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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. August 25, 2019.

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost. Gospel of the Unforgiving Servant. Transfer of the Remains of the Holy Apostle Bartholomew. Commemoration of the Holy Apostle Titus.

   Saint Titus, a Greek, was a companion of Saint Paul who sent him to Crete and addressed to him the “Epistle to Titus”.

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic 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 $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. So far we have sold $8,280 of tickets. Please purchase tickets for this important Church fundraiser.

   Save the festival dates, spread the word, invite friends, and help in whatever way you can to make this a fun annual fundraising event for the future of our Church.

   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.

 Father François Beyrouti’s Homily podcasts are now available on iTunes and other Podcasts. 

   You can listen and subscribe to the homilies on YouTube.com/MelkiteTV or these podcasts: Apple’s iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and TuneIn + Alexa, Google Podcast, and iHeart Radio.

   If you would like to receive the emailed weekly parish bulletin or homily please sign up on our website (HolyCrossMelkite.org) or contact the office.

Most recent homilies by Father François Beyrouti:

   -“Living the Spiritual Disciplines,” Posted August 19. Presentation at Saint Elias Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral on July 12, 2019.

   -“Easier to Focus than not to?” August 11, 2019.

   -“How to See More?” August 4, 2019.

   -“B.U.S.Y., But Doing What?” July 28, 2019.

   -“A Diagnosis of our Soul and Body.” July 21, 2019.

   -“A Solid Life.” July 7, 2019.

   -“Why go to Church?” June 30, 2019.

   -“Holiness is for you.” June 16, 2019.

Marriage Encounter: A great way to enrich and strengthen your marriage. There are 2 Marriage Encounter Weekends coming up, September 13-15 & November 1-3! For more information call the Holy Cross Church office or sign up online at www.OCWWME.org.

Women’s Silent Retreat November 8-10, 2019. Come away to beautiful Sacred Heart Retreat House in Alhambra, and in the silence, pray, sort out what lies in front of you, or simply retreat from all that is worldly. The theme is Come Holy Spirit “He will guide you to all truth” John 16:13. Select one of three options for attendance: stay the entire weekend in the serenity of this place, or commute daily from your home, or come just for the day on Saturday. Prices vary accordingly, and scholarships may be available. For information, please contact Holy Cross Church office.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)

   Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 2). When You descended to death, O immortal Life, You destroyed Hades by the splendor of Your divinity. And when You raised the dead from below the earth, all the heavenly powers cried out to you: “O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to You!”

   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 Nativity (Tone 2). Through your holy birth, O Immaculate One, Joachim and Anne were delivered from the shame of childlessness, and Adam and Eve from the corruption of death.  Your people, redeemed from the debt of their sins, cry out to you to honor your birth: “the barren one gives birth to the Mother of God the Sustainer of our life!”

Epistle: 1 Corinthians 9:2-12. Joseph Nasr will read this Sunday’s Epistle. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.

Gospel: Matthew 18:23-35. Full reading below.

 

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:

   Renato Cruz (August 7, 2019), Bishop John Adel Elya B.S.O. (July 19, 2019), Habib Saad (2004), Mariam Butros Dawra (August 21, 2018). William Tomp (August 25, 2018).

the health, safety, and salvation of:

   Dhannielle Beclay, Inaam Bottomley, Odette Kateb, Finnegan O'Leary Jones, Nadia Najm, Amira Qseisieh, Nohad Sabbagh, Marie Semaan, Florence Shaib, Rose Ann Hammond, Helen Lum.

   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:

“If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord. [3] This is my defense to those who would examine me.” (1 Corinthians 9:2-3)

 “I forgave you all that debt because you besought me; [33] and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?” (Matthew 18:32)

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 September 15 (new date), at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
  2019 dates: 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:

   -Sunday, September 1, 2019. 12:30 p.m. B.B.Q. & Pool Party at the Sabbagh Residence.
   -Thursday, September 12, 2019. 7:00 p.m. Trivia Night at Kelly’s Korner Tavern (907 E Yorba Linda Blvd, Placentia, CA 92870).

   -Sunday, October 6, 2019. 1:00 p.m. Kayaking. Kayaks on the Water (5411 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803).

   -Thursday, October 24, 2019. 7:30 p.m. Potluck and Movie Night at Holy Cross Church (451 W. Madison Ave., Placentia, CA 92870).

Isaiah House Women’s Shelter Volunteer Opportunity. Next date: Saturday, August 31, 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: 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.

   2019 dates: Saturday, August 31, Sunday, September 29, Saturday, October 26, Saturday, November 23, and Sunday, December 29.

If you would like to sponsor or volunteer for this event, please contact the Church office.

   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.

Saint Luke Coptic Orthodox Christian Academy. Fall Registration is 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.

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 View. Saint Paul realizes that in his ministry he is “sowing spiritual things” for the benefit of the faithful, and that he needs their cooperation to do his work. Jesus, in His ministry, sows the teachings about sharing God’s forgiveness and compassion with others. We still need “sowers of the good seed” as priests in our diocese. Can we, the faithful, pray for such vocations and encourage those who may have received the call?

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 August 21. Building fund deposit $3,785: $600 house blessings, $1,060 Raffle sales, $2,125 donations.

   -Sunday, August 18 collection: $1,038 in 37 envelopes (average of $28 per envelope) + $281 cash = $1,319.

   -Wednesday August 14. Building fund deposit: $5,285.

   -Sunday, August 11 collection: $1850 in 37 envelopes (average of $50 per envelope) + $153 cash + $114 candles = $2,117.

   -Sunday August 11. Mission Viejo Divine Liturgy: $554.

   -Friday, August 9. Building fund deposit: $890.

   -Sunday, August 4 collection: $2,301 in 37 envelopes (average of $62 per envelope) + $306 cash + $200 Baptismal donation = $2,810.

   -Wednesday, July 31. Building fund deposit: $1,400.

   -Sunday, July 28 collection: $1,548 in 32 envelopes (average of $48 per envelope) + $195 cash + $105 candles + $20 bookstore = $1,868.

   -Wednesday, July 24. Building fund deposit: $1,225.

   -Sunday, July 21 collection: $1,731 in 44 envelopes (average of $39 per envelope) + $381 cash + $157 candles = $2,269.

   -Sunday, July 21. Mission Viejo Divine Liturgy collection: $874.

   -Wednesday, July 17. Building fund deposit: $400.

   -Sunday, July 14 collection: $1,400 in 35 envelopes (average of $40 per envelope) + $137 cash + $87 candles = $1,624. 

Total deposits in the past four months: May: $22,573, June: $27,964, July: $19,749, August: $20,308.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses: 

   $4,500 paid on August 20, 2019. Accounting Services

   $318.03 paid on August 13, 2019. General Wax and Candle.

   $50.54 paid on August 13, 2019. Sparkletts.

   $132.00 paid on August 6, 2019. Christopherson Fire Protection.

   $360.00 paid on July 30, 2019. Church cleaning services.

   $200.00 paid on July 30, 2019. Gardening services.

   $400.00 paid on July 26, 2019. Orange County Fire permit.

   $619.88 paid on July 26, 2019. San Antonio Winery for communion wine.

   $31.83 paid on July 9, 2019. So Cal Gas.

   $447.35 paid on July 8, 2019 for So Cal Edison Electricity.

Calendar:

Saturday, August 24.

   1:00 p.m. Baptism, Chrismation, and Eucharist for Nadine Inez Jreisat, daughter of Randy & Sara Jreisat. Congratulations.

   3:00 pm. Baptism, Chrismation, and Eucharist for Stella Aida Saullo, daughter of Joseph & Nancy Saullo. Congratulations.

   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.

Saturday, August 31.
If you would like to sponsor or volunteer for this event, please contact the Church office.

   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.

Sunday, September 1.

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.

   12:30 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35. B.B.Q. & Pool Party at the Sabbagh Residence.

Saturday, September 7.

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

Saturday, September 7 (12:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m) and Sunday, September 8 (1:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Festival. Invite your family and friends.

Sunday, September 8.

   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. Fourtieth day memorial for Bishop John A. Elya.

   1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Festival.

Thursday, September 12.

   7:00 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35: Trivia Night at Kelly’s Korner Tavern (907 E Yorba Linda Blvd, Placentia, CA 92870) 

Friday, September 13.

   7:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy and Life Giving Cross.

Saturday, September 14

   4:30 p.m. Confession.

   5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, September 15

   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.

   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. First day for our Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten

to grade 8.

   5:45 p.m. Music practice in the Saint Kilian’s Church 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, September 21

   4:30 p.m. Confession.

   5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, September 22

   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, September 28

   4:30 p.m. Confession.

   5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, September 29

   9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).

   9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Choir practice.

   11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.

   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8. Graduation Day.

   12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.

 

Readings for Sunday, August 25, 2019.

Prokimenon (Tone 2)

My strength and my courage is the Lord, and He has been my Savior.

Stichon: The Lord has chastised me through his teaching, yet He has not delivered me to death.

A Reading from the First Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians (9:2-12).

Brethren, you are the seal set upon my apostleship in the Lord. My defense against those who question me is this: Have we not a right to eat and to drink? Have we not a right to take around with us a sister woman, as do the other apostles, and the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas? Or is it only Barnabas and I who have not the right of exemption from manual labor? What soldier ever serves at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its fruit? Who tends the flock and does not drink of the flock’s milk? Do I speak these things on human authority? Or does not the Law also say these things? For it is written in the Law of Moses. Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treads out the grain. (Dt.25:4) Is God concerned about the oxen, or does he say this simply for our sakes? These things were written for us. For he who plows should plow in hope, and he who threshes. in the expectation of partaking of the fruit. If we have sown for you spiritual things, is such an affair if we reap from you material things? If others share in this right over you. why should it not rather go to us? Yet, we have not used this right, but we bear all our expenses. lest we be a hindrance to Christ’s Good News.

ALLELUIA (Tone 2)

The Lord shall hear you on the day of distress: the name of the God of Jacob shall defend you.

Stichon: O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance.

The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew the Evangelist 18:23-35.

The Lord told this parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who desired to settle accounts with his servants. And when he had begun the settlement, one was brought to him who owed him millions. And as he had no means of paying, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all he had, and payment to be made. But the servant fell down and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will pay you all.’ And moved with compassion, the master of that servant released him, and forgave him the debt. But as that servant went out, he met one of his fellow-servants who owed him a small amount, and he laid hold of him and throttled him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ His fellow-servant therefore fell down and began to entreat him, saying, Have patience with me and I will pay you all.’ But he would not; but went away and threw him into prison until he would pay what was due. His fellow-servants therefore, seeing what had happened, were very much saddened, and they went and informed their master of what had taken place. Then his master called him, and said to him, ‘Wicked servant, I forgave you all the debt, because you begged me. Should not you also have had pity on your fellow-servant, even as I had pity on you?’ And his master, being angry, handed him over to the torturers until he would pay all that was due to him. So also my heavenly Father will do to you, if you do not each forgive your brothers from your hearts.”

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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.

Administrative Assistant: Desi Ortiz.

Parish Hall Rentals: Hala Nakhoul (714) 920-6180.

Choir Directors: Epistl 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: August 3, August 31, October 5, November 2, November 30.

ENGLISH DIVINE LITURGY: 11:00 a.m. First Sunday of the month. In 2019: 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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