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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. June 23, 2019.
The Call of the First Apostle. Second Sunday after Pentecost.

June 23. Commemoration of The Holy Woman Martyr Agrippina. Agrippina was martyred in Rome under Emperor Valerian (253-259).

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 Saints Peter and Paul.” Food, games, and fun. Expect to get wet (bring a towel and 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.

On Sunday, June 30 we will have our annual Peter’s Pence collection. The Peter’s Pence collection is once a year in all Catholic Churches around the world. This gives us an opportunity to be a witness of charity to our brothers and sisters around the world. It promotes and supports the works of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and enables him to respond with emergency financial assistance to victims of war, natural disasters, and others most in need of help. Thank you very much for your generosity.

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:
-“Holiness is for you.” June 16, 2019.
-“Jesus Who?” June 2, 2019.
-“Responsibility in a Name.” May 26, 2019.
-“Apostolic Antioch Tradition.” May 19, 2019.
-“Rise Up.” May 12, 2019.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)
Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 1). After the stone was sealed by the Jews and the while the soldiers were watching Your spotless body, You rose, O Savior, on the third day, bestowing life to the world. Therefore the heavenly powers cried out to You, O Giver of life: “Glory to Your resurrection, O Christ! Glory to Your kingdom! Glory to Your economy, O You who alone are the lover of mankind!”
Troparion of the Divine Body (Tone 1). Christ, having loved His own, loved them until the end and gave them His Body and Blood as food and drink. Wherefore let us offer them our veneration and say with fear: “O Christ, glory to Your presence, glory to Your compassion, glory to Your condescension: for You alone are the Lover of Mankind.”
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 Feast (Tone 2). O Christ, do not turn Your face away from me: for I partake of the bread which is Your Body and of the wine which is Your Blood. O Lord, let my sharing in these august mysteries be not for my judgment and condemnation, but for my eternal and everlasting life.

Epistle: Galatians 4:4-7. Amin Abukhader will read this Sunday’s Epistle. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Matthew 4:18-23. 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).
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:
“When the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, [5] to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” (Galatians 4:4-5).

“As Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. [19] And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ [20] Immediately they left their nets and followed him. [21] And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. [22] Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him” (Matthew 4:18-22).

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 (new date), 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.

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, Preschool, 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. 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. Jesus called the Apostles to collaborate with Him in His ministry to “catch people in His nets” so that they might be saved. Jesus and His Apostles did this by preaching, teaching, and healing. In today’s Epistle, Saint Paul manifests that same interest in “catching” all for God. Christ continues to call people to the priesthood to continue His ministry among us. Pray for your vocation and that many will respond to that call to serve as priests in our Eparchy.

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 19 building fund deposit: $2,080.
-Sunday, June 16 collection: $1,743 in 30 envelopes (average of $58 per envelope) + $174 cash + $132 candles = $2,049.
-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.

Total deposits in the past four months: March: $21,132, April: $33,756, May: $22,573, June: $22,113.

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 21.
12 noon-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.-4:00 p.m. Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church (717 Bradford Ave, Placentia, CA 92870) is inviting us to their Corpus Christi procession. There will be a procession to three altars set up on the campus with prayer and songs. Met at St. Joseph’s.
4:30 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, Chrismation, and Eucharist for Jazmine Kassouf, daughter of George and Therese Kassouf. Congratulations.

Sunday, June 30. Special Peter’s Pence Collection today.
The Peter’s Pence collection will be taken today in all Catholic Churches around the world. This gives us an opportunity to be a witness of charity to our brothers and sisters around the world. It promotes and supports the works of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and enables him to respond with emergency financial assistance to victims of war, natural disasters, and others most in need of help.
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.
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Meet at Isaiah House, 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.
12:15 p.m. Children’s activity. Summer Hymn Camp Registration kick off after the Divine Liturgy. Calling all children going into Grades 1-8, join us in “The Quest of Saints Peter and Paul.” Food, games, and fun. Expect to get wet (bring a towel and sunscreen).”
2:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. House blessings.

Saturday, July 13.
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.
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.

9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Blood Drive at St. John Maron Church sponsored by St. John Maron’s Women’s Society at 300 S. Flower St. Orange, CA. 92868. Sign up on line at www.redcrossblood.org - sponsor code: stjohnmaron. For further information, contact St. John Maron Catholic Church.

Tuesday, July 30.
U.N. sponsored World Day against Trafficking in Persons. For further information visit: un.org/en/events/humantrafficking/resources.shtml

Wednesday, July 31.
2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. House blessings.

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 23, 2019.
Prokimenon (Tone 8)
Let all on earth worship and sing praise to You, sing praise to Your name.
Stichon: Shout joyfully to God, all you on earth; sing praise to the glory of His name.

A Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Galatians (4:4-7).
Brethren, when the fullness of time had come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, that He might redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba, Father!” So that one is no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, an heir also of God through Jesus Christ.

ALLELUIA
The heavens declare God’s glory, and the firmament proclaims the work of His hands.
Stichon: Day pours out the word to day, and night to night imparts knowledge.

The Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew the Evangelist 4:18-23. (Call of the First Disciples).
At that time as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea (for they were fishermen). And He said to them, “Come, follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” And at once they left the nets and followed Him. And going farther on, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and his brother John, in a boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and He called them. And immediately they left their nets and their father, and followed Him. And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the Good News of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness among the people.

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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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