Weekly News – February 25, 2018

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Weekly News – February 25, 2018

 

Holy Translators Weekly News
Sunday, February 25, 2018

GREAT LENT (MEDZ BAHK)
SUNDAY OF THE PRODIGAL SON

SUNDAY SCHEDULE
 

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

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

Schedule of Lenten Prayer Services 
(These interactive Prayers Services will be conducted in English)

 

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

 

Wed. Mar.   7    Mid-Lenten Prayer Service and Dinner (Michink) – 6:30PM

 

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

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

Mid-Lenten Worship and Dinner
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. 
PLEASE NOTE!
Guest Speaker on March 7th
Due to a Logistical Issue, we will not have a guest speaker.  However, we will meet for the Prayer Service and Mid-Lenten Meal as Scheduled.

Please let us know if you will be attending.
RSVP: frkrikor@holytranslators.org

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
 
“O Lord and King,
grant me to see my own errors
and not to judge my brother.”

Find the Jesus within you!

GREAT LENT (MEDZ BAHK)
(Sunday of the Prodigal Son)

(Jashou Sharagan (Midday Hymn)
We bless You, eternal Father of Your Only Begotten Son, Whom You sent for the return of the lost sheep;  turn us also from sin through the passion of Your Son.

We exalt You, O Word and Light, Who found Your Lordly image by the light of the candle and restored the same;  restore us, who are fallen in sin, through Your Holy passion.

We praise You, O Spirit of Truth, in glory co-equal with the Father.  You renewed us who are waxed old by the sins of the old Adam; renew us also from our sin with the renewing of Your grace.

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and always and unto the ages of ages , Amen.

Rejoice, O You, who are overshadowed by the power of the Most High and are the dwelling of the Holy Spirit by Whom you bore God the Word;  intercede for us, O Mary, Mother of God.

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(To be recited by all at the end of the Church Service)

O Lord and Master of my life
take from me the spirit of laziness, faint-heartedness,
misguided ambition, and idle talk.
But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience,
and love to your servant.
Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own errors
and not to judge my brother;
For You are blessed unto the aged of ages, Amen.
(A prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian, a church Father.
Many people use this prayer as a Lenten devotion,
to be said and meditated upon several times a day)

Scripture Readings for Sunday, February 25th.

Gospel Reading 
(Luke 15:1-32)
“Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him.  And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” So he told them this parable:  “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it?  When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices.  And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’  Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. “Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it?  When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’  Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Then Jesus said, “There was a man who had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.’ So he divided his property between them.  A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and traveled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living.  When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need.  So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs.  He would gladly have filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything.  But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger!  I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you;  I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.” ‘  So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him.  Then the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’  But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly, bring out a robe–the best one–and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.  And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate;  for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!’ And they began to celebrate. “Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing.  He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on.  He replied, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got him back safe and sound.’  Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him. But he answered his father, ‘Listen! For all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command; yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends.  But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for him!’  Then the father said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours.  But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.’ “

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Gospel Commentary

Joy in Heaven for the repentance of each sinner and the illustration of God’s unconditional love and forgiveness of the repentant sinner is the main theme of this Gospel reading.  However, many of us don’t have unconditional love and forgiveness for those who wrong us and we act like the elder son of the Prodigal Son Parable.  During this week contemplate the words we pray:  “…forgive us our trespasses , as (in the same way that ) we forgive those who trespass against us,” and make the necessary adjustments

Parish Announcements!
Bible Study will this meet on Tuesday, February 27th from 10:30-11:30am.
Readings for this Sunday’s Badarak:  2Corinthians 6:1-7:1 and Luke 15:1-32.
Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak:  Ephesians 4:17– 5:14 and Luke 16:1-31.

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. 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         NO Weekly Bible Study

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

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 HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

Sun. Mar. 25          Palm Sunday Divine Liturgy – 9:30AM
Opening of the Door Service (Trnpatzek)

Thu. Mar. 29          Holy Thursday
Washing of the Feet Service – 7:00PM
Betrayal and Passion of Christ Service  – 8:00PM

Fri.  Mar. 30           Good Friday
Crucifixion and Burial Service: – 12:00NOON.

Sat. Mar. 31
          Holy Saturday
Reading of the Prophecies – 4:00PM
Easter Eve Divine Liturgy – 5:00PM

Sun. Apr.   1           Easter Sunday
Easter Divine Liturgy – 9:30AM

Far Programs
A Talented Young Lady Receives CASP Support!.

Fifteen-year-old Anna Gabrielyan dreams of becoming a pianist. She has been taking piano lessons for the last three years in order to be able to play as well as her mother, Geghecik and her brother Rafik. Anna also sings beautifully. She has participated in numerous song festivals, most recently in November. She is able to perform songs of different genres but Armenian folk is her favorite. She also loves to dance and paint.

Anna lives with her mother and her brother in the town of Meghri in Syunik Province. Geghecik, 39, has been out of work for a long time, and with few options for employment in Megrhi she struggles to make ends meet. Rafik recently returned from the army and resumed his studies at the Automobile Engineering Department of the Agricultural Academy of Armenia.

Anna’s father Ashot died in a car crash on the road from Agarak to Meghri in 2015 on his way back from work at the Agarak Copper-Molybdenum Factory. Since his death, it has been extraordinarily hard for this family. Their total income is just $95 a month, which includes the family allowance and Anna’s benefit as the child of a single mother. Geghecik also cultivates a small plot of land behind their house where they have a few persimmon trees whose fruit they sometimes exchange for other vegetables.

This year, Anna was included in the Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program (CASP), through which she will receive annual financial support from a U.S. family until she turns 18. CASP stipends allow families to afford the additional things they are often unable to, like firewood, gas, or school supplies. Despite the family’s hardship, Anna used her last stipend to buy Raffik new clothes upon his return from the army.

The Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program (CASP) is a FAR project sponsored by the Women’s Guild Central Council of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern).

PARISH COUNCIL 2018-2019
Pastor and President:                                  Rev. Fr. Krikor A. Sabounjian
Chairman:                                                                          Robin Palombo
Vice Chairman:                                                                Karnig Durgarian
Recording Secretary:                                                               Neil Ferraro
Corresponding Secretary:                                                 Karyn Bilezerian
Treasurer:                                                                               Scott Zaleski
Asst. Treasurer:                                                           Parkoohi Voskanian
Council Members:                                                                Jeff Avedisian                                                                                               Elise Durgarian
Lucine Kapreilian

Diocesan Delegates:                                                           Laurie Bejoian
Karnig Durgarian

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Weekly News – February 18, 2018

 

Holy Translators Weekly News
Sunday, February 18, 2018

GREAT LENT (MEDZ BAHK)
SUNDAY OF THE EXPULSION

Homily: 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
Armenian School Classes this Sunday: 12:00-12:30PM

 

 

BLESSING OF CHILDREN SERVICE 

Each year, the Armenian Church celebrates the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord to the Temple, or Dyarnuntarach, literally meaning “the bringing forward of the Lord.” 

According to Biblical tradition, it was a custom in the Armenian Church for parents to bring their newly-born babies to the Temple of the Lord to present the child to God.

In keeping with this tradition, we blessed, Stella Elizabeth Hyde; Robert Anthony (Garabed) Avedisian; Natalia Marie (Aghavni) Avedisian; Luke Paul (Antranig) Polomski; Grace Arev (Nuver) Scopeski and Anoush Lillian Piligian, who were baptized within the last two years and present them to the Altar of the Lord on Sunday, February 11th during the Children’s Object Lesson.

 

Schedule of Lenten Prayer Services 
(These interactive Prayers Services will be conducted in English)

 

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

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

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

 

Wed. Mar.   7    Mid-Lenten Prayer Service and Dinner (Michink) – 6:30PM

 

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

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

 

 

Mid-Lenten Worship and Dinner
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. 

During our Mid-Lenten (Michink) Prayer Service and Community Meal, Donna Rizk Asdourian, who is married to Deacon Levon Asdourian, a Pastoral Intern at Holy Trinity Armenian Church in Cambridge and a St. Nersess Seminary Graduate, will be our quest speaker.

Donna will talk about “Women’s Role in the Liturgical Life of the Oriental Orthodox Churches.”

Please let us know if you will be attending.
RSVP: frkrikor@holytranslators.org

 

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
 
“O Lord and King,
grant me to see my own errors
and not to judge my brother.”

Find the Jesus within you!

 

 

 

GREAT LENT (MEDZ BAHK)
(Sunday of the Expulsion
(Jashou Sharagan (Midday Hymn)
O Lord, You first gave the holy law of abstinence to the first-created, Adam & Eve; who broke the law by tasting the fruit and thereby tasting the bitterness of sin and death;  grant to us that we may taste the sweetness of Your commandments.

We have been smitten in our souls, by the Enemy, with many different wounds of sin, and in our manifold infirmities we are in need of You, O lover of mankind, to relieve our pains;  therefore, O Christ, Who loves mankind, heal us.

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and always and unto the ages of ages , Amen.

You, Who came for the salvation of man by being born of the Virgin Mary, and by the life-giving resurrection called us, who were dead, to the resurrection of immortality;  through the prayers of Your mother, O Saviour, make us live.

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(To be recited by all at the end of the Church Service)

O Lord and Master of my life
take from me the spirit of laziness, faint-heartedness,
misguided ambition, and idle talk.
But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience,
and love to your servant.
Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own errors
and not to judge my brother;
For You are blessed unto the aged of ages, Amen.
(A prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian, a church Father.
Many people use this prayer as a Lenten devotion,
to be said and meditated upon several times a day)

 

 

Scripture Readings for Sunday, February 18th.
 

Gospel Reading
(Matthew 5:17-48)
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.  For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished.  Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.  For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. “You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’  But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, ‘You fool,’ you will be liable to the hell of fire.  So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you,  leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.  Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison.  Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny. “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.  If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.  And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to go into hell. “It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’  But I say to you that anyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery. “Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.’  But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God,  or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.  And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black.  Let your word be ‘Yes, Yes’ or ‘No, No’; anything more than this comes from the evil one. “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’  But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also;  and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well;  and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile.  Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you. “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,  so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.  For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?  And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?  Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
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Gospel Commentary


Jesus sets up for us a new way of life.  He is the fulfillment of the old law, the law of the Old Testament.  This new law dictates how we must live as Christians in spirit and in truth.  This week analyze this gospel reading.  How much of your life is lived by the standards of the old law and how much by the new law.

 

 

 

Parish Announcements!
Bible Study will this meet on Tuesday, February 20th from 10:30-11:30am.
Readings for this Sunday’s Badarak:  Romans 12:1-13:10 and Matthew 5:17-48.
Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak:  2Corinthians 6:1-7:1 and Luke 15:1-32.

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. 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

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 HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

Sun. Mar. 25          Palm Sunday Divine Liturgy – 9:30AM
Opening of the Door Service (Trnpatzek)

Thu. Mar. 29          Holy Thursday
Washing of the Feet Service – 7:00PM
Betrayal and Passion of Christ Service  – 8:00PM

Fri.  Mar. 30           Good Friday
Crucifixion and Burial Service: – 12:00NOON.

Sat. Mar. 31
          Holy Saturday
Reading of the Prophecies – 4:00PM
Easter Eve Divine Liturgy – 5:00PM

Sun. Apr.   1           Easter Sunday
Easter Divine Liturgy – 9:30AM

 

 

 

 

Far Programs
FAR Scholarship Help One Young Journalist
To Pursue Her Dreams!.

 

 

Marine Khachatryan, 23, has always wanted to be a journalist. From the age of 13, she followed the country’s political processes and the work of the journalists who covered them.

To achieve her goal, Marine entered Yerevan State University’s Faculty of Journalism in 2012. In 2013, she took her first professional steps when she covered news about the City Council Elections for Hetq online. Soon after, she got involved in broadcasting and starting working for A1plus.

In 2016, after finishing her bachelor’s degree, Marine applied to the Erasmus+ Program and went to England to participate in a two-week professional development training. The same year, she applied to and received FAR’s Ester Ajemian Scholarship Program just before she nearly decided to leave the country again, this time to pursue a master’s degree in journalism. Marine calls the scholarship a breakthrough and a turning point in her academic career, as it enabled her to stay in Armenia to continue her education. She’s currently working on finishing her master’s thesis at Yerevan State University.

Another one of Marine’s dreams came true at the end of 2017 when she received the one-year Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Regional Reporting Fellowship, which includes a visit to the Radio Liberty Prague Broadcasting Center this spring.

“I started my work at Azatutyun/Radio Liberty in Yerevan on November 1st. To me, Azatutyun is the best media outlet because it follows the highest standards of journalism. Now, I can see it for myself. Choosing topics, working on the material, finding sources, preparing materials and editing them—it is all of the highest standards I’ve read about in journalism books,” said Marine. Her colleagues, she said, have become her role models in the field.

“Thanks to FAR, I stayed home. I live a meaningful life now; I like my job and my colleagues, since I am surrounded by experienced journalists. I have always imagined myself belonging to this place,” she added when talking about her daily routine at the Armenian bureau of Radio Liberty. “To me, journalism is an opportunity to change something.”

Marine frequently reports on people in need, with the hope that her work shines a light on social issues and catches the attention of the public and those in power.

Established in 2010, FAR’s Ester Ajemian Scholarship Program, which is funded by Ester Ajemian Ahnert, provides full tuition and monthly stipends to female graduate students of journalism in Armenia. Currently there are five students involved in the program. So far, more than 20 young female scholars have become proud beneficiaries.

 

 

PARISH COUNCIL 2018-2019
Pastor and President:                                  Rev. Fr. Krikor A. Sabounjian
Chairman:                                                                          Robin Palombo
Vice Chairman:                                                                Karnig Durgarian
Recording Secretary:                                                               Neil Ferraro
Corresponding Secretary:                                                 Karyn Bilezerian
Treasurer:                                                                               Scott Zaleski
Asst. Treasurer:                                                           Parkoohi Voskanian
Council Members:                                                                Jeff Avedisian                                                                                               Elise Durgarian
Lucine Kapreilian

Diocesan Delegates:                                                           Laurie Bejoian
Karnig Durgarian

 

 

 

 

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Weekly News – February 11, 2018

 

Holy Translators Weekly News
Sunday, February 11, 2018

GREAT LENT (MEDZ BAHK)
(Poon Paregentan – Family Day of Good Living)

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
This Sunday, February 11th

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

BLESSING OF CHILDREN SERVICE

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11

Each year, the Armenian Church celebrates the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord to the Temple, or Dyarnuntarach, literally meaning “the bringing forward of the Lord.” 

According to Biblical tradition, it was a custom in the Armenian Church for parents to bring their newly-born babies to the Temple of the Lord to present the child to God.

In keeping with this tradition, we will bless the babies who were baptized within the last two years and present them to the Altar of the Lord on Sunday, February 11th during the Children’s Object Lesson.

Schedule of Lenten Prayer Services 
(These interactive Prayers Services will be conducted in English)

 

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

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

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

 

Wed. Mar.   7    Mid-Lenten Prayer Service and Dinner (Michink) – 6:30PM

 

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

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

Mid-Lenten Worship and Dinner
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. 

During our Mid-Lenten (Michink) Prayer Service and Community Meal, Donna Rizk Asdourian, who is married to Deacon Levon Asdourian, a Pastoral Intern at Holy Trinity Armenian Church in Cambridge and a St. Nersess Seminary Graduate, will be our quest speaker.

Donna will talk about “Women’s Role in the Liturgical Life of the Oriental Orthodox Churches.”

 Please let us know if you will be attending.
RSVP: frkrikor@holytranslators.org

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
 
From this Faith
No one can shake us!

Find the Jesus within you!

GREAT LENT (MEDZ BAHK)
(Poon Paregentan – Family Day of Good Living)
This year’s celebration of Great Lent begins with the traditional closing of the Altar curtain.  This Sunday, we celebrate Poon Paregentan (the day of Good Living) which is similar to the Roman Catholic Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday).  Both days are celebrated to remind us of the life in paradise (the Garden of Eden) which man had in the beginning of time.  At the close of that day, however we are graphically reminded of man’s choice to turn away from God and thereby forfeit his existence in Paradise.  The closing of the Sanctuary curtain reminds us of the separation between man and God because of our sins.

Great Lent is the forty day period which the Church offers to us to evaluate our lives and to get into shape for the up coming Easter season.  The passion, death and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ restored our relationship with God and brought it to an even higher level.  Through our relationship with Christ we are able to call upon God now as our Father.  However this gift of restoration must be accepted by us all, individually.  We must all decide for ourselves to follow Christ and make Him the frame of reference from which we live our lives in the here and now.  The gift is free, but the choice to accept that gift comes with responsibility.  Responsibility to live our lives as Christians.  To follow Christ in all we do.  Lent is that time when we make a concerted effort to commit ourselves to Christ.  Like the ballplayer, who goes to spring training and eats, sleeps and drinks baseball in order to prepare himself for opening day, we too take this period of time to prepare for our “opening day,” Easter,  when we will be reunited to our Lord & Savior.  The ballplayer changes his diet and alters his life style during spring training in order to fully concentrate on reaching his goal.  So we too do the same.  We change our diet and alter our life styles in order to be able to concentrate on re-committing  ourselves to Christ. Lent is a time of reflection when we ask God for forgiveness and the strength to follow Him even to the cross in order to be able to also rise with Him in victory on Easter Sunday morning.

Scripture Readings for Sunday, February 11th.

Gospel Reading
(Matthew 6:1-21)

“Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. “So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. “And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward.  But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. “When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words.  Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. “Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one. For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you;  but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward.  But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal;  but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 

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Gospel Commentary
In this chapter, Jesus calls us to practice three basic aspects of spiritual discipline, or righteousness:  charitable giving, prayer, and fasting.  These three disciplines relate directly to uprightness in the sight of God.  By attaching themselves to “treasures on earth” people cut themselves off from heavenly treasures.  They become slaves, not free in Christ.  The heart of discipleship lies in disentangling ourselves from the chains of earthly things and attaching ourselves to God, the True Treasure.  We all have need for certain material things, but we must use them according to God’s will and purpose.  As we begin Great Lent, make a commitment to practice spiritual discipline through charitable giving, prayer and fasting. Give more of yourself to others in need and spend more time with your family; Pray each day for “the wisdom to know God will and the courage to follow it;” and Fast by abstaining from unhealthy food, drink and non-productive activities.  Live your lives with the eyes and actions of faith.
 

Parish Announcements!
Poon Paregentan/ Family Fun Day:  This Sunday, 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.
Bible Study will this meet on Tuesday, February 13th from 10:30-11:30am.

Readings for this Sunday’s Badarak:  Romans 13:11-14:25 and Matthew 6:1-21.

Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak:  Romans 12:1-13:10 and Matthew 5:17-48.

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. 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

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 HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

Sun. Mar. 25          Palm Sunday Divine Liturgy – 9:30AM
Opening of the Door Service (Trnpatzek)

Thu. Mar. 29          Holy Thursday
Washing of the Feet Service – 7:00PM
Betrayal and Passion of Christ Service  – 8:00PM

Fri.  Mar. 30           Good Friday
Crucifixion and Burial Service: – 12:00NOON.

Sat. Mar. 31
          Holy Saturday
Reading of the Prophecies – 4:00PM
Easter Eve Divine Liturgy – 5:00PM

Sun. Apr.   1           Easter Sunday
Easter Divine Liturgy – 9:30AM

Far Programs
One Teacher Shows Students the Joy of Music.

Meet Anna Avetyan. She is a singing teacher who also directs an after-school choir in Artsvaberd, a small community in Tavush Province where FAR implements its Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP). BCPP funds more than 14 extracurricular activity groups and four Sunday schools in Tavush’s Berd Region. A total of about 580 students are enrolled in these various groups, which ultimately aim to fight child poverty by igniting children’s interest in the arts and by boosting their confidence.

In 2016, FAR offered Anna, 28, the opportunity to manage the choir group in order to help the students to develop their musical skills. Currently, Anna has 45 students, in grades two through eight, who attend her lessons twice a week.

“When I first set foot in the school, I realized the students lacked any knowledge of music, as they hadn’t had a teacher for ages. I encountered students who would follow every assignment, as well as those who were scared to ask a question or come up with a suggestion, and those who would look at you and gossip about your appearance. While it was funny, it was also challenging,” said Anna.

Born in Kotayq Province, Anna grew up in the village of Vazashen, in the Ijevan Region of Tavush, and quickly noticed the lack of professional music teachers in the province. She went on to study music in Yerevan and moved to Artsvaberd after she got married in 2014.

It didn’t take her long to help her students focus more on music, while rising to any challenge she came across. She still carries her synthesizer back and forth between lessons since the school doesn’t have any musical instruments available. FAR also helped her lessons by providing sheet music and pencils for the students.

Today, she is happy to have advocated for her students, having helped them to become more self-confident. “It was FAR that extended us a helping hand and provided the kids with some tools to learn music and song. Now, thanks to FAR, we have learned how to read sheet music, but first and foremost, my students have built inner confidence. Now, they approach me with suggestions and are not shy to ask questions. Now, I can see their eyes shine, which I couldn’t see before,” she remarked proudly. “I care for each of them.”

FAR’s Education and Science Program Manager Eduard Karapetyan values Anna’s efforts very much. “Anna is one of the youngest devotees to BCPP who puts all of her energy into getting the children of Artsvaberd passionate about music,” he said. “I was present at their first concert; they have formed a great choir. Bravo!”

*Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP) is a multidimensional FAR project addressing child poverty in the region of Tavush, sponsored by the Edward and Helen Mardigian Foundation.

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 – February 4, 2018

 

Holy Translators Weekly News
Sunday, February 4, 2018

FOURTH 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. 

 

 

BLESSING OF CHILDREN SERVICE

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11

Each year, the Armenian Church celebrates the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord to the Temple, or Dyarnuntarach, literally meaning “the bringing forward of the Lord.” 

According to Biblical tradition, it was a custom in the Armenian Church for parents to bring their newly-born babies to the Temple of the Lord to present the child to God.

In keeping with this tradition, we will bless the babies who were baptized within the last two years and present them to the Altar of the Lord on Sunday, February 11th during the Children’s Object Lesson.

 

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 :
“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!”

Find the Jesus within you!

 

 

 

The Truth About the Teeter -Totter:  By Kelly McFadden
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior…  (2 Samuel 2:22)

One of the classic playground equipment pieces is the teeter-totter. Up and down, a child rides with a partner. Each of them pushes up into the sky. You could try to sit on it alone, but that would get you nowhere. So a child grabs a friend to ride with them, sometimes soaring high and other times hanging low.  There is one steady spot on the teeter-totter: the fulcrum. This pivot point does not move but remains stationary. This is just like life. Like the teeter-totter, there are high points and low points. Sometimes you soar high in the sky, laughing and enjoying everything around you. Other times there are lows, when the ride is less fun.  But, in all of life there is one thing that remains the same through the highs and the lows: The love of Jesus is our fulcrum, our balance. Whatever is happening in your life, there is a loving God who wants you to know that He is your rock. And take note in this: As you get closer to the fulcrum, the high’s become a little less high and the lows a little less low. When we live our lives with Jesus as our center point – we balance – experiencing the realization that God knows us, loves us, and has a plan for us.  Even with Jesus as our fulcrum, we will still have both great days and bad days. But, there is a perspective change. How you view the world changes as you come closer and closer to knowing the saving love of Jesus, who is your rock, fortress and deliverer.

 

 

Scripture Readings for Sunday, February 4th.
 

Gospel Reading 
(John 7:37-52)
On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.’ ”  Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified.  When they heard these words, some in the crowd said, “This is really the prophet.”  Others said, “This is the Messiah.” But some asked, “Surely the Messiah does not come from Galilee, does he?  Has not the scripture said that the Messiah is descended from David and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?”  So there was a division in the crowd because of him. Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.  Then the temple police went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, “Why did you not arrest him?”  The police answered, “Never has anyone spoken like this!”  Then the Pharisees replied, “Surely you have not been deceived too, have you?  Has any one of the authorities or of the Pharisees believed in him?  But this crowd, which does not know the law–they are accursed.”  Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus before, and who was one of them, asked,  “Our law does not judge people without first giving them a hearing to find out what they are doing, does it?” They replied, “Surely you are not also from Galilee, are you? Search and you will see that no prophet is to arise from Galilee.”

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Epistle Reading
(Titus 1:1-11)
Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge of the truth that is in accordance with godliness, in the hope of eternal life that God, who never lies, promised before the ages began– in due time he revealed his word through the proclamation with which I have been entrusted by the command of God our Savior;   To Titus, my loyal child in the faith we share:  Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.  I left you behind in Crete for this reason, so that you should put in order what remained to be done, and should appoint elders in every town, as I directed you: someone who is blameless, married only once, whose children are believers, not accused of debauchery and not rebellious. For a bishop, as God’s steward, must be blameless; he must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or addicted to wine or violent or greedy for gain; but he must be hospitable, a lover of goodness, prudent, upright, devout, and self-controlled. He must have a firm grasp of the word that is trustworthy in accordance with the teaching, so that he may be able both to preach with sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict it.  There are also many rebellious people, idle talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision; they must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for sordid gain what it is not right to teach.

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Gospel Commentary

The last day of the festival, the great day” is probably the 7th or 8th day of the Feast of Tabernacles, which included a procession from the pool of Siloam, carrying water and pouring it as a libation at the temple, commemorating the water which flowed from the rock which Moses struck in the wilderness and provided the context for the Lord’s words, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me…”  Living water is the gift of the Holy Spirit and the new life which springs forth by the power of the Spirit.  Christ give the Holy Spirit and the believer’s heart consequently flows with new life.  Christ does not force us, but is always available if we desire Him.  The enemies of Jesus increasingly scheme to destroy Him in the middle of the Feast.  The officers of the temple who were sent to arrest Him return without Him saying, “Never has anyone spoken like this!”  The officers were open to Christ’s teachings and were captivated by them.  The Pharisees and Scribes, however, witnessed everything also but were not open to it and therefore were preoccupied with removing Him.  In order to be able to view our lives through the eyes of faith we need to be filled with the grace of the Holy Spirit.  This week pray to our Lord each day that He send His Holy Spirit into your heart so that you may experience your world through the eyes of faith and that everything you think, say and do be guided by the Holy Spirit.

 

 

 

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 Badarak:  Titus 1:1-11 and John 7:37-52.

Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak:  Romans 13:11-14:25 and Matthew 6:1-21.

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. 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 Programs
AYO Launches Game Changer .

 

 

Our Ayo! platform just launched another ambitious project that will aim to raise the crowdfunding platform to a higher level of engagement in Armenia’s social issues. GameChanger will help the Girls of Armenia Leadership Soccer (GOALS) initiative to build a girls soccer league in Kotayk Province, which will be used as a tool to empower a new generation of independent and self-confident young women.

The spark that started GOALS was first lit when the Football Federation of Armenia (FFA) disbanded the women’s national team program in 2013, citing budget cuts. In reaction, GOALS was created in 2015 with the aim of establishing safe spaces to play soccer as a way to empower young girls from underprivileged and underserved villages to become leaders, speak their minds, and challenge social norms. With the help of Armenian volunteers across the country, they opened the first female soccer league in Armenia, based in Goris. Today, GOALS has soccer leagues in Alaverdi, Goris, Dilijan, and Yeghegnadzor, which impact 284 girls in total.

During 2018, they plan to launch a female soccer league in Kotayk Province and Ayo! plans to help raise money to cover some of the costs. The program will also include trainings and a summer camp for 60 young women. As a result, they will identify a local coordinator and five coaches who will sign a one-year contract and build teams in their communities. Each team will consist of 12 to 15 girls, aged 12-17. The first league season will be launched in September 2018.

“This project is not just about learning how to play soccer. Giving girls the chance to play soccer is not only an opportunity for them to be part of a team and lead a healthy lifestyle, but it will also increase their decision-making skills, leadership skills, self-confidence, and enable them to find their voices. Through this program, we will be able to empower more young women to become future leaders through the power of sport!” said Laura Gevorgyan, Ayo! Program Director. “We love this project. I hope others will love it too.”

Click here to support GameChanger today.

 

 

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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Armenian Church of the Holy Translators

38 Franklin Street
Framingham, MA 01702
Rev. Fr. Krikor A. Sabounjian, Pastor
Tel: 508-875-0868

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  1. Annual Church Picnic

    September 15 @ 12:00 pm
February 2018
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  1. Annual Church Picnic

    September 15 @ 12:00 pm

Sunday Worship

  • Morning Service: 8:30 am
  • Divine Liturgy: 9:30 am
  • Children's Object Lesson: 10:30 am
  • Sunday School: 10:45 am (immediately after Communion) - 11:30 am
  • Armenian School: Noon – 12:30 pm