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2017-02-26-Bulletin for Sunday

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, February 26, 2017. Cheese Fare (Forgiveness Sunday).

February 26. Commemoration of our Father among the Saint’s Porphyrius, Bishop of Gaza. Porphyrius, born in Thessalonica of a rich and noble family, embraced the monastic life in Egypt, then Palestine. He preached in Jerusalem and was ordained a priest by Bishop John in the year 392. When John became Metropolitan of Ceasarea of Palestine, he consecrated Prophyrius Bishop of Gaza. He became a model of the perfect bishop and pastor and died on February 26, 420.

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

Assistance to new families. Holy Cross Church, 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, a 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..

Bishop Nicholas Samra’s Luncheon Summary. Thank you to all those who came and celebrated with friends and family. A special thanks to those who helped set up and served. We showed spectacular attendance for Bishop Nicholas. The first luncheon held at Holy Cross Church raised $821. The second luncheon held at Saint Kilian’s Church raised $455. These entire amounts have been deposited into our building fund. Thank you for your continued enthusiasm, support, and generosity.

Your 2016 income tax receipts have been mailed. Please review your statement and let us know if any corrections need to be made. Thank you for your 2016 and ongoing generosity.

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 Youth (grades 9-12) meet every Sunday immediately following the Divine Liturgy. We are currently working on the Great Adventure Teen Bible Timeline. This program makes the Bible come alive for Catholic teens by unpacking God’s Word in a way they can relate to and understand. T3 teaches teens the Bible by following the fascinating story of Scripture and showing them the “big picture” of salvation history. Teens will come to see the Bible as a relevant part of their lives. The calendar contains the complete schedule. For more information please contact the office.

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

Vocation Awareness. In today’s Divine Liturgy the readings speak of the need for turning toward God and for coming together as a community to grow in our Christian life. The Gospel suggests practical tools to do so. The service of Forgiveness Vespers on Monday evening unites us to begin our Lenten efforts as a united family. More priests are needed as shepherds in our parishes to facilitate this growth. Have you noticed any potential candidates for that ministry in your parish? Will you encourage them by prayer and suggestion?

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 invite your family and friends and remind everyone in the area to join us. We will meet in the hall at 5:45 p.m. to review the hymns and the Divine Liturgy will begin in the Church at exactly 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 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.
  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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View the great spiritual resources available at Melkite Eparchy of Newton’s website: www.Melkite.org

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Thank you for your ongoing generous donations:
   Wednessday, February 1 build fund deposit: $1,575.
   Saturday, February 4 collection: Cash in Basket: $71 + $395 in 7 enveloeps (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.
   Sunday, February 12 collection: Cash in Basket: $384 + $2115 in 52 envelopes (average of $40.67 per envelope) + $207 (candles) = $2,706.
   Sunday, February 12 Mission Viejo Collections: Cash in Basket: $313 + $1,435 in 20 envelopes (average of $71.75 per envelope) = $1,748.
   Monday, February 13 building fund deposit: $993.83.
   Sunday, February 19 collection: Cash in Basket: $355 + $2,036 in 54 envelopes (average of $37.70 per envelope) + $653 (candles) = $3,044.
   Tuesday, February 21 building fund deposit: $2,000.

Total deposits in the past months: December 2016: $92,040. January 2017: $31,972. February 2017: $19,028.82.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
   $1,631.77 paid on February 2, 2017 for General Candles and Wax.
   $200.00 paid on February 3, 2017 for Gardening Services.
   $34.15 paid on February 8, 2107 for Printer Supplies and Services.
   $2,000 paid on February 9, 2017 for Tree Trimming and Removal.
   $3,000 paid on February 9, 2017 for Roof Maintenance and Repair.
   $255 paid on February 24, 2017 for Gutter Repair and Maintenance. 

Hymns:  
   Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 8). O Merciful One, Who came down from on high and endured burial for three days in order to save us from suffering.  O our Life and our Resurrection, 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 Cheese Fare (Tone 6). You who guide men toward wisdom, and give them intelligence and understanding, instructor of the ignorant and helper of the poor, strengthen and enlighten my heart, O Lord, give me word, O Word of the Father, for behold I will not refrain my lips from crying out to You: O merciful One, have mercy on me who have fallen.
 

Epistle: Romans 13:11-14:4. Full reading below. Jamil Semaan will read this Sunday’s Epistle. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Matthew 6:14-21. Full reading below. 

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for
   the repose of the souls of:
   Kamel Abdallah (January 19, 2017). 40th day memorial.
   Dorothy Mitchell (February 29, 2016). One year memorial.
   Jamil Mikhail Semaan (February 24, 1996). 21 year memorial.
   Tarez Al Khozoz (February 17, 2017), Andrea J. Negm (February 2, 2017), Ramzi Tawil (February 1, 2017), Mary Mansour Dallal (January 31, 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), Naim Ibrahim Mady (March 16, 2016).
   the health, safety, and salvation of:
   Stacy Bladdel, Becky Bode, Melissa Nesheiwat, Melissa Powell, Linda Raya, Hani Salman, Marie Semaan, Yasmeen Tashman, Ray Woods.
   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:
“The night is far gone, the day is at hand. Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; [13] let us conduct ourselves becomingly as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. [14] But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires” (Romans 13:12-14). 

“When you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, [18] that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you (Matthew 6:17-18).

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 at Holy Cross Church.
   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. Kamel Abdallah (January 19, 2017): 40th day memorial. Dorothy Mitchell (February 29, 2016): One year memorial. Jamil Mikhail Semaan (February 24, 1996): 21 year memorial.
   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. Great Adventure Teen Bible Timeline. Lesson 3. The Patriarchs. Finish off the Book of Genesis in this session and learn about the blood of the Patriarchs. By the commitment in entering into covenant with God, man is able to know God more as a loving Father. 

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.
   12 noon. Divine Liturgy. One year memorial for Yousef Marji (March 7, 2016).
   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.
   10:30 a.m. Churching of Cosette Corbett, daughter of Timothy & Lola Corbett.
   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. Great Adventure Teen Bible Timeline. Lesson 4. Egypt and Exodus, Joshua, and Judges. Depart to the desert as the focus of this session centers around Egypt and Exodus. God leads his chosen people into the wilderness toward the Promised Land, a time period for trust. You also learn about the name of God and become more familiar with Joshua and the judges. 

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. 40th day memorial for the servants of God, Hani Elias Tawil (January 23, 2017) and Ramzi Tawil (February 1, 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. Great Adventure Teen Bible Timeline. Lesson 5. The Kingdom of God: United and Divided. As you cross into the Royal Kingdom in this session, there is danger accompanying the reigns of the kings of Israel. Mark Hart covers 1 & 2 Samuel and 1 & 2 Kings to give a better understanding that life is really all about God.
   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. Great Adventure Teen Bible Timeline. Lesson 6. The Exile, the Return, and the Revolt. God never forgets about you. Despite all the sins of the people of God, you discover in this session that God is with his people throughout their exile, their return, and even the Maccabean Revolt. 

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). 

Thursday, March 23.
   10:30 a.m. Eastern Catholic Pastoral Association meeting at Saint John Maron Catholic Church. 

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. Great Adventure Teen Bible Timeline. Lesson 7. Jesus and the Gospels: Messianic Fulfillment. Journey into the New Testament as Mark Hart uncovers the messianic fulfillment in Jesus Christ. You see in this session that everything learned thus far in the Bible finds its full meaning in the New Testament. 

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.
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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. Great Adventure Teen Bible Timeline. Lesson 8. Early Church and the Church Today. As Christ returns to heaven, he promises to always be present in the Holy Spirit. In this final session, you see how the entire story of our salvation, climaxed in Christ, continues on in you. This study ends by talking about the early Church and the important call to be a disciple. 
   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. 

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.
   10:30 a.m. Choir practice.
   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy of the Holy Resurrection.
   No Eastern Christian Formation (Sunday School) or Youth Ministry spiritual discussion today. 

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) or Youth Ministry spiritual discussion today. 

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 26, 2017.
Epistle: Romans 13:11-14:4.

PROKIMENON (Tone 3)
Sing praise to our God, sing praise! Sing praise to our King, sing praise!
Stichon: All you peoples, clap your hands! Shout to God with cries of gladness. 

A Reading From the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans:
   Brethren, now our salvation is nearer than when we came to believe.  The night is far advanced: the day is at hand.  Let us therefore lay aside the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light.  Let us walk becomingly as in daytime, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in debauchery and wantonness, not in strife and jealousy.  But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and as for the flesh, pay no attention to its lusts.
   But whoever is weak in faith, receive him without arguing about opinion.  For one believes he may eat all things but another who is weak, let him eat vegetables.  Let not the one who eats despise the one who does not; and let not the one who does not eat judge the one who does, for God has received him.  Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls but he will stand, for God is able to make him stand. 

ALLELUIA (Tone 3)
In you, O lord, I have hoped: let me never be put to shame.
In your Justice, save me and deliver me.
Stichon: Be for me a protecting God, a sheltering house to save me.
 

Gospel: Matthew 6:14-21.
The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew the Evangelist.

The Lord said, “If you forgive men their offenses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men there offenses, neither will your Father forgive you your offenses.  And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, who disfigure their faces in order to appear to men as fasting.  Amen I say to you they have had their reward.  But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not be seen by men to fast, but by your Father, who is in secret; and your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.  Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where worm and rodent consume, and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither worm nor rodent consumes, nor thieves break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there also will be your heart.” 

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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: 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: March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4, July 2, August 6.

HOLY DAYS AND WEEKDAYS: Please check the bulletin.

THE HOLY MYSTERIE
   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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