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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, October 1, 2017.
Second Sunday After the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Feast of the Protection of the Theotokos.

October 1. Commemoration of the Holy Apostle Ananias, one of the Seventy Disciples of the Lord, and our Venerable Romanus the Melodist.
Ananias, a resident of Damascus was inspired by God to baptize Saul, also called Paul, about the year 37. His story is told in Acts 9:10-19.
Romanus the Melodist (or the Hymnographer), born in Emese of Syria, became deacon in the Church of the Resurrection in Beryte (later Beyrouth). Under Emperor Anastasius (+518), he joined the Church of the Holy Mother of God in Cyrus, a suburb of Constantinople. The grace of the Holy Spirit inspired him to compose liturgical chants in honor of God, of the mysteries of the Incarnate Word, of his blessed Mother and of the Saints. Among the many Kontakia of his composition, the most beautiful are those of Christmas. He was ordained, and as a priest, attended the synod called by Patriarch Minas against Anthimus the Monophysite in the year 536. He died in the Lord sometime after the year 556.

Temporary visitor. A man visited a monastery and was surprised to find they did not have any furniture. "Where is your furniture?" he asked the monk. "Where is your furniture?" the monk asked him. The man replied: "I didn't bring any with me because I'm only a visitor." "We don't have any furniture either, because we are all also visitors" replied the monk.

Our Eastern Christian Formation (Sunday School) program for all children up to grade 8 re-started on September 24, 2017. Please contact the office if you would like to register your children or would like to teach our wonderful children. (714) 985-1710. The registration form is available at: holycrossmelkite.org/ministries/ecf

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.

The Catholic School Advantage. Sally Todd, Interim Superintendent, Diocese of Orange Catholic Schools. 9/25/2017
Excerpts from: http://occatholic.com/the-catholic-school-advantage
Though each Catholic school has its own charism, the underlying premise of all of the schools in the Diocese is strong faith formation which gives rise to strong moral development, respect of self and the value of service to others. This is in addition to a balanced and rigorous academic curriculum integrating technology and high standards. …
99 percent of our secondary students graduate. In the Diocese of Orange, there is a 99.7 percent rate of these students going on to colleges and universities. The impressive listing of these places of higher learning (many of which are Catholic) definitely gives credit to the foundation they have received in their earlier years.

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 and 26. 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 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 7th at 8:00 p.m. St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral, will be hosting its annual Hafleh Night on. Tickets are $80 for adults and $50 for children 12 and under (full mezza and dinner included). For ticket purchase, please call (818) 903-0953. St. Nicholas' spectacular all day festival will be taking place on Sunday, October 8th from 12:00pm-9:00pm. There will be delicious Mediterranean foods and desserts, live entertainment, church tours, great games for kids, booths for shopping, and an exciting performance by St. Nicholas' Kashaf! Admission is $3 after 1:00pm. For more information, please call the cathedral at (213) 382-6269 or visit lamedfest.org. 2300 West Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90057.

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 Arabic Divine Liturgy 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 collection at the Melkite Eastern Catholic Divine Liturgy at Saint Kilian’s: $380 in 10 envelopes (average of $38 per envelope) + $45 Cash = $425.
Wednesday, September 20 building fund deposit: $2,972.
Sunday, September 24 collection: $2,484 in 52 envelopes (average of $47.77 per envelope) + $209 cash + $90 candles = $2,783.
Monday, September 25 building fund deposit: $1,689.

Total deposits in the past three months: July: $31,765; August: $19,108; September: $18,300.

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 American Chemical & Sanitary Supply.
$80.08 paid on September 19, 2017 for Sparkletts Water.
$23.00 paid on September 22, 2017 for Orange County Clerk Recorder Office.
$27.79 paid on September 26, 2017 for PVC materials for sprinkler system on east side.
$328.93 paid on September 26 for Cleaning services.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)
Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 8). O Merciful One, Who came down from on high and endured burial for three days in order to save us from suffering. O our Life and our Resurrection, glory to you.
Troparion of the Protection (Tone 2). O Gracious Virgin, you protect all who in faith flee under your powerful arm. We have none to plead for us before God but you, in time of adversity and tribulation, we sinners who stoop down under the weight of our sins. Mother of God the Most High, we bend our knees to you and implore you, deliver your servants from all kinds of trouble.
Troparion of St. Ananias (Tone 3). O Holy Apostle Ananias, intercede with God all-merciful that He may grant us the remission of our sins.
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: Hebrews 9:1-7. Vincent Nakhoul will read this Sunday’s Epistle. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Luke 6:31-36. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for
the repose of the souls of:
Hanna Odeh Salman (October 5, 2010), Margaretha Schmeiser (September 14, 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), Mansour Skoury (September 30, 2017), Kalim Skoury (September 17, 2013).
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Atalla Al-Assad, Rodger & Diane Aeschliman, Joseph Italia, Richard Kierulff, Bobby Mayo, Linda Raya, Marie Semaan, Salim Semaan, Houri Seradarian, Florence Shaib, Chuck Skags, Sayf Tashman, Yasmeen Tashman, 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:
“Now even the first covenant had regulations for worship and an earthly sanctuary. [2] For a tent was prepared, the outer one, in which were the lampstand and the table and the bread of the Presence; it is called the Holy Place. [3] Behind the second curtain stood a tent called the Holy of Holies, [4] having the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, which contained a golden urn holding the manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant” (Hebrews 9:1-4).

“Love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish. [36] Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:35-36).

Calendar:
Saturday, September 30.
9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Annual National Life Chain Prayer Event. Corner of Lincoln and Harbor Blvd. Meet at Saint Boniface Catholic Church, 120 N Janss St, Anaheim, CA 92805. Join thousands from across our nation as we stand in a prayerful and peaceful public witness on behalf of abortion's many victims.

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

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

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).
10:00 a.m. Choir practice in the youth room.
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.
3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Annual National Life Chain Prayer Event. Fullerton @ Euclid and Orangethorpe Avenue. Join thousands from across our nation as we stand in a prayerful and peaceful public witness on behalf of abortion's many victims.

Thursday, October 5.
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Screening of “Gimme Me Shelter” followed by panel discussion. Organized by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange’s Office of Life, Justice and Peace to launch the Life and Dignity Month. This 2013 indy drama follows a pregnant teenager as she flees her abusive mother in search of her father, only to be rejected by her stepmother and forced to survive on the streets until a compassionate stranger offers a hopeful alternative.
Following the film, will be a discussion with an informed panel of experts. This includes: Clare Venegas, President, Obria Clinic; Ellen Roy, Executive Director, Mary’s Shelter; Therese Murphy, Executive Director, Precious Life Shelter; and Dr. Jim Pugh, Executive Program Director, Casa Teresa.
Location: Freed Theater at Christ Cathedral Campus. 13280 Chapman Ave. Garden Grove, CA 92840. Purchase tickets for $5 at Lifedignitymonthgms.eventbrite.com

Friday, October 6.
7:00-10:00 p.m. Seniors night. Holy Cross Church hall.

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.

Friday, October 13 (7:00 p.m.), Saturday, October 14 (7:00 p.m.), Sunday, October 15 (noon).
Maximilian: Saint of Auschwitz (Live Performance). A powerful Catholic multimedia production about St. Maximilian Kolbe. Actor Leonardo Defilippis captures the darkness of this troubling time in a visceral and heartfelt performance. The show incorporates chilling footage from Poland and Germany during World War II. With its message of standing firm in the face of persecution, Maximilian has special significance for our time. 13280 Chapman Avenue. Garden Grove, CA 92840. For tickets visit: stmaxdrama.eventbrite.com - Event organized by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange to commemorate Life and Dignity 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.” Last day to register for Lifeteen Youth event at Six Flags.
2:00 p.m. Baptism of Cosette Sabat Corbett, daughter of Timothy and Latifeh (Semaan) Corbett.

Thursday, October 19.
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. “Children of Men.” Movie screening and panel discussion organized by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange to commemorate Life and Dignity Month. "In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea."
Location: Freed Theater at Christ Cathedral Campus. 13280 Chapman Ave. Garden Grove, CA 92840.
Following the film will be a discussion with an informed panel of experts that included: Maria Arroyo, Relationship Manager, Catholic Relief Services and Greg Walgenbach, Director of Life, Justice & Peace, Diocese of Orange. Purchase tickets for $5 at eventbrite.com

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. Holy Cross Church.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer). 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. Theology of the Body. “Right from the beginning, the human body includes the capacity of expressing love, that love in which the person becomes a gift – and by means of this gift – fulfills the meaning of his being and existence.” – Saint Pope John Paul II.

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.
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. “Being Mortal.” Movie screening and discussion. Organized by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange’s Office of Life, Justice and Peace to launch the Life and Dignity Month. "Explores relationships between doctors and their patients nearing the end of life. Follows writer and surgeon Atul Gawande as he delves into the relationships doctors have with patients are dying." Location: Freed Theater at Christ Cathedral Campus. 13280 Chapman Ave. Garden Grove, CA 92840. Purchase tickets for $5 at Lifedignitymonthgms.eventbrite.com

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. Topics: The Eucharist and preparation for LifeTeen Event. Key Saint: St. George’s feast-day is on November 3.

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.

Friday, November 3.
7:00-10:00 p.m. Seniors night. Holy Cross Church hall.

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.

Friday, December 1.
7:00-10:00 p.m. Seniors night. Holy Cross Church hall.

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, October 1, 2017.
Epistle: Hebrews 9:1-7.
PROKIMENON (Tone 3)
Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, you just; exult, all you upright of heart.
Stichon: Happy are those whose faults are taken away, and whose sins are covered.

Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews.
Brethren, the first tabernacle also had ritual ordinances and a sanctuary, though an earthly one. For there was set up a tabernacle in the outer part of which were the lamp-stand and the table and the show-bread, and this is called the Holy Place.
But beyond the second veil was the tabernacle which is called the Holy of Holies, having a golden censer and the Ark of the Covenant, overlaid on every side with gold. In the ark was a golden vessel containing the manna, and the rod of Aaron which had budded, and the tablets of the covenant and above it were the Cherubim of glory, overshadowing the mercy-seat. But of all these we cannot now speak in detail.
Such then being the arrangements, the priests always used to enter into the first tabernacle to perform the sacred rites; but into the second tabernacle, the high priest alone entered once a year, not without blood, which he offered for his own and the people’s sins of ignorance.

ALLELUIA (Tone 8)
Happy the one you have chosen and adopted: he shall dwell in your courts.
Stichon: And his name shall survive for ever and ever.

Gospel: Luke 6:31-36
The Holy Gospel According To St. Luke The Evangelist.
The Lord said, “Even as you wish men to do to you, so also do you to them. And if you love those who love you, what merit have you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what merit have you? For even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive in return, what merit have you? For even sinners lend to sinners that they may get back as much in return. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, not hoping for any return, and your reward shall be great, and you shall be children of the Most High, for He is kind towards the ungrateful and evil. Be merciful, therefore, even as your Father is merciful.”

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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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