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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, October 14, 2018.
Fourth Sunday After the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council.

October 14. Commemoration of the Holy Martyrs Nazarius, Gervasius, Protasius and Celsus, and of our Holy Father Cosmas the Poet, Bishop of Maiuma. Nazarius and his companions were martyred under Emperor Nero, between 64 and 68.
Cosmas the Poet was born in Jerusalem. Sergius, father of John the Damascene, adopted him and raised him as one of his children, educating him in all human and divine sciences. Cosmas embraced the monastic life and entered the Monastery of St. Sabas together with John the Damascene. He was consecrated Bishop of Maiuma, near Gaza and died arout 760.

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.

Saturday, October 20, 2018. 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Saints Day Party at Holy Cross Church for Sunday School. $5 per person: There will be activities, food, games and a best costume prize. Dress as your favorite saint, angel, Biblical character, or one of God’s blessed creatures. Please make sure that all costumes are appropriate for a church event. We need your help to set up a few hours before the event and to help participate as Apostles (readers), guides (walkers), games (runners), and cleaners (end of event). Please bring sweets/candies for the children.

All proceeds go to Holy Cross Church. Saturday, October 20, 2018, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Charity Wine and Spirit Tasting Festival 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: Wine Tasting Sign-Up
Unwind, uncork, and taste over 100 Wines, Beers, and Spirits. Enjoy a fun day with your donation.

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.

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. Raffle tickets are $20 per ticket and a book of 10 for $200. They can be purchased from the Church office, Nadia Saikali, or the table outside church on Sunday. Your purchase is tax deductible.

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 24 & November 14. 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, October 17. 7:30 p.m. College Ministry. Spiritual discussion meeting.
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, 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.

Isaiah House Women’s Shelter. December 30th. 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: December 30. 2019 dates: March 31, June 30, September 29, and December 29. If anyone is able to donate any used or new blankets (twin or larger) there is a need for these at the shelter.

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.

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. In today’s Gospel, Christ encourages His ministers to continue spreading the “word of truth” because the power is not in them, but in the message they preach. They should not be discouraged if not all are receptive, but should focus on the salvation being offered and worked through them. Saint Paul urges his fellow workers not to get involved in side issues, but to focus on what is important in ministry. Pray for an increase of priestly and monastic vocations in our diocese. May the central message and seed of the Word of Truth continue to be sown.

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:
-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.
-Sunday, September 30 collection: $1,474 in 38 envelopes (average of $39 per envelope) + $274 cash + $82 candles = $1,830.
-Wednesday, October 3 building fund deposit: $1,479
-Saturday, October 6 collection: $810 in 16 envelopes (average of $51 per envelope) + $205 cash = $1,015.
-Sunday, October 7 collection: $1,551 in 23 envelopes (average of $67 per envelope) + $254 cash + $193 candles = $1,998.
-Wednesday, October 10 building fund deposit: $4,121.

Total deposits in the past four months: July: $25,177. August: $17,171, September: $20,610, October: $8,613.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$870.88 paid on September 7, 2018 for So Cal Edison Electricity.
$24.92 paid on September 7, 2018 for So Cal Gas.
$156.30 paid on September 17, 2018 for photocopier.
$42.14 paid on September 18, 2018 for Sparkletts Water.
$86.01 paid on September 20, 2018 for sprinkler system repair.
$169.20 paid on September 21, 2018 for Republic trash services.
$200.00 paid on October 1, 2018 for gardening services.
$277.00 paid on October 1, 2018 for cleaning company.
$143.23 paid on October 3, 2018 for church icons/cross repairs and maintenance.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)
Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 4). The women disciples of the Lord, having learned from the angel the joyful announcement of the resurrection, and having rejected the ancestral sentence, proudly
told the apostles: Death is despoiled. Christ God is risen, bestowing to the world great mercy.”
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 4). 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: Titus 3: 8-15. Yanni Cantartzoglou will read Sunday’s Epistle. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Luke 8: 5-15. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:
Fouad Khalil Abou Saada (October 4, 2018), 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), Samira Abdelnour (October 18, 2015), John (Hanna) Odeh Salman (October 10, 2010), Alice Yacoub Fahel (October 26, 2003), Stawri Hilo (October 8, 2000).
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Eman Andrawos, Patrick Flynn, Marie Semaan, Josephine Saba, 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:
“Let our people learn to apply themselves to good deeds, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not to be unfruitful” (Titus 3:14).

“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. [12] The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, that they may not believe and be saved. [13] And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy; but these have no root, they believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. [14] And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. [15] And as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience.” (Luke 8:11-15)

Calendar:
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 the nation will participate in a day of prayer on 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.

Tuesday, October 16.
6:00 p.m. Our Lady’s Society meeting.
7:00 p.m. Raffle ticket and New Year’s Eve party ticket sales update meeting.

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.
No Confession.
No Vespers (Evening prayer).
5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Saints Day Party for Sunday School. See above for full details.

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 led by Holy Cross Church Children’s choir on third Sunday of the month. Arrive at 10:30 a.m. in the choir room, ready, and dressed in a white button down shirt or blouse, navy blue skirt or pants, and black close toe shoes.

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.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer) for youth, college, and young adults, followed by a spiritual Talk, potluck dinner, and “The Case for Christ” movie.

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. Topic: The Saints.

Saturday, November 3.
9:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. LifeTeen Inspiration Six Flags Magic Mountain Youth Day. Leave Holy Cross at 9:00 a.m. and return at 11:00 p.m. Permission slips deadline, September 30.
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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. Youth Choir day.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8. Family day.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.
12:30 p.m. Presentation on the Shroud of Turin (Parish Event in the hall). Guest speaker: Deacon Peter Lauder.
2:00 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35. The Blind Rabbit (speakeasy) at the Anaheim Packing District. Dress code and RSVP to the office is required.

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

Saturday, November 10.
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, October 14, 2018.
Epistle Titus 3: 8-15.
Prokimenon (Tone 4)
Blessed are you, O Lord, God of our fathers, and your name is worthy of praise and glorious forever.
Stichon: For you are just in all you have done to us, and all your works are true and your ways right.

A Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to Titus:
My son Titus, this saying is true, and in this matter I want to insist that those who believe in God be careful to excel in good works: these are good and useful to people. But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and quarrels, and disputes about the Law, for they are useless and futile.
Avoid a factious man after warning him once or twice, knowing that such a man is perverted and sins, since he is condemning himself.
When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, make every effort to meet me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. Help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way, taking care that they lack nothing. And let our people also learn to excel in good works, in order to help cases of urgent need so that they may not be unfruitful. All my companions greet you. Greet those who love us in the faith. The grace of God be with all of you. Amen.

ALLELUIA (Tone 7)
O God, our ears have heard, our fathers have declared to us the deeds you did in their days, in the days of old.
Stichon: The just cried out, and the Lord heard them, and he delivered them from all their trials.

Luke 8: 5-15
The Holy Gospel According To St. Luke the Evangelist.
The Lord told this parable: “The sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air ate it up. And other seed fell upon the rock, and as soon as it had sprung up it withered away, because it had no moisture. And other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. And other seed fell upon good ground, and sprang up and yielded fruit a hundred-fold.” As he said these things he cried out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” But his disciples then began to ask him what this parable meant. He said to them, “To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God, but to the rest in parables, that ‘Seeing, they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’ Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. And those by the wayside are they who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, that they may not believe and be saved. Now those upon the rock are they who, when they have heard, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, but believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among the thorns, these are they who have heard, and as they go their way are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not ripen. But that upon good ground, these are they who, with a right and good heart, having heard the word, hold it fast, and bear fruit in patience.” When he had said this, he cried out “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

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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: November 3, December 1.

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