (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. 

   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.
   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.
   9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Magnificat Prayer Breakfast presents Fr. Daniel Wilder, “Zeal for My Father’s House Consumes Me!” Join us for this inspiring testimony which reveals Fr. Dan’s tremendous zeal for souls and his deep relationship with Jesus Christ! Embassy Suites Anaheim – South, 11767 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove, CA  92840. Registration by mail must be postmarked by February 20, 2017: $28 per person. Registration at the door: $33 per person. Mail to Magnificat Ministry: P.O. Box 4381, Orange, CA  92863. The meal includes a full plated breakfast as well as the speaker’s program. Please visit www.magnificat-ministry.net for a flyer and registration information. For registration information contact Anne at (714) 420-5482 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

   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 envelope (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. 

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. 

   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. 

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. 

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 envelope (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. 

   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.
   3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 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.
   7:00 p.m. Vespers for the Eve of Lazarus Saturday. 

Friday, April 7, 8, and 9. Christ Cathedral Drama Series: Freed Theater at Christ Cathedral Campus. 13280 Chapman Avenue. Garden Grove, CA 92840. Leonardo Defilippis's latest one-man stage production, VIANNEY, opens amidst the chaos of the French Revolution, a time which mirrors the secularization, materialism and anti-religious sentiment of our own day. Against this dramatic backdrop, a simple ignorant peasant priest enters the backwater town of Ars, a place where no one cares much about their faith, or sees the Church as particularly relevant. They don't expect much out of John Vianney. But then the impossible begins to happen through this unlikely shepherd – through his example, his love, and his sacrifice, the townspeople begin to change, begin to listen, and begin to pray. Suitable for ages 9 and up. www.ccdramaseries.com or call (714) 282-3045

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. Second collection for the Holy Land.
   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. 

   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, February 5, 2017.
Epistle: 2 Timothy 3:10-15.
PROKIMENON (Tone 8)
Make vows to the Lord your God and fulfill them: let all round about him bring gifts to the awesome Lord!
Stichon: God is renowned in Judah; in Israel, great is his name. 

A Reading From the Second Epistle of St. Paul to the Timothy:
My son Timothy, you have followed my teaching, my behavior, my faith, my long-suffering, my love, my patience, my persecutions, my afflictions such as befell me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, such persecutions as I suffered: and out of them all, the Lord delivered me.  And all who want to live piously in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.  But the wicked and impostors will go from bad to worse, erring and leading into error.  As for you, keep on with the things you have learned and which have been entrusted to you, and remember from whom you have learned them.  For you have known from infancy the Sacred Scriptures which are able to give you instruction for your salvation by the faith which is in Christ Jesus. 

ALLELUIA (Tone 8)
Come; let us rejoice in the Lord!
Let us sing joyfully to God our Savior!
Stichon: Let us greet his presence with thanksgiving; let us joyfully sing psalms to him. 

Gospel: Luke 18:10-14.
The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke the Evangelist.
The Lord told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, the one a Pharisee and the other a publican.  The Pharisee stood and began to pray thus within himself: ‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of men, robbers, dishonest, adulterers, or even like this publican.  I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all I possess.’ But the publican, standing far off, would not so much as lift up his eyes to heaven, but kept striking his breast, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went back to his home justified rather than the other; for anyone who exalts himself shall be humbled, and anyone who humbles himself shall be exalted.

 

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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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