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Bulletin-March 29, 2020. Fifth Sunday of Lent. Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt.

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin.
Sunday, March 29, 2020. Fifth Sunday of Lent. Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt.

March 29. Commemoration of our Holy Father Mark, Bishop of Amethusa, his deacon Cyril, and their companions who died under Emperor Julian the Apostate in the year 362.

Holy Cross Church is here for you and your family during this difficult time.
Helping Hands: If you are homebound and cannot make it to the grocery store or pharmacy, please contact the church office. We will pick up and deliver any necessities, medications, or anything else you need.
Food assistance: If your family is facing financial difficulty we are able to assist you financially to purchase food or other items.
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.

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church will be recording and posting our prayers on the parish youtube page. To get automatic notifications please subscribe at: YouTube.com/HolyCrossMelkite

You may subscribe to Father François Beyrouti's homilies at: YouTube.com/MelkiteTV

We will be live streaming these prayers on our Facebook Page where you will also find some spiritual reflections and parish updates: Facebook.com/HolyCrossMelkite

Sunday, March 29.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.

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.
5:00 p.m. Triumphal entry Vespers.

Sunday, April 5. Palm Sunday.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.

If you are able to continue financial assistance to your parish you may mail your donation to the Church or donate with your credit card at: holycrossmelkite.org/donate

Gather as a family If you have any questions or requests please contact the office. for daily prayers, watch the live-stream prayers together, and spend time with each other reading the Bible.

If you have any questions or requests please contact the office. We are praying for you every day. 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 to cure every disease and illness. At your command, the sick are 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 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.”

Noah's family was confined in the Ark for 40 days and 40 nights. There were no windows, no balconies, no terrraces, no internet, no phone, no TV, no Youtube, Facebook, or Netflix. They only heard the rain. They spend their time praying, loving each other, and caring for the animals. God took care of them as Noah was a man of faith and obeyed His word. Remember even though there is out there an ocean of viruses and life seems like a stormy ride, Our God is watching over us. Do not be afraid. Be faithful to Him and wait patiently. The rain will stop and a rainbow will shine and all be well again.

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.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)
Troparion of the resurrection (Tone 1). While the stone was sealed by the Jews and soldiers were watching your sacred body, You rose, O Savior, on the third day, giving life to the world. Wherefore, O Giver of life, the powers of heaven cried out: Glory to your resurrection, O Christ. Glory to your kingdom, glory to your Plan of redemption, O You who alone are the Lover of mankind.
Troparion of our Mother Mary of Egypt (Tone 8). In you, O Mother Mary, the faithful image of God shone forth, for you carried your cross and followed Christ. You taught by your deeds how to spurn the body, for it passes away and how to value the soul, for it is immortal. Wherefore your soul is forever in happiness with the angels.
Troparion of the Holy Cross (Tone 2). O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance. Strengthen our Public Authorities in every good deed and protect your nation with your Cross.
Kondakion of the Mother of God (Tone 4). O never failing Protectress of Christians and their ever-present intercessor before the Creator, despise not the petitions of us sinners, but in your goodness extend your help to us who call upon you with confidence. Hasten, O Mother of God, to intercede for us, for you have always protected those who honor you.

Epistle: Hebrews 9:11-14.
Gospel: Mark 10:32-45. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:
Stephen Casmus (March 24, 2020), Claire Andraos Saikaly (March 22, 2020), 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).
The health, safety, and salvation of:
Rowena Angeles, John Bastian, Joseph Bechara, Inaam Bottomley, Carmen Kassouf, Brigette Lao, Salem Madanat, 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:
“For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, [14] how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God” (Hebrews 9:13-14).

“Jesus called them to him and said to them, ‘You know that those who are supposed to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. [43] But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant [44] and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. [45] For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many’ ” (Mark 10:42-45).

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:
-“Is there Peace in Your In-vironment?” March 22, 2020.
-“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.

Your Sunday donation envelopes are mailed to you every two months. These envelopes are dated with your envelope number on the back. Please contact the office if you are not registered or did not receive your envelopes. Thank you.

Do you want to be inspired and learn more about your Catholic Faith? Listen to Relevant, a Catholic Radio station on 930 am. For further information visit their website or call 1-888-887-7120.

Listen to Melkite audio links on our parish website at holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns
We uploaded many Melkite hymns for the Divine Liturgy and other important services. To practice or become more familiar with our beautiful liturgical hymns you can listen or download them by visiting the above link.

Thank you for your ongoing generous donations:
-Friday March 27. Sunday Donation: $175.
-Friday March 27. Charity Account deposit: $260.
-Friday March 27. Funeral-Building fund deposit: $300.
-Friday March 27. Building fund deposit: $2,740.
-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: $18,925.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$131.59 paid March 25, 2020. Sparkletts.
$118.63 paid March 25, 2020. Great American Financial Services.
$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.

Epistle of the 4th Sunday of Lent. Hebrews 6:13-20.
Prokimenon (Tone 8): Make vows to the Lord your God and fulfill them; let all round about bring gifts to the awesome God.
Stichon: God is renowned in Judah; in Israel great is his name.

A Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews 9:11-14.
BRETHREN, when Christ appeared as the high priest of the good things to come (Cf.Lv.16: 14; 19: 4), he entered once for all through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made by hands (that is, not as a part of the present creation), nor again by virtue of blood of goats and calves, but by virtue of his own blood, into the sanctuary, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls and the sprinkled ashes of a heifer sanctify the unclean for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ (Cf. Rv. I: 5), who through the Holy Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God!

ALLELUIA (Tone 8): Come, let us sing joyfully to the Lord; let us acclaim the Rock of our salvation.
Stichon: Let us greet him with thanksgiving; let us joyfully sing psalms to him.

The Holy Gospel According to St. Mark 10:32-45. (The greatest in the Kingdom)
At that time Jesus took the Twelve, and began to tell them what would happen to him, saying, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the Scribes; and they will condemn him to death, and will deliver him to the Gentiles; and they will mock him, and spit upon him and scourge him, and put him to death; and on the third day he will rise again.” And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him, saying, “Master, we want thee to do for us whatever we ask.” But he said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?” And they said, “Grant to us that we may sit, one at thy right hand and the other at thy left hand, in thy glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking for. Can you drink of the cup of which I drink, or be baptized with the baptism with which I am to be baptized?” And they said to him, “We can.” And Jesus said to them “Of the cup that I drink, you shall drink; and with the baptism with which I am to be baptized, you shall be baptized; but as for sitting at my right hand or at my left, that is not mine to give, but it belongs to those for whom it has been prepared.” And when the ten heard this, they were at first indignant at James and John. But Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers among the Gentiles I lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. But it is not so among you. On the contrary, whoever wishes to become great shall be your servant; and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be the slave of all; for the Son of Man also has not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

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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: 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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