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


October 27- November 2,  2013
SUNDAY, October 27, 2013
Feast of the Discovery of the Holy Cross

Morning Service - 9:15 AM

Divine Liturgy- 10:00 AM

Scripture readings:
Wisdom of Solomon 14:1-8
Isaiah 33:22-34:1
1 Corinthians 1:18-24
Matthew 24:27-36 
Feast of the Discovery of the Holy Cross

The Feast of the Discovery of the Holy Cross is one of the four feasts dedicated to the Holy Cross. In 327 AD, Heghineh (Helena), the Mother of the Byzantine King Kostandianos (Constantine), visited Jerusalem with the aim to search the Holy Cross of the Lord. A Jew named Judas helped the King's mother search the site where Christ was crucified - Golgotha. As a result of the search, the wooden crosses of Christ and the two criminals crucified together with him were found. In order to identify our Lord's Cross, the remains of a young man were put on each of the three crosses. On one of the crosses the young man arose and thus the Lord's Cross was identified. After that miracle, Judas, the Jew, converted to Christianity and later became Bishop Cyril of Jerusalem. After the discovery of the Holy Cross, Heghineh renovated the Holy Places of Jerusalem and built the Church of the Holy Resurrection of Golgotha, where later our Lord's cross was installed.



StJames Sketch


 Sunday, October 27th, 2013


In Nishan Hall, after Divine Liturgy,

the St. James Parish Council invites all parishioners to come and celebrate

the completion of recent building repairs.

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 involves knowing, understanding and doing as Christ prescribed through His actions and teachings as depicted in the Gospels. This series will also help us understand both who Christ is and what His Message is.


As always, you can either join Der Hayr at St. James or participate online on the following Wednesdays: Nov. 6, Nov. 20, Dec. 4 and Dec. 18 at 8:00 PM.

You need to download an application on your computer to be able to participate online. 

Questions? Need help with Mac? Click here.

College Care Packages
New Ministry at St. James


In an effort to show our love, concern and support for our college students who are away from home and church, we will be sending them care packages throughout the academic year.  You can help with this initiative by:


  • Providing us with the name and address of your child/grandchild who is away at college.  Please give their information to Wendy Farsakian or e-mail Der Hovhan at
  • Donating non-perishable snack items to fill the care packages.
  • Providing a monetary donation toward postage. To donate funds to this project, please make your check payable to St. James with "College Care" on the memo line.
  • Writing a note of encouragement to our students, including a favorite inspirational quote or Bible verse, and an invitation to join us for worship during their visits home or online.

All are invited to participate in this ministry. Again, please see Wendy Farsakian or Der Hovhan with questions or offers to assist. Thanks in advance for your help!

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.

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.
November 2, 2013, December 7, 2013, January 4, 2014, February 2, 2014

Time: 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

For more information call Kary Valenziano 847-687-2526 or e-mail

Canned Food Drive


Please join us as we make the holiday season happier for families in need.

Canned food items and gift cards will be accepted for distribution to needy parishioners and a local food bank

at St. James on the following Sundays: November 3, 10, 17 and 24 and December 1, 8, 15 and 22. 


Thank You!

Hokehankisd- Requiem Service on Veterans Day

On November 10, in commemoration of Veterans Day, there will be a special Hokehankisd- Requiem Service for the souls of our departed veterans. Der Hovhan is also compiling a list of parishioners who were veterans of the Armed Forces for this commemoration. Please submit the names of deceased loved ones by November 7.

Historic Event at St. James Armenian Church
Relic of St. James of Nisibis arrives to Evanston

On Saturday December 14, 2013, the Feast of St. James of Nisibis, also our church's Name Day, the Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America Archbishop Khajag Barsamian will celebrate Divine Liturgy on the Holy Altar of St. James Armenian Church in Evanston followed by a Celebratory Luncheon. A delegation from the Diocese of the Armenian Church will bring the Relic of St. James of Nisibis.


The 1700-year-old Relic of St. James of Nisibis was encased in a gold hand-shaped reliquary in 18th century and was donated to St. Kevork Church by Mr. Hayrabed. Every year, on the Feast of St. James in December, the clergy bless the faithful of the Armenian Church in Bulgaria with the relic. This will be the first time that it will travel overseas and we will have an opportunity to venerate the relic and receive the blessings of our Patron Saint.

 In addition to the Divine Liturgy (starting at 10:00 AM), a Hokehankisd (Requiem Service) for the souls of the founders of the St. James Church and a Service of Veneration of the Relic of St. James of Nisibis will be performed.

Family Winter Retreat 


Parish Council member Gevik Anbarchian would like to organize a family winter retreat in a Wisconsin cabin for 5-10 St. James families over the       Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. long weekend (Friday, January, 17, 2014 through Monday, January 20, 2014) and needs to have firm commitments before making arrangements/reservations. The purpose of the trip is to get away from facebook, iPhones, iPads, Netflix and other parts of our technology-driven life and celebrate the great outdoors--to tough it out for a weekend away from civilization. It is also meant as an opportunity to reflect on God, family, friendship and other things that should be the center of our lives but often aren't in our modern culture. The per-person cost of the trip will depend on the number going, the availability and cost of lodging and other such considerations. Activities would include snowshoeing/hiking, cross country skiing, fireside dinners, storytelling and of course Bible study. Please contact Gevik directly via email by November 15, 2013 if interested, making sure to indicate the number coming.  

New Board Book for Toddlers


The Diocese's Department of Christian Education has released a new book for toddlers, "When I Go To Church".  At 5" X 5," the book is sized for a child's small hands and is made of thick, coated cardboard to withstand the curiosity and energy of our youngest worshipers.


Its 15 pages feature simple bilingual text lines describing what children experience in church-among other things, praying, lighting candles, singing and receiving Holy Communion. Best of all, children will be entranced by the illustrations of Anush Movsesian Avejic whose award-winning renderings are certain to charm toddlers into looking at the book again and again.


We have a few copies available for your toddler to use while you are in the sanctuary.

Video of the Week

OUR FATHER  by Hayk Sayadian
OUR FATHER by Nayk Sayadian

Photo of the Week  

St James steeple
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October 28 - Commemoration of the Priest St. Anastas, Sts. Varos, Theoditeh and her Sons 


October 29- Commemoration of Sts. Severianos (Severianus) of Sebastia and the old man Babelas, Sts. Hipirikians, Martyred in Samosat


October 31- Commemoration of the Pontiff St. John the Chrysostom


November 1 - Feast of All Saints - the old and the new, the known and the unknown

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, Jan. 4, Feb. 1, March 1) and
Midday Service every third Thursday of the month 
(Oct. 17, Nov. 21, Dec. 19,  Jan. 16, Feb. 20). 





Friday, November 1, 2013


7:00 p.m.


Pot Luck Dinner

Please bring a food item to share.



Children are encouraged to wear their costumes!


 Click here to see the flyer.


Parking is free at the large condominium building at Clark & Benson (Quartet Copies).  However, to enter the facility you must insert a credit card.  The exit gate will be up after 9:00 p.m. and there should be no charge to your credit card.



Deacon Training
(For ordained acolytes and Altar servers) 
November 2nd 4-5 pm
December 7th 4-5 pm
January 4th 4-5 pm
February 1st 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 a lack of understanding. To make the most of the instruction, it is essential that you be present from the beginning of mass (10:00 am) when we explain the vestments worn by the celebrant priest.  


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

RSVP if you plan to attend by calling (847) 864-6263

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!



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


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November 28

December 4

December 6

December 7

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December 14

December 18

December 19
January 4

January 5

January 6

January 12

January 16

ACYOA Jr Retreat 

Madagh to celebrate the completion of the building reapairs

Fall Family Night

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)

Bible Study

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

Saturday Evening Service- Kirakamtits (5:00 pm) 

Eve of the Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Feast of the Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Blessing of the Water

Midday Hour (12:00 Noon) 


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.