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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. May 12, 2019.
Sunday of Paralytic. Jesus went up to Jerusalem to the pool called in Hebrew Bethsaida. A large multitude of the sick were lying about its five porticos, for from time to time an angle of the Lord came down and stirred the water, and those who approached it with faith were healed. The Lord saw there a man who had been sick for a long time and asked him: “Do you wish to be healed?” And he replied: “I have no one to carry me to the pool when the water is stirred. I have wasted my money on physicians, for I have received no help from them.” But the Physician of soul and body said to him: “Raise, take up your pallet and walk. Go, proclaim throughout the country my might and the greatness of my mercy.” (From Vespers.)

May 12. Commemoration of our Holy Fathers Epiphanius, Bishop of Cyprus and Germanus the Hymnographer, Patriarch of Constantinople. Epiphanius, born in Palestine around the year 315, became a monk and a disciple of Hilarion. He was a learned theologian, an abundant preacher, and a writer remembered mostly for his “Panarion” or “Medicine Chest” in which he explains the doctrine of the church and refutes eighty heresies.
Germanus, born in Constantinople under Emperor Heraclius (640-641), was of noble origin. He became Bishop of Cyzica around 705 and was transferred to Constantinople in 715. Unable to convert the Iconoclastic Emperor Leo the Isaurian, he left the omophorion on the holy table and retired to his home. The war was in the year 730. He died three years later. He is the author of many prayers and hymns.

Holy Cross Church’s Annual Festival will be on September 7-8, 2019. There will be music, dancing, food, and fun at our Annual Festival. Raffle Tickets are on sale for $10 each or $100 for a booklet of 10. This year we have $10,000 in cash prizes ($5000, $3000, $1000, $1000), plus a laptop, an iPad, a flat screen T.V., and other prizes. Please save the dates, spread the word, invite friends, and help in whatever way you can to make this a fun annual fundraising event. We need volunteers to assist with set-up, food preparation, sales at the booths, and so much more. Please contact the office if you are able to help.

Thank you for the following recent donations:
Thank you to all those who donated $730 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
-“Prove It.” May 5, 2019 homily by Father François Beyrouti homily.
-“Fruits of Faith.” April 28, 2019 homily by Father François Beyrouti homily.
-“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 the resurrection (Tone 3). Let all in heaven rejoice and all on earth be glade, for the Lord has exerted power with His arm: by death He has trampled upon Death and has become the firstborn of the dead. He has delivered us from the bosom of Hades and has granted to the world great mercy.
Troparion of Pascha (Tone 5). Christ is risen from the dead and by His death He has trampled upon death; and has given life to those who were in the tomb.
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 9:32-42. Catherine Semaan will read this Sunday’s Epistle. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: John 5:1-15. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:
Naim Arouk (May 9, 2019), Joseph Zarrahy (April 30, 2019), George Ghaleb (April 26, 2019), Youssef Khreich (April 16, 2019), Joseph Khamis (April 13, 2019), Ziad Lutfi (April 9, 2019), Salwa George Estephan (April 4, 2019), William Tomp (August 25, 2018), Cecilia Laurees Tomp (February 6, 2015), John the Baptist Khang Van Tran (May 14, 2018).

the health, safety, and salvation of:
Margaret Dale, Floyd Genadry, Adel & Denise Hallis, Anna Kanz, Lahlouh family, Amira Qseisieh, Marie Semaan, Sabat Semaan, Florence Shaib, Father Clement Youssef, Denise Zoghby, 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:
“Peter put them all outside and knelt down and prayed; then turning to the body he said, ‘Tabitha, rise.’ And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. [41] And he gave her his hand and lifted her up. Then calling the saints and widows he presented her alive. [42] And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord” (Acts of the Apostles 9:40-42).

“Jesus said to him, ‘Rise, take up your pallet, and walk.’ [9] And at once the man was healed, and he took up his pallet and walked. Now that day was the sabbath” (John 5:8-9).

On Sunday, May 5, 2019, Bishop Nicholas J. Samra, Bishop of Newton, ordained the servant of God, Subdeacon Thomas Andrew Moses, to the Holy Diaconate (Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing women) 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.

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.

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. If someone has an extra car that Mikhael can use while he is here, please contact the office.

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).

Sunday, May 12, 2019. Mother’s day party at Saint John Maron Church after the 11:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy. Tickets: $40 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. For tickets and further information contact St. John Maron Church at (714) 940-0009.

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:
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, May 25, 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, 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 Gospel, Jesus raises up the paralytic and frees him from both sin and from paralysis. Jesus gave the power to forgive sins to His followers. In the Acts of the Apostles we see the apostles of Jesus raising up people who are paralyzed and even those who were dead. This attracted many others to follow the Lord. This ministry of healing and the forgiveness of sins is still lived in the Church through the service of the priests. Pray that many will accept the Lord’s invitation to the priestly ministry.

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 Catholic 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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If you or anyone you know is in need of a large wheel chair or walker please contact the office for more details.

Thank you for your ongoing generous donations:
-Sunday, May 5 collection: $1,775 in 26 envelopes (average of $68 per envelope) + $187 cash + $143 candles = $2,105.
-Sunday, May 5 first Sunday of the month building fund collection: $2,035 in 20 envelopes (average of $102 per envelope).
-Saturday, May 4 collection: $605 in 9 envelopes (average of $67 per envelope) + $86 cash = $691.
-Wednesday, May 1 building fund deposit: $900.
-Sunday, April 28 collection: $916 in 26 envelopes (average of $35 per envelope) + $193 cash + $105 candles = $1,214.
-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.

Total deposits in the past four months: February: $20,291, March: $21,132, April: $33,756, May: $5,731.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$25.97 paid on May 3, 2019 for Sparktletts water services.
$104.98 fully donated on May 1, 2019 for Spectrum Internet.
$118.63 paid on May 1, 2019 for printer lease and services.
$214.91 paid on May 1, 2019 for Goldenstate Water Company.
$171.94 paid on April 23, 2019 for Republic trash services.
$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.

Calendar:
Friday, May 10.
1:30 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. Catherine Semaan will read this Sunday’s Epistle.
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. “Putting your S.P.A.R.K. into action.” We will discuss a youth led project that incorporates your S.P.A.R.K. David Paddison will facilitate our discussion. Bring your Bible and a notepad.

2:30 p.m.-4:30 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, May 13.
2:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. House blessings.

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. Holy Cross will cover the registration fee for anyone who wants to attend. Please contact Holy Cross Church for further information or to register.
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.

4:30 p.m. Confession at Holy Cross Church.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer) at Holy Cross Church.
7:00 p.m. Memorial Divine Liturgy for Naim Arouk (May 9, 2019) followed by a mercy meal in the Church hall.

Sunday, May 19.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Choir practice.
10:30 a.m. Churching of Sebastian, son of Guy and Diala (Kashou) Bogard.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy and Sunday School Graduation Day, led by Holy Cross Church Children’s choir. 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. 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.
1:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. House blessings.
7:30 p.m. Divine Liturgy at Annunciation Melkite Catholic Mission (381 W Center St, Covina, 91723. Covina, CA) and anointing for the Sick in commemoration of the miracle by Saint Charbel to Nuhad Alshami in 1993. Presided by Father François Beyrouti.

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 (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.

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

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.

3:30 p.m. Crowning (wedding) of Joseph Zeidan & Nadera Bahou. “O Lord our God, Crown them with Glory and Honor.”

Thursday, May 30. Feast of the Ascension.
7:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Ascension and memorial for George Ghaleb (April 26, 2019).

Friday, May 31.
7:00 p.m. The 13th Annual Roman Catholic, Eastern Catholic, and Orthodox Christian Ecumenical Service of Prayer for Christian Unity at St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church. 4949 Alton Parkway Irvine, CA 92604. Featured homilist: Valerie Karras, Ph.D. A reception will follow. Featuring choirs from St. Justin Martyr Roman Catholic Church, the Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church, St. Paul’s Assyrian Church of the East, St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, and the Coptic Youth Singers.

Saturday, June 1.
5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic.

Sunday, June 2.
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. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12. “Understanding Mental Illness in Adolescents within Orange County.” Presentation by Gabriel Kassaseya, M.A., LMFT. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Associate Professional Clinical Counselor.
12:15-1:30 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35. B.B.Q. and Pool Party.

Saturday, June 8.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, June 9. Sunday of Pentecost.
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.

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.

Saturday, June 15.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, June 16. Sunday of All Saints. Father's Day.
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. 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.

Saturday, June 22.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, June 23.
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.

Saturday, June 29.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).
6:00 p.m. Baptism for Jazmine Kassouf child of George and Therese Kassouf.

Sunday, June 30. Special collection: Peter’s Pence.
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.

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. Please call the office if you would like to sponsor this event.
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, May 12, 2019.
Prokimenon (Tone 3)
Sing praise to our God, sing praise!
Sing praise to our King, sing praise!
Stichon: All you peoples, clap your hands!
Shout to God with cries of gladness!

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles (9:32-42).
In those days it came to pass that Peter, while visiting all of them, came to the saints living at Lydda. And he found there a certain man named Aeneas who had been lying in bed for eight years, since he was a paralytic. And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ is healing you: get up and make your bed.” And he got up immediately. And all the inhabitants of Lydda and the plain of Sharon saw him, and they were converted to the Lord.
Now in Joppa there was a certain woman disciple named Tabitha, which translated means Dorcas, and she devoted herself to good works and almsgiving. But it happened at that time that she fell ill and died: and they washed her and laid her in an upper room. And since Lydda is close to Joppa, the disciples, hearing Peter was there, sent two men to him with the request, “Come to us without delay.” “And Peter got up and went with them, and on his arrival, they led him to the upper room, and all the widows stood around him weeping, showing him the gowns and cloaks Dorcas used to make for them. But Peter, putting them all out, knelt down and prayed, and turning to the body, he said, “Tabitha, get up!” And she opened her eyes, saw Peter, and sat up. Then Peter gave her his hand and raised her up, and calling the saints and the widows, he gave her back to them alive. And it became known all over Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.

ALLELUIA (Tone 3)
In you, O Lord, I have hoped: let me never be put to shame.
In your justice, save me and deliver me, lend me your ear and hasten my deliverance.
Stichon: Be for me a protecting God, a sheltering house to save me.

The Holy Gospel According to St. John the Evangelist 5:1-15 (Healing of the Paralytic)
At that time Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jerusalem, by the pool of the sheep, a pool called in Hebrew Bethesda, having five porticoes. In these were lying a great multitude of the sick, blind, lame, and those with shriveled limbs, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel of the Lord used to come down at certain times into the pool and the water was stirred. And the first to go down into the pool after the stirring of the water was cured of whatever infirmity he had. Now a certain man was there who had been thirty-eight years under his infirmity. When Jesus “saw him lying there, and knew that he had been in this state a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred; for while I am coming another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your pallet and walk.” And at once the man was cured. And he took up his pallet and began to walk. Now that day was a Sabbath. The Jews therefore said to him who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; you are not allowed to take up the pallet.” He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your pallet and walk’ “They asked him then, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your pallet and walk?’ “But the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had slipped away, since there was a crowd in the place. Afterwards Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “Behold, you are cured. Sin no more, lest something worse happen to you. The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him.

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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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