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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, November 12, 2017.
Eighth Sunday after the Holy Cross. The Good Samaritan.

November 12. Commemoration of our Father among the Saints John the Merciful, Patriarch of Alexandria, of our Holy Father Nilus the Sinaite and of our Hieromartyr Josaphat, Archbishop of Polotsz.
John was elected Melkite Patriarch of Alexandria in the year 609. He is called “the Merciful” because of his great and generous love for the poor. He died in 619. It is said that after having sold all of his own possessions to give to the poor, he sold also the vessels of the church. He even sold himself as a slave and handed out his purchase price to the needy.
Nilus was Governor of Constantinople at the time of Emperor Theodisius the Great. In 390, he gave up his high position and his family to retire on Mount Sinai where he became a simple monk. He was ordained later, and died in the year 430. He composed a number of works on the spiritual life.
Josaphat was born in the Ukraine in 1580. In 1604, he became a monk in the monastery of the Holy Trinity at Vilna. He became the superior of the Basilian Order which he reformed, while also reforming all the monasteries in Ukraine. In 1618, he was appointed Archbishop of Polotsz where he spent all his energy defending the Catholic faith, and where he died as a martyr on November 12, 1623.

November 12, 2017. 12:15 p.m. Thanksgiving Luncheon organized by the Youth. 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. Our wonderful Youth Ministry will serve. Join us for a lunch in the hall following the Divine Liturgy and invite your family and friends. $12.00 per person. As we have done for the past three years, part of the proceeds will go to purchase a gift book for the entire parish.

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 members.

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.
Expenses: 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 Expenses: $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.

We have been very blessed this year with many donors who have helped in so many ways, such as donations for the festival, Wine and Dine Fundraiser, 2018 calendar, and materials and labor for the minor renovations (backlot cleanup, lighting, paint, painting materials, 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.

We are currently painting and putting tiles in the classrooms to create a clean and up to date look for our entire facilities. We need to purchase 5, 65” T.Vs. and wall mounts for the classrooms. The televisions cost approximately $650 and the wall-mounts are approximately $50. We would greatly appreciate if you are able to make a partial or total donation for one item. Please contact the Church office to discuss.

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.
-Credit card donations may be made at the office or online at: https://www.holycrossmelkite.org/donate
-Checks may be be brought in personally or mailed to: Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church. 451 West Madison Avenue. Placentia, CA 92870-4537
2. Monthly Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). A convenient way to make donations is through an Electronic Fund Transfer directly to Holy Cross Church from a checking or savings account on a one-time or monthly basis. If you would like to set up automatic payments or electronic funds transfer (EFT) please call 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, commercial property, or 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 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, bank, or the Church office.
6. Retirement Assets. We welcome all types of giving, including IRA’s. Contact your IRA Representative to learn more about how to transfer 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.

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 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

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, 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.

November 15 is the traditional start of the Nativity Fast according. Some start this fast on December 10. During this time we fast from meat and dairy products. In order for fasting to be effective, it must be accompanied with prayer and acts of mercy and love. St. John Chrysostom reminds us: “What good is it to fast from meat and dairy, if we devour and eat one another.” Please remember to love and forgive during this special time of preparation for the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. The Fast will continue until Christmas Eve.
The Christmas Day Divine Liturgy will be on Monday, December 25 at 11:00 a.m. Please take the opportunity now to mark your calendars. How can we truly celebrate Christmas if we skip the Christmas Liturgy? The Christmas season is a very busy time and we have plans to be with friends and family, but let us set our priorities straight and schedule our gatherings around our prayer times. Can you imagine having a birthday party without celebrating the one whose birthday it is? That’s exactly what we do when we don’t attend Christmas Liturgy. Let us begin to change the secularization of Christmas and remember that Christ is the reason for the season.

The What, Who, Why, When, and Where of Fasting by Fr. Sebastian Carnazzo. With the Nativity Fast beginning on November 15th, I thought it would be good to review the "what, who, why, when, and where" of fasting! During your breaks today, take a brief moment to read each one of these subjects and also take a minute to think about it.
What: Fasting is the practice of eating less quantity of food or completely abstaining from food, or certain types of food, at certain times.
Who: Christians have been fasting from the beginning. Jesus fasted (Matt 4:2), his disciples fasted (Matthew 6:16-18), and he said that his disciples would fast until his return (Matt 9:15). Jesus taught that there are some evils that can only be done away with through prayer and fasting (Matthew 17:21). Hence, the early Church fasted during the time of the Apostles (Acts 13:3; 14:23) and has continued until today. Christians have always fasted. To what degree someone is able to fast or abstain from certain things depends on age and physical health, but there is no way out of it. If you are a Christian you should fast!
Why: Many people think that fasting makes God happy because he likes to see us suffering. That's impossible. First of all, God desires your happiness. Second, God doesn't change. You can't make him happy or sad. Whether you fast or not, it doesn't change God, it changes you. Think of it like spiritual exercises or calisthenics! When you fast you choose not to eat certain things or at certain times. This strengthens your willpower. The more you do this the stronger your willpower becomes. Then, when you encounter somethings that is evil, a temptation to sin, you have the strength to choose not to sin. Fasting does not change God, it changes you!
When: From the early Church, Christians have been fasting weekly, during certain times in the year, and during periods of personal trial. During the time of Jesus, Jews fasted on Mondays and Thursdays each week because, as far as can be discerned, they believed that Moses went up to get the Torah on the mountain on Thursday and came back down on Monday (Luke 18:12). Christians began fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays, because these are the days when Jesus was handed over (Wednesday) and crucified (Friday). This practice developed during apostolic times (Didache 8:1) and has continued to today. Over the first few centuries of the Church, larger fasting periods developed as well, of which there are four: The Great Fast in preparation for Pascha, the Apostles Fast, in preparation for the Feast of Peter and Paul, the Dormition Fast, in preparation for the Dormition, and the Nativity Fast, in preparation for the Nativity. Finally, individual Christians, Christian Churches, Christian Communities, also sometimes fast during times of prayer in preparation for coming times of difficulty.
Where: Fasting is something we do for our own spiritual development. As Jesus said, when we fast, we should go about our normal daily routine, and there should not be any indication to those outside that we are fasting (Matthew 6:16-18). Otherwise, we could easily fall into pride, and then the whole purpose of fasting, avoidance of sin, has been lost. At home at meal time, when the whole family is fasting, meals are taken together and fasting is a united effort that strengthens the family bond and encourages each member to keep up the effort. This is like friends or family members committing to go out and exercise together each day. We can also do this when we are alone, taking a meal at lunch at the cafeteria, or even out to lunch with some co-workers, as long as we are careful not to draw any attention to ourselves. It is quite easy to choose a shrimp salad or vegetable soup without anyone taking notice. But be careful. If someone who is not keeping the Fast invites you to dinner, and you are inclined to go, if nothing else but to be polite, you should eat whatever is put before you (1 Cor 10:27). Remember, charity in all things! And so even this can strengthen you. How so? If you have been keeping the fast without fail, and then sometime during the fast you are in a situation where you must break the fast for a moment, such as the above example, it can also keep you from falling into pride, since you cannot say to yourself at the end of the fast, "Look how strong you are! You did it, you kept the Fast! Wow, you must be really spiritual!" Remember, fasting is to help us avoid sin, and pride is the greatest sin of all!
Now, back to the What: From what do we abstain during this coming Nativity Fast? Throughout the year it is customary on Wednesdays and Fridays to avoid alcoholic beverages, oil, and animal products (dairy, eggs and meat [including fish with a backbone]). During the Nativity Fast we continue this practice and also abstain from animal products on all days of the week. Saturdays and Sundays are exceptions, when fish is usually eaten as a lightening or relief from the weekly fast.
Start thinking about these things and, if married, talking with the family about how you will, as a family, keep the Nativity Fast. The above list is simply a customary guideline, not some sort of hard and strict rule. Each person or family has its own needs, age of children, elderly, health, food allergies, and life situation. Remember, the purpose of fasting is to help you avoid sin. Fasting together is like exercising together. The benefits are myriad. May God bless you now and in a special way during this coming Nativity Fast as we prepare to celebrate the great gift of God in the Nativity of our Lord God and Savior in the Flesh!

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.

Vocation Awareness. Paul urges us to become free in Christ, as a new creation. In the Gospel, Jesus associates ministers with Himself to heal and give life. Look around the parish and see if you can identify and encourage young men to consider a priestly vocation, to continue this work for the life and growth of our Church.

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

A family is looking for someone to help with housework and shopping for their elderly family member. Aproxamatly, 60 hours a month in Anaheim. Inquireies should call Hanan at (714) 717-8901.

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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 evening Divine Liturgy 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.
-Saturday, November 4 collection: $590 in 8 envelopes (average of $73.75 per envelope) + $98 cash = $688
-Sunday, November 5 colletion: $2,490 in 30 envelopes (average of $83 per envelope) + $135 cash + $53 candles = $2,678
-Wednesday, November 7 building fund deposit: $3,631

Total deposits in the past three months: September: $19,530; October: $19,674, November: $8,587.

The entire amount raised from the festival went into the building fund.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$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 and property Survey.
$307.32 paid on October 11, 2017 for OSV envelopes mailout.
$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.
$56.80 paid on November 2, 2017 for Sparkletts water.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)
Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 6). The angelic powers were around Your tomb, and the guards became as dead; and Mary stood at the tomb, seeking Your spotless body; Then You despoiled Hades without being tried by it, and You met the Virgin O Bestower of life. O Lord, who rose from the dead, 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.
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: Ephesians 2:4-10. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Luke 10:25-37. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for
the repose of the souls of:
Patricia Crane Wilder Fitzmaurice (November 2, 2017), 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), Rick Gennawey (December 12, 2015), Joseph Nourieh (December 11, 2015), Lutfi Lufti (April 5, 2012), Camille Semaan (February 14, 2012), Khalil Semaan (February 9, 1999), Fadi Nourieh (November 22, 1996), Rada Nesheiwat (December 13, 1987), Tuma Nesheiwat (December 12, 1962).
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Michael Bergeron, Griffith Family, Leila Hilo, Andre Saikaly, Samira Taweel.
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 by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God [9] not because of works, lest any man should boast. [10] For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:8-10)

And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" [26] He said to him, "What is written in the law? How do you read?" [27] And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself." [28] And he said to him, "You have answered right; do this, and you will live." (Luke 10:25-28)

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.

Tuesday, November 14.
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Reflection and prayer. Emmaus Spiritual Ministries, 434 S. Batavia, Orange. 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? 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.

Friday, November 17.
7:00 p.m. Ladies Salad Night at Holy Cross Church. Includes food, D.J., a raffle, and a lot of fun. $25 a ticket, available through Our Lady’s Society members.

Saturday, November 18.
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Embassy Suites Anaheim-South, 11767 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove, CA 92840. 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!
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.

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. Presentation on Pope John Paul II.

Saturday, November 25.
No confessions today.
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.

Monday, November 27.
7:15 p.m. "Christ’s Healing Presence" is the theme Fr. Ben Tran will address at the Healing Service he will celebrate Monday, November 27, 7:15 p.m. at St. Angela Merici Catholic Church, 585 S. Walnut (at Fir) Brea, 92821. 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 where music will be by Healing Eucharist Praise team. Further information, if needed, is available by calling Jan (714) 529-2277.

Friday, December 1.
7:00-10:00 p.m. Seniors night. Holy Cross Church hall. Join us for a game of cards, backgammon, other activities, and socializing.

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.
12:15 p.m. Celebration of the feast day of Saint Barbara the Great Martyr with boiled wheat (sleeka/amh).
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 (or chick peas, barley grains, beans, 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.

Monday, December 18.
7:00 p.m. Solemn Vespers. Christ Cathedral Arboretum in preparation for the ordination of Bishop-elect Thanh Thai Nguyen as auxiliary bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange on December 19.

Tuesday, December 19.
2:00 p.m. Ordination Mass at St. Columban (10801 Stanford Avenue. Garden Grove, CA), for Bishop-elect Thanh Thai Nguyen as auxiliary bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange on December 19.

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. Solemnity of the Nativity of our Lord. Christmas Day.
11:00 a.m. Christmas Day Divine Liturgy. Christ is Born. Glorify Him.

Saturday, December 30.
1:00 p.m. Hall decoration for New Year’s Eve Party.
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.
8:00 p.m. New Year’s Eve Party at Holy Cross Church hall. You can purchase your tickets from the Church office at (714) 985-1710.

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

Readings for Sunday, November 12, 2017.
Epistle of the Fathers: Ephesians: 2: 4-10.
O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance!
Stichon: To you, O Lord, I have called: O my Rock, be not deaf to me!

Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Ephesians.
Brethren, God, who is rich in mercy, by reason of his very great love with which he has loved us even when we were dead by reason of our sins, brought us to life together with Christ, and you have been saved by grace. [God] raised us up together, and enthroned us together in heaven in Christ Jesus, so that he might show in future ages the overflowing riches of his grace, through his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith: and that, not on your own, for it is God’s gift, and not the result of work which might have been a pretext for anyone to boast. For we are his workmanship, we who were created in Christ Jesus through good works which God has pre-planned so that we could walk in them.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High abides in the shadow of the God of heaven.
Stichon: He will say to the Lord, “My wall, my refuge, my God in whom I will trust!”

Gospel: Luke 10: 25-37
The Holy Gospel According To St. Luke The Evangelist.
At that time, behold, a certain lawyer got up to test Jesus, saying, “Master, what must I do to gain eternal life?” But he said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read?” He answered and said, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole strength, and with thy whole mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.” And he said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you shall live.” But he, wishing to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus answered, “A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell in with robbers, who after both stripping him and beating him went their way, leaving him half-dead. But, as it happened, a certain priest was going down the same way, and when he saw him, he passed by. And likewise a Levite also, when he was near the place and saw him, passed by. But a certain Sumaritan as he journeyed came upon him, and seeing him, was moved with compassion. And he went up to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. And setting him on his own beast, he brought him to an inn and took care of him. And as he was leaving the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you send, I, on my way back, will repay you.’ Which of these three, in your opinion, proved himself neighbor to the man who fell among the robber?” And he said, “The one who took pity on him!” And Jesus said to him, “Go and do as he did.”

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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.

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: December 2.

ENGLISH DIVINE LITURGY: 11:00 a.m. First Sunday of the month. In 2017: December 3.

HOLY DAYS AND WEEKDAYS: Please check the bulletin.

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.

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.


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