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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, September 24, 2017.
First Sunday After the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The Miraculous Catch.

September 24. Commemoration of the Holy Protomartyr and Equal of the Apostles Thecla. According to ancient tradition, Thecla received the faith from St. Paul at Iconium of Lycaonia and at Antioch of Pisidia. She was the first woman martyred for Christ.

Our Eastern Christian Formation (Sunday School) program for all children up to grade 8 will re-start on September 24, 2017. Registration deadline was on September 17, 2017. We also need teachers and assistants for our program. Please contact the office if you are interested in teaching our wonderful children. (714) 985-1710. The registration form is available at: holycrossmelkite.org/ministries/ecf

Saturday, September 23, 2017. 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Anaheim Craft & Vintage Fair. By Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church. 995 N. West St. Anaheim, CA 92801. Great food sold all day include: Street Tacos, Stuffed Grape Leaves, Pyroghi (Potato/Cheese pasta), Polish Sausage Sandwiches, Italian Meatball Sandwiches, and Haluski (Cabbage & Noodles). Featuring Local Crafters and Artists. Church tours at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. as well as, Vespers at 5:00 p.m. For more information: E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Annual National Life Chain Prayer Event. “I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19).
Join us and thousands of others across our nation as we stand in a prayerful and peaceful public witness on behalf of abortion's many victims. Since 1973, over 55 million preborn American citizens, almost one-third of our current generation, have been killed by surgical abortions, while many others have been killed by abortifacient (chemical) birth controls. Today, millions of mothers and fathers live with anguishing regret for their abortion decisions. Signs are provided.
Saturday September 30, 2017. 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Corner of Lincoln and Harbor Blvd. Meet at Saint Boniface Catholic Church, 120 N Janss St, Anaheim, CA 92805.
Sunday October 1, 2017. 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Fullerton @ Euclid and Orangethorpe Avenue.

Holy Cross Church Festival.
Raffle winners:
(1) Large Hookah. Stephan Estephan (Donated by So-Cal Hookahs Catering).
(2) Wood Cross from Jerusalem. Enayat Mekhail (Donated by Pier Azar).
(3) Blue Jeweled Bracelet. Elie and Rosemarie Nasr (Donated by Oscar and Eileen Tajdini).
(4) Purple Jeweled Bracelet. Peter & Jennifer Nader (Donated by Oscar and Eileen Tajdini).
(5) Blue Jeweled Bracelet. David and Nabiha Estephan (Donated by Oscar and Eileen Tajdini).
(6) Pink Jeweled Bracelet. Breyana Moussa (Donated by Oscar and Eileen Tajdini).
(7) Red Jeweled Bracelet. Steve Weaver (Donated by Oscar and Eileen Tajdini).
(8) Gold Cross and necklace. Faiez & Christina Ennabe (Donated by Stoned Love. Suzy Adem).
(9) Holiday Inn and Suites Gift Certificate. Marguerite Sayegh (Donated by Paula Mihalow).
(10) 40 Inch T.V. Marwan & Alexi Kashou (Donated by Hicham and Patricia Semaan).
(11) iPad. Karim & Lily Karam (Donated by John & Zeina Skoury).
(12) 14k Yellow Gold with Rubies & Diamond Cross Necklace. Nohad and Hafez Sabbagh (Donated by Nabil & Helam Genaoui).
(13) Gold-Pearl Necklace. Michel Semaan (Donated by Happy Jewelers. Gabe Arik).
(14) Car (VW or Hyundai). Zeina Abouakl (Purchased by Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church).

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, October 8, 2017 at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
2017 dates: 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.

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, September 28 and Thursday, October 12. 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.

Priestly Vocations Discernment from November 3 - 5, 2017. The Byzantine Catholic Seminary of Saints Cyril and Methodius will have their annual “Come and See” retreat of discover for all men ages 18-35, either married or single, who are discerning a vocation to the priesthood. For further information please contact Father François Beyrouti.

Vocation Awareness. Saint Paul is overwhelmed by the awareness of God’s great love for him and wants to share that experience with everyone. Christ tells us that true life comes from surrendering to Him and following Him. Both are basic elements in our Christian Faith. Let us pray for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and monastic life so that we may continue to have messengers of this great joy among us.

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.

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.

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Do you want to be inspired and learn more about your Catholic Faith? Listen to Immaculate Heart Catholic Radio on 930 am. For further information visit their website or call 1-888-887-7120.

Saturday October 21, 2017. 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Servants of the Sacred Heart JMJ Present: Apparitions of Our Lady with Fr. George Reynolds and Deacon Ron Butler with Healing Mass at St. Juliana Falconieri Church 1316 N. Acacia Ave, Fullerton, CA 92831. For more information call Donna 909-772-5233; any other questions call Rosalie 949-443-4079. $20 registration includes gourmet luncheon; $25 after October 18. On-site registration available. Lunch guaranteed with registration received by October 18 or call 949-443-4079 if you plan to attend for lunch count. A reservation form must be completed for each person attending, however, you may submit a single payment for all registrations. Please respond early as space fills quickly. Make checks payable to: The Servants of the Sacred Heart of JMJ. Mail to: The Servants of the Sacred Heart of JMJ, 1002 Harthorn Lane, Fillmore, CA 93015.

Catholic Charities of California Invites you on Pilgrimage. Join us for pilgrimages in Italy (Via Francigena), Spain (Camino de Santiago), and Greece (Footsteps of St. Paul) in 2017 and 2018. These pilgrimages will promise to be one of the most spiritual experiences of your life and give you the chance to support programs that serve Californians in need! We have limited spaces available! To sign up or for more information, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call (916) 706-1539.

Thank you for your ongoing generous donations:
Sunday, August 20 collection: $835 in 29 envelopes (average of $28.79 per envelope) + $115 cash + $137 candles = $1,087.
Wednesday, August 23 building fund deposit: $615.
Sunday, August 27 collection: $1,960 in 51 envelopes (average of $38.41 per envelope) + $160 cash + $100 candles = $2,220.
Wednesday, August 30 building fund deposit: $1,685.
Saturday, September 2 collection: $255 in 8 envelopes (average of $31.88 per envelope) + $48 cash = $303.
Sunday, September 3 collection: $1,215 in 25 envelopes (average of $48.60 per envelope) + $124 cash + $93 candles = $1,432.
Wednesday, September 6 building fund deposit: $3,636.
Sunday, September 10 collection: $912 in 29 envelopes (average of $31.45 per envelope) + $211 cash + $170 candles = $1,293.
Wednesday, September 13 building fund deposit: $565.
Sunday, September 17 collection: $1,682 in 41 envelopes (average of $41.02 per envelope) + $123 cash + $104 candles = $1,909.
Sunday, September 17 Saint Killians Collection: $380 in 10 envelopes (average of $38 per envelope) + $45 Cash = $425.
Wednesday, September 20 building fund deposit: $2,972.

Total deposits in the past three months: July: $31,765; August: $19,108; September: $13,828.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$320.27 paid on August 30, 2017 for Cleaning Services.
$150.53 paid on August 30, 2017 for American Chemical & Sanitary Supply.
$200.00 paid on August 30, 2017 for Gardening services.
$630.77 paid on August 30, 2017 for Sunday School Books.
$1,155.88 paid on September 1, 2017 for Golden State Water Company.
$118.63 paid on September 5, 2017 for Office Printer Lease.
$692.74 paid on September 11, 2017 for So-Cal Edison Electricity.
$48.43 paid on September 19, 2017 for Amerivan Chemical & Sanatary Supply.
$80.08 paid on September 19, 2017 for Sparkletts water.

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: 2 Corinthians 6:1-10. Joseph Nasr will read this Sunday’s Epistle. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Luke 5:1-11. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for
the repose of the souls of:
6 month memorial for Hani Saliba Salman (March 10, 2017).
Becky Bode (September 9, 2017), Brian Visconti (September 8, 2017), Stacy Bladdel (September 4, 2017), John Michael Dumont (September 3, 2017), Itaf Maalouf (August 31, 2017), Ed Alvarez (August 22, 2017), Elias Salman (August 20, 2017), Ann Moloney (August 15, 2017), Neal Ayoub (September 13, 1992).
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Atalla Al-Assad, Rodger & Diane Aeschliman, Joseph Italia, Bobby Mayo, Linda Raya, Marie Semaan, Salim Semaan, Houri Seradarian, Chuck Skags, Sayf Tashman, Yasmeen Tashman, Kathy Urell, 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:
“Working together with him, then, we entreat you not to accept the grace of God in vain. [2] For he says, "At the acceptable time I have listened to you, and helped you on the day of salvation." Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:1-2).

“Jesus said to Simon, ‘Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch’ ” (Luke 5:4).

Calendar:
Friday, September 22-Sunday, September 24.
38th Annual Oktoberfest at Saint Martin de Porres Roman Catholic Church. 19767 Yorba Linda Blvd, Yorba Linda, CA 92886. Phone: (714) 970-2771. https://smdpyl.org

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. Joseph Nasr will read this Sunday’s Epistle.
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. Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic. What is a Dynamic Catholic?
1:30 p.m. Theosis Meeting in the conference room. Adult members of Holy Cross Church are invited to learn more about our Eastern Catholic Byzantine tradition by attending our monthly meetings to discuss how Scripture and Christ’s teachings show us how God became man in order so that man can become God-like.

Tuesday, September 26.
11:30 a.m. Father François Beyrouti will give a talk on God’s Role in our Lives. Location: The home of Christina Ennabe at 2436 Clear Creek Lane. Diamond Bar, CA 91765.

Wednesday, September 27.
10:30 a.m. Eastern Catholic Pastoral Association (ECPA) meeting at Holy Cross Church.

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.
Volunteer Event. Saturday, September 30: Family Day: St. John Maron Maronite Catholic Church. St. John’s Needs volunteers from 2 PM – 5 PM. The event starts at 10:00 AM and ends at 10:00 PM. https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/1990568/false#/invitation

5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic.

Sunday, October 1. Second Sunday After the Holy Cross.
Respect Life Sunday. For further information visit: usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/respect-life-program
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. Respect for Life Sunday: “Life is Sacred from Womb to Tomb.” Key Saint: The feast day of St. Therese of the Child Jesus is on October 3.
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.
100 Year Anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima.

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.
11:00 a.m. Rosary and spiritual reflections to celebrate the 100 Year Anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima. Followed by refreshments in the hall.
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. Second Council of Nicaea. Imagery and Spirituality – Icons: “Windows to Heaven”.
2:00 p.m. Baptism of Cosette Sabat Corbett, daughter of Timothy and Latifeh (Semaan) Corbett.

Saturday, October 21.
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Apparitions of Our Lady with Fr. George Reynolds and Deacon Ron Butler. St. Juliana Falconieri Church 1316 N. Acacia Ave, Fuller Ton, CA 92831. For More Info. Contact Donna 909-772-5233; Any Other Questions — Call Rosalie 949-443-4079. Healing Mass. $20 Registration includes Gourmet Luncheon; $25 after Oct 18th; On-site registration available. Lunch Guaranteed with Registration Received by October 18 Or Call 949-443-4079 if you plan to attend for lunch count. A reservation form must be completed for each person attending, however, you may submit a single payment for all registrations. Please respond early as space fills quickly. Make checks payable to: The Servants of the Sacred Heart of JMJ. Mail to: The Servants of the Sacred Heart of JMJ, 1002 Harthorn Lane, Fillmore, CA 93015.

4:30 p.m. Confession at Holy Cross Church.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer) at Holy Cross Church.
5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. All Saints Days Party for all the children, youth, and their families.

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.

6:00 p.m. Annual Alex Odeh Memorial Banquet, with Special Guest Speaker Amer Zahr. Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort. For more information, please contact ADC at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (714) 352-0506. Orange County Chapter of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. Over Three decades of Advocacy and Achievement.

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.

Friday, October 27.
7:00 p.m. Youth Group Party in the Hall.

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.
Contact Person: Matthew Helo. Phone: (562) 458-5174.

Saturday, November 4.
An unforgettable and fun-filled day for the youth at Six Flags Magic Mountain (Valencia) followed by a Catholic Youth Rally organized by Life Teen.
God’s Glory is Thrilling! Life has its ups and downs and so do roller coasters! Inspiration LA is the perfect backdrop for fun times and meaningful conversations as the summer winds down. After a long day of exciting rides, teens come to experience the thrill of a life in Christ through Mass, inspirational speakers, Eucharistic adoration, music, and community.
God’s Glory is Transforming! For over 10 years Life Teen Inspiration has brought together thousands of Catholic teens for an unforgettable Saturday that proves that faith and fun fit together. Speakers and musicians include Steve Allgeyer, Mark Hart, Bishop Buckon, Fr. Tim Grumbach, Andrew Laubacher, and more. For further information visit the Life Teen website: http://lifeteen.com/events/life-teen-inspiration-la/

5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic at Holy Cross Church.

Sunday, November 5.
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. Holy Cross Family Day. Spiritual activities and lunch for all the children, youth, young adults, and families.

Wednesday, November 8.
7:00-8:30 a.m. Placentia Community Prayer Breakfast. Hosted by Placentia’s Round Table Women’s Club & Placentia Rotary. 901 North Bradford Avenue. Placentia, CA 92870. (www.placentiawomensclub.org) (www.placentiachamber.com) 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.

Thursday, November 9.
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, November 11.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, November 12. Thanksgiving Luncheon.
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.
Thanksgiving Luncheon. NO CLASS. Following the Divine Liturgy, the youth will be serving and cleaning up after the luncheon. Youth parents will prepare food. All food will be brought cooked, shredded, and ready to serve. We need two parent volunteers to coordinate this event. Please contact Rosemarie Nasr if you have any questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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, November 18.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, November 19.
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.

Tuesday, November 21.
7:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy. Feast of the Entrance of the Mother of God to the Temple.

Thursday, November 23.
11:00 a.m. Thanksgiving Day Divine Liturgy.

Saturday, November 25.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, November 26.
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, December 2.
5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic.

Sunday, December 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.

Monday, December 4 .
7:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy for the feast of Saint Barbara the Great Martyr, followed by Sleeka/Amh/boiled wheat pot-luck.
We eat boiled wheat on the feast of Saint Barbara because wheat is a sign of the death and resurrection of the martyrs and all Christians, whose death is like a seed that is planted and is then born to new life in Jesus.
Our Lord also told us: “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (John 12:24). That is why at funerals and memorials boiled wheat is sometimes distributed. We also eat boiled wheat on the feast of Saint Barbara because she was persecuted and killed for her faith in Jesus but the memory of her martyrdom lives on.
According to tradition, Saint Barbara disguised herself in many different characters to escape the Romans who were persecuting her. While fleeing, Saint Barbara also ran through a freshly planted wheat field, which grew instantly to cover her path. This miracle is recreated symbolically today by planting wheat seeds, chick peas, barley grains, beans, or lentils in little pots on Saint Barbara’s feast day. The seeds germinate and grow up to around 6 inches in time for Christmas. The shoots are then used to decorate the nativity scene and placed below the Christmas tree. Another tradition also mentions that when she was captured, only wheat was available for her to eat.

Saturday, December 9.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, December 10.
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, December 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, December 16.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, December 17.
9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
10:30 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
12:15 p.m. Chirstmas Play presented by the Sunday School Children.
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, December 23.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, December 24. Sunday Before the Nativity of our Lord.
9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
10:30 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.

Monday, December 25. Christmas Day.
Nativity of our Lord Observed Holiday. Office closed today.
Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas).
11:00 a.m. Christmas Day Divine Liturgy. Christ is Born. Glorify Him.

Saturday, December 30.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, December 31.
9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
10:30 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.

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.

Monday, January 1, 2018.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy. Saint Basil the Great. Circumcision of our Lord.


Readings for Sunday, September 24, 2017.
Epistle: 2 Corinthians 6:1-10.
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 Second Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians.
Brethren, yes, working together with him, we beg you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says, In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation, I have helped you. (Is.49:8) Look, now is the acceptable time; look, now is the day of salvation! We give no offense to anyone, that our ministry may not be blamed. On the contrary, let us behave in all circumstances as God’s ministers, in much patience, in tribulations, in hardships, in distress; in stripes, in imprisonments, in riots; in labors, in sleepless nights, in fastings; in innocence, in knowledge, in long-suffering, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in unaffected love; in the word of truth, in God’s power; with the armor of justification on the right hand and on the left; in honor and dishonor, in evil report and good report; as deceivers and yet truthful, as unknown and yet well known, as dying, and look, we live; as punished, but not killed, as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing, as poor, yet enriching many, as having nothing, yet possessing all things.

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: Luke 5:1-11
The Holy Gospel According To St. Luke The Evangelist.
At that time Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret. And he saw two boats moored by the lake, but the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. And getting into one of the boats, the one that was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And sitting down, he began to teach the crowds from the boat. But when he had stopped speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep, and lower your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered and said to him, “Master, the whole night through we have toiled and have taken nothing; but at your word I will lower the net.” And when they had done so, they caught a great number of fishes, but their net was breaking. And they called to their comrades in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw this, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord,” For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish they had made; and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you shall catch men.” And when they had brought their boats to land, they left all and followed him.

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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: 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 30, November 4, December 2.

ENGLISH DIVINE LITURGY: 11:00 a.m. First Sunday of the month. In 2017: 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, MERCY-MEAL FOR THE 40th DAY OR OTHER MEMORIALS: $200.00 for registered parishioners of Holy Cross Church who regularly use donation envelopes.
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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