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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin.
January 13, 2019. Sunday after the Theophany. Eighth Day of Celebration of the Theophany.

January 13. Commemoration of the Holy Martyrs Ermylus and Stratonicus who were martyred under Emperor Licinius between 307 and 311.

Jesus said “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die’ ” (John 11:26).
The Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Community offer our condolences to the family of the servant of God, Nasef Abasi who was born on April 1, 1946 in Jordan and reposed in the Lord on December 23, 2018 in Jordan. We extend our condolences to the entire family and in particular his wife Inam Jweinat, his children Jaghel (Adnan), Linda (Soleiman), Eliane (Hakmat), Soleiman (Reem), Haythaim (Dannia Swadan), Samer (Nesreen Jweinat), Sawsan (Sameer Iwas), Summer (Firas Maayah), Amer (Nisreen Haddadin), and his siblings Kafah, Maha, Jamila, and Nawal.
The Divine Liturgy will be celebrated in Nasef’s memory on January 13, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church (451 West Madison Avenue. Placentia, CA 92870-4537). A mercy meal will follow in the hall at 1 p.m. May his memory be eternal.

Thank you to all those who supported our Holy Cross Church’s Raffle. The raffle winners are:
(1) Keurig Coffee Machine, won by Louis and Rena Dineen. Donated by John & Jane Ramirez.
(2) Large T.V., won and re-donated back to church by George Kassis. Donated by Firas & Sylvia Haddadin.
(3) Gold Chain, won by Charbel Hashem. Donated by Suzy Adem. Stoned Love by Suzy.
(4) 2018 Jeep Cherokee, won by Myriam Saullo. Purchased by Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church.

Thank you to the 23 Holy Cross parishioners who donated $19,400 to the annual Bishop’s Appeal, as of December 20, 2018. If you have not yet donated, please send a check to: Melkite Eparchy of Newton 802 Riffle Camp Road, Woodland Park, NJ 02132 or donate online at: Melkite.org

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 January 13, 2019, at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
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).

Thomas Aquinas College Summer High School Program Scholarship. Sunday, July 15 to Saturday, July 27, 2019 at the Santa Paula campus, 70 miles north of Los Angeles. A full scholarship is available to any Holy Cross parishioner going into their senior High School year. This $975 scholarship covers tuition, housing, meals, books, and organized off campus activities.
The pursuit of wisdom begins with wonder — wonder about the causes and principles of man and nature, and wonder about God, who is the first cause and principle of all things. For two weeks, students from around the country and abroad will delight in spirited conversation, engaging firsthand some of the best works of the past 2,500 years. They will read and discuss texts selected from the masters of the Western intellectual tradition. The program will be centered around the College’s unique Great Books program of Catholic education. The High School Summer Program is a time for forging new friendships, for enjoying the give and take of rational argument, and for pursuing the truth, which civilizes, ennobles, and liberates.
Classes are conducted, like all classes at Thomas Aquinas College, using the Discussion Method, guided by members of the teaching faculty. Class size is limited to 17 students in order to allow each student the opportunity to contribute to the discussions. The location is ideal for recreation of all sorts. In addition to daily sports, occasional movies, and hiking, the program includes excursions to local attractions. Students will visit the Getty Museum, take in a concert at the Hollywood Bowl, and head to Santa Barbara for volleyball on the beach and an exploration of the historic city.
Thomas Aquinas College is genuinely Catholic and has a rich sacramental life. During the Summer Program, Mass will be offered daily and a chaplain will be available on campus at all times. For further information contact Holy Cross Church and review these links:
thomasaquinas.edu/admission/high-school-summer-program
youtu.be/hkA4HBgALWk

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.
Sunday, January 13. 12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12. "The influence of Social Media on teen relationships and overall mental health" by Susan Sansour, a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in youth and family relationships.

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: Christina Saad (909) 764-4033 or 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..

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:
January 17, 2019: 6:00 p.m. Dinner at Craftsman Wood Fired Pizza (148 Yorba Linda Blvd, Placentia, CA 92870), followed by “How to Read and P.R.A.Y. the Bible.” at 7:00 p.m. 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.
February 3, 2019: 12:30 p.m. Review Sunday’s readings and lunch, followed by indoor rock climbing at Hanger 18 (2599 E Willow St, Signal Hill, CA 90755). climbhangar18.com/location/long-beach/

Prayer Series for Adults. Prayer: the Foundation of our relationship with God. Exploring Part 4 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Held on 4 evenings: February 5, 13, 19, and 26 from 7-9 p.m. at Heart of Jesus Retreat Center. 2927 S Greenville St., Santa Ana, CA 92704. Donation $17 per session or $60 for all 4. Please RSVP by January 28 to (714) 557-4538 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Eastern Christian Formation (Sunday School) program for all children in Kindergarten to grade 8. Enroll your children in the Sunday School program as it is one of the best ways to teach faith to our children and build a living relationship with God.

Isaiah House Women’s Shelter. March 31, 2019. 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. 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.
Isaiah House has invited us to help them take on the last Saturday of the month that does not have a fifth Sunday. If you or your family would like to sponsor, prepare the food, serve, and enjoy a meal with those in need please call the Church office. 2019 Saturday Dates: January 26, February 23, April 27, May 25, July 27, August 31, October 26, and November 23.

An elderly disabled lady is looking for someone to help her with housework and laundry. Lives in Orange County, call Bea (714) 914-9577.

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 epistle, Saint Paul reminds us that Christ came into the world as a Light so that we might be reborn and made whole. In Baptism, we receive the Holy Spirit and become truly beloved children of God. We still need priests to remind us of our great dignity and to serve the Holy Mysteries that bring about that awesome change in us. Pray for an increase of priests in our Eparchy and encourage possible candidates to respond to God’s call.

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 on 930 am. For further information visit their website or call 1-888-887-7120.

Thank you for your ongoing generous donations:
-Sunday, December 23 collection: $1,115 in 29 envelopes (average of $38 per envelope) + $147 cash + $123 candles = $1,385.
-Monday, December 24 collection: $2,848 in 30 envelopes (average of $95 per envelope) + $256 cash + $67 candles = $3,171.
-Tuesday, December 25 collection: $1,455 in 16 envelopes (average of $91 per envelope) + $180 cash + $56 candles = $1,691.
-Wednesday, December 26 building fund deposit: $39,050 (a generous family donated $20,000 and another generous family donated $15,000).
-Sunday, December 30 collection: $2,176 in 33 envelopes (average of $66 per envelope) + $261 cash + $57 candles = $2,494.
-Monday, December 31 building fund deposit: $3,230.
-Wednesday, January 2 building fund deposit: $850.
-Saturday, January 5 Arabic Divine Liturgy collection: $620 in 15 envelopes (average of $41 per envelope) + $111 cash = $731.
-Sunday, January 6 collection: $1,635 in 30 envelopes (average of $55 per envelope) + $143 cash + $151 candles = $1,929.
-Wednesday, January 9 building fund deposit: $2,500.

Total deposits in the past four months: October: $25,604, November: $24,541, December: $89,704, January: $6,010.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$885.89 paid on December 13, 2018 for newsletter mailing.
$2,609.18 paid on December 13, 2018 for newsletter formatting, printing, and mail processing.
$74.24 paid on December 13, 2018 for Sparkletts water.
$320.00 paid on December 13, 2018 for gardening services.
$49.19 paid on December 21, 2018 for church sign repairs.
$200.00 paid on December 31, 2018 for gardening services.
$77.27 paid on December 31, 2018 for office ink usage.
$57.21 paid on December 31, 2018 for Sparkletts water.
$346.25 paid on December 31, 2018 for church cleaning services.
$1,725.24 paid on December 31, 2018 for painting services.
$1,241.57 paid on December 31, 2018 for gardening and painting.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)
Sunday:
Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 1). While the stone was sealed by the Jews and soldiers were watching your sacred body, You rose, O Savior, on the third day, giving life to the world. Wherefore, O Giver of life, the powers of heaven cried out: Glory to your resurrection, O Christ. Glory to your kingdom, glory to your Plan of redemption, O You who alone are the Lover of mankind.
Troparion of the Theophany (Tone 1). At your Baptism in the Jordan, O Lord, the worship of the Trinity was revealed: for the Father’s voice bore witness to you by calling You his Beloved Son, and the spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the truth of these words. O Christ God who have appeared to us, and enlightened the world, glory to You.
Troparion of the Martyrs (Tone 4). Lord our God, your Holy Martyrs Ermylus and Stratonicus haave deserved the crown of immortality on account of their good fight. Armed with your strength, they have vanquished their persecutors and crushed Satan’s dreadful might. Through their supplications, O Christ God save our souls.
Troparion of the Martyrs of Sinai (Tone 4). O God of our Fathers who always deal with us according to your everlasting compassion, do not take away your mercy from us, but, through the prayers of our Fathers, guide our lives along the ways of peace.
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 Theophany (Tone 4). Today You have appeared, O Lord, to the universe and Your light, O Christ our God, has been impressed upon us who sing to You with full knowledge: You came and appeared, O Inaccessible Light.

Epistle: Ephesians 4:7-13. Adrian Maayah will read this Sunday’s Epistle. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Matthew 4:12-17. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:
Nasef Abasi (December 23, 2018). Three week memorial.
Yacoub Hilo (January 30, 2014) 5 year memorial.
Joseph Karim Nakhle (January 8, 2019), Elias Abou Malhab (January 5, 2019), Saide Badr (January 4, 2019), Samira Alasmar (December 21, 2018), John Hajjar (December 18, 2018), Timothy John Beaulieu (December 16, 2018), John Patrick McKenzie (December 14, 2018), Jameel Alachhab (March 24, 2004).
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Raji Abou Saada, George Haddad, Dwayne Hager, Adel & Denise Hallis, Trinidad Lao, Caryl McCabe and Family, Father Christopher Manuele, Najiba Nasser, Angela Pagnanelli, Kaveh Rezvan, Marie Semaan, Florence Shaib.
For vocations to the priesthood, monastic life, and lay parish ministries.
For peace in Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and all the troubled regions around the world.

Scripture Memory:
“His gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, [12] to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, [13] until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-13).

“ ‘The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, toward the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles [16] the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.’ [17] From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand’ ” (Matthew 4:15-17).

Calendar:
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. "The influence of Social Media on teen relationships and overall mental health" by Susan Sansour, a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in youth and family relationships.

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.
6:00 p.m. Young Adults Group. Dinner at Craftsman Wood Fired Pizza (148 Yorba Linda Blvd, Placentia, CA 92870), followed by “How to Read and P.R.A.Y. the Bible.” at 7:00 p.m. 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.
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.

Saturday, January 19.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, January 20.
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.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.
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, January 26.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, January 27.
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.

Saturday, February 2.
5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic.

Sunday, February 3.
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. 1 year memorial for Salim Hanna Semaan.
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. Review Sunday’s readings and lunch, followed by indoor rock climbing at Hanger 18 (2599 E Willow St, Signal Hill, CA 90755). climbhangar18.com/location/long-beach/

Saturday, February 9.
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Parish Meeting with Bishop Nicholas Samra in Church hall.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer). Evening Vespers with Youth.

Sunday, February 10.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy presided by Bishop Nicholas Samra.
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, February 16.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, February 17.
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. Father Francois will be giving a talk about Confession for Sunday school 1st -8th grade. Following Liturgy in Church
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.
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, February 23.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, February 24.
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.

Readings for Sunday, January 13, 2019.
Prokimenon (Tone 1).
May your kindness, O Lord, be upon us, for we have hoped in you.
Stichon: Exult, you just, in the Lord; praise from the upright is fitting.

A Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Ephesians (Eph 4:7-13).
Brethren, to each one of us the grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s bestowal. Thus is says, Ascending on high, he led away captives; he gave gifts to men (Ps.61:19). Now this ascending, what does it mean but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended, he it is who ascended also above all the heavens, that he might fill all things. And he himself gave some men as apostles, and some as prophets, and others as pastors and teachers, in order to perfect the saints for a work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the deep knowledge of the Son of God, to perfect manhood, to the mature measure of the fullness of Christ.

ALLELUIA (Tone 5)
Your favor, O Lord, I will sing forever; from generation to generation, my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness.
Stichon: For you have said, “My kindness is established forever.”
In heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness.

The Holy Gospel According To St. Matthew the Evangelist (Matthew 4:12-17).
At that time, when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and went to live in Capernaum by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali, that what had been said through Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled: "Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, by the way to the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles, the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light, on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death a light has arisen." From that time, Jesus began to preach and say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

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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 2019: February 2, March 2, April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6, August 3, August 31, October 5, November 2, November 30.

ENGLISH DIVINE LITURGY: 11:00 a.m. First Sunday of the month. In 2019: February 3, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, August 4, September 1, October 6, November 3, December 1.

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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