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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, August 12, 2018.
12th Sunday After Pentecost. The Rich Young Man.

August 12. Seventh Day of Celebration of the Transfiguration; commemoration of the Holy Martyrs Photius and Anicetus. Photius and Anicetus were martyred in Nicomedia in the year 305.

With faith in the Risen Lord, I notify you of the death of Mr. Sebastian Pappy, father of Rev. Angelos Sebastian, who passed into eternal life on August 4, 2018 in Kollan, Kerala, India. The following funeral services are scheduled for Mr. Pappy: Funeral Mass, Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 3:00 pm. St. George Catholic Church. Kollam, Kerala, India. In your kindness and charity, please remember Mr. Sebastian Pappy and his family in your Masses and prayers. Condolences may be sent to: Rev. Angelos Sebastian. St. Kilian Church. 26872 Estanciero Drive. Mission Viejo, CA 92691. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sunday, August 12. Falafel Luncheon. Following the 11 a.m. Divine Liturgy the Lady’s Socity will be hosting a Falafel Luncheon. Plates are $10 and come with Falafel, Hummus, Tahini Salad, Bread, Soda, and Dessert. Invite your friends and family to join in this delicious luncheon.

Thank you to all those who helped prepare for Patriarch Joseph Absi’s Visit. It took a great amount of effort and time to get our church ready for our Patriarch’s visit. We appreciate everyone working together to make this beautiful event possible. Thank you to all those who donated food, money, and their time to organize the complimentary dinner that followed the Divine Liturgy.
Congratulations to the three couples who received the Cross of Jerusalem from Patriarch Joseph for their great dedication and service to Holy Cross Church, to our Melkite Diocese in the United States, and to Catholic charities around the world. We congratulate them and ask the abundance of God’s blessings upon: Peter & Christine Gambino, Saleem & Huda Lahlouh, Simon & Pierrette Semaan, and their families.

This year’s Vacation Bible Camp was a great success. Our theme during our Monday, July 16 – Friday, July 20, 2017 program was “Shipwrecked-Rescued by Jesus.” The children experienced God’s Word in surprising and unforgettable ways. Each day, leaders reinforced one simple Bible truth and encouraged the children to remember and apply the message to real life situations.
This year we had over 25 participants and over 40 volunteers. A special thank you to all our amazing volunteers who helped share God’s word with our children. The program took hundreds of hours to prepare and it could not have been done without your encouragement and support. We are blessed to have such a caring community. May God continue to grant our Church great spiritual growth in the years to come.
Next year’s Vacation Bible Camp theme is “Roar! Life is Wild, God is Good!” and will be filled with great programs, skits, songs, spiritual growth, and a whole lot of fun. We hope to see everyone back next year for another remarkable program.

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 August 12, 2018, at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
2018 dates: Sunday, August 12, Sunday, September 16, Sunday, October 14, Sunday, November 11, and 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: August 22 and September 12. Parish center. Room 6.

Our Eastern Christian Formation (Sunday School) program for all children Kindergarten to grade 8 will re-start on September 9, 2018. We also need teachers and assistants for our program. Please contact the office if you are interested in teaching our wonderful children. (714) 985-1710. The registration form is available at: holycrossmelkite.org/ministries/ecf

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:
August 16: 7:00 p.m. Long Beach Stroll and Savor. We will meet at the event: (On 2nd Street between Livingston Drive and Bay Shore Drive, Long Beach, California 90803). Arrive early as parking will be a little difficult.
September 2: 12:15 p.m. Batting Cages.
September 13: 7:00 p.m. Bon Fire at the beach.

I was great having Seminarian Mikhael Naddaf at Holy Cross Church for his summer seminarian internship. Thank you Mikhael for your heart and your soul these past two months. It will be sad seeing you go, but we know you will develop into a fine priest. Please keep Mikhael in your prayers as he discerns his priestly vocation. May God watch over you through all that you do in life.

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: September 30, and December 30. 2019 dates: March 31, June 30, September 29, and December 29. Time: 3:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Contact the office on how to get involved.

Women’s Silent Retreat. Reservations are now being accepted for the Women’s Silent Retreat November 9-11, at Sacred Heart Retreat House in Alhambra. The theme this year is “In You all find their home” Psalm 87:7, and will be led by retreat master Fr. John Paul Ouellette, CFR. For information and reservations, please contact Melinda Guinaldo at (714) 403-8455.

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. Saint Paul is aware of the fact that he is in the line of those who ministered before him and that he is handing on what came from God for His people. In today’s Gospel, Jesus calls upon someone to follow Him and serve in the manner of the Apostles, but the young man, unlike Saint Paul, is not able to give his life to that vocation. Have we encouraged and supported those whom the Lord may be calling to the priesthood or monastic life in our midst by our prayers and support? Have we prayed about our own Vocation?

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 September and October 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:
-Friday, July 20 collection: $2,315 in 20 envelopes (average of $116 per envelope) + $490 cash + $147 candles = $2,952.
-Sunday, July 22 collection: $2,315 in 28 envelopes (average of $83 per envelope) + $140 cash = $2,450
-Friday, July 27 building fund deposit: $3,485.
-Sunday, July 29 collection: $2,236 in 31 envelopes (average of $72 per envelope) + $253 cash + $158 candles = $2,647.
-Friday, August 3 building fund deposit: $1,194.
-Saturday, August 4 collection: $255 in 7 envelopes (average of $36 per envelope) + $194 cash = $419
-Sunday, August 5 collection: $1,769 in 29 envelopes (average of $61 per envelope) + $128 cash + $125 candles = $2,022.
-Wednesday, August 8 building fund deposit: $2,230.

Total deposits in the past four months: May: $24,485, June: $18,839, July: $25,177. August: $5,865.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$230.00 paid on July 2, 2018 for Gardening services.
$1,529.02 paid on July 2, 2018 for Golden State Water.
$118.63 paid on July 2, 2018 for Printer leasing and services.
$532.01 paid on July 9, 2018 for SoCal Edison Electricity.
$29.17 paid on July 9, 2018 for SoCal Gas.
$340.00 paid on July 17, 2018 for Christopherson Fire Protection system check.
$45.64 paid on July 17, 2018 for Sparkletts water services.
$161.19 paid on July 23, 2018 for Republic Trash services.
$441.46 paid on August 2, 2018 for Church Cleaning services.
$200.00 paid on August 2, 2018 for Gardening services.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)
Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 3). Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad! For the Lord has done a wondrous deed by His arm! He has crushed Death by His death becoming the first to rise from the dead. He has delivered us from the mouth of Hades and bestowed great mercy upon the world.
Troparion of the Feast of Transfiguration (Tone 7). You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God showing your disciples as much of your glory as they could hold. Let your eternal light shine also upon us sinners, through the prayer of the Mother of God, O Giver of light, glory to You.
Troparion of the Martyrs (Tone 4). Your Martyrs O Lord, received the crown of immortality on account of their good fight. Armed with your strength, they have vanquished their persecutors and crushed Satan’s dreadful might. Through their supplications, O Christ God, save our souls!
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 Transfiguration (Tone 7). O Christ God, you were transfigured on the Mountain, and your disciples saw as much of your glory as they could hold, so that seeing You crucified they would know You had willed to suffer your passion and would proclaim to the world that You as verily the Reflection of the Father.

Epistle: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11. 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 19:16-26. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:
Avadis (Avo) Semeridgian (August 8, 2018), Sebastian Pappy (August 4, 2018), Juana Flores de Lopez (July 26, 2018), Barbara Patterson (July 19, 2018), Marino Kilzi (July 17, 2018), John Koury (June 16, 2018).
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Jimmy Bahnan, George & Majda Kassaseya, Jamal Nesheiwat, Fr. Jim Ries, Florence Shaib.
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 I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, [4] that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).

“Behold, one came up to him, saying, ‘Teacher, what good deed must I do, to have eternal life?’ [17] And he said to him, ‘Why do you ask me about what is good? One there is who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.’ [18] He said to him, ‘Which?’ And Jesus said, ‘You shall not kill, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, [19] Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself’ ” (Matthew 19:16-19).

Calendar:
Prayer and fasting in preparation for the feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God on August 15. The Feast of the Dormition is preceded by a two-week fast, referred to as the Dormition Fast from August 1 to August 14. The full fast consists of abstaining from red meat, poultry, meat products, dairy products (eggs and milk products), fish, oil, and wine. On the Feast of the Transfiguration on August 6, fish, wine, and oil are allowed.

Saturday, August 11.
No confession today.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, August 12.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
10:00 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy. Homily by Fr. James Barrand.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.
12:30 p.m. Falafel Luncheon hosted by Our Lady’s Society in Church hall. $10 plate: Falafel, Hummus, Salad, Drink and a Dessert.

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, August 13.
In preparation for the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God we pray the Paraclisis. A Paraclisis or Supplicatory Canon in the Eastern Catholic and Orthodox Churches, is a service of supplication for the welfare of the living. It is addressed specifically to the Most Holy Theotokos whose intercessions are sought through the chanting of the supplicatory canon together with psalms, hymns, and litanies. The Great Paraclisis was composed by Emperor Theodore II Laskaris in the 13th century.
7:00 p.m. Paraclisis (prayer of supplication) in preparation for the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God.

Wednesday, August 15.
7:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God.

Thursday, August 16.
7:00 p.m. Young Adults Group: Long Beach Stoll and Savor.

Saturday, August 18.
9:30 a.m. Be My Witness leadership team meeting. “Belonging Matters.”
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, August 19.
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.

Wednesday, August 22.
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.

Saturday, August 25.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, August 26.
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, August 29.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Saturday, September 1.
9:30 a.m. Be My Witness leadership team meeting. “Witness Matters.”
5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic.

Sunday, September 2.
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.
12:15-1:30 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35. Batting Cages.
3:00 p.m. Baptism of Ayed Salman, child of Fareh & Rhonda Salman.

Thursday, September 6.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Sunday, September 9.
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.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.

Wednesday, September 12.
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, September 13.
7:00 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35: Bon Fire at the beach.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Saturday, September 15.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, September 16.
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.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.
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.

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, September 20.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.
Saturday, September 22.
9:30 a.m. Be My Witness leadership team meeting. “Witness Matters.”
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, September 23.
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.

Wednesday, September 26.
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, September 27.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Saturday, September 29.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Thursday, October 4.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Saturday, October 6.
9:30 a.m. Be My Witness leadership team meeting. “Mission Matters”.
5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic

Sunday, October 7.
On the first Sunday of each month you may use your building fund envelope (or a specially marked envelope) and deposit it in the regular collection. Thank you for your continued generosity as we move closer to our parish goal of a new hall and church building.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
10:00 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy in English.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12. Web-meeting with the youth of Saint John of the Desert Melkite Catholic Church, Phoenix, Arizona.
12:15-1:30 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35. Kayaking.

Wednesday, October 10.
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, October 11.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Readings for Sunday, August 12, 2018.
Epistle: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11.
Prokimenon (Tone 3)
Sing praise to our God, sing praise!
Sing praise to our King, sing praise!
Stichon: All you peoples, clap your hands!
Shout to God with cries of gladness!

A Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians:
Brethren, I remind you of the Good News I preached to you, and which you received, and in which you stand, through which also you are being saved, if you hold fast to it as I preached it to you — otherwise you would have believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all what I had also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Kephas, and after that, to the Twelve. Then He was seen by more than five hundred brethren at one time, many of whom are still with us, while some have fallen asleep. After that, He was seen by James, then by all the apostles, and last of all, as by one born out of due time, He was seen also by me. For I am the least of the apostles, and am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted God’s Church. But by God’s grace, I am what I am, and His grace in me has not been fruitless — in fact, I have labored more than any of them, yet not I, but God’s grace with me. Whether it be I or they (who speak), this is what we preach, and this you have believed.

ALLELUIA (Tone 3)
In You, O Lord, I have hoped: let me never be put to shame.
In Your justice, save me and deliver me.
Stichon: Be for me a protecting God, a sheltering house to save me.

Gospel of the Feast: Matthew 19:16-26.
The Holy Gospel According To St. Matthew the Evangelist.
At that time a certain young man came to Jesus and said, “Good Master, what good work shall I do to have eternal life?” He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but God. But if you will enter into life, keep the commandments.” He said to Him, “Which?” And Jesus answered, -‘Thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not commit adultery, thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not bear false witness, honor thy father and mother, and, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” The young man said to Him, “All these I have kept; what is still lacking in me?” Jesus said to him, “If you will be perfect, go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when the young man heard these words, he went away sad, for he had great possessions. But Jesus said to His disciples, “Amen I say to you, with difficulty will a rich man enter the kingdom of heaven. And further I say to you it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.” The disciples, hearing this, were exceedingly astonished, and said, “Who then can be saved?” And looking upon them, Jesus said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

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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 Directors: 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: September 1, October 6, November 3, December 1.

ENGLISH DIVINE LITURGY: 11:00 a.m. First Sunday of the month. In 2018: 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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