=?utf-8?Q?eNewsletter of the Eastern Diocese – 11/21/2014

Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern)
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Contact: Chris Zakian
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** TOP STORY November20, 2014
St. Mary
Detail of an 18th-century painting of St. Mary by an unknown artist
(collection of the National Gallery of Armenia).

** Presentation of the Mother-of-God to the Temple
On Friday, November 21, the worldwide Armenian Church will celebrate
the Feast of the Presentation of the Holy Mother-of-God to the Temple.

Shortly after Mary was born, her parents Joachim and Anna took their
daughter to the Temple of Jerusalem to be consecrated to God in
thanksgiving for the gift of their child. According to tradition, Mary
remained there for a time and was given over to the care of pious
widows and maidens who lived at the temple. Later, as a young woman,
Mary became betrothed to Joseph the carpenter.

Click here
to view a video about St. Mary in the Armenian Church.


** Beginning of the Advent Season
This week marks the beginning of Advent, a season of preparation for
one of the greatest feasts of the church, Christmas. In the Armenian
Church, Advent is a period of 50 days called
Heesnag (from the Armenian word for fifty, heesoon). It is a time for
prayer, reflection, devotion to Scripture, fasting, and service.

Throughout the season, Eric Vozzy of the Diocese’s Department of Youth
and Education will be posting weekly Advent reflections on the
Diocese’s blog. Click here
to visit our blog for this week’s entry.

** Scripture of the Week

Is 36:1-9
1 Thes 1:1-10
Lk 12:13-31

** Prayer of the Week

Let us hold the holy Mother-of-God and all the saints as intercessors
with the Father in Heaven, that He may be pleased to have mercy and
compassion on us, His creatures, and save us. Almighty Lord, our God,
save us and have mercy on us. Amen.

** Upcoming Saints & Feasts

21 November: Presentation of the Holy Mother-of-God to the Temple

29 November: Holy Apostles Thaddeus and Bartholomew

Bishops Consecrated at Holy Etchmiadzin
Bishop Berberian blesses worshipers at Holy Etchmiadzin this week.

** Three Bishops Consecrated at Holy Etchmiadzin
At Holy Etchmiadzin last weekend, His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme
Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, consecrated three clergymen
as bishops of the Armenian Church.

Among those receiving the episcopal rank was the Very Rev. Fr. Nareg
Berberian, formerly a longtime clergyman of the Eastern Diocese who is
now serving as the Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Brazil. Bishop
Berberian celebrated his first episcopal Divine Liturgy at the
Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin on November 17. In his sermon, he
stressed the importance of carrying forward the mission of the
Armenian Church in Armenia and across the diaspora.

The other newly consecrated bishops are Bishop Abgar Hovakimyan,
Primate of the Diocese of Canada, and Bishop Vardan Navasardyan,
director of the Christian Education Center at Holy Etchmiadzin.

Click here
to view photos.

The ceramic poppies installation at the Tower of London.

** “In Flanders field the poppies blow”
How do you begin to visualize death on a mass scale? How does one
memorialize the incomprehensible
magnitude of such a loss?

A monument on a battlefield may be a fitting memorial to a heroic
individual, a lost regiment, a battalion whose individual soldiers
made the ultimate sacrifice. But how should a country honor the untold
thousands of combatants mowed down in the monstrous industrial manner
of modern warfare; buried in nameless graves far from the homeland for
which they died?

A powerful attempt to address this question is on display in England,
through an artistic installation marking the centennial of the
outbreak of World War I. Its essential symbol is the poppy-or rather,
ceramic representations of the red flower that so many English
citizens wore to express their quiet mourning in the aftermath of the

The memorial was inaugurated on August 5, 2014-the centennial of `the
guns of August’-when 120,000 ceramic poppies were unveiled in front of
the Tower of London. More were `planted’ over the ensuing weeks, with
the last flowers put in place on November 11: Britain’s annual
Remembrance Day-our own Veterans Day, marking the armistice that ended
`The Great War.’ (Click here
to view photos.)

The memorial now contains 888,246 poppies: one for every British
fatality in World War I. The effect of this spectacle is poignantly
encapsulated in the installation’s title: `Blood Swept Lands and Seas
of Red.’

But that question lingers: How do you begin to visualize death on a
mass scale? For Armenians, who are haunted by our own spectacle of
death=80’which likewise had its beginnings a century ago-the question
has a special resonance.

In Armenia, another flower-the forget-me-not-has been adopted as the
symbol for our 100th year of remembrance of the Armenian Genocide. One
can only imagine the endless sea of violet that would result from a
million and a half such flowers festooning a vast field. What a
reminder that would be of the magnitude of our loss. What a way to
visualize an incomprehensible number, made up of countless
individuals: each as distinct as a single flower. And almost as

Orphan Rug
Stitched on the back of the rug is the inscription “In Golden Rule
Gratitude to President Coolidge.”

** Armenian Orphan Rug on Display
A rug woven by Armenian orphans in the aftermath of the Armenian
Genocide of 1915 went on display at the White House Visitor Center in
Washington, DC, this week.

The rug, which was a gift to President Calvin Coolidge in 1925 in
gratitude for American relief efforts during the Genocide, is part of
the White House collection. It was initially scheduled to appear at
the Smithsonian Institution in 2013 in conjunction with the launch of
Dr. Hagop Martin Deranian’s book President Calvin Coolidge and the
Armenian Orphan Rug
, but the White House declined to lend the rug for last year’s

The rug will remain on display through Sunday, November 23. The White
House Visitor Center is located at 1450 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, and
is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dr. Edgar Housepian
Dr. Edgar Housepian.

** In Memoriam: Dr. Edgar Housepian (1928-2014)
The Eastern Diocese mourns the passing of Dr. Edgar M. Housepian, an
internationally-renowned neurosurgeon and a founding member of the
Fund for Armenian Relief, who passed away on November 14. He was 86.

Dr. Housepian was heir to a remarkable family tradition of
compassionate involvement in Armenian life. In an earlier era, his
parents Dr. Moses and Makrouhi Housepian were pioneers in humane
outreach to our homeland. The warmth of their family life in New York
was memorably portrayed in the novel A Houseful of Love, by Dr. Edgar
Housepian’s late sister Marjorie Housepian Dobkin.

Days after the 1988 earthquake in Armenia, Dr. Housepian joined the
late Archbishop Torkom Manoogian and the late Kevork Hovnanian on a
visit to our homeland to assess the damage and formulate a
response. From that trip, the seeds of the Fund for Armenian Relief
were planted.

For more than 20 years, Dr. Housepian led FAR’s effort to restructure
the health care system in Armenia. Thanks to his foresight, a new
generation of Armenian physicians would enjoy invaluable opportunities
for training and education.

`In the life of Dr. Edgar Housepian, we witnessed an example of the
Armenian heritage at its best,’ wrote Diocesan Primate Archbishop
Khajag Barsamian in a message this week. `Our Diocese was blessed to
enjoy his incisive counsel, his visionary leadership, and his gentle,
down-to-earth presence for many years.’

Dr. Housepian’s wife Marion predeceased him last
November. Dr. Housepian is survived by his children Stephen, David and
his wife Leah, and Jean and her husband Bart Costello.

A memorial service for Dr. Housepian will be held at St. Vartan
Armenian Cathedral on Saturday, February 14, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. It
will be followed by a hokejash (memorial luncheon) and a special
program of remembrance.


** FAR Mourns Founder’s Loss
On the occasion of the passing of Dr. Edgar M. Housepian, the Board of
Directors and staff of the Fund for Armenian Relief express their
profound sorrow at the loss of one of FAR’s visionary founders and the
guiding light of its humanitarian mission for the past quarter

`Every now and then you meet someone who is truly a great person with
tremendous accomplishments, wrapped up in a veil of humility and
self-deprecating humor. Edgar Housepian-`Dr. Ed’=80’was that
man. There was nothing he wouldn’t do to help an individual, a
community, or a country,’ said FAR’s board chair Randy Sapah-Gulian.

`His soft spoken voice on the FAR board was a powerful one that
commanded attention and respect from the rest of us. With his passing,
I feel that we have all lost a great leader and humanitarian. May we
all aspire to be half the man he was.’

The Housepian family has asked that in-lieu-of-flowers donations may
be directed to the Fund for Armenian Relief (630 Second Avenue, New
York, NY 10016).

St. Kevork Church, TX

** Primate to Visit St. Kevork Church
Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Diocesan Primate, will visit St. Kevork
Church of Houston, TX, as the parish celebrates the 40th anniversary
of its Armenian School on Sunday, November 23. The Primate will
celebrate the Divine Liturgy, with the Rev. Fr. Martiros Hakobyan,
parish pastor, assisting.

Following services, the parish will inaugurate its new Shahan
Vartivarian Playground, in memory of the late Dr. Shahan Vartivarian,
a young podiatrist and former St. Kevork Church parishioner who passed
away last March.

A banquet and program of songs and poetry recitations by the Armenian
School students is scheduled for the afternoon. Several parishioners
will also be honored for their service. Click here
to visit the parish website for information.

Ambassador Tigran Sargsyan
Community members greet Ambassador Sargsyan at St. Mary Church.

** Armenia’s New Ambassador Welcomed in Washington
On Monday, November 17, St. Mary Church of Washington, DC, hosted an
evening to welcome Tigran Sargsyan, Armenia’s new ambassador to the
United States. Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Diocesan Primate, traveled
to Washington to take part in the evening’s program.

The Rev. Fr. Hovsep Karapetyan, pastor of St. Mary Church, said it was
a good opportunity for the local Armenian community to meet Ambassador
Sargsyan and to learn about Armenia’s diplomatic efforts in
Washington. Archbishop Barsamian welcomed the ambassador and wished
him a productive term. Ambassador Sargsyan thanked the parish for the
warm reception and said he looked forward to getting to know the

Click here
to view photos.
New Archbishop of Chicago
Fr. Aren Jebejian and Archbishop Blase Cupich.

** New Roman Catholic Archbishop Installed in Chicago
On Monday, November 17, the Very Rev. Fr. Aren Jebejian, pastor of
St. Gregory the Illuminator Church of Chicago, IL, took part in the
service of installation for Archbishop Blase Cupich, the newly
appointed Roman Catholic Archbishop of Chicago.

Ecumenical and civic leaders gathered at Chicago’s Holy Name Roman
Catholic Cathedral for Monday’s service. In a sermon that touched on
the importance of transmitting valuable lessons to the new generation,
Archbishop Cupich said, “Young people have always been attracted to
authenticity, where words match deeds. Let’s not be afraid to let our
young people know about our life with God and how it began.”

Fr. Jebejian congratulated Archbishop Blase Cupich, who shared with
him that he is named after the early Armenian church father St. Blaise
of Sepastia. Archbishop Cupich succeeds Francis Cardinal George, who
has retired.


** Primate to Ordain Seminarians at St. Leon Church
On Sunday, November 30, Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Diocesan Primate,
will ordain three St. Nersess seminarians to the ranks of deacon and
sub-deacon at St. Leon Church of Fair Lawn, NJ.

Saro Kalayjian, who graduated from St. Nersess Seminary last spring,
will be ordained to the diaconate. Current seminary students Levon
Asdourian and Eric Vozzy, who also works in the Department of
Christian Education at the Eastern Diocese, will be ordained as

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
The tower of the Armenian monastery in Bethlehem.

** Armenian Christmas Pilgrimage to Jerusalem
The Eastern Diocese is sponsoring a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and the
Holy Land, which will run from January 12 to 22, 2015. The pilgrims
will visit some of the most inspirational sites in the Holy Land:
Jerusalem, Jericho, Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, the Dead Sea, the
Jordan River, Tiberias, and Qumran. Participants will explore
Jerusalem’s Armenian Quarter and the Sts. James Armenian Monastery and
Armenian Patriarchate, and will have an audience with His Beatitude
Archbishop Nourhan Manougian, the Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem.

The pilgrims will also travel to the city of our Lord’s
birth-Bethlehem-to celebrate Christ’s Nativity with a Christmas
procession and a midnight Divine Liturgy on January 18-19.

The all-inclusive package for this 10-day pilgrimage (departing from
JFK airport) is $2,598 per person (double occupancy, plus a $50
administrative fee). Questions about the trip can be directed to the
Rev. Fr. Mardiros Chevian, the pilgrimage coordinator, at
[email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) .

Click on the following links to view a flyer
and to access an online registration form

Annual Appeal

** Support the Diocese’s 2014 Annual Appeal
The Eastern Diocese’s 2014 Annual Appeal is underway and building
momentum in these final months of the year. The Appeal is the only
Diocesan-wide fundraiser conducted each year to help the Diocese
undertake the many ministries, programs, and resources that enrich
life in our parishes.

Your thoughtful gift brings light to our local churches. It supports
Christian education, Armenian language instruction, summer camps,
youth programs, mission parish outreach, and the use of new
communication technologies.

To our past and prospective donors, we are deeply grateful for your
support of the creative, educational, and inspirational programs that
lift up Armenian communities throughout the Eastern Diocese.

Please accept this invitation to strengthen our efforts. Your generous
contribution to the 2014 Annual Appeal will help spread the good work
of the Armenian Church across our local communities-and across the

Follow this link to donate now
to the 2014 Annual Appeal.

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** A Creative Way to Contribute
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The timing can be critical. Many longtime Medtronic shareholders are
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stock, says the Minneapolis Star Tribune

With tax-smart giving, you can get your financial house in order by
New Year’s Day-and make more of a difference to the Armenian Church.

St. Gregory of Narek, Cleveland, OH
Archbishop Barsamian ordains Ari Terjanian to the diaconate.

** Cleveland Parish Marks 50 Years
St. Gregory of Narek Church of Richmond Heights, OH, celebrated its
50th anniversary on November 15 and 16. Archbishop Khajag Barsamian,
Diocesan Primate, traveled to Cleveland to take part in the weekend’s

At a banquet on Saturday evening, speakers reflected on the vision and
legacy established by the church’s founders. Also taking part in the
celebration were some of the parish’s former pastors: the
Rev. Fr. Nersess Jebejian (who served at St. Gregory 1961-64); the
Rev. Fr. Diran Papazian (1972-85); the Rev. Fr. Arshag Khatchadourian
(1967-72); and the Very Rev. Fr. Simeon Odabashian (1992-99).

Each of the clergymen was presented with a plaque in appreciation of
his years of service to St. Gregory of Narek Church. In addition, a
plaque was dedicated to the entire community for their dedication over
the last five decades; it will be displayed in the church narthex.

On Sunday morning, Archbishop Barsamian celebrated the Divine Liturgy,
with the Rev. Fr. Hratch Sargsyan, parish pastor, assisting. During
the service, parishioner Ari Terjanian was ordained to the diaconate.

Click on the following links to read more
and to view photos

Armenian Language Seminar in Providence, RI
Gilda Kupelian (far right) presents Armenian School resources.

** New England Armenian Schools Seminar
The Armenian School of Sts. Sahag and Mesrob Church of Providence, RI,
hosted the New England Armenian Schools Seminar on November 15. Gilda
Kupelian, the Diocese’s Armenian Studies director, traveled to
Providence for the seminar events.

Participants reviewed new resources and best practices, heard from
Sts. Sahag and Mesrob Armenian School principal Nvard Danayan about
local programs, and shared concerns and suggestions. Longtime educator
Hagop Ghajanian was honored for more than 35 years of service to the
Armenian School and Marie Ghajanian was honored for more than 20 years
of service. The Ghajanians also received a certificate on behalf of
Diocesan Primate Archbishop Khajag Barsamian.

On Sunday, the Rev. Fr. Shnork Souin, parish pastor, celebrated the
Divine Liturgy. Following services, Gilda Kupelian gave a presentation
on Armenian proverbs and sayings. Her talk followed the chronology of
Christianity in Armenia, starting with the invention of the Armenian
alphabet, the translation of the Bible, and moving toward the spread
of Christianity and its influence on Armenian folklore and popular
expressions. The interactive talk was enhanced by illustrations by
well-known Egyptian-Armenian artist Saroukhan, as well as new
illustrations by graphic artist Linda Ganjian.

Click here
to view photos.

St. Georg Church, Hartford, CT
>From left: Alexander Demircan, Angel Zohrabian, and Veronica
Sardaryan as King Vramshapuh, Catholicos Sahag, and Mesrob Mashdots.

** A Lesson on the Holy Translators in Hartford
On Sunday, November 16, St. George Church of Hartford, CT, organized a
program dedicated to the Holy Translators.

Stepan Piligian of Holy Translators Church of Framingham , MA, led an
interactive talk on the lives of St. Mesrob and St. Sahag. Sunday
School students Alexander Demircan, Angel Zohrabian, and Veronica
Sardaryan took on the roles of King Vramshapuh, Catholicos Sahag, and
Mesrob Mashdots. Donning costumes, they brought the story of the Holy
Translators to life for the younger Sunday School classes.

Sunday School co-superintendents Virginia Wasynczuk and Cynthia
Messikian said the presentation was well received by students and
parishioners alike.

`The central role of the Armenian language in uniting our people in
their faith is an important message for our students and
parishioners,’ said the Rev. Fr. Gomidas Zohrabian, parish pastor. `We
are grateful to Stepan for sharing his wonderful program with our

Veterans in Racine
Veterans pose for a group photo at St. Mesrob Church.

** Giving Back in Racine
Parishioners of St. Mesrob Church of Racine, WI, participated in a
“Sleep Out” to benefit a local homeless shelter this fall. On November
7, they spent the night in cardboard boxes and raised $1,400 for the
shelter, which also provides drug counseling, job placement,
assistance for victims of domestic violence, and other services. In
addition, a portion of the church’s festival proceeds were donated to
the cause.

Later that weekend, on Sunday, November 9, the St. Mesrob Church ACYOA
chapter honored the veterans of the parish. The community gathered to
remember all of its vets-both living and deceased-for their patriotism
and self-sacrifice.

Click here
to view photos.

St. John Church, Detroit, MI
Sima Trio members with Michael Randall Hawes (far right).

** A Classical Concert in Detroit
The Music Guild of St. John Church of Detroit, MI, opened its third
season with the Sima Trio of New York on Sunday, October 26. The trio
is comprised of Armenian musicians Ani Kalayjian (cello), Sofya
Melikyan (piano), and Sami Merdinian (violin).

The program featured works by Hovhaness, Babadjanian, Tchebodarian,
and Haydn. Local musician Michael Randall Hawes, the grandson of the
late St. John parishioner Michael Minasian (to whom last month’s
concert was dedicated) performed `The Prayer of St. Gregory’ by Alan

Click here
to read more.

Hye Pointe Church
Children at Smolak Farms.

** Hay Ride at Hye Pointe
The ACYOA of Hye Pointe Church of Haverhill, MA, sponsored a `Hay
Ride’ at Smolak Farms in North Andover, MA, on October 25. Families
enjoyed a pumpkin patch, hay ride, and a campfire.

ACYOA members said `the group had an amazing afternoon filled with
fellowship, laughs, and treats. We look forward to organizing a
similar event next year.’

Upcoming events

** Upcoming Parish Events

Sts. Vartanantz Church | Chelmsford, MA
Sts. Vartanantz Church of Chelmsford, MA, will host its annual bazaar
on Friday, November 21, and Saturday, November 22, from 10 a.m. to 8
p.m. on both days. Lunch and dinner-featuring lamb shish kebab,
chicken kebab, and losh kebab-will be served from 12 to 7 p.m.;
takeout will be available. Other highlights include homemade Armenian
pastries; an Armenian Country Store offering a wide variety of dry
goods and jewelry; white elephant tables; arts and crafts; silent
auctions and raffles. Click here
to visit the church website for information.

Holy Resurrection Church | New Britain, CT
The Women’s Guild of the Church of the Holy Resurrection of New
Britain, CT, will host a Holiday Fair on Saturday, November 22, from
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come early to purchase Armenian pastries and
foods. Lunch will be available all day in the `Kitchen Café.’ Other
highlights include vendors’ stations; LD’s Chocolates of Southington,
CT, will be taking holiday pre-orders. Click here
to view a flyer for information,

St. Sahag and St. Mesrob Church | Wynnewood, PA
The Women’s Guild of St. Sahag and St. Mesrob Church of Wynnewood, PA,
will host a Thanksgiving Family Night on Friday, November 21, at 6:30
p.m. Enjoy a rich Thanksgiving meal and help support a church
project. This is the second in a series of family nights the Women’s
Guild plans to organize each fall and spring on the third Friday of
each month. Proceeds go towards the renovation of the church’s
Hayatian Hall. Click here
to view a flyer for information.

St. Sahag and St. Mesrob Church will host Hye Hop 2014 on Saturday,
November 29. Started by Arik `Ott’ Kazanjian in the 1960s as a youth
dance, the Hye Hop was revived last year. This year’s dance will be a
tribute to Ott who passed away in May 2014. The Vosbikian Band and DJ
Adrian Hardy of Revel’s HQ will provide entertainment. Partial
proceeds from the event will support local centennial Armenian
Genocide commemorations. Click here
to view a flyer for information.

Holy Cross Church | Washington Heights, NY
Holy Cross Church in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood
will host its annual bazaar and food festival on Sunday, November 23,
from 1 to 6 p.m. Enjoy traditional Armenian dishes and pastries, a
country store, Armenian music, and a tavloo tournament. Click here
to visit the parish website for information.

Holy Trinity Church | Cambridge, MA
The front plaza of Holy Trinity Church of Cambridge, MA, will be named
the `Garabed Bagdasar and Haiganoosh Hagopian Hollisian Plaza’ in a
dedication ceremony on Sunday, November 23, at the conclusion of
church services. A a pre-Thanksgiving Day luncheon will follow. Click
for more information.

Holy Trinity Church will host its Trinity Christmas Bazaar
on Friday, December 5 (12 to 9 p.m.) and Saturday, December 6 (10
a.m. to 7 p.m.). The bazaar will feature Armenian food and sweets,
vendors, and raffles. On Saturday, children can enjoy carnival games
at Santa’s Playland
and encounter live animals at `Curious Creatures.’

St. Thomas Church | Tenafly, NJ
The Cultural Committee of St. Thomas Church of Tenafly, NJ, and the
Society of Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR-NJ) will present a screening
of the movie Music to Madness: The Story of Komitas on Sunday,
November 23, beginning at 1 p.m. A talk with writer and director David
Robert Deranian will follow the screening. Click here
to view a flyer for information.

St. Thomas Church of Tenafly, NJ, will host its Food Festival and
Holiday Bazaar on December 6 (12 to 9 p.m.) and December 7 (12 to 6
p.m.). Enjoy traditional Armenian food and dessert, Armenian music,
and vendors. Activities for children will include a clown, face
painting, video games, and more. Click here
to view a flyer for information.

St. Mary Church | Livingston, NJ
St. Mary Church of Livingston, NJ, will host an ACYOA Reunion Dance on
Saturday, November 29, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The evening will be held
in the church’s Haroutioun and Siranoush Toufayan Hall. Enjoy music by
the Gostanian Ensemble and reconnect with old friends. Reservations
are required by November 22. Click here
to view a flyer for information.

Holy Martyrs Church | Bayside, NY
Holy Martyrs Church of Bayside, NY, will host its annual food fair on
Saturday, November 22 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and Sunday, November 23 (12
to 4 p.m.). Homemade foods and desserts will be available for
purchase. Hot lunch will be available on Sunday. To view a flyer click

The Women’s Guild of Holy Martyrs Church will host its annual
fundraising event on Thursday, December 4, at North Hempstead Country
Club in Port Washington, NY. The afternoon will feature musical
entertainment, raffle prizes, and other activities. For reservations,
call Claire Bardakian at (516) 248-1166, or Takouhi Tateosian at (516)

St. Peter Church | Watervliet, NY
St. Peter Church of Watervliet, NY, will host its annual Holiday Food
Bazaar on December 6 and 7. Enjoy popular Armenian foods, vendors,
musical entertainment, and a visit from Santa. Click on the following
links to read more
and to view a flyer

ACYOA Central Council
ACYOA members in Stony Point, NY.

** ACYOA Hosts Leadership Conference
Young people across the Eastern Diocese gathered for the annual
Leadership Conference hosted by the ACYOA Central Council at the Don
Bosco Retreat Center in Stony Point, NY, from November 14 to 16.

Themed `Know Thyself: Responding to Life’s Challenges,’ the conference
program was prepared by the ACYOA Central Council to help ACYOA
members learn more about themselves as individuals and as members of
the Armenian community, and to encourage them to take up leadership
roles in their parishes.

The Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan served as the chaplain for the
weekend. On Sunday, he celebrated the Divine Liturgy, with ACYOA
members assisting on the altar and singing in the choir.

Click on the following links to read more
and to view photos

ACYOA Chapter Workshop

** Register for ACYOA Chapter Workshop
The ACYOA Central Council will sponsor an ACYOA Seniors Chapter
Workshop at St. Hagop Church of Pinellas Park, FL, from January 9 to

Current and prospective ACYOA members ages 18 and older are invited to
gather for a weekend of discussion and worship. Participants will also
take part in a `Faith in Action’ service project to benefit a local
Florida charity.

Click on the following links to view a flyer
and register online
. The registration deadline for the discounted fee of $150 is December
22. For information, contact Lorie Odabashian at (212) 686-0710, or
via e-mail at [email protected]
(mailto:[email protected]) .

One Conference

** Orthodox Youth Conference to be Held in New Jersey
The Northeast American Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church
is organizing a conference for young parishioners of Oriental and
Eastern Orthodox churches. The `One Conference’ will be held on
Saturday, November 29, at Sts. Nicholas, Constantine, and Helen Greek
Orthodox Church (80 Laurel Ave. in Roseland, NJ).

Themed `Fear No Evil,’ the daylong gathering will focus on violence
facing Christian communities in the Middle East. The conference is
open to young people ages 16 and older.

Click here
to view a flyer for information. To register, visit

Christmas Tree Lighting

** Children’s Christmas Concert at St. Vartan Cathedral
New York’s St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral will host a children’s
Christmas concert and tree-lighting ceremony on Saturday, December 6.

The Zangakner Children’s Choir of Boston will perform Christmas songs
in the cathedral sanctuary beginning at 2 p.m. They will be
accompanied by master pianist Ã…=9Eahan Arzruni and violinist Simon

This will be followed by a tree-lighting ceremony on the cathedral
plaza at 3:30 p.m. Admission is free. Click here
to view a flyer for information.

Zulal Concert
The Zulal a cappella folk trio.

** Music to Soothe the Soul
Seeking a little harmony this holiday season? St. Vartan Cathedral may
have just the ticket.

On Sunday, December 14, the Zulal a cappella folk trio will offer up
its lovely renderings of Armenian songs in a soul-stirring concert in
Haik and Alice Kavookjian Auditorium, beginning at 2 p.m.

For concert tickets click here
and select `Events.’ For concert details see the attached flyer

Naturally, the day will begin in the cathedral sanctuary with the
magnificent Divine Liturgy, beginning at 10:30 a.m.-to which everyone
is always invited. It will all happen at the Diocesan Center, located
at 630 Second Avenue (at 34th Street), in New York City.

Hermine Kalustyan.

** Remembering Hermine Kalustyan
The Esayan-Getronagan Alumni of New York will celebrate the 100th
birthday of the late educator Hermine Kalustyan, who had a long
teaching career in Istanbul and served as principal of the Esayan

This Pajagi Or event will take place on Sunday, December 7, at 1
p.m. It will be held in Kalustyan Hall at Holy Martyrs Church in
Bayside, NY. Click here
to view a flyer for information.

** note to our readers
The Diocese’s e-Newsletter will not be published on Thanksgiving Day,
Thursday, November 27. We look forward to resuming e-Newsletter
publication on Thursday, December 4.

We wish our readers a happy Thanksgiving. To send a Thanksgiving
e-card to your family and friends, visit our website