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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, June 11, 2017.
First Sunday After Pentecost. All Saints Sunday. The Church celebrates on this day the memory of all the saints of God, keepers of his commandments, shining examples of virtue, benefactors of the human race. Every saint has his proper feast at some time in the year, but since the number of saints is ever increasing, and many are remembered explicitly only in the liturgies of local churches or dioceses, this day has been set apart for the commemoration of every one of them from every corner of the world and from all times, even to the end of the world.

June 11. Commemoration of The Holy Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas, founder of the Church in Cyprus. Bartholomew, also called Nathanael, was born in Cana of Galilee. Barnabas was a Levite from Cyprus, the companion of Paul. He was martyred in his country of origin, and his body was discovered in 488.

Jesus said “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die’ ” (John 11:26).
The Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Community offer our condolences to the family of the handmaid of God, Sheikha Salman who was born on September 5, 1942 in Fuheis, Jordan and reposed in the Lord on June 8, 2017 in Westminster, California. We extend our condolences to the entire family and in particular her husband Elias Salman, her children Emad (Dina), Steve (Dawn), Raeda, Rana (Amjad), Janet (+Yousef Hattar), and her siblings Mehanna (Nadia), Thaher (Abeer), Shaker (Majida), Nora (+John).
The wake will be at 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at Holy Cross Church. The funeral will be at held at, Westminster Memorial Park Mortuary 14801 Beach Blvd, Westminster, CA 92683 (714) 893-2421 on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. followed by the internment. May her memory be eternal.

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 Church (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.

Holy Cross Church Festival. Friday, September 8-Sunday, September 10, 2017.
What: Holy Cross Church Food Festival: A Taste of the Middle East. Featuring Food, Entertainment, and Fun. 451 West Madison Ave, Placentia CA, 92870 – www.HolyCrossMelkite.org - (714) 985-1710.
When:
Friday, September 8, 7:00 p.m. Wine and Dine Fundraiser. $100 per person for a 5 course dinner with unlimited wine. Event includes a large selection of wines to choose from and a silent auction.
Saturday, September 9 from 1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 10 from 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Raffle:
We have an amazing raffle this year. The top prize is a new 2017 VW Jetta or 2017 Hyundai Elantra and over $5,000 of additional prizes. The draw will take place on September 10, 2017. Please encourage your family and friends to purchase a ticket. If each family is able to purchase a booklet or two we would have the best raffle ever. The tickets are $20 each or a booklet of 11 for $200 and are tax deductible.
Holy Cross Church needs your help again this year. We are always accepting donations to help support the festival. It is important to remember that the festival cannot be a success without the loving support of our members. We are looking for volunteers who can help run the booths, prepare, set-up, clean-up, and much more. Please, contact Nadia Saikaly at (626) 224-3167 or the office at (714) 985-1710 if you would like to help at this year’s festival. God bless your generosity.

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

Women's Silent Retreat. November 10-12, 2017 at Sacred Heart Retreat House, Alhambra CA. For information, call Melinda Guinaldo at (714) 403-8455.

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

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.

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.

Monday, June 26, 2017, 7:15 p.m. at St. Angela Merici Catholic Church. “Christ’s Health Presence” is the theme Fr. Patrick Crowley will address at the Healing Service he will celebrate at St. Angela Merici Catholic Church - 585 S. Walnut (at Fir) Brea, CA 92821. All those suffering physically, emotionally, spiritually, psychologically, or know others who are, are encouraged to come. All are most welcome. Individual prayer will follow the Eucharist where music will be led by Healing Eucharist Praise team. If further information is needed, please call Jan at (714) 529-2277.

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.

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. This Sunday shows that the fruit of the outpouring of the Spirit upon us at Pentecost are the Saints. The Holy Spirit makes us holy. We become part of one another’s salvation. We serve Christ in one another as members of the One Body, the Church. We become the Body of Christ present and acting in the world. Each of us has a necessary ministry to share with the entire Church. Christ is calling many to the priesthood, which is a “ministry” to the “ministers”. Pray that there may be a generous and dedicated response to this call.

Vocation View. Saint Paul urges Christian readers to live a life of communion, in mutual love, and in the love that God has given us. Jesus teaches us the importance and implications of that life of loving communion. Who shall preach and teach it to us today? Pray for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and monastic life and encourage possible candidates.

A Prayer for Vocations. O Lord God, in every age, You invite men and women to hear Your call to serve You and the Church. We bow before You now, asking that You call forth more persons to serve our Melkite Church in America. Give us priests, deacons, monks and nuns, who will lead and guide your holy people. By Your will, bless us with vocations so that we continue to be the church which You called us to be, centuries ago. Let all hear Your voice inviting them to care for and serve Your people. Strengthen us in being disciples of Jesus Christ, Your Only-begotten Son and fishers of men. Inspire in us the spirit and pride of Antioch, our holy heritage. We ask You, O Lover of mankind, to raise up men and women who appreciate what they have received from You and who want to be generous in their service, willing to offer their lives and all their gifts, to serve others, to give You glory, thanksgiving and worship, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever. Amen.

The Melkite Eastern Catholic Community at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church. Please invite your family and friends and remind everyone in the area to join us. We will meet in the hall at 5:45 p.m. to review the hymns and the Divine Liturgy will begin in the Church at exactly 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, 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:
Sunday, May 21 collection: $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 Zabadeh, 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.
Saturday, June 3 collection: $535 in 7 envelopes (average of $76.43 per envelope) + $116 cash = $651.
Sunday, June 4 collection: $1,786 in 32 envelopes (average of $55.81 per envelope) + $171 cash + $258 (candles) = $2,215.
Wednesday, June 7 building fund deposit: $2,396.
Wednesday, June 7 Charity deposit: $640

Total deposits in the past months: April: $43,411; May: $26,666.76. June: $5,902.

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 Resurrection (Tone 8). O Merciful One, Who came down from on high and endured burial for three days, in order to save us from suffering. O our Life and our Resurrection, glory to You.
Troparion of All Saints (Tone 4). O Christ God, your church clothed with the blood of Your martyrs all over the world, as with purple and fine linen, cries out to You: send Your mercy upon Your people, grant peace to Your fold and extend Your great compassion upon our souls.
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 the Preparation for the Feast of the Divine Body (Tone 4). O Faithful let us prepare our hearts as precious vessels to partake of the Lord’s Banquet, with pure dispositions, and let us offer a hymn of praise in preparation to this great festivity.

Kinonikon of the Feast: Exult, you just, in the Lord; praise from the upright is fitting. Alleluia.

Epistle: Hebrews 11:33-12:2. Mia Semaan will read this Sunday’s Epistle. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Matthew 10:32-38 & 19:27-30. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for
the repose of the souls of:
Sheikha Salman (June 8, 2017), Joseph Gammoh (May 17, 2017), George Hanna (May 3, 2017), Hans Vannas (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), William Joubran Awad (December 15, 2016), Adma Ibrahim (June 12, 2010), Mariam Lutfi (1970), Fouad Lutfi (1969), Najib Lutfi (1964), Fouzie Lutfi (1951), Mounda Habib, Emily Awad, Joubran Awad, Asaad Awad, Lutfieh Awad, Toufik Naim Awad, Novard Awad, Salim Awad, Faiza Awad.
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:
“Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, [2] looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)

“Jesus said to them, ‘Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of man shall sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. [29] And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. [30] But many that are first will be last, and the last first.’” (Matthew 19:28-30)

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.
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Wake for handmaid of God, Sheikha Salman at Holy Cross Church.

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.
12:30 p.m. Youth meeting let by Seminarian Neven Peša on vocations.
2:30 p.m. Funeral for handmaid of God, Sheikha Salman at Westminster Memorial Park Mortuary 14801 Beach Blvd, Westminster, CA 92683.

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, June 12.
Traditional start date for the Apostles’ 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.

Thursday, 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.

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. One year memorial for Salim Dafesh (June 22, 2016).
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.

Saturday, 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 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 11, 2017.
Epistle: Hebrews 11:33-12:2. (1st Sunday After Pentecost- All Saints Sunday)
PROKIMENON (Tone 4)
Awesome in His saints is God, the God of Israel.
Stichon: In the churches, bless God, the Lord out of Israel’s wellspring.

A Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews
Brethren, all of the saints by faith conquered kingdoms, wrought justice, obtained the fulfillment of promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, recovered strength from weakness, became valiant in battle, routed foreign armies. Women had their dead returned to them through resurrection. Others were tortured, refusing to yield for their release, in order to obtain a better resurrection. Others again suffered mockery and beatings, even chains and jailings. They were stoned, they were cut to pieces, they were put to the test, they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, anguished, afflicted (of whom the world was not worthy) wandering in deserts, mountains, caverns and holes in the ground.
And all of these, in spite of the positive witnessing of faith, failed to receive what was promised, for God was keeping something better in store for us, so that they were not to reach their final perfection without us.
(12: 1) And so, having such a cloud of witnesses over us, let us get rid of every burden, and of the sin entangling us, and run with endurance to the fight proposed to us, contemplating the author and final end of faith, Jesus.

ALLELUIA (Tone 4)

The just cried out, and the Lord heard them, and He delivered them from all their trials.
Stichon: Many are the trials of the just, but out of them all, the Lord will save them.

Gospel: Matthew 10:32-38 & 19:27-30.
The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew the Evangelist
The Lord said to His disciples, “Everyone who acknowledges Me before men, I also will acknowledge before My Father in heaven. But whoever disowns Me before men, I in turn will disown before My Father in heaven. Anyone who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and anyone who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me; and anyone does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me.” Then Peter addressed him saying, “Behold, we have left all and followed You; what then shall we have?” And Jesus said to them, “Amen I say to you that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man shall sit on the throne of His glory, shall also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left house, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and shall possess life everlasting. But many who are first now will be last, and many who are last now will be first.”

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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church.
451 West Madison Avenue, Placentia, CA 92870-4537
Telephone: (714) 985-1710.
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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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