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2017-03-26-Bulletin for Sunday

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, March 26, 2017. Fourth Sunday of Lent. Sunday of our Father John Climacus.

March 26. Leave-taking from the Feast of the Annunciation. Synaxis in honor of the Archangel Gabriel.

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. 

Parish Luncheon. Come join us this Sunday, March 26 for a Lenten Luncheon. The Luncheon is $5, and comes with Mujaddara, Salad, a Drink and Sweets. Bring your family and friends to this delightful luncheon. 

Some Surprising Benefits of Bedtime Prayer. Studies Show Childhood Habit Reduces Stress While Strengthening The Spirit. By Cathi Douglas. 3/13/2017.
http://occatholic.com/some-surprising-benefits-of-bedtime-prayer/
   “I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.” (1 Corinthians 14:15)
   Bedtime prayers once were part of every child’s nighttime routine along with warm baths, teeth-brushing and stories read aloud. But how many parents still kneel with their children before tucking them in every night to offer bedtime prayers?
   Surprisingly, many Catholics still heed the advice from Thessalonians, which urges us to “pray without ceasing.” A 2013 Pew Research Poll found that more than half of Americans pray every day, while a similar 2012 poll discovered that over 75 percent believe prayer is an important part of daily life.
   Even recent scientific research confirms that prayer offers people important psychological benefits in addition to the spiritual benefits they seek. A 2014 Psychology Today story noted five scientifically supported benefits of prayer:
   -Prayer improves self-control. Studies demonstrate that self-control, like muscle, becomes fatigued and must be exercised regularly to remain strong. Studies demonstrate that prayer can reduce alcohol consumption and has an energizing effect.
   -Prayer makes you nicer. Having people pray for those in need reduced the aggression they expressed following an anger-inducing experience.
   -Prayer makes you more forgiving. People who pray for the needs of a romantic partner or friend are more willing to forgive others.
   -Prayer increases trust. Those who pray together experience feelings of unity and trust, suggesting that praying with others can help build close relationships.
   -Prayer offsets the negative health effects of stress. Researchers discovered that people who prayed for others were less vulnerable to the negative physical health effects associated with financial stress. In addition, the focus on others seemed to contribute to the stress-buffering effects of prayer and enhance the overall feeling of wellness.
   Still, though prayer is proven to be scientifically beneficial to individuals and society, it is the strong spiritual connection with God that drives us to pray, whether individually, with others or as a family. Both the scientific benefits and the spiritual strength offered by prayer are important reasons why Catholic parents continue the tradition of bedtime prayers.
   Rather than the old-fashioned ‘Now I lay me down to sleep,’ today’s parents teach their children bedtime prayers as simple rituals focused on gratitude, appreciation, thanks and reflection. Bedtime is the perfect opportunity for parents to encourage their young children to stop and remember what has gone well that day, what is good about their life, and what could be better with concentration and effort.
   A simple bedtime thank-you may include phrasing like ‘I am so happy about the good things that happened today. Thank you, Lord, for ….’ Or, ‘I did something not so good today, Jesus, when I … Next time this happens – because You want me to behave well – I will know better.’
   Prompting children to examine their behavior encourages empathy and maturity, so prayer can double as a lesson and a virtue.
   Faced with an increasingly distracting and chaotic world, too many adults and children rush through their days without pausing for thought or reflection. Many of us take our blessings for granted and forget to thank God for the people who love us, the jobs that help put food on our tables, the experiences that make us unique individuals, and the friends who help us through the darkest times.
   Pausing at the end of each day in gratitude forces us with to recognize the love and blessings in our lives. Bedtime prayers help relax our anxieties, connect us with our Creator, boost our self-esteem and are a lasting way to help our kids lay the foundation for lasting happiness. 

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.” 

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 we see Christ as our High Priest who went before us to save us and set us free. In the Gospel, Christ had to intervene to free a possessed boy, whom His followers were not able to help. He then taught them the importance of fasting and prayer. Priests and those dedicated to the Monastic life help guide the community in a life of fasting and prayer. Is God calling you to the Priesthood or the Monastic life? Pray for your vocation and an increase of responses to God’s call. 

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, April 2, 2017 at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
   2017 dates: Sunday, April 2, Sunday, May 14, Sunday, June 11, Sunday, July 9, Sunday, August 13, Sunday, September 17, 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:
   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 (average 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.
   Sunday, March 12 collection: Cash in basket: $214 + $1,880 in 41 envelopes (average of $45.85 per envelope) + $133 (candles) = $2,227.
   Sunday, March 12 Mission Viejo Collections: Cash in basket $116 + $600 in 10 envelopes (average of $60 per envelope) = $716.
   Tuesday, March 14 building fund deposit: $314.
   Sunday, March 19 collection: Cash in basket $674 + $1,994 in 43 envelopes (averge of $46.37 per envelope) + $168 (candles) = $2,836.00.
   Wednesday, March 22 building fund deposit: $2,206.   

Total deposits in the past months: January 2017: $31,972. February 2017: $21,499. March 2017: $17,952. 

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
   $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.
   $130.00 paid on March 14, 2017 for Church Facility Services.
   $3,645 paid on March 21, 2017 for Palm Sunday & Holy Week tent rental. 

Hymns:
   Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 3). The Women disciples of the Lord heard from the Angels the joyful news of the resurrection, and casting away the ancestral sentence, they announced with pride to the Apostles: Death is vanquished, Christ God is risen! And has bestowed great mercy upon the world.
   Troparion of the Holy Cross (Tone 2). O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance. Strengthen our Public Authorities in every good deed and protect your nation with your Cross.
   Troparion of the Annunciation (Tone 4). Today is the fountainhead of our salvation and the revelation of the mystery that was planned from all eternity: the Son of God becomes the Son of the Virgin and Gabriel announces this grace.  Let us join him in crying out to the Mother of God: Hail, O Woman full of grace! The Lord is with you.
   Kondakion of the Annunciation (Tone 4). 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 6:13-20. Full reading below. Mark Bergeron will read this Sunday’s Epistle. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.

Gospel: Mark 9:17-31. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for
   the repose of the souls of:
   Bassim Kashou (March 14, 2017), Hani Saliba Salman (March 10, 2017), Georgette Sharou Nassar (March 8, 2017), Tarez Al Khozoz (February 17, 2017), Naim Ibrahim Mady (March 16, 2016), Warde Naber Hattar (March 17, 2012).
   the health, safety, and salvation of:
   Stacy Bladdel, Becky Bode, Melissa Nesheiwat, Melissa Powell, Linda Raya, 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:
“When God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, [14] saying, ‘Surely I will bless you and multiply you.’ [15] And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise.” (Hebrews 6:13-15) 

“Jesus took the boy with a mute spirit by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. [28] And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, ‘Why could we not cast it out?’ [29] And Jesus said to them, ‘This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting.’ ” (Mark 9:27-29) 
 

Friday, March 24.
   6:00 p.m. Choir practice.
   7:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy for the eve of the Feast of the Annunciation (Eid Al-Bishara) followed by coffee and refreshments in the hall.

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

Sunday, March 26. Fourth Sunday of the Great Fast. Saint John Climacus.
Second collection today for the Catholic Home Mission Appeal. For further information and last year’s financials and disbursements please visit: http://www.usccb.org/catholic-giving/opportunities-for-giving/catholic-home-missions-appeal/
   9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
   10:30 a.m. Choir practice.
   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
   12:15 p.m. Luncheon hosted by our Lady’s Society. Mujaddara, Salad, Drink and Sweets for $5.
   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).
   8:00 p.m. Pastoral activities meeting. 

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. Fifth Sunday of the Great Fast. 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. 40th day memorial for Georgette Sharou Nassar (March 8, 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 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. 40th day memorial for Bassim Kashou (March 14, 2017).
   12:15 p.m. Post-Easter Parish luncheon, BBQ, and children’s activities.
   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. 

Friday, May 5.
   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.

Saturday, May 6.
   5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic.

Sunday, May 7. Second collection: The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (one-time collection)
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.

Saturday, May 13.
   4:30 p.m. Confession.
   5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer). 

Sunday, May 14. Sunday of the Samaritan Woman. Mother’s Day.
   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.

Saturday, May 20.
   4:30 p.m. Confession.
   5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer).

Sunday, May 21. Sunday of the Man Born Blind. Second collection: Parishes in Collaboration.        
   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.

Saturday, May 27.
   4:30 p.m. Confession.
   5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer).

Sunday, May 28. Sunday of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council at Nicaea.
   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. 

Friday, June 2.
   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.

Saturday, June 3.
   4:30 p.m. Confession.
   5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic.

Sunday, June 4. Pentecost Sunday.
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.

Saturday, June 10.
   4:30 p.m. Confession.
   5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer).

Sunday, June 11. Sunday of All Saints.
   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.

Saturday, June 17.
   4:30 p.m. Confession.
   5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer).

Sunday, June 18. Second Sunday after Pentecost. Father’s Day.
   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.

Saturday, June 24.
   4:30 p.m. Confession.
   5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer).

Sunday, June 25. Third Sunday after Pentecost.
Second collection for the Universal Church Collection (Combines Peter’s Pence and Catholic Relief Services).
   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.

Saturday, July 1.
   4:30 p.m. Confession.
   5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic. 

Sunday, July 2. Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.
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. 

 

Readings for Sunday, March 26, 2017.
Epistle: Hebrews 6: 13-20.
Prokimenon (Tone 7)
The Lord will give strength to his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.
Stichon: Give to the Lord. You sons of God, give to the Lord glory and praise. 

Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews:
   Brethren, when God made his promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater to swear by, he swore by himself, saying, “I will surely bless you, and will surely multiply you (Gn.22 : 14).”  And so, after patient waiting, Abraham obtained the promise.  For men swear by one greater than themselves, and an oath given as a guarantee is the final settlement of all their disagreements.  Hence God, meaning to show more abundantly to the heirs of the promise the firmness of his will interposed an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to deceive, we may have the strongest comfort ― we who have sought refuge in holding fast the hope set before us.  This hope we have as a sure and firm anchor of the soul, reaching even behind the veil where our forerunner Jesus has entered for us, as he became a high priest forever according to the order of Melchisedek.

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

Gospel: (4th Sunday of Lent). Mark 9: 17-31.
The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark the Evangelist.
   At that time one of the crowd came to Jesus and bowed to him saying: “Master, I have brought to you my son, who has a dumb spirit; and whenever it seizes him it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth; and he is wasting away.  And I told your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.”  And he, answering him, said, “O unbelieving generation, how long shall I be with you?  How long shall I put up with you? Bring him to me.” And they brought him to him; and the spirit, when it saw Jesus, immediately threw the boy in convulsions, and he fell down on the ground and rolled about foaming at the mouth.  So he asked his father, “How long is it since this has come upon him?”  And he said, “From his infancy.  Oftentimes, it has thrown him into the fire and into the waters to destroy him.  But if you can do anything have compassion on us and help us.” But Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to the man of faith.” At once the father of the boy cried out and said with tears, “I do believe; help my unbelief.” Now when Jesus saw that a crowd was rapidly gathering, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, go out of him and enter him no more.”  And crying out and violently convulsing him, it went out of him, and he became like one dead, so that many said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand, and raised him and he stood up.  And when he had come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?”  And he said to them, “This kind can be cast out in no way except by prayer and fasting.”  And leaving that place, they were passing through Galilee, and he did not wish anyone to know it.  For he was teaching his disciples, and saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and having been killed, he will rise again on the third day.”

 

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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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