81st Annual Bazaar In This Issue
Harvest season is now upon us and with that we look forward 81st Annual Bazaar…………………………………...……………………. 1
to hosting another successful bazaar for our Church community. Holy Etchmiadzin News.……………………..………………………….. 2
We are always looking for ways to improve upon our success, and 60th Birthday of the Catholicos of All Armenians…………………… 2
Catholicos Receives Crew of “Armenia”……………………………… 2
this year is no different. We are making a couple changes that we The Ship “Armenia”………………………………………………………. 2
want to make you aware of. First off, in efforts to streamline our “Ministry of the Faithful” Archbishop Khajag Barsamian…………. 3
requests for support, we are dispensing with the Cash Raffle. We Ten Years After Sept. 11, 2001………………………………………….. 3
will still have the daily raffles throughout the bazaar but we will Publishing Information….……………………………………………….. 4
Parish Council Corner………………………………………………….... 4
not be mailing out tickets for a cash raffle. Our hope is that the Food Drive……………..…………………………………………………… 4
support derived from the raffle will be channeled to support two Our Pastor's Perspectives….…………………………………....….…... 5
key contributors to our bazaar success, namely our Wish List Church Name Day…………...…………………………………………….. 5
(Paros p.9) and our Sponsor Book (Paros p.14). Included in the Salute to Armenia……..…………………………………....…..…………. 6
Church Etiquette………………………………………………………….. 7
mailing is information about how you can support these two Dear Armenian Community of Rhode Island .....…...………………. 7
critical means of revenue. Important Armenian Church Websites………………………………... 7
Under the directorship of Laurie Onanian, we are enhancing 81st Annual Food Fair & Bazaar…..…………………………………… 8
our sponsor book so that it will serve as a resource book, Bazaar Wish List………………………………………………………….. 9
100th Anniversary Notice………………………………………………… 9
professionally printed and filled with important information about Dues/Stewardship…………………………………………………………. 9
our church, culture and community – in hopes of increasing its 100th Anniversary Stained Glass Window Project………………….. 9
value as a reference book that you will find helpful throughout the Saints Sahag and Mesrob Church Bazaar........................................ 9
year. Armenian School……………....…………………................................. 10
Bazaar Gift Certificates…..………………………………………………. 10
With your support and sponsorship, our book will include News From The Pews………..….……………………………………….. 10
many key points of information about our church and its 2011 Annual Picnic..………………………………………………………. 11
traditions, including such items as the Five Major Feast Days of Women's Guild Family Night …………………………………………… 12
the Armenian Church, a Brief History of our Patron Saints, our 17th Annual Children’s Talent Show………………………………….. 12
Listing of Clergymen 1945 – Present..………………...………………. 13
Church Organizations, area Armenian organizations, Armenian Bazaar Resource Book……………………………...………………....... 14
Recipes, along with business advertorials aimed to impart some Call for Photos……………………………..…………………………….... 14
helpful hints on a variety of topics. Included in this letter are Fr. Shnork's Mission Statement………………………………………... 14
some sponsorship examples, along with a sponsor request form. ACYOA………………………………………………………………………. 15
2011 Armenian Saints Softball Team……………………………….…. 15
We hope that you will support our bazaar in numerous ways,
Origin of Der Shnork Souin's last name ……………………………... 16
including donating to our Wish List and becoming a sponsor of Armenian Sports ...…..……………………………………………………. 16
the Saints Sahag & Mesrob Armenian Church Resource Book, in ACYOA Christmas With Onnik Danc…………………………………... 16
celebration of our 81st annual bazaar. With your help we will Love Thy Neighbor – Outreach…………………………………………. 16
Junior Choir/ Nazeli Dance Group Block Ialand Trip…………….… 17
surely reap a great harvest!
Ladies Aid Trip…………….………………………………………………. 17
God Bless you and your loved ones for all your participation Baptisms, Marriages, Funerals, Thank You, Apologies!................ 17
in the life of our Church. Outreach Trudeau Center……………………………………………….. 17
Saints Sahag and Mesrob Church will be hosting its 81st Membership / Stewardship………………………………………………. 18
Annual Bazaar on November 4th, 5th and 6th. Newsletter Committee……………….................................................. 19
Advertise in the Paros……………………………………………………. 19
Prayerfully, Reverend Father Shnork Souin Administrative Information………………………………………………. 19
Calendar of Events………………………………………………………... 20
1 January/February/March 2011 “Paros” Saints Sahag and Mesrob Church
Holy Etchmiadzin News
Pontifical Prayer on the Occasion of the 60th
Birthday of the Catholicos of All Armenians
giving them his blessings and appreciation. His Holiness
expressed his confidence that their accomplishments would be
highly appreciated and praised by the Armenian nation.
On behalf of the crew of the boat “Armenia”, Mr. Zori
Balayan extended his appreciation to the Armenian Pontiff for
On August 21, in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, His the warm reception.
Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All At the conclusion of the meeting the Catholicos of All
Armenians, presided over the celebration of Divine Liturgy, Armenians blessed the voyagers, who were kneeled before the
with the participation of Diocesan Primates of Armenia and Holy Altar of Descent in the Mother Cathedral, once again
Members of the Brotherhood of the Mother See. The celebrant wishing them success in their future journeys.
of the Liturgy was His Grace Bishop Anushavan Jamkochian,
Dean of the Mother Cathedral of St. Gregory the Illuminator
and Dean of the Theological Faculty of Yerevan State U.
Representing the members of the Brotherhood of Holy
Etchmiadzin and the faithful, Bishop Anushavan extended
congratulations with filial love and respect on the occasion of
the 60th birthday of the Armenian Pontiff, wishing him many
vibrant days of life and productive Pontifical service to
continue his Pastoral mission to lead the nation with success.
Following the sermon, there was a Pontifical Prayer for His
Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All
Armenians, offered by His Eminence Archbishop Pargev
Martirosian, Primate of the Diocese of Artsakh. The clergies
and faithful raised their prayers to Almighty God asking Him The Ship “Armenia”
to keep the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin unshaken, and The ship “Armenia” finished its round-the-world
protect her zealous and diligent Pontiff, granting him strength voyage: 42,000 sea miles across the Atlantic, Pacific and
and power to implement the God-pleasing projects of Church- Indian oceans.
building activities for the welfare of our Holy Church and the The talismans during the voyage were two containers
wellbeing of our faithful nation. with earth from Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh and a
At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, the Members of book with the names of 6,000 soldiers killed during the
the Brotherhood escorted His Holiness to the Pontifical Nagorno-Karabakh war.
Residence, where they congratulated the Catholicos of All One of the most remarkable adventures was the
Armenians and conveyed him their best wishes. erection of an Armenian cross at Cape Horn (Tierra del
Catholicos Receives Crew of “Armenia” Fuego, Chile) in the memory of all innocent victims in
the world. It was a dangerous undertaking as Cape Horn
On September 6, in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin,
is known for its stormy winds.
His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of
The crew collected lots of interesting footage that will
All Armenians, received the crew of the sailing boat
be compiled into a film.
“Armenia” led by the captain, writer and publicist, Mr. Zori
There were sections of the trip when the ship was
accompanied by military patrols as small ships are a
His Holiness noted with joy that their trip was a success.
good prey for pirates.
“We are aware of the happiness which you generate by your
The menu of the crew during the voyage was
visits to the Armenian communities, instilling a sense of pride
sandwiches, rice, macaroni and fish they caught.
to our offspring through your courageous acts. These The voyage ended with a ceremony in Cyprus, that
occasions inject new inspiration to the spirits of our sons and was attended by Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan.
daughters and gives them strength to continue their nation-
preserving activities”, the Armenian Pontiff stated in part, More news from the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin
can be found at: http://www.armenianchurch.org
2 “Paros” Saints Sahag and Mesrob Church July/August/September 2011
Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America
“Ministry of the Faithful”
I feel that this ministry is being performed whenever and
however you participate in church life. Perhaps you are a
member of the choir, or a deacon on the altar, or a teacher in
Sunday School or Armenian School. Perhaps you serve on the
Women's Guild, or another parish organization.
Or perhaps you are comforting a fellow parishioner in pain;
reaching out to a human being in need; or lending moral or
material support to others. Each of these is a service to our
Lord-an opportunity to participate in the Ministry of the
But in its broadest conception, the Ministry of the Faithful
is not limited to the family, the parish, or even of the church as
a whole. Indeed, your work as lay ministers of Christ can have
profound consequences for the entire society we inhabit.
Follow Him Still, it is in church, living and working side-by-side among
our fellow Armenian Christians, that we receive the
"Follow me," said our Lord Jesus Christ, "and I will make inspiration and strength to carry this ministry forward.
you fishers of men" (Mt 4:19). He spoke these words to the On Sunday, September 18, local parishes across our
simple fishermen whom he called to be his first disciples. But Diocese inaugurated this year's theme: "The Call to Serve:
his call to "Follow me" also had a broader audience, as the Ministry of the Faithful." I invite you to open yourselves to
evangelist Mark records: the call of our Lord in your everyday lives. I hope that all of
us, together, will come to a greater realization of the incredible
"Jesus called the people to him with his disciples, and said to potential of lay ministry. And I have faith that our Diocese,
them: ‘Whoever would come after me, let him deny himself and the Armenian Church overall, will grow stronger,
and take up his cross, and follow me'" (Mk 8:34). healthier, filled with greater creativity and inspiration, as we
attend to Christ's call: "Follow me."
Over and over again in the gospels, our Lord utters this call May God bless all our people, and may He grant us many
to people from every station in life. "Follow me" is Christ's occasions to serve Him, our society, and our fellow
invitation to join him, to become close to him, to walk in his countrymen, under the radiant beauty of the Armenian
footsteps—and thus to know him more intimately. heritage.
Life in the Armenian Church confirms the multi-faceted With prayers,
nature of Christ's call. Certainly, in our church, one kind of
call is associated with the priesthood, and there is a unique Archbishop Khajag Barsamian
ministry that goes with it. Primate
But Christ also calls in different ways to all his faithful
followers. Indeed, wearing the very name "Christian" means Ten Years After Sept. 11, 2001
that you are answering his call to "Follow me." It means that
On Sunday, September 11, 2011, the faithful of the Eastern
you are striving to live in daily imitation of our Lord's
Diocese of the Armenian Church of America joined our voices
example and spiritual message.
with millions of our fellow Americans—and with people
It means that, whether as a member of the clergy or the
around the world—to offer prayers on the 10th anniversary of
laity of the church, you are performing Christ's ministry on
the terrorist attacks on America.
Like so many others, with the approach of this milestone I
This idea of lay ministry—the "ministry of the faithful"—is
have tried to recollect what it was like on that day a full
the theme of our Diocese this year. Throughout the coming
decade ago. Americans of our generation have taken to
weeks and months, it will be the focus of our discussions and
greeting every 11th of September in the same way - and I
activities-from the Diocesan level to our local parishes and
imagine we will continue doing so for the remainder of our
Our theme is summed up in the title, "The Call to Serve:
I vividly recall the spontaneous gathering in the sanctuary
Ministry of the Faithful," and through it, with our Lord's
of St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral in New York City, on the
guidance, all of us as a Diocese will gain a deeper
afternoon of September 11, 2001. I recall looking out from
understanding of lay ministry: where it begins, where it leads,
the altar, and seeing all manner of people: familiar faces
and what it can mean for our church.
alongside new ones from off the street. A number of people
As ministers of our Lord, we are the lamp through which
had narrowly escaped the disaster zone, and bore traces of dust
the light of Christ shines on others, illuminating them to the
and debris from the collapsing Twin Towers. They had
presence of Christ in their lives. Through the power of the
instinctively come to a place of peace and prayer, like so many
Holy Spirit, the people to whom we minister can themselves
others in that great march northward through the city, which
become part of the Ministry of the Faithful.
choked the streets around us with the refugees from southern
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Although we did not know it at the time, three hours Parish Council Corner
earlier, in the very midst of the terrorist attacks, others had
followed the same instinct. On Flight 93, a young man facing Dear Fellow Parishioners,
what he knew to be the final minutes of his life, spoke on a It's been almost six months since I was blessed by having
cell-phone to a telephone operator he had never met. He asked been elected Chairman of the Parish Council. At that time, we
her to pray with him, and together they recited the 23rd Psalm. hit the ground running with many projects. Some of these had
Having uttered these words, Todd Beamer and the brave been discussed in the past, while others were new projects.
passengers on the doomed Flight 93 proceeded to take the First, I, along with the Parish Council would like to
plane back from the hijackers, de-railing the terrorists' plan, at formally welcome Der Shnork Souin and his family to our
the cost of their own lives. parish. We are pledged in supporting Der Hayr in his ministry,
This was only one of the many stories—heart-breaking and and wish Der Hayr and his family many years of success as
inspiring at the same time—which we learned in the aftermath they embark on their new journey to our parish.
of 9/11. Ten years later, those stories have become a part of When we were installed as the new council, it was brought
our national culture: a part of America's own story. Perhaps to our attention that Shake's house was in need of immediate
for that reason, the personal, human toll of that day has repairs. Within days of our election, we made the necessary
receded into the background: a part of history we all share, but improvements to Shake's house and completed those repairs.
take for granted. In the last couple of years, it was discovered the chandelier
But on this solemn, milestone anniversary let us promise in the sanctuary needed, but, was beyond repair. Funds were
never to forget these stories, or the people who lived them. Let budgeted in prior years to purchase a new chandelier, which
us never forget the families of those who lost loved ones in the we have now purchase and expect to have installed by the end
9/11 attacks—among them, people from our own community. of the year.
Our thoughts are with them, as with all who have suffered and In the past, there had been discussion about having
sacrificed in the long aftermath of that day. defibrillators on site for emergencies and I am pleased to
Let us vow that their examples, their sacrifices, have not report that we have now purchased two units and expect to
been made in vain; that each of us, to the best of our ability, complete training on their usage in the coming weeks.
will continue the struggle to preserve freedom, justice, and For many years, there has been discussion about improving
true peace against those who do not hold life sacred. And we the kitchen with upgrades to benefit all organizations. We
pray too that—should we ever face our own fateful hour— have begun the process by approving a pantry remodel, which
God will summon from us the same courage He drew from our we expect to happen after the holidays. This is will include
lost countrymen, on that terrible day ten years ago. new walls, shelving, utensils, cooking supplies, pots, pans and
Above all, as I search these ten-year-old memories, the more.
words of the 23rd Psalm impress themselves upon me, as they We have sent out two Membership Letters and have
did so powerfully on that day: already scheduled a third. We also have planned a
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. "membership call night", scheduled in November, for Parish
He makes me lie down in green pastures. Council and Delegates making calls to those still unpaid.
He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. We have not forgotten about our 100th anniversary, and
He leads me in the path of righteousness for his name's sake. plans are underway to get re-started.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, At the time of this writing, Der Hayr and the Parish
I fear no evil; for you are with me. Your rod and your staff, they Council have also had opened discussions on improving the
comfort me. facility; including Altar expansion, Sunday School classroom
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; upgrades, floor repair in the Egavian Hall, building a proper
You anoint my head with oil. My cup overflows. storage facility for our tables and chairs, and building better
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. storage for all church organizations.
And I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever. I am honored to work with such a talented group of Parish
(Psalm 23) Council members, which is simply an extension of the talented
May we all likewise dwell in our Lord's house, now and parishioners we are blessed to have. Each council member
always. May He keep watch over the souls He drew to His offers their Stewardship in the area they are best suited. I
kingdom on 9/11, and bestow His peace on their loved ones. thank each for the overwhelming support they have given me.
May He grant guidance to our leaders, and strengthen the There is so much more to do and by working together we
resolve of those who stand in defense of our country. And may will accomplish all our goals.
He always shed His shining grace on the United States of As always, feel free to contact me at anytime,
America. email@example.com, or at 401-578-5816.
Happy and Healthy Holidays to all-
Archbishop Khajag Barsamian
Primate Armen Janigian
Parish Council Chairman
Issued September 30th 2011
Published 4 times a year FOOD DRIVE
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70 Jefferson St, Providence, RI 02908-4923 at the elevator entrance
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Our Pastor's Perspectives
The Ministry of the Faithful pleasing and never to be done for the purpose of personal
Fr. Shnork Souin pride, glory or ego. One must never do God’s bidding in
But far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord expectation of nor for a desire of recognition from man but out
Jesus Christ. of love and service to God and His people. As Jesus so
Galatians 6:14-18 lovingly offered His very best upon the Cross, so too are we,
out of the same selfless love for Him and His Church, called to
offer our best to God.
The prophets and apostles speak of sacrifice and even
calling us to be a living sacrifice, offering ourselves to God.
This means that in the life of Christ and living under His
protection, love and nourishment, all that we are all that we do
is of Him, from Him and for Him. As He is eternally both
High Priest and Sacrifice, the One offering and the One
offered, then naturally we as His “spiritual” offspring and
heirs, are to be in some way also both “priest” and “sacrifice”.
Jesus is the fulfillment of the prophets, offering perfectly
what His predecessors gave in preparation of His perfect
Sacrifice. He valued the work of His forerunners and blessed
them. The lesson is that we too who do the work of God
according to our calling, regardless of where and how we
serve in the body of Christ, must be appreciative for all the
sacrifices of others and to value the work of our predecessors
always seeking to build upon the foundation of the past.
Every worker in the church is participating in Christ’s work
and he or she is a “lay minister”. The work is a spiritual
sacrifice and an offering to God on behalf of His church.
The theme for the year 2011, for the Armenian Church- Everything that we do in the church ought to be seen as self-
Eastern Diocese has been christened The Ministry of the sacrificial and to the glory of God. Any work done for self or
Faithful by our Primate Abp. Khajag Barsamian. The ministry for the glory of self or for anything other than to the Glory of
of the faithful is a call to all the children of the church to not God is vainglory and not pleasing to God.
only recognize but enact their “priestly” calling to serve the Whether you serve on the Altar, sing in the choir, serve on
Lord in all that they think, speak and do. By baptism, we are Parish Council, a subcommittee or help at the bazaar, serve at
after all, “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a the soup kitchen, make monetary donations or prepare food
people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the you are ministering to the church, you are exercising your
excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into his membership in the royal priesthood and demonstrating your
marvelous light” (1Peter 2:9). This means that everyone born love for Christ and offering “glory” to Him.
of the font of Baptism is without exception “ordained” to When St Paul says that “I Glory in nothing except in the
serve the church and as such has their ministry. This is what cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,” he is remembering that Christ
calling means, not just for the Priests at the Holy Altar but for is the life, hope and resurrection of the faithful. The Cross is
all the faithful. It is for this reason that we must understand the Beacon of Christ’s eternal Sacrifice and the light that
our calling and from whence it derives. illuminates the Ministry of the Faithful.
As children of the church we quickly and easily recognize
that our pastor is the priest and that it is his “job” to do the
“priestly” things in the church, but we are not always too keen
on recognizing that each of us has likewise been called and
“ordained” in baptism to serve God and to do the work of
Christ in our lives. In his letter to the Romans, St. Paul
teaches that the church is composed of many parts, yet
comprising ONE body and that “as in one body we have many
members, and the members do not all have the same function,
so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually
members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to
the grace given to us, let us use them:.” (12:4-6)
Our calling is an invitation from God to participate in His
work and to offer ourselves to Him and His church in all
things according to our gifts. All that we have is not only
from God but belongs to Him and is therefore to be offered
back to Him in sacrifice. The ministry and service of the
faithful including both clergy and laity is therefore God
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Salute to Armenia
September 10th, 2011
Armenia’s Birthday Cake David Ayriyan
Maestro Konstantin Petrossian, David Alexander Garen Nazarian
Ara Boghigian Armenian Ambassador to the UN
David Griego Kate Norigian Mher Saribekyan David Gevorkian
6 “Paros” Saints Sahag and Mesrob Church July/August/September 2011
In the Church, With the Church, After the Dear Armenian Community of Rhode Island
Church ... ~ Church Etiquette
On Saturday September 10th, 2011, nearly 1000 people
1. When you are attending the church service, let your apparel packed the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul
be appropriate and modest. Abstain from adornments and in celebration of Armenia’s 20th Anniversary of
flashy clothing which are not suitable in a church atmosphere, Independence. The event was titled Salute to Armenia in
where a spirit of concentration and meditation is required as a cooperation and with the support of the entire Armenian
precondition to participate in a communal prayer. Community of Rhode Island. The event was also made
2. As you enter the church, it is appropriate to cross yourself possible through the generosity of the Roman Catholic
. It is also an age long Armenian tradition, just as it is Diocese of Rhode Island and Bishop Tobin.
customary in Eastern Orthodox and Catholic churches too, to The event was an outstanding tribute and a glorious
light a candle as a way of placing yourself in a contemplative program of musical selections comprised of a talented array of
mood. The lighting of the candle is also a symbol of the performers from our Armenian community and guests of
sacrifice of the self and the radiance of Christian's love . Just international acclaim. The accompaniment of the Armenian
as the - candle burns and is consumed to spread light , so must Chorales of Rhode Island, comprised of members of the three
every Christian man and woman live to radiate love , light and area churches, and Greater Worcester shone more brilliantly
warmth . It is a genuine Armenian custom of piety to light the than the stars on the clear Saturday evening! The hard work
candle in front of an anointed picture of a Saint, to pose for a of the organizing committee, the co-chairs Maestro Konstantin
moment and breathe a prayer of self-dedication and to prepare Petrossian, Ara Boghigian and Aram G. Garabedian, the many
oneself spiritually to participate in the church service. sponsors of the event, Armenian community members and
3. All movements in the church, such as sitting, rising , organizations of Rhode Island as well as the hosts and
kneeling, bowing and walking should be done quietly and sponsors of the receptions, made this evening truly a proud
gracefully , with a thoughtful attitude . To talk, to attract and unforgettable Salute to Armenia.
others ' attention, to disturb the concentration of fellow The words of the Senator Whitehouse who strongly
worshippers with unnecessary motions are not permitted. supports the acknowledgments of the Genocide of 1.5 million
When in the church, we should feel and make others feel that Armenians at the hands of Turkey, the inspiring words of the
we are not in a common meeting hall, but in an environment Permanent Representative to the United Nations of the
which is sanctified by the presence of God. The church is a Republic of Armenia, His Excellency Garen Nazarian and the
house of prayer, a place of dwelling for God and a place of Mayors of the towns of Cranston and Warwick served a
penitence for men; in a word, it is a place of spiritual reminder that we not only survive, but that we will thrive not
purification. Our Lord said: “My house shall be called a house only here in Rhode Island but throughout the world. This
of prayer. " (Matt. 21:33.) event only makes us stronger and more determined as a
4. The congregation must participate softly in the singing of community and as a people.
those parts of the Divine Liturgy sung by the choir . They The enemies of Armenia and the Armenians have tried
should join in particularly when some of the more frequent over and over to conquer us, eliminate us, destroy our soul,
hymns (sharagans) are sung, without , however, disturbing the deny our destiny but our determination and faith has not only
musical harmony which, by itself, induces an elevating kept us but empowered us to strive to not only preserve our
atmosphere in the ritual of our church . That solemn identity but thrive as a people and nation in Armenia and in
atmosphere conducive to prayer, spiritual renewal and diaspora.
introspection should be maintained at all times. The solo parts What a great privilege that the event included the presence
of the Divine Liturgy should be listened to in perfect silence, of so many important and distinguished dignitaries, artists,
using those moments for meditation and self-searching. composers and clergy. I am so proud of this community that I
5. When the church service is over and the officiating priest have been called to serve. Please accept my thanks for your
pronounces the benediction of dismissal in these words: support, beneficence, presence and appreciation of such a
"Blessed be ye through the grace of the Holy Spirit and depart magnificent event. It was truly a Ministry of the Faithful.
in peace, and may the Lord Jesus be with you all, Amen. " the My final words of thanks and blessings are reserved for the
congregation should not rush out from their seats in disorder one and only Maestro Konstantin Petrossian without whose
causing congestion. Each person should remain in place a vision, outstanding work, organization, tireless efforts,
moment longer with concentrated thoughts , should cross professionalism and incomparable standards of quality and
himself or herself once again and after whispering a prayer of excellence this evening would in no way have been possible.
rededication should proceed out quietly, expressing the Maestro, Bravo! Tserkerut talar. God grant you many years
internal peace and happiness of knowing God and His Church. of tireless service to our community and church.
Fr. Shnork Souin Fr. Shnork Souin
Important Armenian Church Websites You Should Visit
http://www.armenianchurch.org – Holy Etchmiadzen
http://www.armenian-patriarchate.org/ - Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem
http://www.armenianchurch-ed.net/ - Eastern Diocese
http://www.stnersess.edu/ - Saint Nersess Armenian Seminary
http://www.acyoa.org/ - Armenian Church Youth Organization of America
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Armenian Food & Delicacies
Shish Kabob Tour shi Cheese Boer eg
Kufta Khema Cheor eg Yalanchi
Losh Kabab Ar menian Pastr ies Midia
Vosbov Kheyma Piaz Lahmajoon
Live Armenian Music
Daily Raffle Silent Auction Kids Games
Watch Football Fr iday Family Night
Resource Book Balloon Man Santa Visit
Kids Movies Ar ts & Cr afts J ewelr y
Scratch Ticket Raffle
Friday Night: Family Night
Featuring Kheyma, Tavloo Tournament
For the younger population…
Activities for children of all ages
For the football fans…
A football game viewing room will be open
on Saturday and Sunday with wait service!
Saints Sahag and Mesrob Armenian Church
81st Annual Food Fair & Bazaar
November 4th, 5th & 6th
Friday, 5 pm – 10 pm
Saturday, 11:30 am – 10pm
Sunday, Noon – 6 pm
70 Jefferson St
Providence, RI 02908
Cash, Check, Visa, Mastercard,
Discover and American Express Accepted
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Bazaar Wish List
The Bazaar Committee has established a ”Wish List” of Bazaar items. We are providing Parishioners with the opportunity to
make a donation towards an item or items of your liking. Supporters will be recognized in our Bazaar resource book available over
the weekend. Donations can be made toward specific items on a first come first serve basis. Please call the Church office @
401.272.7712 to make a donation or fill out the form below and mail (70 Jefferson St. Providence, RI 02908) with your check or
donate securely on-line @ www.ArmenianFoodFairRI.com.
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100th Anniversary 100th Anniversary Stained Glass Window Project
The Parish Council is extending an open invitation The Church has put together a committee to document the history
to community members to serve on the Saints of the beautiful stained glass windows in our church. The
Sahag and Mesrob Armenian Church Centennial committee is looking for any information parishioners may have on
Committee. This unprecedented undertaking will any of the windows. This information can be in the form of actual
require the help, support and talents of everyone. documents or word of mouth. Many of our families donated the
windows to the church, in the middle of last century, and we are
Please sign up for the committee by notifying the
looking for any relatives that have any information on them or
Church Office. parishioners that have any recollection of that time. The committee
is also looking for translators to translate the Armenian to English
found on each window and to translate Parish Council minutes and
You can now pay Dues/Stewardship on-line at: Parish documents we have found in the archives. The committee
http://www.stsahmes.org/ has also taken it upon itself to organize the archives for use by
future generations. Any and all volunteers are welcome. Please
Just select Dues/Stewardship from the menu contact Martha Jamgochian at firstname.lastname@example.org
Save these dates, you don’t want to miss the…..
Saints Sahag and Mesrob Church Bazaar
November 4th, 5th and 6 th
July/August/September 2011 “Paros” Saints Sahag and Mesrob Church 9
Armenian School News from the Pews
A Great Beginning
The Saints Sahag and Mesrob Armenian School year began
with amazing enthusiasm by Students, their families, the
school faculty and their new Der Hayr on Tuesday, September
The Armenian School classrooms and assembly area began
buzzing with activity at 5:30 as students arrived ready for a
new year of Armenian Studies. The Christian fellowship as the
students and faculty met with one another for the first time
since May was simply joyous.
Der Shnork Souin began the opening of the school year
with a prayer for all the students and community, praying for
their Divine protection, the learning of their language and
heritage and the answering to their prayers.
Der Hayr discussed how wonderful it is to learn the Fr. Shnork Souin new pastor celebrates first Badarak 7/5/11
Many students showed their enthusiasm for traveling to
Armenia one day and Der Hayr said what a great way it is to
prepare for such a journey by learning Armenian. Also, he
expressed, it is a great way to understand the Holy Badarak
celebrated each week on Sunday.
The students were still visibly very proud of their
accomplishments from last year and were looking forward to
learning more in the year ahead. The Armenian School has
grown again this year adding one more children’s class and
another adult class. Classes are held on Tuesday evenings
from 6:00 – 7:45.
During the school assembly time, Deacon Hagop
Ghajanian, the school’s superintendent talked about the five
major feast days of the Armenian Church and most notably the
Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross which was
celebrated on Sunday, September 11. The discussion of how
the cross is now the symbol of Christ’s victory over death and Choir party hosted by Steven & Joanne Zaroogian on 8/13/11
the Armenian church tradition of blessing the four corners of
the world on Feast days was participated in by all the students.
A wonderful start to the new school year.
May God bless all our students and faculty!
……………………………………………..Lisa M. Surmeian
SAINTS SAHAG & MESROB ARMENIAN CHURCH
81st ANNUAL FOOD FAIR & BAZAAR
November 4, 5, and 6, 2011
This year we are offering Gift Certificates that can be used at Seniors group with Der Shnork
the bazaar and food fair!
Quantity: _____________ Value: _______________
Phone Number: ___________ Email ____________________
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Please make checks payable to Saints Sahag & Mesrob
Armenian Church. 70 Jefferson St., Providence, RI 02908
You can also pay by credit card online
@ www.stsahmes.org or by phone @ 401-272-7712
Der Souin visited Capital Ridge Assisted living where he
conducted service and offered Holy Communion.
10 “Paros” Saints Sahag and Mesrob Church July/August/September 2011
2011 Annual Picnic
The Master Grill Team Paul Kazarian Sr., Paul Kazarian Jr., Eddy Seropian
Zita Butler, Ann Ayrassian, Nathalie Yaghoobian The place was packed!
Linda Grant, Martin Mahdesyan, Lindsay Grant Happy Dancers
In The Eye of The Storm
With Hurricane Irene bearing down on the East Coast on Sunday, August 27th, Saints Sahag and Mesrob Church held its annual
picnic. With two days to go, the picnic committee canceled the tents, moved the picnic in-doors, changed the picnic to one day and
prayed for the best. Well it worked! The Parish had one of the most successful picnics in the Church’s history!
It is all thanks to YOU!
The Picnic Committee wants to thank EVERYONE involved with the picnic for making it great successes.
July/August/September 2011 “Paros” Saints Sahag and Mesrob Church 11
Women's Guild Family Night July 15, 2011 17th Annual Children’s Talent Show
If you think “America’s Got Talent” then you should have
been in Providence, RI for the 17th Annual Children’s Talent
Show sponsored by the Cultural Committee of Sts. Sahag &
Mesrob Armenian Church on Saturday evening June 4th.
Maestro Konstantin Petrossian, Director of the Cultural
Committee has been the guiding force of the Talent Show,
with Irene Eranosian as Chairperson for seventeen years.
Plans are already underway for the 18th season.
Many of the more than forty performers are students in the
Cultural Committee’s Arts Education Program, which is open
to all youngsters in the Greater Providence area. It offers
classes in art, music, song, and dance. Janna Guegamian has
chaired this unique program since its inception 17 years ago.
Many of the students are multi-talented, performing on two or
Joyce Avedisian welcomes Der Souin more musical instruments as well as participating in song and
The appreciative audience listened to guitar solos and
ensemble, violin, flute, clarinet, piano and the Junior Choir
under the direction of Maestro. The Nazeli Dance Group,
both children’s and junior groups, dressed in beautiful colorful
costumes delighted the crowd with their authentic Armenian
dances, choreographed by the teachers Lusine Ovanesyan and
A stunning Art Exhibition of the talented students enrolled
in painting, drawing and sculpture was displayed in the
Egavian Cultural Center. Ann Ovanesyan is the teacher.
Other teachers in the Arts Education Program are Oxana
Izyumoff, Piano; Nana Gazaryan, Piano; Vahan Grigorian,
Guitar; Meghan O’Connor, Violin; David Griego, Flute; and
Apkar Lefian teaches Clarinet.
In addition to teachers in the Arts Education Program,
private teachers are also invited to have their students perform
in the Talent Show. Piano teachers Aurora Emdjian and
Rouzan Gevorkian had several students playing the piano
At the close of the evening the Rev. Fr. Gomidas
Baghsarian, of Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Church, Providence,
complimented Maestro Konstantin Petrossian, Janna
Guegamian and Irene Eranosian for another successful Talent
Show for and for giving the opportunity for our youngsters to
showcase their talents.
A reception was held in the Hanoian Hall hosted by the
members of the Cultural Committee.
Marilyn J. Woloohojian
Jack calling the numbers for BINGO
The Nazeli Dance Group
Der Souin with cake made by Cynthia Samoorian
12 “Paros” Saints Sahag and Mesrob Church July/August/September 2011
Sts Sahag and Mesrob Armenian Church Listing of Clergymen 1945 - Present
Thanks to Deacon Allan Yeghia Jendian, Fresno, CA for his help with the information/photos used on this page.
Very Reverend Krikor
1946-1947 1947-1950 Left Clerical Order
1945 Reverend Shahe
Very Reverend Issahag Reverend Vahan Jelalian
Very Reverend Ghevont Altounian
1918:1985 Ordained 1935
1895:1958 Ordained 1948
Left Clerical Order 1948 Ordained 1941
1958-1980 Very Reverend Vazken 1985-1993 1994-1997
1983-1985 Very Reverend
Reverend Haik Donikian Keshishian Very Reverend Shnork Very Reverend Baret
1919:2007 1935:1990 Yeretzian Ghevont Samoorian
Ordained 1957 Ordained 1959 1929:Retired 1946:Retired
Primate, Canadian Ordained 1966 Ordained 1965
2004-Feb. 2009 Feb. 2009-Feb. 2010
1998-1999 1999-2001 2001-2003 Interim Pastor
Reverend Haik Donikian Reverend Tateos Very Reverend Shnork Very Reverend Simeon
Odabashian Reverend Sahak M.
1919:2007 Abdalian Kasparian
Ordained 1957 1947: 1929:Retired
Ordained 1996 1962:
Ordained 1984 Ordained 1961 Ordained 1993
Three of our native sons have been ordained to the priesthood
Feb. 2010-Jan. 2011 July 2011-Present
Very Reverend Fr. Reverend Fr. Reverend Fr. Kapriel
Very Reverend Simeon Reverend Shnork Souin
Houssig Bagdasian Mardiros Chevian Mouradjian
(1934-2004) Ordained 1985 Ordained 2005
1962: Ordained 1994 Named Dean of St. Vartan Pastor, Church of the
Ordained 1996 Ordained Bishop in Cathedral in 1994 Holy Resurrection
Appointed to Vicar Armenia in 1992
July/August/September 2011 “Paros” Saints Sahag and Mesrob Church 13
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!
SAINTS SAHAG & MESROB ARMENIAN CHURCH
70 Jefferson St., Providence, RI 02908 (401-272-7712)
81st ANNUAL FOOD FAIR & BAZAAR
Egavian Cultural Center - November 4th, 5th, and 6th, 2011
(Formerly the Sponsor Book)
Under the directorship of Laurie Onanian, we are enhancing our sponsor book so that it will serve as a resource book,
professionally printed and filled with important information about our church, culture and community – in hopes of
increasing its value as a reference book that you will find helpful throughout the year.
With your support and sponsorship, our book will include many key points of information about our church and its
traditions, including such items as the Five Major Feast Days of the Armenian Church, a Brief History of our Patron Saints,
our Church Organizations, area Armenian organizations, Armenian Recipes, along with business advertorials aimed to
impart some helpful hints on a variety of topics.
The Resource Book is an important part of our success for the Bazaar. Please consider supporting the Bazaar by becoming
a sponsor. Kindly fill out and return the section below by October 17, 2011.
Include me in the newly revamped Sponsor/Resource Book!
My donation for the Resource Book (check one):
$250 Full Page Color Sponsor $125 Full Page B&W Spo
$50 Silver Sponsor
$100 Gold Sponsor $25 Bronze Sponsor $15 Supporter
Name to be listed (Please Print Clearly) Copy to read:
For Business & Display ads please provide electronic artwork.
Should you have any questions, please call Laurie Onanian at 401-787-0493.
Your (Business) Name & Address: ______________________________________________________________________________
Email & Phone Number: ______________________________________________________________________________________
MC _____ VISA_____DISCOVER_____AE_____ Credit Card Number_____ _____ _____ _____ Exp Date_____ /______
Please make checks payable to Sts. Sahag & Mesrob Armenian Church.
You can also pay by credit card online @ www.stsahmes.org or by phone @ 401-272-7712
Call for photos!
The Parish is looking for old photos for the website and
"Paros". Anything historical having to do with the Parish,
Church Building, original stained glass windows or Armenian
community in Providence.. We are especially in need of old
photos of the Sanctuary.
We are also looking for photos of the following past Clergy:
Very Reverend Mesrob Maksoudian 1904
Reverend Sahag Minassian 1904
Reverend Avedis Shaghoian 1904
Reverend Levont Bahlavouhni 1907
Reverend Tavit der Avedisian 1907-1909
Reverend Serovpe Nershabouh 1910-1911
Reverend Tavit der Avedisian 1919-1921 Fr. Shnork's Mission Statement
Reverend Zkon Charkoogian 1936-1938 My mission is to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ
Very Reverend Krikor Voskanian 1950 according to the holy apostolic teaching, practice and
If you can help contact email@example.com / 401-272-7712 doctrine of the Armenian Church in order to equip the
Your photos will be scanned and immediately returned. parishioners of Saints Sahag and Mesrob Armenian Church
Help us Celebrate the Parish 100 year anniversary! with faith, hope and love, to live and to serve as members of
His Church in a wholesome Armenian Christian Family..
14 “Paros” Saints Sahag and Mesrob Church July/August/September 2011
The softball team of men from Sts. Sahag and Mesrob and
Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Churches had a great 2011 summer
season in the Christian Softball Association. The team is made
up of 16 Christian men -almost all are Armenian with a few
outreach players who are longtime friends of the Armenian
The team secured an 11-5 record after a 2-4 start. The
team earned a first round bye and was the #3 Seed in the
playoffs held on August 12, 13 and 15th. The team achieved
its highest win total in the CSA and matched its best finish in
The team opened up against Community Covenant
Church of Rehoboth and struggled early on. The game was
tied after 3 ½ innings at 6; but, the Saints exploded for 12 runs
ACYOA Jrs Bowling with, Fr. Shnork Souin in the bottom of the 4th and cruised to a 24-8 win.
The Saints then played Christian Hill Church of West
Warwick – a team the Saints had never beaten before this
year. The Saints beat Christian Hill earlier in the season 14-3,
but, this playoff game would be one for the ages. The Saints
blew the game open early on and led 20-11, but, CH chipped
away. The #2 seed in the season was 12-4 in the regular
season and led the league in offense. The Saints up 24-15
going in the last of the 7th, Christian Hill awoke and scored 5
runs with no one out. After the loading the bases with 1 out,
Christian Hill cut the lead to 2 runs with an RBI double and
now the tying run was on second. The Saints closed the door
with incredible defensive plays by Steve Markarian (basket
catch over his shoulder in fair territory over first base) and a
The beach with the ACYOA! catch at the left center field fence by Rob Zorian finished over
a 2 hour marathon. The Saints won 24-22 and advanced to the
2011 Armenian Saints Softball Team winners’ bracket finals against Praise Tabernacle of Cranston
(16-0 in the regular season).
The Saints’ bats, coming off of 48 runs in 2 games, were
only able to muster 1 run and lost 13-1. The Saints then moved
to the finals of the losers’ bracket against Faith Tabernacle
Church. The teams split in the regular season (losing 17-16
and winning 15-3), but, this game was another gem. The
Saints were down to their last out in the Top of the 7th, and
exploded for 5 runs to take a 10-7 lead. The opponents loaded
the bases with no one out and scored 2 runs on an outfield
single. After a long fly ball and intentional walk, Faith had 1
out and bases loaded once again. Faith brought up their best
hitter and he hit into a game ending double play which
propelled the Saints to the finals.
The Saints again played Praise Tabernacle for the finals
and dropped a 21-6 game. The Saints fought hard and stopped
hitting in the most crucial games, but, a 2nd place finish for
the men from the two Armenian Churches was victory
enough. Thanks for the fan support during the season and we
hope to see you at Atwood Avenue field in Cranston for Fall
Ball. The team (2-4) is now playing, mostly against travel
teams, and is fairing quite well given the fact that the Saints
have given away a few close games.
Follow us on Facebook for game times @ Armenian
Armenian Saints Softball
July/August/September 2011 “Paros” Saints Sahag and Mesrob Church 15
The Etymology, and Origin of Der Shnork
Souin's last name.
Many people have asked Fr. Souin why he doesn't bear a
name with the familiar "ian".
The name Souin (actual Armenian pronunciation being
Su-veen ) is in fact an Armenian word which means
"bayonet". In its original form, going back 3 generations, the
family name was Sungujian. The word Sungu in Turkish
likewise means "bayonet". In Constantinople, prior to the
outbreak of WWI and the Genocide, Fr. Souin's great-
grandfather, a patriot and quite fed up with Turkish oppression
of the Armenians, decided to adopt the "Armenianized"
version of the family name and simply went by Sarkis Souin.
At that time, Sarkis (Souin) Sungujian, was a representative of
the Armenian Patriarchate, and received threats and warnings
by the Turkish authorities for his "disrespect" of the Turkish
nation and peoples, the basis of modern Turkish laws which in
prohibiting free speech, make it illegal to do or say anything
which the government considers anti Turkish.
Fr. Souin's great grandfather, Sarkis Sungujian Souin,
being a prominent leader in the Armenian community at the
onset of the Genocide, therefore was hanged on April 24th,
1915 along with over 200 intellectuals of the
Constantinopolitan Armenian community.
Following his "escape" from Turkey, Fr. Souin's
grandfather, and only son of Sarkis and Anna "Souin" entered
France with a visa that read Hagop Souine. Finally entering
Canada, having the "e" dropped from the francophone
spelling, he landed as Hagop Souin, never again to use the
official or legal name Sungujian. Of course once in Canada,
the suffix "ian" identifying the family lineage was never
added. Having discussed this with his father and his children,
the addition now of the "ian" to better identify us as Armenian
with a spelling of "Souinian" would be cumbersome having 5 Love Thy Neighbor - Outreach
vowels. He along with his father before him believe that a
true Armenian word like Souin and the history of their
greandfather's pride and patriotism as well as martyrdom, is
better than a Turkified name with a token "ian" added to it.
Why the family bears the name Sungujian in the first
place is not clear to Fr. Souin but it is believed that an ancestor
was most probably a swordsmith. Fr. Shnork Souin
Armenian boxers get safety guarantee for Baku
–hosted World Championships
On September 22 though October 10, Baku, Azerbaijan
will be hosting AIBA World Boxing Championships.
Armenian team, coached by Rafael Mehrabyan will be
leaving for Azerbaijani capital on September 21.
As Mehrabyan noted in a conversation with a
PanARMENIAN.Net reporter, Azerbaijan guaranteed the On Monday, September 19 our parish volunteered at the
boxers' safety to Armenian Boxing Federation. Mary House Meal Kitchen. 8 Parishioners meet in the
The team's in a good physical shape and will perform to the basement at St. Patrick's on Smith Street to help serve meals to
best of its abilities,” the coach said. the needy in the area.
Armenia's line-up for Boxing Championships is as follows: Please consider joining us the next time we reach out to
Hovhannes Danielyan, Hovhannes Bochkov, Vladimir the needy of our community. Look in the bulletin for the next
Sarukhanyan, Hrachik Javahyan, Samvel Matevosyan, scheduled date.
Andranik Hakobyan, Artur Khachartyan and Armen Simonyan
Winners of 1-8 places at AIBA World Boxing 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of
Championships will qualify for Olympics. these brothers of mine, you did for me.' (Matthew 25:40)
16 “Paros” Saints Sahag and Mesrob Church July/August/September 2011
Junior Choir & Nazeli Dance Group's
Block Island Trip
The Junior Choir & Nazeli Dance Group enjoyed a summer
outing on Block Island on August 6. Organized by Maestro
Konstantin Petrossian, and Janna Guegamian, the outing was
intended to strengthen the bonds among the girls in the group
and to celebrate another successful year.
The dance group members gathered at Point Judith, on the
southern tip of Rhode Island, to catch a morning ferry to
Block Island. The girls were also accompanied by several
parents, as well as by dance directors Lusine Ovanesyan and
Narine Amroyan. After disembarking from the ferry, the girls
headed for the beach to enjoy the water. Early in the
afternoon, they gathered for a lunch of pizza and salad at a
local restaurant. The rest of the afternoon was filled with more
beach time and exploration of the island. By the time the
group boarded the ferry for the return trip to Point Judith, all
were in agreement that they had spent a special day together.
After a summer break, the Nazeli Dance Group & Junior
Choir began practice for the 2011-12 season on September 23.
The group meets on Friday evening and is open to all girls
with an interest in learning traditional Armenian dance, song
and spiritual music. By Anais Malkasian.
Thomas Benjamin Moore, son of Richard L. and Karen Marian Koshgarian (Died 7/1/2011)
(Ventrone) Moore was Baptized on August 13, 2011. The Robert H. Janigian, Sr. (Died 7/2/2011)
Godparents are Shant Paklaian and Leah Paliotta. Mary Serabian (Died 7/25/2011)
Elizabeth Sarkisian (Died 8/15/2011)
Didiane Elizabeth Donabedian, daughter of David H. and Armand Suvajian (Died 8/19/2011)
Elizabeth (Reilly) Donabedian, was Baptized on September John Z. Daniels (Died 9/3/2011)
10, 2011. The Godparents are Christopher Reilly and Charles S. Klanian, Sr. (Died 9/7/2011)
Suzette Donabedian Wambolt. Elinor C. Daniels (Died 9/21/2011)
May these children be raised in the love and care of the Lord. Expressions of sympathy and prayers are extended to the
families, that their loved ones may be at peace in the care of
MARRIAGES the Lord.
Rai Preet Singh and Danielle Marie Daglieri were crowned
in Holy Matrimony on August 21, 2011. Thank you
Sue Ayrassian for your donation to the "Paros"
Ronald E. Aldana and Yelena Adlaryan were crowned in
Holy Matrimony on September 3, 2011. Outreach
The Paros is folded, tabbed, and
Michael S. Masoian, Jr. and Brandy McKenzie were labeled by the….
crowned in Holy Matrimony on September 17, 2011.
Best wishes and prayers are extended to the couples for a long ….as part of their pre-employment
and happy life together. skills training for adults
July/August/September 2011 “Paros” Saints Sahag and Mesrob Church 17
Membership / Stewardship Have You Paid Your 2011
Let’s Start Building Our Future! Become a member Membership?
and/or a steward of Saints Sahag and Mesrob Armenian If you have not paid your dues for 2011,
Church of Providence, RI. please complete the form below and send your
It only takes a few minutes to complete the Membership donation to the church office.
form and $175.00 ($125.00 for students and senior Now you can pay your membership and/or
citizens) to become dues paying member of Saints Sahag
stewardship with your MasterCard or Visa
and Mesrob Church of Providence.
While many churches of other faiths use the method of 2011 Membership Application Saints Sahag
tithing, Saints Sahag and Mesrob Church simply asks a and Mesrob Armenian Church of Providence,
minimum fixed amount to be a dues paying member of RI
the church, and that amount is $175.00. That’s only I/WE would like to be year 2011 dues-paying
$3.37 a week! Membership for senior citizens and
member(s) of Saints Sahag and Mesrob
students is even less $125.00 a year or $2.40 per week.
Please fill out the form, print it out and mail it, along
Amenian Church of Providence.
with a check (unless you choose to use your credit card), ($175.00 per person, seniors/students $125.00)
to the church office:
Members #1 Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms:
Please mail this completed form and
payment information to the church _______________________________________
office: Members #2 Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms:
Saints Sahag and Mesrob Church _______________________________________
70 Jefferson Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02908 Address:
You can now pay Dues/Stewardship on-line at:
Just select Dues/Stewardship from the menu
City: ______________________ State: ______
The logo depicting a stylized Phone: (______) _________________________
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threefold elements of Email: _________________________________
stewardship was created by
Fr. Shnork Souin, showing Check enclosed
that all 3 elements are Charge my MasterCard/Visa/Discover/AE
required of the life inChrist.
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Treasure, are the building blocks of your commitment to the
church. By your membership you are an architect in the life (Membership and/or Stewardship donations are tax
and building of the church and community
Your dues are not only essential, but facilitate the For Office Use Only:
realization of the day to day operations of the mission of
Saints Sahag and Mesrob Armenian Church. In conjunction Account No(s): ________________________________________
with your dues, your annual stewardship pledge is a way to
express support of, involvement in and concern for the welfare Date Received: ____________ Amount Received: ___________
and growth of our church with her many ministries offered.
As you are aware, we are nearing the end of our 2011 Check # __________________ Amount: ___________________
calendar year and need to make the necessary provisions for
the closing of the books.
We kindly ask that you that you fulfill your dues and
stewardship pledges now.
18 “Paros” Saints Sahag and Mesrob Church July/August/September 2011
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Pastor Advisors Organizations Cultural Committee
Rev. Fr. Shnork Souin, Leonard J Arzoomanian ACYOA Konstantin Petrossian
401-272-7712 Home 401-349-0813 Stephen Megrdichian Home 401-861-3573
email@example.com Arzoo623@cox.net Home 401-464-9004 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Fran Armstrong, 401-272-7712 Home 944-2211 Arts Education Program George Chakoian
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Chairperson Home 861-2064 Petroskon@aol.com Memorial Dinner Committee
Armen Janigian email@example.com Altar Guild Sonya Taraian
Home 353-0351 Paul Surabian Ann Ayrassian Home 508-761-4600
Cell 578-5816 Home 884-1181 Home 401-272-4743 firstname.lastname@example.org
email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Newsletter
Vice Chairperson Sonya Taraian Bazaar Committee Leonard J Arzoomanian,
Hermond Ghazarian Home 508-761-4600 Call Church Office Home 401-349-0813
Home 821-2549 firstname.lastname@example.org Home 401-272-7712 Arzoo623@cox.net
Cell 487-9022 Ladies Aid
email@example.com Diocesan Delegates Building Rentals
Ann Ayrassian Ara Boghigian Doris Avedisian
Secretary Home 401-272-4743 Home 944-2211 Home 401-353-1039
Jason Martiesian firstname.lastname@example.org Boghigian@hotmail.com Senior Citizens
Home 401-455-3975 Peter Jamgochian
email@example.com Stephen Megrdichian Choir & Junior Choir
Home 401-464-9004 Konstantin Petrossian Home 401-739-3866
Assistant Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org Home 401-861-3573 Sports Committee
David Griego email@example.com Terrance Martiesian
Cell 401-338-8049 Stephanie Masoian
Home 467-6202 Church Library 401-272-0269
firstname.lastname@example.org Hosanna Derderian
Treasurer email@example.com Membership/Stewardship
Steven Zaroogian Gary Taraian
Home 508-761-4600 Sunday School To Be Announced
Szaroogian@markarian- firstname.lastname@example.org Debbie Onanian Women’s Guild
meehan.com Hagop Ghajanian Home 401-615-5583 Melanie Krikorian
Home 401-467-2582 email@example.com 401-353-4519
Stephen Megrdichian firstname.lastname@example.org Armenian Language School Men's Club
Home 401-464-9004 Hagop Ghajanian Armen Janigian
Spmeg77@cox.net Home 401-467-2582 401-353-0351
July/August/September 2011 “Paros” Saints Sahag and Mesrob Church 19
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
1 Arts Education Program begins, 10 am
1 Cultural Committee - Musical Extravaganza
3 Senior Citizens, 10am
3 NO Church History Class, 7 pm
4 Acolyte Training, 5-6 p.m.
4 Armenian Language School, 6 pm
7 Bible Study with Der Shnork 2:00-3:00pm
7 Nazeli Dance Group, 6 p.m., Jr. Choir 7:30 pm
8 Arts Education, 10 am OCTOBER (Continued)
10 Holiday, Office Closed 23 Nazeli Dance Group starts at 6 pm
10 Church History Class, 7 pm 24 Senior Citizens, 10 am
11 Senior Citizens, 10 am
24 Church History Class, 7 pm
11 Armenian Language School, 6 pm
11 Parish Council Meeting, 7 pm 25 Armenian Language School, 6 pm
13 Women’s Guild Manti Night - Demo & Dinner 25 Parish Council, 7:00pm
14 Ladies Aid St. James Church Bazaar/Watertown shopping r 27 Safe Driving Course by AARP 10 a.m. - 2:30 pm
14 Bible Study with Der Shnork 2:00-3:00pm 28 Bible Study with Der Shnork 2:00-3:00pm
14 Nazeli Dance Group, 6 pm., Jr. Choir 7:30 pm
28 Nazeli Dance Group, 6 pm
15 Arts Education, 10 am
16 Church Name Day & Parishioner of the Year Event 28 Junior. Choir 7:30 pm
17 Senior Citizens, 10 am 29 Arts Education, 10 am
17 Church History Class, 7 pm 31 Senior Citizens, 10 am
18 Acolyte Training, 5-6 p.m. NOVEMBER
18 Armenian Language School, 6 pm
4 No Bible Study
19 Choir Rehearsal, 7 pm
4-5-6 Annual Church Bazaar
21 Bible Study with Der Shnork 2:00-3:00pm
11 No Bible Study
21 Nazeli Dance Group 6 p.m., Jr. Choir 7:30 pm
11 Veterans Day Observance, Vet Cemetery, Exeter, 10 am
22 Arts Education, 10am