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2017-02-12-Bulletin for Sunday

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, February 12, 2017. Sunday of the Prodigal Son.

February 12. Commemoration of our Father among the Saints Meletius, Archbishop of Antioch. Because of his attachment to the holy faith, Meletius was persecuted by the Arians and banished several times from his see. He participated in the Second Ecumenical Council in Constantinople in the year 381.

Choir practice. Please join our choir practice every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. to review the regular hymns and learn new ones. Everyone is welcome.

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 next mailout also contains the March and April Church calendar. Please contact the office if you are not registered or did not receive your envelopes. Thank you.

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

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 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 funeral was on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 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.

Vocation Awareness. In today’s Epistle, Saint Paul speaks about how hard it is to understand who and what we are and how we should live. He then he explains our dignity. In the Gospel, neither of the two sons understood their relationship with God their Father and could not benefit from it. Priests help us to strengthen our relationship with God and with others. Have you considered that vocation or have you encouraged others to it? Pray for your vocation and for vocations to the Priesthood and Monastic life for our Eparchy.

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 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.
   Wednessday, February 1 build fund deposit: $1,575.
   Saturday, February 4 collection: Cash in Basket: $71 + $395 in 7 envelopes (Average of $56.43 per envelope) = $466.
   Sunday, February 5 collection: Cash in Basket: $366 + $2,255 in 34 envelopes (Average of $66.32 per envelope) + $170 (candles) = $2,791.
   Monday, February 6 building fund deposit: $3,705.

Total deposits in the past months: December 2016: $92,040. January 2017: $31,972. February 2017: $8,537.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
   $1,631.77 paid on February 2, 2017 for General Candles & Wax.
   $200.00 paid on February 3, 2017 for Gardening Services.
   $34.15 paid on February 8, 2107 for Printer Supplies & Services.
   $2,000 paid on February 9, 2017 for Tree Trimming & Removal.
   $3,000 paid on February 9, 2017 for Roof Repair & Maintence.

Hymns:  
   Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 6). The angelic powers appeared at your tomb, and the guards became as dead men, and Mary stood by the Sepulcher seeking your spotless Body. You despoiled Hades and yet were not tempted by it, You met the Virgin O Bestower of Life. O Lord who rose from the dead 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 Prodigal Son (Tone 3). When in my wretchedness I ran away from your fatherly love, I squandered in wickedness the riches You had given me.  And so now, like the Prodigal Son, I cry out to You: “I have sinned in your sight, O Merciful Father: receive me now that I repent and make me as one of your hired servants.” 

Epistle: Corinthians 6:12-20. Full reading below. Gabriel Saada will read this Sunday’s Epistle. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Luke 15:11-32. Full reading below. 

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for
   the repose of the souls of:
   Mary Mansour Dallal (January 31, 2017), Andrea J. Negm (February 2, 2017), Ramzi Tawil (February 1, 2017), Father Adrian Dabash, O.P. (January 27, 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), Naim Ibrahim Mady (March 16, 2016).
   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:
“He who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. [18] Shun immorality. Every other sin which a man commits is outside the body; but the immoral man sins against his own body. [19] Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; [20] you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:17-20). 

“The son arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. [21] And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ [22] But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; [23] and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; [24] for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to make merry” (Luke 15:20-24).

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!
   9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
   10:30 a.m. Choir practice.
   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.
   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.
   9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
   10:30 a.m. Choir practice.
   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.
   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.
   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 12:30-6:00 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. Anaheim Convention Center. 

Sunday, February 26. Cheese-fare Sunday.
   9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
   10:30 a.m. Choir practice.
   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, 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.
   5:30 p.m. Bible Study led by Deacon Elias Kashou.
   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.
   9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
   10:30 a.m. Choir practice.
   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.
   9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
   10:30 a.m. Choir practice.
   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.
   9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
   10:30 a.m. Choir practice.
   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.
   9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
   10:30 a.m. Choir practice.
   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 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.
   9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
   10:30 a.m. Choir practice.
   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.
   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 (In the Church).
   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 (In the Church).
   5:00 p.m. Triumphal Entry Vespers (In the Church). 

Sunday, April 9. Palm Sunday. Triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem.
   10:30 a.m. Choir practice.
   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.’
   No Eastern Christian Formation (Sunday School).
   No Youth Ministry spiritual discussion.

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

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

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

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

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 (In the Church).
   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 (In the Church).
   10:00 p.m. Hajmeh, Resurrection Matins, and Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom. Blessing of Bread and Eggs following the Divine Liturgy (In the Church). 

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 (In the Church).
   No Eastern Christian Formation (Sunday School).
   No Youth Ministry spiritual discussion. 

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

Sunday, April 23. Sunday of Saint Thomas.
   9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
   10:30 a.m. Choir practice.
   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
   12:15 p.m. Post-Easter Parish luncheon.
   No Eastern Christian Formation (Sunday School).
   No Youth Ministry spiritual discussion.

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

Sunday, April 30. Sunday of the Ointment- Bearing Women.
   9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
   10:30 a.m. Choir practice.
   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, February 12, 2017.
Epistle: Corinthians 6:12-20.
PROKIMENON (Tone 1)
May your kindness, O Lord, be upon us, for we have hoped in you.
Stichon: Exult, you just, in the Lord; praise from the upright is fitting. 

A Reading From the First Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians:
Brethren, all things are lawful for me, but not all things are fitting.  All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of anyone.  Food is for the belly, and the belly for food, but God will destroy both the one and the other.  Now, the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.  For God has raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.
Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them the members of a prostitute?  By no means! Or do you not know that one who cleaves tot a prostitute becomes one body with her?  For the two, it is said, shall be one flesh (Gn.2 : 24). But he who cleaves to the Lord is one spirit with him.  Flee immortality.  Every sin a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body.  Or do you not know that your members are the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God and that you are not your own? For you have been bought at a great price.  Glorify God therefore in your body and in your soul which both are God’s. 

ALLELUIA (Tone 1)
O God, you granted me retribution and make peoples subject to me and saved me from my raging enemies.
Stichon: Therefore I will proclaim you, O Lord, among the nations, and I will sing praise to your name.

Gospel: Luke 15:12-32.
The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke the Evangelist.

The Lord told this parable: “A man had two sons.  And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property that falls to me.’ And he divided his possessions between them.  And not many days later, the younger son gathered up all his wealth and traveled to a far country; and there he squandered his fortune in loose living.  And after he had spent all, there came a severe famine over that country, and he began to suffer from it.  And he went and joined one of the local landowners, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs.  And he longed to fill himself with the pods the pigs were eating, but no one offered to give them to him.  But when he had come to his senses, he said, ‘How many hired men in my father’s house have bread in abundance, while I am perishing with hunger! I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men.” And he got up and went to his father.  But while he was yet a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with compassion and ran and fell upon his neck and kissed him.  And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the Father said to his servants, ‘Fetch quickly the best robe and put it on him, and give him a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet; and bring out the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; because this my son was dead, and has come to life again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to make merry.  Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came close to the house, he heard music and dancing.  And calling one of the servants he asked what this meant.  And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has got him back safe.’ But he was angered and would not go in. His father, therefore, came out and began to beg him.  But he answered and said to his father, ‘Look, these many years I have been serving you, and have never disobeyed any of your orders; and yet, you have never given me a kid that I might make merry with my friends. But when this son of yours comes, who has devoured your wealth with prostitutes; you have killed for him the fattened calf!’  But he said to him, ‘Son you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours; but we were bound to make merry and rejoice, for this your brother was dead, and has come to life; he was lost and is found.’”

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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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