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TOP STORY                                                          July 21, 2016

Priesthood Ordination

Watch Sunday’s Priestly Ordination Live Online

This weekend, Diocesan Primate Archbishop Khajag Barsamian will ordain Deacon Vahe Bagdasarian and Deacon Saro Kalayjian to the holy priesthood of the Armenian Church. The Sunday Divine Liturgy and ordination service at St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral in New York will be broadcast live online on the Diocese’s Livestream channel. The broadcast is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. (EST) on July 24.
The Saturday evening Service of Calling will take place at St. Leon Church in Fair Lawn, NJ. Click here to download a flyer with information on the weekend’s services.
A celebratory banquet will follow the ordinations on Sunday, July 24. Click here for details about reserving a place at the Sunday banquet.
Fr. Mardiros Chevian and Mr. Krikor Kucukyan will serve as the sponsoring priest and godfather for Dn. Vahe. For Dn. Saro, those roles will be taken up by Fr. Vasken Kouzouian and Dr. Zaven Kalayjian.
Following the 40-day seclusion period at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, in Armonk, NY, the new priests will go to their assignments as parish pastors. Fr. Bagdasarian will serve as pastor of the Soorp Haroutiun Church in Orlando, FL, effective September 1. Fr. Kalayjian will serve as pastor of the St. Mesrob Church in Racine, WI, where he has been serving as deacon-in-charge since July 1.

Scripture of the Week

Is 58:13-59:7
1 Tim 4:12-5:10
Jn 3:13-21

Prayer of the Week

O Lord our God, listen to the voice of supplications of your servants and keep unshaken the Republic of Armenia, which you restored through the grace of your mercy. Bless, O Lord, our ancestral land, so that the site where you first established the blessed paradise would again bloom with flowers. Bless, O Lord, everything that is good in it, and especially its appellation, the name Armenia. Amen.

Upcoming Saints & Feasts

23 July: Holy Fathers Athanasius and Cyril

25 July: Anthony the Hermit

26 July: Theodosius the King


Pray for Armenia

Praying for our Countrymen

With unrest rippling across the world, perhaps we should not be surprised when it reaches our homeland. That is what happened in Armenia, as news of protests emerged earlier this week. A crisis of this sort is always unsettling to observers, especially when it pits a country’s authorities against citizens they serve. At such times, we should remember above all that people on both sides are our Armenian countrymen. We pray for a resolution that will not only address the causes of the protest, but will also honor the dignity of everyone involved, and restore peace and security for all.


Primate visits Western Diocese

Clergy Meeting in California

Diocesan Primate Archbishop Khajag Barsamian traveled to California last week to attend a clergy meeting at our sister Diocese in Burbank, CA. On Sunday, July 17, Archbishop Barsmian celebrated the Divine Liturgy at St. Leon Cathedral in Burbank.
Archbishop Barsamian has been attending meetings with Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese; Bishop Abgar Hovakimyan, Primate of the Canadian Diocese; Bishop Hovnan Hakobyan, Grand Sacristan at Holy Etchmiadzin, and local clergy to discuss further avenues for collaboration between the North American dioceses and Holy Etchmiadzin.
Click here to read more and to view photos on the Western Diocese’s website.



FAR Helps Organize Nutrition Conference in Armenia

This spring, the Fund for Armenian Relief partnered with the Institute of Human Nutrition at Columbia University and the School of Public Health at the American University of Armenia to organize a two-day conference on nutrition.
Held in Armenia, the  “Nutrition Today Matters Tomorrow” conference concluded that Armenia is in need of nutrition-oriented scientific research, more certified nutritionists, and increased collaboration between the various stakeholders.
The conference also recommended conducting a baseline survey on the level of micronutrients in Armenia’s population. Click here to read more on FAR’s blog.


Holy Martyrs Church, Bayside, NY

Vacation Bible School Held in Bayside

Earlier this month Holy Martyrs Church of Bayside, NY, held its annual Vacation Bible School. This year’s program, themed "Deep Sea Discovery: God is With Me Wherever I Go," drew 45 students.  
They took part in daily Bible study classes, music, art, gym, and Armenian lessons. Special visitors included a yoga instructor, local fire department and ambulance representatives, and a petting zoo.
The Vacation Bible School was led by the Rev. Fr. Abraham Malkhasyan, parish pastor; director Shoushan Saraydarian, eight teachers, and 10 CIT's.


Armenian Genocide Victims

Sharing Stories of 1915

Marc Cross, a member of the San Antonio, TX, mission parish and a grandson of an Armenian Genocide survivor, recently shared his story with a local TV news station.
Mr. Cross, along with David Akopian and Haig Panoyan, spoke about the events of 1915 and the legacy they’ve inherited from the survivors in their families. Click here to view the segment.


Upcoming Parish Events

Armenian Church at Hye Pointe | Bradford, MA
The Armenian Church at Hye Pointe is preparing to welcome Diocesan Primate Archbishop Khajag Barsamian for the celebration of a special outdoor Divine Liturgy on Sunday, July 31. The day will bring together parishioners to mark the start of the construction of the community’s new church and cultural center. The Divine Liturgy is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at the site of Hye Pointe Church’s future home (1280 Boston Road, Bradford, MA). A time capsule will be buried on this special occasion. Click here to view a flyer for details.
St. Gregory the Enlightener Church | White Plains, NY
The Women’s Guild of St. Gregory the Enlightener Church of White Plains, NY, will host its annual “All-American BBQ” on Saturday, July 30, at 6 p.m. The event will benefit the Fuller Center for Housing in Armenia. Enjoy an American barbecue, jazz music, raffles, and activities for children. Click here to view a flyer for reservation information.  
St. Leon Church | Fair Lawn, NJ
St. Leon Church of Fair Lawn, NJ, will co-host the screening of the film “The Narrow Streets of Bourj Hammoud” on Thursday, August 4, at 7:45 p.m. A discussion with filmmaker Joanne Nucho will follow the screening. Click here to view a flyer for information.


St. Leon Armenian Church, NJ

ACYOA Central Council Visits St. Leon Church

Over the weekend of July 9 and 10, the ACYOA Central Council met for the first time since the organization's General Assembly in May. On Friday evening, they spent time in fellowship with the ACYOA Seniors chapter of St. Leon Church of Fair Lawn, NJ, and met with the group again on Sunday to discuss chapter development.
On Saturday, the Central Council met at the Diocesan Center in New York. Letters were read from outgoing Central Council members Ani Grigorian, Sarine Atamian, and Jon Pelaez, and the council welcomed newly elected members Danielle Malconian (chapter relations coordinator), Nora Knadjian (programming coordinator), and Arsen Yelegen (public relations coordinator).
The council discussed programs for the coming year and finalized plans for the annual ACYOA Leadership Conference: the event will be held from November 18 through 20 at Camp Washington in Lakeside, CT.  The Very Rev. Fr. Simeon Odabashian, Diocesan Vicar, and Jennifer Morris, director of the Diocese’s Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, attended the meeting.
The ACYOA Central Council plans to meet again in September. The meeting will be held in the New England region, where the Central Council will again meet with a local ACYOA Seniors chapter.