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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, September 30, 2018.
Second Sunday After the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Love Your Enemies.

September 30. Commemoration of the Holy Hieromartyr Gregory, Bishop of Armenia. Gregory, born in Armenia, spent his early years in Caesarea of Cappadocia. He then went back to the country of his birth where he preached the Gospel and converted King Tiridate. He died at an advanced age in the year 330.

Our Eastern Christian Formation (Sunday School) program for all children in Kindergarten to grade 8 has started. We need more teachers and substitutes to help our program run smoothly. 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.

Isaiah House Women’s Shelter. September 30. 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. Contact the office to participate. Time: 3:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. 2018 dates: September 30, and December 30. 2019 dates: March 31, June 30, September 29, and December 29.

Annual National Life Chain Prayer Event. Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7, 2018. “I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19).
Join us and thousands of others across our nation as we stand in a prayerful and peaceful public witness on behalf of abortion's many victims. Since 1973, over 55 million preborn American citizens, almost one-third of our current generation, have been killed by surgical abortions, while many others have been killed by chemical abortifacient birth controls. Today, millions of mothers and fathers live with anguishing regret for their abortion decisions. Let us pray together for an end to abortion. Signs are provided. Call Mark Bergeron 714-307-2196 for more information.
Saturday, October 6, 2018. 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Corner of Lincoln and Harbor Blvd. Meet at Saint Boniface Catholic Church, 120 N Janss St, Anaheim, CA 92805.
Sunday, October 7, 2018. 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Fullerton @ Euclid and Orangethorpe Avenue

December 31, 2018. Holy Cross Church’s New Year’s Eve Party at The Grand Banquet Hall (300 S. Flower Street, Orange, CA 92868). There will be great mazza, a Middle Eastern dinner, a variety of music, dancing, midnight champagne, a raffle, and so much more. Come celebrate the year with your Holy Cross Church family and friends. Tickets are $100 per adult and $40 for children. Raffle tickets are $20 per ticket. This year’s grand prize is a 2018 Jeep Cherokee. Tickets can be purchased from the Church Office and from Nadia Saikali. A table will be outside church on Sunday to purchase tickets.

2018 Building Fund Raffle tickets are now available. The Grand prize is a 2018 Jeep Cherokee. The drawing will take place on December 31, 2018 during the New Year’s Eve Dinner party at Grand Catered Events (300 S Flower St., Orange, CA 92868). Winner does not need to be present. $20 a ticket and a book of 10 for $200. Your purchase is tax deductible.

All proceeds go to Holy Cross Church. Charity Wine and Spirit Tasting Festival on October 20, 2018 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. hosted by The Original Wine Club (1431 Village Way, Santa Ana, CA 92705). 100% of the $25 registration fee will be donated back to Holy Cross Church. Contact Holy Cross Church or follow the link and select HOLY CROSS CHURCH from the listed non-profits: Annual Charity Fall Wine & Spirit Festival
Unwind, uncork, and taste over 100 Wines, Beers, and Spirits. Enjoy a fun day with your donation.

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 October 14, 2018, at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
2018 dates: 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: October 10 & 24. 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:
Saturday, September 29: 1:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Beach Day & Bonfire at Corona Del Mar State Beach (3001 Ocean Blvd, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625). Youth, College, and Young Adults ministries are welcome to attend.
Thursday, October 4: 7:30 p.m. First official College Ministry Spiritual Meeting. Discussion on the readings for the Sunday of the Holy Cross.
Sunday, October 7: Following the Divine Liturgy. College and Young Adults Ministry outing. Kayaking in Long Beach.
Saturday, October 21: 1:00 p.m. departure from Holy Cross Church to Mt. Rubidoux for a hike (4706 Mount Rubidoux Drive. Riverside, CA 92501). Youth, College, and Young Adults ministries are welcome to attend. Check Trail Conditions: (951) 826-2000. Distance: 4 Miles. Elevation Gain: 500 Feet. Trail Type: Mostly paved, some dirt trail. Difficulty: Moderate. Parking: Free at Ryan Bonaminio Park. 5000 Tequesquite Ave, Riverside, CA 92506 or Carlson Bark Park (Mission Inn Avenue & Scout Ln, Riverside, CA 92501).

Holy Cross Young Adults Ministry. 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 & Bonfire at Corona Del Mar State Beach (3001 Ocean Blvd, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625). Youth, College, and Young Adults ministries are welcome to attend.
Sunday, October 7: Following the Divine Liturgy. College and Young Adults Ministry outing. Kayaking in Long Beach.
Saturday, October 21: 1:00 p.m. departure from Holy Cross Church to Mt. Rubidoux for a hike (4706 Mount Rubidoux Drive. Riverside, CA 92501). Youth, College, and Young Adults ministries are welcome to attend.

St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral Annual Festival. Saturday, October 6-7, 2018. Admission is $3. For raffle ticket purchase, please call (909) 263-4175. There will be delicious Mediterranean food, desserts, live entertainment, great games for kids, booths for shopping, and an exciting performance by St. Nicholas' Kashaf! For more information please call the Cathedral at (213) 382-6269 or visit lamedfest.org. 2300 West Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90057.

Women’s Silent Retreat is Sold Out. However, space is available for Saturday only, November 10. If you wish to join us at beautiful Sacred Heart Retreat House in Alhambra, please call 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 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:
-Wednesday, September 5 building fund deposit: $2,290.
-Sunday, September 9 collection: $2,087 in 44 envelopes (average of $47 per envelope) + $395 cash + $220 Candles = $2,642.
-Wednesday, September 12 building fund deposit: $1,811.
-Friday, September 14 collection: $429 in 7 envelopes (average of $61 per envelope) + $283 cash = $712.
-Sunday, September 16 collection: $2,700 in 35 envelopes (average of $77 per envelope) + $387 cash + $211 candles = $3,298.
-Sunday, September 16 Mission Viejo collection: $525 in 9 envelopes (average of $58 per envelope) + $37 cash = $562.
-Wednesday, September 19 building fund deposit: $3,225.
-Sunday, September 23 collection: $2,008 in 38 envelopes (average of $53 per envelope) + $150 cash + $85 candles = $2,243.
-Wednesday, September 26 building fund deposit: $100.

Total deposits in the past four months: June: $18,839, July: $25,177. August: $17,171, September: $18,780.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$2,605.27 paid on August 30, 2018 for Golden State Water.
$380.87 paid on September 5, 2018 for cleaning company.
$200.00 paid on September 5, 2018 for gardening services.
$156.30 paid on September 17, 2018 for photocopier.
$42.14 paid on September 18, 2018 for Sparkletts Water.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)
Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 2). When You descended to death, O immortal Life, You destroyed Hades by the splendor of Your divinity. And when You raised the dead from below the earth, all the heavenly powers cried out to you: “O Giver of life, Christ our God, 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 Mother of God (Tone 2). O never failing Protectress of Christians and their ever present intercessor before the Creator, despise not the petitions of us sinners, but in your goodness extend your help to us who call upon you with confidence. Hasten, O Mother of God, to intercede for us, for you have always protected those who honor you.

Epistle: 2 Corinthians 11:31-33; 12:1-10. Eliana Haddadin will read Sunday’s Epistle. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Luke 6:31-36. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:
Sayeda Haddad (September 17, 2018), Minerva Mazzawi (September 11, 2018), Camille Sarrouf, Sr. (September 5 , 2018), 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).
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Eman Andrawos, Archimandrite Father Joe Francavella, 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:
“He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. [10] For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities; for when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).

“Love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish. [36] Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:35-36).

Calendar:
Thursday, September 27.
7:00 p.m. College Ministry meeting at Holy Cross Church
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 & Bonfire at Corona Del Mar State Beach (3001 Ocean Blvd, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625). Youth, College, and Young Adults ministries are welcome to attend.
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. “How Youth can minister to fellow Teens in times of crisis.” We will also discuss peer-pressure and suicide prevention. Presentation by David Paddison to the Youth in grades 9-12.
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.

Tuesday, October 2.
7:00 p.m. Memorial Divine Liturgy for Minerva Mazzawi (September 11, 2019) followed by a mercy meal in the hall.

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.”
2:00 p.m. Wedding of David Ernesto Moreno and Jennifer Saikaly. Congratulations. “O Lord our God, Crown them with Glory and Honor and grant them dominion of the works of your hands.”
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. Youth Choir Day.
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.
12:30 p.m. Following the Divine Liturgy. College and Young Adults Ministry outing. Kayaking in Long Beach.

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.
No choir practice tonight.
7:00 p.m. Be My Witness Leadership meeting with Greg Kremer.

Saturday, October 13.
11:00 a.m. Outdoor Rosary at Holy Cross Church. October 13 marks the 101 anniversary of the last apparition of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal. To honor her request to pray the rosary, on October 13th the nation will participate in a day of prayer.

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.
10:30 a.m. Eastern Catholic Pastoral Association (ECPA) meeting. Saint Andrew’s Russian Catholic Church, 538 Concord St. El Segundo CA 90245.
7:30 p.m. College Ministry. Spiritual 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 and College Ministries.

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.
1:00 p.m. departure from Holy Cross Church to Mt. Rubidoux for a hike (4706 Mount Rubidoux Drive. Riverside, CA 92501). Youth, College, and Young Adults ministries are welcome to attend. Check Trail Conditions: (951) 826-2000. Distance: 4 Miles. Elevation Gain: 500 Feet. Trail Type: Mostly paved, some dirt trail. Difficulty: Moderate. Parking: Free at Ryan Bonaminio Park. 5000 Tequesquite Ave, Riverside, CA 92506 or Carlson Bark Park (Mission Inn Avenue & Scout Ln, Riverside, CA 92501).
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.

Thursday, November 1.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.
7:30 p.m. College Ministry meeting: The Saints.

Saturday, November 3.
9:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. LifeTeen Inspiration Six Flags Magic Mountain.
5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic.

Sunday, November 4.
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. Sunday School lunch with parents and teachers.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.
12:15 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35. The Blind Rabbit (speakeasy) at the Anaheim Packing District. RSVP required. Dress Code required.

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

Saturday, November 10.
9:30 a.m. Be My Witness leadership team meeting.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, November 11.
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. Apologetics: The Theotokos – Robert Fragnito.

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, November 14.
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.

7:30 p.m. College Ministry discussion meeting.

Thursday, November 15.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.
7:00 p.m. Young Adults Group: Potluck Holiday Party in the Hall.

Readings for Sunday, September 30, 2018.
Epistle 2 Corinthians 11:31-33; 12:1-10.
Prokimenon (Tone 2)
My strength and my courage is the Lord, and he has been my Savior.
Stichon: The Lord has chastised me through his teaching, yet he has not delivered me to death.

A Reading from the Second Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians:
Brethren, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus, who is blessed forever, knows that I do not lie. In Damascus, the Governor under King Aretas was guarding the city of the Damascenes in order to arrest me, but I was lowered in a basket through a window in the wall, and escaped his hands.

ALLELUIA (Tone 2)
The Lord shall hear you on the day of distress; the name of the God of Jacob shall defend you.
Stichon: O Lord, save your king and listen to us on whatever day we call upon you.

Luke 6:31-36
The Holy Gospel According To St. Luke the Evangelist.
The Lord said, “Even as you wish men to do to you, so also do you to them. And if you love those who love you, what merit have you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what merit have you? For even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive in return, what merit have you? For even sinners lend to sinners that they may get back as much in return. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, not hoping for any return, and your reward shall be great, and you shall be children of the Most High, for He is kind towards the ungrateful and evil. Be merciful, therefore, even as your Father is merciful.”

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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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