2017-04-02-Bulletin for Sunday

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, April 2, 2017. Fifth Sunday of Lent. Sunday of our Venerable Mother Mary of Egypt.

April 2. Commemoration of our Holy Father Titus the Wonderworker.

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.

Our Lady’s Society Parish Luncheon. Thank you for bringing your family and friends to the luncheon we held on March 26. A special thanks also to those who volunteered and donated to this event which raised $400.

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 May and June 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 reminds us that God is near. We are encouraged to be open to recognizing Him and finding our strength and consolation in Him. In the Gospel, the people encountered Christ on Palm Sunday – but not in the way they had been expecting. Our priests should help us to be attentive and find Christ in all the unexpected ways that He comes to us in our daily life. Pray for your vocation and for many to answer God’s call to the priesthood.

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).

Saturday, May 6, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Magnificat Prayer Breakfast proudly welcomes ex-lawyer, writer, sober alcoholic, contemplative and Catholic convert, Heather King. Topic: “I Once was Lost but Now Am Found!” Heather’s story is one of passion and grit in the face of life’s trials and disappointments. She is a nationwide speaker and monthly contributor to Magnificat publication. Come and be blessed! Embassy Suites Anaheim – South, 11767 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove, CA  92840. Mail-in Registration Only for this meal - must be postmarked by April 26, 2017: $28 per person. Reserved Seating for Tables of 10 - $280 Please register early! 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 questions contact Anne at (714) 420-5482 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Theresa (714) 223-1975.

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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, 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.
   Wednesday, March 22 building fund deposit: $2,206.
   Sunday, March 26 collections: Cash in basket: $142 + $1,860 in 38 envelopes (average of $48.95 per envelope) + $163 (candles) = $2,165.
   Sunday, March 26 Holy Land Collection: $1,298.
   Monday, March 27 building fund deposit: $1,100.  

Total deposits in the past months: January 2017: $31,972. February 2017: $21,499. March 2017: $22,515.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
   $286.78 paid on March 8, 2017 for American Chemical & Sanitary Supply.
   $80.00 paid on March 14, 2017 for Freezer Removal.
   $50.00 paid on March 14, 2017 for Facility Cleaning.
   $157.97 paid on March 20, 2017 for Republic Trash Services.
   $3,645 paid on March 21, 2017 for Palm Sunday & Holy Week tent rental.
   $337.59 paid on March 27, 2017 for Cleaning Services.
   $26.18 paid on March 27, 2017 for Sparkletts Water Services.
   $78.75 to be paid on April 10, 2017 for Golden State Water Company. 

Hymns:
   Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 5). Let us O Faithful, praise and worship the Word coeternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our salvation.  For He has willed to be lifted in the flesh upon the Cross, and to endure death, and to raise the dead by his glorious Resurrection.
   Troparion of our Mother Mary of Egypt (Tone 8). In you, O Mother Mary, the faithful image of God shone forth, for you carried your cross and followed Christ.  You taught by your deeds how to spurn the body, for it passes away and how to value the soul, for it is immortal. Wherefore your soul is forever in happiness with the angels.
   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 (Tone 8). O never failing Protectress of Christians and their ever present intercessor before the Creator, despise not the petitions of us sinners, but in your goodness extend your help to us who call upon you with confidence.  Hasten, O Mother of God, to intercede for us, for you have always protected those who honor you. 

Epistle: Hebrews 9: 11-14. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Mark 10: 32-45. Full reading below. 

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for
   the repose of the souls of:
   40th day memorial for Georgette Sharou Nassar (March 8, 2017). Elias & Nabil Nassar.
   One year memorial. Haytham Yacoub Nesheiwat (April 1, 2016).
Melissa Powell (March 28, 2017), Grace Hunt (March 28, 2017), Jacqueline Chad (March 23, 2017), Bassim Kashou (March 14, 2017), Hani Saliba Salman (March 10, 2017), Georgette Sharou Nassar (March 8, 2017), Tarez Al Khozoz (February 17, 2017), Hanna Bechara Ajram (February 10, 2017), William Joubran Awad (December 15, 2016), Eugenie Ibrahim Abou Hallak (October 10, 2016), Naim Ibrahim Mady (March 16, 2016), Ibrahim Doura (August 8, 2012), Wadih Nassar (November 22, 2008), Mary Mikhail (July 15, 2013), Mary Marie (July 25, 2009), Antoin Fattouch (December 31, 2000), Yacoub Mussa Fahel (April 9, 1983), Yousef Yacoub Fahel (April 1, 1994), Antone Yacoub Fahel (April 11, 2006), Michel Mikhail (April 8, 1991), Kamal Zaky (April 19, 1970), Najib Lutfi, Mariam Lutfi, Fuad Lutfi, Fouzi Lutfi.
   the health, safety, and salvation of:
   Stacy Bladdel, Becky Bode, 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:
“For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, [14] how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.” (Hebrews 9:13-14) 

“Jesus called the disciples to Him and said to them, ‘You know that those who are supposed to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. [43] But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, [44] and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. [45] For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’ ” (Mark 10: 42-45)

 

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). One year memorial. Haytham Yacoub Nesheiwat (April 1, 2016).
   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. 

   5:00 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). 

Tuesday, April 4.
   7:00 p.m. Screening of “Open Bethlehem” and discussion with Filmmaker Leila Sansour. Freed Theater. Christ Cathedral campus. 13280 Chapman Ave. Garden Grove, CA 92840.
   Leila Sansour is an acclaimed filmmaker with an unconventional portfolio. She is the founder and spokesperson of OPEN BETHLEHEM, an organization that works to bring international commitment to the resolution of the Israeli/Palestinian question using Bethlehem as a gateway into the situation. The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher and the Diocese of Orange welcome the community during the Holy Season of Lent to turn their attention to the plight of the little City of Bethlehem and the suffering Christian people at the birth place of Our Lord. The Christian population of Bethlehem has dwindled to just 12 percent and they face incredible pressure from all sides. Join Filmmaker Leila Sansour as she openly discusses this crisis and what we as followers of Christ are called to do in the face of this situation. Free. Advance reservations required. Search “Open Bethlehem” at https://www.eventbrite.com 

Wednesday, April 5.
   7:00 p.m. Pre-Sanctified Liturgy (Al-Kudaas Sabik-Takdis’uha).

Thursday, April 6.
   2:00-8:00 p.m. House blessings.  

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.
   5:00 p.m. Triumphal Entry Vespers. 

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.
   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 and children’s activities. $10 for adults and $5 for children. Please contact the office for tickets.
   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.
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, April 2, 2017.
Epistle: Hebrews 9: 11-14.
Prokimenon (Tone 8)
Make vows to the Lord your God and fulfill them; let all round about bring gifts to the awesome God.
Stichon: God is renowned in Judah; in Israel great is his name. 

Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews:
Brethren, when Christ appeared as the high priest of the good things to come (Cf.Lv.16:14; 19:4), he entered once for all through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made by hands (that is, not as a part of the present creation), nor again by virtue of blood of goats and calves, but by virtue of his own blood, into the sanctuary, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls and the sprinkled ashes of a heifer sanctify the unclean for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ (Cf. Rv. 1:5), who through the Holy Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God!

Alleluia (Tone 8)
Come, let us sing joyfully to the Lord; let us acclaim the Rock of our salvation.
Stichon: Let us greet him with thanksgiving; let us joyfully sing psalms to him.

Gospel: (5th Sunday of Lent). Mark 10: 32-45.
The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark the Evangelist.
   At that time Jesus took the Twelve, and began to tell them what would happen to him, saying, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the Scribes; and they will condemn him to death, and will deliver him to the Gentiles; and they will mock him, and spit upon him and scourge him, and put him to death; and on the third day he will rise again.” And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him, saying, “Master, we want thee to do for us whatever we ask.” But he said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?” And they said, “Grant to us that we may sit, one at thy right hand and the other at thy left hand, in thy glory.” But Jesus said to them,
   “You do not know what you are asking for. Can you drink of the cup of which I drink, or be baptized with the baptism with which I am to be baptized?” And they said to him, “We can.” And Jesus said to them “Of the cup that I drink, you shall drink; and with the baptism with which I am to be baptized, you shall be baptized; but as for sitting at my right hand or at my left, that is not mine to give, but it belongs to those for whom it has been prepared.” And when the ten heard this, they were at first indignant at James and John. But Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers among the Gentiles I lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. But it is not so among you. On the contrary, whoever wishes to become great shall be your servant; and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be the slave of all; for the Son of Man also has not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

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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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