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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, July 30, 2017.
Eighth Sunday After Pentecost. Feeding the Five Thousand.

July 30. Commemoration of the Holy Apostles Silas and Silvan and their Companions, who were among the Seventy mentioned in the Gospel of Luke 10:1–24.

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 weekend of amazing activities including great speakers, fantastic music, stargazing, and more food than you'll know what to do with. The registration period has concluded, but please call the office or visit our website for further information.

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.
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.
Raffle: Thank you for sending in the raffle tickets we mailed you. So far we sold $4,580 worth of raffle tickets.
Donations: We received $5,115 in donations for the festival. Thank you very much for your support. You may sponsor a booth or the purchase of an item. For further details please contact the office.

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: November 10 to 12, 2017. 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 at their beautiful retreat house in Alhambra. Our Retreat master, Father 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.

Free Day Retreat of the Dominican Laity at St. Mary's in Fullerton. The Orange County chapter of the Dominican Laity, the lay branch (“secular third order”) of the Order of Preachers of St. Dominic, invites everyone to their annual retreat day on Saturday, August 19, in one of the parish classrooms of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Fullerton (400 W. Commonwealth Ave.) Fr. Augustine Hilander, O.P., from the priory in San Francisco will lead the retreat on practical lay spirituality in the Dominican tradition. The retreat will begin at 12 noon with lunch and close with Holy Mass at 5:30 P.M. in the parish church. All are welcome; the retreat is free and requires no registration, but we would appreciate a head count: call and/or leave a message at (714) 892-4948 (Michael).

Holy Cross Youth Ministry 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, August 10, 24, and September 14, 28. 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 September and October Church calendar. Please contact the office if you are not registered or did not receive your envelopes. Thank you.

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
Sunday, July 16 collections: $1,530 in 35 envelopes (average of $43.71 per envelope) + $180 cash + $56 candles = $1,766.
Wednesday, July 19 building fund deposit: $632.
Sunday, July 23 collections: $2,780 in 46 envelopes (average of $60.43 per envelope) + $236 cash + $127 candles = $3,143
Monday, July 24 building fund deposit: $1,430.

Total deposits in the past four months: April: $43,411; May: $26,666.76; June: $16,062; July: $28,176.

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.
$85.05 paid on July 19, 2017 for locks replacement.
$38.16 paid on July 19, 2017 for Sparkletts water.
$59.81 paid on July 20, 2017 for office wire covers.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/melkite-hymns)
Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 7). Through your Cross You destroyed death, You opened Paradise to the thief, and turned into joy the mourning of the ointment bearing women, and You ordered your Apostles to proclaim that You rose, O Christ God, Bestowing great mercy upon the world.
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 Mother of God (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: 1 Corinthians 1:10-17. Yanni Cantartzoglou will read this Sunday’s Epistle. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Matthew 14:14-22. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for
the repose of the souls of:
Catherine Baba (July 26, 2017), Issa Dahu (July 21, 2017), Salem Haddadin (July 13, 2017), Nasrat Tashman (July 13, 2017), Rifaa Gammoh (June 23, 2017), Mariam Kozhaya Saikaly (June 21, 2017), Georgette Hayek Saikaly (June 13, 2017), Basem Lutfi (June 13, 2017), Jameel Alashhab (March 24, 2004).
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Atalla Al-Assad, Rodger & Diane Aeschliman, Stacy Bladdel, Becky Bode, Johny Boulos, Linda Raya, Marie Semaan, Houri Seradarian, 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:
“May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, [6] that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. [7] Welcome one another, therefore, as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God” (Romans 15:5-7).

“Jesus said to them, ‘Do you believe that I am able to do this?’ They said to him, ‘Yes, Lord.’ [29] Then he touched their eyes, saying, ‘According to your faith be it done to you.’ [30] And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly charged them, ‘See that no one knows it’ ” (Matthew 9:28-30).

Saturday, July 29.
5:00 p.m. Memorial service for Salem Haddadin followed by a mercy meal in the hall.

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. Yanni Cantartzoglou will read today’s Epistle.
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).
5:30 p.m. Baptism of Anthony, son of Emad & Paula (Zaarob) Rayyan.

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. Eastern Catholic Pastoral Association (ECPA) meeting at St. John Maron Maronite Catholic Church (300 S Flower St, Orange, CA 92868).

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. Divine Liturgy for the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy and Life Giving Cross, with the lighting of the fire. We are very honored to have the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulcher come to pray with us today.
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 30, 2017.
Epistle: 1 Corinthians 1:10-17.
PROKIMENON (Tone 7)
The Lord will give strength to his people;
the Lord will bless his people with peace.
Stichon: Give to the Lord, you sons of God, give to the Lord glory and praise.

Reading from the First Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians.
Brethren, I beseech you, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all say the same thing, and that there be no dissensions among you, but that you be perfectly united in one mind and one purpose. For I have been informed about you, my brethren, by those of the house of Chloe, that there are quarrels among you. Now this is what I mean: each of you says, “I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,” of” I am of Christ.”
Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in Paul’s name? I thank God that I baptized none of you but Crispus and Caius, lest anyone should say that you were baptized in my name. I baptized also the household of Stephanas. I am not aware of having baptized anyone else. For. Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the Good News, not with the skill of eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be made useless.

ALLELUIA (Tone 7)

It is good to give thanks to the Lord; to sing praises to your name, O Most High!
Stichon: To proclaim your kindness at dawn and your faithfulness throughout the night.

Gospel: Matthew 14:14-22
Eighth Sunday After Pentecost.
The Holy Gospel According To St. Matthew The Evangelist.
At that time when Jesus saw a large crowd, out of compassion for them he cured their sick. Now when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, “This is a desert place and the hour is already late; send the crowds away, so that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.” But Jesus said to them. “They do not need to go away; you yourselves give them some food.” They answered him, “We have here only five loaves and two fishes.” He said to them, “Bring them here to me.” And when he had ordered the crowd to sit down on the grass, he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowd. And all ate and were satisfied; and they gathered up what was left over, twelve baskets full of fragments. Now the number of those who had eaten was five thousand men, not counting women and children. And immediately afterwards he made his disciples get into the boat and cross ahead of him, while he dismissed the crowd.

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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: August 5, September 2, September 30, November 4, December 2.

ENGLISH DIVINE LITURGY: 11:00 a.m. First Sunday of the month. In 2017: August 6, September 3, October 1, November 5, December 3.

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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