Fr. Nerses Hayrapetyan
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Consecrated: December 20, 2009
The St. Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church of Santa Clarita, California was founded in 2004 under the leadership of Vartan Vahramian by His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian and is an official member of The Western Diocese of the Armenian Church.
Our first Divine Liturgy was celebrated in the Valencia High School on May 9, 2004 in the multipurpose hall. Rev. Fr. Zareh Mansuryan, Pastor in charge of the Armenian Apostolic Church of Santa Clarita conducted the Liturgy.
The Armenian Apostolic Church of Santa Clarita celebrated the 1st anniversary of the establishment of the mission church on October 8th, 2005. His Eminence presided over the dinner dance. The event was held at the Western Armenian Diocese, Nazareth & Sima Kalaydjian Hall, the evening featured Justice Armand Arabian as guest speaker. Bob Keller, Santa Clarita City Councilmember was also a guest of the church. This noteworthy event attracted a near-full capacity of audience from both Santa Clarita and neighboring communities. Invited guests were Clergy and Parish Council members and their families from neighboring Armenian churches.
The St. Sarkis Armenian Church family contains many faithful with diverse cultural, social, geographical and economic backgrounds, each bringing something new and exciting to the life of our parish.
Parish council members meet once a month to discuss organizational issues. In the summer, picnics and other activities are planned. Currently, Divine Liturgy (Soorp Badarak) is held every Sunday. The Diocese has assigned to our parish Fr. Nerses Hayrapetyan to perform the services along with participation by local community members. The mass is followed by a gathering of fellow parishioners in the multipurpose room where pastries and refreshments are brought by the Ladies Society.
The Armenian Apostolic Church of Santa Clarita is a tribute to the many dedicated, loyal and energetic men and women who unselfishly devoted their time, their tireless efforts, their souls for the love of their Armenian faith and tradition. The church is a testament to their devotion and strong will. With their continued allegiance and service it will thrive, prosper and flourish into the next century.
Church Parish Council Members meet once a month to discuss organizational issues. In the summer, picnics and other activities are planned.
Rev. Fr. Zareh Mansuryan 2003-2004
Rev. Fr. Asoghig Jamgochian (Appointed visiting pastor) 2005-2006
Rev. Fr. Nerses Hayrapetyan 2008 – present