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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, February 25, 2018.
Second Sunday of Lent (Fifth Sunday before Easter). Sunday of the Holy Relics and Saint Gregory Palamas. The commemoration of Saint Gregory Palamas, Bishop of Thessalonica, who died in 1359, is held on the second Sunday of Lent. In the year 1843, Patriarch Maximos III Mazloum of Antioch prescribed that the relics of saints be venerated on this day. Such relics are to be venerated, not as objects having an intrinsic value, but as representative of the persons from whom they originated. Patriarch Maximos himself composed a beautiful Office for this feast.

February 25. Commemoration of our Father among the Saints Tarasius, Archbishop of Constantinople. Tarasius was one of the highest functionaries in the Byzantine Administration. He became the Emperor`s Prime Minister and was elected to the Patriarchate of Constantinople in the year 784. At the seventh Ecumenical Council in 787, he brought about the defeat of the Iconoclast and the reunion of Constantinople with the other Eastern Patriarchates. He died in 806.

February 25. Falafel Luncheon. 1:00 p.m. Organized by Our Lady’s Society. $10 a plate. Come and enjoy a delicious luncheon at Holy Cross Church.

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, Richard Issa Wahhab who was born on January 27, 1991 in Santa Ana, California and reposed in the Lord on February 17, 2018 in Corona, California. We extend our condolences to the entire family and in particular his parents Issa and Aida Wahhab and his siblings Shafik, Rita, and Joey. Fr. François Beyrouti and Deacon Elias Kashou will preside at the funeral on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 12:00 noon at Saint Edward Roman Catholic Church (stedwardcorona.com) (951) 549-6000. 417 West Grand Blvd. Corona, CA 92882. The internment will be at Corona Sunnyslope Cemetery - 1125 Rimpau Ave, Corona, California 92879. A mercy meal will follow at 2572 Eaglerock Drive Corona, California 92881. A memorial Divine Liturgy will be held on Saturday, March 3 at 5:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church (451 West Madison Avenue, Placentia, CA 92870-4537) with a mercy meal to follow. May his memory be eternal.

Fasting and Abstinence Guidelines. There are a variety of traditions regarding the forty day period of the Great Fast. A distinction needs to be made between fasting and abstinence. Fasting means not eating anything for a period of time. Abstinence is when certain foods are not eaten. The traditional Fast in the Melkite Catholic Church consists of the following:
1-From Monday-Friday: A fast consisting of no food or drink from midnight until noon. The older and stricter discipline consists of no food or drink until after the evening service.
2-Everyday: No meat, no fish with spines, or dairy until Easter Sunday. Shell fish are permitted as these were considered easier to catch and took less time to cook.
3-Fish and wine are permitted on March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation (Eed-Al-Bishara) and on Palm Sunday.
These traditions developed to encourage the faithful to simplify their life, eat less expensive food, and spend less time cooking. When this is done, the time saved can be used to pray more and to spend more time reading the Bible. As well, the extra money saved can be put towards charitable purposes. Most important, this should be a time of self-reflection, repentance, forgiveness, humility, virtue, acts of charity, and an increased sense of a total dependence on God.

On Fasting, by St. John Chrysostom. The value of fasting consists not in abstinence only from food, but in a renouncing of sinful practices. Do you fast? Give me proof of it by your works. If you see a poor man, take pity on him! If you see a friend being honored, do not envy him. Do not let only your mouth fast, but also the eye and the ear and the feet and the hands and all members of your bodies. Let the hands fast, by being free from greed. Let the feet fast, by ceasing to run after sin. Let the eyes fast, by disciplining them not to glare at that which is sinful. For it would be an instance of the highest ridiculousness to abstain from meats and unlawful food because of the fast, but with the eyes to feed on what is forbidden. Let the ear fast, by not listening to evil talk and gossip. Let the mouth fast from foul words and unjust criticism. For what good is it if we abstain from birds and fish, and yet bite and devour our brothers?

Pope Francis, On Fasting. 2/16/2018. Loudly boasting or complaining about fasting during Lent and treating others unkindly is not what God wants. Does my fasting end up helping others? If it doesn’t, it’s fake, it’s contradictory and it leads to the path of a double life. I pretend to be Christian — righteous like the Pharisees, the Sadducees — but inside I am not. True Lenten fasting calls people to reflect on their sins, feel shame and beg for God’s forgiveness. Think about every sin, even the ones that would cause embarrassment if they ended up revealed in the news. What is needed is to reflect on and remedy one’s behavior and one’s treatment of others, particularly of those who are in need. How do you treat others? Like people or like slaves? People should pray for the grace to be consistent in what they believe and do, and to live Lent with “feeling a bit of hunger” and lots of prayer.

Choir practice. “Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God” (Colossians 3:16). Please join our choir practices to review the regular hymns of the Divine Liturgy and learn new ones. Everyone is welcome.
At Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church for the Sunday choir. Every Thursday at 7:00-8:30 p.m. and every Sunday at 10:00-10:45 a.m.
At Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church, every Friday at 6:00 p.m. for the Byzantine Music Recital at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 23.
For the Melkite Eastern Catholic community at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church (26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691). 7:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Upcoming dates: February 28 and March 21. 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 March 11, 2018, at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
2018 dates: Sunday, March 11, Sunday, April 8, Sunday, May 13, Sunday, June 10, Sunday, July 15, Sunday, August 12, Sunday, September 16, Sunday, October 14, Sunday, November 11, Sunday, December 9.
If you live or know anyone who lives in the area surrounding Mission Viejo please give us their contact information so that we can keep everyone informed on upcoming events. Please send contact details to the parish office at (714) 985-1710 or email a list of names to Father François at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain” (Psalm 127:1).

Holy Cross Youth Ministry Spiritual Meetings take place every Sunday following the Divine Liturgy 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. In today’s Epistle, Saint Paul strengthens people’s faith, helping them gain a deeper perspective of God active in their daily lives. In the Gospel, people make a big effort to bring a person with a problem to Jesus. Jesus helps the man and even increases his understanding and that of those around him about God’s actions in the world and in our lives. Priests are called to do this for us today. Have you considered that vocation for yourself? Pray for and encourage others to do so?

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.
-Sunday, February 4 collection: $2,827 in 38 envelopes (average of $74.39 per envelope) + $267 cash + $166 candles = $3,260.
-Sunday, February 11 collection: $2,720 in 39 envelopes (average of $69.74 per envelope) + $266 cash + $194 candles = $3,180.
-Wednesday, February 14 building fund deposit: $1,035.
-Sunday, February 18 collection: $1,756 in 45 envelopes (average of $39.02 per envelope) + $305 cash + $190 candles = $2,251.
-Wednesday, February 21 building fund deposit: $1,906.

Total deposits in the past three months: December: $86,734, January: $36,013, February: $11,632.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$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.
$3915.00 paid on February 22, 2018 for Party Pro Rental Tent Rental.
$2814.00 paid on February 22, 2018 for Renew International’s “Be My Witness” program and resources.
$86.09 paid on February 22, 2018 for American Chemical & Sanitary Supply.
$214.59 paid on February 22, 2018 for Our Sunday Visitor envelopes.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)
Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 5). Let us O Faithful, praise and worship the Word coeternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our salvation. For He has willed to be lifted in the flesh upon the Cross, and to endure death, and to raise the dead by his glorious Resurrection.
Troparion of the Holy Relics (Tone 2). Victorious witnesses of the Lord, blessed is the earth that received your blood, and holy are the heavenly places that opened to your souls. You have vanquished the enemy in battle and proclaimed Christ with courage. We beg you to intercede with Him who is all good, 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 Annunciation (Tone 9). Triumphant leader to you belongs our prize of victory! And since you saved us from adversity we offer you our thanks. We are your people O mother of God! So as you have that invincible power, continue to deliver us from danger that we may cry out to you Hail, O Virgin and bride ever pure.

Epistle: Hebrews 1:10-2:4. Yanni Cantartzoglou will read this Sunday’s Epistle. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Mark 2:1-12. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for
the repose of the souls of:
10 year memorial Ibrahim Odeh Salman (February 22, 2008).
Almaza Chemali (February 20, 2018), Richard Issa Wahhab (February 17, 2018), Patricia (Laurie) Pondella (February 13, 2018), Salim Semaan (February 1, 2018), Ray Woods (January 27, 2018), Rodger Aeschliman (January 18, 2018), Izzat Abdallah Lutfi (January 16, 2018), Suhail Bisharah Dababneh (December 18, 2017), Matroni Saikali (January 25, 2014), Yacoub Hilo (January 30, 2014), Nicholas Saikali (February 2005), Joseph Alam (January 2002), Nabil Nassar (October 1992), Elias Nassar (December 1986).
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Jimmy Bahnan, Griffith Family, Tahani Gammoh, Brother Gabriel Jon, Corliss Martin, Jamal Nesheiwat, John Olenick, Andre Saikaly, Marie Semaan, Florence Shaib, Yasmeen Tashman.
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:
“ ‘Thou, Lord, did found the earth in the beginning,and the heavens are the work of Your hands; [11] they will perish, but You remain; they will all grow old like a garment, [12] like a mantle You wil roll them up, and they will be changed. But You are the same, and Your years will never end" (Hebrews 1:10-12).

“ ‘That you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins" – Jesus said to the paralytic -- [11] ‘I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home.’ [12] And he rose, and immediately took up the pallet and went out before them all; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, ‘We never saw anything like this!’ ” (Mark 2:10-12)

Calendar:
Thursday, February 22.
3:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Friday, February 23.
3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. House blessings.
6:00 p.m. Choir practice for the Byzantine Music Recital at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 23.
7:00 p.m. Akathist Hymn.

Saturday, February 24.
12:00 noon. Funeral of Richard Issa Wahhab. Presided by Fr. François Beyrouti and Deacon Elias Kashou at Saint Edward Roman Catholic Church. The full obituary notice is above.
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. 10 year memorial Ibrahim Odeh Salman (February 22, 2008).
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.
2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m. Pre-Sanctified Liturgy. Holy Cross Church.
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 Wednesday of each month.

Thursday, March 1.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Friday, March 2.
6:00 p.m. Choir practice for the Byzantine Music Recital at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 23.
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. Memorial Divine Liturgy for Richard Issa Wahhab (February 17, 2018).

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. Fr. Loc will give the homily on his ministry in the prison.
20 year memorial for Ganet Abu-Khader (March 4, 1998).
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.
2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m. Pre-Sanctified Liturgy.

Thursday, March 8.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Friday, March 9.
2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. House blessings.
6:00 p.m. Choir practice for the Byzantine Music Recital at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 23.
7:00 p.m. Akathist Hymn.

Saturday, March 10.
9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Group meeting for Be My Witness: Forming a Leadership community module. Renew International program.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, March 11.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
10:00 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy. One year memorial for Hani Saliba Salman (March 10, 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.
1:00 p.m. Luncheon organized by Holy Cross Youth. Contact person: Antoinette Hilo.

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.

Monday, March 12.
7:00 p.m. Great Compline

Wednesday, March 14.
2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m. Pre-Sanctified Liturgy.

Thursday, March 15.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

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

Saturday, March 17.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy. 40th day memorial for Salim Hanna Semaan (February 1, 2018).

Sunday, March 18. (Holy Land Collection).
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.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

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

Wednesday, March 21.
2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m. Pre-Sanctified Liturgy. Holy Cross Church.
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.

Thursday, March 22.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Friday, March 23.
2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m. Byzantine music choir and potluck dinner. The choir has been practicing diligently to put on a great performance for all to hear.

Readings for Sunday, February 25, 2018.
Epistle: Hebrews 1:10-2:4.
Prokimenon (Tone 5)
You, O Lord, will keep us and preserve us always from this generation.
Stichon: Save me, O Lord, for there is no longer any holy man, for truthfulness has vanished from among the children of men.

Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews.
You in the beginning, O Lord, did found the earth, and the heavens are works of your hands. They shall perish, but you shall continue; and they shall all grow old as does a garment, and as clothing shall you change them, and they shall be changed. But you are the same, and your years shall not fail (Ps. 101: 26-28)
Now, to which of the angels has he ever said, “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies the footstool at your feet” (Ps. 109: 1)? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent for service, for the sake of those who shall inherit salvation?
That is why we should all the more earnestly observe the things we have heard, lest perhaps we drift away. For if the word spoken by angels proved to be valid, and every transgression and disobedience received a just punishment, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? For it was first announced by the Lord and was confirmed to us by those who heard it.

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

Gospel: Mark 2:1-12 (Healing of the Paralytic)
The Holy Gospel According To St. Mark.
At that time Jesus entered Caparnaum, and it was reported that he was at home. And immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room, not even around the door. And he spoke the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four. And since they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where he was, and, having made an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic was lying. And Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the Paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.” Now some of the Scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, “Why does this man blaspheme in this way? Who can forgive sins, beside God?” And at once Jesus, knowing in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, said to them, “Why are you arguing these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, and take up your pallet, and walk’? But that you may know the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins” ― he said to the paralytic ― “I say to you, arise, take up your pallet, and go to your house,” And immediately he arose and, taking up his pallet, went forth in the sight of all, so that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, “Never did we see anything like this!”

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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: 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: 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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