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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, May 6, 2018.
Sunday of the Man Born Blind. Passing through the temple, Jesus saw a man who had been blind since birth. He had compassion on him, and so, putting clay over his eyes, He said to him: “Go to the pool of Siloe and wash.” And as the man washed, he recovered his sight; and he proclaimed the glory of God. But his relatives asked him: “Who opened your eyes that no living creature could heal?” And he answered: “A man called Jesus. He told me to go and wash in the pool of Siloe. He is truly Christ, the Messias, of whom Moses wrote in the Law: He is the Saviour of our souls.” (From Vespers.)

May 6. Commemoration of Job, the Holy and long-suffering One.
Job is a model of patience and submission to God’s will. He probably lived in what is now the Hauran area of Syria.

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 servant of God Mousa Emsais age 95 who reposed in the Lord on May 2, 2018. Father in law of Lorret Emsis and Grandfather to Merna, Mousa & Malessa Emsis. Condolences will be accepted at the home of the Emsis (7665 Coronado Dr. Buena Park 90621) on Friday & Saturday, May 4 & 5, 2018 from 6-10 p.m. Funeral will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 2:00 p.m., at Forest Lawn Cypress Cemetery (4471 Lincoln Ave, Cypress, CA 90630). Mercy meal to follow at St. Luke's Antiochian Orthodox (13261 Dunklee Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92840). May his memory be eternal.

Thank you to all those who donated for the Catholic Mission’s Second Collection. We raised $962.

Thank you to all those who participated in the “Be My Witness” parish meeting on Saturday, April 28. 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 support the program and help 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 Patriarch. 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: Potluck and Game Night in the church hall; June 3: TBD; June 11: Dinner and walk in Down Town Disney; July 1: Indoor Rock Climbing; July 14: Movie at the Beach.

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).

Friday, May 18, 2018. 7:00 p.m. “That they may be one as You Father are in Me and I in You.” (John 17:20). The 12th annual Roman Catholic, Eastern Catholic, and Orthodox Christian Ecumenical Service of Prayer for Christian Unity at Pentecost will be held at Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church (995 N. West Street, Anaheim, CA 92801) on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. Featured speaker: Father François Beyrouti. A reception will follow the service. Featuring choirs from Saint Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church, St. Paul’s Assyrian Church of the East, St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, and the Coptic Youth Singers. Organized by “Orthodox and Catholics Together in Orange County” octoc.org

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.

Sunday, May 20, 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.

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 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 envelope) + $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.
-Sunday, April 29 collection: $1,425 in 39 envelopes (average of $37 per envelope) + $214 cash + $253 candles = $1,892.
-Wednesday, May 2 building fund deposit: $3,270.

Total deposits in the past four months: February: $15,961, March: $44,034, April: $23,236, May: $3,270.

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.
$8,608.00 paid on April 30, 2018 for Catholic Mutual Group Church Insurance.
$123.39 paid on April 30, 2018 for Anthem Church Supply palms.
$400.00 paid on April 30, 2018 for Church annual Fire Permit.
$45.01 paid on April 30, 2018 for Sparkletts water service.
$112.98 paid on April 30, 2018 for American Chemical & Sanitary Supplies.
$398.18 paid on April 30, 2018 for Church cleaning company.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)
Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 5). Let us O Faithful praise and worship the Word coeternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our salvation. For He has willed to be lifted in the flesh upon the Cross, and to endure death, and to raise the dead by his glorious Resurrection.
Troparion of the Blind Man (Tone 4). I have lost the very eyes of my soul, wherefore I come to You, O Christ, as did the man who had been blind from birth, and I cry out to You with repentance: “To those who stumble in darkness, You are a radiant and resplendent light.”
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 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 16:16-34. Simon Jr. Semaan will read this Sunday’s Epistle. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: John 9:1-38. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:
40 day memorial for Edmond Goubran (March 19, 2018).
Mousa Emsais (May 2, 2018), Issa Sami Ewiss (April 28, 2018), Alfie Evans (April 28, 2018), Kawter Shaban (April 28, 2018), Joseph Abou Hamad (April 22, 2018), Georgette Mahfouz Abou-Eid (April 21, 2018), William Fritug (April 19, 2018), Mary Harb (April 16, 2018), Lily Oudaimy (April 16, 2018), Nazha Al Moussa (April 13, 2018), Elias Georges Issa (April 9, 2018), Riham Turk (April 5, 2018), Matthew McCarthy Paone (April 4, 2018), Father Lawrence Bilesky (April 2, 2018), Maria Parison (March 22, 2018), Elias Dib Elassal (March 21, 2018), Ratiba (Saikaly) Khalaf (March 20, 2018), George Abou Hamad (March 17, 2018), Abdo Gergi Bou Khalil (March 10, 2018), Maysa Sayagh (November 14, 2017), Hans Van Nas (April 28, 2017), Ablah Nesheiwat (September 9, 2016), Lutfi Lutfi (April 5, 2012), Fayzeh Nesheiwat (March 23, 2004), Issa Turgman (December 27, 1997), Rada Nesheiwat (December 13, 1987), Touma Nesheiwat.
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:
“He called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas, [30] and brought them out and said, ‘Men, what must I do to be saved?’ [31] And they said, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.’ ” (Acts of the Apostles 16:29-31)

“So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and said to him, ‘Give God the praise; we know that this man is a sinner.’ [25] He answered, ‘Whether he is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I know, that though I was blind, now I see.’ ” (John 9:24-25)

Calendar:
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 and mercy meal in hall for Edmond Goubran (March 19, 2018).
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.

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.
1:30-5:30 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.

Wednesday, May 16.
1:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

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.

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

Tuesday, May 22.
7:00 p.m. Potluck 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. 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, May 6, 2018.
Epistle: Acts of the Apostles: 16:16-34.
Prokimenon (Tone 5)
You, O Lord, will keep us and preserve us always from this generation.
Stichon: Save me, O Lord, for there is no longer any holy man, for truthfulness has vanished from among the children of men.

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles:
In those days it came to pass that as we the disciples were going to pray, we were met by a girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her masters much profit by her soothsaying. Now, she was following Paul and us, and kept crying out loudly, “These men are servants of the most high God, and they announce to you a way of salvation!” This she did for many days. But Paul could not stand it, so he turned and said to the spirit, “I order you in the name of Jesus Christ: get out of her!” And it went out of her that very moment.
But seeing that their hope of profit was gone, her masters seized Paul and Silas and dragged them to the market-place before the authorities; and bringing them to the magistrates, they said, “These men are disturbing our city. They are Jews, and they advocate practices it is not permitted for us to adopt or observe, since we are Romans.”
And the crowd opposed them too, and the magistrates tore off their cloaks and ordered them to be beaten with rods. And after inflicting many blows on them, they threw them in jail, ordering the jailer to keep them under safe guard. And he, receiving this command, consigned them to the inner jail and fastened their feet in the stocks.
But at midnight, while Paul and Silas were singing hymns to God, the prisoners listened to them. And suddenly, there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the jail were shaken, and at once all the doors flew open and everyone’s chains came loose.
But when the jailer woke up and saw all the doors of the jail open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, thinking the prisoners had escaped.
But Paul cried out in a loud voice, saying, “Do not hurt yourself, for we are all here!” Then calling for a light, he ran in, and trembling with fear, fell at the feet of Paul and Silas. And he let them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you shall be saved together with your household.”
And he spoke to him the word of the Lord, and also to all his household. And he took them at that same hour of the night, and washed their wounds; and he himself was baptized, and all those of his household immediately after. And taking them into his house, he set a table before them, and rejoiced with all his household over his faith in God.

ALLELUIA (Tone 5)
Your favor, O Lord, I will sing forever; from generation to generation,
my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness.
Stichon: “My kindness is established forever.”
In heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness.

Gospel of the Feast: John 9:1-38 (Sunday of the Man Born Blind)
The Holy Gospel According To St. John.
At that time as Jesus was passing by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who has sinned, this man or his parents, that he should be born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither has this man sinned nor have his parents, but the works of God were to be made manifest in him. I must do the works of the one who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world I am the Light of the world.” When he had said these things, he spat on the ground and made clay with the spittle, and spread the clay over the man’s eyes, and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam (which is interpreted ‘sent’).” So he went away, and washed, and returned seeing. The neighbors therefore and those who had seen earlier that he was blind began saying, “Is not this the man who used to sit and beg?” Some said, “It is.” But others said, “He only looks like him.” Yet, the man declared, “I am the one.” They therefore asked him, “How were your eyes opened?” He answered and said, “The man who is called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ And I went and washed, and I see.” And they asked him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.” They took the man who had been blind to the Pharisees. Now, it was a Sabbath on which Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. Again, therefore, the Pharisees asked him: how he received his sight. But he said to them, “He put clay upon my eyes, and I washed, and I see.” Therefore some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner work these signs?” And there was a division among them. Again therefore they said to the blind man, “What do you say of the one who opened your eyes?” But he said, “He is a prophet.” he Jews therefore did not believe of him that he had been blind and had got his sight, until they called the parents of the one who had gained his sight, and questioned them, saying, “Is this your son, of whom you say he was born blind? How then does he now see?” His parents answered them and said, “We know this is our son, and that he was born blind; but how he now sees we do not know, or who opened his eyes we ourselves do not know. Ask him; he is of age, let him speak for himself.” These things his parents said because they feared the Jews. For already the Jews had agreed that if anyone were to confess him to be the Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue. This is why his parents said, “He is of age; question him.” They therefore called a second time the man who had been blind, and said to him, “Give glory to God! We ourselves know this man is a sinner.” He therefore said, “Whether he is a sinner, I do not know. One thing I do know, that whereas I was blind, now I see.” They therefore asked him again, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” He answered them, “I have told you already, but you did not listen. Why would you hear a second time? Would you also become his disciples?” They heaped abuse on him therefore and said, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know God spoke to Moses; but as for this man, we do not know where he is from.” In answer the man said to them, “Why herein is the marvel, that you do not know where he is from, and yet he opened my eyes. Now we know God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshipper of God, and does his will, him he hears. Not from the beginning of the world has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” They answered and said to him, “You were altogether born in sins, and do you teach us?” And they turned him out. Jesus heard they had turned him out, and when he had found him, said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?” He answered and said, “Who is he, Lord, that I may believe in him?” And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen him, and he it is who speaks with you.” And he said, “I believe, Lord.” And falling down, he worshipped him.

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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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