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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. June 16, 2019.
Sunday of All Saints. First Sunday after Pentecost. The Church celebrates on this day the memory of all the saints of God, keepers of his commandments, shining examples of virtue, benefactors of the human race. Every saint has his proper feast at some time in the year, but since the number of saints is ever increasing, and many are remembered explicitly only in the liturgies of local churches or dioceses, this day has been set apart for the commemoration of every one of them from every corner of the world and from all times, even to the end of the world.

June 16. Commemoration of our Holy Father Tychon the Wonderworker, Bishop of Amathonte of Cyprus. Tychon lived under Emperor Theodosius the Younger (408-450). He is remembered because of the great number of pagans he converted to Christianity.

June 14, 2019. 7:00-10:00 p.m. “Los Angeles Arab Orchestra Concert” at Saint Anne Melkite Catholic Cathedral (11211 Moorpark Street North Hollywood, CA 91602). $25.00 donation. To purchase tickets or for further information please contact Holy Cross Church.

Jesus said “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die’ ” (John 11:26).
The Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Community offer our condolences to the family of the handmaid of God, Denise Hallis who was born on March 5, 1947 in Cairo, Egypt and reposed in the Lord on June 6, 2019 in California. We extend our condolences to the entire family and in particular, her children Monique (Adrian), Michelle (Morad), her grandchildren Kevin, Lexi, Jacob, Grace, her siblings Raouf (Bella), Janine (Farid). Denise Hallis is predeceased by her Husband Adel Hallis.
The memorial service was on Friday, June 14 at 11:00 a.m., Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church (451 West Madison Avenue. Placentia, CA 92870-4537). May her memory be eternal.

Sunday, July 7, 2019 Summer Hymn Camp Registration kick off after the Divine Liturgy. Calling all children going into Grades 1-8, join us in The Quest of Peter and Paul. Food, Games, and Fun. Weather permitting, expect to get wet (bring a towel & sunscreen).

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.

You may subscribe and view Father François Beyrouti’s weekly homilies on: YouTube.com/MelkiteTV
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Most recent homilies by Father François Beyrouti:
-“Jesus Who?” June 2, 2019.
-“Responsibility in a Name.” May 26, 2019.
-“Apostolic Antioch Tradition.” May 19, 2019.
-“Rise Up.” May 12, 2019.
-“Prove It.” May 5, 2019.
-“Fruits of Faith.” April 28, 2019.
-“Seek the Risen Christ.” April 21, 2019. Pascha (Easter).
-“Spiritual Discipline.” April 14, 2019 (Palm Sunday).
-“Burning Hearts.” April 7, 2019 (5th Sunday of the Fast).
-“From Stage to Stage.” March 31, 2019 (4th Sunday of the Fast).

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)
Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 8). You descended from on high, O compassionate One, and consented to burial for three days that You might free us from suffering. O Lord, our life and our resurrection, glory to You!
Troparion of All Saints (Tone 4). O Christ God, your church clothed with the blood of Your martyrs all over the world, as with purple and fine linen, cries out to You: send Your mercy upon Your people, grant peace to Your fold and extend Your great compassion upon 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 Preparation for the Feast of the Divine Body (Tone 4). O Faithful let us prepare our hearts as precious vessels to partake of the Lord’s Banquet, with pure dispositions, and let us offer a hymn of praise in preparation to this great festivity.

Epistle: Hebrews 11:33-12:2. Yanni Cantartzoglou will read this Sunday’s Epistle. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Matthew 10:32-38 & 19:27-30. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:
Issa Saba Sweiss (June 11, 2019), Janet Nesheiwat Sweiss (June 8, 2019), Laurice Nesheiwat Kandah (June 2019), Denise Hallis (June 6, 2019), Nicolas Youssef Saikaly (June 4, 2019), Riad Wakim (June 1, 2019), Fr. Clement Youssef (May 31, 2019), Grace Laty (May 31, 2019), Said Saghbini (May 21, 2019), Rose Marie Koury (May 20, 2019), Adel Hallis (May 16, 2019), Helen Saiady (May 16, 2019), Patriarch Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir (May 12, 2019), Antonieta Batarse Armero (May 11, 2019), Naim Arouk (May 9, 2019), Nada Sleiman Nesheiwat (March 2, 2019), John Koury (June 16, 2018), Gharami Haykal (June 10, 2018), Naim Ibrahim Mady (March 16, 2016), Sabha Sweiss (2014), Saba Sweiss (1991), Nassim Saba Sweiss (1983).
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Rafiq Abuzalaf, Floyd Genadry, Ron Hudspith, Amira Qseisieh, Marie 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:
“Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, [2] looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)

“Jesus said to them, ‘Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of man shall sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. [29] And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. [30] But many that are first will be last, and the last first.’” (Matthew 19:28-30)

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 July 21, 2019, at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
2019 dates: 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).

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:
Tuesday, June 18, 2019. 8:00 p.m. Movie on the beach (The Sandlot). Location: 5101 East Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, California 90803.

Eastern Christian Formation (Sunday School) program for all children in Kindergarten to grade 8 is after the Sunday Divine Liturgy.

Saint Luke Coptic Orthodox Christian Academy. Fall Registration now available. STEAM-Focused and Christ-Centered, Daycare, Prescool, and Kindergarten. Tours Available. Early Bird Special $100 off registration. 5401 Fairmont Blvd., Yorba Linda, CA.

Isaiah House Women’s Shelter next date: Sunday, June 30, 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: 5:00 p.m. Meet at Isaiah House, set up, serve meals, visit with the women, and clean up.
2019 dates: 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. This Sunday shows that the fruit of the outpouring of the Spirit upon us at Pentecost are the Saints. The Holy Spirit makes us holy. We become part of one another’s salvation. We serve Christ in one another as members of the One Body, the Church. We become the Body of Christ present and acting in the world. Each of us has a necessary ministry to share with the entire Church. Christ is calling many to the priesthood, which is a “ministry” to the “ministers”. Pray that there may be a generous and dedicated response to this 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 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.

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.

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

Thank you for your ongoing generous donations:
-Wednesday, June 12 building fund deposit: $5,452.
-Sunday, June 9 Mission Viejo collection: $444.
-Sunday, June 9 collection: $1,238 in 34 envelopes (average of $36 per envelope) + $102 cash + $137 candles = $1,477.
-Wednesday, June 5 building fund deposit: $6,215.
-Sunday, June 3 first Sunday of the month building fund collection: $880 in 19 envelopes (average of $46 per envelope).
-Sunday, June 3 collection: $2,299 in 36 envelopes (average of $64 per envelope) + $399 cash + $139 candles = $2,837.
-Saturday, June 2 collection: $615 in 11 envelopes (average of $56 per envelope) + $64 cash = $679.
-Wednesday, May 29 building fund deposit: $3,000.
-Sunday, May 26 collection: $1,190 in 27 envelopes (average of $44 per envelope) + $185 cash + $119 candles = $1,494.
-Wednesday, May 22 building fund deposit: $2,713.
-Sunday, May 19 collection: $1,837 in 42 envelopes (average of $44 per envelope) + $127 cash + $170 candles = $2,134.
-Saturday, May 18 Memorial Divine Liturgy Memorial: $394.

Total deposits in the past four months: March: $21,132, April: $33,756, May: $22,573, June: $17,984.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$118.63 paid on June 3, 2019 for printer lease and services.
$104.98 fully donated on June 1, 2019 for Spectrum Internet.
$346.50 paid on May 28, 2019 for OSV envelope services.
$171.94 paid on May 21, 2019 for Republic Trash services.
$252.60 paid on May 10, 2019 for General Wax and Candle.
$440.04 paid on May 10, 2019 for So Cal Edison Electricity.
$41.60 paid on May 9, 2019 for So Cal Gas Company.
$25.97 paid on May 3, 2019 for Sparkletts water services.
$104.98 fully donated on May 1, 2019 for Spectrum Internet.

Calendar:
Friday, June 14.
11:00 a.m. Funeral for Denise Hallis (June 6, 2019) at Holy Cross Church.
2:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. House blessings.
7:00-10:00 p.m. “Los Angeles Arab Orchestra Concert” at Saint Anne Melkite Catholic Cathedral (11211 Moorpark Street North Hollywood, CA 91602). $25.00 donation. To purchase tickets or for further information please contact Holy Cross Church.

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. Youth ministry meeting presented by Mikhael Naddaf.
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.

Tuesday, June 18.
8:00 p.m. Young Adults Group movie on the beach (The Sandlot). Location: 5101 East Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, California 90803.

Wednesday, June 19.
2:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. House blessings.

Friday, June 21.
2:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. House blessings.

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

Wednesday, June 26.
2:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. House blessings.

Thursday, June 27.
2:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. House blessings.

Friday, June 28.
2:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. House blessings.

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

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.

Wednesday, July 3.
2:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. House blessings.

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

Friday, July 5.
2:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. House blessings.

Saturday, July 6.
5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic.

Sunday, July 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. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.
12:15-1:30 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35.
2:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. House blessings.

Saturday, July 13.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, July 14.
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, July 20.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, July 21.
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.
2:00 p.m.-5:00 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.

Wednesday, July 24.
2:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. House blessings.

Thursday, July 25.
2:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. House blessings.

Friday, July 26.
9:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m. Vacation Bible Camp at Holy Cross Church. Youth Volunteer Event.
2:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. House blessings.

Saturday, July 27.
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.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, July 28.
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.
2:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. House blessings.

Wednesday, July 31.
7:00 p.m. Paraclisis (prayer of supplication) in preparation for the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God.

Readings for Sunday, June 16, 2019.
Prokimenon (Tone 4)
Awesome in His saints is God, the God of Israel.
Stichon: In the churches, bless God, the Lord out of Israel’s wellspring.

A Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews (11:33-12:2).
BRETHREN, all of the saints by faith conquered kingdoms, wrought justice, obtained the fulfillment of promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, recovered strength from weakness, became valiant in battle, routed foreign armies. Women had their dead returned to them through resurrection. Others were tortured, refusing to yield for their release, in order to obtain a better resurrection. Others again suffered mockery and beatings, even chains and jailings. They were stoned, they were cut to pieces, they were put to the test, they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, anguished, afflicted (of whom the world was not worthy) wandering in deserts, mountains, caverns and holes in the ground.
And all of these, in spite of the positive witnessing of faith, failed to receive what was promised, for God was keeping something better in store for us, so that they were not to reach their final perfection without us.
(12:1) And so, having such a cloud of witnesses over us, let us get rid of every burden, and of the sin entangling us, and run with endurance to the fight proposed to us, contemplating the author and final end of faith, Jesus.

ALLELUIA (Tone 4)
The just cried out, and the Lord heard them, and He delivered them from all their trials. Stichon: Many are the trials of the just, but out of them all, the Lord will save them.

The Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew the Evangelist 10:32-38 & 19:27-30. (Conditions of Discipleship).
The Lord said to His disciples, “Everyone who acknowledges Me before men, I also will acknowledge before My Father in heaven. But whoever disowns Me before men, I in turn will disown before My Father in heaven. Anyone who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and anyone who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me; and anyone does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me.” Then Peter addressed him saying, “Behold, we have left all and followed You; what then shall we have?” And Jesus said to them, “Amen I say to you that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man shall sit on the throne of His glory, shall also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left house, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and shall possess life everlasting. But many who are first now will be last, and many who are last now will be first.”

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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: 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: 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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