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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, July 16, 2017.
Sixth Sunday After Pentecost. Healing of the Paralytic.

July 16. Commemoration of the Holy Martyr Athenogenes and his Ten Disciples. Athenogenes, a Chorebishop of Saliaste in Armenia, was martyred with his companions under Emperor Diocletian. He was burned at the stake and his disciples were beheaded for their faith. He is believed to be the author of the Hymn of Vespers “O Joyful Light.”

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 Youth Retreat at Celebrity Ranch for all those in grades 9-12. Thursday, August 3 - Sunday, August 6, 2017.This year's theme is "My Identity in Christ."
Our Youth Retreat offers a long weekend of amazing activities including great speakers, fantastic music, stargazing and more food than you'll know what to do with. Join in the many activities with friends and meet some new people. We've got plenty of space so come reconnect with your friends and rekindle your relationship with God in a place free of distractions and surrounded by God's wonderful creation.
The Retreat cost $60 and includes 3 day accommodations, all meals, transportation, activites and a retreat t-shirt.
Please call the office or visit our website for registration and further information: HolyCrossMelkite.org/images/RegistrationPacket-Retreat-2017.docx.pdf

Why the Sunday Divine Liturgy should be a priority in our lives. Materialism is when we put work and making money ahead of our spiritual life. Read the full article “Sorry We’re Closed,” the Sophia Magazine editorial on pages 4 and 11 by Father Sebastian Carnazzo. Quote: “What the Jews could not do when they persecuted the first Christians in Jerusalem; what the Pagan Romans could not do when they persecuted Christians in their empire; what the Muslims could not do when they attacked Christians throughout the Middle-East; what heresies and schisms could not do when they plagued the Church; what the Ottoman Empire could not do after six centuries of occupation, and what the modern state of Israel could not do when it took control of the Holy Land, American materialism has done in just ten short years.” Where are our faith priorities?

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 company dress code.
-All employees must be clean and well-groomed.
-Employees must avoid clothes with stamps that are offensive or inappropriate.
-All clothes must be work-appropriate. Clothes that are typical in workouts and outdoor activities aren’t allowed.
-All clothes must be clean and in good shape. Discernible rips, tears or holes aren’t allowed.
-All clothes must project professionalism. Clothes that are too revealing or inappropriate aren’t allowed.
-Avoid overly casual denim cuts, like cutoffs or flare jeans. Skirts should remain at knee-length.
-Nicely fitted tops and blouses, although shirts should never be tight or revealing.
Church clothing should at least meet if not exceed the guidelines that companies set.

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.

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, August 13, 2017 at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
2017 dates: Sunday, August 13, Sunday, September 17, Sunday, October 8, Sunday, November 12, and 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).

Save the Date: Women's Silent Retreat. Ladies, are you yearning for a date with Jesus? Consider, then, attending our Silent Retreat with the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles. The weekend retreat is November 10 to 12, 2017 at their beautiful retreat house in Alhambra. Our Retreat Master, Rev. Stephen Reynolds, will guide us along “Streams of Grace and Mercy.” Reservation deadline is October 1. This weekend sells out quickly so for information and reservations, please call or text 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.

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, July 20, and Thursday, August 10. Parish center. Room 6.

Listen to Melkite audio links at our parish website: HolyCrossMelkite.org 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 listen to them by visiting 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.

Vocation Awareness. Saint Paul explained to his readers that his ministry – like that of all the apostles – involved becoming a father to them. He was willing to do that for love of them that they might reach Christ. In the Gospel, friends brought a paralyzed man to Christ so that he could be made whole. We call our priests “fathers”, because they serve us in this very necessary way. Pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and monastic life in our Church.

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.

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Thank you for your ongoing generous donations:
Saturday, July 1 collection: $115 in 6 envelopes (average of $19.16 per envelope) + $54 cash = $169.00
Sunday, July 2 collections: $2,416 in 29 envelopes (average of $83.31 per envelope) + $45 cash + $71 candles = $2,532.00
Wednesday, July 5 building fund deposit: $12,960.00
Sunday, July 9 Mission Viejo collection: $620 in 14 envelopes (average of $44.29 per envelope) + $164 cash = $784.00
Sunday, July 9 collections: $1,699 in 42 envelopes (average of $40.45 per envelope) + $155 cash + $64 candles = $1,918.00
Wednesday, July 12 building fund deposit: $2,842.00

Total deposits in the past months: May: $26,666.76; June: $16,062; July: $21,205.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$100.00 paid on June 2, 2017 for cleaning services.
$160.92 paid on June 21, 2017 for American Chemical & Sanitary Supply.
$44.16 paid on June 21, 2017 for Sparkletts water.
$302.96 paid on July 7, 2017 for cleaning services.
$200.00 paid on July 7, 2017 for gardening services.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/melkite-hymns)
Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 5). Let us O Faithful praise and worship the Word coeternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our salvation. For He has willed to be lifted in the flesh upon the Cross, and to endure death, and to raise the dead by his glorious Resurrection.
Troparion of the Fathers (Tone 8). O Christ our God, you are above all glory, for you have established our Holy Fathers as radiant stars on earth, and through them you have guided us all to the true faith. Most Merciful One, 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 12:6-14. Elie Nasr will read this Sunday’s Epistle. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Matthew 5:14-19. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for
the repose of the souls of:
Rifaa Gammoh (June 23, 2017), Mariam Kozhaya Saikaly (June 21, 2017), Georgette Hayek Saikaly (June 13, 2017), Basem Lutfi (June 13, 2017), Sheikha Salman (June 8, 2017), Fr. Charles Aboody (May 29, 2017), Kamal Malouf (July 14, 2015), Mary Mikhail (July 15, 2013), Marie Mehanna (July 28, 2008), Antoine Fattouch (December 31, 2004), Kamal Zaki (April 19, 1970), John Sharikian, Sara Giragus, Antoine Giragus.
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Rodger & Diane Aeschliman, Stacy Bladdel, Becky Bode, Johny Boulos, Linda Raya, Marie Semaan, Sayf Tashman, Yasmeen Tashman, Danny Yammine, 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:
“Never flag in zeal, be aglow with the Spirit, serve the Lord. [12] Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. [13] Contribute to the needs of the saints, practice hospitality. [14] Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them” (Romans 12:11-14).

“The Lord then said to the paralytic, ‘Rise, take up your bed and go home.’ [7] And he rose and went home. [8] When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men” (Matthew 9:6-8).

Friday, July 14.
3:00 – 9:00 p.m. House blessings.

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.
10:30 a.m. Churching of Zara, daughter of Omar & Diana Nesheiwat.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy. Akl & Sabat Kozhaya. 50th anniversary. Lifting of the crowns.
Elie Nasr will read today’s Epistle.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.
2:00 – 9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Monday-Friday, July 17-21. Holy Cross Church Vacation Bible Camp.
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Vacation Bible Camp. Visit our parish website or call the office to register.

Wednesday, July 19.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Thursday, July 20.
3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. House blessings.
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.

Friday, July 21.
3:00 – 9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Saturday, July 22.
8:30 a.m. Catholic Clergy meeting at Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church. 717 Bradford Ave, Placentia, CA 92870.
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.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. General Festival meeting in the Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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.
Prayer and fasting in preparation for the feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God on August 15. The Feast of the Dormition is preceded by a two-week fast, referred to as the Dormition Fast from August 1 to August 14. The full fast consists of abstaining from red meat, poultry, meat products, dairy products (eggs and milk products), fish, oil, and wine. On the Feast of the Transfiguration on August 6, fish, wine, and oil are allowed.
During this time we will also pray the Paraclisis on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. A Paraklesis or Supplicatory Canon in the Eastern Catholic and Orthodox Churches, is a service of supplication for the welfare of the living. It is addressed specifically to the Most Holy Theotokos whose intercessions are sought through the chanting of the supplicatory canon together with psalms, hymns, and litanies. The Great Paraklesis was composed by Emperor Theodore II Laskaris in the 13th century.
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.

Thursday, August 3 - Sunday, August 6, 2017. Holy Cross Church Youth Retreat at Celebrity Ranch for all those in grades 9-12. Please call the office or visit our website for registration and further information.

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.

Thursday, August 17.
10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 17, 2017. Eastern Catholic Pastoral Association (ECPA) meeting at Holy Cross Church.

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.

Thursday, September 14.
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, September 16.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer).

Sunday, September 17. Sunday After the Holy Cross.
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.

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, September 23.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer).

Sunday, September 24. First Sunday After the Holy Cross.
9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
10:30 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy in English.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.

Thursday, September 28.
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, September 30.
5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic.

Sunday, October 1. Second Sunday After the Holy Cross.
-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.

Saturday, October 7.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer).

Sunday, October 8. Third Sunday After the Holy Cross.
9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
10:30 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.
5:45 p.m. Music practice in the hall.
6:30 p.m. Divine Liturgy. The Melkite Eastern Catholic Community at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691.

Thursday, October 12.
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, October 14.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer).

Sunday, October 15. Fathers of the Second Council of Nicea.
9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
10:30 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.

Saturday, October 21.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer).

Sunday, October 22. Sixth Sunday After the Holy Cross.
9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
10:30 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.

Thursday, October 26.
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, October 28.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer).

Sunday, October 29. Seventh Sunday After the Holy Cross.
9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
10:30 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.
3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Prepare meal in the Holy Cross hall kitchen for Isaiah House Catholic Worker’s Women’s shelter.
4:30 p.m. Carpool to Isaiah House (316 South Cypress Avenue, Santa Ana. http://occatholicworker.org).
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Set up, serve meals, visit with the women, and clean up.

Readings for Sunday, July 16, 2017.
Epistle: Romans 12:6-14.
PROKIMENON (Tone 5)
You, O Lord, will keep us and preserve us always from this generation.
Stichon: Save me, O Lord, for there is no longer any holy man, for truthfulness has vanished from among the children of men.

Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans (12:6-14).
BRETHREN, we have gifts differing according to the grace that has been given us, such as prophecy to be used according to the degree of faith, or ministry in ministering, or instruction in teaching, or exhortation in encouraging, or almsgiving in being generous with simplicity, or leadership in leading with discretion, or works of mercy in performing them joyfully. Let love be without pretense. Hate what is evil. Hold to what is good. Love one another with fraternal charity, being the first to honor the other. Be not slothful in zeal; be fervent in spirit, serving the Lord, rejoicing in hope. Be patient in tribulations, persevering in prayer. Relieve the saints’ needs, practicing hospitality. Bless those who persecute you: bless, and do not curse!

ALLELUIA (Tone 5)
Your favor, O Lord, I will sing forever;
from generation to generation, my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness.
Stichon: For you have said, “My kindness is established forever.” In heaven
you have confirmed your faithfulness.

Gospel: Matthew 5:14-19
Fifth Sunday After Pentecost .
The Holy Gospel According To St. Matthew The Evangelist.
The Lord said to his disciples, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Neither do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but upon the lamp-stand, so as to give light to all in the house. Even so let your light shine before men, in order that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. Do not think I have come to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I have not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For amen I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not one letter or one stroke shall be lost from the Law till all things have been accomplished. Therefore whoever does away with one of these least commandments, and so teaches men, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever carries them out and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

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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 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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