Announcements - March 5, 2021

Join us every Friday night during Lent for special services beginning at 5 PM. Our Friday Night Lenten Vigils will begin with Father Mashdots and our altar servers offering the “Rest and Peace” service and will conclude with a short message. Services will be streamed live on our website and can be viewed by clicking Live Friday Lenten Service. See the attached flyer for more information.

This coming Sunday of Great Lent reflects on a parable Jesus shared in Luke 16:1-13 about a rich man’s dishonest steward or manager. The Parable of the Unjust Steward is the fourth story given in a series that begins in Luke 15 and is considered to be one of the most complicated and difficult of the parables that Jesus shared. The Sunrise Service will begin at 9:30 AM and the Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 10:30 AM inside the church.  Communion is not offered during Lent.



Services this Sunday will be conducted INSIDE. Parishioners are asked to wear masks when entering and leaving the sanctuary. We will be following the guidelines that limit attendance to 25% of posted capacity (75 participants). Parish Council members will monitor that safe distances are maintained between non-family members. Windows will be opened to allow fresh air ventilation. Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance and exit of the church. We will not be passing the plate and during the Great Lent we do not offer the Kiss of Peace. Please join us in person if you are comfortable. Services will be streamed on our website and on Facebook.

The Ladies Society Lenten Luncheon meeting is tomorrow, Saturday, March 6th in the Majarian Hall at 11:30 AM. Following the meeting, Yn. Maral will be demonstrating how to make tahini bread.



The Ladies Society will be offering to all parishioners a Lenten Lunch this Sunday, March 7th following church services. The boxed lunch will feature vospov kufta (lentil kufta), plaki (bean salad),  eech (Lenten keyma), green salad, olive bread and dessert. Dine outside or take-out options are available at no charge although donations are gladly accepted. Please help the Ladies Society properly prepare by making reservations by calling Linda Farsakian-Wall at 559-786-1419 or the church office at 559-528-5892.                            
Don't missed out as there is still time to register for the RECLAIM annual conference, sponsored by the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church. The virtual conference takes place this coming weekend. “Reclaiming Faith in a Post Pandemic World” is the timely topic this year. Speakers and discussions will be about faith issues and the conference will be a place to come together, explore, question, find and embrace faith in a changing world. The conference begins Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 9:00 AM Pacific Time. Registration is necessary, quick, and free at   See the flyer below for more information.

ACYO is looking for Tricky Tray basket donations for their annual Easter luncheon. If you would like to donate a basket or if you have any questions, please contact Dustin Vartanian by phone 559-623-3520 or email at





We will be holding our third church raffle Palm Sunday, March 28th. The drawing will also be streamed on Facebook.  If you don’t have tickets or need additional ones, please contact Tina Peters at (559) 967-2593 by phone or text.  There are plenty of drawings left this year and your tickets are re-submitted even if you win! 

 The special St. Mary Face Masks can be obtained on Sundays at the Parish Council table or in the church office on Tuesdays through Friday. You can purchase them for a minimum $5 donation.

 If you need a priest, please call the church office at (559) 528-6892 or Reverend Father Mashdots Keshishian at (818) 293-9098 or email

Father Mashdots is available for pastoral care, spiritual guidance and support. Please inform Der Hayr of those who may be sick at home, hospitalized or may simply want to talk.



Click the DONATE Button Below to make donations to St. Mary Armenian Church

St. Mary Yettem Covid-19  Guidelines

14395 Ave 384  Yettem, California  93670     (559) 528-6892

To view services, go to our webpage at and click on the tab "Live Church Camera. On that page, click the link to view the services. A picture of the church will come on followed by a video box. You may have to click the play button in the center of the screen to begin the video stream. To fill the screen, move your cursor to the bottom right corner and click the double arrow. This system allows users to view services on any device including Windows=based machines, Macs, Linux, Chromebooks, Androids, Smart TVs, game units and smart phones.

October 23, 2020 - St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church in Yettem is currently following State and County guidelines and not holding worship services indoors with parishioners in attendance. We are streaming services each Sunday. Beginning Sunday, October 25th, we will be holding Sunday services OUTSIDE. Safeguards will be in place. 

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Sunday Services:

Morning Service at 9:45 AM

Divine Liturgy at 10:30 AM

                         What is WD168??

      One of the many ministries of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America is a weekly internet channel and program entitled "WD168". The host of this informative program is our special Yettem friend, Father Vazken Movsesian. Father Vazken begins each episode explaining that "God gives us 168 hours every week to live, love and enjoy." If you have never watched these before, you should. The programs are lively, informative and educational as Der Vazken shares activities going on throughout our Diocese.
      In recent episodes, including the latest released today, Father Vazken has included news featuring St. Mary Yettem.
You can watch previous episodes at


Memorial Wall 

A new column of 4 blocks is available The price is $200 per name.

St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church of Yettem

February  Raffle Winners Selected - February  14, 2021

Sunday School

Sunday School Classes are held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month

First Place - $150

Sandra Chobian

Second Place - $100

Steve Luisi

Third Place - $50

Amos Margosian

It's not too late to get tickets. Call Tina Peters at 559-967-2593 by phone or text.

                Amy Shuklian Becomes Tulare County Board Chair

Congratulations to Amy Shuklian who was selected to be the chairperson of the Tulare County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. Supervisor Shuklian has served as Tulare County Supervisor representing District 3, which includes the city of Visalia and unincorporated areas south and West of Visalia since 2016. Prior to winning her election to the County Board, Amy served on the Visalia City Council from 2007-2016.  During her nine years on the Visalia City Council she served as Vice Mayor (2009-2011) and Mayor (2011-2013). 

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