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Bulletin: July 26, 2020. Eighth Sunday after Pentecost. Feeding the five thousand.

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. July 26, 2020.
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost. Feeding the five thousand.

The Sunday Divine Liturgy will be celebrated outside in our new Church courtyard.
For your safety and the safety of those around you please observe
the following guidelines based on California State Laws for COVID-19.

1. You must wear a face mask at all times.
2. Please bring your own chairs, a hat, and some water. We have set up some additional chairs if needed.
3. For Communion, form only one line and maintain the required 6 feet safe distance.
4. No holding or shaking hands during the Divine Liturgy.
5. Please place your offering in the collection basket or donate online at: holycrossmelkite/donate

July 26. Commemoration of the Holy Martyr Hermolaus and His Two Companions; and of the Holy Woman Martyr Parasceva.
Hermolaus and his companions were martyred in Nicomedia in 312. Parasceva was martyred in Rome in 140. Her name means “Friday” or “preparation.”

We have been blessed in so many ways through our online broadcasts of the weekly Divine Liturgy, daily 11 a.m. prayers for you and your family, Arabic and English Bible studies, and regular Zoom meetings to keep us united as a family of faith.

As we have transitioned online for some aspects of our spiritual life, we have also moved to online giving with Faith Direct. With Faith Direct, you can make contributions to Holy Cross Church automatically and securely from a checking account or credit card – as you do with a mortgage and other monthly payments.

Faith Direct will be of great benefit to you and to Holy Cross Church in these ways:
• Cost-Effective and time saving: Faith Direct streamlines the donation process by eliminating envelopes, postage, and parish processing.

• Consistency: You can prayerfully discern your weekly or monthly donations. This allows us to budget, plan programs in a stable manner, and help our parish make clear and realistic short- and long-term goals.

• Convenience: You will never have to worry about writing checks. You can also view your account details online, make changes at any time, and print your own tax receipts.

Online giving is an important transition for the growth and stability of our parish. Please prayerfully complete the enclosed form and send it to Faith Direct; alternatively visit faith.direct/CA1088 or text “Enroll” to 714-430-8003 to securely enroll online.

I am grateful for your generous support as we continue to build a healthy spiritual future for you, your family, and our Church community. St. Peter reminds us: “As each has received a gift, employ it for one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace” (1 Peter 4:10).

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 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. A Journey Through the Gospel of St. Luke, led by Father François Beyrouti. Open to all age groups. July 27 (Luke 19), July 30 (Luke 20), August 3 (Luke 21), etc. Zoom meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86256912606 or call: (669) 900-9128. Meeting ID: 862 5691 2606.

Friday 6:00 p.m. Arabic Bible Study led by Deacon Elias Kashou. On Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81131094348

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 orFacebook.com/HolyCrossMelkite

-10:00 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
-10:15 a.m. Choir practice.
-11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy on Facebook live and Youtube live. Visit: YouTube.com/HolyCrossMelkite or Facebook.com/HolyCrossMelkite

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

The Melkite Catholic Divine Liturgy at St. Kilian’s Church in Mission Viejo is on hold for the time being. If the Covid situation improves we will resume in August or September.

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.

Scripture Memory:
“I appeal to you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no dissensions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment” (1 Corinthians 1:10).

“Then Jesus ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass; and taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children” (Matthew 14:19-21).

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:
-Evie Hajjar Calafat (May 26, 2020). 40th day memorial.
Francisco Javier Andujo (July 22, 2020), Fr. Andre St. Germain (July 22, 2020), Carolyn (Monestero) Lamb (July 19, 2020), Wadade (Barakeh) Abouzeid (July 15, 2020), Nehmtallah Farid Wazen (July 15, 2020), Layla Jubran Tawk (July 14, 2020), Fr. Joseph Wakim (July 11, 2020), Yasmin Khoury Beyrouti (July 6, 2020), Antoun Maallouly (July 4, 2020), Wail Hanna (July 4, 2020), Edward Lutfi (June 28, 2020), Nick Aboody (June 22, 2020), Florence Boxley (June 16, 2020), Jamileh Assaf Bechara (June 7, 2020), Concepcion Galindo (June 7, 2020), Ibrahim El-Gharbi (June 5, 2020), Leila Abou Saada (May 2020).
The health, safety, and salvation of:
Inaam Bottomley, Margaret Haddad, Carmen Italia, Isabella Hernandez, Boulous Ibrahim, Carmen Kassouf, Lily Marji, Violette Saghbini, Fareh Salman, Marie Semaan, Ramadan Shaban, Florence Shaib, May Williamann, Rose Ann Hammond.
For peace in the United States of America.
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.

Thank you for your ongoing generous donations:
-Monday July 20, 2020. Sunday collection deposit: Sunday offerory $1,725 + Faith Direct $200 + candles $78 + bookstore $20 = $2,023.
-Monday July 20, 2020. Building fund deposit: $3,180 + Funeral/Memorial $1,050 = $4,230.
-Monday July 20, 2020. Charity Zababdeh: $260.
-Thursday July 2, 2020. Sunday collection deposit: Sunday offertory $2,122 + eGiving Venmo $40 + candles $114 + Bookstore $2 = $2,278.
-Thursday July 2, 2020. Building fund deposit: $6,810 + eGiving Paypal $470 = $7,280.
-Tuesday July 7, 2020. Deposit: Sunday offertory $1,794 + candles $157 = $1,951. Building fund deposit: $1,580 + eGiving Paypal $500 = $2,080. Charity account deposit: $125.
-Sunday July 12, 2020 Offertory $2,057 + Candles $94 + Online Giving Faith Direct $200 + Baptism $200 = $2,551. Building fund deposit: $2,570.

2020 deposits: April: $21,766, May: $25,322, June: $21,963, July: $25,348.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$118.63 paid on July 24, 2020. Photocopier lease (Great America Financial Services).
$349.31 paid on July 24, 2020. Spectrum (donated)
$177.39 paid on July 20, 2020. Republic services.
$600.88 paid on July 2, 2020. Southern California Edison.
$30.51 paid on July 2, 2020. SoCal Gas.

Wine Fundraiser. July 31st is the last day to place your order for a luscious Rose imported from France, 12 bottles for $150. The full price will be donated to Holy Cross Church. Please contact the church office for any questions.

July 29 is on-line fundraiser for St. Francis Home, an assisted living home for elderly women. Since the coronavirus forced senior homes into lockdown, they had to cancel the Mexican Fiesta Dinner, which would renovate their chapel. Come to the aid of the Franciscan Sisters in Santa Ana by giving on-line July 29 -- 24 hours of matching your donation dollar for dollar.

Full Readings Below.
Epistle: 1 Cor 1:10-17.
Gospel: Matthew 14:14-22.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)
Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 7). You destroyed Death by Your cross. You opened paradise to the thief. You changed the weeping of the myrrhbearers, and commanded Your apostles to proclaim that You, have risen O Christ God, granting 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 Transfiguration (Tone 7). O Christ God, you were transfigured on the Mountain, and your disciples saw as much of your glory as they could hold, so that seeing You crucified they would know You had willed to suffer your passion and would proclaim to the world that You as verily the Reflection of the Father.

The Lord will give strength to his people;
the Lord will bless his people with peace.
Stichon: Give to the Lord, you sons of God, give to the Lord glory and praise.

Reading from the First Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians
Brethren, I beseech you, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all say the same thing, and that there be no dissensions among you, but that you be perfectly united in one mind and one purpose. For I have been informed about you, my brethren, by those of the house of Chloe, that there are quarrels among you. Now this is what I mean: each of you says, “I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,” of” I am of Christ.”
Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in Paul’s name? I thank God that I baptized none of you but Crispus and Caius, lest anyone should say that you were baptized in my name. I baptized also the household of Stephanas. I am not aware of having baptized anyone else. For. Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the Good News, not with the skill of eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be made useless.

It is good to give thanks to the Lord; to sing praises to your name, 0 Most High!
Stichon: To proclaim your kindness at dawn and your faithfulness throughout the night.

The Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew the Evangelist (14:14-22).
At that time when Jesus saw a large crowd, out of compassion for them he cured their sick. Now when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, “This is a desert place and the hour is already late; send the crowds away, so that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.” But Jesus said to them. “They do not need to go away; you yourselves give them some food.” They answered him, “We have here only five loaves and two fishes.” He said to them, “Bring them here to me.” And when he had ordered the crowd to sit down on the grass, he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowd. And all ate and were satisfied; and they gathered up what was left over, twelve baskets full of fragments. Now the number of those who had eaten was five thousand men, not counting women and children. And immediately afterwards he made his disciples get into the boat and cross ahead of him, while he dismissed the crowd.

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:
-“Attacks On Catholics Won’t Burn Us.” Sunday July 19, 2020.
-“How Charming Are You?” Sunday July 12, 2020.
-“The Right Mix for Chocolate Cake and Your Faith.” Sunday July 5, 2020.
-“Power and Responsibility.” Sunday June 28, 2020.

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

Do you want to be inspired and learn more about your Catholic Faith? Listen to Relevant, a Catholic Radio station on 930 am. For further information visit their website or call 1-888-887-7120.

An offer for financial planning assistance from our parishioners Gus & Hala Nakhoul. Do you have a Financial Plan For Your Family? (1) How is your current job security? Do you have a plan B? We have one for you? (2) How safe are your retirement savings with the current market conditions? We have plans that secure your original investments. (3) Is your family well protected just in case the breadwinner is no longer around and you lose the household income? We have the right plan for you to replace that income. For more info contact: Gus Nakhoul (714) 249-8100. Hala Nakhoul (714) 920-6180.

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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: 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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