St. Mary Live on Internet
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 https://www.wdacna.com/videos
Learning How to Make Monti - July 24, 2021
A new column of 4 blocks is available The price is $200 per name.
As announced in previous bulletins, some proposed changes have been circulated to the Diocesan Bylaws to allow for a simplification and reorganization of the Western Diocese's operations, properties and parishes. CLICK HERE to see that document. Of you have questions or concerns, please contact Parish Council Chairman Myron Sheklian.
$150 - Charles Sarabian
$100 - Steve Fowler
$50 - Gerard Garoian
Morning Service at 9:45 AM
Divine Liturgy at 10:30 AM
On behalf of our St. Mary Parish family, we offer our deepest sympathy to Sylvia Yahnian, Richard Yahnian and Family, Sub-Deacon David and Jennifer Yahnian and Family, Renee Yahnian and Family, and Marilyn Zerounian and Family on the recent passing of Sark Yahnian who entered his eternal rest on October 19th. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Funeral services will be held here at St. Mary Yettem on Tuesday, November 2nd at 10:00 AM with burial following at the Visalia District Cemetery at 12 Noon. A hokejosh will be held at the Majarian Hall upon conclusion of all services.
Come and celebrate with us this Sunday, October 24. The Morning Service will begin at 9:30, and the Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 10:15. Services are streamed on our website at www.stmaryyettem.org and on Facebook for those unable to attend in person.
Sunday School will be meeting this Sunday beginning at 11 AM. Father Mashdots will be offering a children’s service to our Sunday School students. Please contact Sunday School Superintendent Traci Valencia with any questions.
Our ACYO will be meeting Sunday after services in the conference room.
The St. Mary Parish Council will be meeting for a work session on church bylaws after services on Sunday in the Majarian Hall.
Our ACYO will be hosting ACYO Game Day here on Sunday, November 7th after church services for Yettem, Fowler and Fresno ACYO members. $5.00 will cover your lunch and entrance into our Ping-Pong and Tavloo tournaments. Prizes will be awarded to the winners! Other games will be available to play as well! RSVP by November 3rd. Contact Dustin Vartanian by phone (559) 623- 3520 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our eleventh church raffle will be held on Sunday, November 14th, after church services. 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 three drawings left this year and your tickets are re-submitted even if you win.
Many of you are aware that Ryan Ezras Tellalian had traveled to Artsakh during the war in Nagorno-Karabakh. Ryan has published a book entitled Humanity During War, which is a photographic portrayal of various aspects of civilian life during the 2020 war in Nagorno-Karabakh to the indigenous Armenians. A third-generation Armenian-American descendant of the genocide, Ryan travelled to the war zone to capture the experiences of civilians caught up in an unwanted geopolitical conflict with deep ethnohistorical roots. His photographs, intertwined with simple yet deep descriptions of the people he encountered, give light to typically neglected wartime narratives in which the human drives for life, peace, and love are stronger than the desires to kill, to destroy, and to hate. In an often-overlooked corner of the world, Humanity During War powerfully and personally depicts the toll of daily shelling and displacement on everyday people while acknowledging their resilience and hope. All profits earned by the book will be donated to trustworthy organizations in Artsakh and Armenia that are providing humanitarian and psychological aid in order to address the consequences of the war. To learn more, and/or to order a book go to https://www.humanityduringwar.org/
Announcements for October 24, 2021
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Saint Mary Yettem Celebrates 110 Years!
On Sunday, July 18, 2021, about 150 parishioners and friends of St. Mary Armenian Church in Yettem gathered together to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the founding of the church. On this special occasion, His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian conducted ordinations of acolytes, a deacon and bestowed a Hye Spirit Award. His Eminence Archbishop Vatche Hovsepian, former Primate of the Western Diocese also journeyed from Southern California to be present for this historic day.
Young Hagop Pegor Keshishian and Jackson Poochigian were ordained as Acolytes. Alan Farsakian who was ordained as a Sub Deacon on July 7, 1991, was elevated to the rank of Deacon - thirty years and nine days later at the exact same altar. Life-long member Charlie Ananian who has faithfully served the parish holding candle, attending Sunday School, chairing the ACYO, singing in choir, assuming Parish Council responsibilities, and maintaining the church grounds for decades, was the recipient of this year’s Hye Spirit Award.
His Eminence Archbishop Derderian was the day’s celebrant assisted by Parish Priest Reverend Father Mashdots Keshishian, Yettem Deacon Randy Tellalian, Deacon Allan Jendian (Fresno) and Deacon Steve Adams (Fresno). The large choir was led and accompanied by Mari Louise Menendian.
His Eminence delivered the day’s message that began with sharing the word in Matthew 18:10-14. His Eminence encouraged us to renew our calling and to carry on the mission of the church and prayed for the founders and pastors of St. Mary Yettem. During a point in the sermon, a young child (actually the great-grandson of one of the original builders of our current church) made a little noise. His Eminence called the parents and the young boy up to the altar for a special blessing and reminded the congregation that a young cry should be seen as a blessing and a sign of hope from a new generation.
Following services, a banquet luncheon was served to those who remained in the Majarian Hall. The program included songs from Sunday School students and congratulatory remarks from those present, and messages read on behalf of family and friends unable to attend. Deacon Alan Farsakian shared a moving thank you that included his family’s multi-generation service to the Armenian Church. Hovnan Surpazan Hayr presented thank you gifts to all of the honorees and then invited Archbishop Hovsepian to close with his remarks and to offer the closing prayer.
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Support for Lebanese Armenians
During the course of history there are times that demand us to extend our hands to our brothers and sisters in need. Right now, Lebanese Armenians are living in difficult times deprived of basic living conditions - food, water, utilities and more. Please open your hearts and consider making a donation to assist the Armenians of Lebanon. Checks can be made out to St. Mary Armenian Church with “Lebanese Armenian Assistance” on the memo line. We are working with our Western Diocese and the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia to direct your donations to those in need.
To view services, go to our webpage at www.stmaryyettem.org 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.