Weekly News – June 17, 2018

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Weekly News – June 17, 2018

Weekly News

JUNE 17, 2018
Fourth Sunday After Pentecost
Father’s Day

Homily: Deacon Michael T Sabounjian

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“Our Father who art in Heaven
Hallowed be Thy Name!”

Find the Jesus within You!

SUNDAY SCHEDULE

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

Special Hokehankist on Father’s Day
We will offer special “Hokehankist” prayers for all deceased fathers, grandfathers and godfathers on Father’s Day, June 17th. Please email your request to frkrikor@holytranslators.org or fill out a Requiem form at fellowship.  Donations may be sent to the Church or brought with you and given to Scott Zaleski, Memo:  Father’s Day Hokehankist.


JUNE  17, 2018 – FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
Father’s Day.

Across the United States today is observed as Father’s Day: a chance to reflect, with gratitude, on the deeper meaning of fatherhood.  While the surrounding popular culture may sometimes fail to treat fatherhood with due seriousness, the Armenian Church accords great reverence and respect to fathers.

The greatest tribute we pay to fatherhood lies in the way we apply the word “Father” to God. Our ability to call upon Him as our Father is a privilege and blessing—beautifully conveyed in a prayer from our Divine Liturgy:

“God of truth and Father of mercy, we are grateful that you have exalted us above even the [Old Testament] patriarchs. For you were called ‘God’ to them; but you are pleased to be named ‘Father’ to us.”

The priest recites this prayer right before the congregation sings the Hayr Mer—reminding us that it was Jesus, God’s only-begotten Son, who taught us to call God “Our Father.” And when we understand God in terms of His Fatherhood, we also understand godliness to be the duty to which all fathers are called.

This Sunday, thank the fathers who strive to provide such an example in your own life, and remember those who have departed this world in your prayers

(From the Diocesan Website) 

UPCOMING PARISH EVENTS

Annual Church Picnic and Food Festival

Sunday, September 16, 2018
12:00 NOON – 5:00PM

This Year Once Again on our Church Grounds

WEEKLY PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Bible Readings:
The readings for this Sunday’s Badarak are:  
7:25-8:11 & Matthew 12:38-45.
The readings for next Sunday’s Badarak are: Romans 8:31-10:4 & Matthew 13:24-30

Special Hokehankist on Father’s Day:  We will offer special “Hokehankist” prayers for all deceased fathers, grandfathers and godfathers on Father’s Day, June 17th. Please email your request to frkrikor@holytranslators.org or fill out a Requiem form at fellowship.  Donations may be sent to the Church or brought with you and given to Scott Zaleski, Memo:  Father’s Day Hokehankist.

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

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.)

Membership Dues/Stewardship:  Please remember to renew your 2018 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.

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. A sign-up sheet is available at Fellowship or contact
Jaymie Babaian (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.
 

SCRIPTURE READINGS
Sunday, June 17, 2018

Gospel Reading 
(Matthew 12:38-45)

Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to him, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.”  But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.  For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so for three days and three nights the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth.  The people of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the proclamation of Jonah, and see, something greater than Jonah is here!  The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, and see, something greater than Solomon is here!  “When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it wanders through waterless regions looking for a resting place, but it finds none.  Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ When it comes, it finds it empty, swept, and put in order. Then it goes and brings along seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and live there; and the last state of that person is worse than the first. So will it be also with this evil generation.”


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Epistle Reading
(Romans 7:25-8:11)

Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!  So then, with my mind I am a slave to the law of God, but with my flesh I am a slave to the law of sin. There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.  For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin, he condemned sin in the flesh,  so that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.  For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.  To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.  For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law–indeed it cannot,  and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.  But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.  But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness.  If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.

 

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Gospel Commentary

In their request for a sign, some spectacular display, the scribes and Pharisees show their wickedness.  Even after so many miracles, they still ask Jesus for such a sign.  But Jesus does not cater to their hardness of heart.  His sign will be His Passion and Resurrection from the dead.  When the Israelites were delivered out of Egypt, by God’s mercy, they did not repent of their impure ways, and they returned to their impure ways.  The same holds true in this passage and even for us today.  Unless there is full-hearted repentance and the Holy Spirit dwells in a person, evil will return with even greater force.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Sunday Morning Prayer:  8:30AM 
Sunday Divine Liturgy:  9:30AM

Sun. June  17        Father’s Day

Sun June 24          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor

Sun.  July  1          No Church

Sun. July   8          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor

Sun. July 15          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor

Sun. July 22          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor

Sun. July 29          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor

Sun. Aug.  5          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor

Sun. Aug. 12         Divine Liturgy (Blessing of the Grapes) – Der Krikor

Sun. Aug. 19         No Church

Sun. Aug  26        Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor

Sun. Sept   2        Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor

Sun. Sept   9        Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor

Sun. Sept 16        Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
Annual Church Picnic

The Eastern Diocese recently launched a new electronic resource – VEMKAR – aimed at the pastoral and educational leaders of our church. Each edition inspires readers to “get ready for Sunday,” by presenting classroom lessons, sermon topics, and other resources to enrich young and old alike in their worship and learning experiences. View this week’s VEMKAR newsletter.
Download the VEMKAR app! Click here for iOS or Android platforms. VEMKAR and its affiliated website (www.vemkar.us) is a new initiative from our Diocesan Ministries department, and is produced by Diocesan staff members and the new Director of Ministries, the Very Rev. Fr. Mesrop Parsamyan.

FAR PROGRAMS (CASP)
Springtime Round of CASP Stipends
are Distributed to Vulnerable Children & Families.

Roughly 460 orphans and children of single-mothers living in six regions of Armenia and Javakhk recently received their financial stipends for spring 2018 through the Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program (CASP).

For many of these families, CASP is the crucial support they need to overcome some of their social and financial hardships and the help through which their children’s lives can be improved.
“With this stipend, I was able to buy the firewood we needed to heat our house last year. I spent the rest on the children’s needs, like school supplies, warm clothes, and food. It’s hard to raise three daughters without a consistent income,” said Meri Shahzadyan, 31, from
Khndzoresk whose husband, Rustam, died in a car accident in 2011.

Her three daughters, Shahane, 10, Nvard, 8, and Elen, 7, were accepted into the CASP program three years ago. They will receive their annual financial support from an American family until they turn 18. Currently, they live with their grandparents; all six of them barely survive on state benefits and stipends, which amount to roughly $250 a month.

Just before CASP recipients received their spring stipends at his church, Father Rafayel Khachikyan, pastor of the community of Meghri, encouraged beneficiaries to give back to their communities and schools. “You receive this support from women who even don’t know you. Some of them are not even Armenian, however they have embarked on a journey to help Armenians and to try and eradicate child poverty in these regions. Moreover, by their example, these women show the goodwill and love of our Lord,” he said, referring to the Women’s Guild of the Central Council, the group that manages CASP.

Distributions were followed by beneficiary home visits made by FAR staff members to better understand families’ needs and concerns, and how this particular support helps them to overcome certain difficulties.

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

Armenian Church of the Holy Translators
38 Franklin Street
Framingham, MA 01702
508-875-0868
www.holytranslators.org

 

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Weekly News – June 10, 2018

 

Weekly News

JUNE 10, 2018
Third Sunday After Pentecost 

(Armenian School & Sunday School Graduation and Promotion Day)

 

 

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“It is better to build children
than to repair men.”  

Find the Jesus within You!

 

 

 

SUNDAY SCHEDULE

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

 

 

 

Armenian School/Sunday School
Graduation & Promotion Day
will take place on Sunday, June 10th.

 

 

 

Armenian School & Sunday School Graduation and Promotion Day.

This Sunday, June 10th, we celebrate Promotion Day.  This is a day of recognition for everyone associated with the Sunday School and Armenian School Programs.  It is very easy to take for granted the effort needed to realize successful Program.  I, for one, as the Pastor of this Parish know and fully appreciate that effort.  It starts with our Armenian School Superintendent, Susan Ciaffi and our Sunday School Administrative Committee, Elise Durgarian, Julie Everleigh and Karyn Bilezerian, whose exceptional ability and sincere devotion to their ministries have set the tone for our Armenian School and Sunday School, which has trickled down to all of you, the Parents.  Your commitment to the importance of our programs is vital ensure the consistency and growth ministries.  Then of course there are the     teachers and staff, whose commitment and enthusiasm has inspired our children to learn whenever they attend.  Finally there are the students.  They have become a cohesive unit of our Parish – you might say the main stream of our Parish life.  Just think what our Parish would be like without our Children.  They provide an energy that becomes contagious to us all – inspiring us to a greater level of spirituality.  In that sense they become our Sunday School and Armenian School teachers.  This is one reason it is extremely important to have consistent participation.
On a bulletin board at the entrance of the Sheriffs Youth Ranch in Barnstable it was written that “it is better to build children than to repair men.” 
This is the mission of our Sunday School and Armenian School Programs.


From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you all for an outstanding year.
May God bless our entire Sunday School and Armenian School Staffs
and all our children.

 

 

 

UPCOMING PARISH EVENTS

 

 

 

18th Annual Golf Tournament

Only  3 Days Away!!!

Register Today

 

 

Join us on the links on Monday, June 11, 2018 for the Armenian Church
of the Holy Translators 18th Annual Golf Tournament at the Sandy Burr Country Club, in Wayland, MA.
Registration:  8:30 AM
Scramble format tee-off is at 10:00 AM.
 

If you supported us in the past, we truly appreciate it and look forward to your donation again this year. If you would like to become a new supporter, we welcome you. Please consider making a sponsorship donation.
The link for golfer registration and sponsorship forms is below!
For last minute registrations or sponsorships please contact 

Rev. Fr. Krikor Sabounjian at frkrikor@holytranslators.org or Karen Durgarian at karnig@verizon.net.

If you wish to make a raffle donation or would like more information, please contact Rev. Fr. Krikor Sabounjian at frkrikor@holytranslators.org or Karen Durgarian at karnig@verizon.net.

Click Here to View and Print the Registration and Sponsorship Forms.
 

Special Hokehankist on Fathers Day
We will offer special “Hokehankist” prayers for all deceased fathers, grandfathers and godfathers on Fathers Day, June 17th. Please email your request to frkrikor@holytranslators.org or fill out a Requiem form at fellowship.  Donations may be sent to the Church or brought with you and given to Scott Zaleski, Memo:  Fathers Day Hokehankist.

 

 

 

WEEKLY PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

 

 

Bible Readings:
The readings for this Sunday’s Badarak are:  
Romans 6:12-23 and Matthew 12:1-8.
The readings for next Sunday’s Badarak are: 7:25-8:11 & Matthew 12:38-45.Armenian School/Sunday School Graduation & Promotion Day will take place this Sunday, June 10th.

Golf Tournament:  This year’s tournament will take place on Monday, June 11th. At the Sandy Burr Golf Course, Wayland MA.  The golf tournament is a major fund raiser for our Parish.  The committee needs help; Raffle ticket sellers, sponsors, golfers and workers.  Anyone interested in helping out please see Der Krikor or Karen Durgarian.

Special Hokehankist on Fathers Day:  We will offer special “Hokehankist” prayers for all deceased fathers, grandfathers and godfathers on Fathers Day, June 17th. Please email your request to frkrikor@holytranslators.org or fill out a Requiem form at fellowship.  Donations may be sent to the Church or brought with you and given to Scott Zaleski, Memo:  Fathers Day Hokehankist.

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

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.)

Membership Dues/Stewardship:  Please remember to renew your 2018 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.

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. A sign-up sheet is available at Fellowship or contact
Jaymie Babaian (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.
 

 

 

 

SCRIPTURE READINGS
Sunday, June 10, 2018

 

 

 

Gospel Reading 
(Matthew 12:1-8)

At that time Jesus went through the grain-fields on the Sabbath; his disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat.  When the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, “Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath.” He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry?  He entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him or his companions to eat, but only for the priests.  Or have you not read in the law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple break the Sabbath and yet are guiltless?  I tell you, something greater than the temple is here.  But if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless.  For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”

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Epistle Reading
(Romans 6:12-23)

Therefore, do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions.  No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness.  For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.  What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!  Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?  But thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were entrusted,  and that you, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.  I am speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations. For just as you once   presented your members as slaves to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness for sanctification.  When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.  So what advantage did you then get from the things of which you now are ashamed? The end of those things is death.  But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life.  For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.


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Gospel Commentary

The Pharisees are rigid in their legalism.  While the plucking of a few ears in a     neighbor’s field is permitted by Law, they consider it “reaping” and  unlawful work of the Sabbath.  Jesus provides Old Testament precedents of blameless violations of the Sabbath rule, thereby demonstrating that the law is not absolute over human need or service to God.  Jesus is Lord even of the Sabbath, thus Lord of all days including the Lord’s Day and the Author of the Law itself.  He gives precedence to mercy rather than ritualistic observance.

 

 

 

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Sunday Morning Prayer:  8:30AM 
Sunday Divine Liturgy:  9:30AM

 

 

 

Sun. June 10         Armenian and Sunday School Graduation & Promotion Day

Mon June  11         Annual Golf Tournament – Sandy Burr, Wayland – 10:00AM

Sun. June  17        Father’s Day

Sun June 24          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor

Sun.  July  1          No Church

Sun. July   8          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor

Sun. July 15          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor

Sun. July 22          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor

Sun. July 29          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor

Sun. Aug.  5          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor

Sun. Aug. 12         Divine Liturgy (Blessing of the Grapes) – Der Krikor

Sun. Aug. 19         No Church

Sun. Aug  26        Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor

Sun. Sept   2        Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor

Sun. Sept   9        Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor

Sun. Sept 16        Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
Annual Church Picnic

 

 

The Eastern Diocese recently launched a new electronic resource – VEMKAR – aimed at the pastoral and educational leaders of our church. Each edition inspires readers to “get ready for Sunday,” by presenting classroom lessons, sermon topics, and other resources to enrich young and old alike in their worship and learning experiences. View this week’s VEMKAR newsletter.
Download the VEMKAR app! Click here for iOS or Android platforms. VEMKAR and its affiliated website (www.vemkar.us) is a new initiative from our Diocesan Ministries department, and is produced by Diocesan staff members and the new Director of Ministries, the Very Rev. Fr. Mesrop Parsamyan.

FAR PROGRAMS
Two Time Participant Finds
Great Benefit in CME Program

 

Dr. Sonya Palajyan, 59, accredits her love and dedication to medicine to her mother. “My mom once recited a poem she wrote about me becoming a doctor. I forgot the beginning, but the end went something like this: ‘I will become a doctor to first heal people’s wounds, then sing and dance with them’,” she said with a beaming smile.

Dr. Palajyan, a general practitioner and rheumatologist, has spent her career working in several clinics in Shirak Province and now works in the emergency unit of Gyumri Medical Center. She serves 15 to 20 patients a day. While she is also the first doctor in her family, her children decided to follow her path and are now doctors themselves. Her daughter Ani, 33, is a dentist, and her son Ghukas, 32, is a urologist.

Dr. Palajyan is sure that lifelong learning makes doctors better, especially rural doctors, who are often isolated from developments in their field. “Keeping up with the most current medical information is very important and also challenging. Some doctors lack financial resources to attend trainings; in this regard, Fund for Armenian Relief provided me with every opportunity to travel to Yerevan and learn the best practices applied at different medical centers,” she said.

Dr. Palajyan is a two-time beneficiary of FAR’s Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program , a professional development program geared to help doctors in rural Armenia update their skills primarily through training at leading medical centers in Yerevan. In 2014, Dr. Palajyan spent a month training in general therapy at Muratsan Medical Center. She was selected again for the program in 2018, where she spent time learning about the latest practices in rheumatology at Erebuni Medical Center.

“Every doctor should update their knowledge annually. I didn’t do it for four years and that’s why I applied to FAR’s program again. Consistency in the CME program is the most important element, and that motivated me to apply for the training for the second time,” said Dr. Palajyan.

 

 

 

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
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Armenian Church of the Holy Translators
38 Franklin Street
Framingham, MA 01702
508-875-0868
www.holytranslators.org

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekly News – April 8, 2018

 

Holy Translators Weekly News
Sunday, April 8, 2018

EASTERTIDE
New Sunday

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

Yughakin Offering
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. Envelopes are available as you leave Church or you can mail your offering to the Church:  38 Franklin Street Framingham, MA 01702  (Note on Check: Yughakin Offering)

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
 
“Blessed are those who have not seen
and yet
have come to believe.”

Find the Jesus within you!

EASTER SUNDAY
 Resurrection of our Lord

KRISDOS HARYAV EE MERELOTZ.
CHRIST IS RISEN FROM THE DEAD.

ORHNIAL EH HAROUTYOONUN KRISTOSEE.
BLESSED IS THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST

                INTROIT:    “Krisdos Haryav…..”
Christ is risen from the dead!
He trampled down death by (His) death,
and by His Resurrection granted life unto us.
Glory unto Him for all ages. Amen.
                                                                                                                                                        MIDDAY HYMN:  “Kovya Yeroosaghem uzDer…”
                                    Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem.
Christ is risen from the dead!  Alleluia!
Come ye people, sing to the Lord: Alleluia!
To Him who is risen from the dead, Alleluia!
To Him who has enlightened the world, Alleluia!
                                                                                                                                                         HAGIODY:  “Ov eh vorbes…”
Who is like unto the Lord our God?

He was crucified for us, He was buried and rose again,
He was believed on in the world, and ascended in glory.

Come ye people, let us sing praises unto Him together

                                     with the angels, saying:  Holy, Holy, Holy art Thou                                                        O Lord our God.

Scripture Readings for Sunday, April 8th.

Gospel Reading
(John 1:1-17)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being  in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him.  He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him.  But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God,  who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.  (John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ “)  From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.  The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

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Epistle Reading
(James 3:1-12)

Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.  For all of us make many mistakes. Anyone who makes no mistakes in speaking is perfect, able to keep the whole body in check with a bridle.  If we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we guide their whole bodies.  Or look at ships: though they are so large that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.  So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits. How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire!  And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is itself set on fire by hell.  For every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species,  but no one can tame the tongue–a restless evil, full of deadly poison.  With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God.  From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so.  Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and brackish water?  Can a fig tree, my brothers and sisters, yield olives, or a grapevine figs? No more can salt water yield fresh.

 

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Gospel Commentary

The first Sunday after Easter is called “New Sunday,” because it is the first Sunday of the new creation realized through the glorious Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  This week analyze your life and decided if you truly want to be a part of this new creation in our Lord.

Parish Announcements!

Home Blessing and Visitations:  If any wishes to have their home blessed, please contact Der Krikor at 774-292-9116 or by email at
frkrikor@holytranslators.org..  
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. Envelopes are available as you leave Church.
Bible Study will meet this Tuesday, April 10thfrom 10:30-11:30AM. 
Readings for this Sunday’s BadarakJames 3:1-12 and  John 1:1-17. 
Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak:   1Peter 2:1-10 and  John 2:23-3:12.
 
Special Hokehankist on Mothers Day:  We will offer special “Hokehankist” prayers for all deceased mothers, grandmothers and godmothers on Sunday, May 13th in honor of Mothers Day. Please email your request to frkrikor@holytranslators.org or fill out a Requiem form at fellowship.  Donations may be sent to the Church or brought with you and given to Scott Zaleski.  Memo: Mothers Day Hokehankist. 

Men’s Fellowship Night will take place Thursday Evening, May 31st, starting at 6:30PM.   See Karnig Durgarian or Anthony Barsamian for more information. 

Sunday School Graduation and Promotion Day will take place on Sunday, June 10th.

Golf Tournament:  This year’s tournament will take place on Monday, June 11th. At the Sandy Burr Golf Course, Wayland MA.  The golf tournament is a major fund raiser for our Parish.  The committee needs help; Raffle ticket sellers, sponsors, golfers and workers.  Anyone interested in helping out please see Der Krikor or Karen Durgarian.

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

Tue. Apr 17          Weekly Bible Study  – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AM

Tue. Apr 24          Weekly Bible Study  – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AM

Tue. May  1           NO Weekly Bible Study

Sun. May 6           Consecration of St. Vartan Cathedral 50th Anniversary
No Church Services – Pontifical Badarak in New York

Tue. May 8            Weekly Bible Study  – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AM

Thu. May  10         Feast of the Ascension of our Lord

Sun. May 13          Mother’s Day

Tue. May 15          Weekly Bible Study  – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AM

Sun. May  20         Feast of Pentecost

Tue. May 22            Weekly Bible Study  – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AM

Tue. May 29            Weekly Bible Study  – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AM

Thu May  31          Men’s Fellowship Night – Fellowship Hall

Sun. Jun    3         Feast of Holy Etchmiadzin

Sun. June 10        Sunday School Graduation and Promotion Day

Mon Jun  11         Annual Golf Tournament – Sandy Burr, Wayland – 10:00AM

Sun. Jun  17         Feast of Holy Etchmiadzin
Father’s Day

DIOCESAN SCHOLARSHIPS

The Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern)
will be granting scholarships to qualified Armenian American students attending accredited 4-year undergraduate university programs for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The application and reference forms must be submitted electronically and are available on the Diocesan website.

The Eastern Diocese recently launched a new electronic resource – VEMKAR – aimed at the pastoral and educational leaders of our church. Each edition inspires readers to “get ready for Sunday,” by presenting classroom lessons, sermon topics, and other resources to enrich young and old alike in their worship and learning experiences. View this week’s VEMKAR newsletter.

Download the VEMKAR app! Click here for iOS or Android platforms. VEMKAR and its affiliated website (www.vemkar.us) is a new initiative from our Diocesan Ministries department, and is produced by Diocesan staff members and the new Director of Ministries, the Very Rev. Fr. Mesrop Parsamyan.

Far Programs

New Ayo! Project
Aims to Better Science Education in rural Armenia

Our Ayo! platform has decided to collaborate with two teachers in rural areas to help them achieve their shared goal: installing science labs in each of their schools. Ayo!’s recently-launched Fill the Gap. Build a Lab. project will ensure that students in regional schools have better access to higher-quality education.

Although public schools are free of charge, schools located outside of Yerevan typically lack both teachers and well-equipped classrooms. This means that many schools are without the proper resources needed to provide a high educational standard and equal access to education for students.

Teach for Armenia, a member of the Teach for All global network, aims to combat this widespread issue by providing equal educational opportunity to all children in Armenia through the recruitment and training of exceptional individuals to teach in schools located in underprivileged communities for a minimum of two years.

In the three years since Teach for Armenia was founded, many fellows—teachers of geography, biology, physics, chemistry and English language — have filled these vacancies, and thus brought higher-quality education to these regions of Armenia, where they have helped children to grow and fulfill their curiosity toward these subjects.

Lusine Vardumyan teaches at Getashen Village School in the Armavir Province. The village is located 70 km away from Yerevan, close to Turkish border. Since the school does not have any actual science labs, only theory can be taught in class. This impacts the level of interest toward these subjects, and results in a very low number of students who actually want to pursue science education and eventual careers in science. Lusine had the idea of building a physics and chemistry lab at the Getashen school so that students could have the opportunity to study the subjects through hands-on experimentation.

Venera Abovyan is another Teach for Armenia fellow who teaches biology and chemistry at Shamiram Village School in Aragatsotn Province. For years, children in the school didn’t have biology and chemistry classes because there was no one to teach them. Then Venera arrived. “It’s very difficult for children to learn these two completely new courses in theory without having a lab where they can see everything in practice and do experiments,” said Venera, who believes a science lab could be a significant investment for the betterment of the school’s students.

The labs will ultimately help to boost the resources of two schools, and also spark the curiosity of the children who are eager to learn.

Join Ayo! and say yes to brighter educational prospects for Armenia’s children!

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 – March 18, 2018

 

Holy Translators Weekly News
Sunday, March 18, 2018

GREAT LENT (MEDZ BAHK)
SUNDAY OF THE ADVENT (COMING)

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

DIOCESAN SCHOLARSHIPS

The Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern)
will be granting scholarships to qualified Armenian American students attending accredited 4-year undergraduate university programs for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The application and reference forms must be submitted electronically and are available on the Diocesan website.

 

 

 

The Eastern Diocese recently launched a new electronic resource – VEMKAR – aimed at the pastoral and educational leaders of our church. Each edition inspires readers to “get ready for Sunday,” by presenting classroom lessons, sermon topics, and other resources to enrich young and old alike in their worship and learning experiences. View this week’s VEMKAR newsletter.

Download the VEMKAR app! Click here for iOS or Android platforms. VEMKAR and its affiliated website (www.vemkar.us) is a new initiative from our Diocesan Ministries department, and is produced by Diocesan staff members and the new Director of Ministries, the Very Rev. Fr. Mesrop Parsamyan.

 

 

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
 
“For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say,
‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.'”

Find the Jesus within you!

 

 

 

GREAT LENT (MEDZ BAHK)
SUNDAY OF THE ADVENT (COMING)

(Jashou Sharagan (Midday Hymn)

You foretold the mystery of Your coming through the prophets of Israel, who You chose after Moses; they spoke through the Holy Spirit in many different examples;
O Savior, grant us mercy and forgiveness of our sins.

When the latter years drew near just as the seers had announced, You, our Saviour, arrived in the fullness of time and appeared among men having put on the form of a servant; O Savior, grant us mercy and forgiveness of our sins.

On the sixth day You created Adam in the lordly image; but he did not keep the commandment and was divested of the robe; wherefore You, O new Adam, visited the lost one during the sixth age; O Savior, grant us mercy and forgiveness of our sins.

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

O temple of light without shadow and bride-chamber of ineffable Word, who   removed the grievous curse on Eve, our first mother; implore your only-begotten Son, the mediator of reconciliation with the Father, that He may please to take away from us all disorder and give peace to our souls.

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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, March 18th.
 

Gospel Reading 
(Matthew 22:34-23:39)

When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him.  “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”  He said to him, ” ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’  This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”  Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question:  “What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.”  He said to them, “How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet” ‘?  If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?” No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions. Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples,  “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat;  therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach.  They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on the shoulders of others; but they themselves are unwilling to lift a finger to move them. They do all their deeds to be seen by others; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long.  They love to have the place of honor at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have people call them rabbi.  But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one   teacher, and you are all students.  And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Father–the one in heaven.  Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Messiah.  The greatest among you will be your servant.  All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted. “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you lock people out of the kingdom of   heaven. For you do not go in yourselves, and when others are going in, you stop them.  Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cross sea and land to make a single convert, and you make the new    convert twice as much a child of hell as yourselves. “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the sanctuary is bound by nothing, but whoever swears by the gold of the sanctuary is bound by the oath.’  You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the sanctuary that has made the gold sacred?  And you say, ‘Whoever swears by the altar is bound by nothing, but whoever swears by the gift that is on the altar is bound by the oath.’  How blind you are! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that makes the gift sacred?  So whoever swears by the altar, swears by it and by everything on it;  and whoever swears by the sanctuary, swears by it and by the one who dwells in it;  and whoever swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God and by the one who is seated upon it. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. It is these you ought to have practiced without neglecting the others.  You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel! “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.  You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup, so that the outside also may become clean.  “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which on the outside look beautiful, but inside they are full of the bones of the dead and of all kinds of filth.  So you also on the outside look righteous to others, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous,  and you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’  Thus you testify against yourselves that you are descendants of those who murdered the prophets.  Fill up, then, the measure of your ancestors.  You snakes, you brood of vipers! How can you escape being sentenced to hell?  Therefore I send you prophets, sages, and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town,  so that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar.  Truly I tell you, all this will come upon this generation.  “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!  See, your house is left to you, desolate.  For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the  Lord.’

 

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Gospel Commentary

We are called to live our Christian lives in spirit and in truth, not just in form or by  going through the motions.  During this week analyze the way you live your Christian life and see where it falls: in form or in spirit and in truth.

 

 

 

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. Envelopes are available as you leave Church.
Bible Study will meet this Tuesday, March 20th from 10:30-11:30AM. 
Readings for this Sunday’s Badarak: Colossians 2:8-3:17 and Matthew 22:24-23:39. 
Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak:  Philippians 4:4:7 and Matthew 20:29-21:17.

Lenten Interactive Prayer Services:  We will have our last weekly interactive Lenten Prayer Services (in English) this Wednesday, March 21st, starting at 6:30PM.

The 2018 Diocesan Lenten Drive:  This year our Sunday School Lenten Drive will benefit: Feeding those at home and in Armenia with Special Needs.

Palm Sunday Program:  On Sunday, March 25th Ronnie Malconian, from the ACYOA Central Council, will visit our Parish and pray with us.  The Palm Sunday Fellowship will be hosted by the Miracle Kitchen Food Prep Group.

Easter Basket Donations: There is a sign up sheet at Fellowship for donations toward our annual program of donating Easter Baskets to needy families in the MetroWest area through the Department of Social Services.  All items need to be brought in by Palm Sunday for assembly.  Also volunteers are needed to assemble the baskets

Men’s Fellowship Night will take place Thursday Evening, May 31st, starting at 6:30PM.   See Karnig Durgarian or Anthony Barsamian for more information.

Golf Tournament:  This year’s tournament will take place on Monday, June 11th. At the Sandy Burr Golf Course, Wayland MA.  The golf tournament is a major fund raiser for our Parish.  The committee needs help; Raffle ticket sellers, sponsors, golfers and workers.  Anyone interested in helping out please see Der Krikor or Karen Durgarian.
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. 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

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Thu. May  10         Feast of the Ascension of our Lord

Sun. May  20         Feast of Pentecost

Thu. May   31         Men’s Fellowship Night – Fellowship Hall

Sun. Jun    3         Feast of Holy Etchmiadzin

Sun. June 10         Sunday School Graduation and Promotion Day

Mon Jun  11         Annual Golf Tournament – Sandy Burr, Wayland – 10:00AM

Sun. Jun  17         Feast of Holy Etchmiadzin

 

 

 

 

Far Programs
Syrian Woman Opens Her Own Bakery Thanks to FAR’s Small Business Assistance Program!

 

 

Many people may not see beyond Lousig Barsumian’s quiet temperament. Indeed, her bright mind, inexhaustible energy, ability to plan and think of every detail, and her purposefulness may not all be revealed at first glance.

Lousig, 35, was born and raised in Syria. Six years ago, she left on a 10-day vacation to Armenia with her husband Arman, and their then three-year-old daughter, Alik. They decided to stay forever.

“On the third day of the trip, my husband decided that we would not go back,” recalled Lousig. In Syria, Arman, 38, had been a silversmith, and the area where his shop was located had already been hit hard by the war. They decided that it wasn’t reasonable for the family to return. They left all of their property in Aleppo, as it wasn’t possible to transport it to Armenia due to the war. Lousig’s wedding rings, however, which she had left in Syria for the trip, were later sent to her by her family. From that day on, they began their new life in Armenia—searching for jobs, a kindergarten, and a place to live.

“Three months later, I found a job as an assistant to an accountant, but it was tough as it was very different from the practices I knew in Syria. When I got pregnant with my son, I stopped working,” said Lousig, a professional accountant who had worked for 12 years at one of the leading interior design companies in Syria. When her son turned one, she was able to busy herself with her second craft—making and selling jewelry.

“I was making bijous (fancy, hand-made accessories) for 12 years in Syria. First, it was a hobby. Then it became a serious job. I was mostly working with beads, and I even gave classes. I also wanted to cook professionally, but this was a long-range plan,” said Lousig, with a warm smile. In Armenia, she has attended five different culinary courses organized by UNHCR and other organizations. “I learned Armenian and French cuisine, baking…. Yet, I found it difficult to start a business.”

The different organizations then helped Lousig to start. To make sure that taking culinary training was not a waste of time they recommended her to their partners. Soon, the lunch orders started to come in. Then people wanted cakes, which is what she most loves to make.

Nine months ago, Lousig registered her family catering company and bakery, which she currently runs out of her home, as Moon Bakery. Just a few days later, she found out that she received a grant and a zero-interest loan from FAR’s Small Business Assistance Program. She used the financial support to purchase a refrigerator, an oven, a mixer, and various containers and cake decorating equipment.

The program, which started in 2016, has already supported 17 Syrian-Armenian business owners, three of whom, including Lousig, are women, thus helping to lay a foundation for their economic integration in Armenia.

“If I get an order for a hard-to-cook cake, it makes me happy since I’m always up for the challenge,” said Lousig. She tries to make her cakes and biscuits as unique as possible as a way to try and develop her niche within the huge variety of similar businesses in Yerevan.

She also continues to help her husband, who was the first Syrian-Armenian to start selling silver at Vernisage market in Yerevan. Lousig designs silver jewelry that her husband later has crafted by local jewelers, and which are then exhibited and sold both in Armenia and abroad.

“In Syria, it was enough for just one person to work and help a large family to live a decent life. Yet, I can’t just sit around and do nothing. I would work as an accountant and would make handmade accessories on the side. I love working. Yet, here, in Armenia, you must work to live. Good thing that the number of orders I receive keeps increasing over time,” she said. Lousig is persistent now, and the family will stay in Armenia. “It was easy for us to set up. It was difficult to get things working and ensuring the means to make a living. Now, it’s become our usual life.”

On the eve of International Women’s Day, Lousig wishes all women good health and calls them to always create something of their own.

We at FAR are so proud to have supported this young, determined business woman. We wish all the best for you and your family, Lousig!

 

 

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 – March 11, 2018

 

Holy Translators Weekly News
Sunday, March 11, 2018

GREAT LENT (MEDZ BAHK)
SUNDAY OF THE JUDGE

Deacon Michael Sabounjian will conduct a Jashou Service and Deliver the Homily.
Der Krikor is away celebrating Badarak in the Naples, Fla Mission Parish.
We thank Deacon Michael for praying with us.

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. Mar. 14      NO Lenten Interactive Prayer Service

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

DIOCESAN SCHOLARSHIPS

The Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern)
will be granting scholarships to qualified Armenian American students attending accredited 4-year undergraduate university programs for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The application and reference forms must be submitted electronically and are available on the Diocesan website.

The Eastern Diocese recently launched a new electronic resource – VEMKAR – aimed at the pastoral and educational leaders of our church. Each edition inspires readers to “get ready for Sunday,” by presenting classroom lessons, sermon topics, and other resources to enrich young and old alike in their worship and learning experiences. View this week’s VEMKAR newsletter.

Download the VEMKAR app! Click here for iOS or Android platforms. VEMKAR and its affiliated website (www.vemkar.us) is a new initiative from our Diocesan Ministries department, and is produced by Diocesan staff members and the new Director of Ministries, the Very Rev. Fr. Mesrop Parsamyan.

AT. VARTAN CAMP
SUMMER PROGRAM DATES ANNOUNCED

All youth are encouraged to participate in our Diocesan Summer Programs.
Please contact Der Krikor
with any questions or for more information.

St. Vartan Camp provides an environment for young Armenian-American Christians to grow and flourish as they learn about and develop a deeper understanding of their Armenian faith and culture, overlooking the scenic Catskill Mountains in Greenville, NY – Open to campers ages 8-15. CITs – ages 16 & 17.  Staff, ages 18+. Registration is now open for campers. Applications for CITs & Staff are available to download. Program Dates – Staff Training: June 20-23; Session A: June 24 – July 7; Session B: July 8 – 21; Session C: July 22 – August 4Click to register online. 

CAMP HAIASTAN
2018 SESSION DATES ARE SET!!!

Camp Haiastan offers campers a unique summer camp experience for all ages. Camp is divided into multiple sessions based on age and preference for length of stay. Choose the session that best suits your camper below!

SESSION AGES START END FEE
Day Camp Week 5-7 yrs June 25 June 29 $495
“Zartonk” Teen Session* 15-16 yrs June 24 July 8 $1,595
Session 1 8-14 yrs July 8 July 22 $1,595
Session 2 8-14 yrs July 22 August 5 $1,595
Session 3** 8-14 yrs August 5 August 19 $1,495
 “Try It Out” Session 3  8-10 yrs  August 5  August 12  $945

Session 3 First Time Camper  $1,195 (if fully paid & applied by 6/1/2018)

*Eligibility to attend teen session is defined as turning 15 by the start date of Teen Session.  If your camper turns 15 after the start of Teen Session, he or she may attend Session 1, 2 or 3. NO EXCEPTIONS.

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 JUDGE

(Jashou Sharagan (Midday Hymn)

O Christ, You have committed to Your Church a true Commandment: to pray to God continually and at all times with spirit and understanding.
You established the word of Your ordinance as an example to us through Your action of passing the night in prayer to God;  in accordance with our nature by economy;  to You are all knees bent.
Therefore we also beseech You, O Christ, grant us to stand before You always with pure prayers as do the angels in heaven.
Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and always and unto the ages of ages , Amen.
By the prayer of the Bearer of God, Your immaculate Mother, open the spiritual eyes of our hearts though Your mercy, that we may behold Your light, O Christ.
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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, March 11th.

Gospel Reading 
(Luke 17:20 -18:14)

 

Once Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming, and he answered, “The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed;  nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ For, in fact, the kingdom of God is among you.” Then he said to the disciples, “The days are coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it.  They will say to you, ‘Look there!’ or ‘Look here!’ Do not go, do not set off in pursuit.  For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day.  But first he must endure much suffering and be rejected by this generation.  Just as it was in the days of Noah, so too it will be in the days of the Son of Man.  They were eating and drinking, and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed all of them.  Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot: they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building,  but on the day that Lot left Sodom, it rained fire and sulfur from heaven and destroyed all of them  –it will be like that on the day that the Son of Man is revealed.  On that day, anyone on the housetop who has belongings in the house must not come down to take them away; and likewise anyone in the field must not turn back.  Remember Lot’s wife.  Those who try to make their life secure will lose it, but those who lose their life will keep it.  I tell you, on that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken and the other left.  There will be two women grinding meal together; one will be taken and the other left.”  Then they asked him, “Where, Lord?” He said to them, “Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.”  Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people.  In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Grant me justice against my opponent.’  For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, ‘Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone,  yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.’ ”  And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says.  And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them?  I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt:  “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.  The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.  I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’  But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’  I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.”

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Gospel Commentary
The second coming of Christ will be like a fire of judgment on many who are so preoccupied with their daily pursuits that they are oblivious of the things of God.  The Kingdom of God requires urgent preparedness and decisive action – a constant awareness and fervent longing for Eternal Life.  To pray and not lose heart is a vital step in this preparation and action.  During this week evaluate your preparedness for Christ’s Coming.   Do we truly want Him unconditionally or do we want Him, BUT not yet!!!

Parish Announcements!
This Sunday, March 11th:  Deacon Michael Sabounjian will conduct a Jashou
Service, deliver the homily, while Der Krikor is away celebrating Badarak in the Naples, Fla Mission Parish.  We thank Deacon Michael for praying with us.
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. Envelopes are available as you leave Church.
Bible Study will NOT meet on March 13th.  We will resume on Tuesday, March 20th form 10:30-11:30AM.
Readings for this Sunday’s BadarakPhilippians 3:1– 4:9 and Luke 17:20-18:14. 
Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak:  Colossians 2:8-3:17 and Matthew 22:24-23:39.

Lenten Interactive Prayer Services:  There is no Wednesday Lenten Prayer Service this coming Wed, March 14th.  We will have our last one on Wednesday, March 21st at 6:30PM

The 2018 Diocesan Lenten Drive:  This year our Sunday School Lenten Drive will benefit: Feeding those at home and in Armenia with Special Needs.

Men’s Fellowship Night will take place Thursday Evening, May 31st, starting at 6:30PM.   See Karnig Durgarian or Anthony Barsamian for more information.

Golf Tournament:  This year’s tournament will take place on Monday, June 11th. At the Sandy Burr Golf Course, Wayland MA.  The golf tournament is a major fund raiser for our Parish.  The committee needs help; Raffle ticket sellers, sponsors, golfers and workers.  Anyone interested in helping out please see Der Krikor or Karen Durgarian.
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. Mar   11         Sunday of the  Judge
Deacon Michael T. Sabounjian

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

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Thu. May  10         Feast of the Ascension of our Lord

Sun. May  20         Feast of Pentecost

Thu. May   31         Men’s Fellowship Night – Fellowship Hall

Sun. Jun    3         Feast of Holy Etchmiadzin

Sun. June 10         Sunday School Graduation and Promotion Day

Mon Jun  11         Annual Golf Tournament – Sandy Burr, Wayland – 10:00AM

Sun. Jun  17         Feast of Holy Etchmiadzin

Far Programs
Empowering Youth to Pursue Careers in IT
!

Through a collaboration between Gyumri Information Technology Center (GTech) and Shirak Regional College, one of the region’s high schools, Shirak students can gain practical experience at GTech, thus enhancing their knowledge and competencies. About 100 Shirak students intern at GTech two to three times per week. In addition, GTech staff frequently provide advice and feedback about course curricula at Shirak.

The head of the school’s IT department, Gohar Khachatryan, is certain that practical training is invaluable and can help students to specialize. “We have been collaborating with GTech for about 10 years now, and our students are enrolled in practical training. Moreover, our instructors took development courses at the center,” said Ms. Khachatryan. More, the advanced students continue their education at GTech after they graduate. Some even stay on and work there.

Larisa Yeghoyan and Susanna Mkrtchyan are enrolled in the faculty of Software Engineering and Automated Systems at Shirak Regional College, where they are seniors. They never miss the chance to enhance their programming skills at GTech and they want to go deeper into JAVA programming, in particular.

“What matters most for us is that here at GTech we are closer to the job market. The other priority for us is that we have an opportunity to put our knowledge into practice,” said Susanna.

“Yes, the IT environment here is very encouraging. Regardless of what you want to explore, it makes you want to continue,” added Larisa Yeghoyan.

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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Holy Translators Weekly News
Sunday, March 4, 2018

GREAT LENT (MEDZ BAHK)
SUNDAY OF THE STEWARD

 

 

 

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. 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
 

DIOCESAN SCHOLARSHIPS

The Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern)
will be granting scholarships to qualified Armenian American students attending accredited 4-year undergraduate university programs for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The application and reference forms must be submitted electronically and are available on the Diocesan website.

 

 

 

The Eastern Diocese recently launched a new electronic resource – VEMKAR – aimed at the pastoral and educational leaders of our church. Each edition inspires readers to “get ready for Sunday,” by presenting classroom lessons, sermon topics, and other resources to enrich young and old alike in their worship and learning experiences. View this week’s VEMKAR newsletter.

Download the VEMKAR app! Click here for iOS or Android platforms. VEMKAR and its affiliated website (www.vemkar.us) is a new initiative from our Diocesan Ministries department, and is produced by Diocesan staff members and the new Director of Ministries, the Very Rev. Fr. Mesrop Parsamyan.

 

AT. VARTAN CAMP
SUMMER PROGRAM DATES ANNOUNCED

All youth are encouraged to participate in our Diocesan Summer Programs.
Please contact Der Krikor
with any questions or for more information.

St. Vartan Camp provides an environment for young Armenian-American Christians to grow and flourish as they learn about and develop a deeper understanding of their Armenian faith and culture, overlooking the scenic Catskill Mountains in Greenville, NY – Open to campers ages 8-15. CITs – ages 16 & 17.  Staff, ages 18+. Registration is now open for campers. Applications for CITs & Staff are available to download. Program Dates – Staff Training: June 20-23; Session A: June 24 – July 7; Session B: July 8 – 21; Session C: July 22 – August 4Click to register online. 

 

 

CAMP HAIASTAN
2018 SESSION DATES ARE SET!!!

Camp Haiastan offers campers a unique summer camp experience for all ages. Camp is divided into multiple sessions based on age and preference for length of stay. Choose the session that best suits your camper below!

SESSION AGES START END FEE
Day Camp Week 5-7 yrs June 25 June 29 $495
“Zartonk” Teen Session* 15-16 yrs June 24 July 8 $1,595
Session 1 8-14 yrs July 8 July 22 $1,595
Session 2 8-14 yrs July 22 August 5 $1,595
Session 3** 8-14 yrs August 5 August 19 $1,495
 “Try It Out” Session 3  8-10 yrs  August 5  August 12  $945

Session 3 First Time Camper  $1,195 (if fully paid & applied by 6/1/2018)

*Eligibility to attend teen session is defined as turning 15 by the start date of Teen Session.  If your camper turns 15 after the start of Teen Session, he or she may attend Session 1, 2 or 3. NO EXCEPTIONS.

 

 

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 Steward)

(Jashou Sharagan (Midday Hymn)
O You, Who powerfully created the supernal world of intelligible beings and
established in it the princes of the fiery spirits as stewards;
we bless Your inscrutable power.

O You, Who are the rich One and have created in lordly manner the sensible
second world and placed the first man as a steward in the garden of Eden;
we bless Your inscrutable power

O You, Who mystically built Your Church most high and have ordained in it the preacher of the Word of truth as a steward; we bless Your inscrutable power

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

O Tabernacle of Him Who cannot be borne, you carried Him, Who carries us, the creatures and you begot God in the body – Him Who was begotten of the Father without body; intercede for us, 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, March 4th.
 

Gospel Reading 
(Luke 16:1-31)
Then Jesus said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property.  So he summoned him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.’  Then the manager said to himself, ‘What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg.  I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.’  So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’  He answered, ‘A hundred jugs of olive oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.’  Then he asked another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He replied, ‘A hundred containers of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill and make it eighty.’  And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light.  And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.  “Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much.  If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?  And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own?  No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”  The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all this, and they ridiculed him.  So he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of others; but God knows your hearts; for what is prized by human beings is an abomination in the sight of God.  “The law and the prophets were in effect until John came; since then the good news of the kingdom of God is proclaimed, and everyone tries to enter it by force. But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away, than for one stroke of a letter in the law to be dropped.  “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and whoever marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery. “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day.  And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores,  who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores.  The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried.  In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side.  He called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.’  But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony.  Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.’  He said, ‘Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father’s house–  for I have five brothers–that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.’  Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.’  He said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’ ”
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Gospel Commentary

The Steward is unjust in his actions, which are not condoned, but his shrewdness is praised.  This is meant as a lesson for the “sons of light” (Christians) who ought to be as shrewd about their pursuit of godliness as unbelievers are about their business.  This week compare the amount of time and effort you give to your work to the time and effort you give to your Christian commitment.

 

 

 

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. Envelopes are available as you leave Church.
Bible Study will NOT meet for the next two weeks: March 6th and March 13th.  We will resume on Tuesday, March 20th form 10:30-11:30AM.
Readings for this Sunday’s BadarakEphesians 4:17– 5:14 and Luke 16:1-31.
Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak:  Philippians 3:1– 4:9 and Luke 17:20-18:14.

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.

Next Sunday, March 11th:  Deacon Michael Sabounjian will conduct a Jashou
Service, deliver the homily, while Der Krikor is away celebrating Badarak in the Naples, Fla Mission Parish.  We thank Deacon Michael for praying with us.

The 2018 Diocesan Lenten Drive:  This year our Sunday School Lenten Drive will benefit: Feeding those at home and in Armenia with Special Needs.

Men’s Fellowship Night will take place Thursday Evening, May 31st, starting at 6:30PM.   See Karnig Durgarian or Anthony Barsamian for more information.

Golf Tournament:  This year’s tournament will take place on Monday, June 12th. At the Sandy Burr Golf Course, Wayland MA.  The golf tournament is a major fund raiser for our Parish.  The committee needs help; Raffle ticket sellers, sponsors, golfers and workers.  Anyone interested in helping out please see Der Krikor or Karen Durgarian.
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. 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
Deacon Michael T. Sabounjian

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
Gyumri Woman Depends on Soup Kitchen for Her Daily Meal!

 

 

For seven years, Asya Galstyan has visited FAR’s Gyumri Atinizyan Senior Center every weekday morning to receive her main meal of the day. The 77-year-old has two daughters. She used to live with her youngest daughter a few years ago, before she moved to Yerevan to be near her four children who live and study in the capital.

“They rent a house in Yerevan. My grandchildren—a historian, a sociologist, a military intelligence officer, and an economist—study well. The other day, I was watching a TV program, when my grandchild, the sociologist, was on air. I was so proud!” Asya proudly exclaimed while eating her soup. “I eat my meal here at the soup kitchen. I don’t take it home; I don’t want to use extra resources to heat it up.”

Many who frequent the soup kitchen often try to bring a portion of it home for later, or take away additional portions to homebound loved ones. Asya explained that she tries to save on everything. Her sole income is now her monthly pension of about $79. Like many pensioners in Armenia, Asya lost her retirement in the Soviet collapse. “I even wash clothes by hand because I don’t have a washing machine. No new TV either. I live in a poor house, which is clean and tidy though.”

With love and devotion, Asya recollected the times with her Russian husband, who took great care of her and the family. He passed away in 1983, leaving Asya to raise their two children alone. For years, she had been working at the yarn factory in Gyumri, where she’d even received a Best Worker award at one point. “Upon graduating from the textile college, I started working on the factory floor, even though I had the skills to be a master assistant. During Soviet times the worker’s job was more profitable, and I could make enough money to support my kids,” she remarked.

Last year, Asya received a free eye examination thanks to a joint effort between Ayo! and the Armenian Eye Care Project (AECP). Then she had surgery for her glaucoma. She is hopeful that she will soon fully recover her vision and be able to read again.

She is grateful to FAR’s donors for extending her a helping hand. “Our cook is a master, and those who distribute the food are nice and kind, too. Thank you for everything,” she said.

FAR’s Gyumri Atinizyan Senior Center serves meals five days a week to 160 elderly.

 

 

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 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

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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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