October 19, 2017
JUBILEE CELEBRATION ON
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29 IS SOLD OUT
 
TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR
“COCKTAILS FOR A CAUSE”

In honor of the 50 th anniversary of the ordination of His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan, a group of young adults have organized “Cocktails for a Cause,” to benefit the Karen Jeppe Armenian College in Aleppo. The event will take place at StudioArte, 265 W. 37 th Street, New York City. His Eminence was born and raised in Aleppo and he taught literature and religion for a number of years at the Karen Jeppe College. He is pleased that proceeds from this event will help the college recover and resume its educational leadership role in the area. It’s an evening of fun for a good cause.

IN MEMORIAM

Khoren Nalbandian
December 25, 1938—October 16, 2017

Archbishop Oshagan and the Religious and Executive Councils received the news of the passing of Khoren Nalbandian on Monday, October 16, with great sorrow. Khoren was a prominent member of the Armenian American community and a supporter of many Armenian organizations. He and his wife Seta were members of the Pillars of the Prelacy and steadfast supporters of the Prelacy Ladies Guild and all Prelacy programs and activities. He was one of the founders of the Armenian American Health Professional Organizations, a board member of the Armenian Medical Fund that is a major sponsor of the Armenian Sanatorium of Lebanon (Azounieh), and he has also served on the board of the Armenian Rehabilitation and Nursing Home of Emerson, New Jersey, and the Hovnanian School in New Milford, New Jersey.
 
Archbishop Oshagan and Bishop Anoushavan participated in the funeral services that took place today at the Armenian Presbyterian Church in Paramus, New Jersey, followed by interment at Brookside Cemetery, Englewood, New Jersey.
 
Khoren is survived by his wife Seta, son Alex, and daughter Maria Nalbandian-Cafasso and her husband David, and two grandchildren Ani and Raffi. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Armenian Presbyterian Church or to the Armenian Missionary Association of America, both in Paramus, New Jersey.
 
May he rest in eternal peace with our Lord.


PRELATE WILL PRESIDE AT 92 nd ANNIVERSARY OF
ST. STEPHEN CHURCH IN CONNECTICUT
Archbishop Oshagan will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and deliver the sermon this Sunday, October 22, at St. Stephen Church of New Britain/Hartford on the occasion of the parish’s 92 nd anniversary. The Liturgy will begin at 10 am. The anniversary banquet will follow at Casa Mia at The Hawthorne.

IDC SUMMIT IN WASHINGTON NEXT WEEK
Archbishop Oshagan will travel next week to Washington, DC, where he will attend the 2017 Summit of “In Defense of Christians.”
 
Throughout his service to the Church, Archbishop Oshagan has been actively involved in the worldwide ecumenical movement. He has served in executive positions on the Middle East Council of Churches, has served as a delegate to the World Council of Churches Assemblies; represented the Catholicosate on various ecumenical dialogues for Christian unity. He is currently the President of the Christian and Arab Middle Eastern Churches Together (CAMECT); and is a member of the religious advisory board of In Defense of Christians (IDC). As a member of the advisory board of IDC, Archbishop Oshagan is encouraging Christian clergy and lay leaders to join him at the IDC 2017 Summit that will take place October 24-26 in Washington, DC. The theme of the Summit is “American Leadership and Securing a Future for Christians in the Middle East.” In a letter sent to clergy and lay leaders, Archbishop Oshagan said: “I encourage you to attend this important gathering and join with people around the world in advocating for International Recognition of the Armenian Genocide; Security and Stability in Lebanon; Emergency Relief for Victims of Genocide in Iraq and Syria; Accountability for the Policies of American Allies in the Middle East; Increased efforts to identify and punish perpetrators of genocide in the ISIS genocide against minorities.”
 
His Eminence concludes his message noting that “these issues are vital and it is up to us to advocate for the U.S. government to stand with Middle Eastern Christians.”
 
To learn more about In Defense of Christians (IDC) and the 2017 Summit in Washington, DC go to www.indefenseofchristians

BIBLE READINGS  
Bible readings for Sunday, October 22, Sixth Sunday of the Exaltation are, Isaiah 20:2-21:6; Galatians 4:3-18; Luke 4:14-23.


Then Jesus filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
 
And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” He said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Doctor, cure yourself!’ And you will say, ‘Do here also in your hometown the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.’” (Luke 4:14-23)

 
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So with us; while we were minors, we were enslaved to the elemental spirits of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.
 
Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to beings that by nature are not gods. Now, however, that you have come to know God, how can you turn back again to the weak and beggarly elemental spirits? How can you want to be enslaved to them again? You are observing special days, and months, and seasons, and years. I am afraid that my work for you may have been wasted.
 
Friends, I beg you, become as I am, for I also have become as you are. You have done me no wrong. You know that it was because of a physical infirmity that I first announced the gospel to you; though my condition put you to the test, you did not scorn or despise me, but welcomed me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus. What has become of the goodwill you felt? For I testify that, had it been possible, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me. Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? They make much of you, but for no good purpose; they want to exclude you, so that you may make much of them. It is good to be made much of for a good purpose at all times, and not only when I am present with you. (Galatians 4:3-18)


For a listing of the coming week’s Bible readings click here .

THE HOLY EVANGELISTS
This Saturday, October 21, the Armenian Church commemorates the Holy Evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, the authors of the four Gospels. The word Evangelist comes from the Greek Euaggelistes which means “one who brings good news.” Evangelists are given the special ability by the Holy Spirit to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ clearly and effectively. In the early days of the church evangelism was the work of the apostles. By the third century, the authors of the four canonical Gospels became known as the Holy Evangelists, and as the church grew “evangelist” began to denote a specific office that could include “apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers” (see Ephesians 4:11-12). All four Holy Evangelists died martyrs.
 
Matthew is the patron of the Church’s mission. The Gospel attributed to him closes with Jesus’ command to His disciples and followers to, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
 
Mark had significant influence on the advancement of Christianity. Although the Gospel according to Mark is a narrative of the life of Jesus, theologians consider it to be a handbook of discipleship. The dominant message is that being a Christian is not only believing in Jesus Christ, it is also living according to the example set by Jesus. According to tradition, Mark was the first bishop of Alexandria. One of the most magnificent cathedrals in the world is named after him in Venice, where his relics are kept.
 
Luke is the author of the third Gospel and the Book of Acts. He is considered to be the patron of physicians and artists. The Gospel according to Luke describes Jesus as “the healer of a broken world.” Luke is also noted for his concern for the poor, the marginalized, women, and social outcasts. His Gospel does not end with the Resurrection, but continues to Pentecost and the eternal presence of Christ in the world. Traditionally he is believed to be one of the Seventy and the unnamed disciple in Emmaus.
 
John , often called the “beloved disciple,” is the author of the fourth Gospel. He was the only one of the twelve disciples who did not forsake Christ and stood at the foot of the Cross. Jesus entrusted his mother to John’s care on the day of the Crucifixion. The best known verse in his Gospel is John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” According to tradition, John left Jerusalem after attending the first ecumenical council and went to Asia Minor and settled in Ephesus. He was exiled to the island of Patmos where he wrote the book of Revelation, although more recently scholars have concluded that John the Apostle and John of Patmos were two different people.

ANEC DIRECTOR PRESENTS TRANSLATION IN CALIFORNIA
Dr. Vartan Matiossian speaks about the book he translated at a reception at the Western Diocese in Burbank, California.
Last week, ANEC Director Dr. Vartan Matiossian presented his English translation of Haiganoush Satchian-Grkacharian’s “Hadjin, If We Forget You…”, a book based on the recollections of the author’s parents, who survived the deportation of 1915 and the eight-month defense of their hometown during the Kemalist onslaught on Cilicia in 1920-1921. The book, published by Ars Publishing of Glendale, was originally written in French (2012) and later translated into Spanish (2014) and Armenian (2015). The book was launched before a packed audience at the Western Diocese, in Burbank (California), and presented by Dr. Matiossian, who spoke about the circumstances of the translation and the main features of the book. Mrs. Grkacharian, the author, also spoke about the details of the 1920 epic defense and the reception of this book, thanking the sponsor, Mr. Armen Arslanian.   

FAITH, FAMILY & FUN AT ST. SARKIS
Last Sunday, October 14, Douglaston’s St. Sarkis Church Saturday School PTA, Sunday School, and the Youth Ministry Committee sponsored a Faith, Family & Fun event. The program was created to educate parents, teenagers, and children about our faith, spending time with family, while having fun! They began the program by dividing into three groups. The children were instructed by Mrs. Maggie Kouyoumdjian, the teenagers were taught by Mrs. Annie Ohanessian, and the parents were instructed by Fr. Nareg Terterian.
 
Mrs. Kouyoumdjian, former principal of the Sunday School at Sts. Vartanantz Church in New Jersey and an instructor at the Prelacy’s St. Gregory of Datev Institute, spoke to the children during an assembly about the need to live their everyday lives with a content and thankful heart. The Assembly was followed by arts and crafts projects relevant to the season of Thanksgiving.
 
Mrs. Ovanessian, the Prelacy’s Youth Ministry Director, meeting with teenagers, asked them to anonymously write down a question about their faith, the Armenian Church, or that day’s lesson that focused on “What I Want and How I’m Made.” After the lesson the questions that had been previously written down showed that most of the teens, like adults, want happiness, love, purpose, and peace. The teens learned that by seeking God first in all that they do, then their deep longings can be satisfied.
 
The parents’ session was led by Fr. Nareg, who began by defining the meaning of Christian life based on the imperative of the greatest commandment, “Love the Lord your God…Love your neighbor as yourself.” Fr. Nareg explained the meaning of the Lord’s Prayer, and spoke about the importance of knowing the word of God and partaking in the Holy Communion.
 
After the group sessions, all of the participants met in the main hall for a delicious homemade meal, played a fun game of Mingelo, and enjoyed making ice cream sundaes.

ST. ILLUMINATOR CATHEDRAL HOSTS EXHIBIT
From left, Emma Grigoryan, Archbishop Oshagan, Dr. Ohannes Nersissian, and Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian.
St. Illuminator’s Cathedral in New York City transformed its John Pashalian hall into an art gallery for last Sunday’s opening of Emma Grigoryan’s art exhibition. Born and raised in Gyumri, Armenia, Ms. Grigoryan attended the famed Panos Terlemezian Art School in Yerevan and graduated from the Yerevan Fine Arts and Theater Institute. Her paintings have been exhibited in collective and individual shows in different cities of the United States, as well as in Moscow, Toronto, Belgium, Beirut, the former Yugoslavia, Iraq, and Armenia. Ms. Grigoryan currently resides in Sunnyside, New York.
 
The afternoon reception began with a welcoming introduction by the Cathedral’s pastor, Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian, followed by remarks by Archbishop Oshagan, Prelate, and Dr. Ohannes A. Nersissian. Ms. Shoghik Oganesyan introduced the artist, whose latest book was blessed at the reception. This book was sponsored by Dr. Nersissian and Der Mesrob. As a token of appreciation, Archbishop Oshagan presented Dr. Nersissian with a special plaque. The exhibition is on view until October 30, Monday to Friday, 11 am to 2 pm.

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NEWS FROM THE CATHOLICOSATE

HIS HOLINESS IN BRUSSELS
His Holiness Aram I addressed the Conference on the Armenian Cause at the European Parliament in Brussels on today. His Holiness said, “The Armenian Genocide is no longer an exclusive concern of Armenian-Turkish relations; this well-documented fact of history, the first genocide of the 20th Century, has become a matter of historical justice on the global agenda.”
The Catholicos said,  “Following President Erdogan’s 2011 overtures to religious minorities, I was convinced that the return of confiscated church properties could be the first step towards the reparation process, and, in that spirit, I wrote to the President requesting the return of the Armenian Church’s historical seat. When Mr. Erdogan did not respond, the Catholicosate of Cilicia, following the provision of international law that genocide recognition and reparations are closely connected, filed a lawsuit before the Turkish Constitutional Court on 25 April 2015, which claimed the restoration of the ownership of the Church’s centuries-old seat in Sis, present-day Kozan.”
The Catholicos informed the Conference that “following the recommendation of Turkey’s Ministry of Justice, the Constitutional Court refused to address this matter and proposed to send it to the lower courts, knowing well that we had no effective remedy because only the Constitutional Court has the jurisdiction to address constitutional challenges to the unjust property laws and regulations that deny Armenians even the right to examine deeds at the property register.”
His Holiness Aram I then said that the Catholicosate of Cilicia, being left with no option, filed an Application on December 8, 2016, before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. The Catholicos added that following this, the attempted military coup in Turkey resulted in systematic purges of the judiciary, including members of the Constitutional Court and the arrest of many lawyers and judges. Aram I stated: “We expected that in these circumstances, the European Court of Human Rights would give us justice; but it had decided that our case was inadmissible and gave no explanation of its decision. Why would the European Court of Human Rights so easily reject our case knowing that no lawyer would dare to bring such a case before the Turkish courts? How could a single judge throw out a 900-page Application, historically and legally well substantiated by some of the best international lawyers? Why was our legal team not given a chance for a hearing? Is everybody now afraid to confront Turkey’s appalling record of human rights violations? We are astonished and, in fact, deeply disappointed at this miscarriage of justice, particularly at this crucial juncture of modern history when Europe is expected, in faithfulness to its values and principles, to consider justice above geopolitical interests.”
Catholicos Aram I concluded with the following remarks: “Europe is essentially a community of values, not merely political and economic interests. Therefore I still hope that the European Court of Human Rights will reconsider the case on the basis of justice and human rights.” He ended by saying that “in spite of the denial of justice, the Armenian people will continue to struggle for justice.”
The Conference was attended by Edourd Nalbandian, Foreign Minister of Armenia, several members of the European Parliament, local politicians, representatives of NGOs and delegations representing the Armenian Communities of Europe.

  Death of Varaztad Kazanjian (October 19, 1974)

World War I led Armenian American oral surgeon Dr. Varaztad Kazanjian to be regarded as the founder of the modern practice of plastic surgery.

Kazanjian was born in Erzinga (Western Armenia) on March 18, 1879. He attended a French Jesuit school in Sepastia (Sivas), and then he moved to Samsun, on the Black Sea shore, to live with his older half-brother. In October 1895, at the age of sixteen, he arrived in the United States as an escapee of the Armenian massacres ordered by Sultan Abdul Hamid II. He settled in Worcester, Massachusetts, and took a job at the local wire factory, where he first displayed the dexterity that would serve him so well in the future.

The future surgeon decided to pursue a career in dentistry at the suggestion of a coworker. He continued working during the day, spending his nights taking classes and learning English. He entered the Harvard Dental School in 1902, receiving his D.M.D. degree three years later.

Kazanjian began a private practice upon his graduation, and also accepted a position as an Assistant in Prosthetic Dentistry at his alma mater. While working at the Harvard Dental School Clinic, he treated over four hundred jaw fractures and introduced a new method of treatment. He was one of the first to replace the inter-dental splint with a simpler inter-maxillary wiring method.

He was married and successfully running his own dental practice in 1914, but when the First World War broke out, he volunteered to join the Harvard Medical Corps, and posted to a huge tented hospital complex in Camiers, France, where he served British forces. There Kazanjian began to treat some of the worst injuries suffered in trench warfare: jaws, noses, cheeks, and skulls shattered by bullets and grenades.  After treating more than 3,000 such cases, and reconstructing many disfigured faces, he was celebrated as the “Miracle Man of the Western Front.” Working under primitive conditions in makeshift hospitals, the surgeon’s humane concern, combined with innovative medical procedures, established his reputation and marked his career as a founder of the modern practice of plastic surgery. He was subsequently promoted to the rank of major in June 1916.

For his efforts, British King George V invested Kazanjian as a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George in 1919. In the same year, he returned to Boston and accepted a position as Professor of Military Oral Surgery in Harvard Dental School. He completed his medical studies in 1921, when he graduated from Harvard Medical School, and became head of the combined Plastic Surgery Clinic of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Massachusetts General Hospital. He also served on the staffs of several hospitals. In 1922 he became Professor of Clinical Oral Surgery at Harvard Medical School, a position he held until 1941, when he became the first Professor of Plastic Surgery at the same educational institution.

Varaztad Kazanjian’s groundbreaking use of medical technology in eliminating facial deformities and reconstructing faces after injuries was widely lauded during his lifetime. His pioneering contributions transformed plastic surgery into an esteemed surgical specialty. He recorded his unique treatments and methods in one hundred and fifty journal articles, and co-authored the classic The Surgical Treatment of Facial Injuries (1949) with John M. Converse.

During the 1950s, Kazanjian received many honors and awards from the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Society of Oral Surgeons, and the American Association of Plastic Surgeons in 1959. Besides being a Fellow of a string of scientific organizations in the United States and Great Britain, he served as president of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgery, and the New England Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He died on October 19, 1974 at the age of 95. Armenian American actress and radio and TV personality Arlene Francis (Kazanjian) was his niece.

Previous entries in “This Week in Armenian History” are on the Prelacy’s web page ( www.armenianprelacy.org ). 


A DER HAYR’S REFLECTION
Rev. Fr. Bedros Shetilian, pastor of St. Gregory Church in Indian Orchard, Massachusetts, alerted us to an article he wrote published in the Armenian Weekly, “Proud to be an American: A Der Hayr’s Reflections.”


FROM THE BOOKSTORE
WOMEN OF 1915
The soundtrack of the documentary film “Women of 1915,” by Bared Maronian is now available. Beautiful selections by Patkanian, Komitas, Kanachyan, Isahakian, Misserlian, Harootiunian, Badalian, Sarian, Satian, Sanders & Khajadourian. Vocals by Hooshere Bezdikian, Narine Titizian, and Diana Sanders.
Compact digital audio disc: $12.00 plus shipping & handling.
 
To order contact the bookstore by email ( books@armenianprelacy.org ) or by phone (212-689-7810).

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
October 21 —Annual Bazaar of St. Gregory Church, 135 Goodwin Street, Indian Orchard, Massachusetts from 11 am to 6 pm in the church hall. Enjoy many favorite Armenian dinners including shish kebab and rice pilaf. Traditional Armenian and American baked goods will be featured. Take-out available. Admission and parking are free. For information: (413) 543-4763.

October 22 —92 nd Anniversary of St. Stephen Church of Hartford/New Britain, Connecticut with the presence of the Prelate Archbishop Oshagan. Divine Liturgy on this day will begin at 10 am. Banquet following Liturgy at 1 pm at Casa Mia at The Hawthorne, 2421 Berlin Turnpike, Berlin, Connecticut. $45 per person; $20 per person under age 12.

October 22 —Screening of the documentary movie “Women of 1915,” organized by St. Gregory Church of Granite City, Illinois and Holy Virgin Mary & Shoghagat Church of Swansea, Illinois.

October 26 —“Cocktails for a Cause,” to benefit Karen Jeppe Armenian College in Aleppo, in honor of the 50 th anniversary of the ordination of His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan. A magnificent night of friends, music, mezze, cocktails, 7 pm at StudioARTE, 265 W. 37 th Street, New York City. For information: Events@ArmenianPrelacy.org .

October 26 —55 th Anniversary of Pakine Literary Journal, 7 pm at Hovnanian School, 817 River Road, New Milford, New Jersey. Speakers: Sona Kiledjian-Ajemian, editor; Dr. Vicken Tufenkjian and Dr. Vartan Matiossian, editorial board members. Reception will follow. For information: Ani Panossian-Mouradian 973-224-2741.

October 29 SORRY, SOLD OUT . Celebrating the 50 th anniversary of the ordination of His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan, under the auspices and presence of His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia. Divine Liturgy at St. Illuminator Cathedral, 221 East 27 th Street, New York City, at 10 am. Followed by reception and dinner at The New York Palace, 455 Madison Avenue, New York City. SOLD OUT.

October 29 —“Trunk or Treat” event organized by St. Gregory Church, Granite City, Illinois. Event will take place at the church’s public lot.

November 2 —4 th annual Steak Dinner (10 oz. Deluxe New York Strip Sirloin) sponsored by Men’s Club, Holy Trinity Church, Worcester, Massachusetts, 5:30 pm to 7 pm. $20 per person. For tickets contact Peter Kallanian by telephone (508-852-5328) or email ( nelok@charter.net ).

November 3 & 4   —St. Stephen's Church (Watertown, MA) 61st Annual Church Bazaar will take place Friday-Saturday, November 3-4 at the Armenian Cultural and Educational Center (47 Nichols Ave, Watertown). Come by with family and friends for delicious chicken, beef, and losh kebab, kufteh and kheyma dinners, mouth watering pastries, and specialty gourmet items. We'll showcase our hand made arts and crafts, the treasure-finding White Elephant table. This is an annual event not to miss. Come reconnect with parishioners, friends and support the future of our Church. Visit our website for information on menus, pastry and gourmet items, and gift shoppe. items!    www.soorpstepanos.org    

November 10, 11, 12 —Sts. Vartanantz Church, Annual Bazaar and Food Festival, 461 Bergen Boulevard, Ridgefield, New Jersey. Featuring on Friday and Saturday, Chicken, Luleh, and Shish Kebab dinners and traditional Sunday Khavourma luncheon. Dessert Table, Armenian delicacies, Live Music, Upscale Chinese Auction, Raffle Drawing, Children’s Game Room, Boutique Booths, and so much more. Friday 5-10 pm; Saturday 5-11 pm; Sunday noon to 4 pm. For information: 201-943-2950.

November 11 —Trivia Night event, organized by “Holy Seraphim” Choir of St. Gregory Church, Granite City, Illinois.

November 11 and 12 —Armenian Fest 2017, Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Church, Providence, Rhode Island, Annual Food Festival at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, 60 Rhodes Place, Cranston. Featuring chicken, losh and shish kebabs and kufta dinners. Armenian delicacies, dancing to live music, arts and crafts, flea market, gift baskets, children’s corner, country store, jewelry, hourly raffles. Armenian Dance Group will perform on Saturday and Sunday at 5 pm. Armenian food and pastry available all day. Saturday from noon to 9 pm; Sunday noon to 7 pm. Free admission and parking. Valet parking available. For information: Go to www.armenianfestri/food.com or 401-831-6399 .

November 12 —[ note corrected date ] PowerPoint presentation in English and Armenian on “Armenians & Political Cartoons,” by cartoonist and journalist Lucine Kasbarian, 1 pm at Pashalian Hall at St. Illuminator Cathedral, 221 East 27 th Street, New York City. Sponsored by Regional Executive of Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society and St. Illuminator’s Cathedral.

November 12 —The ARS Mayr Chapter is hosting a fundraising luncheon for The Wounded Soldiers in Artsakh, at Almayass Restaurant, 24 E. 21 st Street, New York City, at 2 pm. Donation $75; Children 6 to 12, $25; under 5 free. For reservations: Anais 917-225-4326 or Ani 516-784-0740.

November 16 — Join Armenia Tree Project and Paros Foundation for a fundraiser to support kitchen renovations, beautification and environmental education at the school in Rind, Vayots Dzor. Featuring live performance by singer/songwriter Hooshere and silent auction featuring fine art and luxury gift items. Almayass Restaurant, 24 E. 21st Street, New York. 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Donation: $100 in advance, $125 at door. For more information, please contact info@armeniatree.org .

November 19 —60 th anniversary of Soorp Asdvadzadzin Church, Whitinsville, Massachusetts. H.E. Archbishop Oshagan will celebrate the Divine Liturgy, ordain acolytes, consecrate paintings, and preside over the Diamond Anniversary Banquet at Highfields Golf and Country Club, Grafton, Massachusetts.

November 19 —Thanksgiving Luncheon and Celebration of the 107 th anniversary of the Armenian Relief Society, Armenian All Saints Apostolic Church, Shahnasarian Hall, 1701 North Greenwood, Glenview, Illinois.

December 2 —SAVE THE DATE: ANCA Eastern Region Gala, International Place, Boston, Massachusetts. For information: https://ancaef.org/gala .

December 3 --63rd anniversary celebration of St. Gregory the Illuminator Church, Granite City, Illinois.

December 5-8 —World General Assembly of the Great House of Cilicia, at the Catholicosate in Antelias, Lebanon.

May 9-12, 2018 —Eastern Prelacy’s National Representative Assembly, hosted by St. Gregory Church, North Andover, Massachusetts.

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