Weekly News – June 10, 2018


Weekly News

JUNE 10, 2018
Third Sunday After Pentecost 

(Armenian School & Sunday School Graduation and Promotion Day)





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

Find the Jesus within You!





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.








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.








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.




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.”

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.


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.






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.

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.




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