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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, April 15, 2018.
Sunday of the Ointment Bearing Women.
In the beginning of his public life, Jesus often went to Galilee where He performed many miracles. A group of holy women followed Him, ministering to Him out of their own resources, and even accompanied Him to the foot of the cross. On the morning of the third day after his death, they came to the tomb, bearing ointments they had prepared to embalm his body. Hence they are called the “Ointment-bearing Women.” Seven of them are known by name: Mary-Magdalen, Mary, mother of James and wife of Cleophas, Joanna, the wife of Chusa, a steward to Herod Antipas, Salome, the mother of the sons of Zebedee, Suzanna, and Martha and Mary, the sisters of Lazarus.
Two secret disciples of Christ are also commemorated on this day: Nicodemus, a leader of the Pharisees who came to visit Jesus at night and believed in Him, as told in the third chapter of the Gospel of John and Joseph of Arimathea, a rich and noble citizen of Ramah, or Arimathea. After Christ died, he had the courage to claim his body and to place it in the tomb that had been hewn out of the rock for his own use.

April 15. Commemoration of the Holy Martyr Crescent.
Crescent, a nobleman from Myra and Lycia, suffered the death of a martyr for his faith in Christ.

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 handmaid of God, Arayna Schroder who was born on December 6, 1966 in Show Low, Arizona and reposed in the Lord on March 4, 2018 in Big Bear City. We extend our condolences to the entire family and in particular her husband Michel Harb, her children Rachel, Michael, her siblings Michael, and Robert. Arayna is predeceased by her sibling Rene.
The 40th day memorial Divine Liturgy will be on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 5:00 p.m., at Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church (451 West Madison Avenue. Placentia, CA 92870-4537). A mercy meal will follow at Holy Cross Church. May her memory be eternal.

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 handmaid of God, Lina Wakim Zoorob who was born on May 29, 1949 in Saida and reposed in the Lord on March 9, 2018 in Lebanon. We extend our condolences to the entire family and in particular her husband Salim Zoorob, her children Rashed (Lina), Fadlo, Sami (Rana), her grandchildren Salim, Yasmina, Karim, Chloe, and Jude, her siblings Amal (Maurice), Lydia (Sami), and Randa (Abdallah).
The Memorial Service will be on April 15, 2018 after the Divine Liturgy at Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church (451 West Madison Avenue. Placentia, CA 92870-4537). A mercy meal will follow at the Holy Cross Church Hall. May her memory be eternal.

Thank you everyone who organized and operated the Post-Easter Parish BBQ luncheon. What an enjoyable meal with our church family. Thank you for all your support.

Free Event For All. Saturday, April 21, 2018. The Camel Cup. Celebrity Ranch Polo Match. The Polo match, transportation and lunch will be provided at no cost and is open to all ages. Meet at Holy Cross Church at 8:30 a.m. and the bus will leave at 9:00 a.m. Please call the office if you are able to attend. The bus is full, and we are planning on carpooling from the church; if anyone is able to drive up, let the office know.

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.
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: April 25 & May 9. 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.

Vacation Bible Camp at Holy Cross Church: Monday, July 16-Friday, July 20, 2018.
Time: 9:00 a.m.—12:30 p.m. Theme: Shipwrecked-Rescued by Jesus. Ages: 5-12.
Registration information: HolyCrossMelkite.org/vbc
At Shipwrecked Vacation Bible Camp, children experience God’s Word in surprising and unforgettable ways! Each day, leaders reinforce one simple Bible truth – which makes it easy for them to remember and apply the message to real life situations!

Holy Cross Youth Ministry Spiritual Meetings take place every Sunday following the Divine Liturgy for all those in grades 9-12.

Holy Cross Church Youth Retreat at Celebrity Ranch for all those in grades 9-12. Thursday, August 2-Sunday, August 5, 2018. This year’s theme is “Lord teach us to pray.” Our Youth Retreat offers a long weekend of amazing activities including great speakers, fantastic music, stargazing and more food than you'll know what to do with. Call the Church office to register.

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; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Upcoming events: We will meet at Kelly’s Korner Tavern (907 E Yorba Linda Blvd, Placentia, CA 92870) at 7:30 p.m. for Dinner and Trivia Night! April 26: Dinner and Trivia Night; May 6: Miniature Golf; May 22: Dinner and Game Night.

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 May 13, 2018, at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
2018 dates: 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).

Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. A Fundraising dinner for Saydet Em El Nour Shrine (Ain Ebel, Lebanon) will be held at Saint John Maron Church hall. A Shrine and Church are being built in Lebanon, if you would like to support these efforts please attend the dinner or send a donation to Saint John Maron Church (300 South Flower Street, Orange, CA 92868), with “Shrine” in the Notes. For more details and updates visit Shrine of Em El Nour on Facebook or call Suad Saqr Ammar at (951) 818-2668.

Sunday, April 15, 2018. 1:30 p.m. Theosis Meeting in Conference Room. 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.

Saturday, May 19, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Magnificat Prayer Breakfast welcomes Pat Rensing, "For He Who Finds Me Finds Life & Wins Favor from the Lord!” Join us for the beautiful testimony of how God transformed sorrow and suffering to bring deeper conversion and healing for Pat and her family! She now rejoices in hope in the Lord!
Embassy Suites Anaheim – South, 11767 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove, CA 92840
Registration by mail must be postmarked by May 14, 2018: $28 per person
Registration at the door: $33 per person
Reserved Seating for Tables of 10 - $280
Mail to Magnificat Ministry: P.O. Box 4381, Orange, CA 92863
The meal includes a full plated breakfast as well as the speaker’s program.
Please visit www.magnificat-ministry.net for a flyer and registration information.
For registration information contact Anne at 714/420-5482 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 Gospel, the myrrh-bearing women were told to go out and announce the good news of the resurrection. In the Acts of the Apostles, the community felt the need for the ministry of preaching and teaching to continue to grow so they looked for others to help them. Have you considered a vocation to the priesthood or the monastic life? Have you encouraged vocations to the priesthood or the monastic life? There is currently a great need in our Eparchy.

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.

Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Sub-Deacon Terry Hyland will be ordained to the Diaconate by Bishop Nicholas J. Samra, at Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker Melkite Catholic Church (1492 Spencerport Road. Rochester, NY 14606). Please pray for Deacon Terry Hyland and his family as he continues his ministry to the holy Church.

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 May and June 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, March 25 collection: $7,142 in 100 envelopes (average of $71.42 per envelope) + $1,368 cash + $265 candles = $8775.
-Wednesday, March 28 building fund deposit: $3,785.
-Thursday, March 29 candle donation: $425.
-Good Friday, March 30 collection: $3,805 in 64 envelopes (average of $59.45 per envelope) + $760 cash + $116 candles = $4,681.
-Saturday, March 31 collection: $3,643 in 50 envelopes (average of $72.86 per envelope) + $571 cash + $37 candles = $4,251.
-Sunday, April 1 collection: $1,765 in 24 envelopes (average of $73.54 per envelope) + $341 cash + $23 candles = $2,129.
-Wednesday, April 4 building fund deposit: $3,745.
-Sunday, April 8 collection: $1,015 in 31 envelopes (average of $32.74 per envelope) + $152 cash + $113 candles = $1,280.
-Sunday, April 8 Mission Viejo collection: $520 in 11 envelopes (average of $47.27) + $69 cash = $589
-Wednesday, April 11 building fund deposit: $2,021.

Total deposits in the past four months: January: $36,013, February: $15,961, March: $44,034, April: $9,764.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$49.57 paid on March 9, 2018 for So Cal Gas.
$532.72 paid on March 12, 2018 for So California Edison Electricity.
$161.19 paid on March 21, 2018 for Republic trash services.
$39.01 paid on March 26, 2018 for Sparkletts water services.
$311.62 paid on March 26, 2018 for Cleaning services.
$325.70 paid on April 9, 2018 for Our Sunday Visitor Envelopes and mailout.
$418.00 paid on April 9, 2018 for Gardening services.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)
Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 2). When you descended to death, O Immortal Life, You destroyed Hades by the splendor of your Divinity, and when you raised the dead from under the ground, all the Powers of heaven cried out: O Christ our God, the giver of life, glory to you.
Troparion of the Myrrh-bearers (Tone 2). The angel stood by the tomb and cried out to the Ointment-bearing Women: “Ointments are for the dead, but Christ has proved Himself free from corruption. Cry out, then: “The Lord is risen and has bestowed great mercy upon the world.”
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 Mother of God (Tone 2). O never failing Protectress of Christians and their ever present intercessor before the Creator, despise not the petitions of us sinners, but in your goodness extend your help to us who call upon you with confidence. Hasten, O Mother of God, to intercede for us, for you have always protected those who honor you.

Epistle: Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Mark 15:43-16:8. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:
Riham Turk (April 5, 2018), Father Lawrence Bilesky (April 2, 2018), Elias Dib Elassal (March 21, 2018), Ratiba (Saikaly) Khalaf (March 20, 2018), Edmond Goubran (March 19, 2018), Georgette Genadry (March 15, 2018), Lina Wakim Zoorob (March 9, 2018), Saeb Sunaa (March 7, 2018), Arayna Harb (March 4, 2018), George Shannis (March 2, 2018), Amal Rassi (March 1, 2018), Selma Samawi (January 31, 2014), Tony Yacoub Fahel (April 11, 2006), Yousef Yacoub Fahel (April 1, 1994), Yacoub Fahel (April 9, 1982).
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Jimmy Bahnan, Jamal Nesheiwat, Marian Tomey, Noel Zadah.
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:
“The twelve summoned the body of the disciples and said, "It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. [3] Therefore, brethren, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this duty. [4] But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word." (Acts of the Apostles 6:2-4)

“They were saying to one another, ‘Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?’ [4] And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back; -- it was very large. [5] And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. [6] And he said to them, ‘Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him.’ ” (Mark 16:3-6)

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

Saturday, April 14.
1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. “Be My Witness” leadership team meeting. The meeting for the whole parish will be on Saturday, April 28 from 10:00 a.m.-noon.
5:00 p.m. Memorial Divine Liturgy. Arayna Harb (March 4, 2018), followed by Mercy Meal in the Church hall.

Sunday, April 15.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
10:00 a.m. Choir practice.
10:25 a.m. Churching of Jacob Romel Kfoury, son of Romel & Nanour Kfoury.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy. 40th day memorial for Lina Wakim Zoorob (March 9, 2018), followed by mercy meal at 1:00 p.m. in the Church hall.
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.
1:30 p.m. Theosis Meeting in Conference Room. 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.
3:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Tuesday, April 17.
10:30 a.m. Eastern Catholic Pastoral Association meeting at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange's House of Prayer for Priests.
2:30 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.
8:30 a.m. Free Event for All. Celebrity Ranch Polo Match. The Polo match, transportation and lunch will be provided at no cost and is open to all ages. Meet at Holy Cross Church at 8:30 a.m. and the bus will leave at 9:00 a.m. Please call the office if you are able to attend. The bus is full, and we are planning on carpooling from the church; if anyone is able to drive up, let the office know.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, April 22. World Day of Prayer for Vocations.
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.
10:00 a.m. “Be My Witness” meeting for the whole parish. We will cover the first module.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, April 29.
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.
3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Prepare meal in the Holy Cross Hall Kitchen for Isaiah House Catholic Worker’s Women’s shelter.
4:30 p.m. Carpool to Isaiah House (316 South Cypress Avenue, Santa Ana. http://occatholicworker.org).
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Set up, serve meals, visit with the women, and clean up.

Thursday, May 3.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Saturday, May 5.
5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic. Fr. Gabriel Azar will preside.

Sunday, May 6.
On the first Sunday of each month you may use your building fund envelope (or a specially marked envelope) and deposit it in the regular collection. Thank you for your continued generosity as we move closer to our parish goal of a new hall and church building.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
10:00 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy in English.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12. Web-meeting with the youth of Saint John of the Desert Melkite Catholic Church, Phoenix, Arizona.
12:15-3:30 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35. Miniature Golf: We will gather at the tree in the courtyard after church; from there we will meet at Camelot Golfland (3200 E Carpenter Ave, Anaheim, CA 92806) for some Golf fun!

Wednesday, May 9.
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, May 10. Feast of the Ascension.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Saturday, May 12.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, May 13. Mother’s Day.
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.

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.

Thursday, May 17.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Saturday, May 19.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, May 20. Sunday of Pentecost.
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.
1:30 p.m. Theosis Meeting in Conference Room. 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.

Tuesday, May 22.
7:00 p.m. Dinner and Game Night. We will meet at Holy Cross Church Hall. Young Adults Group.

Wednesday, May 23.
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, May 24.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Saturday, May 26.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, May 27. Sunday of All Saints.
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, May 31. Feast of the Divine Body.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Saturday, June 2.
5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic.

Readings for Sunday, April 15, 2018.
Epistle: Acts of the Apostles: 6:1-7.
Prokimenon (Tone 2)
My strength and my courage is the Lord, and he has been my Savior.
Stichon: The Lord has chastised me through his teaching, yet he has not delivered me to death.

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles:
In those days, as the number of disciples increased; there arose a complaint among the Greeks against the Hebrews, in that their widows were being neglected in the daily service. And so, the twelve summoned the many disciples and said, “It is not good that we give up the word of God and serve at tables. Therefore, brethren, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and of wisdom that we could put to this service, while we devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”
And the plan was pleasing to the whole crowd, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip and Prochorus and Nicanor and Timon and Parmenas and Nicholas, a recent convert from Antioch. These they presented to the apostles, who then prayed and laid their hands upon them. And God’s word was growing, and the number of the disciples increased considerably in Jerusalem; and many of the priests also accepted the faith.

ALLELUIA (Tone 2)
The Lord shall hear you on the day of distress; the name of the God of Jacob shall defend you.
Stichon: O Lord, save your king and listen to us on whatever day we call upon you.

Gospel of Pascha: Mark 15:43-16:8 (Christ’s Burial and Resurrection)
The Holy Gospel According To St. Mark.
At that time there came Joseph, the one from Arimathea, a councillor of high rank, who was himself looking for the kingdom of God. And he went in boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. But Pilate wondered whether he had expired so soon. And sending for the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that he was, he granted the body to Joseph. And he bought a linen cloth, and took him down, and wrapped him in the linen cloth, and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock. Then he rolled a stone to the entrance of the tomb. But Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Jose were looking on and saw where he was laid. And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, in order to go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb, when the sun had just risen. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll the stone back from the entrance of the tomb for us?” And looking up they saw that the stone had been rolled back—now, it was very large. But on entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting at the right side, clothed in a white robe, and they were amazed. He said to them, “Do not be terrified. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen he is not here. Behold the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he goes before you into Galilee; there you shall see him, as he told you.” And they left and fled from the tomb, for trembling and fear had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

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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 and Lupe Ojeda.
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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