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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin.
March 31, 2019. Sunday of our Father John Climakos.

March 31. Commemoration of the Holy Father Hypatius the Wonderworker, Bishop of Gangra. Hypatius attended the First Ecumenical Council of Nicea in 325. He was martyred by the Novatian heretics.

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 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.
Fasting encourages 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 only in abstinence from food, but also 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?

Pots, Plants, and landscape rocks. 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 contact the office.
We will also be building two pergolas to provide shade in the gathering area outside the Church. The labor has been fully donated and the materials will cost approximately $900 each ($1,800). If you would like to donate to this project please contact the office.

Thank you for the following recent donations:
-March 6, 2019. $769.44 full donation for plants, planters, paint, and renovation items purchased from Lowe’s.
-March 6, 2019. Full donation of wood planks for new shelving in storage room.
-March 12, 2019. Full donation of a new Canon XA30 high definition video camera and installation.
-March 13, 2019. $673.92 full donation for printing of new service books and envelopes.
-March 14, 2019. $100.00 donation to purchase plants.
-March 15, 2019. $1050.00 full donation for 6 outdoor picnic tables.
-March 16, 2019. Full donation of 2 tractor rentals and labor to clear the overgrown weeds in back lot and level the area.
-March 20, 2019. Donation of many miscellaneous maintenance items from La Purisima Roman Catholic Church in Orange.
We are very grateful for your continued generosity.

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April 6, 2019. 2:00-4:00 p.m. “Unplanned.” Special Movie Showing at Starlight Cinema City Theatres. 5635 East La Palma Avenue. Anaheim, CA 92807. This movie will be showing in many local theatres from March 29, 2019. St. Martin de Porres Roman Catholic Church’s Respect Life and Family Ministry is hosting a special showing of "Unplanned"- a movie about the youngest clinic director in the history of Planned Parenthood, who has a life-changing experience that turns her into a pro-life activist. Fr. Sy Nguyen will give an introduction prior to the movie. The $5 special ticket price is only available until March 25, 2019 at unplannedmoviesmdpyl.eventbrite.com.

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).

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, April 7: 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).

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: Saturday, April 27, 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, 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.

A 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 we see Christ as our High Priest who went before us to save us and set us free. In the Gospel, Christ had to intervene to free a possessed boy, whom His followers were not able to help. He then taught them the importance of fasting and prayer. Priests and those dedicated to the Monastic life help guide the community in a life of fasting and prayer. Is God calling you to the Priesthood or the Monastic life? Pray for your vocation and an increase of responses 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.

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:
-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.
-Sunday, March 17 collection: $1,020 in 31 envelopes (average of $33 per envelope) + $216 cash + $249 candles = $1,485.
-Wednesday, March 20 building fund deposit: $2,279.
-Sunday, March 24 collection: $2,138 in 47 envelopes (average of $45 per envelope) + $181 cash + $171 candles = $2,490.
-Wednesday, March 27 building fund deposit: $1,593.

Total deposits in the past four months: December: $89,704, January: $24,729, February: $20,291, March: $19,135.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$118.63 paid on March 1, 2019 for Printer lease and services.
$466.59 paid on March 4, 2019 for Golden State Water Company.
$435.05 paid on March 11, 2019 for So Cal Edison Electricity.
$72.18 paid on March 11, 2019 for So Cal Gas Company.
$34.74 paid on March 11, 2019 for So Cal Edison Electricity.
$1,086.37 paid on March 11, 2019 for General Wax and Candle Supplies.
$92.02 paid on March 12, 2019 for So Cal Gas Company.
$244.09 paid on March 19, 2019 for General Wax and Candle Supplies.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)
Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 4). The women disciples of the Lord, having learned from the angel the joyful announcement of the resurrection, and having rejected the ancestral sentence, proudly told the apostles: Death is despoiled. Christ God is risen, bestowing to the world great mercy.
Troparion of St. John Climacus (Tone 8). Your abundant tears made the wilderness to sprout and bloom, and your deep sighs of love made your labors fruitful a hundredfold; you became a shining star showering miracles upon the world. Holy Father John, pray to Christ God that He may save our souls.
Troparion of the Holy Cross (Tone 2). O Lord save your people and bless your inheritance, granting peace to the world; and protect your community by the power of 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 6:13-20. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Mark 9:17-31. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:
Filip Vink (March 22, 2019), Amaal Sabbagh (March 21, 2019), Gus Christopoulos (March 6, 2019), 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).
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Raji Abou Saada, Rosalia Arroyo, Joseph Estephan, George Haddad, Kathy Haddadin, Adel & Denise Hallis, Noha Jarjoura, Father Christopher Manuele, Najiba Nasser, Said Saghbini, Bassem Sidhom, George Semaan, Marie Semaan, Sabat Semaan, Florence Shaib, baby Isaac.
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:
“When God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, [14] saying, ‘Surely I will bless you and multiply you.’ [15] And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise” (Hebrews 6:13-15).

“Jesus took the boy with a mute spirit by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. [28] And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, ‘Why could we not cast it out?’ [29] And Jesus said to them, ‘This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting’” (Mark 9:27-29).


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.
9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Holy Cross Church Leadership team follow-up meeting.
9:00 a.m. Landscape and outdoor cleanup volunteer group. Please join us if you have some free time.
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Holy Cross Church spring clean-up. Please join us to keep the Church looking clean and beautiful.
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. “Compassion” presented by Jane Ramirez.
12:30 p.m. Falafel Luncheon sponsored by Kabab Grill Restaurant (Westminster). Plates are $10 and come with falafel, hummus, salad, bread, soda, and dessert. Invite your friends and family to enjoy delicious luncheon. All proceeds will go to our building fund.
2:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. House blessings.

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.
12:30 p.m.-6:30 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. Holy Land Special Collection today.
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.

Thursday, April 11.
2:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. House blessings.

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. Volunteer 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.

Readings for Sunday, March 31, 2019.
Prokimenon (Tone 7)
The Lord will give strength to his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.
Stichon: Give to the Lord. You sons of God, give to the Lord glory and praise.

A Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews: 6:13-20.
Brethren, when God made his promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater to swear by, he swore by himself, saying, “I will surely bless you, and will surely multiply you Gn.22 : 14).” And so, after patient waiting, Abraham obtained the promise. For men swear by one greater than themselves, and an oath given as a guarantee is the final settlement of all their disagreements. Hence God, meaning to show more abundantly to the heirs of the promise the firmness of his will interposed an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to deceive, we may have the strongest comfort ― we who have sought refuge in holding fast the hope set before us. This hope we have as a sure and firm anchor of the soul, reaching even behind the veil where our forerunner Jesus has entered for us, as he became a high priest forever according to the order of Melchisedek.

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High!
Stichon: To proclaim your kindness at dawn and your faithfulness throughout the night.

The Holy Gospel According to St. Mark 9:17-31. (Healing of a possessed boy)
At that time one of the crowd came to Jesus and bowed to him saying: “Master, I have brought to you my son, who has a dumb spirit; and whenever it seizes him it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth; and he is wasting away. And I told your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.” And he, answering him, said, “O unbelieving generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him to me.” And they brought him to him; and the spirit, when it saw Jesus, immediately threw the boy in convulsions, and he fell down on the ground and rolled about foaming at the mouth. So he asked his father, “How long is it since this has come upon him?” And he said, “From his infancy. Oftentimes, it has thrown him into the fire and into the waters to destroy him. But if you can do anything have compassion on us and help us.” But Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to the man of faith.” At once the father of the boy cried out and said with tears, “I do believe; help my unbelief.” Now when Jesus saw that a crowd was rapidly gathering, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, go out of him and enter him no more.” And crying out and violently convulsing him, it went out of him, and he became like one dead, so that many said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand, and raised him and he stood up. And when he had come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” And he said to them, “This kind can be cast out in no way except by prayer and fasting.” And leaving that place, they were passing through Galilee, and he did not wish anyone to know it. For he was teaching his disciples, and saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and having been killed, he will rise again on the third day.”

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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.

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.

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.

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.


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