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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. July 7, 2019.
Fourth Sunday After Pentecost. Gospel of the Centurion’s Servant.

July 7. Commemoration of our Holy Fathers Thomas of Maleum, Acacius, mentioned in the Saint John of Mount Sinai’s book, “The Ladder”, and of the Holy and Great Woman Martyr Cyriaca.
Thomas, a soldier who became a monk through love for Christ, retired to Mount Maleum on the tip of the Peloponnesus. He lived and died some time during the tenth century.
Acacius lived on Mount Sinai during the first half of the sixth century.
Cyriaca was martyred in Achaia under Emperor Diocletian at the beginning of the fourth century.

Thank you to all those who donated $1,098 to the annual Peter’s Pence Collection. This annual collection is taken in all Catholic Churches around the world. It gives us an opportunity to be a witness of charity to our brothers and sisters around the world, promotes and supports the works of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and enables the Catholic Church 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.

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). You can enroll your children in our “Sunday Hymn Camp” which will take place for six weeks from 12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m. from July 14-August 18, with a concert on August 25. There is no charge for the activities of the day and the summer hymn activities.

Holy Cross Church’s Annual Festival will be on Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 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:
-“Why go to church?” June 30, 2019.
-“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 3). Let all in heaven rejoice and all on earth be glad, 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 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 Virgin (Tone 2). O never failing Protectress of Christians and their ever present intercessor before the Creator, despise not the petitions of us sinners, but in your goodness extend your help to us who call upon you with confidence. Hasten, O Mother of God, to intercede for us, for you have always protected those who honor you.

Epistle: Romans 6:18-23. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Matthew 8:5-13. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:
Zaki Kamal (July 1, 2019), Helen Marie Azar (July 2, 2019), Joseph Hawa (June 27, 2019), Romel Alshaini (June 21, 2019), 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), Kamal Mahlouf (July 14, 2015), Adma Ibrahim, Elias Ibrahim.
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Rafiq Abuzalaf, Samar Akroush, Floyd Genadry, Ron Hudspith, Kevork Kaloustian, Amira Qseisieh, Marie Semaan, Florence Shaib, baby Isaac, Deacon Abraham Zeinieh.
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:
“Now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the return you get is sanctification and its end, eternal life. [23] For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:22-23).

“As Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, beseeching him [6] and saying, ‘Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, in terrible distress.’ [7] And Jesus said to him, ‘I will come and heal him.’ [8] But the centurion answered him, ‘Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed’” (Matthew 8:5-8).

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.
Upcoming events: No meeting July 7th, due to Holiday weekend. The next meeting will be in August.

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: Saturday, July 27, 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: 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 the readings today, both Saint Paul and Jesus are urging people to live in a faith relationship with God so that they might experience dynamic freedom and salvation. That faith must be expressed in the attitudes and actions of one’s life. Faith opens the door to a transforming relationship with God. We need priests to help us keep moving in that direction in our Christian lives. Have you ever considered that ministry for yourself? Have you encouraged others to it? Have you prayed for more vocations? That in itself is an act of faith.

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, July 3 building fund deposit: $2,825.
-Sunday, June 30 collection: $1,958 in 35 envelopes (average of $56 per envelope) + $308 cash + $130 candles = $2,396.
-Wednesday, June 26 building fund deposit: $1,050.
-Sunday, June 23 collection: $2,101 in 44 envelopes (average of $48 per envelope) + $164 cash + $140 candles = $2,405.
-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: April: $33,756, May: $22,573, June: $27,964, July: $2,825.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$171.94 paid on June 21, 2019 for Republic trash services.
$246.50 paid on June 11, 2019 for OSV envelope services.
$29.45 paid on June 10, 2019 for So Cal Gas Company.
$392.91 paid on June 10, 2019 for So Cal Edison Electricity.
$240.00 paid on June 6, 2019 for RCBO computer management.
$300.00 paid on June 6, 2019 for church cleaning services.
$128.31 paid on June 6, 2019 for Anthem Church Supply Palms for 2019.
$200.00 paid on June 6, 2019 for gardening services.
$42.54 paid on June 5, 2019 for Sparkletts water services.
$118.63 paid on June 3, 2019 for printer lease and services.
$104.98 fully donated on June 1, 2019 for Spectrum Internet.

Calendar:
Saturday, July 6.
8:45 a.m. Holy Cross Church will join St. Martin de Porres Pro-Life ministry. Join your friends in Christ as we pray in front of Planned Parenthood the rosary to end abortion. Rosary begins at 9:00 am. We meet at 700 S. Tustin Ave in Orange. We look forward to the day when our powerful prayers will close the doors of Planned Parenthood. For further information, please contact the Holy Cross Church office.

4:15 p.m. Prayers for all the sick and any other special intentions.
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).”

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. Summer Hymn Camp. Grades 1-8.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.

Friday, July 19.
1:00-5:00 p.m. Teen event. “The Kingdom is Here.” Christ Cathedral Dedication Youth Celebration. A day of fun, food, games, tours, photos, and inspirational talks to celebrate the Cathedral's dedication. For further information, please contact the Holy Cross Church office.

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. Summer Hymn Camp. Grades 1-8.
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 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.
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Isaiah House (316 South Cypress Avenue, Santa Ana): 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.

Friday, August 2.
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.

Saturday, August 3.
4:30 p.m. Prayer service for the health and safety of our parishioners. Please let Deacon Elias know about any special prayer intentions you have for those who are currently in need of special prayers or have special intentions.
5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic.

Sunday, August 4.
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. Summer Hymn Camp. Grades 1-8.
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.

Monday, August 5.
7:00 p.m. Paraclisis (prayer of supplication) in preparation for the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God.

Wednesday, August 7.
2:00 p.m.-8:30 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.

Friday, August 9.
7:00 p.m. Paraclisis (prayer of supplication) in preparation for the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God.

Saturday, August 10.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, August 11.
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. Summer Hymn Camp. Grades 1-8.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.

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.

Monday, August 12.
7:00 p.m. Paraclisis (prayer of supplication) in preparation for the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God.

Wednesday, August 14.
2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God.

Saturday, August 17.
No Confessions today.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, August 18.
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. Summer Hymn Camp. Grades 1-8.
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 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.-8:30 p.m. House blessings.

Saturday, August 24.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, August 25.
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. Summer Hymn Camp (Concert). Grades 1-8.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.

Saturday, August 31.
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.

5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic.

Readings for Sunday, July 7, 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 Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans (6:18-23).
BRETHREN, now that you have been freed from sin, you have come to serve justification.
I speak in a human way because of the weakness of your flesh. For as you yielded your members as slaves to uncleanness and iniquity, so now yield your members as slaves of justification so as to be sanctified. For while you were the slaves of sin, you had nothing to do with justification. But what fruit did you gather then of those deeds of which you are now ashamed? For the end of such things is death. But now, set free from sin and become slaves to God, you have your fruit resulting in sanctification, and as your end, life everlasting. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is life everlasting in Christ Jesus our Lord.

ALLELUIA (Tone 3)
In you, 0 Lord, I have hoped: let me never be put to shame.
In your goodness, save me and deliver me; lend 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. Matthew the Evangelist 8:5-13.
At that time when Jesus entered Caparnaum, there came to him a centurion who begged him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying sick in the house, paralyzed, and is grievously afflicted.” Jesus said to him, “I will come and cure him.” But in answer the centurion said, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man subject to authority, and have soldiers subject to me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” And when Jesus heard this, he marveled, and said to those who were following him, “Amen I say to you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel. And I tell you that many will come from the east and from the west, and will feast with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, but the children of the kingdom will be put out into the darkness outside; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; as you have believed, so be it done to you.” And the servant was healed at that hour.

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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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