Priest’s Message

Children are invited to become Altar Servers

Dear parents of fourth grade students or higher grade:

We would like to invite your children to become Altar Servers in the Parish. We hope you encourage and allow to them to join in this service. It will take their time and your commitment. However, it will be a beautiful way for your children to express their active participation in the life of the Church, serving God and learn how to become responsible in their level. We hope you consider our invitation and share it with your children.The altar server ministry is very important and you will be making a serious commitment to your parish family. Any boy at least 9 years old is invited to become an altar server. Like all calls to ministry, it is God who makes the invitation. God calls you to help our parish worship by being an altar server. The server is the priest and deacon’s right hand helper. Servers are to perform their duties in a sincere and reverent manner. This is rightly expected of them by God and his people. Your attentiveness to the words and actions of the Mass will assure that the liturgy will unfold in a smooth and prayerful manner for all. This will be an experience you will remember for the rest of your life. In case you have any questions, please do not hesitate to let me Father Yeghishe and/or Masis  know.Thank you.

BLESSING AND DEDICATION CEREMONY OF THE ST. JAMES NEW BUILDING

IMG_0582On Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 6:00 PM the Armenian Community of Sacramento gathered in the new building that the Parish Council bought recently for the religious and cultural needs of the Armenian Community.

At 6:20 PM His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Armenian Church of North America Western Diocese, was vested in his bishop vestments entered the large hall with his entourage, which included Fr. Asoghig Jamgochian, our Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Datev Harutyunian, the Parish Priest of St. Andrew Armenian Church in Cupertino, Rev. Fr. Hovel Ohanyan, Parish Priest of St. Vartan Armenian Church in Oakland, and Deacon Kevork Jamgochian.

The whole clergy knelt down at the entrance of the sanctuary where rugs were spread, and after chanting the hymn of Door Opening ceremony entered the sanctuary officially and the faithful followed the clergy into their own house, the house of God.

When the ceremony was over Fr. Asoghig invited the faithful to the dining room where was set lenten foods on the tables. The Armenian Community of Sacramento celebrated the first victory of St. James Armenian Church with foods, drinks, songs and remarks. Surpazan asked Fr. Asoghig to invite Rev. Fr. Datev and Rev. Fr. Hovel to give their words of congratulation on this happy occasion. Some Armenian songs were sang by Fr. Hovel and Fr. Asoghig and the faithful joined them happily.

His Eminence said in his remarks, “The message of the Gospel for tomorrow is to stay in the atmosphere of prayer and never loose heart, the same message fits in today’s life of St. James. They tried to get such a property for long-long years each one they decided to get had a negative side that didn’t allow them to buy it. But they did not loose their hope until they get this beautiful building.”

The gathering was closed with Surpazan’s prayer and the present people sang the Lord’s Prayer in Armenian.

 

Respectfully submitted by

Rev, Fr. Asoghig Jamgochian
Parish Priest

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59th Anniversary of Chruch / Mother’s Day / Shushi Victory Day

Dear Volunteers,

 

What a wonderful event we had on May 13, 2012! Volunteers like you make it all possible. I am sincerely grateful for all your work and your willingness to serve in making our event a success.

I am always blessed to see how our church family comes together as a body of believers to serve in the various ministries of the church-and all our activities are ministries! It is a beautiful, living picture of what Paul described in his letter to the Ephesians when he said, “It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” (Ephesians 4:11-12)

Thank you again for all you do to build up the body of Christ here at St. James Armenian Apostolic Church!

May God continue to bless you in your work for Him!

Yours in Christ

Rev. Fr. Asoghig Jamgochian

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24

CC: Mr. & Mrs. Rod Jorjorian, Mr. & Mrs. Ron Dashjian, Mr. John Malkasian, Mr. Shahen Kurdoghlanyan, Mr. & Mrs. Mikhail Sarukhanyan, Mr. Valer Hovannisyan , Mr. Khatchig Varpetyan, Mr. Sarkis Varpetyan , Mr. & Mrs. Guederian, Mr. Levon Sargsyan, Mr. Masis Isayan, Mr. Suren Divanyan, Mrs. Ruzana Knyazyan, Ms. Gloria Kasparian, Sam Yarmagyan, Mrs. Marion Ivazian, Isahak Kurdoglanyan, Ardemis Simonian

97th Anniversary Genocide Memorial Luncheon

Dear Volunteers and Parishioners,

What a wonderful event we had on April 29, 2012!  Volunteers and Parishioners like you make it all possible.  We are sincerely grateful for all your work and your willingness to serve in making our event a success.

We are always blessed to see how our church family comes together as a body of believers to serve in the various ministries of the church-and all our activities are ministries!  It is a beautiful, living picture of what Paul described in his letter to the Ephesians when he said, “It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” (Ephesians 4:11-12)

Thank you again for all you do to build up the body of Christ here at St. James Armenian Apostolic Church!

May God continue to bless you in your work for Him!

Yours in Christ,

Rev. Fr. Asoghig Jamgochian

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.  It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24

 

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The mission of St. James Armenian Apostolic Church

Rev. Fr. Asoghig

Rev. Fr. Asoghig

The mission of St. James Armenian Apostolic Church is to serve the community with spiritual nourishment first, then physical nourishment as well. The success of our church depends on your success. The work of this church is your work, because this church is your church and it is only through your participation and engagement this community will continue to grow in the years ahead.

Our 65th Annual Food Festival that took place on October 1st, 2011 was very successful. The St. James big family was serving the visitors like one person. Beginning with the Parish Priest, to Parish Council, to Ladies Society, to ACYO, to elderly and youth everybody gave their all for the success of this big annual event opening with a nice view of unity to the sight of the visitors. On behalf of St. James Armenian Apostolic Church family, we would like to praise the Community for their continuous supports and commitments.

Encouraged from the success of this year’s Food Festival, and after our two years of absence, we are preparing now to serve the community once again at Christmas Around the World event, which will take place on Saturday November 12th, 2011 at the Hellenic Center of Greek Orthodox Church. We look forward to your participation and engagement once again to sustain unity and celebrate diversity.

God bless you.

God bless you all forever.

Prayerfully
Rev. Fr. Asoghig Jamgochian
Parish Priest St. James Armenian Church

WE MUST DO WHATEVER WE CAN AND LEAVE THE REST TO GOD

Sometimes we get disappointed from a job that we have done for God when we see it failed, or did not earn some positive results. We pray very seriously for this world’s peace, love and successfulness, but as much as we pray for our faithful to go in the path of God and our Lord Jesus Christ, as much we find some that is way behind of what we taught. These things get us disappointed and weakened our speed in work. St Paul, the Apostle, however, encourages us and the Christians to stay loyal in doing the duties that we undertook to spread for the glory of God. Paul says, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives increase. (I Corinthians 3:6-7)

A Salvadorian clergy, who got killed for condemning bravely the violence of his country, had said, “We sowed the seeds for they grow someday. We watered them believing they are promissory. We put the bases for them to be built in the future. We can not do everything.

God bless you all forever.

Prayerfully
Rev. Fr. Asoghig Jamgochian
Parish Priest,
St. James  Apostolic Church

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