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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, December 17, 2017.
Eleventh Sunday after the Holy Cross. Sunday of the Forefathers.

December 17. Commemoration of the Holy Prophet Daniel and of the Three Holy Children Ananias, Azarias, and Mizael.
Daniel belonged to the tribe of Juda and was of royal blood. He was still a youth when exiled to Babylon with his companions, Ananias, Azarias and Mizael. The year was 605 BC. They were made attendants of the king and adopted Babylonian names: Daniel became Balthazar, Ananias Shadrak, Azarias Abd-Nagu and Mizael Meshak. They were educated in the palace. Daniel was called upon to interpret a dream of King Nebuchednezar; he also defended Suzan against the accusations of two lustful old men. He rose to the position of Governor of Babylon, with authority over all wise men provincial governors. Under the reign of Balthazar, son Nebuchednezar, Daniel interpreted the writing that had appeared mysteriously on the palace wall. When Darius the Mede captured the city of Babylon in 538 BC, he made Daniel one of the three ministers who were to administrate his whole kingdom. Falsely accused by his enemies, Daniel was thrown into a lion pit. Instead of being devoured, he managed to tame the lions by a special grace of God. The date of his death is unknown. He was the last of the Four Major Prophets.
As for the Three Holy Children, companions of Daniel, when they refused to bow before the king’s image, they were thrown into a blazing furnace. They were untouched by the flames, and stood singing a beautiful hymn to the Lord. According to some Fathers of the Church, this was a prefiguration of Mary’s virginal birth-giving: she remained a virgin after the birth of Christ. Like Christ, the Three Holy Children belonged to the tribe of Juda. That is why their memory is celebrated a few days before the birth of Christ.

Jesus said “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die’ ” (John 11:26).
The Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Community offer our condolences to the family of the handmaid of God, Marika Haddad who was born on December 17, 1937 in Yaffa, Israel and reposed in the Lord on December 11, 2017 in Long Beach California. We extend our condolences to the entire family and in particular her children George, Jamal (Hannan Sweis), Joseph, Nabil (Muna El Maet), Roula (George Bateh), Nedal (Natalie Mahshi), and Dalal, her grandchildren Michael, Dalaila, Issa, Khaled, Joud, Daniel, Natalie, Issa, Anthony, Nicole, Tamara, Michael, Andrew, Eliana, and Garrette, her siblings Khaleel, Widad, Mateel, Amireh, Saleem, Habib, and Nakhleh. The wake will be on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and the funeral will follow at Forest Lawn Cypress Cemetery (4471 Lincoln Ave, Cypress, CA 90630). The family invites everyone to a mercy meal at Peris Restaurant (12155 East Carson Street. Hawaiian Gardens, CA 90716). May her memory be eternal.

The Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Community offer our condolences to the family of the handmaid of God, Linda Raya who reposed in the Lord on December 14, 2017 in Downey, California. Funeral details have not yet been finalized.

December 22, 2017. 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Ugly Sweater Party at Holy Cross Church Hall, all are welcome. There will be music, pizza, and salad for a $10 entry. Come support your Youth Group in this very joyful gathering.

December 31, 2017. 8:00 p.m. New Year’s Eve Party at Holy Cross Church hall. There will be great mazza, a Middle Eastern dinner, a variety of music, dancing, a raffle, midnight champagne, and so much more. Come celebrate the year with your friends and family at Holy Cross Church. $60 for adults and $30 for children (limited tickets available). You can purchase your tickets from Alia Qsar, Raidah Nesheiwat, Josephine Cantartzoglou, Suad Kazanji, Reem Maqatish, or contact the Church office at (714) 985-1710.

The Bishop’s Appeal. As of December 12, 2017, 16 parishioners have donated $3700. Our parish goal is $19,000. As we prepare our hearts and our homes to receive the greatest gift in human history—the "New Child who is God from all eternity"—let us remember our Melkite Church by which Christ Himself comes to our families and loved ones. Please give a special end-of-year, tax-deductible gift to the Melkite Eparchy of Newton to support all the vital works of our Church in America. Evangelization, establishing new missions, spiritual renewal, helping our persecuted brothers and sisters in the Mideast, seminary training…the Bishop’s Appeal supports all these and much more. If you enjoy reading “Sophia” magazine, please help defray the cost of its production and distribution. In order to accomplish all these vital works, Bishop Nicholas asks for 100% participation by every Melkite family in the Eparchy. Christ relies upon your generosity to accomplish His great work! If you have not already sent your gift, please do so today so that we can have 100% of our parish respond to Sayidna’s call. Extra Appeal donation slips are available in the narthex.

Remember The Melkite Church In Your Will: Give a lasting gift for future generations of Melkites and help to ensure that our beautiful Melkite heritage continues to grow and flourish for your children’s children. Simply add the following statement to your last will and testament: I hereby bequeath to the Melkite Eparchy of Newton the following sum: $_______. Contact Bishop Nicholas personally to inform him of your generous bequest: 3 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury, MA 02132.

Bishop Nicholas Samra extends his warm wishes and Christmas greetings to the entire parish. Below is his Christmas letter. December 12, 2017.
Dear Clergy and Faithful, “Today the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent in essence, and the earth presents a cave to the Inaccessible. The angels with the shepherds sing His glory and the wise men with the star travel on their way, for to us is born a new child, who is God from all eternity.” (Kontakion of Nativity)
This beautiful hymn composed in the sixth century by St. Romanos the Melodist identifies the “eternal God” as the little child born in Bethlehem’s cave. Those with lukewarm faith and even many unbelievers express joyful excitement when they see a mother holding her child in her arms. The child becomes a center of attraction – who could not fall in love with a little child, innocent and pure.
This is what Christmas is for us believers: a child as God, God as child. The mystery of Jesus’ birth is profound. God in human flesh, and more so in an innocent child who is so easy to be loved. The image of God as a child is powerful: a child has neither authority nor power; a child is without defense and vulnerable, and that is profound power.
The child of Bethlehem enters our hearts without frightening us but by love alone, for God is love. Our world is ruled by authority and power, yet the child God liberates us, desiring our love in return so that we can love Him and others. The Nativity feast is a joyful mystery of love freely given and not imposed. Through this divine child we can see and recognize the loving God and we then become the gift of new life.
Christ comes once again to recreate our broken nature and lead us to being godly, “for He is God from all eternity.”
I offer all of you my loving good wishes for a blessed season of the Lord’s manifestations in the flesh: His birth, His encounter in the temple, His baptism in the Jordan River. May He grant you good health to continue proclaiming His gospel and enlighten you with wisdom.
With my prayers and blessings, I remain,
Sincerely yours in Christ God,
Most Reverend Nicholas J. Samra, Eparchial Bishop of Newton

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.

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, 60-65” T.Vs. and wall mounts for the classrooms. The televisions cost approximately $500-$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: www.holycrossmelkite.org/donate
-Checks may 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: 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 January 11th, and January 25th 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, January 14, 2018 at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
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.

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. In today’s Gospel, God is eager to send out servants to invite people to the Banquet of Salvation He has prepared for all. In the epistle, Saint Paul, as a servant, urges people to accept the invitation and become the Body of Christ. God still needs servants like these. Do you know anyone in the parish who might make a good priest-servant? Encourage him, tell him, and pray for him. Pray also for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and the Monastic Life in our Eparchy.

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 mail out also contains the November 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. Approximately, 60 hours a month in Anaheim. Inquiries should call Hanan at (714) 717-8901.

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.

Thank you for your ongoing generous donations:
-Sunday, November 19 collection: $1,730 in 42 envelopes (average of $41.19 per envelope) + $102 cash + $57 candles = $1,889.
-Wednesday, November 22 building fund deposit: $110.
-Sunday, November 26 collection: $1,755 in 39 envelopes (average of $45 per envelope) + $190 cash + $137 candles = $2,082.
-Wednesday, November 29 building fund deposit: $1,400.
-Saturday, December 2 collection: $193.
-Sunday, December 3 collection: $1,973 in 40 envelopes (average of $49.33 per envelope) + $253 cash + $140 candles = $2,366.
-Wednesday, December 6 building fund deposit: $1,186.
-Sunday, December 10 collection: $1,260 in 42 envelopes (average of $30 per envelope) + $200 cash + $101 candles = $1,561.
-Sunday, December 10 Mission Viejo collection: $520 in 9 envelopes (average of $57.78 per envelope) + $158 cash = $678.
-Wednesday, December 13 building fund deposit: $4,400.

Total deposits in the past three months: October: $19,674, November: $18,874, December: $10,384.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$1,299.46 paid on November 1, 2017 for Golden State Water Company.
$118.63 paid on November 1, 2017 for printer lease and services.
$200.00 paid on November 2, 2017 for gardening services.
$56.80 paid on November 2, 2017 for Sparkletts water.
$590.51 paid on November 6, 2017 for Calif Edison electricity.
$161.19 paid on November 21, 2017 for Republic trash services.
$47.68 paid on November 27, 2017 for timer replacement.
$200.00 paid on November 27, 2017 for gardening services.
$53.77 paid on November 27, 2017 for American Chemical and Sanitary Supplies.
$320.28 paid on December 4, 2017 for cleaning services.
$44.84 paid on December 4, 2017 for Sparkletts water services.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)
Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 3). Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad! For the Lord has done a wondrous deed by his arm! He has crushed Death by his death becoming the first to rise from the dead. He has delivered us from the mouth of Hades and bestowed great mercy upon the world.
Troparion of the Forefathers (Tone 2). Through faith, You have justified Your Ancestors, O Christ our God, and through them You have espoused in advance the Church set apart from the Gentiles. The saints rejoice in glory because, from the seed of these Ancestors, has come forth the glorious fruit, who gave You birth without seed. Through their intercession, O Christ God, save our souls.
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 Preparation for the Nativity of Our Lord (Tone 3). Today the Virgin is on her way to the cave where she will give birth in a manner beyond understanding to the Word Who is, in all eternity. Rejoice, therefore, universe, when you hear it heralded: with the angles and the shepherds, glorify Him Who chose to be seen as a new-born Babe, while remaining God in all eternity.

Epistle: Colossians 3:4-11. Michael Nesheiwat will read this Sunday’s epistle. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Luke 14: 16-24. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for
the repose of the souls of:
Linda Raya (December 14, 2017), Marika Haddad (December 11, 2017), Milia Sansur (December 14, 2017), Deacon Thomas Burke (November 26, 2017), Sister Virginia Joseph (November 15, 2017), Maysa (Abou Hanna) Sayegh (November 14, 2017), William Joubran Awad (December 15, 2016), Rinih Kamel Aranki (December 11, 2016), Ricky Gennawey (December 12, 2015), Samir Lutfi (December 16, 2014), Mussa Fahel (December 18, 2004).
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Michael Bergeron, Griffith Family, Tahani Gammoh, Leila Hilo, Paul Liles, Corliss Martin, Archimandrite Frank Milienewicz, Andre Saikaly, Marie Semaan, Florence Shaib, 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:
“But now put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and foul talk from your mouth. [9] Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old nature with its practices [10] and have put on the new nature, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator” (Colossians 3:8-10).

“The master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges, and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled’” (Luke 14:23).

Calendar:
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.

Friday, December 15.
8:00 p.m. St. John Neumann Church invites you to its Christmas Concert and bid “Buon viaggio!” to our parish and children’s choirs for their upcoming trip to the Vatican and sing for Pope Francis on New Year’s Day. A raffle event will also be held on concert night wherein winner can join this 10-day choral pilgrimage to Italy for free. Tickets are available at www.sjnirvine.org or call (949) 559-4006.

Saturday, December 16.
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Toys for Tots event at Holy Cross Church. This year our Youth and Sunday School Children are going to host a toy giving away for the holiday. We have collaborated with Toys for Tots to help distribute gifts to the less fortunate children in our community and in the neighborhood. Everyone is welcome to help. If you have any questions contact Raidah Nesheiwat (714) 603-9307.
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Dress rehearsal for Children’s Christmas Play. In Church.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, December 17.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
10:00 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
12:30 p.m. Christmas Play presented by the Sunday School Children.

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 Saint Columban Roman Catholic Church (10801 Stanford Avenue. Garden Grove, CA), for Bishop-elect Thanh Thai Nguyen as auxiliary bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange.

Friday, December 22.
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Ugly Sweater Party, all are welcome. There will be music, pizza, and salad for a $10 entry. Come Support your Youth Group in this very joyful gathering.

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.
9:45 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.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, December 31.
9:45 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. There will be great mazza, a Middle Eastern dinner, a variety of music, dancing, a raffle, midnight champagne, and so much more. Come celebrate the year with your friends and family at Holy Cross Church. $60 for adults and $30 for children (limited tickets available). You can purchase your tickets from Alia Qsar, Raidah Nesheiwat, Josephine Cantartzoglou, Suad Kazanji, Reem Maqatish, or contact the Church office at (714) 985-1710.

2018.
Friday, January 5.
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, January 6.
5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic, followed by blessing of Theophany water.

Sunday, January 7.
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.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
10:00 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy in English, followed by blessing of Theophany water.
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.

Saturday, January 13.
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Bishop Nicholas Samra will join us for a session to discuss adult parish leadership formation, ministries, and stewardship.

Sunday, January 14.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
10:00 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy presided by Bishop Nicholas Samra.
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 presided by Bishop Nicholas Samra. The Melkite Eastern Catholic Community at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691.

Monday, January 15.
6:30 p.m. Orthodox-Catholic clergy dinner. Hosted at Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church.

Sunday, January 21.
9:45 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.

Sunday, January 28.
9:45 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, February 2.
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, February 3.
5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic

Sunday, February 4.
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.
9:45 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.

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.

Sunday, February 11.
9:45 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, February 12. First day of Great Lent.
7:00 p.m. Forgiveness Vespers.

Wednesday, February 14. Valentine’s Day.
7:00 p.m. Pre-Sanctified Liturgy.

Friday, February 16.
7:00 p.m. Akathist Hymn.

Sunday, February 18.
9:45 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.

Readings for Sunday, December 17, 2017.
Epistle of the Fathers: Colossians 3:4-11.
PROKIMENON (Tone 3)
Blessed are You, O Lord, God of our fathers, and Your name is worthy praise and glorious forever.
Stichon: For You are just in all You have done to us, and all Your works are true and Your ways right.

Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Colossians.
Brethren, when Christ, our life, appears, then you too shall appear in glory. Put to death whatever in your members is of the earth: immorality, uncleanness, lust, evil desire, covetousness, which is a form of idol-worship. Because of these passions, God’s wrath comes upon the sons of disobedience and you yourselves once walked in them when they were your (way of) life. But now, you too put them all away; anger, wrath, malice, abusive language and foul-mouthed utterances. Do not lie to one another. Strip off the old man with his deeds and put on the new, one that is being renewed toward perfect knowledge according to his creator’s image (Cf. Gn. 1:26). Here there is no Gentile and Jew, no circumcised and uncircumcised, no Barbarian and Scythian, no slave and freeman, but Christ is all things, and in all.

ALLELUIA (Tone 4)
Moses and Aaron were among His priests, and Samuel among those who called upon His name.
Stichon: The just cried out, and the Lord heard them, and He delivered them from all their trials.

Gospel: Luke 14:16-24
The Holy Gospel According To St. Luke The Evangelist.
The Lord told this parable, “A certain man gave a great supper, and he invited many. And he sent his servant at supper time to tell those invited to come, for everything is now ready. And they all with one accord began to excuse themselves. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a farm, and I must go out and see it; I pray you hold me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am on my way to try them; I pray you hold me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ And the servant returned, and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became angry and said to his servant. ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor, and the crippled, and the lame, and the blind.’ And the servant said, ‘Sir, your order has been carried out, and still there is room.’ Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and make them come in, so that my house may be filled. For I tell you that none of those who were invited shall taste of my supper.' For many are called but few are chosen.”

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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 2018: January 5, February 3, March 3.

ENGLISH DIVINE LITURGY: 11:00 a.m. First Sunday of the month. In 2018: January 6, February 4, March 4.

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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