Weekly News – March 11, 2018

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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