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Bulletin: June 14, 2020. Second Sunday After Pentecost.

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. June 14, 2020.

Second Sunday After Pentecost.

June 14. Commemoration of The Holy Prophet Eliseus and of our Father among the Saints Methodius, Archbishop of Constantinople.
Eliseus, the disciple of the holy Prophet Elias, lived in the days of Josaphat, King of Israel (874-850 BC). His prophecies concern Joash, King of Israel (799-784). He was buried in Samaria.
Methodius was born in Syracuse of Sicily at the end of the eighth century. While only a monk, he valiantly fought the Iconoclasts and suffered much at their hand. He became Patriarch of Constantinople in 843 and died in 847. He left many theological writings.

Saturday, June 13. 8:00 a.m.-Noon. Join us for a morning of landscaping, weeding, and grounds clean-up. No experience or tools are necessary. We have gloves if needed. At noon we will have a taco luncheon and BBQ. Thank you for keeping Holy Cross Church beautiful.

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 and a modified drive-thru celebration.
1-Each graduate and their family will have a designated spot in the parking lot.
2-They will then be called individually in alphabetical order, starting with High School then college.
3-They will each have a few minutes to take pictures with Father François and cheer.
4-If you wish to bring desserts for your guests, please have them individually wrapped.
“‘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.
-Amanda Salman – Los Osos High School; will be attending Chaffey Community College.
-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.

-Richard Estephan – Cal Poly Pomona; General Biology.
-Mary Abouakl – UCI; B.S. in Public Health Science.
-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; Finance.
-Sarah Estephan – University of San Francisco Law School; Juris Doctorate.

Are you looking for gently used baby items and clothes? If you are interested or know someone who might be, please contact the church office.

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. 5:00-6:30 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.

Friday June 12, 2020 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 at 11:30 a.m.

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:
Jamileh Assaf Bechara (June 7, 2020), Ibrahim El-Gharbi (June 5, 2020), 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), Najib Lutfi, Mariam Lutfi, Fawzi Lutfi, Fouad Lutfi, Adma Ibrahim, Labibe Ibrahim, Elias Ibrahim.
The health, safety, and salvation of:
Inaam Bottomley, Margaret Haddad, Isabella Hernandez, 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:
“They show that the demands of the law are written in their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even defend them [16] on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge people’s hidden works through Christ Jesus” (Romans 2:15-16).

“As Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. [19] And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ [20] Immediately they left their nets and followed him. [21] And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. [22] Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him” (Matthew 4:18-22).

Full Readings Below.
Epistle: Romans 2:10-16.
Gospel: Matthew 4: 18-23 (Call of the First Disciples).

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)
Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 1). After the stone was sealed by the Jews and the while the soldiers were watching Your spotless body, You rose, O Savior, on the third day, bestowing life to the world. Therefore the heavenly powers cried out to You, O Giver of life: “Glory to Your resurrection, O Christ! Glory to Your kingdom! Glory to Your economy, O You who alone are the lover of mankind!”
Troparion of the Divine Body (Tone 1). Christ, having loved His own, loved them until the end and gave them His Body and Blood as food and drink. Wherefore let us offer them our veneration and say with fear: “O Christ, glory to Your presence, glory to Your compassion, glory to Your condescension: for You alone are the Lover of Mankind.”
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 Feast (Tone 2). O Christ, do not turn Your face away from me: for I partake of the bread which is Your Body and of the wine which is Your Blood. O Lord, let my sharing in these august mysteries be not for my judgment and condemnation, but for my eternal and everlasting life.

Prokimenon (Tone 1)
May Your kindness, O Lord, be upon us, for we have hoped in You.
Stichon: Exult, you just, in the Lord; praise from the upright is fitting.

Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans
Brethren, glory, honor and peace to everyone who does good works, first to the Jew, then to the Greek, since with God there is no favoritism. For all those who have sinned without the Law will perish without the Law, and all those who have sinned under the Law will be judged under the Law. (Before God, indeed, it is not those who hear the Law who are just, but those who follow the Law who will be justified. When the Gentiles who do not have the Law do by nature what the Law commands, while they do not have the Law, they are their own law: they show the work of the Law written in their hearts. The conscience bears witness to them, even when conflicting thoughts accuse or defend them) on the day when God will judge the hidden secrets of men according to what I preach, through Jesus Christ.

O God, You granted me retribution and made peoples subject to me and saved me from my raging enemies.
Stichon: Therefore I will proclaim You, O Lord, among the nations and I will sing praise to Your name.

Gospel: 2nd Sunday after Pentecost, Matthew 4: 18-23 (Call of the First Disciples)
At that time as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea (for they were fishermen). And He said to them, “Come, follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” And at once they left the nets and followed Him. And going farther on, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and his brother John, in a boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and He called them. And immediately they left their nets and their father, and followed Him. And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the Good News of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness among the people.

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:
-“Are You a Saint?” Sunday, June 7, 2020.
-“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 10, 2020. Sunday collection deposit:
$2,979 + candles $190 + bookstore $25 = $3,194.
-Wednesday June 10, 2020. Building fund deposit:
$1,940 + PayPal Online giving $975 + Memorial/Funeral $2,720 = $5,635.

2020 deposits: March: $20,790, April: $21,766, May: $25,322, June: $14,473.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$12 paid on June 7, 2020. Buzzsprout subscription for podcasts.
$349.91 paid on June 6, 2020. Our Sunday Visitor (donation envelopes service).
$59.06 paid on June 6, 2020. Golden State Water Co.
$29.46 paid on June 5, 2020. SoCal Gas.
$337.43 paid on May 29, 2020. Souther California Edison.
$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.
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.

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.

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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