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Bulletin-January 12, 2020. Sunday After the Theophany.

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin.
Sunday, January 12, 2020. Sunday After the Theophany.

On January 12 we celebrate the seventh day of the celebration of the Theophany and the commemoration of the Holy Woman Martyr Tatiana who was martyred under Emperor Alexander Severus (222-235).

2019 Bishop’s Appeal letters were recently sent. The Bishop’s appeal helps produce SOPHIA magazine, assists in religious education, faith formation, and spiritual renewal, supports the training of new priests and deacons, supports our elderly priests, and a variety of other important causes. If you have not already sent your gift, please do so today so that 100% of our parish can assist in the many plans of our Melkite Catholic Church in America. May God bless you for your generosity. If you did not receive a letter you may send a check to: Melkite Eparchy of Newton 802 Riffle Camp Road, Woodland Park, NJ 02132 or donate online at: Melkite.org

Thank you to all those who prepared and donated items, helped set up, and purchased gifts from our Christmas Boutique. We raised a Total of $5,245 (Various gifts and crafts: $3,445, jams and mugs: $1,260, and centerpieces: $510). We appreciate everyone’s hard work and generosity.

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:
-“How to Find New Happiness." January 5, 2020.
-“The Lost Part of the Christmas Story.” December 25, 2019.
-“Jesus’s Exciting Genealogy.” December 22, 2019.
-“How to Shop at the Bible Pharmacy.” December 15, 2019.
-“Are you a Rooster or a Compass?” December 8, 2019.
-“The Bad News of the Gospel.” November 24, 2019.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)
Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 6). The angelic powers were around Your tomb, and the guards became as dead, and Mary stood at the tomb, seeking Your spotless body; Then You despoiled Hades without being tried by it, and You met the Virgin O Bestower of life. O Lord, who rose from the dead, glory to You!
Troparion of Theophany (Tone 1). At your Baptism in the Jordan, O Lord, the worship of the Trinity was revealed: for the Father’s voice bore witness to you by calling You his Beloved Son, and the spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the truth of these words. O Christ God who have appeared to us, and enlightened the world, 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 Theophany (Tone 4). Today You have appeared, O Lord, to the universe and Your light, O Christ our God, has been impressed upon us who sing to You with full knowledge: You came and appeared, O Inaccessible Light.

Epistle: Ephesians 4:7-13. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Matthew 4:12-17.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:
Margaret Guffy (December 28, 2019), Tony Hawa (December 25, 2019), Nasef Abasi (December 23, 2018), Oscar Chahine (December 21, 2019), Manuel Avila Jr. (December 21, 2019), Brother David Whelan, OSB (December 14, 2019), Fuad (Fred) Harb (December 13, 2019), Andre Saikaly (December 12, 2019), Archimandrite Frank Milienewicz (December 11, 2019), Baby Isaac Montes (December 9, 2019).
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Rowena Angeles, John Bastian, Carmen Kassouf, Lizbeth Lira and family, Father Saba Shofany.
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:
“His gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, [12] to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, [13] until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-13).

“ ‘The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, toward the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles [16] the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.’ [17] From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand’ ” (Matthew 4:15-17).

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.

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.

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. Today’s Gospel speaks of the need to send messengers to prepare the way for people to meet and receive the Lord. John the Baptist did so at first – priests continue to do so. In the epistle, Saint Paul warns Timothy, and priests, to persevere at their preaching, preparing the people to welcome the Lord, and not to be discouraged by the difficulty of the task. Pray for your priests, and pray for an increase of such dedicated messengers in our Diocese.

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, January 8 building fund deposit: $4,403.
-Monday, January 6 collection: $285 in 9 envelopes (average $32 per envelope) + $195 loose plate + $54 candles = $534.
-Sunday, January 5 collection: $2,641 in 36 envelopes (average $73 per envelope) + $175 loose plate + $105 candles = $2,921.
-Saturday, January 4 collection: $725 in 9 envelopes (average $81 per envelope) + $152 loose plate = $877
-Tuesday, December 31 building fund deposit: $50,970.
-Sunday, December 29 collection: $1,956 in 35 envelopes (average $56 per envelope) + $261 loose plate + $63 candles = $2,280.
-Friday, December 27 building fund deposit: $10,980.
-Wednesday, December 25 collection: $2,925 in 22 envelopes (average $133 per envelope) + $88 loose plate + $42 candles = $3,055.
-Tuesday, December 24 collection: $2,660 in 26 envelopes (average $102 per envelope) + $155 loose plate + $70 candles = $2,885.
-Sunday, December 22 collection: $2,680 in 38 envelopes (average $77 per envelope) + $168 loose plate + $85 candles = $2,933.
-Thursday, December 19 Building Fund deposit: $28,139. Charity deposit: $10,000.
-Sunday, December 15 collection: $1,130 in 34 envelopes (average $33 per envelope) + $285 loose plate + $115 candles = $1,530.
-Wednesday, December 11. Building Fund $2,495, $20 memorial, Charity: $300.
-Sunday, December 8, 2019 collection: $1,283 in 27 envelopes (average $48 per envelope) + $329 loose plate + $400 Baptism = $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.

Total deposits in the past four months: September: $23,105, October: $33,026, November: $20,315, December: $116,145, January: $8,735.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$1,690.00 paid on January 2, 2020. Golden State Water Company.
$118.63 paid on January 2, 2020. Photocopier lease.
$177.39 paid on December 20, 2019. Republic Trash Services.
$76.30 paid on December 12, 2019. Photocopier services.
$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.
$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. Photocopier lease.
$9,934.00 paid November 27, 2019. Catholic Mutual Group Insurance.

Calendar:
Friday, January 10.
4:00-9:00 p.m. House Blessings.

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.
2:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. House blessings.

Monday, January 13.
6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. House blessings.

Thursday, January 16.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Friday, January 17.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

January 18-25, 2020 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
2020 theme: “They Showed Us Unusual Kindness” (Acts. 28:2). For further information visit: vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/chrstuni/sub-index/index_weeks-prayer.htm

Saturday, January 18.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, January 19.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.

2:00 p.m.-4:00 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, January 22.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Thursday, January 23.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Friday, January 24.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Saturday, January 25.
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.

4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, January 26.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Wednesday, January 29.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Thursday, January 30.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Friday, January 31.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Saturday, February 1.
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, February 2.
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.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Thursday, February 6.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Friday, February 7.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Saturday, February 8.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, February 9.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. House blessings.

Wednesday, February 12.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Thursday, February 13.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Saturday, February 15.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, February 16.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.

2:00-4:00 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, February 19.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Thursday, February 20.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Friday, February 21.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Saturday, February 22.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, February 23.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Wednesday, February 26.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Thursday, February 27.
2:00 p.m.-:00 p.m. House blessings.

Friday, February 28.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Saturday, February 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.

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

Sunday, March 1.
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.
2:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. House blessings.

Readings for Sunday, January 12, 2020.
Epistle. Ephesians 4:7-13.
Prokimenon (Tone 1): May your kindness, O Lord, be upon us, for we have hoped in you.
Stichon: Exult, you just, in the Lord; praise from the upright is fitting.

A Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Ephesians.
Brethren, to each one of us the grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s bestowal. Thus is says, Ascending on high, he let away captives; he gave gifts to men (Ps.61:19). Now this ascending, what does it mean but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended, he it is who ascended also above all the heavens, that he might fill all things. And he himself gave some men as apostles, and some as prophets, and others as pastors and teachers, in order to perfect the saints for a work o ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the deep knowledge of the Son of God, to perfect manhood, to the mature measure of the fullness of Christ.

ALLELUIA (Tone 5)
Your favor, O Lord, I will sing forever; from generation to generation, my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness.
Stichon: For you have said, “My kindness is established forever.”
In heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness.

Matthew 4:12-17 (Sunday after Theophany)
The Holy Gospel According To St. Matthew the Evangelist.
At that time, When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and went to live in Capernaum by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali, that what had been said through Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled: "Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the way to the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles, the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light, on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death light has arisen." From that time on, Jesus began to preach and say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

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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: Carol Nasr
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 2020: February 1, February 29, March 28, May 2, June 6, July 4, August 1, September 5, October 3, October 31, December 5.

ENGLISH DIVINE LITURGY: 11:00 a.m. First Sunday of the month. In 2020: February 2, March 1, March 29, May 3, June 7, July 5, August 2, September 6, October 4, November 1, December 6.

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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