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Bulletin: June 28, 2020. Fourth Sunday After Pentecost. Healing the Centurion’s Servant.

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. June 28, 2020.
Fourth Sunday After Pentecost. Healing the Centurion’s Servant.

June 28. The Transfer of the Remains of Cyrus and John the Holy Physicians. These remains were discovered in Kanoba, in Egypt. Theophilus, Patriarch of Alexandria (358-412) brought them to the church of St. Mark in that city. His successor, Cyrus, transferred them to the town of Manota, where a pagan temple crumbled at their approach. This village was subsequently called Abou-Kir, a corruption of Aba-Kir (Father Cyrus). The remains of Cyrus and John finally came to rest near the Basilica of St. Paul in Rome.

The Apostles' Fast began on June 19 and continues until the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul on June 29. 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!

We have exciting news: To make it easier for you to support our parish and the important ministries we provide, Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church is partnering with Faith Direct – the leading electronic giving (eGiving) program for Catholic churches all across the country. You can donate by visiting: HolyCrossMelkite.org/Donate
Then click on Faith Direct. Thank you for your ongoing generosity.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered on Saturdays June 6 and 13 to pull out weeds on the back lot, prune trees, and clean up. 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

Every Monday and Thursday. 5:00-6:30 p.m. A Journey Through the Gospel of St. Luke, led by Father François Beyrouti. Open to families and all age groups. Zoom meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86256912606 or call: (669) 900-9128. Meeting ID: 862 5691 2606.

Friday July 3, 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 18, 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.

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:
Joseph Hawa (June 27, 2019). One year memorial.
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 Calafat (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), Hani Borshe (May 13, 2020), Tom Tomey (May 11, 2020), Rima (Asfour) Haddad (April 19, 2020).
The health, safety, and salvation of:
Inaam Bottomley, Margaret Haddad, Carmen Italia, Isabella Hernandez, Boulous Ibrahim, Carmen Kassouf, Andrea Lutfi, Lily Marji, Violette Saghbini, Marie Semaan, Ramadan Shaban, Florence Shaib, May Williamann.
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:
“Now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the return you get is sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:22-23).

“As Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, beseeching him and saying, ‘Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, in terrible distress.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘I will come and heal him.’ But the centurion answered him, ‘Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed’” (Matthew 8:5-8).

Full Readings Below.
Epistle: Romans 6:18-23. Tamer Kashou will read today’s epistle.
Gospel: Matthew 8:5-13.

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 glad, 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 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 Mother of God (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.

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!

Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans
Brethren, now that you have been freed from sin, you have come to serve justification. I speak in a human way because of the weakness of your flesh. For as you yielded your members as slaves to uncleanness and iniquity, so now yield your members as slaves of justification so as to be sanctified. For while you were the slaves of sin, you had nothing to do with justification. But what fruit did you gather then of those deeds of which you are now ashamed? For the end of such things is death. But now, set free from sin and become slaves to God, you have your fruit resulting in sanctification, and as your end, life everlasting. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is life everlasting in Christ Jesus our Lord.

In you, 0 Lord, I have hoped: let me never be put to shame.
In your goodness, save me and deliver me; lend 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. Matthew the Evangelist 8:5-13.
At that time when Jesus entered Caparnaum, there came to him a centurion who begged him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying sick in the house, paralyzed, and is grievously afflicted.” Jesus said to him, “I will come and cure him.” But in answer the centurion said, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man subject to authority, and have soldiers subject to me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” And when Jesus heard this, he marveled, and said to those who were following him, “Amen I say to you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel. And I tell you that many will come from the east and from the west, and will feast with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, but the children of the kingdom will be put out into the darkness outside; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; as you have believed, so be it done to you.” And the servant was healed at that hour.

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:
-“Wander Into Focus.” Sunday June 21, 2020.
-“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 25, 2020. Sunday collection deposit:
Sunday $584 + eGiving Faith Direct $600 + candles $44 + Bookstore $5 = $1,233.
-Thursday June 25, 2020. Building fund deposit: $300 + eGiving Paypal $1,750 = $2,050.

2020 deposits: March: $20,790, April: $21,766, May: $25,322, June: $21,963.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$118.63 paid on June 26, 2020. Great America Financial Services.
$177.39 paid on June 20, 2020. Republic Services.
$121.64 paid on June 19, 2020. Sparkletts.
$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
YouTube Page: Youtube.com/HolyCrossMelkite
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HCMelkite

Pastor: Father François Beyrouti.
E-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. 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.

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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