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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, October 29, 2017.
Seventh Sunday after the Holy Cross. The Raising of Jairus’ Daughter.

October 29. Commemoration of our Venerable Mother the Martyr Anastasia and of our Holy Father Abramius.
Anastasia, also called “the Roman” is commemorated also on December 22, which see.
Abramius is believed to have lived in Lampsacus of Mysia in the sixth century. Married against his will, he left his wife and dwelled in the wilderness as a hermit.

Thank You for your generous support on World Mission Sunday. Our parish raised $887. While only some are called to go to the Missions to serve, all of us are called, by our Baptism, to support the Church's missionary work by our prayers and financial help. To continue answering this call, visit Missio.org.

November 12, 2017. Thanksgiving Luncheon. Let us come together as a community and give “Thanks to God” for All that he has given us as a family and a church. Join us for a lunch in the hall following the Divine Liturgy. Our wonderful Youth Ministry will prepare lunch. Please invite your family and friends. $12.00 per person.

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).

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, November 9th and December 14th. 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

November 17. 7:00 p.m. Ladies Salad Night at Holy Cross Church. $25 a ticket- Event includes food, D.J., and a raffle. Tickets are available through Our Lady’s Society member.

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. Christ was aware of the Father’s power working through Him – people needed Him near to have that wonderful blessing. Paul reminds us of God’s grace, power and mercy poured out on us and available to us as He works to build us up as His Church, His body. Priests help us focus and be open to that saving power of God in our midst. Unfortunately, at present we are in desperate need of men to accept the challenge of that ministry. Please pray that God call, and that many respond.

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, 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:
Monday, September 25 building fund deposit: $1,689.
Saturday, September 30 Arabic Divine Liturgy collection: $465 + $105 cash= $570.
Saturday, September 30 Online recurring monthly donation: $660.
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.
Sunday, October 15 collection: $1,460 in 44 envelopes (average of $33.18 per envelope) + $177 cash + $224 candles = $1,861.
Tuesday, October 17 building fund deposit: $1,814.85.
Sunday, October 22 collection: $1,480 in 37 envelopes (average of $40 per envelope) + $92 cash + $94 candles = $1,666.
Wednesday, October 25 building fund deposit: $50.

Total deposits in the past three months: August: $19,108; September: $19,530; October: $15,414.85.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$200.00 paid on October 4, 2017 for Gardening services.
$38.14 paid on October 6, 2017 for Sparkletts water.
$118.63 paid on October 9, 2017 for Printer Payment.
$1,299.46 paid on October 10, 2017 for Golden State Water Company.
$690.00 paid on October 11, 2017 for Boundary Staking Calculation and Field Survey.
$307.32 paid on October 11, 2017 for OSV envelopes.
$146.86 paid on October 17, 2017 for Bulletin Printer Paper.
$363.56 paid on October 26, 2017 for Cleaning services.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)
Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 4). The Women disciples of the Lord heard from the Angels the joyful news of the resurrection, and casting away the ancestral sentence, they announced with pride to the Apostles: Death is vanquished, Christ God is risen! And has bestowed 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 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: Galatians 2:16-20. Elie Nasr will read this Sunday’s Epistle. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Luke 8:41-56. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for
the repose of the souls of:
Sherwood Gehris (October 25, 2017), Marcelle Khoury (October 21, 2017), Reader Romanos Odermatt (October 19, 2017), Marie Sayegh (October 18, 2017), 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 23, 2017), Margaretha Schmeiser (September 14, 2017), Rick Gennawey (December 12, 2015), Samira Abdelnour (October 18, 2015).
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Atalla Al-Assad, Rodger & Diane Aeschliman, Sherwood Gehris, Griffith Family, Muna Haddadin, Ed Hakim, Joseph Italia, Richard Kierulff, Bobby Mayo, Maroun Nemer, Linda Raya, Maysa Sayegh, 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:
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

“Jesus said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.’ ” (Luke 8:48)

Calendar:
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. No Vespers tonight.
5:00 p.m. Memorial Divine Liturgy for the servants of God Manahi Haddadin (September 23, 2017) and Hatmal Haddadin (October 4, 2017).

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.
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.

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. Presided by Bishop Robert Rabbat of Australia and Bishop Joseph Gebara of Brazil.

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. 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.

Friday, November 17.
7:00 p.m. Ladies Salad Night at Holy Cross Church. $25 a ticket- Event includes food, D.J., and a raffle. Tickets are available through Our Lady’s Society member.

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 29, 2017.
Epistle of the Fathers: Galatians 2:16-20.
PROKIMENON (Tone 4)
How great are your works, O Lord! In wisdom you have wrought them all.
Stichon: Bless the Lord, O my soul! You are very great indeed, O Lord my God!

Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Galatians.
Brethren, we know man is not justified by the works of the Law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. Hence we also believe in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the Law, because by the works of the Law no man will be justified. But if, while we are seeking to be justified in Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is Christ therefore the minister of sin? By no means. For if I rebuild the things I destroyed, I make myself a sinner. For through the Law I have died to the Law that I may live for God. With Christ I am nailed to the cross. It is now no longer I who live, but Christ is living in me. And the life I now live in the flesh, I live within the faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself up for me.

ALLELUIA (Tone 4)
String your bow, go forth, reign for the sake of truth, meekness and righteousness, and your right hand shall lead you wonderfully.
Stichon: You loved righteousness and hated iniquity: therefore God, your God, anointed you with the oil of joy above your companions.

Gospel: Luke 8:41-56
The Holy Gospel According To St. Luke The Evangelist.
At that time behold, there came a man named Jairus to Jesus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue; and falling at the feet of Jesus, he entreated him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter about twelve years of age, and she was dying. And it happened as he went that he was pressed upon by the crowds. And a certain woman who for twelve years had had a hemorrhage, and had spent all her means on physicians, but could not be cured by anyone, came up behind him and touched the tassel of his cloak; and at once her hemorrhage ceased. And Jesus said, “Who touched me? But as all were denying it, Peter, and those who were with him, said, “Master, the crowds throng and press upon you , and you ask ‘Who touched me?” But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; for I perceived that power had gone forth from me.” But the woman, seeing that she had not escaped notice, came up trembling, and falling down at his feet, declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been healed instantly. And he said to her, “Daughter, thy faith has saved thee; go in peace.” While he was yet speaking, there came one from the house of the ruler of the synagogue, saying to him, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble him.” But Jesus on hearing this word answered the father of the girl, “Do not be afraid; only have faith and she shall be saved.” And when he came to the house, he allowed no one to enter with him, except Peter and James and John, and the girl’s father and mother. And all were weeping and mourning for her. But he said, “Do not weep; she is asleep, not dead.” And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But he, taking her by the hand, cried out, saying, “Girl, arise! “And her spirit returned, and she rose up immediately. And he directed that something be given her to eat. And her parents were amazed, but he charged them to tell no one what had happened.

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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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