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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, March 11, 2018.
Fourth Sunday of Lent. Sunday of our Father John Climacus.

Daylight Saving Time begins this weekend. Set clocks ahead one hour on Sunday March 11th at 2:00 a.m. (2 a.m. becomes 3 a.m.)

March 11. Commemoration of our Father among the Saints Sophronius, Patriarch of Jerusalem. Sophronius, born in Damascus in the year 550, became a monk at the monastery of St. Theodosius, near Jerusalem. He became famous for his vast knowledge and the many works he wrote. In 634, he was elevated to the Patriarchal See of Jerusalem. In 637 when the Byzantine armies were defeated and the Arabs conquered Jerusalem, he surrendered the keys of the Holy City to Khalife Omar. He died the following year.

Sunday, March 11, 2018. 1:00 p.m. Menaeesh Luncheon. $7 a plate with a cup of hot tea, organized by Holy Cross Youth.

Sunday, March 18, 2018. 1:00 p.m. Falafel luncheon. $10 a plate, organized by Our Lady’s Society.

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).

Sunday, March 18, 2018. Theosis meeting in the conference room at 1:30 p.m. Adult members of Cross Church are invited to learn more about their Eastern Byzantine tradition by attending our monthly meetings to discuss how Scripture and Christ’s teachings show us how God became man in order so that man can become God-like. Anyone seeking more information can contact - Mark Bergeron at (714) 307-2196.

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: Sunday, April 8: Holy Cross Church luncheon, followed by bowling. 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! April 26: Dinner and Trivia Night; May 6: Miniature Golf; May 22: Dinner and Trivia (or Game) Night.

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 we see Christ as our High Priest who went before us to save us and set us free. In the Gospel, Christ had to intervene to free a possessed boy, whom His followers were not able to help. He then taught them the importance of fasting and prayer. Priests and those dedicated to the Monastic life help guide the community in a life of fasting and prayer. Is God calling you to the Priesthood or the Monastic life? Pray for your vocation and an increase of responses to God’s call.

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.
-Saturday, March 3 collection: $279.
-Sunday, March 4 collection: $2,220 in 34 envelopes (average of $65.29 per envelope) + $314 cash + $201 candles = $2,737.
-Wednesday, March 7 building fund deposit: $6,505.

Total deposits in the past three months: January: $36,013, February: $15,961, March: $9,521.

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 Rentals for 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.
$200.00 paid on March 6, 2018 for Gardening Services.
$302.96 paid on March 6, 2018 for Cleaning Services.
$750.00 paid on March 6, 2018 for Melkite Church Calendar. Amount reimbursed by Mieh-Mieh community.
$38.94 paid on March 6, 2018 for Sparkletts water services.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)
Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 7). Through your Cross You destroyed death, You opened Paradise to the thief, and turned into joy the mourning of the ointment bearing women, and You ordered your Apostles to proclaim that You rose, O Christ God, Bestowing great mercy upon the world.
Troparion of St. John Climacus (Tone 8). Your abundant tears made the wilderness to sprout and bloom, and your deep sighs of love made your labors fruitful a hundredfold; you became a shining star showering miracles upon the world. Holy Father John, pray to 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 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 6:13-20. Tamer Kashou will read this Sunday’s Epistle. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Mark 9:17-31. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for
the repose of the souls of:
Hani Saliba Salman (March 10, 2017). One Year Memorial.
Saeb Sunaa (March 7, 2018), George Shannis (March 2, 2018), Amal Rassi (March 1, 2018), Fuad Sidhom (February 26, 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), Naim Ibrahim Mady (March 16, 2016), Georgette Makhlouf (March 22, 2015), Louis Shukri Makhlouf (January 29, 2005).
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:
“When God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, [14] saying, ‘Surely I will bless you and multiply you.’ [15] And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise.” (Hebrews 6:13-15)

“Jesus took the boy with a mute spirit by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. [28] And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, ‘Why could we not cast it out?’ [29] And Jesus said to them, ‘This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting.’ ” (Mark 9:27-29)

Calendar:
Friday, March 9.
1:00 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.
11:00 a.m. Festival Preparation Meeting.
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. Menaeesh Luncheon. $7 a plate with a cup of hot tea. 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.
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 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.
1:30 p.m. Theosis meeting in the conference room.
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.

Saturday, April 14.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).
6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Parents Night Out. The Youth group would be happy to watch your children ages 6 and up for you parents to go and enjoy a “Date Night”. $10 a child includes dinner, games and music. If you have any questions please see any Youth Group Advisor.

Sunday, April 15.
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, April 19.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Readings for Sunday, March 11, 2018.
Epistle: Hebrews 6:13-20.
Prokimenon (Tone 7)
The Lord will give strength to his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.
Stichon: Give to the Lord. You sons of God, give to the Lord glory and praise.

Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews.
Brethren, when God made his promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater to swear by, he swore by himself, saying, “I will surely bless you, and will surely multiply you Gn.22 : 14).” And so, after patient waiting, Abraham obtained the promise. For men swear by one greater than themselves, and an oath given as a guarantee is the final settlement of all their disagreements. Hence God, meaning to show more abundantly to the heirs of the promise the firmness of his will interposed an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to deceive, we may have the strongest comfort ― we who have sought refuge in holding fast the hope set before us. This hope we have as a sure and firm anchor of the soul, reaching even behind the veil where our forerunner Jesus has entered for us, as he became a high priest forever according to the order of Melchisedek.

ALLELUIA (Tone 7)
It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High!
Stichon: To proclaim your kindness at dawn and your faithfulness throughout the night.

Gospel: Mark 9:17-31 (Healing of a possessed boy)
The Holy Gospel According To St. Mark.
At that time one of the crowd came to Jesus and bowed to him saying: “Master, I have brought to you my son, who has a dumb spirit; and whenever it seizes him it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth; and he is wasting away. And I told your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.” And he, answering him, said, “O unbelieving generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him to me.” And they brought him to him; and the spirit, when it saw Jesus, immediately threw the boy in convulsions, and he fell down on the ground and rolled about foaming at the mouth. So he asked his father, “How long is it since this has come upon him?” And he said, “From his infancy. Oftentimes, it has thrown him into the fire and into the waters to destroy him. But if you can do anything have compassion on us and help us.” But Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to the man of faith.” At once the father of the boy cried out and said with tears, “I do believe; help my unbelief.” Now when Jesus saw that a crowd was rapidly gathering, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, go out of him and enter him no more.” And crying out and violently convulsing him, it went out of him, and he became like one dead, so that many said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand, and raised him and he stood up. And when he had come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” And he said to them, “This kind can be cast out in no way except by prayer and fasting.” And leaving that place, they were passing through Galilee, and he did not wish anyone to know it. For he was teaching his disciples, and saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and having been killed, he will rise again on the third day.”

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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: 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: 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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