Weekly News – September 3, 2017


Holy Translators Weekly News
Sunday, September 3, 2017



This Sunday the Homily will be delivered by
Deacon Michael Sabounjian 
immediately after the Gospel Reading at the beginning of the Badarak.

Houston Parish Needs a Helping Hand 

A week ago, no one could have predicted the effect Hurricane Harvey would have on America’s Gulf Coast. But as our entire country has witnessed with dismay, the flooding in Houston has become one of worst natural disasters in U.S. history. This “local” story has now captured the attention of the world.
Regrettably, our parish in Houston, the St. Kevork Church community, has not been spared in the devastation. Parish pastor Rev. Fr. Martiros Hakobyan and parish council chair Areg Sahakian estimate that a quarter of the parishioners have been severely affected—with many Armenian families displaced, their family homes uninhabitable, their personal belongings lost.
In a directive this week, Diocesan Primate Archbishop Khajag Barsamian called on all parishes to hold special collections on each of the Sundays of September—starting September 3, and continuing on September 10, 17, and 24—to help provide relief to the affected people of St. Kevork Church.
Checks should be made out to the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (630 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10016), with the memo: St. Kevork Flood Relief. The Diocese will be transferring funds to the Houston parish every few days, as proceeds from each week’s parish collections arrive.
Donations can also be made on the

Eastern Diocese’s secure server (Click)
please select “Other” in the drop-down menu, and type “St. Kevork Flood Relief” in the space provided).
While our immediate focus is on our brothers and sisters in Houston, please recognize that this is a disaster of national proportions; the Diocese encourages everyone to help with the general relief effort to our fellow American citizens.
Above all, we must not allow ourselves to be demoralized at a time like this. To the contrary, at such times we are given a powerful opportunity to help our fellow man—to truly enact the Christian virtues of charity, outreach to those in need, and prayer to God for the deliverance of His people from affliction. Let us all renew these virtues in our hearts, during the coming weeks and beyond.


“Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
Find the Jesus in you!




Labor Day in the United States is a holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It is a celebration of the American labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.  Labor Day was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, who organized the first parade in New York City. After the Haymarket Massacre, which occurred in Chicago on May 4, 1886, U.S. President Grover Cleveland feared that commemorating Labor Day on May 1 could become an opportunity to commemorate the affair. Thus, in 1887, it was established as an official holiday in September to support the Labor Day that the Knights favored.

(From Wikipedia


Scripture Readings for Sunday, September 3rd.

Gospel Reading 
(Mark 6:30-44)

The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught.  He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.  And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves.  Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them.  As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.  When it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now very late; send them away so that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy something for themselves to eat.”  But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” They said to him, “Are we to go and buy two hundred denarii[a] worth of bread, and give it to them to eat?”  And he said to them, “How many loaves have you? Go and see.” When they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.”  Then he ordered them to get all the people to sit down in groups on the green grass.  So they sat down in groups of hundreds and of fifties.  Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and he divided the two fish among them all.  And all ate and were filled; and they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. Those who had eaten the loaves numbered five thousand men.

Epistle Reading
(2Corinthians 2:12-3:3)

When I came to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ, a door was opened for me in the Lord; but my mind could not rest because I did not find my brother Titus there.  So I took leave of them and went on to Macedonia.  But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumph, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.  For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life.  Who is sufficient for these things?  For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word; but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.  Are we beginning to commend ourselves again?  Or do we need, as some do, letters of recommendation to you, or from you?  You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on your hearts, to be known and read by all men; and you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.


Parish Announcements!
Special Collection:  We will be collecting donations through special collections on the next few Sundays to help with the relief efforts for our brothers and sisters of the St. Kevork Armenian Church who were severely impacted by the devastation in Houston, Texas from Hurricane Harvey.
Please Note:  Throughout the Summer, the Sermon will be given immediately after the Gospel Reading at the beginning of Badarak.
Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak:  2Corinthians 7:4-16 and  Mark 7:31-37.

SAVE THE DATE Annual Picnic will take place this year on Sunday, September 17th from Noon – 5:00PM on the grounds of our Church.  Armenian Music and Dancing;; Children’s Activities; Traditional Armenian Food.  More details to follow.

Hai Guin Scholarships are available to students of Armenian heritage living in Massachusetts who have completed one year of college. Scholarships are for $2000 each. The deadline for submitting applications is October 25, 2017.  For applications, write to:  Hai Guin Scholarship Association, 23 Bradley Road, Arlington MA 02474.  (Attn: Scholarship Chairman Audrey Pilibosian) 

Miracle Kitchen: Our next Miracle Kitchen is scheduled for Thursday, September 28th.  Volunteers are needed to help serve.  Please contact Renee Ferraro if you are able to help at reneegferraro@gmail,com.

Parish Outreach:  The Outreach program at our parish focuses on activities for our local communities as well as meeting parish-wide needs.  We currently serve the Salvation Miracle Kitchen monthly and need many more hands!   If you are interested in helping please contact Renee Ferraro: 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.

Kitchen Renovation

We have begun the process of renovating the Church Kitchen, which is scheduled to be completed soon.
Please note that until then there will be no access to the Kitchen.

Sunday Morning Prayer:  8:30AM 
Sunday Divine Liturgy:  9:30AM
Sun. Sept   3          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
Sun. Sept. 10  
       Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
                                Homecoming Sunday – First Day of Sunday School

Sun. Sept. 17         Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
                                (Annual Church Picnic)

Sun. Sept 24           Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
                                First Day of Armenian School


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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