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Bulletin: June 21, 2020. Third Sunday After Pentecost.

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. June 21, 2020.
Third Sunday After Pentecost. The Light of the Body, God and Money, Dependence on God.

June 21. Commemoration of The Holy Martyr Julian of Tarsus.
Julian of Tarsus, a Cilician, was tied in a sack and thrown into the sea where he drowned.

The Apostles' Fast begins this Friday (19th) and continues until the Feast of Peter and Paul (29th). This is a very short fast, especially this year. The total fast abstains from meat, fish, dairy, and eggs, but each household should decide how they are going to be able to keep the fast together and to what degree. If you are wondering why or would like a little more information about fasting in the Eastern Christian Tradition, click here http://steliasmelkite.org/userfiles/pdf/1510683581.pdf

The What, Who, Why, When, and Where of Fasting by Rev. Sebastian Carnazzo.
What: Fasting is the practice of eating less quantity of food or completely abstaining from food, or certain types of food, at certain times.
Who: Christians have been fasting from the beginning. Jesus fasted (Matt 4:2), his disciples fasted (Matt 6:16-18), and he said that his disciples would fast until his return (Matt 9:15). Jesus taught that there are some evils that can only be done away with through prayer and fasting (Matt 17:21). Hence, the early Church fasted during the time of the Apostles (Acts 13:3; 14:23) and has continued until today. Christians have always fasted. To what degree someone is able to fast or abstain from certain things depends on age and physical health, but there is no way out of it. If you are a Christian you should fast!
Why: Many people think that fasting makes God happy because he likes to see us suffering. That's impossible. First of all, God desires your happiness. Second, God doesn't change. You can't make him happy or sad. Whether you fast or not, it doesn't change God, it changes you. Think of it like spiritual exercises or calisthenics! When you fast you choose not to eat certain things or at certain times. This strengthens your willpower. The more you do this the stronger your willpower becomes. Then, when you encounter something that is evil, a temptation to sin, you have the strength to choose not to sin. Fasting does not change God, it changes you!
When: From the early Church, Christians have been fasting weekly, during certain times in the year, and during periods of personal trial. During the time of Jesus, Jews fasted on Mondays and Thursdays each week because, as far as can be discerned, they believed that Moses went up to get the Torah on the mountain on Thursday and came back down on Monday (Luke 18:12). Christians began fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays, because these are the days when Jesus was handed over (Wednesday) and crucified (Friday). This practice developed during apostolic times (Didache 8:1) and has continued to today. Over the first few centuries of the Church, larger fasting periods developed as well, of which there are four: The Great Fast in preparation for Pascha, the Apostles Fast, in preparation for the Feast of Peter and Paul, the Dormition Fast, in preparation for the Dormition, and the Nativity Fast, in preparation for the Nativity. Finally, individual Christians, Christian Churches, Christian Communities, also sometimes fast during times of prayer in preparation for coming times of difficulty.
Where: Fasting is something we do for our own spiritual development. As Jesus said, when we fast, we should go about our normal daily routine, and there should not be any indication to those outside that we are fasting (Matt 6:16-18). Otherwise, we could easily fall into pride, and then the whole purpose of fasting, avoidance of sin, has been lost. When home at meal time, when the whole family is fasting, meals are taken together and fasting is an united effort that strengthens the family bond and encourages each member to keep up the effort. This is like friends or family members committing to go out and exercise together each day. We can also do this when we are alone, taking a meal at lunch in the cafeteria, or even out to lunch with some co-workers, as long as we are careful not to draw any attention to ourselves. It is quite easy to choose a shrimp salad or vegetable soup without anyone taking notice. If someone who is not keeping the Fast invites you to dinner, and you are inclined to go, if nothing else but to be polite, you should eat whatever is put before you (1 Cor 10:27). Remember, charity in all things! And so even this can strengthen you. How so? If you have been keeping the fast without fail, and then sometime during the fast you are in a situation where you must break the fast for a moment, such as the above example, it can also keep you from falling into pride, since you cannot say to yourself at the end of the fast, "Look how strong you are! You did it, you kept the Fast! Wow, you must be really spiritual!" Remember, fasting is to help us avoid sin, and pride is the greatest sin of all! May God bless you now and in a special way during the coming Fast!

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Thank you to everyone who volunteered on June 6 and 13. We deeply appreciate your hard work and keeping Holy Cross Church beautiful.
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” (Colossians 3:23)

Congratulations to all our graduates. On Saturday, June 13 we acknowledged our graduates with a prayer and a blessing from Father François and a modified drive-thru celebration.
“‘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 26, 11:30 a.m. Arabic Bible Study led by Deacon Elias Kashou.
On Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81131094348 and at Holy Cross Church.

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

Weekly Arabic Divine Liturgy: starting Saturday July 27, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.

-10:00 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
-11:00 a.m. English 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:
Florence Boxley (June 16, 2020), 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), Issa Salem Nesheiwat, Nada Nesheiwat.
The health, safety, and salvation of:
Inaam Bottomley, Margaret Haddad, Carmen Italia, Isabella Hernandez, Carmen Kassouf, Violette Saghbini, Marie Semaan, Florence Shaib, Lily Marji.
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:
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace* with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access [by faith] to this grace in which we stand, and we boast in hope of the glory of God.” (Romans 5:1-2).

“I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life?” (Matthew 6:25-27).

Full Readings Below.
Epistle: Romans 5:1-10. Emily Haddadin will read today’s epistle.
Gospel: 3rd Sunday after Pentecost, Matthew 6:22-33.

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 put Hades to death 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 Holy Cross (Tone 1). 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 Virgin (Tone 2). O never failing Protectress of Christians and their ever present intercessor before the Creator, despise not the petitions of us sinners, but in your goodness extend your help to us who call upon you with confidence. Hasten, O Mother of God, to intercede for us, for you have always protected those who honor you.

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.

Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans.
Brethren, now that we have been justified by faith, let us have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through Whom we have access by faith to that grace in which we stand and exult in the hope of God’s glory.
And not only this, but we exult also in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces endurance, and endurance challenge, and challenge hope, and hope does not deceive, for God’s love is poured forth in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
For why did Christ die at the appointed time for the wicked while we were still weak? Hardly would someone die for a just man; perhaps someone would have the courage to die for a virtuous man. But God proves His love for us, since Christ died for us while we were still sinners. Much more now that we are made just in His blood, shall we be saved by Him from wrath.
For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled with God through His death, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by His life.

May the Lord answer you in the days of distress; may the name of the God of Jacob defend you.
Stichon: O Lord, save Your people and bless Your inheritance

Gospel: 3rd Sunday after Pentecost, Matthew 4: 18-23.
The Lord said: The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is evil, your whole body will be full of darkness. Therefore if the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness itself! No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will stand by the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say to you, do not be anxious for your life, what you shall eat and drink; nor yet for your body, what you shall wear. Is not life a greater thing than food, and the body than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you of much more value than they? But which of you by being anxious about it can add to his stature a single cubit? And as for clothing, why are you anxious? See how the lilies of the field grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory was adorned like one of these. But if God so clothes the wild flower of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more you, O you of little faith! Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or, ‘What shall we drink?’, or, ‘What are we to wear?’ (For all these things the Gentiles seek); for your heavenly Father knows you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His justice, and all the rest shall be given you besides.”

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 Become a Family of Saints.” Sunday, June 14, 2020.
-“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.

Thank you for your ongoing generous donations:
-Thursday June 18, 2020. Sunday collection deposit:
Sunday Morning $2,365 + Sunday Evening $260 + candles $152 = $2,777.
-Thursday June 18, 2020. Building fund deposit: $1,070.
- Thursday June 18, 2020. Charity account deposit: $360

2020 deposits: March: $20,790, April: $21,766, May: $25,322, June: $18,680.

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.

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
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Pastor: Father François Beyrouti.
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Pastoral Associate: Deacon Elias Kashou.
Pastoral Director: Carol Nasr. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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.


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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