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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, April 29, 2018.
Sunday of The Samaritan Woman. Our Lord and Savior Jesus, the Source of Life, came to the well of Jacob, Father of the Patriarchs, and asked a drink of water from the hands of a Samaritan woman. At first she refused to serve Him and reminded Jesus that Jews had no dealings with Samaritans. But Jesus changed her heart through the sweetness of his words, so that she sought to obtain from Him the water of everlasting life. When she received it, she proclaimed to all: “Come and see the Knower of Secrets, God Himself who has appeared in the flesh so that mankind may be saved by Him.” (From Matins)

April 29. Commemoration of the Holy Martyrs of Cyzica and of the Holy Memnon the Wonderworker. The martyrs of Cyzica were put to death for the faith in the year 322 or 323.

Important “Be My Witness” parish meeting on Saturday, April 28 from 10-noon. Open to everyone. Holy Cross Melkite Catholic has started an adult leadership program called “Be My Witness: Formation for the New Evangelization.” This program will build leaders to help address the growing needs of our parish. There are five major modules in this program: “Sunday matters,” “Welcome matters,” “Belonging matters,” “Witness matters,” and “Mission matters.” Each one has a short and confidential assessment that will help our parish develop practical action steps. Please join us to go over the program and discuss the future growth of our parish. Please join us to go over the program and discuss the future growth of our parish.

A student is looking for a room for 3-6 months in the Fullerton, Brea, Yorba Linda, Placentia, or Anaheim areas. The room is needed by May 6 and he is able to pay $500 a month. No meals are needed. For further information please contact Joseph Khoury <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

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: May 9 & 23. 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.
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!
Registration information: HolyCrossMelkite.org/vbc
To view previous year’s Vacation Bible Camp: YouTube.com/HolyCrossMelkite

Patriarch Joseph (Youssef) Absi’s visit to Orange County and Los Angeles on Friday, July 20-Sunday, July 22, 2018. With great joy and pride we announce that His Beatitude Youssef, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, will be visiting our Eparchy of Newton for the Melkites in the United States of America.
Friday, July 20, 2018. 7:00 p.m. Pontifical Divine Liturgy at Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church (Placentia).
Sunday, July 22, 2018. 11:00 a.m. Pontifical Divine Liturgy. Saint Anne Melkite Catholic Cathedral (North Hollywood).
Sunday, July 22, 2018. 2:30 p.m. Luncheon at Caesar Banquet Hall. The Choir will sing some of hymns that were composed by Patriarch Joseph. Please join us for this historical occasion to welcome our Patriach. Tickets for the luncheon are $65 a person. Please call Holy Cross Church office to reserve a seat.

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; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Upcoming events: 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! May 6: Miniature Golf; May 22: Dinner and Game Night in the church hall.

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, 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, Jesus tells His apostles to see the need for harvesting, for evangelizing people, bringing people to know and experience God, as He had just done with the Samaritan woman. Touched by Christ, she went on to evangelize those of her own community. In the Acts of the Apostles, the disciples are concerned to find others to keep up this ministry, to care for the people, and to form new communities. Our Bishop is concerned today to find men to serve in the priesthood to carry on this vital work in the life of the Church. Have you been praying about your vocation? Are you open to how God may be guiding you in your life? Are you aware of others who should be encouraged to it? Pray for an increase of laborers for the harvest.

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 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, April 1 collection: $1,765 in 24 envelopes (average of $73 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 per envelope) + $152 cash + $113 candles = $1,280.
-Sunday, April 8 Mission Viejo collection: $520 in 11 envelopes (average of $47 per envelope) + $69 cash = $589.
-Wednesday, April 11 building fund deposit: $2,021.
-Saturday, April 14 collection: $417.
-Sunday, April 15 collection: $2080 in 51 envelopes (average of $41 per evelope) + $375 cash + $154 candles = $2,609.
-Wednesday, April 18 building fund deposit: $1,701.
-Sunday, April 22 collection: $1,910 in 37 envelopes (average of $52 per envelope) + $146 cash + $97 candles = $2,143.
-Wednesday, April 25 building fund deposit: $4,710.

Total deposits in the past four months: January: $36,013, February: $15,961, March: $44,034, April: $21,344.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$325.70 paid on April 9, 2018 for Our Sunday Visitor envelopes and mailout.
$418.00 paid on April 9, 2018 for gardening services.
$213.98 paid on April 12, 2018 for irrigation materials and labor.
$418.46 paid on April 24, 2018 for photocopier supplies.
$90.47 paid on April 24, 2018 for irrigation materials and labor.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)
Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 4). The Women disciples of the Lord heard from the Angels the joyful news of the resurrection and casting away the ancestral sentence, they announced with pride to the Apostles Death is vanquished, Christ God is risen! and has bestowed great mercy upon the world.
Troparion of Mid-Easter Season (Tone 8). O Savior, at the middle point of this festive season, give my thirsty soul to drink from the waters of piety and devotion, for You called out to all men and said: “All of you, come to Me and draw the waters of immortality.” Wherefore we bow down in worship before You and cry out with faith: “Grant us your mercy, for You are the Fountain of life.
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.
Kontakion of the Samaritan Woman (Tone 8). The Samaritan Woman came to the well with faith and saw You, the Master of Wisdom: You satisfied the thirst of her soul, and she inherited the kingdom of heaven forever.
Kondakion of Pascha (Tone 2 or 8). Though You went down in the tomb, O immortal One, You overthrew the power of Hades and rose victorious, O Christ God. You greeted the ointment bearing women, saying “Rejoice!” You gave peace to Your apostles, and to those who had Fallen resurrection.

Epistle: Acts of the Apostles 11:19-30. Joseph Nasr will read this Sunday’s Epistle. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: John 4:5-42. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:
One year memorial. Hans Van Nas (April 28, 2017).
One year memorial. George Hanna (May 3, 2017).
Six month memorial. Helen Tomey (October 29, 2017).
Twenty-five year memorial. Souad Sarkis (April 24, 1993).
Joseph Abou Hamad (April 22, 2018), William Fritug (April 19, 2018), Mary Harb (April 16, 2018), Doris Oudaimy (April 16, 2018), Riham Turk (April 5, 2018), Matthew McCarthy Paone (April 4, 2018), Father Lawrence Bilesky (April 2, 2018), Elias Dib Elassal (March 21, 2018), Ratiba (Saikaly) Khalaf (March 20, 2018), Edmond Goubran (March 19, 2018), George Abou Hamad (March 17, 2018), Georgette Genadry (March 15, 2018), Khalih Abuhouran (April 30, 2014), Fahoum Nasr (April 23, 2006), Salma Hanna (October 23, 1994).
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Riad Baddoura, Siham Baddoura, Jimmy Bahnan, Brother Gabriel Jon, Samira Mashni, Jamal Nesheiwat, Marian Tomey, José Vargas, 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:
“Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul; and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church, and taught a large company of people; and in Antioch the disciples were for the first time called Christians” (Acts 11:25-26).

“Jesus said the Samaritan woman, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again, [14] but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life’” (John 4:13-14).

Calendar:
Friday, April 27.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Saturday, April 28.
10:00 a.m.-noon. “Be My Witness” parish meeting. Open to everyone. Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church has started an adult leadership program called “Be My Witness: Formation for the New Evangelization.” This program will build leaders to help address the growing needs of our parish. There are five major modules in this program: “Sunday matters,” “Welcome matters,” “Belonging matters,” “Witness matters,” and “Mission matters.” Each one has a short and confidential assessment that will help our parish develop practical action steps. Please join us to go over the program and discuss the future growth of our parish.

4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, April 29.
On the weekend of April 28-29, parishes across the U.S. will take up the Catholic Home Missions Appeal. This collection offers financial support to missionary activities that strengthen the Catholic Church in the United States. The Appeal primarily supports dioceses in the United States that are unable to offer their people the basic pastoral ministries of word, worship, and service without outside help. For further information and last year’s financials and disbursements please visit: usccb.org/catholic-giving/opportunities-for-giving/catholic-home-missions-appeal
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
10:00 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy. One year memorial Hans Van Nas (April 28, 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.
3:00 p.m-9:00 p.m. House Blessings.

3:30 p.m. Carpool to Isaiah House (316 South Cypress Avenue, Santa Ana. http://occatholicworker.org).
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Set up, prepare meal, serve meals, visit with the women, and clean up.

Monday, April 30.
11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. House blessings.

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

Friday, May 4.
11:00 a.m. Spiritual meeting and Rosary led by Deacon Elias Kashou. We will pray for Riad Baddoura, Siham Baddoura, Jimmy Bahnan, Jamal Nesheiwat, Marian Tomey, José Vargas, and Noel Zadah. We will also pray for the repose of the soul of Edmond Goubran. Everyone is welcome. Please bring something for the pot-luck lunch.

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

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. 40 day memorial for Edmond Goubran (March 19, 2018). 1:00 p.m. mercy meal 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. 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!

2:00-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Monday, May 7 & Tuesday, May 8.
8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Father François Beyrouti will be presenting talks to all the seniors at Mater Dei Catholic High School to all the seniors.

Wednesday, May 9.
2:00-9:00 p.m. House blessings.
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.
1:00-5:30 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Ascension.

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.

2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. House blessings.

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.
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, 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 29, 2018.
Epistle: Acts of the Apostles: 11:19-30.
Prokimenon (Tone 4)
How great are your works O Lord! In wisdom you have wrought them all.
Stichon: Bless the Lord, O my soul! You are very great indeed, O Lord my God!

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles:
In those days when the disciples were dispersed by the persecution that had broken out over Stephen, they went all the way to Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to none but the Jews. But some of them were Cypriots and Cyreneans, and as they reached Antioch, they were speaking to the Greeks, announcing the Good News of the Lord Jesus. And the Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord. And word concerning them came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem and they sent Barnabas as far as Antioch. And when he got there and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced and encouraged them all to stay in the Lord with steadfast hearts: for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great multitude was added to the Lord. And Barnabas traveled to Tarsus, looking for Saul, and when he found him, he brought him back to Antioch. And it happened that for a whole year they took part in the church meetings and taught a large number of people, and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called “Christians.” Now in those days some prophets from Jerusalem came down to Antioch, and one of them named Agabus got up and revealed through the Spirit that a dire famine was threatening the whole world — and it occurred during the reign of Emperor Claudius. And so, the disciples decided to send relief to the brethren living in Judea — each one as much as he could afford — and this they did, sending it to the presbyters by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.

ALLELUIA (Tone 4)
String your bow, go forth, reign for the sake of truth, meekness and righteousness, and your right hand shall lead you wonderfully.
Stichon: You loved righteousness and hated iniquity: therefore God, your God, anointed you with the oil of joy above your companions.

Gospel of the Feast: John 4: 5-42 (Sunday of the Samaritan Woman)
The Holy Gospel According To St. John.
At that time Jesus came to a town of Samaria called Sichar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, wearied as he was from the journey, was sitting at the well. It was about the sixth hour. There came a Samaritan woman to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me to drink,” for his disciples had gone away into the town to buy food. The Samaritan woman therefore said to him, “How is it that you, although you are a Jew, ask drink of me, who am a Samaritan woman?” For Jews do not associate with Samaritans. Jesus answered and said to , her. “If you only knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give me to drink,’ you perhaps would have asked of him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have no pail, and the well is deep. Where can you get living water from? Are you greater than our father Jacob who gave us the well, and drank from it, himself, and his sons, and his flocks?” In answer Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again. He, however, who drinks of the water I will give him shall never thirst; but the water I will give him shall become in him a fountain of water, springing up unto life everlasting.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water that I may not thirst, or come here to draw.” Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband and come here.” The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have said well, I have no husband, for you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. In this you have spoken truly. “The woman said to him, “Sir, I see you are a prophet. Our fathers worshipped on this mountain, but you say Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. For the Father also seeks such to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” The woman said to him, “I know that the Messiah is coming (who is called Christ), and when he comes he will tell us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak with you am he.” And at this point his disciples came; and they wondered that he was speaking with a woman. Yet no one said, “What do you seek?” or “Why do you speak with her?” The woman therefore left her water-jar and went away into the town, and said to the people, “Come and see a man who has told me all I have ever done. Can he be the Christ?” They went out from the town and came to meet him. Meanwhile, his disciples begged him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But he said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” The disciples therefore said to one another, “Has someone brought him something to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of the one who sent me, to accomplish his work. Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Well, I say to you, lift up your eyes and behold that the fields are already white for the harvest. And the one who reaps receives a wage, and gathers fruit unto life everlasting, so that the sower and the reaper may rejoice together. For herein is the proverb true, ‘One sows, another reaps.’ I have sent you to reap that on which you have not labored. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.” Now many of the Samaritans of that town believed in him because of the word of the woman who bore witness, “He told me all I have ever done.” When, therefore, the Samaritans had come to him, they begged him to stay there; and he stayed two days. And far more believed because of his word. And they said to the woman, “We no longer believe because of what you have said, for we have heard for ourselves and we know this is in truth the Savior of the world,” the Christ.

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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 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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