Joetta Kalakian Malkassian passed away in Palo Alto, California on February 26, 2013.
With spiritual joy we announce that on Wednesday, February 13, the first Lenten Meditation or Hesgoom of the 2013 Great Lenten season was performed at St. John Armenian Church. With many faithful in attendance, Fr. Mesrop began the service by explaining that this year's vigils were being called meditations in order to remind us that Lent is a time for meditation, when we can focus our thoughts on God, and strip away unnecessary things. This is healthy, and spiritually rejuvenating.
In Armenian this dish is called: Bughbeghov yev Sokhov Tutoom¼ cup olive oil 2 onions, sliced in ¼ -inch rounds 1 ¼ pounds small zucchini cut into ¼-inch rounds(there should be about 4 cups) 1 pepper (red or green, or ½ of each), cut into strips 1 14-ounce can Italian-style plum tomatoes ½ teaspoon crushed, dried basil ¼ teaspoon crushed, dried mint leaves Salt and pepper to taste
On Saturday, February 6, members of Armenian Church Youth Organization of St. John, San Francisco volunteered at Martin De Porres Soup Kitchen. The leader of this inspirational day was Sub-Deacon Arto Bedikian. The day began with our youth cutting desserts in preparation for serving. Then, we spread out into different groups and helped to prepare food, serving, collecting dishes, and cleaning dishes. Overall, this was a enriching and important day as our youth were able to assist those who are destitute in our greater community of San Francisco.
Wednesday January 16, Fr. Mesrop held a Bible Study Session with the San Francisco group at the home of Mr. and Mrs. David and Marina Israelyan, and on Tuesday, January 22, with the Peninsula group at the home of Dn. and Mrs. Sarkis and Hera Kestekyan, there were more then 15 participants in each session that received spiritual nourishment, and why not had fun after Bible Study. We thank the Israelyan and Kestekyan families for opening their doors.
Enjoy this thoughtful reflection on the Armenian Church's relationship with Great Lent, which has evolved over the centuries. The 40 Days of Great Lent following this Sunday's Divine Liturgy.
On January 24, 2013 Blanche Srabian passed away peacefully, a day after her 89th birthday. The funeral services will be held on Friday, February 1, 2013, at 10:15am at Cypress Lawn Funeral Home officiated by Fr. Mesrop Ash. A memorial luncheon will follow the Burial Rite.
May God Rest her soul.
On Sunday, January 27, 2013 the Feast of St. Sarkis the Warrior was commemorated, and was Youth day at St. John Church. Fr. Mesrop Ash invited the youth for a special service and blessing and delivered a special message, he talked about who St. Sarkis was and what was his role in the Armenian Church.
A special message was offered for youth of all ages about the role of social networks in our lives, such as Facebook.
St. John Ladies Society held its annual Christmas Luncheon/Meeting on December 1, 2012. A delicious gourmet luncheon was hosted and prepared by Linda Lester and Marietta Nichols.
The following are the members of the 2013 Executive Board: Linda Lester and Anoush Maghdissian Co-Chair, Cecelia Baloian, Marietta Nichols, Arlene Barber, Helen Manougian, Yer. Annie Ash, Millie Sheehy and Isabelle Dokouzian.
On January 3, the first meeting of the ACYO Core Group was held in the private residence of Fr. Mesrop and Yn. Annie. Present were 6 of our parish's talented youth. The purpose of this fun and productive meeting was to brainstorm new ways of growing St. John's youth ministry. Some of the activities which they have put on the calendar include: