Yettem, California          Celebrating Over 100 Years!

    Feast of the Assumption of St. Mary Held on August 17th         

On Sunday, august 17, 2014, the Armenian apostolic church celebrated the feast of the assumption of the holy mother of god. the feast of the assumption is a non-variable commemoration and the oldest of all those dedicated to St. Mary. the Armenian Church celebrates this feast day on the nearest Sunday to august 15, a practice adopted at the time of St. Nerses the graceful.  on the feast of the assumption, the traditional blessing of grapes ceremony takes place immediately after the divine liturgy. services were conducted at St. Mary Yettem church by father Zaven Markosyan. a beautiful luncheon sponsored by the parish council took place at the conclusion of the day's celebration featuring chicken kebab, pilaf, roasted vegetables and dessert.

St. Mary Ladies Society to Celebrate 100 Years

t\The St. Mary ladies society will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of their founding on Sunday, September 28, 2014. his eminence archbishop Hovnan Derderian will preside over the days services and celebration. Badarak will be celebrated beginning at 10 am and the banquet will follow services. the dinner will be catered by the vintage press. reservations to attend the banquet are necessary and must be made before September 12. For more information, or to print a flier about the event click here or contact Debbie Sheklian at (559) 733-4417.

The Ladies Society has decided to share a special cookbook of nearly 700 treasured recipes of their members and the Yettem community with anyone interested in purchasing a book. the limited edition collectable will be available for sale at the 100th anniversary banquet. For more information contact Marguerite Sheklian at or phone (559)786-5103.

Online Classes From Father Zaven

Father Zaven has put together some online classes to assist parishioners in learning more about the Armenian Church. you can participate and learn more about our interesting and rich background by clicking here.

Parishioner Contact List Update

We are in the process of updating our information about parishioners for our records. a hard copy of the information-gathering form was sent with the December bulletin.

You can help us make sure our records are up to date in several ways. you can complete that form and return it to the church office and/or download additional forms to print out by clicking here. You can also fill out the form electronically by clicking  here . Forms filled out electronically will be automatically forwarded to the church office. A third option is to call in the information to our church secretary, Sonya Barton, at 528-6892 during business hours.

Please fill out as much information as you are comfortable providing. All information will remain confidential unless you want to include your contact information in a church directory that will be published for members at a later date. Each family member should complete a form. Please feel free to email this form to others or direct them here to our website to find this form and to help make sure our list is complete.

Sunday School Classes Held

St. Mary Armenian Church offers Sunday school classes every second and fourth Sundays. All are invited to participate in these classes. For more information, call the church office at 528-6892.

Armenian language classes

St. Mary Armenian Church offers Armenian language classes every second and fourth Sundays after the divine liturgy. All are invited to participate in these classes. For more information, contact Rev. Fr. Zaven Markosyan at 528-6892 (office) or 818-644-9398 (cell).

St. Mary Church Memorial Wall

The Ways and Means Committee "memorial wall" project began in June 2001. Four hundred and fifty six  names of present and past parishioners and loved ones have been placed on the blocks since then. The present wall is now filled.

A new column of four blocks has been ordered. The price is $200 for each name. for more information or to download the form click here.  Contact Jim Soxman at 733-8741 for questions.

Diocesan Pamphlets Available

The Western Diocese has published a set of pamphlets written in English and Armenian about different aspects of our faith. Titles include: the sacrament of marriage, holy communion, the Armenian church and baptism. To download these from the western diocese website click here.

Pictures and Videos of Events Archived

Click on "event archives" from the left hand blue bar to see articles, pictures and slide shows of current and past Yettem activities that have been featured on this website.


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