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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, March 4, 2018.
Third Sunday of Lent (Fourth Sunday before Easter). Veneration of the Holy Cross of the Lord. Every major effort brings pain and fatigue. Discouragement sometimes appears before the work is done. Since, now, with the grace of God, we have reached the mid-point of Lent, and lest we be overcome by its burdens, the Church, our compassionate mother, reveals to us the Cross of Christ as a source of power and inspiration, as the support of the just and hope of the sinner. The Cross is planted in the midst of Lent like the Tree of Life in the midst of Paradise, like the rod of Moses in the midst of the camp, in order that anyone looking upon it may find health, strength and the courage to pursue his course.

March 4. Commemoration of our Holy Father Gerasimus the Jordanite. Gerasimus, one of the Palestinian founders of heremitic monasticism, lived on the shores of the Jordan River. In the year 455, he founded a monastery which was soon surrounded with many individual hermitages. On the first five days of the week, the hermits lived alone. On Saturdays, they came to the monastery to celebrate the Divine Mysteries, receive Holy Communion, and sit around the same table for their community meal. On Sunday evenings, they returned to their individual “solitudes.” The Monastery of St. Gerasimus counted as many as seventy monks. Its founder died on March 5, 475. The monastery itself was destroyed in the tenth century.

Thank you to the friends of the departed Salim Hanna Semaan (February 1, 2018), who donated $4,630.00 to Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church in lieu of flowers. We appreciate your generosity in Salim’s memory.

Thank you for your support in last weeks Falafel Luncheon. Many thanks to those who made this event possiable; and a special thanks to Kabab Grill Restaurant (6624 Westminster Blvd, Westminster, CA 92683 - kababgrillrestaurant.com - (714) 898-6403 for sponsoring the event. We raised $1,340 from this event.

Church Etiquette is important to keep us focused on the holiness of the House of God.
-1-Please arrive on time as those who show up late distract others.
-2-There should be no talking in church as this disrupts everyone around you and the service. There is plenty of time after church to greet and catch up with others.
-3-Cell phones should be kept in your car or turned off as to avoid phones ringing, vibrating, or text notifications. Please do not bring video games into Church, as children should get used to the prayers.
-4-Please dress modestly in Church at all times. For all ages, knee length clothing should be worn and no tank tops or revealing outfits. Your Church clothing should always be modest and reflect the nature of the Church as a house of prayer.

Sample company dress code. Church clothing should at least meet if not exceed these guidelines.
-All employees must be clean and well-groomed.
-Employees must avoid clothes with stamps that are offensive or inappropriate.
-All clothes must be work-appropriate. Clothes that are typical in workouts and outdoor activities aren’t allowed.
-All clothes must be clean and in good shape. Discernible rips, tears or holes aren’t allowed.
-All clothes must project professionalism. Clothes that are too revealing or inappropriate aren’t allowed.
-Avoid overly casual denim cuts, like cutoffs or flare jeans. Skirts should remain at knee-length.
-Nicely fitted tops and blouses, although shirts should never be tight or revealing.

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?

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: March 21 & 28. 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. See calendar for event details (Holycrossmelkite.org/ministries/young-adults). Contact Tony Helo (562) 371-5466.
Upcoming events: March 4-Sunday Hike, April 8-Holy Cross Church luncheon, followed by bowling, April 26-Dinner and Trivia Night, May 6- Miniature Golf, May 22- Dinner and Trivia (or Game) Night.
Sunday, March 4, 2018. 12:15 p.m. Sunday Hike. We will be gathering at the tree in the court yard after church; from there we will decide whether to grab lunch before or after. We will be going to Peters Canyon Regional Park (8548 E. Canyon View Ave, Orange, CA 92869) for a beautiful hike!

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 explains how Christ is the perfect High Priest. He is chosen by God, precisely because He is close to both the Father and to human beings, being sensitive to and understanding both. Men who are called by God to the ministerial priesthood must also have that closeness to God and people. Please pray that God will call many to the priesthood, who will be willing to take up the cross to serve, direct, and encourage the royal priesthood of the faithful.

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:
-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.
-Sunday, February 25 collection: $2,106 in 51 envelopes (average of $41.29 per envelope) + $252 cash + $186 candles = $2,544.
-Wednesday, February 28 building fund deposit: $1,785.

Total deposits in the past three months: December: $86,734, January: $36,013, February: $15,961.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$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 6). The angelic powers appeared at your tomb, and the guards became as dead men, and Mary stood by the Sepulcher seeking your spotless Body. You despoiled Hades and yet were not tempted by it, You met the Virgin O Bestower of Life. O Lord who rose from the dead glory to you.
Troparion of the Holy Cross (Tone 1). “O Lord save your people and bless your inheritance, granting peace to the world; and protect your community by the power of your Cross.”
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 8). 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 4:14-5:6. 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 8:34-9:1. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for
the repose of the souls of:
Georgette Sharou Nassar (March 8, 2017). One year memorial.
Ganet Abu-Khader (March 4, 1998). 20 year memorial.
Amal Rassi (March 1, 2018), Samar Chalhoub (February 25, 2018), Janice Murphy Terris (February 25, 2018), Mary Awadalla (February 24, 2018), Almaza Chemali (February 20, 2018), Aldo Kanz (February 19, 2018), Richard Issa Wahhab (February 17, 2018), Patricia (Laurie) Pondella (February 13, 2018), Salim Semaan (February 1, 2018), Ray Woods (January 27, 2018). Jamil Husari (March 3, 2002), Fadwa Dihmes, Fareed W. Aranki, Nada Kassis.
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Diana Abukhader, Jimmy Bahnan, Griffith Family, Brother Gabriel Jon, Mirwan Kassouf, 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:
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. [15] For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. [16] Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:14-16).

“Jesus called to him the multitude with his disciples, and said to them, ‘If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. [35] For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. [36] For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? [37] For what can a man give in return for his life?’ ” (Mark 8:34-37)

Calendar:
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.

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 Tran, a prison chaplain, will give the homily on Catholic ministry to those in prisons.
1 year memorial Georgette Sharou Nassar (March 8, 2017).
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. Sunday Hike: We will be gathering at the tree in the courtyard after church; from there we will decide whether to grab lunch before or after hiking. We will be going to Peters Canyon Regional Park (8548 E. Canyon View Ave, Orange, CA 92869) for a beautiful hike!

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.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Friday, March 9.
12:00 noon - 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.

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.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
10:00 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy. The annual collection for the Christians of the Holy Land will be taken today.
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.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

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

Tuesday, March 20.
12:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. House blessings.

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.
If you have palms in your yard that you can prune, please bring some to Church anytime today or tomorrow.
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.

Saturday, March 24. Lazarus Saturday.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy (In the Church).
12:30 p.m. Please join us as we set up the chairs and decorate the tent for Palm Sunday. If you have palms in your yard that you can prune, please bring some to Church anytime today.
4:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Confession (In the Church).
5:00 p.m. Triumphal Entry Vespers (In the Church).

Sunday, March 25. Palm Sunday.
10:00 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy, Blessing of Palms and Procession (In the large covered tent).
After the Divine Liturgy we need everyone to help clean-up and realign the chairs in the tent.
12:30 p.m. Bake Sale organized by “Our Lady's Society.”
-No ECF/Sunday School or Youth Ministry meeting.

Monday, March 26. Great and Holy Monday.
7:00 p.m. Bridegroom Service (In the Church).

Tuesday, March 27. Great and Holy Tuesday.
6:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Confession (In The Church).
7:00 p.m. Bridegroom Service (In The Church).

Wednesday, March 28. Great and Holy Wednesday.
6:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Confession (In The Church).
7:00 p.m. Mystery Of Holy Anointing (In The Church).

Thursday, March 29. Great and Holy Thursday.
11:00 a.m. The Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great. Institution of the Holy Eucharist (In the Church).
7:00 p.m. Washing of the Feet, Passion Gospels, and Crucifixion Service (In the Church).

Friday, March 30. Great and Holy Friday.
11:00 a.m. Royal Hours, Descent from the Cross, and Burial of Christ (In The Church).
12:30 p.m. We need volunteers to help decorate the Tomb of Christ.
7:00 p.m. Service Of Lamentations (Funeral Of Christ / Genaz Al-Maseeh) (In the large covered tent).

Saturday, March 31. Great and Holy Saturday.
11:00 a.m. Blessing of the New Light, Vespers, and Discovery of the Empty Tomb. The Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great (In the Church).
10:00 p.m. Matins and Hajmeh. (Resurrection Matins and Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom). Following the Divine Liturgy we will bless the bread and eggs.

Sunday, April 1. Holy Resurrection/Pascha/Easter Sunday.
10:30 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy Of The Holy Resurrection (In The Church).
-No ECF/Sunday School or Youth Ministry meeting.

Thursday, April 5.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Saturday, April 7.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, April 8.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
10:00 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
12:30 p.m. Annual Holy Cross Church post-Easter Luncheon. BBQ chicken and beef. $15.00.
The youth will organize an Easter egg hunt for all the children.
-Eastern Christian Formation (Sunday School) and Youth Ministry spiritual discussions resume on Sunday, April 15.
12:30 p.m.-3:15 p.m. Young Adults Group. We will be gathering at the tree in the courtyard after church, have lunch at Church, and from there meet at AMF Carter Lanes (1501 S Lemon St, Fullerton, CA 92832) for some bowling fun!

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.

Wednesday, April 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 Wednesday of each month.

Thursday, April 12.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Readings for Sunday, March 4, 2018.
Epistle: Hebrews 4:14-5:6.
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 Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews.
Brethren, since we have a great high priest who has passed into the heavens, let us hold fast out profession of faith. For we have not a high priest unable to pity our weaknesses, but one tried as we are in all things, save sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
For every high priest taken from among men is appointed for men in matters pertaining to God, so that he may offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to have compassion on the ignorant and erring, because he himself also is beset with weakness, and therefore must make offerings for sin in his own behalf as in behalf of the people. And no one invests himself with this honor: only one who is called by God takes it, as Aaron was. So also Christ did not glorify himself with the high priesthood, but glorified the One who had spoken to him, “You are my son, I this day have begotten you (Ps. 2:7). “As he says also in another place, “You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchisedek (Ps. 109:4).”

ALLELUIA (Tone 6)
Remember your congregation which you have acquired from the beginning: you redeemed the scepter of your inheritance.
Stichon: God is our King forever: he brought about salvation in the midst of the earth.

Gospel: Mark 8:34-9:1 (Taking up the daily cross)
The Holy Gospel According To St. Mark.
The Lord said: “If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me. For anyone who would save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake and for the sake of Good News will save it. For what does it profit a man, if he gains the whole world, but suffers the loss of his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes with the holy angels in the glory of his Father.” And he said to them, “Amen I say to you, there are some of those standing here who will not taste death, till they have seen the kingdom of God coming in power.”

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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: 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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