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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, December 31, 2017.
Sunday Before the Theophany of our Lord. Commemoration of the holy Joseph, spouse of the Mother of God, James, David & Protomartyr Stephen.

December 31. Leave-taking of the Nativity of the Lord; commemoration of the Venerable Melany the Roman.
Melany was a noble and wealthy Roman matron. Widowed at 22, she sold everything she had and gave the money to the poor. She founded a monastery in Jerusalem in the year 375 and became the spiritual leader of the virgins who consecrated their lives to the service of God under her direction. Her grand-daughter, also named Melany, founded another monastery for virgins on the summit of Mount Olivet near Jerusalem. She lived in great holiness and humility and died on December 31, 439.

Thank you to all those who attended the Ugly Sweater Party at Holy Cross Church Hall. The event was filled with laughter, dancing, and good memories. A special thanks to those who helped put together this event. The event raised $389 for our youth to use for activities and future events.

(Sold out) 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. Thank you for everyone who has purchased tickets.

Thank you to the families who donated the TVs for the classrooms. 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 very much for your generosity and dedication to the future growth of Holy Cross Church.

The Bishop’s Appeal. As of December 12, 2017, 16 parishioners donated $3700. Our parish goal is $19,000. As this year draws to a close, we count all the "good gifts and perfect graces" which our Father in Heaven has bestowed upon us and upon those we love in 2017. And we commemorate today St. Joseph who was the provider and protector of the Holy Family in Nazareth. Be a protector and provider for our Melkite Eparchy in America by giving a generous end-of-year tax-deductible gift to the Bishop's Appeal. Your gift to the Appeal is essential for meeting the critical needs of our Melkite Church in America and for assuring its continued and future growth. And 10% of your gift supports our brethren who suffer persecution because of their faith. Know that our Father and Shepherd, Bishop Nicholas thanks you for your generous support and asks God’s abundant blessings upon you and all your family in the New Year 2018.

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.

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.

Our Eastern Christian Formation (Sunday School) program is for all children up to grade 8. 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. Today’s Gospel speaks of the need to send messengers to prepare the way for people to meet and receive the Lord. John the Baptist did so at first – priests continue to do so. In the epistle, Saint Paul warns Timothy, and priests, to persevere at their preaching, preparing the people to welcome the Lord, and not to be discouraged by the difficulty of the task. Pray for your priests, and pray for an increase of such dedicated messengers in our Diocese.

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 January and February Church calendar. Please contact the office if you are not registered or did not receive your envelopes. Thank you.

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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.
-Sunday, December 17 collection: $1,755 in 42 envelopes (average of $41.79 per envelope) + $237 cash + $116 candles = $2,108.
-Wednesday, December 20 building fund deposit: $2,164.
-Sunday, December 24 collection: $3,310 in 46 envelopes (average of $71.96 per envelope) + $118 cash + $113 candles = $3,541.
-Monday, December 25 collection: $3,320 in 34 envelopes (average of $97.65 per envelope) + $171 cash + $135 candles = $3,626.
-Friday, December 29 operation account deposit: $20,500.00.
-Friday, December 29 building fund deposit: $38,600.00.

Total deposits in the past three months: October: $19,674, November: $18,874, December: $80,923.

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.
$28.07 paid on November 3, 2017 for So Cal Gas.
$590.51 paid on November 6, 2017 for California 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.
$29.56 paid on December 12, 2017 for So Cal Gas.
$161.19 paid on December 20, 2017 for Republic trash 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 Nativity of our Lord (Tone 4). Your Nativity, O Christ our God, has shed the light of knowledge upon the world. Through it, those who had been star-worshipers learned through a star to worship You, O Sun of Justice, and to recognize in You the One who rises and who comes from on high. O Lord glory to You!
Troparion of Holy Joseph (Tone 2). O Joseph, proclaim to David, the ancestor of Christ our God, the great miracles you have witnessed: you have seen the Virgin with child, given praise with the shepherds, adored with the wise men, and an angel of the Lord has appeared to you. Intercede with Christ God that He may 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 gives birth to the One who surpasses al essences, and the earth offers a cave to God, the Inaccessible One. Angels sing his glory together with the shepherd: for to us is born a Child, God in all eternity

Epistle 2: Timothy 4:5-8. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Mark 1:1-8. 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), Marie Fattouch (July 28, 2008), Antoine Fattouch (December 30, 2004), Najib Lutfi, Mariam Lutfi, Fuad Lutfi, Fouzi Lutfi.
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Michael Bergeron, Griffith Family, Tahani Gammoh, Paul Liles, Corliss Martin, Jamal Nesheiwat, 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:
“Always be steady, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry” (2 Timothy 4:5).

“John the baptizer preached, saying, ‘After me comes he who is mightier than I, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. [8] I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit’” (Mark 1:7-8).

Calendar:
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.
4:00 p.m. Meet at Holy Cross Church to Carpool to Isaiah House (316 South Cypress Avenue, Santa Ana).
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Set up, serve meals, visit with the women, and clean up.
8:00 p.m. Sold out. New Year’s Eve Party at Holy Cross Church hall.

2018.
Friday, January 5.
7:00-10:00 p.m. Seniors night. Holy Cross Church hall. Join us for card games, 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.

Thursday, January 11.
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, 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. Please set aside this important date for all of us to meet and discuss the 2018 spiritual programs of our parish.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

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 by Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church.

Saturday, January 20.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

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.

Thursday, January 25.
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, January 27.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, January 28.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
10:00 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy. 40th day memorial for Linda Raya (December 14, 2017).
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.

Thursday, February 8.
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, February 10.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

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.
7:00 p.m. Pre-Sanctified Liturgy.

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

Saturday, February 17.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

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.

Thursday, February 22.
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, February 24.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, February 25.
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, March 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, March 3.
5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic

Sunday, March 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.

Saturday, March 10.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Readings for Sunday, December 31, 2017.
Second Epistle: Timothy 4:5-8
Prokimenon (Tone 6)
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 Second Epistle of St. Paul to Timothy.
My son Timothy be watchful in all things, bear with tribulation patiently, work as a preacher of the Good News, fulfill your ministry. As for me, I am already being poured out in sacrifice, and the time of my deliverance is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have completed the course, I have kept the faith. For the rest, there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the just Judge, will give to me on that day: yet not to me only, but also to those who love his coming.

ALLELUIA (Tone 4)
May God have mercy on us and bless us.
Stichon: May he let his face shine upon us and have mercy on us.

Gospel: Mark 1:1-8
The Holy Gospel According To St. Mark The Evangelist.
The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the prophets, “Behold, I send my messenger before you, who shall prepare your way, the voice of one crying in the desert, ‘Make ready the way of the Lord, make straight his paths,’” there came John in the desert, baptizing and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And all the country of Judea went out to him, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and all were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. And John was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, “One mightier than I is coming after me, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and loose. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church.
451 West Madison Avenue, Placentia, CA 92870-4537
Telephone: (714) 985-1710.
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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, May 5, June 2, June 30, August 4, September 1, October 6, November 3, December 1.

ENGLISH DIVINE LITURGY: 11:00 a.m. First Sunday of the month. In 2018: January 6, February 4, March 4, May 6, June 3, July 1, August 5, September 2, October 7, November 4, December 2.

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: $150 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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