Weekly News – December 17, 2017


Holy Translators Weekly News
Sunday, December 17, 2017
Homily: Deacon Michael T Sabounjian





Morning Prayer:  8:30AM
Divine Liturgy Family Worship: 9:30AM
Sunday School Classes will begin immediately
Following the Object Lesson and Holy Communion.





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.






Christmas Wishing Tree Gifts
Personal Hygiene Items for the Salvation Army Miracle Kitchen

 Please bring them to Church this Sunday, December 17th




Friday Evening, January 5, 2018
Immediately following Divine Liturgy 

Reading of the Prophecies:                                               5:00PM
Divine Liturgy:                                                                    6:00PM   Dinner:                                                                  Approx. 7:30PM
Adult Portion Roast Tenderloin of Beef Dinner                   $20.00
Children’s Portion Chicken Finger Dinner                            $5.00
Coffee and Dessert
Bring your own Beverage.
Please RSVP to Mark Kashgegian by January 3rd at: mkashgegian@gggcpas.com or call (617) 256-5358.


Let us take the time during this Advent Season
to truly prepare ourselves for Christ.
For if  we take Christ out of Christmas we are left only with
_ _ _ _ _ _ mas. –  Merely  A  Show.

Find the Jesus within you!




Blinders by Kelly McFadden
That is why I use these parables, for they look, but they don’t really see. They hear, but they don’t really listen or understand. –Matthew 13:13
As my dog, Peanut, got older she began to lose her sight. I remember watching her walk down the hall of our family’s home feeling so sad because she kept bumping into the walls due to her poor vision. After a few weeks of this, Peanut went to the groomers. She came back with a new short haircut. I watched in awe as Peanut trotted in a straight line down the hall, never running into a wall once. Then it hit me: Peanut wasn’t going blind. Rather, the hair in front of her eyes had gotten so long it was blocking her sight.ccIn Matthew 13, Jesus tells the parable of the four soils. Jesus used this analogy to give unique insight into the ways of God. In this parable, Jesus showed how differently people hear the Word of God. For some, they hear, but do not understand. Others hear it, accept it, but fall away quickly because there is no depth to their faith. Still others hear the message, but the worries of life and lust of the world leave no room for God. There are some, however, who hear and understand, producing a harvest that extends beyond them.  Which soil are you? Sometimes, I think I fall into all four categories. There are times when I am thirsty and searching and it is easy for God’s Word to burrow deep into my heart. Still, there are other times I am too busy to pay attention to the lessons God is teaching me. I am blinded by an outward distraction or worry. It is at those times I become spiritually blinded, stumbling until I am willing to take care of the root problem: the blinders blocking my eyes.  Spiritual blindness need not be a permanent problem. We have the opportunity to see more clearly by removing the blinders from our hearts. We must humble ourselves and ask God to give us a pliable and understanding heart–which is work that He wants to do in our lives. Then, we must follow through and do what we know we need to do.  Trust God to be faithful to continue the work He has begun in you. As a result, you will have eyes that see and ears to hear the greatness of our Lord.

Let us take the time during this Advent  Season to truly prepare ourselves for Christ.  For if  we take Christ out of Christmas we are left only with
_ _ _ _ _ _ mas. –  Merely  A  Show.




Advent Prayer

Lord, as I travel through the days that lead to the celebration of Your birth, help me keep an eye on the real Christmas.  Behind the Christmas family photos, let me discover Your divine and holy image.  In my Christmas card list, fill my heart with the entire human family so precious to You.   Before I Christmas shop, let me give first to the poor and the needy, the lonely and the despairing.  Among the carols, let my heart fill with sincere love and praise for You.  Give me the gift, this year, dear Lord of the real Christmas.



Scripture Readings for Sunday, December 17th.

Gospel Reading 
(Luke 17:1-10)

Jesus said to his disciples, “Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to anyone by whom they come!  It would be better for you if a millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea than for you to cause one of these little ones to stumble. Be on your guard! If another disciple sins, you must rebuke the offender, and if there is repentance, you must forgive.  And if the same person sins against you seven times a day, and turns back to you seven times and says, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive.” The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”  The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.  “Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here at once and take your place at the table’?  Would you not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink’? Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded?  So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, ‘We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!’ ”
Epistle Reading
(Hebrews 1:1-14)

Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you”? Or again, “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son”?  And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says “Let all God’s angels worship him.” Of the angels he says, “He makes his angels winds, and his servants flames of fire.” But of the Son he says  “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the righteous scepter is the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;  therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.” And, “In the beginning, Lord, you founded the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands; they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like clothing; like a cloak you will roll them up, and like clothing they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will never end.” But to which of the angels has he ever said, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”? Are not all angels spirits in the divine service, sent to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?
Gospel Commentary

Christians are to practice unlimited forgiveness.  Although “faith” is a gift from God, it can “increase” in strength and wisdom by God’s grace and human willingness.  Jesus uses deliberate exaggeration to emphasize the strength of genuine faith.  The purest faith is that which recognizes that  we are servants who owe everything we are and have to God our Master.  Thus, after fulfilling His commandments, we should humbly recognize that we are still “unprofitable,” never worthy of all His gifts.  Many times we place the value of who we are and what we have solely on what we have done.  The frame of reference is us.  However, as Christians, we need to realize that “all good gifts and every perfect bounty come down from above from God.”   Who we are and what we have are a direct result of a cooperative effort between the grace given to us by God and our willingness to be the best that we can be to His glory.  Realizing this, we look at our lives humbly and as a gift from God.  We are willing to practice unlimited forgiveness and fulfill our Christian duty as servants of our Lord.




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 supportBible Study will meet this coming Thursday, December 21st from 10:30 – 11:30 AM
Readings for this Sunday’s Badarak:   Hebrewss 1:1-14 and Luke 17: 1-10Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak: Hebrews 7:11-25 and Luke 19:12-28

Community Outreach:  “Christmas Wishing Tree” and Personal Hygiene Items for the Salvation Army Miracle Kitchen.  Please bring in your gifts to Church this Sunday, December 17th,

Christmas Eve Divine Liturgy and Christmas Carol & Prayer Service (in English)  This year, Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, therefore on December 24th,  we will have our Sunday Badarak starting at 2:30PM and the Christmas Carol and Prayer Service staring at 4:00PM.  We will once again pray and sing with the accompaniment of a Stringed Trio.

Armenian Christmas Eve Community Dinner: Friday Evening, January 5, 2018, immediately following Divine Liturgy. (Reading of the Prophecies: 5:00PM – Divine Liturgy: 6:00PM –    Dinner: Approx.7:30PM) Adult Portion Roast Tenderloin of Beef Dinner – $20.00 Children’s Portion Chicken Finger Dinner – $5.00 Coffee and Dessert – Bring your own Beverage.  Please RSVP to Mark Kashgegian by January 3rd at: mkashgegian@gggcpas.com or call 617-256-5358.

The Annual Parish Assembly will take place on Sunday, January 21, 2018 after church service. The Nominating Committee has begun the search for candidates for the following positions: Parish Council (4 positions- 6 candidates required for ballot), Nominating Committee (3 positions – 5 candidates required for ballot), Auditing Committee (1 position – 2 candidates required for ballot), Secretary of the day (1 position – 2 candidates required for ballot), Chairman of the day (1 position – 2 candidates required). If you would like to run for a position on the ballot, please contact Susan Ciaffi (sciaffi@gmail.com), Janice Papazian (janicepapazian@gmail.com) or Andrea Durgarian (andrea.durgarian@gmail.com).                                                                                          
Miracle Kitchen: Our next Miracle Kitchen is scheduled for Friday, December 22nd.  Volunteers are needed to help serve.  Please contact  Jennifer Cote to help (the_cotes1@verizon.net)
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.




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

Thur Dec. 21          Bible Study – 10:30-11:30AM

Fri. Dec. 22 
          Miracle Kitchen – Salvation Army: 4:00-6:30PM

Sun. Dec. 24        Christmas Eve Badarak & Prayer Service
   Badarak: 2:30PM
Christmas Carol and Prayer Service: 4:00PM (English)

Mon. Dec. 25        Western Christmas


Armenian Christmas Eve

Friday, January 5, 2018

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

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

        Parish Community Dinner:         (Immediately after Badarak)  


Armenian Christmas

(Theophany – The Birth & Baptism of our Lord)

Sunday, January 7, 2018

              Morning Service:                                                           8:30 A.M.

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


Sun. Jan  21          Annual Parish Assembly – 12:00PM




News from FAR (Fund for Armenian Relief)
CASP Support Helps One Woman To Raise Her Grandchildren



Flora Yesayan is 68 years old. She is the sole caretaker of her three grandchildren, 11-year-old Narek, 17-year-old Nune, and 20-year-old Zina. Flora can’t tell the story of her family without tears that she tries to hide from young Narek. Her son died in a car crash five years ago. They then lost the children’s mother to cancer a year and a half ago. Now, the family tries to make the best of it where they live in the tiny village of Tavush, in the Berd Region.

Zina studies psychology at Yerevan State Pedagogical Institute. Nune is working on trying to finish high school with good grades and Narek is in the 6th grade. While he loves math, he hasn’t yet chosen his future specialization. This year, Narek was chosen to be a recipient of the Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program‘s (CASP) stipend. The program provides annual financial assistance through stipends to orphans and children of single mothers in Armenia and Javakhk, Georgia, until they turn 18. FAR is responsible for the distribution of scholarships in Shirak, Tavush, and Syunik provinces. This fall, FAR has distributed funds to 428 children.

Narek, like every other child of his age, loves playing and spending time with his friends. “We play football, visit each other’s homes, and play computer games. My closest friend is Mkhitar. All my friends are boys because all my female classmates live far from us. There are nine girls and six boys in the class,” said Narek.

Narek’s life is busy. He helps his grandmother grow vegetables and fruits in their garden. They consume part of the harvest during summer and preserve the rest for winter. He is also fond of making model airplanes, which he learned how to do on the Internet at school. “I also love drawing; two times a week I go to the regional center in Berd to take drawing classes at the Fine Arts School. Another two days a week I attend drawing classes at my school,” Narek said. Such classes are offered for free to children without parents and his teachers think his art is beautiful and impressive. His works are often shown at different events and exhibitions in Berd.

Narek also loves bananas. He even tries to grow bananas in the garden, but his tree never yields fruit since the climate isn’t warm enough.

The family lives in their own house. While it is old and in need of repair it is still theirs and they does everything they can to keep it in order. They have water in the house, and natural gas that they use to cook. For heating, they use firewood.

The grandmother Flora mentioned that while it is difficult, they are able to make ends meet. The state pension that the children receive ($190 a month for all of them) is hardly enough to run the household and support Zina in Yerevan. And Flora’s pension is just $90.

“I am very thankful to CASP. I am saving the stipend to accumulate enough to renovate the roof. I hope to do that next year,” Flora said.

Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program (CASP) is sponsored by the Women’s Guild Central Council of the Eastern Diocese.



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