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2017-05-14-Bulletin for Sunday

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, May 14, 2017.
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman. Fourth Sunday After Easter.
Our Savior, the Lord Jesus, the Source of Life, came to the well of Jacob, Father of the Patriarchs, and asked a drink of water from the hands of a Samaritan woman. At first she refused to serve him and reminded Jesus that Jews had no dealings with Samaritans. But Jesus changed her heart through the sweetness of his words, so that she sought to obtain from Him the water of everlasting life. When she received it, she cried out and proclaimed to all: “Come and see the Knower of Secrets, God Himself who has appeared in the flesh so that mankind may be saved by Him.” (From Matins)

May 14. Commemoration of the Holy Martyr Isidore of Chio. Isidore died a martyr’s death under Emperor Decius around 250.

Congratulations, prayers, and best wishes to His Grace, Bishop Nicholas Samra, who celebrated his 47th anniversary of ordination to the Holy Priesthood on May 10, 2017. May Christ the High Priest grant our Father and Shepherd many more happy, healthy, and holy years in His service.

Thank you to everyone who helped, donated, and attended Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Paschal celebrations at Holy Cross Church. Everything went exceptionally well and everyone worked together in a phenomenal way to organize the various details that went into the many aspects of the set-up, coordination, and clean-up. We had around 800 people on Palm Sunday, 500 on Good Friday, about 450 at the Easter Vigil, and a Church full on Easter Sunday. We also had a beautifully organized luncheon on the Sunday after Easter with great food, refreshments, music, and children’s activities. We are particularly grateful for your generosity as this year we saw record numbers in attendance and donations. May God continue to bless all of you for your love and support as we continue to build a beautiful community of faith. Christ is Risen. He is Truly Risen.

We began minor renovations around the Church to keep our building and facilities looking clean, up to date, and beautiful. Prior to Palm Sunday we placed 38 hanging flower baskets around the entire perimeter of the Church, hall, offices, and classrooms. We are also planting roses at the parking lot walkway to the Church and changing all the broken concrete bumper blocks around the entire parking lot. Within a week all the florescent lights in all the rooms will be removed, new recessed canister lights will be installed, and we will paint the ceilings and walls in all the classrooms, offices, bookstore, crying room, church entrance, and hall kitchen. The week after we will begin work on a prayer garden near the exterior cross that will have a 4 foot fence with roses around the inside perimeter. We will also be purchasing new exterior benches as most of the ones we have are broken or termite infested. We will need some manual assistance to put up the fence, plant the rose garden, and paint the classrooms. If you would like to volunteer or make a financial contribution to any of these projects please contact the office. Thank you very much for your faithful support and encouragement. “O Lord, bless those who love the beauty of your house.”

Choir practice. Please join our choir practice every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church to review the regular hymns of the Divine Liturgy and learn new ones. Everyone is welcome.
The choir practice for the Melkite Eastern Catholic community at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church (26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691) will be at 7:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. The upcoming choir practices are on Thursday, May 11, Thursday, May 25, Thursday, June 8, and Thursday, June 22. Parish center. Room 6.

Listen or download Melkite audio links at www.holycrossmelkite.org/melkite-hymns
We have uploaded many Melkite hymns for the Divine Liturgy and other important services. To practice or become more familiar with our beautiful liturgical hymns you can download or listen to them by clicking on the above link.

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 Young Adults Group. We are going to plan social and religious activities to build our Young Adults Community at Holy Cross Church. Come join our life changing group. Feel free to bring your friends and family. Ages 21-35. Meet at Holy Cross Church every first Sunday of the month after the Divine Liturgy.

Holy Cross Church Sunday School (Eastern Christian Formation). The last class will be on Sunday, May 14 and the graduation will be on Sunday, May 21. Thank you to all the teachers for their hard work in preparing the classes and for their great care in teaching the children.

Holy Cross Youth Group Spiritual Meetings take place every Sunday following the Divine Liturgy.

Vocation Awareness. In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells His apostles to see the need for harvesting, for evangelizing people, bringing people to know and experience God, as He had just done with the Samaritan woman. Touched by Christ, she went on to evangelize those of her own community. In the Acts of the Apostles, the disciples are concerned to find others to keep up this ministry, to care for the people, and to form new communities. Our Bishop is concerned today to find men to serve in the priesthood to carry on this vital work in the life of the Church. Have you been praying about your vocation? Are you open to how God may be guiding you in your life? Are you aware of others who should be encouraged to it? Pray for an increase of laborers for the harvest.

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).

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Thank you for your ongoing generous donations:
Saturday, April 1 evening 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.
Sunday, April 9 collection: Cash in basket: $1,300 + $10,248 in 106 envelopes (average of $96.68 per envelope) = $11,787.
Monday, April 10 operations deposit $1,475.
Monday, April 10 building fund deposit: $4,920.
Thursday, April 13 donations: $506.
Friday, April 14 collection: $4,304.00 + $101 (candles) = $4,405.
Saturday, April 15 collection: $3,857 + $69 (candles) = $3,926.
Sunday, April 16 collection: $3,213 + $39 (candles) = $3,252.
Monday, April 17 building fund deposit: $1,445.
Monday, April 17 charity deposit: $260.
Sunday, April 23 collection: $241 + $1,395 in 42 envelopes (average of $33.21 per envelope) + $77 (candles) = $1,713.
Monday, April 24 building fund deposit: $1,921.
Monday, May 1 collection: $147 + $910 in 33 envelopes (average of $27.57 per envelope) + $100 (candles) = $1,157.
Monday, May 1 building fund deposit: $3,080.
Saturday, May 6 collections: $176
Sunday, May 7 collections: $144 + $ 1,849 in 40 envelopes (average of $46.23) + $117 (candles) = $2,110.
Friday, May 12 building fund deposit: $3,314.76.

Total deposits in the past months: March 2017: $22,515; April: $43,411; May: $9,837.76.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$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.
$157.97 paid on March 21, 2017 for Republic trash services.
$337.59 paid on March 27, 2017 for Cleaning Services.
$26.18 paid on March 27, 2017 for Sparkletts Water Services.
$200.00 paid on April 7, 2017 for Gardening Services.
$272.17 paid on April 7, 2017 for Our Sunday Visitor Envelopes.
$78.75 paid on April 10, 2017 for Golden State Water Company.
$8,536.00 paid on April 11, 2017 for Catholic Mutual Group Insurance.
$157.97 paid on April 20, 2017 for Republic Trash Services.
$50.16 paid on April 26, 2017 for Sparketts Water Services.
$311.62 paid on April 26, 2017 for Cleaning Services.
$297.19 paid on April 26, 2017 for Our Sunday Visitor donation envelopes and mailout.
$622.85 paid on April 29, 2017 for Edison Electricity.

Hymns: (See www.holycrossmelkite.org/melkite-hymns for Audio Recordings)
Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 4). 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 Mid-Easter Season (Tone 8). O Savior, at the middle point of this festive season, give my thirsty soul to drink from the waters of piety and devotion, for You called out to all men and said: “All of you, come to Me and draw the waters of immortality.” Wherefore we bow down in worship before You and cry out with faith: “Grant us your mercy, for You are the Fountain of life.
Troparion of the Holy Cross (Tone 2). O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance. Strengthen our Public Authorities in every good deed and protect your nation with your Cross.
Kondakion of Pascha (Tone 2 or 8). Though You went down in the tomb, O immortal One, You overthrew the power of Hades and rose victorious, O Christ God. You greeted the ointment bearing women, saying “Rejoice!” You gave peace to Your apostles, and to those who had Fallen resurrection.

Epistle: Acts of the Apostles 11:19-30. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: John 4:5-42. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for
the repose of the souls of:
George Hanna (May 3, 2017), Hans Van Ness (April 28, 2017), Karimi (Saghbini) Saikali (April 28, 2017), Antoine Salim El-Hage (April 16, 2017), Massif Ayoub (April 5, 2017), Walid Akleh (April 4, 2017), Fudda Arouk (April 3, 2017), Fuad Asfour (April 1, 2017), Clara Dirawi (March 30, 2017), Samira Abdelnour (October 18, 2015), Basin Zanayed (May 15, 2015), Kareem Mezied (March 31, 1989).
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Stacy Bladdel, Becky Bode, Johny Boulos, Linda Raya, Margo Sawalha, 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:
“Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul; [26] and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church, and taught a large company of people; and in Antioch the disciples were for the first time called Christians.” (Acts 11:25-26)

“Jesus said the Samaritan woman, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again, [14] but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’” (John 4:13-14)

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. Second and fourth Thursdays of each month.

Saturday, May 13.
No confession tonight.
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. At the end of the Divine Liturgy Father François will pray the “Lifting of the crowns” prayer for Bryant and Julie (Saikaly) Florez who were married at Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church on Saturday, April 29. Congratulations. “O Lord our God crown then with glory and honor and grant them dominion over the works of their hands.”
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.

Friday, May 19.
7:00 p.m. “That they may all be one as You Father are in Me and I in You” (John 17:20). The 11th Annual Roman & Eastern Catholic and Orthodox Christian Ecumenical Service of Prayer for Christian Unity will be held at Saint Nicholas Roman Catholic Church. 24252 El Toro Road Laguna Woods, CA 92637. Featured speaker: Father David Petras Professor Emeritus Byzantine Catholic Seminary. A reception will follow the Service. Featuring choirs from St. Cecilia and St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Churches; the Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church; St. Paul's Assyrian Church of the East; St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church; and the Coptic Youth Singers. Orthodox and Catholics Together/Orange County www.octoc.org
Saturday, May 20.
8:15 a.m. Morning prayer with the clergy of Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church (Placentia) and Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church at Saint Joseph Church.
1:00 p.m. Baptism of Maya Sophia, daughter of Hassan & Gina (Jaber) Khouri. Congratulations.
No confession tonight.
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.

Thursday, May 25.
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. Second and fourth Thursdays of each month.

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. Last Day of 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 3.
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. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.
12:15-1:30 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35.

Thursday, June 8.
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. Second and fourth Thursdays of each month.

Saturday, June 10.
10:00 a.m. Baptism of Jonathan, son of Victor & Giselle (Behnan) Kabbany.
3:30 p.m. Baptism of Emma Margaret, daughter of Ricardo & Nadia (Lutfi) Orozco.
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. 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. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.

Thursday, June 22.
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. Second and fourth Thursdays of each month.

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. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.

Saturday, July 1.
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. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.
12:15-1:30 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35.

Thursday, July 6.
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. Second and fourth Thursdays of each month.

Saturday, July 8.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer).

Sunday, July 9. Fifth Sunday After Pentecost.
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. 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, July 15.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer).

Sunday, July 16. Sunday of the Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils.
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. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.

Monday-Friday, July 17-21. Holy Cross Church Vacation Bible Camp.
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Vacation Bible Camp.

Thursday, July 20.
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. Second and fourth Thursdays of each month.

Satuday, July 22.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer).

Sunday, July 23. Seventh Sunday After Pentecost.
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. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.

Saturday, July 29.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer).

Sunday, July 30. Eighth Sunday After Pentecost.
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. 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. http://occatholicworker.org).
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Set up, serve meals, visit with the women, and clean up.

Monday, July 31.
7:00 p.m. Paraclisis (prayer of supplication) in preparation for the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God.

Wednesday, August 2.
7:00 p.m. Paraclisis (prayer of supplication) in preparation for the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God.

Friday, August 4.
7:00 p.m. Paraclisis (prayer of supplication) in preparation for the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God.

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

Sunday, August 6. Transfiguration of Our Lord.
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. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.
12:15-1:30 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35.

Monday, August 7.
7:00 p.m. Paraclisis (prayer of supplication) in preparation for the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God.

Wednesday, August 9.
7:00 p.m. Paraclisis (prayer of supplication) in preparation for the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God.

Thursday, August 10.
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. Second and fourth Thursdays of each month.

Friday, August 11.
7:00 p.m. Paraclisis (prayer of supplication) in preparation for the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God.

Saturday, August 12.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer).

Sunday, August 13. Tenth Sunday After Pentecost.
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. 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.

Monday, August 14.
7:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy for the Eve of the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God.

Saturday, August 19.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer).

Sunday, August 20. Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost.
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. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.

Thursday, August 24.
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. Second and fourth Thursdays of each month.

Saturday, August 26.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer).

Sunday, August 27. Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost.
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. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.

Saturday, September 2.
5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic.

Sunday, September 3.
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.
12:15-1:30 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35.

Holy Cross Church Festival. Friday, September 8- Sunday, September 10, 2017.
Friday, September 8.
7:00 p.m. Wine tasting and dinner.

Saturday, September 9.
Holy Cross Church Festival.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer).

Sunday, September 10.
9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
10:30 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
12:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Holy Cross Church Festival.


Readings for Sunday, May 14, 2017.
Epistle: Acts of the Apostles 11:19-30. (Sunday of the Samaritan Woman)
PROKIMENON (Tone 4)
How great are your works O Lord! In wisdom you have wrought them all.
Stichon: Bless the Lord, O my soul! You are very great indeed, O Lord my God!

READING From the Acts of the Apostles
In those days when the disciples were dispersed by the persecution that had broken out over Stephen, they went all the way to Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to none but the Jews. But some of them were Cypriots and Cyreneans, and as they reached Antioch, they were speaking to the Greeks, announcing the Good News of the Lord Jesus. And the Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord.
And word concerning them came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem and they sent Barnabas as far as Antioch. And when he got there and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced and encouraged them all to stay in the Lord with steadfast hearts: for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great multitude was added to the Lord. And Barnabas traveled to Tarsus, looking for Saul, and when he found him, he brought him back to Antioch. And it happened that for a whole year they took part in the church meetings and taught a large number of people, and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called “Christians.”
Now in those days some prophets from Jerusalem came down to Antioch, and one of them named Agabus got up and revealed through the Spirit that a dire famine was threatening the whole world — and it occurred during the reign of Emperor Claudius. And so, the disciples decided to send relief to the brethren living in Judea — each one as much as he could afford — and this they did, sending it to the presbyters by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.

ALLELUIA (Tone 4)

String your bow, go forth, reign for the sake of truth, meekness and righteousness, and your right hand shall lead you wonderfully.
Stichon: You loved righteousness and hated iniquity: therefore God, your God, anointed you with the oil of joy above your companions.

Gospel: John 4:5-42.
The Holy Gospel according to St. John the Evangelist
At that time Jesus came to a town of Samaria called Sichar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, wearied as he was from the journey, was sitting at the well. It was about the sixth hour. There came a Samaritan woman to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me to drink,” for his disciples had gone away into the town to buy food. The Samaritan woman therefore said to him, “How is it that you, although you are a Jew, ask drink of me, who am a Samaritan woman?” For Jews do not associate with Samaritans. Jesus answered and said to , her. “If you only knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give me to drink,’ you perhaps would have asked of him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have no pail, and the well is deep. Where can you get living water from? Are you greater than our father Jacob who gave us the well, and drank from it, himself, and his sons, and his flocks?” In answer Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again. He, however, who drinks of the water I will give him shall never thirst; but the water I will give him shall become in him a fountain of water, springing up unto life everlasting.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water that I may not thirst, or come here to draw.” Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband and come here.” The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have said well, I have no husband, for you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. In this you have spoken truly. “The woman said to him, “Sir, I see you are a prophet. Our fathers worshipped on this mountain, but you say Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. For the Father also seeks such to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” The woman said to him, “I know that the Messiah is coming (who is called Christ), and when he comes he will tell us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak with you am he.” And at this point his disciples came; and they wondered that he was speaking with a woman. Yet no one said, “What do you seek?” or “Why do you speak with her?” The woman therefore left her water-jar and went away into the town, and said to the people, “Come and see a man who has told me all I have ever done. Can he be the Christ?” They went out from the town and came to meet him. Meanwhile, his disciples begged him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But he said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” The disciples therefore said to one another, “Has someone brought him something to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of the one who sent me, to accomplish his work. Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Well, I say to you, lift up your eyes and behold that the fields are already white for the harvest. And the one who reaps receives a wage, and gathers fruit unto life everlasting, so that the sower and the reaper may rejoice together. For herein is the proverb true, ‘One sows, another reaps.’ I have sent you to reap that on which you have not labored. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.” Now many of the Samaritans of that town believed in him because of the word of the woman who bore witness, “He told me all I have ever done.” When, therefore, the Samaritans had come to him, they begged him to stay there; and he stayed two days. And far more believed because of his word. And they said to the woman, “We no longer believe because of what you have said, for we have heard for ourselves and we know this is in truth the Savior of the world,” the Christ.

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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
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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: May 6, June 3, July 1, August 5.

ENGLISH DIVINE LITURGY: 11:00 a.m. First Sunday of the month. In 2017: 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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