This past Sunday, March 13, marked the end of the ACSA (Armenian Church’s Sports Association) Basketball season in a big way. The team, coached by Douglas and Andrew Martaian, displayed “tremendous determination and hustle” in an “exciting contest” against the formidable rival team from St. Leon. It was an intense match, with the score differential being tight through the end of the game. The St. Thomas team won with a score of 38 vs. 34.
Anyone who was at church this past Sunday was well aware of the magnetic smell of freshly baking choreg during the coffee social hour after Soorp Badarak! The students and teachers of the St. Thomas Sunday School were responsible for that lovely scent that undeniably brings us all back to the deepest of our Armenian roots during the season that we prepare for holy Easter. Whether we continue this tradition of making choreg in our homes today, or cherish the memories of elder family members who prepared this special sweet bread, we can be assured our children are being taught about these traditions and more in the St. Thomas Sunday School!
Another fabulous ‘Night at the Opera’ presentation by the Cultural Committe of St. Thomas was enjoyed this past Friday, March 11! Attendees watched the famous Armenian opera in high-definition, guided by Dr. Levon Capan. Anoush was the first opera to be inspired by Armenian folk music and culture, and is one of the most significant in Armenian musical history and theater. Please keep an eye out for two more presentations in the Night at the Opera series at St. Thomas, coming soon, in May and June!
As a very strong indication that our Armenian heritage is alive, well and growing stronger into the next generation, the Kirikian Armenian School experienced an avalanche of new registrants this year. All of these children are learning about their language, history, religion, heritage and culture. The Kirikian Armenian School of the St. Thomas Armenian Church is a successful indicator of the importance of keeping our children Armenian, instilling in them a love for their prized heritage.
On February 27, 2016, the sixth and seventh-grade bilingual students of the Kirikian Armenian School performed a play, thoughtfully written by our own Nazik Sesetyan, about the Vartanantz holiday. This was the last of a three-part celebration about Vartanantz thoughtfully prepared by the staff and students of the Kirikian School, and the celebration of the holiday concluded with enthusiasm!
Following the Divine Liturgy (Soorp Badarak) on Sunday, March 6, 2016, several dedicated members of St. Thomas Armenian church hosted the annual Lenten Luncheon. This luncheon was a wonderful opportunity for parishioners to support St. Thomas Church as well as enjoy some fellowship time together.
We announce with pleasure that the following Altar Servers will be elevated to the rank of Tbir of the Armenian Church by his Eminence, Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church in a 6:00 pm service on Saturday, March 19, 2016: Saro Tovmasian, Alex Giritlian, and Matthew Bourghol.
We announce with joy that Sub-Deacon Mark Bourghol will be elevated to the Diaconate of the Armenian Church by his Eminence, Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church during the Divine Liturgy (Soorp Badarak) on Palm Sunday, March 20, 2016.