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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, March 18, 2018.
Fifth Sunday of Lent. Sunday of our Venerable Mother Mary of Egypt. The principal feast of Mary of Egypt is April 1. The Church commemorates her on this day as an example of her sincere repentance and great virtues so that the slothful may be strengthened and sinners urged to atone for their sins.

March 18. Commemoration of our Father among the Saints Cyril, Archbishop of Jerusalem. Cyril, born in Jerusalem in the year 313 or 315, was elevated to the priesthood by Maximos, Archbishop of the Holy City, later to become a saint. In the year 348, Cyril explained the Holy doctrine of the church in several homilies of which twenty-five came down to us. They are considered as the most ancient and best exposition of Catholic doctrine. He succeeded Maximos as archbishop of Jerusalem in the same year. He died in 387.

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

Thank you to those who supported our Youth hosted Menaeesh Luncheon. A special thanks to the Youth Group for your hardwork and dedication. Keep up the amazing work you do for your church. This event raised: $742.

A note regarding eulogies at funerals. Bishop Nicholas Samra wrote a pastoral letter entitled “On Christian Death and Funerals,” which was published in the summer 2015 issue of Sophia. Along with some updates this letter re-stated the pastoral guidelines of the Eparchy of Newton established by the late Archbishop Joseph Tawil in 1970.
On the subject of eulogies, most Orthodox Churches and many Roman Catholic Churches do not allow eulogies in Church. In our Melkite Eparchy eulogies are not permitted either before or after the funeral service. A eulogy may be given during the evening wake, at the graveside, or at the mercy meal.
Bishop Nicholas notes: “The priest himself is to give a sermon or homily at the funeral service centering on the ‘end’ of our earthly life and the beginning of new life, restored to us through the resurrection of Jesus Christ as celebrated in the Mysteries of Christian Illumination, Baptism and Chrismation. This homily is not a glorification of the deceased. The priest may also consider a brief homily at the Trisagion service. The Mercy Meal is the appropriate place for relatives and friends to offer eulogies or reminiscences of the departed. This gives survivors an opportunity to respond to these words. Eulogies or reminiscences may never be given at the funeral service itself.”

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. The Sunday Divine Liturgy begins at 11:00 a.m. The Church doors will be locked at 11:15 a.m. in order to maintain a prayerful atmosphere and avoid a train-station feeling inside our Church.
-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.

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 April 8, 2018, at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
2018 dates: 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 Holy 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 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, Saint Paul reminds us that God is near. We are encouraged to be open to recognizing Him and finding our strength and consolation in Him. In the Gospel, the people encountered Christ on Palm Sunday – but not in the way they had been expecting. Our priests should help us to be attentive and find Christ in all the unexpected ways that He comes to us in our daily life. Pray for your vocation and for many to answer God’s call to the priesthood.

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 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.
-Sunday, March 11 collection: $1,245 in 40 envelopes (average of $31.13 per envelope) + $434 cash + $166 candles = $1,845.
-Wednesday, March 14 building fund deposit: $3,617.

Total deposits in the past three months: January: $36,013, February: $15,961, March: $14,983.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$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 8). O Merciful One, Who came down from on high and endured burial for three days in order to save us from suffering. O our Life and our Resurrection, glory to you.
Troparion of our Mother Mary of Egypt (Tone 8). In you, O Mother Mary, the faithful image of God shone forth, for you carried your cross and followed Christ. You taught by your deeds how to spurn the body, for it passes away and how to value the soul, for it is immortal. Wherefore your soul is forever in happiness with the angels.
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 9: 11-14. Matthew Kilzi will read this Sunday’s Epistle. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Mark 10: 32-45. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for
the repose of the souls of:
Lina Wakim Zoorob (March 9, 2018), 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), Sara Hallak (March 20, 2005), Karim, Wardeh, Issam, Adel, & Romel Kamel Hattar.
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:
“For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, [14] how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God” (Hebrews 9:13-14).

“Jesus called the disciples to Him and said to them, ‘You know that those who are supposed to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. [43] But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, [44] and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. [45] For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many’ ” (Mark 10:42-45).

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

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

Tuesday, March 20.
10:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. House blessings.

Wednesday, March 21.
12:00 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.
1:00 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.
1:00 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 Eastern Christian Formation (Sunday School) or Youth Ministry spiritual discussions

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 donation.
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).
5:00 p.m. Memorial Divine Liturgy. Arayna Harb (March 4, 2018).
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.

Tuesday, April 17.
1:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Wednesday, April 18.
1:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Thursday, April 19.
1:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Saturday, April 21.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, April 22.
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.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Wednesday, April 25.
7:00 p.m. Choir practice for the Melkite Eastern Catholic community at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691. Parish center. Room 6. Second and fourth Wednesday of each month.

Thursday, April 26.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.
7:30 p.m. Young Adults Group: Dinner and Trivia Night We will meet at Kelly’s Korner Tavern (907 E Yorba Linda Blvd, Placentia, CA 92870) for Dinner and Trivia Night!

Saturday, April 28.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Readings for Sunday, March 18, 2018.
Epistle: Hebrews 9:11-14.
Prokimenon (Tone 8)
Make vows to the Lord your God and fulfill them; let all round about bring gifts to the awesome God.
Stichon: God is renowned in Judah; in Israel great is his name.

Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews.
Brethren, when Christ appeared as the high priest of the good things to come (Cf.Lv.16: 14; 19: 4), he entered once for all through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made by hands (that is, not as a part of the present creation), nor again by virtue of blood of goats and calves, but by virtue of his own blood, into the sanctuary, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls and the sprinkled ashes of a heifer sanctify the unclean for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ (Cf. Rv. I: 5), who through the Holy Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God!

ALLELUIA (Tone 8)
Come, let us sing joyfully to the Lord; let us acclaim the Rock of our salvation.
Stichon: Let us greet him with thanksgiving; let us joyfully sing psalms to him.

Gospel: Mark 10: 32-45 (The greatest in the Kingdom)
The Holy Gospel According To St. Mark.
At that time Jesus took the Twelve, and began to tell them what would happen to him, saying, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the Scribes; and they will condemn him to death, and will deliver him to the Gentiles; and they will mock him, and spit upon him and scourge him, and put him to death; and on the third day he will rise again.” And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him, saying, “Master, we want thee to do for us whatever we ask.” But he said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?” And they said, “Grant to us that we may sit, one at thy right hand and the other at thy left hand, in thy glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking for. Can you drink of the cup of which I drink, or be baptized with the baptism with which I am to be baptized?” And they said to him, “We can.” And Jesus said to them “Of the cup that I drink, you shall drink; and with the baptism with which I am to be baptized, you shall be baptized; but as for sitting at my right hand or at my left, that is not mine to give, but it belongs to those for whom it has been prepared.” And when the ten heard this, they were at first indignant at James and John. But Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers among the Gentiles I lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. But it is not so among you. On the contrary, whoever wishes to become great shall be your servant; and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be the slave of all; for the Son of Man also has not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

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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: 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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