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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin.
February 10, 2019. Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican.

February 10. Commemoration of the Holy Hieromartyr Charalampus. Charalampus was martyred under Emperor Septimus Severus (193-211).

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church welcomes Bishop Nicholas Samra and thanks him for his many years of ministry to our Melkite Catholic Eparchy in the United States. This year marks several milestones for Bishop Nicholas. He has been a priest for 49 years and a bishop for thirty years. May God continue to give Bishop Nicholas health to lead us to holiness.

Saturday, February 9 and Sunday February 10. Bishop Nicholas Samra’s visit to Holy Cross Church and the Melkite Community at St. Kilian’s Church in Mission Viejo.
Saturday, February 9.
10:00 a.m.-noon. Bishop Nicholas will give a talk to the whole parish in the Church hall.
Sunday, February 10.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy presided by Bishop Nicholas at Holy Cross Church.
12:30 p.m. Welcoming Bishop Nicholas Luncheon and Valentine’s Luncheon Party at Holy Cross Church. Lunch, dessert, and music. Come enjoy a lovely gathering with family and friends. Please purchase tickets in advance ($25 for adults).
6:30 p.m. Divine Liturgy presided by Bishop Nicholas at St. Kilian’s Church (Mission Viejo).
7:45 p.m. Dinner in the St. Kilian’s Church hall with Bishop Nicholas. To reserve a seat please contact Saad Elhosni at (949) 230-0078 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ($25 for adults and $15 for children and students).

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 February 10, 2019, at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
2019 dates: 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).

New Year’s Eve Raffle Summary: Income from Raffle Tickets: $40,040. Donations for Raffle and Raffle Prizes: $4,400. Raffle Expense: Printing ($1,845), Stamps and Mailing ($73), Car for Raffle: $19,000. Total Expense for Raffle: $20,918. Total Raffle Profit: $23,522.

Thomas Aquinas College Summer High School Program. Full scholarship available to all those currently in their junior high school year. 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.

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..
Upcoming events:
February 21, 2019: 7:00 p.m. Theology of the Body, Created for Love at Holy Cross Church. Presented by Father François Beyrouti.
Sunday, March 3: 12:15 p.m. College and Young Adults Ministry combined meeting. Review the Sunday Readings followed by Miniature Golf at Camelot Golf Land (3200 E Carpenter Ave, Anaheim, CA 92806).

Holy Cross Young Adults Ministry for ages 21-35. 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. 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:
Wednesday, February 13: 7:00 p.m. Upholding the commandments in the 21st Century and trivia night at Holy Cross Church.
Sunday, March 3: 12:15 p.m. College and Young Adults Ministry combined meeting. Review the Sunday Readings followed by Miniature Golf at Camelot Golf Land (3200 E Carpenter Ave, Anaheim, CA 92806).
Friday, March 8: 7:00 p.m. Attend the Akathist Hymn at Holy Cross Church and presentation to follow by Father François Beyrouti, “The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic: Prayer, Study, Service, Evangelization.”
Sunday, March 31: 3:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Young Adults Group Ages 21-35. Volunteer Event: Isaiah House.

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: February 23, April 27, May 25, July 27, August 31, October 26, and November 23.

An elderly disabled lady who lives in Orange County is looking for someone to help her with light housework/organizing and laundry. For further details 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 points out that all who try to do good will suffer, and that it is necessary to listen to Scripture and Tradition to have insight and wisdom to persevere. In the Gospel parable, Christ insists that we have the proper perspective towards ourselves, others and God. This ministry of “calling us to a proper perspective” is still carried out by priests, and we need many more for our Eparchy. Have you prayed whether God is calling you to a priestly or monastic vocation?

Vocation View. Saint Paul urges Christian readers to live a life of communion, in mutual love, and in the love that God has given us. Jesus teaches us the importance and implications of that life of loving communion. Who shall preach and teach it to us today? Pray for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and monastic life and encourage possible candidates.

A Prayer for Vocations. O Lord God, in every age, You invite men and women to hear Your call to serve You and the Church. We bow before You now, asking that You call forth more persons to serve our Melkite Church in America. Give us priests, deacons, monks and nuns, who will lead and guide your holy people. By Your will, bless us with vocations so that we continue to be the church which You called us to be, centuries ago. Let all hear Your voice inviting them to care for and serve Your people. Strengthen us in being disciples of Jesus Christ, Your Only-begotten Son and fishers of men. Inspire in us the spirit and pride of Antioch, our holy heritage. We ask You, O Lover of mankind, to raise up men and women who appreciate what they have received from You and who want to be generous in their service, willing to offer their lives and all their gifts, to serve others, to give You glory, thanksgiving and worship, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever. Amen.

Your Sunday donation envelopes are mailed to you every two months. These envelopes are dated with your envelope number on the back. Please contact the office if you are not registered or did not receive your envelopes. Thank you.

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Thank you for your ongoing generous donations:
-Wednesday, 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.
-Sunday, January 13 collection: $1,910 in 42 envelopes (average of $45 per envelope) + $273 cash + $139 candles = $2,322.
-Sunday, January 13 Mission Viejo collection: $405 in 10 envelopes (average of $40 per envelope) + $70 cash = $475.
-Wednesday, January 16 building fund deposit: $5,485.
-Sunday, January 20 collection: $2,357 in 52 envelopes (average of $45 per envelope) + $361 cash + $199 candles = $2,917.
-Wednesday, January 23 building fund deposit: $1,950.
-Sunday, January 27 collection: $2,065 in 39 envelopes (average of $53 per envelope) + $266 + $95 candles = $2,426.
-Wednesday, January 30 building fund deposit: $3,144.
-Saturday, February 2 collection: $185 in 4 envelopes (average of $46 per envelope) + $46 cash = $231.
-Sunday, February 3 collection: $2,530 in 36 envelopes (average of $70 per envelope) + $126 candles + $298 cash = $2,954.
-Sunday, February 3 first of the month building fund collection: $2,395 in 27 envelopes (average of $88 per envelope).
-Friday, February 8 building fund deposit: $719.

Total deposits in the past four months: November: $24,541, December: $89,704, January: $24,729, February: $6,299.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$118.63 paid on January 7, 2019 for printer lease.
$164.49 paid on January 22, 2019 for Christopherson Fire Protection.
$216.47 paid on January 25, 2019 for So Cal-Gas.
$200.00 paid on January 29, 2019 for gardening services.
$18.07 paid on January 29, 2019 for Sparkletts water.
$439.19 paid on January 29, 2019 for So Cal-Edison Electricity.
$277.00 paid on January 31, 2019 for church cleaning services.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)
Troparion of the resurrection (Tone 5). Let us, O faithful, praise and worship the word, coeternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our Salvation; for He was pleased to be lifted in the flesh upon the cross and to endure death and to raise the dead by His glorious resurrection.
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 Pharisee and the Publican (Tone 4). Let us shun the proud attitude of the boastful Pharisee and learn humility from the Publican’s sighs; let us cry out to our Savior: “Have mercy on us, O You who alone are merciful!”

Epistle: 2 Timothy 3:10-15. 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 18:10-14. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:
Trinidad Lao (February 4, 2019), Alice Abuzalaf Nassr (January 20, 2019), Nader Kashou (January 19, 2019), Samia Berchan Machaalany (January 15, 2019), Pierre De Bané (January 9, 2019), Joseph Karim Nakhle (January 8, 2019), Elias Abou Malhab (January 5, 2019), Saide Badr (January 4, 2019).
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Raji Abou Saada, Bishop Tod Brown, George Haddad, Adel & Denise Hallis, Najiba Nasser, Russell Peirson, 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:
“Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, [13] while evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived. [14] But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it [15] and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:12-15).

“The tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ [14] I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for every one who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 18:13-14).

Calendar:
Saturday, February 9.
10:00 a.m.-noon. Bishop Nicholas will give a talk to the whole parish in the Church hall.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, February 10. National Marriage Week is from February 7-14.
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.
12:30 p.m. Welcoming Bishop Nicholas Luncheon and Valentine’s Luncheon Party at Holy Cross Church. Lunch, dessert, and music. Come enjoy a lovely gathering with family and friends. Please purchase tickets in advance ($25 for adults).

5:45 p.m. Music practice in the hall.
6:30 p.m. Divine Liturgy presided by Bishop Nicholas at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691.
7:45 p.m. Dinner in the hall. To reserve a seat please contact Saad Elhosni at (949)230-0078 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ($25 for adults and $15 for children and students).

Wednesday, February 13.
7:00 p.m. Young Adults Group: Upholding the commandments in the 21st Century and trivia night at Holy Cross Church.

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. Topic: Preparing for the Great Fast.

Thursday, February 21.
7:00 p.m. College Ministry. Theology of the Body, Created for Love at Holy Cross Church. Led by Fr. Francois.

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.

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

Sunday, March 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.
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 p.m. College and Young Adults Ministry combined meeting. Review the Sunday Readings followed by Miniature Golf at Camelot Golf Land (3200 E Carpenter Ave, Anaheim, CA 92806).

Monday, March 4. First Day of the Great Feast.
7:00 p.m. Forgiveness Vespers.

Wednesday, March 6.
7:00 p.m. Pre-Sanctified Liturgy.

Friday, March 8.
7:00 p.m. Akathist Hymn, followed by a presentation by Father François Beyrouti, “The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic: Prayer, Study, Service, Evangelization.”

Saturday, March 9.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, March 10.
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.

Monday, March 11.
7:00 p.m. Great Compline.

Wednesday, March 13.
7:00 p.m. Pre-Sanctified Liturgy.

Thursday, March 14.
7:00 p.m. College Ministry meeting: Theology of the Body, presented by Christina Saad at Holy Cross Church.

Friday, March 15.
7:00 p.m. Akathist Hymn. A spiritual presentation by Deacon Elias Kashou.

Saturday, March 16.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, March 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.
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.

Monday, March 18.
7:00 p.m. Great Compline.

Wednesday, March 20.
7:00 p.m. Pre-Sanctified Liturgy.

Friday, March 22.
7:00 p.m. Akathist Hymn, followed by a presentation by Father François Beyrouti, “The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic: Prayer, Study, Service, Evangelization.”

Saturday, March 23.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, March 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.

Monday, March 25.
7:00 p.m. Great Compline.

Wednesday, March 27.
7:00 p.m. Pre-Sanctified Liturgy.

Thursday, March 28.
7:00 p.m. College Ministry meeting. A Bible Study using Father Sebastian and Father Hezekias’ videos at Holy Cross Church.

Friday, March 29.
7:00 p.m. Akathist Hymn. A spiritual presentation by Deacon Elias Kashou.

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

Sunday, March 31.
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.

3:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Young Adults Group Ages 21-35. Volunteer Event: Isaiah House.
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.

Readings for Sunday, February 10, 2019.
Prokimenon (Tone 8)
Make vows to the Lord your God and fulfill them; let all round about bring gifts to the awesome God.
Stichon: God is renowned in Judah; in Israel, great is his name.

A Reading from the Second Epistle of St. Paul to Timothy (2 Timothy 3:10-15).
My son Timothy, you have followed my teaching, my behavior, my faith, my long-suffering, my love, my patience, my persecutions, my afflictions such as befell me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, such persecutions as I suffered: and out of them all, the Lord delivered me. And all who want to live piously in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But the wicked and impostors will go from bad to worse, erring and leading into error. As for you, keep on with the things you have learned and which have been entrusted to you, and remember from whom you have learned them. For you have known from infancy the Sacred Scriptures which are able to give you instruction for your salvation by the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

ALLELUIA (Tone 8)
Come, let us rejoice in the Lord! Let us sing joyfully to God our Savior!
Stichon: Let us greet his presence with thanksgiving; let us joyfully sing psalms to him.

The Holy Gospel According To St. Luke the Evangelist (18:10-14).
The Lord told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, the one a Pharisee and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and began to pray thus within himself: ‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of men, robbers, dishonest, adulterers, or even like this publican. I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all I possess.’ But the publican, standing far off, would not so much as lift up his eyes to heaven, but kept striking his breast, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went back to his home justified rather than the other; for anyone who exalts himself shall be humbled, and anyone who humbles himself shall be exalted.

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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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