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Bulletin: June 7, 2020. First Sunday After Pentecost. All Saints Sunday.

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. June 7, 2020.

First Sunday After Pentecost. All Saints Sunday.
The Church celebrates on this day the memory of all the saints of God, keepers of this commandments, shining examples of virtue, benefactors of the human race. Every saint has his proper feast at some time in the year, but since the number of saints is ever increasing, and many are remembered explicitly only in the liturgies of local churches or diocese, this day has been set apart for the commemoration of every one of them from every corner of the world and from all times, even to the end of the world.

June 7. Commemoration of The Holy Martyr Theodotus, Bishop of Ancyra. Theodotus was seized while seeking the bodies of the saints martyred in Ancyra so that he could give them a Christian burial. He was then martyred himself. This occurred in 303, under Emperor Diocletian.

Saturday, June 6. 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Volunteers Needed for Landscaping, Grounds Clean-up, and Prune Trees. No tools are required. Please join us to keep our grounds looking beautiful and clean.

Saturday, June 13. 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church will be acknowledging our graduates with a prayer and a blessing from Father François with a modified drive-thru celebration. Each graduate and their family will have a designated spot in the parking lot, will then be called in alphabetical order, starting with High School then college, and will have a few minutes to take pictures and cheer. “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Holy Cross Church Congratulates the Class of 2020.
Brenda Kilzi – Santiago High School; will be attending Chapman Univeristy.
Eliana Haddadin – Troy High School; will be attending UC Irvine.
Gabriel Saada – Fullerton High School; will be attending Fullerton College.
Marina Nassar – Brea Olinda High School; will be attending UCR.
Mia Semaan – Villa Park High School; will be attending Santiago Canyon College.
Victoria Hilo – Western High School; will be attending Cal Baptist University.

Amin Abukhader – CSUF; Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration.
Giana Riad – Cal State Northridge; Bachelors Degree in Communication.
Kevin Haddadin – CSUF; Business Administration.
Ramzey Batshoun – CSUF.
Sarah Estephan – University of San Francisco Law School; Juris Doctorate.

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 Journey 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.

Every Friday at 6:00 p.m. Arabic Bible Study led by Deacon Elias Kashou. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81131094348
Starting Friday June 19, The Arabic Bible Study will be held at Holy Cross Church. Time to be determined.

4:30 p.m. Confession.
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

-10:00 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
-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.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:
One year memorial: Nicolas Youssef Saikaly (June 4, 2019). Denise Hallis (June 6, 2019).
Jamil Michel Kilzi (May 26, 2020), Evie Hajjar Kalafat (May 26, 2020), Brother Maurus de Klerk (May 26, 2020), Father Francis Morrisey (May 23, 2020), George Haddad (May 22, 2020), Father Jeffrey Lyman deWitt King (May 20, 2020), Tom Tomey (May 11, 2020), Hani Borshe (May 13, 2020), Rami Samawi (May 10, 2020), Jamileh Abujudeh (May 9, 2020), Yousef Salman (May 5, 2020), Jobran Boulos (February 26, 2020), Mary Ayoub (April 29, 2020), Eyad George Kashou (April 23, 2020), Nicolas Saikaly (June 4, 2019), Diana Emsais (May 25, 2018), Mousa Emsais (May 2, 2018), Issa Aweiss (April 29, 2018), Graham Kerr (February 16, 2017), Khader Emsis (October 27, 1993), Ibtisam Emsais Nesheiwat (May 29, 2000), Zahieh Kishek (October 12, 1979).
The health, safety, and salvation of:
Inaam Bottomley, Mario Cataldo, Margaret Haddad, Isabella Hernandez, Carmen Italia, Pat Giacomi, Carmen Kassouf, Father Eugene Mitchell, Violette Saghbini, Marie Semaan, Florence Shaib.
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:
“Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, [2] looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1-2).

“Jesus said to them, ‘Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of man shall sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. [29] And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. [30] But many that are first will be last, and the last first’” (Matthew 19:28-30).

Full Readings Below.
Epistle: Hebrews 11:33-12:2. Eliana Haddadin will read today’s Epistle.
Gospel: Matthew 10:32-38 & 19:27-30.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)
Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 8). You descended from on high, O compassionate One, and consented to burial for three days that You might free us from suffering. O Lord, our life and our resurrection, glory to You!
Troparion of All Saints (Tone 4). O Christ God, your church clothed with the blood of Your martyrs all over the world, as with purple and fine linen, cries out to You: send Your mercy upon Your people, grant peace to Your fold and extend Your great compassion upon our souls.
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 the Preparation for the Feast of the Divine Body (Tone 4). O Faithful let us prepare our hearts as precious vessels to partake of the Lord’s Banquet, with pure dispositions, and let us offer a hymn of praise in preparation to this great festivity.

Prokimenon (Tone 4)
Awesome in His saints is God, the God of Israel.
Stichon: In the churches, bless God, the Lord out of Israel’s wellspring.

A Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews (11:33-12:2).
BRETHREN, all of the saints by faith conquered kingdoms, wrought justice, obtained the fulfillment of promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, recovered strength from weakness, became valiant in battle, routed foreign armies. Women had their dead returned to them through resurrection. Others were tortured, refusing to yield for their release, in order to obtain a better resurrection. Others again suffered mockery and beatings, even chains and jailings. They were stoned, they were cut to pieces, they were put to the test, they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, anguished, afflicted (of whom the world was not worthy) wandering in deserts, mountains, caverns and holes in the ground. And all of these, in spite of the positive witnessing of faith, failed to receive what was promised, for God was keeping something better in store for us, so that they were not to reach their final perfection without us. (12:1) And so, having such a cloud of witnesses over us, let us get rid of every burden, and of the sin entangling us, and run with endurance to the fight proposed to us, contemplating the author and final end of faith, Jesus.

The just cried out, and the Lord heard them, and He delivered them from all their trials.

Stichon: Many are the trials of the just, but out of them all, the Lord will save them.

The Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew the Evangelist 10:32-38 & 19:27-30. (Conditions of Discipleship).
The Lord said to His disciples, “Everyone who acknowledges Me before men, I also will acknowledge before My Father in heaven. But whoever disowns Me before men, I in turn will disown before My Father in heaven. Anyone who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and anyone who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me; and anyone does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me.” Then Peter addressed him saying, “Behold, we have left all and followed You; what then shall we have?” And Jesus said to them, “Amen I say to you that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man shall sit on the throne of His glory, shall also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left house, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and shall possess life everlasting. But many who are first now will be last, and many who are last now will be first.”

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:
-“Harvest the Holy Spirit in You.” Sunday, May 31, 2020.
-“The Message, Movement, and Mission of the Church.” Sunday, May 24, 2020.
-“Four Aspects of a Blossoming Faith.” Sunday, May 17, 2020.
-“Don’t Believe in the Wrong God.” Sunday, May 10, 2020.
-“Change Is Useless If….” Sunday, May 3, 2020.

Thank you for your ongoing generous donations:
-Wednesday June 3, 2020. Sunday collection deposit: $3,266 + candles $158 = $3,424.
-Wednesday June 3, 2020. Building fund deposit: $1,600 + PayPal Online giving $620 = $2,220.

2020 deposits: March: $20,790, April: $21,766, May: $25,322, June: $5,644.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$59.06 paid on June 6, 2020. Golden State Water Co.
$29.46 paid on June 5, 2020. SoCal Gas.
$118.63 paid on May 29, 2020. GreatAmerica Financial Services.
$177.39 paid on May 20, 2020. Republic Services.

Listen to Melkite audio links on our parish website at holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns

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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

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: 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: 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.


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