Weekly News – November 22, 2013

“Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.” (Psalm 106:1)

Dear Faithful,

GiveThanksTo-Our-SaviorThanksgiving is upon us and soon we will celebrate the Glorious Birth and Theophany of our Lord Jesus Christ.  During this blessed season, let us reflect on the good in our lives and express our gratitude to our Lord for His abundant love, mercy, and blessings. Let us remember also the less fortunate and share our gifts with them to make the season a joyous one for all.

Thanksgiving Day is all the more special for the Armenian people as our community rallies to lend a helping hand to our brethren in Armenia, Artsakh, and Syria, through the annual Armenia Fund Telethon, a much-beloved tradition.  H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, has issued a directive to all Prelacy Churches and Schools to encourage their parishioners, parents, and students to bring their participation to the Telethon.

The Prelate calls on our community to once again contribute to this worthwhile cause, which this year will benefit construction of the Vardenis-Martakert Highway, a vital pathway linking Armenia and Artsakh and which will be mutually beneficial for both countries and their citizens.  In addition, a portion of the proceeds raised in the Western United States will benefit the Syrian people.  Please open your hearts this season and give a hand to those in need.  Your donation will make a difference in the lives of our people and our nation.

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PRELATE TO PRESIDE OVER DIVINE LITURGY AT
ST. MARY’S CHURCH IN GLENDALE

On Sunday, November 24, 2013, H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, will preside over Divine Liturgy and deliver the sermon at St. Mary’s Church in Glendale.

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PRELATE TO ATTEND ARMENIA FUND ANNUAL GALA
AND TELETHON

ArmeniaFundTelethon2013On Sunday, November 24, the Armenia Fund annual gala will take place at the Glendale Hilton, with guests of honor His Excellence Bako Sahakyan, President of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic and H.E. Archbishop Barkev Martirosyan, Primate of Arstakh.

The Prelate will attend and convey his blessings.
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  Executive Council members will also be in attendance.

On Thursday, November 28, Thanksgiving Day, Armenia Fund 16th international Telethon will air from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. PST.  Proceeds from this year’s Telethon will benefit construction of the Vardenis-Martakert Highway.  Ten percent of donations raised in the Western Untied States will be allocated to the Syrian-Armenian community.

The Prelate will participate in the Telethon with a prayer and will also deliver his message on this occasion.  We appeal to our faithful to once again lend their support to this important cause. 

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PRELATE TO ATTEND CASPS CONCERT

CASPSLogoThe Committee for Armenian Students in Public Schools (CASPS) has organized a special program of music and poetry dedicated to Komitas, “Father of Modern Armenian Music”, performed by the Lark Musical Society.

The event, benefitting Armenian students in public schools, will be held on Sunday, November 24, at 3:00 p.m. at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in downtown Los Angeles.

The Prelate will attend and convey his blessings.  Executive Council Chair Mrs. Rima Boghossian and member Dr. Dikran Babikian will also be in attendance.

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PRELATE TO ATTEND LEBANESE INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

LebaneseIndependenceFriday, November 22nd, is the 70th anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Lebanon.

On this occasion, the Consulate General of Lebanon in Los Angeles has organized a reception to be held on Saturday, November 23rd, at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, hosted by Consul General the Honorable Johnny Ibrahim and his wife.

The Prelate will attend and convey the congratulations and well wishes of our Prelacy and the Armenian community to the Lebanese community.  Executive Council members will also attend.

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MESROBIAN SCHOOL HONORS TEACHER NEIL DODD

NeilDodd1On Friday, November 15, the Mesrobian School family gathered at “Bagramian” Hall of Holy Cross Cathedral in Montebello for a special reception honoring long-time teacher Mr. Neil Dodd for his 40 years of service.

On this occasion, the Prelate had issued a Letter of Blessing and Commendation to Mr. Dodd.  Holy Cross Cathedral Dean Very Rev. Fr. Muron Aznikian attended and read and presented the Prelate’s letter.

In his message, His Eminence saluted Mr. Dodd’s over four decades of devoted service to Armenian students and his fundamental contributions to the life of Mesrobian School.  He praised Mr. Dodd as a great teacher who not only provided top-notch instruction to over a thousand students, but has and continues to go above and beyond the call of duty, becoming a father figure, mentor, role model, supporter, and friends. The Prelate commended Principal Mr. David Ghoogasian, Holy Cross Cathedral Board of Trustees, School Board, organizing committee, the administration, faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni, and auxiliary committees of Armenian Mesrobian School for their efforts in organizing this event worthily honoring and celebrating Mr. Neil Dodd for his invaluable service in educating, instructing, and shaping the minds, hearts, and souls of our youth.

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