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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin.
March 17, 2019. Sunday of the Holy Relics.

March 17. Commemoration of our Holy Father Alexis, the man of God. Alexis was a Roman belonging to a noble and wealthy family. He left his house and relative and went to Emesa where he lived in poverty, mortification and prayer. He died in the middle of the fifteenth century.

Fasting and Abstinence Guidelines. There are a variety of traditions regarding the forty day period of the Great Fast. A distinction needs to be made between fasting and abstinence. Fasting means not eating anything for a period of time. Abstinence is when certain foods are not eaten. The traditional Fast in the Melkite Catholic Church consists of the following:
(1) From Monday-Friday: A fast consisting of no food or drink from midnight until noon. The older and stricter discipline consists of no food or drink until after the evening service.
(2) Everyday: No meat, no fish with spines, or dairy until Easter Sunday. Shell fish are permitted as these were considered easier to catch and took less time to cook.
(3) Fish and wine are permitted on March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation (Eed-Al-Bishara), and on Palm Sunday.
These traditions developed to encourage the faithful to simplify their life, eat less expensive food, and spend less time cooking. When this is done, the time saved can be used to pray more and to spend more time reading the Bible. As well, the extra money saved can be put towards charitable purposes. Most important, this should be a time of self-reflection, repentance, forgiveness, humility, virtue, acts of charity, and an increased sense of a total dependence on God.

On Fasting by St. John Chrysostom. The value of fasting consists not in abstinence only from food, but in a renouncing of sinful practices. Do you fast? Give me proof of it by your works. If you see a poor man, take pity on him! If you see a friend being honored, do not envy him. Do not let only your mouth fast, but also the eye and the ear and the feet and the hands and all members of your bodies. Let the hands fast, by being free from greed. Let the feet fast, by ceasing to run after sin. Let the eyes fast, by observing modesty and disciplining them not to glare at that which is sinful. For it would be an instance of the highest ridiculousness to abstain from meats and unlawful food because of the fast, but with the eyes to feed on what is forbidden. Let the ear fast, by not listening to evil talk and gossip. Let the mouth fast from foul words and unjust criticism. For what good is it if we abstain from birds and fish, and yet bite and devour our brothers?

Thank you to all those who supported our Falafel Luncheon organized by Our Lady’s Society. We raised $1,228.

Pots, plants, landscape rocks, picnic tables. We are regularly improving the look of the Church grounds. Within the last two years we planted many plants, flowers, and succulents. If you would like to donate plants, extra pots of any size, or landscape rocks of any size please let us know. This week we received a full donation for the six outdoor picnic tables.

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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 April 7, 2019, at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
2019 dates: 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).

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. For further details contact the office or see calendar for event details (holycrossmelkite.org/ministries/college-ministry).

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 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 is after the Sunday Divine Liturgy.

Isaiah House Women’s Shelter next date: Sunday, 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. 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: 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.

March 30, 2019. 7:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. Saint Joseph Maronite Catholic Church’s Feast Day Party at Sheraton Garden Grove (12221 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove CA 92874). Gala Dinner, Dancing, Live Music, and Raffle Prizes. Tickets: $75 for Adults & $50 Kids (12 years & under). Contact: Nevart (951) 907-6666 or Rosy (951) 224-1142.

An disabled elderly lady who lives in La Habra is in great need of help with light housework/organizing and laundry. She needs assistance once a week, for a few hours. Call Bea (714) 914-9577 for further compensation and job details.

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 strengthens people’s faith, helping them gain a deeper perspective of God active in their daily lives. In the Gospel, people make a big effort to bring a person with a problem to Jesus. Jesus helps the man and even increases his understanding and that of those around him about God’s actions in the world and in our lives. Priests are called to do this for us today. Have you considered that vocation for yourself? Pray for and encourage others to do so?

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.

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, 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.
-Sunday, February 24 collection: $1,935 in 41 envelopes (average of $47 per envelope) + $83 candles + $211 cash = $2,229.
-Wednesday, February 27 building fund deposit: $1,540.
-Saturday, March 2 collection: $425 in 9 envelopes (average of $47 per envelope) + $48 cash = $473.
-Sunday, March 3 collection: $1,930 in 28 envelopes (average of $69 per envelope) + $280 candles + $206 cash = $2,416.
-Sunday, March 3 first Sunday of the month building fund collection: $1,015 in 20 envelopes (average of $51 per envelope).
-Wednesday, March 6 building fund deposit: $1,490.
-Sunday, March 10 collection: $1,858 in 48 envelopes (average of $39 per envelope) + $107 candles + $236 cash = $2,201
-Sunday, March 10 Mission Viejo collection: $546 in 11 envelopes (average of $50 per envelope) + $56 cash = $601.
-Wednesday, March 13 building fund deposit: $4,107.

Total deposits in the past four months: December: $89,704, January: $24,729, February: $20,291, March: $11,288.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$164.49 paid on February 1, 2019 for Christopherson Fire Protection.
$439.19 paid on February 8, 2019 for So Cal Edison Electricity.
$347.24 paid on February 12, 2019 for OSV Envelope services.
$18.07 paid on February 12, 2019 for Sparkletts water.
$277.00 paid on February 19, 2019 for Church cleaning services.
$150.00 paid on February 20, 2019 for Landscaping services.
$171.94 paid on February 21, 2019 for Republic Trash Services.
$200.00 paid on February 22, 2019 for Gardening services.
$118.63 paid on March 1, 2019 for Printer lease and services.
$466.59 paid on March 4, 2019 for Golden State Water Company.
$769.44 full donation on March 6, 2019 for plants, planters, paint, and renovation items purchased from Lowe’s.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)
Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 2). When You descended to death, O immortal Life, You destroyed Hades by the splendor of Your divinity. And when You raised the dead from below the earth, all the heavenly powers cried out to you: “O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to You!”
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 Annunciation (Tone 8). Triumphant leader to you belongs our prize of victory! And since you saved us from adversity we offer you our thanks. We are your people O mother of God! So as you have that invincible power, continue to deliver us from danger that we may cry out to you Hail, O Virgin and bride ever pure.

Epistle: Hebrews 1:10-2:4. Joseph Abou Saada will read today’s epistle. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Mark 2:1-12. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:
Edmond Goubran (March 19, 2018) 1 year memorial.
Issa Ibrahim Eid (March 2, 2019), Nada Nesheiwat (March 2, 2019), Manuel Gonzales (March 1, 2019), Abdalla Fadel Nader, Hanna Darouze (February 28, 2019), George Balian (February 18, 2019), Peter Ibrahim Zakak (February 18, 2019), Nadia Dib (February 14, 2019), Laurice (Jadaa) Bassil (February 11, 2019), Mathew Azzam (February 7, 2019), Afifa (Inati) Haddad (February 7, 2019), Teofila Caronan (February 6, 2019), Trinidad Lao (February 4, 2019), Da’ad Jamal Zumot (February 3, 2019), Suhail Bishara Dababneh (December 18, 2017), Karim, Wardeh, Issam, Adel, Romel, Kamel Hattar.
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Raji Abou Saada, Rosalia Arroyo, Adel & Denise Hallis, Noha Jarjoura, Father Christopher Manuele, Najiba Nasser, Said Saghbini, George Semaan, Marie Semaan, Sabat 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:
“ ‘Thou, Lord, did found the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of Your hands; [11] they will perish, but You remain; they will all grow old like a garment, [12] like a mantle You will roll them up, and they will be changed. But You are the same, and Your years will never end’” (Hebrews 1:10-12).

“‘That you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins’ – Jesus said to the paralytic -- [11] ‘I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home.’ [12] And he rose, and immediately took up the pallet and went out before them all; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, ‘We never saw anything like this!’ ” (Mark 2:10-12).

Calendar:
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. Topic: Minor Steps for the duration of Lent.

Saturday, March 16.
1:00 p.m. 40th day memorial for Nada Nesheiwat followed by a meal in the Church hall.
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.
2:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. House blessings.

Monday, March 25.
7:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Annunciation, followed by Hilbe provided by Noel Zaadah.

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.

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. Topic: Walk in the Light.

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.
12:30 p.m. Lenten Luncheon organized by Our Lady’s Society.
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.

Monday, April 1.
7:00 p.m. Great Compline

Wednesday, April 3.
2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m. Pre-Sanctified Liturgy.

Thursday, April 4.
2:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. House blessings.

Friday, April 5.
2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m. Final Akathist Hymn.

Saturday, April 6.
9:30 a.m. “Be My Witness” leadership team meeting.
5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic.

Sunday, April 7.
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. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35. Review Sunday Readings and Sky Zone Trampoline Park (1301 N Kellogg Dr., Anaheim, CA 92807).
12:15 p.m. College Ministry: Join Young Adults Group for ages 21-35. Review Sunday Readings and Sky Zone Trampoline Park (1301 N Kellogg Dr., Anaheim, CA 92807).

2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. House blessings.

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, April 8.
7:00 p.m. Great Compline.

Wednesday, April 10.
2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m. Pre-Sanctified Liturgy.

Friday, April 12.
2:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. House blessings.

Saturday, April 13. Lazarus Saturday.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy. (In the Church)
12:30 p.m. Voluenteer day: Set-up tents, tables, palms, decorations, flowers, ect.

4:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Confession (In the Church).
5:00 p.m. Triumphal Entry Vespers (In the Church).

Sunday, April 14. Palm Sunday.
9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy, Blessing of Palms and Procession (In the large covered tent). After the Divine Liturgy, we need everyone to help clean-up and realign the chairs in the tent.
12:30 p.m. Bake Sale organized by “Our Lady's Society.”
No ECF/Sunday School or Youth Ministry spiritual discussion.

Monday, April 15. Great and Holy Monday.
7:00 p.m. Bridegroom Service (In the Church).

Tuesday, April 16. Great and Holy Tuesday.
6:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Confession (In the Church).
7:00 p.m. Bridegroom Service (In The Church).

Wednesday, April 17. Great and Holy Wednesday.
6:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Confession (In the Church).
7:00 p.m. Mystery Of Holy Anointing (In the Church).

Thursday, April 18. Great and Holy Thursday.
11:00 a.m. The Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great. Institution of the Holy Eucharist (In the Church).
7:00 p.m. Washing of the Feet, Passion Gospels, and Crucifixion Service (In the Church).

Friday, April 19. Great and Holy Friday.
11:00 a.m. Royal Hours, Descent from the Cross, and Burial of Christ (In the Church).
12:30 p.m. Please come to help decorate the Tomb of Christ.
7:00 p.m. Service Of Lamentations (Funeral of Christ / Genaz Al-Maseeh) (In the large covered tent).

Saturday, April 20. Great and Holy Saturday.
11:00 a.m. Blessing of the New Light, Vespers, and Discovery of the Empty Tomb. The Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great (In the Church).
10:00 p.m. Hajmeh, Resurrection Matins, and Divine Liturgy. Following the Divine Liturgy, we will bless the bread and eggs.

Sunday, April 21. Great and Holy Pascha/Easter Sunday. The Feast of The Resurrection of Christ.
9:55 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy of the Holy Resurrection (In the Church). Christ is Risen. Al-Maseeh Qaam.
-No ECF/Sunday School or Youth Ministry meeting.

Saturday, April 27.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, April 28.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
10:00 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy. Special Catholic Home Missions collection. For further information visit: usccb.org
12:30 p.m. Annual Holy Cross Church post-Easter Parish Luncheon.
-Eastern Christian Formation (Sunday School) and Youth Ministry spiritual discussions resume on Sunday, May 5.
12:30 p.m.-3:15 p.m. Young Adults Group. We will be gathering at the tree in the courtyard after church, have lunch at Church, and from there meet at AMF Carter Lanes (1501 S Lemon St, Fullerton, CA 92832) for some bowling fun!

Readings for Sunday, March 17, 2019.
Prokimenon (Tone 5)
You, O Lord, will keep us and preserve us always from this generation.
Stichon: Save me, O Lord, for there is no longer any holy man, for truthfulness has vanished from among the children of men.

A Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews 1:10-2:4.
You in the beginning, O Lord, did found the earth, and the heavens are works of your hands. They shall perish, but you shall continue; and they shall all grow old as does a garment, and as clothing shall you change them, and they shall be changed. But you are the same, and your years shall not fail (Ps. 101: 26-28)
Now, to which of the angels has he ever said, “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies the footstool at your feet” (Ps. 109: 1)? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent for service, for the sake of those who shall inherit salvation?
That is why we should all the more earnestly observe the things we have heard, lest perhaps we drift away. For if the word spoken by angels proved to be valid, and every transgression and disobedience received a just punishment, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? For it was first announced by the Lord and was confirmed to us by those who heard it.
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. Mark 2:1-12.
At that time Jesus entered Caparnaum, and it was reported that he was at home. And immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room, not even around the door. And he spoke the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four. And since they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where he was, and, having made an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic was lying. And Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the Paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.” Now some of the Scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, “Why does this man blaspheme in this way? Who can forgive sins, beside God?” And at once Jesus, knowing in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, said to them, “Why are you arguing these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, and take up your pallet, and walk’? But that you may know the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins” ― he said to the paralytic ― “I say to you, arise, take up your pallet, and go to your house,” And immediately he arose and, taking up his pallet, went forth in the sight of all, so that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, “Never did we see anything like this!”

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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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