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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, June 25, 2017.
Third Sunday After Pentecost. The Light of the Body, God and Money, Reliance on God.

June 25. Commemoration of The Holy Woman Martyr Febronia. Febronia suffered death for Christ at Siliapolis of Mesopotamia, at the beginning of the fourth century in the days of Emperor Diocletian.

Bishop Joseph Absi Elected Melkite Catholic Patriarch. On Wednesday, June 21, 2017, His Beatitude Patriarch Joseph (Absi) was elected by the Holy Melkite Catholic Synod and was immediately enthroned as Patrarch. Patriarch Joseph (keeping his own name) was the former Patriarchal Vicar in Damascus. Absi was elected one month after Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Melkite Catholic Patriarch of Antioch Gregory III Lahham, 82 years. Patriarch Joseph was born on June 20, 1946 in Damascus, Syria. He obtained the Lebanese nationality.
In 1973, he was ordained a priest and became Chaplain of the Missionary Society of Saint Paul.
On June 22, 2001, he was appointed Titular Archbishop of Tarsus for the Melkite Catholics and Curial Bishop and Auxiliary Bishop in the Melkite Patriarchate. Since 2007, he has served as Patriarchal Vicar in the Archdiocese of Damascus.

Youssef Absi elected Patriarch of the Melkite Catholic Church
www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/youssef-absi-elected-patriarch-of-melkite-greek-catholic-church-12148
Beirut, Lebanon, Jun 22, 2017 / 12:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).
The synod of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church elected on Wednesday Archbishop Youssef Absi as the Church's new patriarch, who received ecclesiastical communion from Pope Francis the following day.
Elected June 21, Patriarch Absi, 71, succeeds Patriarch Gregorios III Laham, who retired May 6 at the age of 83.
The new patriarch was born in Damascus in 1946. He was ordained a priest of the Missionary Society of St. Paul in 1973. He became superior general of the society in 1999, and two years later was appointed curial bishop of the Melkite Patriarchate of Antioch. In 2007, he was appointed the Patriarchal Vicar of of the Melkite Archdiocese of Damascus.
The Melkite Greek Catholic Church is an Eastern Catholic Church of the Byzantine rite, and it consists of some 1.5 million members. It is based in Syria and Lebanon, and most of its eparchies are in the Arab world. It also has structures to serve the Melkite diaspora in Australia, Turkey, Canada, Mexico, the United States, Argentina, Brazil, and Venezuela.
The Melkite Church traces its roots to the earliest days of Christianity, when Sts. Peter and Paul first evangelized the peoples of Syria, where followers of Christ were first called “Christians.”
During the 2010 Synod on the Middle East, Patriarch Absi lamented the strife among the Eastern Catholic Churches, calling the struggle a “fount of impairment and false testimony,” according to Vatican Insider.
“The Christians of the East,” he said, “are all on the same boat, and confront the same struggle. They cannot be disinterested each in the other.”
The new patriarch holds licentiates in philosophy and theology, and a doctorate in musical sciences and Byzantine hymnography from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik in Lebanon. He has taught philosophy, Greek, and musicology at the university level.
Pope Francis wrote to Patriarch Absi the day after his election, congratulating him and granting him ecclesiastical communion.
Francis also noted the tribulation facing Christians in the region. “The election of Your Beatitude comes at the time of a delicate situation for the venerable Greco-Melkite Church and when many Christian communities in the Middle East are called to bear witness in a special way to their faith in the dead and risen Christ,” the Roman Pontiff said. “In this particularly difficult time, Pastors are called upon to manifest communion, unity, closeness, solidarity and transparency before the suffering people of God.”
“I am certain that your Beatitude, in fraternal harmony with all the Synod Fathers, will know, in all evangelical wisdom, how to be not only 'Pater et Caput' in the service of the faithful of the Greco-Melkite Church, but also a faithful and authentic witness to the Risen One.”

Church Etiquette is important to keep us focused on the holiness of the House of God. Please arrive on time as those who show up late distract others. There should be no talking in church as this disrupts everyone around you and the service. There is plenty of time after church to greet and catch up with others. Cell phones should be kept in your car or turned off as to avoid phones ringing and texting. Please do not bring video games into Church, as children should get used to the prayers. Finally, despite the summer temperature, please dress modestly in Church at all times. For all ages, knee length clothing should be worn and no tank tops. Your Church clothing should always be modest and reflect the nature of the Church as a house of prayer.

Sample Airline dress code for off-duty staff when travelling. Church clothing should at least meet if not exceed these guidelines.
-Pass riders’ overall appearance should be well-groomed, neat, clean and in good taste.
-Attire should be respectful of fellow revenue passengers, employees and pass riders.
-Pass riders may wear denim attire (such as jeans), shorts that are no more than three inches above the knee and athletic shoes when traveling in Coach or Business cabin.
The following attire is unacceptable in any cabin but is not limited to:
-Any attire that reveals a midriff.
-Attire that reveals any type of undergarments.
-Attire that is designated as sleepwear, underwear, or swim attire.
-Mini Skirts
-Shorts that do not meet 3 inches above the knee when in a standing position.
-Form-fitting lycra/spandex tops, pants and dresses.
-Attire that has offensive and/or derogatory terminology or graphics.
-Attire that is excessively dirty or has holes/tears.
-Any attire that is provocative, inappropriately revealing, or see-through clothing.
-Bare feet
-Beach-type, rubber flip-flops
Customer service’s judgement will prevail in all matters pertaining to the dress code.

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 the office. Registration and volunteer forms are available at our parish’s web-site.

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. (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.

Save the Date: 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 call the office or email us a picture.

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 our parish website. 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.

Pope Francis Vocations solution: Prayer, fostering vocations, and the birth rate. By Mary Rezac. Denver, Colo., Jun 18, 2017.
“The first [response] – because I speak as a believer – the Lord told us to pray. Prayer, prayer is missing,” he told the paper. Rose Sullivan, director of the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors, and the mother of a seminarian who is about to be ordained, agrees with the Pope. “We would not refer to it as a ‘priest shortage’ or a ‘vocation crisis.’
We would refer to it as a prayer crisis. God has not stopped calling people to their vocation, we’ve stopped listening; the noise of culture has gotten in the way,” she said. “Scripture says: ‘Speak Lord for your servant is listening.’ So the question would be, are we listening? And I would say we could do a much better job at listening.”
Another solution proposed by Pope Francis: increasing the birth rate, which has plummeted in many parts of the Church, particularly in the West. In some European countries, once the most Catholic region of the world, the birth rate has dipped so low that governments are coming up with unique ways to incentivize child-bearing. “If there are no young men there can be no priests,” the Pope said.
The vocations of marriage and priesthood are therefore inter-related, said Fr. Ward. “They compliment each other, and are dependent upon one another. If we don’t have families, we don’t have anything to do as priests, and families need priests for preaching and the sacraments.” The third solution proposed by Pope Francis was working with young people and talking to them directly about vocations.
Many priests are able to trace their vocation back to a personal invitation, often made by one priest, as well as the witness of good and holy priests that were a significant part of their lives. “A former vocation director took an informal poll, and he asked men, ‘What really got you thinking about the priesthood?’ And almost all of them said ‘because my pastor approached me’” Fr. Selin related.
“It was the same thing with me. When a priest lives his priesthood with great joy and fidelity, he’s the most effective promoter of vocations, because a young man can see himself in him.”

Vocation Awareness. Jesus Christ and Saint Paul are calling us to check our focus on life: what is really central, what is really important, what is merely peripheral. The answer is clear: we are people loved and saved by God. We live in communion with Him and one another in His Kingdom, already begun among us. Everything else must be put in perspective after and around that fact. Our priests are to constantly call us to “be attentive” to that reality in our lives and world. Pray that God stir up many vocations to the priesthood who will generously respond and serve us in that ministry. Have you prayed for your vocation or that of a friend or family member?

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, July 9, 2017 at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
2017 dates: 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:
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 account deposit: $640.
Sunday, June 11 collection: $2,270 in 40 envelopes (average of $56.75 per envelope) + $62 cash + $112 (candles) = $2,444.
Sunday, June 11 Mission Viejo Collection: $810 in 10 envelopes (average of $81 per envelope) + $27 cash + $21 candles = $858.
Wednesday, June 14 building fund deposit: $1,100.
Sunday, June 18 collection: $1,738 in 39 envelopes (average of $44.56 per envelope) + $314 cash + $80 candles = $2,132
Wednesday, June 21 building fund deposit: $1,980.

Total deposits in the past months: April: $43,411; May: $26,666.76; June: $14,416.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$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 wervices.
$276.12 paid on May 31, 2017 for Our Sunday Visitor donation envelopes and mailout.
$160.92 paid on June 21, 2017 for American Chemical & Sanitary Supply.
$44.16 paid on June 21, 2017 for Sparkletts water.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings)
Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 2). When You descended to death, O Immortal Life, You destroyed Hades by the splendor of Your Divinity, and when You raised the dead from under the ground, all the Powers of heaven cried out: O Christ our God, the giver of life, glory to You.
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 Virgin (Tone 2): O never failing Protectress of Christians and their ever present intercessor before the Creator, despise not the petitions of us sinners, but in your goodness extend your help to us who call upon you with confidence. Hasten, O Mother of God, to intercede for us, for you have always protected those who honor you.

Epistle: Romans 5:1-10. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Matthew 6:22-33. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for
the repose of the souls of:
Georgette Hayek Saikaly (June 13, 2017), Basem Lutfi (June 13, 2017), Fr. Charles Aboody (May 29, 2017), Joseph Gammoh (May 17, 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:
“I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world. [9] For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I mention you always in my prayers.” (Romans 5:8-9)

“I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? [26] Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? [27] And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life?” (Matthew 6:25-27)

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.
Collection for the Universal Church (Combines Peter’s Pence collection for the Holy Father 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. “A Family Conversation: Alcohol, Drugs, and the Family.” A discussion for the whole parish in the hall led by David Paddison, project coordinator for Project Faith in Youth.
3:00 – 9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Monday, June 26.
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. For further information please call Jan at (714) 529-2277.

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.
2:00 – 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.
2:00 – 9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Saturday, July 8.
1:00 p.m. Baptism of Laila, daughter of Tariq & Robin (Allstun) Nesheiwat.
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.

12:30 a.m. Youth Ministry trip to San Juan Capistrano. Parents are welcome.
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).
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 25, 2017.
Epistle: Romans 5:1-10.
PROKIMENON (Tone 2)
My strength and my courage is the Lord, and He has been my Savior.
Stichon: The Lord has chastised me through His teaching, yet He has not delivered me to death.

A Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans
Brethren, now that we have been justified by faith, let us have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through Whom we have access by faith to that grace in which we stand and exult in the hope of God’s glory.

And not only this, but we exult also in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces endurance, and endurance challenge, and challenge hope, and hope does not deceive, for God’s love is poured forth in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, Who has been given to us.

For why did Christ die at the appointed time for the wicked while we were still weak? Hardly would someone die for a just man; perhaps someone would have the courage to die for a virtuous man. But God proves His love for us, since Christ died for us while we were still sinners. Much more now that we are made just in His blood, shall we be saved by Him from wrath.

For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled with God through His death, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by His life.

ALLELUIA (Tone 2)

May the Lord answer you in the days of distress; may the name of the God of Jacob defend you.
Stichon: O Lord, save Your people and bless Your inheritance.

Gospel: Matthew 6:22-33.
The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew the Evangelist
The Lord said: The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is evil, your whole body will be full of darkness. Therefore if the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness itself! No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will stand by the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say to you, do not be anxious for your life, what you shall eat and drink; nor yet for your body, what you shall wear. Is not life a greater thing than food, and the body than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you of much more value than they? But which of you by being anxious about it can add to his stature a single cubit? And as for clothing, why are you anxious? See how the lilies of the field grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory was adorned like one of these. But if God so clothes the wild flower of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more you, O you of little faith! Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or, ‘What shall we drink?’, or, ‘What are we to wear?’ (For all these things the Gentiles seek); for your heavenly Father knows you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His justice, and all the rest shall be given you besides.”

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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 p.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: July 1, August 5.

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