On March 5, 2014, Archpriest Fr. Hovsep Hagopian represented the Primate at Hi-Am Charity Foundation’s Annual Fundraiser at Stage Café in Burbank. Father Hagopian extended the Primate’s blessings and cordial wishes to the organizers of the fundraiser including Hi-Am Foundation’s president Nshan Adjemian and CEO of Hospice of Grace, Inc. Arpi Tarkhanian Kestenian.
Close to 80 Ladies Society members and Chairs of various Diocesan parishes attended the Ladies Society Appreciation and Women’s Prayer Day at St. Leon Armenian Cathedral on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. The event was organized by the Ladies Society Central Council.
In 2015, Armenians worldwide will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and will pay homage to our 1.5 million martyred ancestors. On March 30, 2014 at 7:30 p.m., the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America will host a memorable concert commencing a year-long commemoration of the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide. The event, under the patronage of the honorable Governor George Deukmejian, will feature renowned pianist Armen Guzelimian, violinist Armen Anassian, and cellist Ruslan Biryukov.
The official opening ceremony of the Saturday School of the Armenian Apostolic Church Complex in Las Vegas was held on March 1, 2014. Accompanied by their parents, fifty students registered for classes.
On March 1st, 2014, St. Andrew Armenian Church in Cupertino, California, held its annual banquet in celebration of the parish’s 50th anniversary. His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian presided at the special celebration. Diocesan clergy including Rev. Fr. Asoghig and Yn. Jamgochian from St. James Armenian Church of Sacramento, Rev. Fr. Hovel and Yn. Ohanyan from St. Vartan Armenian Church of Oakland, Rev. Fr. Mesrop and Yn. Ash from St. John of San Francisco took part in the jubilee celebration.
"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).
Beloved faithful, The Great Lent will begin on March 3rd. The Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America has published a book authored by His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian in time for the Lenten journey.
Glendale’s Noon Rotary Club welcomed the Primate on February 27, 2014. Archbishop Derderian was the day’s keynote speaker around a topic themed “Understanding Our World.”
The Retreat Committee of Western Diocese is happy to inform you that, this year, we are again planning an exciting spiritual retreat for all parishioners, from Tuesday April 8 at 10:00 a.m. to Wednesday April 9 at 11:00 a.m., 2014 at Mater Dolorosa Passionist Retreat Center where you can enjoy peaceful and tranquil atmosphere (700 N. Sunnyside Ave., Sierra Madre, CA 91024).
On February 26, the Youth Director attended Arshag Dickranian Armenian School. While visiting each class, he spoke to the students about the upcoming programs hosted by the Western Diocese, such as the Archbishop Vatche Hovspian Summer Camp, CYMA Pilgrimage to Armenia and Q&A Sessions that will be held at St. John Armenian Church, Hollywood.
The Battle of Avarayr On February 26, 2014, the Primate presided over the Evening Prayer Service at St. Leon Armenian Cathedral in observance of the Feast of St. Vartan and His Companions. The faithful joined the Choir in singing songs in honor of the Armenian martyrs of the Battle of Avarayr. In 451 A.D. St. Vartan Mamikonian led 1036 knights in to battle against the Persian Army in defense of the Armenian Christian faith. Armenians worldwide commemorate this important Feast and pay homage to their martyred ancestors.
The first clergy conference of 2014 was held at the Headquarters of the Western Diocese on Tuesday, February 25, the Feast of St. Ghevont the Priest and His Companions (Ghevontiantz). The day commenced with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. by Rev. Fr. Mesrop Ash, Pastor of St. John Armenian Church in San Francisco. The day’s homily was delivered by Rev. Fr. Nerses Hayrapetyan, Pastor of St. Sarkis Armenian Church in Santa Clarita.
Glendale High School Auditorium was the venue for a memorial concert in honor of the late Armenian singer Flora Martirosyan was held on February 23, 2014. Organized by the singer’s children, Archpriest Fr. Hovsep Hagopian, Rev. Fr. Davit Zelveyan and Dn. Stepan Palanjian attended the event on the Primate’s behalf.