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Bulletin-December 15, 2019. Sunday of the Forefathers.

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. December 15, 2019.

Sunday of the Forefathers. Commemoration of the Holy Hieromartyr Eleutherius, of our Holy Father Paul of Latra, and of our Father among the Saints Stephen the Confessor, Archbishop of Surozh.

Christmas Boutique: Sundays, December 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2019. Starts at 12:30 p.m. after the Divine Liturgy. Desserts, Christmas gift baskets, handmade accessories, mugs, crochet hats, homemade organic jam, and many more items. All profit will go directly to Church projects.

New Year’s Eve Party at Holy Cross Church December 31, 2019. 8:00 p.m. There will be great mazza, a Middle Eastern dinner, a variety of music, dancing, a raffle, midnight champagne, and so much more. Come celebrate the year with your friends and family at Holy Cross Church. $65 for adults and $40 for children(ages 3 to 11),$50 for young adults. Limited tickets available.
You can purchase your tickets from Nelly Fattouch, Nadia Saikali, Josephine Cantartzoglou, or contact the Church office at (714) 985-1710.

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 servant of God, Andre Saikaly, who was born on September 12, 1964 in Lebanon and reposed in the Lord on December 12, 2019, in Pomona, California. We extend our condolences to his siblings, Alfred (Colette Semaan), Aida (Elie Semaan), Wafa (Ron Kalousak), Elias (Sue Saghbini), Jacqueline (Charles Dees), and to the entire extended family.

   Open casket and condolences will be on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. funeral at Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church (451 West Madison Avenue. Placentia, CA 92870-4537). The internment will follow at Live Oak Memorial Park (200 E. Duarte Rd, Monrovia, CA 91016). In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Holy Cross Church. May his memory be eternal.

The Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Community offer our condolences to the family of the servant of God, Fuad (Fred) Harb who reposed in the Lord on December 13, 2019, in Mission Viejo, California. Funeral details will be available soon.

Pre-Christmas fast: November 15 is the traditional start of the Nativity Fast. Some start this fast on December 10. During this time we fast from meat and dairy products. In order for fasting to be effective, it must be accompanied with prayer and acts of mercy and love. St. John Chrysostom reminds us: “What good is it to fast from meat and dairy, if we devour and eat one another.” Please remember to love and forgive during this special time of preparation for the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. The Fast will continue until Christmas Eve.

The What, Who, Why, When, and Where of Fasting by Fr. Sebastian Carnazzo. With the Nativity Fast beginning on November 15, I thought it would be good to review the "what, who, why, when, and where" of fasting!  During your breaks today, take a brief moment to read each one of these subjects and also take a minute to think about it.

   What: Fasting is the practice of eating less quantity of food or completely abstaining from food, or certain types of food, at certain times.

   Who: Christians have been fasting from the beginning. Jesus fasted (Matthew 4:2), his disciples fasted (Mt. 6:16-18), and he said that his disciples would fast until his return (Mt. 9:15).  Jesus taught that there are some evils that can only be done away with through prayer and fasting (Mt. 17:21). Hence, the early Church fasted during the time of the Apostles (Acts 13:3; 14:23) and has continued until today. Christians have always fasted. To what degree someone is able to fast or abstain from certain things depends on age and physical health, but there is no way out of it. If you are a Christian you should fast!

   Why: Many people think that fasting makes God happy because he likes to see us suffering. That's impossible. First of all, God desires your happiness. Second, God doesn't change.  You can't make him happy or sad. Whether you fast or not, it doesn't change God, it changes you. Think of it like spiritual exercises or calisthenics!  When you fast you choose not to eat certain things or at certain times. This strengthens your willpower.  The more you do this the stronger your willpower becomes. Then, when you encounter somethings that is evil, a temptation to sin, you have the strength to choose not to sin. Fasting does not change God, it changes you!

   When: From the early Church, Christians have been fasting weekly, during certain times in the year, and during periods of personal trial.  During the time of Jesus, Jews fasted on Mondays and Thursdays each week because, as far as can be discerned, they believed that Moses went up to get the Torah on the mountain on Thursday and came back down on Monday (Luke 18:12). Christians began fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays, because these are the days when Jesus was handed over (Wednesday) and crucified (Friday). This practice developed during apostolic times (Didache 8:1) and has continued to today. Over the first few centuries of the Church, larger fasting periods developed as well, of which there are four: The Great Fast in preparation for Pascha, the Apostles Fast, in preparation for the Feast of Peter and Paul, the Dormition Fast, in preparation for the Dormition, and the Nativity Fast, in preparation for the Nativity. Finally, individual Christians, Christian Churches, Christian Communities, also sometimes fast during times of prayer in preparation for coming times of difficulty.

   Where: Fasting is something we do for our own spiritual development. As Jesus said, when we fast, we should go about our normal daily routine, and there should not be any indication to those outside that we are fasting (Mt. 6:16-18). Otherwise, we could easily fall into pride, and then the whole purpose of fasting, avoidance of sin, has been lost.  At home at meal time, when the whole family is fasting, meals are taken together and fasting is a united effort that strengthens the family bond and encourages each member to keep up the effort. This is like friends or family members committing to go out and exercise together each day. We can also do this when we are alone, taking a meal at lunch at the cafeteria, or even out to lunch with some co-workers, as long as we are careful not to draw any attention to ourselves. It is quite easy to choose a shrimp salad or vegetable soup without anyone taking notice. But be careful. If someone who is not keeping the Fast invites you to dinner, and you are inclined to go, if nothing else but to be polite, you should eat whatever is put before you (1 Cor 10:27). Remember, charity in all things!  And so even this can strengthen you. How so? If you have been keeping the fast without fail, and then sometime during the fast you are in a situation where you must break the fast for a moment, such as the above example, it can also keep you from falling into pride, since you cannot say to yourself at the end of the fast, "Look how strong you are!  You did it, you kept the Fast!  Wow, you must be really spiritual!" Remember, fasting is to help us avoid sin, and pride is the greatest sin of all! 

   Now, back to the What: From what do we abstain during this coming Nativity Fast?  Throughout the year it is customary on Wednesdays and Fridays to avoid alcoholic beverages, oil, and animal products (dairy, eggs and meat [including fish with a backbone]). During the Nativity Fast we continue this practice and also abstain from animal products on all days of the week. Saturdays and Sundays are exceptions, when fish is usually eaten as a lightening or relief from the weekly fast. 

   Start thinking about these things and, if married, talking with the family about how you will, as a family, keep the Nativity Fast. The above list is simply a customary guideline, not some sort of hard and strict rule.  Each person or family has its own needs, age of children, elderly, health, food allergies, and life situation. Remember, the purpose of fasting is to help you avoid sin. Fasting together is like exercising together. The benefits are myriad. May God bless you now and in a special way during this coming Nativity Fast as we prepare to celebrate the great gift of God in the Nativity of our Lord God and Savior in the Flesh!

Axios! Axios! Axios! He is Worthy! He is Worthy! He is Worthy! Congratulations, prayers, and best wishes to Father Thomas J. Davis, who was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on December 1, 2019, by the grace of the Holy Spirit at the hand of His Grace, Bishop Nicholas, at St. Ann Melkite Catholic Church in Danbury, CT. May Christ, the High Priest, bless Father Thomas, his wife Joanne, and his children abundantly, and may He prosper the works of his priestly ministry.

Father François Beyrouti’s Homilies. 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 podcasts.

   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:

   -“Are you a Rooster or a Compass?” December 8, 2019.

   -“The Bad News of the Gospel.” November 24, 2019.

   -“Not so Nice Jesus.” November 17, 2019.

    -“Is the Bible Real?” November 10, 2019.

   -“How to Find Information and Formation in the Bible.” October 27, 2019.

   -“Don’t Evangelize Before Doing This.” October 20, 2019.

   -“How to See the Spiritual Life?” October 13, 2019.

   -“I’m in Love.” October 6, 2019.

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. Strengthen our Public Authorities in every good deed and protect your nation with your Cross.

   Kondakion of the Preparation for the Nativity of Our Lord (Tone 3). Today the Virgin is on her way to the cave where she will give birth in a manner beyond understanding to the Word who is, in all eternity. Rejoice, therefore, universe, when you hear it heralded: with the angels and the shepherds, glorify Him who chose to be seen as a new-born Babe, while remaining God in all eternity.

Epistle: Colossians 3:4-11. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.

Gospel: Luke 14:16-24. Full reading below.

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

   Andre Saikaly (December 12, 2019), Archimandrite Frank Milienewicz (December 11, 2019), Baby Isaac Montes (December 9, 2019), George Farrah Kashou (November 14, 2019), Archimandrite Joseph Francavilla (November 13, 2019), Father Basil Foote, OSB (November 11, 2019), Mona Afara (November 10, 2019), Father Richard C. Kennedy (October 31, 2019), Suhail Bishara Dababneh (December 18, 2017), Abla Nesheiwat (2017), Lutfy Lutfi (2007),  Mussa Yacoub Fahel (December 18, 2004), Rada Nesheiwat(1988), Tuma Nescheiwat (1980).

the health, safety, and salvation of:  

   Suzy Armanios, Saide Francis, Tony Hawa, Carmen Kassouf, Lizbeth Lira and family, Bernardo Navarro, Father Saba Shofany, Elias George Abou Zeid.

   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 Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming” (Colossians 3:4-6).

The Melkite Eastern Catholic Community at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church. Invite your family and friends and remind everyone in the area. 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 January 19, 2020, at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
   2020 dates: January 19, February 16, March 15, April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20, October 18, November 15, December 20.

  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 at Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church every Sunday at 9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m. “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.

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, visit Holycrossmelkite.org/ministries/young-adults, or contact the office.

   Upcoming events: Wednesday, December 18. 7:30 p.m. Newport Beach Boat Parade.

Isaiah House Women’s Shelter Volunteer Opportunity. Next date: Saturday, January 25, 2020.       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.

   2020 dates: Saturday, January 25, Saturday, February 29, Sunday, March 29, Saturday, April 25,  Sunday, May 31, Saturday, June 27, Saturday, July 25, Sunday, August 30, Saturday, September 26, Saturday, October 24. If you would like to sponsor or volunteer for this event, please contact the Church office.

Caregiver Needed: A family in Anaheim Hills is looking for a caregiver for an elderly Arabic speaking woman to keep her company, help her cook, and take her to appointments when necessary. If you are available please contact the office.

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. God needs messengers to continually call people to the great banquet of salvation, but the invited are so often distracted by other concerns. Often as Paul, observes, those called are not open to those of “other” groups who are also called to form the Body of Christ. Priests are urgently needed for this saving ministry. Pray that God call many and that many respond.

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 men and women 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.

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.

Thank you for your ongoing generous donations:

  -Wednesday, December 11 Building Fund. $2,495 + $20 Memorial. Charity: $300.00.

  -Sunday, December 8, 2019 collection. $1,283 in 27 envelopes (average $48 per envelope) + $329 loose plate + $400 Baptisam = $2,012. Mission Viejo collection.  $2,215 in 9 envelopes (average $246 per envelope) + $225 loose plate = $2,440.

   -Thursday, December 5, 2019 Building Fund deposit: $4,296 + $39 Coffee = $4,335. Charity deposit $100.

   -Sunday, December 1, 2019 collection. $1,895 in 27 envelopes (average $69 per envelope) + $196 loose plate = $2071. 

   -Sunday, November 24, 2019 collection. $1,393 in 35 envelopes (average $40 per envelope) + $363 loose plate = $1,756 + $139 candles = $1,895.

   -Thursday, November 21, 2019 Building fund. $470 + $46 Coffee = $516.  Charity Zibabdeh $260.

   -Sunday, November 17, 2019 collection. $2,015 in 46 envelopes (average $44 per envelope) + $324 loose plate + $78 Candles + $100 Memorial + $150 ECF + $473 Youth Group lunch = $3,140. 

   -Friday, November 15, 2019. Our Lady’s Society Salad Night event: $2,751.

   -Wednesday, November 13, 2019 Building Fund deposit. $1,725 + $49 Coffee = $1,774.

   -Sunday, November 10, 2019 collection. $1,795 in 43 envelopes (average $42 per envelope) + $263 loose plate + $188 Candles + $55 bookstore + $50 ECF + $50 World Mission = $2,398. Mission Viejo collection: $485 in 9 envelopes (average $54 per envelope) + $22 loose plate = $507.

Total deposits in the past four months: August: $26,398, September: $23,105, October: $33,026, November: $20,315, December $13,872.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses: 

   $258.85 paid December 10, 2019. Our Sunday Visitor envelopes.

   $56.14 paid December 10, 2019. SoCal Gas Company.

   $484.42 paid December 9, 2019. So Cal Edison.

   $37.32 paid December 9, 2019. Verizon wireless.

   $94.89 paid December 2, 2019. Sparkletts.

   $200.00 paid December 2, 2019. Landscaping service.

   $300.00 paid December 2, 2019.  Cleaning service.

   $118.63 paid December 2, 2019. Photocoper lease.

   $9,934.00 paid November 27, 2019. Catholic Mutual Group Insurance.

   $314.94 paid November 22, 2019. Spectrum (donated).

   $177.39 paid November 21, 2019. Republic Trash service.

   $770.83 paid November 15, 2019. IRS tax payment.

 Calendar:

Saturday, December 14.

   10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Youth Spiritual Retreat at Holy Cross Church for all high school students from Holy Cross Church, St. Anne’s, and Annunciation.

Sunday, December 15.

   In celebration of the feast of St. Nicholas, we will be collecting unwrapped toys for the children at Mercy House in Santa Ana.

   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. Play rehearsal. Feast of St. Nicholas activity.

   12:15 p.m. Christmas Boutique. Every Sunday until December 22, 2019.

   1:30 p.m. Theosis Meeting in Conference Room. Adult members of Holy Cross Church are invited to learn more about their Eastern Byzantine tradition by attending our monthly meetings to discuss how Scripture and Christ’s teachings show us how God became man in order so that man can become God-like. Anyone seeking more information can contact the office.

Wednesday, December 18.

   7:30 p.m. Young Adults Group ages 21-35. Newport Beach Boat Parade. Please contact the office for details.

Saturday, December 21.

   1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Toys for Tots toy distribution at Holy Cross Church for needy families in the community. Please contact the office if you are able to help set up and distribute the gifts.

   4:30 p.m. Confession.

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

Sunday, December 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. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8. Children’s Christmas Play and Christmas program. Christmas brunch.

   12:15 p.m. Christmas Boutique. Every Sunday until December 22, 2019.

 Tuesday, December 24 (Christmas Eve Before the Nativity of our Lord).

   4:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Divine Liturgy. Hymns and procession before Divine Liturgy. Christ is Born. Glorify Him.

Wednesday, December 25 (Christmas Day, Nativity of our Lord).

   11:00 a.m. Christmas Day Divine Liturgy. Christ is Born. Glorify Him.

Saturday, December 28.

   No confession.

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

Sunday, December 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.

Tuesday, December 31.

   New Year’s Eve Party at Holy Cross Church December 31, 2019. 8:00 p.m. There will be great mazza, a Middle Eastern dinner, a variety of music, dancing, a raffle, midnight champagne, and so much more. Come celebrate the year with your friends and family at Holy Cross Church. $65 for adults and $40 for children (ages 3 to 11), $50 for young adults. Limited tickets available. You can purchase your tickets from Nelly Fattouch, Nadia Saikali, Josephine Cantartzoglou, or contact the Church office at (714) 985-1710.

Saturday, January 4.

   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.

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

Sunday, January 5.

   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. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.

Saturday, January 11.

   4:30 p.m. Confession.

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

Sunday, January 12.

   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.

Readings for Sunday, December 15, 2019.

Prokimenon (Tone 1). Blessed are You, O Lord, God of our fathers, and Your name is worthy praise and glorious forever.

Stichon: For You are just in all You have done to us, and all Your works are true and Your ways right.

A Reading from the Second Epistle of St. Paul to the Colossians (3:4-11).

   Brethren, when Christ, our life, appears, then you too shall appear in glory. Put to death whatever in your members is of the earth: immorality, uncleanness, lust, evil desire, covetousness, which is a form of idol-worship. Because of these passions, God’s wrath comes upon the sons of disobedience and you yourselves once walked in them when they were your (way of) life. But now, you too put them all away; anger, wrath, malice, abusive language and foul-mouthed utterances. Do not lie to one another. Strip off the old man with his deeds and put on the new, one that is being renewed toward perfect knowledge according to his creator’s image (Cf. Gn. 1:26). Here there is no Gentile and Jew, no circumcised and uncircumcised, no Barbarian and Scythian, no slave and freeman, but Christ is all things, and in all.

ALLELUIA. (Tone 4)

   Moses and Aaron were among His priests, and Samuel among those who called upon His name.

Stichon: The just cried out, and the Lord heard them, and He delivered them from all their trials.

The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke the Evangelist (14:16-24).

   But he said to him, "A man once gave a great banquet, and invited many; and at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, `Come; for all is now ready.' But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, `I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it; I pray you, have me excused.' And another said, `I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them; I pray you, have me excused.' And another said, `I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.' So the servant came and reported this to his master. Then the householder in anger said to his servant, `Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and maimed and blind and lame.' And the servant said, `Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.' And the master said to the servant, `Go out to the highways and hedges, and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.'"

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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: 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: November 2, December 7.

ENGLISH DIVINE LITURGY: 11:00 a.m. First Sunday of the month. In 2019: October 6, November 3, December 1. In 2020: January 5, February 2, March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7, July 5.

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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