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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin.
February 24, 2019. Meat-Fare Sunday. Gospel of The Last Judgment.

February 24. First and Second Discoveries of the Head of the Holy and Glorious Prophet John the Forerunner. The second discovery occurred under Emperor Valentinian and Marcian (450-457).

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Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. Falafel Luncheon sponsored by Our Lady’s Society. Plates are $10 and come with falafel, hummus, salad, bread, soda, and dessert. Invite your friends and family to join in this delicious luncheon.

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

Full scholarship available to all those currently in their junior high school year for the Thomas Aquinas College Summer High School Program. Sunday, July 15 to Saturday, July 27, 2019 at the Santa Paula campus, 70 miles north of Los Angeles. 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

Free for all parishioners. March 22-24, 2019. Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. Theme: “Thirsting for Justice” at the Anaheim Convention Center (800 West Katella Ave. Anaheim, CA. 92802). Holy Cross Church will cover the $85 registration fee for all parishioners who would like to attend. For further details call the Church office or visit: RECongress.org

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:
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:
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 next date: Saturday, February 23, 2019. Holy Cross Church prepares and serves a meal for the women at Isaiah House (316 South Cypress Avenue, Santa Ana) every month. We prepare the food at Holy Cross Church on the fifth Sunday of every month. If you or your family would like assist on those days or if you would like to sponsor a Saturday to prepare food at your home, serve the food with your family, and enjoy a meal with those in need please contact the office. Schedule: 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Prepare meal in the Holy Cross Hall Kitchen. 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. 2019 dates: Saturday, February 23, Sunday, March 31, Saturday, April 27, Saturday, May 25, Sunday, June 30, Saturday, July 27, Saturday, August 31, Sunday, September 29, Saturday, October 26, Saturday, November 23, and Sunday, December 29.

February 27, 2019. Care, Prepare, and Connect. Join us for an important discussion about our Church’s teachings on serious illness and end of life care. St. Joseph Catholic Church (717 Bradford Ave., Placentia, CA 92870) from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. If you are interested, please register at: stjosephplacentia.org/care-prepare-and-connect.

March 8-10, 2019. St. Anne’s Social Club Men’s Retreat. The Social Club is organizing a weekend Men's Retreat at the Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center in Sierra Madre. Since 1924 the Passionists and the Mater Dolorosa Retreat League have sponsored retreats, days of prayer and other spiritual programs to enable all those who are seeking a deeper relationship with God to experience His presence in the peace, beauty and wonder in this remarkable place. For more details and registration call Fred Ashkar at (818) 681-4975.

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. O Lord God, in every age, You invite men and women to hear Your call to serve Christ and the Church. We bow before You now, asking that You call forth more persons to serve our Melkite Church in America. Give us deacons, priests and nuns, who will lead, 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 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 men, 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 unto ages of ages. Amen.

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:
-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.
-Saturday, February 9 Mission Viejo collection: $660 in 11 envelopes (average of $60 per envelope) + $138 cash = $798.
-Sunday, February 10 collection: $1,569 in 47 envelopes (average of $33 per envelope) + $174 candles + $296 cash = $2,039.
-Wednesday, February 13 building fund deposit: $2,825.
-Sunday, February 17 collection: $2,540 in 42 envelopes (average of $60 per envelope) + $143 candles + $384 cash = $3,067.
-Wednesday, February 20 building fund deposit: $1,494.

Total deposits in the past four months: November: $24,541, December: $89,704, January: $24,729, February: $16,522.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$118.63 paid on January 2, 2019 for printer lease.
$348.38 paid on January 3, 2019 for Golden State Water Company.
$472.05 paid on January 7, 2019 for So Cal-Edison Electricity.
$744.42 paid on January 14, 2019 for County of Orange Property Tax.
$164.49 paid on January 22, 2019 for Christopherson Fire Protection.
$169.20 paid on January 23, 2019 for Republic Trash Services.
$216.47 paid on January 28, 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 7). You destroyed Death by Your cross. You opened paradise to the thief. You changed the weeping of the myrrhbearers, and commanded Your apostles to proclaim that You, have risen O Christ God, granting to the world great mercy.
Troparion of the Holy Cross (Tone 2). O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance. Strengthen our Public Authorities in every good deed and protect your nation with your Cross.
Kondakion of Meat Fare (Tone 1). O God, when You shall come down upon earth in your glory, every creature shall tremble before You. A river of fire shall flow before your judgment-seat, the books shall be opened and all secrets revealed. On that day, O Just Judge, deliver me from eternal fire and make me worthy to stand at your right!

Epistle: 2 Corinthians 4:6-15. Jamil Peter Semaan will read today’s epistle. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:
George Balian (February 18, 2019), Peter Ibrahim Zakak (February 18, 2019), Nadia Dib (February 14, 2019), Mathew Azzam (February 7, 2019), Teofila Caronan (February 6, 2019), Trinidad Lao (February 4, 2019), Da’ad Jamal Zumot (February 3, 2019), Alice Abuzalaf Nassr (January 20, 2019), Nader Kashou (January 19, 2019), Samia Berchan Machaalany (January 15, 2019), Jamil Mikhael Semaan (February 24, 1996).
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Raji Abou Saada, Bishop Tod Brown, George Haddad, Adel & Denise Hallis, Najiba Nasser, Russell Peirson, Said Saghbini, George Semaan, 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:
“For while we live we are always being given up to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh. [12] So death is at work in us, but life in you. [13] Since we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, "I believed, and so I spoke," we too believe, and so we speak, [14] knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence” (2 Corinithians 4:11-14).

“The righteous will answer the King, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? [38] And when did we see You a stranger and welcome You, or naked and clothe You? [39] And when did we see You sick or in prison and visit You?' [40] And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me’ ” (Matthew 25:37-40).

Calendar:
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.
12 noon. Baptism of Isaac, son of Jacob & Halie Nesheiwat. Congratulations.
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).
3:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

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

Tuesday, March 5.
2:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. House blessing.

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

Thursday, March 7.
10:30 a.m. Eastern Catholic Pastoral Association (ECPA) meeting at Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church. 451 West Madison Avenue, Placentia, CA 92870.
2:00-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

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.
12:30 p.m. Falafel Luncheon sponsored by Our Lady’s Society. Plates are $10 and come with falafel, hummus, salad, bread, soda, and dessert. Invite your friends and family to join in this delicious luncheon.

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.
2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m. Pre-Sanctified Liturgy.

Thursday, March 14.
2:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m. College Ministry meeting: Theology of the Body, presented by Christina Saad at Holy Cross Church.

Friday, March 15.
2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. House blessings.
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.
2:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. House blessings.

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

Wednesday, March 20.
2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m. Pre-Sanctified Liturgy.

Thursday, March 21.
2:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. House blessings.

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.
2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m. Pre-Sanctified Liturgy.

Thursday, March 28.
2:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m. College Ministry meeting. A Bible Study using Father Sebastian and Father Hezekias’ videos at Holy Cross Church.

Friday, March 29.
2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. House blessings.
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.
2:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. House blessings.

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 24, 2019.
Prokimenon
O Lord, Save your people and bless your inheritance!
Stichon: To you, O Lord, I have called: O my Rock, be not deaf to me!

A Reading from the Second Epistle of St. Paul to The Corinthians (2 Cor 4:6-15).
Brethren, God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, has shone in our hearts, to give enlightenment concerning the knowledge of God’s glory, shining in Christ Jesus’ face. But we carry this treasure in vessels of clay, to show that its superabundant power is God’s, and not ours. In all things we suffer tribulation but we are not destitute, we endure persecution but we are not forsaken, we are cast down but we do not perish: always carrying around in our body the dying of Jesus, so that the life also of Jesus may be made manifest in our bodily frame. For we, the living, are constantly being handed over to death for Jesus’s sake, that the life also of Jesus may be made manifest in our mortal flesh. Thus death is at work in us, but life in you.
But since we have the same spirit of faith, as shown in that which is written, I believed, and so I spoke, (Ps.115:1) we also believed, wherefore we also speak. For we know that the one who raised up the Lord Jesus will raise us up also together with Jesus, and will place us with you. For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace that abounds through the many may cause thanksgiving to abound for God’s glory.

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

The Holy Gospel According To St. Matthew the Evangelist (25:31-46).
The Lord said, “At that time when the Son of Man shall come in his majesty, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory; and before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and he will set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the king will say to those on his right hand, Come, blessed of my Father, take possession of the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me to drink; I was a stranger and you took me in; naked and you covered me; sick and you visited me; I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the just will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, and feed you; or thirsty, and give you to drink? And when did we see you a stranger, and take you in; or naked, and clothe you? Or when did we see you sick, or in prison, and come to you?’ And answering, the King will say to them, ‘Amen I say to you, every time you did it for one of these, the least of my brethren, you did it for me.’ Then he will say to those on his left hand, ‘Go away from me, accursed ones, into the everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his ministers. For I was hungry, and you did not give me to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take me in; naked and you did not clothe me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Amen I say to you as long as you did not do it for one of these least ones, you did not do it for me.’ And these will go into everlasting punishment, but the just into everlasting life.”

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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.
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: 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: 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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