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Bulletin-March 22, 2020. Sunday of our Father, Saint John Climacos.

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin.
Sunday, March 22, 2020. Sunday of our Father, Saint John Climacos.

March 22. Commemoration of the Holy Hieromartyr Basil, priest of the Church of Ancyra. Basil was martyred in the year 363 under Emperor Julian the Apostate.

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Holy Cross Church is here for our Parishioners in time of Coronavirus:
Helping Hands: If you are homebound and cannot make it to the grocery store or pharmacy due to health reasons, please contact the church office. We will pick up and deliver andy necessicities, medications, or anything else that you need.
Health Concerns: If you have any questions regarding your health or are concerned about symptoms you or a family member might be exhibiting, health care professionals in our parish are available to assist and answer your questions.

If you are able to continue with your financial assistance to our parish you may mail your donations or donate with your credit card at holycrossmelkite.org/donate

If you have any questions or requests please contact the office. Keep in mind Psalm 23:4. “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for You are with me.”

Continue to 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.”

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. 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

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 24 families have donated $15,300 of our $19,000 goal (we are still $3700 short). 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 8). You descended from on high O compassionate One; and consented to burial for three days that You might free us form suffering. O Lord, our life and our resurrection, glory to You!
Troparion of St. John Climacus (Tone 8). Your abundant tears made the wilderness to sprout and bloom, and your deep sighs of love made your labors fruitful a hundredfold; you became a shining star showering miracles upon the world. Holy Father John, pray to Christ God that He may save our souls.
Troparion of the Holy Cross (Tone 2). 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 6: 13- 20. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Mark 9:17-31. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:
Jeanne d’Arc Nassar (March 10, 2020), Maroon Karam (March 10, 2020), Sr. Paule (Toufica) Wehbe (February 24, 2020), Anne Bernadette Rembisz (March 4, 2020), Michel Absi (March 3, 2020), Bassem Fouad Sidhom (March 2, 2020), Anise Eramya (February 29, 2020), Niko Albanis (February 27, 2020), Mufid Kashou (February 26, 2020), John Makhlouf (February 17, 2020), Joseph Dagher (January 10, 2020), Marie (Flood) Hajjar (February 12, 2020), Edmond Goubran (March 19, 2018), Ibrahim Doura (August 8, 2012), Wadih Nassar (November 27, 2008).
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:
“When God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, [14] saying, ‘Surely I will bless you and multiply you.’ [15] And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise” (Hebrews 6:13-15).

“Jesus took the boy with a mute spirit by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. [28] And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, ‘Why could we not cast it out?’ [29] And Jesus said to them, ‘This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting’” (Mark 9:27-29).

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:
-“Spiritual Control of the Corona Virus.” March 15, 2020.
-“Confession, Not Just to God.” March 08, 2020.
-“Are you Saved?” February 23, 2020.
-“Lentil Soup Recipe to Get to Heaven.” February 16, 2020.

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 we see Christ as our High Priest who went before us to save us and set us free. In the Gospel, Christ had to intervene to free a possessed boy, whom His followers were not able to help. He then taught them the importance of fasting and prayer. Priests and those dedicated to the Monastic life help guide the community in a life of fasting and prayer. Is God calling you to the Priesthood or the Monastic life? Pray for your vocation and an increase of responses to God’s call.

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:
-Friday March 20. Building fund deposit: $2,600.
-Friday March 20. Memorial - Building fund deposit: $600.
-Sunday March 15. Divine Liturgy colletion: $339 in 6 envelopes (average $56 per envelope) + $19 loose plate + $52 candles = $410.
- 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: $18,225.

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.

Calendar:
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.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.

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

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


Epistle of the 4th Sunday of Lent, Hebrews 6:13- 20
Prokimenon (Tone 7): The Lord will give strength to his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.
Stichon: Give to the Lord. You sons of God, give to the Lord glory and praise.

Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews.
Brethren, when God made his promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater to swear by, he swore by himself, saying, “I will surely bless you, and will surely multiply you Gn.22 : 14).” And so, after patient waiting, Abraham obtained the promise. For men swear by one greater than themselves, and an oath given as a guarantee is the final settlement of all their disagreements. Hence God, meaning to show more abundantly to the heirs of the promise the firmness of his will interposed an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to deceive, we may have the strongest comfort ― we who have sought refuge in holding fast the hope set before us. This hope we have as a sure and firm anchor of the soul, reaching even behind the veil where our forerunner Jesus has entered for us, as he became a high priest forever according to the order of Melchisedek.

Alleluia (Tone 7): It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High!
Stichon: To proclaim your kindness at dawn and your faithfulness throughout the night.

Gospel of the 4th Sunday of Lent, Mark 9:17-31 (Healing of a possessed boy)
At that time one of the crowd came to Jesus and bowed to him saying: “Master, I have brought to you my son, who has a dumb spirit; and whenever it seizes him it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth; and he is wasting away. And I told your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.” And he, answering him, said, “O unbelieving generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him to me.” And they brought him to him; and the spirit, when it saw Jesus, immediately threw the boy in convulsions, and he fell down on the ground and rolled about foaming at the mouth. So he asked his father, “How long is it since this has come upon him?” And he said, “From his infancy. Oftentimes, it has thrown him into the fire and into the waters to destroy him. But if you can do anything have compassion on us and help us.” But Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to the man of faith.” At once the father of the boy cried out and said with tears, “I do believe; help my unbelief.” Now when Jesus saw that a crowd was rapidly gathering, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, go out of him and enter him no more.” And crying out and violently convulsing him, it went out of him, and he became like one dead, so that many said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand, and raised him and he stood up. And when he had come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” And he said to them, “This kind can be cast out in no way except by prayer and fasting.” And leaving that place, they were passing through Galilee, and he did not wish anyone to know it. For he was teaching his disciples, and saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and having been killed, he will rise again on the third day.”

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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.

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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