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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, September 9, 2018.
Sunday Before the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Commemoration of the ancestors of Christ Joachim and Anne and of the Holy Martyr Severian.

September 9. Second day of celebration of the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother God; commemoration of the ancestors of Christ Joachim and Anne, and of the Holy Martyr Severian. It is believed that Severian was martyred at Sebastea in Armenia under Licinius between 312 and 323.

Installation begain on our Church’s new air-condition unit from September 4-7, 2018. The setup should be complete by Sunday, September 16, 2018.

Our Eastern Christian Formation (Sunday School) program for all children Kindergarten to grade 8 will re-start on September 9, 2018. We need teachers and assistants for our program! It is up to our community to pull together and help support such a beautiful program. Please contact the office if you are interested in teaching our wonderful children or if you have children in kindergarten to grades 8. It is essential that we enroll our children in Sunday School because this is one of the greatest ways to communicate our faith and build a living relationship with God. The registration form is available at: Holycrossmelkite.org/ministries/ecf. If you have questions call: (714) 985-1710.

This year’s Vacation Bible Camp group raised $236 towards Seeds for Haiti (World Vision). Thank you to all the children and parents for donating to this beautiful cause.

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 September 16, 2018, at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
2018 dates: 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 9:55 a.m.-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: September 12 & 26. Parish center. Room 6.

Holy Cross Youth Ministry Spiritual Meetings take place every Sunday following the Divine Liturgy for all those in grades 9-12.

Holy Cross College Ministry. We are planning social and religious activities to build our College Community at Holy Cross Church. See calendar for event details (holycrossmelkite.org/ministries/college-ministry). Contact: Robert Fragnito at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Mariah Shea at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Upcoming evenings:
Wednesday, September 12: 7:00 p.m. Meet at Philz Coffee. 520 N State College Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92831.
Saturday, September 29: 1:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Beach Day and bonfire at Inspiration Point (3001 Ocean Blvd, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625). All Ministries (Youth, College, and Young Adults ministries).
Thursday, October 4: 7:30 p.m. First Official College Ministry Spiritual Meeting: Discussion on the readings for Sunday of the Holy Cross.
Sunday, October 7: Kayaking in Long Beach with Young Adults after the Divine Liturgy.

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:
Saturday, September 29: 1:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Beach Day and bonfire at Inspiration Point (3001 Ocean Blvd, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625). All Ministries (Youth, College, and Young Adults ministries).
Sunday, October 7: 12:15 p.m. Kayaking. (Open to the College Ministry).
Sunday, October 21: 1:00 p.m. Mt. Rubidoux Hike for all Ministries.
Monday, October 22: 8:00 p.m. Escape Room.
Saturday, October 27: 5:00 p.m. Vespers, Spiritual Talk, and Potluck Dinner for all Ministries.

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.

Saint Anne’s Melkite Catholic Cathedral Annual Festival. September 21-23, 2018. Free admission. live entertainment, famous star singers, dancing, DJ, games, silent auction, raffles, and great Mediterranean food. Come support our Melkite Cathedral: Located (11211 Moorpark St. N. Hollywood CA 91602).

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.

If anyone is looking for a babysitter or daycare please call Janan G. at (714) 592-6358. Speaks Arabic and English.

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. Saints Joachim and Ann recognized that their child, as indeed are all children gifts from God. They were willing to encourage Mary in any vocation God gave her for the good of His people. Mary’s yes to God changed the course of history. How well do families encourage their children to serve the Church as priests or monastics? The people of God need to serve His Church?

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. 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, 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: $2,251.
-Sunday, August 12 collection: $1,680 in 34 envelopes (average of $49 per envelope) + $149 cash + $118 candles = $1,947.
-Sunday, August 12 Mission Viejo Collection: $285 in 6 envelopes (average of $48 per envelope) + $105 Cash = $390.
-Wednesday, August 15 building fund deposit: $2,460.
-Sunday, August 19 collection: $2,391 in 50 envelopes (average of $48 per envelope) + $406 cash + candles $160 = $2,957.
-Wednesday, August 22 building fund deposit: $1,384.
-Sunday, August 26 collection: $1,710 in 33 envelopes (average of $52 per envelope) + $354 cash + $73 candles = $2,137.
-Saturday, September 1 collection: $215 in 6 envelopes (average of $36 per envelope) + $42 cash = $257
-Sunday, September 2 collection: $1,387 in 24 envelopes (average of $58 per envelope) + $130 cash + $123 candles = $1,640.
-Wednesday, September 5 building fund deposit: $2,290.

Total deposits in the past four months: June: $18,839, July: $25,177. August: $17,171, September: $4,187.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$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.
$181.25 paid on August 7, 2018 for Envelope services.
$76.17 paid on August 14, 2018 for Sparkletts water services.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)
Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 7). You destroyed Death by Your cross. You opened paradise to the thief. You changed the weeping of the myrrhbearers, and commanded Your apostles to proclaim that You, O Christ God, have risen, granting to the world great mercy.
Troparion of the Nativity (Tone 4). Your Nativity, O Mother of God, heralded joy to the whole universe, for from you rose the Sun of Justice, Christ our God. He canceled the curse and poured forth His grace: He vanquished death and granted us eternal life.
Troparion of Joachim and Anne (Tone 8). We celebrate the memory of your Holy Ancestors, O Lord, and through them we beseech You to 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 Nativity of the Mother of God (Tone 4). Through your holy birth, O Immaculate One, Joachim and Anne were delivered from the shame of childlessness, and Adam and Eve from the corruption of death. Your people, redeemed from the debt of their sins, cry out to you to honor your birth: “the barren one gives birth to the Mother of God the Sustainer of our life!”

Epistle: Galatians 6:11-18. Joseph Nasr will read this Sunday’s Epistle. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: John 3: 13-17. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:
Wadad Sawaya (September 1, 2018), Nadia Sader Haddad (August 28, 2018), William Tomp (August 25, 2018), Mariam Butros Dawra (August 21, 2018), Nassim Samawi (August 15, 2018), Avadis (Avo) Semeridgian (August 8, 2018), Sebastian Pappy (August 4, 2018), Barbara V. Fager (August 4, 2018), Samira (Besmar) Tannous (July 29 , 2018), Juana Flores de Lopez (July 26, 2018).
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Jimmy Bahnan, Joseph Gerard Boudreau, Brother Gabriel, George & Majda Kassaseya, Minerva Mazzawi, Deacon Magdi Negm, Jamal Nesheiwat, Fr. Jim Ries, Marie Semaan, 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:
“Peace and mercy be upon all who walk by this rule, upon the Israel of God. [17] Henceforth let no man trouble me; for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. [18] The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen” (Galatians 6:16-18).

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. [17] For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him” (John 3:16-17).

Calendar:
Sunday, September 9.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
9:55 a.m.-10:45 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. Topic: “Abortion.” Presented by Sherene Tajdini and Marina Nassar.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. First day for our Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8. Please call the office to register your child or to volunteer teaching.

Wednesday, September 12.
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Now that we have purchased the house at the entrance of the church driveway, we can begin to plan for our new Church, hall, classrooms, and office facilities. Please join Father François Beyrouti and our architect Mark Paone for a tour of local Church and banquet facilities to get ideas for our new facilities. Please call the office if you are able to join us or if you have suggestions.

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.
7:00 p.m. College Ministry: Meet at Philz Coffee. 520 N State College Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92831.

Thursday, September 13.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir practice at Holy Cross Church.

Friday, September 14.
7:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy and Life Giving Cross followed by the blessing of the fire.

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).
9:55 a.m.-10:45 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. Topic: “Euthanasia,” led by Father James Barrand.
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 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 Saint Kilian 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.

Friday, September 21-Sunday, September 23, 2018. Saint Anne Melkite Catholic Cathedral Festival. 11211 Moorpark St, North Hollywood, CA 91602.

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).
9:55 a.m.-10:45 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. Go to Saint Anne’s festival after the Divine Liturgy at Holy Cross Church.

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.
1:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Beach Day and bonfire at Inspiration Point (3001 Ocean Blvd, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625). All Ministries (Youth, College, and Young Adults ministries).
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, September 30.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
9:55 a.m.-10:45 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. Guest Speaker David Paddison. Permission slip deadline for November 3 Lifeteen Inspiration event at Six Flags.

3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Prepare meal in the Holy Cross Hall Kitchen for Isaiah House Catholic Worker’s Women’s shelter.
4:30 p.m. Carpool to Isaiah House (316 South Cypress Avenue, Santa Ana. http://occatholicworker.org).
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Set up, serve meals, visit with the women, and clean up.

Thursday, October 4.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.
7:30 p.m. First Official College Ministry Spiritual Meeting: Discussion on the readings for the Sunday of the Holy Cross.

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).
9:55 a.m.-10:45 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 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35. Kayaking. (Open to the College Ministry).
12:15 p.m. College Ministry: Kayaking in Long Beach with Young Adults after the Divine Liturgy.

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.

Saturday, October 13.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, October 14.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
9:55 a.m.-10:45 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.

Wednesday, October 17.
7:30 p.m. College Ministry: Discussion meeting.

Thursday, October 18.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Friday, October 19.
7:00 p.m. Saints Day Party for Youth Group and College Ministry.

Saturday, October 20.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, October 21.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
9:55 a.m.-10:45 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. 1:00 p.m. Mt. Rubidoux Hike for all Ministries.
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.

Monday, October 22.
8:00 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35. Escape Room.

Wednesday, October 24.
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 25.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Saturday, October 27.
9:30 a.m. Be My Witness leadership team meeting. “Mission Matters”.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer). (Vespers, spiritual talk, and potluck dinner for all ministries)

Sunday, October 28.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
9:55 a.m.-10:45 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.

Readings for Sunday, September 9, 2018.
Epistle: Galatians 6: 11- 18.
Prokimenon (Tone 6)
O Lord, save Your people and bless Your inheritance!
Stichon: To You, O Lord, I have called: O my Rock, be not deaf to me!

A Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Galatians:
Brethren, see with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand! All those who want to please in a human way are forcing you to be circumcised merely to avoid persecution because of the cross of Christ. For not even the circumcised observe the Law: but they want you to be circumcised that they may boast of your subjection to external rites. But as for me, God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through Whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision but a new creation is of any account. And whoever follow this rule, peace and mercy be upon them and on God’s Israel. From now on, let no man give me trouble, for I bear the marks of the Lord Jesus in my body. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.

ALLELUIA (Tone 1)
I have exalted one chosen out of my people. I have found David my servant, and anointed him with holy chrism.
Stichon: For my hand shall support him, and my arm shall make him strong.

John 3: 13-17
The Holy Gospel According To St. John the Evangelist.
The Lord said, “No one has gone up into heaven except the One Who has come down from heaven: the Son of Man Who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that those who believe in Him may not perish, but may have life everlasting.” For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that those who believe in Him may not perish, but may have life everlasting. For God did not send His Son into the world in order to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through 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 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: October 6, November 3, December 1.

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