ST. MARY ARMENIAN CHURCH 
SHNORHALI MONTHLY E-NEWSLETTER
MARCH 2021
Lenten Period

This year's theme of St. Mary Lenten Services and Presentations was "Seven Deadly Sins". Each Wednesday during the Lenten period parishioners gathered at the church and joined on St. Mary YouTube channel to worship together and participate in discussions and presentations. St. Mary's parishioners Eric Ashbaihian, Maggie Avedisian, Shoghik Sahakian, Ara Stepanyan, Dn. Mark Krikorian and Yn. Jennifer talked about Seven Deadly Sins during their presentations, they explained their effects and dangers on the life of the faithful and gave some helpful tips on how to resist those sins.
Women's Guild Mid Lenten Luncheon

On Sunday, March 14th, the Women’s Guild held its annual Mid-Lenten Luncheon in carry-out style. The vegetarian menu offered a delicious variety that appealed to many and proved to be a favorite. Once again, the event’s success would not have been possible without our generous donors, supporters and volunteers. The Women’s Guild is so very grateful for each and every individual who was involved in this luncheon.

Whether you were a donor, a supporter, a volunteer, or perhaps all three, we THANK YOU! 
Palm Sunday: The Doorway to Holy Week

On March 28, St. Mary Armenian Church celebrated Palm Sunday, the feast of Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem. 

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week- the sacred commemoration of the dramatic events leading to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, His victory over death, and the redemption of humanity and the fallen world. The Armenian Church re-enacts these episodes in the days leading up to Easter.

After a long absence due to the pandemic, it was nice to see a lot of parishioners coming back to church in person to worship.
Women's Guild Palm Sunday Bake Sale

The Women’s Guild held its annual Choreg and Bake Sale event on Palm Sunday, March 28th. Orders were purchased through the St. Mary Food Festival website through Saturday, March 27th. Anyone who missed the online ordering deadline was able to purchase the delicious baked goods in the church hall after church services. Thanks to the many talented bakers of the Women’s Guild, the event was nearly sold out by the end of the day. Once again, the Women’s Guild is very grateful to all who volunteered and donated to this very successful event. The Women’s Guild would also like to acknowledge and thank Classic Bakery for its very generous donation of the delicious Gata for this event. Classic Bakery has been donating to the Women’s Guild for years and we are so very thankful for their unending support.
Funeral

Dr. Tom Vahik Thomasian
February 24, 2021

He is survived by his beloved wife, Monique, and his four Children Julie, Robert, Armen, Helen; predeceased by his Brother Vazgen; also survived by his Sisters Helga & Haikouhi.

A prominent Surgeon who served The Washington Metropolitan community for over 40 years.

Anahid (Ani) Hagopian nee Tabibian
Wednesday, March 3, 2021

She is survived by her loving and adoring husband of 52 years, Haig Hagopian, and her two children, Raffi Hagopian and Rita Deurdulian and her husband Krikor and their two daughters Arev and Stephanie (Northern Virginia); her sister Olympia Jebejian nee Tabibian and her husband Shahe (NJ), her niece Maria Stepanian and husband Bryan and their children Robby and Arto (Connecticut) and nephew Sarkis Jebejian and wife Maral and their children Shahe and Katia (NJ). She was preceded in death by her brother Jivan Tabibian and will join him eternally in Khor Virap, Armenia.
Hokehankists - Requiem Services

March 7, 2021
For the Soul of:
Robert J. Riley(1 Year Anniversary)
Requested by:
Sandra Markarian Riley, and Mike and Amy Johnson, and Katie Riley, and grandchildren, Riley, Zachary, and Sophia Isabel.

For the Soul of: 
Araksi Tunc(40 day Anniversary)
Passed away in Vienna, Austria
Requested by:
Arto and Takouhi Haladjian and family

For the Souls of:
Matavous Shahverdian (40 Day Anniversary), Ratevous Shahverdian, Antanes Shahverdian, Tatevous Shahverdian, Nxshun Shahverdian, and Saghatel Shahverdian
Requested by:
 Shahverdian Family

March 14, 2021
For the Soul of:
Ohanes (Vanik) Gorjian(40-Day Anniversary)
Requested by:
his Wife Hermineh Seghmonian, Son Sarmen Gorjian, Daughter in Law Meghrik (Yenoki) Gorjian, Daughter Sevana (Owens) Gorjian, Son in Law Ronald Owens, Son Sarkis Gorjian.

For the Soul of:
Jack Andonian (29-year Anniversary)
Requested by:
Clara Andonian and family

For the Soul of:
Robert George (15-year Anniversary )
Requested by:
Doris George and family

For the Soul of:
Vagharshak Vartanian
(1- year Anniversary)
Requested by:
Vartan Vartanian and falmily

March 28, 2021
For the Soul of:
Arsen Kirakosian
Requested by:
Larisa Avetisyan and Hasmik Avetisyan

For the Soul of:
Needa Valizadeh( 3 Year Anniversary)
Requested by:
Daryush Valizadeh

May God rest their souls in peace and may His loving favor be with their loved ones. 
St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church 
Rev. Fr. Hovsep Karapetyan, Pastor
4125 Fessenden Street N.W, Washington, DC 20016 
202-363-1923 / www.stmaryaac.org