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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, May 13, 2018.
Sunday of the Fathers of Nicea. On this day, the Church celebrates the memory of the three hundred and eighteen God-bearing Fathers who attended the First Ecumenical Council of Nicea (325), in the course of which the Catholic doctrine of the Holy Trinity was defined. Arius (280-336), an arch-priest of Alexandria, had taught the heresy that the Son was not equal to the Father, being neither of the same essence nor infinite nor eternal; that He was a creature, the most perfect creature of God, but yet not God, and that consequently his Mother was not the Mother of God.
Athanasius, Archbishop of Alexandria, opposed these errors with all his might. He eloquently exposed the true teaching, that the Word of God was indeed God in reality, and that through the incarnation He became a real man. The controversy raged throughout the Roman Empire, throwing it into a state of turmoil. Emperor Constantine decided to submit the matter to the judgement of the Universal Church, and so he called a general council that convened in Nicea. From the discussion came the Nicean Creed in which the answer to Arianism is expressed in the following passage: “I believe in Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages, God of God, Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten not made, of one substance with the Father.”

May 13. Commemoration of the Holy Woman Martyr Glyceria. Glyceria died under the Roman Emperor Antonius (138-161).

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

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).

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 23 & June 13. 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: Potluck and Game Night: We will meet at the Church hall on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. Please bring a dish to share as this is a potluck, as well as; any board games you may want to play. 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.

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.

Isaiah House Women’s Shelter. Holy Cross Church prepares and serves a meal for the women at Isaiah House (316 South Cypress Avenue, Santa Ana) every month that has a 5th Sunday. Volunteer to help prepare, serve, and enjoy a meal with those in need.
Upcoming dates: 2018: July 29, September 30, December 30. 2019: March 31, June 30, September 29, December 29. Time: 3:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Contact the office on how to get involved.

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.

Vocational Awareness. Our young people want the reality of a relationship with Jesus Christ, which is demanding in a way that attracts them if presented in its fullness. There are signs of hope in the new generation of young adults for vocations to serve the church but their discernment depends largely on the dedication of those around them. Catholics need to identify and support with renewed intensity the things that are producing the greatest fruit for the Church’s next generation of religious: weekly Liturgy, conversation about faith in the home, Bible study, retreats, and participation in parish ministry...and done with the joy of resurrection. We have an opportunity here at Holy Cross to attract our young people when we take their questions about life seriously and give their situations a deeper values than they get in the superficial areas of their existence. We know what lasts and what will protect and heal them in the future.

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.
-Saturday, May 5 collection: $185 in 4 envelopes (average of $46 per envelope) + $20 cash = $205.
-Sunday, May 6 collection: $2,251 in 35 envelopes (average of $64 per envelope) + $303 cash + $159 candles = $2,713.
-Wednesday, May 9 building fund deposit: $2,400.

Total deposits in the past four months: February: $15,961, March: $44,034, April: $23,236, May: $8,588.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$118.63 paid on April 2, 2018 for Printer leasing & supplies.
$77.33 paid on April 9, 2018 for So Cal Gas.
$472.42 paid on April 9, 2018 for So Cal Edison Electricity.
$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.
$230.85 paid on April 23, 2018 for Republic trash services.
$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 6). The angelic powers appeared at Your tomb, and the guards became as dead men, and Mary stood by the Sepulcher seeking Your spotless Body. You despoiled Hades and yet were not tempted by it, You met the Virgin O Bestower of Life. O Lord Who rose from the dead glory to You.
Troparion of the Ascension (Tone 4). You ascended in glory, O Christ our God, and gladdened Your disciples by the promise of the Holy Spirit. Through Your blessing they were confirmed in their belief that You are the Son of God, the Redeemer of the world.
Troparion of the Fathers (Tone 8). O Christ our God, You are infinitely glorified, for You established our Fathers as radiant stars on earth: You led us to the true faith though them. O Most Merciful One, glory to You!
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 Ascension (Tone 6). After fulfilling for us Your plan of redemption and joining the things of earth with those of heaven, O Christ our God, You gloriously ascended without abandoning us, but remained with us forever and reassured all who love You by telling them: “Behold, I am with you: no one has power against you.”

Epistle: Acts of the Apostles 20:16-18, 28-36. Nicole Saullo will read this Sunday’s Epistle. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: John 17:1-13. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:
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), Edmond Goubran (March 19, 2018), George Abou Hamad (March 17, 2018), Abdo Gergi Bou Khalil (March 10, 2018), Maysa Sayagh (November 14, 2017), Basem Zanayed (2015), Riziq Zanayed (2010), Foud Zanayed (2008), Hanna Yacoub Fahel (May 18, 2005), Karim Mezied (March 3, 1989).
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:
“Paul said to them: ‘Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God which he obtained with the blood of his own Son. [29] I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; [30] and from among your own selves will arise men speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.’ ” (Acts of the Apostles 20:28-30)

“When Jesus had spoken these words, He lifted up His eyes to heaven and said, ‘Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son that the Son may glorify You, [2] since You have given Him power over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom You have given him. [3] And this is eternal life, that they know You the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (John 17:1-3)

Calendar:
Thursday, May 10.
7:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Ascension.

Friday, May 11.
3:30 p.m. Baptism for Nour Salman, child of Salam and Luma Salman.

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.

Tuesday, May 15.
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.
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 24.
2:30-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Friday, May 25.
2:00-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

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.

3:00-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Wednesday, May 30.
2:00-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Thursday, May 31.
2:00-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

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

Friday, June 1.
2:00-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

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

Sunday, June 3.
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. 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.
12:15-4:30 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35. TBD.

2:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

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

Saturday, June 9.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, June 10.
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.

5:45 p.m. Music practice in the hall.
6:30 p.m. Divine Liturgy. The Melkite Eastern Catholic Community at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691.

Monday, June 11.
7:30 p.m. Young Adults Group: Meeting at Downtown Disney at 7:30 p.m. for dinner and fireworks.

Wednesday, June 13.
2:00 p.m.-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, June 14.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Saturday, June 16.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer) and Bible study.

Sunday, June 17. Father’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. 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.

Thursday, June 21.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Saturday, June 23.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, June 24.
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.

Wednesday, June 27.
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, June 28.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Saturday, June 30.
5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic

Readings for Sunday, May 13, 2018.
Epistle: Acts of the Apostles: 20:16-18, 28-36.
Prokimenon (Tone 7)
Blessed are You, O Lord God of our fathers, and Your name is worthy of praise and glorious forever.
Stichon: For You are just in all You have done to us, and all Your works are true and Your ways right.

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles:
In those days Paul decided to sail past Ephesus so as not to waste time in Asia. For he was hurrying as much as he could in order to reach Jerusalem for the day of Pentecost. From Miletus, however, he had sent an invitation to Ephesus for the presbyters of the church. And when they had come to him, he said to them, (20:28) “Be careful about yourselves and the whole flock over which the Holy Spirit has placed you as bishops, to herd the Church of God which He has redeemed through His own blood. For I know this, that after I am gone fierce wolves will get in among you and will not spare the flock. And from among you, some men will rise, speaking perverse doctrines, to draw away the disciples after them. “Watch, therefore, and remember that for three years, night and day, I did not cease to warn with tears every one of you. And now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the Word of His grace, Who is able to edify and to grant you an inheritance among all His blessed ones.

“I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or clothing. You, yourselves, know these hands of mine have provided for my needs and those of my companions. In all things, I have shown you that by working in this way you should help the weak, and remember that the Lord Jesus said in person, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” And after saying this, he knelt down and prayed with them all.

ALLELUIA (Tone 1)
The God of gods, the Lord has spoken and summoned the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.
Stichon: Gather His faithful ones around Him, those who have made a covenant with Him through sacrifices.

Gospel of the Feast: John 17:1-13 (Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Council of Nicea)
The Holy Gospel According To St. John.
At that time Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come! Glorify Your Son, that Your Son may glorify You, even as You have given Him power over all flesh, in order that to all You have given Him, He may give everlasting life. Now this is everlasting life, that they may know You, the only true God, and the One You have sent, Jesus Christ. I have glorified You on earth; I have accomplished the work You have given Me to do. And now do You, Father, glorify Me with Yourself, with the glory that I had with You before the world existed. I have manifested Your name to the men You have given me out of the world. They were Yours, and You have given them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have learned that whatever You have given Me is from You; because the words that You have given Me, I have given to them. And they have received them, and have known as a fact that I came forth from You, and they have believed that You did send Me. I pray for them; not for the world do I pray, but for those whom You have given Me, because they are Yours; and all things that are Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine; and I am glorified in them. And I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, keep in Your name those You have given Me, that they may be one even as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those You have given Me, I guarded; and not one of them perished except the son of perdition, in order that the Scriptures might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to You and these things I speak in the world, in order that they may have My joy made full in themselves.”

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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: 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: 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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