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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, June 3, 2018.
The Call of the First Apostle. 2nd Sunday After Pentecost.

June 3. Commemoration of The Holy Martyrs Lucillian and His Companions. Lucillian was a pagan priest. Converted to Christianity, he suffered a martyr's death in Nicomedia under Emperor Aurelian.

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 and download forms at: 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 in honor of Patriarch Joseph Absi’s visit. Please join us for this historical occasion to welcome our Patriarch. Caesar Banquet Hall (6723 Foothill Blvd, Tujunga, CA 91042). Tickets for the luncheon are $65 a person. Please call Holy Cross Church office to reserve a seat.

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 June 10, 2018, at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
2018 dates: 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).

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: June 13 & 27. Parish center. Room 6.

Our Eastern Christian Formation (Sunday School) program is for all children up to grade 8. Graduation in the Church Sunday, June 3. Program will start again after summer.

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: Pool Party and BBQ: We will gather at the tree in the courtyard after church from there we will go to one of our parishioner's house in Yorba Linda for some bbq and swimming. June 3: Pool Party and BBQ; June 11: Dinner and walk in Down Town Disney; July 1: No event due to Holiday Weekend; July 14: Movie at the Beach; August 5: Ice Skating.

Seminarian Mikhael Naddaf will be with us at Holy Cross Church from June 9-August 9. Please keep him in your prayers as he discerns his priestly vocation and as he experiences the life of our parish.

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. 2018 dates: 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. Jesus called the Apostles to collaborate with Him in His ministry to “catch people in His nets” so that they might be saved. Jesus and His Apostles did this by preaching, teaching, and healing. In today’s Epistle, Saint Paul manifests that same interest in “catching” all for God. Christ continues to call people to the priesthood to continue His ministry among us. Pray for your vocation and that many will respond to that call to serve as priests in our Eparchy.

Vocation View. Saint Paul urges Christian readers to live a life of communion, in mutual love, and in the love that God has given us. Jesus teaches us the importance and implications of that life of loving communion. Who shall preach and teach it to us today? Pray for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and monastic life and encourage possible candidates.

A Prayer for Vocations. O Lord God, in every age, You invite men and women to hear Your call to serve You and the Church. We bow before You now, asking that You call forth more persons to serve our Melkite Church in America. Give us priests, deacons, monks and nuns, who will lead and guide your holy people. By Your will, bless us with vocations so that we continue to be the church which You called us to be, centuries ago. Let all hear Your voice inviting them to care for and serve Your people. Strengthen us in being disciples of Jesus Christ, Your Only-begotten Son and fishers of men. Inspire in us the spirit and pride of Antioch, our holy heritage. We ask You, O Lover of mankind, to raise up men and women who appreciate what they have received from You and who want to be generous in their service, willing to offer their lives and all their gifts, to serve others, to give You glory, thanksgiving and worship, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever. Amen.

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 July and August 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:
-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.
-Sunday, May 13 collection: $698 in 28 envelopes (average of $25 per envelope) + $130 cash + $137 candles = $965.
-Sunday, May 13 Mission Viejo collection: $335.
-Wednesday, May 16 building fund deposit: $4,560.
-Sunday, May 20 collection: $1,520 in 32 envelopes (average of $48 per envelope) + $220 cash + $99 candles = $1,839.
-Wednesday, May 23 building fund deposit: $1,649.
-Sunday, May 27 collection: $1,265 in 34 envelopes (average of $37 per envelope) + $197 cash + $100 candles = $1,562.
-Wednesday, May 30 building fund deposit: $4,987.

Total deposits in the past four months: February: $15,961, March: $44,034, April: $23,236, May: $24,485.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$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.
$133.10 paid on May 8, 2018 for Leaflet Missal Company. Mother’s and Father’s day prayer books.
$832.20 paid on May 14, 2018 for General Wax church supplies.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)
Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 1). While the stone was sealed by the Jews and soldiers were watching your sacred body, You rose, O Savior, on the third day, giving life to the world. Wherefore, O Giver of life, the powers of heaven cried out: Glory to Your resurrection, O Christ. Glory to Your kingdom, glory to Your Plan of redemption, O You who alone are the Lover of mankind.
Troparion of the Divine Body (Tone 1). Christ, having loved His own, loved them until the end and gave them His Body and Blood as food and drink. Wherefore let us offer them our veneration and say with fear: “O Christ, glory to Your presence, glory to Your compassion, glory to Your condescension: for You alone are the Lover of Mankind.”
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 Feast (Tone 2). O Christ, do not turn Your face away from me: for I partake of the bread which is Your Body and of the wine which is Your Blood. O Lord, let my sharing in these august mysteries be not for my judgment and condemnation, but for my eternal and everlasting life.

Epistle: Romans 2: 10-16. Tamer Kashou will read this Sunday’s Epistle. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Matthew 4: 18-23. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:
Diana Emseis (May 25, 2018), Haifa Nesheiwat (May 18, 2018), Dr. Claire Hanna Matta (May 15, 2018), John the Baptist Khang Van Tran (May 14, 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), Abdo Gergi Bou Khalil (March 10, 2018), Elias Georges Issa (March 9, 2018).
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Jimmy Bahnan, Bishop Peter Hickman, Brother Gabriel Jon, Bill Jacobson and Family, George and Majda Kassaseya, Caryl McCabe Family, Samira Mashni, Jamal Nesheiwat, Avo Semerdjian, 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:
“For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified.” (Romans 2:13)

“As Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. [19] And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ [20] Immediately they left their nets and followed him. [21] And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. [22] Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.” (Matthew 4:18-22)

Calendar:
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 followed by Sunday School Graduation.
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. Pool Party and BBQ. We will gather at the tree in the courtyard after church from there we will go to one of our parishioner's house in Yorba Linda for a BBQ and swimming.

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.

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.

Monday, June 11.
7:30 p.m. Young Adults Group: Meeting at Downtown Disney. We will meet at downtown Disney for dinner at 7:30 p.m. followed by dessert and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 12.
7:00 p.m. Be My Witness leadership team meeting.

Wednesday, June 13.
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Join famous author, Catholic convert, and professor Scott Hahn for a powerful morning presentation on our Catholic faith. Best-selling author and renowned biblical scholar Scott Hahn will go deeper into the meaning of Scripture in the Church and our lives today. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about the Saint Paul Center and their mission to promote Biblical literacy from the heart of the Church, as well as purchase the books Dr. Hahn draws from in his talks. Go deeper in your faith—register for this powerful event today! Event Schedule: 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.: Talk by Scott Hahn. 10:00 a.m.–10:15 a.m.: St. Paul Center Presentation. 10:15 a.m.–10:45 a.m.: Break. Books available for sale. 10:45 a.m.–11:45 a.m.: Talk by Scott Hahn. 11:45 a.m.: Closing announcements, Books available for sale.
Location: Christ Cathedral Campus. 13280 Chapman Ave. Garden Grove, CA 92840. $20.00. Register at: stpaulcenter.com/product/christcathedral or 740-264-9535 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

Friday, June 15.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Friday, June 15-Sunday, June 17, 2018 (Father’s Day weekend). Saint John Maron Maronite Catholic Church Festival. 300 S Flower St, Orange, CA 92868.

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

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.

Tuesday, June 19.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Thursday, June 21.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Friday, June 22.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

June 22-29. Religious Freedom Week.

Saturday, June 23.
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.

2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. House blessings.

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.
5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Friday, June 29.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

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

Sunday, July 1.
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.
Young Adults Group for ages 21-35. No event due to Holiday Weekend.

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

Thursday, July 5.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

July 5-8, 2018. Houston, Texas. Melkite Convention. Lift up your eyes. The fields are ready for the harvest.

Saturday, July 7.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, July 8.
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, July 11.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Thursday, July 12.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Friday, July 13.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Saturday, July 14.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer). Youth Vespers.
7:00 p.m. Young Adults Group: Jaws movie on the beach. We will meet at Huntington State Beach at Newland & Pacific Coast Highway.

Sunday, July 15.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
10:00 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.
1:30 p.m. Theosis Meeting in Conference Room. Adult members of Cross Church are invited to learn more about their Eastern Byzantine tradition by attending our monthly meetings to discuss how Scripture and Christ’s teachings show us how God became man in order so that man can become God-like. Anyone seeking more information can contact - Mark Bergeron at (714) 307-2196.

3:00 p.m.-5:00 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.

Monday, July 16-Friday, July 20.
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Vacation Bible Camp.

Wednesday, July 18.
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, July 19.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Friday, July 20.
7:00 p.m. Pontifical Divine Liturgy presided by Patriarch Joseph Absi at Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church.
8:30 p.m. Pot-luck dinner in the hall. Please call the office if you are able to bring a food item.

Sunday, July 22.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
10:00 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.
2:30 p.m. Luncheon in honor of Patriarch Joseph Absi’s visit. Please join us for this historical occasion to welcome our Patriarch. Caesar Banquet Hall (6723 Foothill Blvd, Tujunga, CA 91042). Tickets for the luncheon are $65 a person. Please call Holy Cross Church office to reserve a seat.

Readings for Sunday, June 3, 2018.
Epistle: Romans 2:10-16.
Prokimenon (Tone 1)
May Your kindness, O Lord, be upon us, for we have hoped in You.
Stichon: Exult, you just, in the Lord; praise from the upright is fitting.

A Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans:
Brethren, glory, honor and peace to everyone who does good works, first to the Jew, then to the Greek, since with God there is no favoritism.
For all those who have sinned without the Law will perish without the Law, and all those who have sinned under the Law will be judged under the Law. (Before God, indeed, it is not those who hear the Law who are just, but those who follow the Law who will be justified. When the Gentiles who do not have the Law do by nature what the Law commands, while they do not have the Law, they are their own law: they show the work of the Law written in their hearts. The conscience bears witness to them, even when conflicting thoughts accuse or defend them) on the day when God will judge the hidden secrets of men according to what I preach, through Jesus Christ.

ALLELUIA (Tone 1)
O God, You granted me retribution and made peoples subject to me and saved me from my raging enemies.
Stichon: Therefore I will proclaim You, O Lord, among the nations and I will sing praise to Your name.

Gospel of the Feast: Matthew 4: 18-23 (Call of the First Disciples).
The Holy Gospel According To St. Matthew.
At that time as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea (for they were fishermen). And He said to them, “Come, follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” And at once they left the nets and followed Him. And going farther on, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and his brother John, in a boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and He called them. And immediately they left their nets and their father, and followed Him. And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the Good News of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness among the people.

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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: 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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