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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. May 5, 2019.
Sunday of Ointment-Bearing Women.
In the beginning of his public life, Jesus often went to Galilee where He performed many miracles. A group of holy women followed Him, ministering to Him out of their own resources, and even accompanied Him to the foot of the cross. On the morning of the third day after his death, they came to the tomb, bearing ointments they had prepared to embalm his body. Hence they are called the Ointment-bearing Women. Seven of them are known by name: Mary-Magdalen, Mary, mother of James and wife of Cleophas, Joanna, the wife of Chusa, a steward of Herod Antipas, Salome, the mother of the sons of Zebedee, Suzanna, and Martha and Mary, the sisters of Lazarus.
Two secret disciples of Christ are also commemorated on this day: Nicodemus, a leader of the Pharisees who came to visit Jesus at night and believed in Him, as told in the third chapter of the Gospel of John; and Joseph of Arimathea, a rich and noble citizen of Ramah, or Arimathea. After Christ died, he had the courage to claim his body and to place it in the tomb that had been hewn out of the rock for his own use.

May 5. Commemoration of the Holy and the Great Martyr Irene. Irene was a princess of noble descent. She was converted by Paul’s disciple, Timothy. The Emperor Justinian built a magnificent church in Constantinople in her honor.

Holy Cross Church’s Annual Festival will be on September 7-8, 2019. We are in need of volunteers to help support our parish festival from running the booths to food preparation, and so much more. There will be music, dancing, food, and fun at this year’s Annual Festival. Raffle Tickets are on sale for $10 each or $100 for a booklet of 10. This year we have $10,000 in cash prizes ($5000, $3000, $1000, $1000), plus a laptop, an iPad, a flat screen T.V., and other prizes. Please save the dates, spread the word, invite friends, and help in whatever way you can to make this a fun annual fundraising event.

Thank you to all those who donated $580 to the Catholic Home Missions collection, which helps Catholic Churches throughout the United States that are in need of assistance.

Thank you to all those who supported our Annual Holy Cross Church post-Easter Parish Luncheon. We raised $900.

Thank you for the following recent donations:
Thank you to all those who donated $730 for Holy Week Flowers.
April 19, 2019. $522 full donation for the altar wine we purchased for the Divine Liturgy
April 14, 2019. $500 donation from the Madaba Society.
April 8 & 10, 2019. $442.01 full donation for plants, flowers, planters, garden soil, and gardening supplies from Walmart and Hope Depot.
-March 31, 2019. $250 donation in memory of Edmond Goubran, for the Sunday after Easter Parish luncheon.
-March 31, 2019. $200 donation to purchase plants.
-March 30, 2019. $2073.77 donation from two families to purchase wood, materials, and equipment rentals for the courtyard pergolas.
-March 20, 2019. Donation of many miscellaneous maintenance items from La Purisima Roman Catholic Church in Orange.
-March 16, 2019. Full donation of 2 tractor rentals and labor to clear the overgrown weeds in back lot and level the area.
-March 15, 2019. $1050 full donation for 6 outdoor picnic tables.
-March 14, 2019. $100 donation to purchase plants.
-March 13, 2019. $673.92 full donation for printing of new service books and envelopes.
-March 12, 2019. $1537.20 full donation for a new Canon XA30 high definition video camera, equipment, and installation.
-March 6, 2019. $769.44 full donation for plants, planters, paint, and renovation items purchased from Lowe’s.
-March 6, 2019. $558.38 full donation for wood planks and materials for new shelving in storage room.
We are very grateful for everyone’s continued generosity and support in many ways.

You may subscribe and view Father François Beyrouti’s weekly homilies on: YouTube.com/MelkiteTV
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If you would like to receive the emailed weekly parish bulletin or homily please sign up on our website or contact the office. To read and past homilies and bulletins visit: HolyCrossMelkite.org or YouTube.com/MelkiteTV
-“Fruits of Faith.” April 28, 2019 homily by Father François Beyrouti homily.
-“Seek the Risen Christ.” April 21, 2019. Pascha (Easter) homily by Father François Beyrouti.
-“Spiritual Discipline.” April 14, 2019 (Palm Sunday) homily by Father François Beyrouti.
-“Burning Hearts.” April 7, 2019 (5th Sunday of the Fast) homily by Father François Beyrouti.
-“From Stage to Stage.” March 31, 2019 (4th Sunday of the Fast) homily by Father François Beyrouti.

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 destroyed Hades 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 Joseph (Tone 2). The Noble Joseph, taking down your spotless body from the wood and wrapping it in a clean shroud with aromatic spices, laid it in a new tomb. But on the third day, You arose, O Lord, and bestowed great mercy upon the world.
Troparion of the Myrrh-bearers (Tone 2). The angel stood by the tomb and cried out to the Ointment-bearing Women: “Ointments are for the dead, but Christ has proved Himself free from corruption. Cry out, then: “The Lord is risen and has bestowed great mercy upon the world.”
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 Pascha (Tone 8). Though You went down in the tomb, O immortal One, You overthrew the power of Hades and rose victorious, O Christ God. You greeted the ointment bearing women, saying “Rejoice!” You gave peace to Your apostles, and to those who had Fallen resurrection.

Instead of the trisagion we sing: “All of you who have been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ.”

Epistle: Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7. Tamer Kashou will read this Sunday’s Epistle. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: Mark 15:43-16:8. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:
Joseph Zarrahy (April 30, 2019), Youssef Khreich (April 16, 2019), Joseph Khamis (April 13, 2019), Ziad Lutfi (April 9, 2019), Salwa George Estephan (April 4, 2019), Filip Vink (March 22, 2019), Amaal Sabbagh (March 21, 2019), Yacoub Cadmous (2012), Mariam Razouk (2009), Georgous Arouk (1992).
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Margaret Dale, Floyd Genadry, Adel & Denise Hallis, Marie Semaan, Sabat Semaan, Florence Shaib, Father Clement Youssef, Denise Zoghby, baby Isaac.
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:
“The twelve summoned the body of the disciples and said, "It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. [3] Therefore, brethren, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this duty. [4] But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word" (Acts of the Apostles 6:2-4).

“They were saying to one another, ‘Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?’ [4] And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back; -- it was very large. [5] And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. [6] And he said to them, ‘Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him’ ” (Mark 16:3-6).

On Sunday, May 5, 2019, Bishop Nicholas J. Samra, Bishop of Newton, will ordain the servant of God, Subdeacon Thomas Andrew Moses, to the Holy Diaconate (Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing women). The Hierarchal Divine Liturgy will be at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of the Cedars Melkite Catholic Church (140 Mitchell St. Manchester, NH 03103). Holy Cross Church was blessed to have Thomas stay with us during the summer of 2016. Please pray for Thomas and send him words of encouragement and support to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

On Sunday, May 12, 2019, at 10:00 a.m., Bishop Nicholas J. Samra, Bishop of Newton, will ordain the servant of God, Deacon Ziad Layous, to the Holy Priesthood at St. Joseph Melkite Catholic Church in Lawrence, MA. Please pray for Deacon Ziad and send him words of encouragement and support to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

From June 3-August 23, 2019, seminarian Mikhael Naddaf will be staying at Holy Cross Church and doing a Clinical Pastoral Education program at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Please pray for Mikhael as he continues his training and discernment. If someone has an extra car that Mikhael can use while he is here, please contact the office.

The Melkite Eastern Catholic Community at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church. Please invite your family and friends and remind everyone in the area to join us. We will meet in the hall at 5:45 p.m. to review the hymns and the Divine Liturgy will begin in the Church at exactly 6:30 p.m. on May 12, 2019, at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
2019 dates: May 12, June 9, July 21 (new date), August 11, September 15 (new date), October 13, November 10, and December 8.
If you live or know anyone who lives in the area surrounding Mission Viejo please give us their contact information so that we can keep everyone informed on upcoming events. Please send contact details to the parish office at (714) 985-1710 or email a list of names to Father François at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain” (Psalm 127:1).

Choir practice. “Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God” (Colossians 3:16). Please join our choir practices to review the regular hymns of the Divine Liturgy and learn new ones. Everyone is welcome.
At Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church every Sunday at 9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Holy Cross Youth Ministry Spiritual Meetings take place every Sunday following the Divine Liturgy for all those in grades 9-12.

Holy Cross College Ministry. We are planning social and religious activities to build our College Community at Holy Cross Church. For further details contact the office or see calendar for event details (holycrossmelkite.org/ministries/college-ministry).
Sunday, May 5, 2019. 12:15 p.m. College Ministry planning meeting for May-August events.

Holy Cross Young Adults Ministry for ages 21-35. We are planning social and religious activities to build our Young Adults Community at Holy Cross Church. Feel free to bring your friends and family. See calendar for event details (Holycrossmelkite.org/ministries/young-adults). Contact: Tony Helo (562) 371-5466; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Upcoming events:
Sunday, May 5, 2019. 12:15-2:00 p.m. After the Divine Liturgy, we will have lunch and go kayaking at 5411 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803).
Thursday, May 16, 2019. 7:00 p.m. Theology movie, discussion, and potluck at Holy Cross Church.
Sunday, June 2, 2019. 12:30 p.m. B.B.Q. and Pool Party. Location: TBD.

Eastern Christian Formation (Sunday School) program for all children in Kindergarten to grade 8 is after the Sunday Divine Liturgy.

Isaiah House Women’s Shelter next date: Saturday, May 25, 2019. Holy Cross Church prepares and serves a meal for the women at Isaiah House (316 South Cypress Avenue, Santa Ana) every month. We prepare the food at Holy Cross Church on the fifth Sunday of every month. If you or your family would like assist on those days or if you would like to sponsor a Saturday to prepare food at your home, serve the food with your family, and enjoy a meal with those in need please contact the office. This week’s schedule: 5:00 p.m. Meet at Isaiah House, Set up, serve meals, visit with the women, and clean up. 2019 dates: Saturday, May 25, Sunday, June 30, Saturday, July 27, Saturday, August 31, Sunday, September 29, Saturday, October 26, Saturday, November 23, and Sunday, December 29.

Listen to Melkite audio links on our parish website at holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns
We uploaded many Melkite hymns for the Divine Liturgy and other important services. To practice or become more familiar with our beautiful liturgical hymns you can listen or download them by visiting the above link.

Vocation Awareness. In today’s Gospel, the myrrh-bearing women were told to go out and announce the good news of the resurrection. In the Acts of the Apostles, the community felt the need for the ministry of preaching and teaching to continue to grow so they looked for others to help them. Have you considered a vocation to the priesthood or the monastic life? Have you encouraged vocations to the priesthood or the monastic life? There is currently a great need in our Eparchy.

Vocation View. Saint Paul urges Christian readers to live a life of communion, in mutual love, and in the love that God has given us. Jesus teaches us the importance and implications of that life of loving communion. Who shall preach and teach it to us today? Pray for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and monastic life and encourage possible candidates.

A Prayer for Vocations. O Lord God, in every age, You invite men and women to hear Your call to serve You and the Church. We bow before You now, asking that You call forth more persons to serve our Melkite Church in America. Give us priests, deacons, monks and nuns, who will lead and guide your holy people. By Your will, bless us with vocations so that we continue to be the church which You called us to be, centuries ago. Let all hear Your voice inviting them to care for and serve Your people. Strengthen us in being disciples of Jesus Christ, Your Only-begotten Son and fishers of men. Inspire in us the spirit and pride of Antioch, our holy heritage. We ask You, O Lover of mankind, to raise up men and women who appreciate what they have received from You and who want to be generous in their service, willing to offer their lives and all their gifts, to serve others, to give You glory, thanksgiving and worship, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever. Amen.

Your Sunday donation envelopes are mailed to you every two months. These envelopes are dated with your envelope number on the back. Please contact the office if you are not registered or did not receive your envelopes. Thank you.

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.

Thank you for your ongoing generous donations:
-Wednesday, May 1 building fund deposit: $900.
-Sunday, April 28 collection: $916 in 26 envelopes (average of $35 per envelope) + $193 cash + $105 candles = $1,214.
-Sunday, April 21 collection: $1,565 in 27 envelopes (average of $58 per envelope) + $217 cash + $112 candles = $1,894.
-Saturday, April 20 collection: $2,725 in 45 envelopes (average of $61 per envelope) + $596 cash + $104 candles = $3,425.
-Friday, April 19 collection: $3,998 in 66 envelopes (average of $61 per envelope) + $705 cash + $172 candles = $4,875.
-Sunday, April 14 collection: $10,457 in 94 envelopes (average of $111 per envelope) + $1,170 cash + $163 candles + $705 donation for flowers = $12,495.
-Wednesday, April 10 build fund deposit: $5,330.

Total deposits in the past four months: February: $20,291, March: $21,132, April: $33,756, May: $900.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$69.59 fully donated on April 16, 2019 for Broadvoice phone services.
$9,373 paid on April 15, 2019 for annual Church insurance.
$400 paid on April 15, 2019 to Scotty’s Flowers for Holy Friday Flowers.
$2,203.55 paid on April 9, 2019 to HD Supply for black plastic sheets to cover back lot to prepare for base and gravel cover.
$89.90 paid on April 9, 2019 for So Cal Gas Company.
$316.76 paid on April 9, 2019 for OSV envelope services.
$543.90 paid on April 8, 2019 for So Cal Edison Electricity.
$118.63 paid on April 1, 2019 for printer lease and services.
$104.98 fully donated on April 1, 2019 for Spectrum Internet.

Calendar:
Friday, May 3.
2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. House blessings.

Saturday, May 4.
4:00 p.m. Rosary and other prayers for the sick and various intentions. Led by Deacon Elias Kashou.
5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic.

Sunday, May 5.
On the first Sunday of each month, you may use your building fund envelope (or a specially marked envelope) and deposit it in the regular collection. Thank you for your continued generosity as we move closer to our parish goal of a new hall and church building.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy in English.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12. “Serving the Lord through the community of the Church.” Presentation by Deacon Elias Kashou.
12:15 p.m. College Ministry. Planning meeting for May-August events.
12:15-2:00 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35. After the Divine Liturgy, we will have lunch and go kayaking at 5411 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803).
2:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. House blessings.

Wednesday, May 8.
2:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. House blessings.

5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. (PT) [8:00 p.m. ET]. "Learning to See Again: Liturgy as Light for Life." A webinar by Reader Elias Dorham of Holy Transfiguration Melkite Catholic Church. He will be exploring these important questions: “What does Liturgy do to us?” “How can we see the world in light of what liturgy does?” “How do we live in the world in light of this new vision?” “How do we help others to share in this vision?” Register at: http://easterncatholic.org

Thursday, May 9.
2:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. House blessings.
7:00-9:00 p.m. Parish Leadership Team meeting at Holy Cross Church.

Friday, May 10.
3:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. House blessings.

Saturday, May 11.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, May 12. Mother's Day. World Day of Prayer for Vocations.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.

2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. House blessings.

5:45 p.m. Music practice in the hall.
6:30 p.m. Divine Liturgy. The Melkite Eastern Catholic Community at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691.

Thursday, May 16.
7:00 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35. Theology movie, discussion and potluck at Holy Cross Church.

Saturday, May 18.
Highly recommended for all those interested in parish leadership.
8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. “Spiritual Gifts for Disciples on Mission” at St. Joachim Roman Catholic Church (Nevin Hall). 1964 Orange Ave. Costa Mesa, CA 92627. During this retreat we will travel through Sacred Scripture, the Catechism, and the writings of Pope Francis to learn about the Holy Spirit's mission to pour out special gifts called charisms that help us grow spiritually and to learn what mission, God is calling us to. During this retreat you will take the Spiritual Gifts Inventory, score it, and discover your Spiritual Gifts. You will also do small group table work, learn about the charisms of others and how they manifest in each of us. Sign up for Interviews after the retreat will be available. This is a private 50-minute session with a trained interviewer that can help you more deeply discover your gifts and also opportunities on how you can use your gifts. Interviews are highly recommended to help guide those who are new to the gifts discernment process. To register, contact Susan Stivers at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

4:30 p.m. Confession at Holy Cross Church.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer) at Holy Cross Church.

Sunday, May 19.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy led by Holy Cross Church Children’s choir on third Sunday of the month. Arrive at 10:30 a.m. in the choir room, ready, and dressed in a white button down shirt or blouse, navy blue skirt or pants, and black close toe shoes.
12:00 p.m. Sunday School Graduation Day for children in kindergarten to grade 8.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.
1:30 p.m. Theosis Meeting in Conference Room. Adult members of Holy Cross Church are invited to learn more about their Eastern Byzantine tradition by attending our monthly meetings to discuss how Scripture and Christ’s teachings show us how God became man so that man can become God-like. Anyone seeking more information can contact Mark Bergeron at (714) 307-2196.

2:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. House blessings.

Wednesday, May 22.
1:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. House blessings.
7:30 p.m. Divine Liturgy at Annunciation Melkite Catholic Mission (381 W Center St, Covina, 91723. Covina, CA) and anointing for the Sick in commemoration of the miracle by Saint Charbel to Nuhad Alshami in 1993. Presided by Father François Beyrouti.

Thursday, May 23.
2:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. House blessings.

Friday, May 24.
2:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. House blessings.

Saturday, May 25.
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Set up, serve meals, and visit with the women.

4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, May 26.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12. An overview of “Matthew Kelly's ‘First Christian Prayers’ in combination with ‘The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity.’ ” Presentation by Robert Fragnito.

Thursday, May 30. Feast of the Ascension.
7:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Ascension.

Friday, May 31.
7:00 p.m. The 13th Annual Roman Catholic, Eastern Catholic, and Orthodox Christian Ecumenical Service of Prayer for Christian Unity at St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church. 4949 Alton Parkway Irvine, CA 92604. Featured homilist: Valerie Karras, Ph.D. A reception will follow. Featuring choirs from St. Justin Martyr Roman Catholic Church, the Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church, St. Paul’s Assyrian Church of the East, St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, and the Coptic Youth Singers.

Saturday, June 1.
5:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy in Arabic.

Sunday, June 2.
On the first Sunday of each month, you may use your building fund envelope (or a specially marked envelope) and deposit it in the regular collection. Thank you for your continued generosity as we move closer to our parish goal of a new hall and church building.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy in English.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.
12:15-1:30 p.m. Young Adults Group for ages 21-35. B.B.Q. and Pool Party.

Saturday, June 8.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, June 9. Sunday of Pentecost.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.

5:45 p.m. Music practice in the hall.
6:30 p.m. Divine Liturgy. The Melkite Eastern Catholic Community at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691.

Saturday, June 15.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, June 16. Sunday of All Saints. Father's Day.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy led by Holy Cross Church Children’s choir on third Sunday of the month. Arrive at 10:30 a.m. in the choir room, ready, and dressed in a white button down shirt or blouse, navy blue skirt or pants, and black close toe shoes.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.
1:30 p.m. Theosis Meeting in Conference Room. Adult members of Cross Church are invited to learn more about their Eastern Byzantine tradition by attending our monthly meetings to discuss how Scripture and Christ’s teachings show us how God became man in order so that man can become God-like. Anyone seeking more information can contact - Mark Bergeron at (714) 307-2196.

Saturday, June 22.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, June 23.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.

Saturday, June 29.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).
6:00 p.m. Baptism for Jazmine Kassouf child of George and Therese Kassouf.

Sunday, June 30. Special collection: Peter’s Pence.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.

3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Prepare meal in the Holy Cross Hall Kitchen for Isaiah House Catholic Worker’s Women’s shelter. Please call the office if you would like to sponsor this event.
4:30 p.m. Carpool to Isaiah House (316 South Cypress Avenue, Santa Ana. http://occatholicworker.org).
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Set up, serve meals, visit with the women, and clean up.

Readings for Sunday, May 5, 2019.
Prokimenon (Tone 2)
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.

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles (6:1-7).
In those days, as the number of disciples increased; there arose a complaint among the Greeks against the Hebrews, in that their widows were being neglected in the daily service. And so, the twelve summoned the many disciples and said, “It is not good that we give up the word of God and serve at tables. Therefore, brethren, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and of wisdom that we could put to this service, while we devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”
And the plan was pleasing to the whole crowd, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip and Prochorus and Nicanor and Timon and Parmenas and Nicholas, a recent convert from Antioch. These they presented to the apostles, who then prayed and laid their hands upon them. And God’s word was growing, and the number of the disciples increased considerably in Jerusalem; and many of the priests also accepted the faith.

ALLELUIA (Tone 2)
The Lord shall hear you on the day of distress; the name of the God of Jacob shall defend you.
Stichon: O Lord, save your king and listen to us on whatever day we call upon you.

The Holy Gospel According to St. Mark the Evangelist (15:43-16:8: Christ’s Burial and Resurrection)
At that time there came Joseph, the one from Arimathea, a councillor of high rank, who was himself looking for the kingdom of God. And he went in boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. But Pilate wondered whether he had expired so soon. And sending for the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that he was, he granted the body to Joseph. And he bought a linen cloth, and took him down, and wrapped him in the linen cloth, and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock. Then he rolled a stone to the entrance of the tomb. But Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Jose were looking on and saw where he was laid. And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, in order to go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb, when the sun had just risen. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll the stone back from the entrance of the tomb for us?” And looking up they saw that the stone had been rolled back—now, it was very large. But on entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting at the right side, clothed in a white robe, and they were amazed. He said to them, “Do not be terrified. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen he is not here. Behold the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he goes before you into Galilee; there you shall see him, as he told you.” And they left and fled from the tomb, for trembling and fear had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

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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.
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.
Office Manager: Tony Helo.
Parish Hall Rentals: Hala Nakhoul (714) 920-6180.
Choir Directors: Reader 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.

LITURGICAL SCHEDULE
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.

ARABIC DIVINE LITURGY: 5:00 p.m. Saturday before the first Sunday of the month. In 2019: May 4, June 1, July 6, August 3, August 31, October 5, November 2, November 30.

ENGLISH DIVINE LITURGY: 11:00 a.m. First Sunday of the month. In 2019: May 5, June 2, July 7, August 4, September 1, October 6, November 3, December 1.

HOLY DAYS AND WEEKDAYS: Please check the bulletin.

THE HOLY MYSTERIES
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.

HALL RENTAL POLICY.
MERCY-MEAL ON THE DAY OF THE FUNERAL, MERCY-MEAL FOR THE 40th DAY OR OTHER MEMORIALS: $200.00 for registered parishioners of Holy Cross Church who regularly use donation envelopes.
A PARTY WITH MUSIC, FOOD, AND DRINKS (up to 5 hours of use): $400.00 for parishioners + $100 insurance payable to the diocese. $500.00 for non-parishioners + $100 insurance payable to the diocese.
DAMAGE/CLEANING DEPOSIT: $200.00. Refundable if the hall is left in the condition it was given to you.
SECURITY FEE: $150 charge will be added to cover security for 5 hours.
A MEETING (Use of the chairs and tables only. No use of the kitchen, oven, or refrigerator). $75 / hour for parishioners. $100 for non-parishioners.
ADDITIONAL CHARGE FOR A RENTAL OVER 5 HOURS: $100 / hour.

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