News from Armenian Holy Apostolic Church – Canadian Diocese

PRESS OFFICE
Contact; Deacon Hagop Arslanian, Assistant to the Primate
615 Stuart Avenue, Outremont Quebec H2V 3H2
Tel; 514-276-9479, Fax; 514-276-9960
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Grand Nieces of the late Sara Corning visited His Eminence Bishop
Bagrat Galstanian

On Wednesday, April 7 2004 His Eminence Bishop Bagrat Galstanian
received the grand nieces of Sara Corning, Ms Margaret Peterson and Ms
Judith Csukly. During the cordial reception at the Diocesan
headquarters, Ms Margaret Peterson and Ms Judith Csukly talked
extensively about Sara Corning.

Sara Corning is a native of Nova Scotia who had rescued thousands of
Armenian Children from the port of Smyrna in the summer of 1922. These
were orphan children, survivors of the Armenian Genocide perpetrated
by the Ottoman Turks. As a member of the Red Cross unit in Near East,
in appreciation of Sara Corning’s dedication to humanitarian causes,
King George II of Greece had granted her “the Silver Cross of the
Knights” in June 1923. Sara Corning, therefore, has been a great
Canadian and a true friend of the Armenian people.

M.P Sarkis Assdourian, Chairman of Canada-Armenia Parliamentary
Friendship Group has organized a reception to pay tribute to the
memory of Sara Corning. On this occasion, the Spiritual Leader of the
Armenian Church His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians,
has issued an Encyclical, which will be delivered to the relatives of
Sara Corning by His Eminence Bishop Bagrat Galstanian, Primate of the
Armenian Church of Canada on the 21st of April 2004.

A Successful Blood Drive in Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide

On April 2nd 2004, the Diocesan Youth Council of the Armenian Holy
Apostolic Church of Canada, under the auspices of His Eminence Bishop
Bagrat Galstanian, Primate organized a Blood Drive with Hema-Quebec at
Village Montpellier shopping centre in St Laurent.

This year, the Diocese of the Armenian Church of Canada and the
faithful have decided to commemorate the Armenian Genocide by helping
those in need and the less fortunate of the community. This is a way
for Canadian Armenians to express and to remember that despite the
planned extermination of Armeniansby the Turkish Ottoman Empire during
the First World War, the Armenian people are lively present and active
in today’s world. Asked why he’s donating blood, Sari Farra, an AGBU
scout said that “our forefathers lost their blood innocently; I
decided to commemorate that loss by giving my blood for a good cause”.
Hema-Quebec was very pleased by the outcome of this event. The
objective ofhundred donors was successfully reached do to generous
contribution of Armenian community members.

The event was the first being organized by the Church that will take
place in the month of April. The Church is also collecting toys in
support of the Montreal’s Children Hospital and non-perishable food
items in support of “Sun Youth”.

Martyrs Prayer and Ecumenical Service will take place commemorating
the Victims of the Armenian Genocide

Under the auspices of the Primate of the Armenian Church of Canada,
His Eminence Bishop Bagrat Galstanian, Martyrs Prayer and Ecumenical
Service will take place at Saint Gregory the Illuminator Armenian
Cathedral of Montreal (615, Stuart; Corner Bernard-Stuart) on Friday
night April 23, 2004 commemoratingthe victims of the Armenian
Genocide.

On this occasion, Montreal Church leaders and eminent political
representatives are invited to participate and deliver their
message. The Primate of the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada and the
Archbishop of the Anglican Church, His Eminence Andrew Hutchison of
Montréal will be the prime spiritual leader to deliver his message,
the representatives of Roman Catholic Cardinal of Greater Montreal,
Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Maronite, Greek Orthodox, Assyrian
and Coptic Churches will be attending the ceremony.

Bishop Galstanian will celebrate Divine Liturgy in Toronto

His Eminence Bishop Bagrat Galstnaian, will celebrate Divine Liturgy
on the occasion of the 89th anniversary of commemoration of the
Armenian Genocide at Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church of
Toronto.

The leader of Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto His Eminence
Aloysius Matthew Cardinal Ambrozic will be the prime speaker during
the ceremony. Abp of Anglican Archdiocese of Toronto Terrence Finley,
Secretary General of Canadian Council of Churches Dr Karen Hamilton,
Ecumenical representatives and politicians will be attending the
religious ceremony and the special requiem service on Saturday, April
24 at 7:00pm.

Armenian Art Exhibition under the auspices of the Primate

An art exhibition of artists from Armenia was held last week end
(April 2-4) in the Marie Manoogian Hall of the St-Gregory the
Illuminator Armenian Apostolic Cathedral in Outremont.

The event, which was the first of a series of events on the occasion
of the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of the Armenian Holy
Apostolic Church Canadian Diocese, was under the auspices of the
Primate of the Diocese, His Eminence Bishop Bagrat Galstanian.

The exhibition was a joint organization of the Parish Council of the
St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Apostolic Cathedral, “Momik”
Armenian Centre (Armenia) and “Armenian Art” magazine (Armenia). There
were more than 70 paintings exhibited which were works of several
Armenian artists of Armeniaand some hand made craft.

The president of the Parish Council Mr. Megerduitch Kanondjian opened
the Vernissage, welcoming the hundreds of people who came to
contemplate the works, then he introduced the guests Mr. Karen
Matevossian, President of the “Momik” centre and the chief-editor of
the Armenian Art” magazine, and Mrs. Hasmik Ginoyan, the director of
the Centre. Then Mr. Kanondjian invited Very Rev. Father Ararat
Kaltakjian to deliver the evening’s message to the art loving people
present. The Pastor of the Cathedral Rev. Father Vazgen Boyajyan read
the Primate’s message to the guests. At the end Mr. Matevossian
thanked the Primate, the Parish Council and the organizing committee
members.

The exhibition will be transferred to Vancouver for the next week end
and then will move to Toronto.

The Schedule of His Eminence Bishop Galstanian for the month of April

We hereby would like to present to the Clergy, Diocesan Council
members, Parish councils and faithful of the Armenian Holy Apostolic
Church, Dioceseof Canada the Schedule of His Eminence Bishop Bagrat
Galstanian for the month of April 2004.-

April 8- Maundy Thursday Divine Liturgy Ceremony of the washing of the
feet, khavaroom, St Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Cathedral of
Montreal.

April 9-Burial of our Lord St Gregory the Illuminator Armenian
Cathedral Montreal.

April 10- Easter Eve meeting with the Christian Education Council
Sunday School Department.

April 10- Divine Liturgy, Holy Trinity Armenian Church of Toronto

April 11- Easter (Zadik) St Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral of
Montreal

April 12- Food Drive (In support of Sun Youth celebrating there “50-th
anniversary” a local charitable organization which helps less
fortunate families. Foods gathered on this occasion will be given to
Sun Youth by the Diocese of the Armenian Church of Canada on behalf of
Canadian Armenian community).

April 18- New Sunday, Communion and Blessing of Alex Manoogian-Armen
Quebec Armenian school, Montreal St Gregory the Illuminator Armenian
Cathedral.

April 22- Toy Drive (In support of the Montreal Children’s Hospital
celebrating “100 years of caring for Children”. Toys gathered will be
donated to Montreal Children’s Hospital. Bishop Galstanian, Clergy of
the Diocese and Youth council executive will be present).

April 23- Martyr’s Prayer and Ecumenical service commemoration of
April 24th, Armenian Genocide organized by Diocesan Youth Council and
ACYOC’s of Montreal and Laval. The key speaker will be the Archbishop
of the Anglican Church of Montreal His Eminence Archbishop Andrew
Hutchison at Saint Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Cathedral,
Montreal.

April 24- Divine Liturgy Toronto Holy Trinity Armenian Church. Toronto
Church leaders and politicians will be present on this occasion.

DIVAN OF THE DIOCESE

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“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS