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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, August 6, 2017.
Ninth Sunday After Pentecost. Holy Transfiguration Of Our Lord.

August 6. Feast of the Holy Transfiguration of our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ.
The Divine Master took apart Peter, James, and John and led them to a high mountain, which Christian tradition designates as Mount Thabor near Nazareth. While praying there, He became transfigured: his face glowed with effulgence of the sun and his garments became white as snow. The splendor of his divinity penetrated his human body and was seen in his human person: Jesus appeared in his splendor and glory as the Son of God and Eternal Word.

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."
Pray that our youth have an spiritual and enjoyable time at the retreat. May God watch over them.

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 $5,980 worth of raffle tickets.
Donations: We received $5,515 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).

The Womens Silent Retreat in November is nearly sold out so if you wish to attend for the weekend of November 10 - 12, plan to make your reservation without delay. Many women attend only on Saturday for a reduced cost, and there are plenty of available spaces. The beauty of Sacred Heart Retreat House in Alhambra coupled with the joyful and spirit-filled Carmelite Sisters will remain in your heart for months and months. Please call Melinda Guinaldo at (714) 403-8455 for information and reservations.

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 Awareness. Saint Paul sees his ministry as building up the “temple of God,” solidly rooting his people in Christ, and acknowledges that others have done this ministry before and after him, all working together. In the Gospel, Jesus says that we, like Saint Peter, can walk over the storms and deep waves of life if we keep our eyes on Him and if we remain rooted in Him. We need priests and male and female monastics to help us keep our rootedness in Christ and to keep our eyes fixed upon Him in our daily life. Have you ever considered a vocation to the priesthood or the monastic life? Can you encourage others to it? Will you pray for more vocations?

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.
Sunday, July 30 collections: $3,311 in 46 envelopes (average of $71.98 per envelope) + $159 cash + $119 candles = $3,589.
Wednesday, August 2 build fund deposit: $2,940.

Total deposits in the past four months: June: $16,062; July: $31,765; August: $2,940.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$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.
$232.69 paid on July 31, 2017 for back-lot equipment.
$294.31 paid on August 2, 2017 for cleaning services.
$421.59 paid on August 2, 2017 for Christopherson fire protection inspections.
$508.01 paid on August 2, 2017 for Christopherson fire protection repairs.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/melkite-hymns)
Troparion of the Transfiguration (Tone 7) (Three Times). You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God showing your disciples as much of your glory as they could hold. Let your eternal light shine also upon us sinners, through the prayer of the Mother of God, O Giver of light, glory to You.
Kontakion of the Transfiguration (Tone 7). O Christ God, you were transfigured on the Mountain, and your disciples saw as much of your glory as they could hold, so that seeing You crucified they would know You had willed to suffer your passion and would proclaim to the world that You as verily the Reflection of the Father.

Epistle: Second Peter 1:10-19. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9. 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).
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:
“Therefore, brethren, be the more zealous to confirm your call and election, for if you do this you will never fall; [11] so there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. [12]Therefore I intend always to remind you of these things, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have.” (Peter 1:10-12).

“He was still speaking, when lo, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him." [6] When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces, and were filled with awe. [7] But Jesus came and touched them, saying, "Rise, and have no fear.”” (Matthew 17:5-7).


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.
12:15-1:30 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35.
4:00 p.m. Baptism for Sami Farraj, son of Emad & Julieann Farraj.

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 Eddie and 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, August 6, 2017.
Epistle: 2 Peter 1:10-19.
PROKIMENON (Tone 4)
How great are your works, O Lord!
In wisdom you have wrought them all.
Stichon: Bless the Lord, O my soul!
You are very great indeed, O Lord, my God!

Reading from the Second Epistle of St. Peter the Apostle.
Brethren, strive more ardently by good works to make your calling and election certain. For if you do this, you will not fall into sin at any time. Indeed in this way the entrance into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be amply provided for you.
Therefore I shall begin to remind you always of these things — although indeed you know them and are well established in the present truth. As long as I am in this tabernacle, I think it right to arouse you by a reminder, knowing as I do that the taking away of my tabernacle is at hand, just as the Lord Jesus Christ signified to me. Moreover I will endeavor that even after my death you may often have occasion to recall these things to mind.
For we were not following fictitious tales when we made known to you the power and the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but had been eyewitnesses of his grandeur. For he received from God the Father honor and glory when, coming down from the magnificent glory, a voice spoke to him in these words: “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased (Mt.17:5).” And this voice we ourselves heard borne from heaven when we were with him on the holy mountain.
And we have the word of prophecy surer still, to which you do well to attend, as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

ALLELUIA (Tone 7)

Yours are the heavens and yours is the earth; the world and its fullness you have founded.
Stichon: Blessed is the people whose God is the Lord!

Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9
Nineth Sunday After Pentecost.
The Holy Gospel According To St. Matthew The Evangelist. (Transfiguration of the Lord)
At that time Jesus took Peter, James and his brother John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves, and was transfigured before them. And his face shone as the sun, and his clothes became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah talking together with him. Then Peter addressed Jesus, saying, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you will, let us set up three tents here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah” As he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased hear him.” And on hearing it the disciples fell on their faces and were terrified. And Jesus came near and touched them, and said to them, “Arise, and do not be afraid.” But lifting up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only. And as they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus cautioned them, saying, “Tell the vision to no one, till the Son of Man has risen from the dead.”

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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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