Weekly News – January 28, 2018

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Weekly News – January 28, 2018

 

Holy Translators Weekly News
Sunday, January 28, 2018

THIRD SUNDAY AFTER
THE OCTAVE OF THEOPHANY

 

 

 

SUNDAY SCHEDULE
 

Morning Prayer:  8:30AM
Divine Liturgy Family Worship: 9:30AM

Sunday School Classes will begin immediately
Following the Object Lesson and Holy Communion
Armenian School Classes this Sunday: 12:00-12:30PM

 

 

 

Poon Paregentan/ Family Fun Day
Sunday, February 11th

The  ACYOA Jrs. will once again host our Poon Paregentan/ Family Fun Day in preparation of the start Great Lent.
More details to follow.

 

 

 

CHURCH/SUNDAY SCHOOL CANCELLATION
In the unlikely event that we must cancel either Church or Sunday School due to weather, it will be announced by MetroBlast and on TV.

 

 

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
 
Jesus said to His Disciples:
“I am the bread of life.

Find the Jesus within you!

 

 

 

Last Sunday, January 21st, was the “festival” (Paregentan) day before the Fast of the Catechumens, which took place this past week. Even though we have heard this word during the Divine Liturgy, it is not only hard to pronounce, but many of us do not know what it means.

The Catechumens were people who were being trained and taught about  Christianity and Christian living in preparation for Baptism.  They would be  allowed to attend the Divine Liturgy. however they were asked to leave just  prior to the start of the Eucharist portion in which the faithful prepared to  receive Holy Communion.  Once they were baptized and received the  sacrament of initiation into the Community of the Faithful (the Church) they  became members and participated fully in the life of the Church.

The period of preparation would begin with a Fast and then the instruction  would last through Great Lent.  On Holy Saturday (the day before Easter) they would all be baptized and would receive their first Communion during  the Easter Liturgy.

ST. SARKIS THE WARRIOR:  Yesterday, Saturday, January 27th we remembered      General Sarkis, his son Mardiros and fourteen soldiers.  Sarkis was actually  not Armenian by nationality.  From a town in Cappadocia (a Roman province in Eastern Asia Minor – present day S. E. Turkey) Sarkis was a valiant and faithful soldier of Emperor Constantine’s army.  When Julian became  Emperor, Sarkis took refuge with his son under the protection of King Tiran of Armenia.  From there, he went to serve in the Persian army, where he and his son were able to convert many people to Christianity.  When he  refused to worship the pagan idols, the rulers killed both him and his son.  Fourteen of his faithful Persian soldiers risked their lives to bury his body and were beheaded.

 

 

Scripture Readings for Sunday, January 28th.
 

Gospel Reading
(John 6:22-38) 
The next day the crowd that had stayed on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there. They also saw that Jesus had not got into the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone.  Then some boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks.  So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.  When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?”  Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.  Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.”  Then they said to him, “What must we do to perform the works of God?”  Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”  So they said to him, “What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing?  Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ ”  Then Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven.  For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”  They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”  Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.  But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe.  Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away; for I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me.
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Epistle Reading
(2Timothy 3:1-12)
You must understand this, that in the last days distressing times will come.  For people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,  inhuman, implacable, slanderers, profligates, brutes, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,  holding to the outward form of godliness but denying its power. Avoid them!  For among them are those who make their way into households and captivate silly women, overwhelmed by their sins and swayed by all kinds of desires,  who are always being instructed and can never arrive at a knowledge of the truth.  As Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these people, of corrupt mind and counterfeit faith, also oppose the truth.  But they will not make much progress, because, as in the case of those two men, their folly will become plain to everyone.  Now you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness,  my persecutions and suffering the things that happened to me in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra. What persecutions I endured! Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them.  Indeed, all who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted
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Gospel Commentary

The multitude had continued to pursue Jesus in the hope that He might miraculously solve all of their earthly problems as He had miraculously provided them with food.  He tries to turn their minds to spiritual concerns, telling them not to labor for perishable food but for the food of eternal life, which is available in the Son of Man.  He does not chide them for seeking and working, but for pursuing temporary satisfaction rather than eternal fulfillment.  The most fundamental work of God is true faith in Christ.  Since the Son and the Father are united in essence and will, those who are chosen by the Father will also believe in Jesus and receive eternal life

 

 

 

Parish Announcements!
This Sunday’s Celebrant and Preacher is Rev. Fr. Dajad A. Davidian.  We thank Der Hayr for praying with us today. 
Bible Study will NOT meet on Tuesday, January 30th or February 6th.  We will meet again on Tuesday, February 13th.

Readings for this Sunday’s Badarak2Timothy 3:1-12 and John 6:22-38.

Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak:  Titus 1:1-11 and John 7:37-52.

Please Note:  Der Krikor will be away from Thursday, January 25th until Friday, February 9th. I will be checking emails daily, however, if there is an emergency, which cannot wait until I  return and you need a Priest please call Robin Palombo at 617-680-8988, so that she can make the necessary arrangements.                                                                                                                                        

Poon Paregentan/ Family Fun Day:  Sun., Feb. 11th the  ACYOA Jrs. will once again host our Poon Paregentan/ Family Fun Day in preparation of the start Great Lent.  More details to follow.

Lenten Interactive Prayer Services:  Starting on Wed., Feb. 14th, we will have weekly interactive Lenten Prayer Services (in English)  in the Sanctuary, starting at 6:30PM.

Mid-Lenten (Michink) Worship and Dinner: On Wednesday, March 7th, we will gather for a 1/2 hour interactive Lenten Worship Service in English (6:30PM) followed by a Vosbov Kheema Lenten Community Dinner (7:00PM) in order to offer support and encouragement as we continue our Lenten journey, by praying together and sharing a community meal.  If you are attending.  RSVP to: frkrkor@holytranslators.org.
Parish Outreach:  The Outreach program at our parish focuses on activities for our local communities as well as meeting parish-wide needs.  Renee Ferraro is the Outreach Coordinator (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.

 

 

 

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

 

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Sun. Jan.  28        Divine Liturgy – 9:30am

Tues. Jan. 30        NO Bible Study

Sun. Feb.  4          Divine Liturgy – 9:30am

Tues. Feb.  6         NO Bible Study

Sun. Feb.  11         Poon Paregentan – Family Fun Day

Mon. Feb. 12          First Day of Great Lent

Tue. Feb.  13          Weekly Bible Study  – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AM

Wed. Feb. 14          Lenten Prayer Service (In English) – 6:30PM

Sun. Feb.  18          Sunday of the Expulsion

Tue. Feb.  20          Weekly Bible Study  – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AM

Wed. Feb. 21          Lenten Prayer Service (In English) – 6:30PM

Sun. Feb.  25         Sunday of the Prodigal Son

Tue. Feb.  27          Weekly Bible Study  – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AM

Wed. Feb. 28          Lenten Prayer Service (In English) – 6:30PM

Sun. Mar.   4           Sunday of the Steward

Tue. Mar.   6           NO Weekly Bible Study

Wed. Mar.  7          Lenten Prayer Service (In English) – 6:30PM

Sun. Mar   11         Sunday of the  Judge

Tue. Mar.  13         Weekly Bible Study  – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AM

Wed. Mar. 14         Lenten Prayer Service (In English) – 6:30PM

Sun. Mar. 18          Sunday of the  Advent

Tue.  Mar. 20          Weekly Bible Study  – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AM

Wed. Mar. 21          Lenten Prayer Service (In English) – 6:30PM

Sun. Mar.  25          Palm Sunday

Sun.  Apr.   1          Easter Sunday

 

 

 

Far Health Programs
Rural Cardiologist Strengthens His Skills Through CME

 

 

Khoren Mkrtchyan is the sole cardiologist for Yeghegnadzor’s 50,000 residents. The 36-year-old examines at least five patients a day at the local medical center located in this village in Vayots Dzor Province. Often, there are days and even weeks when he works overtime to help all patients who need care, some of them urgently.

As a physician who has worked in this rural region for more than 10 years, Dr. Mkrtchyan feels there is room for improvement and he yearns to provide better service and more comprehensive medical care, which is why he applied to FAR’s Continuing Medical Education (CME) program for the second time during 2017. Through CME he was able to practice at Yerevan’s Heratsi Hospital Complex №1 in December. During his first experience with CME in 2014, Dr. Mkrtchyan focused solely on echocardiography at Marash Medical Center in Yerevan.

This time, the physician said he was able to do more. The four-week practical training enabled him to study the new approaches and tendencies within his specialization. He also created a network, and exchanged knowledge and expertise on specific cases.

“In the CME program, you communicate with doctors, you start reading medical publications again, you examine new and different approaches to treatment. I normally feel stagnant on a daily basis at Yeghegnadzor Medical Center, and this is a great opportunity to repeat lessons and acquire new experience,” said the doctor.

Dr. Mkrtchyan also highlighted the importance of the 93 Continuing Medical Education credits that all participants of CME receive once they compete the program. Those credits are now mandatory for doctors to acquire every five years, according to a new law on medical assistance and care. The overall amount of the credits needed every five years is 220.

In 2017, 113 doctors from Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh accessed professional development opportunities through the CME Program.

 

 

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 – January 21, 2018

 

Holy Translators Weekly News
Sunday, January 21, 2018

PAREGANTAN OF THE FAST OF THE CATECHUMENS
Annual Parish Assembly

 

 

 

SUNDAY SCHEDULE
 

Morning Prayer:  8:30AM
Divine Liturgy Family Worship: 9:30AM

Sunday School Classes will begin immediately
Following the Object Lesson and Holy Communion
NO Armenian School Classes this Sunday.

 

 

 

2017 Annual Parish Assembly
This Coming Sunday, January 21st.
After Church Services.
REMINDER: Everyone’s Participation is Important!

Given the importance of everyone’s participation in our Parish Assembly and also given the fact the the Patriots Championship game begins at 3:00PM, we will be starting the meeting at 11:30AM.

The plan is to have the Assembly end by 1:30PM, so you will have plenty of time to get back for the start of the game.

Badarak should end by 11:00AM, after which there will be a quick Fellowship, hosted by the Parish Council until 11:20, so that we can be back in the Sanctuary for the 11:30AM start.

 

Annual Reports:  Copies of the 2017 Annual Report will be available for all dues paid members.   You can pick up your copy at Fellowship after Church this coming Sunday.

 

 

 

Poon Paregentan/ Family Fun Day
Sunday, February 11th

The  ACYOA Jrs. will once again host our Poon Paregentan/ Family Fun Day in preparation of the start Great Lent.
More details to follow.

 

 

 

CHURCH/SUNDAY SCHOOL CANCELLATION
In the unlikely event that we must cancel either Church or Sunday School due to weather, it will be announced by MetroBlast and on TV.

 

 

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
 
Jesus said to His Disciples:
“It is I; do not be afraid.” 

Find the Jesus within you!

 

 

 

Turning Conflict Into Adventure:  by Doug Fields

Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it.
 (Peter 3:10-11 )

Personally, I hate conflict. Even the word conflict sounds painful! It has a harsh ring to it. The etymology of the word involves the prefix con- and the suffix –flict. Con- is from the same source from which we developed the word constipation. And –flict is the origin of afflicted, as in, What a drag! I’m afflicted with constipation. (Okay, I haven’t really fact-checked all that, but that’s the image I get when I think of conflict–constipated affliction.)  I can’t stand the feeling I get when I experience tension with others. Conflict causes me more bodily stress than anything else. People think it’s stressful to speak to crowds and it can be. But, I’d rather speak to a million people than experience tension with just one–especially someone I care about. Believe it or not, conflict can actually be part of God’s strategy to transform us into the people He wants us to be. God can use the conflict in our lives for His glory. In brief, conflict can be part of God’s adventure for us. So how can relational conflict possibly be an adventure? Think of it this way: the one factor present in all adventures is conflict. In order to have an adventure, you need some sort of obstacle to overcome.  Whenever we’re involved in conflict, we’re forced to overcome an obstacle and in dealing with that obstacle, we’re invited to seek Christ more intensely. That’s when the adventure begins–when the conflict drives us to our knees. In the midst of the conflict, we encounter a situation that is so unclear, difficult and tension filled, that we need a good Guide to navigate the path. This is where Jesus comes in. Smack-dab in the middle of our battle, He joins us and offers us a clear light to the other side. Think of Jesus walking out on the water to Peter in the midst of a storm (Matthew 14:22-33). With water raging all around him, Peter is offered a new glimpse into a life of faith. He would never have received that opportunity if he had not been out in a storm.  That’s our invitation in the middle of relational conflict: to see any such struggle as an invitation to Christ’s adventure in transformation. Christ extends His hand to us and invites us to walk with Him through the storm. As we seek Him, He transforms us into deeper, richer and more meaningful people. Conflict is the catalyst that God uses to show Himself to us and to cause new growth to happen in our lives.

 

 

Scripture Readings for Sunday, January 21st..
 

Gospel Reading 
(John 6:15-21)

When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.  When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.  The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing.  When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were terrified.  But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.”  Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and      immediately the boat reached the land toward which they were going.
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Epistle Reading
(2Timothy 2:15-26)

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth.  Avoid profane chatter, for it will lead people into more and more impiety,  and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus,  who have swerved from the truth by   claiming that the resurrection has already taken place. They are upsetting the faith of some.  But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who calls on the name of the Lord turn away from wickedness.”  In a large house there are utensils not only of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for special use, some for ordinary.  All who cleanse   themselves of the things I have mentioned will become special utensils, dedicated and useful to the owner of the house, ready for every good work.  Shun youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. Have nothing to do with stupid and senseless controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.  And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kindly to everyone, an apt teacher, patient,  correcting opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant that they will repent and come to know the truth, and that they may escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.
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Gospel Commentary

The Galilean Jews, with their misguided messianic enthusiasm, equate Jesus with the Prophet from Deuteronomy 18:15-19, whom they expect to be an earthly, political leader who will lead them against the occupying Romans, as Moses led his people out of bondage.  Because He is not to fulfill these expectations, Jesus withdraws from the crowd.  Jesus walking on water, this the fifth of Christ’s miracles reported by John, reenacts ancient Israel’s passage through the red Sea.  Moses led the old Israelites through the sea to liberty.  Christ walks on top of the water and leads His disciples over the sea to “the land where they were going.”  Christ’s walking on the sea is a sign of  His lordship over creation.

 

 

 

Parish Announcements!
  

Annual Parish Assembly will take place TODAY in the Sanctuary starting at 11:30AM.  A quick lunch will be served in the Fellowship Hall, hosted by the Parish Council.  The ACYOA members will look after the Children during the meeting.  We thank our Nominating Committee, Susan Ciaffi, Andrea Durgarian and Janice Papazian, for their service,
2017 Annual Report:  Copies of the Annual Report are available for all dues paid members.  You can pick your copy up at Fellowship after Church                                                                  
Home Blessing and Visitations:  According to the traditions of the Armenian Church, Home Blessings are performed each year after Theophany and the Resurrection of Christ, as well  as on other joyous occasions, such as moving into a new home.  If any wishes to have their home blessed, please contact Der Krikor at 774-292-9116 or by email at frkrikor@holytranslators.org.

Bible Study will meet next on Monday, January 22, 2018 from 10:30 – 11:30 AM
 
Readings for this Sunday’s Badarak:  2Timothy 2:15-26 and John 6:15-21.

Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak:  2Timothy 3:1-12 and John 6:22-38.

Please Note:  Der Krikor will be away from Thursday, January 25th until Friday, February 9th. I will be checking emails daily, however, if there is an emergency, which cannot wait until I  return and you need a Priest please call Robin Palombo at 617-680-8988, so that she can make the necessary arrangements.                                                                                                                                        

Poon Paregentan/ Family Fun Day:  Sun., Feb. 11th the  ACYOA Jrs. will once again host our Poon Paregentan/ Family Fun Day in preparation of the start Great Lent.  More details to follow.

Lenten Interactive Prayer Services:  Starting on Wed., Feb. 14th, we will have weekly interactive Lenten Prayer Services (in English)  in the Sanctuary, starting at 6:30PM.

Mid-Lenten (Michink) Worship and Dinner: On Wednesday, March 7th, we will gather for a 1/2 hour interactive Lenten Worship Service in English (6:30PM) followed by a Vosbov Kheema Lenten Community Dinner (7:00PM) in order to offer support and encouragement as we continue our Lenten journey, by praying together and sharing a community meal.  If you are attending.  RSVP to: frkrkor@holytranslators.org.
Parish Outreach:  The Outreach program at our parish focuses on activities for our local communities as well as meeting parish-wide needs.  Renee Ferraro is the Outreach Coordinator (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.

 

 

 

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

 

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Sun. Jan.  21        Divine Liturgy – 9:30am
Annual Parish Assembly

Mon. Jan. 22        Bible Study – 10:30-11:30am

Sun. Jan.  28        Divine Liturgy – 9:30am

Tues. Jan. 30        NO Bible Study

Sun. Feb.  4          Divine Liturgy – 9:30am

Tues. Feb.  6         NO Bible Study

Sun. Feb.  11         Poon Paregentan – Family Fun Day

Mon. Feb. 12          First Day of Great Lent

Tue. Feb.  13          Weekly Bible Study  – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AM

Wed. Feb. 14          Lenten Prayer Service (In English) – 6:30PM

Sun. Feb.  18          Sunday of the Expulsion

Tue. Feb.  20          Weekly Bible Study  – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AM

Wed. Feb. 21          Lenten Prayer Service (In English) – 6:30PM

Sun. Feb.  25         Sunday of the Prodigal Son

Tue. Feb.  27          Weekly Bible Study  – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AM

Wed. Feb. 28          Lenten Prayer Service (In English) – 6:30PM

Sun. Mar.   4           Sunday of the Steward

Tue. Mar.   6           NO Weekly Bible Study

Wed. Mar.  7          Lenten Prayer Service (In English) – 6:30PM

Sun. Mar   11         Sunday of the  Judge

Tue. Mar.  13         Weekly Bible Study  – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AM

Wed. Mar. 14         Lenten Prayer Service (In English) – 6:30PM

Sun. Mar. 18          Sunday of the  Advent

Tue.  Mar. 20          Weekly Bible Study  – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AM

Wed. Mar. 21          Lenten Prayer Service (In English) – 6:30PM

Sun. Mar.  25          Palm Sunday

Sun.  Apr.   1          Easter Sunday

 

 

 

Far Health Programs
Surgery Helps One Little Boy To Walk Properly .

 

 

Since early childhood, Mher Avetisyan’s club feet have never hindered him from running around and playing with his peers. Still, after doing so he would feel weak and tired.

A few months ago, the five-year-old underwent foot surgery with the help of FAR’s Child Poverty Reduction Program, and very soon he will be able to walk normally again. While he had clubfoot defect on both of his feet, his family of six was unable to afford the external fixator that was needed to correct his legs.

“It was a sudden surprise, I wouldn’t even believe it at first. Only now, we saw that it is possible,” said Mher’s grandmother Yeranuhi, while at the hospital awaiting her grandson’s recovery.

Mher, his older sister and brother, mother, father, and grandmother live in the village of Kosh in the Aragatsotn Province of Armenia. His mother Karmen used to work as accountant at the village’s kindergarten until it closed due to lack of funding. She is now unemployed. Mher’s father is in Russia working in construction, but has yet has to send money to his family. Right now, the family lives solely on Yeranuhi’s pension and the state poverty allowance.

“This was like a miracle sent to us from God,” Karmen said about the surgery. FAR’s heath team, which inquired about the neediest cases to Aragatsotn Province’s administration, selected Mher to receive assistance. Once they received his medical history, FAR decided to cover expenses for the external fixator, which is more expensive than the cost of surgery itself. Surgery costs were then covered by state.

In 2017, 24 children like Mher received proper health services thanks to the Child Poverty Reduction program that is sponsored by Arpine and Arda Hovnanian Fund.

Mher is now back home and will be under the guidance of his doctor for a while. Keep on smiling, Mher!

 

 

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 – January 14, 2018

 

Holy Translators Weekly News
Sunday, January 14, 2018

Naming of Our Lord Jesus Christ

SUNDAY SCHEDULE
 

Morning Prayer:  8:30AM
Divine Liturgy Family Worship: 9:30AM

Sunday School Classes will begin immediately
Following the Object Lesson and Holy Communion
Armenian School Classes from 12:00-12:30PM

2017 Annual Parish Assembly
Next Sunday, January 21st.
After Church Services.
REMINDER: Everyone’s Participation is Important!

Our 2017 Annual Parish Assembly will take place in the Sanctuary on Sunday, January 21, 2018, following the Church Services.  The ACYOA members will be available to watch the younger children during the meeting.

 

Annual Reports:  Copies of the 2017 Annual Report will be available for all dues paid members.   You can pick up your copy at Fellowship after Church this coming Sunday, January 14th.
The Nominating Committee If you are a dues paid member and wish to run for a position, contact a member of the nominating committee: Susan Ciaffi, Janice Papazian or Andrea Durgarian.

Poon Paregentan/ Family Fun Day
Sunday, February 11th

The  ACYOA Jrs. will once again host our Poon Paregentan/ Family Fun Day in preparation of the start Great Lent.
More details to follow.

CHURCH/SUNDAY SCHOOL CANCELLATION
In the unlikely event that we must cancel either Church or Sunday School due to weather, it will be announced by MetroBlast and on TV.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

So often in our lives we look for miracles
without a faith response from us!
Find the Jesus within you!

NAMING OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
According to Scripture:  ” After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.” (Luke 2:21) The Armenian Church thus, celebrates this event every year on Jan. 13th which is the eighth day of Armenian Christmas.

This is important to us because of the command given to Mary during the Annunciation by the Angel Gabriel.  “Do not be afraid Mary, for you have found favor with God.  And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.”  (Luke 1:31-31)

This Jesus became the Savior of the World.  “He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High;  and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever;  and of his kingdom there will be no end.”  (Luke 2:32–35)

Mary, quite troubled by this because she did not understand what was happening, said  “How can this be…” (Luke 1:34)  But trusting in the Lord she immediately stated,  “Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.
(Luke 1:38)

The “let it be” is the amen that we say often, in our prayers and during the Divine Liturgy.  We say amen almost automatically without much regard to its implications.  For we are all called to proclaim the Amen (let it be).  We are all called to obedience to the call of our Lord.  To trust in Him and to live our lives in Him.  Though we may not understand life at times and why things happen the way they do, we are called, just like Mary, who was not sure what was happening to her, to have trust in God and to proclaim, “Let it be according to your word.”  AMEN!

Scripture Readings for Sunday, January 14th.

Gospel Reading
(John 2:1-11)
On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.  Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.  When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”  And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.”  His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”  Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.  Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it.  When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.”  Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

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Epistle Reading 
(1Timothy 1:11)

 

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope,  To Timothy, my loyal child in the faith:  Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.  I urge you, as I did when I was on my way to Macedonia, to remain in Ephesus so that you may instruct certain people not to teach any different doctrine, and not to occupy themselves with myths and endless genealogies that promote speculations rather than the divine training that is known by faith. But the aim of such instruction is love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and sincere faith. Some people have deviated from these and turned to meaningless talk, desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make assertions.  Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it legitimately. This means understanding that the law is laid down not for the  innocent but for the lawless and disobedient, for the godless and sinful, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their father or mother, for murderers, fornicators, sodomites, slave traders, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to the sound teaching that conforms to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.

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Gospel Commentary

 

The miracles performed by Jesus were not some sort of magical illusions.  In fact, they were predicated on the response of the object of the miracle.  Frequently Jesus would confirm this with words such as, “your faith has healed you;” “do you believe that I can do this;” or “let it be done for you according to your faith;”  So often in our lives we look for miracles without a faith response.  Sometimes we would almost prefer a  magical illusion that would remove any responsibility from us.  This week try to increase your faith in Jesus’ ability to perform miracles in your life and see what happens.  Look for the “little miracles” that occur everyday of your life.

Parish Announcements!
  
Home Blessing and Visitations:  According to the traditions of the Armenian Church, Home Blessings are performed each year after Theophany and the Resurrection of Christ, as well  as on other joyous occasions, such as moving into a new home.  If any wishes to have their home blessed, please contact Der Krikor at 774-292-9116 or by email at frkrikor@holytranslators.org.

Bible Study will meet next on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 10:30 – 11:30 AM
 
Readings for this Sunday’s Badarak:  1Timothy 1:1-11 and John 2:1-11.

Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak:  2Timothy 2:15-26 and John 6:15-21.

The Annual Parish Assembly will take place on Sunday, January 21, 2018 after church service. The Nominating Committee has begun the search for candidates for the following positions: Parish Council (4 positions- 6 candidates required for ballot), Nominating Committee (3 positions – 5 candidates required for ballot), Auditing Committee (1 position – 2 candidates required for ballot), Secretary of the day (1 position – 2 candidates required for ballot), Chairman of the day (1 position – 2 candidates required). If you would like to run for a position on the ballot, please contact Susan Ciaffi (sciaffi@gmail.com), Janice Papazian (janicepapazian@gmail.com) or Andrea Durgarian (andrea.durgarian@gmail.com).

2017 Annual Report:  Copies of the Annual Report are available for all dues paid members.  You can pick your copy up at Fellowship after Church.                                                                                                                                                   
Poon Paregentan/ Family Fun Day:  Sun., Feb. 11th the  ACYOA Jrs. will once again host our Poon Paregentan/ Family Fun Day in preparation of the start Great Lent.  More details to follow.

Parish Outreach:  The Outreach program at our parish focuses on activities for our local communities as well as meeting parish-wide needs.  Renee Ferraro is the Outreach Coordinator (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.

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

 

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Sun. Jan.  14        Divine Liturgy – 9:30am

Tues. Jan. 16
        Bible Study – 10:30-11:30am

Sun. Jan.  21        Divine Liturgy – 9:30am
Annual Parish Assembly

Mon. Jan. 22        Bible Study – 10:30-11:30am

Sun. Jan.  28        Divine Liturgy – 9:30am

Tues. Jan. 30        NO Bible Study

Sun. Feb.  4          Divine Liturgy – 9:30am

Tues. Feb.  6        NO Bible Study

Sun. Feb.  11        Poon Paregentan – Family Fun Day

Mon. Feb. 12        First Day of Great Lent

Tue. Feb.  13         Weekly Bible Study  – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AM

Sun. Feb.  18         Sunday of the Expulsion

Tue. Feb.  20          Weekly Bible Study  – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AM

Sun. Feb.  25         Sunday of the Prodigal Son

Tue. Feb.  27          Weekly Bible Study  – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AM

Sun. Mar.   4           Sunday of the Steward

Tue. Mar.   6           NO Weekly Bible Study

Sun. Mar   11         Sunday of the  Judge

Tue. Mar.  13          Weekly Bible Study  – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AM

Sun. Mar. 18           Sunday of the  Advent

Tue.  Mar. 20          Weekly Bible Study  – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AM

Sun. Mar.  25          Palm Sunday

Sun.  Apr.   1          Easter Sunday

Far Scholarships
One Scholarship Recipient Learns the Art of Volunteering.

For the past five years, FAR’s Anush Mathevosian Scholarship Program has enabled Hovhannes Mkrtchyan to attend college. A student at the Armenian State University of Economics Gyumri branch, Hovhannes wants to become a loan officer.

His experience of being supported by FAR has also inspired in him a love of volunteering. In October, he was the only Armenian to participate in the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students, held in Sochi, Russia.

The festival brought together young people from 180 countries to participate in this great event, where they exchanged their knowledge and skills in the fields of politics, economy, and culture, etc.

Hovhannes, 21, is thrilled to have had the chance to create a huge network of peers and mentors who share their skills and expertise. “It was a great responsibility to work in line with the other volunteers coming from Serbia, Russia, and Germany. As an attaché, I accompanied a group of 20 artists,” he said.

For Hovhannes, volunteering is a means to help those in need while also enhancing his own capacity. He often volunteers for FAR, and recently joined a group of other FAR students who helped to clean the Gyumri Atinizyan Senior Center. “FAR has helped me, and I must help others,” he said, smiling.

Currently, 105 students are supported by FAR’s Anush Mathevosian Scholarship Program.

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 – January 7, 2018


Holy Translators Weekly News
Sunday, January 7, 2018
THEOPHANY
(ASDVADZ-A-HAYDNOOTYOON:  “God is Revealed”)
Homiliy: Deacon Michael T. Sabounjian

SUNDAY SCHEDULE
 

Morning Prayer:  8:30AM
Divine Liturgy Family Worship: 9:30AM
Sunday School Classes will begin immediately
Following the Object Lesson and Holy Communion
Armenian School Classes from 12:00-12:30PM

Membership Dues/Stewardship 

Please remember to renew your 2017 membership.   We ask that you also fulfill your stewardship obligations in a timely manner.  Our goal is to have 100% participation in stewardship this year.
DEADLINE IS JANUARY 7th

CHURCH/SUNDAY SCHOOL CANCELLATION
In the unlikely event that we must cancel either Church or Sunday School due to weather, it will be announced by MetroBlast and on TV.

Please Note!
This Evening, January 5th, we will have our Armenian Christmas Eve Reading of the Prophecies and the Christmas Eve Divinie Liturgy.
(See Schedule and Times Below)
The Armenian Christmas Eve Community Dinner has been CANCELLED

Friday Evening, January 5, 2018

Reading of the Prophecies:                           5:00PM    Divine Liturgy:                                                 6:00PM  

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Christ is Born and Revealed.
Blessed is the Revelation of Christ
Find the Jesus within you!

THEOPHANY
(ASDVADZ-A-HAYDNOOTYOON:  “God is Revealed”)
 
O Mystery, great and wondrous, which was revealed on this day; the shepherds sing with the angels and give the good news to the world:
Christ is born and revealed.
A new King was born in the city of Jerusalem.  You sons of men, praise Him  Who became incarnate for us.  Christ is born and revealed.

The Infinite One of Heaven and earth was wrapped in swaddling clothes;  though inseparable from the Father, He lay in the Holy Grotto.
Christ is born and revealed.

(from the Christmas Hymn “Khorhoort medz…”)
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Christmas Greeting
                                         Krisdos dzunav yev haydnetsav.
Christ is born and revealed.
Orhnial eh haydnootyoonun Krisdosee.
Blessed is the revelation of Christ.Tsez yev mez medz avedis.
To you and to us great news.

Note:   This greeting is exchanged outside of the Divine Liturgy.
The greeting  for the Kiss of Peace during the Liturgy never changes.
(It is referenced inside this bulletin)
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Blessing of the Water, which symbolizes the Baptism of our Lord in the Jordan River and the purification of those who partake of it, will take place today during the Children’s Object Lesson.  The Godfather of the Cross is Victor Hanzatian.

Scripture Readings for Sunday, January 7th.

Gospel Reading 
(Matthew 1:18-25)
Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.  Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly.  But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”  All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife,  but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.

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Epistle Reading 
(Titus 2:11-15)
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.  He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.  Declare these things; exhort and reprove with all authority.  Let no one look down on you

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Gospel Commentary
Joseph’s righteousness – the righteousness of mercy, which transcends the Law – is seen in his unwillingness to expose Mary’s supposed sin.  Under Mosaic Law, betrothal involves almost the same commitment as marriage.  Joseph cannot help but suspect a violation of a divine law when he sees his betrothed pregnant.  Although obliged by law to report the misconduct, he decides to “dismiss her quietly.”  “An angel of the Lord” dispels the false reasoning of Joseph by announcing the utterly unreasonable:  the pregnancy of the Virgin is “by the Holy Spirit.”  Since being born of a virgin proves Jesus’ divinity, only the revelation of God, in this case “a dream,” could serve as adequate evidence of this miraculous conception.  The Bible calls engaged couples husband and wife before their marriage on several occasions.  So Mary is called the “wife” of Joseph.  In the Orthodox Churches, Joseph is remembered as the “betrothed,” pointing out Mary’s ever-virginity.  That “all this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet” not only underscores the intervention of God in history, but also indicates His beginning a new creation.  The conception of Jesus fulfils the prophecy of Isaiah: “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.”   He who is conceived in her is not a new Person coming into existence, but the eternal Son of God, using her womb as His throne.  The virginal conception through the Holy Spirit and the name of the incarnate Son, “Immanuel” (God with us) are clear declarations of Jesus’ divinity.  That Joseph “had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus” does not imply that Joseph and Mary had marital relations after Jesus’ birth, but emphasizes that Jesus’ birth was a virgin birth.  Our Church adheres to the doctrine that Mary was ever-virgin, the immaculate bearer of God.  If we look with the eyes of this world, the facts behind the story of Jesus’ birth are not only hard to believe, but utterly ridiculous.  It is only with the eyes of faith that we can come to grips with the reality of the Incarnation.  This week try to look at your daily world with the eyes of faith and see if it changes the way you interpret your life and ultimately see if it changes any aspect of your behavior.

Parish Announcements!
  

Yughakin Offering is a special offering made twice a year at Christmas & Easter to help defray the operational costs of our Parish.  “Yughakin” was the price for the oil used to light the lamps of the Church.  Though we no longer need oil we still have many operational costs and this offering made during these two feasts is another way for us to show our commitment to this most worthy cause. During this Season of giving, let us remember our Church with a special gift.  We need your continued support

Bible Study will meet next on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 from 10:30 – 11:30 AM
 
Readings for this Sunday’s Badarak:  Titus 2:11-15 and Matthew 1:18-25.

Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak: 1Timothy 1:1-11 and John 2:1-11..

The Annual Parish Assembly will take place on Sunday, January 21, 2018 after church service. The Nominating Committee has begun the search for candidates for the following positions: Parish Council (4 positions- 6 candidates required for ballot), Nominating Committee (3 positions – 5 candidates required for ballot), Auditing Committee (1 position – 2 candidates required for ballot), Secretary of the day (1 position – 2 candidates required for ballot), Chairman of the day (1 position – 2 candidates required). If you would like to run for a position on the ballot, please contact Susan Ciaffi (sciaffi@gmail.com), Janice Papazian (janicepapazian@gmail.com) or Andrea Durgarian (andrea.durgarian@gmail.com).                                                                                          
                                  
Parish Outreach:  The Outreach program at our parish focuses on activities for our local communities as well as meeting parish-wide needs.  Renee Ferraro is the Outreach Coordinator (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.

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

 

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SCHEDULE OF WORSHIP SERVICES – CHRISTMAS – 2018

Armenian Christmas Eve

Friday, January 5, 2018

              Reading of the Prophesies:                                            5:00 P.M.  

         Christmas Eve Divine Liturgy:                                    6:00 P.M.

     

Armenian Christmas

(Theophany – The Birth & Baptism of our Lord)

Sunday, January 7, 2018

              Morning Service:                                                           8:30 A.M.

              Divine Liturgy:                                                             9:30 A.M.
Blessing of the Water

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Tues. Jan.  9         Bible Study – 10:30-11:30am

Sun. Jan.  14
        Divine Liturgy – 9:30am

Tues. Jan. 16
        Bible Study – 10:30-11:30am
Sun. Jan.  21        Divine Liturgy – 9:30am
Annual Parish AssemblyMon. Jan. 22        Bible Study – 10:30-11:30amSun. Jan.  28        Divine Liturgy – 9:30am

Tues. Jan. 30        NO Bible Study

Sun. Feb.  4          Divine Liturgy – 9:30am

Tues. Feb.  6        NO Bible Study

Sun. Feb.  11        Poon Paregentan – Family Fun Day

Mon. Feb. 12        First Day of Great Lent

Tue. Feb.  13         Weekly Bible Study  – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AM

Sun. Feb.  18         Sunday of the Expulsion

Tue. Feb.  20          Weekly Bible Study  – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AM

Sun. Feb.  25         Sunday of the Prodigal Son

Tue. Feb.  27          Weekly Bible Study  – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AM

Sun. Mar.   4           Sunday of the Steward

Tue. Mar.   6           NO Weekly Bible Study

Sun. Mar   11         Sunday of the  Judge

Tue. Mar.  13          Weekly Bible Study  – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AM

Sun. Mar. 18           Sunday of the  Advent

Tue.  Mar. 20          Weekly Bible Study  – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AM

Sun. Mar.  25          Palm Sunday

Sun.  Apr.   1          Easter Sunday

Armenian Life:  Go FAR Documentary Series.

Fund for Armenian Relief just released the first episode of its video series Go FAR, which represents some of FAR’s most important values: heritage and legacy. Go FAR follows Armene, an Armenian-American from Longmont, Colorado, as she experiences Armenian life firsthand. During her travels, Armene visits the Armenian Genocide Memorial, the Gyumri Technology Center, soup kitchens, monasteries and more. Armene also gets to witness the many philanthropic efforts of FAR, while learning more about the adversities of the Armenian people and how FAR is alleviating these hardships. To watch episode 1, click here http://farusa.org/2017/12/18/go-far-documentary-series/ To support FAR, click here https://secure.qgiv.com/for/armenianrelief/

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 Zalesk
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Diocesan Delegates:                                                                           Laurie Bejoian
Karnig Durgarian

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