Khandut Avetyan, a 35 year-old resident of Karvajar Region of our liberated Artsakh has been diagnosed with cancer. Presently, Khandut is in the United States undergoing cancer treatment. As a fighter, she is determined to overcome her illness and doctors are giving her hope.
On Sunday, December 14, the Primate will pay a pastoral visit to St. James Armenian Church of Los Angeles. On the 73rd anniversary of the Name Day of the parish, Archbishop Derderian will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and deliver the sermon.
A Christmas Luncheon benefitting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles was held at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Takvor on December 12, 2014. The event was held under the auspices of the Western Diocese Armenian Apostolic Church of North America.
A festive and welcoming atmosphere awaited the Ladies’ Society Central Council executive board on December 10, 2014 who attended the Christmas luncheon hosted by the ladies Society of St. Peter Armenian Church in Van Nuys, California.
In November, Rev. Fr. Hovel Ohanyan, Parish priest of St. Vartan Armenian Church in Oakland, presented the Pontifical Encyclical and the Saint Nerses Shnorhali Honorary Medal to Richard and Judy Sharafian.
By the grace of God and the generous donations of the parishioners of St. Vartan Armenian Church, the parish dedicated brand new hand-engraved wooden doors in front of the church on November 23, 2014. Rev. Fr. Hovel Ohanyan, Pastor of the parish, presided over the ceremony.
Following a request by the Eastern and Western Dioceses of the Armenian Apostolic Holy Church of North America, by Pontifical Encyclical of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; the Armenian communities of Mexico have been removed from the jurisdiction of the Eastern Diocese of the USA and are now included in Western Diocese of the USA, taking into account the mutual close ties between the Armenian communities in Mexico and California and the suitability of Mexico's geographical location.
During the church service on December 7, 2014, Fr. Hovel Ohanyan, Pastor of St. Vartan Armenian Church in Oakland, California, honored young parishioner of St. Vartan Armenian Church Alex Colello for earning his Eagle Scout designation. Alex’s Eagle Scout project was to create an Armenian Genocide Memorial at St. Vartan Armenian Church in Oakland, California, as well as to install new landscaping on the property in front of the church building.
On Monday, December 8, the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America welcomed officials from the City of Glendale. Greeted by the Primate and the Diocesan staff at the Paul Brothers Galleria of the Arshag and Eleanor Dickranian Complex, the civic leaders were treated to a luncheon at the Hampar Family Reception Room.
December 8, 2014, Burbank, CA: “I could have danced all night,” was the response of the approximately 400 guests who attended the Eleventh Annual Christmas Ball of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church held on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the Diocesan Complex in Burbank. The appropriate theme for this year’s ball was “Shine Your Light,” and the lights were shining as the festivities began at 6:00 p.m. with a Reception and Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Turpanjian Plaza. The crowd gathered around the beautifully decorated tree to count down the lighting of the Christmas Tree and kick-off the season with a special prayer led by His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian. Thereafter, the guests entered the Paul Brothers Galleria which was once again decked out with Holiday décor and featured inviting cocktail drinks and mouth-watering appetizers. A welcoming dinner and exciting program followed at 7:00 p.m. in the Nazareth and Sima Kalaydjian Hall.
The fourth annual Diocesan Christmas boutique and luncheon was held on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 under the auspices of Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, the Diocesan Primate. The successful event was organized by the Ladies Guild of St. Leon Armenian Cathedral led by Mrs. Araxie Boyamian.
Established in December 2010, three months after the consecration of St. Leon Armenian Cathedral, the Cathedral’s annual ecumenical service keeps the spirit of ecumenism alive by bringing together priests of the Armenian Apostolic Church, clergy of Sister Churches and ecumenical leaders in prayer and fellowship. This year’s ecumenical service was held on Tuesday, December 2 and was dedicated to the 110th anniversary of Glendale Adventist Medical Center.
On December 1, the Supreme Spiritual Council met in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, under the presidency of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians. During the meeting, the Council discussed, among other issues, a publicly published letter of His Beatitude Archbishop Nourhan Manougian, Patriarch of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem. In this regard the Supreme Spiritual Council has issued the following statement: “We express our concern regarding the letter of the Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem, His Beatitude Archbishop Nourhan Manougian; which was addressed to the Catholicos of All Armenians, but was first publically distributed on the Internet, days prior to being delivered to His Holiness.