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Bulletin-March 15, 2020. Third Sunday of Lent. Fourth Sunday before Easter. Sunday of the Holy Cross.

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin.
Sunday, March 15, 2020.
Third Sunday of Lent. Fourth Sunday before Easter. Sunday of the Holy Cross.

Every major effort brings pain and fatigue. Discouragement sometimes appears before the work is done. Since now, with the grace of God, we have reached the mid-point of Lent, and lest we be overcome by its burdens, the Church, our compassionate mother, reveals to us the cross to us the Cross of Christ as a source of power and inspiration, as the support of the just and the hope of the sinner. The Cross is planted in the midst of Lent like the Tree of Life in the midst of Paradise, like the Rod of Moses in the midst of the Camp, in the order that anyone looking upon it may find heatly, strength and the courage to pursue the course.

March 15. Commemoration of our Holy Martyrs Agapius and his Seven Companions. Agapius and his seven companions were beheaded on March 24, 304.

Excerpt from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange’s Response to the Coronavirus:
In response to the current crisis surrounding the Coronavirus, we acknowledge fears and urgency to save lives, caution against panic, and call for faith and for calm attentiveness to prudence, public health, and prayer.
We must acknowledge the scientific facts surrounding the spread of the Coronavirus, including the importance of thorough washing of our hands, “social distancing,” and “flattening the curve” by restricting the rate and extent of the spread of the virus. These measures not only protect ourselves, but they protect our neighbors and especially those who are most vulnerable.

At Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church, the time and date for all scheduled Lenten prayers and Sunday Divine Liturgies will remain unchanged.
We request caution on the following points:
-If you have any flu or related symptoms please refrain from coming to Church. Spend your morning in prayer at home.
-We ask everyone to sanitize or wash their hands thoroughly prior to coming into Church.
-Please refrain from shaking hands or embracing during the “kiss of peace.” During this time, Father François will say “Christ is in our midst,” everyone can reply “He is and always will be” and we will immediately begin the creed without any handshakes or greetings to those around you.
-During communion, please stand close to the chalice, tilt your head back, and open wide your mouth. Do not extend your tongue and please don’t rush. Of all the alternative proposed options this is the safest and most appropriate.
-The priest and deacon will sanitize their hands prior to communion and at interval times during communion.
-You are not obliged to receive communion every time you attend the Divine Liturgy. If you prefer, you may approach for a blessing or remain in your seat and recite the prayers of communion even if you are not receiving communion.
-At the end of the Divine Liturgy we will not kiss the cross or icon. Please remain seated for a few minutes of silent prayer and exit the church in silence in order to allow others to pray without interruption.
-Our children’s classes, youth and young adult meetings, and coffee hour will be suspended for two weeks.
-Please also refrain from shaking hands or embracing before or after the Divine Liturgy.
-Let us continue to be both cautious and calm.
-Pray for God’s guidance and protection. “Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages curing every disease and illness. At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love. Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care. Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together. Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.”

Due to specific precautions taken, we will cancel for one Sunday our March 15, 2020 Melkite Eastern Catholic Community Divine Liturgy at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church in Mission Viejo. Upcoming 2020 dates are: April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20, October 18, November 15, December 20.

The Widow’s Mite. Lenten Gift Box. Each year during the Great Fast, the Church encourages us with the example of the “widow’s mite.” We receive a little “mite box” which we take home. This box symbolizes the offerings (alms) we give during lent, together with our increased prayers, fasting, and abstinence.
The bulletin contains a Lenten gift (mite) box. Put it on your dining table or in your icon corner; anywhere you will see it and be inspired to remember the needy. Throughout Lent, place your offerings in the box. Some people try to put in the amount they save by abstaining from certain food. At the end of Great Lent, during Holy week, bring the proceeds of your mite box to the church office. If you are writing a check, please make it payable to “Shepherd’s care associated charities.” All proceeds go directly to charities and distributed through our Melkite Catholic Eparchy of Newton. Additional boxes are available at the entrance of the church office.

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?

On Sunday, March 1, 2020, Deacon Russ & Jody Millspaugh spoke about the “Witness to Love Marriage Preparation & Formation Program” at Holy Cross Church. You can view the homily on our parish youtube page: youtube.com/HolyCrossMelkite

On Sunday March 8, 2020, we had a successful Falafel Luncheon after the Divine Liturgy. Thank you to Raji Sayeh and Raed Sayeh (Kabab Grill Restaurant. 6624 Westminster Blvd, Westminster, CA 92683), for your full donation of items and time to prepare and serve. We raised $1132. Thank you also to everyone who purchased meals and made extra donations.

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 3). Let all in heaven rejoice and all on earth be glade, for the Lord has exerted power with His arm: By death He has trampled upon Death and has become the firstborn from the dead. He has delivered us from the bosom of Hades and has granted to the world great mercy.
Troparion of the Holy Cross (Tone 4). “O Lord save your people and bless your inheritance, granting peace to the world; and protect your community by the power of your Cross.”
Kondakion of the Annunciation (Tone 8). 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 4:14-5:6.
Gospel: Mark 8:34-9:1.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:
Sr. Paule (Toufica) Wehbe (March, 2020), Anne Bernadette Rembisz (March 4, 2020), Michel Absi (March 3, 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), Hani Salman (March 10, 2017).
The health, safety, and salvation of:
Salem Madanat, Rowena Angeles, John Bastian, Inaam Bottomley, Carmen Kassouf, Brigette Lao, Conchita McElrafth, Violette Saghbini, Marie Semaan, Florence Shaib, Father Saba Shofany, Tom Tomey.
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:
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. [15] For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. [16] Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:14-16).

“Jesus called to him the multitude with his disciples, and said to them, ‘If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. [35] For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. [36] For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? [37] For what can a man give in return for his life?’ ” (Mark 8:34-37).

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:
-“Confession, Not Just to God.” March 08, 2020.
-“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 09, 2020.
-“Tea Time with God.” February 02, 2020.

Isaiah House Women’s Shelter Volunteer Opportunity. Canceled: 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: 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 Epistle, Saint Paul explains how Christ is the perfect High Priest. He is chosen by God, precisely because He is close to both the Father and to human beings, being sensitive to and understanding both. Men who are called by God to the ministerial priesthood must also have that closeness to God and people. Please pray that God will call many to the priesthood, who will be willing to take up the cross to serve, direct, and encourage the royal priesthood of the faithful.

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:
California Summer Program 2019 Recap: youtu.be/JR15Xql8mL4

Thank you for your ongoing generous donations:
- Thursday March 12. Falafel Luncheon deposit: $1,132.
- Thursday March 12. House Blessings. Building fund deposit: $3,295.
-Thursday March 12. Building fund deposit: $3,730.
-Thursday March 12. Charity fund deposit: $100.
-Sunday March 8. Divine Liturgy collection: $940 in 28 envelopes (average $34 per envelope) + $263 loose plate + $76 candles = $1,279.
-Wednesday March 4. Building fund red envelopes deposit: $1,883.
-Wednesday March 4. House Blessings. Building fund deposit: $1,590.
-Sunday March 1. Divine Liturgy collection: 1,065 in 23 envelopes (average $46 per envelope) + $362 loose plate + $179 candles = $1,606.

Total deposits in the past four months: December: $116,145, January: $30,322, February: $18,027, March: $14,615.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$94.30 paid March 12, 2020. SoCal Gas.
$62.94 paid March 11, 2020. SoCal Gas.
$177.39 paid March 06, 2020. Republic Trash Services.
$359 paid March 6, 2020. Servant Keeper parish database computer program.
$58.64 paid March 04, 2020. SoCal Edison.
$528.69 paid March 03, 2020. Golden State Water Company.
$118.63 paid March 01, 2020. Great America Financial Services.
$177.39 paid February 20, 2020. Republic Trash Services.
$366.63 paid February 10, 2020. SoCal Edison.

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.

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

Wednesday, March 18.
7:00 p.m. Pre-Sanctified Liturgy.

Friday, March 20.
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.
7:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Annunciation.

Friday, March 27.
7:00 p.m. Final Akathist Hymn.

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

Sunday, March 29. Second Collection today for the Holy Land.
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.

Monday, March 30.
7:00 p.m. Great Compline.

Wednesday, April 1.
7:00 p.m. Pre-Sanctified Liturgy.

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.

Monday, April 6.
Great and Holy Monday.
6:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Confession (In the Church).
7:00 p.m. Bridegroom Service (In the Church).

Tuesday, April 7.
Great and Holy Tuesday.
6:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Confession (In the Church).
7:00 p.m. Bridegroom Service (In the Church).

Wednesday, April 8.
Great and Holy Wednesday.
6:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Confession (In the Church).
7:00 p.m. Mystery of Holy Anointing (In the Church).

Thursday, April 9.
Great and Holy Thursday.
11:00 a.m. The Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great. Institution of the Holy Eucharist (In the Church).
7:00 p.m. Washing of the Feet, Passion Gospels, and Crucifixion Service (In the Church).

Friday, April 10.
Good Friday.
11:00 a.m. Royal Hours, Descent from the Cross, and Burial of Christ (In the Church).

7:00 p.m. Service of Lamentations (Funeral of Christ / Genaz Al-Maseeh) (In the large covered tent).

Saturday, April 11.
Great and Holy Saturday.
11:00 a.m. Blessing of the New Light, Vespers, and Discovery of the Empty Tomb. The Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great (In the Church).

10:00 p.m. Hajmeh, Resurrection Matins, and Divine Liturgy. Following the Divine Liturgy, we will bless the bread and eggs.

Sunday, April 12.
Holy Resurrection/ Pascha / Easter Sunday.
Great and Holy Pascha / Easter Sunday. The Feast of The Resurrection of Christ. Christ is Risen. Al-Maseeh Qaam.
9:55 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy of the Holy Resurrection (In The Church). Christ is Risen. Al-Maseeh Qaam.
No ECF/Sunday School, Youth, or Young Adult Ministry meeting.

Epistle of the 3rd Sunday of Lent. Hebrews 4:14-5:6
Prokimenon (Tone 6): O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance!
Stichon: To you, O Lord, I have called: O my Rock, be not deaf to me!

Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the church office.
Brethren, since we have a great high priest who has passed into the heavens, let us hold fast out profession of faith. For we have not a high priest unable to pity our weaknesses, but one tried as we are in all things, save sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. For every high priest taken from among men is appointed for men in matters pertaining to God, so that he may offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to have compassion on the ignorant and erring, because he himself also is beset with weakness, and therefore must make offerings for sin in his own behalf as in behalf of the people. And no one invests himself with this honor: only one who is called by God takes it, as Aaron was. So also, Christ did not glorify himself with the high priesthood, but glorified the One who had spoken to him, “You are my son, I this day have begotten you (Ps. 2:7). “As he says also in another place, “You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchisedek (Ps. 109:4).”

Alleluia (Tone 6): Remember your congregation which you have acquired from the beginning: you redeemed the scepter of your inheritance.
Stichon: God is our King forever: he brought about salvation in the midst of the earth

Gospel of the 3rd Sunday of Lent. Mark 8: 34-9:1 (Taking up the daily cross).
The Lord said: “If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me. For anyone who would save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake and for the sake of Good News will save it. For what does it profit a man, if he gains the whole world, but suffers the loss of his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes with the holy angels in the glory of his Father.” And he said to them, “Amen I say to you, there are some of those standing here who will not taste death, till they have seen the kingdom of God coming in power.”

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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church.
451 West Madison Avenue, Placentia, CA 92870-4537
Telephone: (714) 985-1710.
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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.

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.

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.

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.


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