On Saturday, October 27, 2007, La Canada and Crescenta Valley Parish under the auspices of His Eminence Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church, held its 3rd annual banquet at the La Canada Country Club. Mrs. Lena Simonian, Chairlady of the Parish Ladiesâ€™ Society was in charge of organizing the banquet. The other members of the Parish Ladiesâ€™ Society are: Mrs. Araxie Boyamian, Secretary-Reporter and Mrs. Meline Aghajanian-Ter Oganesian. Mrs. Maral Sarafian, Parish Council member, represented the council at the organizing committee. Yeretzkin Mery Manvelian assisted the Ladies Society with the banquet.
Dr. Simon Simonian conducted the eveningâ€™s program. Rev. Fr. Archpriest Hovsep Hagopian, La Canada and Crescenta Valley Parish Priest, offered the opening prayer. Mrs. Lena Simonian welcomed the guests both in Armenian and English. The Very Rev. Fr. Dajad Dz. V. Yardemian represented the Primate at the event. His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian was in East Cost on a prescheduled 4 day trip as a member of Vehaparâ€™s entourage during the Third Pontifical Visit.
The parish members were especially grateful to have the former Primate of the Western Diocese, His Eminence Archbishop Vatche Hovsepian in their midst as the honorary guest of the 3rd annual parish banquet. Mr. Vahan Aladadian, Chairman of the La Canada and Crescenta Valley Parish Council, thanked Srpazan on behalf of the Parish Council and the Ladiesâ€™ Society.Â
The present guests greeted the former Primate with an enthusiastic standing ovation. His Eminence Archbishop Vatche Hovsepian in his remarks thanked Rev. Fr. Archpriest Hovsep Hagopian, the Parish Council, the Ladiesâ€™ Society and all the parishioners.
Rev. Fr. Archpriest Hovsep Hagopian read the blessing-commendation letter of His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church, to Mrs. Maral Sarafian. The Primate in his letter had distinguished Mrs. Maral Sarafian and her husband Mr. Minas Sarafian for their dedication and service rendered to the parish and the Diocese, as well as for their exemplary children, Mr. Gary Sarafian (assistant during the celebrations of the Holy Liturgy) and Ms. Kathy Sarafian (Sunday school teacher).Â The Very Rev. Fr. Dajad Dz. V. Yardemian presented the blessing-commendation letter to Mrs. Maral Sarafian. Mr. Vahan Aladadian, Chairman of the Parish Council, represented Mrs. Maral Sarafian with a golden cross, especially prepared by Mr. Vahe Ashjian for the occasion.
Rev. Fr. Archpriest Manoog Markarian, Pastor of St. James Armenian Church of Hollywood, and Yeretzkin Markarian attended the banquet. Benefactors Pharmacist Doctors Mr. and Mrs. Petros and Garine Taglyan; Mrs. Verjine Krboyan and Mrs. Rosa Shirvanian, representing the Burbank Parish Council, were in attendance at the event. The Mother Cathedral benefactor Mr. Berj Boyajian and Paul Giragos, Esq. were also in attendance.
A video presentation about the parish activities during the past year was shown during the banquet. Rainbow group performed many interesting songs and dancing music pieces during the evening.