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Bulletin- May 3, 2020. Sunday of the Paralytic.

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. May 3, 2020.
Sunday of the Paralytic. Jesus went up to Jerusalem to the pool called in Hebrew Bethsaida. A large multitude of the sick were lying about its five porticos, for from time to time an angle of the Lord came down and stirred the water, and those who approached it with faith were healed. The Lord saw there a man who had been sick for a long time and asked him: “Do you wish to be healed?” He replied: “I have no one to carry me to the pool when the water is stirred. I have wasted my money on physicians, for I have received no help from them.” But Jesus, the Physician of soul and body said to him: “Raise, take up your pallet and walk. Go, proclaim throughout the country my might and the greatness of my mercy.” (From Vespers.)

May 3. Commemoration of the Holy Martyrs Timothy and Maura. Timothy and Maura were husband and wife. They lived in Upper Egypt and they were crucified for their faith.

Holy Cross Church is here for you and your family during this difficult time. If you need any groceries, have any medical needs, or need assistance in any way please contact the office.

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.

Our Weekly Online Prayer and Faith Nourishment Schedule.
Monday-Friday. 11:00-11:20 a.m. Daily Prayers on Facebook live and Youtube live. Visit: YouTube.com/HolyCrossMelkite or Facebook.com/HolyCrossMelkite

Monday and Thursday. 5:00-6:00 p.m. Open to families and all age groups. P.R.A.Y. and Dialogue through the Gospel of St. Luke. Zoom meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86256912606 or call: (669) 900-9128. Meeting ID: 862 5691 2606.

Saturdays. 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer) on Facebook live and Youtube live. Visit: YouTube.com/HolyCrossMelkite or Facebook.com/HolyCrossMelkite

Sundays.
-11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy on Facebook live and Youtube live. Visit: YouTube.com/HolyCrossMelkite or Facebook.com/HolyCrossMelkite
-1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Weekly Children’s Sunday School (Eastern Christian Formation). Your teacher will send you a zoom link or contact the office for details.
-3:00 p.m. Weekly Young Adult Bible Study. Join Zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81998219369 or dial: (669) 900-9128. Meeting ID: 819 9821 9369.

Continue to gather as a family for daily prayers, watch the live-stream prayers together, and spend time with each other reading the Bible.

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.

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).

Holy Cross Church Congratulates the Class of 2020. Please send us (1) your name, (2) from where you graduated, (3) high school or degree earned. We want to acknowledge our graduates and celebrate their achievements and accomplishments.

Thank you for your ongoing generous donations:
-Tuesday April 28. Sunday Giving: $620 in envelopes + $100 Palm Sunday + $200 Easter Sunday + $23 candles = $943.
-Tuesday April 28. Building fund: $1,700 in envelopes + $350 online giving = $2,050.
-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 donations: $1,425 from 10 donors.

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: $36,749.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$177.39 Paid 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.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:
Mary Ayoub (April 29, 2020), 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), Hans Van Nas (April 28, 2017), Nas Van Nas (October 11, 2001).
The health, safety, and salvation of:
Inaam Bottomley, Pat Giacomi, Carmen Kassouf, Father Eugene Mitchell, 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:
“Peter put them all outside and knelt down and prayed; then turning to the body he said, ‘Tabitha, rise.’ And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. [41] And he gave her his hand and lifted her up. Then calling the saints and widows he presented her alive. [42] And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord” (Acts of the Apostles 9:40-42).

“Jesus said to him, ‘Rise, take up your pallet, and walk.’ [9] And at once the man was healed, and he took up his pallet and walked. Now that day was the sabbath” (John 5:8-9).

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 of 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 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 9:32-42. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: John 5:1-15. Full reading below.

Prokimenon (Tone 3): Sing praise to our God, sing praise! Sing praise to our King, sing praise!
Stichon: All you peoples, clap your hands! Shout to God with cries of gladness!

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles (9:32-42).
In those days it came to pass that Peter, while visiting all of them, came to the saints living at Lydda. And he found there a certain man named Aeneas who had been lying in bed for eight years, since he was a paralytic. And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ is healing you: get up and make your bed.” And he got up immediately. And all the inhabitants of Lydda and the plain of Sharon saw him, and they were converted to the Lord.
Now in Joppa there was a certain woman disciple named Tabitha, which translated means Dorcas, and she devoted herself to good works and almsgiving. But it happened at that time that she fell ill and died: and they washed her and laid her in an upper room. And since Lydda is close to Joppa, the disciples, hearing Peter was there, sent two men to him with the request, “Come to us without delay.” “And Peter got up and went with them, and on his arrival, they led him to the upper room, and all the widows stood around him weeping, showing him the gowns and cloaks Dorcas used to make for them. But Peter, putting them all out, knelt down and prayed, and turning to the body, he said, “Tabitha, get up!” And she opened her eyes, saw Peter, and sat up. Then Peter gave her his hand and raised her up, and calling the saints and the widows, he gave her back to them alive. And it became known all over Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.

ALLELUIA (Tone 3): In you, O Lord, I have hoped: let me never be put to shame.
In your justice, save me and deliver me, lend me your ear and hasten my deliverance.
Stichon: Be for me a protecting God, a sheltering house to save me.

The Holy Gospel According to St. John the Evangelist 5:1-15 (Healing of the Paralytic)
At that time Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jerusalem, by the pool of the sheep, a pool called in Hebrew Bethesda, having five porticoes. In these were lying a great multitude of the sick, blind, lame, and those with shriveled limbs, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel of the Lord used to come down at certain times into the pool and the water was stirred. And the first to go down into the pool after the stirring of the water was cured of whatever infirmity he had. Now a certain man was there who had been thirty-eight years under his infirmity. When Jesus “saw him lying there, and knew that he had been in this state a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred; for while I am coming another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your pallet and walk.” And at once the man was cured. And he took up his pallet and began to walk. Now that day was a Sabbath. The Jews therefore said to him who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; you are not allowed to take up the pallet.” He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your pallet and walk’ “They asked him then, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your pallet and walk?’ “But the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had slipped away, since there was a crowd in the place. Afterwards Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “Behold, you are cured. Sin no more, lest something worse happen to you. The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him.

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:
-“How to Have Fearless Faith.” Sunday, April 26, 2020.
-“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.

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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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.
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.

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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