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2017-03-12-Bulletin for Sunday

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, March 12, 2017. Sunday of the Holy Relics and Saint Gregory Palamas.

Daylight Savings Time Reminder. On Sunday, March 12 we spring ahead one hour.

March 12. Commemoration of our Holy Father Theophane, Confessor, Monk of Sigria.
   Sigria is a mountain on the Asian side of the Bosphorus. Theophane, exiled by Emperor Leo the Armenian during the Iconoclastic Persecution, died in the year 817.

“Jesus said: ‘I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live’ ” (John 11:25).
The Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Community offer our condolences to the family of the servant of God, Georgette Sharou Nassar
who reposed in the Lord on March 8, 2017. We extend our condolences to the entire family and in particular her daughter Nadia Saikali.
   The Viewing will be on Saturday, March 18 from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. and the Funeral Service will begin at 10:00 a.m. both at Our Savior Lutheran Church (512 West Durate Road, Arcadia CA, 91007). The internment will be at Live Oak Memorial Park (200 East Duarte Road, Montovia, CA 91016). A mercy meal will follow.

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. 

Sunday, March 19, 2017. Theosis Meeting in the conference room at 1:30. Adult members of Holy Cross Church are invited to learn more about their Eastern Byzantine tradition by attending our monthly meetings to discuss how Scripture and Christ’s teachings show us how God became man in order so that man can become God-like.

Falafel Luncheon Hosted by Our Lady’s Society. Thank you for all your support this last weekend. We had a wonderful luncheon raising $1,128. A special thanks to those who helped prepare the food. God bless you all for your generous donations.

Holy Cross Church’s New App. Good news, Holy Cross Church now has its own app on android and apple devices. Simply search for myParish app on your phone’s app store and once you have the app downloaded search for Holy Cross Melkite Church. Alternatively you could text “App” to 88202 to download our parish app. This app is full of useful features from messages, donations, calendar information, and so much more. If you have any questions please call the church office at (714) 985-1710. 

Fasting and Abstinence Guidelines. There are a variety of traditions regarding the forty day period of the Great Fast. A distinction needs to be made between fasting and abstinence. Fasting means not eating anything for a period of time. Abstinence is when certain food is not eaten. The traditional usage in the Melkite Catholic Church is:
   1-From Monday-Friday: A fast consisting of no food or drink from midnight until noon. The older and stricter discipline consists of no food or drink until after the evening service.
   2-Everyday: No meat, no fish with spines, or dairy until Easter Sunday. Shell fish are permitted as these were considered easier to catch and took less time to cook.
   3-Fish and wine are permitted on March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation (Eed-Al-Bishara) and on Palm Sunday.
   These traditions developed to encourage the faithful to simplify their life, eat less expensive food, and spend less time cooking. When this is done, the time saved can be used to pray more and to spend more time reading the Bible. As well, the extra money saved can be put towards charitable ends. Most important. this should be a time of self-reflection, repentance, forgiveness, humility, virtue, acts of charity, and an increased sense of a total dependence on God. 

Great Lent 2017. Shepherd’s Care Boxes in today’s bulletin. “Do not turn your face away from any poor man and God will not turn his face away from you” (Tobit 4:7). About Shepherd’s Care. Associated Melkite Charities. Shepherd’s Care was begun in 1988 at the suggestion of the Melkite faithful and clergy who saw a need for a special united efforts of all Melkite Catholics to reach out to those in need. Through Shepherd’s Care the Melkite Catholic Church of America reaches out in love through financial assistance in your name to the Lord’s “needy ones” in our country and throughout the world. Shepherd’s Care is not just about raising money for the poor and the sick, but more important, it is a guide to assist us in living a “Holy Lent” through understanding and properly using the Lenten tripod of “Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving.” Don’t just “give up” during Great Lent, “give up” so others can have.
   “When He looked up he saw some wealthy people putting their offerings into the treasury and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins. He said: ‘I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.’” (Luke 21:1-4)
   This account from the Gospel of Saint Luke serves as a guide to Christians for the offerings we make to God. A “mite” means a tiny, insignificant thing. Compared with the large donations Our Lord observed, the tiny coins offered by this poor widow might ordinarily go unnoticed. If others did notice her tiny contribution they might even judge her as stingy. Our Lord, in His all-knowing wisdom, however recognized that the widow’s “mite” was far greater than the large offerings other people were contributing. They could afford to give more – and their offerings were therefore small! The poor widow gave to God everything she had.
   Put the mite box on your dining table or in your icon corner where you pray and throughout Lent place your offerings in the box. Some people try to put in the amount they save by abstaining from certain foods. At the end of Great Lent – perhaps during Great and Holy Week – bring the proceeds of your mite box back to the church. Whether your offering is great or small only the Lord knows for sure! But gathered together with those of your brothers and sisters in Christ – the other families in your parish, they increase! All of the mite boxes of all of the families in all of our parishes are put together into a special fund that is for charities only. Our Bishop, together with his advisors sees this money is given to needy people at home and abroad.
   Over Twenty Years of Shepherd’s Care. Shepherds’ Care began in 1988 with 21 Parishes taking part. The first collection of Shepherd’s Care amounted to $7,242. In the past 20+ years, the total collections amounted to more than $250,000! Nearly all of our churches have continued to participate in the Shepherd’s Care Lenten collection every year. Through your love and faithful support, our eparchy has been able to help orphans, the hungry, the homeless, drug abusers, the destitute, runaway teens, victims of war, disasters and disease. Donations have been distributed to Lazarus House in Lawrence, MA; Emmaus House in Harlem, NY; Middle East Orphanages; Covenant House in LA; Tuition aid to our seminarians; the Salvatorian Center in Methuen, MA; and a food program for the poor at St. Philip’s in San Bernardino, CA., and many other groups.
   Each year during the Great Fast, the Church encourages us with the example of the “widow’s mite”. We receive a little box – a “mite box” which we are to carry home. This box symbolizes the offerings we make during Lent, together with our increased prayers and our fasting and abstinence. Charitable gifts for the needy can also be sent directly to the Melkite Catholic Eparchy of Newton (3 VFW Parkway in West Roxbury, MA 02132-7722).
   Wisdom from the Fathers on Almsgiving.
   -St. John Chrysostom: “Charity is a medicine suitable for any wound.”
   -St. Basil the Great: “The bread you do not use is the bread of the hungry. The garment hanging in your wardrobe is the garment of the person who is naked. The money you keep locked away is the money of the poor.”
   - St. Gregory of Nyssa: “Behold, your brother is naked and weeping. And there you stand deciding which carpet to buy!”
   -St. Maximos the Confessior: “Without faith, hope, and charity nothing sinful is uprooted, nor can any good be fully attained.”
   -St. John Chrysostom: “If you do not recognize Christ in the beggar at the door…you will not recognize Him in the chalice.” 

Pray Your Way to an A? From Ignatian Exercises to Walking Prayer, A Mindful Chat with God may increase Academic Success. By Meg Waters. 2/24/2017.
http://occatholic.com/pray-your-way-to-an-a-2/
   In 1962, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that prayer in public schools was unconstitutional. Although prayer continues uninterrupted in Catholic and other faith-based schools, the ban has been one of the cornerstones of the “separation of church and state” debate for decades. Through the years of contention, however, prayer by itself was not considered to be a “study tool”—until recently.
   Within the last few years, a body of research by scientists and faith-based organizations linking prayer to better study habits and academic success is adding a new argument to the prayer-in-school debate. Can prayer make better students?
   Father William Watson, S.J., is Chair and Director of the Sacred Story Institute in Seattle. Sacred Story is developing an updated version of the Jesuits’ Ignatian Spirituality for students in the classroom from pre-K to graduate school. Several elementary schools in Orange County are currently in a trial program designed to use an age-appropriate “examen of conscience” a highly focused and inward form of prayer, for three to eight minutes during the school day. According to Mary Alvarado, principal of St. Cecilia School in Tustin, second, fifth and sixth grade classes are currently testing the program.
   “The concept is really intriguing. This is more than a Hail Mary before class starts. For anyone, prayer is a great way to calm and center one’s self, but this new focus on short, deep prayer for young children is an interesting approach.”
   While the program is still in its beta phase, students listen to a tape or video early in the school day that leads them in guided meditational prayer for a few minutes. According to Father William, “We are hoping that children, from very early in their life, will learn to listen to spiritual movement in their heart and become adept at discerning the difference between good and evil.” For the young child it may be learning what makes them truly happy or sad. As they grow, and become more clear and purposeful in their choices, their prayer skills should help to direct their entire academic life and adult life.
   Leonard Matheson, a neurology professor emeritus at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has just completed a new book, “Your Faithful Brain: Designed for So Much More!” in which he explores the intersection of faith, and particularly prayer, and neuroscience. Matheson urges students to stop and pray for five to ten minutes during each hour of study. Ideally, the prayer should be done while walking, not sitting.
   “The best prayers for students facing the stress of study and especially tests are prayers of gratitude,” says Matheson. “Thank God for your family and friends, the opportunity to learn and so forth. Something happens with this kind of prayer that calms one down and enables them to go back to their studies refreshed.
   “Prayer primes our neural patterns through an invitation to the Holy Spirit. As I surrender, neuroconsolidation occurs: the organization of my experiences into long-term memories.”
   While prayer in public schools is still debated, research may lead to an academic rationale for returning prayer to the public classroom. According to The Peabody Journal of Education 2012 Meta-Analysis, religious schools achieved the highest level of success compared to both charter and public schools. SAT scores tell the same story: while scores from public schools decline, religious and independent schools scores are on the rise.
   Is prayer the key? It will be a long time before researchers will be able to definitively answer the question. In the meantime, parenting a more centered, focused and spiritually connected child and student is perhaps proof enough. 

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. Thanks to your help and the help of other churches, we have been able to help these families with their needs, there are still a few other needs left. One family is in need of a ride to church on Sunday’s, this individual lives in Anaheim. Also, 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 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 Epistle, Saint Paul strengthens people’s faith, helping them gain a deeper perspective of God active in their daily lives. In the Gospel, people make a big effort to bring a person with a problem to Jesus. Jesus helps the man and even increases his understanding and that of those around him about God’s actions in the world and in our lives. Priests are called to do this for us today. Have you considered that vocation for yourself? Pray for and encourage others to do so? 

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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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 

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

Thank you for your ongoing generous donations:
   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.
   Sunday, February 26 collection: Cash in basket: $277 + $2,077 in 42 envelopes (average of $49.45 per envelope) + $117 (candles) = $2,471.
   Saturday, March 4 collection: $221.
   Sunday, March 5 collection: Cash in basket: $217 + $1,925 in 31 envelopes (averge of $62.10 per envelope) + $159 (candles) = $2,301.
   Sunday, March 5 building fund deposit: $2,605.
   Sunday, March 5 falafel luncheon: $1,128.
   Sunday, March 9 building fund deposit: $4,114.24.  

Total deposits in the past months: January 2017: $31,972. February 2017: $21,499.82. March 2017: $10,369.24. 

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
   $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.
   $200.00 paid on March 1, 2017 for Gardening services.
   $30.64 paid on March 1, 2017 for Sparkletts water services.
   $302.96 paid on March 1, 2017 for Cleaning Services.
   $286.78 paid on March 8, 2017 for American Chemical & Sanitary Supply. 

Hymns:
   Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 2). When you descended to death, O Immortal Life, You destroyed Hades by the splendor of your Divinity, and when you raised the dead from under the ground, all the Powers of heaven cried out: O Christ our God, the giver of life, glory to you.
   Troparion of the Holy Relics (Tone 2). Victorious witnesses of the Lord, blessed is the earth that received your blood, and holy are the heavenly places that opened to your souls.  You have vanquished the enemy in battle and proclaimed Christ with courage. We beg you to intercede with Him who is all good, that He may save our souls.
  
   Troparion of our Holy Father Gregory Palamas (Tone 8). O Gregory the Wonderworker, light of Orthodoxy, support and teacher of the Church, glory of monks and invincible protector of theologians, pride of Thessaloniki and preacher of grace: Pray without ceasing for the salvation of us all.
   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 Annunciation (Tone 9). Triumphant leader to you belongs our prize of victory! And since you saved us from adversity we offer you our thanks.  We are your people O mother of God! So as you have that invincible power, continue to deliver us from danger that we may cry out to you Hail, O Virgin and bride ever pure. 

Epistle: Hebrews 1:10-2:4. Full reading below. Michael Nesheiwat will read this Sunday’s Epistle. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Mark 2:1-12. Full reading below. 

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for
   the repose of the souls of:
   Georgette Sharou Nassar (March 8, 2017), 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), Naim Ibrahim Mady (March 16, 2016), Janet Abukhader (March 4, 1998).
   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:
“And, "Thou, Lord, didst found the earth in the beginning,and the heavens are the work of thy hands; [11] they will perish, but thou remainest; they will all grow old like a arment, [12] like a mantle thou wilt roll them up, and they will be changed. But thou art the same,and thy years will never end." ( Hebrews 1:10-12) 

“But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins" -- he said to the paralytic -- [11] "I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home."  [12] And he rose, and immediately took up the pallet and went out before them all; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, "We never saw anything like this!"” (Mark 2:10-12)


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.
   10:30 a.m. Churching of Peter Romel Kfoury
   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 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.
  1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Theosis Meeting in the conference room. Adult members of Holy Cross Church are invited to learn more about their Eastern Byzantine tradition by attending our monthly meetings to discuss how Scripture and Christ’s teachings show us how God became man in order so that man can become God-like. 

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. 

   5:00 p.m. The Palestine Foundation benefit concert. Featuring Dalal Abu Amneh in Ya Sitti. Valencia High School (Placentia). Palestinefoundation.org 

   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. Matins and 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, March 12, 2017.
Epistle: Hebrews 1:10-2:4.
Prokimenon (Tone 5)
You, O Lord, will keep us and preserve us always from this generation.
Stichon: Save me, O Lord, for there is no longer any holy man, for truthfulness has vanished from among the children of men.

Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews.
   You in the beginning, O Lord, did found the earth, and the heavens are works of your hands.  They shall perish, but you shall continue; and they shall all grow old as does a garment, and as clothing shall you change them, and they shall be changed.  But you are the same, and your years shall not fail (Ps. 101: 26-28).
   Now, to which of the angels has he ever said, “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies the footstool at your feet” (Ps. 109: 1)? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent for service, for the sake of those who shall inherit salvation?
   That is why we should all the more earnestly observe the things we have heard, lest perhaps we drift away.  For if the word spoken by angels proved to be valid, and every transgression and disobedience received a just punishment, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?  For it was first announced by the Lord and was confirmed to us by those who heard it.  

Alleluia (Tone 5)
Your favor, O Lord, I will sing forever; from generation to generation my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness.
Stichon: For you have said, “My kindness is established forever.”  In heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness. 

Gospel: (2nd Sunday of Lent). Mark 2:1-12.
The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark the Evangelist.
   At that time Jesus entered Caparnaum, and it was reported that he was at home.  And immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room, not even around the door.  And he spoke the word to them.  And they came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four.  And since they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where he was, and, having made an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic was lying.  And Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the Paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.” Now some of the Scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, “Why does this man blaspheme in this way? Who can forgive sins, beside God?” And at once Jesus, knowing in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, said to them, “Why are you arguing these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, and take up your pallet, and walk’? But that you may know the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins” ― he said to the paralytic ― “I say to you, arise, take up your pallet, and go to your house,” And immediately he arose and, taking up his pallet, went forth in the sight of all, so that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, “Never did we see anything like this!” 

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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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