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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, August 20, 2017.
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost- The Unforgiving Servant.

August 20. Sixth Day of Celebration of the Dormition; commemoration of the Holy Prophet Samuel.
Samuel grew and was educated in the Temple of God at Shilo. He was appointed a judge over Israel and died of old age about the year 1010 BC, at the end of King Saul's reign. Under God's command, he anointed first Saul and then David as kings of Israel.

Thank you for all those who helped make last Sunday’s Our Lady’s Society Falafel Luncheon a great success. We raised $1,203 from this event.

Our Eastern Christian Formation (Sunday School) program from all children up to grade 8 will re-start in September. We need teachers and assistants for our program. Please contact the office if you are interested in teaching our wonderful children. (714) 985-1710.

Thank you to all the volunteers and participants in this year’s Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Youth Retreat at Celebrity Ranch for all those in grades 9-12 which took place from Thursday, August 3 - Sunday, August 6, 2017. This year's theme was "My Identity in Christ." The 34 youth enjoyed spiritually uplifting series of presentations, prayers, and activities.
Sherene Tajdini put together this beautiful youtube clip. Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Youth Retreat.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-ImfhwnN4o&feature=youtu.be
You can view and download all the pictures and videos at:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/q7u6srvf5tfbzlx/AADJbBCp5uOj_RzCloDDKhq2a?dl=0
It is much easier to download the pictures and videos and view them on your computer, rather than trying to navigate through them on the dropbox platform.

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 $10,280 worth of raffle tickets.
Donations: We received $6,515 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.

How can you help your Church?
-Volunteer.
-Buy raffle tickets.
-Sponsor a festival booth.
-Buy a ticket and invite your family and friends to join you around a table at the “Wine and Dine.” All the proceeds from this event go directly to our building fund.
Thank you very much for assiting to make this annual fundraiser a great success.

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, September 17, 2017 at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
2017 dates: 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 Women’s 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).

“Christ’s Healing Presence” is the theme Fr. George Reynolds will address at the Healing Service he will celebrate on Monday, August 28, 2017. 7:15 p.m. at St. Angela Merici Catholic Church, 585 S. Walnut (at Fir) Brea, CA 92821.
Father Reynolds was raised a Jehovah Witness and converted to the Catholic Faith by studying history. He is an excellent teacher of church history, and speaker at the SCRC convention. He has a great devotion to the saints, especially the Virgin Mary. He is an original member of “The Servants of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Mary and Joseph” started by Fr. Sears. 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 by Healing Eucharist Praise team. Further information, if needed, is available by calling Jan (714) 529-2277.

Saturday, September 16, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Magnificat Prayer Breakfast presents author and dynamic speaker Deacon Steve Greco, “You are the Light of the World. A City Set on a Hill Cannot be Hidden.” Join us for this inspiring testimony which reveals Deacon Steve’s tremendous zeal for souls and his deep relationship with Jesus Christ! Embassy Suites Anaheim – South, 11767 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove, CA 92840. Registration by mail must be postmarked by Sept. 11, 2017: $28 per person. Registration at the door: $33 per person. Reserved Seating for Tables of 10 - $280. Mail to Magnificat Ministry: P.O. Box 4381, Orange, CA 92863. The meal includes a full plated breakfast as well as the speaker’s program. Please visit www.magnificat-ministry.net for a flyer and registration information. Flyers are also available in the vestibule of your parish Church. For registration information contact Anne at (714) 420-5482 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Placentia’s Community Prayer Breakfast. Hosted by Placentia’s Round Table Women’s Club & Placentia Rotary. For information & reservations please contact: Karen Mangold (714) 993-2267 or Carol Kennedy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 24, and September 14, 28. Parish center. Room 6.

Listen to Melkite audio links on our parish website at holycrossmelkite.org/melkite-hymns
We 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 or download 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 realizes that in his ministry he is “sowing spiritual things” for the benefit of the faithful, and that he needs their cooperation to do his work. Jesus, in His ministry, sows the teachings about sharing God’s forgiveness and compassion with others. We still need “sowers of the good seed” as priests in our diocese. Can we, the faithful, pray for such vocations and encourage those who may have received the call?

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

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

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Thank you for your ongoing generous donations:
Wednesday, August 2 build fund deposit: $2,940.
Saturday, August 5 collections: $149.
Sunday, August 6 collections: $1,840 in 31 envelopes (average of $59.34 per envelope) + $140 cash + $77 candles = $2,057
Wednesday, August 9 building fund deposit: $2,675.
Sunday, August 13 collections: $2175 in 49 envelopes (average of $44.29 per envelope) + $98 cash + $59 candles = $2,332.
Sunday, August 13 Mission Viejo collections: $1,113 in 14 envelopes (Averge of $79.5 per envelope).
Wednesday, August 16 building fund deposit: $2,240.

Total deposits in the past four months: June: $16,062; July: $31,765; August: $13,501.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$200.00 piad on August 2, 2017 for Gardening services.
$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.
$358.00 paid on August 17, 2017 for Catholic Mutual Group.
$284.11 paid on August 18, 2017 for Our Sunday Visitor mailouts.
$418.00 paid on August 18, 2017 for Orange County Fire Authority.
$119.06 paid on August 18, 2017 for Sparkletts.
$170.65 paid on August 18, 2017 for Alter Supplies.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/melkite-hymns)
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 Dormition (Tone 1). In giving birth you have preserved your virginity and in falling asleep you did not forsake the world, O Mother of God. You have passed to life being the Mother of Life. Through your intercession, save our souls from death.
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 Dormition (Tone 2). Neither death nor the tomb could hold the Mother of God, our watchful Protectress and our unfailing hope. Since she is the Mother of Life. Christ who dwelt in her ever-virginal womb lifted her up to the eternal life.

Epistle: 1 Corinthians 9:2-12. Christos Cantartzoglou will read this Sunday’s Epistle. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Matthew 18:23-35. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for
the repose of the souls of:
Issa Ghassan Kashou (August 6, 2017), Issa Shihade (August 6, 2017), Alfred Michael Genadry (August 5, 2017), Catherine Baba (July 26, 2017), Issa Dahu (July 21, 2017), Salem Haddadin (July 13, 2017), Nasrat Tashman (July 7, 2017), Ferdinand Nader (August 17, 2015), Manahi Lutfi (September 9, 2013), Khaldoon Lutfi (August 13, 2005), Yacoub Lutfi (November 4, 1990), Fada Lutfi (July 1998), Malek Zadah.
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Atalla Al-Assad, Rodger & Diane Aeschliman, Stacy Bladdel, Becky Bode, Johny Boulos, Bobby Mayo, Linda Raya, Marie Semaan, Salim Semaan, Houri Seradarian, Sayf Tashman, Yasmeen Tashman, Danny Yammine, Ray Woods.
For our Melkite Seminarians Oliver Black, Neven Pesa, Mikhael Naddaff, and Christopher Davel who will be returning to the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of Saints Cyril and Methodius on August 20.
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:
“If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 9: 2).

“The servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ [27] And out of pity for him the lord of that servant released him and forgave him the debt.” (Matthew 18:26-27).

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. Christos Cantartzoglou will read today’s Epistle.
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.
1:00 p.m. Baptism of Christina Grace, daughter of Peter and Jennifer Nader; Chrismation of Jennifer Nader.
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. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.
12:15-1:30 p.m. Young Adults Group meeting 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. Bring your family and friends to enjoy a wonderful evening and support the Holy Cross Church building.

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.

Monday, September 11.
7:30 p.m. The Blue Mass for police, ambulance, and responders at Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church (717 Bradford Ave, Placentia, CA 92870. (714) 528-1487). All are welcome to attend.

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. 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 20, 2017.
Epistle: 1 Corinthians 9: 2-12.
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.

Reading from the First Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians.
Brethren, you are the seal set upon my apostleship in the Lord. My defense against those who question me is this: Have we not a right to eat and to drink? Have we not a right to take around with us a sister woman, as do the other apostles, and the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas? Or is it only Barnabas and I who have not the right of exemption from manual labor? What soldier ever serves at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its fruit? Who tends the flock and does not drink of the flock’s milk? Do I speak these things on human authority? Or does not the Law also say these things? For it is written in the Law of Moses. Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treads out the grain. (Dt.25:4) Is God concerned about the oxen, or does he say this simply for our sakes? These things were written for us. For he who plows should plow in hope, and he who threshes. In the expectation of partaking of the fruit. If we have sown for you spiritual things, is such an affair if we reap from you material things? If others share in this right over you. Why should it not rather go to us? Yet, we have not used this right, but we bear all our expenses. Lest we be a hindrance to Christ’s Good News.

ALLELUIA (Tone 1)
The Lord shall hear you on the day of distress: the name of the God of Jacob shall defend you.
Stichon: O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance.

Gospel: Matthew 18:23-35
Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost. The Holy Gospel According To St. Matthew The Evangelist.
The Lord told this parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who desired to settle accounts with his servants. And when he had begun the settlement, one was brought to him who owed him millions. And as he had no means of paying, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all he had, and payment to be made. But the servant fell down and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will pay you all.’ And moved with compassion, the master of that servant released him, and forgave him the debt. But as that servant went out, he met one of his fellow-servants who owed him a small amount, and he laid hold of him and throttled him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ His fellow-servant therefore fell down and began to entreat him, saying, Have patience with me and I will pay you all.’ But he would not; but went away and threw him into prison until he would pay what was due. His fellow-servants therefore, seeing what had happened, were very much saddened, and they went and informed their master of what had taken place. Then his master called him, and said to him, ‘Wicked servant, I forgave you all the debt, because you begged me. Should not you also have had pity on your fellow-servant, even as I had pity on you?’ And his master, being angry, handed him over to the torturers until he would pay all that was due to him. So also my heavenly Father will do to you, if you do not each forgive your brothers from your hearts.”

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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: HolyCrossMelkite.org
Facebook Page: Facebook.com/HolyCrossMelkite
YouTube Page: 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.
Administrative assistant: Rosemarie Nasr.
Parish Hall Rentals: 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: September 2, September 30, November 4, December 2.

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