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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, December 2, 2018.
Fourteenth Sunday after the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Gospel of The Blind Man.

December 2. Commemoration of the Holy Prophet Habacuc. Habacuc lived towards the end of the seventh century before Christ. He foretold the ruin of the Temple and the destruction of Jerusalem and, like Nahum, of Niniveh.

November 15 is the traditional start of the Nativity Fast according. Some start this fast on December 10. During this time we fast from meat and dairy products. In order for fasting to be effective, it must be accompanied with prayer and acts of mercy and love. St. John Chrysostom reminds us: “What good is it to fast from meat and dairy, if we devour and eat one another.” Please remember to love and forgive during this special time of preparation for the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. The Fast will continue until Christmas Eve.
The Christmas Day Divine Liturgy will be on Monday, December 25 at 11:00 a.m. Please take the opportunity now to mark your calendars. How can we truly celebrate Christmas if we skip the Christmas Liturgy? The Christmas season is a very busy time and we have plans to be with friends and family, but let us set our priorities straight and schedule our gatherings around our prayer times. Can you imagine having a birthday party without celebrating the one whose birthday it is? That’s exactly what we do when we don’t attend Christmas Liturgy. Let us begin to change the secularization of Christmas and remember that Christ is the reason for the season.

The What, Who, Why, When, and Where of Fasting by Fr. Sebastian Carnazzo. With the Nativity Fast beginning on November 15, I thought it would be good to review the "what, who, why, when, and where" of fasting! During your breaks today, take a brief moment to read each one of these subjects and also take a minute to think about it.
What: Fasting is the practice of eating less quantity of food or completely abstaining from food, or certain types of food, at certain times.
Who: Christians have been fasting from the beginning. Jesus fasted (Matt 4:2), his disciples fasted (Matthew 6:16-18), and he said that his disciples would fast until his return (Matt 9:15). Jesus taught that there are some evils that can only be done away with through prayer and fasting (Matthew 17:21). Hence, the early Church fasted during the time of the Apostles (Acts 13:3; 14:23) and has continued until today. Christians have always fasted. To what degree someone is able to fast or abstain from certain things depends on age and physical health, but there is no way out of it. If you are a Christian you should fast!
Why: Many people think that fasting makes God happy because he likes to see us suffering. That's impossible. First of all, God desires your happiness. Second, God doesn't change. You can't make him happy or sad. Whether you fast or not, it doesn't change God, it changes you. Think of it like spiritual exercises or calisthenics! When you fast you choose not to eat certain things or at certain times. This strengthens your willpower. The more you do this the stronger your willpower becomes. Then, when you encounter somethings that is evil, a temptation to sin, you have the strength to choose not to sin. Fasting does not change God, it changes you!
When: From the early Church, Christians have been fasting weekly, during certain times in the year, and during periods of personal trial. During the time of Jesus, Jews fasted on Mondays and Thursdays each week because, as far as can be discerned, they believed that Moses went up to get the Torah on the mountain on Thursday and came back down on Monday (Luke 18:12). Christians began fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays, because these are the days when Jesus was handed over (Wednesday) and crucified (Friday). This practice developed during apostolic times (Didache 8:1) and has continued to today. Over the first few centuries of the Church, larger fasting periods developed as well, of which there are four: The Great Fast in preparation for Pascha, the Apostles Fast, in preparation for the Feast of Peter and Paul, the Dormition Fast, in preparation for the Dormition, and the Nativity Fast, in preparation for the Nativity. Finally, individual Christians, Christian Churches, Christian Communities, also sometimes fast during times of prayer in preparation for coming times of difficulty.
Where: Fasting is something we do for our own spiritual development. As Jesus said, when we fast, we should go about our normal daily routine, and there should not be any indication to those outside that we are fasting (Matthew 6:16-18). Otherwise, we could easily fall into pride, and then the whole purpose of fasting, avoidance of sin, has been lost. At home at meal time, when the whole family is fasting, meals are taken together and fasting is a united effort that strengthens the family bond and encourages each member to keep up the effort. This is like friends or family members committing to go out and exercise together each day. We can also do this when we are alone, taking a meal at lunch at the cafeteria, or even out to lunch with some co-workers, as long as we are careful not to draw any attention to ourselves. It is quite easy to choose a shrimp salad or vegetable soup without anyone taking notice. But be careful. If someone who is not keeping the Fast invites you to dinner, and you are inclined to go, if nothing else but to be polite, you should eat whatever is put before you (1 Cor 10:27). Remember, charity in all things! And so even this can strengthen you. How so? If you have been keeping the fast without fail, and then sometime during the fast you are in a situation where you must break the fast for a moment, such as the above example, it can also keep you from falling into pride, since you cannot say to yourself at the end of the fast, "Look how strong you are! You did it, you kept the Fast! Wow, you must be really spiritual!" Remember, fasting is to help us avoid sin, and pride is the greatest sin of all!
Now, back to the What: From what do we abstain during this coming Nativity Fast? Throughout the year it is customary on Wednesdays and Fridays to avoid alcoholic beverages, oil, and animal products (dairy, eggs and meat [including fish with a backbone]). During the Nativity Fast we continue this practice and also abstain from animal products on all days of the week. Saturdays and Sundays are exceptions, when fish is usually eaten as a lightening or relief from the weekly fast.
Start thinking about these things and, if married, talking with the family about how you will, as a family, keep the Nativity Fast. The above list is simply a customary guideline, not some sort of hard and strict rule. Each person or family has its own needs, age of children, elderly, health, food allergies, and life situation. Remember, the purpose of fasting is to help you avoid sin. Fasting together is like exercising together. The benefits are myriad. May God bless you now and in a special way during this coming Nativity Fast as we prepare to celebrate the great gift of God in the Nativity of our Lord God and Savior in the Flesh!

2018 Bishop’s Appeal. Our beloved Saint Nicholas whose feast we celebrate this week with joy is the Patron Saint of charity and the inspiration for all images of Father Christmas and Santa Claus throughout the world. St. Nicholas is also the Patron of our Eparchy and of our Bishop! Let us imitate his loving generosity by making a special gift to the Bishop’s Appeal for the support of our Melkite Church in America. Please consider giving an end-of-year, tax-deductible gift to the Melkite Church to help produce SOPHIA magazine; assist in religious education, faith formation, and spiritual renewal; support the training of new priests and deacons; give support to our elderly priests. May God bless you for your generosity.

December 2, 2018. Parish Luncheon. Following the 11 a.m. Divine Liturgy there will be a Saint Barbara Day and Pre-Christmas Holy Cross Church Luncheon for the whole community; organized and sponsored by the Mieh-Mieh community. Plates are $10 and comes with Chicken, Kifta, rice and salad, a dessert, drinks, and more. Everyone is welcome, come enjoy a beautiful luncheon with our Holy Cross family. A special thank you to the Mieh-Mieh community for their support. All proceeds will go to our Church’s building fund.

December 9, 2018. Falafel Luncheon. Following the 11 a.m. Divine Liturgy the Lady’s Society will be hosting a Falafel Luncheon. Plates are $10 and come with Falafel, Hummus, Tahini Salad, Bread, Soda, and Dessert. Invite your friends and family to join in this delicious luncheon.

Our Eastern Christian Formation (Sunday School) program for all children in Kindergarten to grade 8 has started. Please contact the office if you are interested and 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.
Christmas play practice will be after church on December 2 & 9.
December 15, 2018: Christmas play rehearsal 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. in the church.
December 16, 2018: Christmas play after Church. Come enjoy a beautiful Christmas play hosted by our Sunday School Children.

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. All proceeds will go to our Building Fund.

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: $21,780. 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.

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 December 9, 2018, at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
2018 dates: Sunday, December 9.
2019 dates: January 13, February 10, March 10, April 7, May 12, June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8, October 13, November 10, and December 8.
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:
Saturday, December 1: 7:00 p.m. Youth and College Ministry Basketball Game: Melkite’s vs Maronite’s at The Brea Community Center (695 Madison Way, Brea, CA 92821).

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, December 2: 2:30 p.m. Paint and Sip. One of our gracious families has opened their house to host this event for us. $15/person (paint supplies, canvass, wine, and snacks included).
Sunday, January 6: 12:30 p.m. Review Sunday Readings and Bowling. AMF Carter Lanes (1501 S Lemon St, Fullerton, CA 92832). Open to College Ministry.

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. The colder months of the year are coming and the women’s shelter distributes blankets to those in need.
Thank you to all those who donated so we can purchase blankets, we purchased 33 blankets for those in need. If anyone still wants to donate blankets, please contact the office.

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, the blind man called out for God’s help and power because he was eager to be able to see reality and wanted to both see and understand. In the epistle, Saint Paul tells us that we must continue to battle against darkness. Seeing the truth and boldly acting on it through faith gives us true vision. We need priests to help us as Christians to maintain our proper vision of all things in the perspective faith. Please pray for and personally encourage vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

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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Do you want to be inspired and learn more about your Catholic Faith? Listen to Relevant, a Catholic Radio station (formerly Immaculate Heart Catholic Radio) on 930 am. For further information visit their website or call 1-888-887-7120.

Thank you for your ongoing generous donations:
-Saturday, November 3 collection: $291 in 9 envelopes (average of $32 per envelope) + $17 cash = $308.
-Sunday, November 4 collection: $2,695 in 32 envelopes (average of $84 per envelope) + $210 cash + $136 candles = $2,905.
-Wednesday, November 7 building fund deposit: $3,478.
-Sunday, November 11 collection: $1,825 in 39 envelopes (average of $47 per envelope) + $698 cash + $116 candles = $2,639.
-Sunday, November 11 Mission Viejo collection: $555 in 11 envelopes (average of $50 per envelope) + $42 cash = $597.
-Wednesday, November 14 building fund deposit: $3,805.
-Sunday, November 18 collection: $2,205 in 31 envelopes (average of $71 per envelope) + $188 cash + $252 candles = $2,645.
-Wednesday, November 20 building fund deposit: $32.
-Sunday, November 25 collection: $2,248 in 54 envelopes (average of $42 per envelope) + $305 cash + $216 candles = $2,769.
-Wednesday, November 28 building fund deposit: $5,363.

Total deposits in the past four months: August: $17,171, September: $20,610, October: $25,604, November: $24,541.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$169.20 paid on October 23, 2018 for Republic trash services.
$1,968.30 paid on October 31, 2018 for Golden State Water Company.
$200.00 paid on November 1, 2018 for gardening services.
$50.17 paid on November 6, 2018 for Sparkletts water.
$750.00 for the 2019 calendar. Fully sponsored by the Mieh-Mieh community.
$692.49 paid for church cleaning services for October & November.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)
Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 3). Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad! For the Lord has done a wondrous deed by his arm! He has crushed Death by his death becoming the first to rise from the dead. He has delivered us from the mouth of Hades and bestowed great mercy upon the world.
Troparion of the 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 Presentation of our Lady to the Temple (Tone 3). Today the Virgin is on her way to the cave where she will give birth in a manner beyond understanding to the Word who is, in all eternity. Rejoice, therefore, universe, when you hear it heralded: with the angles and the shepherds, glorify Him who chose to be seen as a new-born Babe, while remaining God in all eternity.

Epistle: Colossians: 1:12-18. Tamer Haddadin will read this Sunday’s Epistle. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Luke 18:35-43. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:
Father Philip Khairallah (November 26, 2018), Odet Kashou (November 19, 2018), Jacqueline Lutfi (November 11, 2018), Father Robert F. Taft (November 2, 2018), Maguy Naddaf (October 28, 2018), Saif Tashman (October 18, 2018), Jires Jreisat (October 15, 2018) George Jarjoura (December 2, 2012).
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Raji Abou Saada, Atalah Alassad, Eman Andrawos, Father John Azar, Mark Bergeron, Wadid Fattouch, Patrick Flynn, Marcus Fynch, Floyd Genadry, Dwayne Hager, Laila Halteh, Bill Jacobson, Mary Leamy, Mary Liles, Paul Liles, Raafat Luga, Ra’ufat Luke, Sanad Jeries Madanat, Carol McCabe, Chris & Anna Montes and family, Najiba Nasser, Monica Pagnanelli & Family, Darrel Richardson, Josephine Saba, Marie Semaan, Florence Shaib, Matthew Shamoon, Abdalah Tashman, Ibtesam Tashman, Rania Tashman, Yasmeen Tashman, 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:
“Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. [13] He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, [14] in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:12-14).

“‘What do you want me to do for you?’ He said, ‘Lord, let me receive my sight.’ [42] And Jesus said to him, ‘Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.’ [43] And immediately he received his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God” (Luke 18:35-43).

Calendar:
Saturday, December 1.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).
No Arabic Divine Liturgy tonight.
7:00 p.m. Youth and College Ministry Basketball Game: Melkite’s vs Maronite’s at The Brea Community Center (695 Madison Way, Brea, CA 92821).

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 Christmas play practice.
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. Plates are $10 and comes with Chicken, Kifta, Rice and Salad, a dessert, drinks, and more. Everyone is welcome, come enjoy a beautiful luncheon with our Holy Cross family. A special thanks to the Mieh-Mieh for their support.
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. All proceeds will go to our Building Fund.
1:00 p.m. Parent/Youth meeting. This will be a very important meeting as we will be discussing the future of the Youth Group.
2:30 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. $15/person (supplies, wine, and snacks 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. Plates are $10 and come with Falafel, Hummus, Tahini Salad, Bread, Soda, and Dessert. Invite your friends and family to join in this delicious luncheon.
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. All proceeds will go to our Building Fund.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School Christmas play practice.
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.
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Christmas play dress rehearsal start time. Bring sack lunch. Beverages will be provided.
3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Toys for Tots in Youth Room.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

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. 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. All proceeds will go to our Building Fund.
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.

Thursday, December 20.
7:00 p.m. Young Adults Group Christmas Boat Parade. (E St, Newport Beach, CA) at the E street public viewing area on the beach. Bring warm clothes and come early for parking.

Saturday, December 22.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, December 23.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
No class. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.
No class. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.

Monday, December 24. Christmas Eve before the Nativity of our Lord.
4:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy for the Vigil of Christmas. Christ is Born. Glorify Him.

Tuesday, December 25. Christmas Day-Nativity of our Lord.
11:00 a.m. Christmas Day Divine Liturgy. Christ is Born. Glorify Him.

Sunday, December 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. End of the year review.
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.

Monday, December 31. New Year’s Eve.
7:00 p.m. Holy Cross Church’s New Year’s Eve Party at The Grand Banquet Hall (300 S. Flower Street, Orange, CA 92868). 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.

Readings for Sunday, December 2, 2018.
Epistle Colossians 1:12-18.
Prokimenon (Tone 3)
Sing praise to our God, sing praise! Sing praise to our King, sing praise!
Stichon: All you peoples, clap your hands! Shout to God with cries of gladness!

A Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Colossians.
Brethren, we thank God the Father who has enabled us to share in the saints in light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son in whom we have deliverance, the remission of sins.
He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation; for in Him all things were created, those in heaven and those on earth, the seen and the unseen, whether Thrones or Dominations or Principalities or Powers: all things were created through Him all things hold together; and He is the head of the body, the Church. He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead, so that He may be first in all things.

ALLELUIA (Tone 6)
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High abides in the shadow of the God of heaven.
Stichon: He will say to the Lord, “My wall, my refuge my God in whom I will trust!”

Luke 18:35-43 (Healing of a Blind Man in Jericho)
The Holy Gospel According To St. Luke the Evangelist.
At that time when Jesus came close to Jericho, a certain blind man was sitting by the wayside, begging; but hearing a crowd passing by, he inquired what this might be. And they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was going to pass. And he cried out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And those who went in front angrily tried to silence him. But he cried out all the louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me.!" Then Jesus stopped and commanded that he should be brought to him. And when he came close, he asked him, saying, “What would you have me do for you?” And he said, “Lord, that I may see!” And Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight, your faith have saved you.” And at once he received his sight and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people upon seeing it gave praise to God.

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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church.
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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: December 1.

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