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Bulletin: August 2, 2020. Ninth Sunday after Pentecost. Jesus Walks on Water.

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. August 2, 2020.
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost. Jesus Walks on Water.

In Preparation for the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God (Theotokos) on August 15, we pray the Paraclisis. A Paraclisis or Supplicatory Canon in the Eastern Catholic and Orthodox Churches, is a service of supplication for the welfare of the living. The Most Holy Mother of God’s intercessions are sought through the chanting of the supplicatory canon together with psalms, hymns, and litanies. The Great Paraclisis was composed by Emperor Theodore II Laskaris in the 13th century.
The Feast of the Dormition is preceded by a two-week fast, from August 1 to August 14, called the Dormition Fast. The full fast consists of abstaining from meat, poultry, meat products, dairy products (eggs and milk products), fish, oil, and wine. On the Feast of the Transfiguration on August 6, fish, wine, and oil are allowed.
We will pray the paraclisis at Holy Cross Church on Friday, August 7 and 14 at 7:00 p.m. and during our 11 a.m. morning online prayers on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Please join us in person or online.

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.org/donate

August 2. Transfer of the Remains of the Holy Protomartyr the Archdeacon Stephen. Stephen was buried in a place called Kafr-Jamala, that is, Village of Gamaliel, about twenty miles from Jerusalem. In the year 415, his remains were transferred to the Holy City.

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 the form we mailed you 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.
Daily Prayers on Facebook live and Youtube live. Monday-Friday. 11:00-11:20 a.m. Visit: YouTube.com/HolyCrossMelkite or Facebook.com/HolyCrossMelkite

A Journey Through the Gospel of St. Luke, led by Father François Beyrouti. Every Monday and Thursday from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Open to all age groups. August 3 (Luke 19), August 6 (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.

4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer).

-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

There will be no Arabic Bible Study led by Deacon Elias Kashou.

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. We will resume as soon as the Covid situation improves.

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:
“Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? If any one destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, and that temple you are” (1 Corinthians 3:16-17).

“Peter answered him, ‘Lord, if it is you, bid me come to you on the water.’ He said, ‘Come.’ So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus; but when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, ‘Lord, save me.’ Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, ‘O man of little faith, why did you doubt?’ ” (Matthew 14:28-31).

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:
Edward Lutfi (June 28, 2020). Fourtieth day memorial.
Marie (Khalil) Karout (July 28, 2020), 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), Nick Aboody (June 22, 2020), Leila Abou Saada (May 2020), Alphonse and Eveline Koshakji.
The health, safety, and salvation of:
Amin Abukhader, Inaam Bottomley, Rodrigue Dib, Margaret Haddad, Carmen Italia, Isabella Hernandez, Boulous Ibrahim, Carmen Kassouf, Lily Marji, Adib Qsar, 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:
-Sunday July 26, 2020 collection: $3,903 + Venmo $40 + candles $27 = $3,970.
-Sunday July 26, 2020 Building Fund collection: $22,725 + memorial $100 = $22,825.
-Sunday July 26, 2020 Charity collection: $390 + Catholic Home collection $200 = $590.
-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. Donation to St. Joseph Melkite Catholic Church, Zababdeh: $260.

2020 deposits: May: $25,322, June: $21,963, July: $52,733.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$300 paid on July 30, 2020. Church/facility Cleaning Service.
$187 paid on July 30, 2020. Church Mutual insurance.
$90.03 paid on July 30, 2020. Sparkletts Water.
$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 extended. We received a donation of Luscious Rose imported from France. Please contact the office to reserve a box of 12 bottles for $150. The full price goes to Holy Cross Church. We thank the generous donor and the generous parishioners. We have raised $1200.

Full Readings Below.
Epistle: 1 Corinthians 3:9-17.
Gospel: Matthew 14:22-34.

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 form suffering. O Lord, our life and our resurrection, glory to You!
Troparion of the Transfiguration (Tone 7). You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God showing your disciples as much of your glory as they could hold. Let your eternal light shine also upon us sinners, through the prayer of the Mother of God, O Giver of light, 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 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.

Make vows to the Lord your God and fulfill them;
let all round about him bring gifts to the awesome Lord!
Stichon: God is renowned in Judah; in Israel, great is his name.

Reading from the First Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians (3:9-17).
Brethren, we are God’s co-workers, you are God’s field, God’s building. According to God’s grace which has been given to me, as a wise builder, I laid the foundation, and another builds upon it. But let everyone take care how he builds upon it. For no other foundation can any one lay other than that which is laid, which is Jesus the Christ. But if anyone builds upon this foundation with gold, silver, gems, wood, hay, straw — the work of each one shall be made manifest: for the Lord’s day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed in fire; and the work of each man, whoever he be, shall be assayed in fire. If the work any man built on the foundation stands, he shall receive a reward; if someone’s work burns down, he shall suffer its loss, yet he himself shall be saved, though only by passing, so to speak, through fire. Do you not know that you are God’s temple, and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys this temple of God, God will destroy him: for holy is God’s temple, and this holy temple you are.

Come, let us rejoice in the Lord;
let us sing joyfully to God our Savior!
Stichon: Let us greet his presence with thanksgiving; let us joyfully sing psalms to him.

The Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew the Evangelist (14:22-34).
At that time Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and cross the sea ahead of him, while he dismissed the crowd. And when he had dismissed the crowd, he went up the mountain alone to pray. And when it was late, he was there alone, but the boat was in the midst of the sea, buffeted by the waves, for the wind was against them. But in the fourth watch of the night Jesus came to them, walking upon the sea. And the disciples, seeing him walk upon the sea, were greatly alarmed, and exclaimed, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. Then Jesus immediately spoke to them, saying, “Take courage; it is I, do not be afraid.” But Peter answered him and said, “Lord, if it is you, order me to come to you over the water.” And he said, “Come.” Then Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water to come to Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind, he was afraid; and as he began to sink, he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And Jesus at once stretched out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind fell. But those who were in the boat came and worshipped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” And crossing over, they came to the land of Gennesaret.

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:
-“The Miracle is in the Details.” Sunday July 26, 2020.
-“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.
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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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