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Bulletin-March 08, 2020. Second Sunday of Lent. Sunday of the Holy Relics and Saint Gregory Palamas.

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin.
Sunday, March 8, 2020.
Second Sunday of Lent. Fifth Sunday before Easter. Sunday of the Holy Relics and Saint Gregory Palamas.
The commemoration of Saint Gregory Palamas, Bishop of Thessalonica, who died in 1359, is held on the second Sunday of Lent.
In the year 1843, Patriarch Maximos III Mazloum of Antioch prescribed that the relics of saints be venerated on this day. Such relics are to be venerated, not as objects having an intrinsic value, but as representative of the persons from whom they originated. Patriarch Maximos himself composed a beautiful Office for this feast.

March 8. Commemoration of our Holy Father Theophilactus, Confessor, Metropolitan of Nicodemia. Theophilactus was sent into exile in the year 815 by Emperor Leo the Armenian during the Iconoclastic persecution. He died in 845.

Fasting and Abstinence Guidelines. There are a variety of traditions regarding the forty day period of the Great Fast. A distinction needs to be made between fasting and abstinence. Fasting means not eating anything for a period of time. Abstinence is when certain foods are not eaten. The traditional Fast in the Melkite Catholic Church consists of the following:
(1) From Monday-Friday: A fast consisting of no food or drink from midnight until noon. The older and stricter discipline consists of no food or drink until after the evening service.
(2) Everyday: No meat, no fish with spines, or dairy until Easter Sunday. Shell fish are permitted as these were considered easier to catch and took less time to cook.
(3) Fish and wine are permitted on March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation (Eed-Al-Bishara), and on Palm Sunday.
These traditions developed to encourage the faithful to simplify their life, eat less expensive food, and spend less time cooking. When this is done, the time saved can be used to pray more and to spend more time reading the Bible. As well, the extra money saved can be put towards charitable purposes. Most important, this should be a time of self-reflection, repentance, forgiveness, humility, virtue, acts of charity, and an increased sense of a total dependence on God.

On Fasting by St. John Chrysostom. The value of fasting consists not in abstinence only from food, but in a renouncing of sinful practices. Do you fast? Give me proof of it by your works. If you see a poor man, take pity on him! If you see a friend being honored, do not envy him. Do not let only your mouth fast, but also the eye and the ear and the feet and the hands and all members of your bodies. Let the hands fast, by being free from greed. Let the feet fast, by ceasing to run after sin. Let the eyes fast, by observing modesty and disciplining them not to glare at that which is sinful. For it would be an instance of the highest ridiculousness to abstain from meats and unlawful food because of the fast, but with the eyes to feed on what is forbidden. Let the ear fast, by not listening to evil talk and gossip. Let the mouth fast from foul words and unjust criticism. For what good is it if we abstain from birds and fish, and yet bite and devour our brothers?

“Witness to Love Marriage Preparation & Formation Program.”
Deacon Russ & Jody Millspaugh. March 1, 2020.
You may watch Deacon Russ’ homily at: https://youtu.be/0H2hFilUDJg

Sunday March 8, 2020. Falafel Luncheon after the Divine Liturgy. Donated by Raji Sayeh and Raed Sayeh. Kabab Grill Restaurant (6624 Westminster Blvd, Westminster, CA 92683). $10 per plate.

Bookshelves needed. We are looking for bookshelves for our library and classrooms. If anyone has any bookshelves they no longer need please contact the office. Thank you very much.

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

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 the Holy Cross (Tone 4). O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance. Strengthen our Public Authorities in every good deed and protect your nation with your Cross.
Troparion of the Holy Relics (Tone 2). Victorious witnesses of the Lord, blessed is the earth that received your blood, and holy are the heavenly places that opened to your souls. You have vanquished the enemy in battle and proclaimed Christ with courage. We beg you to intercede with Him who is all good, that He may save our souls.
Troparion of our Holy Father Gregory Palamas (Tone 8). O Gregory the Wonderworker, light of Orthodoxy, support and teacher of the Church, glory of monks and invincible protector of theologians, pride of Thessaloniki and preacher of grace: Pray without ceasing for the salvation of us all.
Kondakion of Annunciation (Tone 9). Triumphant leader to you belongs our prize of victory! And since you saved us from adversity we offer you our thanks. We are your people O mother of God! So as you have that invincible power, continue to deliver us from danger that we may cry out to you Hail, O Virgin and bride ever pure.

Epistle: Hebrews 1:10-2:4.
Gospel: Mark 2:1-12.

 

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:
Anne Bernadette Rembisz (March 4, 2020), Bassem Fouad Sidhom (March 2, 2020), Anise Eramya (February 29, 2020), Mufid Kashou (February 26, 2020), John Makhlouf (February 17, 2020), Joseph Dagher (January 10, 2020), Marie (Flood) Hajjar (February 12, 2020), Gracie Sebastian (February 2020), Faddiyah Tashman Abbaway (January 29, 2020), Vincenzo Gambino (January 27, 2020), Gus Christopoulos (March 6, 2019), Issa Ibrahim Eid (March 2, 2019), Nada Nesheiwat (March 2, 2019), Janet Abukhader (March 4, 1998).
The health, safety, and salvation of:
Rowena Angeles, John Bastian, Inaam Bottomley, Carmen Kassouf, Brigette Lao, Conchita McElrafth, Violette Saghbini, Marie Semaan, Florence Shaib, Father Saba Shofany, Tom Tomey.
All the intentions of the Kilzi family.
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:
“ ‘You, Lord, did found the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of Your hands; [11] they will perish, but You remain; they will all grow old like a garment, [12] like a mantle You will roll them up, and they will be changed. But You are the same, and Your years will never end’” (Hebrews 1:10-12).

“‘That you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins’ – Jesus said to the paralytic -- [11] ‘I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home.’ [12] And he rose, and immediately took up the pallet and went out before them all; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, ‘We never saw anything like this!’ ” (Mark 2:10-12).

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.

Holy Cross Youth meet every Sunday following the Divine Liturgy for spiritual discussions and Bible studies. Feel free to bring your friends. We are currently reading and discussing Matthew Kelly’s “Rediscover the Saints.” To sign up for the daily videos or watch previous ones visit: dynamiccatholic.com

Holy Cross Young Adults Ministry. We meet every Sunday following the Divine Liturgy for spiritual discussions and Bible studies. Feel free to bring your friends. We are currently reading and discussing the Books of the Bible.

Our Lady’s Society held elections on Monday February 17, 2020. Congratulations to Iman Lutfi (President), Therese Awad (Vice President) and the following board members: Mary Sweiss, Majida Salman, Ikbal Choueiri, Josephine Saullo, and Nabiha Estephan.

In-home services needed. If you are interested or know of someone who might be able to provide in-home services daily from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. please contact the office.

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 Saved?” February 23, 2020.
-“Lentil Soup Recipe to Get to Heaven.” February 16, 2020.
-“Celebrate When God Finds Us and We Find God.” February 9, 2020.
-“Tea Time with God.” February 2, 2020.
-“The Truth: Why bother?” January 26, 2020.

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 March 15, 2020, at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
2020 dates: 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).

Isaiah House Women’s Shelter Volunteer Opportunity. Sunday, March 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: 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 Awareness. In today’s Divine Liturgy the readings speak of the need for turning toward God and for coming together as a community to grow in our Christian life. The Gospel suggests practical tools to do so. The service of Forgiveness Vespers on Monday evening unites us to begin our Lenten efforts as a united family. More priests are needed as shepherds in our parishes to facilitate this growth. Have you noticed any potential candidates for that ministry in your parish? Will you encourage them by prayer and suggestion?

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.

Thomas Aquinas College Summer High School Program for those going into their senior year. Full scholarship available. Sunday, July 12 to Saturday, July 25, 2020 at the Santa Paula campus, 70 miles north of Los Angeles. A full scholarship is available to any Holy Cross parishioner going into their senior High School year. This $975 scholarship covers tuition, housing, meals, books, and organized off campus activities.
The pursuit of wisdom begins with wonder — wonder about the causes and principles of man and nature, and wonder about God, who is the first cause and principle of all things. For two weeks, students from around the country and abroad will delight in spirited conversation, engaging firsthand some of the best works of the past 2,500 years. They will read and discuss texts selected from the masters of the Western intellectual tradition. The program will be centered around the College’s unique Great Books program of Catholic education. The High School Summer Program is a time for forging new friendships, for enjoying the give and take of rational argument, and for pursuing the truth, which civilizes, ennobles, and liberates.
Classes are conducted, like all classes at Thomas Aquinas College, using the Discussion Method, guided by members of the teaching faculty. Class size is limited to 17 students in order to allow each student the opportunity to contribute to the discussions. The location is ideal for recreation of all sorts. In addition to daily sports, occasional movies, and hiking, the program includes excursions to local attractions. Students will visit the Getty Museum, take in a concert at the Hollywood Bowl, and head to Santa Barbara for volleyball on the beach and an exploration of the historic city.
Thomas Aquinas College is genuinely Catholic and has a rich sacramental life. During the Summer Program, Mass will be offered daily and a chaplain will be available on campus at all times. For further information contact Holy Cross Church and review these links:
thomasaquinas.edu/admission/high-school-summer-program
California Summer Program 2019 Recap: youtu.be/JR15Xql8mL4

Thank you for your ongoing generous donations:
-Wednesday March 4. Building Fund red envelopes: $1,883.
-Sunday March 1. Divine Liturgy collection: 1,065 in 23 envelopes (average $46 envelope) + $362 loose plate + $179 candles = $1,606.
-Saturday February 29. Arabic Divine Liturgy collection: $455 in 7 envelopes (average $61 per envelope) + $357 loose plate = $812.
-Wednesday February 26. House Blessings. Building fund deposit: $100.
-Wednesday February 26. Building fund deposit: $900.
-Wednesday February 26. Funeral donations deposit: $1050.
-Sunday February 23. Memorial donation: $300.
-Sunday February 23 collection: $1,440 in 32 envelopes (average $45 per envelope) + $510 loose plate + $151 candles = $2,101.

Total deposits in the past four months: October: $33,026, November: $20,315, December: $116,145, January: $30,322, February: $18,027, March: $3,489.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$177.39 paid February 20, 2020. Republic Trash Services.
$366.63 paid February 10, 2020. SoCal Edison.
$89.55 paid February 07, 2020. SoCal Gas.
$68.95 paid February 06, 2020. Golden State Water Company.
$64.17 paid February 06, 2020. SoCal Gas.
$177.39 paid January 22, 2020. Republic Trash Services.
$120.44 paid January 13, 2020. American Sanitary Supply Inc.

Calendar:
Friday, March 6.
1:30-5:00 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.

Monday, March 9.
7:00 p.m. Great Compline.

Wednesday, March 11.
7:00 p.m. Pre-Sanctified Liturgy.

Friday, March 13.
7:00 p.m. Akathist Hymn.

Saturday, March 14.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, March 15.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. House blessings.

5:45 p.m. Music practice in the hall.
6:30 p.m. Divine Liturgy. The Melkite Eastern Catholic Community at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691.

Monday, March 16.
7:00 p.m. Great Compline

Wednesday, March 18.
2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m. Pre-Sanctified Liturgy.

Thursday, March 19.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Friday, March 20.
2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m. Akathist Hymn.

Saturday, March 21.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, March 22.
7:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Holy Cross Church in collaboration with St. Martin de Porres Roman Catholic Church Skid Row ministry. Food, hygiene kits, and blanket distribution to men women and children living on the streets of downtown L.A. Please contact Holy Cross Church if you are able to attend.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
3:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. House blessings.

Monday, March 23.
7:00 p.m. Great Compline.

Wednesday, March 25.
2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Annunciation.

Thursday, March 26.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Friday, March 27.
2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m. Final Akathist Hymn.

Saturday, March 28.
5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic.

Sunday, March 29.
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, March 30.
7:00 p.m. Great Compline.

Wednesday, April 1.
2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m. Pre-Sanctified Liturgy.

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

Friday, April 3.
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Saturday, April 4.
Lazarus Saturday.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.

4:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Confession (In the Church).
5:00 p.m. Triumphal Entry Vespers (In the Church).

Sunday, April 5.
Palm Sunday.
9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy, Blessing of Palms and Procession.

Epistle of the 2nd Sunday of Lent. Hebrews 1:10-2:4
Prokimenon (Tone 5): You, O Lord, will keep us and preserve us always from this generation.
Stichon: Save me, O Lord, for there is no longer any holy man, for truthfulness has vanished from among the children of men.

Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews. Epistle Reader: Emily Haddadin.
You in the beginning, O Lord, did found the earth, and the heavens are works of your hands. They shall perish, but you shall continue; and they shall all grow old as does a garment, and as clothing shall you change them, and they shall be changed. But you are the same, and your years shall not fail (Ps. 101: 26-28). Now, to which of the angels has he ever said, “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies the footstool at your feet” (Ps. 109: 1)? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent for service, for the sake of those who shall inherit salvation? That is why we should all the more earnestly observe the things we have heard, lest perhaps we drift away. For if the word spoken by angels proved to be valid, and every transgression and disobedience received a just punishment, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? For it was first announced by the Lord and was confirmed to us by those who heard it.

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.

Gospel of the 2nd Sunday of Lent, Mark 2:1-12 (Healing of the Paralytic).
At that time Jesus entered Caparnaum, and it was reported that he was at home. And immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room, not even around the door. And he spoke the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four. And since they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where he was, and, having made an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic was lying. And Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the Paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.” Now some of the Scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, “Why does this man blaspheme in this way? Who can forgive sins, beside God?” And at once Jesus, knowing in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, said to them, “Why are you arguing these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, and take up your pallet, and walk’? But that you may know the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins” ― he said to the paralytic ― “I say to you, arise, take up your pallet, and go to your house,” And immediately he arose and, taking up his pallet, went forth in the sight of all, so that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, “Never did we see anything like this!”

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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: 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: 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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