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2017-06-04-Bulletin for Sunday

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, June 4, 2017.
Sunday of Pentecost.
The Feast of Pentecost is the commemoration of the Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles. In the Byzantine Rite, it is remembered under the aspect of the final revelation of the dogma of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit is very specially honored together with his gifts which enable the humble and penitent faithful to become His temple. Pentecost is also the Feast of the Foundation of the Church, of the beginning of her mission to the world, and of Christian Unity within the diversity of nations, languages, and cultures.

June 4. Commemoration Our Father Among the Saints Metrophanes, Bishop of Constantinople. Metrophanes was elevated to the Patriarchate of Constantinople in 306. He died in 314.

On May 29, 2017 the servant of God, the Right Reverend Archimandrite Charles Aboody reposed in the Lord peacefully, surrounded by clergy and parishioners. May the Angels of God carry his soul to the house of the Father. Our prayers and condolences are with Archimandrite Joseph Francavilla and all the clergy and faithful of Holy Transfiguration parish who lovingly cared for Fr. Charles during the many years of his illness. May the Holy Comforter grant them peace and consolation. O Christ God, with the Saints, grant rest to the soul of Your servant, the priest Charles, in a place where there is no pain, no grief, no sighing, but everlasting life. Funeral details: Friday, June 2, 2017: 2:00 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Wake. 7:00 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Prayers for a Priest. Saturday, June 3, 2017: 10:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy followed by a Memorial Service presided by Bishop Nicholas Samra, all at Holy Transfiguration Melkite Catholic Churh (8501 Lewinsville Road, McLean, VA). The internment will be at Andrew Chapel Cemetery (Vienna, VA) and a mercy meal will follow at Holy Transfiguration. May his memory be eternal.

Vacation Bible Camp at Holy Cross Church for children ages 5-12. Register Now.
When: Monday, July 17 – Friday, July 21 2016. 9:00 - 12:30 p.m.
Where: Here at our Parish! 451 West Madison Ave. Placentia, CA 92870.
What: Maker Fun Factory, children experience God’s Word in surprising and unforgettable ways. Each day, leaders reinforce one simple Bible truth – which makes it easy for the children to remember and apply the message to real life situations.
Registration fee: $40 per child if paid by Sunday, June 25, 2017. $50 if paid after this date.
Please make checks payable to: Holy Cross Church. We also need youth, young adult, and parent volunteers. To help us order and prepare the materials please register your child as soon as possible.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please contact the church office at (714) 985-1710 or email Rosemarie Nasr at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Registration and volunteer forms are available at: www.holycrossmelkite.org/vbc

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

Do you have any extra one, two, or three feet landscape rocks of any shape? We are currently working on beautifying the Church grounds by planting more flowers and plants. If you have any rocks that you don’t need or are trying to get rid of, please send a picture to the office at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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, 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 Sunday donation envelopes are mailed to you every two months. These envelopes are dated with your envelope number on the back. The next mailout also contains the July and August Church calendar. Please contact the office if you are not registered or did not receive your envelopes. Thank you.

American Arabic Educational Foundation. Scholarships Available! Apply Now! Graduating High School Seniors. The scholarship requires that the applicant be a graduating high school senior or equivalent, planning to enter either an academic or vocational school the term following the granting of the scholarship, and that the recipient be a resident of one of the following California Counties: Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, or Ventura; be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States; and be of Arabic Heritage. College and Graduate Students: Applications may be submitted by college and graduate students. The above eligibility and qualifications apply. The applications must be returned no later than June 15, 2016. Applications can be obtained by emailing Donald P. Meena at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

Bishop Nicholas Samra and Father John Azar assigned Melkite Seminarian Neven Peša to Holy Cross Church from June 9-August 9, 2017. We thank them for entrusting our parish to provide Neven a summer experience of parish life before he returns to his third year of studies. Please pray for Neven as he continues his discernment for the priesthood of service to God and His people. The Spring 2017 edition of Sophia: The Journal of the Eparchy of Newton (47:2, page 38) contains an article written by Neven. The full text is below.

“My Seminary Journey” By Neven Peša (second-year seminarian). “Follow Me; I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”
I am a Melkite seminarian at the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Pittsburgh, PA. My first seminary year flew by very fast and now I am halfway through my second year, finding myself nicely settled in the rhythm of seminary life.
We are now 12 seminarians here, living in a building that housed 110 seminarians in its glorious heyday some 50 years ago. But I do enjoy the quiet that this affords, allowing for less distraction and greater focus for prayer and study. It allows for a quasi-monastic environment that can give a boost to one’s spiritual life in a short period of time.
My heart goes out to other young men for whom hearing one’s voice and finding one’s identity may be very challenging amid the hustle and bustle and noise of the world. Living in this seminary environment teaches me more and more that God’s voice is a still, small one that oftentimes needs both exterior and interior quiet to be heard more clearly. Whilst in prayer in the quiet of my small room, I sometimes feel the Lord speaking to my heart, saying, “Follow me,” who am “the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”
Through this, I realize all the more that everything proceeds from his love and begs my willing response: to want to live in his presence, to want to keep his commandments, to want to hear his teaching, to want to live and die like Him, to desire to love as He loves, and to want to serve all whom He loves.
Alongside our formal studies and our communal liturgies, I have found more time for personal prayer and for personal reading, seeing the necessity of balancing the formal formation of my intellect with personal piety. I cannot help but notice how my studies feed into my prayer life and how, in turn, the prayer life enlivens my studies.
Seminary life has also helped me see the need for physical activity. The temptation for every seminarian is to study, study, study and travel from one chair to another. And there is always more to learn and study! But this can also be taxing on the body. I have had to make a conscious effort to develop an exercise regimen that includes walking, recreation, and some general levity. Thankfully, the seminary environment allows for this. Our seminary building sits along the edge of a large park. We also have an exercise room and bowling alley in the basement.
This second year will be focused on my further balancing and growing in these dimensions of seminary life and incorporating all the rest that it entails; I will be allowing Christ, through my formators, seminary brothers, and environment, to help further mold me into who I really am in God—helping me become who I am meant to be, and allowing me to grow in his love, in the service of his Church.

Vocation Awareness. At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples in the upper room and gave them new power and vigor to spread the message of the Gospel of Christ. The Spirit helped them understand the treasure of their faith and make it life-giving for others, each ministering according to his/her particular gifts, personality, “language” and culture. That same Spirit comes to all of us in Chrismation. It comes also in a special way in the Mystery of Holy Orders upon our priests. Pray for an increase of candidates willing to accept the priestly ministry for our diocese.

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, June 11, 2017 at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
2017 dates: 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).

Receive the emailed weekly Holy Cross Church Bulletin and Homily. If you or someone you known would like to receive the emailed weekly parish bulletin or homily please sign up at: https://www.holycrossmelkite.org/parish/mailing-list or contact the office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (714) 985-1710. Please also let us know if you are on our list but have changed your email.

If you would like to view or receive the daily Arabic or English Epistle and Gospel readings go to: http://www.melkites.org/en/readingsXML.htm

View the great spiritual resources available at Melkite Eparchy of Newton’s website: www.Melkite.org

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

Thank you for your ongoing generous donations:
Monday, May 1 collection: $910 in 33 envelopes (average of $27.57 per envelope) + $147 (cash) + $100 (candles) = $1,157.
Monday, May 1 building fund deposit: $3,080.
Saturday, May 6 collection: $176
Sunday, May 7 collection: $1,849 in 40 envelopes (average of $46.23 per envelope) + $144 (cash) + $117 (candles) = $2,110.
Friday, May 12 building fund deposit: $3,314.76.
Sunday, May 14 collection: $1,240 in 33 envelopes (average of $37.57 per envelope) + $157 (cash) + $141 (candles) = $1,538.
Sunday, May 14 Saint Killian’s Melkite Divine Liturgy collection: $410 in 8 envelopes (average of $51.25 per envelope) + $11 Cash = $421.
Wednesday, May 17 building fund deposit: $3,325.
Wednesday, May 17 Charity donation: $660.
Wednesday, May 17 Festival donation: $500.
Sunday, May 21 collecton: $2,200 in 42 envelopes (average of $52.38 per envelope) + $156 cash + $76 (candles) = $2,356.
Wednesday, May 24 building fund deposit: $1,263.
Wednesday, May 24 donation to Adopt a Child program at Saint George Melkite Catholic Church in Zibabdeh, Palestine: $600.
Sunday, May 28 collection: $2,225 in 44 envelopes (average of $50.57 per envelope) + $385 cash + $216 (candles) = $2,826
Wednesday, May 31 building fund deposit: $1,340

Total deposits in the past months: March 2017: $22,515; April: $43,411; May: $26,666.76.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$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.
$200.00 paid on May 5, 2017 for Gardening Services.
$123.39 paid on May 7, 2017 for Altar Supplies.
$258.96 paid on May 16, 2017 for equipment and services for planters.
$78.72 paid on May 16, 2017 for Office, Hall, and Sunday School Supplies.
$47.15 paid on May 24, 2017 for Sparkletts Water Services.
$200.00 paid on May 28, 2017 for Gardening Services.
$363.56 paid on May 28, 2017 for Cleaning Services.
$276.12 paid on May 31, 2017 for Our Sunday Visitor donation envelopes and mailout.

Hymns: (See www.holycrossmelkite.org/melkite-hymns for Audio Recordings)
Troparion of the Feast (Tone 8). Blessed are You, O Christ our God, who have filled the fishermen with wisdom by sending down the Holy Spirit upon them, and who through them, have caught in Your net the whole world, O Lover of mankind, glory to You.
Kondakion of the Feast (Tone 8). When the Most High came down and confused the tongues in Babel, He divided the nations; but when He distributed the tongues of fire, He called all men to unity. Wherefore, we glorify the Holy spirit, with one accord.
Hymn of the Theotokos Hirmos of the 9th Ode (Tone 4). Hail, O Queen, glory of virgins and mothers: for your praise is beyond the eloquence of the most cultured tongues, and the wonderful manner in which you gave birth to Christ throws every intelligence into amazement. Wherefore we the faithful magnify you with one accord.

Koinonikon of the Feast. Your Good Spirit shall guide me on level ground. Alleluia!

Epistle: Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11. Joseph Nasr will read this Sunday’s Epistle. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: John 7:37-52 & 8:12. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for
the repose of the souls of:
Joseph Gammoh (May 17, 2017), George Hanna (May 3, 2017), Hans Van Ness (April 28, 2017), Karimi (Saghbini) Saikali (April 28, 2017), Antoine Salim El-Hage (April 16, 2017), Nassif Ayoub (April 5, 2017) Graham Kerr (February 16, 2017).
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Rodger & Diane Aeschliman, 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:
“When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. [2] And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. [3] And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. [4] And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts of the Apostles 2:1-4)

“On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and proclaimed, "If any one thirst, let him come to me and drink. [38] He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, `Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.'" [39] Now this he said about the Spirit, which those who believed in him were to receive; for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” (John 7:37-39)

Saturday, June 3.
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. St. Joseph Center Spirituality Building Open House. Meet the staff of Emmaus Spiritual Ministries and Loyola Institute for Spirituality, tour the new building, and learn about the various ministries. Light refreshments will be served. Loyola Institute for Spirituality. 714-997-9587. www.loyolainstitute.org - Emmaus Spiritual Ministries. 714-744-3172. www.emmausspiritualministries.org - Location: Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. 480 S. Batavia Street Orange, CA 92868-3907

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. 40th day memorial for Hans Van Ness (April 28, 2017). Mercy meal to follow in the hall.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12. Vocations talk by Neven Peša.
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.

Monday, June 12.
Traditional start date for the Apostles’s fast in preparation for the feast of Saints Peter and Paul on June 29, 2017.

Tuesday, June 13.
2:00 – 9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Wednesday, June 15.
10:30 a.m. Meeting of the Eastern Catholic Pastoral Association at Saint Justin Martyr Catholic Church. 2050 W Ball Rd, Anaheim, CA 92804.

Friday, June 16.
3:00 – 9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Saturday, June 17.
3:30 p.m. Baptism of Elias, son of Jacob & Halie (Herrera) Nesheiwat. Congratulations.
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.
3:00 – 9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Monday, June 19.
3:00 – 9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Wednesday, June 21.
3:00 – 9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Thursday, June 22.
3:00 – 6:00 p.m. House blessings.
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, June 23.
3:00 – 9:00 p.m. House blessings.

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.
3:00 – 9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Tuesday, June 27.
3:00 – 9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Wednesday, June 28.
7:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy. Eve of the feast of Saints Peter and Paul.

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.
3:00 – 6:00 p.m. House blessings.
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, July 7.
3:00 – 6:00 p.m. House blessings.

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. Divine Liturgy for the feast of the Holy Prophet Elias at Holy Cross Church.
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.

Tuesday, August 15.
7:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy for 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 and Dine Fundraiser.

Saturday, September 9.
1:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. 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.
1:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Holy Cross Church Festival.


Readings for Sunday, June 4, 2017.
Epistle: Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11. (Holy and Glorious Pentecost Sunday)
PROKIMENON (Tone 8)
Through all the earth, their voice resounds, and to the ends of the world, their message.
Stichon: The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims His handiwork.

READING From the Acts of the Apostles
When the days of Pentecost were ending, the disciples were all together in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a violent wind blowing, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them separate tongues as of fire, and they settled upon each one of them, and all were filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak in foreign tongues, as the Holy Spirit granted them to speak.

Now, there were staying in Jerusalem devout Jews from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, a great crowd gathered, and they were astounded because
each one heard them speaking in his own language. And all of them, amazed and wondering, were saying to each other, “Look, are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? How then have all of us heard our own language in which we were born? Parthians and Medes and Elamites, and inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Lybia around Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, Jews also and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs, we have heard them speaking in our own language of the wonderful works of God.”

ALLELUIA (Tone 1)

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all their host.
Stichon: From heaven the Lord looks down. He sees all the children of men.

Gospel: John 7:37-52 & 8:12.
The Holy Gospel according to St. John the Evangelist
Now on the last, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. Anyone who believes in Me, as the Scripture says, ‘From within him there shall flow rivers of living water.’” He said this, however, of the Spirit, whom they who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit had not yet been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified. Some of the crowd, therefore, when they had heard these words, said, “This is truly the Prophet.” Others said, “This is the Christ.” Some, however, said, “Can the Christ come from Galilee? Does not the Scripture say it is of the offspring of David, and from Bethlehem, the village where David lived, that the Christ is to come?” So there arose a division among the crowd because of Him. And some of them wanted to seize Him, but no one laid hands on Him. The attendants therefore came to the chief priests and Pharisees; and these said to them, “Why have you not brought Him?” The attendants answered. “Never has man spoken as this Man.” The Pharisees then answered them, “Have you also been fooled? Has any one of the rulers believed in Him, or any of the Pharisees? But this crowd, which does not know the Law, is accursed.” Nicodemus, the man who had come to Him at night, who was one of them, said to them, “Does our Law judge a man unless it first gives him a hearing, and knows what he does?” They answered and said to him, “Are you also a Galilean? Search and see that out of Galilee arises no prophet.” And again Jesus spoke to them saying, “I am the Light of the world. Anyone who follows Me does not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.”

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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: 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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