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Bulletin- April 19, 2020. New Sunday. Sunday of Saint Thomas the Apostle.

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. April 19, 2020.
New Sunday. Sunday of Saint Thomas the Apostle.
On this day, the Church celebrates the confirmation of the resurrection of Christ. The doubt of Thomas changed into a profession of faith. His audacity is stressed together with the infinite kindness of Christ who gave him the most striking proofs. The spiritual closeness of John is commemorated together with the physical closeness of Thomas.
Saint John writes in his Gospel: “Jesus said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing.’ Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe’ ” (John 20:29-31).

April 19. Commemoration of the Holy Hieromartyr Paphnutius and of our Holy Father John the Hermit. John lived in the monastery of St. Chariton where he died in the beginning of the ninth century.

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.

If you wish to spend some private time with the Lord in Church, please contact the church office for hours. If you would like to receive communion please contact the office. The Church is available for private prayer and we are carefully practicing social distancing.

We have some updates on the many ways to help all of us remain connected as a family of faith by bringing the Divine Liturgy and prayers to your home.
-We have invested in some equipment to turn our video camera in church into a webcam so you can view all the prayers and the Divine Liturgy.
-We are live streaming all our prayers on Facebook and YouTube and they remain posted following the prayers for future use.
-Every day next week at 11 a.m., you can join Father François and Carol for 15 minutes of prayer on Facebook live and YouTube live.
-Our Facebook Page is: Facebook.com/HolyCrossMelkite
-To get automatic notifications to our parish’s YouTube page please subscribe at: YouTube.com/HolyCrossMelkite
-You may subscribe to Father François Beyrouti's homilies at: YouTube.com/MelkiteTV
-Holy Cross Church currently has 1,482 followers on Facebook. Please invite your family and friends who are seeking the Lord to “like” our Facebook page and “share” in order to spread the good news of salvation. Below is a strong indication of how many have viewed our prayers.
Sunday, April 5, 11 a.m. Palm Sunday Divine Liturgy. 3,300 views. 126 people reacted.
Monday, April 6, 7 p.m. 1,300 views. 65 people reacted.
Tuesday, April 7, 7 p.m. 886 views, 66 people reacted.
Wednesday, April 8, 7 p.m. 1,300 views. 67 people reacted.
Thursday, April 9, 11 a.m. 1,500 views. 60 people reacted.
Thursday, April 9, 7 p.m. 1,800 views. 102 people reacted.
Friday, April 10, 7 p.m. 2,900 views. 115 people reacted.
Saturday, April 11, 11 a.m. Divine Liturgy. 381 views. 22 people reacted.
Saturday, April 11, 10 p.m. Hajmeh, Orthros, and Divine Liturgy. 2,100 views. 98 people reacted.
-Online Meetings. We subscribed to a Zoom account and have begun meetings for our Youth, Young adults, and Parish Leadership Team (PLT). We will also be having meetings for other groups in the Church.

Online Giving. Thank you to everyone who has made donations online or mailed their donations. As you can imagine donations are down significantly from previous years, while most of our day to day expenses remain the same. For full details see the expense and income section below. 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 via PayPal at: holycrossmelkite.org/donate.
We did extensive research on the different online giving options and in addition to PayPal, we found that Vanco offers an outstanding custom tailored online service. It provides the ease of a one time set up of your account with the amount you wish to donate, the option of weekly, biweekly, or monthly giving, and the flexibility to make changes at any time. When you click on the Vanco icon on our website at holycrossmelkite.org/donate, it will lead you through the process. If you have any questions, please contact the church office.
Thank you for your great generosity and ongoing support for your Church. Saint Paul reminds us: “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:6-8).

Continue to gather as a family 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.”

A family in our Church is making face masks. If you need a limited amount of masks or are able to donate any of these items please contact the office.
-Cotton fabric. If you are able to cut the fabric into 9x7 rectangles that would be ideal. If you can’t whatever size you have is ok.
-1/4” elastic bands.
-Bobbins for a Brother sewing machine .
-Please wash the fabric and dry on the highest heat.
-In addition to cotton fabrics the following materials are effective against 1-micron particles: dish towel (83%), cotton blend (74%) or 100% cotton (69%) t-shirt or clothing, antimicrobial pillowcase (65%), scarf (62%), pillowcase (62%), linen (60%), silk (58%).
-Bedsheets and table cloths are not good for masks.

Calendar:
Saturday, April 18.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, April 19.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
John 20:26-29. “Eight days later, Jesus’s disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ [27] Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing.’ [28] Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ [29] Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.’ ”

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)
Troparion of St. Thomas (Tone 7) (Three Times). While the tomb was sealed You shone forth from it, O Christ our Life, and while the doors remained closed, You stood among your Disciples, O Resurrection of all, and through them You restored a new spirit in us according to your great Mercy.
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 Pascha (Tone 8). Though You went down in the tomb, O immortal One, You overthrew the power of Hades and rose victorious, O Christ God. You greeted the ointment bearing women, saying “Rejoice!” You gave peace to Your apostles, and to those who had Fallen resurrection.

Epistle: Acts of the Apostles 5:12-20. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: John 20:19-31. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:
Andy and Jinan Ajlouni (April 6, 2020), Fr. Federico Büttner (April 4, 2020), Joseph Saikali (April 4, 2020), Samir Chafic Jarawan (March 31, 2020), Bernardo Navarro Leyes (March 28, 2020), Fr. Stephen Casmus (March 24, 2020), Morched Ibrahim (March 23, 2020), Claire Andraos Saikaly (March 22, 2020), Iman Farah (March 21, 2020), Jeanne d’Arc Nassar (March 10, 2020), Maroon Karam (March 10, 2020), Issa Salem & Nada Nesheiwat, Salem Nesheiwat, Zanha Nesheiwat, Marie Mikhail (2013), Marie Fattouch (2008), Antoine Fattouch (December 30, 2006), Michel Mikhael (April 8, 1997), Kamal Zaki (April 19, 1970).
The health, safety, and salvation of:
Inaam Bottomley, Pat Giacomi, Carmen Kassouf, Violette Saghbini, Marie Semaan, Florence Shaib, Father Saba Shofany, Tom Tomey.
For all those suffering from the Coronavirus and their families.
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:
“More than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women, [15] so that they even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and pallets, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them” (Acts of the Apostles 5:14-15).

“On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ [20] When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. [21] Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you’ ” (John 20:19-21).

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:
-“Don’t Be So Spiritual.” Sunday, April 12, 2020.
-“Do You Have Values?” April 5, 2020.
-“Are You Still Alive?” March 29, 2020.
-“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.

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.

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

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.

Thank you for your ongoing generous donations:
-Thursday April 16. Online Giving donation: $1,425 from 10 donors.
-Tuesday April 14. Palm Sunday donation deposit: $800 in 6 envelopes.
-Tuesday April 14. Good Friday donation deposit: $4,455 in 27 envelopes.
-Tuesday April 14. Easter Sunday donation deposit: $1,220 in 9 envelopes.
-Tuesday April 14. Candles donation deposit: $97.
-Tuesday April 14. Building fund deposit: $3,600 in 5 envelopes.
-Tuesday April 14. Memorial donation deposit: $250 in 3 envelopes.
-Friday April 10. Charity account deposit: $100.
-Monday April 6. Online Giving: $2,119.
-Monday April 6. Palm Sunday donation: $2,065.
-Monday April 6. Building fund deposit: $730.
-Thursday April 2. Palm Sunday donation: $175.

2020 deposits: January: $30,322, February: $18,027, March: $20,790, April: $17,036.
2019 deposits: January: $24,729, February: $20,291, March: $21,132, April: $33,756.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$118.63 Paid April 17, 2020. Great America Financial Services.
$33.31 paid April 17, 2020. SoCal Edison.
$182.24 paid April 17, 2020. Our Sunday Visitor (Donation envelopes mailer).
$49.02 paid April 10, 2020. SoCal Gas.
$131.59 paid March 25, 2020. Sparkletts.
$118.63 paid March 25, 2020. Photocopier lease (Great American Financial Services).
$94.30 paid March 12, 2020. SoCal Gas.
$62.94 paid March 11, 2020. SoCal Gas.

Prokimenon (Tone 3). Great is our Lord, and great is his power, and to his wisdom there is no limit.
Stichon: Praise the Lord, for he is good, for his mercy endures forever.

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles (5:12-20).
In those days by the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among
the people (and with one accord, they all would meet in Solomon’s portico; but of the rest, no one dared to associate with them, yet the people made much of them. And the multitude of men and women who believed in the Lord continued to increase), so that they carried the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and pallets, in order that, as Peter went by, at least his shadow would fall upon some of them. And crowds also came to Jerusalem from neighboring towns, and they brought the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits — and all of them were healed. But the High Priest rose up, and all his supporters (that is, the members of the Sadducean sect), and being filled with hatred, they laid their hands upon the apostles and threw them into the public jail. But during the night, an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the prison, and led them out, saying: “Go, and standing in the temple, speak to the people all the words of this life.”

ALLELUIA (Tone 8)
Come, let us rejoice in the Lord, let us sing gladly to God our Savior!
Stichon: For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

Gospel of Pascha According to St. John (20:19-31: Skeptic Thomas)
When it was late, that same day, the first of the week, though the doors where the disciples gathered had been closed for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst and said to them, “Peace be to you!” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples therefore rejoiced at the sight of the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be to you! As the Father has sent me, I also send you.” When he had said this, he breathed upon them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit; whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.” Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into his side I will not believe.” And after eight days, his disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being closed, and stood in their midst, and said, “Peace be to you!” Then he said to Thomas. “Bring here your finger, and see my hands; and bring here your hand, and put it into my side; and be not unbelieving, but believing.” Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen me, Thomas, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen, and yet have believed.” Many other signs also Jesus worked in the sight of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.

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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: 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: 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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