Orange Area News
Feast of Our Lady Queen of Palestine – October 2018
On Saturday, October 27th and Sunday, October 28th, knights and ladies of the Orange Area participated in the celebration of the Feast of Our Lady Queen of Palestine. Eucharistic celebrations were held in San Antonio de Padua church and Holy Family Cathedral. Rev. John Neneman, Knight Chaplin and Fr. Patrick Moses, a candidate for Investiture in 2019, graciously hosted the events.
We robed and processed before and after the Masses, gave short pulpit talks and greeted the respective parishioners. We gladly shared information about the Order and the various projects we sponsor and finance in the Holy Land.
Our Lieutenant, H. E. Sir Michael Feeley, has strongly encouraged the Order to observe and celebrate this feast. Last weekend’s events marked the fourth year in a row that we have participated in the celebration of this important feast day of our Order.
Submitted by Stephen and Kristin Luchetta, Co-Councillors, Orange Area
|Holy Family Cathedral Mass with the icon of our Lady Queen of Palestine
||Steve Lucheta, Kristin Lucheta, Lita Desales, Vince Salico, Barbara Salico, John Biale, Elena Biale. Diana Dudaniec, Peggy Eoff, Paul Eoff, Fr. John Neneman, pastor, San Antonio De Padua
Exaltation of the Holy Cross Feast Day Celebration, September 14, 2018
On Friday, September 14th, members of the Orange Area gathered at Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church in Placentia for an Eastern Rite Mass to observe the Feast of the Exaltation of The Holy Cross. We gathered with the Melkite Community for Mass con-celebrated by Fr. Francois Beyrouti, Pastor of Holy Cross and Fr. John Monestero, our Justice and Peace Advisor.
After Mass we processed to the courtyard area for the traditional veneration of the Cross and fire ceremony signifying St. Helena’s celebration after locating the original cross. We then joined the congregation for desserts and coffee.
This is our second visit. We plan to make this an annual event for our Area in accordance with our Justice & Peace Committee’s mission to help educate the members of our Order, along with our Lieutenant’s wishes to celebrate the Order’s Feast Days.
Submitted by Sir Stephen and Lady Kristin Luchetta, Orange Area Co-Councillors
Orange Area Year in review through August 5, 2018
Submitted by Stephen and Kristin Luchetta, Co-Councilors of the Orange Area
Lenten Retreat – March 10, 2018 – St. Thomas More Church, Irvine, CA
As part of the Orange Area’s Justice & Peace Committee’s mission to help educate the members of our Order, along with the Spirituality Committee’s job to help with personal sanctification, the Lenten Retreat was organized. On Saturday, March 10, 2018 approximately 65 members of the Orange Area gathered at St. Thomas More Church multi purpose room for a presentation of the documentary film, “Under Caesar’s Sword”. The program asks participants to “Step into the lives of Christian families, refugees and leaders facing persecution.
“Under Caesar’s Sword” is a collaborative global research project that investigates how Christian communities respond when their religious freedom is severely violated. It is a partnership of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, the Religious Freedom Institute, and Georgetown University’s Religious Freedom Research Project. Members were assigned to small groups with table leaders leading the discussions. Nick Wittner, our Justice and Peace Chair organized and facilitated the Retreat. We were blessed to have Most Reverend Kevin Vann in the audience. Mass was celebrated by Bishop Kevin with lunch following. Bishop Kevin has asked that we make this an annual event.
Mid Year Meeting – April 6, 2018 – St. Joachim Church, Costa Mesa, CA
On Friday, April 6, 2018 the Orange Area held it’s mid year meeting at St. Joachim’s Church in Costa Mesa, CA. Approximately 105 members attended the Mass and dinner. Our celebrant was the Most Reverend Thanh Thai Nguyen. Bishop Nguyen led a spirit filled liturgy and provided members an inspirational homily. Bishop Nguyen was recently installed as an Auxiliary Bishop of Orange. We are looking forward to having him participate in many events. Dinner followed Mass at the Santa Ana Country Club. We were all blessed to meet Rev. Quan Tran, Episcopal Vicar of the Office of Ecumenical & Interreligious Affairs for the Dioceses of Orange. We learned about his legal background and knowledge of Ecumenical & interreligious Affairs. We are blessed to have him as a member of our Order.
Quarterly Rosary – June 25, 2018 – Chapel in the Sky, Christ Cathedral, Garden Grove, CA
On Saturday, June 25, 2018 60 members joined us for our quarterly rosary at the beautiful Chapel in the Sky on the Christ Cathedral campus in Garden Grove. Mass was celebrated by the Most Reverend Timothy Freyer. A beautiful liturgy and Homily was enjoyed by all members. Our rosary followed Mass on the top floor of the Tower of Hope Building. This will be the site of the Friday Retreat for incoming candidates. The members gathered after the rosary in a multi purpose room for refreshments, and food.
Half day of Recollection – August 4, 2018 – St. Thomas More Church, Irvine, CA
See previous posting below.
Monthly First Monday Rosaries are held in 5 locations in the Orange Area:
3) San Clemente / Dana Point
4) Laguna Niguel / Mission Viejo
5) Newport Beach / Costa Mesa
Dear Knights and Ladies and Candidates,
On August 4th, we celebrated our 20th Half Day of Recollection at St. Thomas More Church in Irvine. Our special thanks to Fr. John Janze for graciously hosting this annual event. This was, once again, a joint effort between the EOHSJ and the Order of Malta. Thanks also to Ed Godlewski, President of the Orange Chapter, for his help and support. We would like to share with you some of the special moments and photos of the day.
Over 60 members of our Order and the Order of Malta, including candidates and provisionals, enjoyed a morning of inspirational talks, prayers and fellowship. Rabbi Michael Mayersohn enlightened us on the meaning of Jerusalem in Judaism, our own Fr. John Monestero on the History of the Crusades part XVIII, and a spirit filled liturgy led by Most Reverend Timothy Freyer. Participants also got a first hand look at our new processional icon of Our Lady of Palestine, a gift to the Orange Area from Fr. Francois Beyrouti of Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church. We were also blessed with the presence our very own seminarian Michael Althib, who is at the Latin Seminary in Beit Jala. Michael is from Southern California and has four more years of study. Please keep Michael in your prayers.
We raised $5,025 from our collection to support the Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem. If you were unable to attend the Half Day of Recollection and would like to donate to the Holy Family Hospital, please mail us your check.
Thanks to all the members who attended, brought goodies, contributed to collection and helped organize this event.
May Our Queen of Palestine bless you and your families,
Sir Stephen and Lady Kristin Luchetta,
Orange Area Co-Councillors
“Deus lo vult.”
Area Co-Councillors for the Diocese of Orange
Lady Kristin and Sir Stephen Luchetta