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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, December 9, 2018.
Tenth Sunday after the Holy Cross. Gospel of The Crippled Woman and the Feast of the Maternity of Saint Anne.

December 9. Feast of the Maternity of Anne, the Mother of the Mother of God. The Soul of the Virgin Mary whom God had chosen from all eternity to be the Mother in the flesh of the Incarnate Word was created full of grace and free from original sin, united to a body formed according to the laws of nature through the operation of love of her parents, Joachim and Anne. This privilege, accepted throughout the centuries, was officially proclaimed as a dogma by Pope Pius IX in the year 1854. It is known in the Roman Church as the Immaculate Conception.

Nativity to Theophany of Christ Schedule:
-Monday, December 24. 4:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy for the Vigil of the Nativity.
-Tuesday, December 25. 11:00 a.m. Christmas Day Divine Liturgy.
-Saturday, January 5. 5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic followed by blessing of Theophany water.
-Sunday, January 6. 11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy in English followed by blessing of Theophany water.

Thank you to the Mieh-Mieh Community for sponsoring last Sunday’s Parish Luncheon. We raised $1,114 towards our Church’s building fund.

December 9, 2018. Falafel Luncheon. Following the 11 a.m. Divine Liturgy, Our 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.

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. As we travel with the Virgin to Bethlehem where she will give birth to the greatest gift in human history—God’s Only-Begotten Son—let us remember our Melkite Church by which Christ comes to us. Please consider giving an end-of-year, tax-deductible gift to the Melkite Church in America to support its vital mission. Help produce SOPHIA magazine, assist in the spiritual renewal of our parishes, support the vocation, recruitment, and the training of seminarians, assist our missions, and give support to our elderly priests. Please give generously. YOUR Melkite Church needs YOU!
REMEMBER THE MELKITE CHURCH IN YOUR WILL: Give a lasting gift to help ensure that our Melkite heritage continues to flourish for future generations. Simply add the following statement to your last will and testament: I hereby bequeath to the Melkite Eparchy of Newton the following sum: $_______. Contact Bishop Nicholas personally to inform him of your generous bequest: 3 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury, MA 02132.

$500 donation and November 28, 2018 letter from a parishioner: “For my birthday, the good family and friends who participated at my wonderful party were generous in their gifts. Some game me money, so I rounded it up to $500. I promised myself that whatever money I receive I will give to my preferred charity: Holy Cross Church. My wife and I wish that Holy Cross Church will always prosper under the care of Reverend Father Francois Beyrouti; with all our care and love.”

End of the Year Giving Options: There are several ways to make end of the year donations to Holy Cross Church.
1. Cash, Check, or Credit Card.
-Credit card donations may be made at the office or online at: www.holycrossmelkite.org/donate
-Checks may be brought in personally or mailed to: Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church. 451 West Madison Avenue. Placentia, CA 92870-4537
2. Monthly Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). A convenient way to make donations is through an Electronic Fund Transfer directly to Holy Cross Church from a checking or savings account on a one-time or monthly basis. If you would like to set up automatic payments or electronic funds transfer (EFT) please call us or visit: www.holycrossmelkite.org/parish/news/66-donate-through-your-bank
3. Corporate and Foundation Relations. We welcome gifts and donations from Corporations and Foundations interested in collaborating with Holy Cross Church to fulfill their community involvement objectives.
4. Property. Gifts of real property such as a home, vacation property, vacant land, farmland, ranch, commercial property, or tangible property such as works of art, jewelry, collections and other personal property may be given. You will be given a tax receipt based on assessed value.
5. Securities. A gift of securities, including stocks or bonds, is an easy way to make a gift. By making a gift of your appreciated securities, you can avoid paying capital gains tax that would otherwise be due if you sold these assets. For more information on how to give stocks or bonds, contact your broker, bank, or the Church office.
6. Retirement Assets. We welcome all types of giving, including IRA’s. Contact your IRA representative to learn more about how to transfer contributions.
7. Pledges. Pledges can be monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or annually. Call the office for more details if you are interested in making your pledge to Holy Cross Church.
8. Specific intentions. You may specifically support some of our ministries, such as Youth Ministry, Sunday School Ministry, Choir Ministry, Our Lady’s Society, or the Building Fund. Make checks, cash, or use EFT and make payable to Holy Cross Church with a memo towards which ministry you are supporting.

Thank you for your generosity and your dedication to the future growth of Holy Cross Church. Deadline for 2018 tax credits is December 31, 2018.

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.
December 9: Christmas play practice following the Divine Liturgy.
December 15: 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Christmas play dress rehearsal in the church. Please bring a snack.
December 16: Christmas play following the Divine Liturgy. Come enjoy a beautiful Christmas play hosted by our Sunday School children.

Holy Cross Christmas Boutique and Crafts Sale in the hall. December 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. So far we have raised $1,550.

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: $25,620. 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).

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:
Thursday, December 20: 7:00 p.m. 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.
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 for the purchase of 73 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, Jesus restores the dignity of a woman by enabling her to stand upright after years of being crushed and bent over. In the epistle, Saint Paul reminds Christians of their dignity as sons and daughters of God. Priests and Monastics are called to continue that ministry today – pray for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and Monastic Life in our Eparchy.

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.

Receive the emailed weekly Holy Cross Church Bulletin and Homily. If you or someone you known would like to receive the emailed weekly parish bulletin or homily please sign up on our website or email or call the office. Please also let us know if you are on our list but have changed your email. To read past homilies visit: holycrossmelkite.org/parish/homilies

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.
-Sunday, December 2 collection: $2,282 in 38 envelopes (average of $60 per envelope) + $308 cash + $141 candles = $2,731.
-Wednesday, December 5 building fund deposit: $3,207.

Total deposits in the past four months: September: $20,610, October: $25,604, November: $24,541, December: $5,938.

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 4). The Women disciples of the Lord heard from the Angels the joyful news of the resurrection, and casting away the ancestral sentence, they announced with pride to the Apostles: Death is vanquished, Christ God is risen! And has bestowed great mercy upon the world.
Troparion of the Maternity of St. Anne (Tone 4) 3 times. Today the bonds of barrenness are loosed: God has heard the prayers of Joachim and Anne; He has promised against all hope the birth of the Maiden of God from whom the Infinite Himself is to be born as a man, He who had ordered the Angel to cry out to her: “Hail O Woman full of grace!”
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 Maternity of St. Anne (Tone 4). Today the universe rejoices, for Anne has conceived the Mother of God in a manner provided by God Himself: for Anne has borne the One who is to give birth to the Word in a manner beyond all telling.

Epistle: Galatians: 4:22-27. Eliana Haddadin will read this Sunday’s Epistle. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Luke 13: 10-17. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:
Khalil Toubbeh (December 4, 2018), 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), Amer Lutfi (July 6, 2018), Marika Haddad (December 11, 2017), Ablah Nesheiwat (September 9, 2016), Boutros Ibrahim (November 23, 2012), Lutfi Lutfi (April 5, 2012), Moussa Fahel (December 18, 2004), Rada Nesheiwat (December 13, 1987), Tuma Nesheiwat (December 12, 1962).
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Saleem Abdelahad, Raji Abou Saada, Atalah Alassad, Eman Andrawos, Sameera Asmar, Laura Kashhan Atalla, Father John Azar, Mark Bergeron, Wadid Fattouch, Patrick Flynn, Floyd Genadry, Nancy Haddadin, Dwayne Hager, Laila Halteh, Bill Jacobson, Mary Leamy, Raffat Lika, Mary Liles, Paul Liles, Raafat Luga, Ra’ufat Luke, Marcus Lynch, Sanad Jeries Madanat, Carol McCabe & family, Chris & Anna Montes and family, Najiba Nasser, Monica Pagnanelli & Family, Darrel Richardson, Josephine Saba, Marie Semaan, Florence Shaib, Matthew Shamoon, Abdalah, Ibtesam, Rania, and 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:
“For it is written, ‘Rejoice, O barren one who does not bear; break forth and shout, you who are not in travail; for the children of the desolate one are many more than the children of her that is married’ ” (Galatians 4:27).

“When Jesus saw the woman who had had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years, He called her and said to her, ‘Woman, you are freed from your infirmity.’ [13] And He laid his hands upon her, and immediately she was made straight, and she praised God” (Luke 13:12-13).

Calendar:
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. Topic: “Fundamentally Flawed: Understanding the faulty logic of anti-Catholics.” Presented by Oliver Obagi.

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 distribution to needy families in the neighborhood. Location: Holy Cross Youth Room. To volunteer please contact the office.
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.
12:30 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 Holy 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.

Saturday, December 29.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

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.

Saturday, January 5. Theophany of our Lord.
5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic followed by blessing of Theophany water.

Sunday, January 6.
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 followed by blessing of Theophany water.
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.
12:15-1:30 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35.

Saturday, January 12.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, January 13.
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.

Thursday, January 17.
10:30 a.m. Eastern Catholic Pastoral Association (ECPA) meeting at Saint John Maron Maronite Catholic Church.
7:00 p.m. “How to Read and P.R.A.Y. the Bible.” Presented by Fr. François Beyrouti (Ph.D./D.Th.) at JMJ's Catholic Books and Gift Store. 310 E Orangethorpe Ave Suite A, Placentia, CA 92870. (949) 812-1799.

Readings for Sunday, December 9, 2018.
Epistle Galatians 4:22-27.
Prokimenon (Tone 4)
Awesome in his saints is God, the God of Israel.
Stichon: In the churches, bless God, the Lord of Israel’s wellsprings.

A Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Galatians.
Brethren, before the faith came, we were kept imprisoned under the Law, shut up from the faith that was to be revealed. Therefore the Law has been our tutor unto Christ, that we might be made holy by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under tutor. For you are all God’s children through faith in Christ Jesus. For all you who have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither slave nor freeman; there is neither male nor female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.

ALLELUIA (Tone 1)
I have waited, waited for the Lord, and he stooped toward me and heard my cry.
Stichon: He set my feet upon a rock; he made firm my steps.

Luke 13: 10-17 (Healing of a Crippled Woman)
The Holy Gospel According To St. Luke the Evangelist.
At that time Jesus was teaching in one of their synagogues on the Sabbath. And behold, there was a woman who for eighteen years had had a sickness caused by a spirit; and she was bent over and utterly unable to look upwards. When Jesus saw her, he called her to him and said to her, “Woman, thou art delivered from thy infirmity.” And he laid his hands upon her, and instantly she was made straight, and glorified God. But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant that Jesus had cured on the Sabbath, addressed the crowd, saying, “There are six days in which one ought to work; on these therefore come and be cured, and not on the Sabbath.” But the Lord answered him and said, “Hypocrites! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or ass from the manger, and lead it forth to water? And this woman, daughter of Abraham as she is, whom Satan has bound, lo, for eighteen years, ought not she to be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?” And as he said these things, all his adversaries were put to shame; and the entire crowd rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him.

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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church.
451 West Madison Avenue, Placentia, CA 92870-4537
Telephone: (714) 985-1710.
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Parish Web site: HolyCrossMelkite.org
Facebook Page: Facebook.com/HolyCrossMelkite
YouTube Page: Youtube.com/HolyCrossMelkite
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HCMelkite

Pastor: Father François Beyrouti.
Electronic mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Cellular phone: (714) 914-1710

Pastoral Associate: Deacon Elias Kashou.
Office Manager: Tony Helo.
Administrative Assistant: Rosemarie Nasr.
Parish Hall Rentals: Hala Nakhoul (714) 920-6180.
Choir Directors: Reader Saad Tashman and Lupe Ojeda.
Sunday School / Eastern Christian Formation Program: Every Sunday after the Divine Liturgy from September-May. Pre-School to Grade 8.
Our Lady’s Society: Iman Lutfi (714) 595-7999.

LITURGICAL SCHEDULE
SATURDAY: 4:30 p.m. Confession. 5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).
SUNDAY: 9:45 p.m. Orthros (Morning prayer). 11:00 a.m. The Divine Liturgy.

ARABIC DIVINE LITURGY: 5:00 p.m. Saturday before the first Sunday of the month. In 2018: 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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