Weekly News – June 25, 2017

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Weekly News – June 25, 2017








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PLEASE NOTE:
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THE SERMON
WILL BE GIVEN IMMEDIATELY AFTER
THE GOSPEL READING
AT THE BEGINNING OF BADARAK

Holy Translators Weekly News
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Third Sunday after Pentecost

QUOTE OF THE WEEK  
   
Figure Out What Will Please Christ
And Then Do It !!!

 

St. Nersess the Great
 
Tomorrow, the Armenian Church will remember this remarkable 4th-century figure during the Feast of St. Nersess the Great.As the great-grandson of St. Gregory the Illuminator, he was heir to Armenia’s most exalted lineage, and possessed all the qualities of a great spiritual leader. Yet he resisted becoming a priest, and by some accounts only accepted ordination and advancement at the insistence of Armenia’s king. The king may have had cause to regret it. For when the new Catholicos Nersess ascended to the Throne of St. Gregory, he turned away from matters of the royal court. To Nersess, the church was first and foremost the servant and defender of the people: he strove to make Armenia a more hospitable place for the weak and dispossessed, and for the cultivation of the wholesome virtues of common family life. 
He built schools and orphanages; hospitals and shelters for the poor; monasteries and convents. At the bishops’ council of Ashdishad, which Nersess convened in A.D. 364, he instituted reforms in the church canons that placed Christian charity, moral cleanliness, sincere worship, marriage and childrearing at the heart of religious observance.  Nersess was also outspoken in defiance of Armenia’s impious leaders—and his unwavering moral integrity came at great cost. He was deposed from office; exiled from his homeland; eventually poisoned at the order of a depraved king. Nevertheless, his example of holiness and virtue left a lasting impression on the Armenian Church and people, who saw fit to canonize the reluctant catholicos, and name him “Nersess the Great.” 
Honor the day by performing an act of kindness for another living soul.
 

(From the Weekly Newsletter of the Diocese)
 

Scripture Readings for Sunday, June 25th.

Gospel Reading 
(Matthew 12:1-8)
 
At that time Jesus went through the grain-fields on the Sabbath; his disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat.  When the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, “Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath.” He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry?  He entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him or his companions to eat, but only for the priests.  Or have you not read in the law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple break the Sabbath and yet are guiltless?  I tell you, something greater than the temple is here.  But if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless.  For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”
 
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Epistle Reading
(Romans 6:12-23)
Therefore, do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions.  No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness.  For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.  What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!  Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?  But thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were entrusted,  and that you, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.  I am speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations. For just as you once   presented your members as slaves to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness for sanctification.  When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.  So what advantage did you then get from the things of which you now are ashamed? The end of those things is death.  But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life.  For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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Gospel Commentary
 
The Pharisees are rigid in their legalism.  While the plucking of a few ears in a     neighbor’s field is permitted by Law, they consider it “reaping” and  unlawful work of the Sabbath.  Jesus provides Old Testament precedents of blameless violations of the Sabbath rule, thereby demonstrating that the law is not absolute over human need or service to God.  Jesus is Lord even of the Sabbath, thus Lord of all days including the Lord’s Day and the Author of the Law itself.  He gives precedence to mercy rather than ritualistic observance.

Parish Announcements!
 
The Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak are: Romans 7:25-8:11 & Matthew 12:38-45
 
Summer Camps:  Applications for St. Vartan Camp, St. Nersess Summer Study Programs and Camp Haiastan are being accepted at this time.  See Der Krikor for more information.
  
Miracle Kitchen: Our next Miracle Kitchen is scheduled for Thursday, September 28th.  Volunteers are needed to help serve.  Please contact Renee Ferraro if you are able to help at reneegferraro@gmail,com.
 
Parish Outreach:  The Outreach program at our parish focuses on activities for our local communities as well as meeting parish-wide needs.  We currently serve the Salvation Miracle Kitchen monthly and need many more hands! 
If you are interested in helping please contact Renee Ferraro: 508-541-6770 or reneegferraro@gmail.com.  
        
Fellowship Sign-up:  Volunteers are needed to sponsor and work at our Coffee Fellowship Hours after Church as well as make donations toward the expense of the Altar Flowers and Candles.  Contact Jaymie Babaian to sign up.  (jaymie1754@gmail.com)
 
Please inform Der Krikor at 774-292-9116 or frkrikor@holytranslators.org of those who may be sick at home, hospitalized or may simply want to talk, so that he can make arrangements to visit.

Kitchen Renovation
 

We have begun the process of renovating the Church Kitchen, which is scheduled to be completed soon.
 
Please note that until then there will be no access to the Kitchen.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Sunday Morning Prayer:  8:30AM 
Sunday Divine Liturgy:  9:30AM
 
Sun June 25         Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
 
Sun.  July  2 
        No Church
 
Sun. July   9          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
 
Sun. July 16          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
 
Sun. July 23          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
 
Sun. July 30          No Church
 
Sun. Aug.  6          Divine Liturgy (Blessing of the Grapes) – Der Krikor
 
Sun. Aug. 13         No Church
 
Sun. Aug. 20         No Church
 
Sun. Aug. 27         Divine Liturgy  – Der Krikor

 
Sun. Sept   3          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
 
Sun. Sept. 10  
       Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor

 

PARISH COUNCIL 2017-2018
Pastor and President:                                  Rev. Fr. Krikor A. Sabounjian
Chairman:                                                                          Robin Palombo
Vice Chairman:                                                               Karnig Durgarian
Recording Secretary:                                                              Neil Ferraro
Corresponding Secretary:                                                Karyn Bilezerian
Treasurer:                                                                               Marco Ciaffi
Asst. Treasurer:                                                          Parkoohi Voskanian
Council Members:                                                              Elise Durgarian
                                                                                             Mark Jorjorian
                                                                                               Scott Zaleski

Diocesan Delegates:                                                           Laurie Bejoian
                                                                                        Karnig Durgarian

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Weekly News – June 18, 2017








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Holy Translators Weekly News
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Feast of Holy Etchmiadzin
Father’s Day

QUOTE OF THE WEEK  
   
Figure Out What Will Please Christ
And Then Do It !!!

 

FEAST OF HOLY ETCHMIADZIN
 

Tomorrow,  the Armenian Church celebrates “The Feast of the Universal Church of Holy Etchmiadzin.”  This feast is celebrated two weeks after Pentecost (the birthday of the Christian Church) and the day after the Feast of the Deliverance of St. Gregory the Illuminator from the Pit (Khor-virab).  After his emergence from the pit  (he was imprisoned for fourteen years because he refused  to worship the pagan gods) St. Gregory preached the Christian Faith to the Armenian Nation, ultimately converting the Armenian King Drtad who declared Christianity as the official religion of Armenia in 301 A.D.  After the conversion, he continued his preaching.  In a vision, St. Gregory saw the Only-begotten who, descending from Heaven, struck with a gold  hammer the place where the underground pagan  emple at Vagharshabad was located.  It was at that very spot that the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin (which means the “Only begotten descended”) was built in 302 A.D. and stands to this day. The Feast commemorates the final eradication of paganism in Armenia and the establishment of the Holy Armenian Church and her universal authority.  On the one hand, it is the commemoration of our national Church, the assertion of its   individuality and its support by the Armenian government.  On the other hand, as part of the Universal Church, it gave form to the church which had existed for three centuries, established by the Apostles Thaddeaus and Bartholomew and based on the truth of Holy Gospels. 
 

(from A Dictionary of the Armenian Church by Malachia Ormanian and Saints & Feasts of the Armenian Church by Patriarch Torkom Koushagian)
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Father’s Day
 

Across the United States today is observed as Father’s Day: a chance to reflect, with gratitude, on the deeper meaning of fatherhood.  While the surrounding popular culture may sometimes fail to treat fatherhood with due seriousness, the Armenian Church accords great reverence and respect to fathers.  The greatest tribute we pay to fatherhood lies in the way we apply the word “Father” to God. Our ability to call upon Him as our Father is a privilege and blessing—beautifully conveyed in a prayer from our Divine Liturgy:  “God of truth and Father of mercy, we are grateful that you have exalted us above even the [Old Testament] patriarchs. For you were called ‘God’ to them; but you are pleased to be named ‘Father’ to us.”  The priest recites this prayer right before the congregation sings the Hayr Mer –  reminding us that it was Jesus, God’s only-begotten Son, who taught us to call God “Our Father.” And when we understand God in terms of His Fatherhood, we also understand godliness to be the duty to which all fathers are called.  This Sunday, thank the fathers who strive to provide such an example in your own life, and remember those who have departed this world in your prayers. (From the Diocesan Website)
 

Scripture Readings for Sunday, June 18th.

Gospel Reading 
(John 10:22-30)
 

At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon.  So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”  Jesus answered, “I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me;  but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep.  My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand.  What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father’s hand.  The Father and I are one.”

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Epistle Reading
(Hebrews 9:1-10)

 

Now even the first covenant had regulations for worship and an earthly sanctuary. For a tent was constructed, the first one, in which were the lamp-stand, the table, and the bread of the Presence; this is called the Holy Place.  Behind the second curtain was a tent called the Holy of Holies. In it stood the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which there were a golden urn holding the manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant; above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot speak now in detail.  Such preparations having been made, the priests go continually into the first tent to carry out their ritual duties; but only the high priest goes into the second, and he but once a year, and not without taking the blood that he offers for himself and for the sins committed unintentionally by the people.  By this the Holy Spirit indicates that the way into the sanctuary has not yet been disclosed as long as the first tent is still standing.  This is a symbol of the present time, during which gifts and sacrifices are offered that cannot perfect the conscience of the worshiper,  but deal only with food and drink and various baptisms, regulations for the body imposed until the time comes to set things right.
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Gospel Commentary
 
In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus very plainly explains that only those who are part of His flock will really and truly know Him.  He is present everywhere and His works are in plain sight for everyone to see.  However, our ability to see them and to feel His presence in our lives depends on our commitment to Him as  Lord and Savior.         Because, “for those with faith an explanation is never necessary and for those without faith an explanation is never sufficient.”  Where do you fit in?

Parish Announcements!
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The Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak are: Romans 6:12-23 and Matthew 12:1-8
 
Golf Tournament:  Thank you everyone who helped make this year’s golf tournament a huge success on many levels, especially Karen Durgarian, Knar Felegian, Mark Kazanjian and Der Krikor.  This was our best tournament to date. 
 
Special Hokehankist on Fathers Day Today,we will offer special “Hokehankist” prayers for all deceased fathers, grandfathers and godfathers.

Summer Camps:  Applications for St. Vartan Camp, St. Nersess Summer Study Programs and Camp Haiastan are being accepted at this time.  See Der Krikor for more information.
  
Miracle Kitchen: Our next Miracle Kitchen is scheduled for Thursday, September 28th.  Volunteers are needed to help serve.  Please contact Renee Ferraro if you are able to help at reneegferraro@gmail,com.

 
Parish Outreach:  The Outreach program at our parish focuses on activities for our local communities as well as meeting parish-wide needs.  We currently serve the Salvation Miracle Kitchen monthly and need many more hands! 
If you are interested in helping please contact Renee Ferraro: 508-541-6770 or reneegferraro@gmail.com.  
        
Fellowship Sign-up:  Volunteers are needed to sponsor and work at our Coffee Fellowship Hours after Church as well as make donations toward the expense of the Altar Flowers and Candles.  Contact Jaymie Babaian to sign up.  (jaymie1754@gmail.com)
 
Please inform Der Krikor at 774-292-9116 or frkrikor@holytranslators.org of those who may be sick at home, hospitalized or may simply want to talk, so that he can make arrangements to visit.

Kitchen Renovation
 

We have begun the process of renovating the Church Kitchen, which is scheduled to be completed soon.
 
Please note that until then there will be no access to the Kitchen.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Sunday Morning Prayer:  8:30AM 
Sunday Divine Liturgy:  9:30AM
Sun. Jun  18         Feast of Holy Etchmiadzin
                                 Fathers Day

 
Sun June 25         Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
 
Sun.  July  2 
        No Church
 
Sun. July   9          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
 
Sun. July 16          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
 
Sun. July 23          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
 
Sun. July 30          No Church
 
Sun. Aug.  6          Divine Liturgy (Blessing of the Grapes) – Der Krikor
 
Sun. Aug. 13         No Church
 
Sun. Aug. 20         No Church
 
Sun. Aug. 27         Divine Liturgy  – Der Krikor

 
Sun. Sept   3          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
 
Sun. Sept. 10  
       Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor

 

PARISH COUNCIL 2017-2018
Pastor and President:                                  Rev. Fr. Krikor A. Sabounjian
Chairman:                                                                          Robin Palombo
Vice Chairman:                                                               Karnig Durgarian
Recording Secretary:                                                              Neil Ferraro
Corresponding Secretary:                                                Karyn Bilezerian
Treasurer:                                                                               Marco Ciaffi
Asst. Treasurer:                                                          Parkoohi Voskanian
Council Members:                                                              Elise Durgarian
                                                                                             Mark Jorjorian
                                                                                               Scott Zaleski

Diocesan Delegates:                                                           Laurie Bejoian
                                                                                        Karnig Durgarian

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Weekly News – June 11, 2017








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IN THIS WEEK’S NEWS

ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
ONLY 3 DAY AWAY

Annual Golf Tounament – June 12th – Click Here

Special Hokehankist on Fathers Day:  We will offer special “Hokehankist” prayers for all deceased fathers, grandfathers and godfathers on Fathers Day, June 18th. Please email your request to frkrikor@holytranslators.org or fill out a Requiem form at fellowship.  Donations may be sent to the Church or brought with you and given to Marco Ciaffi, Memo:  Fathers Day Hokehankist.

Holy Translators Weekly News
Sunday, June 11, 2017

Remembrance of the Prophet Elijah

QUOTE OF THE WEEK  
   
Figure Out What Will Please Christ
And Then Do It !!!

 

REMEMBRANCE OF THE PROPHET ELIJAH

 
Elijah meaning, “
Yahweh is my God,” was a prophet in the Kingdom of Samaria during the reign of Ahab in the 9th century BC.  According to the Books of Kings, Elijah defended the worship of Yahweh over that of the more popular Baal, he raised the dead, brought fire down from the sky, and ascended into heaven in a whirlwind (either accompanied by a chariot and horses of flame or riding in it)   In the Book of Malachi, Elijah’s return is prophesied “before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord,”  making him a harbinger of the Messiah and the  eschaton (the final event in the Divine plan) in various faiths that revere the       Hebrew Bible. Derivative references to Elijah appear in the Talmud, Mishnah, the New Testament, and the Qur’an.  In Judaism, Elijah’s name is invoked at the weekly Havdalah ritual that marks the end of Shabbat, and Elijah is invoked in other Jewish customs, among them the Passover Seder and the Brit milah (ritual circumcision). He appears in numerous stories and references in the Haggadah and      rabbinic literature, including the Babylonian Talmud.  In Christianity, the New Testament describes how both Jesus and John the Baptist are compared with     Elijah, and on some occasions, thought by some to be manifestations of Elijah, and Elijah appears with Moses during the Transfiguration of Jesus.  In Islam, the Qur’an describes Elijah as a great and righteous prophet of God, and one who   powerfully preached against the worship of Ba’al.  Elijah is also a figure in various folkloric traditions. In Macedonia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania, he is known as “Elijah the Thunderer” and in folklore is held responsible for summer storms, hail, rain, thunder, and dew.         (Excerpts for Wikipedia)
 

Scripture Readings for Sunday, June 11th.

Gospel Reading 
(Luke 4:25-30)
 
But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the time of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a severe famine over all the land; yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.”  When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage.  They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff.  But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.
 
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Epistle Reading
(James 5:16-20)

 
Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.  Elijah was a human being like us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth.  Then he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain and the earth yielded its harvest.  My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another,  you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner’s soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
 
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Gospel Commentary
 
Many people are very nervous about confessing their sins to others.  Some have a problem confessing in front of a priest.  However, the ancient Christian custom was to confess your trespasses to one another.  When a Christian was guilty of sin, the matter was confessed in front of and to the whole church community as an act of repentance.  As the church grew, and outsiders began to frequent the church services, the pressure in such public confession became so great that the priest alone would hear the confession on behalf of the people and in front of God.  Now in our churches a form confession is recited by everyone in unison before the priest.  This accommodation falls short on many levels.  It allows us to never really deal with our specific shortcomings and sins, which also precludes us from true repentance.  Confession and repentance should not be group endeavors.  Each of us must come to grips with our own sinfulness and seek forgiveness from God through sincere soul searching, admission and repentance.  This is taught in Scripture and is something we need to return to if we truly want to be united with God.  What is not taught in Scripture is a private confession only to God, which is a refusal to acknowledge sin to the community.  During this week take stock of your spiritual life.  If you recognize your sins come to Der Krikor and inquire about private confession.  See if it changes your life.  This type of confession in not counseling.  It is a liturgical opening up to the mercy of God.

 

Parish Announcements!
.
The Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak are: Hebrews 9:1-10 and John 10:22-30.
 
Golf Tournament:  This year’s tournament will take place on Monday, June 12th. At the Sandy Burr Golf Course, Wayland MA.  The golf tournament is a major fund raiser for our Parish.  The committee needs help; Raffle ticket sellers, sponsors, golfers and workers.  Anyone interested in helping out please see Der Krikor or Karen Durgarian.

Special Hokehankist on Fathers Day:  We will offer special “Hokehankist” prayers for all deceased fathers, grandfathers and godfathers on Fathers Day, June 18th. Please email your request to frkrikor@holytranslators.org or fill out a Requiem form at fellowship.  Donations may be sent to the Church or brought with you and given to Marco Ciaffi, Memo:  Fathers Day Hokehankist.
 
Summer Camps:  Applications for St. Vartan Camp, St. Nersess Summer Study Programs and Camp Haiastan are being accepted at this time.  See Der Krikor for more information.
  
Miracle Kitchen: Our next Miracle Kitchen is scheduled for Thursday, September 28th.  Volunteers are needed to help serve.  Please contact Renee Ferraro if you are able to help at reneegferraro@gmail,com.

 
Parish Outreach:  The Outreach program at our parish focuses on activities for our local communities as well as meeting parish-wide needs.  We currently serve the Salvation Miracle Kitchen monthly and need many more hands! 
If you are interested in helping please contact Renee Ferraro: 508-541-6770 or reneegferraro@gmail.com.  
        
Fellowship Sign-up:  Volunteers are needed to sponsor and work at our Coffee Fellowship Hours after Church as well as make donations toward the expense of the Altar Flowers and Candles.  Contact Jaymie Babaian to sign up.  (jaymie1754@gmail.com)
 
Please inform Der Krikor at 774-292-9116 or frkrikor@holytranslators.org of those who may be sick at home, hospitalized or may simply want to talk, so that he can make arrangements to visit.

Kitchen Renovation
 

We have begun the process of renovating the Church Kitchen, which is scheduled to be completed soon.
 
Please note that until then there will be no access to the Kitchen.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Sunday Morning Prayer:  8:30AM 
Sunday Divine Liturgy:  9:30AM
 
Mon. June 12       Annual Golf Tournament – Sandy Burr, Wayland – 10:00AM

Sun. Jun  18         Feast of Holy Etchmiadzin
                                 Fathers Day
 
Sun June 25         Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
 
Sun.  July  2 
        No Church
 
Sun. July   9          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
 
Sun. July 16          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
 
Sun. July 23          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
 
Sun. July 30          No Church
 
Sun. Aug.  6          Divine Liturgy (Blessing of the Grapes) – Der Krikor
 
Sun. Aug. 13         No Church
 
Sun. Aug. 20         No Church
 
Sun. Aug. 27         Divine Liturgy  – Der Krikor

 
Sun. Sept   3          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
 
Sun. Sept. 10  
       Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor

 

PARISH COUNCIL 2017-2018
Pastor and President:                                  Rev. Fr. Krikor A. Sabounjian
Chairman:                                                                          Robin Palombo
Vice Chairman:                                                               Karnig Durgarian
Recording Secretary:                                                              Neil Ferraro
Corresponding Secretary:                                                Karyn Bilezerian
Treasurer:                                                                               Marco Ciaffi
Asst. Treasurer:                                                          Parkoohi Voskanian
Council Members:                                                              Elise Durgarian
                                                                                             Mark Jorjorian
                                                                                               Scott Zaleski

Diocesan Delegates:                                                           Laurie Bejoian
                                                                                        Karnig Durgarian

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Weekly News – June 4, 2017

 

IN THIS WEEK’S NEWS

 

 

Annual Golf Tounament – June 12th – Click Here
 

Special Hokehankist on Fathers Day:  We will offer special “Hokehankist” prayers for all deceased fathers, grandfathers and godfathers on Fathers Day, June 18th. Please email your request to frkrikor@holytranslators.org or fill out a Requiem form at fellowship.  Donations may be sent to the Church or brought with you and given to Marco Ciaffi, Memo:  Fathers Day Hokehankist.

 

 

 

 

Holy Translators Weekly News
Sunday, June 4, 2017
Feast of Pentecost

 

 

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
 
“For those with faith
an explanation is never necessary
and for those without faith
an explanation is never sufficient.” 

 

 

 

Please Note:
Badarak Begins at 9:30AM
Sunday School Classes for Grades K-8 begin at 9:30AM
Sunday School Classes for Grades 9-12 begin after Holy Communion.
(Everyone in grades 9-12 is expected to be in Church at 9:30AM)
Armenian School Classes begin at 12:00 Noon

 

 

 

THE FEAST OF PENTECOST

This Sunday,  the Armenian Church, as well as many other traditional Churches within Christendom, celebrates PENTECOST.  Pentecost is the 50th day after Easter.  In the Old Testament, the people of Israel commemorated the 50th day (which means Pentecost in Greek) after Passover as the day when God gave the Law (the Ten Commandments) to Moses on Mount Sinai.  In the New Testament, the followers of Christ were told by Jesus at His Ascension  to “… stay in the city (Jerusalem) until you are clothed with the power from on High.” (the Holy Spirit) Luke 24:49.  Ten Days after this and 50 days after Easter (the New Passover), the Apostles received the Holy Spirit and were filled with the power of God.  They were then able to go out into the world and preach the Gospel of our Lord fully.”When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.  And suddenly a sound came from Heaven like the rush of a mighty  wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.  And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each of them.  And they were filled with the Holy Spirit…” (Acts 2:1-4).

The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Holy Trinity.  He is God.  Through the Holy Spirit we are united with Christ.  The Holy Spirit leads us to God.  If we are to be true Christians, we, like the Apostles,  should also be “inspired” (filled with the Holy Spirit).  Our entire lives should reflect this reality in all that we do and say.

Let us pray to God that He fill us all with the precious gift of His Holy Spirit so that we may truly become His disciples in our world today.

 

 

 

Scripture Readings for Sunday, June 4h.
 

Gospel Reading
(John 14:25-31) 
“I have said these things to you while I am still with you.  But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.  Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.  You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I.  And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe.  I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over me;  but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us be on our way.
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Epistle Reading
(Acts 2:1-21)
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place..  And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.  Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.  Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each.  Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?  And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,  Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,  Cretans and Arabs–in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.”  All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?”  But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”  But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say.  Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning.  No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:  ‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.  Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist.  The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.  Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’
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Gospel Commentary

When we attempt to accomplish anything there is a process.  There is the attainment of knowledge which gives us the tools we need and there is the element of execution: the ability to take the knowledge received and turn it into something productive and useful.  In our spiritual life the second aspect of this process is realized through the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit give us the grace to be able to truly understand and appreciate the passive knowledge of our Faith which we receive and  turn it into action.  This week pray for the awakening of the graces you received at your Baptism through the Holy Spirit to lead you to action during your daily activities and see if it make a difference in the way you approach things.

 

 

 

 

Parish Announcements!
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The Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak are: James 5:16-20 & Luke 4:25-30.

Men’s Fellowship Night Thank you to everyone who helped to make the Men’s Fellowship night a wonderful evening, especially Karnig Durgarian, Anthony Barsamian and Ron Tutunjian.

 

Golf Tournament:  This year’s tournament will take place on Monday, June 12th. At the Sandy Burr Golf Course, Wayland MA.  The golf tournament is a major fund raiser for our Parish.  The committee needs help; Raffle ticket sellers, sponsors, golfers and workers.  Anyone interested in helping out please see Der Krikor or Karen Durgarian.

Special Hokehankist on Fathers Day:  We will offer special “Hokehankist” prayers for all deceased fathers, grandfathers and godfathers on Fathers Day, June 18th. Please email your request to frkrikor@holytranslators.org or fill out a Requiem form at fellowship.  Donations may be sent to the Church or brought with you and given to Marco Ciaffi, Memo:  Fathers Day Hokehankist.

Summer Camps:  Applications for St. Vartan Camp, St. Nersess Summer Study Programs and Camp Haiastan are being accepted at this time.  See Der Krikor for more information.

Miracle Kitchen: Our next Miracle Kitchen is scheduled for Thursday, September 28th.  Volunteers are needed to help serve.  Please contact Renee Ferraro if you are able to help at reneegferraro@gmail,com.

 
Parish Outreach:  The Outreach program at our parish focuses on activities for our local communities as well as meeting parish-wide needs.  We currently serve the Salvation Miracle Kitchen monthly and need many more hands!
If you are interested in helping please contact Renee Ferraro: 508-541-6770 or reneegferraro@gmail.com.
Fellowship Sign-up:  Volunteers are needed to sponsor and work at our Coffee Fellowship Hours after Church as well as make donations toward the expense of the Altar Flowers and Candles.  Contact Jaymie Babaian to sign up.  (jaymie1754@gmail.com)
 
Please inform Der Krikor at 774-292-9116 or frkrikor@holytranslators.org of those who may be sick at home, hospitalized or may simply want to talk, so that he can make arrangements to visit.

 

 

 

Kitchen Renovation

We have begun the process of renovating the Church Kitchen, which is scheduled to be completed soon.
Please note that until then there will be no access to the Kitchen.

 

 

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Sunday Morning Prayer:  8:30AM 
Sunday Divine Liturgy:  9:30AM

Sun., Jun   4         Feast of PentecostMon. June 12       Annual Golf Tournament – Sandy Burr, Wayland – 10:00AM

Sun. Jun  18         Feast of Holy Etchmiadzin
Fathers Day

Sun June 25         Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor

Sun.  July  2 
        Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor

Sun. July   9          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor

Sun. July 16          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor

Sun. July 23          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor

Sun. July 30          No Church

Sun. Aug.  6          Divine Liturgy (Blessing of the Grapes) – Der Krikor

Sun. Aug. 13          No Church

Sun. Aug. 20         No Church

Sun. Aug. 27         Divine Liturgy  – Der Krikor

Sun. Sept   3          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor

Sun. Sept. 10  
       Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor

 

 

 

PARISH COUNCIL 2017-2018
Pastor and President:                                  Rev. Fr. Krikor A. Sabounjian
Chairman:                                                                          Robin Palombo
Vice Chairman:                                                               Karnig Durgarian
Recording Secretary:                                                              Neil Ferraro
Corresponding Secretary:                                                Karyn Bilezerian
Treasurer:                                                                               Marco Ciaffi
Asst. Treasurer:                                                          Parkoohi Voskanian
Council Members:                                                              Elise Durgarian
Mark Jorjorian
Scott Zaleski
Diocesan Delegates:                                                           Laurie Bejoian
Karnig Durgarian

 

 

 

 

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  3. Christmas Eve Carol & Prayer Service (English)

    December 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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    January 5, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
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