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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, November 4, 2018.
Fifth Sunday after the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Gospel of the Rich Man and Lazarus.

November 4. Commemoration of the Holy Father Joannicius the Great, the Hermit of Mount Olympus and the Holy Hieromartyr Nicander, Bishop of Myra and of Hermeus, a priest. Joannicus was born at Marycate of Bithynia in the year 754. He served in the Emperor’s armies and retired to Mount Olympus in 795. He died in 846 at the time of the Holy Patriarch Methodius.

2018 Bishop’s Appeal. Get personally involved in making sure our precious Melkite heritage and tradition is passed on faithfully to our children and grandchildren. Evangelization, spiritual renewal, promoting vocations, education, seminary training…the Bishop’s Appeal supports all these and much more. Please respond with a generous heart. If you have not already sent your gift, please do so today so that 100% of our parish will respond to Sayidna’s call. Extra appeal envelopes are available in the narthex.

Special Guest Speaker following the Sunday, November 4 Divine Liturgy. In an effort to bring more faith formation programs to our Church, we invited Deacon Peter Lauder to give a talk today to all the parishioners on his research on the Shroud of Turin. We welcome all age groups for this informative talk in the hall.

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 best ways to teach faith to our children 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.

November 16, 2018. 7:00 p.m. Annual Ladies Salad Night at Holy Cross Church. Includes food, D.J. music, dancing, a raffle, and a lot of fun. $25 tickets are available through Our Lady’s Society members, Eman Lutfi at (714) 595-7999, or the parish office. All proceeds go to our building fund.

Holy Cross Christmas Boutique and Crafts Sale in the hall. December 2, 9, and 16, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. Handmade items will be available for sale such as desserts, wreaths, Christmas gift baskets, mugs, crochet hats, and many more items. If you would like to donate any items please contact the office or Koki Choueiri at (714) 726-0087.

December 31, 2018. Holy Cross Church’s New Year’s Eve Party at The Grand Banquet Hall (300 S. Flower Street, Orange, CA 92868) will start at 7:00 p.m. There will be an open bar, a wide variety of mazza, a delicious Middle Eastern dinner, a variety of music, dancing, midnight champagne, a raffle, and so much more. Come celebrate the New Year with your family and friends. Tickets are $100 per adult and $40 for children. All proceeds go to our building fund.

2018 Building Fund Raffle tickets are now available. The Grand prize is a 2018 Jeep Cherokee. Current Raffle Ticket Sales: $10,560. 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.

Thank you to all those who supported Holy Cross Church on Saturday, October 20, 2018 for the Charity Wine and Spirit Tasting Festival. Thank you to The Original Wine Club for donating the entire $25 entry fee of the 17 Holy Cross Church parishioners who attended. $425 was donated to the building fund.

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 November 11, 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 every Sunday at 9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

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, November 14: 7:30 p.m. College Ministry & Young Adults Group discussion meeting and potluck Holiday Party.

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:
Sunday, November 4: 12:30 p.m. Presentation on the Shroud of Turin in the Church hall. Following the presentation we will have lunch at the Anaheim Packing District (440 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92805).
Wednesday, November 14: 7:30 p.m. College Ministry & Young Adults Group discussion meeting and potluck Holiday Party.
Sunday, December 2: 1:00 p.m. Paint and Sip. One of our gracious families has opened their house to host this event for us. ~$10-15/person (paint supplies, canvass, and wine included). Please RSVP to the office by November 28.

Isaiah House Women’s Shelter. December 30, 2018. 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.

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. The rich man in the Gospel was not evil – he was simply blind and ignorant to the nature of his relationship with God and others. Even Abraham commented on the need for someone to preach firmly the basic truths of the faith. Paul is excited about God’s love, salvation and plan for a fuller life for all people, and he wants to share that truth. Pray for an increase of vocations to the priesthood, that we might have messengers to bring us the Good News, and thus live the abundant life the Lord offers.

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, October 10 building fund deposit: $4,121.
-Sunday, October 14 collection: $1,380 in 34 envelopes (average of $41 per envelope) + $122 cash + $130 candles = $1,632.
-Sunday, October 14 Mission Viejo collection: $610 in 11 envelopes (average of $55 per envelope) + $66 cash = $676.
-Wednesday, October 17 building fund deposit: $6,242 ($5,000 from one generous donor, $1,000 from one generous donor, $242 from other generous donors).
-Sunday, October 21 collection: $1,485 in 22 envelopes (average of $68 per envelope) + $236 cash + $51 candles = $1,772.
-Sunday, October 21 evening collection: $215 in 6 envelopes (average of $36 per envelope) + $352 cash = $567.
-Wednesday, October 24 building fund deposit: $1,615.
-Sunday, October 28 collection: $1,905 in 37 envelopes (average of $51 per envelope) + $278 cash + $169 Candles = $2,352.
-Wednesday, October 31 building fund deposit: $2,135.

Total deposits in the past four months: July: $25,177. August: $17,171, September: $20,610, October: $25,604.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$277.00 paid on October 1, 2018 for cleaning company.
$143.23 paid on October 3, 2018 for church icons and cross repairs.
$58.14 paid on October 12, 2018 for Sparkletts Water.
$16.00 paid on October 15, 2018 for printer supplies.
$100.58 paid on October 23, 2018 for American Chemical & Sanitary supplies.
$750.00 paid on October 23, 2018 for Office of the Economos for 2018 Calendar.
$200.00 paid on November 1, 2018 for gardening 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 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. 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: Ephesians: 2:14-22. Marina Nassar will read this Sunday’s Epistle. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Luke 16:19-31. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:
Father Robert F. Taft, S.J. (November 2, 2018), Maguy Naddaf (October 28, 2018), Saif Tashman (October 18, 2018), Jires Jreisat (October 15, 2018), Fouad Khalil Abou Saada (October 4, 2018).
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Raji Abou Saada, Eman Andrawos, Patrick Flynn, Laila Halteh, Chris & Anna Montes and family, Najiba Nasser, Marie Semaan, Josephine Saba, George Semaan, Florence Shaib, Brother Gabriel Veitch.
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:
“Reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby bringing the hostility to an end. [17] And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; [18] for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father” (Ephesians 2:16-18).

“Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ [30] And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ [31] He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead’” (Luke 16:29-31).

Calendar:
Saturday, November 3.
9:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. LifeTeen Inspiration Six Flags Magic Mountain Youth Day. We will leave Holy Cross Church at exactly 9:00 a.m. and return at 11:00 p.m. For further details visit: Lifeteen.com/events/inspiration-la
5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic. Presided by Father Gabriel Azar.

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.
12:30 p.m. Shroud of Turin presentation by Deacon Peter Lauder. We welcome all age groups for this informative talk in the hall.
12:30 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35. Presentation on the Shroud of Turin in the Church hall. Following the presentation we will have lunch at the Anaheim Packing District (440 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92805).

Friday, November 9.
10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Holy Cross Church Cleaning day. Please join us to clean the Church. We appreciate everyone’s help. Please call the office if you are able to assist.

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. Commemoration in memory of Jires Jreisat (October 15, 2018).
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. LifeTeen follow-up discussion and Apologetics: The Theotokos presentation by 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.
7:30 p.m. College Ministry and Young Adults Group discussion meeting and potluck Holiday Party.

Thursday, November 15.
7:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Placentia Community Prayer Breakfast. The Round Table Women’s Club and Rotary Club of Placentia are hosting a Prayer Breakfast at 901 North Bradford Avenue, Placentia, CA 92087. Cost: $25/per person. For information and reservations, contact Karen Magold (714) 993-2267 or Carol Kennedy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Friday, November 16.
7:00 p.m. Annual Ladies Salad Night at Holy Cross Church. Includes food, D.J. music, dancing, a raffle, and a lot of fun. $25 tickets are available through Our Lady’s Society members, Eman Lutfi at (714) 595-7999, or the parish office. All proceeds go to our building fund.

Saturday, November 17.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, November 18.
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.
12:45 p.m. Thanksgiving Luncheon organized by our Holy Cross Church Youth.
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.

Saturday, November 24.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, November 25.
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.
No Youth Ministry discussion. Thanksgiving Holiday!

Wednesday, November 28.
10:30 a.m. Eastern Catholic Pastoral Association (ECPA) meeting at Saint Justin Martyr Catholic Church (2050 W Ball Rd, Anaheim, CA 92804).

Saturday, December 1.
No confession, Vespers, or Divine Liturgy tonight.
7:00 p.m. Youth and College Ministry Basketball Game: Melkites vs Maronites. Brea Civic Community Center.

Sunday, December 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).
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. Apologetics: The Divine Liturgy Part 1.
12:30 p.m. Saint Barbara Day and Pre-Christmas Holy Cross Church Luncheon for the whole community. Organized and sponsored by the Mieh-Mieh community.
12:30 p.m. Holy Cross Christmas Boutique and Crafts Sale in the hall. December 2, 9, and 16, 2018. Handmade items will be available for sale such as desserts, wreaths, Christmas gift baskets, mugs, crochet hats, and many more items. If you would like to donate any items please contact the office or Koki Choueiri at (714) 726-0087.
1:00 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35. Paint and Sip. One of our gracious families has opened their house and host this event for us. ~$10-15/person (supplies and wine included). Please rsvp by November 28th.

Saturday, December 8.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, December 9.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
12:30 p.m. Falafel luncheon at Holy Cross Church.
12:30 p.m. Holy Cross Christmas Boutique and Crafts Sale in the hall. December 2, 9, and 16, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. Handmade items will be available for sale such as desserts, wreaths, Christmas gift baskets, mugs, crochet hats, and many more items. If you would like to donate any items please contact the office or Koki Choueiri at (714) 726-0087.
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.

Saturday, December 15.
9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Christmas play dress rehearsal start time. Bring sack lunch. Beverages will be provided.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).
7:00 p.m. College Young Adults Group: Holiday Boat Parade at the beach.

Sunday, December 16.
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. Children’s Christmas Play.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12. Apologetics: The Divine Liturgy. Part 3.
12:30 p.m. Holy Cross Christmas Boutique and Crafts Sale in the hall. December 2, 9, and 16, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. Handmade items will be available for sale such as desserts, wreaths, Christmas gift baskets, mugs, crochet hats, and many more items. If you would like to donate any items please contact the office or Koki Choueiri at (714) 726-0087.
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.

Readings for Sunday, November 4, 2018.
Epistle Ephesians 2:14-22.
Prokimenon (Tone 7)
The Lord will give strength to his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.
Stichon: Give to the Lord, you Sons of God, give to the Lord glory and praise.

A Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Ephesians: 2:14-22.
Brethren, Christ is our peace. He it is who has made both [Jews and Gentiles] one, and has broken down the intervening wall of the enclosure, the enemy, in his flesh. He has voided the Law of commandments expressed in decrees, so that of the two he might create in himself one new man, and make peace, and reconcile both in one body to God through the cross, having destroyed their enmity within himself. And as he came, he announced the good tidings of peace to you who were far away, and of peace to those who were near: because through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. Therefore, you are now no longer strangers or foreigners, but citizens with the saints and members of God’s household: you are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets (Cf.Is.28: 16) with Christ himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole structure is closely fitted together and grows into a temple holy in the Lord; in him you too are being built together into a dwelling place for God in the Spirit.

ALLELUIA (Tone 7)

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High!
Stichon: To proclaim your kindness at dawn and your faithfulness throughout the night.

Luke 16:19-31. (The Rich Man & Lazarus)
The Holy Gospel According To St. Luke the Evangelist.
At that time, the Lord told this parable; “there was certain rich man who used to clothe himself in purple and fine linen, and who feasted every day in splendid fashion. And there was certain poor man, named Lazarus, who lay at his gate, covered with sores, and longing to be filled with the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. And it came to pass that the poor man died and was borne away by the angels into Abraham’s bosom; but the rich man also died and was buried in hell. And lifting up his eyes, being in torments, he saw Abraham far off and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried out and said, ‘Father Abraham have pity on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am tormented in this flame.’ But Abraham said to him, ‘Son, remember you in your lifetime have received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now here he is comforted whereas you are tormented. And besides all that, between us and you a great gulf is fixed, so that those who wish to pass over from this side to you cannot, and they cannot cross from your side to us.’ And he said, ‘Then, father, I pray you to send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they too come into this place of torments.’ And Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’ But he answered, ‘No father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not believe even if someone rises from the dead.”

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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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