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Bulletin- April 26, 2020. Sunday of the Ointment Bearing Women.

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. April 26, 2020.
Sunday of the Ointment Bearing Women.
In the beginning of his public life, Jesus often went to Galilee where He performed many miracles. A group of holy women followed Him, ministering to Him out of their own resources, and even accompanied Him to the foot of the cross. On the morning of the third day after his death, they came to the tomb, bearing ointments they had prepared to embalm his body. Hence they are called the Ointment-bearing Women. Seven of them are known by name: Mary-Magdalen, Mary, mother of James and wife of Cleophas, Joanna, the wife of Chusa, a steward of Herod Antipas, Salome, the mother of the sons of Zebedee, Suzanna, and Martha and Mary, the sisters of Lazarus.
Two secret disciples of Christ are also commemorated on this day: Nicodemus, a leader of the Pharisees who came to visit Jesus at night and believed in Him, as told in the third chapter of the Gospel of John, and Joseph of Arimathea, a rich and noble citizen of Ramah, or Arimathea. After Christ died, he had the courage to claim his body and to place it in the tomb that had been hewn out of the rock for his own use.

April 26. Commemoration of the Holy Hieromartyr Basil, Bishop of Amasia. Basil was martyred around the year 322.

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.

The Church is available for private prayer and we are carefully practicing social distancing. If you wish to spend some private time with the Lord in Church, go to confession, or receive communion please contact us.

We are using Flocknote to send text messages to our parishioners with updates and upcoming events. The text messages will be identified as coming from Holy Cross Church.

Recent updates on the many ways we can remain connected as a family of faith.
-We are live streaming all our prayers on Facebook and YouTube and they remain posted following the prayers for future use.
Every Thursday from 1:00-2:00 p.m., starting on April 30, we will have an open zoom gathering Father François. The meeting ID is 963 0203 7052. You can join the meeting by following this link: https://zoom.us/j/96302037052
-Every day 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
-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 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.”

2019 Bishop’s Appeal. Thank you to the 24 parishioners who donated $15,400 to the Bishop’s appeal. Our goal was $19,000. The average gift was $641.64. The next appeal will be at the end of 2020.

Friday, April 24.
11:00 a.m. Daily Holy Cross YouTube and Facebook live.

Saturday, April 25.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, April 26.
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. Young Adult Zoom meeting with guest speaker Simone Rizkallah (Endow Groups).
Meeting ID: 977 2146 4218. Password: 927528
Simone Rizkallah, the director of program growth at Endow study groups (endowgroups.org) will be joining the young adults for this Sunday's zoom meeting. We extend an invitation to all the high school seniors to join us. Everyone will enjoy meeting Simone, hear about her journey of faith, and her work with Endow. She focuses alot of her work on Pope John Paul II's writings on the Theology of the Body and in particular the feminine genius. This is her brief bio: culturalgypsy.com/short-biography

Monday, April 27.
11:00 a.m. Daily Holy Cross YouTube and Facebook live.

Tuesday, April 28.
11:00 a.m. Daily Holy Cross YouTube and Facebook live.

Wednesday, April 29.
11:00 a.m. Daily Holy Cross YouTube and Facebook live.

Thursday, April 30.
11:00 a.m. Daily Holy Cross YouTube and Facebook live.
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Open Parish Discussion with Fr. Francois Beyrouti on Zoom. Every Thursday (schedule on zoom until September 10, 2020).
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/96302037052
Meeting ID: 963 0203 7052

Friday, May 1.
11:00 a.m. Daily Holy Cross YouTube and Facebook live.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)
Troparion of the resurrection (Tone 2). When You descended to death, O immortal Life, You destroyed Hades by the splendor of Your divinity. And when You raised the dead from below the earth, all the heavenly powers cried out to you: “O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to You!”
Troparion of the Myrrh-bearers (Tone 2). The angel stood by the tomb and cried out to the Ointment-bearing Women: “Ointments are for the dead, but Christ has proved Himself free from corruption. Cry out, then: “The Lord is risen and has bestowed great mercy upon the world.”
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 6:1-7. Full reading below.
Gospel: Mark 15: 43-16:8. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:
Eyad George Kashou (April 23, 2020), Rima Haddad (April 19, 2020), Mary Alam (April 18, 2020), 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).
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:
“The twelve summoned the body of the disciples and said, "It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. [3] Therefore, brethren, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this duty. [4] But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word" (Acts of the Apostles 6:2-4).

“They were saying to one another, ‘Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?’ [4] And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back; -- it was very large. [5] And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. [6] And he said to them, ‘Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him’ ” (Mark 16:3-6).

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:
-“See Before You Believe.” Sunday, April 19, 2020.
-“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.

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.

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 23. Building fund memorial deposit: $100.
-Thursday April 23. Building fund donation deposit: $2,300.
-Thursday April 23. Easter Sunday donation deposit: $950 in 4 envelopes.
-Thursday April 23. Sunday donation deposit: $760 in 9 envelopes + $20 candles = $780.
-Wednesday April 22. Building fund PayPal Online Giving donation: $600.
-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.

2020 deposits: January: $30,322, February: $18,027, March: $20,790, April: $21,766.
2019 deposits: January: $24,729, February: $20,291, March: $21,132, April: $33,756.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$177.39 Pail April 20, 2020. Republic Services.
$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.

Prokimenon (Tone 2). My strength and my courage is the Lord, and he has been my Savior.
Stichon: The Lord has chastised me through his teaching, yet he has not delivered me to death.

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles (6:1-7).
In those days, as the number of disciples increased; there arose a complaint among the Greeks against the Hebrews, in that their widows were being neglected in the daily service. And so, the twelve summoned the many disciples and said, “It is not good that we give up the word of God and serve at tables. Therefore, brethren, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and of wisdom that we could put to this service, while we devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”
And the plan was pleasing to the whole crowd, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip and Prochorus and Nicanor and Timon and Parmenas and Nicholas, a recent convert from Antioch. These they presented to the apostles, who then prayed and laid their hands upon them. And God’s word was growing, and the number of the disciples increased considerably in Jerusalem; and many of the priests also accepted the faith.

ALLELUIA (Tone 2) The Lord shall hear you on the day of distress; the name of the God of Jacob shall defend you.
Stichon: O Lord, save your king and listen to us on whatever day we call upon you.

The Holy Gospel According to St. Mark the Evangelist (15:43-16:8: Christ’s Burial and Resurrection)
At that time there came Joseph, the one from Arimathea, a councillor of high rank, who was himself looking for the kingdom of God. And he went in boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. But Pilate wondered whether he had expired so soon. And sending for the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that he was, he granted the body to Joseph. And he bought a linen cloth, and took him down, and wrapped him in the linen cloth, and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock. Then he rolled a stone to the entrance of the tomb. But Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Jose were looking on and saw where he was laid. And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, in order to go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb, when the sun had just risen. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll the stone back from the entrance of the tomb for us?” And looking up they saw that the stone had been rolled back—now, it was very large. But on entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting at the right side, clothed in a white robe, and they were amazed. He said to them, “Do not be terrified. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen he is not here. Behold the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he goes before you into Galilee; there you shall see him, as he told you.” And they left and fled from the tomb, for trembling and fear had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

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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.
Pastoral Director: 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: 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.

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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