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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, November 5, 2017.
Fifth Sunday after the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The Rich Man and Lazarus.

November 5. Commemoration of the Holy Martyrs Galaction and his wife Episteme.
These saints were martyred under Emperor Decius. They suffered and died under the most cruel punishments. Galaction was thirty years old, and his wife Episteme hardly sixteen.

Festival Overview. Below are the financial details of this year’s festival. Thank you for all your hard work and generous contributions.
Income: Baked Goods: $2,226, Beer & Wine $1,851, Booth Rentals $800, Dollar Raffle $434, Donation of Items $6,168, Donations in cash or check $15,049, Falafel $1,996, Henna $503, Holy Cross Plate $2,958, Hookah $1,228, Ice Cream $452, Loukomadis $1,203, Manaeesh $4,561, Raffle Tickets Sales $34,500, Shawarma $3,702, Soda & Water $1,602, Sweets $1,160, and Wine Tasting Dinner $45,315.
Total Income: $125,708
Expense: Advertising ($1,097), D.J. and Entertainment ($2,200), Equipment purchase (freezer) ($715), Festival Equipment for signs and tents ($87), Food Purchases ($7,280), Henna ($252), Hooka ($575), Kitchen Labor ($680), Licenses and Permits ($125), Printing ($2,644), Raffle Payout ($15,455), Rentals ($7,491), and Security ($3,000).
Total Expense: ($42,116)
Net Income: $83,592
May God continue to bless you and your families for your outstanding generosity and excitement for a healthy and holy future for our community.

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. 12:15 p.m. 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.

End of the Year Giving Options: There are several ways to make end of the year donations to Holy Cross Church.
1. Cash, Check, or Credit Card. Online donations may be made at: https://www.holycrossmelkite.org/donate
Checks may be mailed to: Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church. 451 West Madison Avenue. Placentia, CA 92870-4537
2. Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). A convenient way to make a donation is through an Electronic Fund Transfer directly to Holy Cross Church from a checking or savings account on a one-time or recurring basis. If you would like to set up automatic payments or electronic funds transfer (EFT) please contact us or visit: https://www.holycrossmelkite.org/parish/news/66-donate-through-your-bank
3. Corporate and Foundation Relations. We welcome gifts and donations from Corporations and Foundations interested in collaborating with Holy Cross Church to fulfill their community involvement objectives.
4. Property. Gifts of real property such as a home, vacation property, vacant land, farmland, ranch, or commercial property and tangible property such as works of art, jewelry, collections and other personal property may be given. You will be given a tax receipt based on assessed value.
5. Securities. A gift of your securities, including stocks or bonds, is an easy way to make a gift. By making a gift of your appreciated securities, you can avoid paying capital gains tax that would otherwise be due if you sold these assets. For more information on how to give stocks or bonds, contact your broker or bank.
6. Retirement Assets. We welcome all types of giving, including IRA’s. Contact your IRA Representative to learn more about how to transfer your contributions.
7. Pledges. Pledges can be monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or annually. Call the office for more details if you are interested in making your pledge to Holy Cross Church.
8. Specific intentions. You may specifically support some of our ministries, such as Youth Ministry, Sunday School Ministry, Choir Ministry, Our Lady’s Society, or the Building Fund. Make checks, cash, or use EFT and make payable to Holy Cross Church with a memo towards which ministry you are supporting.

We are open to donations for: Bibles, 5 T.V.’s, 5 Wall Mounts, 5 Tablets, Paint and Paint Supplies.
We have been blessed this year by many donors. Donations we have received this year include: sponsorships for the Wine and Dine Fundraiser, Festival, 2018 calendar, and donations on materials and labor for the minor renovations (backlot cleanup, lighting and painting materials and labor, room fans, brick work, roof maintenance, A/C maintenance, refrigerator maintenance, flowers around church, fencing, counter tops, tile flooring, and so much more).

Thank you for your generosity and your dedication to the future growth of Holy Cross Church. Deadline for the 2017 tax credits need to be in by December 31, 2017.

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

November 17, 2017. 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.

Home for the Holidays? While many of us look forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas as blessed family gatherings, for others, holidays can awaken the pain of past or present family hurts and broken relationships. This reflective workshop is designed to help you to find inner peace and to understand and value your place within your family. We will use meditative Taize Prayer to close the evening, asking for the healing of family pain. Why not prepare for the holidays by asking a family member to join you? Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Emmaus Spiritual Ministries, 434 S. Batavia, Orange. Fee: $25. Reflectors: Sister Eileen McNerney, CSJ and Julie Mussche. To register: go online to http://bit.ly/2ylixzx, call (714) 774-3172, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vocation Awareness. The rich man in the Gospel was not evil – he was simply blind and ignorant to the nature of his relationship with God and others. Even Abraham commented on the need for someone to preach firmly the basic truths of the faith. Paul is excited about God’s love, salvation and plan for a fuller life for all people, and he wants to share that truth. Pray for an increase of vocations to the priesthood, that we might have messengers to bring us the Good News, and thus live the abundant life the Lord offers.

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.

Receive the emailed weekly Holy Cross Church Bulletin and Homily. If you or someone you known would like to receive the emailed weekly parish bulletin or homily please sign up on our website or email or call the office. Please also let us know if you are on our list but have changed your email. To read past homilies visit: holycrossmelkite.org/parish/homilies

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:
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.
Saturday, October 28 collection: $229
Sunday, October 29 collection: $1,875 in 39 envelopes (average of $48.08 per envelope) + $127 cash + $210 candles = $2,441.
Wednesday, November 1 building fund deposit: $1,590.

Total deposits in the past three months: September: $19,530; October: $19,674, November: $1,590.

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.
$200.00 paid on November 2, 2017 for Gardening Services.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)
Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 5). Let us O Faithful, praise and worship the Word coeternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our salvation. For He has willed to be lifted in the flesh upon the Cross, and to endure death, and to raise the dead by his glorious Resurrection.
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 6:11-18. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Luke 16:19-31. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for
the repose of the souls of:
Helen Tomey (October 29, 2017), 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), Alice Fahel (October 26, 2003), and Elias Hilo (November 9, 1982).
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, Samira Taweel, 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:
“For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. [16] Peace and mercy be upon all who walk by this rule, upon the Israel of God. [17] Henceforth let no man trouble me; for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.” (Galatians 6:15-17).

“But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ [30] And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ [31] He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’” (Luke 16:29-31).

Calendar:
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. One year Memorial Divine Liturgy for Emile Semaan (November 9, 2016).
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, November 5, 2017.
Epistle of the Fathers: Galatians 6:11-18.
PROKIMENON (Tone 5)
You, O Lord, will keep us and preserve us always from this generation.
Stichon: Save me, O Lord, for there is no longer any holy man, for truthfulness has vanished from among the children of men.

Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Galatians.
Brethren, see with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand! All those who want to please in a human way are forcing you to be circumcised merely to avoid persecution because of the cross of Christ. For not even the circumcised observe the Law: but they want you to be circumcised that they may boast of your subjection to external rites. But as for me, God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision but a new creation is of any account. And whoever follow this rule, peace and mercy be upon them and on God’s Israel. From now on, let no man give me trouble, for I bear the marks of the Lord Jesus in my body. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.

ALLELUIA (Tone 5)
Your favor, O Lord, I will sing forever; from generation to generation, my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness.
Stichon: For you have said, “My kindness is established forever.”
In heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness.

Gospel: Luke 16:19-31
The Holy Gospel According To St. Luke The Evangelist.
At that time, the Lord told this parable; “there was certain rich man who used to clothe himself in purple and fine linen, and who feasted every day in splendid fashion. And there was certain poor man, named Lazarus, who lay at his gate, covered with sores, and longing to be filled with the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. And it came to pass that the poor man died and was borne away by the angels into Abraham’s bosom; but the rich man also died and was buried in hell. And lifting up his eyes, being in torments, he saw Abraham far off and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried out and said, ‘Father Abraham have pity on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am tormented in this flame.’ But Abraham said to him, ‘Son, remember you in your lifetime have received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now here he is comforted whereas you are tormented. And besides all that, between us and you a great gulf is fixed, so that those who wish to pass over from this side to you cannot, and they cannot cross from your side to us.’ And he said, ‘Then, father, I pray you to send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they too come into this place of torments.’ And Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’ But he answered, ‘No father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not believe even if someone rises from the dead.”

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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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