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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, February 4, 2018.
Sunday of Meat Fare.

February 4. Third day of Celebration of the Presentation. Commemoration of our Holy Father Isidore of Pelusium.
Isidore, born in the middle of the fourth century in Alexandria of Egypt, entered the monastic life on Mount Pelusium and was known for his learning and holiness. He died in the year 449. Cyril of Alexandria profited greatly by his learning and doctrine.

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 servant of God, Salim Semaan who was born on August 11, 1939 in Lebanon and reposed in the Lord on February 1, 2018 in Orange. We extend our condolences to the entire family and in particular his wife Sabat Semaan, his children Hanna Semaan, Antoine Semaan, Vina Azar, Lola Corbett, Elie Semaan, and Jehad Semaan, his grandchildren Tori, Josh, Sarah, Mira, Ryan, Yara, Petra, John-Paul, Cosette, Salim, Marie, Elias, Salim, Mitchell, and Jude, his siblings Marie Saliba, Souad Rogalski, Noha Jarjoura, Afaf Karam, and Asma Hage. Salim is predeceased by his siblings +Helena and +Elias.
The wake will be on Monday, February 5, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. and the funeral will be on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., both at Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church (451 West Madison Avenue. Placentia, CA 92870-4537). The internment will be at Rose Hills Memorial Park, 3888 Workman Mill Rd, Whittier, CA 90601. A mercy meal will follow. The fortieth day memorial Divine Liturgy will be at Holy Cross Church on March 18, 2018 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church (www.holycrossmelkite.org/donate). May his memory be eternal.

On Tuesday, February 6, from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. we will have an extremely important meeting to launch the “Be My Witness” program at Holy Cross Church. Bishop Nicholas and Father François spoke about this new program we are launching to train all our Church members in all the important elements of what makes a healthy parish. Greg Kremer, the Senior Pastoral Consultant for Renew International, will be coming from New Jersey to lead our first session. We will need everyone’s help to strengthen our parish and continue to build a healthy spiritual future for our children, teens, families, and all members. We encourage all adults and high school aged parishioners to attend and be part of our parish renewal. For further information, please contact Father François.

Sunday, February 11, 2018. 1:00 p.m. Valentine’s Party at Holy Cross Church’s Hall. $20 for adults, $10 for children. Advanced tickets are available. Lunch, dessert, and music, will be the highlight of this event. Come enjoy a lovely gathering at Holy Cross Church. Call Josephine, Reem, and Wafaa for details.

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 February 8th and 22nd 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.

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, February 4 (First Sunday of February) at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
2018 dates: 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 for all those in grades 9-12.

Holy Cross Young Adults Group. We are planning social and religious activities to build our Young Adults Community at Holy Cross Church. 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. O Lord God, in every age, You invite men and women to hear Your call to serve Christ and the Church. We bow before You now, asking that You call forth more persons to serve our Melkite Church in America. Give us deacons, priests and nuns, who will lead, 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 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 men, 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 unto ages of ages. Amen.

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 March and April 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:
-Saturday, January 6 collection: $1,105 in 22 envelopes (average of $50.23 per envelope) + $282 = $1,387.
-Sunday, January 7 collection: $1,870 in 33 envelopes (average of $56.67 per envelope) + $176 cash + $263 candles = $2,289.
-Wednesday, January 10 building fund deposit: $2,690.
-Sunday, January 14 collection: $2,500 in 53 envelopes (average of $47.17 per envelope) + $247 cash + $139 candles = $2,886.
-Sunday, January 14 St. Kilian’s collection: $1,315 in 13 envelopes (average of $101.15 per envelope).
-Wednesday, January 17 building fund deposit: $4,200.
-Sunday, January 21 collection: $1,548 in 44 envelopes (average of $35.18 per envelope) + $175 cash + $99 candles = $1,822.
-Wednesday, January 25 building fund deposit: $16,150.
-Sunday, January 28 collection: $1,740 in 43 envelopes (average of $40.47 per envelope) + $291 Cash + $126 candles = $2,157.
-Wednesday, January 31 building fund deposit: $1,534.

Total deposits in the past three months: November: $18,874, December: $86,734, January: $36,013.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$302.96 paid on January 3, 2018 for Church cleaning services.
$20.84 paid on January 3, 2018 for Sparkletts water services.
$189.94 paid on January 11, 2018 for Our Sunday Visitor mailed donation envelopes.
$876.17 paid on January 11, 2018 for General Wax Candle Company.
$263.51 paid on January 18, 2018 for Christopherson Fire Protection.
$372.21 paid on January 29, 2018 for Cleaning Services.
$20.94 paid on January 29, 2018 for Sparkletts water services.
$200.00 paid on January 29, 2018 for gardening services.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)
Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 2). When you descended to death, O Immortal Life, You destroyed Hades by the splendor of your Divinity, and when you raised the dead from under the ground, all the Powers of heaven cried out: O Christ our God, the giver of life, glory to you.
Troparion of the Encounter (Tone 1). Hail, O Woman full of grace, Virgin and Mother of God: from you has arisen the Sun of Justice, Christ our God, enlightening those who stand in darkness, In You too, O just Elder Simeon, rejoice, for you carried in your arms the Redeemer of our souls, our Resurrection.
Troparion of the Holy Cross (Tone 2). O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance. Strengthen our Public Authorities in every good deed and protect your nation with your Cross.
Kondakion of Meat Fare (Tone 1). O God, when You shall come down upon earth in your glory, every creature shall tremble before You. A river of fire shall flow before your judgment-seat, the books shall be opened and all secrets revealed. On that day, O Just Judge, deliver me from eternal fire and make me worthy to stand at your right!
Kondakion of the Encounter (Tone 1). O Christ our God who through your birth have sanctified the virginal womb and have now blessed the arms of Simeon, today You have come to save us. O Lord, when wars prevail, keep your people in peace and strengthen our Public Authorities in every good deed, for You alone are the Lover of Mankind.

Epistle: 1 Corinthians 8:8-13 & 9:1-2. Mia Semaan will read this Sunday’s Epistle. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for
the repose of the souls of:
2 year memorial for Raymond Kishek (January 31, 2016).
2 year memorial for Farid Issa Srouji (February 3, 2016).
Salim Semaan (February 1, 2018), Ray Woods (January 27, 2018), Rodger Aeschliman (January 18, 2018), Suad Francis Wakim (January 9, 2018), Nicola Canawati (January 8, 2018), Youssef Laham (January 7, 2018), Hanna Haddad (January 3, 2018), Youssef Mitri Al-Shaini (December 29, 2017), Hanna & Hayat Ayrouth, Nicholas & Hayat Maalouf, Auber Ayrouth, Joseph El Hachem, Josephine & George Greer, Mousa, Fareeda, and Joseph Maqatish.
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Jimmy Bahnan, Griffith Family, Tahani Gammoh, Laila Habis, Brother Gabriel Jon, Corliss Martin, Jamal Nesheiwat, Andre Saikaly, Marie Semaan, Florence Shaib.
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:
“If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 9:2).

“The righteous will answer the King, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? [38] And when did we see You a stranger and welcome You, or naked and clothe You? [39] And when did we see You sick or in prison and visit You?' [40] And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me’ ” (Matthew 25:37-40).

Calendar:
Friday, February 2.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.
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. “The Seven Sacraments (Holy Mysteries).” Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12. Web-meeting with the youth of Saint John of the Desert Melkite Catholic Church, Phoenix, Arizona.
12:15-3:00 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35. Hike in Fullerton after Church.

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, February 6.
6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. We will have an extremely important meeting to launch the “Be My Witness” program at Holy Cross Church. Bishop Nicholas and Father François spoke about this new program we are launching to train all our Church members in all the important elements of what makes a healthy parish. Greg Kremer, the Senior Pastoral Consultant for Renew International, will be coming from New Jersey to lead our first session. We will need everyone’s help to strengthen our parish and continue to build a healthy spiritual future for our children, teens, families, and all members. We encourage all adults and high school aged parishioners to attend and be part of our parish renewal. For further information, please contact Father François.

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.
No Confession today.
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. 40th day memorial for Rosette Boulos-Deek (January 4th, 2018).
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.
1:00 p.m. Valentine’s Party at Holy Cross Church’s Hall. $20 for adults, $10 for children. Advanced tickets are available. Lunch, dessert, and music, will be the highlight of this event. Come enjoy a lovely gathering at Holy Cross Church. Call Josephine, Reem, and Wafaa for details.

Monday, February 12. First day of Great Lent.
7:00 p.m. Forgiveness Vespers.

Wednesday, February 14.
7:00 p.m. Pre-Sanctified Liturgy.

Thursday, February 15.
3:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Friday, February 16.
3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m. Akathist Hymn.

Saturday, February 17.
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Magnificat Prayer Breakfast welcomes Missionary, Human Rights Advocate & RN, Louise Allard to address the topic: "Nothing is Impossible for God!” A woman of great courage, Louise left the security of home to answer the Lord’s call to help suffering mothers and babies in Africa. Through her yes the Lord brought forth the most unexpected and amazing grace! Come and bring a friend to be blessed! Embassy Suites Anaheim – South, 11767 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove, CA 92840. Registration by mail must be postmarked by Feb 12, 2018: $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. Flyers are also available in the vestibule of your parish Church. For registration information contact Anne at (714) 420-5482.

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. How do I Read the Bible? Class led by Father François.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Monday, February 19.
7:00 p.m. Great Compline

Wednesday, February 21.
11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m. Pre-Sanctified Liturgy.

Thursday, February 22.
3:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.
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, February 23.
3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m. Akathist Hymn.

Saturday, February 24.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer). Youth will Conduct the Vespers Service. Introduction to Vespers by Fr. François. Dinner following Vespers.

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.
1:00 p.m. Falafel luncheon organized by Our Lady’s Society. $10 a plate.

Monday, February 26.
7:00 p.m. Great Compline

Wednesday, February 28.
7:00 p.m. Pre-Sanctified Liturgy.

Thursday, March 1.
3:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Friday, March 2.
3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m. Akathist Hymn.
8:00 p.m. - 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. Web-meeting with the youth of Saint John of the Desert Melkite Catholic Church, Phoenix, Arizona.
12:15-1:30 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35.

Monday, March 5.
7:00 p.m. Great Compline

Wednesday, March 7.
7:00 p.m. Pre-Sanctified Liturgy.

Thursday, March 8.
3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Friday, March 9.
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m. Akathist Hymn.

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

Readings for Sunday, February 4, 2018.
Epistle: 1 Cor 8:8-13 & 9:1-2.
Prokimenon (Tone 2)
My strength and my courage is the Lord, and he has been my Savior.
Stichon: The Lord has chastised me through his teaching, yet he has not delivered me to death.

Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the 1 Corinthians.
Brethren, food does not commend us to God. For neither shall we gain any advantage if we eat, nor suffer any loss if we do not. And yet, beware lest perhaps this right of yours become a stumbling-block to the weak. For if a man sees you who “have knowledge” sitting at table in a place dedicated to idols, will not his conscience, weak as it is, be emboldened to eat idol offerings? And through your “knowledge” the weak one will perish, the brother for whom Christ died. Now, when you sin in this way against the brethren and wound their weak conscience, you are sinning against Christ. Therefore if food scandalizes my brother, I will never again eat any more meat so as not to scandalize my brother.
Am I not an apostle? Am I not free? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord? And if to others I am not an apostle, yet to you I am. For you are the seal set upon my apostleship in the Lord.

ALLELUIA (Tone 2)
The lord shall hear you on the day of distress; the name of the God of Jacob shall defend you.
Stichon: O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance.

Gospel: Matthew 25, 31-46
The Holy Gospel According To St. Matthew.
The Lord said, “At that time when the Son of Man shall come in his majesty, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory; and before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and he will set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the king will say to those on his right hand, Come, blessed of my Father, take possession of the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me to drink; I was a stranger and you took me in; naked and you covered me; sick and you visited me; I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the just will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, and feed you; or thirsty, and give you to drink? And when did we see you a stranger, and take you in; or naked, and clothe you? Or when did we see you sick, or in prison, and come to you?’ And answering, the King will say to them, ‘Amen I say to you, every time you did it for one of these, the least of my brethren, you did it for me.’ Then he will say to those on his left hand, ‘Go away from me, accursed ones, into the everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his ministers. For I was hungry, and you did not give me to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take me in; naked and you did not clothe me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Amen I say to you as long as you did not do it for one of these least ones, you did not do it for me.’ And these will go into everlasting punishment, but the just into everlasting life.”

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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: 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: 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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