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Bulletin- May 10, 2020. Sunday of The Samaritan Woman.

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. May 10, 2020.
Sunday of The Samaritan Woman.

May 10. Commemoration of the Holy Apostle Simon the Zealot. Simon was one of the twelve. Matthew calls him Simon of Cana, and Luke, Simon the Zealot. Tradition reports that he preached the Gospel in Egypt and Persia.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the women in our lives. Our mothers, grandmothers, teachers, friends, and relatives who inspire us, love us unconditionally, and are always there. Proverbs 31:31 "Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate."

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. A Dialogue through the Gospel of St. Luke, led by Father François Beyrouti. Zoom meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86256912606 or call: (669) 900-9128. Meeting ID: 862 5691 2606.

Friday, May 8, 4:00 p.m. Youth Meeting via Zoom. Meeting ID: 842 8776 3270. Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84287763270 or dial: (669) 900-9128

Every Friday at 6:00 p.m. Beginning Friday May 15. Arabic Bible Study led by Deacon Elias Kashou. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81131094348

Wednesday, May 13 (Our Lady of Fatima) and Friday, May 22 (Feast of Saint Rita) at 11:30 a.m. Rosary in the Church led by Deacon Elias Kashou.

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. Meeting ID: 819 9821 9369. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81998219369 or dial: (669) 900-9128.

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

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:
-Monday May 5. Sunday giving: $1,530 in 15 envelopes ($102 average) + $31 in candles = $1,561.
-Monday May 5. Building fund deposit: $11,410 in 9 envelopes + $420 online = $11,830.
-Monday May 5. Charity account deposit: $125.
-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.

2020 deposits: March: $20,790, April: $21,766, May: $13,516.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$41.44 paid on May 8, 2020. SoCalGas church.
$20.07 paid on May 8, 2020. SoCalGas.
$8.95 paid on May 8, 2020. Reliable Workplace Solutions (toner).
$103 paid on May 8, 2020. Flocknote (parish communication).
$106.98 paid on May 1, 2020. Spectrum (Internet). Fully donated.
$1,220.93 paid on April 24, 2020. Golden State Water company.
$35.47 paid April 14, 2020. Verizon.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:
Yousef Salman (May 5, 2020), Jobran Boulos (February 26, 2020), 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), Hani Saliba Salman (March 10, 2017).
The health, safety, and salvation of:
Inaam Bottomley, Mario Cataldo, 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:
“Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul; and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church, and taught a large company of people; and in Antioch the disciples were for the first time called Christians” (Acts 11:25-26).

“Jesus said the Samaritan woman, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again, [14] but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life’” (John 4:13-14).

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)
Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 4). The women disciples of the Lord, having learned from the angel the joyful announcement of the resurrection, and having rejected the ancestral sentence, proudly told the apostles: Death is despoiled. Christ God is risen, bestowing to the world great mercy.”
Troparion of Mid-Easter Season (Tone 8). O Savior, at the middle point of this festive season, give my thirsty soul to drink from the waters of piety and devotion, for You called out to all men and said: “All of you, come to Me and draw the waters of immortality.” Wherefore we bow down in worship before You and cry out with faith: “Grant us your mercy, for You are the Fountain of life.
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 11:19-30. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: John 4:5-42. Full reading below.

Prokimenon (Tone 4): How great are your works O Lord! In wisdom you have wrought them all.
Stichon: Bless the Lord, O my soul! You are very great indeed, O Lord my God!

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles (11:19-30).
In those days when the disciples were dispersed by the persecution that had broken out over Stephen, they went all the way to Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to none but the Jews. But some of them were Cypriots and Cyreneans, and as they reached Antioch, they were speaking to the Greeks, announcing the Good News of the Lord Jesus. And the Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord.
And word concerning them came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem and they sent Barnabas as far as Antioch. And when he got there and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced and encouraged them all to stay in the Lord with steadfast hearts: for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great multitude was added to the Lord. And Barnabas traveled to Tarsus, looking for Saul, and when he found him, he brought him back to Antioch. And it happened that for a whole year they took part in the church meetings and taught a large number of people, and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called “Christians.”
Now in those days some prophets from Jerusalem came down to Antioch, and one of them named Agabus got up and revealed through the Spirit that a dire famine was threatening the whole world — and it occurred during the reign of Emperor Claudius. And so, the disciples decided to send relief to the brethren living in Judea — each one as much as he could afford — and this they did, sending it to the presbyters by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.

ALLELUIA (Tone 4): String your bow, go forth, reign for the sake of truth, meekness and righteousness, and your right hand shall lead you wonderfully.
Stichon: You loved righteousness and hated iniquity: therefore God, your God, anointed you with the oil of joy above your companions.

The Holy Gospel According to St. John the Evangelist (4:5-42).
At that time Jesus came to a town of Samaria called Sichar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, wearied as he was from the journey, was sitting at the well. It was about the sixth hour. There came a Samaritan woman to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me to drink,” for his disciples had gone away into the town to buy food. The Samaritan woman therefore said to him, “How is it that you, although you are a Jew, ask drink of me, who am a Samaritan woman?” For Jews do not associate with Samaritans. Jesus answered and said to , her. “If you only knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give me to drink,’ you perhaps would have asked of him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have no pail, and the well is deep. Where can you get living water from? Are you greater than our father Jacob who gave us the well, and drank from it, himself, and his sons, and his flocks?” In answer Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again. He, however, who drinks of the water I will give him shall never thirst; but the water I will give him shall become in him a fountain of water, springing up unto life everlasting.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water that I may not thirst, or come here to draw.” Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband and come here.” The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have said well, I have no husband, for you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. In this you have spoken truly. “The woman said to him, “Sir, I see you are a prophet. Our fathers worshipped on this mountain, but you say Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. For the Father also seeks such to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” The woman said to him, “I know that the Messiah is coming (who is called Christ), and when he comes he will tell us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak with you am he.” And at this point his disciples came; and they wondered that he was speaking with a woman. Yet no one said, “What do you seek?” or “Why do you speak with her?” The woman therefore left her water-jar and went away into the town, and said to the people, “Come and see a man who has told me all I have ever done. Can he be the Christ?” They went out from the town and came to meet him. Meanwhile, his disciples begged him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But he said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” The disciples therefore said to one another, “Has someone brought him something to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of the one who sent me, to accomplish his work. Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Well, I say to you, lift up your eyes and behold that the fields are already white for the harvest. And the one who reaps receives a wage, and gathers fruit unto life everlasting, so that the sower and the reaper may rejoice together. For herein is the proverb true, ‘One sows, another reaps.’ I have sent you to reap that on which you have not labored. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.” Now many of the Samaritans of that town believed in him because of the word of the woman who bore witness, “He told me all I have ever done.” When, therefore, the Samaritans had come to him, they begged him to stay there; and he stayed two days. And far more believed because of his word. And they said to the woman, “We no longer believe because of what you have said, for we have heard for ourselves and we know this is in truth the Savior of the world,” the Christ.

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:
-“Change Is Useless If….” Sunday, May 3, 2020.
-“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.

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
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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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