St James Altar smaller
Rev. Fr. Hovhan Khoja-Eynatyan, Pastor
816 Clark Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Tel: 847-864-6263


October 13 - 19,  2013
SUNDAY, October 13, 2013
Fifth Sunday After The Exaltaion Of The Holy Cross

Morning Service - 9:15 AM

Divine Liturgy- 10:00 AM

Scripture readings:
Isaiah 19:1-11
Galatians 2:1-10
Mark 12:35-44
Feast of the Evangelists Sts. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
Evangelist St. Mathew is one of the twenty apostles of the Lord. He is the author of the first Gospel. The name of Matthew is the Greek version of the Hebrew name meaning God-given. His Hebrew name has been Levi. In the past he has been a tax collector in Capernaum. Then obeying to God's will he has sold his property, distributed the money to the poor and has become on the followers of Jesus Christ. He has preached the Word of God in Parthia and Palestine.


Evangelist St. Mark was the nephew of Barnabas. He was born in Jerusalem. He was named also John. It was the house of his mother - Mary that was the place of prayer for the apostles. It is supposed that it was the place where Our Lord Jesus Christ had the Last Supper and where the Church was founded during the Pentecost. He has been the interpreter of St Peter, as well as the friend of St. Paul and Barnabas. He is the author of the shortest Gospel. He has preached the Word of God in Egypt, where he has been martyred he is the founder of the Coptic Orthodox Church.


Evangelist St. Luke is the author of the third Gospel. He was born in Antioch. According to the tradition he is one of the seventy-two disciples of Jesus Christ. According to St. Paul he has been a physician. Listening about the Lord's Preaching, Luke goes to Palestine and follows the Lord. He has preached the Word of God in Achaia, Libya, Egypt and Teba. He has written "The Acts of the Apostles" upon the request of Theophilos of Rome. According to the tradition he has been martyred in Teba.


Evangelist St. John is the author of the fourth Gospel, three letters and the Revelation. He deserved the title of the "beloved disciple" of Christ. He was the son of the fisherman Zebedee and the brother of James. He is considered to be one of the two disciples of St. John the Baptist who followed Jesus (See Jn 1:37). Afterwards the Lord called him to Galilee and gave him the authority of apostle. John became one of the closest Disciples of Christ. Together with James and Peter he witnessed the "transfiguration" that came over Jesus while He was praying on a high mountain named Tabor, went to the valley of Gethsemane. Together with St. Mary, Holy Godmother, he stood near the cross and at the moment of crucifixion Jesus asked him to take care of the Holy Mother of God. Together with Peter he was the first who went to the tomb of Christ and later met Him near the Sea of Genneseret (or Sea of Galilee or Lake Kinneret or Lake Tiberias). Later we see him during the persecutions of Christians in Jerusalem and his success in preaching in Samaria. After the descent of the Holy Spirit John went to Asia Minor and settled down in Ephesus where he took care of the churches founded by Paul and wrote down the Gospel there. Roman Emperor Titus Flavius Domitianus (Domitian) exiled him to Patmos where he was given (and recorded) a vision from Jesus. In Patmos or Ephesus he wrote also his letters addressed to the faithful flock. During the period of reign of Roman Emperor Nero he returned to Ephesus where he passed away in 100 AD, in Ephesus, at the age of 95.

How October Became "Armenian Cultural Month"

To most Armenians living in the United States, "Armenian Cultural Month" has been a feature of community life for as long as they remember. It arrives each October, and with it a flurry of lectures, readings, exhibits, sacred celebrations, and other events intended to remind Armenians of the richness of their cultural heritage.

But how and when did it begin? And why was October chosen as the annual showcase for Armenian culture?

Readers may be surprised to learn that Armenian Cultural Month originated in the Eastern Diocese, and that it dates back nearly seven decades.

The distinction of officially inaugurating the observance belongs to Archbishop Karekin Hovsepian-the late Primate of the Diocese (1939-1944), who went on to become the Catholicos of Cilicia (1945-1952).

To read more click here.

Living the Gospel of Christ: Who Do You Say I Am?
A Six-Session Bible Study
This year's Diocesan theme is Living the Gospel of Christ . The ultimate goal of this series of six Bible studies lies in knowing, understanding and doing as Christ prescribed through his actions and teaching as depicted in the Gospels. This series will also   help us to understand both who Christ is and His Message. 

As always you can either join Der Hayr at St. James or participate online on the following Wednesdays: 
October 23, November 6, November 20, December 4, December 18 at 8 pm.
You need to download an application on your computer to be able to participate online. 

Questions? Need help with Mac? Click here.

St. James School of Cooking
Do you have a favorite Armenian dish that reminds you of Grandma or your mother? Do you wish you could make them? Well stop wishing and come join our classes and learn how to make them yourself and treat your family to your favorite dishes. It is your turn to make memories! Come join us!
When: Classes will meet on Saturday once a month.
October 12, November 2, 2013, December 7, 2013, January 4, 2014, February 2, 2014

Time: 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Where: St. James Armenian Church (816 Clark Street, Evanston, IL)

For more information call Kary Valenziano 847-687-2526

New Educational Program for Teenagers at St. James

The St. James Christian Education Committee would like to invite teenage parishioners between the ages of 13-19 to participate in a pilot educational program this fall. The second session  of the seminars is on Friday, November 8th (Please note- NEW DATE). Topic- "Mercy and Forgiveness"
The seminar is led by Parish Council member Gevik Anbarchian, a high school English teacher, and Der Hovhan. The focus of the program is to fuse Christian teaching with academics, including Armenian writers and artists,  in an effort to help impressionable youth critically examine their lives at a time when they are most unsure about religious and philosophical matters.

Video of the Week

Armenians of the World - Ara G�ler
Armenians of the World- Ara G�ler

Photo of the Week 

Worship service at Holy Etchmiadzin
St James steeple
Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter



October 14 -  Feast of Discovery of Relics of Catholicos St. Grigoris of Aghvank, Commemoration of St. Fathers Tatoul, Varos, Toumas, Anton, Kronides and the Seven Herbivorous Hermits Martyred in the Innaknya Monastery

October 15  - Commemoration of the Apostles Anania, Matthias, Barnabas, Philip, John and Silas

October 17 - Commemoration of St. Dionysius of Areopagus, the Apostles Timothy and Titus

October 19 - Feast of the Evangelists Sts. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John

In addition to Sunday Morning Service and Divine Liturgy there will be
Saturday Evening (Kirakamtits) Service every first Saturday of the month at 5 pm (Nov. 2, Dec. 7) and
Midday Service every third Thursday of the month 
(Oct. 17, Nov. 21, Dec. 20). 

Starting October 2013 we will be offering movies, news from Armenia and an opportunity to socialize every Friday  night  at 7 pm in Nishian Hall.  
Tonight, October 11 we will be showing the movie Shrek .  
This is a Disney animated movie that has become a classic for children and adults.  
The movie will begin at 7:00 pm.  Bring your family and friends for a relaxing evening in Nishan Hall

All are welcomed.



StJames Sketch


 Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Nishan Hall

after Divine Liturgy


The Parish Council of St James invites all parishioners to come and celebrate
the completion of the building repairs.

Deacon Training
(For ordained acolytes and Altar servers) 
November 2nd 4-5 pm
December 7th 4-5 pm
 Acolyte Training
(For first time Altar servers, 9-13)


Dates will be announced as soon as the group is formed. 

If you have a son who would like to begin serving at the Altar 
please contact Der Hovhan at 847-644-7389 or



On Sunday, November 10 

we will have an "Instructed Divine Liturgy." During the celebration of the Divine Liturgy we will stop to offer explanations of what is going on. This program is ideal for those who shy away from the holy Badarak because of lack of understanding. 
To receive the full teaching it's essential that you are present from the beginning at 10:00 am, when we explain the vestments worn by the celebrant priest. 
We highly encourage our Sunday School parents to take advantage of this unique program. 



Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 28, 2013
5:00 PM

 "O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever." Psalm 107:1


The Fall'13 issue of 
Deseelk (Vision) Newsletter 
can be found on our website 
as a PDF document. 


 Click here to view the Newsletter or go to our website to download current issue.


If you are unable to open the file, you may need to update your Acrobat Reader. This can be done by visiting 


Celebrate Parev Monthly's 18th year anniversary with Onnik Dinkjian, John Berberian, Ara Dinkjian, Mal Barsamian, and Jason Naroian LIVE in concert! 

Saturday, October 19, 2013 @ 7:30 pm
Assyrian Community Center
9131 Niles Center Rd
Skokie, IL

General Admission: $35*
Age 6-15 Admission: $15*
*Admission tickets do not include dinner. Dinner sold separately. 

For tickets call: 847 965 4537 
The new Chicago Affiliate of 
the Armenian International Women's Association (AIWA)

cordially invites you to its 


Keynote Speaker: 
Award Winning Chef 

 Click here for the flyer.



That will cost you nothing. You do not need to spend extra money, yet you will make a contribution to your church.

Go to to learn 

more and to sign up. 

It's FREE. 


The Parish is looking for old photos for the website and archive.  
Anything historical having to do with the Parish, Church Building, Church organizations and events or Armenian community in Evanston. We are also looking for photos of our past pastors. If you can help contact or 847-864-6263.

Your photos will be scanned and immediately returned.
Help us Celebrate the Parish 70 year anniversary!



Missed or accidentally deleted any of the previous E-Bulletins? 
You can read all our previous issues in the archive here.

Parking is FREE on Saturdays and Sundays at the large condominium building at Clark & Benson (Quartet Copies). Enter the garage from Benson street.


October 11

October 12

October 17

October 18

October 23

October 25

October 26-27 

October 27

November 1

November 2

November 2

November 3

November 6

November 8

November 8 

November 10

November 15

November 20

November 21

November 22

November 28

December 4

December 6

December 7

December 7

December 14

December 20

Friday Night @ St. James 

School of Cooking

Midday Hour at (12:00 Noon) "Lunchtime at St. James"

Friday Night @ St. James

Bible Study

Friday Night @ St. James 

ACYOA Jr Retreat 

Madagh to celebrate the completion of the building reapairs

Friday Night @ St. James 

School of Cooking

Saturday Evening Service- Kirakamtits (5:00 pm) 

Diocesan Appeal at Sayan-Nova Restaurant

Bible Study

Saturday Educational Program for Teenagers (NEW DATE!!!) 

Friday Night @ St. James 

Instructed Liturgy

Friday Night @ St. James  

Bible Study

Midday Hour at (12:00 Noon) "Lunchtime at St. James"

Friday Night @ St. James  

Thanksgiving gathering at St. James

Bible Study

Friday Night @ St. James  

School of Cooking

Saturday Evening Service- Kirakamtits (5:00 pm)

Divine Liturgy- Feast of St. James of Nisibis (Saturday)

Midday Hour at (12:00 Noon) "Lunchtime at St. James"


Coffee hour tables can be simple or complex.  Sometimes when people do a coffee hour table they put out coffee cakes and doughnuts; sometimes they put out some fruits. Others put out entire lunch. We encourage you to sign up for coffee hour a couple of times each year. It can be simple or an entire meal - either is fine. The sign-up sheet is in the church hall.