Weekly News – June 29, 2012

PONTIFICAL THANKSGIVING PRAYERS ON THE 17TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE ELECTION AND CONSECRATION OF HIS HOLINESS

On Sunday, July 1st, 2012, Pontifical Thanksgiving Prayers (Hayrabedagan Maghtank) will be offered in all Prelacy Churches on the 17th anniversary of the election and consecration of H.H. Catholicos Aram I

H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, will preside over Divine Liturgy at the Crescenta Valley Parish and will conduct the Pontifical Thanksgiving service during the Liturgy.

At the conclusion of the service, requiem prayers will be offered at the “St. Dertad and St. Ashkhen” Chapel for the soul of Chapel benefactor Alexan Pilavjian, given that Saturday is the name day of the Chapel.

We invite our faithful to join us in prayer for the good health of our beloved Pontiff and for the continued strength of the Holy See of Cilicia.

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

On Saturday, June 16, 2012, Chaplain Rafi (Ohanes) 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 3rd annual “Volunteer Appreciation Awards Ceremony” was organized by the Sheriff’s Department Inmate Services Bureau, in coordination with the Religious and Volunteer Services Office, to recognize the outstanding contributions and efforts of volunteers who better incarcerated individuals.

Among the honored guests in attendance were Director Karen Dalton, Lieutenant John Hunter, Sergeant Kerwin Wong, Sergeant Christina Baker, director of the Religious and Volunteer Services Office Deputy Alex Gamboa, and members of both organizing departments.

The Prison Ministry program is among the social services offered by the Prelacy.  H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, assigned Chaplain Rafi to head this program years ago.  He visits Los Angeles area jails on a regular basis to offer spiritual guidance to the inmates.  Chaplain Rafi was also honored by the Prelacy Representatives Assembly two years ago for his service in this field.

By the ordinance of the Prelate, Rev. Fr. Ashod Kambourian is also involved in this service, and regularly visits the Twin Towers jail in Los Angeles.  Recently, Rev. Fr. Ghevont Kirazian was also assigned to serve in this program.

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MORNING SERVICE AT ARARAT HOME

On Monday, July 2nd,  by the ordinance of the Prelate, there will be a morning service at Ararat Home in Mission Hills, conducted by Rev. Fr. Ashod Kambourian, who will also deliver the spiritual meditation.

On Thursday, June 28, morning service was held at Ararat Home in Eagle Rock, conducted by Rev. Fr. Ghevont Kirazian.

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PRELATE TO ATTEND VICTORY BALL AND
NAVASARTIAN GAMES CLOSING CEREMONY

On Sunday, July 1st, the annual Homenetmen Victory Ball will be held at the Universal Hilton.

The Prelate will attend and deliver his blessings and well wishes.

On Tuesday, July 3rd the 37th Navasarian games and festival will begin at Birmingham High School.  The festival continues until Saturday, July 7.

The honorary president of the  37th Navasartian Games is Mr. and Mrs. Gagik and Madine Gevorkian, and this year’s “Exemplary Homenetmen Member” is Maro Keshishian.

The closing ceremony and parade of athletes and scouts will be held on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.  The Prelate will attend and convey his message.

The kick-off to the Navasartian Games was held on Thursday, June 14 at the Homenetmen headquarters.  Rev. Fr. Vazken Atmajian delivered the invocation and conveyed the Prelate’s message.

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