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2017-04-09-Bulletin for Sunday

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, April 9, 2017.
Palm Sunday.
During the fourth century, at the very place where the glorious entrance into Jerusalem had occurred, it was commemorated in the following fashion: first, a public reading of the Gospel in which Christ is hailed as the King of Israel taking possession of his capital city Jerusalem, symbol of the Heavenly City, then a bishop, riding a donkey and surrounded by a multitude of people carrying palms and singing hymns, went up to the Church of the resurrection. Every Eastern Church took up this celebration in the form of a procession. This was also adopted by the Church of Rome in the year 1030. 

April 9. Commemoration of the Holy Martyr Eupsichius of Caesarea. Eupsichius died for his faith under Emperor Julian the Apostate in the year 362.

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.

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.

No Sunday School or Holy Cross Youth meeting on April 9, April 16, 23. We will resume on Sunday, April 30.

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

Holy Cross Youth Group Spiritual Meetings. For more Youth Group events, check the Holy Cross Church calendar.

A Family is looking for a Caregiver for her parents in Mission Viejo: needs a driver. Call Guitta at (949) 874-4316 for more details.

Vocation Awareness. In today’s Epistle, Saint Paul reminds the people that God is near and encourages them to be open to recognizing Him in order to find their strength and consolation in Him. In the Gospel, the people encountered Christ on Palm Sunday, but not in the way they had been expecting. Priests help us to be attentive to Christ in all the unexpected ways He comes to us in our daily life. Pray that many will 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, May 14, 2017 at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
   2017 dates: 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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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.
   Saturday, April 1 collection: $122.
   Sunday, April 2 collection: Cash in basket: $393 + $2,709 in 43 envelopes (average of $63 per envelope) + $201 (candles) = $3,303.
   Sunday, April 2 Mission Viejo Collection: Cash in basket: $38 + $225 in 5 envelopes (average of $45 per envelope)= $263.
   Monday, April 3 building fund deposit: $1,172.

Total deposits in the past months: February 2017: $21,499. March 2017: $22,515. April: $4,860.

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 Feast (Tone 1). O Christ God, when You raised Lazarus from the dead, before the time of your passion, you confirmed the future resurrection of all.  We too, like the children of old, carry before You the symbols of your triumph and victory and cry out to You, the conqueror of Death: “Hosanna in the highest!  Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!
   Second Troparion of the Feast (Tone 4). O Christ our God, we have been buried with You in baptism: wherefore we merited eternal life through your resurrection.  We cry out to You, singing a hymn of praise: “Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!
   Kondakion of the Feast (Tone 6). O Christ God enthroned in heaven, and on earth riding upon an ass; You have accepted the praise of the angels and the hymns of the children who were crying out to You: “Blessed are You who come to restore Adam.” 

Epistle: Philippians 4:4-9. Full reading below. Gabriel Saada will read this Sunday’s Epistle. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: John 12:1-18. Full reading below. 

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for
   the repose of the souls of:
   Walid Akleh (April 4, 2017), Fudda Arouk (April 3, 2017), Fuad Asfour (April 1, 2017), Clara Dirawi (March 30, 2017), Melissa Powell (March 28, 2017), Grace Hunt (March 28, 2017), Adele Okal (March 26, 2017), Jacqueline Chad (March 23, 2017), Naim Ibrahim Mady (March 16, 2016), Bassim Kashou (March 14, 2017), Hani Saliba Salman (March 10, 2017), Georgette Sharou Nassar (March 8, 2017), Dib Yousef Elhosni (April 8, 2002), Rosa Akleh, Rasmiyeh Akleh, Nayfeh Marjiya.
   the health, safety, and salvation of:
   Atallah Al-Assaad, Stacy Bladdel, Becky Bode, Linda Raya, Marie Semaan, Sayf Tashman, 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:
“Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. [7] And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. [8] Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Philippians 4:6-8). 

“The next day a great crowd who had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. [13] So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying, ‘Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!’ ” (John 12:12-13) 

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

Friday, April 7.
   9:00 a.m. Set up chairs for Palm Sunday.
   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.
   6:00 p.m. Choir practice.
   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. Memorial Liturgy for Fudda Arouk (April 3, 2017). Mercy Meal to follow in the hall.
   12:30 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.
   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).
   (After the Liturgy we need everyone to help realign the chairs & clean up in the tent.)
   12:30 p.m. Bake Sale Organized by “Our Lady's Society.”
  Eastern Christian Formation (Sunday School) and Youth Ministry spiritual discussions resume on Sunday, April 30.

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.
   Eastern Christian Formation (Sunday School) and Youth Ministry spiritual discussions resume on Sunday, April 30. 

Saturday, April 22.
   4:30 p.m. Confession.
   5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer).
   6:00 p.m. Baptism of Maya Anne Aranki and Laith Mahyoub Aranki, children of Kamel Mahyoub Aranki and Stephanie Josephine Anne Haddad Aranki. 

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.
  Eastern Christian Formation (Sunday School) and Youth Ministry spiritual discussions resume on Sunday, April 30. 

Thursday, April 27.
   7:00 p.m. Choir practice for the Melkite Eastern Catholic Community at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691. Parish center. Room 6. 

Saturday, April 29.
   3:00 p.m. Wedding of Bryant Florez and Julie Saikaly.
   5:00 p.m. Baptism of Zayna Imani Rodriguez, daughter of Trinidad Rodriguez and Rozanna Lutfi. 

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.
   12 noon. Baptism of London and Sienna Chu, daughters of Marcus and Deana (Nesheiwat) Chu.
   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. 

Thursday, May 11.
   7:00 p.m. Choir practice for the Melkite Eastern Catholic Community at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691. Parish center. Room 6.

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 9, 2017.
Epistle: Philippians 4:4-9.
Prokimenon (Tone 4)
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. God is the Lord and he has appeared to us.
Stichon: Sing to the Lord, for he is good, for his mercy endures forever.

Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Philippians:
   Brethren, rejoice in the Lord always; again I say rejoice. Let your moderation be known to all men. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety, but in every prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God. And may God’s peace that surpasses all understanding guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
   For the rest, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever honorable, whatever just, whatever holy, whatever lovable, whatever of good repute, if there be any virtue, if anything is worthy of praise: consider these things. And what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, these things practice — and the God of peace will be with you. 

Alleluia (Tone 3)
Sing to the Lord a new song; for the Lord has done wonderful works.
Stichon: All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

Gospel: (Palm Sunday). John 12:1-18. (The Glorious Entry into Jerusalem)
The Holy Gospel according to St. John the Evangelist.
   Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany the home of Lazarus, he had raised from the dead. And they made him a supper there; and Martha served, while Lazarus was one of those sitting at table with him. Mary therefore took a pound of ointment, genuine nard of great value, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and with her hair wiped his feet dry. And the house was filled with the odor of the ointment. Then one of his disciples, Judas son of Simon the Iscariot, the one who was about to betray him, said, “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii, and given to the poor?” Now he said this, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and holding the purse, used to take what was put in it. Jesus therefore said, “Let her be: she was to keep it for the day of my burial. For the poor you have always with you, but you do not always have me.” Now the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there; and they came, not only because of Jesus, but that they might see Lazarus, the man he had raised from the dead. But the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death also. For on his account many of the Jews began to leave them and to believe in Jesus. Now the next day the great crowd which had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took up palm fronds and went out to meet him. And they cried out, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord, the king of Israel!” And Jesus found a young ass, and sat upon it, as it is written, “Fear not, daughter of Sion; behold, thy king comes, sitting upon the colt of an ass.” These things his disciples did not at first understand. But when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered these things were written about him, and that they had done these things to him. The crowd therefore, which was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead, bore witness to him. And the reason why the’ crowd also went to meet him was that they heard he had worked this sign.

 

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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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