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Bulletin-February 02, 2020. Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican.

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin.
Sunday, February 2, 2020. Encounter of Our Lord
Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican.

February 2. Feast of the Presentation of our Lord, God, and Saviour Jesus Christ to the Temple. Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the Byzantine Liturgical tradition, the title of this feast is “Hypapanty”, a Greek word that means “meeting.” This feast celebrates the meeting of the Lord with his people. The birth of Christ, the adoration of the shepherds and wise men had been confined to the small circle of the Holy family’s abode. Today, Christ appears in the midst of his people, for Simeon and the Prophetess Anna represent the elect. Christ being an infant at the time, acted through his Mother. Mary's miraculous motherhood placed her above the Mosaic Law, yet she chose to obey it. Forty days after the birth of her son, she went to Jerusalem in order to offer the prescribed sacrifice: a lamb, or if the parents’ means did not permit it, two doves or two young pigeons. The Church has maintained until the present day the meaningful ceremony of "Churching."

The Bishop’s Appeal will conclude at the end of March. The annual Bishop’s Appeal is an essential way in which our parish fulfills its duty to our larger Melkite family throughout the U.S. Our Father and Shepherd, Bishop Nicholas asks every Melkite household in the U.S. to give at least $100-$200 each year to support our Eparchy in America. By contributing to the Appeal, each of us responds to Christ’s call to support our Church and helps to fund its vital works, such as publishing SOPHIA magazine, supporting our seminarians for the Priesthood and Diaconate, providing for our elderly priests, teaching the Faith to our children and young adults, and establishing and supporting new missions and outreaches. Those who give a gift of $1000 or more will be automatically enrolled in the Order of Saint Nicholas, the charitable society of our Eparchy.
Our goal is 100% participation for our parish. Please send your gift today. May God bless you for your generosity. So far 16 families have donated $14,000 of our $19,000 goal. 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

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Choir. “Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day” (Psalm 96:2). The choir has a very important role in helping the community lift their hearts up to the Lord during the Sunday Divine Liturgy and other services.
If you would like to stand with the choir on Sunday you must attend the rehearsal at 10:15 a.m. in the children’s room at the back of the Church. When the choir members are not prepared this causes confusion and too many varying voices. Only those who attend the rehearsal will be able to stand and sing with the choir. Everyone is welcome.

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:
-“The Truth: Why bother?” January 26, 2020.
-“Privileges Have Responsibilities.” January 19, 2020.
-“Is your Spiritual life in Cruise Control?” January 12, 2020.
-“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.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)
Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 1). After the stone was sealed by the Jews and the while the soldiers were watching Your spotless body, You rose, O Savior, on the third day, giving life to the world. Wherefore, the heavenly powers cried out to you, O Giver of life: “Glory to Your resurrection, O Christ! Glory to Your kingdom! Glory to Your economy, O You who alone are the lover of mankind!”
Troparion of the Feast (Tone 1). Hail, O Woman full of grace, Virgin and Mother of God: from you has arisen the Sun of Justice, Christ our God, enlightening those who stand in darkness, In You too, O just Elder Simeon, rejoice, for you carried in your arms the Redeemer of our souls, our Resurrection.
Kondakion of the Feast (Tone 1). O Christ our God who through your birth have sanctified the virginal womb and have now blessed the arms of Simeon, today You have come to save us. O Lord, when wars prevail, keep your people in peace and strengthen our Public Authorities in every good deed, for You alone are the Lover of Mankind.

Epistle of the Feast: Hebrews 7: 7-17. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Luke 18: 10-14.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:
Two year memorial: Salim Hanna Semaan (February 1, 2018).
Tony Hawa (December 25, 2019), Eiad Adi (December 16, 2019), Andre Saikaly (December 12, 2019), Trinidad Lao (February 4, 2019), Margaret Guffy (December 28, 2019), Oscar Chahine (December 21, 2019), Manuel Avila Jr. (December 21, 2019), Nasef Abasi (December 23, 2018), Raymond Kishek (February 1, 2016), Naeem Ayoub (January 31, 2014), Jacob Khalil Hilo (January 30, 2014), Matroune Saikali (6 years), Tony Ibrahim (February, 1989), Nasser Ibrahim (June 27, 1983), Yacoub Ibrahim Hilo (1982), Lourice Elise Hilo (1962).

The health, safety, and salvation of:
Rowena Angeles, John Bastian, Inaam Bottomley, Carmen Kassouf, Brigette Lao, Conchita McElrafth. Lizbeth Lira and family, Marie Semaan, Florence Shaib, 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:
“It is beyond dispute that the inferior is blessed by the superior. [8] Here tithes are received by mortal men; there, by one of whom it is testified that he lives. [9] One might even say that Levi himself, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, [10] for he was still in the loins of his ancestor when Melchiz'edek met him” (Hebrews 7: 7-10).

"Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
[11] The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank thee that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. [12] I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I get’” (Luke 18: 10-12).

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 February 16, 2020, at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
2020 dates: 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).

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, February 29, 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, 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.

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.

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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:
-Thursday, January 30 building fund deposit: $3,920.
-Sunday, January 26 collection: $1,045 in 28 envelopes (average $37 per envelope) + $714 loose plate + $122 candles = $1,881.
-Wednesday, January 22 building fund deposit: $3,668.
-Sunday, January 19 Mission Viejo collection: $1,030 in 10 envelopes (average $103 per envelope) + $46 loose plate = $1,076.
-Sunday, January 19 collection: $791 in 23 envelopes (average $34 per envelope) + $275 loose plate + $64 candles = $1,130.
-Wednesday, January 15 building fund deposit: $8,740.
-Sunday, January 12 collection: $854 in 26 envelopes (average $33 per envelope) + $217 loose plate + $ 101 candles = $1,172.
-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.

Total deposits in the past four months: October: $33,026, November: $20,315, December: $116,145, January: $30,322.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$177.39 paid January 22, 2020. Republic Trash Services.
$120.44 paid January 13, 2020. American Sanitary Supply Inc.
$30.84 paid January 10, 2020. So Cal Edison.
$55.98 paid January 10, 2020. SoCal Gas Company.
$46.54 paid January 9, 2020. SoCal Gas Company.
$317.63 paid January 7, 2020. SoCal Edison.
$1,690.00 paid January 2, 2020. Golden State Water Company.
$118.63 paid January 2, 2020. Photocopier Lease.
$375.00 paid January 2, 2020. Church Cleaning Services.

Calendar:
Friday, January 31.
3:00 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.
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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.
3:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Monday, February 3.
7:00 p.m. Our Lady’s Society meeting to review the bylaws and constitution, memberships, board election guidelines, and event procedures.

Wednesday, February 5.
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.

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, February 17.
7:00 p.m. Our Lady’s Society board elections.

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.

Monday, February 24. First Day of the Great Feast.
7:00 p.m. Forgiveness Vespers.

Wednesday, February 26.
2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m. Pre-Sanctified Liturgy.

Thursday, February 27.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Friday, February 28.
2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m. Akathist Hymn.

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.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Monday, March 2.
7:00 p.m. Great Compline.

Wednesday, March 4.
2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m. Pre-Sanctified Liturgy.

Thursday, March 5.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Friday, March 6.
2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m. Akathist Hymn.

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

Sunday, March 8.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.

Readings for Sunday, February 2, 2020.
Epistle. Hebrews: 7:7-17.
Brethren, certainly the lower is blessed by the higher. And in one case indeed mortal men receive tithes, while Scripture testifies that this man lives on. And even Levi, the receiver of tithes, was also, so to speak, through Abraham made subject to tithes (Cf.Gn. 14 :20), for he was still in his father’s loins when Meichisedek met him. If then perfection was by the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the Law), what further need was there that another priest should rise, according to the order of Meichisedek, and said not to be according to the order of Aaron? For when the priesthood is changed, it is necessary that a change of law be made also. For the one of whom these things are said is from another tribe, from which no one has ever done service at the altar. For it is evident that our Lord has sprung out of Judah (Cf.Is.1 :2), and Moses said nothing at all about priests when referring to this tribe. And it is yet far more evident if there arises another priest, according to the likeness of Meichisedek, who has become so not according to the law of carnal commandment, but according to a life that cannot end. For it is testified of him, Your are a priest forever, according to the order of Meichisedek.

Prokimenon: My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. Stichon: Because he has regarded the lowliness of his handmaid, for, behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

ALLELUIA (Tone 4)
Now you shall dismiss your servant, 0 Lord, according to your word in peace; because my eyes have seen your salvation.
Stichon: A light of revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people, Israel.

Gospel. Luke 18: 10-14 (The Pharisee and the Publican)
The Lord told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, the one a Pharisee and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and began to pray thus within himself: ‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of men, robbers, dishonest, adulterers, or even like this publican. I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all I possess.’ But the publican, standing far off, would not so much as lift up his eyes to heaven, but kept striking his breast, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you; this man went back to his home justified rather than the other; for anyone who exalts himself shall be humbled, and anyone who humbles himself shall be exalted.

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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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