Weekly News – June 27, 2014

PONTIFICAL THANKSGIVING PRAYER IN PRELACY CHURCHES

By the ordinance of the Prelate, on Sunday, June 29, Pontifical Thanksgiving Prayer (Hayrabedagan Maghtank) will be offered in Prelacy Churches celebrating the 19th anniversary of the election and consecration of His Holiness Aram I as Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia.

The Prelate will preside over Divine Liturgy and Thanksgiving Prayer service at Holy Martyrs Church in Encino, where he will also deliver the sermon.

Executive Council members will attend services at their local parishes.

We invite our faithful to join us in prayer for the continued prosperity of the Holy See of Cilicia and for good health and many more years of leadership for our beloved Pontiff.

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39TH HOMENETMEN NAVASARIAN GAMES AND FESTIVAL

The 39th Homenetmen Navasartian games and festival will take place from July 2 – 5 at Birmingham High School from July 2nd to the 5th.

On Thursday, July 3rd, the Prelate will visit the festival booths and convey his blessings and encouragement to the organizers and participants. His Eminence will be accompanied by Rev. Fr. Vazken Atmajian.

On Saturday, July 5th, the Prelate will attend the closing ceremony and convey his message.

On Saturday, June 28, the Prelate will attend the Navasartian Victory Banquet and deliver his message.

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RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION AT AYF CAMP

AYFCampThe annual AYF camp is underway. For the second year, camp directors requested weekly lectures be offered to the youth on religious topics.

By the ordinance of the Prelate, Rev. Fr. Vazken Atmajian, Rev. Fr. Karekin Bedourian, and Deacon Khatchig Shannakian have been appointed to alternately visit the camp to provide religious instruction to the youth.

The first session was held on Wednesday, June 25th with a lecture by Deacon Khatchig Shannakian on the role of the Armenian Church in the preservation of our national identity.

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CHAPLAIN RAFI GARABEDIAN HONORED BY THE L.A. COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

ChaplainRafiCertificateOn Saturday, June 21, 2014, Chaplain Rafi Garabedian, who heads the Western Prelacy Prison Ministry program, was honored with a Certificate of Appreciation from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for his dedicated service to the inmates of Los Angeles County.

The annual “Volunteer Appreciation Awards Ceremony” is held to recognize and celebrate community members who volunteer their time to help inmates rehabilitate their lives.

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