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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, October 15, 2017.
Fourth Sunday after the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council.

October 15. Commemoration of the Holy Martyr Lucian, Priest of Antioch. Lucian, a zealous priest who tried to make his people love and study the Holy Scriptures, was martyred in Nicomedia under Emperor Maximianus.

A healthy parish. “A healthy parish is not gauged by how many people you have in a hafli or picnic, but rather, a church filled with people who are active in many ministries in the community.” Bishop Nichlas Samra (September 18, 2017 address to the Melkite Clergy of the Eparchy).

On Sunday, October 22, all Catholic Churches around the world will take a second collection for World Mission Sunday. Envelopes for this collection are in the envelope set you receive in the mail. Next week, we will celebrate World Mission Sunday. Each year, the entire Church is invited to support the young mission dioceses in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and parts of Latin America and Europe, where priests, religious and lay leaders serve the poorest of the poor. This year, we are invited to "Chat With The Pope" to learn more about his missions. Scan this year's World Mission Sunday poster using Facebook Messenger for your mobile device, or learn more at ChatWithThePope.org
For further information visit:
www.rcbo.org/resource/world-mission-sunday
www.missio.org/resources.aspx

Choir practice. Please join our choir practice every Sunday at 10:00 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 practice is on Thursday, October 26. Parish center. Room 6.

Why should I or my children be in a choir?
Reason #1: Learn about the Divine Liturgy! Those in a choir do not sing at the Divine Liturgy, they sing the Divine Liturgy. During the course of the year, you learn the order of the Divine Liturgy, the structure of the liturgical seasons, and the biblical sources of the words we pray. As your understanding deepens you become more and more aware of your own mission to bring Christ to the world.
Reason #2: Make great friends! The choir not only prepares notes and rhythms for the Divine Liturgy, they also practice collaboration, devotion, and service. In rehearsal, theological concepts are discussed as well as the order of the Divine Liturgy. You will make strong Catholic friendships that will last a lifetime. How many activities can claim that?
Reason #3: Free Music Lessons! You will receive expert training in diction, vocal technique, and music theory. Annual tuition in a regional treble choir costs about $1,000. Private voice lessons can easily cost more than $2,000 per year. These experiences are certainly valuable. Make sure you do not miss the exceptional musical training offered at Holy Cross Church!

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

October 29, 2017, the last Sunday of October, is Priesthood Sunday. This is a special day set aside to honor the priesthood in the United States. It is a day to reflect upon and affirm the role of the priesthood in the life of the Church as a central one. The lay faithful of all parishes in the USA develop their own special way of marking the day and honoring their parish priests both during the Divine Liturgy and other parish events. Priesthood Sunday is designed to be an event led by the laity and you can ask your parish priest to participate by talking about how he experienced and answered his own calling and about priests who have inspired him. Priesthood Sunday offers an opportunity for priests and their parishioners to build a stronger working relationship. Together, they can dialogue to take an honest look at the challenges of the future and how they can collaborate to meet those challenges as a united force. For more information, visit: priestsunday.org

Youth Event at Six Flags Magic Mountain. 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

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, November 12, 2017 at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
2017 dates: Sunday, November 12, and Sunday, December 10.
2018 dates: Sunday, January 14 (Visit of Bishop Nicholas Samra), Sunday, February 4 (first Sunday of February), Sunday, March 11, Sunday, April 8, Sunday, May 13, Sunday, June 10, Sunday, July 15, Sunday, August 12, Sunday, September 9 or 16, Sunday, October 14, Sunday, November 11, Sunday, December 9.
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).

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.

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 discovery for all men ages 18-35, either married or single, who are discerning a vocation to the priesthood. This event is free of charge. For further information please contact Father François Beyrouti.
www.bcs.edu/2017/09/19/come-and-see-retreat-of-discovery/
The Melkite Diocese of Newton (melkite.org) sends its candidates to this seminary. The
Vocation Director, Archimandrite John Azar, can be reached at vocations@melkite/org or
404-373-9522.

Vocation Awareness. In today’s Gospel, Christ encourages His ministers to continue spreading the “word of truth” because the power is not in them, but in the message they preach. They should not be discouraged if not all are receptive, but should focus on the salvation being offered and worked through them. Saint Paul urges his fellow workers not to get involved in side issues, but to focus on what is important in ministry. Pray for an increase of priestly and monastic vocations in our diocese. May the central message and seed of the Word of Truth continue to be sown.

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 Novemer and December 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.

“Christ’s Healing Presence” is the theme Fr. Jerry Thompson will address at the Healing Service he will celebrate Monday, October 23, 2017, 7:15 p.m. at St. Angela Merici Catholic Church, 585 S. Walnut (at Fir) Brea, 92821.
Fr. Thompson has served parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Los Angeles since 1994 and as chaplain at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whitter. He is a requested speaker for the SCRC convention, conferences, and retreats along with other forms of teaching and evangelization. He celebrates Charismatic Masses and Healing Services.
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 Praise team. Further information, if needed, is available by calling Jan (714) 529-2277.

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Magnificat Prayer Breakfast presents author and dynamic speaker Sonja Corbitt, “God’s Promise & Power!” Sonja has been captivating Catholic women across the country with her message about how God desires to know each of us in a deep and personal way and how He speaks to us through the positive and painful circumstances of life, relationships, and his Word. Come and bring a friend to be blessed!
Embassy Suites Anaheim- South, 11767 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove, Ca 92840. Registration by mail must be postmarked by Nov. 13, 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 Magnificat-ministry.net for a flyer and registration information. Flyers are also available by the entrance of the 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.

Thank you for your ongoing generous donations:
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.
Saturday, September 30 Arabic Divine Liturgy collection: $465 + $105 cash= $570.
Sunday, October 1 collection: $1,970 in 48 envelopes (average of $41.04 per envelope) + $122 cash + $149 candles = $2,241.
Tuesday, October 2 building fund deposit: $3,509.
Sunday, October 8 collection: $1,428 in 44 envelopes (average of $32.45 per envelope) + $267 cash + $104 candles = $1,799.
Sunday, October 8 Mission Viejo collection: $535 in 10 envelopes (average of $53.50 per envelope) + $200 cash = $735.
Tuesday, October 10 building fund deposit: $1,739.

Total deposits in the past three months: August: $19,108; September: $18,870; October: $10,023.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$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 of Church property.
$328.93 paid on September 26, 2107 for Cleaning services.
$200.00 paid on October 4, 2017 for Gardening services.
$38.14 paid on October 6, 2017 for Sparkletts water.
$690.00 paid on October 11, 2017 for Boundary Staking Calculation and Field Survey.
$307.32 paid on October 11, 2017 for OSV envelopes.

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 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.
Troparion of the Fathers (Tone 8). O Christ our God, you are infinitely glorified for You established our fathers as radiant stars on earth. Through them, you led us to the true faith. O Most Merciful One, glory to You!
Kondakion of the Virgin (Tone 4). 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: Titus 3: 8-15. Ashley Maayah will read this Sunday’s Epistle. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Luke 8: 5-15. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for
the repose of the souls of:
Lina Ammari (October 6, 2017), Amanda Al-Farr (October 6, 2017), Isaiah Maru (October 4, 2017), Hatmal Haddadin (October 4, 2017), Adel Juraydini (September 25, 2017), Manahi Haddadin (September 24, 2017), Margaretha Schmeiser (September 14, 2017), Ziade Nabil Haddad (September 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), Joseph Ibrahim Kwaiter (August 8, 2017), Karim Hattar (2006), Stauri Saliba Hilo (October 8, 2000), Eugenie Abou-Hallaka (October 16, 2016), Samira Abdelnour (October 18, 2015), Jameel Alachhab (March 24, 2004).
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Atalla Al-Assad, Rodger & Diane Aeschliman, Sherwood Gehris, Muna Haddadin, Ed Hakim, Joseph Italia, Richard Kierulff, Bobby Mayo, Maroun Nemer, 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:
“Let our people learn to apply themselves to good deeds, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not to be unfruitful” (Titus 3:14).

“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. [12] The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, that they may not believe and be saved. [13] And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy; but these have no root, they believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. [14] And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. [15] And as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience.” (Luke 8:11-15)

Calendar:
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. Sunday of the Fathers of the Second Council of Nicea.
9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
10:00 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.
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Saints Days Party for all the children, youth, and their families.

Sunday, October 22. Sixth Sunday After the Holy Cross.
Today all Catholic Churches around the world will take a second collection for World Mission Sunday. This collection is truly a global effort for the entire Church. It is a central moment each year to provide for the building up of over one thousand local churches in Asia and Africa, the Pacific Islands, and parts of Latin America and Europe, an area that covers more than half the territory of the globe. Through the work of these churches, and their witness to Christ, the poor receive practical help and experience God’s love and mercy, His hope and peace.
https://www.rcbo.org/resource/world-mission-sunday/
https://www.missio.org/resources.aspx
9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
10:00 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.
1:00 p.m. Baptismal of Natalia Marie, daughter of Alejandro & Silva (Tayyan) DaCosta. Congratulations.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, October 29. Seventh Sunday After the Holy Cross. Priesthood Sunday.
9:30 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
10:00 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. Join us for a game of cards, backgammon, other activities, and socializing at the Holy Cross Church hall.

7:00 p.m. At Saint Anne’s Melkite Catholic Cathedral (11211 Moorpark St. North Hollywood, CA 91602). The Fathers of the Church and the Challenges of the Christian Family. A spiritual discussion with two Melkite bishops, Bishop Robert Rabbat of Australia and Bishop Joseph Gebara of Brazil, followed by a potluck and social at 8:00 p.m. One will speak in Arabic and one in English. An open Q&A in both languages will follow.

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.
Daylight savings time ends at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 5. Set your watches one hour back.
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.
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.

Tuesday, November 7.
4:30 p.m. City Prayer Walk. Pray for Placentia with Placentia pastors at Placentia Civic Center.

Wednesday, November 8.
7:00-8:30 a.m. Placentia Community Prayer Breakfast. Guest speaker: Father François Beyrouti. 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.
10:30 a.m. Eastern Catholic Pastoral Association meeting at Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church. 995 North West Street, Anaheim, CA 92801.
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).
10:00 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).
10:00 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).
10:00 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).
10:00 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).
10:00 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).
10:00 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
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).
10:00 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).
10:00 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 15, 2017.
Epistle of the Fathers: Titus 3: 8-15.
PROKIMENON (Tone 4)
Blessed are you, O Lord, God of our fathers, and your name is worthy of praise and glorious forever.
Stichon: For you are just in all you have done to us, and all your works are true and your ways right.

Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Titus.
My son Titus, this saying is true, and in this matter I want to insist that those who believe in God be careful to excel in good works: these are good and useful to people. But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and quarrels, and disputes about the Law, for they are useless and futile.
Avoid a factious man after warning him once or twice, knowing that such a man is perverted and sins, since he is condemning himself.
When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, make every effort to meet me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. Help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way, taking care that they lack nothing. And let our people also learn to excel in good works, in order to help cases of urgent need so that they may not be unfruitful. All my companions greet you. Greet those who love us in the faith. The grace of God be with all of you. Amen.

ALLELUIA (Tone 7)
O God, our ears have heard, our fathers have declared to us the deeds you did in their days, in the days of old.
Stichon: The just cried out, and the Lord heard them, and he delivered them from all their trials.

Gospel: Luke 8:5-15
The Holy Gospel According To St. Luke The Evangelist.
The Lord told this parable: “The sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air ate it up. And other seed fell upon the rock, and as soon as it had sprung up it withered away, because it had no moisture. And other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. And other seed fell upon good ground, and sprang up and yielded fruit a hundred-fold.” As he said these things he cried out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” But his disciples then began to ask him what this parable meant. He said to them, “To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God, but to the rest in parables, that ‘Seeing, they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’ Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. And those by the wayside are they who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, that they may not believe and be saved. Now those upon the rock are they who, when they have heard, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, but believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among the thorns, these are they who have heard, and as they go their way are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not ripen. But that upon good ground, these are they who, with a right and good heart, having heard the word, hold it fast, and bear fruit in patience.” When he had said this, he cried out “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

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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: November 4, December 2.

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