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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. April 28, 2019.
New Sunday. Sunday of Saint Thomas the Apostle.
On this day, the Church celebrates the confirmation of the resurrection of Christ. The doubt of Thomas changed into a profession of faith. His audacity is stressed together with the infinite kindness of Christ who gave him the most striking proofs. The spiritual closeness of John is commemorated together with the physical closeness of Thomas.
Saint John writes in his Gospel: “Jesus said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing.’ Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe’ ” (John 20:29-31).

April 28. Commemoration of the Holy Disciples Jason and Sosipater, who were among the Seventy disciples mentioed Luke 10:1-20. We also commemorate our Father among the Saints Cyril, Bishop of Turov. Jason and Sosipater are believed to have been St. Paul’s cousins. Jason gave lodging to Paul when he was preaching in Thessalonica.

Join us today for our Annual Holy Cross Church post-Easter Parish Luncheon. Kabob and chicken BBQ with drinks. $20.00 for adults and $10 for children. Music, activities, and an Easter Egg hunt.

Thank you for the following recent donations:
Thank you to all those who donated $705 for Holy Week Flowers.
April 19, 2019. $522 full donation for the altar wine we purchased for the Divine Liturgy
April 14, 2019. $500 donation from the Madaba Society.
April 8 & 10, 2019. $442.01 full donation for plants, flowers, planters, garden soil, and gardening supplies from Walmart and Hope Depot.
-March 31, 2019. $250 donation in memory of Edmond Goubran, for the Sunday after Easter Parish luncheon.
-March 31, 2019. $200 donation to purchase plants.
-March 30, 2019. $2073.77 donation from two families to purchase wood, materials, and equipment rentals for the courtyard pergolas.
-March 20, 2019. Donation of many miscellaneous maintenance items from La Purisima Roman Catholic Church in Orange.
-March 16, 2019. Full donation of 2 tractor rentals and labor to clear the overgrown weeds in back lot and level the area.
-March 15, 2019. $1050 full donation for 6 outdoor picnic tables.
-March 14, 2019. $100 donation to purchase plants.
-March 13, 2019. $673.92 full donation for printing of new service books and envelopes.
-March 12, 2019. $1537.20 full donation for a new Canon XA30 high definition video camera, equipment, and installation.
-March 6, 2019. $769.44 full donation for plants, planters, paint, and renovation items purchased from Lowe’s.
-March 6, 2019. $558.38 full donation for wood planks and materials for new shelving in storage room.
We are very grateful for everyone’s continued generosity and support in many ways.

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If you would like to receive the emailed weekly parish bulletin or homily please sign up on our website or contact the office. To read and past homilies and bulletins visit: HolyCrossMelkite.org or YouTube.com/MelkiteTV
-“Seek the Risen Christ.” April 21, 2019. Pascha (Easter) homily by Father François Beyrouti.
-“Spiritual Discipline.” April 14, 2019 (Palm Sunday) homily by Father François Beyrouti.
-“Burning Hearts.” April 7, 2019 (5th Sunday of the Fast) homily by Father François Beyrouti.
-“From Stage to Stage.” March 31, 2019 (4th Sunday of the Fast) homily by Father François Beyrouti.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)
Troparion of St. Thomas (Tone 7) (Three Times). While the tomb was sealed You shone forth from it, O Christ our Life, and while the doors remained closed, You stood among your Disciples, O Resurrection of all, and through them You restored a new spirit in us according to your great Mercy.
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 Pascha (Tone 8). Though You went down in the tomb, O immortal One, You overthrew the power of Hades and rose victorious, O Christ God. You greeted the ointment bearing women, saying “Rejoice!” You gave peace to Your apostles, and to those who had Fallen resurrection.

Instead of the trisagion we sing: “All of you who have been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ.”

Epistle: Acts of the Apostles 5:12-20. Sherene Tajdini will read this Sunday’s Epistle. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: John 20:19-31. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:
All those killed in the bombings of the three Catholic Churches and other locations in Sri Lanka,
Joseph Khamis (April 13, 2019), Ziad Lutfi (April 9, 2019), Salwa George Estephan (April 4, 2019), Filip Vink (March 22, 2019), Amaal Sabbagh (March 21, 2019), Hans Van Nas (April 28, 2017), Naim Ibrahim Mady (March 16, 2016), Ibrahim Doura (August 8, 2012) and Wadih Nassar (November 25, 2008), Nas Van Nas (October 11, 2001).
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Margaret Dale, Floyd Genadry, Adel & Denise Hallis, Marie Semaan, Sabat Semaan, Florence Shaib, baby Isaac, Father Clement Youssef.
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:
“More than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women, [15] so that they even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and pallets, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them” (Acts of the Apostles 5:14-15).

“On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ [20] When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. [21] Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you’ ” (John 20:19-21).

On Sunday, May 5, 2019, Bishop Nicholas J. Samra, Bishop of Newton, will ordain the servant of God, Subdeacon Thomas Andrew Moses, to the Holy Diaconate (Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing women). The Hierarchal Divine Liturgy will be at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of the Cedars Melkite Catholic Church (140 Mitchell St. Manchester, NH 03103). Holy Cross Church was blessed to have Thomas stay with us during the summer of 2016. Please pray for Thomas and send him words of encouragement and support to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

On Sunday, May 12, 2019, at 10:00 a.m., Bishop Nicholas J. Samra, Bishop of Newton, will ordain the servant of God, Deacon Ziad Layous, to the Holy Priesthood at St. Joseph Melkite Catholic Church in Lawrence, MA. Please pray for Deacon Ziad and send him words of encouragement and support to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

From June 3-August 23, 2019, seminarian Mikhael Naddaf will be staying at Holy Cross Church and doing a Clinical Pastoral Education program at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Please pray for Mikhael as he continues his training and discernment.

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 May 12, 2019, at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
2019 dates: May 12, June 9, July 21 (new date), August 11, September 15 (new date), 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).
Sunday, May 5, 2019. 12:15 p.m. College Ministry: Planning meeting for May-August events.

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, May 5, 2019. 12:15-2:00 p.m. After the Divine Liturgy, we will have lunch and go kayaking at 5411 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803).
Thursday, May 16, 2019. 7:00 p.m. Theology movie, discussion, and potluck at Holy Cross Church.
Sunday, June 2, 2019. 12:30 p.m. B.B.Q. and Pool Party. Location: TBD.

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. This week’s schedule: 5:00 p.m. Meet at Isaiah House, 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.

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 reading from the Acts of the Apostles we see that God wanted the Word to be spread and proclaimed. The Church grew, the Good News was proclaimed, and many people were healed by the apostles. The growth of the Church could not be stopped by any human power because the Spirit of God filled the lives of the believers. In the Gospel, we see Jesus giving His ministers power to reestablish communion with God and among people, by sending them forth with His power. They needed to first touch Him personally, to have a profound experience of Him so they could convincingly share it with others. Pray for our priests, and for an increase in their ranks.

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, April 21 collection: $1,565 in 27 envelopes (average of $58 per envelope) + $217 cash + $112 candles = $1,894.
-Saturday, April 20 collection: $2,725 in 45 envelopes (average of $61 per envelope) + $596 cash + $104 candles = $3,425.
-Friday, April 19 collection: $3,998 in 66 envelopes (average of $61 per envelope) + $705 cash + $172 candles = $4,875.
-Sunday, April 14 collection: $10,457 in 94 envelopes (average of $111 per envelope) + $1,170 cash + $163 candles + $705 donation for flowers = $12,495.
-Wednesday, April 10 build fund deposit: $5,330.
-Sunday, April 7 collection: $1,876 in 31 envelopes (average of $61 per envelope) + $140 cash + $155 candles = $2,171.
-Sunday, April 7 First Sunday of the month building fund collection: $2,350 in 24 envelopes (average of $98 per envelope).
-Sunday, April 7 Mission Viejo collection: $235 in 6 envelopes (average of $47 per envelope) + $45 cash = $280
-Saturday, April 6 collection: $205 in 6 envelopes (average of $34 per envelope) + $67 cash = $272.
-Wednesday, April 4 building fund deposit: $1,800.

Total deposits in the past four months: January: $24,729, February: $20,291, March: $21,132, April: $32,542.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$69.59 fully donated on April 16, 2019 for Broadvoice phone services.
$9,373 paid on April 15, 2019 for annual Church insurance.
$400 paid on April 15, 2019 to Scotty’s Flowers for Holy Friday Flowers.
$2,203.55 paid on April 9, 2019 to HD Supply for black plastic sheets to cover back lot to prepare for base and gravel cover.
$89.90 paid on April 9, 2019 for So Cal Gas Company.
$316.76 paid on April 9, 2019 for OSV envelope services.
$543.90 paid on April 8, 2019 for So Cal Edison Electricity.
$118.63 paid on April 1, 2019 for printer lease and services.
$104.98 fully donated on April 1, 2019 for Spectrum Internet.
$37.46 paid on March 26, 2019 to Sparkletts for drinking water.
$139.75 paid on March 26, 2019 for sanitary supplies.
$3,872.50 paid on March 26, 2019 for tent, chair, stage, and lighting rental.
$75.27 paid on March 26, 2019 for photocopy fees.
$171.94 paid on March 21, 2019 for Republic Trash services.
$244.09 paid on March 19, 2019 to General Wax and Candle Supplies for Church candles.
$1,045.53 paid on March 12, 2019 to Ultimate Dumpsters for weeds and overgrown grass on back lot.
$1,086.37 paid on March 11, 2019 to General Wax and Candle Supplies for Church candles.

Calendar:
Saturday, April 27.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Meet at Isaiah House Catholic Worker’s Women’s shelter (316 South Cypress Avenue, Santa Ana, CA). We will set-up, serve meals, and visit with the women.

Sunday, April 28. Thomas Sunday.
Annual Catholic Home Missions collection offers financial support to missionary activities that strengthen the Catholic Church in the United States. The Appeal primarily supports dioceses in the United States that are unable to offer their people the basic pastoral ministries of word, worship, and service without outside help. The collections funds a wide range of pastoral services and principally focuses on (1) evangelization activities, (2) religious education, (3) ministry training for priests, deacons, religious sisters and brothers, and laypeople; (4) support of poor parishes across the country. Thank you for your support.
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. Kabob and chicken BBQ with drinks. $20.00 for adults and $10 for children. Music, activities, and an Easter Egg hunt.

Wednesday, May 1.
10:30 a.m. Eastern Catholic Pastoral Association (ECPA) meeting at Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church, Anaheim. Keep us in your prayers.
2:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. House blessings.

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

Friday, May 3.
2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. House blessings.

Saturday, May 4.
5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic.

Sunday, May 5.
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. “Serving the Lord through the community of the Church.” Presentation by Deacon Elias Kashou.
12:15 p.m. College Ministry. Planning meeting for May-August events.
12:15-2:00 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35. After the Divine Liturgy, we will have lunch and go kayaking at 5411 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803).
2:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. House blessings.

Wednesday, May 8.
2:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. House blessings.

5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. (PT) [8:00 p.m. ET]. "Learning to See Again: Liturgy as Light for Life." A webinar by Reader Elias Dorham of Holy Transfiguration Melkite Catholic Church. He will be exploring these important questions: “What does Liturgy do to us?” “How can we see the world in light of what liturgy does?” “How do we live in the world in light of this new vision?” “How do we help others to share in this vision?” Register at: http://easterncatholic.org

Thursday, May 9.
2:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. House blessings.
7:00-9:00 p.m. Parish Leadership Team meeting at Holy Cross Church.

Friday, May 10.
3:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. House blessings.

Saturday, May 11.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, May 12. Mother's Day. World Day of Prayer for Vocations.
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.-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.

Thursday, May 16.
7:00 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35. Theology movie, discussion and potluck at Holy Cross Church.

Saturday, May 18.
Highly recommended for all those interested in parish leadership.
8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. “Spiritual Gifts for Disciples on Mission” at St. Joachim Roman Catholic Church (Nevin Hall). 1964 Orange Ave. Costa Mesa, CA 92627. During this retreat we will travel through Sacred Scripture, the Catechism, and the writings of Pope Francis to learn about the Holy Spirit's mission to pour out special gifts called charisms that help us grow spiritually and to learn what mission, God is calling us to. During this retreat you will take the Spiritual Gifts Inventory, score it, and discover your Spiritual Gifts. You will also do small group table work, learn about the charisms of others and how they manifest in each of us. Sign up for Interviews after the retreat will be available. This is a private 50-minute session with a trained interviewer that can help you more deeply discover your gifts and also opportunities on how you can use your gifts. Interviews are highly recommended to help guide those who are new to the gifts discernment process. To register, contact Susan Stivers at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

4:30 p.m. Confession at Holy Cross Church.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer) at Holy Cross Church.

Sunday, May 19.
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.
12:00 p.m. Sunday School Graduation Day 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 Holy 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 so that man can become God-like. Anyone seeking more information can contact Mark Bergeron at (714) 307-2196.

2:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. House blessings.

Wednesday, May 22.
3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. House blessings.

Thursday, May 23.
2:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. House blessings.

Friday, May 24.
2:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. House blessings.

Saturday, May 25.
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 Catholic Worker’s Women’s shelter (316 South Cypress Avenue, Santa Ana, CA).
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Set up, serve meals, and visit with the women.

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

Sunday, May 26.
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. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12. An overview of “Matthew Kelly's ‘First Christian Prayers’ in combination with ‘The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity.’ ” Presentation by Robert Fragnito.

Readings for Sunday, April 28, 2019.
Prokimenon (Tone 3)
Great is our Lord, and great is his power, and to his wisdom there is no limit.
Stichon: Praise the Lord, for he is good, for his mercy endures forever.

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles (5:12-20).
In those days by the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among
the people (and with one accord, they all would meet in Solomon’s portico; but of the rest, no one dared to associate with them, yet the people made much of them. And the multitude of men and women who believed in the Lord continued to increase), so that they carried the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and pallets, in order that, as Peter went by, at least his shadow would fall upon some of them. And crowds also came to Jerusalem from neighboring towns, and they brought the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits — and all of them were healed.
But the High Priest rose up, and all his supporters (that is, the members of the Sadducean sect), and being filled with hatred, they laid their hands upon the apostles and threw them into the public jail. But during the night, an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the prison, and led them out, saying: “Go, and standing in the temple, speak to the people all the words of this life.”

ALLELUIA (Tone 8)
Come, let us rejoice in the Lord, let us sing gladly to God our Savior!
Stichon: For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

Gospel of Pascha According to St. John (20:19-31: Skeptic Thomas)
When it was late, that same day, the first of the week, though the doors where the disciples gathered had been closed for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst and said to them, “Peace be to you!” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples therefore rejoiced at the sight of the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be to you! As the Father has sent me, I also send you.” When he had said this, he breathed upon them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit; whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.” Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into his side I will not believe.” And after eight days, his disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being closed, and stood in their midst, and said, “Peace be to you!” Then he said to Thomas. “Bring here your finger, and see my hands; and bring here your hand, and put it into my side; and be not unbelieving, but believing.” Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen me, Thomas, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen, and yet have believed.” Many other signs also Jesus worked in the sight of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.

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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: 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: 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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